Hilltop ~ Thank you and looking ahead

THANK YOU! for your generous support of the Thanksgiving Basket drive last Sunday.  We at St. Paul’s collected 70 turkeys filling 65 complete baskets for needy families in the Hilltop area of Wilmington.  Thanks to everyone who contributed and a special thank you to those who delivered the baskets to the Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center.

With Christmas just 4 weeks away (don’t kill the messenger), I’m here to thank everyone who already signed up to donate a new, wrapped Christmas gift(s) for a needy child at the Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center in Wilmington.  Your gift will brighten the day for a child who otherwise may have a slim holiday.  There are still some gifts available for purchase.  Please see the sign up chart on the Narthex table.  Thank you.

Lifetouch – Pictorial Directory

Dear Families and Friends,


To celebrate our church family and strengthen the bonds within our congregation, we welcome you to be a part of our upcoming new directory. We need YOU to make our directory complete!

A new directory: 

  • Preserves this special time in the life our church
  • Becomes a lasting record of our current membership
  • Helps us connect faces with names

We are partnering with Lifetouch for this important project. Lifetouch is providing the directory at no cost to our church. Every family photographed receives a complimentary directory and an 8×10 portrait. You can sign up for photography online at our church website at www.stpaulsnewarkde.org and follow the Sign Up Now link (the picture of the family on the right hand side of the page). If you don’t have a computer, please call Lifetouch at 1-866-756-0281, Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm. They will be happy to help you.


Friday, November 23        2pm to 9pm
Saturday, November 24   9:30am to 5pm
Thursday, November 29   1:30pm to 9pm
Friday, November 30        1:30pm to 9pm
Saturday, December 1      9:30am to 5pm

For your convenience, all photography and portrait viewing will take place at our church with no sitting fee. You will have a variety of poses taken and may choose one pose for the directory. In addition to your complimentary 8×10, you will have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits on the day of your portrait session.  These will be available prior to Christmas if you wish to make a gift to a loved one! Lifetouch’s portrait price lists are available in the church office for those would like them prior to photography.


  • Helps us connect faces with names
  • 5% of total purchases will be donated to our church
  • We will be collecting canned goods for FISH during this event

Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to be professionally photographed. We are looking forward to seeing you in our directory.  We am encouraging 100% participation!

Your Coordination Team,
David and Linda Grund

P.S. Your photography session will take about an hour, during which time you will check-in, be photographed and view your portraits.

New Castle County Covenant Bible Study

Troop 252 Eagle projects

We – Troop 252 & St. Paul’s has had two Eagle Scout projects completed onsite that will be enjoyed by the community for many years to come.

Tucker Green replaced the two rock walkways to the playground with concrete- running 218 hours time donated and $576 in materials that were not donated.  Hunter concrete brought all tools and several men that worked much of the day.

A bit of spare concrete was even wheelbarrowed over to a pot hole in the front parking lot!


Connor Rafferty took care of the narthex painting that also allowed light bulbs replaced (using the scaffold) & cleaning of some of the glass windows.  Hours (we know more than 14 people were involved) and cost are not in yet for that project just recently completed.

RSP painting donated supplies/materials, scaffold and got Sherwin Williams to donate the paint!

Unfortunately Only 6 of 10 bulbs by the alter could be replaced with that particular scaffold (too short), they did get the two bulbs I donated for the narthex swapped out.

I’m proud of these Scouts.

Keep in Touch,


Y-R-S – Year Round Stewardship – Love

The Stewardship Committee is embarking on a program in 2018 that we’re calling “Year-Round Stewardship,” or Y-R-S, for short.

Each month (or pair of months in some cases) we will highlight a different theme and an associated aspect of stewardship in various channels across the congregation.

For example, in February, the Valentine’s Day month, we’re going to focus on “Love” as in “Love Thy Neighbor.”  We’ll showcase local benevolence ministries such as FISH and Code Purple (Church Office 302-368-0064), the Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center (https://www.hilltoplnc.org/), Lutheran Campus Ministry (https://sites.udel.edu/lutheran-campus-ministry/), and Hope Dining Room (https://www.facebook.com/hopediningroom/) to name a few, and ask you, the congregation, to consider lending a hand to something that occurs right here in our community.

Other monthly themes include, but are not limited to, Care of Creation, Education, Volunteering (giving back), and Sharing our Bounty. Over the course of the year, we will see information about these themes in both the monthly and weekly Epistle as well as our weekly Email Blast, and Facebook page.  You may even see/hear a reference in worship!  Ya never know, so keep an eye/ear out.



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Proverbs 22:6 Education Fund

St. Paul’s Lutheran has established the  ‘Proverbs 22:6 Education Fund.’  It was born from a congregational member’s small gesture, as they assisted a family within our Extended Care program who needed a helping hand. A simple gift turned into a mission, which now works to serve the families of both St. Paul’s Lutheran School and Church.

More details of this exciting mission can be found at:


“Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” 

 – Proverbs 22:6

Calling all Quilters

Come out and join us on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9:00 am – noon – bring fabric, your sewing machine if you like and a snack to share with your fellow quilters!  Everyone is welcome!  We get together, share food, fellowship and work on what we have – utility quilts for LWR (Lutheran World Relief), and lighter quilts for local agencies/individuals.

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