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 


When we think of October, we think of lower temperatures, fall colors, pumpkins and ending the month with the festival of the Reformation. We, as Lutherans, stand on the shoulders of great theologians whom God used to preserve his clear Word and gospel message among us. We have special services, familiar hymns and choir anthems to celebrate this great heritage.

But tucked away in the month of October is a minor festival that doesn’t even make the secular calendars. On October 23rd, the festival of St James of Jerusalem is to be celebrated. The history of this man is fascinating and we build on his shoulders as he labored to his death to get out with the good news of Jesus (his relative).

St. James of Jerusalem (or “James the Just”) is referred to as “the Lord’s brother” (Galatians 1:19). Some believe James to be the physical brother of Jesus, but church history has understood the term to be a close relative of Jesus, perhaps a cousin. Along with other relatives of our Lord, James did not believe in Jesus until after the resurrection (John 7:3-5; 1 Corinthians 15:7). After becoming a Christian, James was elevated to a position of leadership within the earliest Christian community. Especially following St. Peter’s departure from Jerusalem, James was recognized as the bishop of the church in that holy city (Acts 12:17; 15:12ff).

According to the historian Josephus, James was martyred in AD 62 by being stoned to death by the Sadducees. James authored the book of James in the New Testament. In it, he exhorts his readers to remain steadfast in the one true faith, even in the face of suffering and temptation, and to live by faith a life that is in Christ Jesus.
(History summarized from the Treasury of Daily Prayer - Concordia Publishing House, 2008)

Perhaps we could mark our calendars for the 23rd and say a prayer of thanks for the life of St. James of Jerusalem. The Holy Spirit used him as a writer of one of the definitive books explaining the faith of Christians in action. May his life in Christ be a model for our life in Christ - to the end!

God bless your October,
Pastor Tomhave

The services on the weekend of October 10-12 will be our Mission Festival.  Guest speaker will be Rev. Joel Jaeger from Christ Lutheran Church in Milwaukee.  He has served as a home missionary in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, a civilian chaplain for the WELS in Europe and as the first permanent pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Lucia.  He has made four trips to Nigeria to teach courses at Christ the King Lutheran Seminary, most recently in February-March.  He will share a presentation on this work between the Sunday worship services.  There will also be a fellowship time after the 8 a.m. service.

The offering packets contain a special envelope for missions in October.  Gifts brought through it help us to meet our commitment to the work of our Wisconsin Synod.

St. Paul Mission Society will meet on October 5th at 7:00 p.m.  After snacks and fellowship they will have a presentation by four Lakeside students on Project Go.  The business meeting will follow.  All St Paul ladies are invited.

The fall quarterly voters’ meeting will follow the late worship service on Sunday, October 25 (about 11:30 a.m.)  The meeting hears reports and recommendations from the church council and boards of the congregation.  We encourage a large participation.

With the return of the school year, catechism classes have resumed, as well as a variety of Bible classes at St. Paul and in area senior facilities.  Pastor Tomhave has been on the go, receiving training and serving as a consultant for the synod’s Commission on Congregational Counseling, leading at a School of Outreach and attending the Seminary Symposium.  All of our pastors attended the Lakeside Circuit meeting, chaired by Pastor McKenney, who serves as circuit pastor.  The Central Pastoral Conference will meet this coming month.

This month it is our privilege to introduce M/M Sam Jentzsch.  Welcome to St. Paul!

SAM JENTZSCH is a native of Medford.  He received a Bachelor’s degree from UW-Superior and a Master’s at UW-River Falls.  He was a school guidance counselor.  LINDA grew up in Clear Lake.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from UW-River Falls and Master’s from UW-LaCrosse.  She was an elementary school teacher.  Both are now retired.  They have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.  Sue enjoys quilting and working with stained glass, while Sam likes to read.

Home Health United will hold a flu shot clinic at St. Paul on Sunday, October 11, 8:30-11:00 a.m.  Cost of the shot is $31.  There is uncertainty about the availability of the nasal mist—if offered, it will be $33.  Medicaid and Medicaid Part B are accepted, along with several insurance coverages:  Dean, Unity, GHC, Physicians Plus, WEA and WPS.  Cash, check and Visa/MasterCard are also accepted.

We are in need of an individual (or two to split the time) to help with registration.  Please contact Pastor Rath if you can help.

At the services of October 17-19 and 24-26 a door offering will be received for Camp Phillip.  Our congregation is a member of the association which operates the camp, located near Wautoma.  Our support through this annual offering also enables our members to receive a discount on camp rates.  Our seventh graders have an annual fall outing there and several families utilize the camp in the summer.

An area Reformation service will be held on Sunday, October 25 at Lakeside Lutheran High School.  The service begins at 4:00 p.m.  Children and adults are invited to participate in special choirs for the service.  Children should contact Mrs. Pufahl.  The children will rehearse at 3 p.m. and the adults at 2:30 p.m.

The service will include Word and song under the theme “Treasure Luther’s Tower Experience—the Just Shall Live by FAITH”.  Come to join in praising God for the truths which he used the Reformation to restore to the teaching of the church.

We join these couples in thanking God for the blessings he has granted to them through Christian marriage.  They are celebrating special (multiples of 5 years) anniversaries this month.

Steve & Julia Haseleu

October 6

25 Years

Earl & Delores Topel

October 15

60 Years

Steve & Jackie Schroeder

October 22

10 Years

Tony & Kimberly Coletti

October 28

20 Years

We pray for God’s comfort to be with the families of these members who recently passed to eternal glory.

BARBARA HOLMAN departed this life on September 1 at the age of 72.  Her funeral was on September 5.

RACHEL HINZMANN entered life eternal on September 8 at the age of 86, with the funeral on September 11.

BETTY STEVE passed away on September 23 at the age of 88.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
The Lord’s blessings continue on a daily basis.  Especially do we thank him for the gift of Jesus and his life and death that saved us from sin.  One way we express our gratitude is through our offerings for the work of his kingdom.  Gifts for the operating budget of the congregation in recent weeks are listed below.  The figures for August 30 include the electronic offerings for the month of August.  Average weekly needs are $ 21,300.

August 30                     $ 21,691
September 6                 $ 12,726
September 13               $ 18,403
September 20               $ 12,173

Also received during those weeks were gifts of $746 for the Improvement Fund, $9,431 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings) and $40 for Tuition Assistance.

We give thanks for recent gifts toward the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings):

In memory of JOSEPH RATH (father of Pastor Rath), $250
In honor of the 40th wedding anniversary of ARVID & BONNIE PUFAHL, $40 

The Capitol Circuit of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society will meet on Saturday, October 17 at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Verona.  The guest speaker is Kari Belter, who will tell of the work of the Central Africa Medical Mission.  The day begins with registration at 8:30 a.m., opening devotion at 9:00 a.m., followed by reports, business and the speaker, with luncheon at 12:30 p.m.

All women of the congregation are considered members of the LWMS and are welcome to attend.  Mission box offerings will be received the first two weekends of October.

Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota invites juniors and seniors in high school to spend time on their campus October 29-31.  Pre-register by October 21.  See the poster on the bulletin board or blc.edu/getaway.  

Northwestern Publishing House has several positions for which they are accepting applications, including Information Technology Specialist, Phone/Store Sales Rep and Website Administrator.  See the bulletin board for more details or nph.net/employment.

This year's Advent By Candlelight will take place on Sunday evening December 6th.  The theme for our program is Let Your Lights Appear. More details will be coming in November.

TWICE IS NICE RESALE STORE: Think of us when you shop or drop! 
Want to shop? Want to drop off donations? Want to drop by to offer help? We are open for you 6 days a week! The east-side building addition project that will add 7,800 sq. ft for an even better shopping experience for our customers is well under way and making progress, with the targeted completion date still October 31. We are looking forward to another exciting holiday shopping season: hope to see you visit.
Shop: We have plenty of fall decorations, winter clothes and Halloween supplies! Don't forget, Christmas shopping at Twice is Nice officially begins Monday, October 12, with beautiful stocked displays for your celebrations. 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.
Volunteer: Interested in helping with our “Christmas changeover” on Sunday, October 11? The effort will be in swing by 11 AM, and would be a great “no-pressure” chance for you to help out one busy day, explore the store, meet some volunteers and learn about other opportunities we have for you to have fun and feel productive making a huge difference for Lakeside Lutheran and other ministries. Call 920-674-6868 <tel:920-674-6868> , ask for Jeanette, Carolyn or Norma with questions.

Kids Crossing Early Learning Center, NEW LOCATION! 734 Holy Cross Way - Madison WI

Their new building is well under way, and they are expecting a November completion!  They are thrilled to announce that they are looking for loving, caring, responsible individuals with a desire to work with young children in a Lead Teacher role in the Infant/Toddler Room.  The Early Learning Center will be State Licensed, which means that each teacher’s qualifications need to be verified through the Registry.  Qualified candidates will have a background in Early Childhood Education or a related field.  Experience teaching young children is preferred. Requirements for this position include but are not limited to: lesson planning, family communication, and creating a healthy and safe environment.  If you have any questions about your qualifications or have an interest in other positions in their Center, please contact Erin Mensching emensching@holycrossmadison.org 608-249-3101.