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Honor Those Who Keep Us Safe

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

This week is unique at St. Paul’s. It is the first time that I am aware of that our flags are flying at half-staff for a former member of St. Paul’s. Governor Evers ordered that all flags in Wisconsin fly at half-staff for Brian Serdynski, a Union Grove firefighter who suffered a heart attack on an emergency call and died of a second attack two weeks later. Read about Brian’s service here. May God comfort his wife and small children and his entire family. As we honor Brian, may we also honor all who serve as first responders to keep us safe.
 
This weekend we also honor our veterans. One hundred years ago the first “Armistice Day” was celebrated one year after the conclusion of the First World War, “the war to end all wars.” During World War II, when it was evident that the dream of a "war to end all wars" was not fulfilled, the day was changed to honor all who have and all who continue in the military. We will begin our services this weekend with a time to say thank you to those who have and those who are serving to keep our nation safe.
 
The Safe Place
 
This weekend we also honor those who are on the front lines of the spiritual battles so that we can have a “safe place.”
 
Attached are three pages from the worship folder that ask for your prayers for the persecuted church. So many Christians are risking their livelihoods and even their lives to proclaim the safety that is found in Christ alone. In the message, we will also be watching parts of a video produced by Voice of the Martyrs. Click here to watch this seven-minute video. The most frightening parts will not be shown in the worship service out of concern for our children.
 
Join us as we walk with the Christians in Thessalonica who, in the midst of great trials, looked forward to the day of Jesus’ return and the victory that he will bring. Read Acts 17:1-15 for the background. The message will be based on  2 Thessalonians 1.
 
Call Accepted

Mr. Jeff Wetzel, our fifth grade teacher, has accepted our call to serve next school year in a new position of Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology. You can find his letter of acceptance in the attached St. Paul's News

Thanksgiving and Christmas

The weather may be helping you think about the holidays. You will find our Thanksgiving and Christmas worship schedules in the St. Paul's News

Cool Million Update

By scheduling the work on the church roof in the fall, we received a substantial discount. Amazingly, work continues to progress even on these cold days! When this project is completed, our Cool Million campaign will have enabled us to complete over half a million dollars in improvements on our campus this year. So far we have received $764,533 in gifts with more committed. If you would like to donate toward a Cool Million, our Mission and Ministry Fund, or a host of other funds, click here. Thank you for your generous support of gospel ministry here on our campus and around the world.

Hope to welcome you home to worship this weekend. 

Your brother in Christ,

Pastor Pete

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