St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church and School

1530 South Main Street, Lake Mills, Wisconsin 53551

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
Church-648-2235; School–648-2918
Principal James Grasby LLHS 648-2321 

JUNE 2016

Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven (Matthew 10:32).

Dear Friends at St. Paul,

This month’s minor festival that we note is not a person but an event.  June 25 marks the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession in 1530.  That is a significant date in Lutheran history.  The Reformation truths were spreading rapidly.  Holy Roman Emperor Charles V called for a special meeting in hopes that religious agreement could be achieved to support a united political front against the forces of Islam.  Because Luther had been declared an outlaw, it was not safe for him to travel to Augsburg, so his coworker Philip Melanchthon penned this confession confessing the truths of justification of sinners by God’s grace alone, through faith alone.  It was signed by leaders of many German cities and regions and presented formally to the emperor.  The statement noted areas of agreement as well as teachings and practices that had been corrected by the Lutherans.  After Roman Catholic authorities rejected the Confession, he wrote a longer, more detailed defense known as the Apology.

There was risk in taking this stand for the truth, but that’s what our Savior calls us to do in the verse cited above.  We confess our faith openly because we know it is by those truths that we are saved.  At the same time we want to bring that wonderful message to others.  Our faith is not something to hide or compromise.  Our circumstances may be much different, but the need for us to stand up boldly and confidently for the truths of God’s Word is no less vital.  May the example of those leaders long ago spur us on in our lives as Christ’s witnesses!

Serving the Savior with you,

Pastor James Rath

St. Paul voters met on May 15.  The main business was adoption of the 2016-17 fiscal year budget.  Major changes in it included increasing the housing allowance for called workers to 85% of the Jefferson County index, raising support of Lakeside Lutheran High School to their requested amount of $188,000, giving more support for continuing education and committing $104,000 to the work of our synod.  School tuition will be $1225, an increase of $50 per student.  The adopted budget calls for an 8% increase in weekly offerings to $23,110.

A transfer of $22,857 from Directed School Memorials was approved to help cover large HVAC repairs incurred last fall.  Heather Moore was granted a peaceful release from her call as Early Childhood Director as her husband has accepted a call outside the area.  Her service will end June 30.  Gratitude for her years of faithful service was expressed.  Calling of a replacement will occur at a special meeting in the near future.  Eleven members who had moved several years ago and left no forwarding address were removed from membership.  That action brings current numbers to 1529 souls, 1218 communicants.

Reports noted progress on the school accreditation study and the beginning of the strategic planning process for the church.  New teacher Lisa Radue will be arriving in late June.  Test results show our students achieving above both the national and other WELS schools averages in all subject areas.  An updated website will roll out soon.  Summer activities will include teens to the International WELS Youth Rally in Colorado, Relay for Life, Vacation Bible School, Lake Mills Parade, fellowship outings to the Madison Mallards June 16, WELS Night at the Brewers on July 29, church picnic and car show on August 7.

Summer brings an end to school and catechism classes, but the work of the Lord simply shifts to different activities.  It starts out with District Convention, held for our Western Wisconsin District June 6-7 at Luther Preparatory School in Watertown.  Pastors, male teachers and lay delegates attend.  As the 500th anniversary of the Reformation approaches, the theme for the convention is “On the Road to the Reformation”.  This year Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) is the focus for study.  The convention elects district officers.  Reports are also shared on the work of our synod.

Summer brings events like Vacation Bible School, Relay for Life, the church picnic and other fellowship activities.  Worship and Bible study remain weekly opportunities for spiritual growth.  And yes, there will be vacations—not time to forget the Lord but to relax and to join our fellow Christians in other locations in worship.  Let us know if you need information on WELS churches where you are vacationing.

After 44 years in the teaching ministry, 35 of them at St. Paul’s School, Mr. Ronald Glock will be retiring at the end of the school year.  The worship services of June 4-6 will look at using our gifts in God’s service, with the 10 a.m. service on Sunday designated for giving thanks for the blessings granted to and through the service of Mr. Glock.  Rev. Charles Iles will be the guest speaker.  Former and current students and any others interested are invited to sing an anthem (rehearsal will be held at 9:00 a.m. that day).  Presentations, a video and a meal will follow the service. For the meal, meat (turkey and beef sandwiches), potato salad and beverages will be provided.  We ask members attending to bring side dishes or desserts to share.   

St. Paul Mission Society will meet on Monday, June 6, at 7:00 p.m.  Following dessert and fellowship, there will be a Bible study.  All ladies are invited.

A special voters’ meeting will be held on Monday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. to issue a call for an assistant preschool director.
Included with this newsletter is a special offering envelope to help with the moving expenses of our new teacher, Miss Lisa Radue.  She will be arriving later this month.

We congratulate our members who are graduating this spring from high school.  From Lake Mills:  Kaitlyn Doyle, Lillian Francis, Rebecca Glendon, Taylor Hosey, Alexander Mierendorf, Bailey Rockney and Chase Scheel.  From Lakeside Lutheran:  Austin DeNoyer, Rebecca Doering,  Ryan Genthe, Timothy Hodel, Hannah Hoffman, Robert Jarnigo, Ryan Kexel, Patience Letko, Dalton Milner, Aaron Petersen and Autumn Tracy.  May God guide your future paths!
On Assignment Day at Martin Luther College, Mr. Grey Davis received a one-year call to St. Croix Lutheran High School in West Saint Paul, Minnesota to teach social studies and serve as dormitory supervisor.  May God bless you in your new calling!

RUBY RADKE departed this life on May 21 at the age of 87.  Her funeral was on May 25. 

BRIAN RUPNOW entered life eternal on May 23 at the age of 69.  Our pastors had served him in recent years, so we will conduct his funeral on May 28.
May the Lord grant comfort to their families through his Word.

We join the following couples in thanking God for blessings received as they celebrate special (multiples of 5 years) wedding anniversaries this month.  May God continue to fill all our homes with his love!

Pastor & Lois McKenney

June 6 

35 years

Stanley & Catherine Burrow

June 7

30 years

Robert & Laurel Runte

June 7

30 years

Gordon & Rose Goers

June 8

20 years

Jeremy & Stefanie Wrasse

June 11

5 years

Merlin & Rose Pfeifer

June 16

60 years

Steven & Janice Hasel  

June 19

40 years

Kenneth & Viorene Schroeder

June 19

60 years

Joseph & Jessica Dach 

June 25

5 years

Robert & Marianne Hafenstein

June 25

50 years

Joseph & Megan Wood

June 26

10 year

Kenneth & Jacque Gernetzke

June 28

30 year

A new Bible Information Class is set to begin between services on Sunday, June 12.  We will aim to start right at 9:00 a.m.  Please contact one of the pastors if you are interested in attending.  This class studies major teachings of the Bible in preparation for church membership or as a review for current members.

We give thanks for the offerings our members bring each week.  As we come to the end of the school year and start of vacations, let us remember the constant faithfulness of our Lord in blessing us, so that we do not neglect his house and his Word but continue to honor him with our worship and with our gifts.  Received in support of our operating budget were the following amounts in recent weeks.  The total for May 1 includes electronic giving in April.  Average weekly needs in the current budget are $21,323.

May 01

$ 27,014

May 08

$ 28,930

May 15

$ 19,624

May 22

$ 15,849

Also received during those weeks were gifts of $8,813 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings), $511 for the Improvement Fund, $496 for Tuition Assistance, $4,755 for the Youth Rally, $114 for the Mother’s Day roses and $233 for the Lakeside A cappella Choir.

We acknowledge with gratitude the gift of $100 for the Building Fund in honor of the 40th wedding anniversary of Eugene and Cheryl Burrow.

This past year our synod has been conducting a special “One in Christ” offering to remove its debt.  That way we can focus on our mission.  This offering is scheduled to end June 30.  A group of members had offered to match the first $20,000 received by our congregation for this effort.  So that all can be received and submitted, it would be helpful if all gifts for the offering are returned by June 19.  Special envelopes are available in the church lobby.

This year’s WELS Night at the Brewers is Friday, July 29.  Game time is 7:10 p.m.  The Pittsburgh Pirates will provide the opposition.  WELS members will be seated together and receive a discount on tickets.  Field Outfield Box seats are $21, Loge Outfield Box seats are $17 and Terrace reserved are $9.  You may order them personally, but if we have a group order of 20 tickets you do not need to pay handling charges.  To be included on the group order sign up at church by July 9.

The Town and Country Days parade is Saturday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m.  Watch for our St. Paul entry, which will promote the Vacation Bible School theme of Circle J Ranch with horse and wagon.

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!   Two weeks are still available in July: Sunday, July 3 – Friday, July 8;  Sunday July 17 – Friday, July 22
For more information visit www.campbird.org or send an email to campbirdforlutherans@gmail.com.

The 53rd annual convention of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society will be held at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois June 23-26.  The opening service at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 is open to all.

I want to thank my brothers and sisters in Christ for the prayers, cards and calls during my illness.  God’s blessings, Gordy Goers.

THE PROPERTY BOARD thanks those who helped with the Work Day on May 21.  Your labors are sincerely appreciated!

Lakeside principal, Mr. James Grasby, is observing forty years in the teaching ministry.  A service of thanksgiving will be held on Sunday, June 12 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Jefferson.  That afternoon a reception marking the event, as well as the 40th wedding anniversary of Jim and Nancy, will be held 3-5 p.m. at Lakeside Lutheran high School.

Did you know? Twice Is Nice is quickly developing a reputation for low-cost, high-quality formalwear! Planning a wedding, or planning to attend a wedding? At last look there were about a dozen gorgeous wedding dresses varying in size from 8 to 14, from $35.00-$50.00. Several customers have reported how thrilled they were to find a special dress they never could have afforded elsewhere. Check TiN first whenever there’s a special occasion coming up!

Donate: Looking to clean out this summer? Twice is Nice is pleased to accept your donations of resalable items. The only items we cannot accept are console pianos/stereos/sewing machines, mattresses/box springs, large CRT TVs, organs and paint. Drive to the rear of the building from 9-4:30 PM, look for the door and ring the bell! Donation receipts are available.

Shop: Did you know that in addition to fabulous everyday prices, TiN runs 50% off sales at the end of every month? For example, all green-tagged items were 50% off from May 25-31. What color will the 50% off tags be in June? Shop and find out! We’re easy-to-find: just a minute east on the Hwy 18 exit off the 26 bypass at 907 W. Racine St., next to the Piggly Wiggly. Call 920-674-6868 with questions.

Volunteer: Catch the fever of a Twice is Nice volunteer—whether it once a month or once a week, whether it’s taking care of a department, fixing items or clerking, we have a fun, productive opportunity for you to make a real difference. No expertise needed; you’ll get all the training you need. Pray about it with a friend!

Northwestern Publishing House is seeking several individuals for part-time positions as Customer Service Representatives.  The positions will average 20 hours per week and will include some Saturdays and holidays.

A position is also open for an Advertising and Marketing Copywriter.  This job will average 30 hours per week.  Complete job descriptions and application forms may be found at nph.net/employment.

Circle J Ranch is being held August 1-5 from 8:45-11:45. We need ranchers going into 3k-6th grade to invite their friends, relatives, and neighbors to come and Join Rancher Ray and Rancher Rebecca on an adventure trail ride through God’s Saving Word!

We also need teens and adults to help with games, crafts, skits, and Bible stories. Even if you can spare only an hour, we can use your help.  Please consider using your talents to serve the Lord and others.  Please be sure to sign up by July 15th to assure efficient planning!

Sign up forms for registration and volunteering can be found in the lobby, or you can sign up online at stpaullakemills.org/vbs.html.  If you have any questions about registration, contact Michelle Storlie at 920-222-4349.  Questions about volunteering, contact Tara Topel at 920-605-0112 or tara.topel@gmail.com.

The Worship Board is looking for volunteers to learn how to run the projector for worship services.  Our congregation has expressed interest in having the communion hymns projected as well as other parts of the service.  This however will require a group of rotating volunteers similar to ushers or communion assistants.  Ideally our volunteers would represent regular attendees of all our service times.  If you are interested in this service, please sign up "Click HERE" or speak to Pat Arndt or one of the pastors.  The online signup will ask for your name, email, phone number and the service you most often attend.  Thank you for considering this service to our congregation and our Lord.