St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church Newsletter
We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3).
Dear Friends at St. Paul,
Paul’s words quoted above express our feelings as well. God’s love for you in Jesus has moved many of you to serve your Savior through our congregation’s activities, and we are grateful. Recent events of the summer have reminded us. The many volunteers who worked to make our Vacation Bible School a success, the labors that went into the church picnic and car show, the preparations for the new school year and all the people who will be helping during the school year are amazing. Those actions are fruits of faith: deeds prompted by the love of Jesus and desire to spread his Word. St. Paul congregation would not be able to function without this active involvement of our members.
Other works of service are ongoing: boards and committees, organizations and musicians are a few examples. These tasks sometimes call for the endurance that Paul mentioned; Coming week after week for rehearsals or month after month for meetings calls for special dedication. Those deeply involved in the work may need an extra degree of patience as they seek to bring everyone else up to speed. Again the love of Jesus and his promise of heaven provide the qualities needed.
None of these individuals are looking for personal gain and many may shy from recognition. Their service stems from concern for souls and a desire to honor the Savior’s name. All are truly appreciated and we thank you. May God continue to bless us all as we work together in his kingdom!
In our Savior’s name,
Pastor James Rath
QUARTERLY MEETING REPORT
Todd Gade has asked to be replaced as treasurer; he was thanked for his years of dedicated service in that office and on the Finance Board. In addition to that position to be filled, vacancies were noted on both the Property and Outreach boards. There is also need for work with English as a Second Language and for a neighborhood canvass.
The meeting approved release of $4000 from the Directed School Memorials to cover moving expenses of our new teachers (not supplied through the special offering envelope).
TIME TO DIG INTO THE WORD!
Sunday School and Youth Bible study will begin the same Sunday. Children ages PreK - 6th grade will gather in the sanctuary by 9:15 and moved to the gym or library. The youth class will gather in the 8th grade class room at the same time.
Bible Information Class continues each Sunday in the conference room at 9:15 AM. This is a great way to review doctrines or a great place to bring a friend who is interested in learning about God's Word.
Let's make every Sunday a two hour experience together in God's Word!
FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY- TRIP
Mr. Hermes has a Lake Mills connection, as his wife grew up here. He is now 90 years old and may not be performing much longer.
WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS
JAKE BOWLING is a Watertown native. He operates Bowling Pump and Well. KATIE grew up at St. Paul (last name Raasch). She graduated from UW-Parkside with a degree in business administration and employs those talents as purchasing analyst for Bryant Products of Ixonia. Their son JACE has started kindergarten at St. Paul’s School and GRADY is 16 months old. Their daughter JOEY is deceased. Favorites for the family include volleyball, hunting, camping and other outdoor activities.
ERIK MILLER grew up in northern New York. He has degrees in computer network systems and information security from the ITT Technology Institute. When he came to Green Bay he met and married TRISHA (Medenwaldt), who grew up here. She received a degree in business management and a minor in accounting from UW-Green Bay and later an MBA in finance from Lakeland College. She works as the financial controller for Servall in Ixonia and Erik works as systems administrator for Cardiac Science in Deerfield. They have a son JACKSON, who is 22 months old. Erik likes computer work and grilling and smoking meats. Trisha enjoys cooking, volleyball, jet skiing and family activities.
GLEN PROEBER started life in Milwaukee. He studied fire technology at MATC and was a professional fireman, also worked at Patrick Cudahy and in a painters’ union but has now retired. WENDY grew up in Franklin. She had been a flight attendant for Midwest Express but is now a homemaker. Their daughter RACHEL is in 4th grade at St. Paul’s School. Glen is into jogging, weightlifting and other sports. Now that they have moved near Rock Lake, he looks forward to fishing. Wendy likes sewing and reading.
LISA RADUE is our new second grade teacher. She is a native of Howards Grove. Since graduating from Dr. Martin Luther College, she has taught in WELS schools in Nicollet, Minnesota; San Jose, California and rural Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Lisa enjoys piano, musicals and her dog.
JASON SCHMIDT spent his growing years in Madison and Lake Mills. He has a degree from UW-Madison in medical microbiology and immunology. He works for Forward Management as construction manager. PAMELA hails from St. Charles, Illinois. She earned a degree in business from Edgewood College and works as purchasing assistant at Crescent Electric. Jason and Pamela like to spend time on the water and biking. They are building a house in Lake Mills.
WITH THE LORD
July 31 $ 23,721
In addition to the above amounts there were gifts of $726 for the Improvement Fund, $12,737 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings), $925 for Tuition Assistance, $417 for the church picnic, $70 for Vacation Bible School, $500 for the paschal candle and $80 for Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service.
SPECIAL GIFTS & MEMORIALS
In memory of KADY LEE (granddaughter of Bob & Marianne Hafenstein), $420 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings) and $10 for the Improvement Fund.
In memory of WILMA SCHMIDT, $15 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings).
In honor of the 45th wedding anniversary of BRUCE & SHELBY HAHN, $450 for the paschal candle and processional cross.
FLU SHOT CLINIC
TWICE IS NICE NEWS
Volunteer: Stephanie Bartels from St. Paul is one of the new volunteers. We are eager to host you in a “no-pressure” visit to explore the store, meet some volunteers and learn about opportunities for you to have fun and feel productive making a vital difference for Lakeside Lutheran. Come with a friend! Call 920-674-6868; ask for a manager.
Shop: September brings all things fall and winter, since our season changeover happened late last month. 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.
Donate: Another reminder that we appreciate your “saleable” donations (i.e., clean and in good working order). We accept items in the back of the building from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. any day we’re open. The only items we cannot accept are console pianos/stereos/sewing machines, mattresses/box springs, large CRT TVs, organs and paint. A big thank you goes out to the Watertown ROC for Youth who forwarded us great leftovers from their Watertown rummage sale again this summer.
ROCK RIVER AREA OWLS
Dear Members of St. Paul,
My heart is overflowing with thankfulness for the warm welcome you have given me. Thank you for the well-wishes, pantry shower gifts, and most importantly your prayers. I am excited to begin my service here and look forward to all of the blessings the Lord has in store for the ministry we share at St. Paul. Thank you again for all of your thoughtfulness.
In Christ’s love,
Miss Lisa Radue