Every now and again, we hear a commentary on the religious state of affairs within our culture. Who among us hasn't heard that we live in godless culture. Our reading from Acts reminds us that we don't live in a godless culture but a culture where we worship many, many gods. In the end, these false gods have no redeeming power, love or strength to give us. Only God is worthy of our worship and service.
This Sunday, May 21, we will be honoring our high school graduates at the 8:30am service and during fellowship time in the Parish Hall, 9:30-11am. We would love to have a senior portrait and baby picture of your student, as well as their plans for after graduation. In addition, if you have a student completing their undergraduate degree, or a Masters or PH.D. program, we would love to include their information in our listings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by 6pm this Friday.
Please join us to celebrate with our 6th graders as they graduate from St. Paul’s Lutheran School next week on Thursday, May 25. Graduation begins at 8:30am in the sanctuary of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. We are very proud of our 6th graders as they have reflected the best of St. Paul’s Lutheran School in their respect, responsibility, academic strength, and faith walk. We will keep them always in our prayers as they go on to live the mission of our school… “Where faith and learning go hand in hand.” Stay Curious…Be Grateful!
Join us for the Senior Adult Lunch program at 11:30am on Tuesday, May 23, in Classroom 121 (across from the church office) called "How quilt blocks tell Bible stories" (note the room change for this month). Sally Williams will focus on the quilt made for Pastor Sandberg's retirement and will also share about work for Quilts of Valor, Retrieving Freedom, and Hospice. Lunch follows at noon. Menu is Chicken Alfredo, salad and dessert. No reservations are needed.
This year we will be joining the St. Paul Synod for a day at Valley Fair on Monday, June 12. Cost is $26.75 apiece and checks may be made to the church. (We will write one check to St. Paul Synod for our tickets.) All ages are invited to attend this day at both the Valley Fair Water Park and amusement park. Youth who have completed 6th grade and up may come and will have drivers and chaperones available. Youth are asked to check in with our chaperones at 12:45pm and 3:45pm in designated areas. Youth below 6th grade should plan to have 1 adult for every 3 kids. All ages are welcome to attend this day. Discount parking is available if you contact Dani before May 29. Registration Deadline is June 5. Forms available at the Welcome Desk!
Do you have a musical gift that you would like to share with our congregation over the summer? There are still several openings for offering music this summer. Contact Director of Music Nick Klemetson for more information and to sign up for a time.
Registration is now open for Vacation Bible School 2017 at stpaulswaverly.org/vbs. The dates are July 9-12 from 5:30pm-7:30pm and open to children age 3 (and potty trained) through finishing 4th grade. Children and students in 5th grade through high school are encouraged and welcome to sign up to be volunteers. A volunteer sign up will be available in the narthex starting on Sunday, May 21.
St. Paul's has received a Thrivent Action Grant for $250 to enhance the church office for visitors and guests. Funds are needed for shelving and cabinets for the many items still boxed up since the transition to our new offices and the flood. To purchase the items needed, additional funding is appreciated. Memorial and tribute gifts are some suggested gift ideas. Your gift can be brought to the church office or put in the offering plate. Please mark in the memo section "office furnishings" gift. For more information contact the church office.
As we continue to celebrate the fifty days of Easter, today’s gospel includes Jesus’ promise that he goes to prepare a place for his followers in his Father’s house. Our baptism commissions us to share Jesus’ mission in the world in the fight against evil. As First Peter reminds us, we are a holy people, called to proclaim the one who called us out of darkness into light. In words and deeds we bear witness to the risen Christ—our way, our truth, our life.
On Sunday, May 21, we will be honoring our high school graduates during Fellowship Time in the Parish Hall. We would love to have a senior portrait and baby picture of your student, as well as their plans for after graduation. In addition, if you have a student completing their undergraduate degree, or a Masters or PH.D. program, we would love to include their information in our listings.