Good News of St. Paul Lutheran
Spring is springing! We have made it through Lent and the season of Easter is upon us… Alleluia!
It is most often a challenge for me to make it through the dark months of Western Washington without my mood being somewhat depressed. Grey skies, cold misty rain, little sign of life in the local foliage… but then, it seems in a matter of days everything undergoes a transformation.
First crocuses, then daffodils, then tulips and then everything begins budding and blooming. It is as if all creation is shouting renewal… colors abound, the greens become varied and richer, and life spring forth. My energy is renewed, and I have more spring in my step with a renewed hope for the future.
Humming bird feeders are inhabited by more birds than I saw all winter. Canadian geese are flying overhead in their arrow shapes, and I am awakened each morning by the wonderful chatter of robins and other birds.
And Easter arrives, Alleluia! I recently wondered why is it that lilies are associated with Easter. We have Easter Lilies on the altar, in the sanctuary, around the cross and in the fireside room… but why? Well, Easter Lilies have long been associated with Christian traditions.
The white lilies are associated with God’s purity, hope, innocence, peace, holiness, new birth or rebirth and new beginnings. They are often associated with the Resurrection. In addition, Christian traditions suggest lilies sprung up from Jesus tears as he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. Another suggests they first appeared because of the repentant tears shed by Eve as she left paradise and the Garden of Eden.
In our area, we also have a lily named Trillium that is now blooming. The trillium has three leaves and three pedals. The pedals are white and slowly turn reddish. A transformation symbolic of Jesus’ purity becoming bloodstained. Trillium was used by native populations for healing, as a food source, and in birthing, thus is called “birthroot.” It was thought to have qualities that promoted the union of the spiritual and physical. And, I couldn’t help but make the connection with our triune God. All these connections metaphorically point toward Jesus/God.
God in purity, without blemish or flaw, revealed love in human form, that we might know God. Through Jesus we now know that God is merciful, gracious, and loving. We know a God who pursues you and me at all cost. And we know the God of the great reversal, entering our blood-soaked death (sin), that we might be the righteousness of Christ, entering God’s holy presence through faith.… and life springs forth from the place where no life was perceivable. Alleluia!
What a great God we serve! May you enjoy the transformation outside and inside as God writes His love throughout all of creation and on your heart.
According to an 18 year study done in Sweden, researchers have found any type of bystander CPR, including just chest compressions will significantly improve chances of survival of a cardiac arrest. Sweden has actually adopted the hands only CPR in their guidelines.
Remember if you witness a cardiac arrest call 9-1-1 and begin your chest compressions. Pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives. Push at the rate of 100-120 compressions per minute or to the beat of “Stayin Alive” by The Bee Gees!
To Your Health, K.C. Babcock, R.N.
A Barbecue potluck is planned immediately following worship on June 23 in the Fellowship hall. Bring your favorite salad or dessert and plan on some mighty fine “vittles” and awesome fellowship.
Imagine Team by Jacki Whittaker
It was my pleasure to attend a retreat for the Imagine Program. As I was not part of the team for the first retreat, this was a new experience for me. The interest and excitement at this retreat really inspired me. Lots of ideas were given by teams from other congregations. We all gained so much from the discussions and ideas brought forward. I feel fortunate to be a part of the team.
Transition Team Update
The Transition team is in the process of completing the Ministry Site Profile required by the Synod. Information requested includes: church and community statistics; budget information; St. Paul’s vision and ministry characteristics (mission, purpose, programs, gifts); what our congregation seeks in terms of our new minister (required education and expected skills, gifts, and personality characteristics); and what compensation we are able to offer candidates.
We would like to thank everyone who returned the questionnaires and those who participated in the small group round table discussions held in the Fellowship hall on March 24.
The information from your input will be used to answer questions on the Ministry Site Profile. Information was also gathered from the Annual Report, data provided by the ELCA, and several internet sites.
Our next steps are to complete the online profile, send it to the church council for review and approval, and submit the profile to the Synod. After the church council approves the profile, they can begin the process of selecting the call committee.
If you have any questions, please contact one of the Transition Team Members – Laura Beg, Roxanne Knutson, Neal Johnson, Kevin Rahn, Jerod Vandehey or Dayne Johnston.
Members & Friends
Please remember these people with your prayers, phone calls, visits or cards:
All God’s people including: Al Black, Bob Bruner, Beth Hinesley, Christine Koppert, Crystal Hummel, Angie Bouder, Angie Manfreddi, Jean Jones, Eric Smith, Darlene Jackson, Don Miller, Katie Frei, Mary Mage, Peggy Droz, Lisa Hill, April Erdelbrock, Gayle Agren, Pr. Bob & Deb Sinclair, John (Ruth Bell’s brother), Dale & Glee Ann Erdelbrock, K.C. & Stephen Babcock, Stephanie Petkovich, Emma Cooley, DeLores Gillan, Barb Lane, Manny Aristide, Carol Adams, David Browning, Landon
All Caregivers and Care receivers: Joyce LeMonds, Palma Jensen, Corrinne Kuehner, Vi Benham; Those serving in the Armed Forces: Hunter Whitten, Sam Gallow, Tyler Kleine, Matthew Cogburn, Eddie Oswalt
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
This year the theme for VBS is “Friends Around the World”. The C.R. Methodist church and St. Paul Lutheran are combining to offer a week of friendship, learning, and fun with games, crafts and music. The hours will be from 9a.m. to noon and is for all children from ages 5-12.
Volunteers are needed – especially in music. If you can volunteer for 2 or 3 hours one day or for all 5 days your help is greatly appreciated. Any time you have will be a benefit to you and the children. Volunteers please see Leann Beall to sign up.
More information regarding registration will be coming.
Jackie Schwinn, Paul Schwinn, and Corlan Small for Easter decorations.
- Earl Small, Glen Agren, Kevin Rahn, Al Black, and David Whittaker for cooking and serving Easter breakfast.
- Participants in the Holy Week Lenten skits and services: Julie Davidson, Al Black, Ryan Hinesley, Dani Foster, Dan Shero, Roxanne Knutson, Koen Ross, Nathan Ross, Linda Solberg, Sandy Catt, Jennifer Lux, Philip Portwood, Dayne Johnston. Jackie Schwinn, Amy Agren, and Glen Agren for remodeling in the Narthex. Roxanne and Clarance Knutson, Neal and Shirley Johnson, Koen Ross, Elena Ross, and Nathan Ross for leading the Holden Evening Prayer services.
- Prayer team ministers that are available after communion each week: Nick Petkovich, Sandy Catt, Dianna Rahn, and Katrina Hinesley
- Lenten Soup Makers: Janet Eiden, Sandy Catt, Sharon Blankenship, Jocelyn Pecher, Ron Blankenship, Linda Solberg, Shirley Johnson, and Gayle Agren.
Those who supplied the bread and milk and a big thank you to anyone we may have missed.
YOUTH FUNDRAISERS (raising money for camp):
May 5th – Cinco de Mayo Taco Bar in Fellowship Hall immediately following service – Suggested donation $5-$10
May 12th – Annual Mother’s Day Bake and Plant sale
Suggested Donations – Baked good $1-$10 / Plants $10-$25
MEN’S NIGHT May 5th at 6:30p.m – Bible Study and Card Night
BLOOD DRIVE: May 13th
KIDS SUMMER MEALS:
June 17 – August 21
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL:
August 12-16 for ages 5