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Sunday Worship 9:15 am
Tuesday Worship 4:30 pm
Falling Upward
Falling Upward by Richard Rohr, 2011; 240 pages. From the  publisher:

Richard Rohr helps us to understand the tasks of the two halves of life and teaches us that those who have failed, or gone down, are the only ones who can really understand "up." Those who have somehow fallen, and fallen well, are the only ones who can grow spiritually and not misuse "up." What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as "falling upward!"

This book held up a mirror for me. It showed me, I’m not as mature as I think I am. This was at times painful but always and   ultimately liberating. Reading it was like being given a map and a GPS: there is where I was, here is where I am now, and there is the territory I’ll journey through next. I recommend this book for people in every stage of life.
To buy, search for “Falling Upward” at
Thanks be to God,
Pastor Clark Olson-Smith
Faith Question For The Week
When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples 3and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?

Remember our drill sergeant from last week? He’s now a prisoner, tortured by doubt, soul-weary of waiting for release.

I can relate.
              That visit last week with a friend seemed so full of warmth and grace.
              But can I really trust them today?

               I’m still doing this work that once felt so necessary and important.
               But have I failed? Is it a waste?

               I can’t take another heartache or disappointment. How do I go on?
              What’s the point of trying?

What are your doubts saying to you?

The wake up call this week is, the struggle is real, so don’t take it lightly and don’t try to go it alone.

Even John the Baptizer doubted. Even this bold and self-assured drill sergeant had needs, experienced weakness. When he reached out to his people, his unit, his friends, and ultimately to Jesus--he received the help he needed. 

What do you need? Don’t deny yourself the encouragement and strength of this community of believers; of the Lord in worship, devotion, and prayer; of a doctor or therapist; of friends and family; of your pastor. Even when John was trapped in prison, he could reach out. So can you. 

Don’t let doubt cut you off from the true sources of your strength. Reach out to Jesus now.

Reminders, News, Events
We need your help with the Community Christmas Dinner this year. We are in need of food donations and volunteers to help with the event. Please sign up to help . Sign up sheets are availble at the the church in the back of the sanctuary. 
This year we will again collect the Music of the Coins in December. Please bring and hear your coins ring up music for ELCA World Hunger. 
Starting in January 2020 our winter bible study for the Women of ELCA will be
"All are Called"
All are welcomed to join this bible study. 
Lydia Group will meet on January 11, 2020 at Jenny's Diner at 9:00 am
Bible Study will follow at 10:00 am at the church. 
Lesson study is being led by Barb Larson
Stay Connected
This weeks events at
St. Paul

Sunday, December 15
3rd Sunday of Advent
Worship 9:15 am

Monday, December 16
Bingo 10:00 am

Tuesday, December 17
Worship 4:30 pm
Council Meeting 6:00 pm

Wednesday, December 18
CCC Choir 4:15 pm
Tintinnabulum 5:15 pm
Vocal Choir 5:15 pm
Confirmation at Zion 5:45 pm
Adult Bells 6:15 pm

Thursday, December 19
Hannah Group 1:00 pm

Sunday, December 22
4th Sunday of Advent

Worship 9:15 am

December Epistle Click Here
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St. Paul's Website
Here is the video link of last weeks sermon.
This Weeks Readings


This year the following Advent Devotional books will be available at the church:
"Let the Heavens be Glad"
"Wonders of His Love"
"Hope-Full Living"
"His Name is Jesus"
"Arise and Shine"
"Lighten Up for Advent"
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