St. Paul Epistle

Parish Newsletter – St. Paul Lutheran Church
Vol. 28, no. 10 October 2002  - Pastor Don Becker                 

      Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you.  ---  1 Peter 3:15

     At a “Model Theological Convocation” of the LCMS convened in Phoenix, Arizona early in August 2002,  for the purpose of sorting out, learning, clarifying, listening, longing for ways to address current tensions and controversy in and around the LCMS these days,  the President of our Synod, Dr. Gerald B. Kieschnick, was permitted an opportunity to offer his observations at the close of that  specially convened Convocation.  What follows are his own words  addressed to about 200 participants representing a “cross-cut” view of our Synod.

1.    The LCMS is a graying, declining church body. But I believe that Christian education endeavors, human care opportunities and re-energized mission strategies provide critical opportunities for transformation of the LCMS into a vibrant, vital gathering of Christians in mission to the world.

2.    The LCMS is partially fractured by a party spirit that has, in  some respects, replaced the

Mission zeal it may have once possessed.  But there are many, many exceptions in our

congregations, institutions and entities that give me great hope for the future of our

Beloved Synod.

3.    The LCMS is held together by the grace of God, by the commitment of pastors, teachers, people and congregations to that grace of God and to its theological confession of that grace at work in the world, along with the passion of many to communicate this confession through word and deed to unsaved billions of people in the world.

      In the midst of these areas of challenge and opportunity, the mission of the LCMS must move ahead.   Dr. Kieschnick  reminds us all  that that mission is stated as follows:

        “In grateful response  to God’s grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacraments, the mission of the LCMS is vigorously to make know the love of Christ by Word and deed within our churches, community, and world.”

     For a closer look at what was presented and discussed at that Model Theological Convention – join the Sunday morning Adult Group that meets in the Fellowship Hall for Bible Study and discussion – 9:15 to 10:00 am.                                                               PDB

News and Notes on St. Paul Members & Friends

Recent New Born

   ++  Maria Raquel Loya Perez, infant daughter of Sergio and Andrea (Becker) Loya-Perez and new sister of Vanessa, was born Tuesday, September 3, 2002 at the Medical Center of Aurora,  in Aurora, Co.  Grand daughter of Herminia  Loya-Perez and Pastor Don and Sandy.    Maria will become God’s child through the Sacrament of Baptism at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Minden, Sunday,  September 29.  (Sergio, Andrea and Vanessa worship  at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Aurora, Co.)    

Recent Hospitalizations – Recoveries - Treatments

    ++   Becky Rehtus (outpatient surgery at Mary Lanning Hospital, Hastings  -  Doing well at home.)
++   Mary Lammers ( treatments for cancer at Good Sam. in Kearney)
++   Margaret Ackerman (released from Byran LGH, following heart valve repair, recuperating at Christian Homes in Holdrege, soon to be in her own home again in Minden)

++   Arnold Hogeland (admitted to Kearney County Community  Hospital – Sunday, Sept. 22)

Recent Funerals Our Heartfelt condolences go out to...

    ++  Arnold and Irene Hogelanddeath of Arnold’s sister-in-law Mrs.Wanda Hogeland

Wedding Anniversaries in October  for St. Paul couples  married 25  plus years   - - 

      ++  Bill and Nancy Peterson – 38th anniversary -  October 4
     ++  Laverne and Roberta Scheidies – 51st anniversary – October 12
      ++  Archie and LoisBeck – 55th anniversary – October 16
      ++  Bob and Annette Kuehn – 41st anniversary – October 23

High School Youth from St. Paul Participating in Fall Sports at MHS

    ++ Tim Anderson, Jeff Bohlen, Bryan Gibreal,  Andrew Madsen, Jeff Sund, (Football)
   ++  Pam Anderson,  Mary Petersen  (Volleyball)
   ++  Schuyler Mildfeldt, Melissa Melroy,  Assistant Coach, Jeanne Jons (Softball)
   ++  Whitney Schwenka (Golf)

Thank You --

  ++  to Marge Peterson for her on-going care and upkeep of the  large planter on the south side of  the church.

  ++  to Jerry Jons,  Roger &  Lori Sirek,  Rob Hultquist,  Myron Morris, Sandy Morris,  Randy Eckhoff, Steve Eckhoff, Lenny Ginder,  Tammy Elllis,   Dr. Chris Birkestrand,   and Pastor Don for volunteer  work  to  help Alisa Sund repair her roof.   And to Don and Gloria Vannier, Verlene Quincy, Sheryl Morris for helping  to provide coffee breaks and lunch.

  ++  to Mrs. Bernice Danielson for the $100 Memorial Fund Gift in memory of Kenneth, her husband, for the Ultima 2000 hardware to convert  the large 52” screen TV in the Fellowship Hall into a Computer   Screen  for Junior Youth Ministry  Power Point  presentations.  

++ to Dr. John Kuehn (DVM) for an excellent presentation to friends and members of the the St. Paul LWML – sharing insights and comments on his Rotary Exchange Trip to Bangladesh.

++ to AAL Branch 1955 and the members of St. Paul for the new moveable desk-top computer system in   Pastor Don’s office  which also serves as a resource center for Junior Youth Ministry presentations of
Wednesday evenings utilizing the Big Screen TV in the Fellowship Hall.   17 Junior High Youth and 9 adult  group guides are involved with this year’s Junior Youth Ministry.

Wedding In Lincoln --

     ++  Myrna Groothuis  (Erwin and Evon Groothuis)  and Colin Emmons will be joined in marriage at Messiah  Lutheran Church in Lincoln on Saturday, October 19, 5:00 pm.    


Two Services -  8:00 and 10:15 am - First  Sunday of the Month

    As we head into the winter  months, Sunday, October 6th, will be the last  first Sunday of the month with both early and late worship services with Holy Communion  at  8:00 and 10:15.

    Beginning with the first Sunday in November,  there will be only one Sunday worship service with  the Lord’s Supper at  10:15 am.


10:15 am  Sunday, OCTOBER  13

“For Christ’s Love Compels Us”



Sunday afternoon – October 13 – 1:30 Registration  2:00 – 5:00 Rally

Theme: “Lift Me Up Lord: That I May Help  Lift  Up Others”

(October is Pastor Appreciation Month)

Guest Speaker:  Roger Kruger of LFS,Omaha – “Partners In Caring”

  Important Pursuits - Important To   Proclaim!!!

October Sunday Sermons – Four Sermons on

Four Important Pursuits for Christians based on the Epistle Readings appointed for 20th through the 24th Sundays after Pentecost.  

Sunday – October 6 -  from Philippians 3:4b to 14 
“In Pursuit of Perfection: Putting Complete Confidence in Christ”
Sunday – October 13 -  from Philippians 4:8,9
“In Pursuit of Excellence: Putting Into Practice What is Praiseworthy!”“
Sunday -  October 20 –   from 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
   In Pursuit of Encouragement:  Pulling Together To Give A Good Witness for Christ”
Sunday – October 27  (Reformation Sunday)  from 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
   “In Pursuit of Approval:  Putting First Things First Because of Christ!  


The Red Cross Bloodmobile

Will be back at St. Paul Lutheran Church

Wednesday, October 30

11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Volunteers needed to help with set-up, take-down

Sign-ups, kitchen serving, ushering

Contact Jane Kuehn  308-563-2330  

Average Sunday Worship Attendance for September – 130

36 Wk Home Goal   $67,428        36 Wk Mission Goal $16.092 
 36 Wk Home Given    $62,104      Building Fund    $1,040
36 Wk Mission Given   $15.258      Scholarship Fund  $4,800

Our mission is to proclaim Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; guided by His Word, growing in His love; caring for others in His name; and we share His blessings with others locally and globally.

A memorial gift of $100 has been given in memory of Kenneth Danielson from his wife,  Bernice. 

Christian Education Ministry



Junior Youth Ministry Schedule For Wednesdays in October  


Wednesday – October 2nd – 6:30 to 8:00
Learning Event no. 3 -  Name In Vain  2nd Commandment
Wednesday – October 9th -  6:30
Small Group Servant Events
Wednesday – October 16 – 6:30 to 8:00
 Learning Event  no. 4 –  Remember the Sabbath 3rd Commandment
Wednesday – October 23 -  6:30 to 8:00
Review Night with Games and Refreshments

Junior Youth Ministry Bake Sale-Sunday-October 27-After Church