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Sunday, November 29 and Monday, November 30, 2020

From the Desk of Pastor Ernie Green:

 

Covid-19 – a continuation:

Where are we this week?  The same place we were last week, in a yellow zone where we will continue to meet in worship and in Bible study. We are prayerful that further restrictions don’t affect us, and having that in mind, we are continuing with our plans for Christmas and Christmas Eve.

 

Christmas Eve services: ***Important***

 

As we mentioned last week, we have changed the times of our Christmas Eve services and have added a fifth service. The new times will be 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00, and 10:00 PM.  As we are working on a maximum attendance of 33% of our capacity in the Sanctuary, we are now accepting reservations for those spots. This is first come and first served and this began last Sunday. As of today, we are working diligently in providing a way to broadcast the live service from the Sanctuary onto a large screen in the Upper Fellowship Hall.  So, if you’d prefer to be in church, then sign up today or it may be too late.

 

In the Peace of God our Redeemer,

Pastor Ernie Green

 

From the desk of Linda Gerlach, Director of Adult Christian Education

 

Helping Others - Every day, we all have so much to be grateful for, even in these troubled times. As people of faith, that moves us to express our thankfulness by helping people who are in need, in one way or another.

 

      * This Tuesday, December 1, is known as “Giving Tuesday”. At St. Paul, we have many ministries that are aimed at helping those in need.  You are encouraged to support these ministries and/or other worthy causes that are special to you. Here is the list of St. Paul “helping ministries.”

            Angel Tree – at Christmastime, gift cards are collected to help families in need, so that they are able to celebrate Christmas with their families. 

            Common Threads Ministry - Women who enjoy knitting or crocheting make items such as scarves, prayer shawls, fleece blankets, hats and gloves to donate to local ministries. They are able to supply materials for you to make items at home, to donate.  

            Discretionary Fund – monetary donations made to this fund are given to those in need and experiencing financial hardships.

            Food Pantry – Donations of non-perishable food, paper products and personal care items are taken to the North Tonawanda Interchurch Food Pantry.

            LWML (Lutheran Women’s Missionary League) collects “mites” (monetary change and donations).  Mite boxes are also available on the side of The Information Center for people to fill with cash to support many ministries.

            Passage House is a safe haven for women and children who are victims of domestic violence in Niagara Falls, NY.  We are collecting full size toiletries and personal care items, along with cleaning products. In addition, dishes, glassware, bowls, pots and pans, etc. are needed for these women, when they are ready to move into their own place.  All items should be new or used, in good condition.

            Tuition Assistance Fund – St. Paul children who attend a Lutheran school (K-8) are offered a scholarship towards their tuition costs.

  

            “Truly, I say to you as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,

you did it to me.”  Matthew 25:40

 

“The Story” Chapter 31 Teaser

 

     Next week we study the final chapter in “The Story” and the final chapter in the existence of present things.  Reading Revelation has always been a challenge.  Filled with mysterious and symbolic themes, even the glimpse of heaven John receives is most indescribable.  Yet describe it he does.  Judgment or our eternal reward?  Both are given in great detail.  But as corrupt things pass to give way to a perfect heaven, God’s Word offers us two incredible comforts.  (1) [Jesus says], “I am making everything new!”  Rev 21:5. (2) [God] “will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  Rev 21:4

     For all its wonder, Revelation’s glimpse of heaven can be understood this way: heaven is a place without sin.  Without sin, our only agenda is to give God praise continually, which makes John’s vision clear to us where he says, “Day and night they never stop saying, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.’”  Rev 4:8.

     Join us for our last session in “The Story” as our journey through salvation history

continues.

 

All are welcome at St. Paul Lutheran – Please allow God’s love to work in and through you to brighten the lives of members and visitors alike.

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Confirmation Class Assignments – For Thursday, December 3, 2020:

 

First Year Class – Read “Daily Prayers” pages 32 - 34 from Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation.  Read Chapter Seven from The Story, “The Battle Begins.”  Attend church and KREW and complete a Worship Summary Form. 

Mentor Question: This has been a difficult year because of the coronavirus, have you noticed anything positive that has come from this pandemic?

 

Second Year Class – Read “Daily Prayers” pages 32 - 34 from Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation.  Complete Lesson 6 The Ten Commandments: The Fifth Commandment in “Exploring Luther’s Small Catechism.” Attend church and KREW and complete a Worship Summary Form.

Mentor Question: This has been a difficult year because of the coronavirus, have you noticed anything positive that has come from this pandemic?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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