Life For the weeks of 12/0912/22, 2007 Augustana Lutheran Church, 1400 S. Robert St., W. St. Paul, MN Vol. 147, Issue 136 Building Bunk Beds in Guatemala!! Augustana members, Byron Lind, John Metcalfe, and Matt Gerzina traveled to Guatemala over Thanksgiving to build bunk beds for the Lutheran Center. John Metcalfe shares with us that, “the guest house will be quite nice. The architecture is based upon that of the city of Antigua, the old capital. Each of the four rooms will be painted outside in a different bright color and will have three bunks plus a separate double bed as well as its own bathroom. It should be a comfortable place to host delegations, both from the U.S. and from their member congregations in the villages.” Augustana Vision Gro w o ur G loba l Pa rt ners hips Notes from Pastor Erickon With the snowflakes flying and the Christmas spirit rising, it may seem a bit premature to begin thinking of 2008, but I would like to share with you several new developments that the Augustana staff has been working on. First, on Monday evenings, beginning on January 7, we will be offering an intergenerational learning event called “Family Night.” The program will run from 6:007:00 p.m., and it’s intended to provide an op portunity for families who find it difficult to make it to church on Sunday mornings. All people are welcome, of course, and the event will begin with a large group gather ing time, after which families will be organized into groups of 68 people to work on the projects and lessons for the evening. This program will be offered through mid March, and if it’s successful, we may offer it again in the future. We’re excited to offer even more opportuni ties for people to learn and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. We are also beginning to plan ahead for summer 2008, during which time our building will be in the midst of the renovation and expansion project and unavailable for many of our summer camps. We have made arrange ments to hold our two weeks of Vacation Bible School, Summer Music Camp, and the Summer Reading Pro gram at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, located on the corner of Wentworth and Charlton in West St. Paul. We are also working to find locations and dates for our other summer camps (Recreation, Cooking, and Drama), and we will be publishing all dates, times and locations by Camp Sunday, February 10. Registrations will be open for members We’re excited to offer even more of Augustana and St. Stephen’s through Easter, after which we will opportunities for people to learn open it up to the community at large. The camps tend to fill up quickly, so please try to get your registrations in early. and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Finally, Janet Metcalfe and I will be leading a delegation to visit our companion congregation in Guatemala in early August, and we hope that all youth and adults will consider joining us. The exact dates and final price will be set soon, but the estimated cost is $1,400 (scholarships are available upon request). The trip is open to youth aged 15 and above (younger children may travel if a parent accompanies them), and we have room for approximately eight youth and four adults. We at Augustana are committed to providing many opportunities for people of all ages to broaden and deepen their relationship with God and with the Christian community, and I hope that each of you will find a way to respond affirmatively to Jesus’ invitation to a new way of living. Have a blessed Advent, Church Office 651 4573373 Worship Schedule Celebrations & Prayers Sunday, December 9~2nd Sunday of Advent Please notify the Augustana office if you or anyone you 8:30 am Traditional Worship know has a prayer need, or when you or a loved one is Agape Choir hospitalized, has a baby, or a death occurs in the family. Alleluia Bells CHRISTIAN SYMPATHIES GO TO: 9:45 am Traditional Worship · Kara Johnson and family on the death of her father, Senior Choir Al Mjorud. Alleluia Bells · Randy Johnson and family on the death of his mother, Marilyn Johnson. 11:00 am Celebration Worship with Holy Communion BIRTHS Celebration Band · Ethan John Whebbe, son of Bob and Danielle Whebbe, born on November 2. Sunday, December 16~3rd Sunday of Advent WEDDINGS 8:30 am Choir Music Sunday · Bonnie Holte Bennett and John Holub were united Chorister Choir Agape Choir in Holy Matrimony at Dodge Nature Center on Senior Choir Rejoice! Ringers November 24. 9:45 am Carol Sing Fellowship Hall New Women’s Bible Study Opportunity . . . 11:00 am Cherub Choir Choir Music Sunday Agape Choir Bad Girls of the Bible Senior Choir Rejoice! Ringers Begins Wednesday, January 9, 2008, 7:00 p.m. Nursery is available for children three years Sue Gravelle will lead this unique Bible study. of age and younger at all services. Watch for more details. Sign Language interpreting is offered at the 8:30 am worship service. Augustana Book Club 9:20 am Kids’ Kingdom Opening Second Sunday (December 9) of each month during Adult Forum at 9:45 a.m. 9:45 am Kids’ Kingdom Ages 35, Commons Join us for a lively discussion of this Grades 16, Fellowship Hall month’s book, Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult. 9:45 am Adult Forum Contact Julie Michelson with questions. 9:45 am Youth Forum, Youth Room 9:30 am Upper Room Open 9:3011:00 am Resource Center Open Please lock your cars when parking in the Augustana parking lot. Do not WARNING Worship Attendance leave any contents or valuables in plain sight. Remove cellular phones, November 25 December 2 audio systems, computers, pack- 8:30 am 280 8:30 am 200 ages, sport equipment, cameras, purses, etc. Lock them 9:45 am 355 9:45 am 343 in the trunk before you park or take them with you. 11:00 am 131 11:00 am 118 Total 766 Total 661 www.augustana.com Health Ministry Growing Through Loss Winter Series January 8 through February 5, 2008, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Mary Nordtvedt RN, Parish Nurse, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Apple Valley in partnership with Lyngblomsten This is a five week series that offers a dynamic educa Holiday Memorial Service tional presentation on grief and loss and then an opportu December 8, 10:30 a.m. nity to meet in a small group setting to personally talk about your own personal loss. Each session is complete in Holidays are a special time with itself. You are welcome to attend one or all the sessions. much celebration, but for some Augustana is a member of the Growing Through Loss it can be a time of sadness be Coalition. cause of missing a loved one that has died. The holiday sea January 8: “Grieving Through the Generations” son may be a painful reminder of the terrible loss you are A Special Family Night feeling instead of the excitement and joy that you once January 15: “A Couple’s Perspective on Life and enjoyed. Loss” Below are some suggestions that you may find helpful as January 22: “ We’re Not in Kansas Anymore” you find ways to cherish the memories of your loved one January 29: “HOPELETS...Gifts of Hope in Times this holiday season. of Loss” · Plan ahead. Decide what is important to you. I have a February 5: “Cherished Memories” checklist that can help you with this or make your own lists. Consider if you will feel better if you keep Give the Gift of Forgiveness this Holiday Season the holiday the same or change it? When you are Are you carrying a grudge or angry at someone in your grieving, you may find yourself not being able to re life? This grudge or anger can contribute to long term member so make lists. health problems. It is the person who is holding onto the · It is okay to say no. You do not have to accept every bitterness and resentment that is being hurt, not the person invitation or do everything that you used to do. You who you are angry with. Choosing to forgive can provide may not want to send Christmas cards this year, you many life changing benefits. may not want to decorate your house or bake cookies. · Lower blood pressure and heart rate Do not feel guilty…you need to take care of yourself. · Stress reduction · Talk to each other about your feelings and about your · Less hostility loved one. Some people try to avoid talking about the · Improved anger management skills deceased person because they are afraid that it will · Reduction in chronic pain cause tears. Tears are healing and talking about your · Greater spiritual wellbeing loved one is healing. · Healthier relationships, more friendships · Come to the Holiday Memorial Service on Saturday · Less anxiety symptoms December 8, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. It will be a service to (Resource: Mayoclinic.com) honor your loved one’s memories and light a candle. Forgiveness is a unique and different process for each of us. In worship, we confess our sins and ask for forgive Lunching, Living, Learning Holiday Celebration ness. It is always available to us from our Lord. What a December 19, at 11:30 a.m. great gift! Consider how you can offer the gift of forgive Join us for a time of fellowship, delicious Tinucci’s ness to someone in your life and at the same time give chicken lunch and Holiday Music Fun led by our very yourself the gift of new found peace. own Jane Grimm. “Then Peter came and said to Jesus, “Lord, if another Please sign up on the Health Ministry Bulletin Board or member of the church sins against me, how often should I call the church office. forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you seventy time seven.” Matthew 18:2122 www.augustana.com Children & Family Ministry Youth & Family Ministry Cathy Hendrikson Don Marsh Second annual BASIC LockIn College Age Holiday Dinner Children in grades 4 6 Thursday, December 27 at 6:00 PM at Augustana Friday, December 14, 7:00 p.m. to Saturday 8:30 a.m. All college age young adults are welcome to attend this an We will meet for games, crafts, food, fun, and a Bible nual dinner given in your honor. This year we will stay here lesson and conclude with breakfast on Saturday morning. at church for a catered meal with plenty of time for recon Watch for a flyer to come home with your child. Please necting with old friends. To register contact Don Marsh in signup on the Kids’ Kingdom bulletin board if you are the church office or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. planning on attending. Parents and older youth are needed Senior High Ski Trip to help with this event. Please contact Cathy in the church January 2527, 2008, $140 (new lower price) per person office if you are able to help. We plan to lodge at Crosswoods Camp with skiing at GLUE Family Event Children in grades 1 3, and their families Whitecap and Spirit Mountains. The price includes lodging, December 16, 1 3 p.m. at church lift tickets, transportation and most food. Friends are wel come. To register send a $25 deposit to the church of Join us for an afternoon of Christmas fun! There will be fice. Direct any questions to Don Marsh. cookies to decorate, crafts and reindeer food to make and a short story time/bible lesson to listen to. Please signup Summer Interns with the number attending on the Kids’ Kingdom bulletin The application deadline is January 26, 2008 board so we know how many cookies to bake. If you have Each year we offer two full time, paid, primary employment any questions, please call Laurie Armon in the church summer internships to interested young adults who would office. like to experience working in the church. Applications are Movie Night available in the church office or on the Augustana web Friday, January 11, 2008, 6:30 8:00 p.m. site. Interviews are on Saturday, February 2, 2008. Direct Our last movie night pulled in the biggest crowd ever any questions about these internships to either Don Marsh with over 130 people in attendance. Watch for further or Cathy Hendrikson in the church office. information to come when we get closer to the event date. Operation Christmas Child (OCC) This is our 10th year to be involved with this ministry of Samaritan's Purse that provides shoe box sized gifts to children around the world as a symbol of God's love and compassion. Thank you to all the families who donated items to go into the boxes and to those who filled a box on their own and th th brought it in. Fortyfive Augustana 5 & 6 grade students worked Sunday morning filling over 70 boxes with candy, stuffed animals, school supplies, small games, socks, hygiene products, and hand written letters. A group of twentyone Augustana confirmation students went to the OCC distribution center in Eden Prairie to inspect and pack the shoe boxes for shipping. Our participation in Operation Christmas Child has become one of the core events of the holiday season. Watch for next year’s date in the fall of 2008 so that you can get involved in this meaningful, life changing ministry to children around the world. Operation Christmas Child expects to ship over 5 million shoe box gifts in 2007. Isn't that amazing! www.augustana.com Congregational Ministry Augustana Staff Stacy EichmanCardwell Pastors Adult Ministry Christmas Event Mark Aune Lundstrom’s Country Christmas Celebration email@example.com Paul Erickson Saturday, December 22, 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org You won’t want to miss this Branson style Christmas Program Staff show! Tickets cost $27.00 (motor coach transportation is Laurie Armon, Program Assistant, Children & Family Ministry provided). Please sign up in the church office with payment email@example.com by Wednesday, December 12. Tickets are first come first Stacy EichmanCardwell, Director of Adult Ministry firstname.lastname@example.org served! Cathy Hendrikson, Director of Children & Family Ministry email@example.com Evening Knitting/Needlework Group Julie Leslie, Preschool Director First Thursday of the month, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org Don Marsh, Director of Youth & Family Ministry email@example.com The evening knitting group has changed locations and are Julie Michelson, Director of Lay Ministry & Community Outreach now meeting at the Black Sheep Coffee Café, 705 South firstname.lastname@example.org view Blvd., South St. Paul. New members are always wel Mary Nordtvedt, Parish Nurse email@example.com come. Call Jerilyn Birnie with questions (6514557071). Carla Pfeifer, Communications Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org Sharon Zeis, Nursery and Congregational Dinner Coordinator Augustana Preschool Music Staff Kathy Andrews, Codirector of Music Julie Leslie Dee Ann Crossley, Codirector of Music Kim Engeltjes, Chorister Choir Director What an adventure! Lisa Griffin, Celebration Band Director email@example.com Janet Metcalfe, Director of Adult and Youth Handbell Choirs Office Staff Jane Grimm, Administrative Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org Howard Ostrem, Business Administrator email@example.com Cori Pochardt, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org Susan Triplett, Bookkeeper email@example.com On Friday, November 2, forty preschoolers, three staff Deb Van, Financial Secretary and fifteen parents boarded a school bus and ventured to firstname.lastname@example.org Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis We attended a Preschool Teachers Kinder Koncert sponsored by WAMSO and the Minnesota Kirsten Barie Orchestra Volunteer Association. What a wonderful morn Teri Collins Beth Cauwels ing we had! The Koncert was based on a children’s book Taffy Karel titled “Sweep Dreams.” The children listened to a narration of the story while members of the Minnesota Orchestra Custodial Staff played their instruments. As part of the field trip, the chil Carie Closmore dren were able to play the violin, snare drum and sing. For Will Miedema Derwyn Peterson most, this was their first bus ride. Lowell Steenberg Life Where is the “tree of life” that was in the Published every other week by Augustana Lutheran Church Garden of Eden now? 1400 South Robert Street • West Saint Paul, MN 551183197 FIND THE ANSWER IN: REVELATION 2:7 Articles for the next Augustana Life (issue mailed December 18, 2007), are due before noon, Tuesday, December 11, 2007. Church office 651 4573373 Calendar December 9 ~ December 22 Sunday, December 9, Sunday, December 16, 2nd Sunday of Advent 3rd Sunday of Advent 9:45 am Youth Forum, Youth Room 1:00 pm G.L.U.E. Event 9:45 am Adult Forum, Lounge 9:45 am Kids’ Kingdom Special Event Monday, December 17 4:00 pm Kids’ Kingdom Christmas Program 12:30 pm Stamping Ministry 6:30 pm Stamping Ministry Monday, December 10 6:30 pm Garden Club Dinner (optional) Tuesday, December 18 7:00 pm Garden Club Speaker 10:00 am the Gathering 6:15 pm ESL Tuesday, December 11 6:30 pm Yogadevotion, Commons 1:00 pm Quilting Ministry 7:00 pm Lambs Fleece Project, FH 6:15 pm ESL 7:00 pm Church Council, Lounge 6:30 pm Yogadevotion, Commons Wednesday, December 19 11:00 am Preschool Concert, Commons Wednesday, December 12 11:30 am Lunching, Living, Learning, Lounge 5:15 pm Congreg. Scandinavian Dinner 2:30 pm Preschool Concert, Commons 5:457:15 Resource Room Open 5:15 pm Congregational Dinner 5:50 pm Confirmation 5:457:15 Resource Room Open 6:00 pm Coffee Club 5:50 pm Confirmation 6:15 pm Cherub/Chorister Choirs 6:00 pm Coffee Club 7:00 pm Agape Choir/Rejoice! Ringers 6:15 pm Chorister Choir only 8:00 pm Senior Choir/Alleluia Bells NO CHERUB, AGAPE, ALLELUIA BELLS, REJOICE Thursday, December 13 RINGERS, OR SENIOR CHOIR 9:30 am M.H. Moms Club, Nursery Thursday, December 20 6:15 pm ESL 9:30 am WSP Moms, Nursery 7:00 pm After Care 11:00 am Preschool Concert, Commons 7:00 pm Emotions Anonymous 6:15 pm ESL 7:00 pm Befrienders at Carol HouchinCyr’s 7:00 pm After Care Friday, December 14 7:00 pm Emotions Anonymous 7:00 pm ~ overnight B.A.S.I.C. Lockin Friday, December 21 Saturday, December 15 NO Preschool ~ Christmas Break Begins 8:30 am BASIC Lockin ends Saturday, December 22 10:30 am Depart for “A Country Christmas” Mexican Christmas Celebration December 16, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. The Nativity Story ~ La Historia De Navidad at the Heart of the Beast Theater in Minneapolis This unique holiday show combines street theatre, puppetry and a Congregational December 12 torch-lit procession based on the Mexican tradition of La Posada. Dinner December 19 And you’ll be a part of the action! The performance begins at 6:30, Traditional Scandinavian PIZZA and we will leave from Augustana at 5:30, returning by 9:00 pm. Dinner Tickets cost $10, and we have 20 tickets. Please call the church office or contact Pastor Erickson if you would like to go. (For more information go to: www.hobt.org.) www.augustana.com Augustana Lutheran Church NONPROFIT ORG. 1400 South Robert Street U.S. POSTAGE PAID West St. Paul, MN 55118 ST. PAUL, MN 651 4573373 PERMIT NO. 1916 ww w. a u g u s t a n a .c o m RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED Christmas Worship Schedule Music Sunday December 16 Festival Worship 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Jesus, the Light of the World! Presented by the Augustana choirs & Minnehaha Brass Family Worship Carol Sing 9:45 a.m., Fellowship Hall 11:00 a.m. Candlelight Worship 2:30, 4:00, 5:30, 10:30 p.m. 10:30 p.m. Holy Communion Nursery available at 2:30, 4:00 & 5:30 p.m.
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