Our Annual Picture Perfect Dinner and Auction will be held on May 6, 2017 in the Seattle Lutheran Gymnasium at 6pm. Tickets can be purchased online or from Colleen Crandell. Prices are $15 per person, $25 per couple or purchase a table of 6 for $65. The night will include dinner, silent auction and entertainment.
Annual Yard Sale
Each year we host a yard sale filling our church property with TREASURES! This is a fun event for the community. In addition to raising funds, this a time where we can reach out to our community and make connections with our neighbors, many of whom do not have a church to call home. Yard sale June 30, 2017 9am to 6pm and July 1, 2017 9am to 4pm
Every year we are dedicating our mission trip to Tina Sybouts. Tina was a long time member of St.Paul’s of Shorewood and mother to our mission coordinator, Colleen Crandell. Tina was devoted to following the Lord and spread his word to all she met. Her home was always open to visitors and she loved unabashedly. While she was never able to go to Mexico, she was passionate about praying that people of Mexico would know and experience the love of Christ through us. She joyously accepted her calling to assist in her community and did so in any way she could. Tina was an example of a servant heart, and was always willing to lend a hand. Tina was a wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend but above all she is a child of God. Although she is deeply missed we rejoice in knowing that she is singing with the angels and worshiping our Lord in heaven. We will take with us to Mexico her memory, her words of wisdom, and her love for serving God and his people.
When I arrived in Mexico, I was taken aback by the poverty, and conditions of living there. The people seemed happy though. It made me look at what I had and to be grateful for it, and to never take it for granted. I was truly blessed by this trip. Looking forward to going and being blessed again.
In the summer of the year of 2012 God called me to serve in Mexico.
During the summer between my junior and senior year of high school I ventured off into the unknown, God had called me do something new in s foreign country. I was seventeen years old and had never been out of the country in my life and the first place I would take my new passport was to the unsafe streets of Tijuana Mexico. The first things that came to mind when I thought of Tijuana were drugs, kidnappings, and corrupt police. However I had something much different in store for me.
In the beginning of August I left my hometown of Seattle Washington for a week long trip to serve the people of Tijuana by building houses and leading the community in a Vacation Bible School Program. Upon arrival I was bewildered by my new environment, for the first time in my life I was a foreigner, the minority. The amount of poverty I saw was shocking. Soon the motivation for our mission became obvious. Over the next few days we proceeded to build a “house” for a family of three, a single mother and her two teenage children. What we built was the equivalent of a small shed someone would have in his or her back yard. It was a 10×10 house with 1 window and 1 door; there wasn’t even any insulation. As I racked my brain over how this small house was going to help anyone I saw the family break down into tears over their new home. It was in this moment that I realized how much I had taken for granted in my life. What we had just built was not a house, but a home; a place where this family could be safe and build new memories. This “shed” that I had scoffed at became someone’s life. In this moment God showed me what true happiness was, and how we find it. Happiness doesn’t come from new clothes, a big house, or money but it comes from health, family, and faith. This trip changed my faith and outlook on life. From then on I recognized my call to be a servant of God in all aspects of my life.
John 12:26 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
The first time I went on the St. Paul’s Mexico Mission trip I went to complete a high school community service requirement, but more than that motivated me. I had just begun studying the word and felt a calling from the Lord to serve and make him known to others. I was especially inspired by Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and know, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” I hoped that the Lord would use me to share his love and word so that it could inspire those that I met, like it inspired me. However in Mexico, the Lord was working more than I could’ve imagined, yes he used me, but he also used the people I met in Mexico to nurture and grow my faith. Tijuana, Mexico was my first experience with true poverty; the houses, buildings, and roads were falling apart, but the people weren’t. Their spirit and faith was strong, and their love of the Lord was amazing. The friends I made in Tijuana changed my faith and my life. The joy of the Lord fills them and anyone can see that from the moment they meet them. Even in a poor community that lacks nearly all the amenities and conveniences that we take for granted here, they are thankful. They praise and worship God for all that they have and share love with others. They appreciate the gifts of friendship and fellowship and put value in people and relationships, rather than worldly things and money. At the end of the week when we had completed our mission and finished two houses, their gratitude overwhelmed me. The Lord was speaking to me louder and clearer than ever before. I left Mexico a changed person hoping that every day I could become more like my new friends. I look forward to the opportunity every year to return to Mexico to grow more in my faith and experience the people and places that continue to change my life.