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Choir
The Church Choir is always looking for new voices.

Volunteers
The church is a great place to do volunteer work.  If you have some extra time and would like to help the church or your community, talk to the church office about how you can volunteer with the church.

Track and make Church Donations Online

This web page will allow members of the congregation to access their information in the ChurchTrac software. They will be able to update their information, check their giving and also make a donation online.
If a Congregation member does not have access to the software with thier desired email, they can send a request to the church to have their profile updated with their email address so they can get access.

Attention Committee Chair-Persons
Please have your 2019 report in the church office by January 26, 2020.  The annual congregational meeting will be the second Sunday in February. Prior to the meeting the “annual report” has to be prepared.  This is a very time-consuming job, so please help the secretarial staff complete this by having your reports in the office by January 26, 2020.  Thank you.
From Council – We will again be accepting donations of $300 for help with the cost of propane this winter.
Readers:  If weather permits, we will meet for a Bible Study on Saturday, January 18th. We'll be studying
Hosea 4:1 through 5:7.  
The next book on our list for review is Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott.
Scripture Readings for January 19, 2020
First Reading      Isaiah 49: 1-7
Psalm                  40:1-11
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 1: 1-9
Gospel                John 1: 29-42a

We would like to extend a happy birthday to Thomas Henderickson (Jan. 16) and Madeline Thompson (Jan 24).

Are you tired reading the same announcements in the bulletin each week?  How about sending some interesting news articles.  Tell us something about your family that we can share with the congregation members.
Here we are at the beginning of a new year AND a new decade.   What do we see in store for St. Paul in this coming year AND decade?  There are numerous opportunities open to us to aid in spreading God’s Word.
Food for Thought!
Do you like to read?  Have you ever volunteered to be a lector?  You’d be surprised how the words of scripture become more meaningful when you read and concentrate on them prior to reading them on Sunday morning.  Sign up sheet needs filled!
Do you help prepare communion?  Each and every family should be a part of this service, including children.  Having communion weekly requires a lot of people willing to set up and clean up for each worship service.
Have you ever served on church council or on a committee?  Too busy?
Wanna help pick hymns?  Stuff envelopes for church mailings?  Mow grass?  Paint?  Organize the library?  Visit shut-ins?  Teach or attend a Bible Study?  Do you come to Sunday School?  Why not? How about singing?  We got a taste of “no choir” when Marty was off.  Its up to the choir to lead the congregation in singing, but its pretty hard for 7 or 8 people to carry out that responsibility.
The opportunities are endless.
If you came to the New Year’s Day pork and sauerkraut dinner you saw many St. Paul members (and people from the community) having fun working together.  That’s what we’re looking for----everyone to get involved in something they like to do.
It’s a NEW YEAR!  Let’s get excited about St. Paul Lutheran Church!
Don’t abbreviate 2020.
Police say it leaves you open to fraud and could cost you big. Why? This year's abbreviation is easily changeable and could be used against you. The concern is that scammers could easily manipulate a document dated "1/1/20" into "1/1/2000" or even "1/1/2021. In a message emailed to USA TODAY Thursday, Officials said scammers could use the method to establish an unpaid debt or to attempt to cash an old check.
Say you agreed to make payments beginning on 1/15/20. The bad guy could theoretically establish that you began owing your obligation on 1/15/2019, and try to collect additional $$$.
In the future, post-dating could be a problem too. For example, a check dated "1/1/20" could become "1/1/2021" next year, possibly making the uncashed check active again, A similar method could be used for debts that are past the statute of limits.
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