Youth Sunday, October 11
Youth Sunday is the second Sunday of each month. On these Sundays, our youth take the lead, serving as ushers, readers and prayer leaders. The Sunday school choir sings at this service, reminding us all that we receive God's kingdom as a little child.
In Gathering Sunday, October 18
Assistant to the Bishop Pastor Scott Schantzenbach will be our guest preacher, and we will be asked to share our giving pledges for 2016. This year, we are challenging each other to increase in our giving by 1/2 of 1 percent and asking more people to use our online giving system that allows us to give our offerings as an automatic electronic fund transfer through a secure Web site. To set up your electronic giving account with our partner Vanco Financial Services, just follow the Online Giving link.
Reformation/Social Media Sunday, October 25
This year, when we celebrate the start of the Protestant Reformation. The teachings and debates; discussions and reforms of the movement spread because of a powerful new technology - the printing press. Today, we each have the power of the press at our fingertips. Wear red to worship, bring your mobile phone, and let's use social media to witness to the Gospel and God’s presence in the world.
All Saints Sunday, November 1
We remember that in our baptism we were joined to Christ's death and resurrection. In baptism, we were also joined to all who have been joined to Christ. Jesus promised that no one will be able to snatch us from his hand. Even while we mourn and grieve the loss of loved ones, we remember and celebrate our lives together and look with hope for God to fulfill the promise to make all things new. Come and worship with Holy Communion and a time of special prayer and remembrance in worship and in our memorial garden.
Hymn Festival at Nativity, East Brunswick
We are all invited to a hymn festival at Nativity Lutheran Church, 542 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick, on November 1, at 3 p.m. This hymn festival is a worship service that includes specific hymns, readings, reflections and prayers that revolve around the theme of All Saints Day. There will be singers from many congregations and instrumentalists, too, and a selection of favorite hymns from a variety of eras and settings will be featured.
Interim Church Musicians
Stefeny Stofa Krombholz and Paul Stofa, who had been our regular supply musicians, will serve as our interim church musicians while we start the search process with Stefeny taking filling in most Sundays and special services between now and Easter. Thank you to Stefeny and Paul for filling in and leading us forward. The Worship and Music Committee is starting to research what a job description and qualifications for a St. Paul's church musician today, recognizing that much has changed over the past decade.
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