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Togetherness is one of the deep joys of a life of faith. St. Paul people gather in groups, large and small, to share in each other’s lives. Below is a sampling of groups who welcome all with open arms.

Women of the ELCA

Women of the ELCA is a community of women who gather in thousands of Lutheran congregations. Together, women grow in faith and live that faith through ministry and action. Here at St. Paul, women of all ages gather each month for friendship, support for your faith journey, Bible study, and service.

Contact: Janice Melvin

Second Saturday Men

Men of the congregation gather for service, fellowship, and discussion, second Saturday morning of each month. The idea is to strengthen guys in Christian faith, relationships, and service.

Contact: Todd Byerly


2136 is a ministry for adults in their 20s and 30s to be social, to study, and to serve. Gather and learn with other young adults twice a month. The group meets for Bible study, social and service events. To stay up to date on 2136 happenings, check out the 2136 Facebook Page.

Contact: Pastor Hayden Kvamme

Prime Time 50+

This group brings together fun-loving folks who are age 50 and older. Sample such monthly gatherings as a hayride, local theater, progressive dinner, or a river excursion.

Contact: Eldon & Ronda Bird


This devoted group of caring quilters, beginners and experts alike, gather monthly to sew, tie, cut, and piece together beautiful works of art that are donated to those in need.

Contact: Karin Hanson


Get out your needles and knit for others. No experience needed, come and learn! The KnitWits meet the third Thursday of the month at 5 p.m.

Contact: Belinda Holbrook

Congregational gatherings

Faith and spirit add up to joy throughout the year at St. Paul. Take a gathering of St. Paul people and you’ve got a setting for belonging and rejoicing.

Golden Agers Worship and Luncheon: Senior adults, age 75 and above, renew friendships at this delight-filled event each October.

All St. Paul Reads is an annual event in reading and community sponsored by the Book Corner in January. A great read, a room full of book-lovers, and an array of hearty soups create a warm evening.

Mayfest is the annual outdoor celebration. We close off a portion of Lombard Street and spill into Vander Veer Park. A grill wagon turns out hundreds of sandwiches for the biggest potluck in town. A live band tunes up. There’s all sorts of fun for all ages.

Togetherness: Pastor Sara Olson-Smith

Malachi 3:1-4

The Coming Messenger 3 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; 3 he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness.[a] 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

Hebrews 2:14-18

14 Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. 16 For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters[a] in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

Luke 2:22-40

Jesus Is Presented in the Temple 22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), 24 and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon;[a] this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.[b] 27 Guided by the Spirit, Simeon[c] came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28 Simeon[d] took him in his arms and praised God, saying, 29 “Master, now you are dismissing your servant[e] in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” 33 And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon[f] blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35 so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.” 36 There was also a prophet, Anna[g] the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child[h] to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. The Return to Nazareth 39 When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.