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
Principal James Grasby LLHS 648-2321
“These are the names of the twelve apostles; first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.” Matthew 10:2-4
May is an exciting and joyful time of the church year! It is usually in the month of May that we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord as well as the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. What Jesus commissioned his disciples to do—go and make disciples of all nations--he empowered them to do by pouring out his Holy Spirit on them enabling them to proclaim the good news of salvation.
The month of May is exciting for another reason that has everything to do with Jesus’ ascension and Pentecost. During the month of May graduates from Martin Luther College and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary will enter the teaching and preaching ministry. Their assignment will be the same as that of those first apostles. They will go to make disciples of all nations. Their tools will be the same too -- the gospel in Word and Sacrament.
In many ways these new servants of the gospel are a lot like James the Less whom the church historically remembers in the month of May. Who is this James that is commemorated in May?
He is not the James who had a brother named John and who was part of the inner circle of disciples that saw Jesus’ transfiguration, his raising a girl from the dead, and his praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. Nor is he the James who was a half-brother of Jesus, who became pastor of the congregation in Jerusalem, who presided over the first world-wide church council in Jerusalem where the question of the Gentile Christians’ obedience to the Old Testament ceremonial law was settled, and who was used by the Holy Spirit to write the New Testament book we call the “Epistle of James.” The James who is remembered by the church on May 1st is the lesser known James who was the son of Alphaeus. His mother, who was also named Mary, was at the foot of the cross with Jesus’ mother.
Although we’d like to know more about James the Less, what we do know is that he was a witness to Jesus’ ministry and was sent by Jesus with the other disciples to preach the gospel in all of the world. Some church histories tell us that he suffered a horrible martyr’s death by being sawed in half. That is why the symbol for this apostle is a saw.
Do you see the connection between James the Less and the young men and women who will be called into the preaching and teaching ministry of our synod through the assignment committee? We will see their names on call lists and their pictures in Forward in Christ, but we won’t know much else about them just like James the Less who was listed among Jesus’ disciples. But what we do know about these young pastors and teachers is that they will be called and sent by the Lord Jesus to do the same thing that James did. They will preach the gospel in all of the world.
Serving with You in Christ,
Pastor Bruce McKenney
STRATEGIC PLANNING FORUM
During the Bible class time on Sunday, May 1, a brief session will be held in the chapel to hear results of the April 30 study and to prioritize issues identified that day. We encourage everyone to participate as we continue to plan together for our future work at St. Paul.
On Ascension Day, Thursday, May 5, we will have a special worship service at 6:30 p.m. Various musical groups will be involved: Cherub Choir, Junior Choir, Praise Singers and Handbells. Rejoice in the Lord Jesus as he rules on high!
QUARTERLY VOTERS’ MEETING
The spring quarterly voters’ meeting is Sunday, May 15, following the late service or about 11:30 a.m. Major business for the meeting includes the budget proposal for the 2016-17 fiscal year and recommendation to allocate dedicated funds for a telephone system and security system upgrade.
LAKESIDE SUNDAY & HACKBARTH ANNIVERSARY
The Lakeside Lutheran High School A cappella Choir will sing for both worship services on Sunday, May 22. Pastor Don Schultz of the Lakeside faculty will be the guest speaker that weekend.
The 10:30 a.m. service will recognize the 25th anniversary in the teaching ministry of Todd Hackbarth. A reception will follow the service.
Sunday, May 29 marks the start of the summer worship schedule at St. Paul. The late service begins at 10:00 a.m. This schedule remains in effect through the Labor Day weekend. All other services remain at their regular times: Sundays at 8:00 a.m., Saturdays and Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
Included with this newsletter is a special envelope which you may use to help cover the service and reception in recognition of Mr. Ron Glock’s retirement, to be held on Sunday, June 5. We give thanks to the Lord for his years of faithful service.
The month of May continues to bring exciting events for the families of our members with graduations at grade school, high school and college levels. We rejoice at these important steps for our young people and wish them God’s continued blessings.
While school years may be winding down, planning for the future will be in full swing as the strategic planning initiative takes focus in the coming months.
On Sunday, May 1, Pastor Rath will be the guest preacher for the 40th anniversary of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Plymouth, where he was the first resident pastor. That same afternoon Pastor Tomhave will be preaching for the installation of Pastor Matthew DeNoyer at Bethany Lutheran in Fort Atkinson.
St. Paul Mission Society will meet on Monday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. We begin with snacks and fellowship. At 7:30 p.m. representatives from Lakeside's FFA chapter will speak. All ladies of St Paul are invited.
Saturday, May 21 is an outdoor work day on the St. Paul Church grounds. Tasks will be available starting at 8 a.m. We welcome any time you can lend a hand that morning. If it rains, there are some indoor projects available.
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. If we have a group of at least twenty, one of our members will be invited to throw out a first pitch.
We rejoice with these couples who are celebrating special (multiples of five years) wedding anniversaries during May. We pray for God’s continued blessings on you and on all our families.
Gene & Cheryl Burrow
Everett & Debra Landowski
Tim & Cindy Schroeder
Randy & Kathy Pohlman
John & Rachel Heinz
WITH THE LORD
JOAN PUTTKAMER departed this life on April 18 at the age of 81. A funeral was held on April 22. We pray for God’s comfort to be with her loved ones through his Word.
Graduation and Assignment Day at Martin Luther College is Saturday, May 14. Joshua Arndt and Grey Davis will receive degrees that day, Josh in the pastoral ministry track and Grey in high school teaching. Congratulations!
WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS!
It is our privilege to introduce M/M Ryan Oldenhoff and family. May our fellowship together be a mutual blessing!
RYAN OLDENHOFF is a native of Fort Atkinson. He works for Craig’s Crete. AUTUMN grew up here at St. Paul. She has a degree in nursing from MATC and works for both Dean clinic in Whitewater and Urgent Care at the Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital. They have two sons, AXEL, in kindergarten at St. Paul’s School, and ACE, age 3. Autumn enjoys antiquing while Ryan and the boys like racing and snowmobiling.
As we rejoice in Christ’s victory of Jesus for us our hearts overflow with gratitude, gratitude that is expressed as we bring our gifts for the Lord’s work. Offerings for our operating budget in recent weeks are listed below. The first date includes the electronic gifts for the month of March. Average weekly needs in the current fiscal year are $21,323. At the end of March we had fallen behind the amount needed for the budget by $15,225.
April 3 $ 24,790
April 10 $ 19,742
April 17 $ 17,918
April 24 $ 12,990
Also received during those weeks were gifts of $9,762 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings), $413 for the Improvement Fund, $85 for the Youth Rally and $150 for One in Christ.
SPECIAL GIFTS & MEMORIALS
We acknowledge with gratitude the following memorials and special gifts recently received, all for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings).
In memory of DON JAEGER, $120.
In memory of MARTIN STRAKELJAHN, $100
In memory of GENE WEIDE, $60
In honor of the 55th wedding anniversary of ROGER & JUDY MUNDT, $55.
A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Lake Mills Municipal Building on Friday, May 27, 12 noon- 5 p.m. Call 1-800-733-2767 (1-800-RED CROSS) to make an appointment.
The Blood Center of Wisconsin will hold a blood drive in the St. Paul gymnasium on Tuesday, May 31, 2:30-6:30 p.m. We are in need of a volunteer or two to serve as host for the event. Please contact Pastor Rath if you are interested in serving.
Registrations are now being accepted for Camp Bird. Camp Bird for Lutherans is a youth camp for children in grades 5-8. It is located near Crivitz in Marinette County on Sand Lake. The price for each child is $150 per week. Swimming, canoeing, boating, hiking, challenge course, kickball, volleyball, archery, handicraft, campfires, Bible study, games, camp songs and many other activities are waiting for you this year! Three weeks are available in July:
Sunday, July 3 – Friday, July 8
Sunday July 10 – Friday, July 15
Sunday July 17 – Friday, July 22
For more information visit www.campbird.org or send an email to email@example.com.
ROCK RIVER AREA OWLS
The area OWLS will meet on Tuesday, May 17, at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be hosted by St. John Lutheran Church, 413 East Madison Street in Waterloo. Rev. Philip Merten from Wisconsin Lutheran Institutional Ministries will present the "WLIM Prison Ministry." Refreshments follow the meeting. This is also the month for the annual election of officers. The Organization of WELS Seniors (OWLS) is a great fellowship of those who are retired and/or 50 years and older. Here you will enjoy spiritual growth and the friendship of neighboring WELS and ELS members. Come and bring a friend.
Rev. Matthew DeNoyer will be installed on the pastoral staff at Bethany Ev. Lutheran Church of Fort Atkinson in a special service at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 1. Our congregation is invited to the service and to the meal afterwards.
TWICE IS NICE NEWS
Thank you! Despite the chilly day, our Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting celebration was just that! We have so much to be thankful for, including the news that sales have been up 25% so far in 2016, and we will exceed our $240,000 commitment to the LLHS ministry with almost two months left in the fiscal year. With new faces in the store virtually every day, we look forward to seeing you, whether as a shopper or a volunteer.
Volunteers Needed: Please consider for yourself or talk up those you know who could serve as volunteers on some Saturdays as a Receiving Distribution Team (backdoor help). How about a father/son team? For information about the responsibilities/hours, call or e-mail Ken Schuman at 608-837-6756 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Shop: The summer season of clothes and accessories is out in our bright and spacious store. 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.
WOMEN’S MINISTRY CONFERENCE
Registration is open for the Women’s Ministry Conference to be held at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary July 21-23. Early bird rate is $140 until May 30 ($160 during June). Register online at wels.net/wmconference.
BREAKFAST FOR LAKESIDE CHOIR
Lakeside Sunday is May 22. Lakeside A Cappella Choir will be singing at our 8 and 10:30 a.m. services. In the past parents have attempted to organize a breakfast for the choir between services. Since our congregation supports and benefits from the ministry at Lakeside, it seems appropriate that the congregation as a whole should have the privilege of treating the choir to a breakfast. Please look for signup sheets in the lobby to bring in a food or drink item or volunteer to serve at the breakfast.
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.
The registration form can be found online at: http://bit.ly/1WQrF4k or http://www.stpaullakemills.org/vbs.html
Thank you to Meals on Wheels drivers: Roger & Judy Mundt (3), Dolly Bartz, Sharon Yanggen, Rose Pfeifer, Marianne Hafenstein, Tara Topel, Vi Topel.