Weekly Announcements

8/16/20

HOLY COMMUNION SIGN-UP:  
We are offering the Lord's Supper on Saturday, August 29th via reserved time slots through Sign-up Genius. Call the office at (414) 421-1178 to reserve a spot.  Private communion can be set up any time with Pastor Adams – please call him on his cell phone at (414) 416-4710.
 
CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE:  On Saturday, August 15th, Kayla Ann Peterman & Jace Michael Bolda were united in marriage here at St. Paul’s.   We wish them the Lord’s blessings as they now begin their life together as husband and wife.
 
2nd PASTOR CALL:  On Wednesday, August 5, St. Paul’s called Pastor Nathan Moldenhauer to be an Associate Pastor here at St. Paul’s. Pastor Moldenhauer is married. His wife’s name is Erin. They have one child who is 11 years old. Pastor Moldenhauer graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2014. He served for two years at one of our Synod High Schools, Michigan Lutheran Seminary, in Saginaw, Michigan. In 2016, he was assigned to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, Wisconsin. Immanuel Lutheran Church is a large congregation, consisting of 2,479 souls. There are four pastors who serve there. His phone number is 920-973-3161. His email is: pastorm@immluth.org. We ask that you keep Pastor Moldenhauer in your prayers as he deliberates where the Lord may use his gifts to serve Christ’s Church.   We received this letter from Pastor Moldenhauer:
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters at St. Paul’s, Greetings in the name of Jesus.  May this letter serve as a formal acknowledgement of the divine call extended to me by your congregation.  I thank you for the confidence you have placed in me and view it as a privilege to consider the opportunity to serve as one of your pastors.  Over the upcoming weeks, I will spend time in prayer and deliberation as I evaluate both how and where best to serve in God’s kingdom.  I welcome any input and perspective you have and ask for your prayers during this time.  Please pray for my family and also God’s work both among you at St. Paul’s and where I currently serve at Immanuel in Greenville.  God’s richest blessings to you as you carry out his saving work!  Your brother in Christ, Nathan Moldenhauer
 
ALTAR GUILD:
Aug 12-18 – TEAM #4 – Marge Gebert, Renate Nazimek, Barb Migacz
Aug 19-25 – TEAM #4 – marge Gebert, Renate Nazimek, Barb Migacz
 
GRASS CUTTING:
Aug 19-22 – TEAM #4 – Gary Tosic & Jerry Lehtinen
Aug 26-29 – TEAM #1 – Gordy Lesser


8/2/20

NEXT CALL MEETING FOR 2nd PASTOR
:  Our next call meeting will be this Wednesday, August 5th at 6:30 PM.
 
HOLY COMMUNION SIGN-UP:  We are offering the Lord's Supper on Saturday, August 8th via reserved time slots through the Sign-up Genius link here:  Communion Sign-up.  Private communion can be set up any time with Pastor Adams – please call him on his cell phone at (414) 416-4710.
 
CHRIS DRIESBACH WORSHIP:  How in the world does a committed atheist become a WELS Lutheran?  Come and enjoy Christian songwriter and former unbeliever Chris Driesbach on Sunday, August 9th during both worship services.  You can learn more about Chris on his website: www.chrisdriesbach.com.  We are excited to have him back at St. Paul’s!
 
SCHOOL STAFF UPDATE:  It has been an interesting summer with many ups and downs.  We would like to inform everyone of a change in staffing for the coming school year.  Many families know or have met with Mrs. Krizan in our 3K program.  Unfortunately, due to some health-related issues she has decided to step down from teaching.  We will miss her as a classroom teacher, and wish her God’s richest blessings in the next chapter of her life.  This has been a recent and sudden change, but we have worked to secure a quality teacher to lead the 3K program.  This coming school year Mrs. Mary Tripoli will be taking the lead teacher role in the 3K.  She has been working alongside Mrs. Willms in the past, and before that served a number of years in a different preschool program, bringing many years of experience and a love for students.  We look forward to having her take on this role and serve our families in this new position.  If you are wondering what other roles are being served?  Due to the enrollment numbers, our PreK staff includes Mrs. Willms teaching 4K, Mrs. Tripoli teaching 3K, and Mrs. Streeter will primarily be an aide in 3K but also available if a need arises in 4K. 
 
ALTAR GUILD:
     July 29-Aug 4 – TEAM #3 – Jane Koplein, Carol Willms, Connie Myer
     Aug 5-11 – TEAM #3 – Jane Koplein, Carol Willms, Connie Myer
 
GRASS CUTTING:
     Aug 5-8 – TEAM #2 – Dave Qualmann
     Aug 12-15 – TEAM #3 – Frank Krajewski 

 

7/26/20

WEARING OF MASKS:  
As Jesus’ ministry on earth was coming to a close, he told his disciples: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35) It is our love for Christ that governs every action of our lives.
 
It is in that spirit of Christian love, the Board of Elders, at their monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 15th, made the decision to ask everyone to wear a mask when attending in-person worship services here at St. Paul’s. As we all know, there has been a recent increase in the risk of contracting and transmitting this virus. At this time, we feel that it is important for us to express our Christian love for people that we serve by asking everyone to wear a mask, face shield or face covering when they come to worship. If anyone needs a mask we are happy to provide one. This would not apply to those under the age of 3 or to those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons.
 
We are fully aware that many people have very strong opinions on the issue of wearing masks. We also know that there are those who will object to this change and there are those who welcome this change. Therefore, this decision was not made lightly. We don’t want the discussion to be a conversation of fear verses faith. This is an opportunity for us to express Christian love. This change would go into effect beginning with worship on Sunday, July 26th.  We thank you for your cooperation as we express love to our community and those at risk!
 
CALL RETURNED:  Below is a letter from Pastor Dan Olson, who has returned the call we extended to him to serve as our 2nd pastor:
 
Dear members of St. Paul’s in Franklin,
What a privilege it was to be called to serve as your pastor! This past week and a half I have been deliberating between the two divine calls that I hold, to St. Paul’s in Franklin, and where I am currently serving, to St. Paul’s in Onalaska. I’ve had time to consider where I might best be able to use my abilities. After much prayer, and after discussing this with numerous people I have decided to decline the call to St. Paul’s in Franklin and remain in Onalaska. I thank you for all the prayers, phone calls, and encouragement that you gave me. Your congregation is a very desirable place to serve and I pray that you will soon have a pastor. I will continue to keep your congregation in my prayers and I pray that you keep me and my family in yours.  God’s blessings as you take the message of the gospel to the people of Franklin.
In His service,  Pastor Dan Olson
 
NEXT CALL MEETING FOR 2nd PASTOR:  Our next call meeting will be Wednesday, August 5th at 6:30 PM.
 
MEMORIAL SERVICE: On Thursday, July 16, the Lord called Joe Devcich to his heavenly home. His memorial service will be this Friday, July 31st at 11:00 AM (visitation beginning at 10:30 AM).  May God continue to comfort his family with his promises of love.
 
GUEST PREACHER: We thank Pastor Larry Ellenberger for leading our worship today!
 
ALTAR GUILD:
     July 22-28 – TEAM #2 – Jane Koplein, Joan Shevey, Rebecca Kragh
     July 29-Aug 4 – TEAM #3 – Jane Koplein, Carol Willms, Connie Myer
 
GRASS CUTTING:
     July 29-Aug 1 – TEAM #1 – Gordy Lesser
     Aug 5-8 – TEAM #2 – Dave Qualmann


7/19/20

WEARING OF MASKS: 
As Jesus’ ministry on earth was coming to a close, he told his disciples: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35) It is our love for Christ that governs every action of our lives.  
 
It is in that spirit of Christian love, the Board of Elders, at their monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 15th, made the decision to ask everyone to wear a mask when attending in-person worship services here at St. Paul’s. As we all know, there has been a recent increase in the risk of contracting and transmitting this virus. At this time, we feel that it is important for us to express our Christian love for people that we serve by asking everyone to wear a mask, face shield or face covering when they come to worship. If anyone needs a mask we are happy to provide one. This would not apply to those under the age of 3 or to those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons. 
 
We are fully aware that many people have very strong opinions on the issue of wearing masks. We also know that there are those who will object to this change and there are those who welcome this change. Therefore, this decision was not made lightly. We don’t want the discussion to be a conversation of fear verses faith. This is an opportunity for us to express Christian love. This change would go into effect this coming weekend. We thank you for your cooperation as we express love to our community and those at risk!
 
YEAR-END OFFERING UPDATE: “As we close the book on our fiscal year, I wanted to take a moment to share with all of you the excellent news that we received at last night's Church Council meeting. For the year ending June 30, 2020, your support of the ministries of St Paul's saw contributions in the amount of $679,974. That is an increase of over $69,000 from the previous year. This allowed us to finish the fiscal year with a positive cash balance of over $11,000 (not including the funds received through the government's PPP loan). This is a result to celebrate, and the leadership of St Paul's thanks each and every one of you for your support, especially during these challenging times. As we head into the new year, my God continue to grant each of us the ability to support the various ministries of our local congregation as well as those of our synodical agencies. May you and your family remain safe in His care. ~ Dr. David Brightsman.”
 
2ND PASTOR CALL:  On Wednesday, July 8th, St. Paul’s called Pastor Daniel Olson to be the 2nd pastor at St. Paul’s. Pastor Olson is currently serving at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Onalaska, Wisconsin. He and his wife have 5 girls ranging from the age of 7 to 15. Pastor Olson graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2006. Before coming to St. Paul’s in Onalaska in 2016, he had served a mission church in New York City for 10 years. His contact information is: N4320 Germann Court, Onalaska, Wisconsin, 54650-9731; (608) 797-5793 (cell). Below is a letter from him indicating that he has received the Call. Over the next weeks, we ask that everyone keep Pastor Olson in your prayers as he deliberates where he can best serve God – in Onalaska or in Franklin.  
 “Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
Through you, the Lord has called me to serve as your pastor. I am humbled that you have chosen me to share with you the precious gospel of Jesus Christ and to work with you to spread the good news with the people in your community. It is truly a joy to serve in the public ministry and to work with God’s chosen people to make known to all people what great things God has done for us.  Please approach God’s throne of grace asking him to bless whatever decision is made. I will be praying as well that God would give me wisdom at this time. Please feel free to contact me via phone (608-797-5793) or email (dolson@stpaulsonalaska.org) at any time to guide me as I strive to determine how best my gifts can be used for God’s Kingdom. I am confident that the Lord will draw all of us closer to him as we lean confidently on his Word and promises to bless and guide us. “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (I Timothy 1:17)   Serving Christ with you, Pastor Dan Olson”
 
MEMORIAL SERVICE: On Thursday, July 16, the Lord called Joe Devcich to his heavenly home. His memorial service will be on Friday, July 31st. May God continue to comfort his family with his promises of love. 
 
GUEST PREACHERS: We thank Pastor Wayne Shevey for leading our worship service on July 19th. We also thank Pastor Larry Ellenberger for leading our worship on July 26th.


7/12/20

2ND PASTOR CALL: 
On Wednesday, July 8th, St. Paul’s called Pastor Daniel Olson to be the 2nd pastor at St. Paul’s. Pastor Olson is currently serving at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Onalaska, Wisconsin. He and his wife have 5 girls ranging from the age of 7 to 15. Pastor Olson graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2006. Before coming to St. Paul’s in Onalaska in 2016, he had served a mission church in New York City for 10 years. His contact information is: N4320 Germann Court, Onalaska, Wisconsin, 54650-9731; (608) 797-5793 (cell). Below is a letter from him indicating that he has received the Call. Over the next weeks, we ask that everyone keep Pastor Olson in your prayers as he deliberates where he can best serve God – in Onalaska or in Franklin.  
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
Through you, the Lord has called me to serve as your pastor. I am humbled that you have chosen me to share with you the precious gospel of Jesus Christ and to work with you to spread the good news with the people in your community. It is truly a joy to serve in the public ministry and to work with God’s chosen people to make known to all people what great things God has done for us.  Please approach God’s throne of grace asking him to bless whatever decision is made. I will be praying as well that God would give me wisdom at this time. Please feel free to contact me via phone (608-797-5793) or email (dolson@stpaulsonalaska.org) at any time to guide me as I strive to determine how best my gifts can be used for God’s Kingdom. I am confident that the Lord will draw all of us closer to him as we lean confidently on his Word and promises to bless and guide
us. “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever.
Amen.” (I Timothy 1:17)   Serving Christ with you,  Pastor Dan Olson
 
8TH GRADE GRADUATION:  This Wednesday, July 15th, we will be having a private graduation service for our 8th graders.  Congratulations to the following students: Amanda Baumann, Josephina Graetz, Alex Martin, Claire Olson, Kodee Spiegl, Ava Triplett, Luke Vilbaum, Nicholas Witucki and Jayden Ziegler.  We wish these students the Lord’s blessings in high school!
 
ALTAR GUILD:
July 8-14 – TEAM #1 – Sherry Kosovich, Beverly Garves, Vanessa McKee
July 15-21 – TEAM #2 – Jane Koplein, Joan Shevey, Rebecca Kragh
 
GRASS CUTTING:
July 15-18 – TEAM #3 – Frank Krajewski
July 22-25 – TEAM #4 – Gary Tosic & Jerry Lehtinen

7/5/20

HOLY COMMUNION SIGN-UP:  
We are once again offering the Lord's Supper on Saturday, July 11th via reserved time slots through Sign-up Genius. Click here or call the office at (414) 421-1178 to reserve a spot.  Private communion can be set up any time with Pastor Adams – please call him on his cell phone at (414) 416-4710.
 
2ND PASTOR CALL MEETING:  There will be a special voters meeting on Wednesday, July 8th at 6:30 PM to call a second Pastor.  District President Kolander will be here to lead that Call Meeting. We continue to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide our efforts and bless the ministry of St. Paul’s.
 
UPDATE ON RETURNING TO SCHOOL IN THE FALL:  On behalf of St. Paul’s Board of Education, along with the staff, we would like to inform you that we are working to prepare for a full in-school schedule this fall for all grade levels. Full schedule classes are our primary goal.  We will follow other options if we have circumstances that will not allow us to be in the building.  We have been working throughout the summer preparing for students returning to the classrooms.  We are setting up plans and protocols for safety in health including, but not limited to...

- hands-free sanitizer stations throughout the building,
- diligence in handwashing,
- daily cleaning and disinfecting, and
- screening for anyone entering the building
- as well as working on procuring and planning for PPE needs and equipment. 
 
There will be more shared with you in the coming weeks describing the plans for the school year.  We are continually evaluating our options and are communicating with the local Health Department in an effort to use best practices to provide a safe environment for your children and staff here at St. Paul’s.  
 
ALTAR GUILD:
     July 1-7 – TEAM #1 – Sherry Kosovich, Beverly Garves, Vanessa McKee
     July 8-14 – TEAM #1 – Sherry Kosovich, Beverly Garves, Vanessa McKee
 
GRASS CUTTING:
     July 8-11 – TEAM #2 – Dave Qualmann
     July 15-18 – TEAM #3 – Frank Krajewski


6/28/20

VOTER’S MEETING AGENDA: 


St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
Voter’s Meeting Agenda
June 28, 2020 – 11:00 a.m. 

  • Opening Prayer/Devotion

  • Reading and approval of minutes of the previous regular meeting and any intervening

  • Special Meetings

  • Registration

  • Acceptance, release, removal, and transfer of members

  • Treasurer’s report and presentation of the 2020-2021 Ministry Plan (budget)

  • Recommendations of the Church Council

    • Retroactive approval of sanctuary piano purchase

    • Approval of proposed changes to the By-laws

    • Approval for calling a pastor to replace Pastor Hoff

    • Approval of male called worker housing allowance

    • Approval of Provisional Call for Rachel Manske – Kindergarten teacher

    • Approval to install ADA compliant power assist doors to the sanctuary

    • Approval to install PA and Intercom System throughout the school and public spaces

  • Elections

  • New Business

  • Closing Prayer

ALTAR GUILD:
       June 24-30 – TEAM #4 – Marge Gebert, Renate Nazimek, Barb Migacz
       July 1-7 – TEAM #1 – Sherry Kosovich, Beverly Garves, Vanessa McKee
 
GRASS CUTTING:
       July 1-4 – TEAM #1 – Gordy Lesser
       July 8-11 – TEAM #2 – Dave Qualmann


6/21/20

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
:  Happy Father's Day to all of the fathers in our congregation!  Thank you for being the cornerstone of our families!

 

CONGREGATIONAL UPDATE FROM DR. BRIGHTSMAN:  I hope this brief update finds you and your family safe and healthy.   On behalf of the leadership of St. Paul’s, I wanted to thank all of your for your participation and prayers during these challenging times and update you as we move forward in addressing our ministry needs in light of the departure of Pastor Hoff. Recently you were provided opportunity to share your thoughts regarding St Paul’s strengths, challenges, and direction. This past Tuesday evening (6/10), the Church Council spent time reviewing and discussing the feedback we received from 64 respondents. That feedback was then summarized and forwarded on to our District President, Pastor David Kolander on Wednesday morning. Pastor Kolander will use that information to prepare for a pre-call meeting to be held with the Council and the Board of Elders. At the time of this update, we are working on scheduling that meeting in the coming days. The purpose of that meeting is to help DP Kolander better understand the ministry needs of our congregation and inform him in preparing a call list in the future. 

 

Before such a list can be developed however, the Voter’s Assembly, the calling body of the congregation, must meet and authorize a pastoral call. We have added this to our annual meeting of the Voter’s which is scheduled for Sunday, June 28 at 11:00am. We believe that we can hold this meeting in our sanctuary in such a way that allow us to comply with all current local and national health guidelines and that conforms to the policies for established by the Board of Elders which some of you saw implemented this past Sunday when in person worship resumed. Further details will be forthcoming in your weekly updates, so please look for them.

 

Assuming call authorization is received from the Voters; we will notify Pastor Kolander and ask him to prepare a call list for our consideration. We will then set a call meeting and gather once again to consider the list provided to us. Through the wisdom and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I am confident that He will lead us to address our ministry needs in the manner that best serves St. Paul’s. I encourage each of you to continue praying that He bless our efforts and continue your faithful support of all our ministries at St Paul’s.

 

HOLY COMMUNION SIGN-UP:  We are once again offering the Lord's Supper on Saturday, June 27th via reserved time slots through Sign-up Genius. Call the office at (414) 421-1178 to reserve a spot.  Private communion can be set up any time with Pastor Adams – please call him on his cell phone at (414) 416-4710.

 

GRASS CUTTING:

            June 24-27 – TEAM #4 – Gary Tosic and Jerry Lehtinen

            July 1-4 – TEAM #1 – Gordy Lesser

  

JOB OPPORTUNITY:  Word of Life Lutheran School is now taking applications for a school Administrative Assistant.  Terms of employment are as follows:

·       full or part-time employment

·       hourly pay at the rate depending on skills and experience

·       workman’s compensation per state law

·       preferred work hours are Monday through Friday from 7 AM until 4PM

·       summer hours and schedule negotiable

·       2-weeks vacation policy for beginning employees

 

Applicants should possess the following qualifications:

 

·       WELS member with caring Christian people skills

·       general office and reception skills

·       accounting / bookkeeping skills and ability to learn Quickbooks

·       knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Word and Excel

·       ability to use Google Suite

 

Applicants should contact Principal Philip Krueger for an interview. Contact can be through e-mail, pkrueger@wi.rr.com, or by phone (414) 813-0820. Applications will be taken through Sunday, June 28th. Interviews will take place June 29th and 30th.

 

6/14/20

CHRISTIAN FUNERAL:  
The Lord called Mr. Walter Naujock to his heavenly home on Thursday, June 4th.   A Christian funeral service was held at Heritage Funeral Home on Friday, June 12th.  “Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them." (Revelation 14:13)
 
CONGREGATIONAL UPDATE FROM DR. BRIGHTSMAN:  I hope this brief update finds you and your family safe and healthy.  On behalf of the leadership of St. Paul’s, I wanted to thank all of your for your participation and prayers during these challenging times and update you as we move forward in addressing our ministry needs in light of the departure of Pastor Hoff. Recently you were provided opportunity to share your thoughts regarding St Paul’s strengths, challenges, and direction. This past Tuesday evening (6/10), the Church Council spent time reviewing and discussing the feedback we received from 64 respondents. That feedback was then summarized and forwarded on to our District President, Pastor David Kolander on Wednesday morning. Pastor Kolander will use that information to prepare for a pre-call meeting to be held with the Council and the Board of Elders. At the time of this update, we are working on scheduling that meeting in the coming days. The purpose of that meeting is to help DP Kolander better understand the ministry needs of our congregation and inform him in preparing a call list in the future. 
 
Before such a list can be developed however, the Voter’s Assembly, the calling body of the congregation, must meet and authorize a pastoral call. We have added this to our annual meeting of the Voter’s which is scheduled for Sunday, June 28 at 11:00am. We believe that we can hold this meeting in our sanctuary in such a way that allow us to comply with all current local and national health guidelines and that conforms to the policies for established by the Board of Elders which some of you saw implemented this past Sunday when in person worship resumed. Further details will be forthcoming in your weekly updates, so please look for them.
 
Assuming call authorization is received from the Voters; we will notify Pastor Kolander and ask him to prepare a call list for our consideration. We will then set a call meeting and gather once again to consider the list provided to us. Through the wisdom and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I am confident that He will lead us to address our ministry needs in the manner that best serves St. Paul’s. I encourage each of you to continue praying that He bless our efforts and continue your faithful support of all our ministries at St Paul’s.
 
HOLY COMMUNION SIGN-UP:  We are once again offering the Lord's Supper on Saturday, June 27th via reserved time slots through Sign-up Genius. Click here or call the office at (414) 421-1178 to reserve a spot.  Private communion can be set up any time with Pastor Adams – please call him on his cell phone at (414) 416-4710.
 
GRASS CUTTING:
            June 17-20 – TEAM #3 – Frank Krajewski
            June 24-27 – TEAM #4 – Gary Tosic and Jerry Lehtinen


6/7/20

In-Person Worship
We are happy to be able to offer in-person worship once again!  We understand that some may not be comfortable attending just yet, so we will record our worship service and have it available online after all services in church are complete.  As these are still uncertain times, we will continue to re-evaluate our procedures for the health and safety of our members, and welcome any feedback you may have!
 
Holy Communion Sign-up:  We are once again offering the Lord's Supper on Saturday, June 13th via reserved time slots through Sign-up Genius. Click here or call the office at (414) 421-1178 to reserve a spot.  Private communion can be set up any time with Pastor Adams – please call him on his cell phone at (414) 416-4710.
 
Thank You:  A special thank you goes out to our team of volunteers that called all of our members during the Safer-At-Home order.   We appreciate all the work you’ve done for us, and know that our members appreciated the calls!  Thank you!

Thank You:  Thank you to our volunteers that helped with the church cleaning this past Saturday to get things ready for our re-opening!
 
St. Paul's Gala & Silent Auction:  Our Gala has a new date!  Please mark your calendars for Saturday, September 26th at 5:00 PM.  We look forward to seeing you!
 
Grass Cutting:
            June 10-13 – TEAM #2 – Dave Qualmann
            June 17-20 – TEAM #3 – Frank Krajewski
 


5/31/20


Plan for Worship Services in Church:  Beginning next Sunday, June 7th, we will start in-person worship services.  The Board of Elders' plan for worship was e-mailed to all those with e-mail addresses on file, and mailed to all of our other members on Friday.  You can also read it here.

Holy Communion Sign-up:  We are once again offering the Lord's Supper on Saturday, June 13th via reserved time slots through Sign-up Genius.  Click here or call the office at (414) 421-1178 to reserve a spot.

Grass Cutting:  June 3-6 - Crew #1 - Gordy Lesser, June 10-13 - Crew #2 - Dave Qualmann



5/24/20

Plan for Worship Services in Church:  This past week the Board of Elders made the decision to start face-to-face Sunday services on June 7th.  They will be at 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM.  Watch for more detailed information coming this week.

St. Paul's Gala & Silent Auction:  Our Gala has a new date!  Please mark your calendars for Saturday, September 26th at 5:00 PM.  We look forward to seeing you!

Grass Cutting:  May 27-30 - Crew #4 - Gary Tosic & Jerry Lehtinen, June 3-6 - Crew #1 - Gordy Lesser


5/18/20

Link to St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Channel 12 News. 





5/17/20

Plan for Worship Services in Church: We have begun to develop the plan for worshipping back in church again.  Our Board of Elders are meeting this week to discuss that plan.  We will communicate that plan to you as soon as we can.
 
Vacation Bible Camp:  We will not be having Vacation Bible Camp this year.  We look forward to seeing everyone next year!

Email addresses:  The easiest way to communicate information to the congregation is through email.  If you are not receiving emails from St. Paul’s, please call the office at 414-421-1178 or email to office@stpaulsfranklin.org with your information. Thank you.

Piano Update:  We are excited to announce that we raised $10,317.00 in donations for our new piano!  We appreciate the generosity of all of our members, and look forward to hearing the piano in person again soon!

May Basket Fundraiser:  There are still a few weeks left to order your beautiful hanging baskets from Flower Petals Farm!   Flower Petals Farm will be holding a hanging basket fundraiser to benefit St. Paul's!  Here are the details:  12" Combo Baskets -- $25.00 each   Pick up dates at church will be:  May 24th & May 31st.  Due to the" Safer at Home" order,  we will be offering drive thru pick up every 15 mins. 9am till 12pm.  Please call (414) 517-5161 to place your orders and schedule pick up time.  For every basket sold the church will receive $5.00!  Thank you for supporting Flower Petals Farm and St. Paul's!  Check out their website:  Flowerpetalsfarm.weebly.com  

Grass Cutting:  May 20-23 - Crew #3 - Frank Krajewski, May 27-30 - Crew #4 - Gary Tosic & Jerry Lehtinen


5/11/20

We will be offering Holy Communion next Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM with specific guidelines in place to follow the Safer At Home order.  Please sign up using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4cafa623a2fd0-holy  or call the office (414) 421-1178 to sign up.

5/10/20

Southside Ministries Collection:  Thank you to everyone that has donated to the St. Peter's Food Pantry.  In addition to all of the food we've collected, we've also collected $1,050.00 in monetary donations!  Thank you!  We are continuing to collect donations.

May Basket Fundraiser:  During the month of May, Flower Petals Farm will be holding a hanging basket fundraiser to benefit St. Paul's!  Here are the details:  12" Combo Baskets -- $25.00 each   Pick up dates at church will be:  May 17th, May 24th, May 31st.  Due to the" Safer at Home" order,  we will be offering drive thru pick up every 15 mins. 9am till 12pm.  Please call (414) 517-5161 to place your orders and schedule pick up time.  For every basket sold the church will receive $5.00!  Thank you for supporting Flower Petals Farm and St. Paul's!  Check out their website:  Flowerpetalsfarm.weebly.com


Technical Difficulties:  We are having trouble with the website this week, so our Weekly Message link will take you directly to YouTube for viewing.  You can also watch it on Facebook.  We apologize for the inconvenience!

Grass Cutting:  May 13-16 - Crew #2 - Dave Qualmann, May 20-23 - Crew #3 - Frank Krajewski


5/3/2020

Holy Communion:  If members of St. Paul's would like to receive the Lord's Supper, they may contact Pastor Adams.  We are currently working on a plan to offer the Lord's Supper regularly to the members of St. Paul's, while still adhering to the Governor's Safer At Home order.  Please watch for more information to follow. 

Grass Cutting:  Spring is here and the grass is growing, which means it's time to cut!  A note to our grass cutting volunteers - this year's schedules have been mailed to your homes, and we will also list the schedule here.  Thank you for your continued help in keeping our grounds looking great!
   May 6-9 - Crew #1 - Gordy Lesser
   May 13-16 - Crew #2 - Dave Qualmann

Northwestern Publishing House Resources:  Northwestern Publishing House is offering several resources to help your family stay connected to Christ, including free editions of Meditations and Forward In Christ.  The link is here: https://online.nph.net/free-resources 



5/1/2020

An Announcement from Mr. Schulmeister: 

Dear members and families of St. Paul's, 

Over the past couple of weeks I have considered the two calls I have, my current call here at St. Paul's and another call at Wisconsin Lutheran School in Racine, WI. In that time I am thankful for all who have reached out to speak with me and for your prayers. It has been a joy to serve the families and community of St. Paul's for the past seven years.

Through careful consideration and prayer, I have been led to return the call to Wisconsin Lutheran School and continue my service here at St. Paul's. Please keep them in your prayers as they look to fill the vacancy of a school leader at Wisconsin Lutheran School. I look forward to the future of St. Paul's, and I am encouraged by the support of so many as we work to continue to improve our school and our connection to the nearby community. It has truly been a blessing to serve here and I look forward to what the Lord has in store for St. Paul's. 

In Christ,
Nathan Schulmeister





4/26/20

Call Received:  Dear Members of St. Paul’s, This past Tuesday, April 14, I received a divine call to be the principal at Wisconsin Lutheran School in Racine, Wisconsin.  Wisconsin Lutheran School is a PreK through Eighth Grade school supported by two congregations.   I have truly been blessed to serve as a teacher and principal here at St. Paul’s for the past 7 years.  I ask that you keep all of the congregations and schools in your thoughts and prayers during this deliberation.   I also ask that you continue to pray for my family and me as we work towards a decision.  I welcome any comments and thoughts you would like to share as I determine where my talents can be best served.  Your Brother in Christ, Mr. Nathan Schulmeister


Southside Ministries Food Pantry:  We are still collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for Southside Ministries (St. Peter's) Food Pantry.  Thank you to those that have already donated!  We appreciate your generosity!  

Online Services:  Remember, you can watch our Weekly Messages anytime on our website, Facebook and YouTube!  If you would like a printed copy of the sermon mailed to you, please contact the office!



4/19/20

Southside Ministries Food Pantry:  If you would like to help out with the Food Pantry at Southside Ministries (St. Peter’s), we will be collecting non-perishable food in the hallway of the school.  You may drop it off anytime.  If you wish to help out with a monetary gift, you may do so as well.  Checks can be made out to: “St. Peter’s Food Pantry.”
 
“Virtual” Kid's Talk: This week’s service will have a “Virtual Kid’s Talk” in it.  Please check it out!



4/12/20
Happy Easter: Covid-19 has prevented us from worshiping together today but nothing, not even death or grave, could prevent Jesus from rising from the dead that first Easter morning. He is risen! He is risen indeed!





Pastor Hoff Farewell: Today marks the end of another chapter in St. Paul’s history. This Easter service is Pastor Hoff’s final service at St. Paul’s before beginning his ministry at First German Lutheran in Manitowoc. Look for his personal farewell message at the end of today’s service. Though we are sad to see him leave, we wish Pastor Hoff and his family every blessing in his new congregation. We'll miss you, Hoff Family!




















WELS Easter Service:  At 6 p.m. (central time) on Easter Sunday there will be the FIRST EVER livestreamed, synodwide Easter worship celebration. Even though we are not together physically, fellow believers from around the world can gather “Together at the Empty Tomb.” You may access the service here.



4/09/20

Maunday Thursday Devotion


Luke 22:47-48 – “While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
 
Benedict Arnold was an early American hero of the Revolutionary War who later became one of the most infamous traitors in U.S. history after he switched sides and fought for the British.
 
Benedict Arnold had served the Americans in the Revolutionary War. He had faithfully served under George Washington. Yet, Benedict Arnold never received the recognition that he thought he deserved. He saw Junior Officers being appointed over him. He had become resentful in his heart.  
 
But then Benedict Arnold seriously wounded the same leg he had injured at the battle over Quebec. Rendered temporarily incapable of a field command, he accepted the position of Military Governor of Philadelphia in 1778. While there, his loyalties began to change. It is reported that Benedict and his wife lived a life style well beyond their means. In short time, they began to accumulate a huge amount of debt. The debt and the resentment that Arnold felt over not being promoted faster were the motivating factors in his choice to change sides.
 
In 1779, he entered into secret negotiations with the British, agreeing to turn over the U.S. post at West Point in return for money and a command in the British army. The plot was discovered, but Benedict Arnold escaped to British lines before he could be arrested. West Point remained in American hands, and he only received a portion of his promised bounty. His name, Benedict, has since become synonymous in many people’s mind with the word “traitor.”
 
Today, the Gospel writer Luke speaks about another man whose name has become synonymous with the word “traitor.” His name is Judas. With a simple greeting, a kiss, he betrayed the Son of God. Yet, Jesus was not giving up on Judas. He knew the struggle he was going through. To the very end, Jesus, the warrior, continued to reach out his hand to Judas.
 
There are times that we may fight the same battles that Judas faced. It could be some guilt from the past. It could be things that make us feel dirty and unworthy of Jesus. Maybe it’s experiencing some kind of disappointment in life. We may feel abandoned. We may feel that our warrior Jesus is not fighting for us anymore. But Jesus has not abandoned you. The same hands that reached out to the traitor Judas, reach out to you as well.
 
In many Christian Churches, today is known as Maundy Thursday. It’s a time that we focus on the love that Jesus gave to his church through the Lord’s Supper. A special meal that God gives us the very same body and blood that he would shed on the cross to forgive our sins. Even though we may not be able to receive the Lord’s Supper today because of COVID-19, we will again receive it someday. We will receive our warrior’s flesh and blood through the bread and wine to strengthen us.  
 
If we were honest with ourselves, we would see that we have all been traitors of Jesus. Every single day we sin against our God. Yet, every day we can take comfort that Jesus has forgiven our sins because he shed his body and blood for us. May that comfort rest with each of you always.    



4/04/20

This Sunday evening (April 5), Palm Sunday, WELS President Mark Schroeder will be delivering a brief message to the members of our synod in an online video broadcast. The message will be broadcast live at 6:00 p.m. (central). You are invited to access that message live online. If you are not able to view the video when it is broadcast live, it will be archived online.



"There will be anopportunity for our entire synod to gather online for a special Easter Sunday evening service to be broadcast from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary at 6 p.m. (central). We will gather as one family of believers, from across the country and around the world, not only to celebrate our Savior’s Easter victory but also to express our unity of faith and mission as members of the Wisconsin Synod. The theme of the service will be, “Together at the Empty Tomb.” Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary President Earle Treptow will deliver the Easter message. A small choir, along with a few instruments, will enhance the worship with music and songs of praise. I’m thankful to Pastor Jon Hein, coordinator of WELS Congregational Services, for planning and coordinating this event. I look forward to being with you for this special Easter celebration. You can watch it live online. Stay online after the service for a live Q&A session hosted by President Treptow and Rev. Hein, where viewers can ask questions."

Email Addresses: Are you receiving emails from St. Paul's? If not, please send your email address to the church office at: office@stpaulsfranklin.org

Printed Sermons and Announcements: If you know of someone who would like to recieve printed copies of the sermon and the announcements, please contact the church office at: office@stpaulsfranklin.org of call at 414-421-1178.


YouTube: Our worship services can also be found on YouTube now. Our channel is: St Pauls Franklin




4/01/20 - Devotion

Navy Seals who go into enemy territory are trained to always know the answer to three crucial questions: where am I, where is my enemy, and who are my friends?  It’s relatively easy for a highly trained soldier to identify his or her enemy in a combat situation, but it can be a little harder for us to identify the enemy that is always trying to defeat us in the context of our every-day lives.  Imagine the foolishness of a soldier going into battle without knowing anything about the enemy they were facing—what they looked like, how they acted, why they were even considered the enemy in the first place.
 
In his letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul identifies the enemy that we all face. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12) We face a dangerous enemy. This enemy is the devil and his demons. Their goal is to destroy you and me and everyone else. They want to destroy our faith, destroy our life, destroy our hope, and destroy our soul. Satan is our enemy.
 
But we have a mighty warrior in Jesus. Both Jesus and Satan used the cross as their weapon. Satan thought he had beaten Jesus when Jesus died on the cross. Yet Jesus used the cross as his ultimate weapon to beat all the forces of darkness – the devil, the world, our sinful flesh, and death itself. Satan is defeated eternally.
 
And because of Jesus, I can see through death into eternity, where there is a real place alongside millions of fellow believers like my family and all of you, where we’ll be with Jesus forever in a life filled with so much wonder and beauty and joy and love and action that is far beyond our wildest dreams.

 
3/28/20

On the website, a couple of new links have been added under “resources.” You can now watch the March edition of the WELS Connection and also view a copy of the most recent issue of Forward in Christ magazine. The links are below.
 
We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to make phone calls to our less tech savvy members of St. Paul’s. This would just be an encouraging call to see how they are doing and if they need help with anything. If you’d be interested in making any calls, please contact the church office or the pastors.
 
If you, or anyone you know, could use help in any way, please contact the church office or the pastors. Your church and fellow members are here to help.


3/27/20

Click on the image below to watch the latest WELS Connection



     Click on the image below, to read a free copy of the WELS "Forward in Christ.




3/25/2020 Devotion

As World War II was drawing to a close, the Allied armies gathered up many hungry orphans. They were placed in camps where they were well-fed. Despite excellent care, they slept poorly. They seemed nervous and afraid. Finally, a psychologist came up with the solution. Each child was given a piece of bread to hold after he was put to bed. This particular piece of bread was just to be held—not eaten. The piece of bread produced wonderful results. The children went to bed knowing instinctively they would have food to eat the next day. That guarantee gave the children a restful and contented sleep.
 
Jesus is the Bread of Life. He tells us: “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35) We live in a time that we realize that we cannot handle things anymore by ourselves. Yet, we know who can handle all things for us. Jesus is that Bread of Life that guarantees us that we will be okay.
 
During this season of Lent, we have seen the Son of God go forth to War with Satan. Will some reject this Warrior Jesus? Yes. Even though some may reject Jesus, we echo the words of Peter: "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God." (John 6:68-69) In our uncertain times, may our Warrior Jesus give you rest and peace.



3/22/2020:
OUR INTENTION TO SERVE ALL: I hope that this note finds everyone happy and healthy.  Our lives have changed drastically this week, but as Christians we take comfort knowing that God is still in control of our lives no matter what happens.
 
On Tuesday, March 17th, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), has issued a new order for a statewide moratorium on mass gatherings of 10 people or more to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This order became effective at 5:00 pm on March 17th. "Mass gathering" is defined as any planned or spontaneous, public or private event or convening that will bring together or is likely to bring together 10 or more people in a single room or single confined or enclosed space at the same time.
 
Some may be asking the question, “Is this a time when we should obey God rather than men?” There are a couple of things that should be remembered.
 
The Fourth and Fifth Commandments apply in a situation like this. We are to obey and respect the governing authorities as they carry out their God-given responsibilities, and we are to do all we can to protect our neighbors and keep them from harm.
 
At the same time God certainly desires that Christian gather together regularly for worship. In limiting the size of worship gatherings, the government is not attempting to deny our freedom of religion. Rather, government authorities have issued mandates that they believe will protect citizens from harm.
 
Since all of these biblical principles are valid, it is legitimate for us to strive to comply with governmental regulations on the one hand and, on the other, to find alternate means to enable God’s people to be fed with Word and sacrament.
 
It remains our mission at St. Paul’s to serve you spiritually even through the coronavirus crisis. Since none of us have gone through something like this, we ask for your patience.
 
ONLINE RESOURCES: We will continue to use both our website and our Facebook page to provide resources for everyone to use. On our website, we have added a list of Spiritual Resources for people to use. We will continue to add to this list over time. We will create links to those resources from our Facebook page as well.

HEATHER SCHMIDT CALL DECISION:  As many of you recall before the adjustments for COVID-19, Miss Heather Schmidt had received a call to serve at another school.  She has made a decision on her call.  Her words:

As you know, over the past few weeks, I have been deliberating a call to St. John's in Montello, WI.   After much prayer and many conversations with people at both congregations, the Lord has led me to return the call to St. John's and continue serving here at St. Paul's.

I would like to thank all who offered prayers on my behalf or shared their thoughts and opinions with me.  I am truly blessed to serve this congregation.  To God be the glory!

In His Service,
Heather Schmidt
 
ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL: This closure also impacts our St. Paul’s School.  In response to both the COVID-19 outbreak and Governor Evers’ mandate, our school will be closed to student education.  We will continue to monitor updates and make a decision on re-opening.  During that time St. Paul’s is implementing Virtual Learning Days.  Virtual Learning Days are school days.  But, unlike a traditional school day, attendance is not determined by being physically present in the school building.  Instead, attendance is tracked through completion of a student’s homework assignments that our parents pick up and drop off at school.
 
NEED HELP? We recognize that there are people who are not able to get out to buy groceries or other necessary supplies.  If you need help, please contact the church office at 421-1178, or Pastor Adams at 416-4710.  Or you can email to: office@stpaulsfranklin.org or badams@stpaulsfranklin.org. We will try to find help for you.
 
OFFERINGS: Even though our congregation’s church and school activities have been greatly reduced in our facility during this time, your continued financial support is still needed to support the ongoing ministry of St. Paul’s. If you have offering envelopes, your offering can be placed in the envelope, add a stamp and drop it in the mail.  If you want to electronically give a one-time gift or set up a regular offering plan go to the St. Paul’s Church Website and click “Donate” on the top line. Thank you.
 
FUTURE PLANS:
  • We are working on ways to provide a weekly message online.
  • We are exploring ways to provide the Lord’s Supper to our members, and yet continue to follow the order from the State of Wisconsin.
  • If we are not able to worship together in church for Good Friday and Easter, it is our intention to celebrate Good Friday and Easter after this outbreak is over. Even if it is weeks after the date of Easter on the calendar.
  • If this outbreak continues past the date of Confirmation, we will have to discuss that further.
  • Explore ways to have the sanctuary open for those who wish to stop in for personal prayer and reflection. Please keep in mind the 10 person limit and practicing social distancing (six feet). We need to find ways that will not pass the COVID-19 virus to another person.
  • You are welcome to stop and see your pastor for personal spiritual care and encouragement.