This Week at St. Paul's

For Next Sunday: Micah 5:2−5a; Hebrews 10:5–10; Luke 1:39–45(46–56)


December 16 – Advent III – The sinful world condemns unborn children and elderly persons because of inadequate age or unacceptable appearance or impaired abilities. The Lord clears away these enemies (Zephaniah 3:15) with His unconditional love. Law and conscience convict us of promoting and even participating in violence against life. The Lord also takes away these judgments with His forgiveness and redemption. Prince of Peace, make us not offended by Your Word of life. Amen.


 New Members’ Received Today 8:30 Service: Join us in welcoming our newest members to St. Paul’s at the 8:30 am Divine service. Between the services we will join our new members in the Nerger Room for a light reception and Bible Study: Sharon, Jenna & Brandon Crabill, Emily German, Pastor Paul & Joan Hopkins, Brandon Johnson, Haley Just & daughter Avery Guerrero, Grant & Emily Harmeyer & sons Samuel & Adam, Craig & Cheri Kaufmann (with grandchildren Vanessa Line, Kenneth Wylie & Kyra Wylie), Joseph & Danica Marana & son Merritt Marana, Emily Powell, Judith Ann Rekeweg, Jordan & Amy Schaller & children Eloise, Adeline & Albert, Keegan Wentz . We rejoice to welcome and enlarge our St. Paul’s family.

Pick Up Your LSSI Justice Bread Today: Your bread will be available for pick up between services. 

2019 Offering & “Initial” Envelopes: The “Initial” offering Envelope, the very first one of your 2019 envelopes, is used to defray the expense of purchasing the envelopes. 2019 cost is $1,512.00.  Please pick up your new    envelopes TODAY in the front cloister.  

Final Advent Service This Wednesday Dec.19: Join us at either service and meal! 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 the service.

Wyneken Window Returns! The Wyneken window returns to the Founders Room! Excellent workmanship by William L. Lupkin Designs is clearly visible by the exactness of the original window. Stop and take a breathtaking look! Cookie Walk dollars have paid in full the replacement of the historic window. Thank you, congregation members, for calling, baking, and purchasing a record number of cookies and raising a net profit of $1,518. 

Golden Heirs Attending Christmas Concert at the Embassy: Come Join the Golden Heirs as they enjoy the holiday season with music from Concordia Lutheran High School “Christmas at the Embassy”. We will attend on Sunday, December 16 at 4 p.m. Tickets available at the Embassy. Senior ticket price is $8. RSVP to Carole by Dec. 10.  Meet at the Embassy at 3:30pm to sit together.

Christmas Poinsettias for the Sanctuary: Poinsettia plants will once again add to the beauty of the chancel for our Christmas services.  Your donation will help to cover the cost of these flowers and purchase new Christmas decorations for next year.  Please consider leaving a donation in the mailbox marked church office/miscellaneous and note in the memo area of your check “Christmas Poinsettias.

Request for 2019 Messenger Sponsors: Would you like to sponsor the “Messenger” for a month in 2019?  A donation of $100.00 will help cover the monthly expense of paper and postage for each newsletter.  Please contact Margo Ernst at the church office, 423-2496, if you are interested, and please indicate if your sponsorship is in memory/honor of a loved one or special occasion.   (Available months: February, March, May, August and December.)  

Christmas Gifts and Electronic Giving: As you contemplate donations this Christmas season, please keep St. Paul’s in mind.  Your contributions are needed for everything from special programs to basic operating expenses- both are deserving of your support.  Please be as generous as you can this Christmas season and in the year ahead.  For the convenience of church members, we offer electronic giving.  Pick up your authorization form on the glass case in the narthex or on the front desk in the church office. If you have any questions, do not hesitate calling Margo at the church office.

Bring in Your Extra 2019 Calendars for LSSI: Give extra 2019 calendars to Lutheran Social Services of Indiana to help with their program, as clients use your calendar to help them schedule appointments and more. 

Collect Box Tops to support our School! Our school is trying to earn $1000 (or more) from this simple fundraiser. How can you help? Look for Box Tops on hundreds of General Mills products. Simply clip the Box Tops on the products you are already buying. Clip the Box Tops and drop them off in the collection container across from the church office. Each Box Top is worth $0.10 which adds up quickly. The more people who save Box Tops, the more money we will earn for St. Paul's! Questions? Speak with Kristen Whirrett, Box Tops Coordinator.