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Church News for the week of January 30, 2022


Sunday, January 30:  8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study, 10:00 a.m.  Worship

Monday, January 31:  9:00 a.m. Food Delivered to the Food Shelves

Wednesday, February 2:  2:00 p.m. Bible Study, 3:45 p.m. Confirmation Class, 7:00 p.m. Choir Practice

Thursday, February 3:  10:00 a.m. Bulletin Information Due

Sunday, January 30:  8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study, 10:00 a.m.  Worship with Communion-Continuous Flow
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Installation of 2022 Election


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.      

Covid GuidelinesPlease be aware that precautionary measures are still needed.  Use the hand sanitizer as soon as you enter the building and again as you exit the building.  THE WEARING OF MASKS IS NOT REQUIRED IF YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED. THAT DOES NOT MEAN YOU SHOULDN’T USE THEM.  WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU WEAR ONE IF AT HIGH RISK, YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IS COMPROMISED, OR ARE NOT FULLY VACCINATED.   6’  SOCIAL DISTANCING IS STILL IN EFFECT.
Communion –  Communion services will be Jan. 23 at the table and Feb. 6 continuous flow.

Mission Prayer -Prison Ministry – Precious Savior, you died for all people including those in prison. Thank you for WELS Prison Ministry as they conduct ministry to prisoners through pen pals, mailed Bible studies, and helping those who have been released from prison. As methods for delivering the gospel to inmates move to electronic communication, we ask that you give them the funds and ability to adapt to this new environment. Amen.

Installation Date ChangeInstallation of 2022 election will be, Sunday, Feb. 6.
CES Basket Silent Auction will run from Ash Wednesday, March 2 until Saturday, March 19.  Forms for baskets are in the narthex.  Baskets need to be at school or church by Tuesday, Feb. 22.  Any questions, contact Judy Petzel.
KWIK TRIP CAR WASH CARDS ARE STILL AVAILABLE –– 5-count Ultimate Car Wash card ONLY $36; Regular price $50 – a SAVINGS of $14! Contact Jenny or Darv Scherer or Ella.
St. Paul’s Congregation Night @ MVLFriday, Feb. 4, is our congregation’s night at the boys’ basketball games at MVL. The Chargers are playing New Ulm Cathedral:  C-squad @ 4:45 pm, JV @ 6:00 pm, and Varsity @ 7:00 pm.  We have 30 free passes.  Talk to Eric Kaesermann.  
YOUTH GROUPJanuary meeting will be:  Hayrides, Cider & S’mores, Snow Shoeing, Kick Sledding, Cross Country Skiing – luminary trail, Dog Sledding(sled rides cost $10 & RSVP needed) at Baylor Park on Friday, January 28th from 5 – 8 p.m.  And on Sunday, February 27th, Double Tap owner is opening up especially for the Youth Group for bowling and pizza from 2 – 4 p.m.

BAPTISM & FUNERAL LISTS are still available in the narthex. 

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BIBLE CLASS meets this Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 2:00pm in the church basement.  We are studying the book of Matthew.  This week we look at chapter 12 where the Jews continue to confront Jesus and become more hostile towards him.  Let’s see how Jesus handles these confrontations.

150th ANNIVERSARY CALENDARS & MUGS & COOKBOOKS are available.  The calendars and cookbooks will be available in the narthex during January. You can also purchase these in the church office during the week. The mugs will be available in the church office or contact Don Koch. 

FRIENDSHIP SUNDAY is Sunday, Feb. 13.  We invite you, members, to invite someone – family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker, acquaintance – to church with you that morning. (It’s our 6th Anniversary service!)  Bring a dish to pass and stay for a potluck meal. After the meal enjoy a rousing game of BINGO with prizes.

POTLUCK DINNER for Friendship Sunday needs your help. We have a lot of people who come to the potluck so it takes a lot of work and help. If you can help serve, we would appreciate it if you would sign up.  There are 3 shifts the day of the potluck. Check sheet in the back of church for times!  THANK YOU so much!!

SIXTH ANNIVERSARY SERVICE is on Sunday, Feb. 13, Friendship Sunday.  Our guest preacher that day will be Rev. James Grabitske, a son of the congregation and the son of Dwight and Pat Grabitske.  Pastor Grabitske is pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo,MN and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Montrose,MN. The symbol we will be focusing on is the Lamb of God with the emphasis on sharing that word with others. It truly fits the Sunday! Stay for potluck and BINGO afterwards.

The Martin Luther College Wind Symphony presents “Praise to the Lord! A Sacred Concert for Wind Band.” The concert is Sunday, February 13, at 3:00 pm in the Chapel of the Christ. Christians are, quite literally, designed by God to be “instruments of praise.” Through music, the ensemble will express thanksgiving, plead for comfort, seek guidance, confess faith, and “sing” praises to God’s name through unique settings of familiar hymn tunes such as “Amazing Grace,” “Praise to the Lord,” “Now Thank We All Our God,” "For All the Saints,” “Be Thou My Vision,” and “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow.” The concert is free and open to the public. A livestream can be viewed at

ANNIVERSARY FUND/THANKOFFERING FUND These are two separate funds!  The Anniversary Fund is being used to help celebrate the 150th Anniversary which includes our special services and our main celebration in June as well as our banquet. Use your regular offering envelope and mark it as such.
The Thankoffering Fund is an offering over and above the Anniversary Fund.  This is specifically to thank God for having His Word preached and taught the last 150 years here at St. Paul’s.  Our Anniversary Committee is proposing to use the money in 4 ways: a) Fix the Frenzel Monument at the park where our school children play; b) A gift of $150 to the Arlington Historical Society for the work they do; c) The rest of the money going 50% to a project to be named here at church and 50% going to Martin Luther College. (The college trains all our called workers.) To give to the Thankoffering Fund, there are specially marked envelopes in the narthex you can use or you can use your regular offering and mark it as such.  If there is money leftover in the Anniversary Fund at the end of June, that will roll over into the Thankoffering Fund.
HOST FAMILIES are needed to house students from our WELS Area Lutheran High Schools for the West Regional Band Festival to be held at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School the weekend of March 18 - 20.  If you would be interested in helping, please contact Tim Plath at or call 507-354-6851.
Food ShelvesThere is a greater need for food during January and February at the food shelves.  Please donate groceries or cash to Martin Luther College and Sibley County food shelves.  The next deliveries are tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Col 3:17
December 2021 2020
Sibley County 76# $20 77# $0
Martin Luther College 60# $0 56# $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