St. Paul Evangelical Church Newsletter

March 2019

Revelation 5:4ff.

And I began to weep bitterly because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. Then one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping. Look! The Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed and is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”  And I saw a Lamb standing in the center, near the throne, surrounded by the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders. The Lamb seemed to have been slain…The Lamb came and took the scroll out of the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when the Lamb took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders bowed down before the Lamb. And they sang a new song, saying:  You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and you bought us[a] for God with your blood out of every tribe and language and people and nation.10And I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels…12 With a loud voice they were saying:” Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.”

Dear Friends of Christ,

You have heard the saying about the month of March, “In like a lion, out like a lamb.”  That’s why we pay attention to weather when March comes around because we want to know how much more winter there will be, or should I say, “how much more winter we can take.”

There is another reason we will watch for March this year.  It also has to do with a lion and a lamb, but has nothing to do with the weather.  It has to do with our salvation which was accomplished by the Lion of Judah who was also the Lamb who was slain to win us for God.  As the Lion of Judah Jesus is the king who was a descendant of David.  As the “King of kings” he and he alone has the authority to open the scroll that unfolds the events of the world and the coming of the kingdom of heaven!  And when the world ends, those who believe in Jesus will not be destroyed but will live forever.  Why?  Because this Lion of Judah is also the Lamb who was slain for us that we might belong to God and live with him forever!

That’s what we will see during the month of March as the season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6th. As we watch again the suffering and death of the Lion of Judah who was the Lamb that was slain, we know what to expect, and I’m not talking about the weather!  Because Jesus did save us what we can expect is to join the angels of heaven in singing the new song: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.”

May God bless your Lenten observance this March as you follow the Lion who is also the Lamb!

Serving you in Christ,

Pastor Bruce McKenney


Ground breaking for our new sanctuary is tentatively planned for Sunday, March 31.  Watch for more information.


  • January 27th – A special voters’ meeting was held to decide whether or not to move forward into construction with our plans for a new sanctuary. The resolution passed by a vote of 53-7. May God be with us as we prepare to build a new church!

  • February 3rd – At our annual meeting we elected leaders to serve on our church council and boards (names below). We approved the 2018 trust fund distribution of $10,668 toward six projects. We approved the school board’s recommendation for staffing kindergarten next year (more below), and voted to approve the end of the Newville agreement with regard to school enrollment. This means that we, rather than St. John Newville, will call for the new 3rd grade teacher.

  • February 10th – We called three teachers to serve in our grade school in 2019-2020 (more info below) and voted to enter the Principal Training Program for our 6th grade teacher (more below). 


On Sunday February 10, the installation of our newly elected leaders was held.  Vice-Chairman:  Justin Storlie; Congregation Treasurer:  Jonah Vogt; Auxiliary Board:  Gary Magnussen and Josh Ramsey; Board of Elders:  Bruce Johnson; Parish Education Chairman: Rick Schwarze; Stewardship Board:  Ted Vratney and Jason Langille; Parish Education Board: Adam Brock;  Personnel Board Chairman:  Jeff Ryan; Personnel Board:  Jacob Schaub and Blair Ward; Property Board: Bill Marty and Matt Pederson; School Board:  Glen Proeber and Dan Plitzuweit; Technology Board: Dillon Probst; Worship Board:  Joel Hirschfeld and Marty Stuebs; Lakeside Delegates:  Greg Kutz and Jason Schuetz.


With the expectation of 25-30 kindergarteners, it is necessary to add staffing for the 2019-2020 school year. We currently have 26 enrolled with several more families not turning in registrations as of yet. The School board and church council are recommending to the voters that full time (Called from the field or graduate) and a part-time called teacher be used in the morning. The afternoon portion of the school day would be staffed with the full time teacher assisted by an aide in the afternoon.

 It was moved, seconded, and passed at our February 3 voters’ meeting to approve all 3 parts of the staffing recommendation as follows:

  1. A part-time one year call will be issued to Mrs. Bauer

  2. A new call would be issued for a full time Kindergarten teacher

  3. The hiring of a part-time aide for the kindergarten class.


Kindergarten – The congregation voted to extend a call on February 10 to Mrs. Laura Ozminkowski to be our Kindergarten teacher for next year.

3rd – The congregation voted to extend a call on February 10 to Mrs. Megan Proeber to be our 3rd grade teacher for next year. Her call would also include help in the athletics department.

5th – The congregation voted to extend a call on February 10 to Mrs. Kayla Wilkins to be our 5rd grade teacher for next year. She has since decided to decline our call and to continue serving in her present ministry. Another call meeting will take place March 3rd.

6th – The congregation voted on February 10 to enter the Principal Training Program. This program would give us a graduate teacher that MLC has selected to be a good candidate for a future principal in one of our schools. He would be mentored by Mr. Gartner for three years. At the end of the third year he would go back to the assignment committee for a principal call.

Please keep these teachers in your prayers as they deliberate where the Lord would like to have them serve next year.


Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, our 40-day journey with Christ to his cross and to the empty tomb on Easter. As the name implies, Ash Wednesday historically has included ashes. We're planning to include the imposition of ashes in our Ash Wednesday services this year. More information will be coming as we get closer. If you have any questions, our pastors would be happy to talk with you.


Sometimes it doesn’t take many words to convey a deep truth. For our midweek Lenten worship this year, we’ll focus on six accounts from Jesus suffering and death in which three words make all the difference. Three words can cut to the heart of our sinfulness. Three words can show the depth of Jesus love for us. Three words can sum up what it means to be a follower of Christ. You’re invited to join us each of six Wednesdays from March 6 through April 10 for worship at 3:30 and 6:30pm.


We are looking ahead for groups to serve a light supper between services.  Mission Society will be serving Sloppy Joe's on Ash Wednesday, Altar Guild will be serving Chili on March 13, and Praise Singers will be serving on March 27.  If your group would like to serve in this capacity, please call the office, 920-648-2918.


We would like to continue projection for worship services that we started last fall. Joel Hirschfeld and Lindsey Probst are coordinating and could use your help. If you would like to help produce the slides or run the presentations during worship, talk to one of them or to Pastor Nass.


We are looking for volunteers to assist in collecting and replenishing Friendship Registers from the sanctuary on Tuesday mornings.  Either individuals or as a team are encouraged to volunteer.  Approximately 1 hour every Tuesday is needed for this opportunity.   With enough volunteers we can create a rotation for each individual/team.


All ladies of St. Paul are invited to join us for the March meeting of the Mission Society.  It will be held on Monday March 4th, beginning at 7pm for dessert and fellowship. At 7:30 Jill Doering will give a presentation about our new Befriend a Mission Missionaries. 


LWMS Spring Rally will be held on April 13 at St. John Lutheran Church in Waterloo.  Registration begins at 8:30 AM.  Professor E. Allen Sorum, PSI director, will speak about the work being done by the PSI (Pastoral Studies Institute). Professor Sorum will discuss their mission of helping men from different countries who want to become WELS pastors. Invite your friends and family!


Our third quarter of Sunday Bible studies is underway during our Bible study hour from 9:15-10:15am. The three courses are different topics and styles. All of them will help you grow in seeing the connections between God’s Word and your life.  Take a look at the list below. We’d love to have you join us!


Location:    Sanctuary

Leader:       Pastor Nass

The history of the Christian church is the story of God’s grace over the past 2000 years. Some parts are heartwarming. Some parts are revolting. Yet through it all, God has seen to it that the truth of his Word has been proclaimed, and innumerable people from every nation, tribe, people, and language have put their faith in Christ. In this seven-week class we’ll look at Christian history from the time of Jesus to the dawn of the Reformation.


Location:    7th Grade Classroom

Leaders:     Pastor McKenney & Pastor Tomhave

We are starting another “basic doctrine” Bible class.  The class is intended for those who want to learn what we teach and believe on the basis of God’s Word and for members who want to review the truths of salvation that they learned long ago.


Location:    Half Classroom

Leader:       Ted Vratny

Over seven weeks, we’ll identify what a worldview is and the impact multiple worldviews may have on a person’s faith, life and actions. The study will review the Biblical-Confessional Christian worldview and compare and contrast these alternative and false worldviews to the Biblical-Confessional Christian worldview. Ted Vratny spent a number of years in government service and private industry before going into the ministry.  He has lived many places in the U.S. and traveled to many other places for work including living for a year in Brisbane, Australia.


Join us on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am to connect with God's word.  Childcare is available for infants and toddlers.

Adults: See options listed above

9th-12th Grade, in the 7th Grade Classroom
6th-8th Grade, in the 6th Grade Classroom
K-5th Grade, in the Gym
3K-4K in the Gym


Tuesdays from 8:00 am - 9:00 am in the school library.  This Bible study is open to women of all ages.  If you have small children, you are welcome to bring them along and let them play while you enjoy some time being strengthened in God's Word. Contact Jill Doering (920-648-3338) for more information.


In the letter he wrote to the Romans, the Apostle Paul laid out the central truths about our sin and about our justification through God's grace in Christ. Join us on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am in the office conference room as we study this book of the Bible together.


Are you an individual who goes home to an empty house after church on Sunday mornings? Would you appreciate going to brunch with others instead? A new Connect Group-with-a-Twist is forming. It will not be for a set number of weeks but rather on-going, and you should not feel obligated to attend every week. We will discuss the weekend worship service, the sermon, or any other topic...maybe even the weather! If you attend the Saturday or Monday services, you can still meet us Sundays at 12:15 at the Lake Mills Family Restaurant on Mulberry Street. You can have brunch, lunch, or just coffee. We look to set a date in late March, so watch your bulletin or the "Thursday Note". If you are interested, please email or call Johanna Chworowsky: or 920 648-6386 or Marty Stuebs: - (920) 945-0065 who will be organizing the two groups.


The roadway and underground utilities on South Main Street in Lake Mills are deteriorating and in need of replacement.  Over the course of the next year, this construction will impact our members in regards to access to our property.  The project will be completed in four stages.  Stage one could begin as early as March, weather permitting.  The work would occur between Madison St. and Veterans Lane (street between the Legion building and Mobil gas station).  Congregation members will need to take an alternate route from the north to get to the south side of town.  One route could be Ferry Drive and then past Lakeside.  Another could be Grove St. to Lake Park Place and back to S. Main.  As time progresses, reconstruction will continue south a section at a time.  We will keep you informed as best we can.  Please plan your travel time accordingly so that we can all continue to gather together around Word and Sacrament here at St. Paul.


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!

Rich & Bev Rupnow               March 8           50 years
Mark & Renee Castonguay    March 17         35 years
Don & Laurie Selje                  March 31         40 years


JOAN BADE departed this life on February 1, at the age of 94.  Her funeral was held on February 8. Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life!

DONNA POWELEIT departed this life on February 2, at the age of 93.  Her funeral was held on February 8.  Blessed are those who die in the Lord!

NANCY MAGNUSSEN departed this life on February 13, at the age of 79.  Her funeral was held on February 18.  May the Lord comfort her loved ones through his Word.


We welcome the HIRSCHFELD family!  JOEL is from Fort Atkinson and graduated from Lakeside. BETSY is from the Quad Cities area in Illinois. They met at Valparaiso University, IN and got married after graduation. They have moved around the Midwest following different job opportunities. Over the summer, they moved from Muscatine, IA, to Lake Mills. They were drawn to St. Paul, Lake Mills for the opportunity for their children to get a Christian education. Joel works at Generac in Whitewater as a plant manager and Betsy teaches math at Lake Mills High School. They have two children, KAYLA (6thgrade) and WILL (4th grade). They stay busy following the kids around to their sports and music activities. If they have downtime, they all like to play cards and games as a family. Joel is really hoping to play a lot more golf this summer and they love to travel and see friends and family.

Welcome to the SEIDL family.  RYAN and KAYLA lived in Lake Mills for 5 years prior to moving out to the country in Johnson Creek 3 years ago. They had such a great experience with St. Paul while their daughter attended 3K that they just knew they would continue to send her, and become members of the church. They have two daughters, CHARLEE who is 5 and Olivia who is 2. They also have 2 dogs, a Basset Hound named Murphy and a Sheltie Mix named Breklin. Ryan works for Landmark Services Co-op in Cottage Grove as an Agronomist and Kayla is the Owner/Stylist of R.O.C.K.S. Studio Salon In Johnson Creek. You'll typically find Ryan on a farm helping out any way he can with the girls in tow, while Kayla enjoys baking and cooking and spending time in the kitchen. They both love to travel and explore new restaurants together, when they aren't spending time with the girls.


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.

February 3                  $ 34,861
February 10                $ 33,106
February 17                $ 24,192
February 24                $ 30,741

Also received during those weeks were gifts of $6,693 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings), $245 for the Improvement Fund, $87,206 for Phase 2 Building, $1289 for the Hmong Ministry; $30 for Scholarship, and $520 for Tuition Assistance.


We express sincere gratitude for these recent memorial gifts presented to the Phase II Building Fund and Bountiful Blessings:

In memory of KEVIN MCKENNEY, $65
In memory of DONNA POWELEIT, $510, $60 toward a new oven
In memory of NANCY MAGNUSSEN, $920
In memory of JOAN BADE, $10, $325 toward a new oven


A new Greeters Schedule will be put together shortly.  If you haven’t noticed, there are usually two congregation members in the lobby entrance when you come to church.  This couple serves as greeters not only to members, but to those who are visiting.  We want to make everyone feel welcome as they come to worship.  If this is something you think you might be able to volunteer for, contact Kris Schneider by March 29 at 920-988-6987 or email


All decorations and shepherd hooks need to be removed by April 1. New decorations may be placed after April 16.  Thank you.


The next meeting of our OWLS chapter will be on March 19th at 1:30 PM, at St. John Lutheran Church at Ixonia.  The topic will take us to South America and the high country of Peru where Rev David and Ruth Haeuser spent years sharing God's Word with the native peoples. Come and enjoy spiritual growth and the fellowship of neighboring WELS and ELS members. St John Church is located at the south end of Ixonia, south from the Hwy 16 roundabout on County Rd F. Bring a friend!


AMAZING: Did you see the news release? If not, check out the TiN Facebook page to see the article about Twice is Nice and its volunteers being recently recognized for 25 years of service that has generated over $5 million in gifts to Lakeside Lutheran High School. We have quite a treasure in this Jefferson store and the people who keep it open day after day. Have you been there lately? 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: A special volunteer request is for someone who has interest and ability to update our website twice a month. This job could be done from home for our WordPress site:

Donate: Please remember Twice Is Nice when you do your spring cleaning! Donations can be brought to the rear doors from 9 AM to 4:30 PM and you’ll have help unloading!