I’ve seen it. Members have shared with me that they have seen it – and experienced it. The Holy Spirit is breathing new life into the people and ministries of St. Paul Lutheran Church! Have you felt it yet? I hope so. I saw it in the extraordinary Vacation Bible School week we had in July – 30 children and 40 leaders of all ages. The cast-aways were shipwrecked and then rescued by Jesus. During that week we celebrated Marie Kaelin’s 61 years of ministry with children. What a beautiful witness to all of us she is.
I see it in Bev Grazioli, Jason Reed, and others on the Confirmation Planning Team who are preparing a Christ-centered and relational program for our young people and their faith formation. I see it in the dedicated volunteers who will serve as Sunday school (faith formation) teachers, sharing the story of Jesus and his love. I see it in the children who assist in 9:00 am Sunday worship. I see it in the lectors and communion assistants who are eager to learn. I see it in the council members who are engaging in healthy conversation about the ministries and projects here at church. I see it in the Property Team that works diligently to maintain and improve our building and grounds. I see it in folks who come to Bible study. I see it in the Legacy Team who have refurbished and are redecorating the Heritage Room. I see it in members who are serving on the Transition Team. I see it in those who serve at funeral luncheons. I see it in renewed Ministry Teams (formerly called committees). I see it in Denisemarie, our talented music director, and all the musicians who work with her. I see it in those who do the many and very important “behind-the-scenes” ministries. I see it in each and every one of you who worships and prays for St. Paul and our ministry to share God’s love in Christ. Thank you! God bless you for all you do.
There’s lots in the works for this fall and winter. Keep your eyes and ears open for the many opportunities for fun and service and the opportunity to meet other members you may not know. Some of the activities on our schedule: the Church Picnic; Installation of Faith Formation (Sunday school) teachers; a new member class; Offering Commitment Sunday, and more.
I’m eager to see you in worship every week as we gather around God’s table to receive the body and blood of Christ – the bread of life and the cup of salvation. Thanks be to God for all the blessings we have received.