Newsletter of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Random Lake, WI ELCA
705 Grand Avenue, Random Lake, WI 53075
Volume XLVI, #8, August, 2023
Church Phone: (920) 994-4043
Pastor Elizabeth Jaeger (920) 331-0874 Pastor Dale Erickson (262) 376-0037
Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience. (v. 12)
Raise your hand (I promise, I can’t see you) if you ever dressed up on top while wearing shorts or sweatpants while attending a meeting online. High fashion went out the window during 2020’s coronavirus pandemic.
The above excerpt from St. Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae refers to a very different kind of attire. Paul called his readers to dress in more spiritual attire—attributes like compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience and above all, love. How do we clothe ourselves in what are essentially character traits? Much like the business wear we present onscreen in online meetings, these godly qualities are what God wants us to display to the world. As children of God, we reveal who we are and whose we are by showing these Spirit-given characteristics in all we do.
This brings to mind a Lady Gaga song from her “Born This Way” album, “Black Jesus + Amen Fashion.” In the song, Gaga proclaims “Jesus is the new black” – a phrase which declares that his ways should always be in fashion like the ever tasteful “little black dress.” To some, it may seem a bit irreverent, but my favorite line gets at the same idea that Paul is talking about in his letter to the Colossians: “Put it on, amen fashion. Celebrate a new compassion. Put it on, amen fashion, style your passion. Put it on, amen fashion. Celebrate, wear out your vision…Jesus is the new black.”
Like a fashion model on the runway, how can you take the godly, loving characteristics, revealed in Jesus and “work it” for the sake of the gospel and for those around you to see that Jesus’ love is always “in fashion”?
Clothed in love,
The Epistle article deadline for September, 2023 is Monday, August 21st at Noon.
Sunday Bulletin article deadline is every Monday at Noon.
FROM YOUR PARISH NURSE – Nancy Eberhardt
Dear Friends of St. Paul’s Lutheran,
Happy American Family Day! It is celebrated on the first Sunday in August. This month, I would like to focus Family Stress and Coping.
Why are families experiencing so much stress today?
Stress in the family is related to many different factors.
First, the roles of men and women have been changing.
Second, many families are caring for both young children and older parents.
Third, many families live apart from all other family members.
Fourth, the busyness of daily life leaves little time or energy to invest in our families.
Fifth, financial concerns continue to be a major cause of family conflict.
How can families ever hope to cope with all these pressures?
There are several positive things Christian families can do to improve their ability to cope with stressors.
First, we can place Jesus as the head of our family (“…we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is Christ”-Ephesians 4:15).
Second, we can pray for the Lord’s guidance for our family, and pray for one another (see Psalms 32:6, I Thessalonians 5:17, James 5:13).
Third, we can trust that our family can handle the pressures, with the help of God. Often, workable solutions are within our grasp!
Fourth, we can develop a realistic plan for resolving our problems, and stick with it.
Fifth, we can seek outside help when we need it. Seeking social support and other outside help is a sign of family strength.
Stress provides our families the opportunity to either grow and become stronger, or to be broken. With the eyes of faith, we can see difficulties as a vehicle which God can use for our good.
Prayers from the people for the people.
We pray especially for…
Candace Snider, Joanne Hafemann, Pastor Dale Erickson, John Knuth (Lorna’s cousin), Pastor Marilyn Borchardt, Barb Torrison, Hope Wulff (Lorna’s daughter-in-law), Sue Portschy
Theresa Wilke, Jim Engel, John Wulff, Alba Torrison, Tim Torrison
those on our prayer list and those we name in our hearts.
We pray for all serving in the military, especially:
COPIES OF THE SERMON will now be available for anyone having a hard time hearing. Check the back table on your way to a pew, or check with Sandi. They will also still be available after service as well.
BIBLE STUDY CONTINUES AT ST. PAUL’S Pastor Dale has begun a study of a new phase in the Book of Acts, as the apostles move out into wider area of mission. Please plan to join in on the Sundays Pastor Dale preaches!c
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated on the first Sunday and third Sundays of the month. Wafers and wine are in disposable cups.
FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN MEAL PACK We have pre-registered for the 8 am-10 am session on Saturday, October 7th for a group of 10 volunteers. Sign up sheets will be on the back table in the next few weeks. We are in need of someone to coordinate this event. Please see Sandi if you are interested in coordinating.
SERMON NOTES If you have missed a Sunday and would like to have a copy of the current or previous sermon, see Sandi Wulff.
A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM An exciting new holiday event is coming to our community Friday, December 1st! A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM is an ecumenical effort with five churches participating, including St. Paul’s. It is family-friendly and appropriate for all ages.
The event will be held at Our Lady of the Lakes in Random Lake and is part of the town’s “Night of
Lights”. You are invited to experience the sights, sounds, smells, and flavors of Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’s birth. You might meet a Roman soldier as you gather to sign the census, as Mary and Joseph did more than 2,000 years ago. See the aged rabbi at the temple, as the elders come to pray and study. The marketplace will reenact the commerce of the day, with a spice tent, baker’s tent, pottery, fabric makers, and a carpenter—and a school will be in session. Watch carefully for the shepherds and wisemen as they search out the Baby Jesus.
St. Paul’s will be running the fabric tent in the marketplace. We are looking for volunteers to work in our tent, be shepherds or town participants, or to help set up and take down. Monetary donations are
welcome to help defray the costs of this free event.
For more information, questions, or to volunteer, please contact Sandi Wulff, 920-838-2246.
From Presiding Bishop Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton,
Living Lutheran, the magazine, will cease its print publication with the November/December 2023 issue. This does not mean, however, that we will stop telling stories of this church when the print magazine ends. Throughout the past several years, LivingLutheran.org has been the magazine’s online platform, and we are excited about the ways in which we can enhance how you are able to experience the stories and lives of Lutherans throughout the ELCA as we transition to a fully online approach.
As many of you probably know, the cost of printing a magazine—including paper, ink and postage prices—has steadily increased, especially during the pandemic, making it difficult to financially support a print edition. Being good stewards of the generous support given to the church is of the upmost importance to our team. While we will no longer print a magazine each month, the sharing and spreading of the good news continues every day.
We are excited about what is ahead for the ministry of Living Lutheran and the future possibilities of reaching even more people about the great work people are doing in God’s name.
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America