June 2018 Newsletter

St. Peters Lutheran Church
Missouri Synod

JUNE 2018 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.com
Pastor’s e-mail: adwelton@gmail.com
Website: www.stpeterswentworth.com

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

Press Release
The 61st South Dakota District Convention Report April 19-21, 2018

The Sixty-First Convention of The South Dakota District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod opened in Sioux Falls, SD on Thursday, April 19, 2018 under the theme, “Behold Your God! What Help! What Hope!” based on Isaiah 40:9. Prior to the start of the convention, delegates joined together for worship at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD.

Representing The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and providing the delegates an update on the work of the Missouri Synod was the Reverend Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, President of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Also attending the convention as the Bible study leader was Reverend Dr. Reed Lessing, Senior Pastor, St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Ft. Wayne, IN. He led the convention attendees in a study of Isaiah 40-55, which served as the inspiration and basis for the convention’s theme.

Rev. Scott C. Sailer, President of The South Dakota District, detailed the state of the district in his report to the convention. While he mentioned various challenges facing the district and district congregations, he highlighted plans and ways that the district and local congregations can work together to address these challenges. He reminded convention goers that Jesus Christ is still the Lord of the Church and the Lord’s Church has a great message of help and hope to a sinful and fallen world.

Re-elected on the first ballot to serve a second term as President of the South Dakota District was the Rev. Scott C. Sailer, Sioux Falls, SD. The Rev. Randy Sturzenbecher, Pastor, Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church, Black Hawk, SD was elected as the District’s First Vice-President and the Rev. Timothy Rynearson, Senior Pastor, Peace Lutheran Church, Brookings, SD was elected as the District’s Second Vice-President. Also, elected to serve on the District’s Board of Directors were: Rev. David Otten, Pastor, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Gettysburg and Christ Lutheran Church, Lebanon as District Secretary, Mr. Jeff Siekmann, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Brookings, SD as District Treasurer, and Mr. Robert Herz, Zion Lutheran Church, Rapid City, SD and Mr. David Zuercher, Faith Lutheran Church, Pierre, SD as lay members.

In keeping with the convention theme, delegates adopted Resolution 2-01 with the goal of pointing all people to God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to be their help and hope. The resolution encouraged congregations to hold at least one weekly Bible study, encouraged circuits to work together to equip laypeople to share the Gospel through word and deed, and encouraged congregations and schools to apply for a district Harvest Grant to help finance activities of outreach and mercy in their communities. The convention ratified Resolutions 1-11 and 1-12, which amended the District’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. Resolution 1-12 also submitted to the Synod’s Commission on Constitutional Matters a change in the way district vice-presidents were elected. Resolution 1-15 eliminated Circuit D, the “Huron Circuit,” and apportioned those congregations affected by the elimination to neighboring circuits. The resolution also directed the District Board of Directors to appoint a committee after the 2019 Synod Convention. The committee will be given the responsibility of bringing a plan for circuit realignment to the 2021 District Convention. Resolution 2-06 thanked God for the faithful service of Terry Schmidt, the LCMS Director of School Ministry. The resolution recognized those Lutheran schools in the District that had achieved National Lutheran School Accreditation and encouraged all Lutheran schools in the District to strive for excellence in their ministries.
Resolution 3-04 recognized the upcoming 25th anniversaries of District-funded mission work on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Native American Reservations. The resolution thanked God for missionary efforts of many who have shared the Gospel with Native Americans in South Dakota and encouraged District congregations and schools to continue their support for Native American missions in the District. In the spirit of partnering together to support missions, delegates adopted Resolution 3-07 to provide financial assistance to two missionaries, Rev. Nathan Jastram, Japan, and Rev. David Warner, Spain. The convention also took the opportunity to thank two long-time District Office employees in Resolutions 1-06 and 1-07. Mr. Randy Gayken has served as the District Business Manager for nearly 38 years and will be entering retirement shortly after convention. Julie Pike has served as the Administrative Assistant to the District President and the Executive Secretary for 30 years.

South Dakota District congregations come together for convention every three years. The next District Convention will convene April 12–14, 2021 in Sioux Falls, SD.
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PRESS RELEASE

Summer Food Service Program (FREE)

The Madison Central School announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program. Lunches will be served to all children (age 18 & under) at no charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:

For more information contact our district office at 605-256-7700 or email: mitchell.o.brooks@k12.sd.us

Thank you,
Jennifer Gross
VP Lake County Food Pantry

Best Outreach Program Ever

Have you ever wanted to know how the church can reach out to those who are unchurched? Ever wonder what the most effective way to get people to visit the church and hear the Gospel proclaimed to them? I am about ready to give you the answer. We are going to start with the complicated answer and then give the simple answer.
Let us look at some stats from a 2006 (I know old) study done by the Barna Group. Let us take these number at face value and assume if they have changed it is not significant enough to matter.

82% of unchurched people claim to be at least somewhat likely to go to church if they were invited by a friend.
62% of “inactive” members say they would be at least somewhat likely to come back to church if invited by a friend or family member.
70% of unchurched people have never been invited to church by anyone.

The take way that we should get from these numbers is inviting people is still the best way to get people to come to church. Friends care about what we think and believe, and they want to give us a chance to tell them why we believe what we believe. If you are not comfortable getting into that conversation find. Invite them to come to church. Invite them to come and hear the Gospel preached by the pastor. Invite them to come and meet the pastor and ask all of their hard questions to the pastor.
Pastors love answering these questions. They love having these conversations. They became pastors because they love to talk about God’s love and forgiveness of the world. Pastors go to school to learn the answers to the hard questions people have, and yes we can have answers to the hard questions. God sends pastors into the nations to preach and teach all that He has commanded. This is the great commission: “Go therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (ESV Matt. 28:19-20).
Be encouraged to know two things. First, you do not have to have all the answers—no one really does. You can bring them to the pastor to help answer those questions you do not know. Second, know with confidence when you invite friends to come to church it works. Maybe not every time, but with a friendly invite and some good care for them they are likely to come to church.
This is not all about numbers. We use the numbers above to provide encouragement in spreading the Word of God. It shows us what God says in Isaiah is true, “[S]o shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Is. 55:11). It really is all about the Word of God. We invite people to church, we tell them about our faith because we want them to have the same gift of forgiveness we have in Christ’s death. We want them to enjoy the peace of having eternal life as a child of God.
The best outreach program ever simply put is your personal invitation to friends and family to church. Nothing complicated. Simple and easy for any of us to do, and we have little to nothing to lose in doing it. Be encouraged to know God is still faithful in growing His church!

Your Servant in Christ,
Pastor Welton

St. Peters Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
Council meeting minutes
April 29, 2018
President Jerry Gehrels called to order the council meeting of St. Peters LCMS at 7:00 PM on April 29, 2018 at St. Peters fellowship hall.
Attendance: Jerry Gehrels, Gale Maas, Dave Beeck, Shawn Martin, Dan Alfson, Mike Tammen, Pastor Welton, Jason Fischer
Pastor Welton opened the meeting with a prayer.
There were no council meeting minutes from January.
Financial Report: presented by Dave Beeck.
Treasurer’s Report: presented by Dave Beeck.
Elders Report: presented by Mike Tammen. Mike mentioned that Pastor Doremus had approached him to talk to the voters about starting a fund for Doxology. Doxology is a three day retreat for a pastors wellbeing. It was mentioned that the 12 churches in the circuit would contribute to the fund and be eligible to utilize money collected to help cover costs associated with Doxology. Mike recommended St Peters start a fund with a $500.00 donation. Mike also mentioned an incident during Sunday school which required a band aid and no first aid kit could be found. It was mentioned that Terry Reck may have already purchased and placed one in the basement.
Trustees Report: nothing to report.
Pastors Report: presented Pastor Adam Welton. Pastor mentioned official acts that would need to be brought to the voters.
Board of stewardship: had no report.
Board of Education: Jason Fischer mentioned that the Sunday School board was starting to plan for VBS.
Old Business: none
New Business: none
Gale Maas called to Adjourn.
Meeting adjourned at 7:34 pm
Submitted by Dan Alfson.

St. Peters Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
Voters meeting minutes
April 29, 2018
President Jerry Gehrels called to order the Voters meeting of St. Peters LCMS at 7:38 pm on April 29, 2018 at St. Peters fellowship hall.
Attendance; Jerry Gehrels, Gale Maas, Dave Beeck, Jeff Arneson, Shawn Martin, Mike Tammen, Rollyn Hess, Dick Lease, Terry Reck, Gaylen Backus, Carrol Olson, Dan Alfson, Pastor Adam Welton, Mike Limmer, Jason Fischer and Russ Mendel.
Pastor Welton opened with Devotion and Prayer.
Minutes from the last meeting were read by Dan Alfson; Minutes approved as read.
Financial report: presented by Dave Beeck
Treasurers Report: presented by Dave Beeck.
Pastor’s Report: presented by Pastor Welton.
Elders report: presented by Mike Tammen. Mike presented official acts that needed voter approval.
Motion by Jeff Arneson, 2nd by Gale Maas to accept the transfer in of Rev. Adam Welton, Kayla, Olerick, Lorelei, and Thatcher as members of St. Peters Lutheran church. Motion carries.
Motion by Gale Maas, 2nd by Jason Fischer to accept the Transfer out of Jeff and Megan Fair family. Motion Carries.
Mike Tammen also mentioned that Pastor Doremus had approached him about starting a fund for Pastors Doxology. This is a retreat for a Pastors well being, relaxation, counseling, and continuing education. The fund would be set up between St Peters and the 12 churches in the circuit. Motion by Terry Reck, 2nd Carrol Olson to set up a Doxology fund and encourage the other churches within our circuits to do the same, in the amount of $500.00 annually, with money coming from the general fund, supported by special offering. Motion carries.
Mike Tammen also mentioned the need for a first aid kit. It was decided no vote was necessary as this was with in the spending limits of the Trustee’s.
Trustee’s Report: No Report
Board of Stewardship: No Report
Board of Education: Jason Fischer stated that they are working on VBS details.
Old Business:
Jeff Arneson inquired as to the status of the emergency lights. Jerry Gehrels said they are still in progress, and he would look into it.
Pastor Welton mentioned that new bookshelves were purchased for his office. He also mentioned that he brought in his desktop computer, and was OK using it until further notice. A new printer was purchased for his office.
New Business:
A sign was given by Main Street Living to hang somewhere in the church. After some discussion, the sign was placed in the Fellowship Hall glass door.
It was mentioned that it might be time to update the pictorial directory. Jeff Arneson would look into options.
It was mentioned that one of the AC units has a compressor out, and another needs fan repair. Shawn Martin would look into repair quotes.
Pastor Welton inquired about the Continuing education benefit that was mentioned in the Call Documents, which were written as “to be determined”. Pastor would like to see what funds were available.
Motion by Gale Maas, 2nd by Gaylen Backus to accept the Mercy money fund to be distributed by Pastor or Elders. Motion Carries.
Gale Maas moved to Adjourn.
Meeting closed at 8:45 with the Lord’s Prayer.
Submitted by Dan Alfson

Vacation Bible School
St. Peters Lutheran Church
Wentworth

August 6, 7, 8
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Need: Students, Teachers, Teacher Helpers,
Security/Safety personnel, Craft Helpers,
Music Helpers, Snacks

Sign up Sheets in the Narthex

Any questions, please contact our Board of Education:
Scott Feige 483-3367 or 480-1701
Jason Fischer 480-1974
Mike Trimble 270-9066

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OUR ANNUAL DIAPER DERBY!
Please place any items for the Alpha Center in the playpen in the Narthex between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Items will be donated to the Alpha Center in Sioux Falls.

Needs List:

URGENTLY NEEDED BABY ITEMS ALWAYS NEEDED BABY ITEMS
Cribs Pacifiers
9 Month – 2T Girl’s Clothing Wipes
Nursing Pillows & Covers Formula
Baby Carriers/Slings Baby Socks
12 Month – 2T Boy’s Clothing Diapers & Pull-ups
Gender Neutral Newborn Clothing Bibs
New Car Seat & Stroller Combos Toys
Diaper Bags Baby Food
Baby Wash & Lotion

On April 7, 2018 we held our first Tour of Tables. We had 40 in attendance. Winner for most original table was Connie Hess and most beautiful Virginia Heidelburger.
The event was a success and requests were made to do again in the future. We were blessed with the help of Sandy Johnson in organizing the event and for the congregations support. 

April 21st we held our monthly meeting. Roll call verse was “Rain”. 

Discussion was made on the upcoming South Dakota LWML District Convention. We are excited to be sending a voting delegate (Janice Doremus) and Young Woman’s Representative/Delegate (Kayla Welton). We again are blessed to have the women in our congregation serve. 

The mission of the month for April was to send $100 to Peace Lutheran School and Education Ministries in Brookings, SD. 

May 12th we held our monthly meeting. Roll call verse was “Sunshine” 

An update was given on the proposed “Mercy Fund” that was brought up at the voters meeting. The proposal was accepted and the monies to start the fund. The elders and Pastor will use the funds at their discretion.

We met to discuss the final touches on the Banner for the District Convention. Thank you June for you time, your talent, and your faith. 

***** ANNOUNCEMENT *****

July 21st we will be hosting a Mother-Daughter tea party from 2-4 PM.  More information will be given soon. Watch your mail boxes!

We would like to ask you bakers out there to save any empty frosting containers as we will need them for our tea party. A box will be available at the LWML table. 

Our next meeting will be held on June 9, 2018 at 9 AM at St. Peter’s Fellowship Hall. The roll call verse will be “CELEBRATION.” Please come join us. If you are not the meeting sort that is OK. We want to know what you want to see our society doing in the future. We need the meetings but we also need your ideas of things we can do to reach out into our communities. 

Blessings,
St. Peters LWML   Virginia Heidelberger’s table Connie Hess’s table

JUNE BAPTISMAL BIRTHDAYS

June 2, 2013
Mark DeWayne Limmer
23473 461st Ave. Wentworth

June 3, 1951
Carol Jean Feldmann
24056 462nd Ave, Chester

June 3, 1973
Melissa Sue Gerry
46520 237th St, Wentworth

June 5, 1988
Lisa Kay Lindholm
22920 462nd Ave, Wentworth

June 10, 2012
Maddox Michael Maas
23150 463rd Ave, Wentworth

June 10, 1962
Greg William Teal
23350 463rd Ave, Wentworth

June 11, 1933
Charles Vincent Alverson
46304 241st St, Chester

June 12, 1977
Kory Alan Reck
P.O. Box 112, Wentworth

June 14, 1954
Beverly Jean Warns
45293 Country Estates Street

June 14, 1970
Leslie Armin Heidelberger III
24312 467th Ave. Dell Rapids

June 19, 1932
Doris June Limmer
415 N. Chicago, Madison

June 19, 2016
Kash Alan Gehrels
46446 230th St. Wentworth

June 20, 1982
Amy Jane Hemmer
47408 238th St. Dell Rapids

June 24, 1973
MariAnn Elizabeth Voy
806 N. Dakota Ave. Dell Rapids

June 24, 2007
Gavin Patrick Schneider
45076 233rd St, Madison

June 25, 1950
Barbara June Crawford
P.O. Box 313,
Mt. Lake, MN 56159

June 25, 2000
Alex Joel Tammen
46215 234th St., Wentworth

June 25, 2017
Korbin Charles Tweet
24078 459th Ave, Chester

June 26, 1960
Julie Marie Gehrels
46393 230th St, Wentworth

June 26, 2005
Chloe Jane Schneider
45076 233rd St, Madison

June 27, 1937
Viola C. Sorenson
936 Heatherwood Ave, Madison,

June 27, 2010
Natalie Ann Feige
45955 230th St, Wentworth

JUNE WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES

Mr. & Mrs. Gaylen & Shirley Backus, June 2, 1973
Mr. & Mrs. Bud & Shelia Gerry, June 3, 1962
Mr. & Mrs. Tom & Deb Graff, June 3, 1970
Mr. & Mrs. Leon & Melissa Gerry, June 3, 1995
Mr. & Mrs. Jason & Meredith Fischer June 5, 2004
Mr. & Mrs. Les & Virginia Heidelberger June 10, 1967
Mr. & Mrs. Brady & Kara Velgersdyk, June 15, 2013
Mr. & Mrs. Tom & Arla Baumberger, June 24, 1972
Mr. & Mrs. Shawn & Jill Martin June 30, 1984

JUNE BIRTHDAYS
June 3, 1950 Barbara Crawford
June 4, 1937 Viola Sorenson
June 6, 1932 Doris Limmer
June 6, 1958 Lori Hansen
June 8, 2016 Kash Gehrels
June 9, 2000 Alex Tammen
June 10, 1949 Carolyn Lindholm
June 10, 1992 Jackson Mendel
June 15, 1954 Shirley Backus
June 16, 2010 Natalie Feige
June 17, 2005 Chloe Schneider
June 18, 1944 June Olson
June 18, 1971 Gina DeGroot
June 18, 2007 Gavin Schneider
June 19, 2017 Korbin Tweet
June 20, 1942 Dale Dorow
June 23, 2000 Dakota Alfson
June 24, 1942 Sandi Johnson
June 27, 1985 Scott Feige
June 30, 1940 Helen Lease
June 30, 1953 Bradley Swenson

TO READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE

DATE FIRST READING SECOND READING
June 1 Isaiah 12:1-6 Acts 15 – 16
June 2 Psalm 150 Acts 17 – 18
June 3 Psalm 1 Acts 19 – 20
June 4 Psalm 2 Acts 21 – 22
June 5 Psalm 3 Acts 23 – 24
June 6 Psalm 4 Acts 25 – 26
June 7 Psalm 5 Acts 27 – 28
June 8 Psalm 6 Joshua 1 – 5
June 9 Psalm 7 Joshua 6 – 8
June 10 Psalm 8 Joshua 9 – 11
June 11 Psalm 9 Joshua 12 – 16
June 12 Psalm 10 Joshua 17 – 21
June 13 Psalm 11 Joshua 22 – 24
June 14 Psalm 12 Judges 1 – 3
June 15 Psalm 13 Judges 4 – 6
June 16 Psalm 14 Judges 7 – 9
June 17 Psalm 15 Judges 10 – 12
June 18 Psalm 16 Judges 13 – 15
June 19 Psalm 17 Judges 16 – 18
June 20 Psalm 18 Judges 19 – 21
June 21 Psalm 19 Ruth
June 22 Psalm 20 1 Samuel 1 – 3
June 23 Psalm 21 1 Samuel 4 – 6
June 24 Psalm 22 1 Samuel 7 – 9
June 25 Psalm 23 1 Samuel 10 – 12
June 26 Psalm 24 1 Samuel 13 – 15
June 27 Psalm 25 1 Samuel 16 – 18
June 28 Psalm 26 1 Samuel 19 – 21
June 29 Psalm 27 1 Samuel 22 – 24
June 30 Isaiah 12:1-6 1 Samuel 25 – 27

Happy Fathers Day!!

June 2018 ST. PETERS LUTHERAN CHURCH ~ LCMS ~ WENTWORTH, SD
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**Bulletin Deadline: 8:30 am Fridays (unless noted otherwise)

St. Peters Lutheran Church
Missouri Synod

JUNE 2018 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.com
Pastor’s e-mail: adwelton@gmail.com
Website: www.stpeterswentworth.com

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

Press Release
The 61st South Dakota District Convention Report April 19-21, 2018

The Sixty-First Convention of The South Dakota District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod opened in Sioux Falls, SD on Thursday, April 19, 2018 under the theme, “Behold Your God! What Help! What Hope!” based on Isaiah 40:9. Prior to the start of the convention, delegates joined together for worship at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD.

Representing The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and providing the delegates an update on the work of the Missouri Synod was the Reverend Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, President of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Also attending the convention as the Bible study leader was Reverend Dr. Reed Lessing, Senior Pastor, St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Ft. Wayne, IN. He led the convention attendees in a study of Isaiah 40-55, which served as the inspiration and basis for the convention’s theme.

Rev. Scott C. Sailer, President of The South Dakota District, detailed the state of the district in his report to the convention. While he mentioned various challenges facing the district and district congregations, he highlighted plans and ways that the district and local congregations can work together to address these challenges. He reminded convention goers that Jesus Christ is still the Lord of the Church and the Lord’s Church has a great message of help and hope to a sinful and fallen world.

Re-elected on the first ballot to serve a second term as President of the South Dakota District was the Rev. Scott C. Sailer, Sioux Falls, SD. The Rev. Randy Sturzenbecher, Pastor, Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church, Black Hawk, SD was elected as the District’s First Vice-President and the Rev. Timothy Rynearson, Senior Pastor, Peace Lutheran Church, Brookings, SD was elected as the District’s Second Vice-President. Also, elected to serve on the District’s Board of Directors were: Rev. David Otten, Pastor, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Gettysburg and Christ Lutheran Church, Lebanon as District Secretary, Mr. Jeff Siekmann, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Brookings, SD as District Treasurer, and Mr. Robert Herz, Zion Lutheran Church, Rapid City, SD and Mr. David Zuercher, Faith Lutheran Church, Pierre, SD as lay members.

In keeping with the convention theme, delegates adopted Resolution 2-01 with the goal of pointing all people to God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to be their help and hope. The resolution encouraged congregations to hold at least one weekly Bible study, encouraged circuits to work together to equip laypeople to share the Gospel through word and deed, and encouraged congregations and schools to apply for a district Harvest Grant to help finance activities of outreach and mercy in their communities. The convention ratified Resolutions 1-11 and 1-12, which amended the District’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. Resolution 1-12 also submitted to the Synod’s Commission on Constitutional Matters a change in the way district vice-presidents were elected. Resolution 1-15 eliminated Circuit D, the “Huron Circuit,” and apportioned those congregations affected by the elimination to neighboring circuits. The resolution also directed the District Board of Directors to appoint a committee after the 2019 Synod Convention. The committee will be given the responsibility of bringing a plan for circuit realignment to the 2021 District Convention. Resolution 2-06 thanked God for the faithful service of Terry Schmidt, the LCMS Director of School Ministry. The resolution recognized those Lutheran schools in the District that had achieved National Lutheran School Accreditation and encouraged all Lutheran schools in the District to strive for excellence in their ministries.
Resolution 3-04 recognized the upcoming 25th anniversaries of District-funded mission work on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Native American Reservations. The resolution thanked God for missionary efforts of many who have shared the Gospel with Native Americans in South Dakota and encouraged District congregations and schools to continue their support for Native American missions in the District. In the spirit of partnering together to support missions, delegates adopted Resolution 3-07 to provide financial assistance to two missionaries, Rev. Nathan Jastram, Japan, and Rev. David Warner, Spain. The convention also took the opportunity to thank two long-time District Office employees in Resolutions 1-06 and 1-07. Mr. Randy Gayken has served as the District Business Manager for nearly 38 years and will be entering retirement shortly after convention. Julie Pike has served as the Administrative Assistant to the District President and the Executive Secretary for 30 years.

South Dakota District congregations come together for convention every three years. The next District Convention will convene April 12–14, 2021 in Sioux Falls, SD.
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PRESS RELEASE

Summer Food Service Program (FREE)

The Madison Central School announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program. Lunches will be served to all children (age 18 & under) at no charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:

For more information contact our district office at 605-256-7700 or email: mitchell.o.brooks@k12.sd.us

Thank you,
Jennifer Gross
VP Lake County Food Pantry

Best Outreach Program Ever

Have you ever wanted to know how the church can reach out to those who are unchurched? Ever wonder what the most effective way to get people to visit the church and hear the Gospel proclaimed to them? I am about ready to give you the answer. We are going to start with the complicated answer and then give the simple answer.
Let us look at some stats from a 2006 (I know old) study done by the Barna Group. Let us take these number at face value and assume if they have changed it is not significant enough to matter.

82% of unchurched people claim to be at least somewhat likely to go to church if they were invited by a friend.
62% of “inactive” members say they would be at least somewhat likely to come back to church if invited by a friend or family member.
70% of unchurched people have never been invited to church by anyone.

The take way that we should get from these numbers is inviting people is still the best way to get people to come to church. Friends care about what we think and believe, and they want to give us a chance to tell them why we believe what we believe. If you are not comfortable getting into that conversation find. Invite them to come to church. Invite them to come and hear the Gospel preached by the pastor. Invite them to come and meet the pastor and ask all of their hard questions to the pastor.
Pastors love answering these questions. They love having these conversations. They became pastors because they love to talk about God’s love and forgiveness of the world. Pastors go to school to learn the answers to the hard questions people have, and yes we can have answers to the hard questions. God sends pastors into the nations to preach and teach all that He has commanded. This is the great commission: “Go therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (ESV Matt. 28:19-20).
Be encouraged to know two things. First, you do not have to have all the answers—no one really does. You can bring them to the pastor to help answer those questions you do not know. Second, know with confidence when you invite friends to come to church it works. Maybe not every time, but with a friendly invite and some good care for them they are likely to come to church.
This is not all about numbers. We use the numbers above to provide encouragement in spreading the Word of God. It shows us what God says in Isaiah is true, “[S]o shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Is. 55:11). It really is all about the Word of God. We invite people to church, we tell them about our faith because we want them to have the same gift of forgiveness we have in Christ’s death. We want them to enjoy the peace of having eternal life as a child of God.
The best outreach program ever simply put is your personal invitation to friends and family to church. Nothing complicated. Simple and easy for any of us to do, and we have little to nothing to lose in doing it. Be encouraged to know God is still faithful in growing His church!

Your Servant in Christ,
Pastor Welton

St. Peters Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
Council meeting minutes
April 29, 2018
President Jerry Gehrels called to order the council meeting of St. Peters LCMS at 7:00 PM on April 29, 2018 at St. Peters fellowship hall.
Attendance: Jerry Gehrels, Gale Maas, Dave Beeck, Shawn Martin, Dan Alfson, Mike Tammen, Pastor Welton, Jason Fischer
Pastor Welton opened the meeting with a prayer.
There were no council meeting minutes from January.
Financial Report: presented by Dave Beeck.
Treasurer’s Report: presented by Dave Beeck.
Elders Report: presented by Mike Tammen. Mike mentioned that Pastor Doremus had approached him to talk to the voters about starting a fund for Doxology. Doxology is a three day retreat for a pastors wellbeing. It was mentioned that the 12 churches in the circuit would contribute to the fund and be eligible to utilize money collected to help cover costs associated with Doxology. Mike recommended St Peters start a fund with a $500.00 donation. Mike also mentioned an incident during Sunday school which required a band aid and no first aid kit could be found. It was mentioned that Terry Reck may have already purchased and placed one in the basement.
Trustees Report: nothing to report.
Pastors Report: presented Pastor Adam Welton. Pastor mentioned official acts that would need to be brought to the voters.
Board of stewardship: had no report.
Board of Education: Jason Fischer mentioned that the Sunday School board was starting to plan for VBS.
Old Business: none
New Business: none
Gale Maas called to Adjourn.
Meeting adjourned at 7:34 pm
Submitted by Dan Alfson.

St. Peters Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
Voters meeting minutes
April 29, 2018
President Jerry Gehrels called to order the Voters meeting of St. Peters LCMS at 7:38 pm on April 29, 2018 at St. Peters fellowship hall.
Attendance; Jerry Gehrels, Gale Maas, Dave Beeck, Jeff Arneson, Shawn Martin, Mike Tammen, Rollyn Hess, Dick Lease, Terry Reck, Gaylen Backus, Carrol Olson, Dan Alfson, Pastor Adam Welton, Mike Limmer, Jason Fischer and Russ Mendel.
Pastor Welton opened with Devotion and Prayer.
Minutes from the last meeting were read by Dan Alfson; Minutes approved as read.
Financial report: presented by Dave Beeck
Treasurers Report: presented by Dave Beeck.
Pastor’s Report: presented by Pastor Welton.
Elders report: presented by Mike Tammen. Mike presented official acts that needed voter approval.
Motion by Jeff Arneson, 2nd by Gale Maas to accept the transfer in of Rev. Adam Welton, Kayla, Olerick, Lorelei, and Thatcher as members of St. Peters Lutheran church. Motion carries.
Motion by Gale Maas, 2nd by Jason Fischer to accept the Transfer out of Jeff and Megan Fair family. Motion Carries.
Mike Tammen also mentioned that Pastor Doremus had approached him about starting a fund for Pastors Doxology. This is a retreat for a Pastors well being, relaxation, counseling, and continuing education. The fund would be set up between St Peters and the 12 churches in the circuit. Motion by Terry Reck, 2nd Carrol Olson to set up a Doxology fund and encourage the other churches within our circuits to do the same, in the amount of $500.00 annually, with money coming from the general fund, supported by special offering. Motion carries.
Mike Tammen also mentioned the need for a first aid kit. It was decided no vote was necessary as this was with in the spending limits of the Trustee’s.
Trustee’s Report: No Report
Board of Stewardship: No Report
Board of Education: Jason Fischer stated that they are working on VBS details.
Old Business:
Jeff Arneson inquired as to the status of the emergency lights. Jerry Gehrels said they are still in progress, and he would look into it.
Pastor Welton mentioned that new bookshelves were purchased for his office. He also mentioned that he brought in his desktop computer, and was OK using it until further notice. A new printer was purchased for his office.
New Business:
A sign was given by Main Street Living to hang somewhere in the church. After some discussion, the sign was placed in the Fellowship Hall glass door.
It was mentioned that it might be time to update the pictorial directory. Jeff Arneson would look into options.
It was mentioned that one of the AC units has a compressor out, and another needs fan repair. Shawn Martin would look into repair quotes.
Pastor Welton inquired about the Continuing education benefit that was mentioned in the Call Documents, which were written as “to be determined”. Pastor would like to see what funds were available.
Motion by Gale Maas, 2nd by Gaylen Backus to accept the Mercy money fund to be distributed by Pastor or Elders. Motion Carries.
Gale Maas moved to Adjourn.
Meeting closed at 8:45 with the Lord’s Prayer.
Submitted by Dan Alfson

Vacation Bible School
St. Peters Lutheran Church
Wentworth

August 6, 7, 8
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Need: Students, Teachers, Teacher Helpers,
Security/Safety personnel, Craft Helpers,
Music Helpers, Snacks

Sign up Sheets in the Narthex

Any questions, please contact our Board of Education:
Scott Feige 483-3367 or 480-1701
Jason Fischer 480-1974
Mike Trimble 270-9066

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OUR ANNUAL DIAPER DERBY!
Please place any items for the Alpha Center in the playpen in the Narthex between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Items will be donated to the Alpha Center in Sioux Falls.

Needs List:

URGENTLY NEEDED BABY ITEMS ALWAYS NEEDED BABY ITEMS
Cribs Pacifiers
9 Month – 2T Girl’s Clothing Wipes
Nursing Pillows & Covers Formula
Baby Carriers/Slings Baby Socks
12 Month – 2T Boy’s Clothing Diapers & Pull-ups
Gender Neutral Newborn Clothing Bibs
New Car Seat & Stroller Combos Toys
Diaper Bags Baby Food
Baby Wash & Lotion

On April 7, 2018 we held our first Tour of Tables. We had 40 in attendance. Winner for most original table was Connie Hess and most beautiful Virginia Heidelburger.
The event was a success and requests were made to do again in the future. We were blessed with the help of Sandy Johnson in organizing the event and for the congregations support. 

April 21st we held our monthly meeting. Roll call verse was “Rain”. 

Discussion was made on the upcoming South Dakota LWML District Convention. We are excited to be sending a voting delegate (Janice Doremus) and Young Woman’s Representative/Delegate (Kayla Welton). We again are blessed to have the women in our congregation serve. 

The mission of the month for April was to send $100 to Peace Lutheran School and Education Ministries in Brookings, SD. 

May 12th we held our monthly meeting. Roll call verse was “Sunshine” 

An update was given on the proposed “Mercy Fund” that was brought up at the voters meeting. The proposal was accepted and the monies to start the fund. The elders and Pastor will use the funds at their discretion.

We met to discuss the final touches on the Banner for the District Convention. Thank you June for you time, your talent, and your faith. 

***** ANNOUNCEMENT *****

July 21st we will be hosting a Mother-Daughter tea party from 2-4 PM.  More information will be given soon. Watch your mail boxes!

We would like to ask you bakers out there to save any empty frosting containers as we will need them for our tea party. A box will be available at the LWML table. 

Our next meeting will be held on June 9, 2018 at 9 AM at St. Peter’s Fellowship Hall. The roll call verse will be “CELEBRATION.” Please come join us. If you are not the meeting sort that is OK. We want to know what you want to see our society doing in the future. We need the meetings but we also need your ideas of things we can do to reach out into our communities. 

Blessings,
St. Peters LWML   Virginia Heidelberger’s table Connie Hess’s table

JUNE BAPTISMAL BIRTHDAYS

June 2, 2013
Mark DeWayne Limmer
23473 461st Ave. Wentworth

June 3, 1951
Carol Jean Feldmann
24056 462nd Ave, Chester

June 3, 1973
Melissa Sue Gerry
46520 237th St, Wentworth

June 5, 1988
Lisa Kay Lindholm
22920 462nd Ave, Wentworth

June 10, 2012
Maddox Michael Maas
23150 463rd Ave, Wentworth

June 10, 1962
Greg William Teal
23350 463rd Ave, Wentworth

June 11, 1933
Charles Vincent Alverson
46304 241st St, Chester

June 12, 1977
Kory Alan Reck
P.O. Box 112, Wentworth

June 14, 1954
Beverly Jean Warns
45293 Country Estates Street

June 14, 1970
Leslie Armin Heidelberger III
24312 467th Ave. Dell Rapids

June 19, 1932
Doris June Limmer
415 N. Chicago, Madison

June 19, 2016
Kash Alan Gehrels
46446 230th St. Wentworth

June 20, 1982
Amy Jane Hemmer
47408 238th St. Dell Rapids

June 24, 1973
MariAnn Elizabeth Voy
806 N. Dakota Ave. Dell Rapids

June 24, 2007
Gavin Patrick Schneider
45076 233rd St, Madison

June 25, 1950
Barbara June Crawford
P.O. Box 313,
Mt. Lake, MN 56159

June 25, 2000
Alex Joel Tammen
46215 234th St., Wentworth

June 25, 2017
Korbin Charles Tweet
24078 459th Ave, Chester

June 26, 1960
Julie Marie Gehrels
46393 230th St, Wentworth

June 26, 2005
Chloe Jane Schneider
45076 233rd St, Madison

June 27, 1937
Viola C. Sorenson
936 Heatherwood Ave, Madison,

June 27, 2010
Natalie Ann Feige
45955 230th St, Wentworth

JUNE WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES

Mr. & Mrs. Gaylen & Shirley Backus, June 2, 1973
Mr. & Mrs. Bud & Shelia Gerry, June 3, 1962
Mr. & Mrs. Tom & Deb Graff, June 3, 1970
Mr. & Mrs. Leon & Melissa Gerry, June 3, 1995
Mr. & Mrs. Jason & Meredith Fischer June 5, 2004
Mr. & Mrs. Les & Virginia Heidelberger June 10, 1967
Mr. & Mrs. Brady & Kara Velgersdyk, June 15, 2013
Mr. & Mrs. Tom & Arla Baumberger, June 24, 1972
Mr. & Mrs. Shawn & Jill Martin June 30, 1984

JUNE BIRTHDAYS
June 3, 1950 Barbara Crawford
June 4, 1937 Viola Sorenson
June 6, 1932 Doris Limmer
June 6, 1958 Lori Hansen
June 8, 2016 Kash Gehrels
June 9, 2000 Alex Tammen
June 10, 1949 Carolyn Lindholm
June 10, 1992 Jackson Mendel
June 15, 1954 Shirley Backus
June 16, 2010 Natalie Feige
June 17, 2005 Chloe Schneider
June 18, 1944 June Olson
June 18, 1971 Gina DeGroot
June 18, 2007 Gavin Schneider
June 19, 2017 Korbin Tweet
June 20, 1942 Dale Dorow
June 23, 2000 Dakota Alfson
June 24, 1942 Sandi Johnson
June 27, 1985 Scott Feige
June 30, 1940 Helen Lease
June 30, 1953 Bradley Swenson

TO READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE

DATE FIRST READING SECOND READING
June 1 Isaiah 12:1-6 Acts 15 – 16
June 2 Psalm 150 Acts 17 – 18
June 3 Psalm 1 Acts 19 – 20
June 4 Psalm 2 Acts 21 – 22
June 5 Psalm 3 Acts 23 – 24
June 6 Psalm 4 Acts 25 – 26
June 7 Psalm 5 Acts 27 – 28
June 8 Psalm 6 Joshua 1 – 5
June 9 Psalm 7 Joshua 6 – 8
June 10 Psalm 8 Joshua 9 – 11
June 11 Psalm 9 Joshua 12 – 16
June 12 Psalm 10 Joshua 17 – 21
June 13 Psalm 11 Joshua 22 – 24
June 14 Psalm 12 Judges 1 – 3
June 15 Psalm 13 Judges 4 – 6
June 16 Psalm 14 Judges 7 – 9
June 17 Psalm 15 Judges 10 – 12
June 18 Psalm 16 Judges 13 – 15
June 19 Psalm 17 Judges 16 – 18
June 20 Psalm 18 Judges 19 – 21
June 21 Psalm 19 Ruth
June 22 Psalm 20 1 Samuel 1 – 3
June 23 Psalm 21 1 Samuel 4 – 6
June 24 Psalm 22 1 Samuel 7 – 9
June 25 Psalm 23 1 Samuel 10 – 12
June 26 Psalm 24 1 Samuel 13 – 15
June 27 Psalm 25 1 Samuel 16 – 18
June 28 Psalm 26 1 Samuel 19 – 21
June 29 Psalm 27 1 Samuel 22 – 24
June 30 Isaiah 12:1-6 1 Samuel 25 – 27

Happy Fathers Day!!

June 2018 ST. PETERS LUTHERAN CHURCH ~ LCMS ~ WENTWORTH, SD
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