December Epistle

The Epistle

Newsletter of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Random Lake, WI ELCA

705 Grand Avenue, Random Lake, WI   53075

Volume XLVI, #12, December, 2023

Church Phone: (920) 994-4043                                                                       

Website:  www.stpaulsrandomlake.com                        email:   stpaulsrandomlakewi@gmail.com

Pastor Elizabeth Jaeger (920) 331-0874                         Pastor Dale Erickson (262) 376-0037

Email: jandejaeger2@gmail.com                                      Email:  daerickson29@gmail.com          

Pastor’s Article

Hebrews 1:1-4 “Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.” 

We come now to the time of year when angels are a common topic of Scripture and song. While many folks tend to visualize angels in a certain way with halos, harps and wings, the Bible does not always depict them this way. While many descriptions of angels in the Bible such as seraphim and cherubim may be off-putting if not downright frightening, often those who came for earthly errands came in easily relatable human form. Indeed, both the Hebrew and the Greek word for “angel” means “messenger.” 

In Hebrews 1, the writer’s intention was to point out how much superior Jesus is to the angels by citing various prophetic words of the Old Testament. These lower beings are to serve as messengers of the goodness of salvation in Jesus. 

So, you too can serve as God’s angel in the literal sense as a messenger, joining the “Angels We Have Heard on High” in continuing the mission of spreading the good news of great joy for all the people. It’s the season to sing out (or speak out) about the birth of God’s love into the world through Jesus Christ the Son! 

In the words of Charles Wesley: 

Hark! the herald angels sing, 
“Glory to the newborn King: 
peace on earth, and mercy mild, 
God and sinners reconciled!” 
Joyful, all ye nations, rise, 
join the triumph of the skies; 
with th’angelic hosts proclaim, 
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!” 
 

Refrain: 
Hark! the herald angels sing, 
“Glory to the newborn King” 

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! 
Hail the Sun of Righteousness! 
Light and life to all he brings, 
risen with healing in his wings. 
Mild he lays his glory by, 
born that we no more may die, 
born to raise us from the earth, 
born to give us second birth. [Refrain] 

Merry Christmas! 

Pastor Elizabeth 

The Epistle article deadline for January, 2024 is Monday, December 25th at Noon.

Sunday Bulletin article deadline is every Monday at Noon.

FROM YOUR PARISH NURSE – Nancy Eberhardt

Dear Friends of St. Paul’s Lutheran,

I pray that you and your loved ones enjoy all the peace, joy and wholeness that is Christmas!  As we reflect on God’s great gift to us, I am aware of many gifts we can give ourselves.  We can give ourselves the gifts of time to worship and meditate on the Incarnation (God became flesh, that God assumed a human nature and became a man in the form of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the second person of the Trinity), forgiveness, and healthy lifestyles.  This month I would like to share some thoughts on another gift, giving ourselves the Gift of Humor.

“A Cheerful Heart is Good Medicine….(Proverbs 17:22)

Since the beginning of time, man has enjoyed God’s gift of humor, but it is only recently, that much has been written on the healing effects of laughter.  It seems we’ve enjoyed laughing much longer than we’ve understood its value!

What is the relationship between humor and healing?

Humor is indeed a very powerful medicine for all that we suffer from! Norman Cousins in his book, Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient described how his recovery from a serious degenerative disease was made possible by self-prescribed laughter.  Among the positive, healing effects of laughter are:

  • It activates healing chemicals (endorphins) within the body
  • It has an anesthetic (pain-killing) effect
  • It serves as a release of built up tension
  • It enhances our will to live and fight (we are not victimized by situations which we can laugh at)
  • It is an internal aerobic work-out

May the Lord bless all of us with a glad heart and you enjoy your Christmas season.

Prayers from the people for the people.

We pray especially for…

Joanne Hafemann, Pastor Dale Erickson, John Knuth (Lorna’s cousin), Barb Torrison, Hope Wulff (Lorna’s daughter-in-law), Don Brock, Romy Ayers (Beth Manian’s daughter)

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:

Derek Kumrow

ST PAUL’S LUTHERAN CHURCH

ANNUAL HOLIDAY COOKIE WALK

Saturday, December 9th

10 am – 11:30 am

Let us help you with your holiday baking!

Over 50 varieties of cookies

$10 per pound

POINSETTIA ORDERS Please consider helping to beautify our sanctuary for Christmas. Orders are being taken now through Sunday, December 3rd. Order forms are located on the back table.

TREE DECORATING  will take place after worship on December 3rd.

FUN BINGO RETURNS Bingo for seniors has returned! The group meets from 9:30-10:30 each Tuesday here at St. Paul’s. Join them for a different theme and different games each week, with desserts and coffee. There is no charge to play. If you would like to participate, please call Pastor Marilyn Borchardt at (920) 994-2168 or email her at maratrandom@gmail.com.

QUILTING will be held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays this month due to scheduling conflicts. The dates are December 14th and 28th.

A NOTE FROM YOUR PRESIDENT, 

It is once again that time of year when we begin looking for members to serve on the church council. Serving on the council is an excellent opportunity to serve and drive the direction of our congregation.  As you look around the pews, you will notice that we don’t have an overabundance of members.  I ask that if you are tapped on the shoulder and asked to give of yourself by serving, you prayerfully consider accepting. No one is too old, and if you are over 18 or confirmed, you are not too young.  Everyone has lots to do outside of church, but what a wonderful way to help this congregation grow and thrive by giving of yourself.  Council meets the 1st Tuesday of every month for about 1 and 1/2 hours, and we ask that you usher 2 months out of the year. That’s it. Nothing too hard, right? Please consider accepting the call to help St. Paul’s continue to serve this community and show our love and faith to those we encounter. This year, we are in need of 2 people to accept a 3-year term, and 1 person to accept a 1-year term. –Sandi Wulff

THANK YOU to Ken and Marilyn Borchardt for their donation of their Nativity collection from around the world and curio cabinet.  It will remain on display in the chapel area.

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. 

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated on the first Sunday and third Sundays of the month.  Wafers and wine are in disposable cups.

SERMON NOTES If you have missed a Sunday and would like to have a copy of the current or previous sermon, see Sandi Wulff.

READER SIGNUP Please consider signing up to read the lessons. There are copies next to the sign up sheet for you to review before that day. It’s nice to hear different people spread the Good News! 

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. Visitors will follow in Mary and Joseph’s footsteps as they register for the census and walk through Bethlehem, then find the shepherds and visit the stable where Jesus lay. 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”.  The event will run from 4-8 PM.

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.