This Sunday, at 9:45am, St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School will hold its annual meeting in the sanctuary. The change in time is designed to make the meeting time more accessible for members who attend either the 8:30 or 11:00 liturgies. See you there!
Today’s gospel begins with two disciples walking to Emmaus, overcome with sadness, loss, and disappointment. They had hoped Jesus, who was crucified, would be the one to redeem Israel! Yet the risen Christ walks with them, and then opens their eyes in the breaking of the bread. Each Sunday our hearts burn within us as the scriptures are proclaimed and Christ appears to us as bread is broken and wine is poured. The story of Emmaus becomes the pattern of our worship each Lord’s day.
This weekend, members of St. Paul's Chancel Choir will join together with members of Bel Canto Cedar Valley to lead worship at 8:30am. BCCV's Spring Concert will be Sunday, May 7, 3pm, at First Congregational Church in Waterloo. Director of Music Nick Klemetson is the Interim Artistic Director of BCCV, and St. Paul's members Christine Anderson, Stephanie Klemetson, Chris Knudson, and Devin Wipperman sing in the group.
Throughout the summer, organist Nick Klemetson will be featuring selections from J.S. Bach's Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book). This collection of 45 pieces features German chorale melodies, many of which are in our hymnal, set by Bach as organ preludes organized by liturgical season. The postlude this Sunday will be Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn (Today, the Son of God Triumphs), an Easter chorale by Bartholomäus Gesius.
If you haven't signed up to attend a pastoral gathering, sign up in the narthex today for the last date remaining, Sunday, May 7 at 9:45am. Each pastoral gathering will last an hour. Conversation will revolve around three questions. What are we doing well at St. Paul's? What can we do better at St. Paul's? What do we want to see for St. Paul's in five years? Pr. Arthur will moderate each gathering and a member of council or of Pr. Arthur's call committee will provide hospitality. Pr. Arthur wants to hear from you!
A new class will begin Tuesday, May 2, at 7pm in Parish Hall Classroom 310. Ken Nuss will lead discussion of the book Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower by Tom Krattenmaker. He plans to encourage us to practice our thinking skills as we imagine how others view our church practices and participation, the origins of our beliefs, and our communities. All are welcome.
St. Paul's Lutheran School presents the 7th annual Spring Social on Friday, May 5. Join us in the Parish Hall for a silent auction and live entertainment from 6-8pm. The live auction will begin at 8pm. All proceeds from the auction ...
Please join the sixth-grade students on Sunday, May 7, at noon for the Capstone Presentation and a light lunch. The mission of the project is to build awareness of our country’s history and appreciation for those that have sacrificed for our freedom. The students will be sharing what they have learned throughout the Capstone Project and their trip to Washington DC. ...
If your child is attending Ewalu Lutheran Bible Camp this summer, you can apply for campership from St. Paul's. Complete the form available in the narthex or church office and return it to Deb Ford by Monday, May 15. If you have questions, contact Deb Ford.
Saints Cafe served 261 meals on Monday, April 24. We would like to thank all who helped serve or donated bars or cookies for this community meal ministry. Our next meal is on Monday, May 22. The sign up sheet is on the "God's work our hands" bulletin board. All volunteers are welcome!
This Sunday, April 23 at 9:45am congregational treasurer Aaron Bixby and Pr. Arthur Bergren will be presenting the proposed budget for fiscal year 2017/2018 in classroom 121, St. Paul's multi purpose room. Next Sunday, April 30 at 9:45am, St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School will hold its annual meeting in the sanctuary. The change in time is designed to make the meeting time more accessible for members who attend either the 8:30 or 11:00 liturgies. See you there!
In today’s gospel the risen Christ appears to the disciples and offers them the gift of peace. But Thomas is not present and is understandably skeptical. We are reminded through this story that Christ welcomes our doubts and questions. Still more, this story gives us insight into practicing our faith amid our questions. Patience, vision and Christian Community guide our way in days of doubt.
Interested in joining or recently joined St. Paul's? Pastor Arthur will be leading new member orientation Sunday, April 23 at noon. Lunch and child care will be provided. If you recently joined St. Paul's but missed attending orientation, you are welcome to attend. Prospective members should complete the new member info form. You may register online at stpaulswaverly.org/register, or by calling the church office. All are welcome!
Young Adults/Young Parents group will meet for a game night and "snackluck" on Saturday, April 22, at 6:30pm. Various floats will be provided. Please bring a snack to share and RSVP if you need childcare during this evening, email@example.com.
Our next meal is Monday, April 24. Servers and bars/cookies are needed. Sign up on the "God's Work Our Hands" bulletin board in the Narthex. Thank you for your time and talent supporting this community meal ministry.
Join us for the Senior Adult Lunch program at 11:30am on Tuesday, April 25, in the Parish Hall called "What Do You Think of When You Think of Africa?" John Meyer has been active with an Iowa-based, non-profit corporation, Empower Tanzania, Inc. for the past seven years. ...
No "Mama Mia" for us. We're the real Abbas—as in Greek word for father. St. Paul's fathers and sons are invited to join this Tenor-Baritone-Bass chorus under the direction of Don Meyer. We will rehearse three times before our debut at the St. Paul's School Spring Social on Friday evening, May 5. ...
On this day the Lord has acted! Jesus Christ is raised from the dead. We celebrate this gift as we gather together to hear the story of Mary at the tomb and gather at the Table for Christ's body and blood. With great joy we celebrate this day of days, even as we begin the great fifty days of Easter. Filled with hope, we go forth to share the news that Christ is risen!
The chasuble worn by Pastor Arthur this weekend was given in memory of James Denner by his family. We give thanks to God for their generosity.