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We need your help for this weeks community meal!
We will be serving Shepherd's pie this Sunday at the community meal and are in need of the following items.
5- 2 cup pkg shredded cheddar cheese
4- 5lb pkg hamburger
1 bunch of carrots
2 pks/cans of beef broth
6 lines of 2 doz cookis/bars or a cake
Thank you for your help with donating these items! Liz
Resources for Lent from the Southeastern Iowa Synod:

Lenten Daily Devotions
Once, when I was in the deeply depressed aftermath of a breakup (and my parent’s divorce and my dad’s suicide attempt), a friend lent me a CD: Jeff Buckley’s acclaimed 1994 album, “Grace.” If you know it, you’ll know why she now admits that, all things considered, this may have been a grave mistake.

I was sad, and so is the album. But didn’t so much make me sadder as it gave me a language to express the fullest depths of my sadness. (Psalm 13 did too.) One song stood out: Buckley’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Almost a cliché now, it said what I still hold as the truth:
And Love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

It’s the darkness that resonates with me. And also the Hallelujah. Love is both. It’s always both. If it’s not really both, is it really love? Isn’t this what the cross of Jesus says too? That Love is not a victory march? Love is suffering and our salvation. Only love can include both dark and light. Only love bears the darkness until dawn breaks.

We Christians should know this better than anyone, and many do. We’re just as good as anyone (and sometimes even better) at insisting on a love that’s only the good parts. Thank God for a Jew who dabbled in Buddhism (Cohen) and a kid raised on Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd (Buckley).--PC
Faith Question For The Week

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect,” Jesus said.

They say you attract more flies with honey. But what if our honey attracts no flies? What if the wicked are not converted? If people in need are ungrateful when we are generous? If we love but our enemies continue to hate us?

Jesus asks us to check the good we do. Both the hows and the whys.

As for how: Do we love beyond our tribe? Beyond our own kind? Beyond our party, country, and religion? Do we love God’s own enemies?

Of course, for Jesus, love is not a feeling. It’s concrete action that benefits the other, including the enemy. Jesus himself does and wants us (in the words of one scholar) “to break the rule of reciprocity and cost/benefit analysis.”

To do that, Jesus goes even deeper: surfacing our hidden motivations for the good we do. We expect something in return.

“Let go of that expectation,” Jesus seems to say, naming only one motivation. Do it because God does it. God is good to everyone, and it usually has no apparent effect on the evil. “Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Jesus did and does what he commands us to do. So it’s the invitation at the heart of Jesus’ life: “Follow me.” Or, “Do what I do.”

The only person I can change is me. The only person you can change is you. And virtue is its own reward. Jesus shows us the way. Jesus is the way. Ask Jesus for the faith to follow and to trust that following is enough, no matter what anyone else does.  --PC

Reminder, News, Events
Practice Group
The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr
Wednesdays starting February 5
noon & 6:00pm (choose one)
St. Paul Lounge/Fellowship Hall

Explore what it means that Jesus was called “Christ” and how this forgotten truth can transform everything we see, hope for, and believe. And practice with other beginners an ancient form of prayer called “contemplation.”

Two parallel 8-session practice groups will read and pray their way through Richard Rohr’s The Universal Christ. Hosted by Pastor Clark, Mitch Haack and Sandy Wiper, they will meet weekly on Wednesdays at St. Paul—one group at noon and the other at 6:00pm. Beginners and imperfect-attenders welcome.

Visit for more information and to sign up. 

Discuss, Pray, and Belong: Wednesdays
Feb 5 Beforehand, read chapters 1 and 2.
Feb 12 Beforehand read chapters 3 and 4.
Feb 19 Beforehand, read chapters 5, 6 and 7.
Feb 26 No class. Ash Wednesday meal 5:45p & worship 7:15pm
Mar 4 Beforehand, read chapters 8, 9 and 10.
Mar 11 Beforehand, read chapters 11 and 12.
Mar 18 Beforehand, read chapters 13, 14 and 15.
Mar 25 Beforehand, read chapters 16, 17 and Afterward.
Apr 1 Before this session, read the Appendixes.
Lent Evening Prayer services will follow the 6pm sessions in March & April  
Sign Up For the Practice Group By Clicking Here

VBS 2020
VBS will be July 20-23, 2020
Next planning meeting will be Sunday, March 8th in the lounge at 10:30 am. 
If you are interested in helping this year,
contact Donna Jean Holste.
Stay Connected
This weeks events at
St. Paul

Sunday, February 23
Worship 9:15 am
Community Meal 5:30 pm

Tuesday, February 25
Worship 4:30 pm
Wa-Tan-Ya Dinner 4:30 pm

Wednesday, February 26
Lent Meal 5:45 pm
Ash Wednesday Worship 7:15 pm

Friday, February 28
"Unafraid" Book Study 6:30 pm

Sunday, March 1
Worship 9:15 am

February Epistle Click Here
Click here for February 16, 2020 Worship
This Weeks Readings


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