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

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Outdoor woship in Kohler Meadows Park Pavilion, corner of County Road F and McMenemy St, Sunday, August 20 at 9:00 AM

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~ WORSHIP SCHEDULE ~

Sunday Worship at 9:00 AM. Outdoor worship August 20 at Kohler Meadows Park Pavilion.
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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Welcome to Pastor Chris Steubing & family!

Bulletin Announcements: Sunday, August 13, 2017

Listen to Sermons

Readings for TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, AUGUST 20, 2017

Summer Midweek Worship Services

AUGUST 2017 Cross & Cradle Newsletter

"Bible Study at the Cottages of Vadnais"

"Red Cross Blood Drive"

"Vacation Bible School - Mighty Fortress"

"YogaDevotions"

"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


WELCOME TO CHRIST THE SERVANT LUTHERAN CHURCH!

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We welcome Pastor Chris Steubing and family to Christ the Servant!

Chris Steubing was born in San Antonio, TX and was formed in faith in a small, country church in nearby Elm Creek where he developed a love for Jesus and music by singing in the choir with his mom. While attending Texas Lutheran University, Chris participated in concert choir and musical theater, served on summer staff at two Lutheran bible camps, Chrysalis and Lutherhill, and studied abroad for a year in Finland. After college, Chris taught English and lived with a host family in South Korea for a year before returning home to Texas to begin his first job as a youth minister.

While working in Brenham, TX (home of Blue Bell ice cream) he met the love of his life, Amy. The two were married in 2002 and relocated to Minnesota where Chris attended Luther Seminary. While attending seminary Chris continued to develop a passion for music and the church of Jesus Christ while serving in congregations as a youth minister, pastoral intern, and praise band director. He was ordained in 2008 and has served in several calls as an ordained minister, most recently as Associate Pastor for Creative Arts and Worship at Shalom Lutheran Church in Pinckney, MI.

Chris enjoys watching sports (he’s a huge fan of the Vikings, San Antonio Spurs, and Texas Longhorns), running, and spending time enjoying the outdoors. Chris’s biggest hobby is music and songwriting and he loves to connect music into his role as pastor. He has recorded an album of original music and you can listen and connect with him through his website www.chrissteubing.com.

Chris is also passionate about making disciples and leading congregational transformation and mission renewal. In November 2015, he was approved for the specialized ministry of mission redevelopment and is excited about the opportunity to do this important work with Christ the Servant.

Chris’s first love and vocation is to serve as a husband and father. Chris and Amy have two children, Ameya (9) and Asher (6) and a black Labrador named Luna. Amy works at Capella University as Manager of the Center for Academic Success and Excellence. The family recently relocated to the Twin Cities and currently resides in Eagan.

Pastor Chris accepted the call to Christ the Servant and will be installed as our pastor on Sunday, August 27, at 9:00 AM. The Rev. Justin Grimm, Director for Evangelical Mission, Assistant to the Bishop for Next Generation Ministries of the Saint Paul Area Synod of the ELCA, will be at Christ the Servant to preach and lead the service of installation. Our celebration will continue with a reception during the Fellowship Time at 10:00 AM.

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READINGS FOR THE ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST - AUGUST 20, 2017

Woman great is your faith.

Introduction
In Isaiah we hear that God’s house shall be a house of prayer for all people and that God will gather the outcasts of Israel. The Canaanite woman in today’s gospel is a Gentile, an outsider, who is unflinching in her request that Jesus heal her daughter. As Jesus commends her bold faith, how might our church extend its mission to those on the margins of society? In our gathering around word and meal we receive strength to be signs of comfort, healing, and justice for those in need. *

First Reading: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
The prophet calls upon Israel to do justice in view of God’s imminent intervention to save. Righteousness and obedience define who belongs to the Israelite community—not race, nationality, or any other category. *

Psalm: Psalm 67
Let all the peoples praise you, O God. (Ps. 67:3)

Second Reading: Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
God has not rejected Israel. Rather, the call and gifts of God are irrevocable, so that while all have been disobedient, God has mercy upon all. *

Gospel: Matthew 15:10-28
Jesus teaches his disciples that true purity is a matter of the heart rather than outward religious observances. Almost immediately, this teaching is tested when a woman considered to be pagan and unclean approaches him for help. *

*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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AUGUST 2017 CROSS & CRADLE NEWSLETTER

Click on image below to read the August 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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YOGADEVOTIONS

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YogaDevotions (chair yoga) will resume in September at Christ the Servant on Thursday, September 14 at 3:45 PM, ending on November 2. The cost for the 7-week session is $56.00. There is a signup sheet at the church or call Sandy in the church office at 651-429-6595. Checks should be made out to "YogaDevotion."

From their website:

"Yogadevotion LLC began in 1999 as an organic response to a deeply profound experience of God’s Presence following a vinyasa yoga class. The experience of God’s Presence through the practice of yoga was shared in the faith community and has been a mutual blessing for our students, instructors and the communities we are invited into. Some call it a time of prayer, some a time of worship, some a time to simply be present to God in a new way, and experience an increased sense of God’s Presence in the midst of busy lives. We are truly grateful to be able to share what we have experienced, God’s presence through the practice of yoga, with others. We invite you to practice with us as we continue this journey, excited to see what God has in store for us."

Learn more about Yogadevotion on their website.

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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

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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. Chris Steubing; Email

Musician:   Email

Ministry Coordinator/Church Office:  Sandy Hammerlind; Email

Webservant:  Lois McKeag; Email

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