Deer Park, Wisconsin
Church office phone: (715) 269-5126 (leave message)
Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m.
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Pastor’s Page - October 2014 “THE CHANGING
Genesis 8:22 “As long as the earth endures, seedtime
and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never
Fall is in the air! Now, that’s good news for some people, like hunters
who have endured what seemed like a never-ending summer of heat and humidity,
rain, and lawn mowing. For others, that’s bad news, because it marks the end
of the summer garden, the flowers, and the long, peaceful summer nights. (I
won’t even mention that it’s time to get the snow blower tuned up, buy a
new snow shovel, and clean the rain gutters).
For those of us who have experienced the passing seasons for a goodly number
of years, it seems like we barely get into one season before another season
comes knocking on our door.
Not long ago I came out of the woods after an evening of bow hunting. But it
didn’t really seem like bow hunting because rainforest-like undergrowth and
the hordes of mosquitoes that still infest the woods made for a miserable hunt.
But as I emerged from the woods, I was greeted by the last light of dusk, a
rising moon, a slight chill in the air, and that first deep lung-full of autumn
air--a mixture of smells of dying grasses, changing leaves, wood smoke, and
ripening corn and soybeans. There is just no other time of the year that smells
as sweet as this.
The best part of it all is the reminder that God promised it would be this
was as long as this world exists. The cited verse above comes from God’s
covenant that He made with Noah after the flood. There were some pleasing
smells then, too. Scripture tells us: “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord,
and taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt
offerings on it. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart:
‘Never again will I curse the ground…’”
God promised that there will always be the changing of seasons as long as we
live--as long as this world shall live. Some seasons we will love. We can’t
wait until they come and are sad when they go. Some seasons we don’t love so
But the changing seasons are just a reminder of something greater that God
has promised. Things never stay the same--they are always changing. When things
are going badly or sadly in our life, we have the assurance and the eternal
hope that God will make it change. When things are going good in our life, we
rejoice with an even greater fervor because we know that this, too, will change
for the not so good.
Just as we rejoice in the all too fleeting fall colors, we rejoice that the
only thing that never changes is God. God and His promises will endure
Rev. John Wilman
FUNERAL SERVICE was held at St. Paul Lutheran for
Orville Knoll on Saturday, Sept. 20..
HARVEST FESTIVAL SUNDAY will be Sunday, October 6
at both St. Paul and St. John churches. St. Paul’s will also be having a
Barbeque Chicken dinner after worship. Bring a dish to pass. Everyone is
HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDES will be offered during and
after the dinner on Oct. 6.
ST. JOHN’S ANNUAL SPAGHETTI SUPPER is scheduled
for Friday, October 10 from 4-7pm.
ST. PAUL’S ANNUAL CHILI SUPPER, CRAFT, BAKE SALE, AND
SILENT AUCTION will be Friday, October 17 from 4 -7:30 pm.
LWML ZONE 8 FALL RALLY will be Saturday, October
18 at Amery Redeemer Lutheran Church. Registration begins at 8:30 AM, Rally
goes from 9 - 1. Bible Study Topic is “Inside Out and Upside Down.” It is a
study of the Book of Acts.
ST. JOHN’S BIBLE STUDY meets at 7 pm every
Thursday. The class is beginning a Bible study on Hebrews.
ST. PAUL’S BIBLE STUDY meets at 10 am every
Tuesday except on the scheduled day of the Circuit Pastors’ meetings. The
class is beginning a study on Revelation.
INSTALLATION OF PASTOR WILMAN as Vacancy Pastor is
scheduled for Sunday, October 26th during the worship service at both St. John
and St. Paul churches. North Wisconsin District President Dwayne Lueck will be
doing the installation.
CIRCUIT FORUM is scheduled for October 26 at 2 pm
at Redeemer Lutheran in Amery. Congregations will need to have chosen their lay
representative to the North Wisconsin District Convention, June 7 & 8,
2015, in Weston, Wisconsin. Church officers and all interested members are
welcome to attend.
QUARTERLY VOTERS’ MEETINGS: St. Paul’s -
October 12, after worship;
St. John’s - October 15, 7 pm.
LWML MEETINGS: St. John’s - October 8, 7 pm
St. Paul’s - October 5, after worship.
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.