Well, I can’t believe I am writing the August newsletter already. The summer is flying by. Excitement is building around the 150th Anniversary of St. Paul’s. I wanted to again feature events from past anniversaries and to let everyone know that the Evangelism committee is planning a meeting September 9th after Rally Day Sunday and to encourage you to attend and contribute your thoughts how to not only mark the date Sunday, October 25th (Reformation) but the whole year of 2020.
The idea is to have something special each month as a single day can’t begin to hold all the activities that have been done on past anniversaries.
Things that have been discussed so far are: providing a time for long time members to share their thoughts about St. Paul’s and why they have attended so long, members from founding families to speak, remembering those long time members who are buried in our cemetery and placing a Lutheran flag on their grave, special presentations by the Sunday School, special music, hear from past clergy at St. Paul’s either in written form or in person and of course a catered dinner on the day!
What would you like to see St. Paul’s do each month? Other special projects to commemorate the year are establishing an endowment fund for St. Paul’s and getting more involved with community and ways to serve. The LEAD committee has been looking into these needs. There are families in the area that are in need. Perhaps donate $150 to your favorite charity. Perhaps you could help us think of 150 ways to serve the community and to advance the mission to spread the Gospel?
There are many ways to serve and no contribution is too small or too large. All are equally important. However, none of this will happen unless you get involved.
So, I encourage you to attend Rally Day Sunday, September 8th and see once again all the Ministries of St. Paul’s being showcased.
Visit each group and see how you can become more involved with the life of the church and share any suggestions you may have to expand or improve the small groups at St. Paul’s.
Then come to the meeting with those thoughts and be part of the mission to make it an extra special year in the life of St. Paul’s.
“They dreamed the dreams, we’ve seen come true; They labored long and hard; That we might have a Holy House Wherein to worship God.
They ask no trophy from their heirs, No credit would they take, Except that we follow them and Will “serve for Jesus’ sake.”
From the 75th Anniversary program.
A bit of history from the 125th to get you thinking about what might be this time. Festive vespers were held October 22, 1995 at 4 pm. Pastor Rod L. Ronneberg presiding. Organist Ms. Elise Hoermann. A “Service of Light” with the dinner following.
Wouldn’t be great to renew friendships with some of those members of the past such as Elise or to hear from our past clergy like Pastor Rodnneberg or their families as in the case of Pastor Skarsten, who have we not seen in a while, that we can invite to “come and see” the things happening here at St. Paul’s . There is much work to be done and it will be January 2020 before you know it. Let’s work together to “kick off” a new decade, mark 150 years of service here at St. Paul’s and begin another chapter in our history.
Are you willing to take a role in the mission?
What can you do for your church today?
PS keep watching for more information about the 150th Anniversary in the coming months!
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