St. Paul Lutheran Church December, 2014 Carolyn Daniels, Editor A Message from Pastor Dear Friends in Christ, As I write this it is 50 degrees out, brilliantly sunny, and—we are in high gear creating our Advent and Christmas services! On November 30 we began our New Year—as a Christian community the First Sunday of Advent marks our New Year’s Day. I confess Advent is probably my favorite season of the church year. A time of reflection and preparation, Advent is also a season of deep anticipation. It is a time of penitence and getting things in order. It is also a season to be stopped in our tracks and completely awed by the infinite love of God. It is a season of surprises and unexpected gifts of grace. Advent is a season which calls us to make room within ourselves and--amidst very busy lives--to listen---really listen--to God breaking into our world anew. Such listening and being with God takes time and intentionality—during one of the most hectic-and for many people--stress filled parts of the year. What a gift then this season is! Because it gives us both permission AND the resources to slow down, to be quiet, to meditate on God coming to US—and to make time to be with Immanuel—God who came to always be with us. The great Christian educator John Westerhoff reminds us that “it is difficult to wait in hope. Yet Advent provides us with a moment to reflect on where Christ is trying to break into our lives and our world. It is time to ask, Are we watching, are we expecting, are we ready to see it? Do we really want it to come?” There is a marvelous invitation made to us in and through this season, for Advent is the time to focus on, as Westerhoff writes, the “word of hope, the possibility of birthing new life, a rekindled vision to which we might give our lives. Advent focuses on the paradoxes of longing anticipation and patient watching; transforming the way we envision life and yet living prepared; living out a wait for what never seems to come and continuing in hopeful trust; desiring to give up control and opening ourselves to new possibilities.” As the days grow shorter and shorter and the darkness around us grows—as we come up against the deep darkness of the brokenness of God’s world and in our own lives, the season of Advent brings us the chance to begin again. Advent brings growing light with each candle lit, each heartfelt prayer said, each still moment with God and with those we love. Make time this Advent to have a cup of tea regularly and quietly with God, make time to pray and reflect—and to look forward in hope. Make time to bake those Christmas cookies with your children or grandchildren, bring joy to a stranger simply by being kind, reflect on what keeps you from the fullness of life God was born to bring you—and then ask God to take that brokenness and make you new. In a tired, heartsick world—Advent invites us to claim and to share Immanuel with the richest joy. May God deeply bless you and yours in this holy season. Faithfully, Katie Sunday December 21, 2014 @ 9:30 a.m. The Joy of Christmas Presented by our St. Paul Choir & Sunday School Followed by Brunch and a Visit with Santa. Please sign up in the narthex by Dec. 7, 2014 if you wish to stay for Brunch. $5.00 per Person. $15.00 Max per Family. And, please note: This special event is a combination of our Sunday School’s annual Christmas Pageant and our Choir’s annual Christmas Chorale. COMMUNITY HOLIDAY HAM DINNER Spiral Ham with Raisin Sauce Scalloped Potatoes Mashed Sweet Potatoes Green Beans with Garlic and Red Pepper Rolls Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream and Fudge Sauce Beverages Sunday, December 7, 2014 5 p.m.-7 p.m. (continuous serving) St. Paul Lutheran Church 181 Elm Street East Longmeadow, MA 01028 Adults--$10.00 Children under 6--$5.00 Family maximum--$25.00 Proceeds to benefit Lutheran World Relief and St. Paul Lutheran Church and sponsored by a Thrivent Action Team Grant Sunday Monday Tuesday 1 Wednesday 3 Thursday 4 Friday 5 Saturday 6 2 10:00 am Bible Study December, 2014 7-8:30 p.m. AA 5:30-6:15 p.m. Zumba 6-9 p.m. Scout wreath & flower sale 7:00 p.m. 9 a.m.-5: p.m. Scout wreath & flower sale. Scouts 7:15 p.m. Sr. Choir 7 (Blue) 8 9 8:30 a.m. Sunday Church School 8:30 a.m. Adult Fellowship 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion 4:00 p.m. Venture Crew 5:00-7:00 p.m. Community Holiday Ham Dinner 7:00 p.m. Women’s Group Cookie Exchange 14 15 16 8:30 a.m. Sunday Church School 8:30 a.m. Adult Fellowship 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion 11:00 a.m. Set up for Lucia 3:00-5:00 p.m. Lucia Festival 7:00 p.m. Council Meeting at the Lindwalls 5:30-6:15 p.m. Zumba 21 22 (Blue) (Blue) (White) 9:30 a.m. Worship Service Lessons and Carols No Sunday Church School No Adult Fellowship 11 7-8:30 p.m. AA 10:00 am Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Scouts 7:15 p.m. Sr. Choir 17 18 7-8:30 p.m. AA 10:00 am Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Scouts 7:15 p.m. Sr. Choir Busy Bees (use hall) Busy Bees (use hall Busy Bees (snow day) 23 24 25 Christmas Eve 4:00 p.m. Candlelight Holy Communion Service The Joy of Christmas Pageant/Chorals 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion Brunch to follow service 28 10 29 30 7:00 & 10:30 p.m. Candlelight Holy Communion Service 31 7-8:30 p.m. AA 12 13 11:00-1:00 Open Pantry 19 20 Setting up the hall for the brunch. Busy Bees (snow day) 26 27 Office Closed DECEMBER 7, 2014 9:30 a.m. Acolyte – Alex Maserati Communion Assistant – Eric Lindwall Lay Reader – Bill Pruyne Ushers – Elke Simmons Russ Wirtalla Greeters – Betty Drumheller & Diane Donner Nursery – Nancy Moisuk Altar Guild – Becky Johnson DECEMBER 14, 2014 9:30 a.m. Acolyte – Daniel Kronlund Communion Assistant – Charles Dinnie Lay Reader – Karen Welch Ushers –Cheryl & Guy Williams Greeters – Betty Drumheller & Pamela Fant Nursery – Nancy Moisuk (Blue) THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS Presented by our St. Paul Choir & Sunday School DECEMBER 21, 2014 – 9:30 A.M. Holy Communion Acolyte – Spencer Walker Communion Assistant – Mike Shaw Lay Reader – David Proctor Ushers – Jim McKnight & Elke Simmons Greeters – Bill & Joyce Donovan No Nursery Altar Guild – Becky Johnson (Blue) DECEMBER 24, 2014 Candlelight Holy Communion 4:00 p.m. Acolyte – Allie MacDonald Communion Assistant – Dale MacDonald Lay Reader – Vincent McPartland Ushers – Volunteer Needed Greeters – Volunteer Needed Altar Guild – Becky Johnson DECEMBER 24, 2014 7:00 & 10:30p.m. Candlelight Holy Communion Acolyte – Volunteer Needed Communion Assistant – Charlie Dinnie Lay Reader – Bill Pruyne Ushers – Volunteer Needed Greeters – Volunteer Needed (White) DECEMBER 28, 2014 9:30 a.m Acolyte – Veronica Walker Lessons and Carols Ushers – Sandy Barbeau & Don Cheetham Greeters – Betty Drumheller Nursery – Nancy Moisuk Altar Guild – Becky Johnson (White) JANUARY 4, 2015 9:30 A.M. Acolyte – James Anderson 9:30 A.M. Acolyte – Alex Maserati Communion Assistant – Mike Shaw Lay Reader – Charles Dinnie Communion Assistant – Eric Lindwall Lay Reader – Jessica Melanson Ushers – Elke Simmons Russ Wirtalla Ushers – Cheryl & Guy Williams Greeters – Diane Donner Betty Drumheller Nursery – Nancy Moisuk Greeters – Pamela Fant & Diane Donner Nursery – Nancy Moisuk Altar Guild - (White) JANUARY 18, 2015 JANUARY 11, 2015 Mary Breeding 9:30 A.M. (White) JANUARY 25, 2015 9:30 A.M. Acolyte – Ashley Corcoran Acolyte – James Drake Communion Assistant – Dale MacDonald Lay Reader – Sandy Porcelli Communion Assistant – Bill Pruyne Lay Reader – Vivian Proctor Ushers – Elke Simmons Jim McKnight Ushers – Sandy Barbeau Don Cheetham Greeters – Bill & Joyce Donovan Greeters – Eric Raymond Alex Maserati Nursery – Nancy Moisuk Nursery – Nancy Moisuk Altar Guild – (Green) Mary Breeding (Green) Helen Bickley Nori Bliss Michael Boyd Diane Braden Bill Clark Jerry Davis Sarah (Lindwall) Dazell Donald Dorn Betty Drumheller Andrew Fant Jim Fant Robert Feathers John Follit Jim Gibbons June Goewey Shirley Jacobson Inge Mahlo George Mayer Laurie Norris Susan Peterson Pat Picariello Eric Pruyne Carol Rubba Cathy Runquist Andrew Stark WOMEN’S GROUP COOKIE EXCHANGE Monday, December 8th 7 p.m. (This will be our December meeting.) Linda Lindwall’s house 20 Overbrook Road East Longmeadow, MA Bring your homemade cookies to exchange (If you prefer not to exchange cookies, please bring an appetizer to share that night.) Sign up on kiosk This is our December Meeting. Nursery Schedule— December 7—Nancy Moisuk December 14—Nancy Moisuk December 21—No nursery December 28—Nancy Moisuk January 4—Nancy Moisuk January 11—Nancy Moisuk January 18—Nancy Moisuk January 25—Nancy Moisuk December--Holiday Dinner—canned gravy, yams, cranberry,boxed potatoes, stuffing, canned fruit, rice, cereal January—Bright White Winter--Cleaning supplies such as but not limited to dish soap, windex, toilet bowl cleaner, multipurpose cleaner, laundry detergent, sponges, etc. Are you a Thrivent member? Have you used your Thrivent Action Team grants yet? If you answered no, what are you waiting for? Thrivent members at St. Paul are doing some exciting things—assisting Open Pantry, sponsoring Secret Santa children, providing warm gloves for the Mitten Tree, remembering our college youth, servicing various parenting teen programs, supporting our community dinners, helping launch Café Par-Tay, assembling Thanksgiving Food Baskets for needy families-well, you get the idea. We are doing some great projects!! What cause would you like to help? Sue Winn is more than happy to help. Contact her at 413-519-7979 or [email protected] for more information or help. This is a wonderful way for Thrivent members to increase our community outreach. ability. Spencer will attend a leadership seminar in May 2015. 02 06 09 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 26 27 28 29 31 Barbara Garten Andrew Stark Bill Donovan Sandra Barbeau Earle Hallstrom Bob Dombroski Diane Braden Krista Traynor Matt Vindigni Daniel Kronlund Ashley Corcoran Inge Murphy Connie Sessler Marg Walz George McHale Wayne Bickley Joan Corkum Azi Akpan Sue Winn Holly Dinnie Thank you to all who participated in Secret Santa! Thank you to Cub Scout Pack 272 for donating several bags of food to the St. Paul Open Pantry! No Confirmation Class for December. Next class will be January 8. Also, Book Club, Evangelism, Stewardship, and Women’s Group are not having a meeting in December. Women’s Group is doing the Cookie Exchange. Milestone Ministry Congratulations to Spencer Walker who was selected to be the representative from Enfield High School for the Hugh O’Brien Youth Foundation Connecticut Leadership—a select group of high school sophomores who demonstrate leadership Oliver Orrin Melanson will be baptized at Faith Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Valders, WI on Sunday December 7th. In addition to Jess, Annika, and I, he’ll be celebrating with his maternal grandparents Lorin and Linda Berge, his godparents/sponsors Matthew and Jennifer Berge, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. ZUMBA I will only have 5:30 Zumba for everybody for December. I would like to try Zumba Toning every week at 4:30 for Jan and Feb. and see how it does. I'll leave Zumba for everybody at 5:30 on the first and third Tuesdays only. Please contact Kelly Phillips at [email protected] for any questions. Book Club Schedule St. Paul Book Club has created its reading list for the next few months. Our next meeting will be January 6, 2015 at 7:00 a.m. in the lounge. At that meeting, we will be discussing a novel by Jess Walter entitled Beautiful Ruins. Our selections for the following months are the following. For February, we will read Wonder by R. J. Palacio. In March, we will discuss The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. We will follow that in April with The Aviator’s Wife, a novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the wife of Charles Lindbergh. We will wrap up the season in May with And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, the author of The Kite Runner. The book club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the church. If you are interested, please join us for one or more sessions. For more information, talk to Nancy Janes or email her at [email protected] MINISTER OF MUSIC The Worship and Music Committee, with the support of the Congregational Council, is happy to report the hiring of Jane Clark as our new, permanent Minister of Music, effective January 2015. With a degree in music from Smith College and over 40 years of experience as a church musician, Jane has committed to us her passion and excitement for the continued evolution of our music program as we engage in vibrant, meaningful worship. This new hire was the culmination of a long, but well-structured process meant to lead us to the right candidate: 1. Job description written by W&M and vetted through Council 2. Market research conducted for similar positions for representative compensation package 3. Suggested compensation approved by Council 4. Job posted with ALCM.org, (2) local AGO chapters, and NE Synod 5. Interview conducted by hiring committee: Bill Donovan, Marsha Akpan, Dave Proctor, Sandy Porcelli, Dave Melanson, Katie Keene 6. Unanimous decision by hiring committee to extend offer to Jane Clark We welcome Jane into the St. Paul family and look forward to this new partnership. CONGREGATION COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS At its meeting on Monday, November 24th the Congregation Council- Voted to accept monetary gifts to fund bookkeeping, payroll, and financial secretary services for one year. This will allow the treasurer and the finance committee to focus on analysis and proactive financial planning and not on just keeping track of the numbers. Voted to extend the covenant of our Intentional Interim Pastor Katheryn Keene by 6 months from March 16, 2015September 16, 2015. Based on the interview and demonstrated musical proficiency, the hiring committee of the Worship and Music Team unanimously agreed to offer Jane Clark the permanent position of Minister of Music and she has accepted, effective January 1, 2015. The Congregation Council voted to accept this recommendation. Voted to accept a monetary donation for directed funds to go into the Worship and Music budget 2015, to go into a new Communications Team budget 2015, and to be tithed to the Synod as soon as possible. The new church sign has been ordered and will be ready the beginning of December. Boy Scout Troop 275 will be helping with the Community Holiday Ham Dinner on Sunday, December 7 . The report on the Cottage Meetings was reviewed and is available for the congregation. The Property Committee is actively pursuing replacing our Sexton, John Sessler, who retired from that position on th November 30 . Voted to approve the Mission Endowment Committee’s recommendation for disbursement of funds as follows— th Community Outreach o $500—Food Bank of Western Mass (Hadley) o $300—Springfield Rescue Mission o $500—New England Synod—Ascentria Care Alliance needs (Ascentria Care Alliance was formerly known as Lutheran Social Services) o $200—Heifer Project (Café Par-Tay) Mission Outreach o $600—Camp Calumet o $500—Lutheran World Relief o $400—Mission to Liberia Began working on the 2015 budget and will complete this work at a Congregation Council meeting in January that will be held before the Annual Meeting and before the regular January Congregation Council meeting. Accepted reports from Pastor Katie, Community Holiday Ham Dinner, Finance, Stewardship, Evangelism/Social Ministry, Worship and Music, Property, and Mutual Ministry.
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