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Funeral – It has pleased our Almighty God, in His infinite wisdom, to summon from this vale of tears to Himself in heaven the soul of our brother in Christ, Roger Martin Jahr  The memorial service for Roger will be held here in our church at 2:00 pm Sunday, April 18, 2021.   Visitations are Saturday at Kolden's Funeral Home 5 - 7 pm and at the church 1 hour prior to service. The length of his earthly pilgrimage was 80 years, 4 months, and 28 days.  Interment will be at our church cemetery.


Church News for the week of April 11, 2021


Saturday, April 10:  4:30 p.m. Worship

Sunday, April 11:  8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Bible Study, 10:00 a.m. Worship - Live Streamed, Finance Board Meeting
Monday, April 12:  7:00 p.m. Council Meeting

Tuesday, April 13:  Pastors' Conference, 9:00 a.m. Counting Committee Meeting, Outreach Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 14:  Pastors' Conference, 2:00 p.m. Bible Study, *No Confirmation Class

Thursday, April 15:  Pastors' Conference, 10:00 a.m. Bulletin Information Due
Saturday, April 17:  4:30 p.m. Worship, Visitation for Roger Jahr 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Kolden's Funeral Home

Sunday, April 18:  8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Bible Study, 10:00 a.m. Worship - Examination Sunday - Live Streamed,
                                         11:00 a.m. Mission Society Meeting, 1:00 p.m. Visitation for Roger Jahr at church, 2:00 p.m. Funeral Service


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 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.  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.
Communion –  Communion services will be Saturday, April 24, 4:30 p.m., and Sunday April 25, 10:00 a.m..

Mission Prayer - Mission in North Liberty, Iowa – Heavenly Father, thank you for giving Good Shepherd in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the opportunity to begin a second site in North Liberty. Be with the core group in North Liberty, which has the deep desire and dedication to spread your gospel in that area. Help the leaders and members of Good Shepherd to remain focused and energized despite any obstacles that may arise against this multi-site ministry. Bless their evangelism efforts as they create and build relationships through events and activities. Move a second pastor to accept this call and bolster their outreach efforts through his ministry there. Thank you for the generous mission offerings that make this ministry expansion possible. Your Word does not return to you empty. We trust this promise as we keep your people in North Liberty and Cedar Rapids in our prayers through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.                     

Kwik Trip Car Wash Cards Youth Group has Kwik Trip Car Wash cards available for purchase. A card good for 5 Ultimate car washes is $36.00 (a $50.00 value). Money raised will go to support youth group activities and the 2022 International youth rally. See Darv or Jenny Scherer to purchase.
New Window FundThe large pane windows above the office entrance door need replacing.  Therefore the Council approved a “New Window Fund” for anyone who wishes to donate or direct memorials towards it. Estimates are being gathered and soon we will know the cost.

COMMEMORATIVE ITEM SURVEY is available.  The 150th Anniversary Committee is asking for your help in choosing some commemorative items for our Anniversary in 2022. If the church has your email address, the survey was sent to you. Follow the link and fill it out.  If you no longer have the link here it is:  Those who prefer to do the survey on -line obviously can use it. If you got a printed Newsletter, it is on the back of that Newsletter.  Tear it off, fill it out, and place it in the designated box in the back of church.  If you need more than 1 copy for your family or have misplaced your Newsletter, there are extras in the narthex. One survey per person, please!  Please have them filled out by Sunday, April 25. Thank you for your help!! 
Saint Paul’s Lutheran SchoolWe have begun accepting new registrations for this fall for school.  PreK families contact Mrs. Petzel for school tours. Those getting ready for kindergarten, we want to see you here at St. Paul’s through all of your grade school years!  Setup a tour with Mrs. Petzel.  Phone school 507-964-2397 or Mrs. Petzel 507-720-1136.
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BIBLE CLASSwill be meeting this Wednesday, April 14, at 2:00pm in the church basement.  We’re exploring 2 Corinthians.  This week we are focusing on the fact that as Christians we long to be in heaven, but until then we serve the Lord here on earth. Join us! We social distance and mask.
Youth Group - We will be attending the Arlington A’s game on Sunday afternoon, April 18th followed by pizza at Arlington Haus. Please meet at the ball field about 1:45 p.m. Cost for the game is approx. $3.00 and $5.00 for pizza.
 *On Saturday, May 8th we will be volunteering at Feed My Starving Children followed by pizza at a park in Chanhassen. Current 6th grade students are invited to join us! We plan to leave the church parking lot at 8:00 a.m. RSVP is required to Darv, Jenny or Nick.
MVL Routes with Palmer Bus Service - Palmer Bus Service provides safe and reliable transportation for students. We are now hiring school bus drivers for MVL routes. Full-time and part-time positions available with paid training! Contact Site Manager Ray Vulcan at to learn more.
MVL Classic on July 12 - The 2021 MVL Classic is coming July 12 at the New Ulm Country Club. This annual outing supports our Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for a Christ-centered education at MVL. Each year - through sponsorships, golf fees, and outright donations - thousands of dollars are raised for MVL families in the coming school year. Sponsorship opportunities are currently open for both businesses and individuals; contact Kristin Matzke at for more information. Let's tap-in for tuition assistance!
Martin Luther College is now accepting applications for one full-time Early Childhood Learning Center Assistant Teacher. A comprehensive description for this position can be found at Interested individuals should apply online. Applications will be accepted through 12:00 pm (noon) on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Additional information and details can be obtained by contacting the Martin Luther College Human Resources Office at 507-354-8221.
Food ShelvesThere is an increased need for food donations at the food shelves due to the pandemic.  Please support the food shelves by placing your donations in the cart in the narthex.

Give thanks to the God of heaven.  His love endures forever. Ps 136:26
March 2021 2020
Sibley County 108# $110 87# $40
Martin Luther College 84# $140 0# $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

Council Minutes for April - On April 18th the confirmands will be reading their essays for the congregation. May 2nd will be Confirmation. Thursday May 13th is our Ascension service at 7:00pm. Celebrated in the Bible as happening 40 days after Easter. New microphones have been purchased and a receiver as well. The equipment the pastor has been using has many miles on it. After Memorial Day we will be going back to our summer schedule, Sunday mornings and Monday evenings again. We will then drop the Saturday services. The budget for the church is right about on schedule thanks to your continued faithfulness. Our Treasurer has commented at council meetings how pleased he is to see that even through this trying year people have stepped up and remembered the church with their gifts. Excitement is growing as our 150th Anniversary approaches. There is talk of banners being created for display, a catered meal, a comic juggler to entertain us on that day, and a number of guest preachers throughout the entire year. Famous names of our congregation. Many things are needed to be done before then though. Our school is looking to remodel the sidewalk and bus loading area to help eliminate the past icy sidewalks and give a larger safer loading area for the students. Some landscaping is in the plan too. The windows on the south side entrance near the office of the church will be replaced, the parking lots will be restriped as well. Sealcoating is in the schedule for next year. The Parsonage will get shingled also this summer. It is so good that these things can be accomplished to keep our property in good repair. We are all truly thankful. May the Lord bless you and protect you.