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 648-8033
Principal Steven J. Gartner 479-200-6626
Principal James Grasby LLHS 648-2321
Dear Fellow Believers,
As I write this lead article I am attending the WELS National Worship Conference at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI with over 1,000 fellow believers throughout the United States. That this event is inspirational, instructional, and informative would be an understatement. I wish that more of St. Paul's members could be here and experience such an event.
But as I write this article, I am thinking of something else that might not sound so "inspirational and uplifting." I know that it is only July, but with this August newsletter we have to start thinking about the end of summer (who wants the warmer temperatures to leave and the vacations to end) and all the exciting things that come for us with the arrival of August. Just think of all the exciting things coming this month. There is the church picnic/summer potluck. There is Vacation Bible School for which we are planning and hoping to exceed last summer's attendance of over 130. There is school registration and the start of another school year, the 10th in our "new"/current facilities. Plans are being made for the fall Bible classes and worship schedules. We will even be glad as we think of people returning from vacations and to their regular worship attendance habits. In other words, the work and fellowship we enjoy at St. Paul simply "heat" up as we think about the end of summer.
As we think about all these things and the current blessings we share at St. Paul of which our fellow member Scott Filter reminded us in the July 2020 Vision presentation, I can't help thinking of joining the psalmist in saying, "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; and his mercy endures forever."
Yes, the Lord has been good to us at St. Paul and we can trust that the blessings of his mercy will be there for us again in August because his mercy endures forever.
Serving You in Christ,
Pastor Bruce McKenney
As our previous pastor call was declined, the voters reconvened on July 20 and issued a call to Rev. Bart Brauer from Spirit of Life Lutheran Church in Byron Center, Michigan, where he has served since 2001. He also serves on the Michigan District Commission on Evangelism. Pastor Brauer and his wife Erica (nee Thiesfeldt) have five children, ages 3-12. Please keep the family in your prayers.
CHURCH PICNIC – CAR SHOW
St. Paul church picnic will be held on Sunday, August 3. All services will be held indoors, but you may dress casually for the 10 a.m. service since the picnic events will follow the service. For the potluck meal, meat, buns, beverages and tableware will be provided. (A freewill offering will be received to help cover expenses.) Those whose last names begin with A-K are asked to bring desserts; those from L-Z are asked to bring salads. We will aim to begin serving at 11:30 a.m.
At 12:30 p.m., cars will begin arriving for the “Cruise-in Car Show”, which will continue through the afternoon until 4 p.m. A variety of makes and models of cars and trucks are expected.
QUARTERLY VOTERS’ MEETING
The summer quarterly voters’ meeting will be held on Sunday, August 24 at 11 a.m. (following the late worship service). The meeting will receive the financial report for the recent fiscal year and review the ongoing work of our various boards.
Our congregation conducts a mentor program for our young people, starting in eighth grade as they prepare for confirmation, with continuing contacts throughout their school years. The program operates under the guidance of the Elders Board. We welcome involvement by more of our adult members—individual men and women or couples. Anyone interested in serving as a mentor or in receiving more information is asked to contact one of the pastors. We will be matching mentors and eighth graders as the new school year begins.
Before long, college students will be heading back to campus. Returning students are asked to update the church office with your school address. You may call the church office with the information or fill out a form available in the lobby. (This year’s high school graduates already received a special mailing.) We want to keep in touch by sending the newsletter. The synod also offers materials for college students. God bless your school year!
HANDBELL RINGERS NEEDED
♪ Can you count to 4?
♪ Can you keep a steady beat?
♪ Are you available for Tuesday evening practices?
If you answered yes to these questions, you are ready to be a St. Paul Handbell ringer. We are in need of 5 ringers. You don’t need to have experience or be able to read music. If you are interested, please speak with Mrs. McKenney (920-988-0177; email@example.com)
Registration at Lakeside Lutheran High School for 2014-2015 is on Wednesday, August 6 (5-8 p.m.) and Monday, August 11 (5-8:30 p.m.) If you are unable to attend either registration session, call the school office (920-648-2321) to arrange a daytime appointment before school starts. Freshmen Orientation is Monday, August 18. The first day for all students is Tuesday, August 19. The Opening Service for the school year is August 19 at 10:15 a.m.
Congratulations to the following couples who are celebrating special wedding anniversaries (multiples of five years) in August. May the Lord’s blessings continue with you and with all our families!
Grant & Marlene Gentz
Travis & Dayna Loften
Andrew & Sandra Brocker
John & Patsy Ludeman
Kyle & Jennifer Hans
James & Laurie Jarnigo
WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS!
It is our privilege to introduce Elizabeth Mews and family and Jacob Zimmerman. Welcome to St. Paul!
ELIZABETH MEWS grew up in Glendale and Jackson and has recently moved from Waukesha to Johnson Creek. She has an associate’s degree in programming through Waukesha County Technical College and works as a technician in client services for Fiserv. Her husband is Jonathan. They have three sons: DAVID, who will be in first grade, and AIDEN, entering 4K, both at St. Paul’s School, and COLE, age 1½. Elizabeth enjoys video games and taking the kids to parks.
JACOB ZIMMERMAN is a Lake Mills native who was received by adult confirmation this spring. He graduated from Lake Mills High School this year and will be attending MATC-Madison to study criminal justice. He works at Sherwin-Williams in Madison. Jake enjoys hunting, fishing and collecting antique tractors. He is engaged to Sharilyn Hodel.
WITH THE LORD
The Lord summoned from this life the soul of GEORGE PRANKE on June 26 at the age of 85. His funeral was July 1. May God’s comforting Word sustain his family.
JOIN THE LIBRARY SEARCH
The Church Library is taking inventory and we need your help! Over the past few years, we've "lost" about 75 books. The list of missing books is inserted with this newsletter. Please let us know if you know of their whereabouts. We are not looking to replace the books at this time, just locate them. Any books not located by the end of August will be deleted from our system.
As the work of the Lord continues throughout the year, so do his blessings, God’s people regularly respond with grateful gifts in support of that work. In this new fiscal year the average weekly amount needed to meet our regular budget is $19,760. Amounts brought in recent weeks for the operating budget are listed below.
June 29 $ 16,961
July 7 $ 13,209
July 14 $ 14,405
July 21 $ 15,033
In addition to those regular offerings there were gifts of $8,243 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings), $404 for the Improvement Fund, $9,095 for the deficit, $693 for the Lakeside mortgage and $130 for Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service.
We acknowledge with gratitude these memorial gifts received recently for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings):
In memory of JERALD INGERSOLL (uncle of Bonnie Pufahl), $25
In memory of BETTY PRANKE, $85
For the deficit: $60 in memory of GEORGE PRANKE.
St. Paul English as Second Language (ELS) program has need of the old green Primary BIBLE HISTORY books. Still have one? Willing to donate it? Please leave at the office. We thank you for your help!
INVITATION FROM THE ROC
Come and support the Watertown Recreation & Outreach Center (THE ROC) For Youth by stopping for lunch (brats, special Packer Brat, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, sauerkraut, chips, soda or water) at Glenn’s Market Brat Stand (722 W. Main St.) Friday, August 1st, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The ROC Staff, friends and youth will be cooking and serving. See you for lunch. Anyone who would like to help cook or serve is asked to call Pastor Mueller at 920-206-9581. Thank you.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT WLC
Wisconsin Lutheran College has posted three job openings. Two are in the office of Admissions: Application and Event Coordinator and Visit Coordinator. The other is Office Coordinator for the School of Teacher Education. Additional information is posted on the church bulletin board.
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at Lake Mills Municipal Building on Friday, August 1, 12 noon to 5 p.m.
TAKING GOD AT HIS WORD
In this month’s newsletter and subsequent issues, the Stewardship Board wanted to share excerpts of a paper they are studying. It was written by Professor Emeritus John Jeske. Its purpose is to remind God’s people that Christian stewardship is all about taking God at his Word. We hope you enjoy the 25th installment.
Sin Will Not Rule
You and I are not doomed to live lives characterized by materialism, faulty goals, worry, survival tactics, and the selfishness so typical of the world we live in. Jesus has assured us that his gospel will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations (Mt 24:14) through the sanctified cooperation of human men, women, and children. The powerful Spirit of God can empower us to live lives to God’s glory. As we return from the Communion table we can resist the daily nudging of materialism which threatens to choke our faith and to clog up the channels of our life and stifle the good purpose God had in mind when he called us as Christians. “Sin will not be your master,” Paul assured the New Man of the Christians at Rome (6:14). St. Augustine comments: “Note Paul’s words. He does not say there will be no sin, but that sin will not rule.” We don’t always experience this, that we’re free from the domination of sin (Cl 3:1-4). But Christian stewardship calls God’s people to believe God’s word of promise. It’s important that we believe what God’s Word tells us about being freed from the power of sin and selfishness. It’s this that gives a note of optimism to our sanctification preaching. Thus Dr. Walther: “Der Christ ist ein Optimist.”
God has not called us to live self-centered, shriveled-up lives. “I” and “me” and “my” and “mine” are not the most important words in a Christian’s vocabulary. God has called us to demonstrate each day of our lives, with each paycheck of our lives, that our goal in life is to glorify God and to serve our fellowmen.
“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love” (Ga 5:13,14).
To equip us for that, the Savior gives us his promises. You see, we walk by faith, not by sight. God promises us that in Christ he will make it possible for us to be what he called us to be. His apostle reminds us, “God loves a cheerful giver.” And to equip you to be that very thing, listen to his promise: “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (2 Co 9:11).
When you place your offering in your envelope, remember to take God at his word!
With the celebration of Pentecost Sunday, which was on June 8th, the Festival half of the church year came to a close and we began what is called the “non festival half of the church year.” The Festival half of the church year focuses on the person and work of Christ Jesus. The non-festival half of the church year, which is called the season of Pentecost, focuses on the life of the Christian as guided and empowered by the Word of God. In the assigned readings this summer, we will have opportunity to learn again about the characteristics of the Holy Ministry, the Christian, the Church, our God, and the Christian life. Take a look at the spiritual feast that awaits us this summer:
June 8, Pentecost 1
The Holy Ministry proclaims the Triune God
June 15, Pentecost 2
The Holy Ministry stands on the rock-solid truth of God’s Word
June 22, Pentecost 3
(A special service led by Pastor Charles Bonow)
June 29, Pentecost 4
The Holy Ministry is given by God out of compassion for his people
July 6, Pentecost 5
The Holy Ministry preaches Christ in spite of persecution
July 13, Pentecost 6
The Christian loves God above all things
July 20, Pentecost 7
The Christian fines rest in Jesus
July 27, Pentecost 8
The Christian is planted by the Word and produces fruit
August 3, Pentecost 9
The Christian lives as wheat among weeds
August 10, Pentecost 10
The Christian seeks spiritual wealth
August 17, Pentecost 11
The Christian trusts God to provide
August 24, Pentecost 12
The Christian answers doubt with faith
August 31, Pentecost 13
The Church is meant for all people