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|2014 Congregational Meeting Minutes|
Now are available for review
The minutes from the January 26, 2014 Congregational Meeting now are available for review by congregation members.
The minutes are a draft only and the congregation will be asked to approve them at the May Congregational meeting.
March 2: Marriage in the Bible
In the first of three forums designed to inform our conversation and discernment about same-sex marriage, Pastor Eastman examines biblical texts about marriage, early church practices and little-known traditions. We’ll discuss common understandings of the texts and historical practices, and how these sources connect with current questions and attitudes.
March 9: Marriage in the Lutheran Tradition
How have Lutheran Christians traditionally spoken of marriage? What are the roles of the state and the church with respect to this fundamental institution of society? And what does God have to do with it? In this second of our three-part series Pastor Williamson addresses marriage from a Lutheran perspective, comparing it to alternative understandings present across the Christian family tree.
March 16: Marriage and the Church: Current Developments and Practices
Pastor Eastman leads a discussion of what is happening across the Church in the US and internationally regarding same-sex marriage. We’ll take a look at some of the legal distinctions between unions and marriages, and current implications of those distinctions. In addition, we’ll address the tension of how we discern whether we are “bending to societal pressure” or “holding blindly to tradition.”
March 23: To Be Determined
March 30: Sunday School: Where It Comes From, Where It Stands, and What’s Next
Presenters: Pastor Williamson, Renee Modransky, Children’s Ministry Team
Last fall Beth Lewis, CEO of Augsburg Fortress Publishers, began sharing a presentation on a startling trend across the ELCA: a 61% decline in Sunday School enrollment across the ELCA over the last 20 years. In this Forum, we’ll learn a little about the history of the Sunday School movement in North America and have a missional conversation about what ELCA Youth Ministry Network Director Todd Buegler has called a “faith formation crisis” in the Church.
Read Pastor Buegler’s blog post on the subject here to prepare yourself for this important Forum.
|The newly framed Earth Flag is unveiled|
Friday evening February 21, after a Chili Supper, the newly framed
Earth Flag was unveiled. St. Paul is the first church in Wheaton to be
awarded the flag by the DuPage County Board! |
|Have You Registered for the 2014 BASIC Lenten Retreat?|
- Brothers And
Sisters In Christ — |
is St. Paul’s catechumenate process for seekers and growing Christians
five sessions (Apr. 23 - May 21), we'll explore key themes of the Book
of saiah--the Old Testament prophet sometimes called the "Fifth
Evangelist", in a group study that incorporates fine art, inductive
Bible Study, and engaging teaching (via DVD) from the Rev. Dr. Jane
O'Hara Shields, Director of Evangelical Mission in the New England
Synod (ELCA), and the Rev. Eric Shafer, former Communications Director
for the ELCA. |
You can register for just this single unit of BASIC or enroll as an inquirer considering the full Spring 2014-Winter 2016 catechumenate process.
There is no cost for the Isaiah course, but participants will want to have or borrow a Lutheran Study Bible.
Register HERE for the Spring Session
or by dropping a registration card (found on the Welcome Table)
in the offering plate or by the church office!
More information about BASIC
This summer, July 26-August 1, 15 St. Paul high school youth and four adults are journeying to Lantern Hill in Ensenada, Mexico, to participate in a week of learning, service, and growing closer to God. We are so grateful for these young followers of Jesus who will be building relationships with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, and continuing on their faith journey during this week immersed in another culture.
This is the first of three fundraisers for the 2014 summer trip, and we need to raise $4000 through stock sales. Your help is needed to make this experience possible for St. Paul’s high school youth! Please consider ‘taking stock’ in St. Paul’s youth by buying at least one stock share to support this faith-transforming trip. Each stock share is also a ticket to the Stockholders Dinner – a thank you-meal served by trip participants to be held on Sunday, September 28th. Shares are $25 each. Children under 12 may attend the dinner for free. By purchasing stock, you’re not just supporting a trip; you’re supporting the faith formation of young people who will grow in their Christian faith during this week of servant learning, and return to share God’s love within the St. Paul community and beyond! Thank you for your support!
Contact Vanessa Young with questions at (630) 668-5953 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
the Winter Blues
Long nights of winter can leave even the most positive people feeling
cranky. But for about 5% of the population, it’s more
Affective Disorder (SAD)
is a type of depression that most occurs in winter. Symptoms
include loss of energy, eating/sleeping more and difficulty
concentrating. The cause of SAD is unknown, but darker days
probably play a role. Reduced levels of natural sunlight can
disrupt our body’s internal clock, which can lead to
It also causes a drop in serotonin, a feel good brain
You can’t prevent
the disorder from developing but you can ease the symptoms.
Consider the following: |
ST. PAUL MENTAL HEALTH MINISTRY
Our mental health ministry team wants you to know that we are here to support you if you are living with a mental illness or have a family member or friend with mental illness. We also are working to educate everyone on mental health issues to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
There is a support group that meets in the ESSE room the second Monday of each month from 7:30-9 pm. Please join us whenever you want.
We also have developed a mental health library on the bookshelves outside Pastor Williamson’s office. There are a variety of pamphlets you can take with you and a few books to check out. We have plans to add to our library collection.
Our pastoral staff, youth and education staff and several lay members received the Mental Health First Aid training this winter.
Please do not hesitate to connect with our professional staff if you have a concern about yourself or someone you care for. You will be met with support, compassion and help finding local healthcare and other resources.
? More information - CLICK HERE
|New Martin Luther Reading Group
Wednesday Nights This Winter
the Earth Ministry Team |
and Experience Delicious Home-Grown Produce
Organics and St. Paul
bring you vegetable and herb seedlings grown organically – without
pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or genetically modified seeds. |
A portion of the St. Paul pre-order sales will be donated to the Earth Ministry team.
Pick up your seedlings in spring, at various locations:
Sale sponsored (for the forth year) by the Earth Ministry Committee.
"Cinema at St Paul" is a movie ministry that meets approximately once a
month in Fellowship Hall. Light refreshments will be provided.
Lively discussion follows the movie.
On selected Friday evenings, current and classic movies are presented.
SCARCE (Glen Ellyn) web
site for items they collect, or phone 630-545-9710. |
Listings of recycling opportunities cover all of DuPage County.
|Do you have
any medical or rehab equipment you are no longer using, like: |
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