September 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, #9, September, 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

LABOR AND LEARNING

When I started to serve at St. Paul’s, I was impressed with the way the members and friends observed the Labor Day weekend. Everyone was invited to bring something to display on tables in the back of the worship area. There were garden tools and uniforms, medical instruments and kitchen tools. More than I could imagine. No one brought a computer—too large to carry and too valuable to risk I guess. Some might have brought symbols of their vocation before they retired.

What a great idea! It reflects the biblical understanding of work as a gift of God from the very beginning (Genesis 2:15; Psalm 104:23). Of course the thorns and thistles and many frustrations came after the start of God’s good creation. Think of that when you hit a snag, like getting a robot when you hope to speak to a person.

There is such a variety of jobs these days that we would have to add tables at church to hint at all the jobs we do at home and away. At least two members have shared with me how tired they come home

from volunteering at church sometimes.

One job we might overlook is the effort young and old put into learning. How important it is! Many times in the fifteen years of auditing at UWM, I met students who worked to pay for family expenses in addition to the costs for books, lab fees, and tuition, not to mention transportation. Let’s honor them and the school-age children who lug back and forth backpacks with books, laptops, and other school

supplies Don’t forget those who attend trade schools either. How we need them! Keep in mind all workers when we do some outdoor cooking or picnic on Sept. 4th weekend. Give thanks!

Pastor Dale

The Epistle article deadline for September, 2023 is Monday, September 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 hope you and your loved ones are able to enjoy a relaxing and peaceful Labor Day holiday. As we face the often hectic fall, I wanted to take some time to consider our Spiritual Health.

What is Spiritual Health?

We read in Genesis 2:7 that God formed man as he”…breathed into his nostrils the breath of life”. Our real essence consists of our spiritual dimension: that which reflects the ‘breath’ of God. Spirituality is based on a dependence on God, and concerns the relationship with (1) God (2) self (3) others (4) the environment

and (5) our past, present and future. Spiritual health exists when these relationships are in balance and support one another.

How Can I Nourish My Spiritual Health?

Just like our bodies, our spirits need special care and feeding in order to stay healthy. Romans Chapter 12 provides a helpful outline for nourishing our spirituality. First, and most important we need to involve ourselves in a life of worship (12:1). Since we were created in His image, nourishing our relationship with God is the basis of all health and wholeness. Second, we are encouraged to develop a right understanding of ourselves (12:2-3). A healthy sense of self that is consistent with God’s perspective can help us to live a life of peace and joy. Third, we can nourish our relationships with others (12:4-16). Paul uses the symbol of the body to remind us that all of us are important parts of the Body of Christ. Our spirituality is made visible when we live a life that reflects Christ’s love for all people. Fourth, in the world, we can live a life of peacemaking (12:17-21).

We are able to conquer evil with peace as we nourish our spirits and reflect the love of Jesus.

How is Your Spiritual Health?

Jesus talks about spiritual health with these words, “The Spirit gives life; the flesh

counts for nothing” (John 6:63).

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

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

FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN MEAL PACK – 11 AM – 1:00 PM, SATURDAY OCTOBER 7TH. We are pre-registered for a group of 10 volunteers.  There are  sign up sheets on the back table.  Any questions, call me – Audrey,  920-994-8059.  Thank you!!

PASTOR ELIZABETH will be on vacation from August 31st-September 10th. For pastoral emergencies, please contact Pastor Dale or Sandi Wulff.

RALLY DAY will be September 10th.  Please join us in a potluck meal immediately following worship, then a short Sunday school class for the kids and some fun upstairs for the adults.

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!         

FALL SERVICE PROJECT For the next 5-6 weeks, we will begin a fall service project.  We will be collecting items to put together school kits to send to LWR.  Please consider donating some of the following supplies:

70-sheet notebooks (college or wide ruled)

30 cm rulers (or rulers with inches on one side and centimeters on the other)

Pencil sharpeners

Blunt scissors

Unsharpened #2 pencils

Black or blue ballpoint pens

16 or 24 count crayons

2.5” erasers

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.

RANDOM LAKE FALL FEST We will again be hosting a booth at the Random Lake Chamber of Commerce Fall Fest on Saturday, September 30th, 11am-4pm.  We will be offering assorted snack mixes for a donation and free craft projects for kids.  Anyone willing to make some snack mix or have any other ideas, please see Sandi.  This event is not meant to be a major fundraiser for the church.  Just a small way to keep our name out in the community.

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. 

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”.

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.