Deer Park, Wisconsin
Church office phone: (715) 269-5126 (leave message)
Sunday Worship 10:45 a.m.
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before the last Wednesday of the month.
Pastor’s Page - FEBRUARY 2013
GOD LOVES US ALL
Romans 8:12 “There is no difference between Jew and Gentile--the same
Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him.”
Have you every noticed the difference in people? Some are short. Some are
tall. Some have red hair, some blond, some brown, some black. And then we have
some with blue, green or purple hair--or all three of those colors blended
together. We have both men and women, boys and girls, who wear rings in their
ears, and in their nose, lips, navels, and various other places.
I don’t profess to understand all the ways that people try to be
different. But what I do know is that no matter how different we are from each
other, we are all the same. God loves us no matter how we look or what we like
or don’t like. The Epistle reading for the First Sunday in Lent says that
there is no difference in any of us--”for the same Lord is Lord of all and
richly blesses all who believe in Him.”
In Bible times, the Jewish people and all the other races at the time were
extremely different from one another. They dressed different. They acted
different. They talked different. They ate different foods and lived
differently from each other. But that didn’t matter to God. He loved the
Jewish people and he loved all other races of people. He loved them in the same
way that He loves each of us today.
The text goes on in v.13 to say, “Everyone who calls on the name of the
Lord will be saved.” God knows that each of us are sinners in our own
way--whether we look alike or look different. The Good News is that God sent
his Son, Jesus, to die to pay the price for the sins of all of us. God’s gift
of eternal life in heaven is for everyone. He doesn’t want anyone to be left
In Romans 10:9, the apostle tells us, “If you confess with your mouth that
Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you
will be saved.” That’s true for everyone, without exception. It doesn’t
matter if you have green tinted hair or have a ring in your lip or nose--Christ
died for you.
The message of the Christian Church--the message of God’s Word--is that
Jesus is Lord of all.
We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead, so we are saved and will go
to heaven. And we want everyone to go with us!
As mentioned during last Sunday’s service, we have received a
$2000 gift from the Cahow’s. The money is to be used for the benefit of the
community as well as the church; it may not be used for operating expenses or
building maintenance. We need your input and ideas, we also need volunteers for
a committee to review those ideas. Please contact Kevin Krarup with ideas or if
you wish to be on the committee.
Another committee to volunteer to be on is one to explore the
position and condition of the congregation. There will be a meeting on Feb. 10
regarding these two issues after the church service and potluck lunch.
The St. Paul Ladies will meet after the church service the
first Sun. of March. In April, they will again have evening meetings the first
Thursday of the month.
St. Paul’s annual meeting was Jan. 13th . New officers
elected for the positions of president is Kevin Krarup, secretary Lori DeBoer,
elder Roger Gust, and trustee Marv Young. Officer installation was held Sunday,
Feb. 3 during the worship service.
St. John’s hosts free suppers open to the community on the
second Sunday of each month beginning at 6 p.m. followed by games and
Lenten season begins with Ash Wednesday service at 8 pm at St.
John’s in Forest. St. Paul’s will serve a soup and sandwich supper
beginning at 6 pm on Wed., Feb. 20, followed by Lenten worship at 7 p.m.
Pastor John Wilman, of St. Paul Lutheran Church, speaks at
Deer Park's Memorial Day 2012 observance at Calvary Cemetery. The video is 7
minutes 40 seconds long and includes the entire message.