FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER   

  I struggle with loneliness.
Can God help me find companionship?
     Ever felt like completely alone? Without sin, our loneliness would vanish. We would have perfect companionship with the Lord and with His people. But sin is real.  We see it in everyone else.  We see it in ourselves.  And when we see sin, loneliness sets in.
    While unfairly sitting in prison, the apostle Paul said: “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” (Philippians 3:12). More than a friend who tells you to “get out there and do something” to ease your loneliness,” these words tell you that Jesus got down here and did something for you. He loves you, and that’s why He willingly died on the cross to pay the penalty of your sin. He loves you, and that’s why He rose from the dead to give you the gift of eternal life. He loves you, and that’s why he sent the Holy Spirit to unite you to Him by a living faith. He took hold of you so you could “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called you heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).
     Jesus, God’s eternal Son, is with you always. You don’t want to be his casual acquaintance, do you? You want to be His close friend, don’t you? Then listen to Him and grow in His love in worship, Holy Communion, and Bible Study. This Valentine’s Day – remember who eternally loves you!
Mid-Week Bible Study meets Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. February 12 & 19 for our Bible study of Colossians. Please join us.
Ministry Meeting Dates:
Council:  Monday, February 10, 7:00 p.m.
Elders’ Committee: Tuesday, February 11, 9:30 (at Frederikson’s)
 February Potluck Dinner is February 16 after Bible study. Please bring a dish to pass. Join us to grow in our Christian friendship & love. 
Mid-week Lent Worship begins Ash Wednesday, February 26, 6:30 p.m.  During our Wednesday Lent worship we’ll visit the places where our Lord Jesus spent the most important 72 hours of his life on earth. As we visit these “Places of the Passion” every place will make a difference for what we are now and what we will be after we die.  Set aside these Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:15 to appreciate anew Jesus’ deep, eternal love for you. Ash Wednesday worship includes Lord’s Supper
Vacancy Arrangements: During St. Paul’s pastoral vacancy we’ll have our regular worship time, 9:30. Pastor Schultz will leave after our worship to serve for St. Paul’s worship at 11:30 a.m.  Roger Zavagnin will serve as our vacancy Sunday Bible Study leader. We’ll study the gospel of Matthew, and we encourage all our members to participate to grow in faith, encourage one another as we apply God’s Word together, and grow in our Christian fellowship & love. St. Paul has extended a call to Pastor Tim Spiegelberg, currently of Firestone, CO. Keep him in you prayers as he deliberates where to serve.
Annual Meeting Summary:
January 19th we reviewed our ministry reports and our congregational voters’ assembly approved our reports and our 2020 ministry spending plan of $148,000. Our mission offerings for this year will be $14,500. Our officers for 2020 are the following: President, Jake Marotz; Secretary, Roger Zavagnin; Financial Secretary, Jim Carlile; Treasurer, Steve Nitschke; Elders chair, Hugo Frederiksen; Property chair, Dennis Rabel; Outreach chair, Paul Rabel. Appointed to our Elders Committee is Garry Nitschke; Appointed to help with our offering counting were Doris Archer, Sandy Carlile, Gerald Martin, David Pomeroy, and Nathan Schultz. We thank the Lord for lifting us up in faith and equipping us to serve Him with our congregation’s gospel ministry.
Vacation Bible School is July 6-10. Save the dates to invite, serve, bring your children!

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