PLEASE PRAY FOR:
Remembering those with medical challenges:
Debbie Bartlett, David Baudo, Elaine Benka, Ron Benka, Jerry Groves, Don Hazel, Carol Hipple, Wally Hipple, Michelle Bauman Jarzembowski, Roy Seibert, Jeff Trimble, April Williams, Andrea Wollam
Remembering those who are home bound:
Shirlee Chambers, Charles English, Margaret Halavick, Jim Illencik, Harriette Shaffer
Remembering those with special needs:
Donna Baldwin, Joe Benka, Elizabeth Campbell, Anne Cerminaro, Marty Cohol, Amber Ellis, Bryan Giocondi, Debi Houlf, Mike McMann, Anita Rayburn, Cindy Robinson, Deanna Savon, Ondine Shiau, Lisa Young
Remembering those in the Military:
Joe Baudo, Kirk Groves, Michael Maradin
COFFEE CUP GREETINGS:
Held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month.
HOLIDAY FOOD BAGS:
100 grocery bags are distributed each month from The Pantry at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. 100 bags helping to keep hunger from local doorsteps. As the holiday season approaches, let’s help by sharing some of our joy and thanksgiving with others. The Pantry could use our help with the following: Food Items: Frozen chickens, boxed mashed potatoes, boxed stuffing, jars of gravy, canned hams, canned sweet potatoes, other dry goods; Non-Food Items: toothpaste, toilet paper, shampoo, bar soap, deodorant, dish detergent. Don’t want to shop and remember to bring the items to the church? We need you to be involved with your monetary donations to help us purchase chickens for each food bag. Make checks payable to St. Paul Lutheran Church with ACTION TEAM-CHICKENS on the memo line. Please make your donations from November 5 through December 15. This will be coordinated through a Thrivent Financial Action Team project lead by Rick Thompson of Emmanuel. Please contact Bonnie Thompson with any questions.
JOINT CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM & LUNCHEON:
We will have a Joint Children’s Christmas Program and Luncheon on Sunday, December 17. We will have worship service at 10:30 am, the Luncheon at 12:00 pm, followed by the Program. This is a joint program with the other Lutheran churches. Look for the sign-up sheets after Thanksgiving.
KAIROS WOMEN’S PRISON MINISTRY:
I waited a few months to write this update about the women’s prison ministry because I wanted to be able to write about the whole experience of this particular ministry. The leaders deal with participants during a weekend as well as a one hour gathering once a month with new and seasoned participants. I had the opportunity to attend one of those sessions so that I could experience more how God works behind prison walls with these women. First, I would like to thank all the people at St. Paul who helped bake cookies and praying for these women. You will never know how much the participants appreciated the cookies and the fact that people they will never meet cared enough to send those cookies to them and to the rest of the ladies who resided within the walls of this facility. The cookies you baked were emblems of God’s love and the love that you had for others because you love God. Each person who prayed for the participants had a link in a colorful paper chain. This chain was wrapped around the room and the realization that all of these men and women prayed for them each hour gave these ladies a sense of the love that God has for them. At the end of the weekend there was a ceremony for them and these ladies walked with this long flowing paper chain from the meeting room to another building for the ceremony. It was truly an amazing feeling for all of us who watched this and one could feel the presence of God and of God’s love. The weekend itself was truly a moving experience. There was much laughter and many tears. Some of these ladies knew about God as a punisher, but did not know God as someone who loved and cared for them. And some did not know God at all. By the end of the weekend, they felt loved and forgiven for their sins. Isn’t that what we search and crave for ourselves? Sometimes we may not feel worthy to be loved or forgiven, but we know God and Jesus and that Jesus died for us and through his death we are forgiven. It was a gift for me to see this act of love and forgiveness for these women. I learned a lot from these ladies. One important lesson is that they are no different than me and, as a Christian, I face the same issues they do. At times it is challenging to be a Christian and to do what God and Jesus want us to do as a disciple. I was also reminded that being a Christian means I love God an when I do Kairos Ministry I belong to a larger community – the whole catholic church – as our Apostles’ Creed states. This type of ministry is ecumenical – all of us do this because we love God and we follow Jesus and believe in the Holy Spirit. Whenever Kairos gathers we gather as one body of Christ. Each of us have different roles, but we are as one. God’s love does go everywhere! Shalom, Pr. Linda Murray
2017 FLOWERS AND MEDITATION CANDLES:
Weeks are still available for purchase, dedicated to your special intentions. The meditation candle is $5.00 and flowers are $30.00 for two vases. Please use an Order Envelope and PREPAY your order at the time that you sign the flower and candle chart. PAYMENT ENVELOPES ARE BY THE FLOWER CHART. On weeks where there is no paid order, the church will display silk flowers to the Glory of God. Please sign up for your special weeks while they are available.
Donations are always warmly welcomed, and with your continued support, we will be able to sustain this valuable ministry to young families.
Part of the Social Committee is Grief Ministry. Joyce Osborn (330-372-2136) is spearheading this ministry with Pr. Winters’ and God’s guidance and help. When a loved one dies, Joyce sends a set of four books called “Journeying through Grief” throughout the first year. Each book describes the issues and feelings that a person tends to encounter at various points of grief and the books offer suggestions on handling them. If Pastor Winters or Joyce can be of any help or if you have any questions during a time of grief, please contact either of them.
DUE TO GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS:
In the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), churches and clergy can no longer make written or oral public announcements of health information regarding our members. Thus, unless specifically requested by a member to share other information, we are only able to indicate where a person is hospitalized or that they have been discharged.