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 


We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers.  We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3).

Dear Friends at St. Paul,

Paul’s words quoted above express our feelings as well.  God’s love for you in Jesus has moved many of you to serve your Savior through our congregation’s activities, and we are grateful.  Recent events of the summer have reminded us.  The many volunteers who worked to make our Vacation Bible School a success, the labors that went into the church picnic and car show, the preparations for the new school year and all the people who will be helping during the school year are amazing.  Those actions are fruits of faith:  deeds prompted by the love of Jesus and desire to spread his Word.  St. Paul congregation would not be able to function without this active involvement of our members.

Other works of service are ongoing:  boards and committees, organizations and musicians are a few examples.  These tasks sometimes call for the endurance that Paul mentioned; Coming week after week for rehearsals or month after month for meetings calls for special dedication.  Those deeply involved in the work may need an extra degree of patience as they seek to bring everyone else up to speed.  Again the love of Jesus and his promise of heaven provide the qualities needed.

None of these individuals are looking for personal gain and many may shy from recognition.  Their service stems from concern for souls and a desire to honor the Savior’s name.  All are truly appreciated and we thank you.  May God continue to bless us all as we work together in his kingdom!

In our Savior’s name,

Pastor James Rath

September not only brings a return to school for students but it also marks the gearing up of many church activities that recessed over the summer.  The results of planning during those weeks off show in new Bible class topics, plus a full schedule of catechism classes and meetings.  The Strategic Planning process will move forward this fall.  Lord, fill us all with energy and zeal for your work!

Voters of St. Paul met on August 21 for the summer quarterly meeting.  The meeting noted activities and blessings of the past quarter as well as plans looking ahead.  Vacation Bible School served over 150 children and involved about 80 teachers and helpers.  St. Paul’s School anticipates 162 students in K-8 in the new school year plus nearly 50 in the early childhood programs.  Over the summer there has been work on installation of a new security system, various repairs, purchase of a new color copier and revision of the chancel area.

Todd Gade has asked to be replaced as treasurer; he was thanked for his years of dedicated service in that office and on the Finance Board.  In addition to that position to be filled, vacancies were noted on both the Property and Outreach boards.  There is also need for work with English as a Second Language and for a neighborhood canvass.

The meeting approved release of $4000 from the Directed School Memorials to cover moving expenses of our new teachers (not supplied through the special offering envelope).

Starting Sunday, September 11th, a new Bible study will be offered between services entitled "The Lies We Believe". Join us for a five week study dealing with the lies that impact our lives, identities and our behavior. This study will have an impact on your identity and values as we weed through big lies with the truth of God's Word. The book is made available for you on the table by the church library. It is not necessary for the study, but is a great way to deepen your understanding of the topic. See you at 9:15 AM on Sunday!!

Sunday School and Youth Bible study will begin the same Sunday. Children ages PreK - 6th grade will gather in the sanctuary by 9:15 and moved to the gym or library. The youth class will gather in the 8th grade class room at the same time.

Bible Information Class continues each Sunday in the conference room at 9:15 AM. This is a great way to review doctrines or a great place to bring a friend who is interested in learning about God's Word.

Let's make every Sunday a two hour experience together in God's Word!

The September meeting of St. Paul Mission Society will be held on Monday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m..  We invite ladies of the congregation to join us as we start our new year.  We meet the first Monday of each month (except for holidays), September through June.  After snacks and fellowship the program begins at 7:30 followed by a short business meeting.  The program in September will be a presentation by Lakeside's band director Glen Pufahl on the summer band trip to Calgary, Canada.

Interest has been expressed in a group outing to Racine, where a man by the name of Fred Hermes has a ”Basement Bijou”.  He obtained a 5-manual pipe organ from a theater in Detroit, Michigan, and installed it in his home.  He offers a limited number of 90 minute concerts of show tunes, hymns and classical pieces, along with commentary.  Cost of the concert is $20.  If there is sufficient interest we can add our group to a performance set for 2 p.m. on Friday, September 23.  We would need to leave church by 12 noon in order to arrive and be settled.  A sign up list is available at church.  We need commitments by September 13.  The home is not handicapped-accessible.  The group can decide about stopping for a treat afterwards. 

Mr. Hermes has a Lake Mills connection, as his wife grew up here.  He is now 90 years old and may not be performing much longer.

We join the following couples in thanking God for blessings received as they celebrate special (multiples of 5 years) wedding anniversaries this month.  May he continue to bless them and all of our families.

Brandon & Jennifer Krauklis

September 15

15 years

Justin & Kimberly Grant

September 16

10 years

James & Gretchen Simon

September 16

5 years

Eric & Kaley Fuchs

September 17

5 years

Greg & Lynne Haasch

September 18

40 years

Rich & Judy Graumann

September 19

35 years

Merrill & Ruth Kuhl

September 21

70 years

Jeff & Christine Ryan

September 21

25 years

Lonnie & Jane Meyers

September 26

35 years

It is our privilege this month to introduce M/M Jake Bowling & family, M/M Erik Miller & family, M/M Glen Proeber & family, Lisa Radue and M/M Jason Schmidt.

JAKE BOWLING is a Watertown native.  He operates Bowling Pump and Well.  KATIE grew up at St. Paul (last name Raasch).  She graduated from UW-Parkside with a degree in business administration and employs those talents as purchasing analyst for Bryant Products of Ixonia.  Their son JACE has started kindergarten at St. Paul’s School and GRADY is 16 months old.  Their daughter JOEY is deceased.  Favorites for the family include volleyball, hunting, camping and other outdoor activities.

ERIK MILLER grew up in northern New York.  He has degrees in computer network systems and information security from the ITT Technology Institute.  When he came to Green Bay he met and married TRISHA (Medenwaldt), who grew up here.  She received a degree in business management and a minor in accounting from UW-Green Bay and later an MBA in finance from Lakeland College.  She works as the financial controller for Servall in Ixonia and Erik works as systems administrator for Cardiac Science in Deerfield.  They have a son JACKSON, who is 22 months old.  Erik likes computer work and grilling and smoking meats.  Trisha enjoys cooking, volleyball, jet skiing and family activities.

GLEN PROEBER started life in Milwaukee.  He studied fire technology at MATC and was a professional fireman, also worked at Patrick Cudahy and in a painters’ union but has now retired.  WENDY grew up in Franklin.  She had been a flight attendant for Midwest Express but is now a homemaker.  Their daughter RACHEL is in 4th grade at St. Paul’s School.  Glen is into jogging, weightlifting and other sports.  Now that they have moved near Rock Lake, he looks forward to fishing.  Wendy likes sewing and reading.

LISA RADUE is our new second grade teacher.  She is a native of Howards Grove.  Since graduating from Dr. Martin Luther College, she has taught in WELS schools in Nicollet, Minnesota; San Jose, California and rural Manitowoc, Wisconsin.  Lisa enjoys piano, musicals and her dog.

JASON SCHMIDT spent his growing years in Madison and Lake Mills.  He has a degree from UW-Madison in medical microbiology and immunology.  He works for Forward Management as construction manager.  PAMELA hails from St. Charles, Illinois.  She earned a degree in business from Edgewood College and works as purchasing assistant at Crescent Electric.  Jason and Pamela like to spend time on the water and biking.  They are building a house in Lake Mills.

JEAN RAASCH departed this life on August 13 at the age of 93.  Her funeral was August 17.  May God fill her family with comfort and peace through his Word.

The Lord continues to shower us with his blessings daily, both physically and spiritually.  We express our thanks in worship and service and also through our gifts for his work.  In recent weeks we have received the amounts listed below for our general operating budget.  Average weekly needs are $23,110.  The figures for July 31 include the electronic gifts for the month of July.

July 31             $ 23,721
August 7          $ 18,769
August 14        $ 18,399
August 21        $ 17,457
August 28        $ 18,889

In addition to the above amounts there were gifts of $726 for the Improvement Fund, $12,737 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings), $925 for Tuition Assistance, $417 for the church picnic, $70 for Vacation Bible School, $500 for the paschal candle and $80 for Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service.

We acknowledge with gratitude these recent special gifts and memorials:

In memory of KADY LEE (granddaughter of Bob & Marianne Hafenstein), $420 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings) and $10 for the Improvement Fund.

In memory of WILMA SCHMIDT, $15 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings).

In honor of the 45th wedding anniversary of BRUCE & SHELBY HAHN, $450 for the paschal candle and processional cross.

The Blood Center of Wisconsin will hold a blood drive at St. Paul on Monday, September 26, 2:30-6:30 p.m.  The drive will be in the school library.

There will not be a flu shot clinic this fall at St. Paul.  The group that previously offered the clinic has discontinued because the shots are so readily available at drug stores.

Tuition for a Lakeside Lutheran federation student runs about half of what it costs to educate that student at LLHS. Who fills the gap? Federated congregations are crucial partners, but this is also where the Twice Is Nice Resale Store (TiN) steps up for our students. Twice is Nice supports Lakeside by gifting the school much of its profits. In less than 8 months of 2016, this has amounted to over $170,000! What’s more, TiN gives periodically for non-budgeted requests made by faculty and staff, over and above its operating donations. “Wish list” items granted in 2016 include an altar for chapel in the gym, 5 faculty computers, additional access points for our wireless infrastructure, video card for livestreaming, chapel mics/mixer, D-A converter for in-school broadcasting, T-shirts, 2 computer monitors, indoor floor boundary markers, an external hard drive and foldable indoor goals/nets. Wow!

Volunteer: Stephanie Bartels from St. Paul is one of the new volunteers.  We are eager to host you in a “no-pressure” visit to explore the store, meet some volunteers and learn about opportunities for you to have fun and feel productive making a vital difference for Lakeside Lutheran. Come with a friend! Call 920-674-6868; ask for a manager.

Shop: September brings all things fall and winter, since our season changeover happened late last month. We’re easy-to-find and open Mondays--Saturdays from 9-5 PM: just a minute east on the Hwy 18 exit off the 26 bypass at 907 W. Racine St., next to the Jefferson Piggly Wiggly.

Donate: Another reminder that we appreciate your “saleable” donations (i.e., clean and in good working order).  We accept items in the back of the building from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. any day we’re open. The only items we cannot accept are console pianos/stereos/sewing machines, mattresses/box springs, large CRT TVs, organs and paint. A big thank you goes out to the Watertown ROC for Youth who forwarded us great leftovers from their Watertown rummage sale again this summer.

The local chapter of the OWLS begins its new 2016-2017 season with a gathering at Bethany Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson on Tuesday, September 20 at 1:30 p.m. Guest speaker, Rev. Dustin Yahnke, will present "My Puppet Ministry."  Refreshments follow. Copies of our OWLS new program schedule for 2016-2017 will be available. The Organization of WELS Lutheran Seniors (OWLS) provides meaningful activity for those who are retired and/or 50 years old. Enjoy spiritual growth and the fellowship of neighboring WELS and ELS members. Come and get a tour of Bethany, our second church at Fort, started in 1943, now led by Pastors Steinbrenner and DeNoyer, with over a thousand members, located at 404 Roosevelt Street on the west side of the city. OWLS members are asked to bring a friend. Everyone is welcome.

 Dear Members of St. Paul,

My heart is overflowing with thankfulness for the warm welcome you have given me.  Thank you for the well-wishes, pantry shower gifts, and most importantly your prayers. I am excited to begin my service here and look forward to all of the blessings the Lord has in store for the ministry we share at St. Paul.  Thank you again for all of your thoughtfulness.

In Christ’s love,

Miss Lisa Radue