E-News from St. Paul’s for October 2, 2015

Reformation – A complete change of heart, mind, word and deed

“Is the Word of God worthwhile? Is the arm of the LORD too short?”

Numbers 11:11-29

REFORMATION FESTIVAL SERVICE

NOVEMBER 1, 2015, 4:00 PM

PASTOR SILAS KRUEGER,  GUEST SPEAKER,  ADULT CHOIRS, CHILDREN’S CHOIRS

REFORMATION DINNER FOLLOWING THE SERVICE

The offering during the service covers the expenses of our service and supports the work of our Los Angeles Circuit.

We ask that you help to defray the costs of the meal provided by our partner congregations.

LET US PRAY FOR…
  • Mary Helen and Les Haar who are celebrating their 54th wedding anniversary;
  • Terry Brenner who is at home recovering from surgery;
  • Elsie Rivera who is dealing with chronic problems;
  • Domingo Rivera, the husband of Elsie Rivera, who is suffering from cancer;
  • Crystal Thompson, who is suffering from ALS.
PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING ONLINE VIA E-OFFERINGS:

Last month we received about $2,150 through e-offerings. You can view the donation page here.  We also received checks authorized electronically on line which are then mailed to us by the bank. Some have found e-offerings a helpful tool. It allows them to set up an automatically scheduled gift at a designated amount. Then, whether you are able to attend or not, the ministry receives your support and encouragement.

It allows you to send in offerings and gifts at any time. I like to give “as the Spirit moves me,” as I notice an opportunity, or as the Lord pours a special blessing into my life.

It also gives us one more weapon against the sinful self that does not want to serve God, does not want to be disciplined, and does not want to give as the Lord blesses us.

Please consider donating online via e-offerings.

AT YOUR SERVICE

Children from our St. Paul’s Choir will be singing this morning at Gethsemane Lutheran in Santa Monica. We thank God for our partnership in the gospel with Gethsemane, for the Lord’s blessings as their preschool grows, and for the privilege of serving them with the gospel in song! “Sing to the LORD a new song!”

BOOKS BEHIND BARS

CLHS is collecting used children’s books for a “Books Behind Bars” program.  Do you have any books that you would like to donate?  Sarah Bauer would be happy to take them down to CLHS on Fridays (the deadline would be 10/9).  Here is the story behind the collection:

An interesting topic has appeared in our AP Literature class here at CLHS!  Finding an article in the Press Enterprise, teacher Mrs. Vickie Faust introduced her students to another family they had: book lovers.  But these novel junkies in the article are different than most high school students. These teenagers are in juvenile hall.

“Books Behind Bars” is a program in which the AP English class and all of California Lutheran High School are showing support to the readers in Southwest Juvenile Hall located in French Valley.  All of the students at CLHS are gathering paperback books [this is a must for security reasons –ed] from all reading levels to have them delivered to the detention center. We’d like to ask you, if you would be willing to donate your books as well, instead of leaving them to sit and collect dust.  If you are interested in donating, please send your books to California Lutheran High School by October 12th.

Here is the link for more information: http://www.pe.com/articles/reading-778849-books-county.html

SCHOOL MISSION PROJECT – FIRST QUARTER

This quarter our school children are giving their offerings with thanks to God to support and encourage their fellow students who are going to a new Christian School in Temecula, Concord Lutheran School. This school has been formed by a coalition of parents and fellow Christians to provide these children with the gospel every single day. You can join encouraging this new school by using the Gifts and Offerings pew envelope.

FALL FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 17TH

Check out the insert in the Sunday bulletin. You can help make our Fall Festival be a day filled with fun, food and fellowship. Invite corporate donors. Make a gift basket. Join in the work. Tell your friends and relatives to put the date on their calendar! Please save the date to come join in the fun and volunteer. You will start to see sign-up sheets in the office.

NEW! This year’s Fall Festival will support our school library (goal $1,500); our Kathy Beyer Scholarship Fund (10% of net income); our PTF on-going projects (25%); and the big project is resurfacing the playground area. The play area is battered by the weather and the wear of many little feet. It’s time to replace it ($13,000).

Please sign-up to help at Fall Festival October 17  http://goo.gl/xQLQza

JARS CLASS SIGN UP

Every fall Pastors Wiedmann and Meitner begin a JARS class (Join, Ask, Review, Search). This class tailored to your schedule, gives people an opportunity to ask questions of faith, review the biblical narrative and ask questions about what the Bible teaches, to search out answers that Jesus gives in his Word. If you are interested in joining one of our current classes or beginning a new one, please sign up in the office or contact Pastor Meitner via his e-Office or Wiedmann directly. pastorm@stagingwordpresssite.com/dev/St_Pauls or 612-418-7130 or pastorw@stagingwordpresssite.com/dev/St_Pauls or 818-401-3880.

RECYCLING

St. Paul’s School welcomes your donations of beverage containers with CA redemption value. Proceeds support many St. Paul’s student activities. Please bring your recyclables in a good sturdy plastic bag and leave them next to any of the recycling containers on campus. Thank you for supporting our school with your donations!

FINDING MARY – MY SON, MY SAVIOR

Where would one find an actress to play Mary, the mother of Jesus? This was the challenge for Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein, makers of the new movie My Son My Savior. The film focuses on Christ, his mission, and his work as seen through the eyes of Mary. The actress who would play Mary would have a lead role. “Lead roles are so important because they have to accurately portray their character and bring depth to the role,” says Boettcher.

The search for the actress began in October of 2014 and lasted close to four months. Boettcher and Trinklein used casting directors and talent agencies in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Milwaukee to find “Mary.” They evaluated close to 50 actresses, seeing some in plays and others in videotaped casting sessions.

Corrina Crade, the actress that was selected to play Mary in the movie, was impressive right away. Boettcher and Trinklein found her in Chicago. “We were amazed that she had everything memorized in the casting session. She knew the many scenes and didn’t even have to use the paper script. We realized right away that she was special,” says Boettcher.

Crade wrote about her experience playing Mary:

“Part of being an actress is that you can really be other people. I know there’s that whole thing about “take yourself with the character too” but for me, it’s playing dress up, connecting with characters, and telling a story through my voice, body, and costumes/set. Most of the time, I play over achiever-Type-A’s and I’m OK with that – when you have a niche, you have a niche. But recently a director took a chance with me and cast me in one of the hardest roles I have ever played. This role is by far one of the most iconic roles I’ve ever played and not only had to study in a different way, but had to understand the pressure there was playing such a role. Very few movies highlight, let alone star this iconic role of Mary. And for two weeks up north, it really was quite the experience playing her from a young age to old on sets that I’ve read about, scenes I’ve only heard of, and in costumes and make up that made the experience all too real.”

After the filming was done, she wrote:

“That’s a wrap. It was the most amazing two weeks shooting with the most amazing crew. I loved everything about it from my sweet little hotel room, to the costumes, sets, donkeys and lambs, and every single person involved from crew to even those we met off set. Feeling grateful to do what I love . . .”

Playing Mary motivated Crade to do an in-depth study on Mary and her relationship to Christ. Now, she hopes that the movie will play a part in strengthening the faith of those who watch it.

My Son My Savior is a film for any time of the year because it focuses on the saving work of Jesus Christ. It is unique because that saving work is told through the perspective of Mary. Multi Language Publications is excited to partner with Boettcher/Trinklein to produce a film that reaches out with the gospel message to the world.

For more information about this and other multi-media productions please check out this website: http://wels.net/finding-mary/2015/09/18/

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE JESUS AND OTHERS

October 5 – New Parents’ Seminar 6:30 pm

October 6-8 – Asian-Anglo Conference, Milwaukee

October 7 – NO WEDNESDAY BIBLE CLASSES

October 12 – Elders and Council meet

October 17 – FALL FESTIVAL

October 20-22 – District Pastors’ Conference, Las Vegas

October 21 – NO WEDNESDAY BIBLE CLASSES

October 24 – Pancake Breakfast at St. John’s 9:30 – 11:00 am

October 25 – CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

October 26 – Board of Education 6:30 pm

October 30 – TRUNK OR TREAT

November 1 – Daylight Savings Time ends

NOVEMBER 1 – REFORMATION FESTIVAL 4:00 PM Dinner follows.

November 2 – New Parents’ Seminar 6:30 pm

November 5-6 – Teachers’ Conference at CLHS

November 13 – School Open House & Book Fair

November 20 – VIP Day

NOVEMBER 25 – THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICES 1:15 & 7:00 PM

November 27-29 – Church Decorating for Christmas

December 2 – Mid-Week Advent Services 1:15 & 7:00 pm

December 4 – Preschool Craft Night and Kindergarten Open House

December 9 – Children’s Christmas Service (Grades 4-8) 7:00 pm

December 12 – Christmas 4 Kids

December 17 – Children’s Christmas Service (Grades K-3) 6:340 pm

December 19 – Caroling at St. John’s 6:00 pm

December 24 – Christmas Eve Services 7:00 & 10:00 pm

December 25 – Christmas Day Services 10:00 am

December 31 – New Year’s Eve Communion Services 6:00 pm

 

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