February 9th at St. Paul
No 8:45 am worship at St. John on this day.
Pastor Beth and Dave will be away on retreat with their spiritual community from February 10 – 13. Please keep their community in prayer as they mourn the loss of their beloved founder and spiritual director, Rev. Horst Bandle and their dear brother, Rev. Ken Labor, who both died in mid-January. If you need pastoral care during this time, please call the church office and a member of the Family Care Team will respond.
Bellow are three videos Part one, two and three of Pastor Chris' final sermon but first she would like to say "Thank you".
To the people of St. Paul and St. John,
I never knew there were so many beautiful retirement cards, but I think I got them all! Thank you for the cards (bought and hand-made), the thoughtful and heart-touching words, and the very generous gifts enclosed. Steve and I will be able to eat out for a year! Our last Sunday together will be always remembered as a special time. We worshiped God together, sang together, prayed together, laughed together, cried together, and blessed God and each other together. The special music was God-inspired - thank you Louise, Laurel, and Chorus and thank you Gary! Thank you for the many gifts – a sunflower quilt, an etched glass tree of life, a silver bracelet, scrapbooks of memories and well-wishes, to name a few. How precious to also receive a notebook of faith stories from our confirmation youth, and have a chance to pray with them and bless them. What a well-planned, festively decorated, and delicious celebration we shared after worship. Flower arrangements and the homemade(with love) three-tiered cake with daisies and roses were enjoyed by all. Everything was so personal and meaningful! There are no words that can express our gratitude for these last 12 years. Our lives are woven together in a love that never ends. Jesus’ words are our blessing, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives, give I unto you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” Thank you, Jesus, for this season of great blessing. May who we are in Christ continue to grow and give life to this amazing community. Forever friends, Steve and Chris.