August - September 2019 Newsletter

August/September 2019

The Trumpeter

Grace and Peace,
We are preparing for our August-September newsletter. As I think of that timing I ask myself the question that I do every year at this time – Where did the summer go? I know summer isn’t over, but we can see the end. I have asked that question all my life. When I was a child, at the end of summer vacation – Where did the summer go? And then I thought about all the things I was going to do during the summer that I would have to squeeze in during the last week before school would start again.
Well, I don’t go to school anymore, although I did until I was 26 years old, which I calculate as about 1/3 of my life so far. That’s a lot of school and summer vacations. I still have that feeling as we move to the end of the summer, but now it’s more about food. Now is the time for tomatoes and corn on the cob, for peaches from Georgia and so many fresh local vegetables. Now is the time to make pickles and can vegetables and make sauces. Now is the time to gather with family and friends, some we maybe only see just once a year, to share all that good food with brats and burgers along with our stories of our life together and our love for each other. Now is the time! What a wonderful, life-giving time! And our time goes so fast.
NOW IS THE TIME! Jesus used those words to announce his ministry, the nearness of the kingdom of God and the promise of the gospel – the good news. Now is the time. In the Greek language of the New Testament there are two words for time – chronos and Kairos. “Chronos” is the word for ongoing and regular time, ordinary time, as in “chronological”. The time that slips away from us and we wonder where it went. “Kairos” is special time, time full of meaning, time with eternal significance.
When Jesus said, “Now is the time”, the word for time is “kairos”, God’s special time to come close to us with God’s blessings of peace and grace. Jesus is the kairos of God, the eternal presence of God’s grace and peace in our lives.
And as we move to the last weeks of summer, I hope you will have some of this kairos time in your life.
Pastor Rick Engen

Movie Nights

These free movies are shown at St. John’s Lutheran Church W4570 County Rd A in Saxeville. RSVP to or 920-987-5744

Saturday, August 10 at 6pm Different Drummers

Different Drummers is a deeply inspirational and transcendent family film - based on a true story - about the unlikely friendship of two boys growing up in the mid-1960s. When David, who is in a wheelchair with muscular dystrophy, accurately foretells the death of their fourth grade teacher, his hyperactive friend, Lyle, devises a plan to find out if God really exists, by attempting to get David to run again.

Saturday, September 14 at 6pm 23 Blast

23 Blast is based on the amazingly true story of Travis Freeman. A typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky, Travis is a local hero on and off the field. In the fall of 1997, in the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve. He becomes blind overnight. Under the influence of parents who love him, a physical therapist who challenges him, a coach who inspires him, and a best friend who he cannot bear to leave behind, Travis shows us what true bravery is by competing on the gridiron, helping his team advance to the State playoffs. We follow Travis and Jerry Baker, his closest friend, from the time they meet on the football field as kids through high school. Jerry's attraction to the dark side of teenage temptations, beer and drugs, threatens to pull the friends apart. It is only on the football field where they truly connect.
Fright Night Price Is Right Fright Night Price Is Right Fright Night Price Is Right Fright Night Price Is Right BOO! BOO! BOO! BOO!
Save the Date Save the Date Save the Date Save the Date -- Satrday, October 26 at 5:00 pm Satrday, October 26 at 5:00 pm Satrday, October 26 at 5:00 pm Satrday, October 26 at 5:00 pm

Dinner and a Show to benefit the St. John WELCA 

Remember the fun from last year’s Murder/Mystery Dinner? 

More information to follow but tickets will most likely be limited so watch for details. 

St. John’s Women of the ELCA will again send school kits to Lutheran Relief. These are the items we still need: 70-sheet notebooks (wide-ruled or college-ruled), 30 centimeter rulers or a ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other; blunt scissors (safety scissors).

Kerm’s Corner

The apostle Paul in 2 Timothy, chapter 3 gets pretty nasty as he describes the way people will behave in what Paul says are the “last times.” We assume he means before the second coming of Christ. I’ll give you less than half of it and you can go to the Bible for the final half. Selfish, greedy, boastful, conceited, insulting, ungrateful and irreligious. They will be unkind, merciless, slanderers, violent and fierce. Our media gives us more than enough examples of these behaviors daily. I often shut it off because I enjoy life (even on the banana peel) too much to have it defiled by the violence shown by the shootings and mayhem reported so frequently. Living almost in isolation I can avoid the usual verbiage in expressions such as “the world is going to the dogs.” What do we do? Where do we go? Paul interrupts his tirade to tell Timothy how God rescued him so many times and in countless ways. I like it further down the page when he writes “continue in the truths you were taught and firmly believe. You know who your teachers were and that you know the Holy Scriptures.” Saint John’s members and their good pastor hold to the path of righteous. I have often called it “the high road.” We’re safe here and secure in our knowledge that God is still the mighty force and His ways (and times) are eternally right. Peace, joy and His blessing be yours. Amen. -


Foundations for Living Waupaca needs YOUR help

Foundations for Living, a faith based non-profit organization, has been providing assistance to people in the Waupaca area since 2011. Times of crisis can happen to anyone and we want to partner with you, in the name of Christ, to alleviate their pain. HOPE TAKES TEAM WORK. Thanks to generous friends like you, we have been able to provide emergency relief and hope to hundreds of people facing the storms of life. At present, we are in desperate need of financial assistance to carry on with our work of empowering others to live with greater hope, independence and freedom from poverty, hunger and homelessness. Your generous gift at this time will enable us to continue providing a lifeline of hope to those in need. Donations can be given online at or a check can be mailed to: Foundations for Living, P.O. Box 564, 1421 Churchill St, Waupaca, WI 54981.
With your help we are able to do more good for more people.


Calling ALL green thumbs for our fall plant giveaway!! It is an annual tradition for Lutheran Campus Ministry-Oshkosh at The Gathering Place to give away small plants for college student’s rooms at the start of the fall semester. Our plant giveaway has become very popular over the years and is an excellent opportunity to make a first contact with our incoming students. We welcome ALL at Lutheran Campus Ministry-Oshkosh at The Gathering Place and are excited to continue to provide a safe and inclusive space for students on campus to grow in their faith relationship. We hope that many in our local church families will partner grow or purchase some low-maintenance houseplants during this summer and have them ready to give to students in September! Plants can be dropped off at The Gathering Place between Monday, August 26 and Sunday, September 1. Plants can be placed in the garage, which will be unlocked. Please leave your name or church name and address with the plant(s) so we know who to thank! Contact Pastor Bryan Schmidt at (920) 231-1168 or with any questions. Thank you for your support!


By John Kaplinski

“When he (the shepherd) has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” John 10:4-5 NRSV

The world is filled with voices. Some of these voices we recognize as good for us. We recognize these voices and follow them as we are able. The voice of the minister tells us about Jesus, the shepherd, who leads us to fertile pastures, salvation. We also hear the voices of the poor, the lonely, the naked, and the oppressed. When we hear these voices, we respond by sharing our blessings from God and by prayer. Sometimes the voices that we hear are silent; that is, the weak, poor, and oppressed many times have no voices, but we are to be aware of these voices also. All of these voices lead us to the fertile fields of salvation. For if we follow where Jesus leads us we will hear the voice of Jesus in all of these people and treat them with kindness, dignity, and love.

However, the world is filled with voices that will lead us from God and God’s voice. These are the voices that tell us to live for today. Buy anything that we want with no regard for our ability to pay. Some voices tell us that God is a promising investment. If we give something to God it will be given back to us tenfold or better - the Prosperity Gospel. We hear the voices of consumerism, militarism, nationalism, and xenophobia, a fear of strangers. Any and all of these voices lead us away from God and salvation. If we only think of ourselves and our wants, we will not hear the voices of the least of these. We will not hear the voice of the shepherd leading us to a rich, abundant life.

To which voice shall we listen? Will we listen to the voice of the shepherd leading us to a rich, abundant life? Or shall we listen to the voices that lead us to a shallow life in barren fields? As children, we were taught to flee from the voice of the stranger luring us with candy into their car. To follow that advice, to only listen to the voice we recognize is sound advice indeed. Listen carefully for the voice of the shepherd hidden by the voices of those who would cause us harm. Listen and then follow the voice of the shepherd, Jesus.

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, help us to hear your voice and only your voice. Protect us from voices that would lead us away from you. We thank you for your gift of a rich and abundant life. May we always hear the voices of the least of these and share our blessings with them. Amen.


God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday is Sept 8

We still have some shirts available. $8 ea. Contact Debi Smith

POTATO BAKE September 28

As summer is starting to slide by I need to remind you that the 2019 edition of the Potato Bake is also coming fast. Although many aspects remain unchanged please mark your calendars for Saturday, September 28. Once again we will be serving at 4:30pm. Please prayerfully consider how you may assist. There will be opportunities to put up posters, make food donations, help setup, serve, and cleanup. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes so all assistance is a huge help. This project has a great reputation and it takes a lot of hands to make it work. Details will follow but please mark the date. If you have not helped in the past why not help this year. Any questions contact Steve & Pat Sorenson. Thank You.

St. John's Lutheran Church, ELCA Council Meeting Minutes June 24, 2019

Note: The May meeting was cancelled.

Present: Pastor Rick, Steve Sorenson, Paul Szczublewski, Lee Jensen, Mike Myren, Julie Attoe, Janine Christensen, and Debi Smith

The meeting was called to order by Council President Steve Sorenson at 6:05 pm

Devotions by Pastor Rick.

Treasurer's Report: Motion by Paul Szczublewski, seconded by Mike Myren to approve the Treasurer's report after moving the rummage/plant sale proceeds to the Youth Fund. Motion carried.

Secretary's Report: Motion by Janine Christensen, seconded Julie Attoe by to approve the Secretary's report after the clarification to Old Business of April 29 minutes to read “Easter and Lenten offering”. Motion carried.

Pastor's Report: Pastoral acts for last month included two visits with Holy Communion and one funeral service. Pastor is delighted with the new church directory and noted that is has been very well received. Many thanks to Julie and all who helped produce this attractive and helpful book. Thank you to Steve and Pat Sorenson for serving as our delegates to the East Central Wisconsin Synod Assembly. The Assembly gave a very positive picture of the mission we share as a congregation of the ELCA. This month we said farewell to Bonnie Deke and we welcomed John and Laura Tucker as new members. Pastor will be on vacation July 18-24. Steve Sorenson and Gene Trieglaff will lead worship on July 21. Pastor Paul Brinkman deeply appreciated the gift from St. John's given in his name at the time of his retirement to the ELCA new church leadership training fund.

Committee Reports: Worship Committee: There is a patriotic service planned for July 7 to include a flag processional and patriotic music. At the end of July there will be guitar and banjo music for the service. Stewardship Committee: Church picnic August 18. Meat provided for a potluck dinner. Games by Steve Sorenson Evangelism Committee: Roadside cleanup on May 4 was very well attended. Property Committee: We received a $210 rebate from Focus on Energey for the lights. Dishwasher to be discussed during New Business.

Old Business: VBS will probably not be held this year at St. John's.
Leftover rummage was loaded into Paul Szczublewski's trailer (Thank you, Paul). Help will be needed to unload the trailer at the Habitat for Humanity rummage sale in Wautoma in July.

Lee Jensen is investigating alternative insurance companies. He has talked with several agencies and churches.

New Business: $281.83 has been donated to the Altar Guild from the Hattie Snell estate.

Celia Christensen will be attending camp this year. Motion by Debi Smith, seconded by Lee Jensen to contribute $165 to Celia's camp registration. Motion carried.

The dishwasher is in need of replacing. Motion by Lee Jensen, seconded by Mike Myren to purchase a new dishwasher at a maximum cost of $750. Motion carried.

Layette supplies will be placed on the shelving unit in the play room on a temporary basis.

The carpets in the church are in need of cleaning. A Shampoo Day is scheduled for July 15 at 9:00 am for church members to bring their carpet shampooers and complete this project. Other volunteers can move furniture, etc.

There was discussion on updating the church website. Julie Attoe will explore the possibilities.

The next Council meeting will be Monday, July 29, 2019 at 6:05 pm.

Motion by Lee Jensen, seconded by Mike Myren to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:22 pm.

The meeting closed with the Lord's Prayer.

Respectfully submitted, Debi Smith Council Secretary

The Annual Church Picnic will immediately follow the worship service on August 18. Games will be followed by a potluck dinner. Burgers and brats will be provided. Please bring a dish to pass. Come join us. Share a laugh and great fellowship!
Lutheran World Relief Baby Care Kits will be assembled August 8 at 9:00 am. In 2018, Baby Care Kits were shipped to Mali and Burkina Faso. These countries are both in West Africa.


CAP Services Family Crisis Center July 19 Wish List Our warmest thanks for the many items we have recently received through our generous donations. Thank you for your continuing support!

(The complete list is posted on the bulletin board in the gathering area. The items listed below are of immediate need.)

Twin and Full Size Sheet Sets Small & Large Box Fans Gas Cards for Local Stores (Kwik Trip, BP, Schierl) Gift Cards for Local Pharmacies and Grocery Stores Children and Infant OTC Medications ( Tylenol, Advil, cold medications, etc) Basic OTC Medications (cold medications, Imodium, tums) Facial Tissue Hand Sanitizer 60 Watt Light Bulbs Donations can be dropped off at : Sunscreen/Sunblock Family Crisis Center in Waupaca at 101 Tower Rd Bug Spray (DEET free) 715-258-9575 or Disinfecting Wipes Family Crisis Center in Wautoma at 205 East Main St Latex Free Disposable Gloves 920-787-3889 Bleach Dishwasher/Dish Soap Laundry Detergent Dryer Sheets Paper Towels Basic Cleaning Supplies such as window, toilet and multipurpose cleaners Plush Bath Towels Tiolet Paper Full-Sized Shampoo and Conditioner (for women, men, children/ethnic specific) Plastic Food Storage Containers with Lids (all sizes) Ziploc Style Freezer Bags (all sizes) Tall Kitchen Bags (13 gallons) Donations in the form of checks are always appreciated. Plastic Wrap Mail to: CAP SERVICE Family Crisis Center Aluminum Foil 1616 West River Dr Bottled Water Stevens Point, WI 54481 Jugs of 100% Juice Juice Boxes Granola Bars, Fruit Snacks


Noisy Offerings: August 11: Options for Independent Living September 15: Alzheimer’s Association

Church Picnic Aug 18

Potato Bake Sept 28