September 22, 2017
A Time to Build Update – At their June meeting St. Paul’s Church Council established spring of 2019 as the target date for starting construction on what will be approximately a $4.4 million project to provide a much needed upgrade and expansion to our school. To minimize borrowing it is important that we maximize giving … up front … before we begin the project! So far people have given $1,977,959 and our fund balance after expenses is $1,466,703. Also note that our “Up on the Roof Event” drew over 400 people to activities and raised over $22,000! God be praised! Thanks for your gifts. Keep the project in your prayers and your offerings.
Guest Speaker Next Week – Latin American Missionary Joel Sutton will be our guest speaker next week, sharing not only God’s Word but also info on Academia Cristo – Latin American outreach.
Thank You – In September the Member Ministry Team thanked those who helped to make our Family Bible Nights a success. God’s Word, fun, food, and fellowship were enjoyed by all who attended!
Men’s Choir will rehearse in the Choir Room at 10:30 AM on Sunday, getting reading to sing next week (October 1st) in the 9:30 and 11:00 AM services. All St. Paul’s men and boys are welcome. Please join us! We’re singing a familiar hymn from The Lutheran Hymnal.
Library – Thank to all who visited our Book Fair and donated. Check out the mobile library for Luther books and movie.
Dad’s Belgian Waffles MVL – Come out to MVL for Dad’s Belgian Waffles on Sunday, Oct. 1, 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. The meal includes all-you-care-to-eat waffles, sausages, syrups, and beverages. Proceeds will assist the Booster Club in providing co-curricular items for MVL students. Tickets will be available from MVL students this weekend after services. Tickets are also available through the MVL office and at the door. Call 507-354-6851 for details.
Cemetery Fall Clean-up – In preparation for the winter months, all live flowers plants, pots, urns, ornaments and solar lights must be removed from the gravesites by October 1 or will be subject to removal by the cemetery caretakers. Winter decorations may be placed on the gravesites after November 1.
MLC Wind Symphony – The Martin Luther College Wind Symphony will present their concert season opener, Stage and Screen: Form and FUNction on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 3:00 PM in the Wittenberg Collegiate Center Auditorium on the MLC campus. The concert will be an aural outline of the development of the wind band through the works of stage and screen. Please join us for an afternoon of wonderful wind band music. The concert is free and open to the public.
Bible Classes – Prof. David Scharf continues a series called Lies About God through November 12. Couples’ Bible Study meets in the Fireside room and the topic is Fruit of the Spirit. Professor John Meyer teaches on Genesis 3, The Fall Into Sin and the Promise, for Bible Basics this week. There is also a Bible Information Class with Pastor Scharf on Mondays at 7:30 PM.
Friday Women’s Bible Class – A women’s Bible class meets in the church library on Friday mornings at 9:30. They are going through Pastor Smith’s book on Ephesians. Anyone is welcome!
Help Wanted at MLC – Pioneer College caterers are looking for kitchen workers: lunch cook: 6 AM – 2 PM; rotisserie help: 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM; dish room: 7-11 AM. All positions are Monday – Friday. Contact Gary at MLC at (354-2001) if you are interested.
Prison Ministry – A volunteer is needed at our New Ulm Prison Ministry office on Friday mornings to apply postage stamps to envelopes containing our Bible studies and open / sort mail. General commitment each Friday is from 8:30-11:00 AM. Contact WELS Prison Ministry at 507-354-3031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reformation Event – This year St. Paul’s will be hosting Reformation Treats on the corner of 6th South and State Streets on the evening of October 31. The Board of Outreach is looking for volunteers to help with planning, setting up, and running the event. If you can do that, please contact the church office or talk with Pastor Scharf. We are also looking for candy donations from members to hand out to the children of the community who visit that evening. For now, please drop off any individually-wrapped, bagged candy in the church office.
Musical Help Needed – Do you play guitar or piano? We need your help! The Sunday School Music coordinator is looking for people who are able to play guitar during the weekly music session – from 9:30-9:45 AM. Please email Karyn Clemons at email@example.com or talk to her after church.
Heart in Focus – Do you wish you were a better steward of the resources and talents God has given you? Would you like to be better at handling money and making sure your heart is in the right place? Beginning Thursday, October 12th, for 6 consecutive weeks, from 6:30-8 PM, our new Family Minister Kris Kuschel and Pastor Nate Scharf will be teaching a course to help you as you walk with your Savior with the resources he gives you. Call the office to sign up.
Men of His Word – Over the past 8 years the Men of His Word seminar in Oshkosh, WI has grown to become an event that draws over 600 men! Last year, God blessed the 2nd year of Men of His Word in Rochester with 150 attendees, and we look to build on that number this October. The day holds great promise. Our keynote speaker will talk about how we can Be Strong and Courageous as the Christian men God expects us to be. Speakers will talk about Christian parenting, Godly leadership, male friendship, dealing with Alzheimer’s and many more topics. This conference is designed to serve Christian men of all ages. Please go to www.menofhisword.org for details.
Keep in Your Prayers…the family of Vern Rosenau, who was taken to his heavenly home this past week…Gerry Biedenbender who is hospitalized…the victims of hurricanes and earthquakes.
Prayer – Heavenly Father, provider of all that is good, we thank you today for taking care of us. Each day we receive from you the blessings of daily food, clothing, shelter, and so much more. Teach us to be content with what we have, and guide us as we return to you a portion of the blessings we have received. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.