May Epistle

The Epistle

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

705 Grand Avenue, Random Lake, WI 53075
Volume XLVII, #5, May, 2024

Church Phone: (920) 994-4043 Pastor Elizabeth Jaeger (920) 331-0874
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Pastor’s Article

Often times in my role as a Hospice Chaplain I have the opportunity to glean wisdom from the
patients I minister to. One of my patients came to an insight that he shared with me.
Throughout his life he felt closest to God when he was serving others—working in the local food
pantry, doing volunteer work, helping out his neighbors. As his illness got worse and he became
weaker and weaker, what bothered him the most was not being able to help people as he always
had. It had always been an important part of his identity.
At one of our recent visits, as he was reflecting on his life, suddenly he recognized that as he had
gotten unable to do things for himself, other people were given the opportunity to help him as he had
helped others. It dawned on him that in doing things for him that he could no longer do for himself,
they were being given the same chance he had to grow closer to God—an ongoing cycle of life!
I couldn’t help but be reminded of the parable Jesus told in Matthew 25, as the Son of Man sits on
God’s throne in heaven separating the nations as a shepherd separates sheep from goats. The Lord
says to the sheep, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom
prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed
clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to
visit me.’ When the sheep wonder, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and
give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes
and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The Lord replies, ‘Truly I
tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Whenever we help one another it is as if we are helping Jesus. That is how we are able to grow
closer to God. That is an ongoing cycle that continues until we finally will be gathered together in the
Kingdom of heaven. Whenever you are able—give someone else a hand—feed, clothe, house, visit
those who are in need. Then when you are feeling down, weak, troubled, needy, remember that when
others give of themselves to help you, they are given an opportunity to become closer to God. So we
are able to be a blessing to others when we are feeling the most blessed and even when we are the
least of these.
See you in church,
Pastor Elizabeth

The Epistle article deadline for June, 2024 is Monday, May 20 th at Noon.
Sunday Bulletin article deadline is every Monday at Noon.


Dear Friends of St. Paul’s Lutheran,
Greetings! I hope all of you experienced a Blessed Easter, and the confidence and joy of the
Resurrection continues to be a blessing to you every day. As we approach this month, we are aware
of the beauties of May, as well as our busy schedules associated with confirmations, graduations and
Mother’s Day. In addition, May is recognized as National Blood Pressure Month.
What do my Blood Pressure numbers really mean?
Blood pressure is reported in two numbers such as 120/80. The top number (systolic blood pressure)
refers to the pressure caused by the beating of the heart and exerted on the walls of the arteries. The
lower number (diastolic blood pressure) refers to the pressure that continues in the arteries when the
heart is resting. Normal blood pressure ranges from 100/60 to 140/90 for adults.
What is high Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure (hypertension) is a continuing elevated blood pressure greater than 140/90.
I have high Blood Pressure, so what now? High blood pressure can be controlled in most cases with
a variety of medicines and lifestyle adjustments. It is important to be confident that the plan you work
out with your Doctor will help you. Among the other things you can do for your blood pressure are (1)
lose weight if you are overweight, (2) reduce your intake of salt, (3) stop smoking, (4) follow a planned
regular exercise program (after talking with your Doctor), and (5) use relaxation and stress
management strategies. High blood pressure can be a dangerous disease because there are no clear
symptoms associated with it, and it can lead to heart disease, stroke and kidney problems.
Remember, have frequent blood pressure checks, try to leave your problems at
the cross, and live our days hand-in-hand with Christ.

Prayers from the people for the people.
We pray especially for…

Joanne Hafemann, John Knuth, Barb Torrison, Hope Wulff, Don Brock, Dwight Jaeger (John’s

uncle), Darrell Wilke, Candace Snider, Audrey Crowell, Daniel Wulff

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

BINGO RETURNS Bingo will be returning this month. Plan on a Spring Fling on two Tuesdays in May

  • May 7 th and 21 st  @ 9:30 a.m. 
    ASCENSION DAY is May 9 th . There will be a 6:30 PM Evening Service at the Heritage Hill 
    Cemetery. “He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father”  says the
    apostles’ Creed.  Jesus left his disciples with a commission, a blessing and a promise of the Holy
    Spirit.    We can learn how that relates to us in our lives.    Weather permitting at the cemetery, if not it
    will be at church. Please bring a chair to sit on.
    Hi Friends at St. Paul’s!

May 11 is “Tab Toss Day”!!  All the tabs that you have been saving will be taken by me, and on that
date will be “tossed” in with other tabs all for the good of the Ronald McDonald House.  The
sponsor this year is Winter Services of West Allis.  They will match whatever amount is raised by the
weight of everyone’s tab — the price of aluminum — and that means that the donation amount will be
DOUBLE what it ordinarily would be!   
That is why we are saving those tabs from aluminum cans!  So bring any more collections you have
at home, ask your friends if they have any to give, and add them to what we have at the back of
church.  I will take pictures of what we donate, and will be sure to get statistics to report to you after
this exciting event! Also, if you want more information on this, just Google search:  Tab Toss Day,
Ronald McDonald House, or Winter Services of West Allis.
Thank you!   Mary Barker
THANK YOU to Art Schoenemann for fixing the broken cabinet hinges in the office. We so appreciate
your handyman skills!
THANK YOU to John Wulff for handcrafting the spear that was used for our Lenten service.
THANK YOU to Pastor Elizabeth for selecting the Silent Witnesses program for the Lenten services!
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
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!