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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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August Worship Schedule
August 4: Communion Worship Service @ 9:00 am
August 11: Worship Service @ 9:00am
August 18: Communion Worship Service @ 9:00 am
August 25 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.
August Usher Schedule
August 4: Jerry Hackbarth, Dave Schulz, Dale Erickson
August 11: Mark & Kyle Duley
August 18: Ron Beyer, Nathan Meyer, Keith Duley
August 25: Jack & Otis Grawien
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.
Brat Fry Benefit: The Event committee is planning a benefit brat fry for Madi Degner on August 25 after church.
Madi has been diagnoses with doose syndrome and has inquired several medical bills and Tara Gryskiwiecz has
lost several hours of work traveling for doctor appointments for Madi. We are looking for silent auction items and will
be asking the congregation for salads and desserts. Please help disburse the posters from the back table to area
businesses. Also a sign-up sheet for raffle baskets/donations is on the table in the Narthex.
Fill the Gazebo number 7: Fill the Gazebo is a community wide food drive to benefit Merrill’s three food pantries
and the Food for Kids Program. This year’s Big fill will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019 @ 9:00a.m until noon
at the gazebo in Normal Park. Rain site: Merrill Festival grounds: Items to bring include nonperishable foods items,
personal care items and monetary donations. Please remember to note the expiration date on items brought.
Checks may be made out to the Merrill Food pantry.
Welcome to Trinity Lutheran Church- Merrill: Pastor Adam & Kyla Rodriguez, Carson & Madison. Ordination
and Installation will be Sunday July 28 @ 4:30 pm with a meal to follow
Mash Blood Drive: Merrill Expo and Enrichment Center 303 N Sales Street Merrill Tursday, August 1 8am – 5 pm
FREE T-shirt, FREE lunch and refreshments, Enter to win one of two $1,000.00 gift cards to The American Club at
the The Koehler Resort or Lodge Kohler in Green Bay
Brats for the Brave: July 31 5pm – 7 pm Sawmill Brewing Co, 1110 E 10th St, Merrill – Free Will Donation “Food-
Live Music – Yard Games
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
Sunday School Teachers Needed: Please contact Heather Olivotti if you are able to teach, sub,or aid this year.
Sunday School Superintendant: the Board of Education and council are looking for someone to accept the
position of superintendant. Qualifications for this position include being in good faith with the Lord, detailed
orientated, faithful to our youth and calm in nature. If you are interested in this position, please contact Jeanne
Schubring 715-921-0301 or Joe Schiefelbein. The Board of Ed is also looking for someone to do cradle roll.
Parable of the Mailbox
The kingdom of heaven is like a mailbox. A mailbox stands like a quiet sentinel along the road near a family’s driveway. Many messages have come to the family by way of that mailbox. Sometimes it is a holiday greeting or a very personal message. Sometimes it is a statement of what is owed to a business in the community. The mailbox is then used to respond. Nearly every day someone in the family has an important letter that is placed within the mailbox. The letter has been carefully addressed and the proper postage is secured to the envelope. A flag on the side of the mailbox is raised so that when the postal carrier comes down the road, a stop will be made for sure at that mailbox and the letter will be on its way to the planned destination. Sometimes the mail is picked up in the morning and sometimes it does not happen until later in the afternoon. Occasionally, someone from the family will look out the window to see if the mail carrier has gone through yet. Even when the weather is unpredictable, the mail will still be picked up. But there is no need to worry about the timing with the flag raised.
Our eternal souls have been prepared as we receive the Word of God. Some of the letters in the Bible tell us about God’s commandments and also that we deserve to be punished for breaking those commandments. But there are many letters in God’s word that spell out His love for us. We receive those messages with great joy just like a child rejoices in receiving birthday cards. God is looking for us to respond to His love by loving Him and by loving our neighbor. Our response is called faith and it waits for the day when we are picked up by God’s angels to go to heaven. Our souls have been properly addressed and the postage is fully paid by Jesus. Just like that flag on the mailbox says that there is mail to be picked up, our faith is an announcement to God that we are always ready no matter when it is time for us to go.