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
This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the son of God (1 John 5:3-5).
Dear Friends at St. Paul,
Daily life with its challenges can become tiresome.
The daily life of a Christian may seem burdensome also. There are many temptations that assail our trust in the Lord. Our desire to obey his will falters and we fail. But don’t throw in the towel. The words of John are upbeat. We have the victory. We overcome the world and its attacks. How? Because Jesus has already won it for us. The faith that the Holy Spirit planted in your heart and mind receives the whole Christ: not only his forgiveness for our sins but also his power to resist temptation and to serve him in thankful love.
So don’t give up when winter lingers and you are getting tired. Go to Jesus and his Word. Partake of the sacrament of Holy Communion. Remember your baptism and the Lord‘s adoption of you as his own. Receive refreshment and renewed vitality. The struggle won’t be long in terms of eternity and the big picture. Victory is certain, for it has already been won by your Lord Jesus. That is the confidence we receive as we again journey with our Savior to the cross. God bless you through him in the month ahead!
Serving him with you,
Pastor James Rath
Our Lakeside Circuit met in February for study. Pastor McKenney also attended a seminar on the Gospel of Mark, conducted by Rev. Daniel Deutschlander. He also served as guest preacher in Lake Benton and Pipestone, Minnesota. Lent again brings us the privilege of sharing the message of the cross in our midweek services. We also welcome our new neighbor, Rev. Chris Koschnitzke, at St. John, Newville.
Our midweek Lenten services continue through all the Wednesdays of March. Services times are 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. We consider the theme “Names of Wondrous Love” as we follow our Savior to the cross.
We are still in need of a someone (organized group or volunteer individuals) to serve the final supper on March 25. Please contact Pastor Rath if you are interested.
St. Paul Mission Society will meet on Monday, March 2. The evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. with snacks and fellowship in the half classroom. At 7:30, Cheryl Henckel will share her experiences teaching Vacation Bible School in Malawi. The presentation will be held in church. The monthly business meeting will be held following the presentation. All St. Paul ladies are invited to attend.
Our Senior Citizens (age 55 plus) are invited to meet monthly for lunch and a brief topic. Please note that because of spring break, the March meeting is one week earlier: Tuesday, March 10. Please call the church office (648-2235) if you plan to attend. Cost is $ 3.
Later this month the pans and recipes will be available for the Easter breakfast on Sunday, April 5. We look for another great response this year. In addition to the egg bakes, members are welcome to bring baked goods and colored eggs.
MOVING EXPENSES ENVELOPE
Included with this mailing is a special envelope to help cover the moving expenses for Pastor Tomhave and his family. Our congregation covers these expenses, so gifts received through these envelopes will reduce the need to use special funds.
Congratulations to these couples who are celebrating special (multiples of 5 years) anniversaries in March. May God’s blessings continue upon you and to all our families!
Ed & Sue Freson March 1 40 years
Tom & Stephanie Schulze March 9 30 years
Jim & Janice Heinz March 22 40 years
OPPORTUNITY TO HELP
On February 21 there was an apartment fire in Lake Mills. Emily Rauber and her daughter were residents of the building which burned and lost many of their possessions. To help them get reestablished, we will offer the congregation an opportunity to contribute to a door offering in their behalf during the first few weeks of March. You may bring your gifts to a service or to the office.
THANK YOU RECEIVED
With deepest thanks to our St. Paul family for the endless love, support and generosity graciously shared with our family. Our faith in God grows with each encounter. We would like to express our deepest gratitude.
Love, Sarrah, Marty, Leilani and Oscar Hagedorn
MOVE CLOCKS AHEAD
Please note that daylight saving time returns on Sunday, March 8. Be sure to adjust your clocks ahead one hour. (You don’t want to be late for church!)
KEEP US UPDATED
We request your assistance in keeping us updated with any changes such as new addresses or telephone numbers. If you have switched to a cell phone as your main number, please inform the office. Providing email addresses will enable quicker contact and also special announcements during the month. Please also provide contact information when young adults move out on their own. Thanks for your cooperation!
In this season when we focus on the Savior’s sacrifice for us we certainly see that you can’t outgive God. Although our gifts may be small in comparison with his sacrifice for us, they do express our gratitude to him. May loving gifts ever come from our hearts! Listed below are amounts received for our operating budget in recent weeks. Average weekly needs are $19,760.
February 1 $ 20,288
February 8 $ 16,271
February 15 $ 15,132
February 22 $ 23,558
In addition to the above gifts there were offerings of $6,732 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings), $425 for the Improvement Fund, $1,268 for the Lakeside mortgage and $340 for Wisconsin Lutheran Institutional Ministries.
MEMORIALS & SPECIAL GIFTS RECEIVED
We gratefully acknowledge several special gifts and memorials to the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings).
In memory of GLADYS DRAEGER (mother of Bob, Karen Raasch and Carolanne Turcotte), $10
In memory of THOMAS HAACK (brother of Barb Gulczynski), $220
In memory of Prof. JOHN JESKE, $10
From THRIVENT CHOICE designations, $4,214
Rock River OWLS (Organization of WELS Seniors) will meet at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, March 17, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc. Seminary Professor John Brug's topic is "The Bible and Archaeology," followed by refreshments and business reports. 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. St. Matthew is located at 818 West Wisconsin Ave (US highway 16, business route through town). Bring a friend. All are welcome.
HERITAGE HOMES JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Join Heritage Homes and make a difference in the life of an older adult. We are seeking dedicated, caring employees to carry out our Christian ministry in assisted living and memory care.
Heritage Homes is seeking candidates for the following positions:
PM LPN Clinical Care Coordinator
Part-time Resident Assistant
Part-time Bath Aide
Part-time Activity Assistant
Apply in person at 700 Welsh Road in Watertown or online
MEALS ON WHEELS
Thanks to our Meals on Wheels drivers this month: Judy & Roger Mundt, Vi Topel, Tara Topel, Dolly Bartz, Sharon Yanggen & Connie Wilson. If you would like to learn more about this service to shut-ins, contact Darlene Meyers, 648-5436.
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 32nd installment.
Sharing These Insights
How does the leadership of a congregation share its positive stewardship insights with the members of the congregation? It’s the strong conviction of the essayist that every forum God has given you in your congregation can and ought to be utilized. Pastor’s letters and newsletters can include a paragraph of stewardship motivation, perhaps calling attention to one of God’s promises and urging people to trust him on it. In monthly meetings of the Church Coordinating Council, you leaders have a good opportunity for Bible study on God’s promises to guide and equip his people. When you receive requests to transfer individuals or families into the congregation, instead of an administrative paper-shuffle, how about a pre-membership interview? In 60 or 90 minutes there is a golden opportunity to touch on our privilege of cooperating with the Lord of the Church in spreading the message of sin and grace via our offerings. A councilman ought to go along on these visits. In the essayist’s experience, the most effective and most efficient way of reaching every home each year with a strong stewardship message from the Scripture is the every member visit. One scenario has teams of two trained visitors on a given Sunday afternoon bringing a prepared presentation to every home in the congregation. This isn't easy, but there are no shortcuts, remember? Touch the individual with Word and sacraments. “Baptism now saves you also-not the removal of dirt from the body, but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Pe 3:21).