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Pastor's Blog - Could you give a year of your life to missions?

Could you give a year of your life to missions?

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

Today a dear friend and colleague Dan Thiel is traveling to Mahahual, Mexico to help Costa Maya Ministries. He is devoting the next several months, perhaps a year, to our newest mission partner. Learn more here. May the Holy Spirit bless his ministry!

Next Wednesday, another friend and St. Paul's member Diane Ludwig will be traveling to Barranquitas, Puerto Rico on our behalf to see how St. Paul's can best help her hometown rebuild after Hurricane Maria. At the beginning of January, Jay and Joan Oswald from St. Paul's will also be in Puerto Rico on a previously planned vacation and hope to be able to help. 

Finally, just this week I learned that Kristen Miller, a teacher in our school, will have the privilege of traveling with WELS Kingdom Workers to Malawi next May and June to help their mission efforts to children with special needs. She hopes that she will have the opportunity to work with our Mission Partner John Holtz there. 

What an incredibly exciting time for us at St. Paul's! Wouldn't it be great if we could all join them on their missions?

Could You Give a Year of Your Life to Missions?
When I was a child, our Sunday School was deciding whether to support a home or foreign mission for the next year. I thought we were deciding where we would all go to do mission work. I was only five years old. I didn’t think I was ready to leave home. My vote was “Home Mission.”
My dreams have changed since then. How exciting it would be to devote a year of my life to a mission, whether it be a home mission or a foreign mission! Most of us can’t get away for a year. But perhaps we could give a year of our lives in another way.
Many of us have enjoyed an incredible investment year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 22.36% in 2017. If I would love to give a year of my life to missions, would I also love to give a year of my life’s investment to do the Lord’s work? 
This is a question that I am struggling with in prayer after our last message series: A Generous God Creates Generous People with a Generous Vision. Has God’s hand of blessing been upon our retirement accounts only to hasten the day of our retirement, or to give us a vision of doing more for God’s kingdom?

One dear sister in Christ already gave an IRA account to St. Paul's this week, allowing us to reach more people for Christ and giving her tax savings. Could I join her? Could I give a year, or perhaps a month of my life for missions? A challenging question for a five-year-old and for any of us.
If you would like to talk about some of the spiritual investment opportunities God is giving St. Paul’s here or among our mission partners, contact me by reply email. You may also see and give to many of our opportunities at 

Christmas for Kids

There are already 113 children (3K and up) enrolled in our Christmas for Kids tomorrow. Walk-ins are welcome. You can register by coming to the Trinity Cafe tomorrow morning at 9 am. Encourage your children to invite their friends to join them. 

Awake and Alive

The two-day retreat at Wisconsin Lutheran College for people 18 to 25 years old is coming up fast. If you or a friend or family member might be interested, let us know. We are offering "scholarships" to enable more to attend. Just reply to this email. Learn more about Awake and Alive here.

Christmas Schedule

We will offer 11 Christmas services at St. Paul's. See the schedule at

There is so much going on at St. Paul's right now! Attached is the "News and Notes" section of our worship folder this weekend. I'll be doing this from now on to give everyone a chance to skim over all the events. 

Hope to see you in worship this weekend. If you can't join us in person, remember you can watch us live on Sundays at 10:15 am here.

Pastor Pete


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