• St. Paul Lutheran Church

February 2022

From the Pastor's Desk


February is a short month, and with all that was involved in our Annual Meeting and Report on January 30, we already have a late start. As a result, our February “Shared Vision” will be short and sweet. Here are a few things that will be happening this month:

  • THE BLUES – Pastor Lutz will be holding a seminar on depression from 6:30 to 7:30 PM on Wednesdays February 16th and 23rd, after the congregational suppers. All are invited. Depression, the common cold of emotional disorders, is also one of the most treatable. It is not weakness, but a definable condition that attacks many people. Often sparked by prolonged stress or burnout, participants will learn 1) how to spot depression in themselves and others, 2) where to turn for help, and 3) what help is available.

  • ADULT CONFIRMATION RETURNS – Pastor David will be teaching a second session of Adult Confirmation beginning today, February 13. We will meet in the Parish Hall at 9:40 a.m. The Adult Bible Study class will be joining us for these six weeks. Our main textbooks will be Luther’s Small Catechism and the Lutheran liturgy as found in the Lutheran Book of Worship. Our topics will be: 1) Baptism and Justification, 2) Baptism and Sanctification, 3) the Word of God, 4) Prayer, 5) the Eucharist, and 6) the Christian Life.

  • CONSECRATION SUNDAY - An important event that will take place at St. Paul in February. It is our annual Consecration Sunday, which will take place on Sunday, February 27.During the service, you will be invited to bring your Estimate of Giving for 2022 to the altar. Pledge cards will be mailed to you the week before and will also be available in the narthex. I urge you to plan now to join us for worship that day.

Then, in March, things will really pick up, as we begin the season of Lent, which begins on March 2. Here are some of the things happening in March:


  • SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE DINNER – The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be TUESDAY, March 1st at 5:30 PM. It is going to be a fun, church-wide event. The Children's Ministry program is sponsoring the supper and activities. Money donated for the meal will be used for future family events such as family bible study night, outreach projects (like the Jesse tree ornaments), family fun nights, and other seasonal activities. If you have been a part of a Fat Tuesday pancake supper tradition before then you know how much fun these events are! If not, then you need to come and start a new tradition. Please sign up to serve and/or donate needed items for this event. All items should be dropped off at church in the kitchen (counter by the parish hall, please) by Sunday, February 27th. Thanks and may God bless you.

  • ASH WEDNESDAY – Ash Wednesday is on March 2 this year. Worship will be at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. There will be no congregational supper on Ash Wednesday.

  • LENTEN DRAMA – The Wednesday evening worship services begin on March 9, and this year there will be a “dramatic” twist. Through monologues and dialogues, characters from Jesus’ earthly ministry will present their unique points of view as a portion of these worship services. All of them were changed forever by knowing our Lord and Savior! The first of these special evenings will be Wednesday, March 9 at 6:30 when our youth group will present special Lenten readings and dramas. Come celebrate Lent with us!

  • HOLDING YOUR FAMILY TOGETHER! Thank you to all who responded to our recent Family Ministry survey. As a result, we have been able to set dates for our Parenting Class. We will meet on Sunday evenings at 5:30 p.m., beginning on March 13. The other dates are April 3, April 10, April 24, May 1 and May 15. Our class will be based on the book “Holding Your Family Together” by Dr. Rich Melheim. It is available on Kindle and in print. Let us know if you would like us to purchase a copy for you. Contact Pastor David at david.charlton@stpaulniceville.com or Ashley Harte at ashleyharte@me.com .

Other programs that are ongoing include the following:

  • ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH & CHRISTIAN SCHOOL BRICK FUNDRAISER – We have a new flagpole in front of the school building and plan to construct a custom brick display around the base of the flagpole. Bricks may be personalized with text and/or clipart and proceeds from the brick fundraiser will go toward installation expenses and to the school. Please support this effort by visiting https://polarengraving.com/stpaulniceville to place your order. Contact the School Board at stpaulchristianschoolniceville@gmail.com with questions. Thanks for investing in the future!

  • CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER GROUP – Tuesdays at 10:30a.m. in the sanctuary. We meet weekly for an hour to deepen our relationships with Christ through Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina. We start with 20 minutes of silent Centering Prayer, where our intention is to be open to God’s presence and action within. Following is Lectio Divina (Latin for Divine Reading) with four steps: reading/listening, reflecting, responding and resting in the Word of God in Scripture. Brief personal sharing is interspersed between each step of Lectio. We’ll end the hour with “Holy Conversation”. Join us to experience the discipline of these two forms of early Christian prayer and be supported as you grow in faith and cultivate a friendship with Christ. For more information, contact Marilyn Koser at m.koser@cox.net.

  • THE PASTOR JOHN UNDERDAHL MEMORIAL stands at $1080.00 as of February 1st.Your Memorial Committee would like to close this by February 16th in order to disburse it accordingly. As always please mark checks with 'Underdahl Memorial' before placing in the offering plate.

  • LADIES THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY – meets weekly in Underdahl Hall from 9:30 until 11. Every gal is welcome to join our reading, study, discussion, and prayers. Currently we are wrapping up Kathie Gifford's tour of the Holy Land and her guide Rabbi Sobel's Biblical insights to the events of Jesus's life and death. Following this study will be a reintroduction to the video series THE CHOSEN, which will include the recently completed Series 2. Coming to know our Savior as Perfect Man and True God intensifies His love and sacrifice to us. This is both humbling and exhilarating. His promises are real; we will live forever!


Keep an eye out for two new programs that will begin in March:


  • YOUNG ADULT GROUP – This group is aimed at young adults between 18 and 30 years of age. They will meet twice a month on Sunday evenings. More information is to come.

  • UPPER ELEMENTARY MUSIC/DRAMA – We are hoping to provide upper elementary youth with an opportunity to do music and drama. This group will also meet on Sunday nights. Look for more information in our weekly Announcements.


As you can see, we have an exciting few months coming our way. I hope that you can join in the fun.


In Christ,

Pastor David


 

From Pastor Lutz


"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34-35


February is a month associated with love. Everyone in, or who dreams of being in a romantic relationship is very aware that February 14 is Valentine's Day, a day of flowers and chocolates, of wine and dinners, of grand romantic gestures. Some are better at this than others, but so it goes!


St. Paul is a loving congregation. We welcome others with open arms. We feed the hungry, we visit the sick. Our school is a great place for young, budding Christians to be nurtured in the faith.


In the Church, the gestures of love are not quite so personal and romantic. They are often not even for people we like, let alone for whom we have warm and fuzzy feelings. Like the quilts we made for those in need, we are called to continue being a loving congregation even for people we do not know, and whom we will likely never meet. It is this kind of love to which Jesus called his disciples – the same kind of selfless acts of love he performed for the world, even to the point of giving his life for the lives of those who persecuted and executed him.


This means we need to find ever new ways to act in love during the other eleven months of the year. While those months might not have a holiday dedicated to love and partnership, there are people who need love and partnership all year long. The words of Jesus to his companions two thousand years ago are the words he says to us, "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another."


May this be our grand gesture to Jesus; that just as he loves us, we also love others, those known to, and those unknown to us, but all of whom are known to him.


Pastor Lutz


 

Stewardship


Dear Members and Friends of St. Paul Lutheran Church:


I would like to announce an important event that will take place at St. Paul in February. It is our annual Consecration Sunday, which will take place on Sunday, February 27. I urge you to plan now to join us for worship that day.


Our 2022 stewardship program is designed to enrich our biblical understanding of Christian stewardship. Rather than focusing on the need of the church to receive, the experience concentrates on the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development.


We believe that you are concerned enough to attend on Consecration Sunday and make your financial commitment as an act of worship in the church sanctuary.


Your pledge is intended to be an estimate of giving that you arrive at after prayerful deliberation. Some people do not feel comfortable giving a pledge. No one will pressure you to pledge if you choose not to. However, we would still like you to attend Consecration Sunday and participate in our growth in stewardship.


Cordially,

Bev Kenyon

Stewardship Deacon

 

Lutheran Men in Mission


February 2022 Bible Study Breakfast


The LMM monthly Bible Study will be Saturday, February 19, at 7:30 A. M. in the Parish Hall. We are continuing the Course on "Spirituality.” This is the second session where we will be discussing the subject "Pain and Suffering: Where Is God When It Hurts?” The Bible study topic is “When Will It End?: ‘The fruit of suffering‘” (James 1:1-18). This Bible Study will follow Option 2: Advanced: Teaching with Margin Questions.



James 1:1-18

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:
Greetings.
Trials and Temptations
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

James begins his letter by outlining some general characteristics of the Christian life. James wrote to believers facing difficult times. Their troubles ranged from personal trials to disabling doubts; from persecution for following Christ to the lure of respectability in their community and the dangers of spiritual pride. James wrote to encourage his brothers and sisters in their faith.


James’ approach illustrates the variety of forms that encouragement can take. At times James confronts. In other places he gently encourages. He uses hyperbole (extreme illustration) in a way that reminds us of Jesus. James begins his letter looking directly at trials and daring to spur his fellow believers with a challenge: “Meet the very worst that life presents you with joy.” Those who trust in God ought to exhibit a dramatically different positive response to the difficult events of life. Our attitude is to be one of genuine rejoicing – in all things.


Discussion will focus on what a Christian’s attitude should be when facing difficult times. Is that our attitude in our own hard times? How can a person consider trouble as an opportunity for joy? Why is perseverance important? What does it mean to be “double-minded” and how can we avoid it? What trials are we facing now and how are we as Christian men responding to them?


All men of the congregation are invited to attend.

 

WELCA


Our next gathering will be on Saturday, February 12th at 10 AM in Underdahl Hall. We will be making Valentines and treat bags for the residents and staff of the Pavilion. All women and their friends are invited to attend! Hope to see you on the 12th! Questions?? Call Dona Charlton at 850-716-2731.

 

Bible Studies and Fellowship


Wednesday

  • Wednesday Evening Meals - The meals are served at 5:30 PM. $8 for adults and $4.00 for children.

  • Youth Group meets at 6:00 PM. It is for grades 7-12.


Thursday

  • Ladies Thursday Morning Bible Study – All ladies are welcome to the 9:30 Bible study in Underdahl Hall every Thursday. (Please enter through Jimi's office.) This past week we focused on Jesus's triumphal entrance into Jerusalem via the Mount of Olives (a very popular Jewish burial site for over 3,000 years) and His desperate, spirit-tortured petition to the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. Olives are pressed into oil; GETHSEMANE means "oil press."Our Lord Jesus, the Anointed King, was "pressed" for our redemption, completely emptied of His (perfect) humanity for our (sinful) sake. The Bible is filled with intentional metaphors and symbolic connections. Please join us as we continue to marvel at and witness God's Grace through the life of His Son Jesus. How does Jesus's death on a cross relate to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? Curious? Just show up!

Saturday

  • Lutheran Men in Mission - The Purpose of Lutheran Men in Mission (LMM) is to bring you together in Christian fellowship with other men in our congregation. We hope to get you involved in an existing LMM activity which interests you and we also hope will stir up ideas for new activities. LMM breakfast at 7:30 am, the 3rd Saturday.

  • Lutheran World Relief Quilters – The third Saturday beginning around 9:30.