This Week at St. Paul's

 Next week’s readings: Malachi 3: 13−18; Colossians 1: 13–20; Luke 23:27–43

November 17 – Pentecost XXIII (Proper 28C) – Surprise pregnancies can feel worse than the world ending. Terminal diagnoses can seem like the universe working against you. They also bring opportunity to bear witness to God’s love for humankind (Luke 21:13). The Son of Man has entered in, even in just such humble circumstances. While society crouches in fear and anger (Luke 21:25-26), we may stand up straight, lift heads and hands (Luke 21:28), and receive each life as a gift! 

Order Poinsettias from Our 8th Graders: St. Paul's 8th graders will take poinsettia orders November 17th, 24th and Dec. 1. You may choose from red, white, or pink poinsettias; each with approximately five blooms per plant. Plants are $12 each with payment due at time of order. Make your purchase from a St. Paul’s 8th grader, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or stop in the school office. Cash or checks payable to St. Paul’s Lutheran School. You can pick up your poinsettias at school on Friday, December 13 or between services Sunday, December 15. Thank you for your support! 

Join the St. Paul’s Supper Club in November: This is your opportunity to join fellow members of St. Paul's when you are able or just don't feel like cooking. You'll meet different people each week!  It would be very helpful to call the church office (423-2496) to let us know you're coming so that we can make reservations.

•Nov. 20    TGI Fridays (on the north side of Glenbrook Square)

•Nov. 27    Thanksgiving Eve—No dinner out this week!

•Dec. 4, 11 & 18 Advent Dinner at Church from 5:30pm-6:30pm prior to Evening Prayer

Gingerbread Lane Cookie Walk Bakers! Cookie lovers, your time of the year is approaching! Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 8, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Nerger Assembly Room. Homemade cookies will fill the tables for your selection! Sponsored by the Ladies Aid.  

Support Our Future Pastors and Deaconesses: Support our CTSFW students by purchasing gift cards in increments of $10, $20 or $25 (gas cards in increments of $25 or more), quilts or cash gifts which the Co-op staff will use to purchase gift cards or dining hall lunches for students. Gifts can be dropped off in person or sent to Concordia Theological Seminary Attn: Food & Clothing Co-op 6600 N. Clinton St. Fort Wayne, IN 46825. Indicate the gift is for the Students’ Christmas Marketplace.  Send before Dec. 1 for the Dec. 12 Marketplace.

Calling All Youth for Nov. 24 Christmas Care Packing: Jr. high and high school youth, come help assemble Christmas care packages for military personnel and college students on Nov. 24.  Come to Sunday School opening at 9:45 am, then to the youth loft.

City of Churches Tour, Friday, December 6th: Join Fort Wayne for its 4th Annual Tour from 6pm-10pm. Visit downtown area churches; Bethlehem Lutheran Church 3705 S. Anthony St., Pilgrim Baptist Church 1331 Gay St., Zion Lutheran Church 2313 Hanna St., St. Peter’s Catholic Church 518 E. Dewald St.,  Faith United Methodist Church 207 E. Dewald St., Fort Wayne Baptist Church 2323 Fairfield Ave., Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church 1636 Saint Mary’s Ave., Trinity Episcopal Church 611 W. Berry St., Plymouth Congregational Church 501 W. Berry St., First Presbyterian Church 300 W. Wayne St., Trinity English Lutheran 450 W Washington Blvd., Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception 1122 S. Clinton St. 

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. 

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 4pm 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. 7 & 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. 7 at 9am we’ll be assembling and decorating the trees along with hanging the garland and wreaths. On Dec. 21 at 9am, we raise the banners, the Nativity is set up, and poinsettias arranged. You’ll enjoy the fellowship!

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.”