Parish Newsletter – St. Paul Lutheran Church
Vol. 28, no. 7 – July 2002 - Pastor Don Becker
now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the
benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in
Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:22,23
for 6th Sunday after Pentecost –
This coming Sunday – June 30, 2002)
We have all received wages and we have all received gifts.
When I see teen-agers cutting lawns, ads advertising for de-tasselers,
carpenters replacing hail-damaged roofs,
crews and road crews working to repair city streets and county highways, I am
reminded that such work isn’t cheap. Yet
when you’re the one doing the work, the
wages you earn can take a lot out of you.
Sometimes it seems as though the wages we get don’t adequately
compensate for the sweat and sacrifices
St. Paul says “the wages of sin is death.”
A kind of death is often the price people pay for the wages they sell
themselves for. They sometimes have
to compromise their moral values and their family values to hang on to their
paychecks or put money in the bank.
True gifts are different.
At their best true gifts simply say, “I love you, value you.
I appreciate and respect you
as a person.”
are no strings attached. There is
nothing you can do to earn a gift. If
there is, it is not a gift, but a bribe or a reward.
A gift has nothing to do with badness or goodness.
The difference between wages and gifts is better seen than explained.
have seen people with means, people who
worked hard for what they had, people who believed strongly that they had
a right to live possessive, self-indulging lives, ultimately die miserable and
I have also seen people live, enduring every hardship in the book,
not always able to make ends meet,
not caught up in living lavishly to keep up with their neighbors, yet
because they lived generous, giving lives, they died happily and peacefully.
Eugene H. Peterson, in his contemporary language version of the New
Testament titled THE MESSAGE, paraphrases
Romans 6:22,23 to say, “But
now you don’t have to listen to sin to tell you what to do, and have
discovered the delight of listening to God telling you.
What a great surprise!!! A
whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more life on the
way!!! Work hard for sin your whole
life and your pension is death. But
God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.”
Come, join us in worship as we celebrate receiving God’s free gift of eternal life through Christ our Lord, and learn together, whether we have a lot or a little, what it means to live by faith, working hard to bear good fruit, speaking the truth in love to one another for the glory of God. PDB
Joy Terrel (sugery at Mary Lanning Hospital, Hastings, to
remove infection, room 411)
Lammers (continuing treatments for cancer at Good Sam. in Kearney)
Lammers (released from Long Term Care to return home)
Becker (Pastor Don’s mother continues slow recovery at home in River
Lillian Johnson, Kay & David
& father, Edsel, called home to rest in Christ recently
Albers, Wilferd & Louella Albers, Edgar
& Doreen Albers
Anniversaries for St. Paul couples in July
married 30 plus years -
Milton & Arla Naprstek – celebrate
their 33rd – July 3rd
& Pat Osterbuhr – celebrate their 42nd – July 3rd
++ Leonard & Jo Ginder – celebrate their 31st
– July 9th
& Irene Hogeland – celebrate their 59th – July 9th
& Sheryl Morris – celebrate their 33rd – July 13th
Lanny & Connie Bates – celebrate their 30th – July
Born Recently –
A boy - Grant Brian - born to
Brian and Katie (Donley) Sinsel, at Mary Lanning, Fri., May 31
++ A girl - Abigail Jean – born to Todd and Becky (Fraizer) Rehtus, at Good Samaritan, Tues. June 4
Projects - Thank you to -
Eckhoff – for trimming the Linden trees on Colorado Ave of all their lower
++ Rachel Kuehn, Jane Kuehn – for creating and designing new St. Paul Web Page
Breakfast at Pioneer Village with Pastor Don – Tuesday – July 16 – 7:30 am
though it’s in the middle of County Fair week come, help Pastor Don start the
day off right with breakfast
Area Leadership Development Graduates –
Cassandra Pfeil was recently recognized for being among the graduates of
the Phelps & Kearney County
Area Leadership Development Class. In
addition to being a regular organist/pianist a St. Paul Cassandra is a piano
teacher, volunteers as a youth
baseball/softball umpire, and is employed at Minden Exchange Bank.
and Abroad –
Dr. John Kuehn, DVM,
(son of John and Jan Kuehn) is safely back in Heartwell after a shortened Rotary sponsored
visit to Bangladesh. The GSE
Outbound Team six week visit to Bangladesh was cut short by the
Marci Schmidt, District Governor for Rotary, is attending the Rotary
International Convention being held the
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be back in Minden
at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fellowship Room
Wednesday, July 24th, from 11:00 am to
New Donors welcome.
Contact Jane Kuehn for appointments (563-2330)
Volunteers always needed to help call, set up,
usher, take down, work in kitchen, etc.