Deer Park, Wisconsin
Church office phone: (715) 269-5126 (leave message)
Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m.
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Pastor’s Page - February 2015 “IMAGINATION!”
Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably
more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within
us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all
Perhaps the second greatest gift, next to eternal life, that God ever gave
human beings is imagination. There is nothing that children can’t act out in
their play time with imagination. The chairs that you sit on, the computer that
you work at, the car that you drive, the house that you live in became reality
as a direct result of someone first imagining it. Imagining something is the
first step toward making something real.
Thomas Edison had to imagine the light bulb before he could begin the long
process of designing one. Alexander Graham Bell had to imagine the telephone
before he could ever come close to assembling one. Abraham Lincoln had to
imagine a unified nation with freedom for all before he could work toward
Imagination is the first step toward making something real, and, in this
sense, the church is a community of imagination. God foresaw a creation that
was sinless and holy. When that creation fell into sin, God’s Plan was still
valid and instrumental in restoring creation. Jesus came into the world, and
through his life, death, and resurrection, he has called us to imagine the
kingdom of God--a kingdom of righteousness, justice, and peace. When we imagine
it as real, we are taking the first step toward living it as real.
Imagine what a Sunday morning worship service with every pew and the balcony
filled with church members would look like. Let your imagination run wild.
Can’t you just hear the singing of hymns rattling the windows and drowning
out the organ. Imagine a Sunday school with overflowing classrooms and the need
to ask for donations to purchase all the needed materials. Or, imagine a yearly
offering so large that it covers expenses and makes building a new and larger
church a reality.
But imagination takes effort. It demands a vision. It demands that we see
beyond our own wants and desires and sometimes our own selfishness to always
keep things “just the way the are,” to always keep things “comfortable
and familiar.” Imagination demands that we see beyond what is and what we
want…to what can be and what God wants.
God calls each of us to use our best gifts, our best talents, our best time,
our best gifts of imagination to awaken the reality of all that we can be--all
that He has in store for us--all that He is ready to bless tenfold, when we
imagine His kingdom of righteousness and holiness here on earth and in the
church. The human imagination truly is a great gift. It ranks right up there
with a will in tune with God’s will and hands to make the imagination a
Rev. John Wilman
Everyone is invited to VALENTINE’S DINNER 4:30-7 pm at St.
Paul’s on Feb. 14.
- 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
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.
2015 LENTEN AND HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
for St. John Lutheran Church, Forest and St. Paul Lutheran
Church, Deer Park THEME: “The Seven-Point Salvation Outline.”
- DATE & TIME PLACE SERVICE WEEKLY THEME
- Feb 18 - 7 pm St. Paul’s Ash Wednesday “God Loves You!” John
- Feb 28 - 7 pm St. John’s 1st Midweek Lent “You Are A Sinner”
- Mar 4 - 7 pm St. Paul’s 2nd Midweek Lent “God Punishes Sin”
- Mar 11 - 7 pm St. John’s 3rd Midweek Lent “Jesus Took Our
Punishment” Rom. 5:8
- Mar 18 - 7 pm St. Paul’s 4th Midweek Lent “Jesus Rose From the
Dead” 1 Cor 15:3-4
- Mar 25 - 7 pm St. John’s 5th midweek Lent “Jesus Offers
Forgiveness” Acts 16:30-31
- Mar 29 - 8 am St. John’s Palm Sunday “Salvation is Free”
- Mar 29 - 9:30 am St. Paul’s Palm Sunday “Salvation is Free”
- (Holy Communion will be celebrated at both services)
- Apr 2 - 7 pm St. Paul’s Maundy Thursday Holy Communion will be
- Apr 3 - 7 pm St. John’s Good Friday Tenebrae Vesper Service
- Apr 5 - 8 am St. John’s Easter Holy Communion will be celebrated
- Apr 5 - 9:30 am St. Paul’s Easter Holy Communion will be
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.