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new series on racial INEQUALITY begins July 26

Beginning Sunday, July 26, our discussion-based Foundation Bible study class will begin a new series, "Tough Talks," focusing on a discussion of Christian responses to contemporary racial inequality. 


Foundation gets its name from the truth that Christ is our foundation in all things. The study focuses on exploring how our foundation in Christ transforms who we are, and how we live our lives. 


Join us Sundays mornings from 9:30-10:30 a.m. via Zoom videoconferencing. Zoom links here

PROMOTION OF MATTHEW GERHARDT

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is pleased to announce the promotion of Matthew Gerhardt to the position of Associate Minister of Music.


“We are blessed to have Matt and his wife, Rachel, at St. Paul’s,” commented Senior Pastor Glen Thomas. “Matt is a very gifted musician and a wonderful colleague on our church staff. We look forward to what we hope will be many years of his service in our midst.”


St. Paul’s Elders and Church Council approved the recommendation from Pastor Thomas, congregation President David Ziegler, and Mark Bender to promote Matthew Gerhardt, who first joined St. Paul’s in 2018 as Assistant Minister of Music.

With his advancement effective July 1, Matt will assume directorship of the Adult Choir. He succeeds Mark Bender who directed St. Paul’s Adult Choir for 29 years.


Dr. Mark Bender, Minister of Music, adds these words of commendation: “Matt has been blessed with extraordinary musical gifts. Daily he hones the skills that make him a first-class musician. Moreover, he is a student of Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. He understands and upholds worship in the Lutheran tradition. He is a man of prayer. Centered in Word and Sacraments, the divine service is a place of refreshment and reinvigoration for him.


“Matt has a pleasant and winsome personality. He works well with people. He has endeared himself to many members of our congregation and to many of the students in our school. He has the confidence and respect of our pastors, teachers, staff, and parish leadership.


“Challenges are upon us. The landscape for corporate worship and choral involvement has changed. However, the future isn’t uncertain. Christ promised His disciples, and us, ‘I am with you always, to the end of the age.’ It is with faith-imbued confidence that Matt will lead.”

Blood Drive on July 27

FREE COVID-19 ANTIBODY SCREENING FOR DONORS

Date: Monday, July 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Fellowship Hall

Preregistration required (no walk-ins): Reserve your appointment online here or call 1-800-RED-CROSS


The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges to the U.S. blood supply. More than ever, your blood donation is vital to public health and will help hospitalized patients. 


Discover your COVID-19 antibody test status when you give blood at St. Paul's

From the American Red Cross website:

  • "For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to our donors. This testing may provide critical insight into whether donors may have possibly been exposed to this coronavirus. The Red Cross is committed to helping others in meaningful ways during this pandemic.

    "What is the Antibody Test? An antibody test screens for antibodies in your blood, which are formed when fighting an infection, like COVID-19. An antibody test assesses whether your immune system has responded to the infection, not if the virus is currently present. The COVID-19 antibody test is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms.

    "Please note the Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, including COVID-19. If you feel unwell for any reason, please postpone your donation. Individuals who believe they may be ill with COVID-19 should not present to donate until they are symptom free for 28 days and feeling well and healthy."


SPECIAL VBS celebration day: july 30

  • DATE: Thursday, July 30 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.
  • AGES: Kindergarten through fourth grade
  • REGISTRATION: Please register your VBS camper here
  • VBS SAFETY PLAN DOCUMENT: Please review here
  • VBS COVID-19 PARTICIPANT WAIVER: Please print and bring to VBS
  • MAPS here

With changes in how communities gather, St. Paul's is re-imagining our Vacation Bible School this summer!  We look forward to coming together for a modified, on-site VBS Celebration Day that kids and families can enjoy. It will be a half-day packed full of lively music, skits, interactive storytelling, Bible lessons, and as always ... lots of fun.  


At Rainforest Explorers VBS, kids in grades kindergarten through fourth grade will look into the Bible, God's Holy Word, and discover that Jesus leads the way to the treasure of eternal life with Him! 


VOLUNTEERS: We love our dedicated, caring VBS helpers! Register to help here

Welcome pastor wade

Visit our Member Portal here to view a video greeting from our new assistant pastor, Tanner Wade, and his wife, Whitney, as well as our "Wade Parade" video, and congregational welcome letters.

CHECK PRESENTATION FROM THRIVENT

Look at that giant check! Thrivent invited St. Paul's — their third-highest matching fund recipient nationwide — to join them for a check presentation and Zoom discussion of the blessings of continued ministry during the pandemic. 


In a matter of hours, when St. Paul's shared the March news about limited-time 2:1 matching dollars, our congregation rose to the challenge and gave generously. A heartfelt thank you!


Churches nationwide have experienced reductions in giving due to ripple effects of the coronavirus outbreak. We thank Thrivent for their mission to make funds available to help fill those budget gaps, and we thank Matt Claus, Thrivent representative and congregation member, for his encouragement in the grant participation.

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