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Sunday, April 6 at St. Paul's

April 4, 2014 - 10:30am
Sunday, April 6 at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation,

We’re all set! The 7th and 8th grade “Digging Deeper” students have been working for months on their mini-sermons, which they will present on Sunday. In order to hear all nine messages, you will have to come to both services. The students have also prepared a skit which will be presented in both services. I believe this Sunday will be meaningful and enjoyable all at the same time! Here is the schedule:

8:30 a.m. 
  • Article 1: Who is God? (Sarah Crews)
  • Articles 4 and 5: Christ: His Person and Work (Anna Perry)
  • Article 8: Salvation: The New Life (Zach Crawford)
  • Article 10: Response and Eternal Destiny (Molly Crawford)
  • Article 3: Man: His Creation and Fall (Alison Klaus, if time permits)
11 a.m. 
  • Article 2: The Bible: Inspiration (Leanne Davis)
  • Article 3: Man: His Creation and Fall (Alison Klaus)
  • Article 6: The Holy Spirit (Samantha Kraus)
  • Article 7: The Church (Danielle Walter)
  • Article 9: Christ's Return (Nathan Amiri)
  • Article 10: Response and Eternal Destiny (Molly Crawford)

Thank you! The St. Paul’s congregation has responded, and Jessie now has all the volunteers for the Rock-n-Roll Easter Event. What a wonderful encouragement to our children’s department to have all this assistance. NOW, our next challenge is to invite friends, neighbors, and get a great attendance for Saturday, April 19, from 10-11:30 am. Who could you invite?

Coming Up.
  1. Final Lenten Supper and Worship. I don’t know about you, but the Lenten Testimonies and worships services this year have been very touching to me. All of our guest preachers have “knocked the ball out of the park”, and the testimonies have been from the heart. This week, on Wednesday, April 9, at 6:40 p.m., Amanda Frederick will share her testimony about how God has answered the prayers of our congregation to provide jobs for both she and David in St. Louis. Then, at 7:15, Chris Kaiser and the youth will lead worship, with Anna Perry sharing her testimony. Dustin is helping with the music. This is a service you won’t want to miss
  2. Good Friday, Easter. We are planning some very special services for Holy Week, including a Good Friday tenebrae service called Lovelight. These services also provide great opportunities to invite friends.

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  See you Sunday!

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Sunday, March 30 at St. Paul's

March 28, 2014 - 9:00am
Sunday, March 30 at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation,

This Sunday, March 30, brings us two important “grand finale” events:
  1. The Colossians Sermon Series, “Christ Over All,” comes to a close this weekend with the sermon, “A Disciple’s Love” from Colossians 4:2-18. After hearing eleven sermons from Colossians, perhaps you almost feel like you’re part of this little church. We know Epaphras, the church planter, and Philemon, in whose home the church meets. We have met Onesimus, Philemon’s slave. And we know about their problems with false teachers. This Sunday, you will meet others involved with this little church, and hear Paul’s final thoughts on love as we wind up this book.
  2. The Vocational Calling of a Senior (Adult Bible Fellowship) also ends this Sunday. Josh Hammons and Kyle Schneider will end this series with a presentation called, Outreaching with Dignity. With 61% of the houses surrounding our church being owned by retired persons, this topic should be of special interested to everyone who cares about touching our community with the love of Jesus Christ.

What's Ahead?
  1. This Wednesday, April 2, we continue our Wednesday Night “Close Encounters” Series with supper starting at 6:00 (French Toast and Sausage). Barbara van Dyk and David van Dyk will share their testimony concerning David’s tragic accident, and the healing that God has given. Bob Schalk is our preacher on Wednesday, on the topic of Nicodemus and his Close Encounter with Jesus in John 3. This is an evening you will not want to miss!
  2. Sunday, April 6 is Presentation Sunday. Students will be preaching mini-sermons in both services, and also presenting a skit, “Disciple Auditions.” Please pray for our nine 7th and 8th grade students, their mentors and parents:
  • Zach Crawford (John Hylton)
  • Sarah Crews (Rosanne Toro)
  • Alison Klaus (Donna Schalk)
  • Anna Perry (Nancy Brigham)
  • Nathan Amiri (Don Andrews)
  • Molly Crawford (Tina Kaiser)
  • Leanne Davis (Kris Immekus)
  • Samantha Kraus (Susan Musselman)
  • Danielle Walter (Susan Pollmann)
I am looking forward to seeing you all this Sunday. God is working in very powerful ways at our church, behind the scenes. People are coming to faith in Jesus Christ. Spiritual strongholds are being challenged. People are fighting the good fight of faith. Let us be watchful in prayer, as we continue our Lenten Journey.
  Blessings!
A. Mark Friz, Senior Pastor
  P.S. Easter unison choir! This Easter, Dustin Burggraaf is putting together a unison choir for the 11 a.m. worship service. Participating in a unison choir is a simple way to play a part in leading the body in worship. Here’s what you need to know:
  • Bring your smile and resurrection joy!
  • You’ll just be singing the melody!
  • The only rehearsal is the morning of Easter at 10 a.m.
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Sunday, March 16 at St. Paul's

March 14, 2014 - 12:00pm
Sunday, March 16 at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation,

Spring! Is it possible that spring has finally arrived? What a joy to experience several days this past week where the thermometer went above freezing. Now that spring has arrived, I hope that the deep things God has been teaching you through this past winter will now come alive in your hearts.

The Book of Colossians. This Sunday, we continue our series through Colossians. We are drawing closer to the end of the book, with three sermons left. Our passage is Colossians 3:12-17, A Disciple’s New Clothes, Part 2. Pastor Dan started this sermon three weeks ago, and I will bring you the conclusion this Sunday. We will talk about the “putting on” and the “putting in.” Why not read this passage before Sunday, and see how you would preach it if you were the preacher?

Update. The search team for the Traditional Worship Director has been meeting, and there is a job posting on our church’s web site at the following address: http://www.stpaulsefree.org/content/job-openings. If you have friends who might be interested in applying for this position, please direct them to our church’s web site. This is a half time position.

Coming Next Week. There are a couple of special events next week at St. Paul’s:
  1. Faith and Culture Series: Genetically Modified Plants, Monday, March 17, 7:30 pm. Dr. Frank Serdy will discuss this controversial subject from his vantage point as a plant scientist and a Christian.
  2. Wednesday Worship During Lent: Wednesday, March 19, 7:15 pm. DJ Russell is preaching this next Wednesday in our series, “Close Encounters with the Son of God.” DJ is preaching from John 9:1-41, Jesus and the Man that was Born Blind.
Ministry Opportunities. Volunteers are now needed for King’s Kids Camp (talk to Jannet Dieckgraefe or Chris Kaiser) and Children’s Ministry (talk to Jessie Staroba, jessie@stpaulsefree.org). Also, check out our church library. The March library feature is Apologetics.
Grace, mercy and peace to all!
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Sunday, March 9 at St. Paul's

March 7, 2014 - 10:00am
Sunday, March 9 at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation,

Daylight Saving Time. Don't forget to "spring forward" and move your clocks up an hour this Saturday night/Sunday morning!

The Book of Philemon. It will be good to get together this Sunday after canceling services last Sunday. Onesimus has agreed to return, and if you have not read his story in the book of Philemon, you now still have time to read it before Sunday morning. The church in Colossae met in Philemon’s home, so this story is a great one to provide a “break” in the Colossians Series.

We will dedicate the elders and deacons in both services. May I encourage you to pray for our church leaders! The Bible tells us to do so. Here are their names:
  • St. Paul's Elders: Bob Binns, Eric Button, Scott Dieckgraefe (secretary), Janet Rolle, Robert Schalk, Kelly Schjenken (vice-chair), Scott Schurwan, Frank Serdy (chair), Rod Toro, Pastor Mark Friz, Pastor Dan Walter
  • St. Paul's Deacons: Jerry Eichholz (treasurer), John Graeler (chair), Sue Jackson, Susan Musselman, Kurt van Dyk

8:30. Fern Black is our guest organist in the first service. The chorale sings three spirituals for the offertory, and we sing favorite hymns.

11:00. Dustin has a great lineup in the second service, and you will notice a new projector, just installed this week. It is twice as bright as our old projector, so hopefully we will be able to see the screen even better than before.

Sunday is Donut Sunday! Join us at 9:45 in the multipurpose room for donuts. Then, adults are invited to attend a brand new Adult Bible Fellowship (ABF). Jake Bennett, chaplain at Friendship Village, will kick off a new ABF series, Vocational Calling of a Senior, with his talk, Our Need for Incarnational Ministry.

Financial Need. As of the end of February, we have a shortfall (receipts vs. expenses) of $28,875 in our General Fund. With all the bad weather this winter, it has been hard on our finances. Anything you could do to bring us up to date would be much appreciated.

$80,000 Easter Challenge Now Reduced to $16,300. We received a large gift in the last several weeks that took a big chunk out of our loan to the Mueller Bechtold Fund. We now only owe $16,300 on our debt. God is good, and God’s people are generous. I believe we will reach our goal of paying off this loan by Easter of 2014! Praise God.

Wednesday Lenten Services. Also, let’s remember that Lent is a time for reflection, repentance, and thinking of others. We have prayer books in the Welcome Center for you to employ during this season. We have special services each Wednesday for the next five weeks, with dinners starting at 6:00. I hope that you can join us!

Grace, mercy and peace to all!
A. Mark Friz, Senior Pastor
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No Worship Services on Sunday, March 2, 2014

March 1, 2014 - 10:34pm
No Worship Services on Sunday, March 2, 2014 ALL SUNDAY MORNING ACTIVITIES ARE CANCELLED FOR MARCH 2. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, Because of the CodeRED Weather Warning for tomorrow, AND because of the Missouri Department of Transportation's request that no one travel except in cases of a dire emergency, AND because the forecast includes freezing rain, sleet and snow, we are cancelling worship services at St. Paul's for Sunday, March 2, 2014. This also includes Sunday School and all other related classes and activities.

Please join us on Ash Wednesday evening at 7:15 for our Ash Wednesday service. NOTE, there is no Lenten Dinner on Ash Wednesday, but communion will be served.

Please stay safe and warm, and worship our Lord in your homes.

BTW, Onesimus has agreed to come back next Sunday.
  Grace, mercy and peace to all!

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Sunday, March 2 at St. Paul's

February 28, 2014 - 10:00am
Sunday, March 2 at St. Paul's Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation,

Icy Forecast. Well, we have two great services planned for Sunday, but the weather is threatening an ice storm, starting on Saturday night and continuing into Sunday morning. If we get a great deal of ice, the possibility exists that we will not be able to clear our driveway and walks. We may cancel Sunday School, Choir, Ushering, and any of our normal Sunday activities that involve volunteer participation. If it is really bad, we may even cancel church. Immanuel Lutheran has already canceled their Sausage Dinner for Sunday, March 2. It will be held on March 9 instead.

Communication. Here is how you will know whether or not church is canceled on Sunday. If church is to be canceled, I will post a notice on the front of our church’s web page (www.stpaulsefree.org) under the block called “Sunday’s Sermon” NO LATER THAN 6 a.m. on Sunday morning. In any case, your personal safety should be a top concern. Even if we go ahead with church, please do not venture out unless you feel safe in doing so.

Ash Wednesday. One consolation is that Lent begins on Wednesday, March 5, and we will have a lenten service that night. We will start our series, Close Encounters with the Son of God. Pastor Mark will be preaching from John 6:22-59: “Jesus and the Crowd.” Communion will be served.

The Visit of Onesimus. If it does, we have Onesimus appearing this Sunday, as a special “break” from our series in Colossians. This will be a first person sermon by Pastor Mark. Onesimus not only lived in Colossae, but he is also the slave who carried Paul’s letters to the churches in Ephesus and Colossae. He has a very interesting story to tell. Please read the book of Philemon ahead of time. It is only 25 verses.

Newcomer Class this Saturday. There is a Newcomer’s Class on Saturday morning, March 1, starting at 9 a.m. I believe we have six registered to far. If you are new to St. Paul’s, or are interested in hearing more about becoming a member, this is the class for you. Please call the church office to let us know that you will be attending. (314) 993-0015.

Son of God. I hope you have found some friends to take to the Son of God movie this weekend. Let’s pray that the movie will be a blockbuster, and that this film could be part of a revival that might sweep America in the coming days.

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  Grace, mercy and peace to all of you! Winter will eventually go away,
so hang in there, and stay close to Jesus.

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This Sunday, February 23, 2014

February 21, 2014 - 10:00am
This Sunday, February 23, 2014 Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday! Dear St. Paul's Congregation, When I come to Christ, shouldn’t those old sins just go away? That may have been what the Christians in Colossae thought. But it doesn’t happen quite that way. Sunday’s sermon is titled A Disciple’s Old Clothes. Being a follower of Christ is both exciting and challenging.

Here are some things to look forward to on Sunday:
  • Steve Crawford’s faith story will be a part of the sermon.
  • The music and hymns will be great as usual.
  • There will be bell choirs at each service.
  • Our elders will be helping lead the services while Pastor Mark is on vacation and Chris is in Wisconsin at Tina’s mother’s funeral.
On Sunday you will have opportunity pick up the Lenten prayer guide that we will be using beginning Ash Wednesday, March 5. And there are still lots of tickets available for the Son of God movie available also.
Joy to you,  Dan Walter, Pastor of Adult Ministries
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This Sunday, February 16, 2014

February 14, 2014 - 10:00am
This Sunday, February 16, 2014 Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday! Dear St. Paul's Congregation, A recent survey says that young adults are looking for four qualities in a local church:
  1. Community 
  2. Social Justice 
  3. Depth 
  4. Mentorship
This Sunday will be an opportunity for an “in depth” view of Colossians 2:16-23 through a sermon called, A Disciple’s Treasure. Our treasure is the fullness we have in Jesus Christ (Col. 2:10). Paul warns against false teachers who would steal our treasure from us. This is a difficult passage, so please read and do a little study ahead of time. Come, learn how to “guard your treasure.”

The Sausage Dinner happens this weekend, from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $9 in advance, $10 at the door. Children are $5, with kids 5 and under free. All the proceeds go to support our Youth Ministries at St. Paul’s. This is a great opportunity to work together as a congregation, and invite friends for fun and fellowship.

The Son of God movie tickets should arrive at the church office on Friday. If they do, we will have them available for you on Sunday. Days and times will be posted on the tickets. The theaters are AMC 12 and AMC 16, both in Creve Coeur on Olive Blvd.
  Monday, February 17, is President’s Day. The church office is closed, but there are some special activities for all ages:
  1. City Museum Trip. Meet at the city museum at 9:30 a.m. sharp for discounted tickets. 
  2. Faith & Culture Series continues at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium: Jill Pasteris talks about Radioactive Dating and Age. 
Let’s pray for one another, and for the spread of the Gospel of Jesus, as we approach the Lord’s Day!
Grace, mercy and peace to all!
  A. Mark Friz, Senior Pastor
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This Sunday, February 9, 2014

February 7, 2014 - 10:00am
This Sunday, February 9, 2014 Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday! Dear St. Paul's Congregation, The weather outside has been frightful! The forecast for Sunday makes it a little warmer than today, but no snow is predicted. Hopefully, we will all be able to gather together and worship God in Spirit, Truth and Warmth!

This Sunday, we continue our series from Colossians. My sermon will focus on verses 2:6-15: A Disciple’s Protection.

In other news:
  • 2/15, Stitch-in, 9:00 am, Power Plant
  • 2/16, The Sausage Supper, from 12:30-6:00.
  • 2/17, City Museum Trip (meet at 9:30 sharp for discounted fees).
  • 2/17, Faith & Culture Series, with Jill Pasteris speaking on Radioactive Dating and Age.
Lent Begins Ash Wednesday, March 5. Our special Wednesday night series during Lent is called, Close Encounters with the Son of God. We will start with a traditional Ash Wednesday service on March 5. Then, on March 12, part of our adventure through Lent will be viewing the movie called The Son of God together as a congregation, with friends invited! On March 19, 26, and April 2, 9, we will have Lenten dinners preceding the worship services. More details will be coming out later.
  Grace, mercy and peace to all,
  A. Mark Friz, Senior Pastor
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Communion Service This Sunday

January 31, 2014 - 10:00am
Communion Service This Sunday Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday. Dear St. Paul's Congregation, The Life of Discipleship. There is nothing more exciting than walking with Jesus and following him day by day. This Wednesday morning, 21 men met at 6:00 am to grow as disciples. What is very unique about our study this year is the focus on ACTION! Every time we meditate on a new scripture passage, we talk about how to live out God’s word in our personal lives. God is doing great things in the lives of our men! The same could be said about our women, with 29 women gathered for Bible Study at 9:00 on Wednesday morning.

The Question of Suffering. This Sunday, my sermon (Col. 1:24-2:5) is on “The Mysteries of Discipleship.” One of the mysteries is from Colossians 1:24: “Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.” One commentator (Kent Hughes) wrote, “This is one of the most debated verses in all of scripture.” What do you think? How can our suffering “fill up” what is lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions? That is one of the mysteries we will ponder on Sunday.

Communion This Sunday, February 2. Another mystery celebrated throughout the entire Christian Church is the Lord’s Supper. We proclaim the mystery of faith: “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.” What a privilege to gather together to participate in this ordinance which Christ himself instituted.

Between Services. Tim Roth, our missionary, is a linguist and Wycliffe Bible Translator. He will be teaching the Seekers/Believers ABF Sunday at 9:45 on the topic, “Can We Trust the Bible?” Being a linguist and translator, this topic is his specialty. If you don’t normally attend an ABF, have you considered visiting? Also, check out the Children’s Ministry, 7th and 8th Grade Class, Senior High Ministry, and other Adult Bible Fellowships! None of us has arrived—we are all growing in discipleship.

Library Ministry. Also, come into the church library sometime and look at February’s subject, “Love and Marriage.” Check out what’s good, classic and brand new about Valentine’s Day. (Your spouse will be thrilled).

I’m looking forward to community time on Sunday morning. Remember, if you’re not in a small group, you’re always welcome. Speak to Pastor Dan.

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  Blessings,

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This Sunday, January 26, 2014

January 24, 2014 - 10:00am
This Sunday, January 26, 2014 Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday! Dear St. Paul's Congregation, This coming Sunday is our Annual Meeting Sunday. Both members and friends are welcome at our annual meeting! We will be approving two new elders: Bob Schalk and Rod Toro. The Elders will be reporting on their visioning retreat. You will also hear from the staff, as we talk about what God has been doing, and also our hopes for the new year! Join us at 12:15 for a potluck lunch (please bring two dishes), followed by the meeting, starting at 1pm.

Chris Kaiser is preaching this Sunday, as we enter the third sermon in our Colossians Series. The sermon title is: "Christ Over All! A Disciple's Peace", based on Colossians 1:15-23. Of course, the Gospel Project ABF continues in the Auditorium, with Tim Roth teaching this Sunday on "How Did We Get the Bible?" Of course, we also have the Book Club, Spiritual Sisters, Senior High, "Digging Deeper", and Children's Sunday School all meeting from 9:45 to 10:45am. There is something for everyone in our education hour.

The picture at the top of this email is from our "Digging Deeper" Retreat, January 19-20. We had 22 present. A big project for the retreat was beginning preparation for our mini-sermons. We also had a great time hiking and enjoying the facilities at Camp Mihaska. All in all, it was a great time for making better disciples for Jesus.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in God's house on Sunday!
  Grace, mercy and peace,
  A. Mark Friz, Senior Pastor
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This Sunday, January 19, 2014

January 17, 2014 - 12:00pm
This Sunday, January 19, 2014 Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday! Dear St. Paul's Congregation, Honoring Our “Seasoned” Saints. This Sunday, January 19, our life team wants to place special emphasis on the members of St. Paul’s who are 85 years of age and older. The life team is making efforts to offer these members of our St. Paul’s family rides to church this Sunday, and honor them during worship. Here are some interesting statistics:
  • 43 members of our church who are above the age of 85!
  • 25 still live in their homes
  • 12 have assisted living
  • 6 live with their families
Christ Over All: The Message of Colossians. Our new sermon series continues this Sunday. We will be looking at Paul’s prayer for the church, found in Colossians 1:9-14. My prayer, as your pastor, is that we will all grow in our ability to pray for one another during this next week.
 
More Disciples: Invite Friends to “Faith and Culture Speaker Series.” Pre-Christians are often wondering about how faith and science intertwine. Bob Binns kicks off our Faith and Culture Series this coming Monday, with the theme: “The Universe and Faith---Distance, Tim and the Big Bang.” This is an excellent opportunity for spiritual conversations with your friends! All are welcome!
 
Pray for Confirmation Retreat. This weekend, the 7th and 8th grade “Digging Deeper” Class will be going on a retreat. We leave Sunday right after the second service, and will return Monday night around 6:00pm. Would you please pray for all the students and mentors by name? Pray for more and better disciples. Pray that they will learn to follow Jesus with head, heart and hands.
  • Nathan Amiri (Don Andrews)
  • Molly Crawford (Tina Kaiser)
  • Leanne Davis (Kris Immekus)
  • Samantha Kraus (Susan Musselman)
  • Danielle Walter (Susan Pollmann)
  • Zach Crawford (John Hylton)
  • Sarah Crews (Rosanne Toro)
  • Alison Klaus (Donna Schalk)
  • Anna Perry (Nancy Brigham)
Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday. Worship is at the regular times: 8:30 and 11:00am. Come and join the joy!
  Grace, mercy and peace,
  A. Mark Friz, Senior Pastor
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This Sunday, January 12, 2014

January 9, 2014 - 4:51pm
This Sunday, January 12, 2014 Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday! Dear St. Paul's Congregation, A Warm(er) Weekend Coming. Well, did everyone survive the “polar vortex”? I was praying for there to be few power outages throughout the city, and I believe that for the most part, that prayer was answered. I probably should have prayed against broken pipes, as it seems many experienced water problems. The weather forecast for this Sunday is ABOVE FREEZING AND SUNNY! Yes! Hopefully, we will be able to enjoy fellowship together again!
 
The Message of Colossians. This coming Sunday, we start a new sermon series from the book of Colossians called, “Christ Over All.” The Apostle Paul thanks God for the gospel, which is growing and bearing fruit throughout the world. My goal this Sunday is to also encourage the St. Paul’s congregation with ways that we see gospel fruitfulness in our time. I will also help us see how God is making more and better disciples!
 
Budget Hearing Coming Up. Most of you probably got the news that the budget hearing has been changed to this coming Monday, January 13, from 7-8 pm. We have good news to report in that we ended 2013 in the black, taking in $1,589 more than was spent. God is very good to us! Thank you for your generosity!
 
Small Groups Start Up This Sunday. Robb Hicks and Pastor Dan spent some time together this week, writing questions for the small groups that start up this Sunday. Why not join one of our small groups that meet throughout the week? Sign up at “Small Group Central” in the Welcome Center on Sunday.
 
Prayer. Your elders are having a retreat on Friday and Saturday, so your prayers are very much appreciated. Our focus will be on the future vision of St. Paul’s Church.
 
Grace, mercy and peace to all!
  A. Mark Friz, Senior Pastor
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This Sunday, January 5, 2014

January 3, 2014 - 10:00am
This Sunday, January 5, 2014 Here's what's happening at St. Paul's this Sunday! Dear St. Paul's Congregation, Back to Normal.
Our worship times resume their normal schedule this Sunday, January 5th:
  • traditional worship at 8:30am and
  • contemporary worship at 11am

"Knowing God is With Us":
Have you ever been facing a problem that seems so insurmountable that you could see no way out of it? Even worse, during this time of trouble, did you ever wonder where God was in all of this? This is exactly what happened to Gideon in the book of Judges.

This Sunday morning we will be looking at how God was with Gideon and the Israelites during their time of need, and how God is also with you and me today. What a wonderful reassurance as we start the new year! We will also be celebrating the Lord's Supper together this Sunday for the first time in 2014.

  I am looking forward to worshiping our Lord and Savior,
Jesus Christ, together with you this Sunday!

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One Worship Service this Sunday, 12/29, at 10:00 am

December 26, 2013 - 8:16pm
One Worship Service this Sunday, 12/29, at 10:00 am One Worship Service at 10:00 am at St. Paul's this Sunday Dear St. Paul's Congregation, There Are 12 Days in Christmas! I hope that the entire St. Paul's Family had a Merry Christmas and is enjoying this magical period of time between Christmas Day and Epiphany on January 6. It is the period known as the 12 Days of Christmas, and has been set aside in church tradition to give us extra time to meditate on the meaning of the incarnation

This Sunday: One Worship Service at 10:00 am! It's back by popular demand. The elders listened to your feedback from our past combined worship service, and we are offering another combined service this Sunday, December 29, at 10 am!
  • Please come and dress casually, with Christmas flair! Christmas sweaters would be great!
  • We will have nursery available during the service, but there will be no Sunday School on December 29.
  • I will share a special Children's Sermon, and a birthday cake for Jesus.
  • We will sing some great Christmas carols!
  • The St. Paul's Chorale has prepared a special anthem.
  • The worship team will also be there to lead us in praise.
  • Since Christmas is a time for families and memories, I will revive a special Christmas message, written my my father, Rev. Adolf Friz.
Year-End Generosity. Please remember that the end of the year 2013 is quickly approaching, and your year end tithes, special gifts and offerings are much appreciated and urgently needed. As I mentioned, at the end of November, we were about $30,000 behind in meeting our expenses for the year. If we have good giving in December, we should be able to end the year in the black! Please remember that all year end gifts must be in the office by December 31, or post marked by December 31. Let's pray for a good financial end to this wonderful year!

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  Grace, mercy, and peace to all!

A. Mark Friz, Senior Pastor  follow on Twitterlike on Facebook | forward to a friend  Copyright © 2013 St. Paul's Evangelical Church, All rights reserved.
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