Sunday Announcements for February 10th - 16th:

Please be sure Not to Leave any Valuables Visible
in your Vehicle during services and Activities!

2018 ANNUAL REPORT ARTICLES are due on Tuesday, February 19th, by 9:00 a.m. Thank you.
-AnnaMarie Padilla, Office Administrator

2018 CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS are ready for pick-up. Drop by the Church office - the interior office where the council members and staff mailboxes are - and pick up your statement from the box labeled 2018 Statements sitting on the Guest desk. If you can’t make it to church, call the office and ask that it be mailed to you.   -Amy Gillespie, Financial Secretary

2019 PHONE DIRECTORY will soon be updated. Have you submitted your most current contact information? A yellow St. Paul Lutheran Church Information Update Form is a handy way to do so. Confused on why you are being asked to if you preferer postal or email notifications? We want to know what the most effective way is to get the news to you! Please turn in your Information Update Form by Sunday, February 24th to the office. Thank you!   -AnnaMarie Padilla, Office Administrator

PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT to enjoy the newly added feature to the labyrinth garden. We have a new boulder presenting a plaque of WELCOME. The OUTREACH ACTION TEAM, on behalf of the congregation, extends an invitation to neighbors and visitors to walk the labyrinth and to feel the welcome spirit that is St. Paul Lutheran Church.   -Paula Eglinton

WE RECEIVED A SPECIAL THANK YOU: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) THANKS YOU for your thoughtful gifts to ELCA World Hunger during 2018- Advent time. The ornaments raised $1048.00 and in addition there were On-line gifts and offering checks.   -Else Tasseron, for the Outreach Team

THE CLASS ON GENESIS HAS BEEN SO INTERESTING AND WELL RECEIVED, that we will have one more session on Sunday, February 17th. On February 24th, the Outreach Ministry Team will conduct a discussion on membership and exploring new ways of affiliation with St. Paul. What does it mean to 21st Century people to be connected to a faith community and how do we define that and satisfy institutional needs? Plan now to attend Bob Matthews’ exciting explorations of Genesis on the 17th and our conversation on membership on the 24th - Adult Faith Formation, Conference Room, 11:00 a.m.   -Ivan Westergaard

THE LEGISLATIVE HAND-OFF MEETING is at 4:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, on 5301 Ponderosa NE, Today, and every Sunday, till March 17th. Join us as we hear reports from the groups that went to Santa Fe the previous week, and those making plans for their week. Interested? Contact me.   -Ivan Westergaard

VALENTINE'S DAY. The National ELCA Church sends a suggestion: Use the Good Gifts Catalogue (on the coffee table) to give your valentine HOGS 'n' KISSES. A $10.00 gift could be a Chick or a Fruit tree; a $20.00 gift could be Honeybees; a $30.00 gift for a Piglet. Your Valentine would certainly smile, while you help a hungry family.   -Else Tasseron

MOVIE NIGHT IS COMING UP. Join us this Friday, February 15th at 6:00 p.m. for a showing of The Breakfast Club, Rated R. This 1985 ‘Brat Pack’ movie starring Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, and Molly Ringwald follows five high school students in Saturday detention. The students discover they have a lot more in common than they thought in this movie about acceptance, transformation, and community. Breakfast casseroles and breakfast meats will be served! Bring OJ, and other breakfast foods to share! See you at Movie Night!
   -Alicia Ruch-Flynn, Movie Night Team

DID YOU KNOW… when you sponsor the Sunday Flowers in the Sanctuary or the Narthex, you can take them home after the Sunday service? Sign up today in the Welcome Center. Thank you.   -AnnaMarie Padilla, Office Administrator

FACILITY OPTION EXPLORATION The subcommittee to explore in greater detail the various facility options available to us is going to have an initial kick-off meeting on Thursday, February 21st at 5:30 p.m. This meeting is to ensure that we all understand what is and what is NOT the scope of this subcommittee. We will also determine the timing for future meetings. Please reach out to either Greg Flynn or me if you'd like to be a part of this conversation, even if you cannot make this initial meeting, so that we can include you in our regular meetings. There will be actions for everyone.   -Jeff Peterson

MARK YOUR CALENDARS, save the dates. Would you like to learn more about our Congregation life and its ministries? Please come to the church and be part of the discussion on the following dates as all are welcome. Wednesday, February 20th at 7:00 p.m., Council Meeting; Saturday, February 23rd from 9:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m., Quarterly Mission Team Meeting; Sunday, March 31st right after the church service, Spring Congregation Meeting.   -Rijasoa Andriamanana, Council President

PRAYER GROUP. A few Sundays ago, I made an invitation to begin a Prayer Group to intentionally seek God and God's desire for us as a community of faith. A few of you have expressed interest! Our first planning meeting is set for Sunday, February 24th following the Faith Formation hour, in Friendship Corner. Interested but can't make the meeting, just let me know. Prayer is something we can do just about anywhere at any time!   -Peace, Pr. Koppel

COME AND JOIN OTHER MEMBERS in a Fellowship Dinner Group to share stories and have a good time together. Groups will be established and emailed the middle of February for March, April & May as well as September, October, & November. If you're currently enrolled and have contact information changes, let Sue Margison or me know before that time. If you are new, please sign up on the cards in the basket in the Welcome Center.   -Carol Ann Sorensen

A LENTEN ADULT FAITH FORMATION OPPORTUNITY: Making Sense of the Cross by David Lose.  The first of 6 sessions begins Sunday, March 10th at 11:00 a.m. in the Conference Room. The session on March 31st will follow the Annual Spring Congregational Meeting, which immediately follows worship. If you'd like a book ordered for you the cost is $10. If this is a hardship, please let me know and we'll get it covered. Questions? Ask away! Sign up in the Welcome Center on the Bulletin Board (next to the Welcome Center Desk and Council Board) by February 24th.   -Peace, Pr. Koppel

CAMINO DE VIDA continues 2019 English Classes and individual tutoring for ESL students. We're still seeking volunteer tutors who are willing to commit 1-2 hours meeting one-on-one or with two individuals in 1-hour sessions. Tutoring sessions are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5:30-6:30 and 6:30-7:30 p.m. *Interested, but need alternate day/time? Please contact me at 505- 514-9515 or Claire Lewis at 830-796-7116.   - Pr. Guillermo Yela

FROM THE STEWARDSHIP TOOLKIT for February 2019, written by Rev. Bob Blezard, Assistant to the Bishop, Lower Susquehanna Synod: Luke 5:5-6"Simon answered Jesus, "Master we have worked all night long but have caught nothing.  Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets." When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break." Jesus's instructions make no sense to Simon but following them leads him to make an enormous catch of fish. Steward/disciples often find that God's guidance leads to greater abundance. When have you seen this in your life?   -Jan Krakow, Stewardship Team

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS NEEDED FOR NEW REFUGEES! Lutheran Family Services (LFS) is receiving over 100 new arrivals this upcoming year. We need donations due to this new surge of arrivals. In our standard apartment set ups, we are currently in need of new or very gently used pots, pans and baking pans, shower curtains, rings and rods, and electric clocks. There is a container in the St. Paul Welcome Center for your contributions. Please contact Donations Coordinator Sandi Bertholomey at 505-933-7014 or to schedule delivery times, pick-ups or questions. Address: Lutheran Family Services, 4105 Silver Ave SE, 87108.   -Sandi Bertholomey, L.F.S., Community Outreach Coordinator