July 15th - Announcements

FUNERAL SERVICE for Robert Hafenstein was held on Wednesday.    Funeral Service for Pastor John Chworowsky will be held Sunday afternoon at 4 PM.  May God comfort their families.

SPECIAL VOTERS’ MEETING The Church Council has set a date for a Special Voters’ Meeting for Sunday July 22nd  at 11:00am.  The purpose will be to act on proposals regarding the building program in response to the open forums.

HELP NEEDED FOR OUR CITY CANVASS   Please plan on helping with our annual information drop in Lake Mills this afternoon from 12:30-3 PM.  All you need is a smile, walking shoes and be willing to get some exercise. We will gather here at church for a few minutes to get a map and door hangers. All you need to do is hang information on door knobs of homes throughout the community. This is an outreach effort for all ages! No experience is needed!  There is a sign up sheet in the gathering area to let us know how many plan to help.

BUILD ON THE ROCK!!

VBS is fast approaching.  Here are things that still need to be done:

 Registration forms for children (we still have room) are in the lobby      

Sign up for volunteers (we still need more) is in the lobby

 Sign up for food donations is in the lobby

TRAINING FOR VOLUNTEERS WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT SUNDAY AT 9:15 IN THE CHURCH!

CHURCH PICNIC  St. Paul Church Picnic will be on Sunday, August 5, following the 10 AM worship service. The meal follows the service.  Meat (roast pork), buns, beverages and table service will be supplied.  Members whose last name begins with A-L are asked to bring a salad or side dish and M-Z are asked to bring dessert.  Activities include bouncy houses and games.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY For the 2018-19 school year we are looking to hire a before school Childcare position (6:30-7:30 am), an early afternoon Preschool position (11 am–3 pm), a school-aged after school care position (3-6 pm), and an assistant preschool teacher (7:30am-3:00pm).   For more information contact Allie Byers or Steve Gartner, 920-648-2918.

 ASSISTANT COOK NEEDED  St. Paul school lunch program is looking to hire a an Assistant Cook beginning in the 2018-19 school year.  This position would work from 8 AM to approximately 1:30 PM – the perfect job for that mom whose youngest is now in school all day.  For more information contact Steve Gartner, 920-648-2918.

July 8th - Announcements

OPEN FORUMS The Building Committee has some information to share with the congregation and desires to receive more input and reaction from the members.  Two Open Forums have been set for 9:15am on Sunday July 8th and at 7:30pm on Monday July 9th.

SPECIAL VOTERS’ MEETING The Church Council has set a tentative date for a Special Voters’ Meeting for Sunday July 22nd  at 11:00am.  The purpose will be to act on proposals regarding the building program in response to the open forums.

HELP NEEDED FOR OUR CITY CANVASS   Please plan on helping with our annual information drop in Lake Mills on Sunday afternoon, July 15th from 12:30-3 PM.  All you need is a smile, walking shoes and be willing to get some exercise. We will gather here at church for a few minutes to get a map and door hangers. All you need to do is hang information on door knobs of homes throughout the community. This is an outreach effort for all ages! No experience is needed!  At 3pm we will gather back here for a root beer float to cool off. There is a sign up sheet in the gathering area to let us know how many to plan on.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY  We are looking to hire for the 2018-19 school year for a Before School Childcare position (6:30-7:30 am), an Early Afternoon Preschool position (11 am–3 pm) and a School Aged After School Care position (3-6 pm) and an Assistant Preschool Teacher (7:30am-3:00pm)   For more information contact Allie Byers or Steve Gartner, 920-648-2918.

ASSISTANT COOK NEEDED  St. Paul school lunch program is looking to hire a an Assistant Cook beginning in the 2018-19 school year.  This position would work from 8 AM to approximately 1:30 PM – the perfect job for that mom whose youngest is now in school all day.  For more information contact Steve Gartner, 920-648-2918.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION:  2018 Vacation Bible School at St. Paul Lutheran Church
Blueprints are being drafted and plans are underway for VBS at St. Paul: Build on the Rock!  Join us Monday, July 30-Friday, August 3rd for a week of Building and Creating: Building Crafts, Games, Snacks, and Creating Music! Most importantly, we will be building faith through connecting students going into 3k-6th grade to God’s Word.  Invite a neighbor, tell a friend! For more information, check out the church website-http://stpaullakemills.org/vbs 

The VBS Committee is looking for teens (7th grade and older) 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!

Food donations sign-up is in the lobby.  Please leave VBS snack donations in the kitchen on the back counter.  Please do not bring perishable items until July 28 or 29.  Refrigerated items can be left in the walk-in cooler.  If you have questions, please contact Ron or Ginny Glock, 920-253-9044.

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

St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church Newsletter

July 2018

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. (Galatians 5:1)

Whenever you mention July in this country, what date automatically comes to mind?  JULY 4TH!!  This day, known as "Independence Day” has become a national holiday and a date that marks our nation’s independence. We celebrate with fire works, parades and cook outs!  We celebrate freedom, but it was freedom that came at a cost.  242 years ago, our nation’s founders risked life and limb, along with those who paid the high price and sacrificed their life to form a new nation. They paid the cost because they knew that it would bless future generations. We are free!

There is another date in July that is significant in our history here at St. Paul. 125 years ago, on July 20th, 1893, our congregation was incorporated and came into legal existence with “religious, charitable, moral and educational purposes.” Because of the freedoms of this country we were able to buy land, begin a ministry and start a school.  This came at a cost to our founding 18 member families that signed the constitution. They paid the cost of time, talents and treasures because they knew that this would bless future generations. Look where we are today, we are blessed!

An ever greater cost was paid than our founding fathers and our founding members paid almost 2000 years ago. There was only one who could truly set us free. Not from foreign nations or big mortgages, but from the one thing that held us all captive - death!  Jesus came to set us free, but this freedom came at a cost. This cost our God was willing to pay. His perfect life sacrificed to take the place of ours. His death on a cross has set us free. The resurrection guarantees this freedom. Free from sin! Free from death! Free to live a new and holy life!

This July, celebrate our independence! Celebrate 125 years of freely proclaiming the Gospel here in Lake Mills! But above all, celebrate every day that “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free!”

Free indeed!

Pastor Tomhave

PASTORS’ CORNER

At the district convention this past month, Pastor McKenney was reelected as circuit pastor of our Lakeside Circuit. Pastor Tomhave and Pastor Nass helped lead our teens at the WELS International Youth Rally in Bowling Green, Ohio at the end of June. Summer is a time of vacations and a break from some routines, but the work of planning and preparing for the fall continues. Two things to keep an eye out for that are coming this fall: We’re celebrating St. Paul’s 125th anniversary, and we’re working with our Parish Ed board to launch some small groups.

SUMMER FAMILY BIBLE HOUR

On Sundays from 9:15-9:45am throughout the summer, we're hosting "Family Bible Hour." People of all ages - from families with little children to senior citizens - are invited to meet together in the half classroom. Our Family Bible Hour this summer will focus on "Christ in the Family". Each week, we'll pick up a different topic about growing families rooted in Jesus Christ. The course we’re using is written to be multi-generational, with kids, teens, parents, and grandparents all talking through family issues together.

Did You Know? – Parish Education Board

Part of our ongoing communication series

  • The goal of our Parish Education Board is to help you and your family continue to grow in God’s Word. We organize programs like our Sunday School, adult Bible studies, and the St. Paul youth group.
  • Many of our members have been asking if we could start more small group Bible studies, which we are looking into for this fall.
  • If you’re on the church email list, you should have received a link to a survey that will ask you for any suggestions or input you’d like to share to help us better plan these small group studies.  If you’re unable to fill out the survey online, there are paper copies available in the gathering area.
  • On June 26-29, twenty-three members of our St. Paul youth and five adult chaperones will be attending the WELS International Youth Rally at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. 
  • Members of the St. Paul Vacation Bible School (VBS) committee are gearing up for this summer’s VBS. Our VBS will run from July 30 - August 3 this year.  The theme is “Under Construction.”

Did You Know? – Future Planning Committee (Part 1)

Part of our ongoing communication series

The Future Planning Committee (FPC) has developed a new Purpose, Values, Vision and Mission Statement for St. Paul which was adopted by the Congregation.  Further, the FPC developed 10 year Targets, 3 year Pictures and 1 year Plans.  The final items to be developed were recommendations to the Church Council in two areas; Ministry and Structure/Function.

The Ministry Working Group created three sub-committees to develop recommendations in the areas of Worship, Outreach and Nurture (Parish Education and Fellowship).

  • The Worship sub-committee presented 5 recommendations ranging from usher duties, greeter operations, use of projector and screens and several other items.
  • The Outreach sub-committee presented 3 recommendations which highlighted contacting new residents, creating a staffed visitor site, and more use of advertising for the church and school.
  • The Nurture sub-committee developed 6 recommendations which included conducting a survey on parish education classes, creating a volunteer directory, examining offering childcare for educational and fellowship activities, and 3 more items.

These recommendations have been forwarded by the Church Council to the current Worship, Outreach and Parish Education Boards for review and possible implementation.

Did You Know? – Future Planning Committee (Part 2)

Part of our ongoing communication series

The Future Planning Committee (FPC) has developed a new Purpose, Values, Vision and Mission Statement for St. Paul which was adopted by the Congregation.  Further, the FPC developed 10 year Targets, 3 year Pictures and 1 year Plans.  The final items to be developed were recommendations to the Church Council in two areas; Ministry and Structure/Function.

  • The Structure and Function Working group was tasked to look at more of the administrative and operational functions of the congregation. They evaluated what we do, how we do it, and with whom we do it.
  • The Structure and Function Working group developed recommendations for personnel and staffing needs in the short term, and for the future depending on what expansion decisions are made by the congregation.
  • The Structure and Function Working group made recommendations regarding the hiring authority and supervisory responsibility for all non-called staff positions.
  • The Structure and Function Working group, at the request of the Church Officers, developed a recommendation for the creation of a Ministry Operations Manager position.
  • The Structure and Function Working group, after discussions with the Church Officers, made recommendations revising and streamlining the current administrative organization.

All of these recommendations have been given to the Church Council for their consideration. When the Council is ready, these recommendations will be brought to the voters for review, discussion and approval. 

Did You Know? – Outreach Board

Part of our ongoing communication series

  • As Rev. Paul Kelm described during his July 25th, 2000 address to the WELS Home Missions Conference, Christians tend to use the terms “Outreach” and “Evangelism” interchangeably.  However, they are two distinct activities of the church.  “Outreach” is the effort to connect with people based on a secular need or interest.  “Evangelism” is presenting the gospel to people.  Outreach must eventually lead to Evangelism.  If we perform one but not the other, we risk limiting or abandoning the mission of the Church.     
  • Several of our members attended the WELS Commission on Evangelism School of Outreach over two Saturday sessions.  There were many great ways given to improve each of our personal outreach efforts, included below are just a few suggestions to help make connections with people already in our lives:  
    • Listen to people and what they need.  Many times people are searching for security or healing.  
    • Show your heart and how much you care for their secular and spiritual well being
    • Connect them with St. Paul through our many programs and events.  You don’t have to start with inviting them to worship.  
    • Introduce them to other Christians in which they may have much in common. 
    • Be open about how much you enjoy and appreciate being a part of our family at St. Paul.  “Nothing advertises like a satisfied customer.”
    • Be persistently patient and don’t forget to pray for them!

OPEN FORUMS

The Building Committee has some information to share with the congregation and desires to receive more input and reaction from the members.  Two Open Forums have been set for 9:15am on Sunday July 8th and at 7:30pm on Monday July 9th.

SPECIAL VOTERS’ MEETING

The Church Council has set a tentative date for a Special Voters’ Meeting for Sunday July 15th at 11:00am.  The purpose will be to act on proposals regarding the building program in response to the open forums.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY 

We are looking to hire for the 2018-19 school year for a Before School Childcare position (6:30-7:30 am), an Early Afternoon Preschool position (11 am–3 pm) and a School Aged After School Care position (3-6 pm) and an Assistant Preschool Teacher (7:30am-3:00pm)   For more information contact Allie Byers or Steve Gartner, 920-648-2918.

ASSISTANT COOK NEEDED 

St. Paul school lunch program is looking to hire a an Assistant Cook beginning in the 2018-19 school year.  This position would work from 8 AM to approximately 1:30 PM – the perfect job for that mom whose youngest is now in school all day.  For more information contact Steve Gartner, 920-648-2918.

125TH ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE PLANS:

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
  • 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.
  • Sponsor for the community a concert by the First Brigade Band.

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 would like to sponsor a team of members, 4-5 people, to go down for 4-5 days at the end of October to help our fellow members there with their anniversary events.  If you are interested in being a part of that team, please speak to one of the pastors immediately since we need to let them know by the end of June.

Globally:  For our mission festival, we will have a guest preacher from the Synod office 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.

ANNIVERSARIES

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!

Don & Lois O’Connor               July 5                   60 years
Andrew & Sarah Weihert         July 6                   5 years
Jake & Meghan Schultz           July 20                 5 years
Jim & Gayle Bauer                   July 22                 45 years
Paul & Alana Enger                  July 25                 10 years

A belated acknowledgement with apologies to John and Johanna Chworowsky, who observed their 60th anniversary on June 29th.

OUR APOLOGIES

Last month we inadvertently missed a graduation.  Congratulations to Allison Steffen on her graduation from Lakeside Lutheran High School.

NEW MEMBERS

We welcome the Andersen family to our Family!

Jacob and Lateesha, along with their children Shayane, Javaise and Davonte were welcomed by transfer last month.  Lateesha's history with St. Paul goes all the way back to when she was 7 years old. After a short move away, she is now back in town. She has been married to Jake for 20 years. They run a small construction business and Jake is a machinist and a state & nuclear certified welder. Lateesha works for the state as a CNA. They have been blessed with three children and Grandma Betty (also a member). Over the years together they have also fostered five children. Welcome back home to St Paul!  

MEMORIAL GIFTS

We express sincere gratitude for these recent memorial gifts presented to the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings):

In memory of MARGIE THOMSON, $30
In celebration of the 75th wedding anniversary of Fred & Donna Poweleit, $25

RECENT OFFERINGS

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 $ 26,420.

June 4             $ 27,330
June 11           $ 22,281
June 18           $ 25,562
June 26           $ 23,289

Also received during those weeks were gifts of $11,597 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings), $609 for the Improvement Fund, $9,832 for Phase 2 Building, and $100 for Tuition Assistance.

WELS WIND ENSEMBLE

Summer concerts for the WELS Wind Ensemble will be held Thursday, July 19 at 7 PM in Arlington City Park and Sunday, August 12 at 4 PM in the Swan Park Band Shell in Beaver Dam.

JUNE 2018 NEWS FROM TWICE IS NICE

Shop: Watch for our Christmas in July sale! We will sell Christmas crafts and large Christmas display items. Don’t forget our 50% color tag sale that runs the last week of each 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.

Volunteer: Summer is also a great time to help others! The Jefferson County Fair brings many new customers to the store – will you help us prepare for this surge? New volunteers are especially needed for sorting and stocking, no prior experience required! Can you plan a volunteer date with a friend? Call the store at 920-674-6868 and ask for the Day Manager to set up a day and time.

ROCK RIVER AREA OWLS   

Our annual OWLS PICNIC is scheduled for July 17, 2018, third Tuesday of the month, beginning at 12:00 NOON, held at Aero Park, 907 Boomer Street in Watertown. Bring a dish to pass, your tableware and beverage. Members of St John, Waterloo will provide brats and buns. Our next season's 2018-2019 program schedule will be ready to hand out. Aero Park has a shelter with electrical and restrooms. Turn off Highway 26 just north of the airport on Boomer Street, less than a mile north of WalMart. Please invite others. The Organization of WELS Seniors (OWLS) provides meaningful activity for those retired and/or 50 years and older. We pray for good weather and hope to see everyone at the picnic. Come and enjoy spiritual growth and fellowship with other WELS and ELS seniors!

ALPHA LIFE RESOUCE CENTER

Alpha Life Resource Center in Watertown will be holding their annual Ice Cream Social and Silent Auction on Sunday, July 22 from 10 am to 1 pm.  It will be held at St. Mark’s School Commons in Watertown.  For more information, see the poster on the bulletin board in the lobby.

St. Paul Ev. Lutheran School

This is the second essay chosen to be read at the 8th grade graduation ceremony.

                                    By: Logan Wensel

            As we read the Bible, we see Jesus instructing his disciples on how to live for him. Not only was Jesus talking to his disciples, but to me as well. During the school year, I studied the book of John. John covers Jesus’ time before his death to before his ascension. Because Jesus is not going to be with his followers much longer, he leaves us with important lessons to help us when he is gone.

            When Jesus was at Bethany, he was anointed by Mary with expensive perfume. Judas Iscariot scolded Mary and said it should be sold and the money given to the poor. Jesus knew Judas’ intentions, so he gave a lesson on priorities. Jesus said to put God above everything else in the world. That can be a very difficult thing to do, especially at this age. I’m pretty sure everyone has broken the first commandment if they know it or not. For example, I have focused so much on one thing that I revolve our life around it, instead of God. Because I am giving all or at least a majority of my time and focus to that thing, I don’t realize I have put God in the background. That is the kind of thing Jesus warns us about, not just falling away.

            Because I love Jesus and want to put him first, I also want to show that love to those around me. Jesus said in John 13:34,   ”A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” This isn’t the only time Jesus gives this command. It is repeated all throughout the book and the Bible, which just shows how important it is. This command is easier said than done. There are times when showing love is easy because we’re a Christian, or the person we’re showing love to shows love back. That is not always the case. I have trouble showing love to those who don’t show love to me or get on my nerves, but Jesus wants us to show love to them as well.

            From the commands I’ve listed so far, it seems impossible to be able to do these things. Truth be told, it is impossible for us to do what God wants on our own. Our sinful nature holds us back, but we can never get rid of it. That is why Jesus said in John 14:16,17,26 that we would not be alone. Jesus promises us the Holy Spirit to help us through our lives of faith because they are not always easy.

            Lastly, Jesus tells me to stay connected to the vine. John 15, a well known verse says, ”I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Jesus compares my life to a grape vine. If I am not connected to him, I will not be able to produce fruits of faith. Jesus also says that God makes sure we are able to produce more fruit and gets rid of branches that are not bearing anything. This alone is motivation to stay connected to Jesus. I do not want to be cut off from God and his blessings because that would lead me to the fires of hell.

            I know that I cannot do any of these things perfectly, but Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to help me through the difficult times. I also asked for the Holy Spirit to keep me connected to the true vine, so I will not suffer the torture of hell. We want to show love to others and put him first. Because of all God does for me, I want to thank him by bearing fruit.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION:  2018 Vacation Bible School at St. Paul Lutheran Church

Blueprints are being drafted and plans are underway for VBS at St. Paul: Build on the Rock!  Join us Monday, July 30-Friday, August 3rd for a week of Building and Creating: Building Crafts, Games, Snacks, and Creating Music! Most importantly, we will be building faith through connecting students going into 3k-6th grade to God’s Word.  Invite a neighbor, tell a friend! For more information, check out the church website-http://stpaullakemills.org/vbs 

The VBS Committee is looking for teens (7th grade and older) 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.  If you have any questions contact Tara Topel at 920-605-0112 or tara.topel@gmail.com.

July 1st - Announcements

RECEIVED INTO MEMBERSHIP  Nitsuh Indra and Samantha Kuhl were received into membership last Sunday by rite of adult confirmation in a private ceremony.  We welcome them into our fellowship and pray that their membership be a mutual blessing among us.

OPEN FORUMS The Building Committee has some information to share with the congregation and desires to receive more input and reaction from the members.  Two Open Forums have been set for 9:15am on Sunday July 8th and at 7:30pm on Monday July 9th.

SPECIAL VOTERS’ MEETING The Church Council has set a tentative date for a Special Voters’ Meeting for Sunday July 15th at 11:00am.  The purpose will be to act on proposals regarding the building program in response to the open forums.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY  We are looking to hire for the 2018-19 school year for a Before School Childcare position (6:30-7:30 am), an Early Afternoon Preschool position (11 am–3 pm) and a School Aged After School Care position (3-6 pm) and an Assistant Preschool Teacher (7:30am-3:00pm)   For more information contact Allie Byers or Steve Gartner, 920-648-2918.

 ASSISTANT COOK NEEDED  St. Paul school lunch program is looking to hire a an Assistant Cook beginning in the 2018-19 school year.  This position would work from 8 AM to approximately 1:30 PM – the perfect job for that mom whose youngest is now in school all day.  For more information contact Steve Gartner, 920-648-2918.

 UNDER CONSTRUCTION:  2018 Vacation Bible School at St. Paul Lutheran Church
Blueprints are being drafted and plans are underway for VBS at St. Paul: Build on the Rock!  Join us Monday, July 30-Friday, August 3rd for a week of Building and Creating: Building Crafts, Games, Snacks, and Creating Music! Most importantly, we will be building faith through connecting students going into 3k-6th grade to God’s Word.  Invite a neighbor, tell a friend! For more information, check out the church website-http://stpaullakemills.org/vbs 

The VBS Committee is looking for teens (7th grade and older) 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.  If you have any questions contact Tara Topel at 920-605-0112 or tara.topel@gmail.com.