MEN'S RETREAT AT FLATHEAD LAKE
Set aside 24 hours for spiritual renewal, learning, great food, fellowship, and fun at this year's annual men's retreat on the shores of Flathead Lake at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, Mar. 15th - 16th. Pastor Seth Nelson, author of "The Church Unknown: Reflections of a Millennial Pastor" and pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Ronan, MT, will join us as our special guest speaker to share his spiritual journey as well as to discuss his recently published book.
To reserve your spot, please sign up in the church office. The cost is $80 if you pay in advance or $85 on the day of the event. Please make checks payable to St. Paul Lutheran Church with the memo "Men's Retreat."
You may contact Pastor Chris at (406) 549-4141 or Don Spritzer at (406) 549-5582 if you have any questions or are looking for additional information.
EACH OF US HERE: A BENEFIT CHOIR CONCERT FOR REFUGEES AT THE BORDER
Enjoy hopeful music brought to you by the Montana Women's Chorus of Missoula, Pura Vida Community Chorus, and the Congolese Chorus on Thursday, March 21st at 7:00 pm! Proceeds will go to The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project to benefit those seeking asylum on the southern border. Founded in the 1980s in Florence, Arizona, the 501(c)3 non-profit provides free legal and social services to immigrant men, women, and children under threat of deportation. Please join us for an evening of music and solidarity for refugees at the border. $15/person and $25/family at the door. Additional donations welcome.
GRIEF & LOSS GROUP
Understanding Grief is a six-week educational support group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. The group will meet in the St. Paul Library for six Fridays, 3:00‒4:30 pm, beginning Friday, March 29, and will be a confidential setting.
If you're wondering if this is right for you, you may want to consider the following:
Below is a brief outline of the sessions:
March 29: Introductions, group guidelines and normal reactions to grief. Many normal grief reactions feel like “going crazy.” Am I going crazy?
April 5: Grief vs. depression. What are the differences? When do they feel the same?
April 12: Theories of grief work and complicated grief. I can’t get over “it.”
April 19: Good Friday—No Class
April 26: Grief as a spiritual crisis. Has my faith been a help or not?
May 3: Objects of remembrance. A time to bring an object or picture and share your memories of your loved one.
May 10: Ritual of Remembering
The group facilitators, Monica Trimble, LCSW, and Vickie Huerta, MSW, are both social workers with many years of experience in hospice and bereavement. They have facilitated dozens of grief support groups in Missoula and the Bitterroot Valley. Vickie and Monica helped develop the first grief camp for children in Western Montana, which is now part of Tamarack Grief Resource Center in Missoula.
To register, please call the church office at (406) 549-4141.
OUR NEW PRAYGROUND
We love to give our younger children a special place in our church family and Sunday worship, so we are literally putting them first! September 9th was the first Sunday of our new PrayGround, a space at the front of the sanctuary designed for children to be active participants in every worship service. This space features quiet activities for kids during worship, and our youth director is present to guide them through the rhythms of worship in ways they can understand. Kids are invited to sing and pray with the whole congregation. A children’s lesson helps them connect to the Bible stories that shape our faith, and playing is always an option! All children are welcome, and parents can feel free to stay with their children at the PrayGround or sit in a nearby pew. We hope that the PrayGround is an engaging place for children to be present in the worshiping community and is of service to parents who want to direct their focus toward participating more fully on Sunday mornings. Questions or concerns? Contact Youth Director Rebekah Thomas.
GROW IS GROWING!
Growing Relationships On Wednesdays is now open to ALL elementary-aged children, kindergarten through fifth grade! We meet in the upstairs Fellowship Room, #210, in the Education (SW) Wing of the building, each Wednesday from 5:30-7:00 pm during the school year.
Together we’ll share a meal and gathering songs before forming two groups, K - 2nd grade in one group and 3rd -5th grade in another, and exploring a Bible lesson and incorporating games or crafts! This is a fun-loving ministry that takes the place of a traditional “Sunday School” to teach children the stories and ideas that form our Christian identity. We’re looking forward to an exciting year of this expanded program, and we hope you’ll join us! Questions? Feel free to contact Youth Director Rebekah Thomas.
NEW SOLAR ARRAY
As part of our goal to care for creation, we installed an array of solar panels to offset our electric demand.
We raised 50% or $33,814 of the cost of a 26.2 kW solar electric system, and we were honored to receive a grant from the NorthWestern Energy USB Program for the remaining 50% of the cost of our solar project, or $33,813! This grant was made possible by 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.
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.