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Church News for the week of October 9, 2022


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

Monday, Oct. 10:  7:00 p.m. Council Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 11:  9:00 a.m. Counting Committee Meeting, 7:00 p.m. Outreach Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 12:  2:00 p.m. Bible Study, 3:45 p.m. Confirmation Class, 7:00 p.m. Choir Practice
Thursday, Oct. 13:  10:00 a.m. Bulletin Information Due

Sunday, Oct. 16:  8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study, 10:00 a.m. Worship, Devotion Book Door Offering, Mission Society Meeting


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.

Communion –  Communion services will  be Oct. 23 at the altar and Nov. 6 continuous flow.

Mission Prayer - New district presidents – Thank you, Lord, for the service of outgoing district presidents Rev. Don Tollefson in the North Atlantic District and Rev. David Kolander in the Southeastern Wisconsin District. Continue to bless them as they serve your kingdom in new ways. We ask that you bless the work of new district presidents, Rev. Michael Seifert in the North Atlantic and Rev. Daniel Leyrer in Southeastern Wisconsin. Send your Holy Spirit to strengthen and keep them faithful to your Word as they serve and help congregations and individuals. Amen.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BIBLE CLASS will meet this Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 2:00pm.  We are in the midst of studying “Idols We Never Knew We Had.” This week our study is “Politics.” How fitting this time of year! Does your political party have all the answers?   We will see if that is the case this Wednesday. We invite all of you to join us in the church basement.
SENIOR MINISTRY will be next week Monday, October 17, at 1:30pm. If you like to chat, play games, or have fun, consider joining us. There are snacks as well!! (You don’t have to be a certain age to join.) We would love to have you join us in the church basement.
St. Paul’s Congregation Night at MVLis Thursday, October 13th.  MVL Girls’ Volleyball vs Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s C-squad @ 4:45pm; JV @ 6:00 pm; Varsity @ 7:30 Free tickets available in the church office
Sharon Sickmann’s 80th Birthday!  Please join our family and friends in celebrating Saturday, October 15th, from 1-5pm, VFW at the Sibley County Fairgrounds.  Greetings can be mailed to:  41788   250th St., Arlington, MN 55307
LWMS RALLY“All women are invited to attend the Fall 2022 LWMS (Lutheran Women’s Mission Society) Rally at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Fairmont on Saturday October 15th.  Pastor Craig Wilke from Sure Foundation Lutheran Church, a home mission in Brandon, South Dakato, will be the guest speaker.  The rally time is 8 am – 12:15 with a lunch to follow.  If you are interested in learning about the work of starting a home mission and the many opportunities we have to help with mission work, see the sign-up sheet in the narthex.  Contact Janice Rauh @ 507-514-3970 with any questions.”
Nominating Committee will have their first meeting on Sunday, 16 October right after church.  (during Fellowship).
THANK YOU - A heart-felt thank you to all who so generously supported the coat drive with donations of coats, hats, scarves, mittens, and miscellaneous items.  We will deliver 125 coats to New Day this week where they will be gratefully received.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
October is Diaper Drive MonthThe ladies of the Mission Society are sponsoring the annual Diaper drive for the support of clients at New Day Pregnancy Counseling Center.  New Day is an arm of Christian Life Ministries which counsels expectant mothers on options other than abortion. All sizes are needed. Opened or partial packages are welcome, so if baby has outgrown a size and you have “leftovers,” please consider donating them to this worthy cause. The diapers and wipes we collect are packaged in small quantities and distributed according to need. These small gifts open a door for sharing the gospel message with young mothers and their family members.  On all the Sundays in October, look for the “pack ‘n play” in the narthex to drop in your donation.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Joint Reformation 2022 Bulletin Announcement - The fledgling Reformation faced some challenges.  With Luther hidden at the Wartburg, others in Wittenberg wished to see the Reformation move at a faster pace.  Changes needed to happen more quickly, with the result that the consciences of some were confused.  Luther made the decision to return and preached eight sermons in eight days to encourage them to let the Word work and do not force change.  Join us at the Chapel of the Christ on the campus of Martin Luther College on October 30th at 3 pm as we continue our celebration of the Reformation.  Professor Joel Otto of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary is our guest sharing God’s Word with us.
MVL’S Junior Charger Choir - This fall, MVL will be hosting a Junior Charger Choir. The choir is open to students currently in 6th-8th grades that attend any of our association schools or churches. The choir will rehearse six times between October and December and will perform at the MVL Christmas Concert on Dec. 21st. More information regarding the choir is available on the school website,, as well as through your school’s choir directors or principals. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Jon Hermanson (

College Students’ Addresses -– The Special Ministries Committee is asking for contact information for all of our members that will be going off to college this fall. We hope to be able to stay in touch with them periodically during the school year.  If you are willing, please provide the student's name, college address, cell phone number, and/or email address.  Information can be given to Jeff Pinske at church, by phone (612-599-4761) or by email ( Thank you!
Speaker coming to St. Paul’ SchoolChristian Family Solutions, Ed Frey, LPC, will speak on anxiety and depression in young children and teens, Nov. 3, 6:30pm – 7:30pm 
2023 WELS National Conference on Lutheran Leadership
The second WELS National Conference on Lutheran Leadership will be held January 16-18, 2023, at the Hilton Chicago. This conference is not only for those who serve in formal leadership positions in their congregation: called workers, church council members, school board members, and the like. This conference is for anyone who is passionate about the mission of the church. It is for everyone who, by encouragement and example, wants to lead others to engage in that mission. So, all are welcome—called workers and laity, men and women, retirees and high school students, lifelong WELS members, and those new to the church. Learn more and register at
Food Shelves“Mom there’s nothing to eat.”  We’ve all heard that from our children though the cupboards are full. There are households where the adults are saying “There is nothing to eat.” The cupboards are empty.  With the rising prices some folks are really struggling to provide for themselves and their family.  Please donate to the Sibley County and Martin Luther College food shelves.
“Freely you have received, freely give.”  Matthew 10:8

September 2022 2021
Sibley County 46# $0 58# $40
Martin Luther College 17# $0 32# $20
 “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