The latest newsletter, the Spirit of St. Paul January 2018, is now online.
We will gather on Saturday, January 27, at 6 p.m. at St. Paul with families from the MSU International Friendship House to have a wonderful meal and learn about end of year holiday traditions in the USA and other countries. We will have activities for the children to enjoy, led by a camp counselor from Living Water’s Stony Lake Camp. Please sign up or call the office to let us know you are planning to come. This will help us with the meal planning.
Fourth Friday Friends, which is on the calendar for Friday, January 26, has decided to fold their meeting into the Epiphany Fest. The sign-up sheet for the year’s meetings will be available that night.
St. Paul seeks greater inclusivity and acceptance of GLBTQ persons
Join us for the Reconciling in Christ meeting, Wednesday, January 17, at 6:30 p.m. Donna Grooms has volunteered to shepherd us; members from the synod’s Open Hearts Open Church task force will join us as we begin this process, which affirms St. Paul’s openness to GLBTQ persons.
From the Reconciling Works website: “The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations. Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are accepted onto the Reconciling in Christ Roster which now exceeds 600 settings. Most groups start the process of consideration by engaging in a study program or series of educational meetings. Hearing the experiences of LGBT people and their families often creates greater understanding and insights.” More information is available at the Reconciling Works website and Open Hearts Open Church.
Following worship on Sunday, January 21, we will gather during fellowship time for brainstorming about activities and small groups at St. Paul. How has God been nudging you to reach out to our community? What would you enjoy gathering with your church family to do together? Bring your dreams and ideas, from game nights to overseas trips to picnics with other congregations in our area.
Book Group reads Richard Rohr’s modern classic
Falling Upward (from the Christian Century): “Franciscan priest Richard Rohr has written his most sage, most important book yet. The message of Falling Upward is straightforward and bracing: the spiritual life is not static. You will come to a crisis in your life, and after the crisis, if you are open to it, you will enter a space of spiritual refreshment, peace and compassion that you could not have imagined before.” Join us on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. for rich and wonderful discussions.
Red Cross Blood Drive
The next event is Friday, January 19, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. You will be helping to save lives! The need is constant! Sign up at church or call 517-712-1161. Thank you in advance, Terry Smith. St. Paul hosts the Red Cross every other month for this important work. We need volunteers to help staff the event as well as people to donate.