advent & christmas

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  • HANGING OF THE GREEN | ADVENT BEGINS

    Sunday, November 28 • 8:00, 9:30 and 10:45 a.m.


    MIDWEEK ADVENT SERVICES  •  With Holy Communion

    St. Paul’s Advent Sermon Series on Matthew 11-17  • "Who Is Jesus?"

    Advent Dinners in the gym following 5:30 p.m. services


    Wednesday, December 1  11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

    Sermon theme: Jesus Is the Son of David (Matthew 1:1, 6, 17)

    • Dinner hosted by our MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Group
      Taco Bar (beef and chicken soft tacos) with all the fixins, chips and queso, dessert

    Wednesday, December 8  11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

    Sermon theme: Jesus Is the Son of Abraham (Genesis 17:1-8, 15-21)

    • Dinner hosted by our youth group as a fundraiser for the National Youth Gathering
      Chili night with traditional red bean chili and white bean chicken chili, garlic bread, fresh lettuce salad, dessert

    Wednesday, December 15 • 11:00 a.m.

    5th-8th Grade School Christmas Program at 5:30 p.m. service

    11:00 a.m. Sermon theme: To be announced

    • Advent dinner in the gym following 5:30 p.m. service
  • CHRISTMAS EVE | VIEW ONLINE HERE

    Friday, December 24 • 3:00, 4:30, 8:00, and 10:30 p.m. 

    With the Lord's Supper


    CHRISTMAS DAY

    Saturday, December 25  10:00 a.m.

    With the Lord's Supper

    (No 5:00 p.m. service on December 25)


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    SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS

    Sunday, December 26

    No Sunday School/Bible Class


    Sanctuary (main church)  8:00 and 10:00 a.m.  (Note time change to 10:00 a.m.)

    Living Stone (gym)  10:45 a.m.

  • ADVENT-THEMED BIBLE STUDY

    Sundays Nov. 28, and Dec. 5, 12, 19 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | read more


    BREAKFAST IN BETHLEHEM & GABRIEL'S GIFT SHOP

    Saturday, December 4 • 8:30-10:30am
    Read more & register by Dec. 1


    PREPARE FOR JESUS: WOMEN'S CANDLELIGHT CELEBRATION

    Sunday, December 5 • 6:30 p.m. • Gym

    Read more & register by Nov. 30


    EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

    Tuesday, December 7   6:30 p.m.    Sanctuary


    CHRISTMAS CAROLING TO THE HOMEBOUND

    Sunday, December 14 


    A SERVICE OF SACRED MUSIC FOR THE TIME OF CHRISTMAS

    Read more on our Music page

    Saturday, December 11   5:00 p.m.

    Sunday, December 12   4:00 p.m.


    SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM    5th-8th Grades

    Wednesday, December 15 • 5:30 p.m.    Sanctuary

    5th-8th grade school classes lead service  


    SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM    K-4th Grades

    Sunday, December 19 •  10:45 a.m.  •  Living Stone/Gym

    K-4th grade school classes lead Living Stone service  

  • NEW YEAR'S EVE

    Friday, December 31    5:00 p.m.

    With the Lord's Supper  

      (No 5:00 p.m. service on January 1) 


    EPIPHANY

    Sunday, January 2  •  8:00, 9:30 and 10:45 a.m.

    With the Lord's Supper

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st. paul's web updates this week

Gabriel's Gift Shop Collection | Through Dec. 3

Advent Bible Study | December

Breakfast in Bethlehem | Dec. 4

Women's Advent by Candlelight | Dec. 5

Blood Drive | Dec. 10

Christmas Caroling | Dec. 18

Thanks-living/Servanthood Resources | below

COVID protocols | Letter below

breakfast in Bethlehem

& gabriel's Gift Shop

Saturday, December 4 | 8:30-10:30am

$8/person. Age 3 and younger free

Sticky Note Information Flyer


You are invited to Breakfast in Bethlehem, a special morning in celebration of the first Christmas. Savor a delicious breakfast and festive music announcing the birth of the Christ child. 


A variety of children's and family activities will be available to enjoy including a live petting zoo, photo zone, crafts, cookie walk, servant project, Christmas caroling, a Christmas puppet show by the H.I.S. Puppeteers, and Gabriel’s Gift Shop, where children can buy gifts for their family members! 

Registration has closed for this event.


gift  We're collecting donated items for Gabriel's Gift Shop. Details below and in flyer.


Payment informationYou may drop off check/cash to the school, church, PDO or ECC offices, or pay securely online with a checking account number. Online, select "Other" and note "Breakfast in Bethlehem" in the memo line.


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Prepare for Jesus

WOMEN'S CANDLELIGHT CELEBRATION

Sunday, December 5 | 6:30 p.m. | Gym


Join the women of St. Paul’s as we begin Advent in a spirit of worship, inspiration and peace. Prepare for Jesus, our Advent Candlelight Celebration, is an opportunity for women of all ages and girls eight and older to set aside the busy holiday season and focus on Christ. 


We will enjoy an inspirational message: “Songs of the Season,” special music, fellowship, beautifully-decorated, pre-set tables and light refreshments. 


No cost to attend, but a freewill offering will be taken. 


Hand Holding Heart  Helping hands: If you are able to assist with the event, please indicate this when you register. Contact Sharon Shearman with any questions. 


Register

  • now collecting for gabriel's gift shop

    We fill Gabriel’s Gift Shop with donations from the congregation, and are now collecting new and like-new gifts for moms, dads, and grandparents. The shop is favorite stop for children during the Breakfast in Bethlehem morning, where all treasures are sold for $1.


    Suggestions include jewelry, home decor, re-gifted items, books, Christmas items, trinkets, golf balls, mugs, ornaments, books, sport items, ties, scarves, picture frames, games, movies, soaps and bath items, or personalized items that say "Mom," "Dad," "Grandma," and "Grandpa."


    Find drop-off containers in the church lobbies. (Please note that child-age gifts are not needed.)

  • Blood drive: dec. 10

    Friday, December 10 | 11:30am to 5:30pm | Fellowship Hall

    Choose your appointment time here


    Help save a life this Christmas season. The Red Cross is experiencing a historically low blood supply and donors make a difference in the lives of emergency victims and surgery patients.

  • Poinsettia Orders: Due Dec. 13

    Order online here | Help make our church chancel festive for the celebration of Christ’s birth, with the purchase of poinsettias. Each potted poinsettia is $7.50 and you may choose to take a plant home after our 10:00am Christmas Day service. Order yours at the church office or online by Monday, December 13.

  • Christmas Card Tree Helps Homeless: due dec. 13

    Share a Christmas card greeting with the congregation while supporting Lutheran charities.⁣ Here's how it works: instead of purchasing extra Christmas cards and stamps for St. Paul's friends, many families like to donate that cost instead ... and save the time of addressing cards! ⁣This year, all proceeds will benefit Humanitri. We'll hang your holiday card on our lobby tree and list your name in the Christmas bulletin as a participant in the card tree fundraiser. 


    Please mail or drop off your card and donation to the church office; those received by Dec. 13 will be displayed in the west lobby and included in the Christmas bulletin listings. 


    Humanitri is a Lutheran ministry working with families facing homelessness in the St. Louis area, helping families achieve stability in a safe, supportive community by providing the skills and resources they need to thrive.

  • CHRISTMAS CAROLING: DEC. 18

    Sunday, December 18 | 1:15pm | Sign Up

    1:15pm Gather & review details | Depart by 1:30 | Return to church by 4:30


    "O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant ..." Share the joy and peace of the Christmas season with St. Paul's at-home brothers and sisters in Christ who have limited mobility. Join us on the afternoon of the 18th as we make "house calls" to at-home seniors, singing well-loved carols of the season, and delivering blessing bags made by our youth group. Questions: contact Becky Blake.

  • advent bible study series: 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19

    Sunday mornings | 9:30-10:30am | Read more on our Bible Studies tab

    Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas and in our Foundation Bible study we will prepare by exploring the symbolism and Biblical truths behind each of the advent wreath candles: hope, peace, joy, and love. 


    Foundation Bible study is a discussion-based class that gets its name from the truth that Christ is our foundation in all things.

  • small-setting communion

    Next Date: Monday, December 6 at noon | Sanctuary

    If physical challenges or concerns about Covid have kept you from in-person church worship or Communion, you are warmly invited to a special small-setting worship opportunity on the first Monday of each month. Our pastors look forward to meeting you in the Sanctuary for orders of worship, with Holy Communion. Masks will be optional for worshipers but the pastors will mask for Communion distribution. Seating will be physically distanced and registration is not necessary.

  • tHANKS-LIVING & SERVANTHOOD

    View/Print Volunteer Opportunities Brochure

    Desktop  Online sign-up form Sticky Note  Print a sign-up form

    Visit our Serving Others webpage | Visit our Stewardship webpage


    St. Paul's shares the Gospel through many ministries. In response to the way Jesus has served all of us by His perfect sacrifice on the cross, please consider serving others in one or more ministries. 


    Volunteer forms can be left in the marked boxes in the church narthex and Information Center, or contact Jackie Weber (email), Volunteer Servant Coordinator.

  • current covid protocols

    St. Paul's pastors continue to monitor Covid developments, and prayerfully consider ever-changing guidelines and the effects to our worship and gathering protocols. Currently our Covid protocols will remain the same as those in place since May:

    • Masks are optional for church and Bible study
    • Choices of distanced and non-distanced seating will be offered
    • Fellowship Breakfast as an indoor/outdoor hybrid.

    Sticky NoteRead July 30, 2021 letter |Sticky Note  Read May 18, 2021 letter