Jesus says, “I am the resurrection…”(John 11:17-44)
“If you had been here, he wouldn’t have died.” Lazarus was dead and it appeared to Martha that Jesus was too late. Mary and Martha had buried their brother four days before their dear friend Jesus had arrived. Martha knew that Jesus could have healed him and that he still could do anything. Despite the fact that Lazarus was dead and buried.
As Jesus approached town, Martha ran out to him. Jesus says, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha answered, “I know he will, on the last day.” Jesus then boldly claims, “I am the resurrection.”
Resurrection means to rise again from death. That’s impossible! Yes, for medical science it is impossible, but with God nothing is impossible. So Jesus goes to the tomb of Lazarus and witnesses the sorrow that death brings. He watches the tears that you and I cry at the death of a loved one. He sees it all and is overwhelmed. Jesus himself weeps.
Death is a relentless enemy and a consequence of disobedience. When God created the world, people were made to live, not to die. Unfortunately, people disobeyed and now they die as a punishment. Even though we put up a fight against death with advances in medical science and dietary health - death always wins.
Jesus wept not only because he saw the tomb of a friend, he wept because he witnessed and felt all the pain human disobedience had brought. Then Jesus took on the pain that disobedience brought. He boldly walked to the tomb, had the stone rolled away and called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
Jesus is the resurrection. Death was powerless before his mighty word. Jesus spoke and death had to let go. Lazarus came out.
Then Jesus continued on to Jerusalem and took on the pain human disobedience had brought again. He willingly went to his own tomb. Dying painfully, but not for any of his own sins. He endured punishment for the sins you and I and Lazarus committed. He is our substitute. He faced our death, unafraid.
Because Jesus is the resurrection, on the third day he displayed his absolute power by raising himself. He was delivered over to death because of our sins, but was raised to life because we have been declared innocent of all sin (Romans 4:25).
You are forgiven! Believe it! Know that whoever believes in Jesus will live, even though he dies (John 11:25-26). Jesus took on death and won - Jesus is the resurrection. Jesus took on your death and won - Jesus is your resurrection.
Jesus gives you absolute confidence, even over death. Happy Easter!
Lenten Services continue Wednesdays at 3:30 & 6:30 PM. A light supper will be served between services. Youth Group will serve on April 3. If your group would like to serve April 10, please call the office, 920-648-2918.
GROUND BREAKING SUNDAY
Praise be to God, we are breaking ground for our new sanctuary on Sunday, March 31, 2019. The ceremony will take place after the late service. Following the ceremony there will be a congregational meal in the gym. We ask that those whose last names begin with A-L bring a dessert and M-Z bring a salad. During that time members can visit displays in the lobby/gym area about the new sanctuary. We also hope to unveil the “wish list” of items that need to be funded outside of the building budget. Some of those items will be the chancel furniture, organ, pews, and chairs, as well as other items for the gathering area, chapel, and coffee nook. Make plans to attend and celebrate this amazing event as we look forward to building our new sanctuary.
HELP NEEDED FOR EASTER
We are looking for someone to help coordinate the Easter Breakfast on April 21st. Everything that will be needed for the brunch will be ordered and volunteers are already being chosen. What we need is someone to coordinate the morning and assembly of the meal. Pastor Tomhave did it last year, but will be preaching this year for the festival services. Please contact Pastor Tomhave or call the office if you can help serve in this way.
“GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES"... SO LET'S GO!
Starting on Sunday, March 31st, a new Bible study/discussion will be offered by Pastor Tomhave with topics such as: Making it personal? How to start a spiritual conversation? Sharing the Gospel understandably! How to handle hot topics! Come explore God's Word and be encouraged to be his witnesses.
Kindergarten –Mrs. Laura Ozminkowski has accepted the call to be our Kindergarten teacher for next year. May God be with her and her husband as they make this transition.
3rd grade – Mrs. Megan Proeber has accepted the call to be our 3rd grade teacher for next year. Her call would also include help in the athletics department. May God be with her as she makes this transition.
5th grade – The congregation extended a call to Miss Deanna Rahn to be our 5th grade teacher next year. Her call would also include help in the music department. Please keep her in your prayers as she deliberates where to serve next school year.
6th grade – 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.
GIFTS AND TALENTS
Since the implementation of our new database we are now able to easily identify, connect, and coordinate members of our congregation and apply those talents to serve our church family. We are encouraging every member to review the survey and identify where you have an interest in serving in the future. To complete the survey pick up a paper copy outside the church library.
If you are interested to purchase flowers for the altar area for Easter, there are order forms on the table outside the library. Please fill it out and place it, with payment, in the flower box. Orders must be received by April 3. Flowers may be picked up after the late service Easter Sunday.
SHARING GIFTS AND TALENTS TO GLORIFY WORSHIP: Join Us!
Do you think about helping in some way at Church, but just don’t know how or when? Altar Guild is an organization that aids and beautifies our Chapel and services through the gifts of many members’ talents. The time investments are annual or seasonal. The three main components of our group are: Decorating (Banners, Flowers, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter); Lenten Meal (Plan, Prep, Serve); and Communion (Set-Up; Serve; Clean/Store). If you think this could be an opportunity for you or know a fellow member who you think would be interested, please contact Tara Topel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-605-0112.
We are in need of volunteers to mow the church lawn. Use of the equipment requires operators to be age 18 and over. Sign up lists are available at church for mowing the large areas, the fenced childcare playground area and for spraying weeds. The more volunteers we have, the more the tasks can be shared.
Once again churches of our Central Conference are organizing a church softball league. Games are played on Wednesday evenings May 29-August 1. If you are interested in organizing this team or would like to play on a team, there is an organizational meeting at St. John’s, Waterloo, 413 E. Madison St. in Waterloo on March 30 at 9 AM. For more information including league rules, please visit webpage: www.welschurchsoftball.weebly.com.
SAVE THE DATE - DIRECTORY UPDATE
The photography dates for our 2019 church directory are May 30-June 1. If you're new here at St. Paul or missed out on having your picture taken last year, we'd love to include you. If you had your picture taken for the directory last year, we can still use that picture for the next three years, though you can have it updated it you'd like. More information will be coming later this spring.
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.
This new Connect group for those who, having no one at home with whom to reflect on the service, would appreciate going to brunch with other like-minded members after church got together for the first time on Sunday, March 24. They met at Lake Mills Family Restaurant on Mulberry Street at noon. Email Johanna Chworowsky, email@example.com, or telephone Marianne Hafenstein at 648-5695 for more information.
This Connect group will differ from other Connect groups in several ways: It will not be a formal Bible study. Attendees should not feel an obligation to be there every week. It will not be for a finite number of weeks but rather will be on-going.
HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES
Thursday, April 18 at 3:30 & 6:30 p.m. with Lord’s Supper
Friday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Easter Sunrise Service:
Sunday, April 21 at 6:30 a.m.
Easter Festival Services:
Sunday, April 21 at 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.
There is no service on Monday, April 22 and no Sunday School on April 21
EXAMINATION & CONFIRMATION
We look forward to another class of young people confessing their faith and vowing loyalty to their Savior this month. Public examination of the class will occur on Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. Rehearsal for examination will be Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23 at 3:15.
Confirmation takes place in the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, April 28. Remember our young people in your prayers as they take this important step in their spiritual lives.
Sunday School and Bible classes do not meet on April 28.
The Mission Society will meet on Monday, April 1st. Pastor Schupmann will speak to the group about the multi-site mission in Juneau/Horicon. It will begin with dessert and fellowship at 7:00 PM. Any interested St. Paul members are welcome.
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
A door offering will be received April 14 & 21 for Camp Phillip, the WELS camp near Wautoma. By our congregation’s membership in the camp association and financial support through this offering our members receive discounts on camp fees. The seventh grade class holds a retreat in October at Camp Phillip.
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!
Rick & Cindy Schroeder April 6 45 years
WITH THE LORD
KENNETH SCHROEDER departed this life on March 23, at the age of 84. His funeral was held on March 30. Blessed are those who die in the Lord!
WELCOME TO THE ST. PAUL FAMILY
We welcome the TAUSCHECK family to our family here at St. Paul. DENIS and KIM are both WI natives from Green Bay and Madison, respectively. They both work in the insurance industry and are avid sports fans: enjoying, watching and playing. Denis is a UW-Madison grad and Kim is currently getting her masters there having done undergrad at UWSP. They reside on the south side of Sun Prairie with their lives revolving around three children (Briana in college, while DJ and Megan attend Luther Prep) and a "fur baby" named Piper.
In June of last year, work brought MIKE and AMY SLATTERY to Lake Mills with their daughter, DELANEY, and son, CONNOR. They returned to WI after living 20 years in Cincinnati where they attended Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church & School. Connor is a sophomore at Lakeside where Amy and her mother both attended. Connor enjoys video games, remote control cars and drones, and being active outside. He intends to take up kayaking this summer. Delaney is a freshman at Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH, studying Exercise Science. She enjoys painting art in her spare time if not babysitting to pay for college. Amy owns Bugaboodles, a business she ran from home in Cincinnati for 14 years. She moved Bugaboodles into a store front on Main Street in Lake Mills last October. She makes hair bows and accessories in addition to textile art, and also offers alteration services. Mike has worked in sales, marketing, and product management most if his career and is Director of Product Management at Schiller Grounds Care in Johnson Creek. Mike recently joined the Board of Outreach at St. Paul's and is considering taking up golf again this summer in his spare time. Welcome back to Lake Mills and to our family here at St. Paul!
We welcome the MURRAY family to our family. BRAD and TANYA and their three children reside in Johnson Creek which is where Brad is from. Tonya is originally from Merrill, WI and was brought to Johnson Creek through a job. They ended up in the same circle of friends which led to marriage in 2011. Their daughter ,PAYTON, was born in 2014 and is in 4K at St. Paul and their son, LIAM, was born in 2016. Their son DANIEL was born just this past week. In 2016, they bought a rundown farm and have been remodeling the house since. The Murray’s came to St. Paul because they knew they wanted their kids to have a Christian education. Some close friends have a daughter a year older than Payton and told them how very happy they were with St. Paul, so they followed their lead! Already, they have experienced amazing support from St. Paul through some tough times. Brad works as an Estimator and Project Manager at Midwest Electric in Johnson Creek. Tanya is a Patient Service Representative Lead at Aurora Healthcare-Summit. Outside of work Brad enjoys hunting and woodworking. Tanya enjoys reading, crocheting and doing things as a family.
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.
March 3 $ 32,881
March 10 $ 24,860
March 17 $ 30,163
March 24 $ 32,676
Also received during those weeks were gifts of $6,014 for the Building Fund (Bountiful Blessings), $80 for the Improvement Fund, $9,242 for Phase 2 Building, $150 for the Hmong Ministry, $10,000 for Wish List, and $336 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 MASHA HOPMANN, $100
In memory of EUNICE RIDDLE, $565, $100 toward a new oven
In memory of NANCY MAGNUSSEN, $714
In memory of DONNA POWELEIT, $75,
ROCK RIVER AREA OWLS
The April meeting of our OWLS chapter is scheduled for 1:30 PM on Tuesday, April 16, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hubbleton, served by emeritus Pastor Lance Hoff. We thank the Immanuel ladies for providing refreshments. The topic: We will hear the personal story of Beverly and her husband Clyde Nehls, "Raising Two Deaf Children." The Organization of WELS Seniors exists to provide meaningful activity for those who are retired and/or 50 years and older. Immanuel Church at Hubbleton is located just south of State Hwy 19 on County Rd G. Bring a friend along.
TWICE IS NICE RETAIL STORE NEWS, April 2019
Shop: Almost 70 volunteers helped make the season changeover happen in March when about 12,000 new items were put on display! Come find some new spring and summer goodies --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: We continue to host regular work nights at Twice Is Nice on the 1st Tuesday and the 3rd Monday of the month. The evening hours will run 5-8 p.m. Volunteers can come as early as they are available that evening and stay as long as you’re able. No expertise required.
Twice is Nice volunteers were recently thanked by reps of LLHS in recognition of 25 years of service and over $5 million donated to Lakeside over the years. Since 1993, this partnership has been blessed beyond imagination!
Donate! "Stuff the Truck" in the Lakeside parking lot the Saturday of Fine Arts Fest, April 6, from 9 am to 1 pm. Bring as much as your vehicle can carry, furniture, anything, and volunteers will unload your vehicle and get it to Twice is Nice for you! Otherwise, donations can be brought to the door behind the store from 9-4:30 any day we are open. Questions? Call 920-674-6868, ask for the day manager. Items that cannot be accepted are TVs, computer monitors and printers, appliances, console pianos/stereos/sewing machines, mattresses/box springs, organs and paint.
Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI is hosting its Seminary Scurry again this year on Saturday, May 4th. The events happening include a Kid's Dash, 5k run/walk, and a free meal after for everyone. All participants 18 years and younger can run either race for free. The cost for those older than 18 years is $20. All race participants will receive some seminary swag and this year's Seminary Scurry t-shirt. For more information, visit: https://www.wls.wels.net/seminary-scurry-2019/