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 


There was war in heaven.  Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels fought back (Revelation 12:7).

Dear Friends in our Savior,

In our devotion calendars you occasionally see a day identified as a minor festival.  In September you will note “St. Michael and All Angels” on the 29th.  While we rarely take notice of these events, you will find many listed on pages 159-160 of Christian Worship.  Our opening devotions for the next several months will relate to some of them.

The above verse from the book of Revelation brings mention of Michael.  A battle takes place in heaven, literally, in the heavens or the sky.  While our thoughts may tend first toward Satan’s rebellion against God early in creation’s history, the song of praise for his defeat indicates a later time is involved.  The name Michael means “Who is like God?” and he is mentioned also in Daniel 12:1 and Jude 9.  He is an archangel or ruling angel.  Some Bible students see him as Jesus himself, but that is not necessarily the case.  What is important is the victory.  It is definitely won over the devil and his demon forces and is connected with Christ’s victory over Satan on the cross.  He lost his power to accuse us with that event.  (The name Satan means “accuser”.)  Believers overcome him “by the word of their testimony” (v11).  Although Satan’s efforts are not ended, the defeat is sure.  We win through Jesus.  In a sense the battle is repeated every time a sinner is won for Christ, bringing rejoicing among the angels of heaven.

Isn’t there a message of comfort in these facts?  We have the forces of heaven working for us and winning the victory.  We do not have to face the devil alone, nor could we hope to prevail on our own.   But we are not alone.  With Michael and his forces fighting for us, we will overcome and win.  Tradition names Michael as the patron and protector of the Church, especially as the protector of Christians in the hour of death.  Isn’t that when Satan throws all his weapons at us, in a final attempt to snatch us from the Lord?  Be thankful that God’s superior forces are battling for you and winning.  Be armed with the testimony of his Word and look forward to eternal enjoyment of the victory in heaven.  If our eternal future is secure, doesn’t that also encourage us in every challenge we face in this life?  God will not forsake us but will see us through.   Live with confidence each day.

Rejoicing with you in the Lord,

Pastor James Rath

The voters met on August 23 for the summer quarterly meeting.  Jeff Ryan was elected as School Board chairman to complete the term of Jeremy Ferch, who resigned because of work duties.  In light of recent developments in our nation, a marriage policy was adopted to affirm our practice will continue to follow God’s Word.  That policy is printed in full in this newsletter.  The part-time call of Lois McKenney as worship coordinator was made permanent as a quarter time position under supervision of the Worship Board.

Vacation Bible School served 120 children with the message of God’s Word, assisted by fifty helpers.  Opening enrollment at St. Paul’s School is expected to be 169 in grades K-8.  This number includes seven new families.  Work on the accreditation process will resume this year, with many volunteers needed.  Sunday School and Bible Classes resume September 13.  The Outreach Board seeks workers at our booth at the Fall Festival on October 4.  A study of printing needs in underway by the Technology Board.  The Stewardship Board reminds our members to return their time and talent surveys.  The financial report noted offerings exceeded the budget for the past fiscal year, which enabled us to meet our commitments.  We praise God for all his blessings upon our congregation as we work together in his service.

Doctrine and Policy Regarding Marriage
St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church

The Bible teaches that marriage was established and given by God at the time of creation. As he designed and instituted it, marriage is the life-long union of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6). It is a relationship that is to be honored and kept pure (Hebrews13:4; Ephesians 5:22‐33). As a man and woman promise life-long faithfulness to each other as husband and wife, God himself joins them as one. Marriage is not simply a contract between two consenting individuals, nor is it merely a creation of human society, culture, or tradition. God himself instituted marriage at the time of creation, and God himself joins a man and woman in marriage today.

The biblical teaching on marriage emphasizes the blessings God intends to convey to those joined together in the marital relationship. Through marriage God provides partners well suited and complementary to one another.  In marriage, God provides a partner who will provide encouragement and support. Marriage is also to be the God‐ordained means to procreate and to establish a stable environment in which children can be nurtured both physically and spiritually.  Marriage is the one context God intended for the use of the blessing of sexual intimacy, where the sexual union of one man and woman is an expression of love and oneness rather than a sinful satisfaction of lust. Finally, since we live in a fallen world, in marriage God provides a restraint for selfishness and sin as each partner strives to live the pure life that God intends for his people (1 Thessalonians 4:3‐8).

This is the Bible’s teaching about the origin, definition, and nature of marriage. For that reason it is also the doctrine of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.  Every congregation and called worker accepts the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the written Word of God and the only rule and norm of faith and practice.

That marriage is the God-ordained union of one man and one woman is the clear teaching of the Bible, and therefore is the teaching and confession of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

The policy and practice of St Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member congregation of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, is consistent with the synod’s beliefs and teachings regarding marriage. We believe that marriage is the sacred, life‐long union between one man and one woman. Therefore, our pastors will not officiate in any marriage ceremony or celebration and our church sanctuary and property may not be used for any activities related to a marriage ceremony or celebration that is inconsistent with these beliefs.

On Sunday, September 13 we return to our fall worship schedule.  The late service moves back to 10:30 a.m.  All other services of the weekend remain the same:  8:00 a.m. on Sundays; 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Mondays.


On Sunday, September 13th, we kick off our Fall Bible Study opportunities for all ages at 9:15 AM.
Sunday School: "Children of the Bible"
Teens: Timely Topics - a video based study
Adults: A choice of "Marriage and Family" or a "Bible Information Class" for a great review of Christian Doctrine.

Women's Bible Study - Tuesdays, 8 AM in the School Library - "Prepared to Answer..."

Wednesday Breakfast Bible Study: 6:30 AM - Church conference room -  Come for an amazing breakfast and a sneak peak at the lessons and sermon for the upcoming Sunday.

Wednesdays - 9 AM and 7 PM - A 10 week Study entitled, "Rainbow Savior". A look at understanding and witnessing to homosexuals and speaking about gender identity (LBGT) issues.

Confirmation class for the public school children will continue on Wednesdays after school.

For a more complete listing of topics and times, please refer to the tri-fold handout "This Fall at St Paul" that is available at the information table.

Sincere thanks to the many people at St. Paul for your expressions of condolence and support at the death of my father.  It is a comfort to know that your thoughts are with our family at this time:  a time of sadness but also of victory as his earthly struggles have ended and he now rests in the arms of his Savior. 

Dad was interested in our congregation and came to various events at church and school.  Although unable to be present for the last few years, he regularly read the newsletter.  He requested that memorials not directed elsewhere would go to the training of future pastors in the WELS.

Again, our deepest gratitude to all.
Pastor and Jan Rath and family

St. Paul Mission Society will meet on Monday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m.  After snacks and fellowship Chaplain Martin Rosewicz will be speaking about God n' Grub and Midnight Ministries.  These are Institutional Ministries programs.  The business meeting will follow.  All St. Paul ladies are invited.

Congratulations to the following couples who are celebrating special (multiples of 5 years) anniversaries this month.  May the Lord continue to shower his blessings on your and upon all our families!

Al & Darlene Reichert

September 4

50 years

Rick & Sandra Schaller

September 20

40 years

David & Peggy Nelson

September 21

20 years

Gene & Betty Hasel

September 23

65 years

David & Amber Heuss

September 24

10 years

Nate & Heather Schuld

September 24

10 years

Included in your offering packets for this month is an envelope for the Scholarship Fund.  This fund is part of the St. Paul Trust Fund and provides annual gifts to our members who are preparing for church work in the WELS at one of our worker training schools.

It is our pleasure this month to introduce Kelly Kindschi and family, M/M Ted Vratny and M/M David Zimmerman.  Welcome to St. Paul!

KELLY KINDSCHI grew up in Sun Prairie.  She has both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from UW-Madison in speech therapy and works as a clinical liaison for a brain injury hospital.  Her husband Jay hails from Marshall and also attended UW-Madison, then obtained a chiropractic degree in Minnesota.  He teaches anatomy and physiology at Milwaukee Area Technical College.  Their children are JONAS, entering 3rd grade and LIAM, entering kindergarten, both at St. Paul’s School.  The family came here from the West Bend area and enjoys hobby farming and gardening.

Both TED and BECKY VRATNY are natives of Illinois, but Ted has an area connection as his grandmother ran a resort on Lake Ripley.  Ted has a degree in Political Science from Regis University and a Master’s degree.  He is now retired after working in upper management for Public Safety and Governmental agencies, private industry, consulting, religious and non-profit organizations.  Becky has an Associate’s Degree in dental hygiene from Southern Illinois University and just retired after work in dental health and insurance administration.  The Vratnys have lived in suburban Chicago, Missouri, Colorado, Oklahoma and Australia before coming to Cambridge.  Both enjoy reading.  Becky likes needlework, knitting and singing in the choir.  Ted’s favored activities are fishing and cooking.

DAVID and MARLYS ZIMMERMAN have recently returned to St. Paul.  David grew up in Lake Mills and Marlys in Madison.  They are now retired, although David still works part-time at the Jefferson County Fair Park.  They have three grown children, one grandchild and three step-grandchildren.  Marlys likes quilting and David has restored old tractors. 

As we pass from summer into the new school year and fall schedule, may the Lord continue to shower his blessings upon us so that we meet our plans for work in his kingdom during these next months!  The new budget calls for average weekly offerings of $21,300 for general operating.  Gifts received in recent weeks are printed below.

August 2          $ 15,248
August 9          $ 15,837
August 16        $ 13,813
August 23        $ 28,882

Also received during those weeks were amounts of $8.801 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings), $410 for the Improvement Fund, $668 for Tuition Assistance, $550 for the Thankoffering, $214 for the church picnic and $20 for Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service.

We acknowledge with gratitude the recent gift of $100 to the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings) in memory of TIMOTHY DEAN NIEDFELDT and TIMOTHY JAMES NIEDFELDT LOPER (son and great-grandson of Laureen Niedfeldt).

The Blood Center of Southeast Wisconsin will hold a bloodmobile at St. Paul on Tuesday, September 29, 2:30-6:30 p.m.

Prof. Keith Wessel of Martin Luther College will lead an interactive online Bible study on the prophet Elisha on successive Wednesdays, September 9-October 7 at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.  Study guides are available on the WELS Resource Center. 

Check out www.wels.net/interactivefaith for more information.

The 40th anniversary in the pastoral ministry of Rev. Charles Iles will be observed at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Watertown in the 10:45 a.m. worship service on Sunday, September 27.  A “Meet & Greet” reception precedes the service from 9:45-10:30 a.m. in the dining hall.  Pastor Iles currently serves as a chaplain for Wisconsin Lutheran Institutional Ministries.  Prior to that he served at St. John, Newville.

Our local chapter of the OWLS begins its new 2015-2016 season with a gathering at St Mark's Lutheran Church in Watertown on September 15 at 1:30 PM. Guest speaker, Pastor Karl Walther, will tell about his "Spanish Ministry at St Mark's."  Refreshments follow. The Organization of WELS 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 historic St Mark's, the second oldest (1854) WELS church in Watertown, located at 214 North 6th Street. Everyone is welcome!   

Camp Phillip is holding a 5K Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, September 6.  The event raises funds for discounts on camperships.  Cost is $35, which includes lunch.  Check in is at 10:30 a.m. and the run begins at 11:15 a.m.  Lodging is available. 

Check out www.campphillip.com/5K for more information.

Northwestern Publishing House seeks candidates for several positions as listed below.  The first three are part-tiime. Job descriptions and application instructions are available at nph.net/employment.

Marketing & Advertising Copywriter
Information Technology Specialist
Phone/Store Sales Representative
Website Administrator
Director of Sales and Conventions