Flock a Friend to support our Youth

A flock of feisty flamingos have flown the coop and are looking to roost somewhere in our town!  I guess hurricane Irma sent them flying up here, which is great news for us!  We have a team of trained flamingo handlers to bring them to area yards (for a small handling fee), so if you would like to send the flock to roost on a friend’s front yard, please see our youth after services in the narthex to set up delivery times.  Also, if you would like to protect yourself from these pesky lovelies, you can purchase Anti-Flocking Insurance!  Just make sure to get the insurance before someone sends the birds a-flocking!!  You can find our friendly flamingo folks after services on October 1-15. The birds will flock until October 21.  After that, it just is too cold for these sensitive southern darlings!  Look for us in church in October, or look for our “Flock a Friend Order Form” in this Epistle, and start planning your “victims”!  All proceeds will go to help send our youth to the 2018 Youth Gathering in Houston in June.

Thank you for supporting St. Paul’s Youth!!

Celebration Reformation 500!

Blessing of the Animals

Francis of Assisi was born into the family of a wealthy merchant and gave up his inheritance to serve the poor. Forming the Order of Friars Minor, now called Franciscans, he promoted taking on poverty and the task of preaching “using words if necessary” with his followers. Francis had a spirit of gratitude for all of God’s creation and thus we will commemorate him by offering a Blessing of Animals on the front lawn of the church from 6:00 – 6:45 PM on Wednesday, October 4. Bring your family pets or a photograph of them!

OWLs Singing in the Rain in October


Attention all seniors. Our June trip to see Singing in the Rain has been postponed until Sunday October 22 at 3pm. If you are now available to attend on that date, please give a check for $12 to Linda Grund no later than June 25. Dinner will follow at Woodys Crab House (dutch treat).
Any questions please contact Linda at 302-738-5491 or lgrund923@gmail.com. Friends are always welcome to join in the fun!  Thanks!

Bishop Gohl blogs for Synod

Each week, Bishop Gohl will be writing for our synod blog.


Super Bowl Sunday tallies

“Souper” Bowl Sunday Tally

The big winner of “Souper” Bowl Sunday is the Empowerment Center!  A total of $381.92 was donated through “Souper Bowl” contributions!   The bad news:  There are a lot of disappointed Falcons fans.  The vote was $240.92 for the Falcons, $76 for the Patriots, and $65 for the “I don’t really care who wins” crowd.  Many thanks to everyone who made this fund raiser and service project a huge success!

Sub Sale Spectacular Tally

Thank you very much, muchas gracias, merci, grazie, and danke to all of you for your help in making the sub sale the success that it was this year! We had sales last week totaling $757, which is pretty much 100% profit! We sold 92 subs and donated 4 to the Emmaus House.  Proceeds will go into our Youth Fund for the National Retreat in Houston in 2018.

FISH Fundraiser – Thank you          

Our sincere, warm thank you to all of you at St. Paul’s Lutheran for the many ways in which you contributed to making our recent fundraiser for FISH a true success.  Thank you for hosting us in your fellowship hall, for the many wonderful donations to our silent auction and raffle baskets (especially the beautiful quilted items that were so popular with our bidders!), and for all those who attended and who gave so generously.  We are grateful for our ongoing partnership with you for the sake of providing monthly food boxes to 65 Newark area families facing food insecurity.  As of this writing, we raised $8,740 in gross receipts through the fundraiser, a heartening outcome!  We also received enough earmarked gifts to provide Thanksgiving turkeys to all FISH families who would like one.  Thank you, thank you for your generous contributions and prayerful support!

In Christ, Mindy  †

Top 10 giving plaque

Keith Bart & Pr. Simmons 2
Assistant to the Bishop, the Rev. Gordon Simmons, not only preached at our services, but he presented us, via Stewardship Committee chairman, Keith Bart, with a plaque for our “Top 10” giving to Synod last year!  God is good!!

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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