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St. Paul’s Lutheran Church,

417 Howertown Rd,

Catasauqua, PA 18032

610-264-3221 Fax: 610-264-5732

Email:stpaulschurch@rcn.com

Web:www.stpaulscatasauqua.com

Child Care: 610-264-0190

Sunday Worship

8:00 am Holy Communion

9:00 am Sunday School

10:30 am Worship

1st & 3rd Sunday Holy Communion

_______________________
Church Office Hours

Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm



Sunday School

September-May 9:00am



Child Care Center

Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:30pm



_______________________
Church Staff:

Pastor: Rev. Gary Walbert,

Pastor Emeritus:

Rev. Dr. Hartland H. Gifford

Dir. Music: Michael Fister

Office Admin: Charleen Burik

Treasurer: Paul Peters

Financial Sec: Debbie Stewart

Dir. Child Care: Margaret Bossons

Sexton: Norbert Huber


Congregation Council

Rena Ackerman

Robert Bastian

Tom Danner



Tammie Englert - Secretary

Kerry Lewis – Vice President

Kay Muehlberger



Doug Newhard- President

Laurie Perna

Albert Renn

Helene Sterner

(2) Open

The Epistle

November, 2013

Brothers and Sisters in Jesus,

On the first Sunday in November, we celebrate All Saint’s Sunday. It is on this day we remember loved ones who have died and gone on to their eternal reward.

As I get older, I find myself checking the obituary every day, not looking for my name, but checking the ages of those listed. As I contemplate what might or might not be in my future, it seems only natural to think about the past and loved ones who have gone on to their reward. Of course, I especially think of those alive today whom I love and it leads me to ponder what could be ahead at the next stage of life. One thing we all can be sure of is that one day we must all take that journey to Jesus. The works of John 14:3 give us the comfort that we will never be alone

The life expectancy has steadily increased now; 80’s and 90’s are common. We are staying healthier, if we take care of our-selves, as we get older. We may live longer now but God provides us with only this one day. We read in Psalm: 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

God promises us only today, and because He extends no promise that we will even be alive tomorrow, we should live this day without regret, being kind to others and forgiving, seeking God’s will for this day while mindful that there is no promise of tomorrow.

No matter how old we are, we should want to cherish each day as a valuable gift from God. I therefore have a stewardship responsibility to carefully consider: What is a good use of the time * have left? I look forward with anticipation to the future, not worrying about possessions, but what exciting tasks God is going to give me to do. My intent and hope is that whenever my last day finally arrives, I will be able in good conscience to say as Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Yours, In Jesus,






Hymn of the Month

For All the Saints

All Saints Sunday is one of the highlights of our liturgical calendar. It is a Sunday that we remember all our loved ones who have joined God in what the church calls “The Church Triumphant” meaning heaven. We are told in Hebrews that the Saints gather and watch us when we worship and other actions.

The hymn we always sing this Sunday is the hymn “For all the Saint’s.” It was written by William Walsham How in 1864. This hymn has eight verses but as your listen to the words, you hear a story about the saints and their journey to heaven. It is an inspiring, uplifting hymn. It raises our spirits as we sing it.
For All the Saints


  1. For all the saints who from their labors rest, all who by faith before the world confessed, your name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia! Alleluia!

  2. You were their rock, their fortress, and their might; you, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight; you, in the darkness drear, their one true light. Alleluia! Alleluia!

  3. Oh, may your soldiers, faithful, true, and bold, fight as the saints who nobly fought of old and win with them the victor’s crown of gold. Alleluia! Alleluia!

  4. Oh, blest communion, fellowship divine, we feebly struggle, they in glory shine; yet all are one within your great design. Alleluia! Alleluia!

  5. And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long steals on the ear the distant triumph song, and hearts are brave again and arms are strong. Alleluia! Alleluia!

  6. The golden evening brightens in the west; soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest; sweet is the calm of paradise the blest. Alleluia! Alleluia!

  7. But then there breaks a yet more glorious day: the saints triumphant rise in bright array; the King of glory passes on his way. Alleluia! Alleluia!

  8. From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast, through gates of pearl streams in the countless host, singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: Alleluia! Alleluia!




For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6




September Highlights

*We are pleased to welcome our newest elected Council member –



Helene Sterner.

Currently there are still two (2) open positions on Council. Please contact Council President, Doug Newhard if you are interested in serving.



*Youth Committee was given permission to hold a Kids First – Food Court Fundraiser in the fall for the youth group, with 10% of the profit going to local charity. Committee will actively seek more adult involvement along with sending invitation letters to all 5th graders and up to join youth group.

* It was noted that the year-to-date payment for Benevolence exceeded budgeted amount, therefore, a motion was made to have Treasurer not pay any more Benevolence for the rest of the year, except what we receive in the Benevolence envelopes. Motion carried



*Council approved Child Care fundraiser requesst at Blue Monkey October 17th or 22nd, which they will receive a 20% profit, and a Bake Sale and Chinese Auction at Christmas time..

*Property Committee will add cost of new water softener to next year’s budget.

*Nominating Committee is in need of two more members to fill vacancies on committee. Two delegates (male/female) are needed to attend Synod Convention on May 30 & 31, 2014. If interested, contact Lew or Kathy Heller.
Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

On November 25 at 7pm at St. Paul’s, we will have our annual Community Thanksgiving service. It is on this day our community worships together, thanking God for all of His many blessings.

Joining us this year, we again welcome Lehigh Valley Christian High School. Our preacher this year will be the Rev. Robert Brennan, principal at the LVCHS. Chorus from local churches will gather to sing an anthem. Immediately following the service, we will have a time of fellowship in Fellowship Hall. Come join us on November 25 to thank our Gracious God for all His many blessings.

Treasury Report

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver - 2 Corinthians 9:7
Jan. – Sept. YTD Financial Update

Weekly Envelopes

Budgeted: $ 88,812.00

Received: $ 77,469.00

Actual Income YTD: $446,383.00

Actual Expense YTD: $471,179.00


Loan - Roof Repair: $ 14,000.00 ( Nov.2012)

Balance due: $ 2,306.66


Finance Committee

Here we are again, asking for auditors. We should have an audit that we can present to the congregation at our annual meeting in February. Last year it was late in spring that we finally had our third auditor, they met and completed the audit in one evening. It does not take long; it is checking one page against another – it is not difficult, so please help us to complete our audit on time. Call either the church at 610-264-3221 or Bette MacHose at 610-264-0871

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St. Paul’s Child Care Center

Fundraiser for new secure doors

December 19, 2013 5:00pm–10:00pm

Present this coupon and Child Care Center will receive 20% of your dinner ticket


Child Care Center

November is here already. Soon we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. The months are just flying by. This month should be fun and exciting for all.

All of our children will be learning Thanksgiving Songs and Finger plays, doing Thanksgiving projects involving: Native Americans, Pilgrims, and of course Turkeys. They will learn about the First Thanksgiving and we will celebrate with a Thanksgiving meal here at our school. The children will make something to wear during our feast and some will be Pilgrims and some will be Native Americans. We will all gather around the table for a Center Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday, November 13th, in Fellowship Hall.

This month the teachers will be busy preparing for the Parent/Teacher Conferences.


Happy Thanksgiving,

Margaret Bossons



Child Care Fundraiser

Child Care Center is holding a fundraiser at the Blue Monkey on Thursday, December 19 from 5-10pm. This fundraiser is being held to raise money for new secure doors for the Child Care Center. You must present the coupon in this Epistle notice for the Child Care Center to receive 20% of your dinner ticket. Thank you in advance for helping us to become a more secure facility.



Fundraising Committee

St. Paul’s Fundraising Committee invites you to join us at our 2013 Holly Fair featuring BOTH Crafters AND Vendors* on November 30, 2013, 9am – 2pm. This festive event will offer family & friends the opportunity to kick off their Christmas season and get a jump start on their holiday shopping! We look forward to seeing you.



*If interested in participating in our Holly Fair, please contact church office for Registration Forms

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Praise Team Schedule

Rehearsal Sing

10/27 Nov 3: He Knows my Name

11/24 Dec 1: City of God

12/29 Jan 5: Shine, Jesus, Shine

1/26 Feb 2: I See the Lord

5/4 May 11: Open Our Eyes, Lord




THANK YOU to everyone who participated in any way with our Chicken Theater Dinner held in October. We had a wonderful evening filled with great food, fellowship and of course great music thanks to the Quartet of 5. With everyone’s overwhelming support, the proceeds from this dinner exceeded the cost of $1,100.00 to have our hand bells repaired. 10% of our profit is designated to go to the Catasauqua Food Bank.

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Upcoming Events

November 3: All Saint’s Day
November 25: Annual Community Thanksgiving Service at St. Paul’s at 7:00pm.
November 28: Thanksgiving
November 28 & 29: Church office CLOSED
November 30: St. Paul’s 2013 Holly Fair 9am–2:pm
Remembering the

Faithful Departed

On November 3rd we will remember the following members and friends of St. Paul’s who went home to be with our Lord in the past year:



Phyllis J. Battles, Carole S. Bosch,

Marie Charvala, Alvin A. Danner, Jr.,

Donald A. Doll, Sr,

Paul E. Englert, Robert J. Huggan,

Janet Gales, Diane Geist, Robert E. Groller, Mae S. Gross, Joseph Krajcic,

Catherine P. Laubach,

Donald Muehlberger,

Charles Parker, Elizabeth J. Peck,

Violette M. Powell-Dohlenkopf,

LeAnna Rabenold, Teresa Rampulla,

Norman Reit, Gladys A Schaller,

John R. Williams, Richard B. Williams,

Helen B. Witt



Hospital Visits

If you or someone you know is admitted into the hospital, it is very important to notify the church as soon as possible. You can do this by either calling the church office directly or informing the hospital upon admittance that you are a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and they will list you under our Pastoral Code 312. If you are admitted into a Rehabilitation facility, please inform the church office as well. Without either of these notifications, Pastor will not know to visit you and you will not be added on to our prayer chain




Cradle Roll.



"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).
The Splash Cradle Roll is a ministry for families of little ones from birth to three years of age. This program was designed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is published by Augsburg Fortress Press. It offers valuable resources for families with infants and toddlers and plays a special part during the celebration of Holy Baptism.

At St. Paul’s, when a young child is baptized, he/she will be automatically enrolled in the Cradle Roll. At this time parents will receive a welcome letter into the program along with a Splash! Parent Page and a Sleepy Time Tunes CD. Each month the family will receive age appropriate mailings, called Parent Pages. Upon the child’s third birthday, Cradle Roll “graduates” will be invited to join our Three Year Old Sunday School class.

Our mission is to help new families fulfill their baptismal promise and support them as they begin their journey of faith together.

For more information regarding this program, please contact church office








"And so, because he was a prophet and knew that GOD HAD SWORN TO HIM WITH AN OATH TO SEAT one OF HIS DESCENDANTS ON HIS THRONE

Acts 2:30

St Paul‘s Committees &

Volunteer Directory
Acolytes: Pastor Gary Walbert

Altar Guild: Jackie Younger

Child Care: Rena Ackerman

Christian Ed: Shelly Laudenslager

Communion Assist: Pastor Gary Walbert

Epistle: Charleen Burik

Finance: Betty MacHose

Fundraising: open

Greeters: Kay Muehlberger

Lectors: Judy Donchez

Memorials: Betty MacHose

Prayer Chain: Bette MacHose

Property: Bob Bastian

Scouts: Al Renn/Mark Weaver

Social Ministry/Evangelism: June Hahn

Stewardship: Tammie Englert

Worship: Kerry Lewis

Youth: open






Ways to help St. Paul’s & Our Community




Drop in at Redner’s in Whitehall or Northampton and get a free Save-a-Tape card. Present it at the register when you pay for your purchases, then bring your receipts to the church. Every $5,000 in Redner’s receipts earns St. Paul’s Church $50!

Volunteer Coordinator: Julie Stauffer



Inkjet Cartridges: Help St. Paul's itself by bringing in your used printer & fax machine cartridges! We trade them in & receive store credit-$2.00 for every qualifying print cartridge. Not only will it contribute to fundraising at St. Paul's, but it keeps these things out of landfills & helps protect the environment! Everyone wins!



Volunteer Coordinator: Susan Vrablic



Soda Tabs: For the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. The PRMH provides housing to the families of patients in the local children's hospitals, and the soda tabs are a huge boost to the charity's finances. Bring your tabs to worship on Sundays, or to the church office any day of the week, and help with this important program!



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Miller Keystone Blood Center

We want to thank everyone who recently helped donate blood. Remember, we have an annual donation goal of 33 pints, so please mention that you are giving for St. Paul’s whenever you donate blood!





Catasauqua Food Bank Needs:

Canned food: Soups, tuna fish, salmon, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, vegetables (assorted types).
Proteins: Peanut butter, beans (pinto, kidney, split peas, black, lima or garbanzo).
Grains: Cereal (all types), cream of wheat, oatmeal, basmati rice, pasta (spaghetti, elbow macaroni), flour (all purpose or self-rising), pancake mix.
Frozen foods: Vegetables, halal meats, fish.
Juices: 100% (canned or bottled or in cartons) and spring water.
Fruit: Fruit cups, dried fruit (dates or figs), applesauce.
Tea: Green, herb (peppermint, spearmint, chamomile), black and coffee.
Sweeteners: Sugar, honey, syrup,
Produce: Potatoes, onions, bananas, eggs, oranges, grapes and apples.
Wholesome children’s snacks: Granola bars, raisins, nuts, trail mixes, graham or animal crackers, pudding or Jell-O, fruit snacks, crackers (unsalted), cheese crackers, fruit bars




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_____In Memory Of _____ In Honor Of:

(please check one)


____________________________________________________________________________________
Dedicated by:

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_________5-7 blooms ________6-10 blooms

@ $8.00 @ $11.00

(all red) (red & white)
Total Plants ordered: __________

Total Amount Enclosed: $__________________


Envelope Number: _____________

The deadline for ordering poinsettias is

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8th

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Membership files

If you move, changed phone or cell numbers, email addresses, or add members to your household, it is very important that you let the church office know so we can update all our information!

Please take a moment to fill out the Member Information Sheet below and return to church office or place in offering plate on Sundays
Name______________________________________
Address_____________________________________
___________________________________________
Home #___________________________________
Cell #: ____________________________________
Email_____________________________________

Marital Status: ___ Single ___Married

___ Divorced ___Widow/er


Spouse’s Name_____________________________
Date of Birth_______________________________
Date of Marriage____________________________
Children (Living with parents)
Name______________________________________

Date of Birth_________________________


Name______________________________________

Date of Birth_________________________


Name______________________________________

Date of Birth_________________________







Deadline: November 8

Epistle Volunteers: November 15

9:00am



If you would like to put an article or announcement in our newletter, please contact Charleen Burik. Request: If you are able, please E-mail your articles to Charleen Burik, Office Admin at stpaulschurch@rcn.com

E-Mail me the Epistle!

Help us cut down the cost of postage by getting your Epistle newsletter by e-mail Just send your request via an email to church office at stpaulschurch@rcn.com

For all you Smartphone users: We can easily email your Epistle directly to your smartphone (PDF format) so you can enjoy it anytime, anywhere. Just email us at stpaulschurch@rcn.com or call church office and let us know where you want us to send it.
Don’t forget you can also get our EPISTLE newsletter and up-to-date church information on our website too www.stpaulscatasauqua.com ……and…….
check out St. Paul’s Facebook page too!

for your generous gifts to ELCA World Hunger. Your support provides help and hope to families in need in the US and around the world. Peace, Dawn Christianson-ELCA World Hunger

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Please welcome

St. Paul’s newest church member: Robin Ruch

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a special prayer for God’s loving guidance, blessings and happiness the following children of God were recently baptized
Alexis Rogers, Mason Bowlin &

Gabriel DelRe

children of Jenna Rogers


Isabella E. Casner

daughter of Michael Casner & Kris Winch

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Congratulations and God’s Blessings to

Mr. Scott & Melyssa Winkler

Married 10/5/13





Volunteers Needed
Two Altar Guild Volunteers are needed for the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month to help with cleaning and setting up of communion for our 10:30am service. If you have an interest in helping, please contact Jackie Younger for more information:
Do you like being outside, hiking, camping or fishing; being with youth? If so, great! Troop 94 is in search of this person to be the Scout Master. Please contact Al Renn the Charter Rep @ 484-264-3007 or the church office for more information.

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Pause and Give Thanks

Wherever you find yourself today,

Whether filled with joy or wrapped in pain,

Remember to pause a moment and give thanks

For no other event in our history and time,

Can change our lives like the birth of Christ – so divine.

His love never failing, and His Presence always near

The greatest wonder in Heaven on Christmas did appear.

God’s gift full of grace that brings life, love, and hope,

Can be unwrapped by us all - changing life’s scope.

For when we invite His life into our hearts,

No love is greater than that He imparts.

So wherever you find yourself today,

Remember to pause and give thanks,

For He is the Truth and the Way!

--© 2007 – Carolyn Lynn Schwartz



November Celebrations

Jesus said, “I am the Light of the World”.

May the birthday candles that represent the years of your life be a reflection to others of your love for Christ.





11/1 Diane Laubach

11/2 Rena’ Ackerman

11/4 Janet Corello

11/4 Michael Miller

11/6 Adam Lewis

11/8 Glenn Roth

11/8 Susan Vrablic

11/9 Ty Reitz

11/10 Anna Hartranft

11/10 Keith Hodge

11/10 Braeden Lower

11/10 Brielle Lower

11/10 Michael Matchette

11/10 Sandra Sensinger

11/11 Lauren Derhammer

11/12 Barbara Searfass

11/13 Alexandria Carl

11/13 Guy Fried

11/15 Lori Adams

11/16 Abrianna Frantz

11/16 Nancy Knecht

11/18 Barbara Flandorffer

11/18 Timothy Price

11/18 Charlie-Ann Reinert

11/18 Alexis Rushatz

11/19 Karen Hendricks

11/19 Warren Winch

11/20 Audrey Bowen

11/20 Keegan Golomb

11/21 Jamie Breisch

11/21 Linda Gier

11/21 Morgan Meckes

11/21 Tara Ouellette

11/22 Elizabeth Flynn

11/22 Amanda Peters

11/22 Amber Weaver

11/23 Wendy Panasik

11/23 David Stimmel

11/25 Hunter Reitz

11/26 Taylor Breisch

11/26 Barbara Shipe

11/27 Olivia Burnett

11/27 Karen Dewalt

11/27 Stephanie Winkler

11/28 Judy Buss

11/28 Angela Kulp




Wedding Anniversaries





11/28 Brody Luckenbill

11/29 Liam Reinhard

11/29 Russell Walbert

11/30 Rebecca Spieker










Special Birthdays

A few of our seniors will be celebrating birthdays this month. Please take the time to remember them with a card or note
11/4 Louise Williams 88

1440 W. Walnut Street,

Allentown, PA 18102
11/13 Gladys Bowen 91

Sacred Heart Senior Living

602 E. 21st Street, Room 512

Northampton, PA 18067






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Wedding Anniversaries

11/1 Christine & Brian Voorhees 16

11/3 Scott & Christine Sutter 23

11/5 Ronald & Kimberly Sandt 19

11/13 Leonard & Kathleen Witt Jr 37

11/14 Robert & Judith Bastian 4

11/14 Joseph & Norma Bauer 43

11/17 R. William & Jacqueline Younger 57

11/21 Steven & Lorry Bradley 21

11/28 Douglas & Linda Sheriff 26

11/30 Jessica & Justin Ryan 11












November 2013




Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat














1


2


3 all saints

8:00 Communion

9:00 Sunday Sch

10:30 Communion



Daylight Savings Time Ends


4

7pm Troop 94




5

6:30 Girl Scouts



Election Day

6

6:30 Choir

6:30 Daisy


7

7pm Cub Pack




8

6:30 Fundraising Comm.
Epistle Deadline

9


10

8:00 Communion

9:00 SS Breakfast

10:30 Worship




11

7pm Worship & Music

7pm Troop 94

7pm Stewardship



12

6:30 Girl Scouts



7pm Property

13

6:30 Choir

6:30 Daisy


14

7pm Finance

7pm Cub Pack




15

9am Epistle Volunteers




16

Cub Pack Bake Off



17

8:00 Communion

9:00 SS Breakfast

10:30 Communion




18

7pm Council

7pm Troop 94

7pm CYSA


19

6:30 Girl Scouts



7pm Child Care Meeting

20

6:30 Choir

6:30 Daisy


21

7pm Cub Pack




22


23



24christ the king

8:00 Communion

9:00 Sunday Sch

10:30 Worship

Praise Team Rehearsal


25
7pm Troop 94
comm thanksgiving7pm St. Pauls


26

6:30 Girl Scouts




27

6:30 Choir

6:30 Daisy


28


Church office

CLOSED


29
Church office

CLOSED


30

9:00am – 2:00pm



holly fair






Help Me

Thanksgiving Day Prayer
O God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry;

When I have work, help me to remember the jobless;

When I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all;

When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer,

And remembering, help me to destroy my complacency;

bestir my compassion, and be concerned enough to help;

By word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted. Amen.

-Samuel F. Pugh




Serving at St. Paul's in November, 2013



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DEDICATIONS FOR NOVEMBER



FLOWERS ($40) BULLETINS ($15)

11/3 Englert open

11/10 Witt Wehr

11/17 Younger Renn

11/24 open open



If you would like to be a sponsor for any of these opens dates, request forms are in the Narthex or contact the church office. Payment must be submitted with request.
Please note: Effective November 3, whenever we do not have dedications for flowers, there will be no Altar Flowers for that Sunday.

 



Therefore Pilate said to Him, "So You are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."

John 18:37





November Worship Services
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Nov 3rd 24th Sunday after Pentecost

8:00 a.m. – Spoken Holy Communion

9:00 a.m. – Sunday School

10:30 a.m. – Holy Communion



Nov 10th 25th Sunday after Pentecost

8:00 a.m. – Spoken Holy Communion

9:00 a.m. – Sunday School Breakfast

10:30 a.m. –Worship



Nov 17th 26th Sunday after Pentecost

8:00 a.m. – Spoken Holy Communion

9:00 a.m. – Sunday School Breakfast

10:30 a.m. – Holy Communion




Nov 24th Last Sunday of the Church Year

8:00 a.m. – Spoken Holy Communion

9:00 a.m. – Sunday School

10:30 a.m. – Worship



Who Is Jesus?

Jesus' true identity seems to remain a mystery for most of the disciples. Jesus can teach, preach, heal, cast out demons, challenge authority and more, but still they do not comprehend. You might say it is a case of mistaken identity as the disciples and other followers seem to be hoping to discover something very different from the real Jesus., It is the criminal executed with Jesus who in his dying desperation says, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." Clearly, the criminal has no other hope, still in this moment he acknowledges Jesus' true identity.

Modern followers of Jesus resemble those ancient followers in many ways. Everyone has their own image of Jesus, the gifts we want Jesus to bring us, the ways we want Jesus to fix those things in our lives that cause pain or suffering. In our anxiety we want Jesus to be our magical savior. It can be frustrating when we discover a very different Jesus. Instead of one who fixes everything in an instant, Jesus is the one who walks with us through the darkest valleys. Jesus is the one who calls us to lives of service—and again and again as we care for the needs of others we discover the face of Jesus himself in the lost, the last, and the least.

Our sin gets in the way, yet those who profess Jesus as Christ the King—the one in whom the fullness of God was pleased to dwell—are forever seeking to be clear in heart, mind, and soul about the true nature of his identity, and how we can share that identity with others.






The Epistle November, 2013
A monthly publication of

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

417 Howertown Road

Catasauqua, PA 18032

610-264-3221


Church Office Hours Sunday School Child Care Center

Monday-Friday September-June Monday-Friday

9:00am-3:00pm 9:00am 7:30am-5:30pm





HAS ANY OF YOUR INFORMATION CHANGED RECENTLY?moved

If you move, changed phone or cell numbers, email addresses, or add members to your household, it is very important that you let the church office know so we can update all our information! It’s costly to have mail returned to the church due to incorrect or insufficient addresses. Even if the mail is forwarded, the church will be billed for the forwarding process. If you need to update any of your information, please stop by church office or call 610-264-3221








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