REPORTER – MAY 2015 St. Paul Lutheran Church LC-MS Rev. Richard Bringewatt, Pastor 434 N. Lincoln St. West Point, NE 68788 402-372-2111 email: email@example.com St. Paul Lutheran School Kari Penrose, Principal website:www.stpaulwp.org 325 N. Colfax St. West Point, NE 68788 402-372-2355 email: firstname.lastname@example.org “It is the mission of St. Paul Lutheran Church to reach the lost with the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to equip the saved for a life of Christian service.” “St. Paul Lutheran School is in partnership with parents in providing a Christcentered education that will equip children in preschool through eighth grade to faithfully serve as witnessing Christians and productive citizens.” Worship: Saturday 6 pm. Sunday 9 am. Sunday School 10:15 am. (September through April) Adult Bible Class Sunday 10:15 am. Our Sunday morning service airs each Monday morning, 10 am. on cable channel 11. School Programs: Little Lambs Pre-School Transitional Kindergarten Grades: Kindergarten through eight Kingdom Kids after school program Radio Broadcasts Sundays on AM 84 and FM 108 11 am: The Lutheran Hour 11:30 am: St. Paul Lutheran Church Broadcast Daily Chapel: Sunday through Saturday 9:45 am on AM 84 and 11:50 am on FM 108 In a recent sermon, here at St. Paul, I spoke about how we are adopted children of the Heavenly Father, and that as His children we seek to reflect his character in our lives. That reminds me of a story. It’s about a little girl who, on the way home from church, turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, the pastor said something in his sermon that confuses me.” The mother said, “Oh, what was that? The girl replied, “Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. Is that true?” “Yes, that’s true,” the mother replied. “He also said that God lives within us. Is that true too?” “Yes,” her mother replied, “The Spirit of God dwells within the hearts of believers.” “Well,” said the girl. “If God is bigger than us and He lives in us, wouldn’t He show through?” Let’s think about that. On Pentecost Sunday we celebrate the fact that God kept His promise to bless His people with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, in a New Covenant. Within the heart of believers, God works to bring out the best response to the Gospel of God’s love and forgiveness. The Spirit works to produce “the fruit of the Spirit” in our lives. Those are listed in Galatians 5:22-23 as: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” God’s children (believers in Christ) learn to do those things which please our Heavenly Father. I like this little illustration of spontaneous giving, and of God’s love showing through. One cold afternoon, a little boy was standing out in front of a store window. The little child had no shoes on and his clothes were mere rags. A young woman passing by saw the little boy and could read the longing in his pale blue eyes. She took the child by the hand and led him into the store. There she bought him new shoes and a complete suit of warm clothing. They came back outside into the street and the woman said to the child, “Now, if anyone asks you where you got these, just say they were a gift from someone who cares.” The little boy looked up at her and asked, “are you God, Ma’am?” She smiled down at him and replied, “No… I’m just one of His children.” God is “bigger than us,” and that is a comfort, not a source of terror, to believers. His will and His ways are sometimes mysterious, but they are always best. May God “show through” all of us as we enter the summer months and the season of Pentecost. Pastor Bringewatt Confirmed at St. Paul on Palm Sunday, March 29, were: Brooke Haase, daughter of Mike and Kari Haase; Kade Hughes, son of Adam and Shyla Hughes; Bryce Jamison, son of Dustin Jamison and Heather Woeppel; Tyson Snodgrass, son of Alan and Holly Snodgrass; Landon Stalp, son of Ron and JoDene Stalp; Dylan Uhing, son of Greg and Jill Kreikemeier; Gage Vance, son of Brett and Bridget Vance; Ben VanderGriend, son of Harlyn and Terri VanderGriend; Darian Repschlaeger, daughter of Todd and Jackie Repschlaeger (member of Zion Bancroft). Michael Bracht, son of Joel and Trisha Bracht and a student at St. Paul School was confirmed March 29 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lyons. From The Principal It’s hard to believe that the 2014-2015 school year is wrapping up! It has been a year full of many blessings for us at St. Paul School. God has truly blessed us with supportive parents, an excellent teaching staff and amazing students as we ended our school year with an enrollment high of 132 students. As we wrap things up for this year, we also begin planning for the 2015-2016 school year. We are excited to have Ms. Morgan Riley join our staff as the first and second grade teacher. Language Arts and Math will be taught in the morning by Ms. Riley, (first grade) and Mrs. Lynn Koehlmoos (second grade). First and second grades will be combined in the afternoon with Ms. Riley teaching the other subjects. This exciting change will be very beneficial for our growing class size in the first and second grade classroom. Mrs. Koehlmoos will work with resource and gifted students each afternoon. She will work with all grade levels to individually meet each student’s needs. Along with change comes needed prayers for the smooth transition of our faculty and staff as well as the transition of students that move forward academically. As we bid our eighth grade students farewell it seems only appropriate to focus on our chosen theme for the next school year. “A.S.A.P. – Always Say a Prayer!” We ask that you keep our school families, students and staff in your prayers over the summer months. We look forward to the return of our students back to school in August, and to welcoming new students and their families. Mrs. Kari Penrose +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Lutheran Schools Week Mark 10:14 Club (Resource Room) Lutheran Schools Week, March 8-13, kicked-off with our Pre-Eighth grade Spring Musical, “In the Big Inning”, held at the West Point Community Theatre. The musical was very well attended and Ms. Deutschman did an amazing job of directing and choreographing each scene in the musical. The students sang their hearts out and shared a special message about Jesus’ love for each of us. The week of celebrating not only our precious Lutheran School but Lutheran Schools around the world was jam packed with activities, ranging from Author Day to an all school Dodge Ball Tournament. The week concluded with Grandparent’s Day, Thursday, March 12. Pastor Russell Sommerfeld, President of Nebraska LCMS District, was our guest speaker at chapel. It is safe to say that fun was had by everyone throughout the week! A huge thank-you to PTL for helping to plan and organize the week. The Mark 10:14 Club at St. Paul Lutheran School is a resource room where students receive one on one instruction from Mrs. Tracie Reeson. This resource is provided for several students. Mrs. Reeson will read tests or assignments, and provide a quiet place for students to complete a test or assignment. She also provides adaptations that maximize the students learning ability. Mrs. Reeson works very closely with the classroom teachers to ensure the students are reaching their full learning potential. She continues to write and review the individual education plans (IEPS) and also quarterly progress reports that are sent home to parents. Progress reports help in monitoring a student’s progress toward the annual goals and to evaluate the effectiveness of the student’s special education services. Next year Mrs. Koehlmoos and Mrs. Reeson will offer independent study opportunities for students who need a challenge. The students will choose from a variety of subjects and work at their own pace. Last day of school at St. Paul Lutheran School is Friday, May 15. Everyone is invited for Closing Chapel, 10 am at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Dismissal is at 11 am. New teacher Meet our new teacher Hi, my name is Morgan Riley and I am thrilled to be the first grade teacher at St. Paul Lutheran School for the 2015-2016 school year. I was born in Central City, NE. My father’s job in banking resulted in our family moving around a lot and I was fortunate to meet many people that influenced my decision to become a teacher. Our family moved to Wisner in 1995 and to Holdrege in 1998. We lived in Holdrege for six years where we were close to family and spent summers at Johnson Lake. We then moved to Windsor, CO. where I attended middle school. My family and I relished being in the outdoors and spent most of our free time snow skiing and in the winter and camping in the summer. We moved then to Cozad, where I attended four years at Cozad High school. I continued my love for dance, volleyball, running track and singing in the choir. Following high school, I attended the University of NE-Lincoln and received my degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Coaching. The past two years, I taught fifth grade at Meadowlark Elementary in Kearney. I enjoyed living near my parents, who are still in Cozad, as well as my extended family in the Shelton area. Now I am traveling back to cattle country to do what I love: teaching children on weekdays, and preparing for bull sales on weekends. And little did I know, a boy I met in Wisner years ago would become a part of my life again. I am so excited to take this step from public to private school and embrace the positive differences between the two. I am impressed with this school and the expectations it has for its students. West Point has proven to be a supportive community and St. Paul Lutheran Church and School have been equally welcoming. I am anxious to meet you all and I am looking forward to what the future holds for me in northeast Nebraska. Another great year for St. Paul athletes! The volleyball team started out with a tremendous tournament championship at the All-Lutheran Volleyball Tournament, held at Lincoln Lutheran. Captain Brooke Haase is an outstanding leader both on and off the court. Sixth graders Rachel Groth, Sidney Swanson and Reece Snodgrass became service aces, at one point or another, each serving consecutive points of 10 or more. Seventh grader Hannah Lutz found her niche as an outsider hitter. The team finished the year strong with a win over Madison and an 8-5 record. The future is definitely bright for St. Paul in volleyball. The girl’s basketball team, coached by Mike Haase, had to earn every win they got. With not many out for basketball this year, the girls got some help from congregation member Brooklyn Weddle, a sixth grader. Starting four sixth grade girls and one eighth grader the Lady Eagles earned a 9-6 record with a fifth place finish at the All-Lutheran Girls Roundball Tournament, held in Kearney, and a first place finish at Seward in Concordia’s annual C-Club Tournament. This is a 3-peat championship for the girls at C-Club and adds to Coach Haase’s tremendous resume as coach at St. Paul. The boy’s basketball team enjoyed their best season under head coach Mike Shively. Led by four eighth graders, three of them returning starters, the boy’s determination to do great things never wavered. Ben Vander Griend and Landon Stalp made up the team’s one-two punch, which proved to be difficult for opposing teams to stop. Fellow eighth grader Gage Vance stepped up defensively whenever asked to do so. Whether his job was to guard a big man down low or shut down a driving point guard, Vance proved why players love playing with him and coaches love coaching him. Tyson Snodgrass’s defensive quickness was uncanny and his crucial 3-point shot helped force overtime in the Eagles final game of the year at Seward’s C-Club. Seventh grader Chandler Koenig’s game high 16 points in the championship helped give St. Paul a second C-Club Championship in three years and the first ever in the B-Division. The boys finished the year 15-1, their only loss coming in the All-Lutheran Boys Roundball Tournament Championship game, held in West Point. Due to injuries, Landon Stalp and Chandler Koenig were out for this tournament. Preschool Spring is in the air and the school year is coming to an end for our 27 preschoolers. We have been busy learning to write our name, learning our ABCs, numbers, colors, and shapes. We watched caterpillars form a cocoon and turn into butterflies. Our Earth Day activities included painting a paper mache Earth which we will display in our room and then take to the Cuming County Fair. Little Lambs Club Thank You to St. Paul congregation This is a free program for children 2 or 3 years old, not currently enrolled in preschool. Children and their parents or caregiver attend together for a gentle introduction to learning and classroom activities, including stories, songs, games, and art projects. for your continued support. May God continue to bless you and your family throughout the year. Mrs. Tracie Reeson Congratulations and God’s blessings to all our graduates. Graduation was held Sunday, May 3, during our 9 am worship service for Kindergarten and Eighth Grade graduates of St. Paul Lutheran School. Kindergarten graduates and their parents are: Hollie Cole - Ross Cole & Lisa Wegner; Chase Conant Joe Conant & Dustin & Jessica Wiechmann; Dylyn Gentrup - Kyle Gentrup & Sara Schnepf; Eli Harrington Lee Harrington & Karlie Wagner; Kate Heimann - Jake Heimann & Alicia Heimann; Ava Mahnke - Tony & Amanda Mahnke; Sylvia Meiergerd - Jason & Dana Meiergerd; Miriam Montenegro - Ignacio & Miriam Montenegro; Marysa Moseman - Tony & Casey Moseman; Gabriel Rehbein - Graham Martin & Kaley Rehbein; Lexi Washington - Tim & Stevie Bruesewitz: Adara Weborg - Tyler & Becca Weborg; Charli Wesche - Scott & Nicole Wesche Eighth grade graduates and their parents are: Michael Bracht - Joel & Tricia Bracht; Brooke Haase - Mike & Kari Haase; Tyson Snodgrass - Alan & Holly Snodgrass; Landon Stalp - Ron & JoDene Stalp; Gage Vance Brett & Bridget Vance; Ben Vander Griend - Harlyn & Terri Vander Griend. Senior Graduates Sunday, May 10, we honor our senior graduates during our 9 am worship service. Graduating May 17 from West Point-Beemer High School are: Ty Haase, son of Mike and Kari Haase, will attend Doane College, going into business and playing baseball; Bayleigh Hoffman, daughter of Jessica Wiechman; Rianna Kramer, daughter of Tammy Kramer; Ronald Kramer, son of Jim and Julie Kramer, will attend UNL; Morgan Peatrowsky, son of Jim and Jenny Peatrowsky, will attend UNO, major in Elementary Education; Jeffrey Rogers, son of John and Tammy Fehrer, will attend NECC, Norfolk, major in Agronomy; Heath Schroeder, son of Lee and Tammy Schroeder, will attend NECC for Mechanized Systems; Hunter Schroeder, son of Lee and Tammy Schroeder, will attend UNL, major in Animal Nutrition. Graduating May 14 from Chesapeake High School in Chesapeake, Ohio is Chelsea Huismann, daughter of Michelle Clark,. She plans to attend college to study agriculture. College Graduates: Liz Rogers, daughter of John and Tammy Fehrer, graduates May 9 from Wayne State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. She will teach at West Holt High School, Atkinson, NE Membership Changes Baptisms: Lucas Watson, son of Tessa Watson Sophia, Bruesewitz, daughter of Tim and Stevie Bruesewitz Confirmations: Brooke Haase, Kade Hughes, Bryce Jamison, Tyson Snodgrass, Landon Stalp, Dylan Uhing, Gage Vance, Ben VanderGriend. Courtesy Confirmation: Darian Repschlaeger, member of Zion, Bancroft. Deaths: Neal Luebbe, Beata Brockmann, Vera Benne Non-member Memorial Service: Erven Riehart Transfers Out: Daniel Miller to St. Paul Lutheran, Skokie, IL. Released: Nadine Peatrowsky to St. Mary’s Catholic, West Point. MANY THANKS!! Thank you to everyone who donated an Easter lily for our Easter celebration. Easter lilies were given: in memory of loved ones, by Paul & Maren Reppert; in memory of Alvin Sievers, Jim Sievers and Evelyn Gardner; in memory of Vera Benne, by her family; in memory of Jim Schroeder, by Lee, Tammy, Heath & Hunter; in memory of Allan Wittrig, by Beulah, Ann and family; in memory of Vernon & Ruth Meyer, Albert & Frieda Meyer, and Harly Rozendal, by Larry Wegner; in loving memory of Bill and Alice Reeson by Marlin, Sheryl, Revel and Daun; in memory of loved ones by Ron & Linda Kreikemeier; in memory of our parents by Gary & Connee Reimers; in memory of loved ones by Wayne & Marcia Beck; in loving memory of my beloved parents, Annie & Fred Wegner and my dear sister Vera by Vernelle Wegner. in memory of Dora, LaVerna and Virgil Bettenhausen, by Bryan & Sheri Bettenhausen & family. Thank you to everyone who supported St. Paul’s pancake breakfast. To everyone who donated food and supplies, to those who helped, and to those who came and enjoyed pancakes and sausage your support is greatly appreciated. Thanks to Thrivent Financial for supplemental funds supporting our radio ministry. Proceeds also go toward third grade Bibles, offering envelopes and scholarships for synodical students. Thank you to CenturyLink for their donation of $500 to St. Paul Lutheran School, in recognition of Don Brockmann's volunteer service over the past year. Thank you to Gwen Lindberg and family for the donation of $25,000 from Dick’s estate, to be used for the repair of the church organ. Thank you to those who made special donations to help with the expense of replacing the parsonage furnace, and replacing the faucets in the church kitchen. Thank you to those who supported the “Stars of Hope” Lenten meals and our annual plant sale. Thank you to those who supported Youth for Christ as they served Lenten meals, Easter breakfast, and also those who made donations to Open Door Mission. Save the Date for VBS St. Paul Vacation Bible School will be one day only this year instead of five evenings. Mark your calendars for Monday, June 8. Hours for Kindergarten and older children are 9 am- 3 pm, with check in beginning at 8:30 am. Two sessions will be held for preschoolers. Morning session is 9-11 am (8:30 am check-in) and afternoon session 1-3 pm (12:30 pm check-in). Lunch will be served for Kindergarten and older students and an ice cream social is from 3-3:30 pm for all VBS attenders. Registration forms will be available in the back of church, or call the church office. Camp Luther will lead VBS activities and volunteers from St. Paul will be needed to help. At least one volunteer is needed for each 10 students with additional helpers to serve lunch and ice cream. Monetary donations are being accepted to help with costs, and donations of food, cookies and bars will be needed. Please prayerfully consider how you can help. Youth for Christ Our youth group has been very busy this time of year. We served several Lenten meals, served Easter breakfast, and have been collecting items for Open Door Mission. We will deliver these items May 3. We will honor our senior graduates on May 10, during the 9 am worship service and celebrate with a brunch following the service. We are making plans now for the 2016 National Convention in New Orleans. LWML Thanks to the members of Naomi/Priscilla Circle for doing the April altar duties. National LWML convention is June 25-28 in Des Moines. LWML assembly is June 7, 2 pm. All women of the congregation are welcome to join us as we hear our speaker, Sherri Panagiotis, daughter of Delores Doht, speak on her trip to Haiti. Please mark your calendars for this date. Ladies Aid Our meetings begin with devotions led by Pastor Bringewatt. In November we discussed the two types of blessings. December’s topic was the events prior to Jesus’ birth and February’s topic was Pentecost and the arrival of the Holy Spirit. Pastor also explained the altar area and the meaning of altar items. He showed us the cloth that covered the Communion ware after ash fell on it from the candle lighting stick. The Ladies Aid will be replacing the cloth. March and April topics were on Jesus’ Gethsemane experience and His being abandoned on the cross. All topics have been very informative. The Ladies were busy throughout the Holidays and since, baking and cooking for several projects. Twenty-two Cheer boxes were prepared and delivered to our shut-ins in December. March Fellowship coffees were sponsored by Ladies Aid. Proceeds and donations gathered were used for the purchase and installation of two new kitchen sink faucets, and for oven repairs. A donation of $500 was sent to Orphan Grain Train to participate in their dollar match program. The birthday funds collected the past year were used to sponsor two Sundays of The Lutheran Hour broadcast. Many women of the congregation helped prepare and serve seven memorial service luncheons with approximately 900 people served. We appreciate very much all the help serving and supplying food. We are thankful too for the congregation members who helped bake cookies for the Bloodmobile. Election of officers was held, with Linda Meyer, Vice President, Eunice Kurz, Treasurer and Bernice Miller and Maren Reppert on the Visiting Committee. Officers in mid-term are Lois Wiechman, President and LaVonne Woodka, Secretary. Again, a reminder of the card supply in the social room showcase. All occasion plus graduation cards are available. At year end, we noted 700 plus cards had been sold during the past year. We thank you for remembering this resource. CALENDAR NOTE! Saturday, July 4, No 6 pm worship service. St. Paul Fair Stand It’s time again to prepare for our St. Paul Fair Stand at the Cuming County Fair. This year’s fair is August 13-16. Several committee members have stepped down and new members are needed. Preparation includes helping with inventory, purchasing needed supplies, frying hamburger for chili and sloppy joes, lining up grillers for during the fair, securing workers to work in the stand during the fair, baking and cutting pies, etc. If you can help in any way, please contact the church office. A big thank you to everyone that gives of their time to help make our fair stand a success. Thank You to those who support our school with those little things. St. Paul Lutheran School received: $ 486.13 from box tops; $ 110.00 from Pizza Ranch wagon wheels; $ 426.10 from Target rewards. Grocery receipts from Graybeal’s and Lincoln Street Market are used to purchase merchandise. Please continue saving those box tops and wagon wheels. Grocery receipt collection will begin again in the fall. St. Paul Lutheran Church and St. Paul Lutheran School are both designated recipients of Thrivent Choice Dollars. Thank you to the Thrivent members who designate their dollars to St. Paul Church and School. **************************************** Camp Luther Summer Camp Registration: Our theme for summer camp this year is “Go and Proclaim!” based off Mark 16:15 “Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation.’” The full brochure and registration forms are available to download at www.campluther.org. Online registration is also available. Future Leaders: Do you know a high school student who’s looking for a great opportunity to serve this summer? Camp Luther’s Future Leaders program may be just the ticket. Students can apply to serve at camp for 102 weeks this summer and enjoy learning about sharing their faith and growing as a servant leader. Students will organize activities, lead music and help manage the daily tasks of running a camp. Applications are online at www.campluther.org. His Kids Camp: Your help is needed to provide an amazing experience for our campers with special needs this summer. We offer several events that give these campers a chance to enjoy God’s amazing creation at their own pace and ability. Each volunteer is “buddied” with a camper, ensuring a one-on-one partnership that will grow throughout the week. Camp Luther provides training for all willing volunteers, and the cost of room and board is simply a suggested donation. Without volunteers, this ministry would not be possible, so please prayerfully consider this opportunity. Please email Cassandra Splittgerber at: email@example.com or call the office at 402-352-5655 to find out which dates need to the filled. Visit www.campluther.org for questions regarding His Kids ministry or for volunteer applications.