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Fellowship Time at 10:00 AM
Education Time at 10:15 AM

Growing together, we worship, we serve, we laugh, we cry, we learn, so that the world will know the story of Christ.
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Bulletin Announcements from Sunday, May 1, 2016

Readings for May 8, 2016, Seventh Sunday of Easter

Readings and Sermon from May 1, 2016, Sixth Sunday of Easter

Readings and Sermon for April 24, 2016, Fifth Sunday of Easter

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MAY 2016 Cross & Cradle Newsletter

"Little Free Library"

Bridges for Women of the ELCA, St. Paul Synod

Electronic Giving! Read more about online giving

READINGS FOR MAY 8, 2016 - SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Seventh Sunday of Easter

Seventh Sunday of Easter
It is possible to hear in Jesus’ high priestly prayer, a prayer he offered shortly before his death, the petitions of the ascended Lord for his own throughout history — to our day — and beyond. Jesus prays for us. In holy baptism we become believers in God, have our robes washed in the flood of Christ’s forgiveness, and receive the gift of life forever with all the saints. *

First Reading: Acts 16:16-34
The owners of a slave-girl who used her powers to tell fortunes threw Paul and Silas into jail for “healing” her and, consequently, ruining their business. In prison, Paul and Silas bring the good news of the gospel to the jailer and his family. *

Second Reading: Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
The ascended Christ, hidden from our sight, promises to come again. We eagerly pray, “Come, Lord Jesus,” with all who respond to this invitation. *

Gospel: John 17:20-26
Jesus prays that the life of his followers will be characterized by an intimate unity of identity with God. To be so identified with God means also to share in God’s mission: to proclaim the word that will bring others into this same unity. *

*From Sundays and Seasons.com. Copyright 2016 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #23318.

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READINGS FOR MAY 1, 2016 - SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sixth Sunday of Easter
Visions abound in the readings for the sixth Sunday of Easter. Paul has a vision about what to do. John has a vision of what will be. The risen Lord Jesus provides visions of peace that passes human understanding and power beyond human imagination. *

First Reading: Acts 16:9-15
A vision compels Paul to move his ministry into Greece. There he meets Lydia, an important person in the business community, whose heart has been opened by God to receive the gospel. Her conversion and baptism provide the impetus for the founding of the church at Philippi. *

Second Reading: Revelation 21:10, 22--22:5
John’s vision of a new Jerusalem coming out of heaven provides continuity with God’s past actions. Yet in this new city, God’s presence replaces the temple, and the glory of God and the Lamb supplant sun and moon. *

Gospel: John 14:23-29
As Jesus talks of returning to the Father, he promises to send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, who will teach Jesus’ followers and remind them of all that Jesus taught. Even more, those in whom God makes a home will experience a peace that overcomes fear. *

Sermon: "We Have An Advocate" by Pastor Dick Mork. (Click on title to hear.)

*From Sundays and Seasons.com. Copyright 2016 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #23318.

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READINGS FOR APRIL 24, 2016 - FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Fifth Sunday of Easter

Fifth Sunday of Easter
Easter initiates a new day. It anticipates a new heaven and a new earth. The risen Lord is making all things new. In the mystery of holy baptism God has made new people of us. Today the Lord Jesus invites us to see everyone in a new light — through the lens of love. *

First Reading: Acts 11:1-18
In defense of his earlier baptism of pagan believers, Peter demonstrates to the members of the Jerusalem church that God’s intention to love Gentiles as well as Jews is revealed in Jesus’ own testimony. In this way the mission to the Gentiles is officially authorized. *

Second Reading: Revelation 21:1-6
John’s vision shows us that in the resurrection the new age has dawned; God dwells with us already. Yet we wait for the time when the tears that cloud our vision will be wiped away. Then we will see the new heaven, new earth, and new Jerusalem. *

Gospel: John 13:31-35
After washing the disciples’ feet, predicting his betrayal, and then revealing his betrayer, Jesus speaks of his glorification on the cross. This deep complicated love of Jesus, even to death on the cross, will be the distinctive mark of Jesus’ community. *

Sermon: "Living as Followers of Jesus" by Pastor Dick Mork. (Click on title to hear.)

*From Sundays and Seasons.com. Copyright 2016 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #23318.

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LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

Little Free Library at CSLC It’s official.
Our Little Free Library is open for business!
Please take a moment to check it out.

Use of the library is easy:
TAKE a book! READ it! ENJOY it!
SHARE it with a friend.
BRING it back to the library to exchange for another, or
LEAVE it at another Little Free Library.
GIVE a book! (Add a note or a favorite passage.)

Share the joy of reading!

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50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!

50th Anniversary pictures with Luther seal

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ADULT BIBLE STUDY -- "OUR STORIES AND GOD'S STORY" AT COTTAGES OF VADNAIS HEIGHTS
WEDNESDAYS AT 10 AM, COMMUNITY ROOM

Led by Pastor Dick, we share our faith stories with each other. This group meets on Wednesdays at 10 AM in the Community Room of the Cottages in Vadnais Heights and includes people who live at the Cottages as well as others who would like to come. All are welcome!

MUSIC AT CSLC
Let's Make Some Music

Special Music by Jim & Kayla Mason
March 3, 2013
"In the Garden"
(Charles Miles)
(Click on hymn title.)

Special music by Jim Mason,
February 17, 2013:
"The Old Rugged Cross"
(George Bennard)
(Click on hymn title.)

You will need to download and then install the free Real Player® available here.

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ONLINE COLORING BOOKS

Online Coloring Books

For the young and the young-at-heart...
color pictures right onscreen.
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Old Testament Characters

Epic Events of the Bible

Jesus' Ministry

LIVING LUTHERAN
Lively Engagement in Faith and Life

Living Lutheran

A daily blend of stories, culture and community

What a great way to get connected to the larger church. Check this out...

The new livinglutheran.com is live! This is your place for fresh, daily content and conversation on what it means to "live Lutheran." Read exclusive blog entries by ELCA Lutherans with a wide variety of viewpoints and opinions. Find your favorite articles from Seeds for the Parish. Watch videos that amuse and inspire. Meet fascinating ELCA members, and join the conversation on topics that matter most to you.

Learn more about livinglutheran.com on the ELCA website or just check it out for yourself at Living Lutheran.

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF

Lutheran World Relief logo

Development projects of Lutheran World Relief focus on issues at the root causes of poverty. These debilitating causes tend to domino into more and more problems that trap people in poverty.

By the same token, attacking just one of these issues can help break the cycle, making people’s lives better and freeing them from suffering in many ways.

For more information and ways you can help, go to Lutheran World Relief.

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF GIFTS
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Water Tip: You should drink at least 64 oz. of water a day to stay properly hydrated for all your summer adventures. LWR Good Gifts

Water Gift: By giving the LWR Gift of an Emergency or Gravity-Fed Water Filter, you can share God's gift of clean water and help a person in need stay healthy too.

Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings — whatever your summer occasion, celebrate with an LWR Gift! Your loved one gets a unique gift and a person in need gets the chance to change her life for the better.

Visit lwrgifts.org to browse and shop our catalog.

ELCA DISASTER RESPONSE

Through ELCA Disaster Response, the ELCA is partnering with local responders in affected areas. ELCA congregations and members are already at work.

Donate through CSLC or online at www.elca.org/disaster or send check directly to: ELCA Disaster Response, 39330 Treasury Center, Chicago, IL 60694-9300.


THE CALENDAR AT CSLC
SUNDAY'S ANNOUNCEMENTS...
Read the Sunday bulletin announcements at THIS WEEK!>>>
MAY 2016
CROSS & CRADLE NEWSLETTER

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to read the May 2016 "Cross & Cradle."

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"FAITHLINK"
ST. PAUL SYNOD NEWSLETTER
Access the online communications from the St. Paul Area Synod. In Faithlink, the synod newsletter, read "From the Bishop: A few thoughts on welcoming the stranger".
WOMEN OF THE ELCA
CSLC/ST. PAUL SYNOD/NATIONAL

Click to read the  current issue of Bridges - a communication link between the St. Paul Synodical Women's Organization and its women.
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Bridges is a communication link between the St. Paul Synodical Women's Organization and its women. It is published four times a year, in March, June, September and December. It is an excellent resource for our women and the ministries supported by us.

Take a new look at Women of the ELCA. Looking for a place to gather with other women to talk about your faith? Women of the ELCA is just for you. We’re a community of women where fellowship, friendship, study, service and advocacy are nurtured.

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ENJOY THE CONVENIENCE OF
ELECTRONIC GIVING

Christ the Servant offers electronic giving as a way to automate regular weekly offering. Electronic giving offers convenience for individual congregation members and provides much-needed donation consistency for our congregation.

Direct Debit Giving is used to automatically transfer funds from your checking or savings account to the church’s bank account.

Credit & Debit Card Giving lets you make offerings automatically on a pre-determined schedule using a credit or debit card.

Online Giving lets you go to [Church Website Address] at any time to set up an automatic donation plan, change your donation plan, make a one-time donation or view your online donation history.

As you contemplate any contributions, please consider electronic giving. Authorization forms and additional information are available from the church office.

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COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL

Compassion International

Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.

Founded by the Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training. Today, Compassion helps more than 1.2 million children in 26 countries.

Poverty is not just a lack of money. It's about a lack of hope. This understanding is at the core of Compassion's holistic child development program. Watch the video "What Is Poverty?"

Click here to learn more about Compassion International.

FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN

Feed My Starving Children

If you would like to learn more about the wonderful work done by Feed My Starving Children, go to www.fmsc.org.

Every day, 18,000 children die from starvation. You can make a difference for these children by volunteering at Feed My Starving Children!

ELCA GLOBAL MISSION
Stay informed. Be inspired. Get involved.

Global Links contains highlights of ELCA ministry or connections in other countries.

CHRIST THE SERVANT LUTHERAN CHURCH     3676 Centerville Road, Vadnais Heights, MN 55127
Phone: 651-429-6595 - Email

Pastor:  Rev. Dick Mork; Email

Lead Musician:  Bob Smith; Email

Church Office:  Email

Webservant:  Lois McKeag; Email

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