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SEPTEMBER 10, 2020


What's your playlist have to say?

by Kendra Thompson, pastor of children & family life 

A dear friend dropped a lovely gift on my doorstep last week for my 39th (Yes. Thirty. Ninth.) birthday. Two of its thoughtful contents included a brand new sketchbook with perforated, thick blank pages and a pack of colorful, double-sided doodle pens. Read more.

Donut driveup: This Sunday
Miss St. Paul donuts and coffee? On Sunday, Sept. 13, 8-11:30 a.m., St. Paul pastors and staff will be outside in the large south parking lot for a donut driveup event. Fall learning for kids, youth, and adults also gets underway this coming week.
How can I keep from singing?
Augustana Choral Artists is a community group supported by Augustana College, and includes St. Paul people. The video, produced by St. Paul’s Miles Thompson, is of them performing a beloved favorite by Z. Randall Stroope.

This week in worship

Online: Watch your inbox for an email Sunday morning at 7 a.m., or visit the St. Paul websiteFacebookYouTube, or Vimeo channel. 

Pastor Hayden Kvamme preaches on a challenging passage in Matthew about pointing out fault. Chris Nelson and Bill Campbell play gorgeous pieces to begin and end worship. "May you know that you are wholly and dearly loved. May God bless you with forgiveness and mercy. May God’s spirit free you up for joyful life in community."

Podcast: Via BuzzsproutApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify.

In-person: Sign up for weekday in-person worship HERE.

Connecting this week

Dial-in devotion: Today, Sara Olson-Smith, associate pastor, shares thoughts on Matthew 6:7-8, Jesus teaches his disciples about prayer. To listen to a new devotion each weekday, dial 563-323-5489. Once you hear the welcome message, press number 4.

Centering Prayer | Thursdays, 6 p.m., Zoom 
Practice an ancient prayer form in which you will experience God’s presence within. Contact: Dick Jensen,

Podcast Discussion Group | Second Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Chapel
Discuss a few episodes from different podcasts centered around a certain theme, listened to ahead of time. For September, the theme will be A Shift in Perspective. Sign up here. Led by Katy Warren and Hayden Kvamme. Contact: Hayden Kvamme,

Theology Pub | Second and fourth Thursdays of the month, 7 p.m., Zoom
Belly up to your computer with your favorite beverage and join in a lively discussion of today’s headlines or whatever else lands on the “bar” as a topic. The format is informal and congenial, with a hearty welcome to all who join in. Contact: Peter Pettit,

Faithful Readers | Thursday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m., Library Commons 
This book discussion group will gather twice this fall — minus food, plus face coverings. Discussion in September will be on This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger. Sign up here. Contact: Katie Hanson,

Monday/Friday Bible Class | Friday, 11 a.m., Chapel; Monday, 7 p.m. Chapel
Each week we will have two opportunities to study the Scripture reading for the following Sunday's online worship. On Friday, Sept. 11, we will consider Romans 14:1-12. On Monday and Friday, Sept. 14 and 18, the text will be Matthew 20:1-16. Sign up here.

Second Saturday Men | Saturday, Sept. 12, 8 a.m., online via Zoom 
Men of St. Paul gather for service, fellowship, and discussion. First gathering of the year will be on Saturday, Sept. 12, 8 a.m. The idea is to strengthen guys in their faith. Contact: Todd Byerly,

Motherless Daughters | Saturday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m., Luther Loft
Open for any woman who has experienced mother-loss at any time and needs a safe place for support. Gather to celebrate our mothers, deepen relationships, and develop a network for continuous healing. Contact: Nicole Rathje,

Heart. Soul. Mind.
Choose One: Saturdays, 11 a.m.–12 noon, Chapel; Wednesdays, 12 noon –1 p.m., Zoom; Thursdays, 9:30- 10:30 a.m., Chapel
Why has the Bible become a complicated, difficult, unfamiliar book to so many of us? How can we recover it as the shared resource and point of reference that it can be? In his book, Saving the Bible from Ourselves, Glenn R. Paauw asks those questions and offers lively, insightful guidance toward useful answers. Led by Peter Pettit, a brief video each week will lead into discussion in each of three sessions covering the same material. The book is available at the Book Corner; the cost is $15. Sign up here.

Walking the Grief Journey | Sundays, Sept. 13-Oct. 4, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Luther Loft 
This in-person series is for those who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. Explore anger, depression, fears, acceptance, and new strength for a hopeful future. Sign up here. Contact: Lynn Batcher Robinson,

Jesse’s Stump: The Pandemic from Inside Public Health | Sunday, Sept. 13, 4 p.m., South Lawn
St. Paul members Amy Thoreson and Brooke Barnes will provide a view of the pandemic from their work at the Scott County health department, where Amy is deputy director and Brooke is public information officer. As the Scott County office for reviewing plans and protocols related to pandemic response and control, the Health Department works with the most up-to-date information and best practices. That doesn't mean they have "all the answers," but Amy and Brooke will be willing to tell us what they know and what they don't know, and to take "all the questions."  Bring your own lawn chair, refreshment, mask, and interest, and meet on the South Lawn - at High and Main streets.

Virtual Guys Coffee | Monday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m., Zoom
Grab a cup of coffee and settle in with your computer to connect with fellow St. Paul men. To express interest, message Hayden. Contact: Hayden Kvamme,

Grief Group Drop-In Online  | Monday, Sept. 14, 1:30 p.m., Zoom 
A supportive, compassion-filled time together for those who are experiencing grief. Led by Pastor Sara Olson-Smith, sign up here. Contact: Sara Olson-Smith,

Survivors of Suicide | Monday, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m., Luther Loft 
Offering support for those who have lost a friend or family member to suicide at any time. Contact: Deb and Joe James,

Coffee Conversations | Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., North Lawn
Bring your coffee and a chair. This coming week’s discussion will be on emotional eating and body image. Sign up here.

WELCA - Sara Circle | Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1:30 p.m., Library Commons
This is a community of women of all ages who gather for friendship and support, Bible study, and service. Contact: Sara Olson-Smith,

Mental Health Awareness Team | Third Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Zoom 
The St. Paul Mental Health Awareness Team strives to increase understanding of mental health issues. Interested in being a part? Contact: Beth Laureijs,

Stroke Support Group | Third Wednesday of the month, 2-3 p.m., Luther Loft 
The group brings together stroke survivors and their families in an atmosphere of caring and sharing to assist recovery.  Contact: Beth Laureijs,

Adult Children of Alcoholics | Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., Zoom 
This is a group for people who grew up in dysfunctional homes of any type. We learn together and support each other. Contact: Dick Jensen,

Men’s Bible Study | First and third Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m. 
Gather together for a time of fellowship, and study. Meet in the 129 House on the St. Paul campus, corner of Lombard and Main Streets. Contact: Jeff Keller,


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