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 479-200-6626
Principal James Grasby LLHS 648-2321
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
Dear Friends at St. Paul,
This month of May contains several significant events, spanning a wide range of time in their focus. We celebrate Mother’s Day, giving thanks to God for our moms and all they provide in training us both for life and eternity. The maternal concern that nurtures us when we are young remains throughout their years. Near the end of the month we celebrate Memorial Day to give thanks for those who have given their lives to maintain our nation’s freedom. May is also the month for graduations at various levels, from kindergarten through graduate school. As the root of the word “graduation” indicates, it is a step along life’s path, so the occasion really looks to the future more than celebrating the past.
Each individual event is significant and for the child of God, evidence of God’s many blessings. The passage cited above provides the thread connecting them all. Whether we speak of the past, the present or the future, our Lord Jesus is the constant, ever present as the same, that is, good and loving and the source of all we need each day.
As you celebrate the events of this month, remember the source of all the gifts that you enjoy and gain confidence for each day. Follow your Savior in faith. Your life and your eternity are in his hands.
Serving him with you,
Pastor James Rath
Rev. Douglas C. Tomhave will be installed on our pastoral staff in a special service on Sunday, May 3 at 3:00 p.m. Preaching for the service will be his brother-in-law, Rev. Aaron Christie, from Trinity Lutheran Church in Waukesha. Rev. Daniel Sims of Zion Lutheran in Columbus will read the rite of installation. Pastors McKenney and Rath will serve as presiding minister and lector. St. Paul Praise Singers will provide special music. A reception with light refreshments will follow the service. We welcome Pastor Tomhave and his family and pray for God’s abundant blessings on his service among us.
At the end of March our seventh grade teacher, Mr. Kyle Seim, received a call to serve as principal and teacher of Grace Lutheran School in Geneva, Nebraska. After prayerful deliberation he has declined the call. We are thankful for this decision and anticipate God’s blessings upon his continued ministry in our midst.
We celebrate the Ascension of our Lord with a special worship service on Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. The service will include special music by the Hand bell choir, Praise Singers and Junior Choir.
The A cappella Choir from Lakeside Lutheran High School will sing in our services on Sunday, May 17 (8 & 10:30 a.m.) Pastor Don Schultz will preach for the services that weekend as we rejoice in the blessings of Christian education through our area Lutheran high school.
The entire Tomhave family would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to the members of St Paul. We have felt so welcomed here in Lake Mills - from the cleaning of the rental to the overflow of food and gift certificates from so many. Our thanks for the well wishes and hand shakes as we get to know our new family here at St. Paul. We are eager to dig in roots here at church, school and the community. We thank you for making this such a great beginning - we are already feeling truly blessed!
The spring quarterly voters’ meeting will follow the late service on Sunday, May 17 (about 11:30 a.m.) Major business for the meeting will be the budget for the next fiscal year.
On Memorial Day weekend we switch to our summer worship schedule. Sunday services will be at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. from May 24 through Labor Day weekend. Saturday and Monday services remain at 6:30 p.m.
St. Paul Mission Society will meet on Monday, May 4. The evening will begin at 7:00 with snacks and fellowship. At 7:30 we will have a presentation from Lakeside’s Teens for Christ. The monthly business meeting will be held after the presentation. All St. Paul ladies are invited.
WORKER TRAINING GRADUATES
Mr. Timothy Matthies II, a son of our congregation, will graduate from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary on May 22. Assignments are announced the previous morning.
Graduation at Martin Luther College is May 16. Receiving their diplomas will be Alexandria (Anthon) Maas and Patrick Loroff. Assignment of both May and December graduates will be announced that afternoon.
Luther Preparatory School graduates on May 23 include Henry Tomhave.
The graduation and assignment services will be live streamed. Check out www.wels.net.
The committee working on the next WELS hymnal is conducting a survey of members regarding their favorite hymns. You can access the survey through the WELS website (listed above). On the lower portion of the home page you will find the survey link. You are invited to identify favorites or to evaluate all of the hymns currently in Christian Worship. Surveys must be completed by May 31.
Congratulations to these couples who are celebrating special (multiples of 5 years) anniversaries. May God’s blessing and guidance continue with you and with all our families!
Scott & Laura Schneider May 12 15 years
Scott & Lindsay Hahn May 23 5 years
Rick & Sue Bates May 24 35 years
Jeff & Natasha Steenbergen May 28 10 years
WELS NIGHT AT THE BREWERS
The Milwaukee Brewers will again be hosting a WELS Night at the Brewers on Friday, August 14. Game time is 7:10 p.m. WELS President Mark Schroeder will throw out the first pitch and the group Koine will sing the national anthem. Tickets are available for half price: $ 21 for Field Outfield Box, $ 17 for Logo Outfield Box and $ 9 for Terrace Reserved. August 3 is the deadline to order tickets. You may do it individually or we are also looking into a group order (20 ticket minimum) and will share the information when received. Car pooling will be arranged at a later date.
As we continue in the joy of Easter, may Christ’s victory continue to motivate our worship and our offerings for spreading his gospel message. Gifts received for the operating budget in recent weeks are printed below. Average weekly needs are $19,760. Electronic giving receipts for March are included in the March 29 total.
March 29 $ 26,155
April 5 $ 33,331
April 12 $ 12,337
April 19 $ 13,746
April 26 $ 11,644
Also received during those weeks were gifts of $9,624 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings), $423 for the Improvement Fund, $410 for Tuition Assistance, $185 for moving expenses, and $1600 for the Lakeside mortgage.
We acknowledge with gratitude these recent memorial gifts for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings).
In memory of MELBA STEIN, $395
In memory MARTIN STRAKELJAHN, $100
Mr. Gerald Hahn, instructor at Lakeside Lutheran High School, will be retiring after this school year. An informal reception in his honor will follow the Lakeside Commencement Concert on Sunday, May 17. Concert time is 7 p.m.
The Red Cross will hold a community blood drive at the Lake Mills Community Center on Friday, May 29 from noon to 5 p.m. For an appointment call 800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.
Northwestern Publishing House is hiring an entry-level website content coordinator. The position is part-time and temporary. For more information and application instructions see www.nph.net/employment.
Dear Members of St. Paul,
I would like to call your attention to some service opportunities regarding our worship. There is a special joy found in serving the Lord. It is also a privilege that our God would use us to further the work in His kingdom. Unfortunately this side of heaven, we sometimes view service as a chore or obligation. I ask you to consider these opportunities and decide if you can cheerfully give your time to the Lord as a response of love. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
First, the number of men serving as ushers has dropped to small number, which makes it challenging for those currently serving. Some ushers have been serving us faithfully for many years and would like a break, but find it difficult to do so when numbers are already small. Some men who recently served one week are asked to sub for others the next, which is also discouraging. While this has been common knowledge among the ushers and those connected with planning our services, I don’t think this need has been shared with the congregation as a whole.
For our men, confirmed and older, please consider serving for a year as an usher. There will be sign-up sheet in the lobby or you may speak to the pastors. Would you like to serve, but just can’t commit to having your name in a rotation? We are also considering a pool of men, who could serve as substitutes. We will have some usher training in the near future and will also try to video tape it, so we can train all those interested, perhaps via our church website. For our recently confirmed young men, I especially recommend this opportunity as a good way to serve your congregation. Fathers, consider this as an opportunity to serve with your son, offering encouragement to our young men.
Secondly, we have a similar concern with our altar guild membership. Many hands make the task easier. Here I would urge all our ladies, but especially those recently confirmed and their mothers to consider helping for one year. Sign-up sheets also have a description of services offered by the altar guild. Worship is perhaps the most important thing we do at St. Paul. Altar Guild helps to support that worship of our God.
Finally, we always are looking for additional greeters. A cheerful smile and a warm greeting convey a welcoming feeling as one enters for worship. For visitors to our congregation this is an important first impression. For the greeter it is encouraging to see all those coming to worship our Risen Savior. Again see the sign-up sheet in the lobby or speak to the pastors if you can serve.
The duties/guidelines for ushering, greeting and altar guild duties can be found on the St. Paul's website, http://stpaullakemills.org/Site_Map.html.
We are told in Romans 12 that we are the body of Christ, each one with different gifts. One of those gifts listed is service. In 1 Peter 4:11 we see that God will provide us the strength and that our service will glorify God: If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Serving you in Christ,
Worship Board Chairman
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 35th installment.
Summary (Adapted from Waldo Werning, The Stewardship Call)
WHAT COMES NATURALLY
Give to (needs/budget/church)
Get the church job done
Service/money for the church
Needs in search of givers
Campaigns for money
“We’re not asking all that much from you”
Your share of the budtet
Basic plea: “Do!”
Remember your responsibility
WHAT COMES BY GOD’S WORD
Give from (what God gives)
Edify the body of Christ
Service to God
Givers in search of needs
Biblical educational programs
“My son, give me your heart!”
God’s claim: all of you
Basic plea: “Believe!”
Remember who you are