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MIDWEEK LENTEN SERVICES:
Ash Wednesday: February 22 services 11:30am and 6:30pm
Wednesday Services: 11:30am and 6:30pm
Saturday Evening 5:30p.m.
Sunday Traditional Service 8:30a.m.
Adult Sunday School 9:40a.m.
Sunday Praise Service 10:30a.m.
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Just the Highlights!
February 5 is Stewardship Sunday and Scout Sunday where we recognize local scouts who have completed the "God and Me" program hosted here at St. Paul and led by JoAnn Jones. The scouts will be serving in the 8:30am worship service.
Saturday, February 11 the Women of St. Paul will be meeting at 10 am in Underdahl Hall. We will be filling treat bags and making valentines for the residents and staff of the Pavilion. WELCA is providing all of the supplies for this activity. All women are invited! Hope to see you then!
QUILT SUNDAY: On February 12 we will have blessing of the quilts made by our own Lutheran World Quilters. The quilts will be shipped on Monday to the Good Samaritan Quilt Plaza Lutheran Center in Baltimore, Maryland. In the past quilts have gone to Tanzania, Mali, Angola, India, Lebanon, Ukraine, and Haiti. Assistance with shipping costs is appreciated. For every $500 collected toward shipping costs, St. Paul receives an engraved brick at the center. Currently we have approximately 7 bricks.
LUTHERAN MEN In MISSION
February 2023 Bible Study Breakfast
The LMM monthly Bible Study will be Saturday, February 18, at 7:30 A. M. in the Parish Hall. We are beginning the Course on "Special Needs.” This is the first session where we will be discussing the subject "Self Esteem: Made in the Image of God” The Bible study topic is “By Design: ‘Fearfully and wonderfully made‘” (Psalm 139:1-24).
SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE DINNER: Tuesday, February 21 at 5:30pm we will have a traditional Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner! Please join us as we look for the start of Lent and Ash Wednesday.
ASH WEDNESDAY: Midweek Lenten services begin on Wednesday, February 22nd with a Ash Wednesday service at 11:30am and 6:30pm.
MIDWEEK LENTEN SERVICES: Services will be held each Wednesday during Lent at 11:30am and 6:30pm.
EXTRA YEARS OF ZEST AKA XYZ: is the over 50 crowd, who (pre-Covid 19), met monthly in Underdahl Hall for a sack lunch or pot luck before listening to a local speaker of interest. Topics for presentation pertained to health, fitness, and medical coverage; 5 Wishes and Living Wills; gardening, wildlife rescue, Tales of Old Niceville, local conservation, concert by Adam Miller, folksinger; and holiday adventures shared by fellow group members.
Each December the group continues to celebrate Jesus’s birthday at Bogey’s Restaurant followed by a tour of Circle Lake’s holiday lights in DeFuniak Springs. Theatre goers have enjoyed performances by Stage Crafters at the FWB Civic Center. The fun begins as we head out in the church/school vans.
“Getting to Know the Twin Cities” is the theme for 2023. Let’s explore or rediscover this beautiful area we are privileged to call home, by visiting The Heritage Museum, The Niceville Senior Center, Police and Fire Departments, Valparaiso and Niceville Libraries, Third Planet Brewery, Lincoln Park, Mattie Kelly Arts Center, The Indian Mound Museum, etc. Get the picture?
Please make your suggestions for speakers and topics of interest to Linda Nelson. Would a local published author pique your interest? (Perhaps you are one.) How about a little history of Niceville’s cemeteries? Oldest church(es)? Background of Fort Walton military site and development of Eglin Air Force Base? Want to know about the out-of-the-ordinary careers or travels of fellow members? Want to divulge yours?
Let’s share our curiosity, expertise, and fellowship!
STEWARDSHIP NUGGET FOR FEBRUARY:
The Gospel of Luke tells us that Jesus said "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap, for the measure you give will be the measure you get back" (Luke 6:39).
We do not give in order to get something back from God. That would be a form of spiritual selfishness likely to damage us more than help us. Yet, the Bible is clear-in both the Old Testament and the New Testament that we will receive in the same measure that we give. Our offerings each week in worship do more than help with God's work. They also give God a chance to deliver on that promise from Scripture.