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 

APRIL 2016

Blessed by Jesus!

Since there is no assigned minor festival in the month of April, I offer a quick review of Holy week:

            Love one another!
                        Take and eat!
                                    Take and drink!
                                                Father forgive them!
                                                            Today in Paradise!
                                                                        It is finished!
                                                                                    He is risen!

Jesus’ instructions and actions continue over the next 40 days. The Savior understood that those who had dropped everything to follow him had lives that were in upheaval. They worried about what would happen to them and what they were going to do now. They worried about persecution and how they would be able to deal with the loss of someone who defined love in action. They were emotionally full of grief, fear, doubt, anger at the Jews, emptiness, hopelessness, loneliness and their faiths were floundering.

As he dealt with weeping woman and doubting disciples, he appeared and calmed them with his presence and four words: Peace be with you! Those words are packed with power and promise to bring about such peace. Those words came at the high price of what Jesus had just experienced and his followers had just witnessed. But those words got at the heart of the matter. Without a Savior - who so loved that he died on the cross - there is no peace! And the peace that Jesus gives is peace that comes by forgiveness of sins, a new status as his sibling and a faithful Father who “works all things out for the good”! Now the lives of the disciples and women did not get any easier. In fact, his followers experienced anything but worldly peace. Most were scattered, the disciples were martyred. But they had in their hearts a powerful peace that transcended all understanding. This peace guaranteed them a place in Jesus’ kingdom that welcomed crucified criminals, former prostitutes, greedy tax collectors, denying fishermen, a doubting Didymus, political extremists and all who came to believe in Jesus as their Savior. 

Jesus does the same today for sinners and doubters like you and me. He comes with his presence in water, wine and wheat and says, “Peace be with you!” He changes your status from sinner to saint, from enemy to friend and promises a place at his table in a kingdom with no end. This does not mean that life will be easy street, but it does guarantee that the ending will always be perfect. May the peace that Jesus earned and offers, be the peace that calms your heart when struggles come your way. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.  Consider yourselves blessed by Jesus.  (Read John 20:19-31)

Serving the Savior with you,

Pastor Douglas Tomhave

If you haven’t heard about our upcoming vision planning for St. Paul, then here are some key requests and updates. Throughout the months of April and May, we will be asking members to take a Pulse survey. This will be a link sent to you via Email that will allow you to answer questions about the congregation online. There will be a full range of questions, some multiple choice and some short answer. Your answers will be automatically tabulated and compiled. Next, a key date (and we are requesting a huge attendance of all ages) is Saturday, April 30th. We will begin at 9 AM and it will take a good portion of the day. This will be an exciting time to be guided by God’s Word as we look at ten areas of ministry and together plan “The Ideal Congregation”. Your group work and input is invaluable as we gather information to help with some short and long range plans.  Together we wish to address some pressing needs and move forward with some kingdom opportunities. On the next Sunday, the whole congregation will be given a chance to prioritize that input gathered. The Advance Planning Committee is guided by this ranked feedback to put a plan together that makes sense and is achievable. Continue to pray for God’s guidance in our planning together here at St Paul. Then become an answer to that very prayer as you participate in this exciting work!

The joy of our Easter celebration certainly lingers in our minds and encourages us to serve our Savior joyfully.  Will we not all continue to come gladly to God’s house to sing his praise?  Our thoughts soon turn to confirmation and the blessing of seeing and hearing another group of young people declare their faith in the Savior.  We also call your attention to the strategic planning process and your opportunity to be involved in identifying our priorities as a congregation as we meet together at month’s end.  Exciting times at St. Paul!

On a personal note, Pastor McKenney will be the guardian for his dad on an honor flight to Washington, D.C. on April 13.  The flight will originate from Outagamie airport in Appleton, WI.  Pastor’s dad is a veteran of the Korean War.

The Property Board has scheduled an indoor work day for the morning of Saturday, April 2, 8 a.m. until 12 noon.  Come for an hour or two or stay the whole time.  We appreciate whatever time you can offer.  Lists of projects are posted at church. 

Also mark your calendars for an outdoor work day on May 21.

We look forward to another class of young people confessing their faith and vowing loyalty to their Savior this month.  Public examination of the class will occur on Wednesday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m.  Confirmation takes place in the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, April 24.  Remember our young people in your prayers as they take this important step in their spiritual lives.

Sunday School and Bible classes do not meet on April 24.

St. Paul Mission Society will meet on Monday, April 4 at 7 p.m.  After snacks and fellowship, the program for the evening will be St. Paul students giving their performances from the Fine Arts Fair.  All St. Paul ladies are invited.

Anyone age 55 and older is welcome to enjoy lunch with our school students on Tuesday, April 19 at 12 noon.  Cost is $ 3.  A brief topic follows the meal.  Please call the school office to register.
We join the following couples in giving thanks to God for blessings received as they celebrate special (multiples of 5 years) anniversaries this month.  May God bless all our families!

Jim and Bev Buelow

April 2

50 years

Jeremy and Jane Ferch

April 20

20 years

Roger and Judy Mundt

April 22

55 years

DONALD JAEGER departed this life on March 2 at the age of 60.  His funeral was March 8.
GENE WEIDE passed away on March 17 at the age of 63.  His funeral was March 23.

We pray that the Lord will comfort their families through his Word and the message of Easter.

Journeying again to the cross and the empty tomb point to the sacrifice the Savior made for us.  Surely we respond with gratitude and gladly bring gifts for his work.  Offerings for the general operating budget of St. Paul in recent weeks follow.  (The figures for February 28 include electronic gifts for the month of February.)

February 28                  $ 25,073
March 6                        $ 20,584
March 13                      $ 12,246
March 20                      $ 20,162
March 27                      $ 33,090

Also received during those weeks were gifts of $13,895 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings), $471 for the Improvement Fund, $85 for the Scholarship Fund and $1 for Tuition Assistance.

We acknowledge with gratitude several recent memorials for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings).

In memory of MARLENE HOPMANN, $20
In memory of DONALD JAEGER, $30
In memory of EVELYN LUECK (sister of Marie Mertz), $25
In memory of FRIEDA LUETZOW, $1,335

We also note with thanks that gifts of $150 were presented to the Improvement Fund in honor of the 50th wedding anniversary of CLIFFORD & VIOLET TOPEL.

Once again churches of our Central Conference are organizing a church softball league.  Games are played on Wednesday evenings June 1-August 3.  Teams are co-ed, with a minimum of three women on the team.  Players must be active communicant members.  The season ends with a tournament on August 7.  For many years St. Paul hosted its own team; the last few years we have joined with St. John, Newville to field a team.  A sign up list will be out through May 2 to find out if we have sufficient players.

We have reserved tickets for a fellowship outing to the Madison Mallards vs. Battle Creek Bombers baseball game on Thursday, June 16.  Cost is $20, which includes the pregame tailgate.   Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with the game starting at 7 p.m.  Tickets are first come, first served, with a deadline of May 30 to sign up.

Retirement service of Mr. Ronald Glock—Sunday, June 5, 10:00 a.m. 
WELS Night at the Brewers—Friday, July 29.

A “Parent Assistance Night” will be held at Lakeside Lutheran High School on Wednesday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. to answer questions about the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program.  School Choice enrollment closes on Wednesday, April 20.  Incoming 8th grade families may apply to receive income-based free tuition vouchers to attend Lakeside through the program.

Lakeside Lutheran is preparing to host another Community Electronics Recycling Event on Friday, April 22, 3:30-6 p.m. & Saturday, April 23, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Most electronics and appliances are accepted for recycling. Go to llhs.org /recycling to download a list of all recyclable items. Items do not have to be in working condition (e.g. computers, stereos, copiers, phones, cameras, hair dryers, remotes, toaster ovens, fans, metal tools, vacuums, appliances, batteries and much more). Go to the west end parking lot anytime during the hours listed. Volunteers can help unload and get you back on your way in no time!

All our shoppers and supporters of Lakeside Lutheran High School are warmly invited to celebrate with us at the Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening for the new addition to our Jefferson store on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. The store is open for shopping at 9 a.m. and the celebration includes a gift for the first 250 customers that day.

Connie Wilson is among the new volunteers at Twice is Nice.  With the new addition and resulting increase in sales, more are needed. If you’d like to test the waters, how about helping at the season changeover on Saturday, April 9 at 4 p.m.? Come help us prepare for summer shopping!

With changeover April 9, that means a whole new season of clothes and accessories hit the floor. Shop soon and often to find some new warm weather favorites! 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. Questions? Call and ask for the day manager at 920-674-6868.

The Spring Rally of the Capital Circuit of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society will be held on Saturday, April 16 at St. John Lutheran Church, Newville.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.  Andy and Ivy Ewings will present the topic on Friends of China.  The day concludes with lunch at 12:30 p.m.  All ladies of St. Paul are members of LWMS and welcome to participate.

Mission box offerings will be received in the lobby on the first two weekends of April.

The area chapter of the OWLS will meet on Tuesday, April 19, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 301 Clark Street in Watertown. Rev Michael Schulz from our synod's Commission on Worship will bring an update on "The New WELS Hymnal".  Come and bring a friend. The Organization of WELS Seniors (OWLS) offers fellowship for those who are retired and/or 50 years and older.

The November WELS Connection told of the WELS debt reduction effort.  If God’s grateful people respond and eliminate the $4.7 million debt by the end of the fiscal year, the current $1.6 million debt service can be dedicated to WELS ministries.  Several families of St. Paul have offered to match the first $ 20,000 received from our members.  Envelopes are available in the narthex for your use.  We thank you for your consideration and may God be praised!

SADDLE UP for St. Paul Vacation Bible School being held August 1-5, 2016.  Plans are underway to host Circle J Ranch from 8:45-11:45 each day.  We are excited for the dude-ranch themed VBS for children entering 3K-6th grades at the end of the summer.  Ya’ll are welcome to attend and invite a friend.  Join Rancher Ray and Rancher Rachel on an adventure trail ride through God’s Saving Word. Circle J Ranch will encourage students to thank and praise Jesus during a week of Bible lessons, dude-ranch themed activities, theme-related crafts, music, snacks and more.  There is no fee to attend. Stay tuned for registration, volunteer, and donation information.

Friday, June 10th is the Relay for Life of Lake Mills/Waterloo Event.  We NEED you to join the St. Paul Lutheran Church & School team to help us outreach in our community as we walk together against cancer!  For more information contact Melanie Wurz – 920-945-0477 or WurzFamily05@gmail.com

The church gardens need help with cleaning and maintaining.  Volunteers are needed to be responsible for one or more of the 10 areas.  This can be done individually or as a couple/group and would only take a couple hours each week.  A chart with the pictured areas will be outside the church library.  Please sign up for a designated garden or to help with any of the areas.  If you have questions, please call Rose Bilitz at 648-3271 or contact Gregg Tucek, Property Board Chairman.