Freely you have received; freely give (Mt 10:8)

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on July 30, 2020

Generosity is the theme of the day. While Proverbs 27-29 (read here)has a number of warnings against being stingy, I appreciate this assurance: “He who gives to the poor lacks nothing” (28:27).

In 2 Corinthians 8 (read here) Paul holds up the Macedonian Christians as a model of generosity for the Corinthians. In the next chapter, he will mention that he used the Corinthians as a model for the Macedonians. A generous God produces generous people who encourage each other to greater generosity.
Attached is the congregational letter celebrating the generosity of God’s people here at St. Paul’s. We’ve included pictures of the newest members of our family who were baptized last week as a “thank you” to each of you for your prayers and support. There is also news that as a congregation we want to model generosity. Because God has graciously provided for us during these past months in ways that we could not have imagined, we are giving special gifts to missions and to Wisconsin Lutheran High School. “Freely you have received; freely give” (Matthew 10:8).  
Friends in Need
It is our privilege as pastors at St. Paul’s to share your generosity with others. Gifts given to “Friends in Need” enable us to help members of our congregation and members of our community with things like food cards or help with utility or rent bills that are overwhelming because of job losses or unexpected expenses. If you know someone who is struggling to make ends meet, let your pastors know so that we can show Christian love to that individual or family in a tangible way.
Family in Need
Often because of medical issues, a family’s need may be in the range of thousands of dollars. For example, in June a family was dealing with an extended hospital stay for their newborn. You generously provided nearly $4,000 to help them with their mounting bills! Thank you!
August Family in Need

Our "August Family in Need" is a sister in Christ who has been hospitalized the entire month of July, waiting for a lung transplant. If she is accepted into a transplant program, it will likely be out-of-state. Another family member will also need to travel with her. Even with insurance, costs continue to mount. If you would like to help this family, mark your gift clearly “August Family in Need” or give online at, donating to “Friends in Need” putting “August Family in Need” in the memo line.

A few years ago our message series title was: A Generous God Creates Generous People with a Generous Vision. What a privilege to serve here at St. Paul’s where that truth is so evident.

Bible Study this evening at 7 pm

I'll be sending out a zoom link to join me in a study of Revelation 7 at 7 pm this evening. If you are available, I hope you can join in the discussion. 

Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Pete
PS. Remember the outdoor service this weekend (click here for details). Small group communion will be offered this weekend as well. If you do not receive an email or know someone who is not internet active, call the church office (414-422-0320) to register for a time


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