FROM THE DESK OF . . .
Sunday/Monday, July 25 & 26, 2021
From the desk of Pastor Ernie Green,
In spite of the rain all around us, we’ve sailed into the office and we are still working hard for you. We’re getting ready for Vacation Bible School to start tomorrow (Monday). This is no small achievement. In fact, if you are available today after noon, we can certainly use your help in transforming St. Paul into the Rocky Railroad. In normal years, there are props and materials from other churches that are available for us to use, but the covid pandemic has messed that up. So we really need you. If you can help, we will even provide a pizza lunch. If you can’t help, then please add us to your prayers. Help and prayers are appreciated.
There is much work being done to provide you with helpful, life changing Bible classes beginning in the Fall. One of those series is called Forty Days in the Word. This may be one of the most important series that we have ever used. It teaches us to study the Word of God within our own understanding, you don’t need to be a Bible scholar or theologian to learn valuable lessons from these classes. We are excited about sharing it with you. After that series, there is another great group of lessons that will take us to Christmas, and it is based upon the greatest Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I’ve just reviewed this, and it is heartfelt and easy to understand and participate for every level of believer. That is what Linda Gerlach and I are searching for, Bible classes that appeal to everyone, not just those with an extensive knowledge, in other words, this is for all of us. This will direct us to a very merry Christmas in the Word of God. Start making plans to spend one hour a week with us. You’ll be so glad that you did.
Yet, another reminder: On Sunday, August 15, St. Paul Lutheran will hold our Church Picnic at Oppenheim Park on Niagara Falls Blvd. At the same time and place we will also celebrate our successful Moving Forward in Faith Campaign. We will have two services that morning, one at 8:00 AM in church, and the second at Oppenheim Park at 10:45. The picnic and celebration will follow. This will be a catered picnic, but we really need you to sign up as soon as possible on the triangular kiosk in the Gathering Place. An accurate head count for our caterers is important. Please join us on the 15th.
May the Peace and Joy of Jesus be with you.
Pastor Ernie Green
REMINDER – AN UPDATE TO OUR CHURCH COVID PROTOCOL:
- In accord with CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated people may be mask-free at all times in church, and 6 feet social distancing is now at 3 feet.
- Those not fully vaccinated should keep their masks on, and those not yet comfortable with the new guidelines are free to remain masked.
- Your pastors will continue to mask and glove when distributing communion, not that they need to, but to keep everyone at ease while communing.
- Please continue to take all your bulletins and other personal items with you when you leave the sanctuary.
ADDITIONAL FAMILY PICNIC INFORMATION: ST. PAUL FAMILY PICNIC and celebration event for our Moving Forward in Faith Capital campaign will take place on Sunday, August 15th, 2021, at Oppenheim County Park (2713 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Niagara Wheatfield) at Shelter #22 – rain or shine! Our 10:45 worship service will take place at the park pavilion (the Sunday service at 8:00am and the Monday service at 7:00pm will take place here at St. Paul), with the catered picnic at 12:30pm. Please join us for lunch, cake, games, and more! There is a splash pad and playgrounds also available at the park. Please sign up on the triangular kiosk next to the Family Ministry table in The Gathering Place by Monday, August 9th. Thank you!
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.
Confirmation Class Assignments – Finished until September
Please continue to attend church.