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WE WELCOME YOU TO WORSHIP AND TO SERVE WITH US AT CHRIST THE SERVANT!

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The Lord is merciful and gracious.

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~ WORSHIP SCHEDULE ~

Sunday Worship at 9:00 AM
Fellowship Time at 10:00 AM
Education Hour resumes in the Fall!
Summer Midweek Worship Services

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!

ALL ARE WELCOME! WE'VE GOT THE SPIRIT!

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT CHRIST THE SERVANT!
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Bulletin Announcements: Sunday, July 23, 2017

Listen to Sermons

Readings for EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, July 30, 2017

Summer Midweek Worship Services

JULY 2017 Cross & Cradle Newsletter

"Bible Study at the Cottages of Vadnais"

"Red Cross Blood Drive"

"Vacation Bible School - Mighty Fortress"

"Little Free Library"

"Bridges" for Women of the ELCA, St. Paul Synod

Vadnais Heights Community News!


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THE CALENDAR AT CHRIST THE SERVANT


READINGS FOR THE EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST - JULY 30, 2017

The kingdom of heaven is like yeast.

Introduction
As Solomon prays for wisdom, we seek to more deeply know the treasures of faith. In today’s gospel Jesus offers everyday images that reveal to us the reign of God: a tree that becomes a sheltering home, yeast that penetrates and expands, a treasured pearl, a net that gains a great catch. Even as we seek the riches of God’s reign, the great surprise is that God’s grace finds us first!*

First Reading: 1 Kings 3:5-12
Because Solomon did not ask for long life, riches, or the defeat of his enemies, God gave him what he asked for: wisdom to govern the people well. In verse 13 God gives him additional honor and riches beyond compare. *

Psalm: Psalm 119:129-136
When your word is opened, it gives light and understanding. (Ps. 119:130)

Second Reading: Romans 8:26-39
These words celebrate the depth of God’s actions for us. Through Christ’s death for us and the activity of the Spirit praying for us, we are fused to God’s love poured out in Jesus Christ. Nothing, not even death itself, is able to separate us from such incredible divine lov *

Gospel: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Throughout Matthew’s gospel, Jesus and his disciples proclaim the good news that “the kingdom of heaven is near!” Here, Jesus offers several brief parables that explore the implications of this announcement for people’s lives. *

*From Sundays and Seasons.com. Copyright 2017 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #23318.

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SUMMER 2017 MIDWEEK WORSHIP

Worship on the Bruentrup Heritage Farm in Maplewood, Wednesdays, June 7-August 30

WEDNESDAY MID-WEEK SERVICE, BEGINNING JUNE 7

We encourage members from Christ the Servant Church to car pool and join the Wednesday evening service at the Maplewood Historical Society’s Bruentrup Heritage Farm for Worship on the Farm.

Each Wednesday evening from June 7 through August 30, a picnic dinner will be served at 5:30pm, followed by kids’ games, family activities, and a short, laid-back worship service in the farm’s barn at 6:30pm.

(Note that Christ the Servant will have a midweek worship service at Christ the Servant on Wednesday, June 21, and Wednesday, July 19, following our "Food with Friends" Community Dinner on those dates.)

Picnic dinners will be provided by the Maplewood Historical Society volunteers as a fundraiser ($6 for adults and free for kids with a paying adult). Some meals will also be provided by the Shobi’s Table food truck ministry of St. Paul.

The theme for Summer 2017 is “Playful Faith, Faithful Play,“ which is all about rediscovering one’s childlike faith. Note the “Blessing of the Animals” on Wednesday, June 7.

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JULY 2017 CROSS & CRADLE NEWSLETTER

Click on image below to read the July 2017 "Cross & Cradle Newsletter."

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RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE AT CHRIST THE SERVANT

Red Cross Blood Drive July 10!
Thank you for the donations to the Blood Drive. Our goal was 20 units. Twenty-eight donors came in. Twenty-six units were donated! Fantastic! Thank you!
The need for blood donations continue, so if you can, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) Give blood. Help save lives.

Red Cross Blood Drive October 12!
The next blood drive at Christ the Servant will be on Thursday, October 12, from 2 to 7 PM.

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2017

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2017

At Mighty Fortress, kids learn that God is their refuge and strength. Friends may fail them. They may not ace their test or make the team, but God promises to be their rock and their salvation—their fortress and sure defense.

So raise your banner!
In Jesus, the victory is won!

Registration is now open! Fee is $10 per child, with a maximum of $20 per family.

VBS will run from August 13th--August 17th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Come along with us as we sing fun songs, do crazy crafts, eat yummy snacks, play awesome games, and more. Plus, you’ll learn all about Jesus our Savior and how He gathers us together and is our “rock”! Can’t wait to see you there!

Register now for Mighty Fortress Vacation Bible School! Download a registration form here, complete the information, and either bring or mail to Christ the Servant. For more information, call 651-429-6595. You may also register online at VBS Registration at Christ the Servant.

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ADULT BIBLE STUDY -- "OUR STORIES AND GOD'S STORY" AT COTTAGES OF VADNAIS HEIGHTS
WEDNESDAYS AT 10:00 AM, COMMUNITY ROOM

Bible Study at the Cottages of Vadnais Heights Led by Pastor Chris Steubing, we share our faith stories with each other. This group meets on Wednesdays at 10:00 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!

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"FAITHLINK"
ST. PAUL SYNOD NEWSLETTER

Access Faithlink, the synod newsletter, the online communications from the St. Paul Area Synod.


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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LITTLE FREE LIBRARY at CHRIST THE SERVANT!

Visit our Little Free Library at Christ the Servant!
Take one; read one; return one; read one!


Little Free Library at CSLC, July 2017

July 2017
Our Little Free Library opened for business 3 years ago this month! It has been well used - by our own church family as well as those in the neighborhood. In fact, it has been so well used that it is in need of fresh books. Maybe we could all check our personal stock of books to see if we might have one or two to donate! Lets keep our LFL filled with good reads this summer!

"Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” ~Anna Quindlen

The People Who Started the Movement
In the beginning (2009), Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse. It was a tribute to his mother; she was a teacher who loved to read. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS. Rick Brooks of UW-Madison saw Bol’s do-it-yourself project while they were discussing potential social enterprises. Together, the two saw opportunities to achieve a variety of goals for the common good. Each brought different skills to the effort. Bol was a creative artisan experienced with innovative enterprise models; Brooks was a youth and community development educator with a background in social marketing.

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50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!

50th Anniversary pictures with Luther seal

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VADNAIS HEIGHTS COMMUNITY NEWS!

Vadnais Heights Senior HiLites ......... Vadnais Heights Farmers Market

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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.


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

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.

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

Pastor:  Rev. Christ Steubing; Email

Lead Musician:  Bob Smith; Email

Ministry Coordinator/Church Office:  Sandy Hammerlind; Email

Webservant:  Lois McKeag; Email

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