St. Paul Lutheran Church
November Newsletter 2016
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, W2604 CO HWY P, Merrill, WI 54452
715-536-8459 Please leave a message.
Pastor Gregory Laska can be reached at Home #715-536-1511, Cell # 715-350-9741
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“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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We are again having a FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER again this year. A signup sheet for needed food items will be in the back of church or you can contact Joe or Kathy Schiefelbein at 715-297-4237 or 715-297-9144. We are in need of at least 5 cooked large turkeys, cranberries, about 20 pies (pumpkin or apple), cool whip & either carrots or green beans, gravy mix and potatoes. Whatever is not donated, the church will purchase. The church council as well as the voters that attended the last quarterly voters meeting voted to continue this community event, last year we served approximately 75 meals. We also offer free delivery, but request for delivery orders must be placed no later than the Wednesday (23rd) before Thanksgiving. You may call the church @ 715-536-8459 or Joe or Kathy to place your order. Please don’t be shy about wanting to help, we can always use kitchen help, prepping on Wednesday starting around 4 pm, Thursday for set up, serve, delivery and clean up! If you feel you cannot help, we will accept cash donations to defray the cost of ads to papers and any food & beverages we need to purchase.
Your help will be greatly appreciated to give ‘Thanks’ to our local community and those who would otherwise be alone at this time of year and support us in all our events held here at St. Paul’s. Thank You.
Tree of Love
This year we are offering a special opportunity to help some of the families in need from our congregation with Christmas gifts. In the narthex entrance at the back of the church there will be a small Christmas tree starting on Sunday, November 27. On it will be numerous paper ornaments made by children from our Sunday School. Attached to each ornament is a slip of paper listing one of the following categories: boy (age), girl (age), adult man, adult woman. Also on the slip is a suggestion for a gift. The gifts may be homemade or bought from a store. Take the paper ornament and hang it on your tree at home as a reminder to pray for the child. Bring your gifts back to church with the identifying slip on it no later than Sunday, December 18 so that the gifts can be delivered before Christmas. This effort is being coordinated by Pastor Greg and Heather Olivotti. Please let Pastor Greg know the names of any family that you think might need help.
Christmas Fruit Baskets & Stockings
We will be purchasing fruit and making up fruit bowls for shut ins or adults in need of a little Tender Loving Care, please contact Joe, Kathy Schiefelbein or Pastor Greg if you know of individuals in need or just to show we care. We will also be giving out Christmas stockings to the children again this year, we are asking for donations of a small toy and variety of wrapped candy, the Church will include fruit in the stockings.
The Church has received a donation of two Christmas stockings; one is 48 inches long and the other is 36 inches long. Both stockings are filled with games, toys and candy. The donor has requested that we sell raffle tickets and use the proceeds to purchase materials to build 6 foot picnic tables to be used at our outside pavilion. The tickets will be $1.00 each or 8 tickets for $5.00. The drawing will be held following the children’s Christmas Program on December 18th. See Kathy Schiefelbein or Marilyn Evenson for tickets.
SAVE THE DATE
Mark your Calendar for the Quartet 4-Him Concert on December 11th during the 9:00 am Worship service. We look forward to their beautiful voices blending together in praise to our Lord and Savior.
The 4th annual Craft fair will be on November 5th from 10am - 3pm. This is for handcrafted items, jewelry, crochet items, knits, candles, soaps, Christmas wreaths, and Holiday decor. The forms to register your table are available at the back of church. As in the past we will advertise in the Foto News and Facebook, but everyone should spread the news. Contact Heidi Duley at 715-536-9861 with questions and to secure your spot.
We have your sweet tooth covered, the Ladies Aid will have a Bake Sale and also a soup lunch during the Craft Fair. Come and shop, have lunch and get your Christmas shopping taken care of all at one place.
Clauson Family Trio Dinner Concert
November 6, 2016
The Clauson family, Bret (Dad), Cody (Son), and Brittney (Daughter) will entertain us with their musical talents on Sunday November 6th starting with a Catered meal by Bob’s Catering of Bevent at 12:30 pm. The Concert will start at 1:30 pm and be a full concert show of variety music for your listening enjoyment. The tickets are $35.00 per person. No tickets will be sold at the door.
CHRISTMAS CHILDREN’’S PROGRAM
Changes this year! The Sunday School Children’s program will be Sunday December 18th in the evening. Because Christmas eve is on Saturday and Christmas Day is the next Sunday the Sunday School Superintendent has announced the schedule change. All parents that want their children in the program must bring them to Sunday School in November, or call Heather Olivotti and let her know child and age for program purposes as soon as possible. Also looking for adults to help with the program.
Christmas Decorations in Church
The first Sunday in Advent is November 27th. The Church Council voted to have up the “Tree of Love” and hopefully the Church and Fellowship Hall decorated on November 26th. We need your help to put up the trees, decorate and set up Advent wreath on Saturday evening. It is a big job and many hands will make the work go quickly. Come after deer hunting and decorate and share hunting stories.
Pray for our Country day. November 6, 2016 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and PRAY, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from HEAVEN, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Annual Fall Harvest Festival and Dinner
Sunday November 13, 2016 all are invited to join the members of Luther Memorial Church Gleason, for their annual Harvest dinner in the fellowship hall. Serving from 11 am to 2 pm. All you can eat Dine in is $9.75 for adult, child 6 to 10 is $3.00, 5 and under eat FREE. You can “Never Leave Your car DRIVE-THRU $11.00” or U create Carry-out $11.00. Menu includes: Roast Turkey, Baked Ham, Dressing, Potatoes, Corn, Squash, Gravy, Dinner Roll, Apple or Pumpkin Pie, plus variety of salads and desserts. For more information or deliveries, please call Tammy @ 715-218-2875. Advanced Tickets Available for Drive Thru or U Create Carry Out Only.
Church Service is at 9:30 am Everyone Welcome
Quarterly Voters Meeting Report
The 3rd quarter Voters meeting was held on October 16, 2016 at 10:00 am. Officers were elected to take care of the running of the Church for the next year(s) as follows: Chairman: Mark Duley, Vice Chairman: Mike Wanie, Secretary: Heidi Duley, Treasurer: Kathy Schiefelbein, Financial Secretary: Lois Oestreich, Board of Elders: Dale Erickson, Joe Schiefelbein, Brian Brendemuehl, Board of Trustees: Dave Schulz, Steve Duley, Dave Duley, Board of Finance: Beth Wyma, Marilyn Evenson, Carol Wyma, Board of Education: Melissa Wanie, Krystal Brendemuehl, Jeanne Schubring. Cemetery Committee: Jeff Zahn for 6 years, Jody Grawien for 4 years, Carl Uttech.
Budget for 2017 of $64,662.00 was approved. If you have any questions on the budget please speak to Kathy Schiefelbein to get a copy or need explanation of. As the end of September 2016 we are running short $4,101.18 for the year to date, this means bills do not get paid on time causing more debit with late charges.
If you are able to help and put more into your giving and get St. Paul’s back to running even.
Changes in 2017 Offering Envelopes
We will have New Offering Envelopes for 2017. You will not be issued a box of envelopes as you have received in the past. Those boxes of numbered and dated envelopes cost about $4.00 per box. We have spent much time and have found a system of envelopes that we will be issuing to each family or individual the first part of December. You will receive a 3x5 card with your name and envelope number on- that you will need to keep and reference for the year. You will receive a packet of envelopes that you will need to put your number on and the date in order to receive credit for your donation record that is given at the end of the year. There is space for your name, but that is not necessary. There are 4 boxes for your giving designations on the envelope, they are “General Fund”, “Missions”, “Building Fund”, “Other”. When using the other please designate what the funds are for, example: In Memory of ___, Benevolent Fund, Special Offering, ect. Why the change? For about ½ the cost of boxes we have printed and have non-dated envelopes we can use for members, guests, and visitors. With your help we can make this work for St. Paul’s Church. Lois Oestreich, Financial Secretary will make a short presentation the first Sunday in December to show and explain how this will work. If you forgot your envelope at home there will be blank envelopes available in the back of Church starting on January 1st, 2017 for your use and a list of names and numbers to reference for your number. Extra envelopes will be available in the back hallway rack. Please help yourself as needed. Thank You for your help making this money saving change.
“Greed says the more you get, the more you have. Christ says the more you give away in Love, the more you are.” Frederick Buechner
November Worship Schedule
November 6 Communion Worship at 9:00 am
November 13 Worship Service with Guest Pastor Bill Volm at 9:00 am
November 20 Communion Worship at 9:00 am
November 27 Contemporary Worship Service at 9:00 am
Saturday Worship services at Luther Memorial in Gleason at 6:00 pm each Saturday, All are welcome.
Daylight Savings Time Ends on November 6th, Turn your clock back one hour when you go to bed on November 5th.