Category Archives: Thinking About Church Differently

My Pastor Report for the Annual Congregational Meeting 2/10/2019

Wow! 2018 marked some significant milestones and ministry in the life of St. Paul. BUILDING & MISSION We celebrated the completion of the whole building renovation (sans kitchen) on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Our Bishop, Jim Hazelwood of the New … Continue reading

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A Message for our Transgender friends (and everyone else too)

I remember the nasty comments of others when a family member changed her name. I remember the first adult friend I had known for years who told me they were transgender and were not sure how others “from the old … Continue reading

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“Why church? framing and clarifying questions” (A Church You’ve Been Longing for: “Asks Better Questions Than Has Answers) Mark 8:27-38

9/16/2018 Sermon on Mark 8:27-38 “Why Church? Framing and Clarifying Questions” A Church You’ve Been Longing for: Asks Better Questions Than Has Answers St. Paul Lutheran Church Old Saybrook, CT Pastor Geoff Sinibaldo Reach the Beach Ragnar Camp Calumet

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Sunday is Coming! “Go, Return, Re-Group, and Keep on Serving” Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

“The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all they had done and taught.” (Mark 6:30) The summer is mission trip season for many congregations. I love mission/service trips because not only do they help meet the real needs of … Continue reading

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“Come & Die: John the Baptist, Dietrich Bonhoeffer & You” a sermon on Mark 6:14-29

7/15/2018 Sermon on Mark 6:14-29 “Come & Die: John the Baptist, Dietrich Bonhoeffer & You” St. Paul Lutheran Church Old Saybrook, CT

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This Changes Everything! Our group in Houston for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering

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Sunday is coming! “Going and Staying-Put” Mark 6:1-13

“And (Jesus) could do no deeds of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.” (Mark 6:5-6a) It might sound counter-intuitive, but I find that … Continue reading

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