Church News

For the Week of September 22


Sunday, September 22:  8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study Class, 10:00 a.m. Worship with Communion

Monday, September 23:  10:00 a.m. Calendar Information Due
Tuesday, September 24:  9:00 a.m. Counting Committee Meeting

Wednesday, September 25:  2:00 p.m. Bible Study, 3:45 p.m. Confirmation Class, 7:00 p.m. Choir Practice

Thursday, September 26:  10:00 a.m. Bulletin Information Due, 10:30 a.m. Bible Study at Highland Commons,
                                                           11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Our Service on Cable TV - Channel 8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Sunday, September 29:  8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study Class, 10:00 a.m.  Worship with Guest Musician Stephen Bautista

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.

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.
Mission PrayerNew mission, Wesley Chapel, Fla. – Lord of the Church, we thank you that you have provided us with so many opportunities to proclaim the gospel to new communities through the establishment of home mission congregations. We ask you to bless our new mission in Wesley Chapel, Fla. May they glorify your name as they seek to reach their community. In your name we pray. Amen.

WEDNESDAY BIBLE CLASSmeets this Wednesday, Sept. 25.  This week we are looking at probably the most favorite Psalm of all – the 23rd Psalm.  Join us as we study this psalm and focus on “God Cares for Us Like a Shepherd Cares for His Sheep.” We begin at 2:00pm.
OCTOBER NEWSLETTER information is due this Friday, September 27.  Please send the info to or  Thank you!
Open Invitation - for Wednesday October 2nd. Pastor Philip D. Gieschen is excited to share how the Lord is blessing the gospel in Vietnam.  Any members of the church who would like to attend should be at school by 8:15 am in Mrs. Petzel's room. 
Box Top Collection: To get credit for box tops you can download an app for your smart phone.   Those who do not have a smart phone, we have a solution.  Lee Wendland has volunteered to use her phone to scan any grocery receipt you are willing to drop off at church in the collection container.  She will dispose of the receipts after box tops are scanned from the receipts.  Your receipts must be scanned within 14 days of purchase to be scanned. Thank you for your help.
September is Diaper (and wipe) Drive Month!  Your donation of diapers and wipes will help support the clients of New Day Pregnancy Counseling Center.  All sizes of diapers are needed.  Diapers do not have to be in full packages, so if baby has outgrown a size and you have diapers left, consider donating them to this worthy cause.  A volunteer at New Day repackages the diapers in smaller amounts to give to new mothers.  These gifts open the door to sharing the gospel message with the mothers and their families.
Fisher Price Recall2 styles of infant inclined sleeper seats (pack & play) have been recalled. See the church bulletin board in the narthex.
Special MVLHS Association Meeting The MVL Board of Directors has called a special meeting of the MVL delegates to request that the position of Director of Technology be added to the faculty for 2020-21. Time will also be allotted to discuss the proposal from the Building Committee. The meeting will be held at MVL on Sunday, September 29, at 7:00 P.M. If an MVL delegate did not receive the email from MVL on these two proposals, contact Kristin Matzke at
Dad's Belgian Waffles at MVL - Come to MVL for brunch on Sunday, October 6 for all-you-can-eat Dad's Belgian Waffles, hosted by the MVL Booster Club! Waffles, sausages, and beverages will be served from 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. in the MVL commons. Advance tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, and free for children under 5. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $8 and $6. Contact the school office for more information, 507.354.6851.
MVL Golf Extravaganza All MVL alumni and friends are invited to the third annual Golf Extravaganza at Minneopa Golf Club on Saturday, October 5. The $25 entry includes dinner, a drink ticket, and nine holes of glow-in-the-dark night golf. Limited to 28 spots. Contact Kristin Matzke, 507.233.8662 or, to register.
SAVE THE DATE FOR WELCOME HOME SUNDAY: NOVEMBER 17 Worshiping our God—listening to him speak to us in his Word and responding with our praise—is always special. However, it can be especially joyful when the house is packed. Think of Christmas Eve.  Yet, even on that day, we have members who are out of town. The goal of Welcome Home Sunday is to have a day when everyone that is part of our Christian family comes together. After all, church is supposed to be a home, and believers are kin. Our focus of worship on this day is the blessing of Christian community. Thus, we want 100% of our members there. Please do everything possible to set that date aside so that we can pack the house that day.
2019 MOHW Conference:  The 5th annual Men of His Word Conference (Theme: BUILT ON THE ROCK) will be held at the Mayo Civic Center in Downtown Rochester MN on Saturday, October 26th.   Please go online at to register and get details about schedule, breakout sessions, keynote speaker, cost, etc.  Hope to see you there!
Concert Sept. 29 Please join the MLC Wind Symphony as we kick off our concert season with “Wind Band Classics!” Featured music on the program includes Howard Hanson’s Chorale and Alleluia, Sousa’s The Fairest of the Fair, and Holst’s Second Suite in F for Military Band. This concert features a transcription of a setting of the Sanctus by Ola Gjeilo. Please join us Sunday, September 29, at 3:00 pm in the WCC Auditorium.  
SAVE THE DATECraft Fair 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Saturday, October 5, at KingsPath Senior Living, 125 Commerce Dr. W, Belle Plaine, MN, featuring local vendors, crafts, jewelry, at-home businesses and more!  Proceeds from bake sale will benefit TLHA's chaplaincy program. For questions or if interested in exhibiting? Call (952) 873-5800.  RSVP to the Facebook event page.
OLD MUSIC We’re cleaning house.  If you are interested in old sheet music for possible projects contact Don Koch. There is a lot, but time is running out.  It will be gone by the end of this week.  ALSO, there is a box in the narthex with older organ music and choir music.  Feel free to browse the box and take what you would like.
Santa’s Workshop Santa’s Helpers of Sibley County will hold its 3rd annual Santa’s Workshop Dec. 10th & 11th.  Volunteers, donations, and gifts are needed.  Early shoppers - new unwrapped gifts for boys & girls age 0-18 and Mom & Dad gifts as well as tissue paper, gift bags, stocking stuffers, quilts, and clothing are needed.   
MLC Food Shelf. The MLC Food Shelf supports the married students preparing for public ministry.  This year there are 23 married couples using the food shelf.  One family has 4 children. Our contributions to this food shelf are delivered once a month.  All donations of food and cash are greatly appreciated.  Current needs are tuna, peanut butter, jelly, special noodles (bow tie, penne, farelle etc.)  Elbow macaroni, shell noodles, or ring noodles are not needed at this time. Also needed is spaghetti sauce (Prego, Ragu Hunts or store brands). 

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.   Hebrews 13:16
August 2019 2018
Sibley County 52# $0 46# $20.00
Martin Luther College 33# $45.00 26# $45.00
 “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 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