Wow, we made it! December has come and gone, and it was a VERY BUSY time for all of us at St. Paul.
It all got rolling the first weekend in December with the popular Cookies with Santa event. Santa made a
memorable appearance, accompanied by a new helper elf this year, our very own Roger Henke!!! Roger and Santa were the hit of the day – followed closely by the dozens of cookies provided by our amazing St, Paul bakers. The Santa helpers in the kitchen turned out gallons of hot chocolate, accompanied by whipped cream and marshmallows. It was a truly special day.
Craig Bielke and Pastor Michelle accompanied our youth group to St. Paul Senior Community for some Christmas Caroling. The residents there were so appreciative of those young voices. Good work Youth Group! Pastor Michelle offered a Blue Christmas service for those who were maybe having a difficult time during the holiday season. Those times that normally make us so happy, can at times in our lives, make us very sad. Pastor Michelle provides a service that focuses on those enduring those sad times. Thank you, Pastor Michelle.
Our amazing Mother’s Day Out Program performed their Christmas Programs right before their last day of school before the holiday. They were fantastic!!! Those kiddos are so darn cute, and talented. Lots of hard work and practice by the amazing MDO teachers led to two super performances. After each performance, the kids and their families enjoyed cookies and hot chocolate. And, Santa and his elf (this time elf Craig Bielke). St. Paul is blessed with 2 amazing elves!!!!
The Fine Arts program featured our Choir, Handbell choir, and a wonderful group of very talented musicians. Tristan Hampton, our interim Choir Director, organized the program and hired the musicians. Jan Spencer was our organist, and Laura Sadler led the Bell Choir. Roger Relfe with his deep voice and lovely English Accent, did the readings. It was a beautiful program!!
After months of searching, and lots of interviews, the Music Director Search Team was able to find the right candidate for our church. At times it seemed it would never happen, but God always provides for us. Dr. Bill Wade will join us on January 5 as our Organist and Choir Director. He will wear many hats, including director of our bell choir and overall Music Director. Bill brings with him a ton of experience and great talent. And, he is a very nice man!!! Please welcome him when you see him at church! Now our search focuses on a Contemporary Service music leader. The search team will be going full force on that task immediately.
The Christmas Eve services were well attended and beautiful. Tristan Hampton finished his time with us that evening by singing in the 4:30 service and directing the choir at the 7pm service. Both were with candle light, scriptures and favorite carols. I love our Christmas Eve services.
After a few days to catch up, we will be back at it!! The holidays are past and there is a lot to do in the new year. The first Sunday in January, the 5th, the By Laws Revision Team will be asking the congregation to ask any questions they may have about the proposed new bylaws at a special meeting after the church service. The team has worked very hard on the proposed bylaws, and they want the congregation to have an opportunity to ask any questions they may have before being asked to approve them,
As I said, there is a lot to do. Please consider joining us – we always need able and willing hands. Let’s get this year off to a great start! See you in church!!
Mimi Llamas, Council President