ST. PAUL’S NEWS
St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
837 Charles Street, Torrington, CT 06790
December 2009 Newsletter
December 6 – Second Sunday in Advent
Worship, Communion Nursery Care
8:15 & 11:00am
December 24 – Third Sunday in Advent
Worship, Communion & Nursery Care
8:15 & 11:00am JANUARY
December 20 – Fourth Sunday of Advent January 3 – Epiphany Sunday
Worship & Communion Worship, Communion Nursery Care
8:15 & 11:00am 8:15 & 11:00am
December 24 – Christmas Eve January 10 – Baptism of Our Lord Sunday
Christmas Family Worship Service Worship, Communion & Nursery Care
4:30pm 8:15 & 11:00am
Festive Communion Service
January 17 – 2 Sunday after Epiphany
Festive Communion Service Worship, Communion & Nursery Care
8:15 & 11:00am
December 25 – Christmas rd
January 24 – 3 Sunday after Epiphany
Worship & Communion Worship, Communion & Nursery Care
10:00am 8:15 & 11:00am
December 27 – 1st Sunday of Christmas th
January 31 – 4 Sunday after Epiphany
Worship & Communion Worship, Communion & Nursery Care
10:00am 8:15 & 11:00am
I asked the members of the Tuesday evening Bible study group what the season of Advent meant to them? The
answer I received was the one I expected. “It’s the season of preparation for Christmas.” True, in part. The church has
given four weeks to make prepare spiritually through prayer, worship, devotion, service, for the celebration of Jesus’ birth.
Then, to whatever extent we engage in the usual round of office parties, gift exchanges, trimming the tree and stringing
lights, most of that will occur during this four week period of Advent.
But if Advent really is just “pre-Christmas,” why then do we come to church and sing those dirge Advent hymns in
their minor keys, and why to we have to listen to Jesus’ apocalyptic predictions and the rantings of John the Baptist before
we getting anywhere near to reading the Christmas story and singing “Joy to the World” in church?
Advent is a season of tensions. Indeed, there is some tension expressed by church folk who just do not
understand why they can’t sing their favorite Christmas carols starting now. We live in tension between the first Advent of
Jesus Christ, born in a stable in Bethlehem, and his Second Advent, when he returns as the Lord of hihistory to usher in
So we are not just looking backward to the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, but we are looking ahead to his coming
again. Thus we sing, “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” as well as some of the less inspiring Advent hymns, (and I will
grant you some of them are real duds) because there is an Advent yet to come that we are to prepare ourselves for.
But in between the Advent that is past, and the Advent expected at the end of history, God also comes to us in
the now. So Advent is the season of acknowledging the ways that God has come to us unmistakably in the present. This
experience is different for everyone. The one thing I feel certain we all share in common though, is that Jesus has come
to us. Perhaps you experienced the Advent of Jesus when your children were born, or in the strength under girding you
fight against cancer, finding a job against all the odds. Some of us have found ourselves caught up in situations in which
there is no humanly conceivable way out. Some of you are enslaved to habits that are destroying you. Others face some
dilemma for which there are no straightforward answers. And yet to some of us that in the midst of these challenges God
we have experienced God intervening on our behalf.
Advent is not confined therefore to preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus which has already happened, or the
future coming of Jesus, “And of that day or that hour no one knows” ( Matthew 24:36). We have awaited his coming
again for nearly 2000 years already and for all we know it may be another 2000 years. But Jesus does come to us, in less
dramatic ways perhaps even now. So heed the Apostle Paul’s words, “Besides this, you know what time it is, how it
is now the moment for you to wake from your sleep” (Roman 13:11a). We do not want to miss his coming because
we too engaged in trying to catch up on work that is never ending; or fighting traffic at the malls.
Remember, “our salvation is nearer to us now than when we first became believers” (Romans 13:11b).
Thanks be to God!
Getting Ready for Christ [mas]
I saw a stranger yestreen,
I put food in the eating place
Drink in the drinking place
Music in the listening place
And in the sacred name of the Triune
He blessed myself and my house
My cattle and my dear ones
And the lark said in her song
Often, often, often
Goes the Christ in the stranger’s guise
Celtic blessing for hospitality
Oxford Book of Prayer
For those of us who attend worship with some regularity, it can be particularly irksome to see folks who consider
themselves members of our congregation at Christmas and Easter who may never (or seldom) darken our doors any
other time. I write this in defense of these people, not because I excuse them from coming (I wish they would want to
come every week) but because our radical welcome of hospitality as the gospel defines it must extend to everyone, and
because special worship at times of holiday stress can help to forge important relationships that can last a lif lifetime.
Most of us will never have the opportunity to welcome a pregnant teenager from a foreign land and her aging
husband, as did the innkeeper in Bethlehem. But we do have the opportunity to see in the face of a stranger the face of
Christ, as the Celtic blessing expresses it. So here are some practical tips on welcoming strangers at this time of year (and
hopefully we can practice these things every week, too.)
Smile and greet someone warmly (as if you expect to see visitors.)
Sit with them and help them with the worship service.
Welcome them in particular to the Eucharist (studies show this to be the most stressful time for visitors.)
Remove from your voice and your heart the judgmental tone (haven’t seen you here before…)
Invite them to coffee and fellowship (and don’t sit in little cliques that can be hard to break into.)
Don’t ask them to be on the church council the second time they come.
Be for them the hands of Christ and act toward them as if they were Jesus Himself.
Be ready to answer questions (or accompany them to someone who can answer.)
Most of all, act as if you want to be part of Saint Paul’s yourself, how fulfilling it is to be a Christian.
At this time of year, in these difficult and challenging economic times, churches (and ours in parti particular) can be a source
of comfort and welcome. It’s part of our baptismal covenant to share the good news of the gospel, and welcoming our
neighbor in a special way is the best way to deepen our spiritual roots and branch out for our neighbor.
See you in church,
Sisters and brothers in Christ of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,
I greet you with the words of the apostle Paul to the Romans: "Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand" (Romans 5:1-2a).
Where does the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) stand today? We stand together in God's grace, but we are not
standing still. We proclaim Jesus Christ and are fully engaged in this mission by actively caring for the world that God loves.
God's mission is serious work that calls for serious commitment. We bring all that we are -- especially our rich diversity, our
shared tradition and even our disagreements -- in service of God's mission.
We go forward in this mission trusting that "God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been
given to us" (Romans 5:5). Evidence abounds of the Holy Spirit being poured out upon us and through us:
• Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Naples, Fla., recently purchased land for new ministry center. They also convened ELCA
partners, seminaries, synods, and churchwide staff to envision together a vibrant, evangelical and multicultural Lutheran
presence in southwestern Florida.
• Our new directors of evangelical mission, based in synods, are trained and ready to serve ELCA congregations that
they might continue to grow as evangelical centers for mission.
• The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi told Global Mission colleagues traveling in the region that they are ready to
deepen their relationship with the ELCA so that together we can more generously and faithfully respond to malaria, HIV
and AIDS. Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl, ELCA coordinator for the Lutheran Malaria Initiative, writes, "The ELCA, especially
through the Lutheran Malaria Initiative, will be part of a movement that changes the world. It's certainly going to change
• In summer 2009, 37,000 youth, young adults and adult leaders attended the ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans.
They spread throughout the city, wearing orange t-shirts in a witness of service that touched the hearts of residents and
has them talking still.
• ELCA chaplains Michael Lembke, Richard Brunk and Paul Dirksmeyer bore witness to God's mercy at Fort Hood,
Texas. They ministered to families, friends and an entire nation grieving the tragic shootings at the nation's largest
These are just a few examples. Think of the signs of the Holy Spirit being poured out in your life and in your congregation!
Thanks be to God for this continued outpouring of the Spirit among us.
When the ELCA Church Council faced the reality of reduced financial resources for mission, it made a difficult but necessary 10
percent budget reduction. The decision, however, does not diminish our resolve and commitment to engage together in God's
mission for the life of the world.
We will engage Christ's mission with everyone who stands together in God's grace, using the rich gifts that the Holy Spirit has
poured into our lives:
• Together we will proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord in worship spaces and workplaces, in online conversations and around
• Together we will develop new ministries in every synod in multicultural communities and among people living in deep
• Together we will raise up and welcome faithful, wise and courageous leaders by sustaining vital and creative seminaries
and campus ministries.
• Together we will send missionaries to accompany new and growing Lutheran churches throughout the world.
I invite you to deepen this conversation with me in an online town hall forum on Sunday, December 6, at 4:30 p.m. (CST); check
www.elca.org for more details.
The apostle Paul wrote that where the Holy Spirit is poured out upon us, hope abounds and hope does not disappoint us
(Romans 5:4-5). What a wonderful promise this is as we now enter the season of Advent! With our hope in Christ, we face the
future together as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serving the world that God so loves.
Amen. Come Lord Jesus!
The Rev. Mark S. Hanson
Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
DO YOU NEED TO CONTACT PASTOR
To Ray DeSanti, who very patiently vacuumed up almost all of MIKE, MICHAL OR THE CHURCH OFFICE
that confetti from Pastor Mike and Pastor Paul’s exciting skit
on Stewardship. Don’t worry Ray – it’s stuff like this that
gives us all job security – you’ll be finding those blue things Pastor: email@example.com (Pastor Mike)
for months to come! Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org (Michal)
To the very manly elf who shined up that kitchen stove. Fax: 489-3788
To the tinkerers on Property who fixed the sanctuary candles
and the ever-problematic heating system and pipes in the
Fellowship hallway. OPERATION FRONT OFFICE
To our Coffee Hour angels – may every slot be filled to keep a
smile on Mary Quinn’s face. New Envelope Offering Service!!!
To all those with eagle eyes who find articles on our members To reduce the cost of envelopes for our members, we are
and get them to me in time for the newsletter. moving to a new offering envelope service and changing
to a bi-monthly mailing to your house. If you do not
To our calligrapher extraordinaire, June. May your pen be
receive your January/February envelopes by December
ever ready for emergency work and may it never run out of th
ink. 19 , please let the office know.
To the Altar Guild for making both our sanctuary and our
grounds festive for the harvest and holiday seasons.
To Fran and Alan Seitz, who so generously donated a
much-needed projector for use at the church.
We’ve received our annual check from GoodSearch
$38.77. Since the office did almost all of the searching
and shopping, this money will be applied back to the
DONATIONS TO THE CHURCH office budget.
We want to thank everyone who donates needed items for
If we could get even 10 more people to start using this
church events, activities and ministries. Please keep in mind
service, money could go to Pastor’s Discretionary Fund,
however that though we are a very large church, we do run out
of room. Also, donations should be given in the season they Christian Education – the sky is the limit.
can be used. Please speak with someone about the items you
wish to donate prior to leaving them on the property. If you need help setting up your computer, please contact
the office and we will work with you.
ARE YOU A SNOWBIRD?
If you move to a warmer climate during the winter
months, and would like to suspend your newsletter or
envelope packet while you’re gone, please contact the
office and let us know the duration of your absence.
AROUND OUR COMMUNITY
Torrington Area Council of Churches (TACC):
Red Kettle Campaign:
TACC is in need of a coordinator!
St. Paul's will be covering "ringing the bell" for the
Salvation Army's Red Kettle Program on Saturday, Ted Barlow, former coordinator of the emergency fund,
December 12th at Torrington's Stop and Shop. The hours retired and moved his family to Pennsylvania this past
are 10am to 9pm. Two hour shifts are usually the most September.
popular but if someone would like to do more, or less, we
can arrange that also. We have an interim serving now, but we need a
permanent replacement by this coming January or the
This has been a difficult year for many and even more
difficult at this time of the year so I look forward to our emergency fund program may be in jeopardy.
participation this year.
The duties consist of verifying information provided by
Depending on how many are interested in volunteering, the applicants by telephoning landlords, oil companies,
we can always add another day or more! St. Paul's is a CL&P, etc. on Thursday mornings. This comes after four
very giving church and I look forward to the response
teams, each meeting one Wednesday a month,
from our congregation reflecting our blessings.
personally interview the applicants and forward the
If you are not available for that Saturday, please call information with their comments and recommendations to
Lt. Alan Galentine at 860-482-3569 and set a time and the coordinator.
place for when you might be available and tell him that
you represent St. Paul's Lutheran Church. After successfully reviewing all of the information on
Thursday and making the final decision on being qualified
Please contact me at 860-489-6106 or see me at church
for aid, the coordinator calls the applicants with his/her
for scheduling on December 12th.
decision and authorizes checks be cut and mailed directly
Respectfully, in his name, to the companies, or landlord, etc. Checks are not mailed
Pat Dupret to the applicants.
Torrington Area Council of Churches
If anyone is interested in serving, please see Pat Dupret
P.S. If you are being hit hard by the recession, you can or call her at 489-6106 and she will put this person in
volunteer to do 10 hours of ringing for a food voucher. touch with the interim person and sit with her through the
A Program of Lutheran Social Services Good News Garage:
November is National Adoption Month. If you have ever Don’t forget that St. Paul’s is a dropoff site for the
considered becoming a family who can adopt a child, you Lutheran-sponsored Good News Garage. This
can explore international and domestic adoption options organization will not turn away a vehicle, though it is
at no cost or obligation. Meetings are held monthly from definitely preferable that the vehicle can be used or
7-9pm and require advance registration 800-286-9889: repaired inexpensively for use by a needy family. If you
have a car, van or truck that you are thinking of donating,
First Tuesday, Rocky Hill office please call 877-GIVE-AUTO. And if the cost of repairing
the car is too high, it can either be donated for parts, or as
Second Tuesday, Somers Congregational Church, a last resort it can be scrapped. Any way you look at it,
Main St, Somers there is value to your clunker. Please consider using this
valuable community service.
Third Monday, Bethesda Lutheran Church,
305 St. Ronan St., New Haven “A Great and Mighty Wonder” Christmas Cantata:
Third Thursday ,St. James Lutheran Church, Many of our St. Paul’s choir members will be joining
111 Peter Rd, Southbury several other churches for a glorious Ecumenical Cantata
at the First Congregational Church of Torrington on
December 13 at 4:00pm under the baton of Ken Beyer,
with Adrienne Weik as pianist.
Please join us for this free will offering concert.
NOVEMBER COUNCIL MEETING FRESH FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY
HIGHLIGHTS A NEW MINISTRY OF ST. PAUL’S
Interim Treasurer Appointed Inspired and directed by St. Paul’s member’s Carol
Sinnott and Sharon Faita Maziarz, a community garden
Joe Toce has been appointed by the Congregation will be taking shape on St. Paul’s property. The vision is
Council to fill the post of Treasurer of the Congregation. to create a garden in which produce can be grown to
The post has been vacant Since the resignation of
treasurer Lenni Nilsson in July. Joe, along with his wife, donate to local organizations to help fight hunger in the
Carole, joined St. Paul’s this past March. He has a long community.
career operating a local business and has previous th
experience on church finance committees and as a On Sunday, November 8 , a group of interested persons
church treasurer. We are pleased to have Joe on board met to begin planning. On Saturday, November 14 , the
during the current budget development process and are group met again to walk the property in order to site the
confident he will serve St. Paul’s well until a permanent garden.
treasurer is elected in December.
Though in the infant stages of planning, it is anticipated
Submitted by Dixie Travis
the garden will contain six to twelve raised beds in a
fenced area. A water capture system will be designed to
make use of rain water and a composting bin will be
Scout master and St. Paul’s member, Bruce Magyar, is
planning to use some of the construction as qualifying
community service projects for up to six Eagle Scout
candidates in his troop. Member George Blakeslee, a
carpenter, has agreed to work with the scouts.
There is room in this project for many more planners and
gardeners. If you are interested in learning how you might
Annual Meeting of the Congregation,Part 1 join this effort, speak to Sharon, 860-482-9899 or email
her at (email@example.com).
The annual Meeting of the Congregation is set for
Monday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be
Submitted by Sharon Maziarz and Dixie Travis
preceded by a potluck supper at 6:00. Prominent on the
meeting agenda are the passage of a budget for FY 2010
and the election of a treasurer and four persons to the
Congregation Council. All voting members of the
congregation are urged to attend.
837 Charles Street
Torrington, CT 06790
Is it really the Holiday season already? Hilltop staff and
children wish you all well during this blessed season. We
are blessed to be a part of Hilltop, especially at this holy
time of year, where we are honored to bring the good
news of Jesus with the children and families.
Ted Morton Photography came to Hilltop at the
beginning of November to take our portraits. We are
looking forward to some fantastic portraits that will be
back in time for Christmas gifts!
Hilltop participated in Operation Christmas Stocking,
donating about 80 items. We also participated in the food
drive. Once the food is delivered to the classroom, the
children take a walk with their teachers up to the narthex
to deliver the food. Last year I remember wondering if we
would have enough food to bring each class up for at
least one time. This year, the basket in my classroom was Hilltop Christian Nursery School was well represented at
overflowing! One family brought in a whole box of food, eterans Park
the Veterans Day service at Coe Park. They proudly
and another filled a paper grocery bag with food! We had presented their flag to the men and women of Torrington
about 150 cans and boxes come in! who have served our country through military service.
This flag also represents the time in class the children
Registration for the 2010-2011 school year opens u to
2011 up spent learning about our soldiers. This flag is currently on
active members of St. Paul’s on December 1, 2009. on
display in the Torrington Mayor’s office.
Please visit the main office to register your child during
December to ensure a space for your child in the coming Two other flags are being sent to one student’s father,
school year. Registration opens up to currently enrolled who was deployed to Iraq in May, and to another
students and their siblings January 4 2010. We will student’s brother, who will be finishing his training very
conduct an Open House for the general public to come in soon.
and visit the program on January 11 , and then the public
is invited to register starting January 15 2010.
We still have openings for three and four year olds in the
current year. If you know of anyone who might be
interested, please refer them to us!
In His Service,
TREE LIGHTING, SOUP & SANDWICH
SUPPER & FAMILY CRAFT
As has become tradition here at St. Paul’s, the outside
Christmas tree will be lit on the first Sunday in Advent,
November 29, at 5:00pm. All are invited to meet in the
upper parking lot to light the tree and sing Christmas
carols. After that, we head inside for a soup and
sandwich supper. All families are invited to bring
sandwiches (P, B, & J, tuna, egg, ham salad, ham &
cheese, etc.) and finger desserts. The Christian
Education committee will have the soup and beverages.
After dinner we will gather to make a craft that will be
meaningful throughout the Advent and Christmas season.
Young and old, singles and families, are all invited to this
evening of fellowship and fun. We will be finished by
FRUIT BASKET ASSEMBLY
As part of the Angel Project, fruit baskets are given to
families of St. Paul’s who have lost a member of their
immediate family. Cash donations are accepted toward
the cost (choose a green angel from the “Angel” table in
the Narthex) of the baskets and the fruit and fillers are
purchased in bulk to get the freshest fruit available. Your
help is needed to assemble these baskets on Friday
evening, December 11, beginning at 5:00pm. Bring a
snack and a drink, if you wish. We will then try to deliver
as many baskets on Friday night as we can. Other
deliverers are needed for Saturday. If you can help,
please call the church office at 482-3555 or see Paula
Rosenbeck or Elsie Santoro.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS COOKIE BAKE
THANK YOU FOR CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS & Children and adults will gather in the church kitchen to
STUFFERS bake cookies for infirm members and college students
next Sunday, November 29 , beginning at 1:00pm. This
Since hearing of Camp Hope/Urban Hope’s Christmas
is confirmation student expectation that is enjoyed by all
Stocking Ministry in May, children and adults from St.
who help out. It is a great way to bring the love of Christ
Paul’s have been making felt stockings and gathering
to our members who cannot get out to church regularly. It
stuffers for the stockings that are used to bring hope and
also gives our college students something to look forward
the message of Jesus Christ to children in the inner cities
to receiving in the mail as they begin studying for their
of Connecticut. During Vacation Bible School last
final exams. Each child is asked to bring a batch of
summer, Christmas in July, about sixty stockings were
unbaked cookie dough (no nuts, please), supporting
made and decorated and several box loads of stuffers
ingredients (colored sugar, sprinkles, frosting, etc.) and
were collected. Now, as Christmas approaches, about
the baking instructions.
125 more stockings have been made and decorated and
more stuffers have been collected. The gifts were Donations of baked cookies are also invited. Because
dedicated during the services on November 22 and we make upwards of 150 plates and containers of
shortly they will be delivered to Camp Hope where the cookies, help is needed to help meet our goal. Make your
staging process will continue. Thanks to all who helped family’s favorite Christmas cookie. In case you
in any way. Look to St. Paul’s website for pictures from wondered, we usually have an
the decorating workshop that took place on November 15 abundance of chocolate chip cookies, so if your family
when about 50 children and adults gathered to put the has a second favorite to them, they are most welcome!!
finishing touches on these gifts of love.
ANGEL PROJECT IS WINDING DOWN
Thanks for all who have so generously taken angels
from the angel table in the Narthex. All yellow angels for
the Navajo Lutheran Mission School were taken and
those gifts will be packaged and shipped to Rockpoint,
Arizona early during the week of November 30 . Curtis MEMORIAL FLOWERS
Schimanski has agreed to work his magic and help pack
Do you have a loved one who you would like to
the gifts in the most safe and economical way! Thanks to
remember with flowers on the Altar?
the Grunders for shipping the gifts from their business so
all the packages arrive at the same time at the Consider signing up for an open Sunday Worship service to
reservation. have flowers on the altar to honor a date or the memory of a
loved. The cost is $35.00 for two bouquets. Checks should
One of the children from the class that we support (5 & be made payable to: “St. Paul’s Altar Guild” and dropped or
6 grade) had on his wish list a television for his mailed to the church office.
classroom. Debbie Jones graciously did the price
Any general donations to the Altar Guild will be used for
comparisons and shopping and the TV is being paid for
by St. Paul’s Women. It is being shipped directly to the special holiday displays and floral requests not covered
class as part of their Christmas gift. ar
by individual requests for altar and memorial flowers.
Green angels on the table are for cash donations for
fruit baskets and the remaining white angels are for gift
certificates and actual gifts for children. These gifts are
due to be back no later than Sunday, December 13 so
they can be tagged, bagged and delivered to families
during the week while children are in school.
Pink angels are for senior saints living in nursing homes
or assisted living facilities. You are asked to purchase
the gift and personally take it to the person. Oftentimes ST. PAUL’S WORSHIP SERVICES
the visit is enjoyed far more than the actual gift itself. ON CABLE 5
St. Paul’s Worship Services can be viewed weekly on
Thank you for helping to make the Angel Project a
Cable 5. They are shown on Mondays and Tuesdays at
success again this year.
11:00am. Cablevision now only allows DVR taping,
so….if you would like to view St. Paul’s Worship Services
and don’t get Cable 5 or you are not home when it is
aired, you will soon be able to borrow a DVD, which
contains the services, from the St. Paul’s Library. If you
do borrow it, please make sure it is returned the next
week. Thanks to the Publicity Committee for making this
ST. PAUL’S CHURCH HISTORY NOTES 1884-2009 (125 Years)
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1884 – 2009 125 YEARS 1884 – 2009 125 YEARS
May 1894 – Special Town Meeting. The meeting voted that the June 1, 1894 - Half a dozen families are removing the remains
Town should proceed with the removal of the bodies in the of their relatives from the old South cemetery. They find more
South cemetery according to the provisions of the special act of or less to take up, according to the time of interment, although in
the legislature. one case, part of the bones were found of a burial 53 years
back. The damp character of the ground has tended to
The longest discussion was upon the question of the old preserve them.
cemetery. Some were for putting it off to the annual meeting,
but this was seen to be unfair to the German people, who June 29, 1894 – A small, black, curly haired dog thought he was
wanted the matter settled one way or the other, then and there, going to be buried alive yesterday afternoon. He fell into one of
and the decision would be of no use unless given now. The the opened graves in the South Main Street cemetery, and
meeting had a very good attendance. It was felt the work couldn’t get out. For several hours he occupied the place until
should be done properly. We believe the work will be done by his barking he attracted the attention of a passerby who
reverently and that a Christian church erected on the site will be rescued the frightened canine.
the purpose most in harmony with the first us of the lot. We
have always felt that a neglected burying ground where the July 1894 – Work on the cellar of the new German church at the
living relatives of the deceased are scattered and no one cares old cemetery has rapidly advanced. Twenty-five men or more,
for the graves, leaving them to show inattention, is one of the members of the society, have worked hard for three days and
saddest of sights. have made a large excavation. The soil on the surface is of
good quality and has been taken off and made into a large pile,
The special committee for the removal of the remains in the which will be used for grading the lawn. The gravel being taken
South cemetery appointed by the legislature, Messrs. Coe, out is wheeled to the hollow in front next to the street.
Fuessenich and McNeil, met last evening and the notice as
required by the special act is published today, to be followed by The deeds of the old South Cemetery lot were passed to the
two more insertions in as many weeks. The work is to be done German society on the 4 installment. The price was as stated
by the selectmen, but under the direction of this committee, who $2,000, with $150 more toward removal of graves.
are really a committee of arbitration. The notice is to give all
persons having relatives interred there, the full opportunity to The stonework for the German church was begun yesterday
move the remains or stones themselves, and it is hoped they afternoon, J. J. Odell having a contract for the work, and A. C.
will do this. Those that are left uncalled for will probably be Hopkins drawing stone.
placed in the West Torrington cemetery, as that is better cared
for and has more room than the Torringford burial ground. July 20, 1894 – The German Church – architect C. D. Johnson
Among the interments is that of the great grandmother of Mr. E. (Janssen?) has exhibited and explained to us the plans of the
T. Coe, Mrs. Ann Wilson Taylor, a lady of high character, who new German church to be built on the site of the old Southside
died in 1838, and whose husband, Joseph Taylor, was killed by cemetery. The edifice is to be Romanic style of architecture, a
a blast in helping to build the Torrington turnpike in 1800. He style of Middle Ages that presents greater chances of being
was buried in West Torrington, and the interment will be by the brought out in an edifice of moderate cost than the Gothic. The
side of her husband in that cemetery. The Germans plan to church is to be 40 feet front by 60 feet deep, 26 ½ feet to eaves,
build a neat edifice on the northeast corner of the lot in a line 54 to ridge, and with spire 120 feet. There will be first the
with the dwellings, 61x41 feet. The parsonage is to be along granite course, five feet of nice brick work, then the woodwork
side of it, next to Mr. Doughty’s. with slate roof, and galvanized iron cornices, all weather
exposed places to be covered with copper. There will be
June 1, 1894 – Messrs. E. J. Coe and J. A. Doughty paid a visit pilasters 20 inches wide every 12 feet, pilasters on the corners
to the old Southside cemetery yesterday and as a result will of spire, belted spire, Roman arch windows. It is to be very
take care of the re-interment of whatever remains there may be strongly built with solid walls, Southern pine trusses, well bolted.
of relatives of theirs, and to remove the stones to a new In addition to the main dimensions given, there is to be a
location. Mr. Doughty will remove those of the Brooker relatives projection in the rear 12x18 feet for an altar room, and a tower
to lots in the Center Cemetery; Mr. Coe of Mrs. Ann Wilson to projects six feet beyond the front line of the church. The
West Torrington, and Charlotte Seymour, an infant sister of his audience room is to be 54x38 clear, 21 feet high with plastered
mother, to the Center cemetery. Worked commenced today, walls. The vestibule is of the same style as in the
because although they do not expect to find any remains, yet Congregational church. There will be a gallery over it, and there
they are acting under the provision of a state sanitary law, which is height enough for side galleries if ever wanted. The altar and
forbids the disinterment of the body of any deceased person sacristy are at the pulpit end of the church.
during the months of June to September inclusive.
To Be Continued…….
It being Veteran’s Day, we saluted our flag and honored
our veterans who fought and those who died to protect
our freedoms. We prayed for those who are presently
fighting so that our wonderful freedoms remain intact. We
are thankful for all in the military who are risking their lives
CHRISTMAS EVE – 4:30PM
for this wonderful country that is called the U.S.A. We th
enjoyed our fellowship and light refreshments but missed On December 24 , Christmas Eve, 4:30pm, St. Paul’s will
those who were unable to be with us. have a Worship for the whole family. Bring the kids, as
we celebrate the coming of our Lord.
Please continue to save Campbell Code labels, pull tabs
CHRISTMAS EVE – 6:30PM
and the educational boxtops. Saving is care, and very th
much appreciated. On December 24 , Christmas Eve, 6:30pm, St. Paul’s will
have a traditional Christmas Service with the celebration
As we look forward to our celebration of Christmas of the Eucharist. Join us and celebrate the coming of our
fellowship, we have planned an extensive menu and are Lord.
once again delighted to have the Hilltop children perform
CHRISTMAS EVE – 11:00PM
a Christmas pageant. th
On December 24 , Christmas Eve, 11:00pm, St. Paul’s
We will begin at 12:30pm, so please note the time will have a Festive Communion Worship Service,
change. God is always present and continues to bless celebrated with special music by the Senior Choir,
our fellowship. vocalists, and instrumentalists. A special fifteen minute
musical prelude precedes the Service beginning at
We Give Him the thanks, re
10:45pm. You are encouraged to arrive early.
Mary and the Retirees
P.S. The word of Christ is God’s lullaby.
Have a joyous Christmas.
CHRISTMAS DAY – 10:00AM
On Christmas Day, December 25 , 10:00am, a Christmas
Service of Holy Communion will celebrate the nativity of
our Lord Jesus Christ. Christmas Day is a time for us to
gather together as a “family of faith” in adoration of our
Savior. Make this Christmas special and attend worship
SEWING GROUP with your family of Christmas Day.
We will not be sewing until after the New Year. Since we
began in September, we have completed and delivered 42
lap robes to those in need.
Our annual December luncheon will be enjoyed at Marino’s
on December 8th starting at 12:30pm, but we urg you to be
there shortly after 12:00pm.
Have a blessed Christmas
TRIM THE CHRISMON TREE
On Monday evening, December 7 , beginning at
7:00PM, you are invited to join the Property Committee
and St. Paul’s Women of the ELCA as they decorate the
Chrismon tree and the sanctuary for Christmas.
Following the decorating all are invited to join us for
fellowship and an old-fashioned Yankee Swap. Bring
something you have been given that you don’t need or
don’t like (the more unique, the better!). Wrap it, and
don’t tell anyone what you brought. It will be fun to try to
guess who brought what! This is a twist on the traditional
grab bag. (A gentle reminder…please don’t bring
something that someone that may be in attendance has
given you. We don’t want hurt feelings.)
Hostesses for the evening include Judie Schwalm,
Rosalie Mueller, and Paula Rosenbeck.
HAT AND MITTEN TREE Preparations for our upcoming
As in previous years, a Hat and Mitten Tree will be in
Pageant at the 4:30pm family
place in the Narthex beginning on November 1 through
December 13 . Donations of any and all sizes of hats,
service on Christmas Eve is
scarves, gloves, mittens and warm socks are going to be revving up sooner
encouraged. They can be bought or handmade, all are
welcome! These donations are then given to various than you think.
service agencies in town. This tree is placed in loving
memory of Gladys Gasser by St. Paul’s Women of the
ELCA. Gladys oversaw this project for many years and
this is one way by which her memory can be honored.
Please see Sharon Machuga if
your son or daughter would like
LAST CALL!! Do you read this publication? We
currently receive a bulk mailing each month of Today’s
Christian at the church. In the efforts of being cost-
conscious, we need to find out if we should continue
paying for it. If we don’t hear from anyone by the end of
December, we will discontinue the subscription.
WHY PRISON MINISTRY through vulnerability; the cornerstone of which love is
constructed. Kairos is given credit for changing the
A while back, I was approached with the question, “Why environment of entire prisons through its ministry.
should we engage in prison ministry?” I began to gather a
great deal of information regarding the prison system and When team members serve two or more weekends, it
the people incarcerated. Quite frankly the information was brings about a profound change in their lives and
so overwhelming that it absolutely confirmed why God deepens their ministry, gaining strength and conviction.
has called me to serve in this ministry. At present, more Most residents, who have attended a Kairos weekend
than 1 in every 100 adults is behind bars. At the and the monthly reunions, return to society as productive,
beginning of2008 there were in excess of two million responsible citizens, walking the spirit of love with Jesus
people in jails and prisons in the United States. As a the Christ. The real person emerges, your brother and
matter of fact, the U.S. Department of Justice estimates mine, trusting God and trusting himself to love once
that 7.5 million people are either in jail or prison or on again.
probation or parole. That levels the field to about 1 in
32adults. The main goal of Kairos Prison Ministry is to reduce the
tax dollars required to support the prison system by
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, prison helping as many as possible to seek repentance and
populations have increased by 628 per cent between forgiveness and return to our society as a productive
1970 and 2005. It is written that 5.6 million Americans citizen.
have spent time in a state or federal prison, almost 3% of
the population. So, what does it cost to incarcerate 2.3 Hebrew 13:3 “Remember those in prison as if you
million people? It is estimated to be between $50 to 60 were their fellow prisoners.” We are to have empathy
Billion a year and the costs keep rising. Estimates show for those in prison. Jesus said that “His true followers
that there will be an increase of 192,000 additional would represent Him as they visit those in prison.”
prisoners by 2011, costing an additional $25 billion dollars Matthew 25:36 the real evidence of our belief is the way
per year or $85 Billion with no end in sight. we treat all persons as if they were Jesus. What we do for
others demonstrates what we really thing about Jesus’
The big problem is that of the 650,000 people released words to us…”feed the hungry, provide shelter for the
each year, about two or every three will find themselves homeless, look after the sick and visit the prisons.”
back in prison within three years. You might be saying to
yourself…with those kinds of numbers, what can be As to the personal benefit, there are no words, only
accomplished by prison ministry. tears of joy to see for yourself the transformation that
takes place on these weekends.
Kairos Prison Ministry is a Christian ministry that began
in 1979 and was and still is made up of lay persons and In addition to the Men’s Prison Ministry, there is a
clergy or spiritual directors. All are volunteers of their Woman’s Prison Ministry. The three-day weekend is
time, money and effort. The effect of Kairos (God’s described as a short course in Christianity and is
Special Time) is to present to the inmates a life changing interdenominational. Couples attend the Kairos Torch
and transformational experience of a first-hand encounter Program for youthful offenders, attending the three-day
with love, trust and vulnerability. Our present criminal weekend and follow up with mentoring on a weekly basis.
population is probably the most spiritually-deprived and There is a newly-formed Kairos Outside Program for
violent criminal’s society ever. They are a group of people women, loved ones of the incarcerated men and women
with a hunger for God beyond their own capacity to that mirror their three-day weekend.
understand. They live in a godless society which has
become normal and they hunger and thirst for God. At this time two men from our church serve in the Kairos
Men’s Prison Ministry. Several of the women of St. Paul’s
Kairos Prison Ministry presents God to inmates who minister in the Outside Program, the numbers growing
have fallen through the cracks of our institutions. The each weekend as women experience the saving grace of
introductory three-day Kairos weekend is a time when Jesus the Christ. Kairos Prison Ministry is modeled after
God is presented as a viable option behind prison walls. the street ministries of Tres Dias, Walk of Emmaus and
Kairos is God’s Special Time. People who are called by Cursillo. People who have serve as volunteers have
God into the prison ministry make a personal sacrifice of heard God’s call and have responded with the words from
time. Volunteers engage in 40 hours of team preparation Isaiah 6:8, “Here I am Lord.”
before each program committing to working the three-day
weekend and return once a month for one year to be a If your interest has been aroused, we can arrange for
mentor at reunions. They sacrifice personal agendas, free you to be a guest at a reunion or weekend closing. I
time and recreation…most of all, they dispel of their would be happy to speak to you individually.
judgmental attitudes. They choose to be used as
instruments of God instead.
Team members become real to the residents through a
personal witness of their own greed, ambition and
dishonesty. Team members learn to model strength
SOUP KITCHEN MINISTRY
Please remember that it is St. Paul's responsibility to AN INVITATION FROM THE TUESDAY
serve at the Torrington Soup Kitchen located at Trinity EVENING PRAYER GROUP
Episcopal Church the second Sunday of each month from
12:00pm - 2:00pm. Volunteers are needed, rain or shine. Have you ever wondered what goes on in Prayer
The next Sunday for you to volunteer is December 13 . Meeting?
It is a short meeting that convenes on Tuesday nights at
COMMUNITY SOUP KITCHEN OF 7:00pm. Please note in the calendar that meetings will
TORRINGTON begin at 6:30 through October 21 . People come
together in the Church Parlor to pray for the needs of the
The Community Soup Kitchen of Torrington feeds an Church, friends and family.
average of 100+ people, seven days a week, 365 days a
year. The Soup Kitchen is financed by contributions from It starts with the prayer litany from the Evangelical
the public. They receive no contributions from any Lutheran Worship hymnal; then as each person present
government agency. Donations are always needed to wishes they lift up to God any special needs they know of.
keep this vital ministry moving forward. Contributions are
tax deductible and may be mailed to: Each Tuesday we pray for those persons in need who
THE COMMUNITY KITCHEN OF TORRINGTON, INC., were listed n the Sunday bulletin. The prayer meeting
P.O. BOX 852, TORRINGTON, CT 06790 ends with the Lord’s Prayer.
Prayer is a very important part of the church and all are
F.I.S.H. welcome to join the meeting on an occasional or regular
The need for food continues throughout the year.
People continue to be homeless, unemployed or
underemployed. Staples of all types are needed,
especially peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese,
canned meats, hearty soups and juice. Leave your non-
perishable donations in the narthex. Boxes of food are
packed by volunteers and delivered by Ken Muller each
GIVE IT A TRY….
ELECTRONIC GIVING For over six years St. Paul’s has been involved in the
Prayer Shawl Ministry. Shawls are given to people who
are ill, in bereavement but they are also made for
Many of you have already taken advantage of this giving
occasions such as pregnancy, birth, adoption, marriage,
option. Won’t you consider this easy and simple way to
and anniversaries. For the fourth year each WorkCamper
make your weekly or monthly contribution? By utilizing
was able to give a prayer shawl to the resident for whom
this program your contributions will be transferred
they worked this summer, thanks to the many volunteers
electronically from your checking or savings account or
who made shawls for this purpose.
your credit card directly to the church account. Please
remember you can start and stop anytime you want if you
We are currently out of our yarn supply. Each shawl
find this program isn’t for you. One simple and easy to
requires three skeins of Lion Brand Homespun® yarn,
use Authorization Form can begin or change your
(especially in the light colors) available at WalMart,
electronic contribution amount. Authorization Forms are
Michaels, JoAnns, ACMoore, and online. If you’d like a
located in the Narthex and in the church office. For more
pattern for a knit or crochet shawl, see Paula Rosenbeck
information and questions, please call Jean Schlapfer at
or Michal Rentschler.
the church office, 482-3555.
TO HELP ST. PAUL’S
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Go shopping on St. Paul’s new online website that is
open 24/7. The website has many features and more will
be added as time goes by. The main feature is the
affiliation with Amazon.com so you may purchase almost
anything you desire. There is no cost to St. Paul’s as it
has been fully funded by one of our members. All
proceeds are donated to St. Paul’s to be used for
whatever has the highest priority at the time.
Please log in soon and support St. Paul’s in this new
and exciting way.
Photos reprinted with permission from the Register Citizen
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wrong date. We will also respect your privacy. If you
would like your name to stay off this list in the online
ANNIVERSARIES newsletter, please contact us. We’ll update our records.
December 1 December 16
Joyce Woike Abbey McDermott
Sydney Marhefsky Carol Sinnott
December 2 December 18
David Radzins Stanley Dziedzic
Eric Martin Gilda LeViness
Sarah Kranz Eric Osanitsch
Mei Li Machuga Theodore Camara
December 3 December 19
Congratulations to the following Active Members on their Diane Boscarino Henrietta Lukcso
wedding anniversaries! It is our wish to share the many David Braatz Holly Gangell
joys in the lives of our members; but if our records are Kacie Sonnenberg Gregg Lutz
Amy Crossman December 21
incomplete or incorrect, please notify us so we can th
December 4 Sandra Heintz
update them. Marissa Chase December 22
December 5 Brett Charity
Lois Nygren Tyler Schroeder
DECEMBER Cynthia Harmon December 23
December 6 Martha Helt
Scott Crossman Evelyn Moe
Madison Murdick Elsie Gangell
December 7 Maxwell Green
Cynthia & Lawrence Bielik 12/03/1977 th
George Woike, Jr. December 24
Douglas & Jacquelyn Greenwood 12/10/1994 Eileen Duchene Carol Jones
Faith & Ian Jones 12/18/1999 th th
December 8 December 25
Wendy & Stephen Fedor 12/23/1994 Cheryl-Ann Bombardier Tim Woike, Jr.
Ilga & Helmuts Baumanis 12/25/1970 Carolyn Gallagher December 26
Deborah & Serafino Canino 12/31/1995 December 11 Pamela Ewing
Iris Barko December 27
Micholas Jankowski Margaret Shaffer
December 12 December 28
Ethan Beebe Jonathan Gasper
December 13 December 30
Kelli Schaller Sharon Sawitzke
Garret Braatz December 31
December 14 June Hohensee
Desiree Carey Linda Mraz-Reilly
Garrett Grening Daniel Stevens
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3 4 5
Hilltop Enrollment for 10:00amChristian Unity Performance at
Church Members Planning Mtg Brandywine
12:00pm Lions Club w/
6:30pm Membership Puppettude
6:00pm Brownies 40420 Class 6:30pm Girl Scouts Performance
Second Sunday in Advent 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
8:15am Worship, Comm, Nursery
9:45am Fellowship Hour/ 12:30pm Retirees
9:45am Childrens Church
10:00am Sr. Choir Rehearsal
11:00am Worship & Comm. 3:30pm Brownies 40390
Performance at 7:00pm Trim the 6:30pm Cub Scouts
Torr. Health & Rehab Chrismon Tree 7:00pm Prayer Service 6:30pm Jr. Choir 5:00pm Fruit Basket
8:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous 7:00pm Council Mtg 7:30pm Bible Study 7:30pm Sr. Choir 6:30pm Girl Scouts Assembly
Third Sunday in Advent 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
8:15am Worship, Comm, Nursery
9:45am Fellowship Hour
Thrivent Coffee Hour &
Troop 40073 Bake Sale 10:30am Puppettude
9:45am Sunday School Performance at
10:00am Sr. Choir Rehearsal Litchfield Woods
10:30am Puppettude Performance
At Valerie Manor, Torr.
11:00am Worship & Comm. 3:00pm Puppettude
12:00pm Torrington Soup Kitchen Performance at
2:00pm Puppettude Performance Wolcott Hall
at Hughes HC, W Hfd
4:00pm Ecumenical Cantata 6:00pm Potluck 6:00pm Brownies#40420
First Cong Ch of Torr 7:00CONGREGATIONAL 7:00pm Prayer Service 6:30pm Jr. Choir 6:30pm Girl Scouts
8:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous MEETING, PART I 7:30pm Bible Study 7:30pm Sr. Choir 7:00pm Hilltop Mtg(TBD)
Fourth Sunday in Advent 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
8:15am Worship, Comm, Nursery
9:45am Fellowship Hour 3:30pm Brownies 40390
9:45am Sunday School
10:00am Sr. Choir Rehearsal
11:00am Worship & Comm.
4:30pm Youth for Understanding 7:00pm Prayer Service 6:30pm Jr. Choir
8:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous 7:30pm Bible Study 7:30pm Sr. Choir
First Sunday after Christmas 27 28 29 30 31
9:00am Sr. Choir Rehearsal
10:00am Worship & Comm.
8:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous 7:00pm Prayer Service
7:30pm Bible Study 5:00pm Wedding Reh Kelly/Liechty Wedding
SERVERS TABLE (pg 1)
December 6th December 13th December 20th
Greeters John Winzler Jim Wolfinger William Shaffer
Helen Winzler Joan Wolfinger Margaret Shaffer
11:00am Gerd Sandrib Thomas O’Brien Linda Richard
Acolytes Tanner Braatz Nicole Bertrand Meaghan Jones
Noah Braatz Alexa Potter Mallory Hubbard
8:15am Greg Osanitsch Briana Hall Ben Stone
11:00am Melissa Walsh Curtis Joseph Kevin Begey
Summer Walsh Sean Hartwell Zachary Roberts
8:15am Linda Magyar Jackie Greenwood Paula Rosenbeck
11:00am Marty Thompson Dennis Walsh Sharon Machuga
Ushers Bob Magyar Bob Magyar Bob Magyar
Stanley Dziedzic, Jr. Stanley Dziedzic, Jr. Stanley Dziedzic, Jr.
8:15am Andrew Dziedzic Andrew Dziedzic Andrew Dziedzic
Gene Hubbard Gene Hubbard Gene Hubbard
11:00am Peter Sandrib TBD Otto Schibi
Robert Longworth Rosemary Schibi
Comm. Richard Corey (alt) Bruce Ejzak Barbara Clavette
Pat Dupret Linda Magyar Jim Clavette, Sr.
Assistants Mary Quinn Norman Mailhot Lois Nygren
8:15am Kevin Ross Debora Sterling Christy Schimanski
June Seiser RuthAnn Stone Carole Toce
Jim Wolfinger Jim Wolfinger (alt) Joe Toce
11:00am Lisa Bodnar Diane Hartwell (alt) Lenni-Lee Nilsson
Diane Hartwell (alt) Jeanette Richard Peter Sandrib
Lenni-Lee Nilsson Dennis Walsh Karen Trippodi
Nursery Karen Kelleher Paul Hoekman Margaret Clavette
Tim Kranz Adrienne Hoekman Meredith Winzler
Attendants Jennifer LeViness Hanna Hoekman Megan Beck
Altar Guild Sandy Heintz Helga Brose
Karen Trippodi Pat Switzer
SERVERS TABLE (pg 2)
December 24th December 24th December 24th December 25th December 27th
4:30 6:30 11:00 10:00am 10:00am
Zachary Roberts Sean Hartwell Volunteers Needed Volunteers Needed Zachary Magnoli
Lectors None Needed Jim Wolfinger Karen Kelleher Volunteer Needed Volunteer Needed
Ushers Bob Magyar Bob Magyar Bob Magyar Bob Magyar
Stanley Dziedzic, Jr. Stanley Dziedzic, Jr. Stanley Dziedzic, Jr. Stanley Dziedzic, Jr.
Andrew Dziedzic Andrew Dziedzic Andrew Dziedzic Andrew Dziedzic
Gene Hubbard Gene Hubbard Gene Hubbard Gene Hubbard
Comm. Richard Corey Pat Dupret Norman Mailhot Lisa Bodnar
Diane Hartwell John Grunder Betty Hilton
Assistants Linda Magyar (alt) Lenni-Lee Nilsson Faith Jones
Kevin Ross Mary Quinn
June Seiser Dixie Travis (alt)
Altar Guild Jeanette Richard Jeanette Richard Jeanette Richard Jeanette Richard Jeanette Richard
Renate Higgins Renate Higgins Renate Higgins Renate Higgins Renate Higgins
Permit No. 69
St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
837 Charles Street
Torrington, Connecticut 06790
Address Service Requested
Date mailed: 12/1/09
Next Newsletter Articles Due: 12/16/09
8:15am & 11am
Nursery Care provided
Holy Communion - EVERY SUNDAY
ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH
Tuesdays - 7:00 PM - Worship Service of Prayer
Tuesdays 7:30 PM - Bible Studies
CHURCH STAFF TELEPHONE: 482-3555
Rev. Michael Millum ......................................................... Pastor
Rev. Paul Sinnott .............................................................. Visitation Pastor
Michal Rentschler ............................................................. Office Secretary
Jean Schlapfer ................................................................. Bookkeeper
Adrienne Weik .................................................................. Director of Music
Raymond DeSanti ............................................................ Custodian
NURSERY SCHOOL STAFF
Jan Sosnicki ..................................................................... Director & Teacher
Laurie Chepiga, Sandra Heintz,
Nikki Maccalous, Nicole Faita ........................................... Teachers