Church News


For the Week of January 20


Sunday, Jan. 20:  8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study Class, 10:00 a.m. Worship, Devotion Book Door Offering,
                                             Fellowship - Choir Serving, Mission Society Meeting
Monday, Jan. 21:  10:00 a.m. Calendar Information Due

Wednesday, Jan. 23:  2:00 p.m. Bible Study,  3:45 p.m. Confirmation Class, 7:00 p.m. Choir Practice 

Thursday, Jan. 24:  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, Jan. 27:   8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study Class, 10:00 a.m. Worship with Communion ,
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 PrayerMission for the Visually Impaired – Loving Father, thank you for WELS Mission to the Visually impaired, which reaches out to and assists those whose visual limitations could otherwise inhibit their access to the gospel. Give us the desire and resources to help those suffering with this disability in our own congregation and throughout our synod. Amen.
FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER If you have info that you would like included in the February Newsletter, please send it to Don Koch by this coming Friday, January 25.  You can send it to him at or  You can also give him the info by calling the church office.  Thank You!
FRIENDSHIP SUNDAY is February 10!  POTLUCK DINNER that day.  We will need help with serving. If you can help serve, we would appreciate it if you would sign up.  There are 3 shifts the day of the potluck and also a shift the day before to help set-up. Check sheets in the back of church for times!  BINGO is also being played.  Donating prizes would be appreciated.  Please make sure they are new (not used).  If in question about appropriateness of prizes, please check with Lee Wendland or Judy Petzel.  Prizes may be dropped off in the church office.
 WEDNESDAY BIBLE CLASS will meet this Wednesday, January 23, at 2:00pm. This week we begin a journey with the prophets of the Old Testament. It’s a series called “Flowers in the Desert.”  The prophets of the Old Testament are compared to a desert. Join us as we find out how the prophets are like a desert!
SENIOR MINISTRY will be tomorrow Monday, January 21, at 1:30pm in the basement. (It was a little chilly last week!!) We invite all those a little older to join us for a brief Bible study, snacks, games, talk, fellowship and fun!!
2018 Annual Reportsare available for you to take home and read along with the minutes of the semi-annual meeting.  Bring them with you to the annual meeting next Sunday.
FEBRUARY FELLOWSHIP Due to the fact that we are having bingo and a potluck on Feb. 10th there will not be fellowship on the 17th.
“Soap Sundays”We will be participating in the Sibley County Homeless Response Team and Minnesota Valley Action Council’s Soap Sundays Basic Blessings Drive during the month of February.  So if you want to start purchasing hand & dish soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotions, toothpaste & brushes, baby wipes & diapers, tissues, toilet paper, razors, bandaids, etc. ahead of time there will be boxes to put them in at the south entrance and in the narthex.
ANNUAL MEETINGwill be January 27th after church.  A light lunch will be provided by the ladies of the Mission Society.
2019 EnvelopesThose who have not picked up their offering envelopes for 2019 will find them in the narthex.  If there isn’t a box there for you please stop in the office.
St. Paul’s Open GymPlay games in our school gym every week 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  Questions to Eric Kaesermann at 964-2397
Summit Avenue Music Series presents the world-renowned string quartet, Pro Arte Quartet, on Sunday, Jan. 27, 3pm, in MLC’s Chapel of the Christ. For more information, visit
Faithful Financial Fulfillment Seminar at MVL - You're invited to an enlightening and inspiring seminar on February 10 at MVL. Discover how you can find faithful financial fulfillment wherever God has placed you! This complimentary seminar is sponsored by the MVL Foundation. Visit for details about the evening's agenda and speakers, and to RSVP.
Scrip Coordinator Needed at MVL - MVL is looking for a volunteer who would be willing to help order Scrip and fill orders for families. The time commitment for this position averages out to about two hours on Monday morning and two hours on Friday morning. If you are interested in serving MVL and our Lord in this way, please contact the MVL office at 507.354.6851.
Food Shelves – A hot meal in the evening especially 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 Monday, Jan. 28 at 9:00 a.m. 
“…Lord, when did we see you hungry …” Matthew 25:37
December 2018 2017
Sibley County 82# $0 57# $0
Martin Luther College 14# $45 65# $0
“Time of Grace” – If you are not able to come to church, you can watch “Time of Grace” Ministry with Pastor Mark Jeske at St. Marcus Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  “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