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
Hebrews 12:1-2a; 13:7-8.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us through off everything that hinds and the sin that so easily entangles, and le us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith…Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
In the opening articles of the church newsletter we are calling to mind the many saints who have gone before us. Remember the word “saint” means “a holy one” and, therefore, a saint is anyone who believes in Jesus. For by faith in Jesus God counts us as holy. The saints include all believers who are still in this world struggling with sin and Satan as well as those saints who have gone before us into heaven and who are celebrating that perfect life right now.
Why would we want to remember them? Not to worship them or pray to them. But we do so because the Scriptures tell us that they are a “cloud of witnesses” who give testimony, witness to the saving truths of God’s Word by their confession, life, and death. The Scriptures also tell us to remember those who have spoken the Word of God to us, to consider the outcome of their way of life, and to follow that example.
One of those saints who have gone before is the disciple Andrew. November 30th is the minor festival of the Church year in which we are to remember St. Andrew, the apostle. And what are we to remember about him? “St. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was born in the Galilean village of Bethsaida. Originally a disciple of John the Baptist, Andrew then became the first of Jesus’ disciples (John 1:31-40). His name regularly appears in the Gospels near the top of the lists of the Twelve. It was he who first introduced his brother Simon to Jesus (John 1:41-42}. He was, in a real sense, the first home missionary, as well as the first foreign missionary (John 12:20-22). Tradition says Andrew was martyred, that is put to death for his faith in Jesus, by crucifixion on a cross in the form of an X. (That is why a cross in the form of an X is called the ‘St. Andrew Cross’). In 357 A.D. his body is said to have been taken to the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople and later removed to a cathedral of Amalfi in Italy. Centuries later, Andrew became the patron saint of Scotland because the Scots claimed that they were descended from the Scythians who lived on the shores of the Black Sea in what is now Romania and Bulgaria and were converted by Saint Andrew. St. Andrew’s Day determines the beginning of the Western Church Year, (which we follow today) since the First Sunday in Advent is always the Sunday nearest to St. Andrews Day.”
(History summarized from the Treasury of Daily Prayer – Concordia Publishing House, 2008)
As we remember St. Andrew, may we do so with this prayer, “Almighty God, by your grace the Apostle Andrew obeyed the call of your Son to be a disciple. Grant us also to follow the same Lord Jesus Christ in heart and life, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.”
Serving you in Christ
QUARTERLY MEETING REPORT
The voters met on October 25. They approved a new logo for the church and school. Watch for it to appear on a variety of items. Boards reported on projects of the recent quarter or upcoming plans. The School Board reported that Mr. Glock plans to retire after this school year. More volunteers are needed to help with the accreditation study. The Outreach Board will be doing a Christmas mailing to the community. New Friendship Registers will be introduced. An HVAC inspection identified needed repairs. An exterior lighting project will be done in the near future, replacing the existing lighting with LEDs. Groups are needed to serve Advent suppers. The 2020 Vision stewardship presentations offered last year will be repeated this month for those who were previously unable to participate. Smartboards are ready to be installed in two more classrooms. Projector replacements are next on the list. An audit of the financial books is underway. The treasurer reported that offerings in the previous quarter were ahead of the seasonally-adjusted budget. The Lakeside report provided updates on the Strategic Plan. A recommendation to participate in the Parental Choice program will come before the General Board at its November meeting.
Among the new items will be more involvement by all the pastors in the Early Childhood programs, offering weekly devotions and attending events. As we plan the upcoming holiday services we look forward to presenting the timeless message of God’s love in Jesus.
NEW MEMBER WELCOME
On Sunday, November 1 we welcome those families who joined our congregation in the past year. The event follows the late worship service at 11:30 a.m. There is a potluck meal at which the new families are guests and the rest of us serve as hosts by bringing a generous amount of food to share. Introductions and fellowship follow the meal. Come and get acquainted!
Last year many of our families attended a special stewardship presentation called 2020 Vision. Not all were able to do so, plus several new families have become part of our congregation since then. We are offering several repeat sessions this month. They are
Sunday, November 8
Wednesday, November 11
Sunday, November 15
The Sunday sessions will include a time of fellowship, followed by the presentation, which takes about 45 minutes. The Wednesday session offers a light supper at 6 p.m. in the gym. So that adequate supplies may be ready we ask you to sign up by November 1. Call the church office or sign up on the lobby tables. Childcare is available on the Sundays for children under Sunday School age. Please sign up for that in advance as well.
We culminate with a Commitment Weekend November 21-23.
NEW BIBLE STUDY BEGINS NOVEMBER 1!
Have you ever found yourself just going through the motions in life? Have you struggled with your purpose or lack of motivation? Feeling like you have hit the doldrums in your current time of life? Well come and explore a new study entitled, "Life with a Purpose". Come and spend time in God's Word and put a new heartbeat into your life and see that God has a purpose for all you do! The class will meet on Sundays at 9:15 a.m.
We gather to praise the Lord for his many blessings with special services on Wednesday, November 25 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, November 26 at 9:00 a.m. Please note that the time of the Thursday service has been changed from previous years.
At these services we also receive a door offering for the St. Paul Fund for the Needy, which provides some assistance to individuals or families experiencing difficulty during the year.
St. Paul Mission Society will meet on Monday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. After snacks and fellowship there will be presentations from some of the forensic students of St Paul’s School. The business meeting with election of officers will follow. All ladies of St Paul are invited.
TRUST FUND PROJECTS
Annually St. Paul Trust Fund is available for special projects. The time to make requests for the distribution is now through Thanksgiving. Contact Mrs. Happel in the office for forms. If the project relates to the work of one of our boards, please contact its chairman to ensure the request is appropriate.
Central Standard Time returns on November 1. Remember to set your clocks back one hour and enjoy the extra hour of sleep.
ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT
LET YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR
December 6, 2015
6:00 PM Social Time
6:30 PM Dessert at tables
7:00 PM Program begins
Sign up for Advent by Candlelight begins the weekend of November 1st. Please sign up on the board in the lobby. We are asking each table hostess to include an Advent wreath with five candles on her table. This is an integral part of this year's program. The deadline for sign up is November 30th.
If you have any questions please call or text Becca Lauber at 920-648-2676 or email at email@example.com
SERVICE OPPORTUNITY – ADVENT SUPPERS
For many years groups of our congregation have offered light suppers between the midweek Advent services. We are in need of groups to do that again this year. Some of the traditional groups are no longer able to provide this service. Anyone interested in doing so is asked to contact Luke Wiedenfeld, Fellowship Board Chairman, or Pastor Rath by November 15.
We join these couples in praising God for his blessings as they celebrate special (multiples of 5 years) anniversaries this month.
Jeff and Linda Glendon
Todd and Sue Pooler
WITH THE LORD
GENE SUKOW departed this life on October 22, at the age of 69. His funeral was October 27. We pray for the Lord’s comfort to be with his family.
In the month of November the offering packet includes an envelope for Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service. This agency provides Christian counseling and other services for individuals and families.
Celebrating the Reformation reminds us of our spiritual heritage and God’s blessings of forgiveness and salvation by his grace. Will we not express our gratitude? Our members have done so in worship and in the offerings brought to spread that saving news. Totals from recent weeks are printed below. September 27 includes the electronic funds transfers for the month of September. The average weekly need is $ 21,300.
September 27 $ 34,189
October 4 $ 22,582
October 11 $ 15,581
October 18 $ 16,339
October 25 $ 18,468
During those weeks there were also gifts of $11,699 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings), $2,225 for Mission Festival and $20 for the Thankoffering.
MEMORIALS & SPECIAL GIFTS
We acknowledge with gratitude several recent memorials and special gifts.
For the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings)
In memory of RACHEL HINZMANN, $50
In memory of TOM KUEHL, $20
In memory of JOSEPH RATH, $25
In honor of the 60th wedding anniversary of EARL & DELORES TOPEL, $120
A gift of $200 for ear buds for the personal receivers was also given in memory of RACHEL HINZMANN.
A bequest of $25,000 from the Mildred Maahs estate has been placed in the Designated School Funds.
LUTHER PREP CELEBRATES 150 YEARS
Luther Preparatory School in Watertown is observing 150 years of providing worker training for the WELS on the Watertown campus. A special service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 15. The service will be held in the LPS gymnasium. Choirs from all four of our worker training schools will participate.
WECOME, NEW MEMBERS
It is our privilege this month to introduce the Davis and Evangelist families and Margaret Lenz Lockhart. Welcome to our family of faith!
BRUCE DAVIS grew up in Iowa. He attended Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is a sales associate for the Liberty Parts Team. Son MATTHEW is in 8th grade in St. Paul’s School. Bruce likes to hunt, golf and watch Matt’s sports activities.
MATTHEW EVANGELIST is a native of Anoka, Minnesota. He attended Northwest Technical Institute in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He is a design engineer for GE Healthcare. BRENDA traces her roots back to Becker, Minnesota. She is a homemaker. Their three sons are ARTHUR, in 8th grade; CONNOR, in 5th grade and ZANDER, in 4th grade, all at St. Paul’s School. The family enjoys fishing, football and movies.
MARGARET LENZ LOCKHART spent her youth in Lake Mills and at St. Paul and has now returned after living in various places in the country. Some of you will remember her maiden name of Wollenburg. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Madison and later a nursing degree from the University of Minnesota. She is employed as a staff nurse in occupational health at the VA Hospital in Madison. Margaret has two grown children and four grandchildren. She lists gardening as her favorite pastime.
Lakeside Lutheran High School is offering a couples retreat on Saturday, November 7 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Under the theme Three Strands, the event will encourage and strengthen husbands and wives in Christ. Presenters include Pastors Mark Jeske, Timothy Soukup and Randy Hunter. Cost is $ 65 after October 31 ($ 50 before then). Continental breakfast, coffee and lunch are provided. Register at threestrandsretreat.org.
On Saturday, November 14, the Lane Albrecht agency of Thrivent Financial will provide a free showing the recent Salty Earth production of The Return at the Towne Cinema in Watertown. The movie gives an allegorical presentation of the message of salvation, based on a short story by Rev. Jeffrey Schallert of Cambridge. The showing begins at 11:00 a.m., with doors open at 10:30. Sign up for the free tickets at church or contact Pastor Rath. Tickets are first come, first served, with a final deadline of November 8 to order. Salty Earth is the studio operated by Steve and Beth Zambo.
TWICE IS NICE NEWS
The Good Stewards Board of the Twice Is Nice (TIN) store recently held its annual appreciation dinner to thank those who have volunteered during the past year. It was shared there that TiN has donated $3.85 million to Lakeside Lutheran High School since the store’s inception! TiN also publicly thanked Warrior volleyball, wrestling and basketball teams for working at the store during the year.
Volunteers needed: Current volunteers are anxious for additional men volunteers on Saturday mornings, especially someone who could help unload and process the many donations that are brought to the back door on this weekend day. Perhaps you know a father and son who could donate a Saturday a month, or is yours a congregation who provide a male volunteer one Saturday a month? Please prayerfully consider what you could do. Call 920-674-6868 and ask for Jeanette, Carolyn or Norma with questions.
Twice is Nice is open Mondays-Saturdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and is located at 907 W. Racine Street (Highway 18) on Jefferson’s west side, next to the Jefferson Piggly Wiggly.
RECENT COMMUNITY EVENTS
The blood drive held at St. Paul this fall brought 21 people, who successfully donated 20 pints of blood. That is the most units collected by the Blood Center of Wisconsin in Lake Mills this year. Each pint can help up to three lives. Thanks to all who donated and to Linda Jentzsch for her volunteer work.
The flu shot clinic served 14 individuals. Thanks to Ted and Becky Vratny for registering people that morning.