Deer Park, Wisconsin
Church office phone: (715) 269-5126 (leave message)
Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m.
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.
THANK YOU FOR CHICKEN DINNER
St. Paul’s all congregation chicken dinner was held after services on Feb.
2. Thank you very much Pastor and Jeanne.
Please have all your information for the Annual Report to Lois and Julie by
the end of Feb.
2014 CHURCH OFFICERS
Officers were installed on Sunday, Feb. 2 at St. Paul’s. They are: Pres.
Kevin Krarup; Secretary Lori DeBoer; Treasurer Charlotte Croes; Financial
Secretary Cindy Keilen; Fin. Secretary’s assistants: Chris Humphrey and Teri
Peterson; Elders: Warren DeBoer, Doug Peterson, Dave Humphrey, Corey Place;
Trustees: Marv Young, Al Luhman, and Stan Fox; Head Usher: Shirley Gehrman;
Chairman of the Board of Ed/Sunday School Superintendent: Doug Peterson.
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
1. St. Croix County/Polk County Winter Storm Declaration
2. Rain or sleet creating ice 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 F.
6. Any other county or state emergency government warnings to avoid
Cancellation decisions to cancel church activities will be at the discretion
of at least two elders who are in communication with the pastor.
Member notification procedure: In the event that church activities are
cancelled a mass e-mailing will be sent to those church members who have e-mail
services and provided an e-mail address to the Board of Elders. All persons
without e-mail services will be notified by phone by the responsible elder for
Notification order: 1. All Elders & Pastor; 2. Mass e-mail sender --
Congregation President -- Organist; 3. Members without e-mail notified by phone
by elders and pastor.
“Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil -- it has no point.”
WHAT GOD LOOKS LIKE: A kindergarten teacher was
observing her classroom of children while they drew. She would occasionally
walk around to see each child’s artwork. As she cam to one little girl who
was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. The girl replied,
“I’m drawing God.” The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what
God looks like.” Without missing a beat or looking up from her drawing, the
girl replied, “They will in a minute.”
Pastor’s Page - February 2014
Matthew 6:6 (Jesus said) “When you pray, go into your
room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.”
“TREASURES OF THE HEART”
Prayer is considered to be one of the most basic fundamental disciplines of
the Christian faith. Prayer is speaking to God. Because God is personal, all
believers can offer prayers to God and expect an answer. Christians recognize
their dependence upon God as their Lord and Savior. But not every Christian
knows how to pray or what to pray for.
Even the disciples came to Jesus and asked Him to teach them how to pray
(Luke 11). And in the sermon on the Mount, Jesus not only preached on the
content of our prayers, but also how to pray: “When you pray, go into your
room…” Various translations render the word “room” in various ways,
such as “closet.” But Jesus isn’t teaching that we need to pray in a
specific geographical location. The word He used in the Greek, “tamieion,”
translates as “a store house for treasure.”
Jesus really teaches that we should be praying from the source of what is
most important to us. Later in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught, “Where
your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21). The things
we pray for tells God exactly what holds first place in our life.
If our heart is filled with only wants and desires for material possessions,
that’s what will come forth in prayer. If our heart is filled with anger,
animosity, grudges, and hatred, our prayers will reflect it in how or if we
pray for others. But if our heart is filled with love for God and love for our
fellowman, our prayers will reflect that, also. Prayers that are pleasing to
God come from the following treasures:
FAITH: The most meaningful prayer comes from a heart that places its trust
in the God who has acted and spoken in Jesus Christ.
WORSHIP: Worshiping God is recognizing what is of highest worth--not
ourselves, others, or our work, but God alone.
CONFESSION: Awareness of God’s holiness leads to consciousness of our own
ADORATION: God is love, and He has demonstrated His love in the gift of His
PRAISE: The natural outgrowth of faith, worship, confession, and adoration
THANKSGIVING: Are we thankful because we think we have NOT received what we
deserve? If we got what we “deserved,” we would be condemned because of our
DEDICATED ACTION: Christ’s example does not require us to withdraw from
society, but to render service to the needy in a spirit of prayer.
REQUEST: Prayer is not only response to God’s grace in the life and work
of Christ, it is also request for our needs and the needs of others.
May God grant that the place where we store our treasures be filled with
these things that are pleasing to God.
Rev. John Wilman
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.