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The Lutheran Chapel Service (WELS) on KNUJ, 860 AM Radio, 7:45 am Sunday morning.
“Time of Grace” Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. on KARE (NBC 11).

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Please check back frequently as we continue to update events as conditions change.


Church News for the Week of August 16, 2020

Sunday, August 16 :   9:00 a.m. Worship, 10:15 a.m. Bible Study in the Church Basement and Online
                                             using Zoom,
                                                    ONLINE SERVICES WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE EVERY WEEK
Monday, August 17:  7:00 p.m.  Worship

Wednesday, August 19:  2:00 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, August 20:  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, August 23:  9:00 a.m. Public Worship Service with Communion, Semi-annual 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.

Worshipping Pandemic StylePlease be aware of precautionary measures that are needed.  Use the hand sanitizer as soon as you enter the building and again as you exit the building. Face masks are now required. Six foot distancing - not all pews will be used.  You may sit in groups of immediate family members that live in the same household but maintain six foot distancing from others.  Congregation will not be singing.  Do not leave bulletins or other papers in the narthex; take them home with you. Try not to gather in the narthex but do use the parking lot to converse with each other at a safe distance.
Communionwill only be on the 4th Sunday of the month and the Monday after the 4th Sunday of the month for the time being.

Mission Prayer - Students returning to school – Dear Savior God, we praise you for bringing us to know how you love us and have already forgiven us. As many students return to classrooms in-person or online this fall, we humbly ask you to accompany them with your Truth. May whatever way they learn this year bring many benefits to their lives and a better appreciation of your wisdom and love. Allow their study and thirst for knowledge to remain in its proper place—a tool to be used in this life—but may the earthly wisdom they gain never become a substitute for the gift of spiritual wisdom and faith in you. Preserve their faith, Lord. Guide their daily decisions. Allow them to grow in your grace and knowledge. In your name we ask this. Amen.

Eyeglasses FoundIf you left your purple framed eyeglasses in a pew last week you may pick them up in the church office.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BIBLE CLASS will meet this Wednesday, August 19, at 2:00pm in the church auditorium. We practice social distancing and wear masks.  We are looking at a series entitled - “Christian Citizenship in Church and State.”  This week we are reminded that the church has a serious responsibility which is to serve God’s people with the Word.  We are also looking at some harmful results when the civil government becomes involved in the affairs of the church. Everyone is welcome.
St. Paul’s School Clothing is available for order from Evolution Shirts.
Go to and click scrolling icon to enter the website. Orders are due by September 16, 2020  
Volunteers - Our school harvest will be ready soon. We will need some helpers to cut and bag vegetables and fruit.  Unfortunately, this cannot be done on school grounds due to Covid.  But if any helpers would be willing to work in small groups at church - or from their home please let a teacher know or call school 964-2397.  We will bring the food and bags to you so you can still help us this harvest season. 
VolunteersWe need people to help wipe down pews after the service today.  Please stay and help if you can.

Giving Made EasyDid you know we offer electronic giving? You can contribute anywhere, anytime right from your computer, smartphone or tablet.
∙ Give online at
∙ Download our free mobile app by searching for “GivePlus” in the App Store or Google Play. To learn more about our eGiving options, visit our church website or contact the church office.
MVLHS Director of Mission Advancement Position Open - Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School seeks a WELS or ELS male to serve as Director of Mission Advancement.  Interested individuals should contact MVL Principal, Dr. Tim Plath, for more information at 507-354-6851 or
Open Part-time Positions at MVL - Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School is looking to fill two positions: 1. A part-time custodian(s) to work 25 hours per week. For more information contact Ken Opitz at MVL at 507-354-6851 or 2. A part-time food service worker for approximately three hours each school day. Tasks include food preparation and service, washing dishes and clean up. Individuals interested in this position should contact Elizabeth Fluegge at MVL at 507-354-6851, 507-993-5195, or
MVL Booster Club Auction ONLINE August 13-22 - A special online MVL Booster Club Auction is running August 13-22, culminating in a Facebook live event on August 22 from 6:30-8:00 P.M. Make your bids at!
MVL International Student Housing - MVL is seeking housing for one of our international students. This young man will be a sophomore and has remained in the area for the summer. Host families are compensated for housing international students. If you are interested in serving as a host family for the school year, please contact the school office at 507-354-6851 or email Dr. Plath at
MVL Opening Service August 30 - MVL plans to hold the Opening Service on Sunday, August 30 at 1:30 P.M. on campus. Social distancing, masks, and other necessary guidelines will be followed. This year's Opening Service will include two special recognitions: Mrs. Karyn Clemons and Rev. Tom Westendorf will be installed, and the ministry anniversaries of Dr. Tim Plath (40 years) and Mrs. Jennifer Uher (25 years) will be celebrated.

Martin Luther College is now accepting applications for
  • One regular full-time Custodian
  • One part-time Grounds Worker
Comprehensive descriptions for these positions can be found at Interested individuals should apply online. Applications will be accepted through 12:00 pm (noon) on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. Additional information and details can be obtained by contacting the Martin Luther College Human Resources Office at 507-354-8221.
Cleaning SuppliesIf anyone would happen to run across disinfecting wipes such as Lysol or Clorox when you are doing your shopping please purchase them for the church. We need ones that can be used on finished wood for the pews.  Thanks for helping! 
Will you help? Generous donors have put forward a $25,000 matching grant to help to show our seniors that they are never alone. This means that any gift received by August 31, 2020, will be DOUBLED, up to $25,000! Please give generously to DOUBLE your impact on our seniors and to help us to reach our goal of $50,000.  With your support, we can deflate COVID-19’s emotional and financial impact, as well as provide seniors with the guidance, protection, and comfort of the Gospel. You can help us to reassure our seniors so that they know they are never alone.
Food Shelves There is an increased need for food donations at the food shelves due to the COVID 19 pandemic.  Please support the food shelves by placing your donations in the cart in the narthex.
“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
July 2020 2019
Sibley County 47# $0 59# $20.00
Martin Luther College 28# $30.00 30# $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 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
 August Council Meeting - Pastor is pleased with the attendance of our services and felt our on line viewing was holding steady, but still asked, how are we doing? Are we meeting the spiritual needs of our members? The services on line and in person are different, are they serving you? Please let us know. We are planning in-person Sunday School as well as Catechism classes. Things may look a bit different this Fall with the virus but we are willing to try to make these classes happen. We would like to continue the Monday evening services through September at least, so that we can maintain proper distancing with school starting up and an expected increase in church attendance. Council gave permission to this. Council also gave permission to singing two verses to the last hymn of the service, we will do that wearing masks. Still cautiously optimistic. Some say they really miss the singing of the hymns. The Financial Secretary and Treasurer are both pleased by the contributions coming in during this Coronavirus. We are glad members are still thinking about the church and expenses that are ongoing. Thank you very much you are doing a great job. Our Principal said school is about ready to open on September 1st, with face-to-face learning. Some things will be different, some things we will need to get used to, like masks and such but we feel confident we can do this. There will be a new cook at school this year and we would like to thank Mr. Bullert for his years of service here. The Elders’ made a motion to accept as communicant members Kerigan Brau, Parker Burdorf, Trevor Duck, Karcyn Dose, Bradyn Kube, William Kaesermann, Kendra Schmidt, Jonah Scherer, and Collin Simerell. The Semi-Annual Meeting Agenda was set and the meeting will be August 23rd after church upstairs in the sanctuary for social distancing purposes. The Outreach Committee is setting up our Fall Gathering outdoor service for September 13th. Bring a lawn chair social distancing will need to be considered. Bring a friend. Our 150th Anniversary Committee is meeting and beginning to plan this event for June of 2022. A catered meal is planned at the Community Center, and the hope of having a new pictorial directory by then is in the works as well. A word of thanks from our Council President to those of you who volunteer to help clean and sanitize the church after services both Sunday and Monday. It doesn’t take long to do; 10-15 minutes but the more volunteers we have the quicker it goes. Thank you. Your dedication is allowing us to have the church services.