This Week at St. Paul's

Next week’s readings: Isaiah 35:1−10; James 5:7–11; Matthew 11:2–15

December 8 – Advent II – “[W]elcome one another as Christ has welcomed you” (Romans 15:7). Does the Almighty Maker view you as an inconvenience? Does the Heavenly Father call you parasite or persistent vegetative? Has He not indeed exalted and honored you above any other creature by making Himself your Servant and Savior (Romans 15:8-10)? And shall we not likewise embrace embryos and aged neighbors in the same grace?

Christmas Caroling, Today, after Church: Following the 11:00 am service, grab lunch at one of the fast food places next door, then we’ll share some Christmas cheer with residents of Lutheran Life Villages and some of our shut in members by singing some familiar carols to them and with them.  We’ll need moms and dads to help carpool.  Wrap up about 3:00 pm.

This is the Day! Gingerbread Cookie Walk: Purchase a 3 lb. bakery box with homemade cookies for only $10.00! The Gingerbread Lane Cookie Walk and Kaffee Haus are open for business today, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Nerger Assembly Room. Cookies make a nice gift for shut-ins, friends, or relatives. Mmmm, good! The cost to remove/repair the Chapel and Vestry windows will reap the profits.

Join Us for Advent Services This Wednesday: Advent services continue Dec. 11 & 18. There will be a Noon Responsive Prayer with Holy Communion immediately following the service. An Advent Supper meal begins at 5:30 pm. Evening Prayer at 6:45pm with Holy Communion immediately following. 

Young Adults- Married & Single Meet Friday: The (YAMS) group of 20 and 30-somethings will be gathering on Friday, December 13, at the home of Eric & Krista Hall, where they will provide an Italian dinner. Feel free to bring a salad or dessert to share, but it's not required. Show up around 6pm. The address is 12311 Butterbrook Lane Fort Wayne. It’s on the North side of Fort Wayne. RSVP with Krista at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New Church & School Phone System: Please be patient and understanding if you have issues when calling the church or school the next few days beginning this Monday. 

Quarterly Voter’s Meeting Next Sunday: Join us in the Nerger Room for our Voter’s meeting on December 15 between services. 

Ladies Aid Christmas Luncheon Dec. 12: Calling all ladies on December 12 at 12:00pm, we will be addressing Christmas cards at 11:30am if you want to join us. Lunch at noon and entertainment at 1:00pm. The menu will be Tomato Basil soup with Grilled cheese and a salad plus a holiday dessert. Price will be $6. Reservations need to be made with Donna Goodwin at 210-3124 by Dec. 9. Bring a used or new ornament for the ornament exchange game. Don’t forget to gather your mites and bring them in. 

Advent Candlelight Evening Prayer Saturday, Dec. 14: Join us at the Concordia Theological Seminary FTW on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4pm as the choirs of CTSFW perform in Kramer chapel.

CTSFW Food Co-op Needs YOUR Support: As we thank our Lord and Savior for the bountiful blessings He pours upon us as individuals, families and a congregation, may we find it in our hearts to share those blessings with others. The CTS food co-op exists to help ease the difficult financial task of managing money for the seminary students and their families since they have given up much to prepare for God’s service. Let’s fill St. Paul’s donation box to overflowing! Current needs: Christmas baking items – flour, sugars (all kinds), shortening, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, cinnamon, sprinkles, etc. …use your imagination! Also needed:  cereal, soups, OTC medications for colds/flu, shampoo, deodorant, toilet tissue, paper towel, and laundry soap.  Other boxed or canned food would be appreciated.  Please bring your items to the church office, and place on the cart by December 15, 2019.  Be generous, have fun, and remember these gifts will help our seminary students at Christmas and into the New Year.  

.Golden Heirs Attend Christmas at Concordia @ Embassy: We will join CLHS to celebrate “Christmas At Concordia” at the Embassy Theater on Sunday, December 15th at 4:00 p.m. After the concert, we will eat at O’Reilly’s. Please purchase your own tickets for the Concordia concert. We will need a count for O’Reilly’s, so please RSVP to Carole by Dec.  9th (483-0650 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Church Decorating Saturdays Dec. 21: Join in and lend a hand to decorate the sanctuary for Christmas. We do not have a group that does this yearly. It is done by volunteers. We need both men and women, because there is some heavy lifting. On Dec. 21 at 9am, we raise the banners, the Nativity is set up, and poinsettias arranged. You’ll enjoy the fellowship!

A Thank You to St. Paul Members: Thank you so much for your prayers, cards, encouragement and the meals you provided during my recuperation from surgeries. They were greatly appreciated.  My recovery has gone well and I hope to be back to normal by Christmas. To God be the Glory.  - Carole Radtke