“But now, this is what the LORD says—he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.’ “ (Isaiah 43:1-3)
It all started with a summer thunderstorm. At 1:30am on Saturday morning, July 13, 1912, lightning struck the steeple of St. Paul Lutheran church. That bolt started a fire. Even though it was the middle of the night, people rushed to help put out the flames. But the water pressure of the hoses was too low to spray up onto the roof. The onlookers helplessly watched their church burn down to the foundation.
That was Saturday. What do you suppose those members of St. Paul Lutheran Church did on Sunday? With tears still streaking their faces, they gathered for worship. After worship they held a meeting. They asked for the Lord’s wisdom and guidance. And they voted to rebuild St. Paul Lutheran Church.
God hasn’t promised that everything this side of heaven will be easy. In fact, he’s promised the opposite—that we are the church militant, always fighting the good fight of faith. In the vivid picture language of Isaiah, there are times when we will pass through the waters and will walk through the fire. But the LORD, our God, has promised this “I will be with you.” He is the one who redeemed us by the blood us his Son and called us to faith through his Holy Spirit. He is the LORD, our God, the Holy One, and our Savior. And if he who is all those things and more is the one beside us in good times and in bad, then we do not have to be afraid of anything. “Fear not!” he says to his people.
On July 22, 2018 we voted to go ahead in our planning to build a church. As we continue moving forward in our work together, this is my prayer: that the LORD, our God, will be with us. And also that he would make us into such fearless people of God that no matter what the future holds we will stand side by side serving him together here.
It’s time to look ahead! Fall is just around the corner, and school is only a few weeks away. As pastors, we’re looking ahead at planning catechism and Bible studies for the fall. Plans are underway to launch Connect Groups in September—small discussion groups hosted in members’ homes. September will also bring the celebration of our 125th anniversary. Add to that the decision made July 22nd to move ahead with planning our new sanctuary. There’s a lot to look forward to here at St. Paul. May God be with us as we keep moving forward together in him!
SPECIAL VOTERS’ MEETING HELD JULY 22ND
A voters’ meeting was held on Sunday, July 22nd following the late morning service to discuss and vote on the recommendation of our Building Committee. (That recommendation is printed in its entirely below.) After about an hour of discussion, ballots were distributed and cast. 53 of our voting members were present. The vote was 47 “Yes,” 5 “No,” with 1 abstaining.
BUILDING COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
Sent out via email to our members on Friday, July 20, 2018.
Approved at our voters’ meeting on Sunday, July 22, 2018.
Dear Members of St. Paul and Coworkers in the Kingdom of Our God,
Please find below the recommendation that the Church Council will present to the congregation at the special voters meeting this Sunday, July 22nd at 11:15am This is the recommendation that Building Committee presented to the Church Council last week and was adopted by the Church Council. It contains a plan on how to proceed with our building program at this time and a financial plan to accomplish it. Prayerfully read it over and come to the meeting so that we can make a decision together for the future of our gospel work.
Last year the congregation gave the Building Committee permission to engage Excel Engineering to provide renderings for a master site plan for the space needs identified by our members for our growing ministries in worship and in early childhood. Estimates of the cost of the master site plan that Excel provided was around $10-12 million not counting the current mortgage of $2 million.
We set a goal of $5 million for our capital campaign hoping that we could build both a sanctuary and enlarge the early learning center at the same time. The initial response of the Capital Campaign was $4.2 million in cash and in-kind gifts.
At the time of the capital campaign we had not made any decision regarding what part of the new master site plan we would build first if we did not reach the goal we had set and we made no decision about when to end the Bountiful Blessings offering which is paying off our current Mortgage and when to transition to giving for the new building program.
Since the commitment Sunday on May 6th the Building Committee, which includes a financial subcommittee, has been wrestling with how best to go forward in addressing both our worship and early childhood needs. Based on those discussions, the Building Committee believes that it is best to go forward at this time with building a sanctuary and, as soon as funds become available, to continue with building the early learning center. Some of the reasons for the decision are as follows:
Lending institutions were contacted and a financial plan was put in place which would enable us to address worship needs with a new sanctuary, a chapel, a larger gathering area, and a fellowship hall leaving us with a mortgage of somewhere between $3-3.5 million. (Recall that our current mortgage was originally $3.5). This financial plan takes in to account an in-kind gift that would enable us to cut the cost of the sanctuary by about $1 million.
Building a new sanctuary first would open up a number of activity and storage spaces which would help the growing early childhood ministry at this time.
Although the market analysis indicated that the early childhood ministry could help fund the building program, the start-up costs and the three-year window that it would take for the program to become self-funding would delay the building of a new sanctuary for a long time and increase our budget substantially.
Although the Building Committee believes that this is the most prudent way to proceed, it is the hope and prayer of the Building Committee that, should we receive another $1.5 million in commitments now, we could begin a phase-in plan for the early learning center as soon as possible.
Based on this information, the Building Committee and the Church Council recommend to the voters the following:
1. That St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church contract with Excel for architectural and engineering design services for a $5 million sanctuary, chapel, gathering area, and fellowship area. Fees not to exceed $300,000.
2. That St. Paul approve the use of the in-kind gift of $750,000 for construction management.
3. That we accept the financial plan adopted by the Building Committee which includes the following:
a. That with upfront gifts we try, with God’s help, to pay down as much as possible the current mortgage of $2 million by March of 2019.
b. That we give approval to begin negotiating as soon as possible the terms of the construction loan not to exceed indebtedness of $5 million.
c. That after construction we approve a mortgage of no more than $3.5 million.
4. That we officially begin the “125 Years of Connecting” building fund on August 1, 2018.
5. That we encourage members who have not yet made a commitment to do so now.
6. That, since we now have a direction regarding what we will be building, members who have already made a commitment inform Gerry Heckmann regarding any changes they would like to make to their commitment.
BUILDING PROJECT UPDATE
The July edition of the building project status update is available at St. Paul in the gathering area. If you aren’t able to pick up a copy in person or read it online, call the church office and we would be happy to mail one to you.
Save the date! St. Paul will be hosting the fall rally of the Capitol Circuit on Saturday, October 20. The speaker will be Rebecca Wendland, wife of former African Missionary Rob Wendland.
We join the following couples in thanking the Lord for blessings received as they celebrate special wedding anniversaries (multiples of five years) this month. May God’s blessings continue on you and on all of our families!
Tim & Julie Schwecke August 6 40 years
Damon & Leah Tracy August 14 25 years
John & Nicole Guld August 15 20 years
Jay & Mary Lang August 21 25 years
Larry & Lori Wolff August 27 30 years
WITH THE LORD
BOB HAFENSTEIN departed this life on July 5, at the age of 77. His funeral was held on July 11. May the Lord comfort his loved ones through his Word.
REV. JOHN CHWOROWSKY departed this life on July 9, at the age of 86. His funeral was held on July 15. Blessed are those who die in the Lord!
We express sincere gratitude for these recent memorial gifts presented to the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings):
In memory of MARGIE THOMSON, $25 and $2000 for Phase 2 Building
In memory of ROBERT HAFENSTEIN, $10 and $10 for Phase 2 Building
In memory of PASTOR JOHN CHWOROWSKY, $195 and $1960 for Phase 2 furnishings
Our review of Christ’s love and goodness during the recent weeks provides motivation for our giving for the work of his kingdom. His daily blessings supply the means to do so. May our response always be grateful and generous! Offerings of recent weeks for the general operating budget are listed below. Average weekly needs are currently $ 27,900.
July 2 $ 172,235
July 9 $ 18,538
July 16 $ 18,140
July 23 $ 15,363
July 30 $ 16,953
Also received during those weeks were gifts of $17,849 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings), $915 for the Improvement Fund, $56,604 for Phase 2 Building, $1 for Scholarship, and $897 for Tuition Assistance.
125TH ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE PROJECTS:
Under the leadership of Dr. Dennis Gulczynski, a committee of members has been making tentative plans to observe St. Paul’s 125th anniversary. Here are the projects/events, one of which has already happened:
· A new church directory
· An updated history
· Sponsor for the community a concert by the First Brigade Band.
· An outdoor service on September 23rd to which we will invite the community.
· An anniversary celebration reunion Sunday in conjunction with Mission Festival on October 13-15, 2018.
Part of the celebration will involve congregational projects to celebrate the spread of the gospel locally, nationally, and globally.
Locally: Pastor Jonathan Bauer, a son of St. Paul and the founding pastor of a home mission in Mt. Horeb, WI., will be our guest preacher on September 23rd. The anniversary event that weekend will include a project to support that home mission.
Nationally: It is also the 125th Anniversary of our work among the Apaches in Arizona. St. Paul will sponsor a team of five members to go down for 4-5 days at the end of October to help our fellow members there with their anniversary events. The five-person team, recommended by the 125th Anniversary Committee and approved by the Church Council, is Christine and Will Carroll, Jill Doering, Alana Enger, and Steve Gartner.
Globally: For our mission festival, we will have a guest preacher to share encouragement regarding our work in Pakistan and India and, somehow, reconnect with the two congregations from India for whom we built churches when we built our current facilities.
The costs for these events will be about $5,000-$6,000. The Church Council has approved the Anniversary Committee’s recommendation that all the members of St. Paul be given opportunity to help support these projects. Please find enclosed a special envelope you can use to support these special anniversary projects.
PROJECTION OF WORSHIP
At the end of last year, the Worship Sub-Committee provided recommendations to enhance worship. Among those was a recommendation to project the worship service as an alternative option to following along in the service folder or hymnal. This is a recommendation that has also been voiced individually by a number of members.
Beginning August 12th and running through October, we will be testing out this recommendation by projecting every Communion Sunday service. We'll try different options along the way and will ask for your feedback at the end of every service. Please take the time to let us know your thoughts, so we can determine the best way to proceed. There will also be an opportunity to get involved, if you feel this is a way in which you can serve.
ATTENTION ALL YOUTH
This is a shout out to the Youth Group (incoming 7th graders-12th grade) along with parents and especially our mentors and supporters who helped us get to the 2018 Youth Rally. We want to tell you all about our trip, our youth group and give you our calendar of events for the coming school year! Join us Saturday August 11, from 4:30-6:15 in the gym. We will have a picture presentation for those who did not attend so you know what to expect next time when the rally is held in Tennessee summer 2020!
Games and snacks will be provided and we will be done in time if you plan to attend Saturday night church. See you then!
CONNECT GROUPS ARE COMING THIS FALL!
What is a connect group? Connect groups are small groups of people that meet together. The groups bring Christians together in a community, allowing them to grow together in Christ. When you share your life with a community of fellow believers, we call that "fellowship". St. John writes, "We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the father and with his Son, Jesus Christ" (John 1:3). When believers are united to God, they are inevitably united to one another also. We are planning on starting with Connect Group Bible studies this fall. These groups will generally be held in homes, and will be comprised of 8-10 people. Please watch for more information that will be coming soon.
CAMP PHILLIP 5K
The sixth annual Camp Phillip 5K is being held on Sunday, Sept. 2. For more information, visit www.campphillip.com/5K.
TWICE IS NICE RETAIL STORE NEWS FOR AUGUST 2018
Here we go again: Seasons keep rolling on, and while it seems just a short time since spring came around, August brings the seasonal changeover! Don’t miss great opportunities to shop, including the 50% all clothing sale from August 16—22, and then the biannual “Bag Sale” from August 23—25. Changeover occurs the evening of August 25 so that Monday, August 27 we have a brand new sales floor of fall and winter items for our shoppers. Changeover is a great night to meet and greet other volunteers. Think about it!
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 to make a decision to help Lakeside through working at Twice is Nice. That is empowering and rewarding personally.
Call the store at 920-674-6868 and ask for the Day Manager to set up a day and time to visit and hear more!
Thank you to our Meals on Wheels drivers: Roger & Judy Mundt, Tara Topel, Vi Topel, Marianne Hafenstein, Pastor & Jan Rath, Marie Mertz, Linda Jentzsch, Rose Pfeifer
Lakeside Lutheran High School is seeking candidates for several non-called positions, one full-time and several part-time, including an administrative assistant, morning custodian, ground keeper and more. To see what positions remain available and to find more info and applications, see llhs.org/apps/pages/employment.
Morning Custodian: Lakeside Lutheran High School seeks a part-time morning custodian to join our Building & Grounds crew. This year-round 20 hr/wk position requires 6-10 AM during the school year and at agreed-upon morning hours in the summer. Candidates must have a high school diploma or GED, a clean background, and reliable transportation. Applications are at Lakeside or downloaded at llhs.org/apps/pages/employment. Submit via e-mail to email@example.com, mail to 231 Woodland Beach Rd. 53551 or drop off during school office hours.
Grounds Maintenance/Custodian: Lakeside Lutheran High School seeks a part-time groundskeeper/custodian to join our Building & Grounds crew. This year-round 20 hr/wk position requires lawn mowing and athletic field prep during the warm months and snow removal and light custodial during the winter. Candidates must have a high school diploma or GED, a clean background, and reliable transportation. Applications are at Lakeside or downloaded llhs.org/apps/pages/employment. Submit via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, mail to 231 Woodland Beach Rd. 53551 or drop off during school office hours.
Administrative Assistant: Lakeside Lutheran High School seeks a full-time assistant to join our front office. This year-round position that includes health insurance and other benefits, assists the Athletic Director, Director of Operations and other administrative staff. A successful candidate will be comfortable learning new computer applications and skills. The position also requires high school diploma or equivalent; the ability to interact well on the phone and in person with students, parents, faculty, and staff; good organizational skills and attention to detail; the ability to maintain complete confidentiality. Applications are at Lakeside or downloaded at llhs.org/apps/pages/employment.
Submit via e-mail to email@example.com, mail to 231 Woodland Beach Rd. 53551 or drop off during school office hours.
Executive Director. The Executive Director will be responsible for the overall administration of the business side of the school, working closely with the principal and Board of Regents. A successful candidate will be a member of a WELS/ELS in good standing, have an attitude of ministry, a thorough understanding of Biblical principles of stewardship and leadership, and a commitment to the cause of Christian education. In addition, candidates should have a degree in business administration or a related field or have equivalent work experience. Direct questions to Principal James Grasby. Submit a resume and cover to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5:00 PM August 3, 2018. Find a complete job description at llhs.org/apps/pages/employment
Extended Learning Center Aide: Lakeside Lutheran High School seeks a part-time Extended Learning Center Aide to support students in areas including but not limited to algebra, geometry, science, biology, world history, language arts, religion and technology beginning with the 2018-19 school year. The candidate needs skills and strategies to work in a one-on-one or small groups. Frequent communication and collaboration with the Extended Learning Center Director are expected, especially in monitoring and reporting student progress. The position is up to 30 hours per week during the school year; hours on campus may change each semester per student schedules. Must be a member of WELS/ELS in good standing, have an attitude of ministry, a thorough understanding of Biblical principles, and a commitment to the cause of Christian education; an educational background and degree are preferred. Applications can be picked up at the Lakeside office or download at llhs.org/apps/pages/employment. Submit via e-mail to email@example.com, mail to 231 Woodland Beach Rd. 53551 or drop off during school office hours.
WELS LUTHERANS FOR LIFE
You are invited to the SOUL Ride motorcycle event this August 18th! Enjoy a scenic ride through Southeastern Wisconsin while supporting the life-saving mission of WELS Lutherans for Life! The day will include morning refreshments and lunch, along with spiritual encouragement and fellowship with the supporters of the ministry. Participants will meet at Morning Star Lutheran Church in Jackson at 9:00 AM. Not close to Jackson, WI? Ride Virtually and still make a difference! Funds raised from the SOUL Ride will directly support clients of WELS Lutherans for Life. To register and learn more visit soulride.org or call (414) 727-8176.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
Emergency~~blood needed! Please come to donate blood at the Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, August 7th, at the Lake Mills Community Center. The drive runs from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM.