Welcome!

Welcome to Saint Peter Lutheran Church and School! Our congregation and school exist to serve our community with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. We believe that the message of what Jesus has done as our Savior will bring peace and joy to your life.

We would love to have you join us for one of our many activities and worship services. Visitors are always welcome! If you have children, check out the links above to our school and church activities.

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Sunday School Resumes in September

Sunday School resumes for St. Peter Lutheran on September 13 at 9:15 a.m.!  We are excited to be back together and learning about Jesus. But we also are making plans so that our gathering to learn God’s Word is a safe as possible.

We are planning to have all students age 4 – 8th grade meet as one group in the church sanctuary, spread out from each other as much as possible.  We will ask that masks be worn by all. 
We are planning to provide crayons/pens/pencils for each child, so there will be no sharing of materials.

This year we will be covering lessons from the Old Testament of the Bible.

We’d love for your children age 4 – 8th grade join us!  Click here to sign up.

Wednesday Morning Bible Studies Resume

We are delighted to announce that the Church Council gave approval to the have the Wednesday morning  Bible study to resume weekly at 10 a.m.  We have resumed our study of the book of Judges.  We will make use of social distancing and recommend that attendees use facemasks.  We also ask that food not be shared.  With joy let us return to the study of God’s Word.

School Re-Opening Updates

I hope and pray that all of you continue to have a great summer and are staying healthy!  

It has been a few weeks since we first revealed our intended plan for re-opening school this fall.   Our intended plan still remains to open up with full face-to-face learning in the fall with modifications to make this as safe as possible.  However, as we knew when we first put the plan together, this plan will continue to need to be something that we have to adjust and tweak as the first day of school approaches.  

With that in mind, another short video has been put together that both addresses some of the recent tweaks we have had to make to the plan and seeks to answer some of the common questions we have received since the plan was first released.   Please take some time to view this video.    

You can view the video update to our plan at the link below:
https://www.loom.com/share/1a36f237323a4c58a255c65c9ca3899a

The written document of our most up-to-date school re-opening plan can always be found at the link below. After viewing the video, please feel free to reach out with any questions you may still have.   We will continue to communicate updates as they happen.  

God’s blessings!
Principal Brad Gurgel
Saint Peter Lutheran School

 

Plan for School Re-Opening

Our staff has been working very hard to prepare for Saint Peter Lutheran School and Little Lambs Preschool to re-open in the fall. We have done some in-depth studies, worked with our school nurse, met with the leaders of our other area WELS schools, and met with our teaching staff and education committee to develop a plan that we feel best fits our specific school context. We want to share with you our intended plan so that you can begin preparing for what we feel is the most likely scenario for the upcoming school year.

Our plan is to begin our school year meeting on our school campus with face-to-face learning. The plan includes some modifications to help keep our students and families healthy and safe. We feel strongly that face-to-face learning is what is most effective for our students. While there are always some health risks involved in attending classes at any school or going to any public event with other people present even when there isn’t a specific virus concern in our nation, we feel the plan that was developed allows face-to-face learning to return while also minimizing the risk to our students.

A short video has been put together explaining the key components of our plan to return to school. It can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.loom.com/share/4e637f0c03d04966a917e3cc1851c02b

With so many different thoughts and opinions about the challenge before us, there would be truly no way to develop a plan that every individual perfectly agrees with in every way. We pray that the love of Jesus motivates us to be patient with and show empathy for those who share a different opinion from our own in how to react to the situation before us. If there are aspects of the plan that were put into place to address the concerns of others that we personally disagreed with, may the love of Jesus motivate us to still follow those aspects of the adopted plan out of Christian love for the concerns and needs of our neighbor. Despite any differences of opinion we may have, we all have three common goals in mind: We want our children to know their Savior, Jesus, we want them to learn in a way that is most effective for them, and we want them to be as safe and healthy as possible. May these common goals push us to work together in a spirit of unity and Christian love for others in how we work together to open school in the fall!

As always, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. You can find a document version of our intended plan at the following link:

 

I look forward to working with our school children in the fall! We pray that God allows this plan to move forward and we can successfully meet face-to-face!

Principal Brad Gurgel
Saint Peter Lutheran School

Bakken’s Retirement and Farewell

Dear friends in Christ,

Please join us as we celebrate the many years of service of Jim and Deb Bakken. They are retiring from the public ministry this summer. We will be holding special worship services on Sunday, July 12 at 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 

A reception line will also be held at Minnesota Square Park in St. Peter from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. All services and the park celebration will follow our state COVID 19 social distancing guidelines. We will be unable to hold a retirement dinner but we do want to provide a time at the park where you can BRIEFLY visit with Jim and Deb and wish them well in their new adventures in Tucson, AZ.

If you prefer to call or email to sign up, please contact Sharon Olsen at oleo@hickorytech.net or 507-351-1623.

If you are not able to be present that day, then we welcome your prayers of thanksgiving to God for His grace to Jim and Deb and for blessings in their retirement. Correspondence of blessing and memories can be sent directly to Jim and Deb or to:

Saint Peter Lutheran Church
427 West Mulberry Street
Saint Peter, MN 56082

If you were planning on purchasing a gift for the Bakken’s, please feel free to give a monetary one, that would contribute to this new addition to their new home. Click on our PushPay link to contribute to this gift: https://pushpay.com/g/saintpeterlutheran (Under “FUND”, choose “Bakken’s Retirement”). Or feel free to drop off donations in our lockbox, located inside our church entrance closest to the parking lot.