St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church Newsletter
Focus on the Font
As Lutherans, we focus on a "means of grace" (the gospel in word and sacraments) ministry. Everything that we do spiritually begins and ends with God's good work through the gospel of Jesus Christ. God promises that "faith comes by hearing the message and the message is heard through word of Christ. (Rm 10:17). We simply focus on the gospel of Jesus Christ and then hold God to his promises.
As you may have noticed, the chancel has been moved around and will have some new appointments added to it. The goal is to visually and functionally highlight the means of grace. One thing that this new arrangement allows is a permanent place for the baptismal font. No longer will it be moved aside for other purposes, but be a constant reminder of the eternal promise that our God made to us with splash of water and his triune name.
He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:5 (NIV84)
Although the font is mostly symbolic since it is not used every week, we are ever reminded of the status we have as children of God. We may not remember the day of our baptism, but the far more important truth is that God will never forget his promise to you on that day. Be reminded as you gaze from the pew or notice as the Lord's supper the symbol of God's promise to you in the baptismal font. "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit..." you now live and will die, but are guaranteed eternity. Stay focused on the font!
Serving You in Christ
ST. PAUL CHURCH PICNIC
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SUNDAY
WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS
AARON DOBBERSTEIN started life at Sheboygan and spent growing years at Lake Geneva (long term members of St. Paul might remember his mom, Carol Kuehl). In his undergraduate years he met his wife AMANDA, who spent her growing years in Illinois, Wisconsin and Japan. Amanda has a Master’s degree from Marquette University and is a speech pathologist for the Waterloo school district. Aaron has a Master’s degree in school counseling from Concordia University and currently is a stay-at-home dad. The family spent some years in Germany. The children are ALLISON, who will be in grade 3 at St. Paul’s School; AVA, who will be in 4K and ADAM, who is 2½ years old. The family enjoys traveling and outdoor activities. Allison likes crafts and music, Ava is into animals and Adam likes sports. Aaron’s hobby is reading.
DUSTIN KILIAN is a native of Sun Prairie, the son of Mike and Janice, our members who have recently moved to rural Montello. He has a degree from MATC in diesel and heavy equipment and works as a mechanic at Truck Country. His wife is KELLY, who grew up in Stoughton and is a homemaker. Their children are KARISSA, who is entering Lakeside Lutheran High School and BRANDON, who will be in 8th grade at St. Paul’s School. Dustin enjoys hunting and fishing and the family is busy with sports events.
June 28 $ 24,578
Also received during those weeks were gifts of $9,653 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings), $270 for the Improvement Fund, $872 for the Youth Rally and $60 for Vacation Bible School and $500 for Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service.
MEMORIALS & SPECIAL GIFTS RECEIVED
In memory of ELISABETH BAUER, $130
In memory of WILMA SCHMIDT, $240 for a presentation cross.
ONE IN CHRIST DEBT RETIREMENT UPDATE
Several of our members challenged us with to match up to $20,000 towards this effort. The goal was exceeded and a total of $48,245 was shared by our generous members. Praise the Lord, the WELS debt is now down to a few hundred thousand dollars. If the Spirit moves you, gifts are still being accepted.
TWICE IS NICE NEWS
Volunteer: Have you thought about some joys of volunteering lately? When you volunteer, you “Build New Skills.” It’s never too late to learn new skills. You may find a new-found passion you never realized existed. Learning new things will always give you confidence to challenges in other areas of your life as well. You “Meet New People.” Through volunteering you can meet an incredibly rich and diverse range of people from all backgrounds and walks of life. You never know whom you will meet, and what kind of impact this could have on your life. God works in mysterious ways and the often brings people into your life at different times for different reasons. You “Improve Your Health.” Scientists confirm there is healing power in helping others, such as a heightened sense of well-being, a decrease in insomnia, stronger immune system and speedier recovery from surgery. You “Develop a Strong Sense of Achievement.” There is a choice involved in volunteering, wherein you have make a decision to help Lakeside through working at Twice is Nice. That is empowering and rewarding personally.
The next Red Cross Blood Drive is at the Lake Mills Municipal Building on Tuesday, August 2, 12 noon-5 p.m.