October 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, #10, October, 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

My major in college was English literature, and in my freshman year I grew to love the poetry of
Gerard Manley Hopkins. He was a 19 th century Jesuit priest, whose posthumous fame places him
among leading English poets. His prosody – notably his concept of sprung rhythm – established him
as an innovator, as did his praise of God through vivid use of imagery and nature. Here is one of my
favorites of his work which still has power and relevance today. 
God’s Grandeur 

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil; 
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil 
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod? 
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod; 
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;  
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil 
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod. 
And for all this, nature is never spent; 
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things; 
And though the last lights off the black West went 
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs — 
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent 
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings. 
Even then, humanity was all too quick to use up the gifts and the resources of God’s creation rather
than preserve it and steward it for future generations. “It will flame out, like shining from shook foil.”
And still we continue to take it all for granted. 
Can we count on God to protect the world as we know it? “And for all this, nature is never spent.” Or
does God call us to partner with Him as caretakers? I believe that we are called to have a part in the
tending of this amazing gift of the earth in all God’s grandeur. Indeed, if we don’t claim our
responsibility soon, could there be a point of no return?  
Recently, I went on a wonderful trip with my family—John, our three adult kids and significant others.
We had the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Monument
Valley, Horseshoe Bend and Antelope slot Canyon. My faith in God is confirmed and enriched when I
experience such places. I can’t help being reminded of how important to take care of the natural
spaces and places that are growing ever more rare.  

Take time to appreciate God’s gift of nature whenever the opportunity arises. More importantly, seek
out ways that you can assist in preserving it as the stewards and caretakers God has called you to
be.  
In Christ, 
Pastor Elizabeth      

The Epistle article deadline for November, 2023 is Monday, October 23 rd at Noon.

Sunday Bulletin article deadline is every Monday at Noon.
FROM YOUR PARISH NURSE – Nancy Eberhardt

Dear Friends of St. Paul’s Lutheran,
Greetings in the Name of our loving Physician, Jesus Christ! This month we reflect on the blessings
of Wholistic Health, as we celebrate the festival of St. Luke the Evangelist and Physician on October
18 th .
Wholistic health refers to a process of wholeness that exists when there is balance among the
different dimensions (physical, emotional, spiritual, social, vocational, and environmental) of our life.
This wholeness is only possible when we focus on our relationship with Christ. The spiritual
dimension is our essence.
Dimensions of Wholistic Health
Physical (see I Corinthians 6:19)
This refers to how we care for our body. It can include such things as, (1) exercise (2) stress
management (3) nutrition, and (4) use of the health care system.
Emotional (see II Corinthians 4:8,9)
This refers to an understanding and acceptance of our feelings. It includes our (1) self-concept (2)
ability to cope with life struggles, and (3) ability to manage our feelings and behaviors.
Spiritual (see I Titus 4:8)
This refers to finding meaning and purpose in our lives. It is based on a personal relationship with
God.
Social (see Matthew 18:20)
This refers to the nurturing of our relationship with others. It reflects interdependence with family and
friends.
Vocational (see Colossians 3:23)
This refers to our work efforts as they are directed towards personal satisfaction and service to
others.
Environmental (see Psalms 8:4a, 6)
This refers to our relationship with, and care for our neighborhood, town, state, country, planet, and
universe.

“You alone can be well, but you can’t be well alone,” states Dr. Donald Tubesing. It is a blessing that
we can make many changes in our lifestyles which really can improve the quality and quantity of our
lives. May the Lord help us to value the gift of life He has blessed us with.
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), Sue Portschy, Don Brock
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

OLL HAM DINNER Our Lady of the Lakes will be holding their annual ham dinner and fall festival
today, October 1 st from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Dine in, drive through or take out options are available.
FALL CHRISTIAN WORKSHOP The Random Lake Ecumenical Group invites you to the Fall
Christian Education Workshop, “Scripture and the Eucharist” on October 5 th and 19 th from 7-8:30 pm
in the OLL Community Room. Our presenter is Dr. Daniel Scholz, Ph. D., former president of Cardinal
Stritch University. Desserts and beverages will be provided.
ZION UMC PORK CHOP DINNER Zion United Methodist Church in Batavia will be hosting their
annual pork chop dinner on Thursday, October 5 th from 4:30-7:00 PM. The event is drive-through or
dine in, and includes pork chop, potato, veggies, apple sauce, bun and dessert for just $16! Zion
UMC is located at N1667 State Hwy 28, Batavia.
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.
A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM An exciting new holiday event is coming to our community Friday,
December 1 st ! 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”.
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.
CHOIR Additional voices are always welcome.  Join us at our rehearsals before the worship service,
in the lounge.
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!