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Acts 2:18

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TO WORSHIP AND TO SERVE
WITH US AT CHRIST THE SERVANT!

Growing together, we worship, we serve, we laugh, we cry, we learn, so that the world will know the story of Christ.

If you've been thinking, praying, searching and hoping for a place to belong, we say... WELCOME!

"GOD'S WORK. OUR HANDS"

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Worship at 9:00 AM
Fellowship Time at 10:00 AM

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Sunday, May 24, 2015 Announcements

Sunday, May 24, 2015 Sermon

Sunday, May 24, 2015 Readings

Nepal Area Earthquake Disaster Response

50th Anniversary Pictorial Directory

50th Anniversary Information

May 2015 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 24, 2015
DAY OF PENTECOST
Day of Pentecost DAY OF PENTECOST

On the fiftieth day of Easter we celebrate the Spirit, through whom and in whom the people of God are created and re-created. Pentecost is sometimes called the church's birthday, but might more appropriately be called its baptism day, since the gift of the Spirit is the fullness of baptism. Ezekiel's vision shows the Spirit resurrecting and re-creating not just individuals but a whole people. Romans makes it clear that God is in the process of re-creating the entire cosmos; yet the Spirit is also at work in the most intimate and personal way, praying in us "with sighs too deep for words" when we do not know how to pray. *

FIRST READING: Acts 2:1–21
Originally Pentecost was a Jewish thanksgiving-type festival celebrated seven weeks after Passover. On this particular Pentecost, however, the Holy Spirit is poured out upon the entire community of believers just as Jesus had promised and the scriptures had prophesied. Empowered by the Spirit, the entire community bears witness to God's activity in multiple languages. *

SECOND READING: Romans 8:22–27
By pouring the Holy Spirit into our hearts, God gives us the promised first fruit of eternal life so that we await God's future in hope. In the meantime, the Spirit also intercedes for us by carrying the prayers of our weak human hearts to God. *

GOSPEL: John 15:26–27; 16:4b–15
When speaking to his disciples before his death, Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as "the Helper" and described the difference the Spirit would make in their lives and in the world. *

As we celebrate Pentecost on Sunday, May 24, we invite people to wear red and to bring a red geranium or other red plant to display in the sanctuary.

*From Sundays and Seasons.com. Copyright 2015 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #23318.

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NEPAL AREA EARTHQUAKE
LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE

Nepal Earthquake

Sections of the city’s historic center lie in rubble. News reports indicate that more than 3,500 people have died and thousands are injured in the valley surrounding Kathmandu. The death toll is expected to rise as people are believed to be trapped under rubble. Deaths have been reported in neighboring India, Tibet and Bangladesh. The tremor also set off a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest.

Lutheran Disaster Response is committed to walking with our brothers and sisters in Nepal, as rescue efforts and assessments continue. The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has launched an immediate large-scale emergency response with its emergency team in Kathmandu at the LWF offices, which have escaped the worst impact of the quake. The ELCA is the only U.S. member church of the LWF. We are also working with Lutheran World Relief and church partners from ACT Alliance to coordinate the response, which includes the distribution of immediate life-saving supplies such as water, food, shelter and medication to people injured.

Pray for people affected by the earthquake and its aftershocks, especially as they grieve the loss of loved ones and property. Pray for the LWF and Lutheran World Relief emergency teams on the ground, who are standing with people and communities affected.

Your gifts designated for the “Nepal Area Earthquake” will be used in full (100 percent) to assist those directly impacted. Gifts from people like you allow us to continue our response.

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ADDITIONAL DATE ADDED FOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY PICTORIAL DIRECTORY
Pictorial Directory

We have added Wednesday, June 10, from 3:00 to 8:00 PM. Click on the signup button below. Thank you!!

We are creating a 50th anniversary pictorial directory for Christ the Servant Lutheran Church!
It will be a good tool for showing the history of our church at this point in time.
A pictorial directory helps put names and faces together, uniting our congregation.
It can be used as an outreach tool for our church.
It can be used in the home as a tool for sharing our church.
It will be a great aid in making prayer requests more personal.
It tells the story of our church with pictures.
You'll receive a free 8x10 portrait and a directory for participating.

Sign up for your sitting on Sunday after worship or online by clicking on the signup buttom below.

Click to sign up for you sitting.

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WE'RE CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHRIST THE SERVANT
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2015

Save the Date

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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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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.
Click on one of the subjects below.

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.


THE CALENDAR AT CSLC
SUNDAY'S ANNOUNCEMENTS...
Read the Sunday bulletin announcements at THIS WEEK!>>>
MAY 2015
CROSS & CRADLE NEWSLETTER

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to read May 2015 "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.
Click image to read the current issue of Bridges.


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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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.

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 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.

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.

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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