SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL
We're excited to announce that we will be offering summer Sunday school during the 9:00 am service (children released after the children's message at approximately 9:30 am and going until 10:15 am) for Pre-K through 6th graders.
Our summer program will connect older and younger
kids through a mentoring program featuring entertaining, theology-targeted Bible
stories which are relevant to our lives. We often integrate crafts, games, and other fun activities into our lessons, and we hope to play outside when weather permits, too. We will take a faith journey
each Sunday to learn how we can put our faith into action, and we hope your kiddos can join us!
MEN'S QUILTING GROUP featured on FOX and ABC News
We were excited to learn that our Men's Quilting group was to be featured on the "Montana Treasures" segment on FOX and ABC news on April 30th. Did you know that the group started on a dare from the Women's Quilting group? Or that they've been hard at work making these beautiful quilts for five years?
In case you missed it, you can view the full segment here.
If you're interested in participating in one of our men's or women's quilting groups, please visit this page for more information and who to contact.
SOLAR PROJECT UPDATES
As part of our goal to care for creation, we've been raising money to install an array of solar panels to offset our current electric demand.
We raised 50% or $33,814 of the cost of a 26.2 kW solar electric system, and we were recently notified that St. Paul has been chosen to receive a grant from the NorthWestern Energy USB Program for 50% of the cost of our solar project, or $33,813!
This renewable generation project received funding through the NorthWestern Energy Efficiency Plus (E+) Renewable Energy Program which is established with the Universal System Benefits (USB) Program funds collected from all NorthWestern electric customers in the state of Montana.
After consulting with a roofer, we will need to replace the roof before the panels are installed later this summer. The Church Council has appropriated half of the cost for replacing the roof, and the remainder has been paid for by donors. We will have some insulation costs that are pending. You may make a contribution towards this effort by writing "solar/roof/insulation project" in the memo of your check. You may also choose to donate by debit/credit card or ACH on our website here; choose the "other" fund and write "solar" in the memo line.
As part of our fundraising process, we reached out to friends and partners of St. Paul in addition to anyone who regularly utilizes our facilities in the hopes that they too might feel moved to contribute to this effort.
We hope our solar project can inspire others in the community to move towards renewable energy sources and serve as an educational tool for other Missoula churches seeking to fund their own solar project in the future.
Thank you for considering stewardship of our energy resources, and thank you to everyone who has contributed to this effort thus far!
VISIT HOLDEN VILLAGE June 10 - 16, 2018
Travel with us to Holden Village, nestled in the Cascade Mountains on the shores of Lake Chelan, WA, for a spiritual retreat replete with beauty, serenity, worship, arts and crafts, community, fellowship, hiking, and spiritual renewal. Our own Tod Trimble will be the visiting musician this week. There are a number of other guest speakers and musicians during the week, and you can find more information here. We've secured a lower group rate of $65/night. For more information or to sign up, contact Ron Mueller at (406) 543-7265.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Splash Canyon
Life is full of thrills and spills; we may not know what's around the bend, but God does! At Splash Canyon, we'll discover that Jesus is on our side for life's wild ride. God saves us through Jesus and gives us life and hope every day and forever.
We invite all kids ages three years (potty trained) through those entering 6th grade in fall 2018 to join us for a week full of Bible stories, challenges, music, crafts, games, good and a whole lot of FUN! We'll close our week with a celebration at Splash Montana following the closing program on Thursday night!
When: July 22-27, 5:00 - 8:00 pm with dinner included
Where: Atonement Lutheran Church – 2205 34th St, Missoula
Registration Deadline: July 9th. Register using this link for this year's Splash Canyon VBS. After registering, be sure to pick up your VBS music CD at the church office! CDs will be available beginning May 1st.
Cost: Suggested Donation of $25/child or family max of $60/family
We're also looking for volunteers to assist us during these VBS evenings. Please sign up to volunteer here!
Vacation Bible School is an exciting collaboration between the Lutheran churches of Atonement, Immanuel, and St. Paul.