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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January Worship Schedule
February 2: Communion Worship Service @ 9:00 am
February 9: Worship Service @ 9:00am
February 16: Communion Worship Service @ 9:00 am
February 23: Contemporary Worship Service @ 9:00 am
February 26: Ash Wednesday Communion Service 5:30 pm
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.
December Usher Schedule
February 2: John Uttech, Nathan Meyer, Keith Duley
February 9: Andy Moser Family
February 16: Jerry hackbarth, Ashley Dornstreich, Don Voight
February 23: Jeff Zahn, Shannon (Otis) Grawien
February 26: Dale 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.
Events Upcoming & News
Dart Ball: Played on Monday nights @ 7:00 pm. Dartball banquet at St. Paul’s February 24 @ 6pm Come join the fun and fellowship. Schedules can be picked up in the Narthex of the church or by contacting Dale Erickson.
Sunday School: Meets immediately following church in the Sunday School Building. All children are welcome. We have song time, Story time, Craft time, and a snack each week. We will also be working on our next song to be sung in church.
Sauerkraut benefit dinner being hosted by the Ladies Aid and served from 11 – 1 for the benefit of February 12th at in the fellowship hall. This dinner is for the benefit of the Plautz family who lost their home in December and in January lost their mother/wife due to complications from the fire. Cost is Adults - $8.00, Children 6 – 12 - $5.00 and 5 and under - Free
Event Committee/Party on P: Next meeting is February 8 @ 4.00 pm in the fellowship hall. This is an open meeting and all are welcome. Please bring your ideas and willingness to help.
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
Bible Study: right after the service in the Sunday school building. The study is geared toward families which goes along with Pastor’s sermon series on family. The study picked is: Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family by Christian counselor: Michelle Anthony The study is a 10 week study which should take us right into spring. Anyone & or all is welcome to join! We can all relate to family issues, young or old, and this is just a great way to help build our church not only in the small family aspect but in the "Church family" aspect. Like they say "it takes a village to raise a family!". If anyone has any questions they can feel free to reach me 715-536-0036 0r via email @ email@example.com. In Christ - Jennifer Biederman
Bethesda Workday: February 25, 1:00 – 4:00. Please bring a sandwich and something to share with the group. We look forward to our December work day. If you would like to join us talk to Lois Oestreich at 715-536-6965
Scrip: St, Paul’s Scrip program is a wonderful way to not only purchase your cards for daily shopping such as gas, groceries, entertainment and restaurants, but also to purchase gift cards for your family and friends. These cards make great birthday, wedding, anniversary, and just because gifts. When you purchase the scrip card, you purchase the amount on the card which the church purchases for a discounted price. This allows the church to earn the difference to help with expenses that the church incurs. We have many cards in stock but there are many cards that can be special order, such as specialty shops, restaurants, motels and even cruises. Please see our table weekly in the narthex of the church. If you have questions about the program, please contact Lori Giese 715-536-6746 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Softball: Please call Mandy Sabatke 715-722-0086 or place your name of the sheet in the Narthex to sign up for Team. Softball will be starting before you know it.
Parable of the Man in Bib Overalls
It was noon at the department store lunch counter. Nearly every seat was taken when an older man dressed in bib overalls sat down to have a sandwich and a cup of coffee. Some of the customers began to complain that he was rather dirty and smelled of animals and hay. Some laughed at the man. A woman was seated also at the lunch counter with her two children. Her son asked her why the people were laughing at the man. She was well aware of the demeaning comments.
She decided to answer her child’s question in a voice loud enough for those who mocked the man to hear.
“What do we know about the man in the bib overalls? He sometimes smells like a barn because he woke at 4 AM while you were sleeping, milking the cows so you could have your cheese, ice cream, and milk. His hands sometimes have slivers from handling rough logs in the woods and also the framing materials so houses could be built. While wearing his bib overalls he often stood on rooftops in the cold or in summer’s heat to finish the shingles so someone’s home would be dry. He is the one with oil and grease under his fingers because he repaired someone’s car and changed the oil. When the man in the bib overalls gets home, he is the one who proudly bounces his children on his knees and tells them stories, and has the joy to later do the same with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. The man in the bib overalls teaches his offspring how to swing an ax, to use a shovel, to shoot a gun, to reel in a fish. He is the one who faithfully pays his taxes so you would have good schools and we could have smooth roads. Did you notice before he ate his sandwich he is the one who brought his dirty hands together in prayer? He is the one who helps with repairs at church so that God will be glorified. He is the one who knows how to say simple things like, “I love you” and “I forgive you”. Your grandfather wore bib overalls every day of his life and he was loved by all of us just like he was loved by Jesus.”
Those who had been mocking the man in the bib overalls, bowed their heads in shame. The man in the bib overalls nodded to the woman in appreciation for her kind words.