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

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How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!

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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, June 18, 2017

Listen to Sermons

Readings for THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, June 25, 2017
Readings for FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, JULY 2, 2017

Summer Midweek Worship Services

"Food with Friends" Community Meal-Wednesday, July 19, 2017

JUNE 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 THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST - JUNE 25, 2017

Fishers of Men

Introduction
Jesus begins his public ministry by calling fishers to leave their nets and follow him. In Jesus the kingdom of God has come near. We who have walked in darkness have seen a great light. We see this light most profoundly in the cross—as God suffers with us and all who are oppressed by sickness, sin, or evil. Light dawns for us as we gather around the word, the font, and the holy table. We are then sent to share the good news that others may be “caught” in the net of God’s grace and mercy.*

First Reading: Genesis 21:8-21
Unable to conceive a child, Sarah selected Hagar, her Egyptian maid, to be a surrogate mother. Though Hagar gave birth to Ishmael, Sarah subsequently gave birth to a son named Isaac, which led to Sarah’s sending away of Hagar and Ishmael. God, however, heard Ishmael’s cry and promised to make of him a great nation.*

Psalm: Psalm 69:7-18
Answer me, O Lord, for your love is kind. (Ps. 69:16)

Second Reading: Romans 6:1b-11
In baptism we were incorporated into the reality of Christ’s death. Our lives in the present are marked and shaped by his crucifixion, just as our lives in the future will be marked and shaped by his resurrection.*

Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23
Jesus begins his public ministry shortly after John the Baptist is imprisoned by Herod. He proclaims the nearness of God’s reign and calls four fishermen to be his first disciples.*

*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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READINGS FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST - JULY 2, 2017

Whoever welcomes you welcomes me.

Introduction
The welcome of baptism is for all God’s children. This baptismal gift sets us free from the power of sin and death. In today’s gospel, Christ promises that the disciple who gives a cup of cold water to the little ones serves Christ himself. From worship we are sent on our baptismal mission: to serve the little ones of this world and to be a sign of God’s merciful welcome.*

First Reading: Jeremiah 28:5-9
Through a symbolic action, Jeremiah insisted that Judah and all the surrounding nations should submit to the king of Babylon. Hananiah contradicted Jeremiah, who in reply insisted that Hananiah’s rosy prediction should not be believed until it came true. God confirmed the word of Jeremiah and sentenced the false prophet Hananiah to death (vv. 16-17).*

Psalm: Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
Your love, O Lord, forever will I sing. (Ps. 89:1)

Second Reading: Romans 6:12-23
Sin is an enslaving power that motivates us to live self-serving, disobedient lives. Sin’s final payoff is death. We, however, have been set free from sin’s slavery to live obediently under God’s grace, whose end is the free gift of eternal life.*

Gospel: Matthew 10:40-42
When Jesus sends his disciples out as missionaries, he warns them of persecution and hardships they will face. He also promises to reward any who aid his followers and support their ministry.*

*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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"FOOD WITH FRIENDS" COMMUNITY DINNER -- WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 5:30 PM

Our next "Food with Friends Community Dinner" will be held on Wednesday, July 19, at 5:30 PM.
It will be a POTLUCK PICNIC.
Please bring your favorite picnic dish to share.
Remember to invite your friends, neighbors and family to attend with you.

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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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JUNE 2017 CROSS & CRADLE NEWSLETTER

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

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RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE AT CHRIST THE SERVANT, MONDAY, JULY 10, 1:00 PM TO 6:00 PM

Red Cross Blood Drive in July!

Give blood. Help save lives.

Christ the Servant will be hosting a blood drive on Monday, July 10, from 1 to 6 PM.
Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter: Christ the Servant, to schedule an appointment.
You may also sign up at the church.

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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 AM, COMMUNITY ROOM

Bible Study at the Cottages of Vadnais Heights Led by Pastor John, 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!

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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

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


Little Free Library at CSLC

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. John Keller; Email

Lead Musician:  Bob Smith; Email

Ministry Coordinator/Church Office:  Sandy Hammerlind; Email

Webservant:  Lois McKeag; Email

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