September 23 - Announcements

ALTAR FLOWERS for the last few Sundays have been placed by the families of Gerald Maahs, Vic Gennerman, and Marian Garthwait.  We thank them for their donation.

MISSION SOCIETY will meet on October 1st.  Come for fellowship at 7:00 pm and then at 7:30, we will learn about Alpha Life Center in Watertown.  Our speaker will be Pastor Reuben Schmitz, chairman of the Alpha Center board.  That night we will also have a shower for the center.  Look for the list of needed items on the LWMS bulletin board in the lobby.
During the business meeting we will continue to plan for the upcoming LWMS rally hosted by our congregation.

BUILDING PROJECT DISPLAY Check out the updated building project display in the St. Paul gathering area this weekend. You can see an updated set of renderings of the current design for our new sanctuary, pick up a copy of the new printed update, and have your questions answered by members of our building committee. 

CONFIRMATION PICTURES The pictures of the confirmation classes throughout our history are on display in the hallway alongside our current sanctuary. As we celebrate our history this weekend, take a look to see if you can find yourself or people you know! 

OUR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION CONTINUES IN OCTOBER On October 14th we will host a reunion Sunday along with a guest pastor who will preach and present about mission work. From October 24-29 a group of St. Paul members will travel to Arizona to assist with the 125th anniversary celebration of WELS World Missions as begun with Native American Missions among the Apache.

SAVE THE DATE: REFORMATION The area Reformation worship service will be held at Luther Preparatory School in Watertown on Sunday, October 28th at 4:00pm. 

SAVE THE DATE: LUTHERAN WOMEN'S MISSIONARY SOCIETY On Saturday, October 20th we are hosting the fall rally for the Lutheran Women's Missionary Society (LWMS). Come hear Rebecca Wendland (author of Bloom Where God Plants You) tell about her life in Africa.

LAKE MILLS FALL FESTIVAL = HELP US CONNECT TO OUR COMMUNITY IN A UNIQUE WAY!  St. Paul will be connecting with the community of Lake Mills by taking part in the Fall Festival this year, held on Sunday, October 7th. We will be filling an unmet need by providing activities for the children and families that attend the event.  Through bouncy houses, crafts, and give away items we hope to connect socially with Lake Mills residents and further introduce them to the St. Paul preschool program and elementary school.  The Chamber of Commerce is organizing the event and is very appreciative of the difference we will bring to the festival.  We need at least (8) volunteers to help with various tasks over the course of two “shifts” that day, approximately 9AM – Noon and Noon – 3 PM.  Please consider joining us and using this opportunity to help show St. Paul’s commitment to the community and its events, and also highlight our school.  Contact Paul Enger (paul.enger@yahoo.com, 608-509-5531) with any questions or to sign up.  When you sign up, please specify which shift you prefer.  Thank you!

OBITUARY EMAILS At St. Paul we want to support each other through times of joy and sorrow. Some of our members have asked if there's a way to let everyone know more quickly when someone in our church family has been called to glory in heaven. So, in the future, we plan to send out a copy of the obituary as an email. If you're not on our email distribution list and would like to be, please contact the church office. 

BUILDING PROJECT SUBCOMMITTEES The Building Committee has met with our architect four times in the last seven weeks and is preparing to bring the congregation an updated site plan based on feedback we've received over the past year. The next phase will be to start working on the details. We'll form a number of subcommittees and will need help from many of our members. A yellow sign-up form has more information about specific subcommittees. If you'd like to help, please fill one out! 

LUTHER PREP PRESENTS Romeo and Juliet, Together (and alive!) at Last on Saturday, October 20 at 7 PM and Sunday, October 21 at 2:30 PM in the auditorium.  General admission seats are $6-no RSVP.  Saturday also has a dining option at 5:30.  Must RSVP by October 5 online:  lps.wels.net/page/performing-arts/fall-play or call Sue at 920-262-8104.

USHERS NEEDED:  The new usher schedule will be coming out soon.  We are in need of more ushers, especially father/son(s) usher teams.  If you are willing to help serve your Lord and fellow members in this way, please let one of the pastors know or send an email to lstrache@stpaullakemills.org

OFFERING STATEMENTS can be picked up on the table by the library.

September 16 - Announcements

FUNERAL SERVICE for Vic Gennerman was held Tuesday.  Funeral Service for Marian Garthwait will be held Monday at 11 AM.  May God comfort their families.

 ST. PAUL HISTORY VIDEO Next weekend we're celebrating our 125th anniversary as a congregation. To kick off our celebration, we made a 7-minute video about our history that will be shown after worship this weekend. You can also pick up a longer, printed edition of our history as you leave worship today. 

 A SPECIAL 125th ANNIVERSARY SERVICE FOR SEPTEMBER 23, 2018

Make plans to attend the special 125th Anniversary service at 9 am on Sunday, September 23, 2018.  The service will be outdoors with seating placed in the “site plan” of where we hope the new sanctuary will be located.  We will have extra ushers to help as well as parking attendants.  We ask that members dress casually, bring their own lawn or camp chairs, and their own umbrellas should there be a threat of rain or high temperatures.   Mosquito repellant is advised.  Stay afterwards for an ice cream social in the school gymnasium.

 Our guest preacher will be a son of our congregation, Pastor Jonathan Bauer who is the founding pastor of a new mission in Mt. Horeb, WI.  As part of our 125th Anniversary celebration, members will be given opportunity for an offering to support that mission.  

 During the time of the ice cream social, there will be an historical display in the lobby area, a display manned by members of our Building Committee with updated information about the new sanctuary, and an open house of our facility for the community.

 Please note: There will be the regular Saturday and Monday evening services that weekend, but only one outdoor service on Sunday at 9 am.

 MENTORS NEEDED   We are still in need of members to serve as mentors for this year’s confirmation class.  If you would be interested or would like more information, please sign up in the lobby or speak with one of the pastors.

 NEW MEMBER WELCOME TEAM We are looking for more members to help deliver the “Welcome Bags” to new members. If you are interested in helping or would like more information, please sign up in the lobby or speak with one of the pastors.

 MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDIES Women, Tuesdays from 8:00-9:00am in the school library, starting September 11th: Parables. Jesus loved to teach using parables and analogies. 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.

 Adults, Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00am in the conference room, starting September 12th: The Prophet Isaiah. God used the prophet Isaiah to give us some of the most beautiful pictures of his love for us. Come be refreshed by the gospel!

 BIBLE INFORMATION CLASS:  Another Bible Information Class begins this fall.  The purpose of this class is to review the basic teachings of the Bible. It’s intended to help those who are looking for a home church to learn what the Bible teaches.  Members who are interested in going through a refresher class are also invited to join.  The day and time will be determined based on the schedule of those who sign up.  If you are interested, please sign up in the lobby.

 LAKE MILLS FALL FESTIVAL = HELP US CONNECT TO OUR COMMUNITY IN A UNIQUE WAY!  St. Paul will be connecting with the community of Lake Mills by taking part in the Fall Festival this year, held on Sunday, October 7th. We will be filling an unmet need by providing activities for the children and families that attend the event.  Through bouncy houses, crafts, and give away items we hope to connect socially with Lake Mills residents and further introduce them to the St. Paul preschool program and elementary school.  The Chamber of Commerce is organizing the event and is very appreciative of the difference we will bring to the festival.  We need at least (8) volunteers to help with various tasks over the course of two “shifts” that day, approximately 9AM – Noon and Noon – 3 PM.  Please consider joining us and using this opportunity to help show St. Paul’s commitment to the community and its events, and also highlight our school.  Contact Paul Enger (paul.enger@yahoo.com, 608-509-5531) with any sign up.  When you sign up, please specify which shift you prefer.  Thank you!

 OBITUARY EMAILS At St. Paul we want to support each other through times of joy and sorrow. Some of our members have asked if there's a way to let everyone know more quickly when someone in our church family has been called to glory in heaven. So, in the future, we plan to send out a copy of the obituary as an email. If you're not on our email distribution list and ke to be, please contact the church office. 

CONNECT GROUPS Sign up now for Connect Group Bible Studies.  The groups will be held in homes, last one hour, and will consist of about 8 people.  Some of the groups will have a planned place for children while adults meet together.  The topic each week will be the week’s sermon text.  There will be opportunity to dig deeper into the text from the sermon through study and discussion while building relationships with fellow Christians in small groups.  Sign September 8-16 in the entryway or online at stpaullakemills.org under connect groups.

BUILDING PROJECT SUBCOMMITTEES The Building Committee has met with our architect three times in the last five weeks and is preparing to bring the congregation an updated site plan based on feedback we've received over the past year. The next phase will be to start working on the details. We'll form a number of subcommittees and will need help from many of our members. A yellow sign-up form has more information about specific subcommittees. If d like to help, please fill one out! 

 ROCK RIVER AREA OWLS   will meet in the gathering room at Heritage Homes in Watertown on September 18 at 1:30 PM. Guest speaker is Rev. Michael Jensen. Refreshments follow. The Organization of WELS Lutheran Seniors (OWLS) provides meaningful activity for those who retired and/or 50 years old. Enjoy spiritual growth and the fellowship of neighboring WELS nd ELS members. Everyone is welcome.

 LUTHER PREP PRESENTS Romeo and Juliet, Together (and alive!) at Last on Saturday, October 20 at 7 PM and Sunday, October 21 at 2:30 PM in the auditorium.  General admission seats are $6-no RSVP.  Saturday also has a dining option at 5:30.  Must RSVP by October 5 online:  lps.wels.net/page/performing-arts/fall-play or call Sue at 920-262-8104.

 CHURCH COMMUNITY BUILDERS – CCB All of our members for whom we have email address have been given access to our new online data base.  If you haven’t received an activation yet, contact the church office with your email.

 USHERS NEEDED:  The new usher schedule will be coming out soon.  We are in need of more ushers, especially father/son(s) usher teams.  If you are willing to help serve your Lord and fellow members in this way, please let one of the pastors know or send an email to lstrache@stpaullakemills.org

OFFERING STATEMENTS can be picked up on the table by the library.

 SINGING NEXT WEEK 9:00 – Grades 4&5

September 9 - Announcements

FUNERAL SERVICE for Gerald Maahs was held Saturday.  May God comfort his family.

SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE HOUR Sunday school, teen classes, and adult Bible studies begin this weekend. Our regular time will be from 9:15-10:15 on Sunday mornings. Our goal is to connect God’s Word with the real life issues faced by every age group from preschool through adults. Take a look at the options posted on the bulletin board in the gathering area. We’d love to have you join us this fall!

INFANTS AND TODDLERS DURING SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS We want our Sunday morning to be for the entire family, so we're adding a childcare option in the school library during our Sunday morning Bible hour. If you have a child who is too young for the PreK Sunday school class, you're welcome to drop him/her off between 9:00 and 9:15am so that you're able to participate fully in one of the adult classes.

MISSION SOCIETY will meet on Monday, September 10th.  All ladies of the congregation are invited.  Come at 7 PM for fellowship and at 7:30 join in the Bible study.  Other business at the meeting will include planning the October LWMS rally which St. Paul will be hosting on October 20th.

MENTORS NEEDED   We are still in need of members to serve as mentors for this year’s confirmation class.  If you would be interested or would like more information, please sign up in the lobby or speak with one of the pastors.

NEW MEMBER WELCOME TEAM We are looking for more members to help deliver the “Welcome Bags” to new members. If you are interested in helping or would like more information, please sign up in the lobby or speak with one of the pastors.

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDIES Women, Tuesdays from 8:00-9:00am in the school library, starting September 11th: Parables. Jesus loved to teach using parables and analogies. 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.

Adults, Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00am in the conference room, starting September 12th: The Prophet Isaiah. God used the prophet Isaiah to give us some of the most beautiful pictures of his love for us. Come be refreshed by the gospel!

BIBLE INFORMATION CLASS:  Another Bible Information Class begins this fall.  The purpose of this class is to review the basic teachings of the Bible. It’s intended to help those who are looking for a home church to learn what the Bible teaches.  Members who are interested in going through a refresher class are also invited to join.  The day and time will be determined based on the schedule of those who sign up.  If you are interested, please sign up in the lobby.

CHURCH COMMUNITY BUILDER  This fall we're rolling out access for all our members and school families to use a cloud-based software called Church Community Builder. It will give you access to our online directory and equip you with tools to stay connected and communicate with everyone here at St. Paul. Our office staff have been using it for the past year and are excited to be able to include you now, too.

You should have received an activation email on Saturday, September 8th (or in August if you have a child in our school). Check your junk mail folder if you haven't seen it yet.  Laurie Strache would be happy to help you get going if you have any questions. We plan to also continue using paper forms of communication for anyone who doesn't have regular access to the internet. 

BUILDING PROJECT SUBCOMMITTEES  The Building Committee has met with our architect three times in the last five weeks and is preparing to bring the congregation an updated site plan based on feedback we've received over the past year. The next phase will be to start working on the details. We'll be forming a number of subcommittees and will need help from many of our members. A survey will be coming with more information about specific subcommittees. If you'd like to help, please fill one out! 

ST. PAUL PRAISE SINGERS first practice was September 4. It’s not too late to join!  Choir rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:00. All confirmed members of St. Paul are encouraged to consider joining. If you would like to sing in the choir, but Tuesday evening practices don’t work for you, please speak with Mrs. Lois McKenney (920-988-0177; loismckenney@gmail.com) about alternate practice possibilities.

LAKE MILLS FALL FESTIVAL = HELP US CONNECT TO OUR COMMUNITY IN A UNIQUE WAY!  St. Paul will be connecting with the community of Lake Mills by taking part in the Fall Festival this year, held on Sunday, October 7th. We will be filling an unmet need by providing activities for the children and families that attend the event.  Through bouncy houses, crafts, and give away items we hope to connect socially with Lake Mills residents and further introduce them to the St. Paul preschool program and elementary school.  The Chamber of Commerce is organizing the event and is very appreciative of the difference we will bring to the festival.  We need at least (8) volunteers to help with various tasks over the course of two “shifts” that day, approximately 9AM – Noon and Noon – 3 PM.  Please consider joining us and using this opportunity to help show St. Paul’s commitment to the community and its events, and also highlight our school.  Contact Paul Enger (paul.enger@yahoo.com, 608-509-5531) with any questions or to sign up.  When you sign up, please specify which shift you prefer.  Thank you!

CONNECT GROUPS Sign up now for Connect Group Bible Studies.  The groups will be held in homes, last one hour, and will consist of about 8 people.  Some of the groups will have a planned place for children while adults meet together.  The topic each week will be the week’s sermon text.  There will be opportunity to dig deeper into the text from the sermon through study and discussion while building relationships with fellow Christians in small groups.  Sign up September 8-16 in the entryway or online at stpaullakemills.org under connect groups.

A SPECIAL 125th ANNIVERSARY SERVICE FOR SEPTEMBER 23, 2018

Make plans to attend the special 125th Anniversary service at 9 am on Sunday, September 23, 2018.  The service will be outdoors with seating placed in the “site plan” of where we hope the new sanctuary will be located.  We will have extra ushers to help as well as parking attendants.  We ask that members dress casually, bring their own lawn or camp chairs, and their own umbrellas should there be a threat of rain or high temperatures.   Stay afterwards for an ice cream social in the school gymnasium.

Our guest preacher will be a son of our congregation, Pastor Jonathan Bauer who is the founding pastor of a new mission in Mt. Horeb, WI.  As part of our 125th Anniversary celebration, members will be given opportunity for an offering to support that mission.  

During the time of the ice cream social, there will be an historical display in the lobby area, a display manned by members of our Building Committee with updated information about the new sanctuary, and an open house of our facility for the community.

Please note: There will be the regular Saturday and Monday evening services that weekend, but only one outdoor service on Sunday at 9 am.

CIRCUIT MEETING St. Paul will be hosting a circuit meeting next Sunday, September 16, from 3-7 PM.  There will be presentations and discussions about helping rural congregations with evangelism.  If interested, members are invited to join.

USHERS NEEDED:  The new usher schedule will be coming out soon.  We are in need of more ushers, especially father/son(s) usher teams.  If you are willing to help serve your Lord and fellow members in this way, please let one of the pastors know or send an email to lstrache@stpaullakemills.org

OFFERING STATEMENTS as of July 31, 2018, are available for pick-up in the lobby.

 SINGING NEXT WEEK 8:00 – Grades 7&8

St. Paul Ev. Lutheran School

September 2018

IT ALL BEGAN WITH GOD

Welcome to the new school year. Once again, the Lord has blessed us abundantly here at St. Paul. We have one new teacher, Mrs. Kelly Tomhave who will be working with our Early Childhood Center. We are blessed to have 12 new students this year along with a class of 20 new kindergarteners. Our beginning enrollment of 179 is the highest in a number of years, and our preschool enrollment of 52 is the 2nd highest it has ever been! I ask that you continually keep the school in your prayers as we go through the 2018-2019 school year.
 
Welcome students & parents!  We  are privileged to serve all 52 in our early childhood center (3K-4K) and 179 children K-8 with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.   New Kindergarten Families include: Dunneisen, Hasel, Hein, Martin, McFarlane, Parks, Schaub, Seidl, Stillman, Sukow, Vogt, and Zellmer.  Others new to St. Paul: Hannah(7) Buss; Chelsea(8) Gumz; Kayla(6) & Will(4) Hirschfeld; Ashlyn(5) Jones; Isabella(5), Jaden(2) & Sophia(K) McFarlane; Lily(6) & Noah(2) Montez; Evan(7) & Luke(2) Neumann; and Landyn(3) Sabol. May God bless our new students with a smooth transition.
 
CHAPEL/MISSION OFFERING  The students attend chapel every Friday morning from 8:05-8:35 AM.  Parents and relatives are invited to attend Friday chapel services.  The children have the opportunity each Friday to bring a mission offering to chapel.  This voluntary offering is used to help support the work that our church and synod are doing to share the news of salvation through Jesus Christ with others.  The first quarter mission offering is going toward The Apache Mission 125th anniversary.
 
ST. PAUL HOSTS SPORTS EVENTS
Come cheer on the teams!
September 5 – Volleyball Home 3:45
September 14 – Cross Country at Korth Park 4:15
September 18 – Volleyball Home 4:00
September 19 – Volleyball Home 4:00
September 26 – Volleyball Home 4:00
 
CONGREGATION HELP ENCOURAGED, TO STRENGTHEN OUR SCHOOL
It takes many behind the scene moms, dads, grandpas, grandmas, aunts, and uncles to help make a successful school year. We are often looking for volunteers for various activities such as librarian, correct papers, tutor students, assist with sports, read to student, along with a variety of other activities. If you would be willing to help, please contact Mr. Gartner to offer a specific time or talent.
 
BOUNTIFUL HARVEST?  Our school lunch program welcomes excess fresh produce (potatoes, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, corn, etc.) from your garden.  Take them to the kitchen door (in back of building) during morning hours.

St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church Newsletter

September 2018

 “Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things!”

During this 125th Anniversary year, we have been sharing some of the important historical events that have impacted St. Paul and its history.  There was its founding by a neighboring pastor, the building of a new church and the building of another new church after a fire destroyed the first. There was the start of the Lutheran Grade school as well as Lakeside Lutheran High School.  There is the list of faithful pastors and teachers God has provided over the past 125 years. Why would we not want to sing praises to God for all the wonderful things he has done.

Another important event which often goes unnoticed was the founding of the music program at St. Paul.  Although music has always been a part of St. Paul’s history, the Senior Choir officially became an “organization of the congregation” on Friday, April 25, 1928.  According to its constitution, the purpose of the choir was “To aid in beautifying the singing worship to the Triune God, to sing sacred songs to the glory of God, and the edification of the congregation.”   The choir started with ten members and set the weekly rehearsal time on Friday evening of every week.  Some of the early challenges of the choir were recruiting more members, purchasing music, finding a small group of singers out of the choir to sing for the English services (at that time German was still being used for worship), and collecting the fine of 25 cents from any member who missed two business meetings in a row without a valid excuse.

Past choir directors have been Mr. Sylvan Broker, Mr. John Schultz, Mr. Jerry Kastens, and Mr. Ron Glock.

Sacred choir music is still an important part of the worship life at St. Paul.  Think of all the choirs that prepare special music for our worship.  We have the  “Praise Singers,” the Handbell Choir, the Junior Choir, and the Cherub Choir.  Think of how often the classes from our Lutheran Elementary School sing praises to God for worship.  From time to time, children from our Preschool and Sunday School sing for worship as well.  Sacred music is also provided for special events by instrumentalists, soloists, choirs from Lakeside and Luther Prep, and the Festival Choir. Our current choir directors are Lois McKenney who directs the Praise Singers and the Handbell choir, Lisa Radue who directs the Junior Choir, and Kim Gartner who directs the Cherub Choir.

Down through the centuries the Lutheran Church has always been known as a singing church.  That has also been true of St. Paul in Lake Mills, WI. Why is that? As the Psalmist writes, “We have a new song to sing!” What is that new song? It’s really the song of the Lamb, the good news about the blood that Jesus shed to wash us clean from our sins so that we can join our voices in heaven with all the saints and angels.  This has been the song sung at St. Paul for 125 years.  May it be the song that St. Paul sings in the future!
 
Singing with You in Christ,
Pastor Bruce McKenney
 
PASTORS’ CORNER
As we all settle back into a more regular routine (after what we hope for you was a refreshing summer), we want St. Paul to be a place where you and your family can keep growing in your faith in Christ. No matter your age or where you’re at in life, we want this to be a place where you can connect with your Savior Jesus through his Word.
 
Our late Sunday service shifts back to 10:30 am starting September 9th. Every week through Word and Sacrament you’ll find your rest and peace in Christ.
 
For our kids, it’s great to have the energy and excitement of a new school year back in the building. God’s Word is part of our everyday life in the school, and we as pastors are getting ready to start teaching catechism next week. For our public school students, catechism starts Wednesday, September 5th. On Sundays, we’ll have groups ready for 3K through 12th grade starting September 9th.
 
For adults, we’re launching a new in-home, small-group plan called Connect Groups. And there will be adult Bible studies on Sunday morning and during the week as well.
God be with you and your family this fall!
 
FALL WORSHIP TIMES
Starting Sunday, September 9th, we return to our regular worship times:   Saturdays and Mondays at 6:30 pm;  Sundays at 8:00 and 10:30 am with Bible study and Sunday school at 9:15.
 
A SPECIAL 125th ANNIVERSARY SERVICE FOR SEPTEMBER 23, 2018
Make plans to attend the special 125th Anniversary service at 9 am on Sunday, September 23, 2018.  The service will be outdoors with seating placed in the “site plan” of where we hope the new sanctuary will be located.  We will have extra ushers to help as well as parking attendants.  We ask that members dress casually, bring their own lawn or camp chairs, and their own umbrellas should there be a threat of rain or high temperatures.   Stay afterwards for an ice cream social in the school gymnasium.
 
Our guest preacher will be a son of our congregation, Pastor Jonathan Bauer who is the founding pastor of a new mission in Mt. Horeb, WI.  As part of our 125th Anniversary celebration, members will be given opportunity for an offering to support that mission.  
 
During the time of the ice cream social, there will be an historical display in the lobby area, a display manned by members of our Building Committee with updated information about the new sanctuary, and an open house of our facility for the community.
 
Please note: There will be the regular Saturday and Monday evening services that weekend, but only one outdoor service on Sunday at 9 am.
 
CONNECT GROUP BIBLE STUDIES ARE COMING THIS FALL!    
The Connect Group Bible Studies will bring Christians together in a community, allowing them to grow together in Christ.  The groups will be held in homes, last one hour, and will be comprised of about 8 people.  Some of the groups will have a planned place for children while adults meet together.  We are planning sign-ups for the  Connect Group Bible Studies from September 8-16.  Groups start meeting the week of September 23.  Sign-ups will be online or in the church entryway after worship services.  Watch for information on how to sign up online in the bulletin. The topic each week will be the week’s sermon text.  There will be opportunity to dig deeper into the text from the sermon through study and discussion while building relationships with fellow Christians in small groups. 

PRAISE SINGERS

St. Paul Praise Singers choir rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:00. Our first practice will be September 4. All confirmed members of St. Paul are encouraged to consider joining. If you would like to sing in the choir, but Tuesday evening practices don’t work for you, please speak with Mrs. Lois McKenney (920-988-0177; loismckenney@gmail.com) about alternate practice possibilities.
 
MISSION SOCIETY
Mission Society will be meeting on Monday, September 10th.  All ladies of the congregation are invited.  Come at 7PM for fellowship and at 7:30 join in the Bible study.  Other business at the meeting will include planning the October LWMS rally which St. Paul will be hosting on October 20th.
 
SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY
On Sunday, September 9th we’re kicking off our Sunday morning Bible classes for the year. Our goal is to connect God’s Word with the real life issues faced by every age group from preschool through adults. Take a look at the options below. We’d love to have you join us this fall!

Adults, in the Sanctuary: Old Testament Part 1: In seven weeks, we’ll cover the main themes of the Old Testament books Genesis through Ruth. Whether or not it’s your first time getting to know that part of the Bible, let’s get into God’s Word together!

  • Adults, in the Half Classroom: Hard Sayings of Jesus: Many people in Jesus' day found certain statements of his to be confusing or challenging. Perhaps you've run into this as well? While some of Jesus' words are indeed hard, they are well worth the struggle! 
  • 9th-12th Grade, in the 7th Grade Classroom: We have a new set of resources ready to go for this fall. We have collections of teen discussion topics, themes connecting the whole Bible, and apologetics (how to defend your faith). Each week will be a different topic. Each one will talk about real life. Each one will find answers in God’s Word.
  • 6th-8th Grade, in the 6th Grade Classroom: We’re planning to use the same collection of topics that the high school class is using, but taught in view of where middle school kids are at in life.
  • K-5th Grade, in the Gym: Incredible Faith: Kids dream of superheroes. The fact is, the Bible is full of the most important kind: heroes of faith. For example, week 1 is “Ark Man” Noah and how God saved the world at the time of the flood.
  • 3K-4K in the Gym: The preschool kids will start out with the bigger kids in the gym and then break out for a Bible story tailored right for their age level.

 The adult class “Old Testament Part 1” is the first course in a new Sunday morning adult curriculum. There will also be Old Testament Part 2, and New Testament Parts 1 and 2, as well as courses covering a summary of Christian doctrine, Christian history, and Christian living. For more information on the idea behind the curriculum, look in the gathering area.
 
INFANTS AND TODDLERS DURING SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS
The list above doesn’t include a specific plan for kids too young for Sunday school. We want our Sunday morning to be for the entire family, so there’s been some talk about looking into a childcare option during our Sunday Bible study hour. If that would benefit you, or if you’d like to help with it, talk to Pastor Nass.
 
MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDIES
Women, Tuesdays from 8:00-9:00 am in the school library, starting September 11th: Parables. Jesus loved to teach using parables and analogies. 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.
 
Adults, Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00 am in the conference room, starting September 12th: The Prophet Isaiah. God used the prophet Isaiah to give us some of the most beautiful pictures of his love for us. Come be refreshed by the gospel!
 
ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT
Save the Date:  December 2, 2018--Advent by Candlelight--Women's Fellowship Event. More information to follow soon.
 
THANK YOU GOD
We give thanks to God for this year’s Vacation Bible School.  He gave us his Word to teach.  He gave us  volunteers to help.  Through St. Paul members he generously provided the food that we needed for snacks and the decorations that helped keep our focus.  Through the publicity and efforts of  members, children registered averaged 190 each day with 110 volunteer helpers. We thank all those who helped, all those who donated, and all those who attended.  We also thank the children of the VBS for beautifying our worship this Sunday.  May the Lord bless all of our efforts in sharing his Word to the glory of his holy Name.  May we and our children always build our lives and hope for heaven on Jesus who is our solid foundation.
 
MENTORS NEEDED
We are still in need of members to serve as mentors for this year’s confirmation class.  If you would be interested or would like more information, please sign up in the lobby or speak with one of the pastors.
 
NEW MEMBER WELCOME TEAM
We are looking for more members to help deliver the “Welcome Bags” to new members. If you are interested in helping or would like more information, please sign up in the lobby or speak with one of the pastors.
 
BIBLE INFORMATION CLASS
Another Bible Information Class begins this fall.  The purpose of this class is to review the basic teachings of the Bible. It’s intended to help those who are looking for a home church to learn what the Bible teaches.  Members who are interested in going through a refresher class are also invited to join.  The day and time will be determined based on the schedule of those who sign up.  If you are interested, please sign up in the lobby.
 
CONNECTING THE DOTS
"Connecting" is the key word in our congregation's mission statement. Your Stewardship team is using that word for its theme "Connecting the Dots." When you do a "connect-the-dots" puzzle, you begin to see clearly a picture taking shape as a line is drawn from dot-to-dot. We hope that same thing can be accomplished in our ministry here at St Paul. Through video segments, quarterly mailings and newsletter content, we plan to "connect-the-dots" from your personal support of the ministry and you actually seeing the work of Jesus' kingdom being accomplished.
 
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
For the 2018-19 school year we are looking to hire a school-aged after school care position (3-6 pm).  For more information contact Allie Byers or Steve Gartner, 920-648-2918.
 
WELS CAMPUS MINISTRY
Heading to college can be exciting, stressful, and everything in between. WELS Campus Ministry can help! Let us help you stay connected to God’s Word. To begin go to wels.net/campus-ministry and click the button “College students register here.” You can register for free subscriptions to Forward in Christ magazine and Meditations devotional booklets and will be connected to the campus pastor for your school. Students who have previously registered for WELS Campus Ministry are encouraged to check your profile and preferences and make any necessary updates. For questions please contact Ginny Mundstock at the WELS Campus Ministry office, ginny.mundstock@wels.net or 414-256-3279.
 
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!
 
Phil & Anna Pinsonneault       September 1     5 years
Otto & Gayle Berg                  September 2   45 years
Mark & Stephanie Bartels       September 5   25 years
Bob & Evie Draeger                September 9   40 years
Regi & Denise Dremler           September 13 15 years
Bruce & Wanda Dobratz        September 17 35 years
Gary & Nancy Magnussen      September 19 60 years
Billy & Stephanie Radke         September 21   5 years
 
NEW MEMBERS
Our Family grows here at St Paul!
 
Welcome to the MLSNA family who have been familiar faces here at our school for years. Ben is the VP at Bank of Deerfield and Jess works at the Rock Lake Activity Center as well as the Watertown YMCA. They originally came from the LaCrosse area, but have been active here coaching and volunteering behind the scenes at school for the last 6 years. Morgan is a freshman at Lakeside this year. Their oldest son Kooper just entered 7th grade and Lincoln is now a walker and keeps the whole family busy following him around. They recently moved right across the street from Doyle's Dogs in Lake Mills, honk and give a wave if you see them on their porch!

Soon the SCHROEDER family will be local. Ron and Jessie Schroeder are currently building a house on Pinnacle Dr and will be moving in a few weeks. Jessie is originally from Watertown and Rob is a native of Oconomowoc. Rob is an OEM product buyer from Sub Zero and Jessie is an executive assistant at the Bank of Ixonia. They have a daughter, Aubrey, and a newborn son, Bennett. We look forward to having an affirmation of Bennett's baptism this fall here at St Paul. The Schoeders are excited to be a part of the St Paul family and will be involving their children inour school in upcoming years. 
 
MEMORIAL GIFTS
We express sincere gratitude for these recent memorial gifts presented to the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings):
 
In memory of ROBERT HAFENSTEIN, $2205
In memory of SID WOLFF, $20
In memory of NANCY HILLERY, $25
In memory of BRENDA TOPEL MEYERS, $20
 
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 $ 27,900.
 
August 6                     $ 21,195
August 13                    $ 16,402
August 20                   $ 16,905
August 27                   $ 18,797
 
Also received during those weeks were gifts of $13,660 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings), $542 for the Improvement Fund, $29,035 for Phase 2 Building, and $55 for Tuition Assistance.
 
TOUR
You are invited to join a 10 day tour to Greece..."In the Footsteps of Paul". The tour, May 27 - June 5, 2019, includes a 3 day Mediterranean Cruise. Places of special interest include Phillippi, Corinth, Ephesus, Athens, Meteora, and Santorini. There is also an optional 3 day extension to Rome. For details, contact retired WELS pastor Eugene Kock at pastorkock@yahoo.com.
 
ROCK RIVER AREA OWLS  
Our local chapter of the OWLS begins a new 2018-2019 season in the gathering room at Heritage Homes in Watertown on September 18 at 1:30 PM. Guest speaker is Rev. Michael Jensen. Besides his pastorate at Watertown St Mark's, Jensen serves as President of our Western Wisconsin District of WELS. He supervises the doctrine and practice of over 170 congregations, overseeing, consulting and providing call lists when pastors are needed. Refreshments follow. Copies of the OWLS new program schedule for 2018-2019  will be available along with membership applications. The Organization of WELS Lutheran Seniors (OWLS) provides meaningful activity for those who are retired and/or 50 years old. Enjoy spiritual growth and the fellowship of neighboring WELS and ELS members. Bring a friend. Everyone is welcome.
 
CITY PARK CLEAN UP - AWARD RECEIVED
This past Saturday (8/18) St. Paul received the 2018 Rock Lake Stewardship Award from the Rock Lake Improvement Association.  Each year an individual or group that has significantly contributed to improving the condition of Rock Lake is selected to receive the award.  Thanks to our efforts at the City Park Clean Up in April, St. Paul has been selected for 2018.  It has certainly been cold and back-breaking work the last several years but our attendance and efforts have not gone unnoticed.  This event continues to be a great way to connect with our community by building relationships outside our congregation and serving the greater Lake Mills area.  Thank you very much to all of you that participated!  
 
SEPTEMBER 2018 TWICE IS NICE NEWS
Tuition for a LL federation student runs about half of what it costs to educate that student at LLHS. Who fills the gap? Federated congregations are crucial partners, but this is also where the Twice Is Nice Resale Store (TiN) steps up for our students. Twice is Nice supports Lakeside Lutheran by gifting the school much of its profits. In less than 8 months of 2018, this has amounted to over $216,000. Thank you to all who are a part of this wonderful partnership, through volunteering, donating and/or shopping!
Volunteer: Find out how easy and fun it is to help! 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 TVs and monitors, console pianos/stereos/sewing machines, mattresses/box springs, organs and paint.