Missouri Synod
Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Deer Park, WI 54007
St Paul Lutheran Church

Saint Paul Lutheran Church

Deer Park, Wisconsin

Church office phone: (715) 269-5126 (leave message)

Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m.


NEWSLETTER DEADLINES

If you have information you would like included in the monthly newsletter, get that information to Lois Carnine and Julie Heiden before the last Wednesday of the month.

Pastor John Wilman 715-263-2723, Cell: 715-790-1558
Office: 715-269-5126 (leave a message)

Lutheran Church Events for December 2014 at Deer Park and Forest
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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7:00 PM SJ Advent service

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7

8:00 AM SJ Worship

8:45 AM SP Sunday School

9:00 AM SP Fellowship

9:30 AM SP Worship

10:45 AM SP Ladies meet

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6:30 PM SP 4-H meets

9

10:00 AM SP Bible Study

10

7:00 PM SP Advent Service

11 12 13
14

8:00 AM SJ Worship

8:45 AM SP Sunday School

9:00 AM SP Fellowship

9:30 AM SP Worship

10:45 AM SP Council Meeting

15 16

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Pastors' Circuit Meeting

17

7:00 PM SP Advent Service

18

19 20

21

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM
Dinner afterwards rescheduled to January 11.

8:00 AM SJ Worship

8:45 AM SP Sunday School

9:00 AM SP Fellowship

9:30 AM SP Worship

22

23

10:00 AM SP Bible Study

24

CHRISTMAS EVE

7:00 PM SJ Service

8:30 PM SP Service

25

CHRISTMAS

8:00 AM SJ Service

9:30 AM SP Service

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8:00 AM SJ Worship

9:00 AM SP Fellowship

9:30 AM SP Worship

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*SP=St. Paul, Deer Park
*SJ= St. John's, Forest  


March 1March 1, 2014.

INCLEMENT WEATHER-WORSHIP CANCELLATION POLICY: In the event of the following weather conditions existing during the time of worship services or church activities, all St. Paul Church activities will be cancelled.
1. St. Croix County/Polk County Winter Storm Declaration.
2. Rain or sleet creating icy road conditions.
3. Blizzard or severe winter storms that make driving hazardous.
4. Tornado watches/warnings.
5. Sustained wind chills at or exceeding -20 degrees Fahrenheit.
6. Any other county or state emergency government warnings to avoid travel.

The decision to cancel church activities will be at the discretion of at least two elders who are in communication with the pastor.

Members will be notified by a mass e-mail or will be notified by phone by the responsible elder for that member.

Pastor’s Page - December 2014 “CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?”

Psalm 143.8 “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”

The other day I saw a couple walking by my house. The man was wearing headphones. Not ear buds, but big, thick, cover-your whole-ear headphones. Although they were walking together, it was obvious he had tuned out his wife and everything else around him. He didn’t hear the birds, chirping, the wind kicking up snow crystals and sending them whispering across the snow crust, or the cars approaching. He had zone out, and conversation with his wife was non-existent.

The Season of Christmas has a tendency to turn us all into headphone man. (My family accuses me of having that affliction all year long). We tune out the old familiar Christmas story of hope and better days to come. We tune out the Christmas hymns. Our ears get plugged and our minds get consumed with the number of shopping days left until Christmas, solving problems, worrying about family problems, or planning a hectic schedule of celebrating with friends and family.

Listening requires the cessation of speech, the silencing of not only sound but the tirade that often goes on mentally. How many times have we crafted and perfected, what we only wish Christmas would be like, rather than listening to what God has to say to us about the birth of His Son in human flesh. Perhaps during the holidays, more than any other time, we fail to hear God’s voice. Distractions abound, and at a time when our focus should be on our blessings and our Savior, we’re tuned in to other things that seem more pressing.

The Children of Israel were backwards-looking whiners. They spent a lot of time complaining about what they didn’t have and wishing for a return to their former existence. They forgot the abuse and oppression of slavery. When Moses wanted to get their attention, the message was often preceded with “Hear, O Israel!: In other words, “Heads up, people. I’m about to tell you something important.” God often prefaces His message to us in a similar way. It may be through the words of a friend, family member, Scripture, or an event. Or He may speak to us directly via the Holy Spirit. No matter the vehicle for the message, if we’re not paying attention, we miss important directions.

Spiritual lack of focus is a struggle for all of us. What happens in our physical life almost always overtakes our spiritual life, unless we make a conscious effort to integrate the two. The world yells for our attention while the spirit quietly prompts. The best way to tune in to God’s voice is to spend time in His Word. Don’t use the excuse that you don’t have the time because we make time for things that we think are important. Make Scripture ingestion and digestion as much of a priority for your spiritual life as turkey or ham are for your Christmas dinner.

Sometimes it feels like God isn’t listening because He doesn’t answer in the timeframe or with the answer that we want, but Scripture assures us he hears, “And if we know that he hears us---whatever we ask---we know that we have what we asked of him.” (1 John 5:15) Remember, we are the ones with the hearing problem, not God. This Christmas, tune out the noise of the world. Stop talking. Open your heart and mind and spirit, and listen. Can you hear God talking to you?

May God Richly Bless each and every one of you this Christmas and throughout the new year. Rev. John Wilman

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE

Sunday, November 30th and Wednesday, December 3: One purple candle for Hope.

Sunday, December 7 and Wednesday, December 10: Two purple candles for Hope and Peace.

Sun, Dec, 14 and Wed., Dec. 17: Three purple candles for Hope, Peace, and Love.

Sun., Dec. 21: Three purple candles and one pink candle for Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy.

Wed., Dec. 24 and Thurs., Dec. 25: Three purple candles, one pink candle, and the Christ (white) candle for Hope, Peace, Love, Joy, and the Birth of our Savior.

CHILDRENS’ CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

The children will present their Christmas program during worship service at St. Paul’s on Sunday, December 21. The dinner after the program has been rescheduled to January 11. The ladies aid will provide ham, buns, and beverages. Please bring a dish to share.

INCLEMENT WEATHER-WORSHIP CANCELLATION POLICY: In the event of the following weather conditions existing during the time of worship services or church activities, all St. Paul Church activities will be cancelled.
1. St. Croix County/Polk County Winter Storm Declaration.
2. Rain or sleet creating icy road conditions.
3. Blizzard or severe winter storms that make driving hazardous.
4. Tornado watches/warnings.
5. Sustained wind chills at or exceeding -20 degrees Fahrenheit.
6. Any other county or state emergency government warnings to avoid travel.
The decision to cancel church activities will be at the discretion of at least two elders who are in communication with the pastor.
Members will be notified by a mass e-mail or will be notified by phone by the responsible elder for that member.


 


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.

 


More St. Paul Lutheran Links
[Support Our Deer Park Troops] [Lutheran Church 2006 Highlights] [Lutheran Church 2005 Highlights]
[Lutheran Church 2004 Highlights] [Biographical sketch and video of Pastor Voth]
 
. Listen to Pastor Coppersmith's Memorial Day 2003 address.
(8 min 53 sec)
Real Audio with photos at Calvary Cemetery.
Get the FREE RealAudio player here.
 
Memorial Day 2003 at Calvary Cemetery with Pastor Coppersmith
Seeing Through "Resurrection Colored" Glasses -Pastor Coppersmith
 
Saint Paul Lutheran Young People at the Holiday Fair, December 2002


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