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Church News for the week of March 26, 2023


Sunday, March 26:  8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study Class, 10:00 a.m. Worship  with Communion at the Altar

Monday, March 27:  9:00 a.m. Food Delivered to the Food Shelves at Martin Luther College and Sibley County

Tuesday, March 28:  9:00 a.m. Counting Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 29:  2:00 p.m. Bible Study, 3:45 p.m. Confirmation Class, 7:00 p.m. Lenten Service, 8:00 p.m. Choir Practice

Thursday, March 30:  10:00 a.m. Bulletin Information Due
Sunday, April 2:  PALM SUNDAY 8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study Class, 10:00 a.m. Worship - PreK-8th Sing -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Continuous Flow Communion


We, the members of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran congregation are here to share the truth of God's Word.  We use the message of Christ to nurture one another that we might be equipped to spread the message of Christ to all people.   

Bring the KidsOur congregation enjoys the “worshipping family”.  Children who act up are not viewed as a bother to worship.  We’re glad they’re here!
However, if you feel the need, a “comfort room” for parents with small children is available complete with speakers and a window looking into the worship area.  Please find this room to your right when entering the narthex from the sanctuary or ask an usher for assistance.  You will also find children’s church bags, a diaper changing station, a restroom, and age appropriate books there.

Mission Prayer - The Refuge Ev. Lutheran Church, Durham, N.C. – Dear Lord, by your grace you opened the door to home mission work at The Refuge in Durham, North Carolina. Be with your people in that setting and remove obstacles that stand in the way of their work. Provide wisdom in their decision-making and help them further the sharing of your good news in their community. Bless them with all the resources they need to fulfill their God-pleasing plans. Motivate members with the joy of salvation in Christ their Savior and bless them with your Spirit. Remind them that your Word never returns to you empty, so their efforts are never in vain. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

VOTERS’ MEETING SUNDAY, MARCH 26 Voters will assemble after church.   
PORKY’S - We would like to thank everyone who recently attended our Lenten Supper.  Thanks to your generosity we were able to donate $486 towards the new water softener.  See you at the fair in August!
WELS Youth Night on Sunday, March 26th from 6:00-8:15pm at 
The Beacon Ministry Center in Mankato MN.  This event is free and is designed specifically for all teens in 9th-12th grade.  There will be food, fun, fellowship, and most importantly faith.  Encourage teens to sign up in advance using the QR code.   If anyone is interested in helping with this event, I'm happy to let you know what is still needed.  Hope to see you there!  All are welcome.  Questions contact Stephanie Otto:  Phone: 507-933-6464 E-Mail:
THANK YOUMission Society would like to say a big, thank you for supporting our Lenten supper and thank you to the confirmation students who helped set tables for this supper.  Your support, helps support us.  Proceeds will help in our mission fields.
THANK YOU to all those who supported our school by contributing Silent Auction baskets and to all those who bid and purchased the wonderful variety of items.  With your help, we were able to raise $4039 which will be used for non-budgeted items needed at school and also for tuition assistance.  St. Paul’s Lutheran School appreciates your generosity and support a great deal.
LENTEN SUPPERSt. Paul’s choir will be serving the Lenten supper on March 29th.  On the menu are Bar-B-Ques and lots of fixin’s.  Proceeds will support music for choir.  Thank you in advance for your support.
Help Needed for the Easter BreakfastThe Family Bible Class is planning to host an Easter Breakfast in between the two church services on Easter Sunday again this year.  However, our group is small and we can't make it happen without some help.  We're looking for willing volunteers to help us out by working a short shift that day. There are sign-up sheets posted in the narthex.  We are looking for some donations of food, but most importantly your donation of time.  The jobs are easy and the time commitment is fairly brief (only about 45 minutes or so for most shifts). Everyone enjoys the Easter Breakfast, but it doesn't happen without volunteers.  Thank you for your consideration!
Water SoftenerThe water softener has been installed; costing around $5,000.  Please support this project by giving to the water softener fund.
Thrivent MembersPlease designate your Choice Dollars soon.  Deadline is this month! 

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BIBLE CLASS will meet this week, Wednesday,      March 29, at 2:00pm in the basement.  We are in the midst of a series on the Pharisees of the New Testament called “Irreconcilable!”  “Law and Repentance” is the lesson this week. How did the law and repentance fit in with the Pharisees? How does it fit in today? Everyone is invited to join our informal class at anytime! We meet in the Council room.
Christ Our ConquerorOn Wednesday, April 5, MVL will be holding its Spring Sacred Concert titled, "Christ Our Conqueror." The concert will feature the MVL Symphonic Band, Freshman Choir, Chargaliers, and A Capella Choir. The concert will be held in the MVL gymnasium with the music beginning at 6:45 PM. All are invited to add this concert to their observance of Holy Week.
Volleyball Skills, Drills, and Scrimmage NightsSt. Paul’s parent Kris Bates is offering volleyball skills clinic on certain nights after school for 4-8th grade girls at St. Paul’s School.  Also, come to the school gym and bring your gym shoes, knee pads, and water bottle.  Volleyball nights will run through April.  Come and play ball.
MVL Booster Club Auction You are invited to wear your favorite jeans and come out to this year's Jeans and Dreams Booster Club Auction!  Join us on April 1st at the historic Turner Hall in New Ulm for this free event!  Doors and cash bar open at 5 pm.  Free-will donation for dinner (5:30).  Live and silent auction, buy-it-now table, Plinko, and MORE!  New additions to the event this year will make it a wonderful night supporting the needs of the students MVL!  They dream on so we jean on!
Church Secretary Position Opening Due to my health I will be retiring from the position of church secretary in the near future.  It has been a privilege and an honor to have served the family of believers here at St. Paul’s for the last eleven years.  Thank you to everyone for the prayers and support you have given me.  I have been truly blessed.  To God be the glory forever and ever.
Vespers Service at Martin Luther College - Mark your calendars for a special Holy Week worship opportunity at Martin Luther College. On Tuesday, April 4, at 7:30pm in the Chapel of the Christ, MLC will host its annual Lent Vespers service. This year, the service will feature a cantata by David von Kampen entitled, "A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth." All are welcome! 
Attention MVL Alumni:  MVL's year-end choir concert will be held at Bethany Lutheran College's Trinity Chapel on April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. We would like to invite any alumni who sang in the choir to come and sing with us again! If you are interested in joining us, please contact Mr. Jon Hermanson ( and he will send you the music to prepare. There will be a brief rehearsal in the chapel before the concert. 

The Compassionate Friends of South Central MN will be hosting author, speaker and grief coach, Randy Stocker, on 4/24/23 from 7:00-9:00pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church in New Ulm, MN. There is no cost to attend. Randy will share his family's experience with tragic loss, survival and helping others.
Martin Luther College is accepting applications for full-time Custodians, part-time Assistant Coaches in volleyball, football, and basketball, and for a variety of summer jobs. Interested individuals should apply online at
March is Food Share Month!  All over the state groups, businesses, community organizations, and the like are striving to collect large amounts of food so that their local food banks are given greater allowances by Second Harvest and other state agencies. 
          Sibley County Food Share is the local organization that provides food for the needy in Sibley County.  What is raised during March determines how much Sibley County can get the rest of the year.  That is why it is so important for our contributions to be greatly increased during the month of March.
          In the twenty plus years that I have been involved as the food share coordinator for our congregation and a Sibley County Food Share volunteer, I have seen how the food is distributed in this county and have witnessed the thankful faces of people receiving the food.  I would like everyone to know how important this program is for those in need in Sibley County and would love to see our donation box overflowing!  March is Food Share Month and a great time to share God’s blessings with others.
           Dwight Grabitske

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.   Hebrews 13:16

February 2023 2022
Sibley County 50# $20 63# $15
Martin Luther College 63# $0 58# $0
 “Time of Grace” If you are not able to come to church, you can watch “Time of Grace” Ministry with lead speaker Pastor Mike Novotny.  “Time of Grace” is on at 10:30 a.m. on KARE11 on Sunday mornings.  You can also go to their website and access it at any time you want to at