Deer Park, Wisconsin
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Pastor’s Page - September 2014 “FOOD FOR THE
Matthew 14:20 “They all ate and were satisfied, and the
disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left
We live in a world that is hungry. I am hungry. You are hungry. We all
hunger for attention, power, love, things. We hunger for a life that knows no
anger, discord, fighting, or broken relationships. We hunger for a world where
our children can simply be children, allowed to grow up without knowing hate,
bullying, pain, suffering, abuse and broken homes.
In Jesus’ miracle of turning the sack lunch of a small boy into a
nourishing feast for five thousand men and their families, we have a tendency
to magnify the miracle while overlooking a minor detail that can speak volumes
to those who hunger for better things.
In the above verse we learn that “all,” everyone present, ate and were
satisfied. The different Gospel writers used two different words that
conveniently translate into “satisfied.” But the Greek meanings more
accurately translate as “satiated,” meaning to “satisy fully to the point
of excess.” Jesus provided such food in abundance that Jesus, the disciples,
five thousand men and their families--everyone gathered in that remote
place--ate good tasting food, and ate it in such abundance that they had to
open their belts a notch or two.
Only Jesus has the unlimited power to fully feed and satiate the daily
cravings of our physical and spiritual needs in this life. That which comes
from God must be valued and not wasted. The blessings of the Lord--be it
physical food, spiritual food, material things, wealth, power, love, or great
esteem must not be willfully squandered.
Even though there be a superabundance, more than we need, this does not
entitle us to abuse it,
Cause harm with it, squander it, or throw it into the garbage pail. We
aren’t told what was done with the twelve basketfuls of leftover food.
(Twelve is a significant number used throughout Scripture to signify
completeness.) Some suggest that it was given to the poor. But why the poor?
Aren’t the poor entitled to the original bread like everyone else? By
practicing good stewardship we are enabled to give to others. The command to
pick up the leftovers was a silent rebuke to those who had wasted the
fragments. It was given to them to keep and use as they saw fit. But not to
May we always look to God to satisfy our hunger. May we always practice good
stewardship in all that he blesses us with, so that we in turn may be a
blessing to others.
Rev. John Wilman
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL was held on Aug. 3 and 10
following worship services. Thank you to Laura Duval for organizing it and to
the Ladies Aid for providing and serving the lunches.
THE PARSONAGE in Deer Park has been sold. BLACKTOPPING is being done to
enlarge the parking area in front of the church. LANDSCAPING is being planned
for the slopes in the church yard by the parking lot.
CONGRATULATIONS to Brian Miller and Katie
Whiteside who were married on Sat., Aug. 16, at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
SOPHIA ANN NELSON was honored at a baby shower on
Sun., Aug. 24th. She is the infant daughter of Jessica and Steve Nelson,
granddaughter of Julie and Jeff Heiden, and great-granddaughter of Lois
Carnine. She was born on July 26.
CONGRATULATIONS to NICOLE YOUNG, who graduated
from Amery High School on June 1. She was recognized during worship service on
Aug. 24. She plans to attend St. Scholastica in Duluth. PETER PLACE was also
recognized during the service for project work that he has completed in Boy
BAPTIZED on July 13 was Mason Henry Smith, who was
born on March 7, 2014. He is the son of Tina (Tulgren) Monroe and Richard
Smith, grandson of Vonnie Webb.
BIBLE STUDY for St. Paul Lutheran Church will
resume in September on Tuesday mornings at 10 AM. There is always coffee and
goodies as well as learning.
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.