Spring Membership Class
Pastor Greg is planning to have a one day Membership Class this Spring. If you are interested please contact Pastor during office hours on Monday 9 to Noon, by phone @ 715-350-9741, or in person before any church service. The date has not been set yet, so talk to Pastor as soon as possible to find a date that works for you.
Lenten Sermon Series
“Look Up” Based upon Psalm 121, “I look up towards the mountains. Where can I find help?” Each sermon will focus upon a Biblical mountain and a key word or phrase from Scripture about that mountain. This will include both Sunday sermons and Wednesday Lenten sermons each week. Save the Date for Holy Week services starting with Palm Sunday on March 25th with Confirmation, Maundy Thursday- March 29- 5:30 pm with Holy Communion, Good Friday-March 30- 5:30 pm, Easter Sunrise Worship at 6:30 am with Lay Minister Bob Schneider, Easter Late Service at 9:00 am with Pastor Greg on April 1st.
Every Member Visit
The Elders and Pastor Greg are planning “Every Member Visit” starting in February to communicate the state of the congregation, plans for the future, and how can we better serve. A series of one hour meetings will be held at Church on February 6th & 7th as follows: February 6-2:00 pm, February 6-6:00 pm, February 7-10 am,
and February 7-7:00 pm. Those who do not attend one of these meetings will be visited by Elders at their home.
Lent worship services start on February 14th with Church service at 5:30 pm. The Ladies Aid is again organizing soup suppers for all to have a light supper and fellowship after the service. Please join us. If you would like to help provide food for any particular Wednesday supper, there is a sign-up sheet in the back of Church. The suppers will be served from February 14 through March 21st. Soup Suppers are not served during Holy Week. Everyone is invited to attend the worship services and stay for the supper.
I pause in my busyness and move outside my own concerns to worship you and receive whatever you have for me, dear Lord. FREE Devotion books in the back of Church
Lenten Sermon Series
Pastor Greg will have a thirteen part Sermon Series on the weekends and mid-week services called “Look Up”. It will be based upon Psalm 121: “I look up to the mountains. Where can I find help?” Each Sermon will focus upon one of the Biblical mountains and a key word or phrase from Scripture about that mountain.
Letter from Our Student in Seminary at St. Louis
The ground is definitely covered in snow and the temperatures finally decided to drop. We had a surprisingly long fall season! There were a few days this December that reached into the mid or even high 60’s! But winter seems to have finally caught up!
The semester finished up! I have really been pushed this last semester – especially by the teaching class and the preaching class that I had. They were by far my favorite classes, but they were also very challenging. Part of the challenge was that they actually forced you to do some things, rather than just talk about it. For example, we had to actually teach a Bible study lesson to our classmates, who all pretended to be whatever group we wanted (everything from Kindergarteners to Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study). We also, as you may have guessed, had to also preach to our classmates.
Both of these experiences were really challenging. Like doing anything else, the first few times are the most difficult. They take a lot of effort and time. It is truly like learning to ride a bike. You fall down a lot and even cry a lot. You get on a little roll and you just don’t want to stop- laughing and smiling the whole way. It takes a lot of determination and effort, and a lot of guts to just keep at it. More than anything, it takes a loving Savior who stands next to you and invites you along for the ride. It takes a God who never leaves you or forsakes you.
As difficult as writing and preaching sermons are at this point, or as challenging as teaching a Bible study can be, I’m comforted knowing that I’m not doing it alone. I’m comforted knowing that God can and will use anything he wishes to bring faith in Christ Jesus. I know that he will use me and every imperfect sermon or Bible study.
Like learning to ride a bike, there are a lot of struggles, but there is also a lot of joy. I am very much enjoy studying Scripture as I prepare a sermon. Just the few sermons I have written have brought a knew and deep appreciation of Scripture. With some of the new tools that the seminary has provided, such as a new computer program called Logos, we now have the ability to find connections we never would have made otherwise. Suddenly a verse from 1Thessalonians connects with another verse from Isaiah, which brings greater understanding of what you are actually reading. All in all, the semester was a very good and yet also very challenging. It pushed me in a whole new way. I delivered my sermon and taught my lesson, and both seemed to go alright!
Now it is Christmas, and I am enjoying visiting with friends and family. I took a trip, as usual, to see my best friend from undergrad in Minneapolis. The last few days have been filled up with family time. All three brothers came home for a few days, so we have feasted on home-made food and enjoyed hours and hours of board games. Last night we played Ticket to Ride – apparently the newest hit game in Dykstra family. It turned out to be a rather competitive time!
Soon the break will end. With the change from quarters to semesters, we actually have more time off in the winter. However, I’m going to be preaching at my home congregation at the end of January. So by the end of this week I hope to start working on that sermon. I figure that it will take me about a week or week and a half to finish. I also will be taking a winter “J-term” class for a week. They are offering it online, which is nice because I would have had to drive down to Saint Louis and then back home, all for a four day class. So, things will be busy again pretty soon!
As I finish up this letter, I just want to offer just a short reflection. My family and I went to the Christmas Eve candlelight service. Unfortunately, there was a mix up of some sort and there were no candles. Instead they handed out glow sticks – which are usually handed out to just the small children instead of candles. Of course, it was a little disappointing, but it managed to shift my attention in the service. See, normally at the end of the service the candles are lit as we sing Silent Night. The church lights, which are normally dimmed, are turned entirely off. And if you’re like me, you find yourself just looking around at all the people holding their candle. But the lack of candles actually shifted my attention. My eyes did not wander around at everyone else holding candles. My eyes were captivated by the brightest and last remaining light as the rest of the church lights dimmed. This light shone behind the crucifix. The brightest light came from behind the Light on the cross.
Suddenly that Christmas Eve had a whole new meaning for me. We celebrate the birth of Jesus, the light of the World, this Christmas. But we are reminded that this light was not only born. This Light took upon his shoulders all of your sin and my sin. This Light performed miracles and loved even the most unlovable. This Light was tempted and tried. This Light lived, died, and rose again. And this Light never stopped being the Light. That same shining Light who was born some 200 years ago was the same light that shone from the cross. We have an amazing God who loves us more than we can ever imagine, who brings light to the darkness.
I hope and pray, again, that you have had a wonderful Christmas season. As always, Thank You so much for your support. You truly do Jesus’s work!
Sincerely, Kevin Dykstra
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Sunday February 25th 6:30 pm
The Grand Theater
401 Fourth St.
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Cost $14.00 per person
Box office: 715-842-0988
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Church League Softball Teams Forming
It is time to sign up for Softball teams, Please sign up on the sheet on the back table in church before March or contact Amanda Sabatke to express your interest in being part of the Team. Paper work needs to be turned in the first part of March stating the players and team name. We have had two teams for several years, so sign up now!
Have you changed your phone number, or address? Please send any and all changes to email@example.com so we can keep the membership list up to date. It is very hard to get in touch with you when the phone number we have in the church records is no longer in use or just plain disconnected. Have you moved? We cannot send you newsletters or other information if we don’t have the correct address. It is very discouraging to get the newsletter back at Church because the post office can’t deliver to you at the address we have.
10 biblical ways to love
1. Listen without interrupting. “To answer before listening — that is folly and shame” (Proverbs 18:13).
2. Speak without accusing. “Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (James 1:19).
3. Give without selfishness. “The righteous give without sparing” (Proverbs 21:26).
4. Pray without ceasing. “We have not stopped praying for you” (Colossians 1:9).
5. Answer without arguing. “Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife” (Proverbs 17:1).
6. Share without pretending. “Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of … Christ” (Ephesians 4:15).
7. Enjoy without complaining. “Do everything without grumbling or arguing” (Philippians 2:14).
8. Trust without wavering. “[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13:7).
9. Forgive without punishing. “Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13).
10. Promise without forgetting. “A longing fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12).
—From various websites; all Scriptures NIV
FEBRUARY WORSHIP SCHEDULE
February 4 Communion Worship Service at 9:00 am
February 11 Worship Service at 9:00 am Showing of 125th Anniversary Skit after service.
February 14 Ash Wednesday Worship at 5:30 pm
February 18 Communion Worship Service at 9:00 am
February 21 Mid-week Lenten Service at 5:30 pm
February 25 Contemporary Worship Service at 9:00 am
February 28 Mid-week Lenten Service at 5:30 pm
Saturday evening worship services are offered at Luther Memorial-Gleason at 6 pm. All are welcome to Worship Services at St. Paul's 9:00 am or at Luther Memorial -Gleason (10:30 am)on Sundays.