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Intentional Mentoring

What happens when a single drop hits a still body of water? Movement that spreads far beyond the reaches of the original drop of water to the very edges of the surface and the entire body of water is changed. On September 8 and 9 over fifty women from the Ottawa Valley WELS churches, Cross of Life in Mississauga, and the US gathered to learn how their lives as Christian women can have a ripple effect on others. Through workshops and Bible studies the women learned how to intentionally mentor, letting God use them to shape their character and transform the thinking of everyone with whom they come into contact. 



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A Special Education Sunday

This Education Sunday, St. Paul had the immense privilege of welcoming many new families originally immigrating from the South Sudan into the St. Paul family. This culminates a relationship that began last December when the Ottawa Nuer community first approached Pastor Goetzinger about hosting a Christmas service in the Nuer language. You can read more about that spectacular Christmas event at the WELS home missions blog:  https://wels.net/a-sudanese-christmas-in-ottawa/



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Sunday School Renovations Underway

Throughout the month of August, the St. Paul family has been planning for the biggest Sunday School classes we've had in years. This includes adding a second Kindergarten class. To prepare for our growing class sizes, we've been purchasing more tables and chairs, rearranging existing furniture, and giving the walls a new coat of paint. These past two weeks, volunteers have come together to brighten up the rooms with new, lively colours. In particular, Laith put in extra late-evening hours painting, Mainz and Dennis worked overtime ordering and assembling desks, and Marion watched our painters' kids! All to say thank you to our wonderful Sunday School teachers before the 2017 school year begins. Thanks everyone!



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2017 Book Sale for Missions a Great Success!

Running throughout the month of June, the LWMS-sponsored book sale was “the best one yet”. Shoppers were enthusiastic about the sheer number of books as well as the fantastic variety and selection. Buyers also took home a great selection of CDs, DVDs and even some vintage LPs to add to their collections. An awesome total of $982.35 was raised, including a $300 grant courtesy of Faith Life Financial. All proceeds will go to support projects at our 5 WELS Canada Mission Churches; Saviour of the Nations, Vancouver, B.C.; Hope, Markham, Ontario; Cross of Life, Mississauga, Ontario; Mighty Fortress, Red Deer, Alberta and St. John’s Wetaskiwin, Alberta.



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Congrats to our 2017 Youth Confirmands!

This June, St. Paul celebrates with their teen confirmands. After two years of taking classes, asking and wrestling with faith’s tough questions, and studying hard, St. Paul’s grade 8 confirmands are graduate-ready. “We've been tremendously blessed to have these wonderful individuals as our students these past two years. Each one has proven to be faithful, dedicated, and excited about their Saviour.  And we're so excited to see what God has in store for them as they continue to grow in his Word and their faith," says Pastor Thompson, one other their teachers.



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2017 Annual Crockpot Challenge Food Bank Drive

February 12, a snowstorm had started outside - but inside things were just warming up! The 2017 St. Paul’s Crockpot Challenge was underway!  Volunteer chefs arrived laden with crockpots, found their assigned spots and set up their sample stations.  An amazing variety of dishes arrived!



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