Church News

For the Week of February 23, 2020

Sunday, February 23 : 8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study Class, 10:00 a.m. Worship with Communion
                                                   12:15 & 1:30 p.m. Martin Lutheran College Elementary School Basketball Tournament

Monday, February 24:  9:00 a.m. Food Shelf Deliveries

Tuesday, February 25:  9:00 a.m. Counting Committee Meeting

Wednesday, February 26:  2:45 p.m. Bible Study, 3:45 p.m. Ash Wednesday Communion Service, 5:00 p.m. Lenten Supper - Choir
                                                             Serving Assorted Hotdishes, 7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Communion Serivce, 8:00 p.m. Choir Practice
Thursday, February 27:  10:00 a.m. Bulletin Information Due,  11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Our Service on Cable TV - Channel 8
Sunday, March 1 : 8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study Class, 10:00 a.m. Worship with Communion
                                          7-8th Grade State Lutheran Basketball Tournament @ Concordia University in St. Paul
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 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 PrayerMulti-Language Publications – Heavenly Father, be with our brothers and sisters in Africa as they work with WELS Multi-Language Publications to develop ministry materials in the many different languages used by the people around them. Guard the process against challenges including tight budgets, illnesses, and armed conflict. May the work on these publications progress quickly for the purpose of bringing more of your people into your kingdom. Amen.

Men of Truth Conference, Band of BrothersSaturday, March 28, 8:00 am – 2:15 pm, at Martin Luther College, New Ulm.  Keynote speaker is Pastor Mark Jeske.  Visit for information and to register. 
A very hearty THANK YOU to all who so generously donated baked goods (and a quilt!) for MLC Bingo prizes.  It was the biggest Bingo event ever hosted by the MLC Ladies Auxiliary. 85 quilts and blankets, 141 items of baked goods, and $2600 in gift cards were donated as prizes by members of area congregations - all in support of our future pastors and teachers.  Thank you!
Mission Society Meeting Due to the snowstorm last week we will meet Sunday, February 23, for a short meeting in the council room after the service.
YOUTH GROUPYour next meeting is March 8th @ 6:00 pm @ school.
WEDNESDAY BIBLE CLASS will meet this Wednesday, February 26.  We are finishing the book of I John. This week we are studying the perfect love of God. We are looking at how God’s love lives within us and because that love is within us, it drives out fear and removes hatred.  Come and join us.  We meet at 2:45pm in the church basement.  Check out the time change during Lent!!  The following week we are going to begin the study of the letters of Saint Peter. Join us on the journey.
 THANK YOUA HUGE thank you to all who invited someone to our service last Sunday, who came to our service, brought food and enjoyed the fellowship and potluck, and had fun at BINGO.  We also want to thank those who helped in anyway like setting, serving, and CLEAN-UP. There’s a lot of work, but there was lots of help. Thank you!!! (A SHOUT OUT to the Young People for all their help- It was GREAT!)
LENTEN SUPPER this Wednesday is being served by the CHOIR.  Serving begins about 4:30 or following the end of the afternoon service and serving until 6:30.  On the menu are hot dishes, salads, rolls, pickles, desserts, and beverages.  We are raising money for the new synthesizer which will not only benefit choir, but will also be used to enhance our worship services.  We are asking for a free-will offering.  Thank you!!
“Soap Sundays”MARCH 1ST will be the last Sunday for donations for the Basic Blessings Drive. THANK YOU to all those who gave much needed gifts to the less fortunate.
March Calendar CorrectionsTo date there is no Lenten Supper March 4th, Worship Committee meets @ 7:00 PM March 5th, and Outreach Committee meets @ 7:00 PM on the 10th, Youth Group meets March 8th at 6PM @ school.
ATTENTION BAKERSMVL has requested that we provide some pies for their annual auction; Saturday, March 28, 5:30 pm, at Turner Hall in New Ulm.  They can use any type of pies, cream or fruit.  Sign up sheet is in the narthex.
CES Silent Auction forms are located on the table in the narthex for all those interested in contributing to this year's Silent Auction.  The Silent Auction begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26 and runs until Easter Sunday, April 12. Time to get those creative minds thinking as to what interesting baskets can be donated this year. Contact Judy Petzel if you have any questions @ school - 964-2397.
EASTER BREAKFAST:  The Family Bible Class is once again planning to serve breakfast in between the two worship services on Easter Sunday morning. The menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, muffins, and more. It takes a lot of work and the Bible Class can’t do it without some help.  We rely on volunteers to make the breakfast a success.  We’re asking the congregation to please make some small donation of food or money, and some of your time.  The duties are easy, and the time commitment for most of the jobs is less than 1 hour.  Please watch for the sign-up sheets in the narthex.  You’re help is much appreciated.
Bus Drivers Needed for MVL Routes - Palmer Bus Service provides safe and reliable transportation for students. We're looking for MVL route drivers and substitute drivers for these great kids. Paid training! Full-time and part-time positions available. Interested individuals should contact Site Manager Casey Stearns at 507-995-5387.
Carnival & AuctionTrinity Lutheran School of Nicollet, MN will be holding their annual Carnival and Auction on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 11:00 am to 3:00. Come join us for a great day of fun & fellowship! See poster in the narthex.
Jesus Cares MinistryYou can play a pivotal role in a groundbreaking opportunity that will enable more people with special needs to hear about – and respond to – the love of Jesus Christ. This is the passion that’s driving the new JCM Breakthrough campaign…a passion we all share.  Help meet the $110,000 goal to launch a new online ministry to livestream Jesus Cares Ministries services every month.  There is a Matching Grant of $20,000 available to double your gift.
St. Paul’s Open Gym - Play games in our school gym every Sunday evening from 6:30-8:00 during the winter months.  The gym will be open to all members of the congregation.  Please be careful about little ones; there is no supervision for them.   Dust off your sneakers and hope to see many of you there.  Follow us for specific dates at
Martin Luther College is now accepting applications for one regular part-time Accounting Clerk - Accounts Payable. A comprehensive description of this position can be found at Interested individuals should apply online. Applications will be accepted through 12:00 pm (noon) on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Additional information and details can be obtained by contacting the Martin Luther College Human Resources Office at 507-354-8221.
Food Shelves A hot meal during a Minnesota winter can be quite comforting.  Some families are not always sure there will be one.  Please donate to the Sibley County Foodshare and Martin Luther College food shelves.  Our next delivery to them will be tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.
“…Lord, when did we see you hungry …” Matthew 25:37
January 2020 2019
Sibley County 65# $0 100# $90.00
Martin Luther College 41# $50.00 39# $70.00
 “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 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