It’s Stocking Time!
 
Sunday, November 28th starting at 10:30am we will be
stuffing Christmas stockings for this year’s recipients. 
All are welcome to participate in this yearly tradition,
we will see you in the Social Hall!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Welcome to St. Paul’s Faith Formation!

It is our deepest hope that the time your children spend at St. Paul’s will help nurture a faith that will sustain them through the victories and challenges of life.  The community of St. Paul’s is committed to partnering with families in developing a strong faith foundation by presenting a new Bible story each Sunday and then providing ways to engage the story the rest of the week.  This helps children learn the story and draws the whole family closer to God’s Word and His love. This year we will be using Augsburg Fortress’ All Ages curriculum: Activate Faith.  Elementary school students will venture through Old Testament stories until the end of November, when we will turn to the story of Jesus and his ministry 

We pray Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians over this year’s faith formation classes. 

Read this week, Ephesians 3:14-21, and know that is St. Paul’s fervent hope for you and your family as well “to grasp how wide and long and deep is the love of Christ.”

Faith Formation classes are every Sunday at 10:30am, except for the 1st Sunday of the month. 
First Sunday Fellowship hour is held after service on the first Sunday of every month and all are invited to participate.  
Follow us on Facebook for updates and reminders @saintpaulsofwalkersville.
 
If you have questions or concerns please contact Belinda at youthandfamily@saintpaulslutheranchurch.org.  See you on Sunday!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks to all who participated in our Trunk-or-Treat event last month!
 
 
Praise Garden Fall Wrap-up!
 
The Praise Garden had a great first season.  Hosting Garden Tales story time was a highlight of the year!  We learned how things grow including ourselves.  We look forward to the rest that comes with winter and the dreaming of next year’s garden.  Some of the fruits of our labor include producing green peppers for a yummy philly cheesesteak casserole that served 100 people at the Soup Kitchen in July.  And we grew pumpkins that were donated to the Harvest Home Sunday collection.  And little ones got to sample fresh peas and lettuce and green beans as well as grow some beautiful flowers.  The Praise Garden will return in the spring- happy hibernation!  
 
 

     

 
Spring is bringing PRAISE GARDENS to St. Paul’s 
 

St. Paul’s Praise Gardens will begin with several raised beds using the square foot technique in the front corner of the parsonage lawn.   These 3×3 gardens will provide a hands-on learning space that will nurture the connection of Bible stories, verses, and concepts to the growth of a garden, bringing them to life.  Learning is a continual process; it does not stop once we reach adulthood.  Experienced gardeners and theologians alike will tell you they too continue to learn. 

The Spirit moves to help us grow continually.  Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”   Our main goal is to share the message of the gospel boldly in our community bringing praise and glory to our Creator with the resources He has provided.   A secondary goal would be the interaction among our congregation members in a safe environment to foster deeper relationships and then to grow the relationships with our community.   The opportunities to become involved with Praise Gardens are boundless and can meet you at any level you would be willing to participate.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact Belinda at youthandfamily@saintpaulslutheranchurch.org. Council has approved this new ministry and it is supported by the Christian Education Committee as well as Congregational Life.
Off to a great start-flip through some of our pictures from March 21st!  Many thanks to the 11 volunteers who spent a beautiful Sunday morning/afternoon creating this great space!  The boxes were assembled, painted and filled.  Please stop by to check them out.  As we start a few programs, please, feel free to attend as you are able, see the flyer below for all the details!
 
 
 
 L.A.U.N.C.H. Youth and Family Ministry

Love And Understanding Nourish Changing Hearts

LAUNCH, our youth & family ministry focusing on monthly events for all ages, centered in service.

 
Even in these crazy times the youth were able to lead the service on July 5th for our annual tradition of Youth Sunday.  Check out the video on our YouTube Channel
Thank you to all the youth who shared their gifts and handled the challenges of worship during a pandemic with grace.
    
Youthworks canceled their in person mission trips for the summer of 2020, but last year there was a big emphasis on “doing something where you are”  and that is our goal for 2020!  You can follow Youthworks of Facebook for suggestions each day of what you can do right where you are and make a difference!!
 
 
Mission Possible : 2019 Success!
The Mission Team return safely from another successful Mission Possible mission trip with Youthworks!  The team’s time on the Wind River Reservation was eye opening and enlightening to the culture and way of life of the Arapahoe and Shoshone people. The team worked on scrapping and painting as house on the reservation and at the kids club.  After the week of service we spent some time seeing the amazing wonders in Yellowstone National Park.  Thank you to all who supported the team financially and through prayer, we couldn’t have done it without you!
 
Mission Possible : Youth Mission Trips
 

The decision to pursue domestic mission trips was made by a courageous group of high school youth in the fall of 2004.  Since that time, we have served in Philadelphia, PA (2005); the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana (2007), the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota (2009); New Orleans, LA (2011); the Navajo Reservation in Arizona (2013), Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (2015) and Warrensburg, NY (2017) with Youthworks.  And in 2012 we had a mini mission to West Liberty, Kentucky.  Over the last 14 years 107 participants have been the hands of Christ in each of these communities.  Mission trips are life-changing, getting us out of our comfort zones to rely on each other and on Christ.  The destination for the Mission Possible 2019 is the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.