Church News



For the Week of March 17


Sunday, March 17:   8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study Class, 10:00 a.m. Worship PreK-8th Grade Sing, Devotion Book Door Offering,
                                            Fellowship - School Serving for LES Week-Students' Displays for Viewing in the Church Basement, Mission Society Meeting

Monday, March 18:  3:45 p.m. Confirmation Class

Tuesday, March 19:  10:00 a.m. Good Samaritan  Service                 
Wednesday, March 20:  2:45 p.m. Bible Study, 3:45 p.m. Lenten Service, 5:00 p.m. Supper, 7:00 p.m. Lenten Service,  8:00 p.m. Choir Practice

Thursday, March 21:  10:00 a.m. Bulletin Information Due,  10:30 a.m. Bible Study @ Highland Commons, 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Our Service on Cable TV - Channel 8
Sunday, March 24:  8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study Class, 10:00 a.m. Worship with Communion
Bring the Kids! Our 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 PrayerAscension, Harrisburg, Pa. – Dear Lord, by your grace, you have allowed the gospel to be shared at Ascension Lutheran Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for more than 40 years. Bless the congregation with a new pastor and reinvigorate the people in their ministry. Send your Holy Spirit to strengthen them. Remind them that your Word never returns empty but always accomplishes what you desire. Give them courage and confidence to share the Savior with their friends and neighbors. Bless their efforts, Lord. Amen.

Summit Avenue Music Series presents the world-renowned string quartet, Pro Arte Quartet, on Sunday, March 17, 3pm, in MLC’s Chapel of the Christ. For more information, visit
Paint with Community Ed. Instructor, Lana Beck1:30 pm March 19 at KingsPath Senior Living, 125 Commerce Dr. W, Belle Plaine. No experience necessary. Enjoy an afternoon painting a frameable 8 X 10 masonite board. $25 per class/materials included.  Call 952-873-2411.
WEDNESDAY BIBLE CLASS will meet this Wednesday, March 20, at 2:45pm. Our series “Just Like Jesus” will explore the compassionate heart this week.  Using the example of the healed leper we look at what it means to be isolated or an “outcast” and what we can do about it. Join us in the Council room as we explore this sanctified life.  We meet at 2:45pm and finish in time for you to attend the afternoon service, if so desired.
DIRECT THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS BY MARCH 31 - Show your support by designating your choice dollars to  St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church or School.
Lenten SupperThis week’s Lenten supper is being served by the Mission Society.  They are having lasagna, lettuce salad, bread sticks, and desserts.
MVL Booster Club Auction --- Jeans and DreamsWear your favorite jeans/denim and come support the dreams of the students at MVL on Saturday, March 23rd.  Doors open at 5:30pm at the historic Turner Hall.  There will be a Silent Auction, Live Auction, Buy-it-Now Table as well as food (free-will donation) and cash bar!  Proceeds of the Booster Club benefit arts, academics, and athletic programs!
St. Paul's School Open House!  What a wonderful gift our church offers to area families - St. Paul's School!  All new and transfer students 3 years-8th Grade and their families are welcome on Thursday, April 4th from 6-7:30pm!  Complimentary supper will be served at 6pm.  Come explore the amazing environment and education that this wonderful school can offer your child and your entire family!  Can't make that night but still interested? Set up a personal meeting and tour with Principal Eric Kaesermann at or 507.964.2397.
Church LibrarySeveral books from our church library are on display in the narthex.  You are encouraged to select one (or more) to take home to read.  Please sign the card inside the book and leave it in the rack labeled for that purpose.  Also on the table are copies of an article which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association describing the physical effects of crucifixion.  Reading this article will help you understand the sacrifice Jesus made to redeem us.  The copies are free for the taking.
EdTechLead Summit registration is now open Registration is now open for the National WELS Education, Technology, and Leadership Summit, June 25-27, 2019. Enjoy early bird savings when you register by May 1. Check out the complete summit schedule, presenter line-up, and frequently asked questions at Make plans to bring your family for a summer get-away and join us at the Kalahari Resort and water park in the Wisconsin Dells this June.
HELP Are you or a loved one struggling and don't know where to turn? Let us help you in the healing process. We have licensed Christian counselors you can meet with through a secure, live video connection. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 800.438.1772 or visit

Cancer Cruise - We will be hosting our 8th annual Cancer Cruise on Saturday, May 18th.  Aaron Scharpe from Green Isle was selected by our Board of Directors as the 2019 Cancer Cruise recipient.  Aaron was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2011, and received a kidney transplant from his aunt.  In 2015, he was diagnosed with melanoma and underwent surgery and radiation. The anti-rejection medication he was taking for the kidney transplant was reduced, and oral immunotherapy was started.  In 2018, Aaron again had surgery to remove a lump on his back, as well as malignant tumors on his spine. The anti-rejection medications he had been taking since his kidney transplant had to be stopped.  Aaron lost his battle on Monday, February 25th, but that isn’t going to stop us.  Aaron still has medical expenses, and as they say in show business, “The show must go on!”
Women’s Ministry Conference WELS Women’s Ministry will be holding a conference this summer, July 18–20, at Luther Preparatory School, Watertown, Wis. The theme of the conference centers around “living stones” and how Christian women are called to be a part of something bigger. For more information on the Women’s Ministry Conference and to register, visit
March is FoodShare Month Balanced nutritious meals are a vital part of a person’s health and well-being and a child’s physical and mental development.  Please remember the Food Shelves for Sibley County and the MLC students when you buy your groceries.  Minnesota FoodShare matches a percentage of the total donations received in March to give Sibley County Food Shelf even more resources.
“The man with two tunics should share with him who has none,
and the one who has food should do the same.”      Luke 3:11
February 2019 2018
Sibley County 55# $0 65# $0
Martin Luther College 26# $65 26# $45
“Time of Grace” If you are not able to come to church, you can watch “Time of Grace” Ministry with Pastor Mark Jeske at St. Marcus Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  “Time of Grace” is on at 6:30 a.m. on KMSP Fox Channel 9 on Sunday mornings.  You can also go to their website and access it at any time you want to at