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                                                                             NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER                                                                    

                                                                            Am I Good Enough to Go to Heaven?
     Do you ever find yourself saying, “Oh, the house isn’t that dirty.  It is good enough for now.” “I did my job well enough for today.  I am going home!”  “This homework assignment is good enough. I’m going to watch TV.”
     Doing something well enough for our standards may work in this life, but what about God’s standards? Are we good enough to pass His standards to qualify for heaven? 
     We may settle for good enough more than we like to admit; however, God doesn’t settle for anything but perfection. Jesus says, “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt. 5:48). 
     So are we good enough to go to heaven?
     I know what God sees when He looks into my heart, and I have to agree with His Word:  “Every inclination of [the] heart is evil from childhood” (Genesis 8:21).  Even if we try hard and work at being kind, good, and perfect we still fail.  “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). 
     So, now what will happen to us?  Is our hope to live forever in heaven with God ruined?
     Thanks to Jesus Christ our Savior the answer is, “No.”  Jesus was perfect for us. He died on the cross to suffer for our sins. God has declared us forgiven and innocent for Jesus’ sake. Because of what Jesus has done, every time that God looks at us he sees us “holy in his sight without blemish and free from accusation” (Colossians 1:22). 
     Through faith you receive “the gift of God [which] is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 3:23).  Let’s rejoice when we celebrate the history of God’s grace in the Lutheran Reformation. The Lord used Martin Luther and the Reformers of the 1500’s to bring His gospel truth back to light. Let’s rejoice to grow in faith as we hear God’s Word and receive the Lord’s Supper throughout our lives!
Daylight Savings Ends Saturday November 2nd. “Fall back” one hour that Saturday night.
Guest Preacher and Bible study leader – November 10. Pastor Jim Mattek of Christian Family Solutions, WELS counselling service will bring us a message from God’s Word and help us learn the spiritual services available through Christian Family Solutions.
Let’s Help St. Paul host the WELS-Canada Annual Meeting – November 12-13: We can billet delegates and prepare the Tuesday lunch. Please see the forms on the counter and place them in the tray on the entrance counter.
 
Bible Study
Sunday Bible Study -  Beginning Sunday, November 3rd we’ll start a study on “Christian Apologetics – Making the Case for Christianity and Answering the Doubter or Skeptic.” How often are you asked why you believe what you believe? How often are you made to feel foolish for believing the Bible’s account of Jesus and salvation? Join us for our study to grow in faith, to have answers for the doubts we all have, and to learn to answer those who haven’t yet learned the truth of Jesus and His Word.
Wednesday Bible Study meets 7:00 p.m. Nov. 6 & 20th for our topic, “Hard Sayings of Jesus.”
Women’s Bible study meets Fridays, Nov. 8 & 15, 9:30 a.m.
Ministry Meetings in November
Sunday School Staff: Sun., Nov.3 at noon.
Elders Monday, Nov. 18, 9:30 a.m.
Council Monday, November 18, 7:00 p.m.
Chili Potluck & Decorate the Church for Christmas Sun., Nov. 24th after Bible hour. Bring a chili or soup for lunch. We’ll have fun decorating the church afterwards.
 
Youth Christmas Service is Sunday, December 15, in our 9:30 a.m. worship and 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve.  Parents, the teachers will be sending home lessons & songs for the children to learn so they can have the joy and faith-building experience of learning and sharing the Christmas Gospel. Help them learn their parts. Rehearsal dates are Sun., Dec. 8 during Sunday school and Saturday, December 14, 10:00 a.m.
 
December Advent/Christmas Planning
Mid-week Advent Worship is Wednesdays, December 4, 11, & 18, 6:30 p.m. Join us to prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior in these beautiful meditative worship services.
Youth Christmas Service Sunday, December 15th and Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 4:00 p.m. Rehearsals are Dec.8th in Bible hour and Saturday, Dec. 14, 10:00 a.m.
Christmas Dinner - December 15th 11:00 a.m.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 7:00 p.m.
Christmas Day Festival Worship is Wednesday, December 25th – 11:00 a.m.
New Year’s Eve – Word & Prayer Service 7:00.