Deer Park, Wisconsin
Church office phone: (715) 269-5126 (leave message)
Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m.
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Pastor’s Page - April 2014 -- “NEW YEAR -- NEW
John 4:28-30: Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town
and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did.
Could this be the Christ?” They came out of the town and made their way
In 2013 I challenged the good people at St. Paul’s to increase their
worship attendance. If you reached 85 people in worship, Jeanne and I would
host a chicken dinner for the entire congregation. The Children’s Christmas
Program on December 22nd saw an all-time high of 93 people in worship.
But now it is a new year and I put a new challenge before you. IF ST. PAUL’S TAKES IN 10 NEW MEMBERS BETWEEN APRIL 2014 AND
APRIL 2015--JEANNE AND I WILL HOST A CHRISTIAN MUSIC BAND FOR A “CONGREGATION
AND FRIENDS” ENTERTAINMENT EVENT.
TEN NEW MEMBERS: This can be by taking in new members by Baptism, Transfer
of membership from another LC-MS congregation, or by Affirmation of Faith from
any other church affiliation. Oh, and by the way, you already have a start with
new member by infant Baptism, Kaydence Brennan. That’s One!
HOW DO YOU DO IT?: By actively practicing the “COME AND SEE” Outreach
method. Like the woman at the well in the above referenced text, she met and
knew Jesus as her Savior. She went back to her friends and family and invited
the whole town to “Come and see” Jesus. She had no carefully planned or
scripted Evangelism program. She didn’t use any sales pitches or gimmicks.
She simply invited everyone she knew who didn’t know Jesus to come and meet
You do do that, too. All of you know someone in your life who doesn’t go
to church--who may be struggling in life--who is searching for something better
in their Christian walk. Invite them to attend worship with you. Or begin with
a “less threatening” invitation such as attending one of our family events
or Worship in the Park, or VBS Sunday.
Your invitation to worship brings them into the presence of Jesus and His
Word. We stand on the confident belief that God’s Word and the Holy Spirit
has the power to bring about faith in the individual. If you do your part to
invite, the Word and Spirit will do their part. If they accept your invitation,
bring them to church if you have to. Stay with them, help them with the Order
of Service. Introduce them to the members of St. Paul’s. Introduce them to
the Pastor. And everyone--talk with them. Find a common bond. Make them feel
OUTREACH SUNDAY: In the near future, we’ll be having an OUTREACH SUNDAY
during worship. Much of the service will be devoted to discussing the “how to
do” Come and See approach to making new disciples. In the meantime, start
thinking about and making a list of everyone you can invite to “COME AND
Rev. John Wilman
BAPTIZED on March 30, 2014, was Kadence Pearl
Brennan, daughter of Brittany Johnson and Corey Brennan. Her sponsors were
Brent and Cassie Johnson.
FUNERAL SERVICES were held at St. Paul’s on
March 19th for Sharon Fouks.
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated on Sunday, April
6, Confirmation Day;
April 13, Palm Sunday; April 20, Easter.
CONFIRMATION SERVICE will be Sunday, April 6, for
EASTER BREAKFAST will be served at St. Paul’s
from 7:30 to 9:15 AM Easter morning.
Worship service will be at 9:30 AM.
LWML SPRING RALLY will be held at St. Luke’s
Lutheran Church in New Richmond on Saturday, April 26. Registration begins at
8:30 AM. All women are invited to attend. It will conclude with lunch at
CONGREGATIONAL VOTERS’ MEETING will be held
Sunday, April 13, following the worship service.
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.