5879 Wyoming Trail

Wyoming, MN 55092

www.sharingchristslove.org

651-462-5212

A Message From Pastor Carrie


During Lent, we spent time with trees and some of the places in scripture where trees are mentioned. Since there are so many mentions of trees in the Bible, only God and people are mentioned more, this coming Sunday we have a few more occurrences.


This Sunday, we will hear about cedars in the book of Ezekiel and how God used these trees as an allegory to offer hope to a people who had lost their king and whose city (Jerusalem) was in shambles. We will also hear The Parable of the Mustard Seed, as Jesus tries to explain the unexplainable, God’s Kingdom. 


As we met for Campfire and S'mores, on Wednesday I handed everyone a green bean seed. We talked about how everything that the seed needs, God’s created inside the seed. All that it needs to grow - roots, a stalk, leaves, flowers, and eventually fruit is already in the DNA of the seed. It also has all the food that it needs to start growing, it only needs water to begin the germination process. 


We also talked about how God created seeds so that they can travel to different places so they can grow. I gave everyone some milkweed seeds. By looking at the milkweed seeds it is easy to see how seeds can travel by wind, but they also can travel in water, by hitchhiking on an animal or person, or by being eaten by a bird and then being deposited in another place at a later time. This is also how God created each seed to live and thrive in the world. 


Just as the words of Ezekiel and the Parable of the Mustard Seeds were meant to bring hope to the people hearing them originally, they are also words of hope for us today. In seminary, I discovered an American Eco-theologian (ecotheology is the study of the intersection of spirituality, religion and nature) named John Cobb. Cobb started writing about ecotheology in 1969 and is currently 99 years old. Even though Cobb’s words were primarily written before the current climate crisis, his words still bring me hope and turn us to the hope found throughout the scriptures. 


I invite you to reflect on these scripture for Sunday and the following quote from John Cobb as we prepare our hearts for the hope only God can bring.


Ezekiel 17:22-24

Mark 4:26-34


"Belief in the Spirit is belief that I am not alone.

That in working for life and love in hope,

I am working with something much greater than myself; 

that there are possibilities for the future that cannot be

simply projected out of the past; that even my mistakes

and failures may be woven into a healing pattern

of which I am not now aware."

-James B. Cobb Jr.- 1972


See you in church! (and bring a friend!)


Pastor Carrie

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday, June 16

9:00 a.m. Indoor Worship

View Order of Worship


In-person and streamed live on our Church Facebook Page.


For those without computers or internet access,

the service can be listened to by calling 651-371-5421


We hope to see you there! Bring a friend!

THANK YOU FROM THE BUCCANEROS!

West of 55 (St. Paul Seniors)

A monthly gathering for food,

fellowship, and learning. 

(All are invited!)


Wednesday, July 10

Lunch & Laughter

(Picnic Potluck & Games)


Wednesday, August 7

Harmony In the Park

(Featuring “The Rockin’ Hollywoods”)



Campfire & S'mores

June 19 & 26


Our time will include guitar playing, singing, a devotion, and informal fellowship.


6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.



Outdoor Worship

We worship outdoors in our Amphitheater every other Sunday.


Remaining 2024 Outdoor Worship Services


June 23 - Cornerstone Guest Worship Band

July 7 - Baptism Sunday

July 21

August 4 - Tanzania Group Leads

August 18

September 1 - Labor Day Weekend



Vacation Bible School

June 17 - 21

H.E.A.L @ S.P.L.C. - A GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

We have discovered an ongoing need for a grief support group at St. Paul Lutheran Church and are providing this new opportunity.


It's called H.E.A.L.@S.P.L.C.


H.E.A.L. is an acronym that stands for Hope and Encouragement After Loss. S.P.L.C. of course, stands for St. Paul Lutheran Church.


This group is for those who are struggling with some form of loss in their lives. The group will provide compassion, support, and unconditional acceptance for one another as each experiences their own personal journey towards healing.


The group meets next on Thursday, June 20, at 6:00 p.m.


Find out more.

ST. PAUL SENIORS - WEST OF 55

Join us on Wednesday, July 10, for a potluck

“Lunch & Laughter” from 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.

We will be having a picninc potluck and games. Contact Carole England for more information.


Upcoming Events! Save the Date!


Wednesday, August 7

Harmony In the Park

(Featuring “The Rockin’ Hollywoods”)

PARISH NURSE'S CORNER

It’s your friendly nurse’s here to talk about a new topic this week, do you have a burning health care question or a topic you want more information about? Please let Jaime or Joanna know and we will add to the Nurse’s corner!


World Sickle Cell Day is June 19th and what is sickle cell disease? Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder. It is marked by flawed hemoglobin. That’s the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the tissues of the body. So, sickle cell disease interferes with the delivery of oxygen to the tissue. Normal hemoglobin lives for 120 days but sickle cells only live for 10-20 days. This is the most common inherited blood disease in the United States. John Hopkins website is a great resoure for information on sickle cell disease.


About 100,000 people in the United States and 20 million people worldwide suffer from this disease. About 1 in 13 African American’s are born with sickle cell trait and about 1 in 365 African American babies are born with sickle cell disease. This is an easy disease to diagnos, is a simple blood test will diagnose someone with sickle cell disease. This is a lifelong disease and often very painful so awareness is key to help people have understanding about this disease. Treatment includes seeing your provider regularly, making sure to get regular immunizations, and making sure to take medications regularly. Drinking lots of water and healthy eating are also beneficial to those who suffer from sickle cell disease. People can receive a bone marrow transplant or there are some new drugs that have been recently trialed to treat sickle cell disease. This fact sheet has more information if you are interested.


We can help people with this disease by donating blood and raising awareness about the disease because people might not realize they carry the trait until someone is born with sickle cell disease. Here is a website with events coming up around sickle cell disease. Please feel free to reach out to Joanna or I about a health topic you would like us to discuss or more questions about our health topics!


We are blessed to have knowledgeable and caring nurses in our congregation. If you need to talk to Joanna or Jaime, call the church office.

BE THE BRIDGE!

Our "Bridge the Gap: Two Years of Renewed Mission & Ministry" appeal and learning series is underway! After all of the accomplishments of the last two and a half years, we are well on our way out of redevelopment, but we are not there yet. This Bridge the Gap two-year journey towards renewed mission and ministry will get us where we need to be. We have four set goals - to increase membership, to increase general fund offerings, to match our generous anonymous gift, and to become debt free. In addition, throughout our two-year appeal, every three months a specific Sunday will be designated as "Bridge the Gap Sunday" and will focus on various gaps that churches in redevelopment need to cross. We invite you to help Bridge the Gap at St. Paul Lutheran!

Find Out More About Bridge the Gap!

Our little walker has taken another step! Every $2000 received he/she gets to take another step over the bridge!

VBS 2024!!

SCUBA: Diving Into Friendship With God!


June 17 - June 21


Download Registration Form


Find out more and donate supplies!

2024 Weekly

General Fund Offering Received

$ 93,103.23

2024 Weekly

General Fund Offering

Budgeted

$ 106,119.26

Over / (Under) Budgeted General Fund Offering

 $ (13,016.03)



2024

Total Revenue Received

$ 138,722.94

2024

Total Revenue Budgeted

$ 133,619.31

Over / (Under) Budgeted Total Revenue Budgeted

 $ 5,103.63

Monthly Totals (as of 04/30/2024)

Total Expenses (before mortgage): $76,946

Total Expenses (after mortgage): $98,258

Net Revenue (after mortgage payment):$8,850

Mortgage Balance: $179,188

Edward Jones Balance: $46,866


The Total Revenue received includes ALL revenue received by SPLC.

General Fund Revenue is the portion of Total Revenue Received through

undesignated offerings from members and guests.


Please contact Chris Timmons, with any questions.

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Sunday, June 16

Indoor Worship w/ First Communion, 9:00 a.m.

 

Monday, June 17

VBS, 9:00 a.m.

Boy Scouts, 6:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, June 18

VBS, 9:00 a.m.

Cub Scouts, 6:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday, June 19

VBS, 9:00 a.m.

Campfire & S’mores, 6:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, June 20

VBS 9:00 a.m.

H.E.A.L. Group, 6:00 p.m.

 

Friday, June 21

VBS, 9:00 a.m.

 

Sunday, June 23

Guest Band: Cornerstone

Outdoor Worship, 9:00 a.m.

 

Looking Ahead

Outdoor Worship and Baptism of Harper Marie Hansen—July 7

Tanzania Trip Commissioning Service—July 14

Tanzania Trip—July 17-31

Guest Pastor, TBD—July 21

Guest Pastor, Emily Rova-Hegener—July 28

West of 55 @ Harmony In The Park, Lindstrom—August 7

 

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