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Who was your first pastor?

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

If you grew up in the Christian faith, you may remember your first pastor from childhood. I vaguely remember Pastor Birkholz. That is him sitting by the passenger side door of the Studebaker at the 1950 church picnic. (My grandmother is in the black hat in the background.)

But Pastor Birkholz wasn't actually my first pastor. My first pastors were really my father and my mother. They brought me to worship Jesus every Sunday. They read the Sunday School lessons to me and made sure I knew my memory work. They led me in prayer morning, noon and night. They modeled what it was to be a follower of Jesus.

The Call to be the First Pastor

This weekend in worship we are going consider this "pastoral role" for moms and dads. But not just for parents. We all have a pastoral role to fulfill for someone in our lives. Someone is watching us to see if Jesus is "real." Someone is hoping to experience the love of God through us. 

The Call to be a Pastor is Not Easy!

In preparation for our study, I would encourage you to familiarize yourself with the following passages:

We hope you can join us in person for worship. Find worship times here. 

If you can't join us in person, join the dozens of families and individuals who join us online, either live at The Bridge on Sunday mornings at 10:15 am or watch or download the latest message or a message from our extensive library here. 

The Family Church Page

Our thanks to our webmaster who is building a page to house the Family Church resources that we are developing (Messages, daily devotions, testimonials). Check it out here.

Celebrate with Us!

There are a number of reasons for us to celebrate this week!

  • Kids Club and Boost began last Sunday with a record attendance of 115! Join us at 9:15 this Sunday. Learn more here. Register your children online here. 
  • Over 20 people have registered  for Generation Change, a Dave Ramsey financial course for teens and their parents. The three-week study begins Sunday, Sept 13 from noon to 1:30 pm with complimentary lunch. To register, contact Dr. Nelson at
  • DivorceCare has resumed on Tuesdays at 6 pm. Contact Eric at or Kristen at for more information.
  • Our kids love mission work! Our Christian Elementary School students joined with Wisconsin Lutheran High School  last school year to gather offerings for motorcycles for the pastors in Zambia so they can travel to the multiple congregations they serve. A group of high school students traveled to Zambia this summer to see the mission work firsthand. They produced a 4.5 minute video. Watch it here. 
  • We also celebrate with our sister congregation Garden Homes Lutheran on the north side of Milwaukee. Ashanti Weeks, a Garden Homes alum and a student at WLHS, was featured in a TV news article about her participation in a neighborhood art project. You can see it here. 
  • A Cool Million offering effort passed the $300,000 level. We have sent off the third of our $10,000 tithe gifts to Costa Maya Ministries. The new HVAC system in the 1989 addition to the school is being tested today. Just another reminder that our Generous God has created Generous People here at St. Paul's. If you would like to make an offering, giving online directly from your checking or savings account is the most cost effective way for us to receive your gifts. Click here.

Stay Connected

if you have an active Facebook account and you are not part of our school's private Facebook page, you can request to join through this link. You will see many reasons to celebrate God's goodness in our school. 

St. Paul's News is attached. Can't wait to see you in worship!

Pastor Pete


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