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October 8, 2017

October 15, 2017


Funeral Arrangements for Delma Smith

Thursday, October 12, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Visitation from 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m.

Graveside Service will follow in St. Paul's Cemetery


Fireman's Sunday

October 15 at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary

FIREMAN’S SUNDAY will be observed on Sunday, October 15, this year. We honor those in our congregation who serve as firemen, first responders, officers, and directors. We appreciate each one who gives of their time and even risk their lives to insure our safety and protection.


Wednesday Evening Services

Every Wednesday Evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Each Wednesday, St. Paul's will offer a mid-week opportunity to refresh your spirit.

The Worship service will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary, lasting between 30 - 45 minutes.

We welcome everyone to come and worship with us!


Oktoberfest Family Night

Thursday, October 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall

Mark your calendars: All are invited to our German Theme OKTOBERFEST FAMILY NIGHT on Thursday, October 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Terry and Myra Jane Eller need some help with the preparations, cooking, and cleanup, so if you are available to assist in any way please contact the church office at (704) 633-0922.


Trunk or Treat

Saturday, October 28, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Our Youth & Family Committee is sponsoring our annual Trunk or Treat event on Saturday, October 28, beginning at 5:00 p.m. for our children and youth. Be prepared for fun, fellowship, and lots of goodies!

Trunk or Treat Schedule:

  • Games, Crafts and Face Painting from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Cake Walk from 5:00 p.m. until out of baked goods.
  • Bible Adventures in Picnic Shelter from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Hotdogs served at 5:30 p.m.
  • Trunk or Treat starts at 6:30 p.m. (Vehicles will be set up on Fellowship Hall side of the church.)
  • Hayrides (non-scary) from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m
  • We need YOUR help!! Please prayerfully consider how you can help with this event by reviewing the Volunteer Form, filling it out, and returning to the church office.


    Reformation Sunday - October 29 (500 years)

    “It all began with hammer blows.” – Basically like that, the general view on the beginning of the Reformation could be sketched. In fact, the Reformation is a complex, decades-long process, the causes of which go way back into history and which influenced more than just the spiritual life. Few historical events led to such sustainable changes as the Reformation. It had profound effects on many fields of life and it left traces behind worldwide, which are still visible 500 years later.

    The Reformation, originally planned by Luther as a change within the church to improve several deficiencies, eventually led to an unplanned separation of the church, but also a separation of German territories into Catholic and Protestant. The Reformation didn’t just revolutionize the church and theology, it was also the start of a profound socio-political development: music and art, economy and society, language, law and politics, hardly any sphere of life wasn’t influenced by the Reformation.

    “I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not retract anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. I cannot do otherwise, here I stand, may God help me, Amen.” [Luther at the Diet of Worms (1521), LW 32:112–13]

    On Sunday, October 29, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will celebrate 500 years of the Reformation during the 10:30 a.m. Worship service in the Sanctuary.


    Lutheran Reformation Series

    Series 5 at Organ Lutheran Church, Sunday, October 29, at 4:00 p.m.

    East Rowan Area LCMC/NALC Congregations present a series of five Worship Services concluding in a celebration of the Lutheran Reformation on Sunday, October 29.

    Session 1:

    4:00 PM Sunday, February 26, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church (LCMC);

    speaker Pr. David Nuottila, topic is "Martin Luther"

    Session 2:

    4:00 PM Sunday, April 30, at Faith Lutheran Church (NALC);

    speaker Pr. Carl Haynes, topic is "The Two Kingdoms"

    Session 3:

    4:00 PM Sunday, June 25, at Union Lutheran Church (NALC);

    speaker Pr. D.J. Lura, topic is "Theology of the Cross"

    Session 4:

    4:00 PM Sunday, August 27, at Christiana Lutheran Church (NALC);

    speaker Pr. Carlin Ours, topic is "Impact of Reformation on the World"

    Session 5:

    Joint Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation:

    4:00 PM Sunday October 29, at Organ Lutheran Church (LCMC / NALC);

    guest speaker is Pr. Mark Ryman

    The first four sessions will include a brief Evening Prayer service with 3-5 Lutheran hymns selected by the host congregation. Following the speaker's message, refreshments will be served as a fellowship opportunity.

    The Joint Reformation Sunday event will include a full Worship service with The Lord's Supper celebrated. There will be a combined choir from the participating congregations. The guest speaker will provide the evening's message and refreshments will follow for additional fellowship.

    Come worship with us for a laity refresher perspective on what the Reformation has meant to Lutheran Christians. A Nursery will be available for little children during each of the five services. Questions about these services may be directed to any of the four pastors serving as session speakers. This would be an excellent learning opportunity for everyone, especially confirmation students and new or prospective congregational members.


    Welcome to St. Paul's Gathering

    Sunday, November 5, from 12 noon-3:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall

    If you would like to learn more about St. Paul's or are ready to join, you are invited to attend our WELCOME TO ST. PAUL'S GATHERING on Sunday, November 5, from Noon-3:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Lunch will be provided by the Outreach Committee.

    At the Gathering we will outline the Mission of St. Paul's, the opportunities for you to get involved in the life of the church, and explore what it means to be a Lutheran Christian.

    Please RSVP by calling the church office if you will be attending. Also, please let us know if you will require child care.


    Annual Meeting

    Sunday, November 12, at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary

    Our ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be Sunday, November 12, at the beginning of the Worship service. Additional nominations of active members will be accepted on Sunday, November 5, for the 2018-2020 Congregation Council, LCMC Delegates for 2018, and the 2018 Nominating Committee to be voted on at the Annual Congregation Meeting on Sunday, November 12. On Sunday, October 29, all nominees will be introduced.

    At the Annual Congregational Meeting we will:

  • Elect six persons to serve on the Congregation Council for three-year terms
  • Elect LCMC Delegates for 2018
  • Present and vote on the 2018 mission budget
  • Address any other business brought before the congregation at this meeting.

  • Pie Fundraiser on Sunday, November 19

    Deadline to order and donate items is Wednesday, November 15

    Thanksgiving is right around the corner, the Middle School Youth want to help you out with your baking this year. We will bake Pumpkin, Pecan, and Apple pies, and Cheesecake for your family for only $10 each. To order, please contact Katie Funderburk . The deadline to order is Wednesday, Nov. 15.

    If you can donate any of the following items it will help us to reach our goal. Please turn in all donations by Wednesday, Nov. 15. Thank you!

    Items needed: 12 oz Evaporated Milk (10 cans), Self Rising Flour (3 bags), Sugar (4 bags), Butter (3 boxes or 12 sticks), Eggs (3 dozen), 8oz Cream Cheese (20 packages), Condensed Milk (10 cans), Pie Crust (30 tins and crust), Pumpkin spice (1 shaker), Baking Apples (1 bag), Brown Sugar (1 bag), and Light Karo Syrup (1 bottle).

    Thank you for your support!


    Thanksgiving Eve Service

    Wednesday, November 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

    This Thanksgiving we will be remembering our Lord and His many blessings upon us with a special Thanksgiving Eve service held on Wednesday, November 22, at 6:30 p.m. The service will be filled with music and a message from Rev. DJ Lura.

    Canned goods will be collected for Rowan Helping Ministries during the Thanksgiving Eve Service.

    We will pause in this hectic life to reflect and praise God for the many ways that He opens His heart and hands in love to pour blessings upon each of us.

    Come dressed as you are and join us for this informal service. Bring the entire family, especially those who have come in to be with the family over the holiday.


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