Sunday Announcements for
October 20th - 27th:

YOUR STEWARDSHIP TOOLKIT for October 20, 2019, written by Rev. Rob Blezard, Assistant to the Bishop, Lower Susquehanna Synod: Luke 18:7And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? We want what we want in this life, but God knows exactly what we need and won’t forsake us. Listen carefully for God’s guidance and then be fearless and persistent in seeking what God desires for you. Listening to and for God is good stewardship!   -Jan Krakow, Stewardship

EARLY VOTING BEGAN OCTOBER 19TH - exercise you citizenship and vote for City Councilor, School Board members, CNM Board members and, very important, for funds for our public schools, who need improved safety, repair of leaky roofs, replacement of 40 year old plumbing, as well as increasing accessibility for wheelchairs and adding more music and arts (the two voting items for schools do not increase your taxes). Go to www.bernco.gov/clerk/early-voting-locations.aspx to find out where to vote. There are other items on the ballot, as this is the first unified ballot (instead of several different voting dates for single issues).   -Ivan Westergaard

WALK FOR OUR SCHOOLS: Albuquerque Interfaith, in partnership with "Yes For Our Children's Future," will be walking 3 neighborhoods to encourage residents to vote for the school bond issues in the November 5th election (early voting started yesterday, as did the first "walk" at La Mesa Presbyterian). You walk in pairs and have a handout. You will get breakfast burritos to start (9:00 a.m.) and a lunch at the end. Saturday, October 25th, we walk from Rio Grande High School, 2300 Arenal Rd. SW. On Saturday, November 2nd, we walk from Monte Vista Christian Church, 3501 Campus Blvd. NE.  Schools in those areas, Rio Grande High, Navajo Elementary, and Monte Vista Elementary will gain needed improvements and updating from this bond election. Email abqinterfaith@gmail.com if you can join us.   -Ivan Westergaard

RED FOR REFORMATION! Join us for the Spirit of Reformation, Sunday, October 27th by wearing red! The Visual Choir will decorate the sanctuary in red as we celebrate our founder, Martin Luther, along with our Lutheran heritage and future. We are Formed, Reformed, and Transformed.   -Robyn Schlegel, Worship & Music Team

CHURCH WOMEN UNITED, an ecumenical movement of Christian women, will meet for their World Community Day celebration on Friday, November 1st at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte NE. Coffee fellowship will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by the program at 10:00 a.m. The theme is “The Time is Now! Resolve to Love” which focuses on global peace and justice. It is a time to move from ecumenical to an interfaith orientation, so invite your Muslim, Buddhist, & Jewish friends to create an inclusive community that is just, caring and supportive within this new paradigm. A brief annual meeting will follow the program. Questions? Contact Sharon Hamilton at 505-620-0223. Thank you!   -Marilyn Stoops, CWU Communications Comm.

ALL SAINTS SUNDAY is November 3rd, a week after Reformation Sunday. Once again we will celebrate with large banners in the sanctuary which display pictures of the saints who have died. If you’d like to add a picture with your loved one, please put that picture in the box located in the Welcome Center or send it to browningjo@me.com. If you have questions please call me at 505-239-3181.
   -Jo Browning, Visual Choir

2019 ADVOCACY CONFERENCE will be Saturday, November 16th from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 601 Montaño NW. Breakout session topics will include advocacy basics as well as issues related to our Advocacy Agenda which are expected to come up during the 2020 state legislative session. The conference is open to everyone interested in learning more about advocating on public policies impacting our many neighbors living in poverty and experiencing hunger. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Larry Rasmussen, is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics Emeritus at Union Theological Seminary. The cost is $15 per person (including materials and lunch). The registration deadline is November 9th. Go to lutheranadvocacynm.org and on our home page, click on "Read More" about our 2019 Advocacy Conference to find the "Register" link.
   -Ruth Hoffman, Rocky Mountain Synod-ELCA, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM

St. Paul has the honor of hosting this year's INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE, following our Sunday morning Worship and our Fall Congregational Meeting, 24th November at 3:00 p.m. A full day, yet rich in human capital! In a time when it seems all religions are fighting, we gather with our Muslim, Jewish, and Unitarian Universalist sojourners, unified in our diversity.   -Pr. Koppel

HOSTING ROADRUNNER FOOD BANK MOBILE PANTRY (RRFB) in our parking lot on Monday, 25 November, from 9:00 a.m. until noon. A fantastic opportunity to help provide food to our hungry neighbors. All we need to do is set up some tables outside and share our renowned hospitality, RRFB staff will do the rest!   -Pr. Koppel

SEEKING A PARTNER to set up the Advent Tree with ELCA World Hunger Ornaments by December 1st. Helpful as well would be your availability each Sunday in Advent (12/1; 12/8; 12/15; 12/22) before and after Worship to sell the ornaments. Please contact me by November 17th.   -Else Tasseron

SUNDAY FAITH FORMATION. A schedule with opportunities for all ages is posted in the long hallway, both at its entrance and just outside the Conference Room. A great way to grow in your faith!   -Pr. Koppel

OUR THREE & FOUR-YEAR-OLD CALICO FRIENDS have been busy practicing their artwork. Look for the life-sized self-portraits on display in various locations this morning. More pictures of activities at Calico may be found on our bulletin board on the north wall of the Welcome Center.   -Thanks, Mary Thompson

SEEKING A VOLUNTEER to cover Wednesday afternoon office hours from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please contact Sharon Hamilton at sharonh0223@yahoo.com or the Church Office at 505-242-5942 if you are interested in helping!
   -AnnaMarie Padilla, Office Administrator

THANK YOU for your love for one another. Thank you for your care to and with the Albuquerque community. And thank you for your reach beyond human-made boundaries to communities around the world. Thank you for being the church!
   -Your grateful fellow sojourner, Pr. Koppel

DO YOU HAVE A MEETING AT ST. PAUL that needs to be added to or updated on our Calendar? Help us help you! Contact the office at 505-242-5942 or info@stpaulabq.org to let us know when your meeting is scheduled or what information needs to be updated.
   -Thank you, AnnaMarie Padilla, Office Administrator