August 2019 Newsletter

St. Peters Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

August 2019 NEWSLETTER


316 S. Main Ave. / P.O. Box 125 Wentworth, SD 57075-0125

Office Phone: 605-483-3129
Fax: 605-483-1302
Pastor’s cell: 307-221-1256 Church e-mail: stpeter@itctel.comPastor’s e-mail: adwelton@gmail.comWebsite:

Our Mission Statement:

“Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”Psalm 105:1



Joy: Fully Lutheran


“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in


Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

The votes cast. The results tabulated. The chairs put away. The floors mopped. Another Synodical

Convention is in the history books. As of the writing of this article, the convention is still going on. But,

by the time you receive this, everything … done. What is to come from it is still yet to be seen. However,

as with every convention of the Synod, there are somethings we can take away.

First, there will be changes that come in our Synod. Any convention or voters meeting will bring

changes. Then, there will be those who are angry at what has happened. But as always there is much to

rejoice in. This year’s theme was Joy: Fully Lutheran coming from Paul’s letter to the church in

Thessalonica. What an apt passage for a convention or a voters meeting. A verse which reminds us of

every circumstance, for every reason we give thanks to the Lord. While the changes are happening, and

people are voting on important issues this can be hard to remember. But the Lord is the Lord of the church

and has promised at all times to care for His church and make sure the one thing needful for the church is

always there: the life-giving blood of Christ.

The theme of Joy: Fully Lutheran gives us a chance to reflect on why we are thankful for being

Lutheran. You can find many reasons to give God thanks for being Lutheran. Some might be: the

hymnody, the liturgy, the Small Catechism, the fellowship, etc. As Lutherans, one of the greatest things

we have to be thankful for is the heritage we have in the Book of Concord and the teaching of

justification. Maybe a different way to put it would be we are thankful God has preserved the teaching

and preaching of the good news of Christ’s death as a free gift for forgiveness. We can be thankful we

still have the comfort of the true Gospel preached and taught throughout our churches.

Speaking of teaching. Be in prayer both of thanksgiving and of intercessions as we begin a new

year of confirmation and Sunday school. Keep all the teachers in your prayers. We thank God for so many

willing volunteers to teach our youth the way of the Lord. Keep the students in your prayers. Asking God

to open their hearts and minds to learn the truths revealed in His Word and for the faith to be strengthened

in each one of them.

As the summer draws to a close and we look ahead to school starting we take a moment to pause.

A moment to reflect on the church and the wonderful blessings God has given us through the church.

Here we rejoice, pray, and give thanks for the wonderful ways in all circumstances!


Your Servant in Christ,


Pastor Welton

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

LCMS Stewardship Ministry

Newsletter Article – August 2019

Have you ever noticed the subtle ceremony of receiving the offerings during the Divine Service? The offerings are collected in plates or baskets, and they are brought forward and given to the pastor or an assistant. The pastor turns toward the altar, and, as he slightly bows his head, the offerings are raised slightly to the Lord and placed on the altar or an adjacent table.

Why do we have this ceremony? And what does it teach us? For that is what ceremony does – it teaches, as the Augsburg Confession tells us what we need to know about Christ (AC XXIV, 1–3).

Originally, this ceremony included more than simply bringing forward what was collected in the offering plates. The elements for the Holy Communion – the bread and the wine – were brought forward with the offerings. The offerings and elements were lifted toward the Lord and placed upon the altar. The altar,now made a table, would be set for the Lord’s Supper.

Gifts brought to the altar come from the sweat of His people’s brow. They are the bread and wine, the fruits of His people’s labor in this fallen world. After six days of labor and toil, the people are to bring agenerous proportion for the Lord’s work. Gifts set upon the altar are offered to the Lord for Him to takeup and press into service for His gracious work.

For what is offered to the Lord from the sweat of His people’s brow – the bread of anxious toil – comes back to us as the bread of life. The bread comes down from heaven that whoever eats this bread and drinks this cup will receive life through the forgiveness of their sins.

This is not unlike what the Lord did for His people in the Old Testament:

“You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year. And before theLord your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always. And if the way is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry the tithe, when the Lord your God blesses you, because the place is too far from you, which the Lord your God chooses, to set his name there, then you shall turn it into money and bind up the money in your hand and go to the place that the Lord your God chooses and spend the money for whatever you desire – oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetitecraves. And you shall eat there before the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household.”(Deut. 14:22-26)

What a blessing! God provides for us in all things. He provides bread from the sweat of our brows. He receives this from us in the first-fruits offerings we give to Him in thanksgiving and praise, and He turns these into spiritual bread. He gives this heavenly bread – the bread of eternal life – back to us so we might have joy.

So, the next time you are in the Divine Service, watch this ceremony in wonder. The offerings we have given to Him, the Lord gives back to us in His supper so that we may rejoice in the salvation He won for us upon the cross.

Speak Up – Seize the Opportunities

by Pastor Michael Salemink

Gospel-motivated voices For Life don’t only speak inchurches.

They speak in communities. They speak in
courtrooms. We speak at cash registers. We speak
at capitols. We speak in shared spaces and public places. We love our neighbors not only as faithful Christians. We also respect and protect the least of these as responsible citizens. And in the democratic process, legislatures have offered abundant opportunities to put the sanctity of life into practice so far this year.

Famously (or infamously), the governments of New York and Illinois not only considered but succeeded in expanding abortions. These states’ representatives and executives removedexisting restrictions and now allow the killing of unborn children for any reason at any time during pregnancy. Illinois also repealed its previous prohibition of the partial-birth procedurethat ends the child’s life in the process of delivery itself.

However, even more jurisdictions addressed abortion in the other direction. Four states increased limitations and punishments for abortion. Arkansas and Utah recognized it as a crime when perpetrated after 18 weeks gestation (although Arkansas permits exceptions for sexual assaults). Missouri outlawed it after eight weeks, and Alabama categorized all abortions as felonies for doctors to perform.

Five additional states voted to safeguard prenatal lives after the detection of a heartbeat. Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Ohio banned such abortions (usually after a gestational age of six to eight weeks) despite courts historically declaring similar laws unconstitutional. Louisiana’s regulation was signed into law by Democratic Governor John BelEdwards.

Two states, Indiana and North Dakota, agreed to disallow the violent dilation-and-evacuation abortion method. Also known as dismemberment abortion, this procedure removes the baby from the womb a limb at a time. Almost all second-trimester abortions utilize it, and eight other states (Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, and West Virginia) already reject D&E abortion. North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Washington, and federal lawmakers also deliberated it during the most recent term.

Five states (and Congress) introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in 2019. Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, and Washington proposed refraining from abortions after the child begins to feel pain. Substantial medical evidence has established that pain sensation in an unborn child begins no later than 20 weeks gestation. Though opponents prevented these bills from passing everywhere but Missouri, 20 other states have enacted this protection (two have been blocked by court order).

Several further states (and Congress) weighed Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Acts. These initiatives require intervention and care when a little one lives after an attempted abortion. Medical professionals who refuse life-saving and life-supporting measures in these situations face prosecution. Alabama, North Carolina, and Wisconsin saw legislatures approve suchlegislation, but while Alabama’s governor signed the law, the other two governors vetoed it.

The Abortion Pill Reversal Information Act went into effect in five states. This law mandates that physicians disclose information about counteracting chemical abortions before completion of the two-pill protocol. If progesterone (a natural hormone) is administered before the second drug is


ingested, a regretful mother can save her baby’s life. Arkansas, Kentucky, North Dakota,Nebraska, and Oklahoma joined five more states who already insist on this service.

New Jersey and Maine decriminalized physician-assisted suicide this year. They became the seventh and eighth states to do so. (Voices for Life in Maine has undertaken an effort to subject the policy to a ballot initiative; if they gather 80,000 signatures in 60 days, the matter goes to public vote next June.) Fourteen other states also introduced bills to legalize doctor-prescribed death this year, but these were defeated or not voted on (Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Kansas, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Utah, and Virginia). Arkansas and Oklahoma actually strengthened their official opposition to it.

Finally, the federal Department of Health and Human Services acted for life in 2019 as well. ThePresident’s administration revised its Title X (family planning) funding to exclude any entity that performs or refers for abortions. Then they directed the National Institutes of Health to discontinue all experimentation requiring new acquisition of aborted fetal tissue (some $100 million in projects!), and at the same time HHS committed $20 million to developing ethical alternatives.

And this year is only half over! No doubt upcoming legislative sessions will bring even more chances to declare and demonstrate how God loves life. May our Lord and Savior bless you—and your elected representatives—with courage and compassion as you seize those opportunities!

In truth and love,

Rev. Michael W. Salemink
Executive Director, Lutherans For Life
Since 1973 60,942,033 Abortions in America (From Lutherans for Life website) ———————————————————————————————————–

St. Peters 2019 Diaper Derby Results


1029 – Diapers
1 pant/shirt outfit 2 swaddlers
4 receiving blankets

2952 – Wipes 8 hangers

1 bib & bootie set 1 baby blanket


96 (1 box) swaddler diapers 3 onesies 1 jumper

2 Changing table covers
2 Aquaphor diaper rash creams

2018 Diaper Derby Results
820 diapers 1096 wipes 2 baby bottles 3 boxes diaper rash cream

3 pkgs. Pacifiers 7 NB-3T girl outfits 5 3/6 mos.-3T boys outfits 4 onesies 1 pkg. girls socks 1 pkg. boys socks 2 picture frames 1 pkg. girls sippy cups 2 bibs (1 boy 1 girl) 2 fuzzy baby blankets 16 baby quilts (donated by our quilters) baby food toiletry gift set Banner (made by LWML)



Congregational StatisticsApril – May – June 2019

Baptized membership 244 Confirmed membership 185 Households 123

Average Sunday attendance this quarter, members 108 44% of Baptized members attended per Sunday this quarter

Average Sunday attendance this quarter, members & visitors 119 [# counted w/visitors from attendance book]

Average Special Service attendance this quarter, members31% of members attended Special Service this quarter


Average Special Service attendance this quarter, members & visitors
49% of Communicant members (91 out of 185) have failed to commune or communed less than 1⁄2 this quarter.

Sunday school age enrollment 54 Average attendance of children enrolled 20.5

*Does not include Youth Group
Average number of guests 00

*Does not include Youth Group

Official Acts:



Junior Confirmation:

Kadyn Thomas Gehrels – April 28, 2019 Rachel Rebekah Lindholm – April 28, 2019 Logan Konrad Reck – April 28, 2019
Chloe Jane Schneider – April 28, 2019

Adult confirmation:

Nicole Elizabeth Backus – April 7, 2019 Danielle Mae Lemme – April 7, 2019

Affirmation of faith: Transfer In:

Transfer Out:

Mike & Amanda Trimble; children Brielle & Emrie transferred to Our Savior Lutheran Madison, SD

Wedding: Funeral:

St. Peters Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

Council meeting minutesJuly 17, 2019

Vice President Gale Maas called to order the council meeting of St. Peters LC-MS at 7:00 PM on July 17, 2019 at St. Peters fellowship hall.

Attendance: Dan Alfson, Gale Maas, Shawn Martin, Rollyn Hess, Pastor Welton, Todd Keupp, Mark Limmer, Dave Beeck

Pastor Welton opened the meeting with a prayer.

Secretary Dan Alfson read the minutes from the last meeting.

Financial Report: presented by Todd Keupp.

Treasurers Report: presented by Dave Beeck.

Pastor’s Report: presented by Pastor Welton. Pastor mentioned that eight students went to camp in May.

Elders Report: presented by Mark Limmer.

Mark brought up “Official Acts” to be brought to the voters. Transfer of Mike and Amanda back to Our Saviors Lutheran Church Madison, SD. Mark said the elders have been discussing mass communication options for weather related information. Currently we are making several calls to different media to get the information out. This might also be something to consider for the other church groups; such as the LWML, Prayer group, confirmation, mid-week. Cost would be around 55.00 per month. Another feature it has is a call back feature to re-hear the last recorded message. Council recommends bringing this to the voters.

Trustees Report: Presented by Rollyn Hess. Rollyn mentioned there was a large limb damaged in a tree over the sidewalk that he did removed. The handicap symbol was re- painted on the parking lot. Rollyn also re-attached the loose gutter on the North side of the fellowship hall.

Board of stewardship: No report
Board of Education: presented by Pastor Welton. Preparing for VBSOld Business: None


New Business:

Pastor Welton mentioned the white board is in poor condition. Pastor requested a better board that is more robust and does not tip so easily. Gale mentioned using some of the Memorial Fund monies for this. It was recommended to bring this to the voters.

Pastor mentioned his salary is Negotiable and that continuing education is mandatory by the synod. District guidelines state that the congregation is not required but is encouraged to help cover costs. Council recommends taking this to the Voters.

Shawn Martin mentioned that Melissa inquired if we are interested in doing another pictoral directory. Pastor mentioned that the software the church uses can save pictures and print directories.

Shawn brought a statement of change for register office or registered agent or both. Dave Beeck will complete and submit the form.

Shawn also had a list of voters, and potential voters. There was discussion on voting requirements and removal of voting rights.

Gale Maas called to Adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:43 pm

Submitted by Dan Alfson.


St. Peters Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

Voters meeting minutesJuly 21, 2019

Vice President Gale Maas called to order the Voters meeting of St. Peters LC-MS at 11:15 am on July 21, 2019 at St. Peters fellowship hall.

Attendance: Shawn Martin, Gale Maas, Dan Alfson, Gaylen Backus, Jerry Gehrels, Dave Beeck, Rollyn Hess, Dick Lease, Scott Feige, Mark Limmer, Loren Lindholm, Carrol Olson, Todd Keupp, Dick DeJabet, Jeff Arneson, Pastor Welton, Mike Lindholm, Lee Limmer

Pastor Welton opened with Devotion and Prayer.

Secretary Dan Alfson read the minutes from the last meeting.

Financial report: Presented by Todd Keupp

Treasurers Report: Presented by Todd Keupp

Pastors Report: Presented by Pastor Welton.

Elders report: Presented by Mark Limmer.

Motion by Loren Lindholm, 2nd by Jeff Arneson to accept junior confirmations of Kadyn Gehrels, Rachel Lindholm, Logan Reck and Chloe Schneider. Motion Carries.

Motion by Jerry Gehrels, 2nd by Gaylen Backus to accept the transfer out of Mike and Amanda Trimble and family. Motion carries.

Trustees Report: Presented by Rollyn Hess. Rollyn, re-painted the handicapped parking spots, re-attached gutters, sawed off damaged limb and cleaned the AC.

Board of Education: Presented by Scott Feige. Scott stated preparations are under way for VBS and that teachers are still in need. Teachers are in need for the upcoming Sunday school year. Discussed Missions for the Sunday school students.

Board of Stewardship: Presented by Russ Mendel. Russ mentioned he and Kay delivered the diapers to Brookings, with match from Thrivent.

Old Business:

Pastor Welton provided a report on Camp Comeca. Eight students attended and the focus was apostolic teaching.


New Business:

Pastor brought up subscribing to a mass communication service. This would help communicating church business on short notice. Programs are around $55 per month. This service would be used for cancelations, prayer chain requests, confirmation schedule changes and more. These services have the ability to create sub groups and send text messages. Pastor Welton has talked to other pastors that have used this service.

Motion by Russ Mendel, 2nd by Todd Keupp to subscribe to a monthly mass communication service (Calling Post). Motion carries.

Jerry mentioned the old organ does not work anymore. Wondering if it is repairable or just needs removing. Gaylen volunteered to contact a technician that may be able to work on it.

Dave Beeck mentioned needing to change the wording in the Articles of Incorporation from Pastor Doremus to President. The council will address this during their next council meeting.

Melissa was contacted about making a new directory. It was mentioned that our church software is able to upload the pictures and print the directory. Todd Keupp volunteered to use his camera to take the pictures needed to upload to the software. We will address this again at our next meeting.

Pastor brought up replacing the white board with a higher quality one, mounted to a frame with casters that does not tip so easily and would last longer.

Motion by Jerry Gehrels, 2nd by Gale Maas to let Pastor Welton make the purchase with money coming from the Memorial Fund. Motion carries.

Dick DeJabet moved to adjourn the meeting. Second by Rollyn Hess, Meeting closed at 11:15 am with the Lord’s Prayer.
Submitted by Dan Alfson.









Aug 1

Habakkuk 3:2-19

2 Chronicles 1 – 3

Aug 16

Psalm 71

Nehemiah 4 – 6

Aug 2

Psalm 57

2 Chronicles 4 – 6

Aug 17

Psalm 72

Nehemiah 7 – 9

Aug 3

Psalm 58

2 Chronicles 7 – 9

Aug 18

Psalm 73

Nehemiah 10 – 13

Aug 4

Psalm 59

2 Chronicles 10-12


Aug 19


Psalm 74

Esther 1 – 3

Aug 5

Psalm 60

2 Chronicles 13-15

Aug 20


Psalm 75


Esther 4 – 6

Aug 6

Psalm 61

2 Chronicles 16-18

Aug 21

Psalm 76

Esther 7 – 10

Aug 7

Psalm 62

2 Chronicles 19-21


Aug 22


Psalm 77

Job 1 – 3

Aug 8

Psalm 63

2 Chronicles 22-24


Aug 23


Psalm 78

Job 4 – 6

Aug 9

Psalm 64

2 Chronicles 25-27

Aug 24


Psalm 79


Job 7 – 9

Aug 10

Psalm 65

2 Chronicles 28-30

Aug 25

Psalm 80

Job 10 – 12

Aug 11

Psalm 66

2 Chronicles 31-33


Aug 26


Psalm 81

Job 13 – 15

Aug 12

Psalm 67

2 Chronicles 34-36

Aug 27

Psalm 82

Job 16 – 18

Aug 13

Psalm 68

Ezra 1 – 5

Aug 28


Psalm 83


Job 19 – 21

Aug 14

Psalm 69

Ezra 6 – 10

Aug 29

Psalm 84

Job 22 – 24

Aug 15

Psalm 70

Nehemiah 1 -3


Aug 30



Psalm 85


Job 25 – 27


Aug 31


Habakkuk 3:2-19

Job 28 – 30

Sunday, August 4 – Tuesday, August 6: Miraculous Mission VBS starts at 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

Wednesday, August 7 – 7:00 pm Parents/Confirmation students meeting
Kaelie Lindholm (Erik & Lisa Lindholm), Olivia Lindholm (Ryan & Stacy Lindholm), CeCe Gibney (Jackie Gibney & Byron Conway), Ella Fischer (Jason & Meredith Fischer), Parker Gerry (Leon & Melissa Gerry), Jackson Heidelberger (Tye Heidelberger).

Wednesday, August 21 – 4:00 pm First day of Confirmation class & Mid-week classes.




THEME: God at Work


Registration: 9:30 – 10:00 am

Workshop: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Morning Offering

To Help Cover Expenses

Freewill Donation

To Help Cover Lunch Expenses

Excess Donations

For The Mission Goal

September 20th Emmanuel Lutheran Church

601 E. Logan Ave., Gettysburg

September 21st Zion Lutheran Church

4550 S. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City

October 4th
Zion Lutheran Church

S. Seaman St., Delmont

October 5th
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church715 2nd St. NE, Watertown


August Baptismal Birthdays


August 2, 1988

Kassandra Marie Olson 45948 224 St. Nunda

August 2, 2015

Thatcher Louis Welton 420 NE 6th St. Madison

August 4, 1985

Jarrod Allen Maas23150 463rd Ave. Wentworth

August 5, 2001

Chase Taylor Hemmer 47452 239th St. Dell Rapids

August 6, 1939

Dick Dean Lease 23681 469th Ave. Colman

August 11, 1985

Scott Daniel Feige 45955 230th St. Wentworth

August 11, 1991

Kara Michele Velgersdyk 1816 W. Ashton Tr Brandon

August 14, 2016

Hattie Elizabeth Baumberger 927 Jennifer St. Madison

Happy Baptismal Birthday!!!!

From your Brothers & Sisters in Christ

August 15, 1943

Rollyn Ray Hess 46342 232nd St. Wentworth

August 15, 1981

Shelly Marie Broghammer PO Box 21 Colman

August 16, 1951

Michael Norman Lindholm PO Box 2 Wentworth

August 17, 1997

Mikeal Anthony Tammen 46215 234th St. Wentworth

August 18, 1940

Carleen Mae Ooms 46741 240th St. Colman

August 18, 1968

Randy Dean Hess 46970 241st St. Dell Rapids

August 19, 1990

Kayla Rose Tweet 24078 459th Ave. Chester

August 19, 2012

Dominick Daniel Lindholm PO Box 134 Wentworth

August 19, 2018

Zhavia Helen Dean219 S. Union Ave. Madison

August 20, 1989

Jesse Lee Baumberger 927 Jennifer St. Madison

August 22, 1993

Nathan James Winesburg8080 Eden Rd. Apt. #458 Eden Prairie, MN 55344

August 22, 2004

Alexander Lee Henrichs PO Box 134 Wentworth

August 25, 1935

Arlene Mable Limmer PO Box 6 Wentworth

August 27, 1978

Erik Kenneth Lindholm22920 462nd Ave. Wentworth

August 30, 1981

Meredith Marie Fischer 45358 230th St. Madison

August 30, 2015

Beckett Lee Velgersdyk 1816 W. Ashton Tr. Brandon

“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved”Mark 16:16a

August Wedding Anniversaries

Mr. & Mrs. Carrol & June Olson August 2, 1968 Mr. & Mrs. Rollyn & Connie Hess August 2, 1969 Mr. & Mrs. Micheal & Patricia Tammen August 2, 1996 Mr. & Mrs. Erik & Lisa Lindholm August 4, 2001 Mr. & Mrs. Adam & Kayla Welton August 4, 2007 Mr. & Mrs. Todd & Carmen Keupp August 5, 1977 Mr. & Mrs. Ryan & Stacy Lindholm August 6, 2005 Mr. & Mrs. Brett & Heidi Schneider August 14, 2004 Mr. & Mrs. Loren & Amy Lindholm August 23, 1986 Mr. & Mrs. Kory & Melissa Reck August 24, 2002 Mr. & Mrs. Charles & Rosella Alverson August 26, 1959 Mr. & Mrs. Ashes & Kayla Dean August 27, 2016 Mr. & Mrs. Noel & Catherine Wareham August 31, 1996

August 18, 2003 Kenneth Lindholm

August 18, 2003 Tyler Reck
August 19, 2013 Kaleb LindholmAugust 21, 1960 Jeff ArnesonAugust 21, 2015 Beckett VelgersdykAugust 23, 1956 Bonnie LindholmAugust 24, 1996 Nathan VoyAugust 24, 2000 Daniel Voy
August 26, 1960 Roger BroghammerAugust 27, 1992 Heidi HueweAugust 28, 1982 Amanda MaasAugust 29, 1998 Austin TammenAugust 30, 1975 Misty Alfson


August 2, 1940 Carleen OomsAugust 3, 1947 Bill Hansen
August 3, 2012 Dominick LindholmAugust 4, 2016 Hattie BaumbergerAugust 5, 1989 Jesse BaumbergerAugust 6, 1951 Michael LindholmAugust 6, 1956 Dave BeeckAugust 9, 1978 Erik LindholmAugust 12, 1944 Dannie JohnsonAugust 12, 1967 Glenn DeGrootAugust 12, 1997 Mikeal TammenAugust 17, 1973 Melissa ReckAugust 17, 1975 Joy Boon