St. Paul Epistle
  Parish Newsletter – St. Paul Lutheran Church
 September 2002  - Pastor Don Becker

News and Notes on St. Paul Members & Friends

Recent Baptisms – New members of the Body of Christ at St. Paul . . . 

   ++   Abigail Jean Rehtus, born June 4, 02,  infant daughter of Todd and Becky Rehtus, received into the family of God’s grace through Holy Baptism on Sunday, August 4, 02
 Ben and Tammy Rehtus serving as Christian sponsors and God-parents.

    ++   Melody Ann Mabel Wempen, born April 8, 02, infant daughter of Rex and April Wempen, received into the family of God’s grace through Holy Baptism on Sunday, August 11, 02.
Tim and Sherry Ross, LaFonna Dallmann, Mark Wempen, Christian sponsors and God-parents

    ++   Grant Brian Sinsel, born May 31, 02, infant son of Brain and Katie Sinsel, received into the family of God’s grace through Holy Baptism on Sunday, Auust 18, 02
John Donley, Luke Donley, Michelle Roethemeyer, Christian sponsors and God-parents

Recent New Born

   ++   Jason and Kaci Bates (blessed with the successful delivery and birth of Braden Bates, born prematurely at the Unversity of Nebraska at Omaha Medical Center, Sat., August 10.  All are doing well.  As of Aug. 26, Braden remains hospitalize with a birth weight of about 3.5 lbs. 

Recent Hospitalizations – Recoveries - Treatments

    ++   Willis Lammers (released from Good Samaritan, Kearney, after receiving another “heart stint”. Doing well.)
    ++   Joy Terrel (left knee surgery at Mary Lanning on Tuesday, Aug. 13, on moderate care floor, room 527)
    ++   Mary Lammers (off-on  treatments for cancer at Good Sam. in Kearney)

Recent Funerals    Our Heartfelt condolences go out to -- -- 

    ++  Louella Albers and her family  (husband, Wilferd, died July 25, funeral at St. Paul, July 29)
   ++  Bernice Danielson and her family (husband, Kenneth, died Aug. 4, funeral at St. Paul, Aug. 7)
    ++  Marie Duering and Leroy Johnson  (sister, Johanna, 92 and former neighbor to Leroy, died  Aug. 18, GSV)

Wedding – New York

    ++ Congratulations to Debra Sue Meisenback (Harry and MarySue Schmidt) and Russell John Girardi will be joined in marriage in a wedding service at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Poughkeepsie, New York, on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 4 o’clock in the afternoon.  (address: 39 Marion Ave, Wappingers Falls, N.Y. 12590) 

Special Anniversaries for St. Paul couples in September married 30 plus years   - - 

      ++  Jerry  and Geraldine Stirtz – celebrate their 48th  – Sept. 1
    ++   Ivan and Ethel Larsen  - celebrate their 47th – Sept.  4
      ++  Erwin and Evon Groothuis  – celebrate their 42nd  – Sept. 11
      ++  Jim and Jane Kuehn  – celebrate their 30th  Sept. 24

Old Altar Furniture – New Home

     ++  The Rev. Frederick Davison, pastor o fZion Lutheran Church, Kokomo, Indiana, a small 130 year old LCMS congregation of about 40 members in Kokomo, arrived in Minden recently to take the old altar, pulpit, and lectern back to Kokomo for use in their church that they might conduct worship services in the basement of their church.  Our thanks to the men of St. Paul who helped Pastor Davison load his pickup and trailer   for the trip back.

Congratulations ---

      ++  Carrie Jameson   (Joyce Jameson & Gary Jameson) who received her Masters Degree in Occupational therapy at the Arizona School of health Science, August3rd.   After some time back in Minden, Carrie will be looking to work as a traveling Occupational Therapist.



Worship with Communion at 8:00 and 10:15 am

Lutheran Hour Ministries Television Sunday

Lutheran Television Sunday – Sept. 15  . . . .

                       For 70 years, Lutheran Hour Ministries has relied  100% upon   the gifts of God’s concerned people to make a difference to the world on television and radio. This year, the “Little Shepherd”, Lutheran Hour’s newest holy-day offering will debut.  The timeless story of Christmas and how God’s Gift transformed a little    shepherd boy and every member of his family   is designed to bring support to Christians and to touch the hearts of the lost.   The men of the St. Paul LLL and the staff at Lutheran Hour ministries thank you for your support.   Special Lutheran Television  gift envelopes are in your St. Paul Offering Envelope Pack and will be made available Lutheran Television Sunday, Sept. 15.

September Sermon Series – Three Sermons on Three Psalms of Ascent St. Paul Lutheran Church

Overall Theme:  “A Sense of Community In Sunday Worship at St. Paul”

      Tucked away in the Hebrew Psalter, the Book of Psalms,  is a section of Psalms (Psalms 120 through 134) called “Psalms of Ascents.”  These were Psalms sung by Hebrew pilgrims on their way up to worship in Jerusalem.  For our Sunday worship services in September, Pastor Don will take three of these Psalms of Ascent and offer three messages that point toward and promote the benefits of a “sense of community with fellow worshippers on Sunday mornings.”

      Sunday, September 8, “A Sense of Community That Is Inviting     Psalm 133 – “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!”

      Sunday, September 15 – Guest Pastor – Pastor Jack Heck – conducting Sunday worship for Pastor

Don and Sandy who plan to be in Aurora, Colorado to meet a new grand-baby due to be born to Sergio and Andrea Loya Perez the first week in September.

      Sunday, September 22, “A Sense of Community That Is Joyful       Psalm  126 “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.  Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy.”

      Sunday, September 29, “A Sense of Community That Says “Yes” To God        Psalm 120 –   “In my distress I cry to the Lord, that he may answer me: ‘Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.” 


The St. Paul Lutheran

Youth Group Is

 Planning a Picnic

at Harmon Park In

 Kearney and a

  Miniature Golf Outing

 On Sunday Sept. 15th. All freshmen,

 sophomores, juniors and seniors at St. Paul

 are welcome. There will be a brief Bible

 Study and discussion of ways the Youth

 Group can help with Sunday School classes

 on the last Sunday of each month.


Runing God’s Race:

Pressing Toward the Goal!

Philippians 3:12-14

LWML South District Convention
Friday - Saturday
September 13 and 14

  International LWML President
Virginia Von Seggern

Christian Entertainer and Evangelist
Don Warton

Keynote Speaker
Mr. Gary Theis

Inspirational, exciting, worshipful, praised-filled worship and  convention  devoted to Lutheran Women in Mission.  Worship on Saturday with Holy Communion.  Bible study, servant events, ingathering projects.

St. Paul LWML chairman, Dolores Soucie, has details and can answer questions.  Registration forms available in a recent LWML Echo.


Lutheran Laymen’s League
Zone 8 – Fall Rally
Hosted by the LLL of
  St. Paul Lutheran Church
 Kenesaw, Nebraska on
 Sunday, September 29
 5:00 Registration  6:00 Banque
(St. Paul LLL meets Wed. September 8
at 8:15, following Junior Youth Ministry.
Jim Huff, Dr. Chris Birkestrand will be hosts.)

St. Paul Lutheran Women In Mission

General Assembly Meeting – Monday – September 9 – 7:30 pm
LWML members bring visitors and guests Guest Speaker/Presenter will be Dr. John Kuehn who will share slides and comments on his spring trip to Bangladesh as a member of a Rotary Exchange Group Visit.

“Wisdom has  two parts:  1) Having a lot to say.   2)  Not  saying it!!!