James 1:17. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.”
Dear Members of St. Paul,
When it comes to the opening article for the church newsletters, the topics for some months are obvious. In December, there’s Christmas. April is usually Easter. In October we remember the Reformation and in November we have Thanksgiving. But what about June? Are there any events, topics, or holidays that we can highlight in June?
Although we may not highlight them, there are certain things that happen in June which call to mind three of the most sacred institutions that God has established and gifts that he gives for the well-being of the world. They are the Church, civil government, and marriage.
Why would I say that? Like this year, the festival of Pentecost sometimes falls in the month of June. Pentecost is the church festival in which we celebrate the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the “birthdate of the Christian Church” when around 3,000 people were brought to faith in Jesus. In June we also celebrate the birth of the Lutheran Church. It was on June 25, 1530 that Lutheran princes confessed their faith before the world through the Augsburg Confession. These birthdates are notable because it is the Holy Spirit who brings us and keeps us in the faith through the power of the gospel. Through the gospel the Holy Spirit creates the “Church.” As we note these two events this month, may we always remember that all those in whom the Holy Spirit has created faith belong to the Holy Christian Church.
Another institution that God established for the good of society is civil government. Although the celebration is not as spectacular as the 4th of July, June 14th is “flag day.” It is a day on which we celebrate the American flag which symbolizes the liberties we enjoy, especially the freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our conscience. And although no government is perfect, God has richly blessed us through the government under which we live. May it always be our prayer that God would bless America that we may continue to enjoy the blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
And finally, in June we celebrate Father’s Day. Although there usually aren’t “Father’s Day” brunches like on Mother’s Day, we pause to give thanks to God for our fathers, especially Christian fathers. As we pause to thank God for our dads, we are reminded of another institution God established for our good. That is marriage. Although marriage is being attacked and “dismantled” by a society that is growing ever more ungodly, we still believe and teach that the family is the backbone of society. It is through marriage between one man and one woman that God channels the basic blessings of life, both physically and spiritually. So as we celebrate Father’s Day this month, may we give thanks to God for our families and may we ever strive to uphold marriage as God designed it for the good of his world.
Church, state, the family! May we be moved this June to confess with James, “Every good and perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.”
Serving You in Christ,
Pastor Bruce McKenney
THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS
Mr. Andy Dais, Mrs. Alana Enger, and Mrs. Gail Mateske will be finishing their ministries at St. Paul at the end of the school year. Mr. Dais accepted a call to St. Paul’s in Howard’s Grove and Mrs. Enger accepted a call to Divine Savior Lutheran Academy in Doral, FL. Mrs. Mateske is retiring. There are three gift boxes in the church entryway for cards and gifts for Mr. Dais, Mrs. Enger, and Mrs. Mateske. It’s a small way to say, “thank you” and “God bless.”
Join your brothers and sisters in Christ on June 2nd at St. John, Newville in a service of recognition and thanks for the ministry of Gail Mateske. Leadership from both congregations will be present to give thanks to God for her years of service to St. Paul and St. John's. Worship is at 9:00 am and food and Christian fellowship will follow the service.
Assigned from Martin Luther College on May 18 were Brooke Rhoden, who will be our 5th grade teacher and Mitch Giovannettone, who will be our 6th grade teacher. We thank God for these 2 graduates and look forward to them joining us at St. Paul.
As four new teachers begin their service among us this summer, we want to extend a welcome. During the month of June boxes will be available at church for you to share food, gift cards, or cash gifts to enable them to get set up.
MARTIN LUTHER COLLEGE GRADUATE
Henry Tomhave graduated from Martin Luther College on May 18. He plans to continue his studies toward the pastoral ministry at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary this fall. May God guide your future path!
On Assignment Day at Martin Luther College, Mr. Jason Zweifel received a call to Christ the King School in Palm Coast, Florida to teach 6th grade. May God bless you in your new calling!
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
Congratulations to our young people who are graduating from high school this spring. May God lead you on your future path!
From Lakeside Lutheran High School: Caleb Bilitz, Seth Bolin, Michael Freson, Katherine Guld, Seth Hackbarth, Javin Hollis, Carter Kexel, Spencer Korth, Rebecca Lang, Justin Learned, Molly Lindloff, Austin Meyer, Jared Milbrath, Ethan Neumann, Casey Ponyicsanyi, Lucas Schneider, Hannah Tucek and Albert Wood.
From Lake Mills High School: Ian Behling, Isaac Behling, Bryanna Bergmann, Alexis Genthe, Spencer Hans, Chase Radke, Hannah Schmidt, Samuel Steffen, Carly Strauss, and Diana Turcotte.
From Arrowhead: Elijah DeVries
VOTERS’ MEETING SUMMARY
The spring quarterly voters’ meeting was held following the late worship service on Sunday, May 19. At this meeting the budget proposal for the 2019-20 fiscal year was approved, along with plans to implement the council and board restructure recommended last year by the Future Planning Committee. Copies of either are available upon request from the church office.
BRANCHES BAND ON PENTECOST
As we celebrate Pentecost the weekend of June 9, Branches Band will be joining us for worship. Branches Band, based in Milwaukee, has performed in all 50 states and Canada and has served over 500 WELS and ELS congregations by offering Christian concerts, assisting with worship, and developing worship resources. From ancient hymns to original compositions, from guitar and piano to vocal harmonies, the truth of God’s love and grace is at the root of the Branches Band ministry.
19 MINUTES WITH THE MESSIAH
These simple lessons based on things in our world teach profound truths about who Jesus is, about who we are, and about God's kingdom. Join us for 19 minutes at about 9:20 am every Sunday this summer to learn from our Savior.
If you are looking to reflect on the service, and would like brunch, or just coffee, with other like-minded members after church, join us each week at Lake Mills Family Restaurant on Mulberry Street at Noon. Email Johanna Chworowsky, firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone Marianne Hafenstein at 920-648-5695 for more information.
Mission Society meets Monday, June 3 at 7 PM. Speaker will be Jason Zweifel, a son of the congregation, who graduated from Martin Luther College last spring and spent this past year in Equador teaching. He will share some of his experiences while there and also his involvement with Acedemia Cristo, an online Hispanic ministry. All are welcome to attend.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Come Sea what St. Paul VBS has on deck for kids going into 3k-6th grade this summer! We will be making waves through interesting experiments, making nautical crafts, singing songs, and learning how we are all ANCHORED IN CHRIST. Our ship sets sail July 29-August 2nd From 8:45-11:30 each day. Registration is open online. You are shore to have a fun time!
If you have a spare hour on Wednesday mornings, we need you! Our Power Hour could use a few helping hands for set up prior to Power Hour starting. Set up is from 7:30 am - 8:30 am and includes setting up tables, bounce house, various play stations, and coffee cart. If you are feeling inclined to stay for the arrival of our Power Hour little guests we would love to have but staying for the duration of Power Hour is not necessary. If you are interested in assisting contact Tamara Gonring at email@example.com or simply stop by Wednesday morning and pitch in.
The building committee has updated the wish list for the new sanctuary. Copies are available in the lobby along with a bulletin board display.
The basement walls have been poured and waterproofed. Footings for the sanctuary walls have been poured as well. Here is one view of the basement walls:
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!
Doug & Kelly Tomhave June 4 25 years
Al & Betsy Milbrath June 5 20 years
Ron & Carolyn Koenig June 6 60 years
Phil & Ann Glock June 12 15 years
Brian & Kristie Grulke June 12 15 years
Dennis & Barb Gulczynski June 14 50 years
Doug & Ella Behling June 20 55 years
Pat & Carol Zimmer June 20 55 years
Kurtis & Donna Gennerman June 22 45 years
Marte & Cindy Reyna June 22 45 years
Nick & Katie Robinson June 22 15 years
Clark & Tricia Collins June 25 25 years
Bruce & Mary Ann Johnson June 28 50 years
Aaron & Erin Struck June 28 5 years
Ken & Marilee Westphal June 30 35 years
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.
April 28 $ 19,509
May 5 $ 23,902
May 12 $ 26,024
May 19 $ 34,541
May 26 $ 23,702
Also received during those weeks were gifts of $9,078 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings), $560 for the Improvement Fund, $12,168 for Phase 2 Building, $220 for WLCFS, $4040 for Wish List, $235 for Camp Phillip, and $5 for WILM.
We express sincere gratitude for these recent memorial gifts presented to the Phase II Building Fund and Bountiful Blessings:
In memory of SANDRA CORLETT, $490
TWICE IS NICE
Did you know? Twice Is Nice has a reputation for low-cost, high-quality formalwear! Planning a wedding, or planning to attend a wedding? Check out our dresses varying in size and style, $50.00 or less. 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 recently updated list of items we cannot accept are old microwaves, bunk beds, large metal desks, paint, printers-computers, encyclopedias, mattresses, box springs, organs, pianos, TVs, console stereos, car seats, treadmills, gas stoves, large refrigerators, washers, dishwashers, non-working appliances, broken or significantly soiled items. 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 are 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’s 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 experience needed; you’ll get all the training you need. Pray about it with a friend!
After 42 years in the ministry, 32 of those years at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Waterloo, WI, Pastor Thomas Wilsmann will be retiring from the ministry as of June 30, 2019. He will deliver his final sermon on Sunday, June 2nd, at 9am at St. John Church located at 413 E. Madison St., in Waterloo. A brunch potluck will be served in the school gymnasium immediately following the service. Everyone is invited.
PASTOR ESMAY’S INSTALLATION
You are cordially invited to attend the installation service for Reverend Christopher M. Esmay as head pastor of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church, 413 E. Madison Street, Waterloo on Sunday, June 9th at 4:00pm. A potluck reception will be held immediately following the service.
RETIREMENT OF PASTOR KARL GURGEL
Pastor Karl Gurgel served as one of our pastors here at St. Paul from April 1978 to August of 1993. St. Matthew’s Winona, MN will be observing his retirement on June 23rd, 2019. A brunch fellowship time with short program will follow the 9:00 AM service. RSVP by June 2nd to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (507) 454-3083.
Correspondence and or Cards may be sent to the following address:
C/O Pastor Karl Gurgel Retirement
766 W Wabasha St,
Winona, MN 55987
ROCK RIVER AREA OWLS
There is no meeting in the month of June. The next gathering is the annual picnic on July 16th starting 12:00 NOON at Aero Park in Watertown. During June, however, the OWLS officers get together some afternoon to plan next season's program. Anyone with ideas is welcome to attend. An invitation is extended by the Lillos to meet at their home in Watertown. Date and time are to be announced.
WELS NIGHT: TICKET ORDER DEADLINE
Due to brisk ticket sales for this game, the Brewers have moved the WELS group ticket ordering deadline to June 14. The 50% discounted ticket price rate will not be available after that date. To learn more, including how to order WELS Night t-shirts, go to wels.net/brewers2019
WELS WOMEN’S MINISTRY CONFERENCE
Join Christian sisters from across the synod to be nurtured, encouraged, and equipped to live out your calling exactly where God has placed you. The conference will be held at Luther Prep in Watertown from July 18-20. More information is on the bulletin board in the gathering area.
On Saturday, June 8, 2019, family and friends will be joining together to celebrate the life of Todd Johnson at the Twelfth Annual Todd Johnson Classic at Koshkonong Mounds Country Club in Fort Atkinson.The event will include lunch, 18 holes of golf with cart, silent auction, raffles, and dinner for all golfers.Additional guests are invited to join us for the dinner and fellowship reception beginning at 5:300 p.m. at the golf club. Proceeds from the Todd Johnson Classic will be used to fund scholarships in Todd’s name at Lakeside Lutheran High School and Bethany Lutheran College and to support autism research at the University of Wisconsin’s Waisman Center.For more information or to register, please contact Melissa by phone at 920-222-1029, by email at email@example.com or visit www.toddjohnsonfoundation.org.