The Preschoolers will be singing at the worship service on Sunday, October 20th. It has become tradition to welcome the families with a hot breakfast. If you would like to share an item for the breakfast, please let us know by signing up on the sheet on the bulletin board by the kitchen. The Preschool Committee appreciates your kindness and generosity. Thank you for making the preschool families feel welcome when they visit St. Paul!
“The Christmas Express” is this year’s Christmas Program! We will begin rehearsals on Sunday, Oct. 20th from 3-5 p.m. All 2nd through 8th graders are welcome to participate in the program. If you would like to donate cookies for the rehearsals, there is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall (next to the secretary’s office).
Women’s Bible Study Changes – This past Saturday, Oct. 12th we had 16 ladies join us in Part I of A Woman Jesus Can Teach by Alice Mathews. If you would like to join us, you can get a book from Ruth Cavallini. It was decided to change the time to 8:15-8:45 a.m. for set-up and fellowship and Bible Study at 8:45-9:45 a.m. We will continue to meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month. If you would like to participate as a Secret Sister, please fill out the survey sheet by the next meeting on November 9th.
2019 Fall Craft & Bake Sale – Christ Lutheran Church: Morning coffee and sweets and Lunch will be served. Join us for food, fun, fellowship, and fantastic finds! Sat., Nov. 2, 2019 from 9am-1pm. Christ Lutheran Church, 311 Hershey Rd, Normal, IL. For more information, please see the flier that has been posted to the bulletin board at St. Paul.
Lexington Food Pantry will hold their final food drive of the year on Sunday, Nov. 3 beginning at 1:30. The next drive is in May, so we appreciate all donations as it takes a lot to serve the 38 families we currently have. You are asked to leave items in a visible spot near the door so student volunteers can collect the items as adults drive them on designated routes. If you will not be home, please label you donation for the Food Pantry. Food items needed include: Tomato juice, chunky soups, spaghetti sauce, canned meat, spaghetti, peanut butter, mac & cheese, biscuit/bread mix, cereal, canned fruit, gelatin/pudding mix, rice, cake mix, toilet tissue and bar soap. Monetary donations are also welcome as we always need to purchase food. Thanks for the blessings you generously share with others in our community.
Christmas in Appalachia: Servants of our Lord, a small Lexington ministry, continues to do big things to help feed the impoverished through partnerships with Midwest Food Bank and local food pantries in the Appalachian mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Last year we served over 200,000 people through 36 food pantries. We also take Christmas to those who may not otherwise receive a Christmas gift, including the hygiene products Jr & Sr high school said they want when we asked for gift ideas.
Our goal is to collect enough to fill bags for at least 100 boys and 100 girls. The items included in the bag are body wash & soap, loofah, shampoo, conditioner for girls, deodorant, tooth brush & toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, chap stick or lip gloss. We also take new toys and coats (new & gently used, teen sizes are needed), hats and gloves. If you have hotel size shampoo, body wash, etc., we collect those to be distributed to the area homeless.
Just like the teenagers here, everyone likes to receive what we think of as a “Christmas gift” so we’re also collecting additional items to share with the teens. Boys like anything camo, teen ball caps, small tool kits, flashlights, Yeti-type cups, fishing gear, etc. Girls like hair accessories, curling irons, jewelry items, fuzzy socks, Bath & Body-type products, smaller things for their room, etc. All of them like new throws or blankets.
Items may be dropped off here at the church, Dollar General, True Value, or with a Lexington Key Club member by November 18. If you don’t have time to shop, monetary donations are also appreciated. Please mail your donation to Servants of our Lord Ministry, P.O. Box 224, Lexington, IL 61753. If you have questions, please see Diana Frerichs or message https://www.facebook.com/servantsofourlord (The latest newsletter is posted on the bulletin board.)
Comfort Bears and Lap blankets: In the fellowship hall is our Comfort Bears and Lap Blankets. We have a rocking chair, hence, “The Giving Chair”. Don’t have to ask or tell where they go, when they disappear, we replace it. There are many people you may know who are struggling with something in their lives including: Loss of a loved one, illness, surgery, depression, anxiety and the list goes on and on. Please take one today and put a smile on their face and to let them know they are prayed for and cared for. The excitement that has been generated by the giving of these bears and blankets has warmed the hearts of everyone involved on this project in the name of the Lord and enjoying it. If you would like to join us and help make these bears and blankets, we meet every other Thursday at 6:30pm. You don’t need any experience, just come with smiles as we enjoy the fellowship as well as cutting, sewing and tying blankets etc. If you would like to donate to the Mercy Ministry, any donations of material, stuffing and monetary donations are much appreciated. Any questions, please contact Cheryl Pensky @ 309-434-0858.
October 20: Proper 24
Genesis 32:26b – “But Jacob said, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’ ” The great Lutheran musician J.S. Bach composed a beautiful motet using this verse. It is the cry of true faith, much the same as Peter’s words, “Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” True faith clings to the Lord no matter the struggle, no matter the “hard sayings” that the Lord speaks. True faith knows that God means to bless us always.