February Newsletter

Why Am I Here?
    You’ve seen the sign. A forlorn looking person in unkempt clothes holds it as you pass: “Need food. Will work.”
     What if a sharply dressed gentleman next to a shiny limousine held a sign that says, “Looking for someone to help. Will give whatever is truly needed.”
     Think of God and us. God has so much love, forgiveness, and peace, and He delights in sharing it with those in need. 
     God originally created people as His companions in a perfect world, but sin spoiled that relationship. Now we are by nature afraid of God, confused about God, and no longer as interested in God as He is in us. 
     We - our sin - broke the relationship with God, but He wants to restore it. That’s why He sent His Son, Jesus, into the world. Jesus, true God and true Man in one person, lived the perfect love we could not. He exchanged His perfect life for our sinful one and suffered and died for our sins. God’s justice is satisfied. No crime has gone unpunished. His love is realized. He forgives us for Jesus’ sake and offers the gift of love and life eternal to us all. 
     How can I know this love and forgiveness? How can I be restored to God now and forever? The Lord Himself promises, “Whoever believes has eternal life.”  Trust in Jesus, and you receive God’s gifts of forgiveness of all sin and new life! 
            He Himself works that faith within us by His Holy Spirit’s power, not in some fantastic demonstration, but in the wonderful whisper of the Gospel, the good news about Jesus. In the Gospel, He assures us He loves us forever. He now gives us the privilege of doing things for Him, in love, as He first loved us. 
            You are His hands, assisting the needy, His voice, encouraging a friend, His arms, stretched out to comfort, and His legs, swiftly running to obey His commands. 
     Thank God for the gift of eternal life by faith in Jesus, and now share that gift with others.  That’s why we are here.
Sunday Adult Bible Study You’ve very likely experienced something like this: During a serious conversation, a person says something about God that just doesn’t sound right. Sometimes you can recognize that what the person believes is a horrible distortion of the truth. Sometimes you aren’t so sure. “God wants me to be happy.” “I don’t need the Bible or worship to have a relationship with God.” “God helps those who help themselves.” When you take a careful look at those statements, you realize how dangerous they are. Our next Bible study, 10 Lies About God, addresses ten popular lies about God that people often hide behind to sidestep the truth that there is a God to whom they are accountable or to avoid admitting the reality that they are sinners who need a Savior. It will help us recognize and respond to these deceptions that keep people from experiencing the peace and joy that comes through forgiveness in Christ.
Wednesday Bible study: February 8 & 15 on Zoom at 7:00 p.m. We continue our topic, “Paul’s Last Inspired Message – 2 Timothy.”  All are welcome as we enjoy studying God’s Word and growing in our Christian friendship!
Individual Communion is Saturday, February 4, 10:00 – Noon. Please register by e-mailing, calling, or texting Pastor at (587-888-2357). If you are unable to attend Communion on Sundays and can’t join us for the scheduled date, please contact Pastor to arrange an alternate time.
WELS Area Youth Group meets the last Friday of the month, February 28th, at St. Paul for spiritual growth and fun. Our activity will be sledding/skating at Prairie Winds park. Families are welcome to join the youth.
Ski Outing
Some of our members & members of our sister WELS congregations are planning a ski outing Saturday, March 18. If you want to join them, set aside this date next month. More details will follow.
Ministry Meeting Dates:
Elders Tues., February 7, 7:00 (On Zoom)
Council: Tues., Feb. 21, 7:00 p.m. (On Zoom)
Mid-week Lent Worship begins Wednesday, February 22, 7:00 p.m.  What a blessing to walk with the Saviour to the cross, see His love in action as He rescues us from God’s wrath for our sin, and then stand in awe on Easter Sunday as you celebrate the good news, “Because I live, you shall live also!’

Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." ~ Matthew 11:28