St. Peters Lutheran Church
JANUARY 2017 Newsletter
316 S. Main Ave. / P.O. Box 125
Wentworth, SD 57075-0125
Office Phone: 605-483-3129
Pastor’s home office: 605-483-3230
Pastor’s cell: 605-270-1406
Church e-mail: email@example.com
Pastor’s e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Mission Statement:
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.”
Greetings to each of you and may the New Calendar Year give opportunity to receive God’s riches and grace.
The year was 1520, and Martin Luther penned and related the following words in a sermon based on 2 Samuel 22:3 which reads: “. . . my God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my Savior – from violent men You save me.”
As we enter a new year, these words are good for us to ponder on and use throughout the year.
“I believe in God the Father, Maker of Heaven and earth. I put my trust in no man on earth, not even in myself, nor in any power, skill, possession, saintliness, or whatever else may be mine. I trust in no creature, whether in heaven or on earth. I regard and put my trust in the One, True, Invisible, and Incomprehensible God alone, the Maker of heaven and earth, who is above all creatures. And again I do not take fright at the wickedness of the devil and his band, for my God is above them all. I believe not less in God even though I am abandoned or persecuted by all men. I believe none the less, though I am poor, foolish, untaught, and despised and lacking all things. I believe none the less, although I am a sinner. For this my faith must hover above all that is and is not, above sin and virtue and above all things, so that it remains immaculate and pure in God, as the First Commandment urges.
Neither do I entreat Him for a sign or token, for I would not tempt Him. I trust continually in Him, however long He tarries, and I set Him no term nor time, no measure nor means, but in a true and trusting faith I leave all things to His divine will.
Since He is almighty, what could I want, that He would not give or do for me? Since He is the Maker of heaven and earth, and Lord of all things, who will rob me or do me harm? Yea, why should not all things work together for my good, since I have found favour with Him, to whom they all are subject in obedience?
Because He is God, then, He is able to make all things work for my good. Because He is Father, He desires to do so and gladly does it . . . .”
In Christ’s service and yours, Pastor D.D. Doremus
A BRIEF STATEMENT OF THE DOCTRINAL POSITION OF THE MISSOURI SYNOD
Of Open Questions
44. Those questions in the domain of Christian doctrine may be termed open questions which Scripture answers either not at all or not clearly. Since neither an individual nor the Church as a whole is permitted to develop or augment the Christian doctrine, but are rather ordered and commanded by God to continue in the doctrine of the apostles, 2 Thess. 2:15; Acts 2:42, open questions must remain open questions. ‐‐ Not to be included in the number of open questions are the following: the doctrine of the Church and the Ministry, of Sunday, of Chiliasm, and of Antichrist, these doctrines being clearly defined in Scripture. Back to top
Of the Symbols of the Lutheran Church
45. We accept as our confession all the symbols contained in the Book of Concord of the year 1580. ‐‐ The symbols of the Lutheran Church are not a rule of faith beyond, and supplementary to, Scripture, but a confession of the doctrines of Scripture over against those who deny these doctrines.
46. Since the Christian Church cannot make doctrines, but can and should simply profess the doctrine revealed in Holy Scripture, the doctrinal decisions of the symbols are binding upon the conscience not because they are the outcome of doctrinal controversies, but only because they are the doctrinal decisions of Holy Scripture itself.
47. Those desiring to be admitted into the public ministry of the Lutheran Church pledge themselves to teach according to the symbols not ”in so far as,” but ”because,” the symbols agree with Scripture. He who is unable to accept as Scriptural the doctrine set forth in the Lutheran symbols and their rejection of the corresponding errors must not be admitted into the ministry of the Lutheran Church.
48. The confessional obligation covers all doctrines, not only those that are treated ex professo, but also those that are merely introduced in support of other doctrines. The obligation does not extend to historical questions, ”purely exegetical questions,” and other matters not belonging to the doctrinal content of the symbols. All doctrines of theSymbols are based on clear statements of Scripture.
To read the Bible in one year:
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY
DATE FIRST READING SECOND READING
January 1 Luke 1:68-79 Mark 2
January 2 Psalm 30 Mark 3
January 3 Psalm 31 Mark 4
January 4 Psalm 32 Mark 5
January 5 Psalm 33 Mark 6
January 6 Psalm 34 Mark 7
January 7 Psalm 35 Mark 8
January 8 Psalm 36 Mark 9
January 9 Psalm 37 Mark 10
January 10 Psalm 38 Mark 11
January 11 Psalm 39 Mark 12
January 12 Psalm 40 Mark 13
January 13 Psalm 41 Mark 14
January 14 Psalm 42 Mark 15-16
January 15 Psalm 43 Genesis 1-3
January 16 Psalm 44 Genesis 4-6
January 17 Psalm 45 Genesis 7-9
January 18 Psalm 46 Genesis 10-12
January 19 Psalm 47 Genesis 13-15
January 20 Psalm 48 Genesis 16-18
January 21 Psalm 49 Genesis 19-21
January 22 Psalm 50 Genesis 22-24
January 23 Psalm 51 Genesis 25-27
January 24 Psalm 52 Genesis 28-30
January 25 Psalm 53 Genesis 31-33
January 26 Psalm 54 Genesis 34-36
January 27 Psalm 55 Genesis 37-39
January 28 Psalm 56 Genesis 40-42
January 29 Psalm 57 Genesis 43-45
January 30 Psalm 58 Genesis 46-48
January 31 Luke 1:68-79 Genesis 49-50
JANUARY BAPTISMAL BIRTHDAYS
January 1, 1984 Sara Elizabeth Inlow 23385 461st Ave Wentworth, SD 57075
January 1, 2012 Addison Marie Walters 23385 461st Ave Wentworth, SD 57075
January 3, 2016 Cade William Fischer 45358 230th St Madison, SD 57042
January 3, 1960 Jerome Eugene Gehrels 46393 230th St. Wentworth, SD 57075
January 9, 1955 Gale Allen Maas 46332 231st St. Wentworth, SD 57075
January 9, 2005 Kadyn Thomas Gehrels 46446 230th St. Wentworth, SD 57075
January 14, 2007 Kaelie Faye Lindholm 22920 462nd Ave Wentworth, SD 57075
January 15, 2006 Parker Allen Woodrow Gerry 46520 237th St. Wentworth, SD 57075
January 16, 1983 Mitchell John Schneider 537 SE 4th St. Madison, SD 57042
January 17, 1993 Brooke Jordan Hemmer 1105 Honeysuckle Drive #6 Harrisburg, SD 57032
January 20, 1963 Kimberly Jo Hemmer 47452 239th St. Dell Rapids, SD 57022
January 22, 1968 Dwaine DeRoy Doremus 23616 462nd Ave. Wentworth, SD 57075
January 24, 2010 Jeremiah Alvin DeGroot 24312 467th Ave. Dell Rapids, SD 57022
January 25, 1959 Marlys Jean Arneson 48025 226th St. Flandreau, SD 57028
January 25, 1987 Justin Lee Baumberger 45796 234th St. Wentworth, SD 57075
January 25, 2015 Braeleigh RaeAnn Dean PO Box 112, Wentworth, SD 57075
January 29, 1940 Jim Lindholm 308 S. Main, Wentworth, SD 57075
January 30, 1994 Tyler Burdette Backus 23546 462nd Ave, Wentworth, SD 57075
January, 1970 Noel Wareham 23809 470th Ave, Colman, SD 57017
JANUARY WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
Mr. & Mrs. Brian & Amanda Maas January 23, 2010
Mr. & Mrs. Dick & Helen Lease January 25, 1959
Jan. 2, 1983 Mitchell Schneider
Jan. 4, 1950 Janice Doremus
Jan. 9, 2004 Rayden Lindholm
Jan. 10, 1965 Lori Swab
Jan. 11, 2010 Jeremiah DeGroot
Jan. 11, 2015 Braeleigh Dean
Jan. 12, 1994 Tyler Backus
Jan. 16, 1940 Jim Lindholm
Jan. 18, 2013 Tracer Feige
Jan. 20, 2014 Cameron Maas
Jan. 21, 1943 Leslie Heidelberger II
Jan. 22, 1947 Dwaine Doremus
Jan. 22, 1929 Delores Beeck
Jan. 22, 2008 Grace Lindholm
Jan. 27, 1979 Lisa Lindholm
Jan. 28, 1946 Liz Tammen
Jan. 31, 2002 Isaac Heidelberger
Holy Land Tour Opportunity
You are invited to join me, a native of Israel, born in Nazareth on a Journey to the Holy Land–Israel for an experience of a lifetime We will depart from Minneapolis on October 4 and return on October 17…walk where Jesus walked…where every page of the Bible is seen in its original context alive…cruise the Sea of Galilee…climb the Mount of Olives and view the Old City of Jerusalem…visit Tabgha, scene of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes…the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount and where Jesus chose His Twelve Apostles…walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher…stroll in the Garden of Gethsemane…visit Bethlehem…the Church of the Nativity and much more.
What to expect: During this 13-day tour, you will experience the sounds, smells and sights of two civilizations the old and the new. You will stand at the cross- roads of history and feel the vibrant influence of how this land shapes all other lands.
We will do more than just visit sights. We will go off the beaten path and have personal and daily devotions. The Bible will be our map and guide. Experience the Holy Land–a place like no other. Please join me on this blessed adventure!
The price is $4,050.00 includes: airfare from Minneapolis to Tel Aviv and back to Minneapolis, hotel accommodations (for double occupancy) tips, entry fees and all meals.
For further information contact:
Pastor Nabil Nour
46448 263rd St.
Hartford, SD 57033
**Itinerary and Enrollment Forms can be found on the bulletin board or with the Secretary.
Handbell Choir News
NO handbells January 25th or the month of February.
Lost & Found: a water bottle and sippy cup—you can pick items up in the kitchen.
7:00 pm Council Meeting
7:30 pm Voter’s Meeting
All Members are encouraged to attend.
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TIME IS RUNNING OUT…HELP WANTED!!
The Sunday School is in need of an assistant Sunday
School Music teacher to keep the kids singing in
the month of February! This is a great
stewardship opportunity. If you are interested,
please contact Julie 605-480-0439
LWML News & Stewardship Opportunity:
St. Peters LWML is continually collecting printer ink cartridges for our recycling program. Funds collected will go to the LWML South Dakota District, and will be used for a purpose determined by the Board of Directors.
Ongoing Mission Service Activity: Recycling Pill Bottles –See details in Narthex by LWML recycle bins. THANK YOU for your help and participation in this LWML Mission endeavor.
Our next meeting will be Saturday, January 14 @ 10am in the Fellowship Hall. Roll call is “gather/gathering”. We will be voting for officers at this meeting.
Circuit Rural Ministry Conference
Important that Elders and Chairman of each congregation be in attendance.
When: 10:30-2:30 Saturday, January 21st
Where: St. Paul in Scotland
In May, (date to be announced): St. Peters, Wentworth will be hosting this opportunity
Paige Johanson, Secretary
St. Peters Lutheran Church
PO Box 125 316 S. Main
Wentworth, SD 57075
Our Mission Statement:
“Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name and make known among the nations what He has done.” Psalm 105:1