This Week at St. Paul's

For Next Sunday: Isaiah 29:11−19; Ephesians 5:22–33; Mark 7:1–13


August 19 – Pentecost XIII (Proper 15B) – Even out of Jesus’ mouth the Gospel causes offense (John 6:61, 66). Yet to whom else shall we go? Shall we take refuge in the empty, ever-changing trends of politically correct popular opinion? Only the Savior speaks life—abundant life, eternal life, life for free, life for all (6:63). If our words do not declare and deliver life, they do not come from the Lord. O Wisdom from on high, let Your goodness fill our hearts and mouths. Amen.


Kramer Park Picnic with Matins Today: Sunday, August 19 we will have Matins Service at 11am followed by Ol’ Fashioned Texas Barbeque at Kramer Park.  Tickets will be sold at the event, $5 adults, $2.50 kids K-8th grade.  There will be free games and activities for the kids.  Don’t forget to bring your favorite dessert to share. Calling all kitchen help and servers, please call Kevin Morse at 387-1743 to help.

Gospel Seeds Is Back & Begins Friday: Did you miss out on the East Central Neighborhood Project? It’s not too late to be involved! “Gospel Seeds” is about -- going and telling -- the ones who live near our church.  Join us for the “Gospel Seeds” presentation in the Nerger room on Friday, Aug. 24 from 6:30pm-8pm. On Saturday, Aug. 25 from 9am-noon we will have a “Gospel Seeds” training. Pastor Carlos Hernandez will be preaching and leading our Bible class on Sunday, Aug 26.

Pick Up Your Justice Bread Today

Life Team Invites YOU to Join Them: Life Team will meet approximately four times a year. Please join this worthwhile group Monday, August 20 at 6pm in the Founder’s room, as they continue with the mission of supporting life. Life Team says thank you for your response for the A Hope Center Baby Bottle Campaign. Since January 2018 till now over $917.45 in change has been collected to support A Hope Center.

We need Reading Buddies! If you are available on Tuesday afternoons from 2:00-2:45 please come and have a great time reading with our 2nd and 3rd graders.  If you can come 1 Tuesday or all Tuesdays in a month we would love to have you.  Please contact Kris Hall in the school office (424-0049) or Megan Koenemann our 2nd grade teacher (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

Adult Choir Begins Wednesday, September 5! St. Paul’s Adult Choir will resume rehearsals on Wednesday September 5 at 7:30pm! The choir is directed by Matthew Machemer, Associate Kantor at CTSFW and St. Paul member. Pertinent information on the singing year will be provided at our first rehearsal. Please consider joining us as we sing praises to our Lord and joyfully edify the song of the church! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kantor Machemer via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or telephone (260-452-2199).

Pastor Hedtke to Present to Golden Heirs on Sept. 24: Pastor Robert and Diana Hedtke—will share their experiences in Thailand. “Bangkok and Beyond” Southeast Asia’s only free country, Thailand serves as wonderful place to present the Good News of Jesus to the “Land of Smiles” where 95% of the people are Buddhist. Come and share an hour with them September 24 at 10am in the Nerger Assembly Room. Lunch following at Park Place, Barr and Main St. RSVP to Carole by September 18.

Indiana 50% SGO Tax Credit Began July 1: The Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) of Indiana enables low-to-middle-income families to send their children to the school of their choice. For their generosity, donors receive a 50% state tax credit. The continuing popularity of the SGO tax credit has been increased to $14.5 million as of July 1. August 1 is the first due date for applications.  UPDATED SGO forms are located near the front desk and on the glass case in the narthex.  Donating anonymously is now an option.  Contact the SGO office at 260-203-4509 or visit their website at to learn more. 

Electronically Giving Options for Travelers: Travelers keep up with regular offerings by giving electronically. Just as you rely upon receiving income on a regular basis, St. Paul’s relies on your regular contributions. St. Paul’s appreciates the efforts of congregation members to make consistent donations throughout the year–especially during popular summer travel periods.  To assist you, the church provides a convenient electronic giving option for setting up regular contributions.  Please contact the church office for details or pick up your Authorization form located on the front desk

Thrivent Members with Choice Dollars: If you’re an eligible Thrivent member with Choice Dollars available to designate, you can help by directing your choice dollars to work at St. Paul’s and in our community. If you are uncertain of your eligibility, visit Or contact your local Thrivent Financial representative. Another simple option is to pick up a form from the magazine rack hanging on the wall outside the church office. Just complete and mail the form directly to Thrivent.