St. Paul Epistle
  Parish Newsletter – St. Paul Lutheran Church
Vol. 28, no. 7 – July 2002  - Pastor Don Becker

“But 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

 (Epistle 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,

construction 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 required to get them.  The demand seems to be constantly increasing.

       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.”

There 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.

        I 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 alone.   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.” (p.315)

      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        

News and Notes on St. Paul Members & Friends


Recent Hospitalizations - Treatments  -  Recovery

    ++   Joy Terrel (sugery at Mary Lanning Hospital, Hastings, to remove infection, room 411)

    ++   Mary Lammers (continuing treatments for cancer at Good Sam. in Kearney)

    ++   Julietta Lammers (released from Long Term Care to return home)

    ++   Evelyn Becker (Pastor Don’s mother continues slow recovery at home in River Grove, Illinois)

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

    ++  Lillian Johnson, Kay & David Banner  (husband & father, Edsel, called home to rest in Christ recently

    ++  Clara Albers, Wilferd & Louella Albers,  Edgar & Doreen Albers (uncle Gilbert Heine, of Fort Sheridan, Wyoming called home in Christ.  Funeral was at Trinity, Lexington)

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

      ++   Milton & Arla Naprstek – celebrate their 33rd – July 3rd

      ++   Gene & Pat Osterbuhr – celebrate their 42nd – July 3rd

      ++   Leonard & Jo Ginder – celebrate their 31st – July 9th

      ++   Arnold & Irene Hogeland – celebrate their 59th – July 9th

      ++   Myron & Sheryl Morris – celebrate their 33rd – July 13th

      ++   Lanny & Connie Bates – celebrate their 30th – July 24th

Babies 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

Special Projects  -  Thank you to -

     ++   Steve Eckhoff – for trimming the Linden trees on Colorado Ave of all their lower branches.
       ++  Rachel Kuehn, Jane Kuehn – for creating and designing new St. Paul Web Page   

Retirees Breakfast at Pioneer Village with Pastor Don – Tuesday – July 16 – 7:30 am

     ++  Even though it’s in the middle of County Fair week come, help Pastor Don start the day off right with breakfast and prayers of thanksgiving as he celebrates another birthday, (which one we’re not saying.) 

Congratulations 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.

Members Back 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   political tensions between India & Afghanistan which have eased only recently.

    ++  Marci Schmidt, District Governor for Rotary, is attending the Rotary International Convention being held the week of June 23 through 28 in Barcelona, Spain  

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 5:00 pm.

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.