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 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: (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.

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Dear members of St. Peter Lutheran Church and School,

The Church Council has approved a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and a timeline for having on-site services again. The plan outlines requirements and protection protocols to be implemented to protect our staff and members as we get back to public worship. Please review the plan in detail so you understand when and how worship will be conducted for the present time. The preparedness plan is a “living, active” document. As restrictions and conditions change, so will the plan. Church leadership will continue to update you on any new information that pertains to you! Below you will find a cover letter from Pastor Kelly, outlining “why” we are working diligently to get back to public worship, and the COVID-19 Plan itself. For those uncomfortable with public worship at this time, don’t worry!  We will continue to offer livestream services for now.

God’s blessings to you!

Church President,  Jacob Yushta

CLICK HERE for the cover letter from Pastor Kelly
CLICK HERE for the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Please tune into our weekly live streamed service on Sundays @ 10:30 a.m.  If you cannot view at these times, don’t worry! It will be recorded for future viewing.  
See our Facebook page for access to our streamed worship services:

Sunday services will continue to be available by cable TV broadcast (channel 7) on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. 

We want to remind and encourage our members to continue to support our ministry here at St. Peter. Your offerings to our general fund support our called workers and provide the funds to continue our church and school mission. For instructions to sign up and use PushPay, click here:

We Welcome Jennifer Adickes to our Church and School Staff!
We are excited to welcome Jennifer Adickes to the staff of Saint Peter Lutheran Church and School! Jennifer was assigned to our congregation on May 16th by the Martin Luther College Assignment Committee to be our parish musician and to teach grades 2-3 in the afternoon for next school year. 

We look forward to having her join our staff this summer! We thank God for providing our congregation and school with another willing servant to carry on the ministry among us and to round out our staff for next school year!

New Confirmation Date
Confirmation class was originally scheduled for May 3th, 2020, but we have postponed that until June 7th, 2020 during the 10:30 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Heise. There will be special regulations followed during this service, in line with the CoVID-19 Preparedness plan above. It will be a joy to celebrate this event with the confirmands and their families.

Family Bible Hour

Family Bible hour is an inter-generational Bible study for all ages. We will be broadcasting via Zoom in between services from 9:15 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. starting June 14th. This leaves enough time for first service attendees to get home after that service, and enough time for late service attendees to leave after FBH is done. This year well will be following Paul on his missionary journeys, as he spreads the gospel to people who had never heard of Jesus before. Hear the story, play unique games, sing songs, and learn about Jesus, the God of all.  

Church and School Office Hours
Our Church and School office will be open and have staff coverage Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Feel free to contact any Executive Committee member with any questions, comments or concerns. Our goal is to continue to serve our members as best we can under the most current conditions. If you know someone who is not connected electronically, please reach out to them with this information. This will be posted on our website and Facebook Page.

Worship Bulletin and Sermon – May 24, 2020

Have you thought about the last day? Have you wondered what it takes to stand confidently for the final judgment? Come listen to God’s Word this weekend as he assures you he has done all things necessary for you to be saved. The faith he creates in your heart makes us confident no matter what we might face in this life. May God bless you as you hear his Word. Our service will be live streamed at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, May 24, on our Facebook page.  Gather the family to watch and invite friends by sharing the video.

CLICK HERE for the service bulletin!
CLICK HERE to read the sermon.

SPLSC Update – May 23, 2020

When Do We Get to Go Back to Church?

Lord, I love the house where you reside,
the place where your glory dwells.
    Psalm 26:8 – NIV

“When do we come back to church this Sunday?”  I am hearing that question a lot these past few days.  You have probably heard that Minnesota Catholic dioceses and some Lutheran churches plan to disregard Governor Walz’ restrictions on public worship.  And just yesterday President Trump decreed churches to be considered “essential.” Up to this moment, Governor Walz has continued to limit worship to under 10 people. 

Saint Peter Lutheran does notplan to have a public worship service tomorrow, May 24.  We will offer our live broadcast on Facebook tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. as we have these past number of weeks. In view of the confusion that exists and the need to communicate safe protocols for worship we will avoid the trap of rushing into something without careful forethought.   

Here is what will happen over the next 4-7 days.  Our executive committee will meet to recommend safe protocols that will work in our setting.  Then our church council will meet to discuss a date to return to public worship and establish protocols for safety.  We will inform the congregation of the decisions promptly and also share a video that will clearly lay out our worship protocols.  Expect more communication over the next week and yes, please share that information with other members.

May God grant us health and patience,

Update on the Smiths & East Asia ministries

The following brief letter came to us from Prof. Mike & Anita Smith, our members who happen to be serving our seminary in Hong Kong and ministries in East Asia:

Greetings back to you…from Minnesota! We’re still here but have finally been given the OK to go back to Hong Kong. We’ve been staying with my parents since March helping to take care of my mom (brain tumor). My sisters will take over while we head for WI for a couple of weeks. We’ll come back to Mankato briefly and head back to HK on June 15. It will be good in many ways to go back (except for the weather) and—after a mandated two-week quarantine (with wristbands to make sure we stay in our apartment)—to readjust to our “normal” life.

Classes at Asia Lutheran Seminary ended the semester online because of the restrictions on the size of gatherings in HK. So even if we had been in HK, I would have been teaching my classes online anyway. It was still a challenge to have classes online either late at night (11:30-12:30) or early in the morning (6:00-9:00) while we have been in the States. 

Anita has been able to keep up with her work as she communicated regularly with the workers who were still in East Asia (not very many), with those who were “stuck” in the US (not able to get back into East Asia), and those who mightbe going to East Asia in the fall (depending on the restrictions). Friends of China is becoming “Friends Network” as they expand into different world fields (including Vietnam). She did see that St. Peter’s Ladies had made a donation to Friends of China and was quite excited. Thank you all!

We appreciate the continued prayers and support. We wish we would have had the opportunity to make it to worship at St. Peter. Maybe next summer!

God bless you all.

Mike (and Anita)