Service Bulletin for Easter 4 – May 3, 2020

Come, hear the Word of our Good Shepherd! His voice is able to conquer all doubt because it is powerful and effective. Tomorrow in worship, we will hear about how Jesus is our Good Shepherd, who takes care of us, and leads us with his voice. We’ll see how he conquered the doubt of Thomas, but also how he conquers our doubts, too. May God bless your worship!

Join us for the livestream on Facebook at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

CLICK HERE for the Service Bulletin to follow along!

CLICK HERE for this week’s sermon text!

Service Bulletin for Easter 3 – April 26, 2020

God Can Work with Restrictions

Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, a descendant of David, in accordance with my gospel, for which I am suffering, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. Timothy 2:8,9 – EHV

This Sunday you will hear a reading from Acts 24 that might seem a bit disconnected.  In the lesson Paul stood before the Roman governor and recited his case to Felix. He mentions the resurrection of Jesus twice.  But what meaning does that have to us in April 2020?  

Paul’s hearing before Felix leads to his 2-year imprisonment in Palestine, his voyage and shipwreck, and eventual imprisonment in Rome.  Paul was restricted. It didn’t make very much sense, but God could work with Paul’s chains and all the restrictions that came with it. His saving gospel was not chained then. It’s not chained now.

A classmate of mine who serves in Eastern Wisconsin wrote this encouragement: “We might be limited, but God is not. Even with our restrictions and our limitations, God works through us. His word reaches hearts and brings hope. We can’t always see it. We don’t see it here when Paul was speaking to Felix. But Paul was faithful and God was working.”

Stay-at-Home restrictions don’t hinder God’s Word. Based on how many are sharing and viewing our videos and posts, more people are being reached than ever before. God’s people, keep sharing your faith!

God’s peace be with you!

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Join us for the livestream on Facebook at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

CLICK HERE for the Service Bulletin to follow along!

SPLSC Update – April 26, 2020

Dear members of St. Peter Lutheran Church and School,

Church and School leadership want to continue to provide the most updated information possible to our members. In this addition there is a lot of new information for you to read through! Although most of America is at a stand-still, our church and school continue to move forward and there is a lot of work being accomplished every day! The Lord continues to pour out His blessings on His church!
 
Please tune into our weekly live streamed service onSundays @ 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. https://www.facebook.com/saintpeterlutheranchurchandschool/ 

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: http://saintpeterlutheran.org/pushpay/


Church and School Drop Box
A secure drop box has been installed in the main hallway just as you enter the building from the Grace Street entrance. Feel free to use this for offerings or any other church and school documents that you want to drop off in a secure place.  


Parking Lot and Alley Improvements Project
The parking lot project is underway. Removals were completed this past Friday. This coming Monday concrete will be poured and the first lift of asphalt will be paved. After concrete curing time, WW blacktopping will be back for the final lift of asphalt.


Call Returned
After four weeks of deliberation, the Holy Spirit has led Ryan Friske to return the call to serve here as staff minister of music. CLICK HERE to read his letter to our congregation. The Church Council will be meeting Sunday @ 1:00 via Zoom to discuss options moving forward. We will provide updates on any council action taken. 


Payment Protection Loan
The Church Council moved to apply for the PPP loan that has been offered due to the COVID-19 situation. This forgivable loan is designed to cover payroll costs, including salary, wages, and retirement contributions. There are also provisions to cover rent, mortgage interest, utilities, or other interest on debts over an 8-week period. We did qualify and received $83,600.00 on 4-15-20. Over the next 8 weeks we will be providing the necessary documents to ensure this loan is completely forgiven. The day it was deposited into our Church account, we were notified that all funds allocated to PPP loans were gone. We are fortunate! CLICK HERE for a PPP fact sheet for you to browse.


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 Facebook Page.

 Here are our cancellations at a glance:

  • On-site worship services. These will be live streamed as stated above.    
  • Sunday School, YFC, Cornerstone
  • On-site Bible Studies 
  • On-site Confirmation.  
  • Choir rehearsals  
  • Bible Information Class
  • On-site LES and Little Lambs school.
  • April Quarterly Voter’s Meeting

On-line Learning:

  • LES School – daily
  • Confirmation – first Wednesday of the month
  • Women’s Bible Study – Sunday evenings 

SPLS Update

Last Day of School for SPLS and Little Lambs – Friday, May 22
We will carry on with remote learning until Friday, May 22.  Rather than return after Memorial Day for what would have normally been a couple of lighter school days of cleaning up at school, wrapping up loose ends, celebrating the end of the year, and packing up school supplies, we will end our school year on the last weekday before the holiday.   The fact that we don’t have a Spring Program, Track Meet, End of the Year Field Trip, and other events this school year that normally come at the end of the year means that we had more days of class work than a typical school year in April and May.  This extra academic time we had will more than make up for the earlier ending to our school year.  

CLICK HERE to watch a video about what has been going on at school!


No School on May 1 and May 4
Governor Walz has declared Friday, May 1 and Monday, May 4 as days off of schoolfor teachers in Minnesota to prepare remote lesson plans for the final stretch of the school year.  We will match the public schools in taking these days off as well to give our teachers a much needed time to catch up on preparing final remote lesson plans for the final stretch of school to finish out the year.  


Last SPLS and Little Lambs Learning Packet Pick Up – Friday, May 1 
We will have our final learning material pick-up for preschool through 2nd grade and 6-8th grade on Friday, May 1st.  Materials will also be available for pickup on Monday and Tuesday May 4-5th.  Please stop by on those days during our normal office hours of 9 A.M. – 2 P.M. to pick up the learning material packets for your child from the tables inside the glass doors.  

6-8th grade will be receiving their last novel of the year for reading class that we will be reading during the month of May together.  


New Confirmation Date

Confirmation class was originally scheduled for May 3, 2020, but we have postponed that until June 7, 2020 during the 10:30 a.m. service. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Heise. Please also note that this date, while firm, could change depending on regulations coming down from our governor. The confirmation right is a unique experience that can’t really be done digitally. We really wish to handle it in the traditional way. For that reason, a little patience may be needed. Pray that Jesus would less our confirmands and end this pandemic soon.


Here’s some encouragement during these troubling days: 

The Epistle Lesson for the Second Sunday of Easter is packed with reminders of what we Christian possess and that cannot be taken away from us even during a pandemic.  Take to heart the words of 1 Peter 1:3-9 and persevere in joy and confidence:

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he gave us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4into an inheritance that is undying, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you5Through faith you are being protected by God’s power for the salvation that is ready to be revealed at the end of time.
6Because of this you rejoice very much, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various kinds of trials7so that the proven character of your faith—which is more valuable than gold, which passes away even though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
8Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not see him now, yet by believing in him, you are filled with a joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

God’s blessings, 

SPLCS Executive Committee 

SPLCS COVID-19 Update – April 18, 2020

Dear members of St. Peter Lutheran Church and School,

Church and School leadership want to continue to provide the most updated information possible to our members. Please take the time to read through this each time it is sent out. We do not want you to miss any changes or additions that have been made to our service to you! 

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.  The link to the viewing is here: https://www.facebook.com/saintpeterlutheranchurchandschool/  

CLICK HERE to follow along in the service bulletin!


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: http://saintpeterlutheran.org/pushpay/


Church Budget Update
CLICK HERE to see the attached budget update (Projection for April).


Church Council Monthly Newsletter and Meeting Minutes
Attached you will find the April council monthly newsletter, also the Church Council approved March minutes and the meeting summary from April. Please click on the links below:
Church Council Meeting Minutes – APPROVED – March 2020
Church Council Meeting Summary – April 2020
Church Council Monthly Newsletter – April 2020


Church and School Drop Box
A drop box has been installed in the main hallway just as you enter the building from the Grace Street entrance. Feel free to use this for offerings or any other church and school documents that you want to drop off in a secure place. 


Parking Lot and Alley Improvements Project
Holtmeier Construction and WW Blacktopping will tentatively begin our parking lot and alley project the week of April 20th. They will begin with the removal of the existing bituminous surface and concrete areas where needed. Paving will take place in the first part of May with parking stall striping and signage to follow. Under the current conditions, now is a great time to complete this project!  


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.

 Here are our cancellations at a glance:

  • On-site worship services. These will be live streamed as stated above.    
  • Sunday School, YFC, Cornerstone
  • On-site Bible Studies 
  • On-site Confirmation.  
  • Choir rehearsals  
  • Bible Information Class
  • On-site LES and Little Lambs school.
  • April Quarterly Voter’s Meeting

On-line Learning:

  • LES School – daily
  • Confirmation – first Wednesday of the month
  • Women’s Bible Study – Sunday evenings 

Here’s some encouragement during these troubling days:

The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?   Psalm 27:1  


So many things are changing on a day-to-day basis, but one thing remains constant.  The Lord remains the same and he remains the light of our life. His grace in Jesus Christ is our strength and our constant confidence.  We need his Gospel promises of assurance and mercy more than ever. Still we wonder “how long we must endure these interruptions from our regular lives of work, school, worship, fellowship, and play?”  Let us be mindful of the last verse of Psalm 27: Wait for the Lord. Be strong and take heart, and wait for the Lord!

God’s blessings,
 
SPLCS Executive Committee

Service Bulletin for Easter 2 – April 19, 2020

Are you having doubts about the reliability of information coming your way?  Do you find conflicting messages–even conflicting messages in the Bible–confusing?  If so then you are in the same boat where Jesus’ disciples often found themselves.  This Sunday’s worship will give us proof and peace of mind as Jesus opens the Scriptures to us and gives us victory over our confusion.  Join us for the livestream on Facebook at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The link to the viewing is here: https://www.facebook.com/saintpeterlutheranchurchandschool/  

CLICK HERE for the Service Bulletin to follow along!

Service Bulletin for Good Friday – April 10, 2020

This evening at 6:30 p.m. Saint Peter Lutheran will livestream our Good Friday Service of Darkness with its focus on the seven words of Jesus from the cross.  It will also feature choral recordings of Jeremy Bakken’s Seven Words from the Cross cantata.  You can access the livestream from our Facebook page (CLICK HERE).  Please download tonight’s service folder and sermon/service notes to help you follow along with tonight’s worship

CLICK HERE to follow along in the service folder!

CLICK HERE for the sermon/service notes

Easter Activities for Kids

Looking for some activities for your children that will connect with Easter and the message of Jesus’ resurrection?  Enjoy these free resources for download and printing. 

These activities include:

A devotion
Easter bingo cards

Ages 3+
-Luke 24:1-2 | Color, B&W, Answer Key
-Mark 16:1-8v2 | Color, B&W, Answer Key
-Mark 16:1-8 | Color, B&W, Answer Key
-Matthew 26:14-75, Matthew 27:11-54 | Color, B&W, Answer Key
-Matthew 27:11-54 | Color, B&W, Answer Key

Ages 7+
-John 20:1-18 | Color, B&W, Answer Key
-Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 | Color, B&W, Answer Key
-Mark 16:1-8v2 | Color, B&W, Answer Key
-Mark 16:1-8 | Color, B&W, Answer Key
-Matthew 27:11-54 | Color, B&W, Answer Key

Service Bulletin for Maundy Thursday – April 9, 2020

This evening is Maundy Thursday and Saint Peter Lutheran will livestream its service on our Facebook page starting at 6:30 p.m.  Just as Ash Wednesday begins Lent, so Maundy Thursday marks the end of Lent proper and the beginning of the Three Holy Days of Christendom (the Triduum). The theme of the celebration is the Lord’s new command (mandatus, Latin, became Maundy in Old English) to his disciples of all time to love each other as he has loved them.  As with Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday occupies a unique place in the church calendar. It is a festival in which reconciliation is solemnly expressed. This happens while God’s people transition from preparation to the actual celebration of our Lord’s passion and resurrection. 

CLICK HERE to follow along in the bulletin!

Service Bulletin for Palm Sunday – April 5, 2020

Palm Sunday Worship
Tomorrow’s April 5th lifestream of Saint Peter Lutheran’s Palm Sunday worship will take place at 10:30 a.m.  We will also stream our Hispanic service at 1:00 p.m.  Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week – the most intense week of our Christian Year.  Palm Sunday has been celebrated in the Christian Church since the 4th century.  Hosanna is the shout of praise so familiar to Palm Sunday worshipers.  It literally means “Save us we pray!”  Jesus rode into Jerusalem to do just that. He is worthy of our full attention this week.  You can access tomorrow’s service on St. Peter Lutheran’s Facebook page.  If you cannot watch at 10:30 or 1:00, the videos will remain on our page for a week or so. Click here to go to our Facebook page

CLICK HERE of the Service Bulletin to follow along!


Please tune into our live streamed service this Sunday, April 5th @ 10:30 a.m. If you cannot view at this time, don’t worry! It will be recorded for future viewing. Staff have purchased new equipment to improve the experience of our live stream services! The link to the viewing is here: https://www.facebook.com/saintpeterlutheranchurchandschool/  


Holy Week Services

  • Palm Sunday: 10:30 a.m.  Spanish Service 1:00 p.m.
  • Maundy Thursday: 6:30 p.m.
  • Good Friday: 6:30 p.m. (modified service of darkness)
  • Easter Service: 9:00 a.m.

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: http://saintpeterlutheran.org/pushpay/


Church and School Drop off Lock Box!
A lock box has been purchased for offerings, tuition checks and other security sensitive information that is dropped off when the office is locked up. This box will be installed outside of the church office by the beginning of this week.


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.

  • Greta Fennell Cell:  612-799-2456  Email: gfennell@saintpeterlutheran.org
  • Pastor Kelly    Cell:  224-430-3925     Email: jkelly@saintpeterlutheran.org
  • Pastor Heise   Cell:  920-264-7665     Email: heise.justin@gmail.com
  • Jim Bakken     Cell:  507-995-9431     Email: jabakken09@gmail.com
  • Brad Gurgel    Cell:  407-274-7899     Email: bradgurgel@gmail.com
  • Jacob Yushta Cell:  507-380-0216     Email: jyushta1@gmail.com
  • Mark Blais      Cell:  507-341-1314     Email: rodneyblais@gmail.com

Church Council Meeting:

  • Sunday April 5th @ 12:00 p.m. via Zoom

Here are our cancellations at a glance: 

  • On-site worship services. These will be live streamed as stated above. 
  • Sunday School, YFC, Cornerstone 
  • On-site Bible Studies 
  • On-site Confirmation.  
  • Choir rehearsals  
  • Bible Information Class
  • On-site LES and Little Lambs school.
  • April Quarterly Voter’s Meeting

On-line Learning:

  • LES School – daily
  • Confirmation – first Wednesday of the month
  • Women’s Bible Study – Sunday evenings 

Here’s some encouragement during these troubling days:

The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?   Psalm 27:1  


So many things are changing on a day-to-day basis, but one thing remains constant.  The Lord remains the same and he remains the light of our life. His grace in Jesus Christ is our strength and our constant confidence.  We need his Gospel promises of assurance and mercy more than ever. Still we wonder “how long we must endure these interruptions from our regular lives of work, school, worship, fellowship, and play?”  Let us be mindful of the last verse of Psalm 27: Wait for the Lord. Be strong and take heart, and wait for the Lord!

God’s blessings,
 
SPLCS Executive Committee