St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church and School

1530 South Main Street, Lake Mills, Wisconsin 53551

St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church Newsletter
1530 S. Main Street 
Lake Mills, Wisconsin 53551
Pastor Bruce A. McKenney   920-988-9500
Pastor James E. Rath  920-648-8033
Pastor Douglas C. Tomhave 920-723-9806
Principal Steven J. Gartner 920-397-8043
Church-648-2235; School–648-2918
Principal James Grasby LLHS 648-2321 


Focus on the Font

As Lutherans, we focus on a "means of grace" (the gospel in word and sacraments) ministry. Everything that we do spiritually begins and ends with God's good work through the gospel of Jesus Christ. God promises that "faith comes by hearing the message and the message is heard through word of Christ. (Rm 10:17). We simply focus on the gospel of Jesus Christ and then hold God to his promises.

As you may have noticed, the chancel has been moved around and will have some new appointments added to it. The goal is to visually and functionally highlight the means of grace. One thing that this new arrangement allows is a permanent place for the baptismal font. No longer will it be moved aside for other purposes, but be a constant reminder of the eternal promise that our God made to us with splash of water and his triune name.

He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.  Titus 3:5 (NIV84)

Although the font is mostly symbolic since it is not used every week, we are ever reminded of the status we have as children of God. We may not remember the day of our baptism, but the far more important truth is that God will never forget his promise to you on that day. Be reminded as you gaze from the pew or notice as the Lord's supper the symbol of God's promise to you in the baptismal font. "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit..." you now live and will die, but are guaranteed eternity. Stay focused on the font!

Serving You in Christ

Pastor Tomhave

St. Paul Church picnic will be Sunday, August 7th. This year will feature horse and carriage rides, DJ, games and cruise-in car show.  The picnic meal will be served around 11:30 a.m.  A Pig Roast, buns, barbeque sauce, beverages and tableware will be provided (with a freewill offering to help cover expenses). We will be following a western theme along with our VBS, so be creative as you bring side dishes. Families with last names beginning with A-L are asked to bring a side or salad to share.  Families with last names beginning with M-Z are asked to bring a dessert to share.  We are also asking for volunteers to help serve the meal.  Sign up in the church entry if you can help with that task.

The summer quarterly voters’ meeting will be held Sunday, August 21, following the late worship service (11:00 a.m.).  Come for an update on the work of our boards.

As students head off to college, please make sure to update the church office with your address.  We want to keep in touch by sending the monthly newsletter.  Forms are available in the lobby.

The services of August 20-22 will focus on Christian Education as we approach the start of a new school year and the blessed opportunities we have to share the message of Jesus with our children.

Congratulations to these couples who are celebrating special (multiples of five years) wedding anniversaries this month.  May the Lord’s blessings continue on you and all of our families!

Ben & Britani Zambo

August 11

5 years

Phil & Deanna Battist

August 17

20 years

Mike & Janice Kilian

August 23

40 years

Brian & Tammy Hafenstein

August 31

25 years

This month it is our privilege to introduce M/M Aaron Dobberstein & family and the Dustin Kilian family.  We welcome you to our family of faith!

AARON DOBBERSTEIN started life at Sheboygan and spent growing years at Lake Geneva (long term members of St. Paul might remember his mom, Carol Kuehl).  In his undergraduate years he met his wife AMANDA, who spent her growing years in Illinois, Wisconsin and Japan.  Amanda has a Master’s degree from Marquette University and is a speech pathologist for the Waterloo school district.  Aaron has a Master’s degree in school counseling from Concordia University and currently is a stay-at-home dad.  The family spent some years in Germany.  The children are ALLISON, who will be in grade 3 at St. Paul’s School; AVA, who will be in 4K and ADAM, who is 2½ years old.  The family enjoys traveling and outdoor activities.  Allison likes crafts and music, Ava is into animals and Adam likes sports.  Aaron’s hobby is reading.

 DUSTIN KILIAN is a native of Sun Prairie, the son of Mike and Janice, our members who have recently moved to rural Montello.  He has a degree from MATC in diesel and heavy equipment and works as a mechanic at Truck Country.  His wife is KELLY, who grew up in Stoughton and is a homemaker.  Their children are KARISSA, who is entering Lakeside Lutheran High School and BRANDON, who will be in 8th grade at St. Paul’s School.  Dustin enjoys hunting and fishing and the family is busy with sports events.

God’s goodness continues to surround each of us daily in his blessings.  Most of all we thank him for forgiveness and salvation in Jesus.  We express our gratitude in worship and service and in our offerings for his work.  Together with our fellow believers at St. Paul we have brought the amounts listed below in offerings for our general operating budget. (The June 28 figure includes electronic gifts for the month of June).  Average weekly needs during the new fiscal year that began July 1 are $ 23,110.

June 28                        $ 24,578
July 3                           $ 21,148
July 10                         $ 27,818
July 17                         $ 16,783
July 24                         $ 23,893

Also received during those weeks were gifts of $9,653 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings), $270 for the Improvement Fund, $872 for the Youth Rally and $60 for Vacation Bible School and $500 for Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service.

We acknowledge with gratitude several recent gifts for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings):

In memory of ELISABETH BAUER, $130
In memory of FRIEDA LUETZOW, $32
In memory of WILMA SCHMIDT, $500
In honor of the 50th wedding anniversary of BOB & MARIANNE HAFENSTEIN, $170

In memory of WILMA SCHMIDT, $240 for a presentation cross.

As members of the WELS we were encouraged to consider helping eliminate the synod’s indebtedness. That debt was causing $1.6 million a year debt payments to be sent to Wells Fargo bank, instead of ministry.

Several of our members challenged us with to match up to $20,000 towards this effort. The goal was exceeded and a total of $48,245 was shared by our generous members.  Praise the Lord, the WELS debt is now down to a few hundred thousand dollars. If the Spirit moves you, gifts are still being accepted.

Readers of Not Without My Daughter will recognize the author of a new book donated to the church library.  My Name is Mahtob was published in 2015 by Mahtob Mahmoody and chronicles the lives of her and her mother after being held in Iran by Mahtob's father for 18 months.  Mahtob and her mother risked their lives to return home to the US.  In case you did not know, after returning to the US, Mahtob attended a WELS school as well as Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw.  She speaks openly about the healing she received through God and his Word.  Come to the church library and check it out!

Here we go again: Seasons keep rolling on, and while it seems just a short time since spring came around, August will bring the seasonal changeover! Don’t miss great opportunities to shop, including the 50% all clothing sale from August 11—17, and then the biannual “Bag Sale” from August 18—20. Changeover occurs at 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 so that on Monday, August 22 we have a brand new sales floor of fall and winter items for our shoppers. Changeover is a great night to meet and greet other volunteers. Think about it!

Volunteer:  Have you thought about some joys of volunteering lately? When you volunteer, you “Build New Skills.” It’s never too late to learn new skills. You may find a new-found passion you never realized existed.  Learning new things will always give you confidence to challenges in other areas of your life as well. You “Meet New People.” Through volunteering you can meet an incredibly rich and diverse range of people from all backgrounds and walks of life. You never know whom you will meet, and what kind of impact this could have on your life. God works in mysterious ways and the often brings people into your life at different times for different reasons. You “Improve Your Health.” Scientists confirm there is healing power in helping others, such as a heightened sense of well-being, a decrease in insomnia, stronger immune system and speedier recovery from surgery. You “Develop a Strong Sense of Achievement.” There is a choice involved in volunteering, wherein you have make a decision to help Lakeside through working at Twice is Nice.  That is empowering and rewarding personally.


The next Red Cross Blood Drive is at the Lake Mills Municipal Building on Tuesday, August 2, 12 noon-5 p.m.