January , 2018 Erik Domaas
I hope the new year has begun well for everyone. If you are in need of support or prayer from your St. Paul's family I hope that you have reached out and let Pastor Carolyn or Pastor Gerry or a trusted friend know how we can help you. We start-ed the new year with a great gathering on January 7 for the first "From the Man-ger to the Star" celebration. If you missed it, I hope you can be with us next year because it was fun gathering of music, food and fellowship- even some star gaz-ing for those who braved the cold night air! Many people contributed to this suc-cessful event, and thanks to everyone who helped put the event together. Special thanks to Betty Kerwin and Sandy August for conceiving and organizing this new event.
January is when our youth had the opportunity to gather with other youth groups from the synod and it is refreshing to see the participation and the enthusiasm that "our kids" bring to these special events. In today's environment where so many mixed messages reach our youth, I have to believe that the refreshing, Christian experience will be a positive one that will have a life-long impact. And with that in mind, there is a group who will make the trip to Houston this sum-mer. There are plenty of opportunities to support this trip and those who have been able to put it in their summer plans. Please consider buying a sub sand-wich, sponsoring an addition to the hallway Space mural, supporting other events in the months ahead, or designating an additional gift to support this trip.
I am thankful for this community of St. Paul's, a community that time and again has prayerfully and generously met the needs of our community and members of our own church family. We have a family in need who is facing significant medi-cal expenses. The Council felt that presenting the appeal as we have done would marshal the generosity of our congregation to help this family during a very un-expected and challenging time. Thanks to all who have made special gifts toward meeting this need. I ask everyone, as always, to pray for this family , for each other, for our Pastors, and all who volunteer their time and talents.
Peace to all and see you on Sunday!