Prepare for the Future by Looking at the Past

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on August 19, 2020

One of the speakers at the Global Leadership Summit this year mentioned that the best way to prepare for the future was to study the past. The windows in our sanctuary teach that same lesson (view the devotional introduction here). The Chronicler had that same purpose in 2 Chronicles 10-12 (find it here)History reveals God's faithfulness and how important it is for us to be faithful to him. Our New Testament lesson (read Romans 12 here) teaches us how to live in faithfulness to our God by faithful service to others. 

Thank You

"Share with the Lord’s people who are in need"
(Romans 12:13). One of the benefits of our role as pastors at St. Paul's is to see how your generosity impacts others. Yesterday I received a letter from a couple that we were able to help through our Friends in Need Fund. They were destitute. We were able to use our Friends in Need Fund to help them in numerous ways. The letter shared how they have rebuilt their lives and included gift cards to help others in need. Thank you for your generous support for Friends in Need and all our ministries. 

Since many of you are not worshiping in-person, you may not be aware of our August Family in Need. This family is praying that the Lord will provide a family member with a double lung transplant. There are so many costs insurance cannot cover. If you would like to give a special gift to help them with some of their most pressing needs and bills, click here, find the "Enroll Now" button, and after "Friends in Need" type "August Family in Need." Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many!

Worship With Us

If you have not yet had a chance to worship with us, join us in person this evening at 7 pm or join us online today.

Outdoor Worship

Next weekend, we will have an outdoor worship service at 10:30 in which we will celebrate the installation of three of our teachers (Mr. Wetzel in his new role as Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology, Mr. Sievert as our 5th grade teacher, and Mrs. Abramowski as our music teacher). 

The worship schedule next weekend will be:

  • Saturday at 5 pm
  • Sunday at 7:45 am
  • Sunday at 9:15 am
  • Sunday outdoors at 10:30 am (livestreamed)
  • Wednesday at 7 pm

It is likely we will have one or two more outdoor services this fall to provide a comfortable worship atmosphere for as many as possible.

Bible Studies

We are offering several online Bible studies. 

  • Every other Sunday evening for the 18 - 25 year old generation. Contact Mike Westendorf at
  • Every other Wednesday evening study of GroupWork. Reply to this email for more information. 
  • The weekly Following the Promise study with Pastor Nate. Contact him at  

Even though the pandemic is keeping many of us physically apart, if you are facing illness or other struggles, please reach out to us pastors (click here). We love and care for you; we are here to serve you with the comfort of God's word and the kindness of God's people.

Your brother in Christ,

Pastor Pete 


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