St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
W2604 Cty Hwy P, Merrill, WI 54452
715-536-8459 Please leave a message
Pastor Gregory Laska can be reached at Cell #715-350-9741, e-mail address is email@example.com or at church office on Mondays 9am till noon.
“St. Paul’s is Committed to Encouraging Growth and Fellowship by Sharing the Word and Gifts from GOD and by living our Christian Beliefs Everywhere and Always/”
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October Worship Schedule
October 6: Communion Worship Service @ 9:00 am
October 13: Worship Service @ 9:00am
October 20: Communion Worship Service @ 9:00 am
October 27: Contemporary Worship Service @ 9:00 am
Saturday evening worship services are offered at Luther Memorial-Gleason at 6pm. All are welcome
to Worship Services at St. Paul’s 9:00am or at Luther memorial-Gleason 10:30 a.m. on Sundays.
October Usher Schedule
October 6: Keith Duley, Sandy Leskey, Matt Stenberg
October 13: Linda Pankow, Kevin Erickson
October 20: Dale Erickson, Dawn Weaver, Lori Giese
October 27: Darlene Erickson, Gary Erickson
Volunteers, please come 20 - 30 minutes before worship time to prepare the building for the Worship Service. Please take head count of attendance and write it on the clip board posted by the last pew on the east side of church each and every worship service. Please wear your Sunday best clothing; you are serving in the King’s house. Thank you for your service to our Lord and our Church Family.
Clausen Family Trio: will have a concert at St. Paul’s Fellowship hall on November 3, 2019. Catered Dinner to start @ 12:20 followed by a full show of the Clauson Trio all for the low price of $37.50 per person. Tickets are available from Lois Oestreich at 247128 County Road WW, Wausau, WI 54403. with Your ticket requests please enclosed a self addressed stamped envelop for the return of your tickets. Make checks Payable to St. Paul’s Lutheran /Church. No tickets will be sold at the door the day of the concert/dinner. Tickets will be available before church services starting in September from Lois.
Party on P Meeting: First meeting for next year’s activities will be October 12 @ 4:00. This is an open meeting and all are welcome to attend. Bring your good ideas.
Trunk or Treat: the 5th Annual Pine River Trunk-or-treat will be held on Saturday October 26 at Calvary Church from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. There will be a sign up sheet for decorating trunks in the back of the church. You will have the option of decorating a trunk or a table in the church basement if the weather does not cooperate. If you have a trunk to set up, please arrive between 3L00 -3:30 pm. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated trunks! Please, no witches, devils or scary theses. Refreshments will be served. Bring your children and grandchildren to our combined Halloween even with Calvary!
Craft Fair: November 2 is the date for this year’s craft fair. If anyone has ideas for increased attendance please let Heidi Duley know. Contact Heidi for reserving your vendor table. Price is $25.00 again this year.
Thanksgiving Dinner: St. Paul’s Will again be serving a Thanksgiving Dinner. Watch for more information in the bulletins and November Newsletter.
Dart Ball: Played on Monday nights @ 7:00 pm. Come join the fun and fellowship. Schedules can be picked up in the Narthex of the church or by contacting Dale Erickson.
Ladies Aid: You are invited to the LWML Zone 6 Fall Rally Saturday October 12, 2019 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 134058 County Road L, Hamburg WI. (Formerly 486 County Road F, Hamburg.) Registration and refreshments 8:15 am to 9:00 am Guest Speaker: Chris Loehmer Kincaid, writer, speaker, blogger from Tomahawk Wisconsin speaking on her
Experiences in Kenya Africa. Registration Fee - $5.00 per person
Gifts of the Heart will be collected for the Hope Life Center in Wausau.
Items seeking: Socks, slippers for women, yoga pants and tunic style shirts for pregnant girls, Full size body wash, toothpaste, lip balm, Bottled water, paper towels, Regular and RV safe toilet paper, copy paper, Gift cards to - Target, Wal-Mart, Kwik Trip, and Office Max. Contact Lois Oestreich for ride sharing, 715-536-6965.
Fall Clean Up; St. Paul’s fall clean up will be October 5 @ 9: There will be a list of tasks that need to be done before winter sets in. Please come and help beautify and clean up our church,
Food Pantry: The Ladies Aid has a basket the back of the Church to accept your gifts from the heart that go to the food Pantry at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill, Please consider giving to the families struggling to put food on the table by buying 1 item a week to help out.
SAVE! SAVE!SAVE! Please save your cancelled postage stamps for Missions. Also box top points, milk caps & label and bread loaves for educations. They are collected on the table in the back of the church for St. John’s School
Parable of the Birthday Campfire
The kingdom of heaven is like a family that has gathered for the birthday celebration of the grandfather. He told his family ahead of time that he did not want presents because he already had everything he could ever need or want. He also said that they should not bring a birthday cake loaded with candles. Instead, he invited all his children and grandchildren to sit with him around a campfire at their family cabin.
Many stories were being shared around the fire. The grandfather went around and with each of the family faces glowing in the reflection of the campfire, he told his favorite memory of each of them. Then he announced that he had a gift for each of them, a gift that came with a personal message. He then explained what it was all about. “Dear children and grandchildren, the greatest gift that I can ever pass on to each of you is the faith I have in my Lord and Savior, Jesus. But my life was not always centered around faith. Long before any of you were born, I was tempted by many distractions in this world. My life was a dark place in many ways. Just as dark as it is in the woods right now beyond our campfire. But then I had a day in which I humbly came to the throne of God’s mercy and love. I confessed my sins, just like King David needed to do in the Old Testament. In Psalm 51 David wrote that God desires that we have a broken and contrite heart. David asked God to give him a clean heart”.
Then the grandfather opened a large box. The children stirred and began to wonder what it could be. He began to pass out glow sticks of various colors and shapes and sizes. He asked that each person hold it carefully without moving it around. He asked his youngest granddaughter if she knew what it would take to make the stick glow.
She quickly replied, “If you bend the glow stick, it breaks a small container inside that lets loose some stuff so it can glow.”
The grandfather nodded, “Yes, there is a small glass tube inside that must be broken open. It is just like when our hearts are broken from sin and then we confess that sin to God. God can make a clean heart inside of us. Being forgiven by God, we will glow with His love even in dark places.” He let everyone know it was time to bend the glow sticks so the tube inside would break and the glowing in the dark could begin. The children and their parents danced around with the glow sticks. Their lights were shining in the dark. They were happy to have received such a fine lesson in Christian faith from the beloved grandfather.