St. Peters Lutheran Church
JANUARY 2019 Newsletter
316 S. Main Ave. / P.O. Box 125
Wentworth, SD 57075-0125
Office Phone: 605-483-3129
Church e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor’s cell number: 307-221-1256 Pastor’s e-mail: email@example.com
Our Mission Statement:
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.”
Liturgy: The Aaronic Benediction
“The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Isreal: you shall say to them, The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.” (Nu. 6:22-27).
This portion of scriptures may not be familiar to you, but you might be more familiar with it from the liturgy. At the end of each Divine Service (DS), the Pastor speaks this blessing upon the people. We are going to be starting a newsletter series on the parts of the Divine Service. Looking at what they mean and why they are included in the DS. The goal is to help us better understand why we are doing what we are doing each Sunday morning, and realizing it is not by mistake or simply because it is nifty that each part of the service is included.
You might be asking yourself why are we starting at the end? Why not at the beginning? These are good questions. Two things will become clear as we look at the content of the blessing. First, why it is used at the end of each Divine Service and many pastoral visits. Second, why we started with the Aaronic Benediction and not the invocation. The name of the Aaronic Benediction comes from the Biblical text itself. Aaron and the sons of Aaron were to speak this benediction — which means blessing — over the people of Israel. The name was kept as a quick way to reference this benediction over other benedictions which could be spoken. For examples of other benedictions used in the liturgy, look at the benediction used in Vespers on LSB pg. 234 and the other services in the LSB.
The first line of the benediction asks the LORD to keep us. This is to guard and protect us from all harm and danger. The chief danger being the evil one, the devil, who seeks to lead us into false belief, despair, and other great shame and vice. We are asking the LORD that we would finally overcome them and win the victory (cf. Lord’s Prayer the Sixth Petition in Luther’s Small Catechism).
The second line of the benediction asks the LORD to let his face shine on the people. Closely connected to this is the grace asked for here. If the LORD let His face be turned on the people without grace we would die. The LORD tells Moses “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live” (Ex. 33:20b). To have the face of the LORD turned toward you without grace is certain death. Here the LORD’s face is turned with graciousness and kindness on His people and they are blessed because of it.
The third line of the benediction is the result of the blessing. The LORD looks on us with countenance or favorably because He has already blessed us in the forgiveness of sins and made us pleasing to Him in the blood of Christ from all our sins. The finally, result of all this blessing is the peace of God which restores wholeness, well-being, and eternal life. In short, this blessing brings with it all the LORD promised to do for His people.
We begin here at the end because it is a summary of the whole Divine Service. The Divine Service is the work of God bringing His forgiveness and blessings upon His people. Every part, as we will see, is meant to draw us not to our work and worship but to the work of Christ’s death for the forgiveness of sins. We start at the end to see the sum of what we do each Sunday—come to the LORD to receive His benediction to live in His peace.
Your Servant in Christ
Do you have hats in storage you don’t know what to do with?
We can help.
St. Peter’s LWML is having an in-gathering of baseball caps. We will be filling a suitcase full of baseball caps to send with Paul and Lil Spilde on their mission trip to Haiti. We will be collecting the hats until Sunday February 3rd. Ladies, I know your hubbies have to have a box or five stashed away that they might part with.
2019 South Dakota Essay Contest
Sponsored by the Council of Federation Presidents, Lutherans For Life
For students in Grades 6 through 12
Any Lutheran student or student in a Lutheran school is eligible
Students will write a life-affirming essay based on the 2019 Conference theme: “Did God Really Say…? and Conference bible verse: “Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68). Not incorporating the conference verse in the essay will disqualify the entry.
Examples of topics the essay could deal with are, but not limited to: abortion, the handicapped, adoption or foster care, infanticide, cloning, stem cell research, physician assisted suicide or euthanasia.
Essays must include student’s name, grade (Identify school or church) and email address. All entries submitted by a teacher or pastor, should include their name and email address. This information should be submitted on the rubric page used in grading the essay.
All sources for references, statistics and quotes should be incorporated within the essay and then included in a bibliography at the end.
Grades 6 – 8 should submit essays up to 400 words Grades 9 – 12 should submit essays up to 750 words
Entries should be submitted digitally using Microsoft Word via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15, 2019.
There will be a $125 cash award for first place and a $75 cash award for second place for each of the two categories for the state of South Dakota Essay Contest. The two winners will advance to the national contest.
Grand Prize for the national winning entry at each level: $250 plus free conference registration to a 2019 Regional Conference and one night stay at the conference hotel.
All entries become the property of Lutherans For Life.
For questions or resources on the sanctity of life, see: lutheransforlife.org
St. Peter’s LWML met on December 8th with 5 members present and Pastor Welton. The meeting was called to order with the answer to “Where were you born?”
Pastor Welton led the bible study “Grace Upon Grace”. We covered the first part, “God’s Grace: The Past”. Next meeting we’ll cover “God’s Grace: The Present”.
We discussed in-gatherings we could share with the congregation. We will begin collecting baseball caps for Lil Spilde – Mission for Haiti. The heat is extreme in Haiti and ball caps are needed. We will be collecting ball caps until Sunday, the 3rd of February. We will then put the caps into a suitcase along with the fair to ship it to Haiti.
Lil and her husband Paul go with a group every year to Haiti and they take extra suitcases full of little things that people can use. The cost to ship is extremely high so this is a more affordable option.
Our group was approached about a project that we could do with prayer quilts. The motion was made and we will begin the prayer quilts project concentrating first with the newborn babies in the congregation. We would like to work with the quilters on this project and will discuss the future plans of this project with them.
We received a report from our Seminarian Jeffrey Clauson. He has taken another career path and is no longer a seminary student. We will look into adopting another student in the future.
Mission of the Month: We discussed the fires in California and the earthquake in Alaska and approved a motion to send the $106 from the Advent meal to the LCMS Disaster Relief Fund.
Out next meeting will be on January 19th at 9 AM in the Fellowship Hall at St. Peter’s.
JOY and Blessings to you,
your sisters in Christ.
Beloved in the Lord Jesus,
You are invited to join me (on my 23rd tour), 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 Chicago on September 19 and return on October 1. You will 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 (Road of Suffering) 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. This 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
You are going to see that there are two different departing locations; Chicago and Minneapolis. I have talked to Rev. Nabil Nour and this is correct. Thank you – Melissa Reck
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 Limmer 23385 461st Ave. Wentworth, SD 57075
January 1, 2012 Addison Marie Limmer 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 3, 1999 Rev. Adam James Welton 420 NE 6th St. Madison, SD 57042
January 6, 1978 Joy Elizabeth Boon 404 Linden Drive Madison, SD 57042
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 1005 Laura Lee Ct. Madison, SD 57042
January 20, 1963 Kimberly Jo Hemmer 47452 239th St. Dell Rapids, SD 57022
January 24, 2010 Jeremiah Alvin DeGroot P.O. Box 241 Volga, SD 57071
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 219 S. Union Ave., Madison, SD 57042
January 29, 1940 Jim Lindholm 308 S. Main, Wentworth, SD 57075
January 30, 1994 Tyler Burdette Backus 6107 Grandview Dr. Apt. #7 Madison, SD 57042
January, 1970 Noel Wareham 23809 470th Ave, Colman, SD 57017
Happy Baptismal Birthday!
From your brothers and sisters
in Christ ☺
“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved” Mark 16:16a
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. 9, 2004 Rayden Lindholm
Jan. 11, 2010 Jeremiah DeGroot
Jan. 11, 2015 Braeleigh Dean
Jan. 12, 1994 Tyler Backus
Jan. 15, 2009 Rilynn Zillgitt
Jan. 16, 1940 Jim Lindholm
Jan. 18, 2013 Tracer Feige
Jan. 20, 2014 Cameron Maas
Jan. 21, 1943 Leslie Heidelberger II
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