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May 21, 2023

Seventh Sunday of Easter

sola fide

Sermon Notes for Sunday

  • Sermon Notes

    Sermon based on Matthew 16:13-20

    Today we hear about Peter’s confession of faith and how, like Peter, we are given the Spirit of Christ to confess the one true Christian faith boldly and confidently, and that even when we do not confess as we ought, our God and Savior continues to forgive, strengthen, and renew us so that we learn to confess His name before others.

Serving Schedule

This Week’s Servants

  • ELDER: Chad Calander
  • Usher: Dan Dreyer
  • Reader: Jason Theisen
  • Organist: Jane Marquardsen
  • Acolytes: Ella R./Brantley F.
  • Sound Booth: Chase/Lizzy C.
  • Altar Guild: Wilma Frazier
  • Fellowship: Cassie Y./Lane F.

Next Week’s Servants

  • Elder: Chad Calander
  • Usher: Travis Bemboom
  • Reader: Kris Marxhausen
  • Organist: Sue Drury
  • Acolytes: Brayden Theisen
  • Sound Booth: OPEN
  • Altar Guild: Wilma Frazier
  • Fellowship: Nancy R./Virginia M.

If you are unable to keep your scheduled serving day, please contact the church at least a few days before the service so there is time to find a replacement. Thank you!

Statistics for Last Week


  • Regular Offering: $2,247.00
  • Online Giving: $0.00
  • Non-Budget: $0.00
  • Memorial: $150.00
  • Scholarship: $0.00
  • Building Fund: $0.00


  • Worship Attendance: 50
  • Sunday School: n/a
  • Youth Group: n/a
  • Midweek Bible Study: n/a

Please make every attempt to have your kids in Sunday School each week, and your teens in Youth Group.

Important News & Announcements


Please ask Pastor if you would like a printed copy of the announcements. Thank you.

Today is Confirmation Sunday!

God’s continued blessings for Waylon Dreyer, Jaiden Kuseske, Landon Marxhausen, Makenna Miller, and Brock Theisen, as they stand before God and this congregation and confess their faith and confirm their baptisms into Christ. May the Lord continue to call them to daily repentance, faith, and loving service to the neighbor.

A reception follows the service today! Please shake the hands of our confirmands and enjoy a piece of cake.

Sunday School/VBS News

Though Children’s Sunday School and Youth Group is over for the summer, we want to gather one last time on May 28 after church to thank our teachers and the kids for a great year. Bring your kids next Sunday to church for a special Children’s Message, and to Sunday School where there will be treats provided in the classrooms.

Beginning June 11th, Pastor Carlson will lead an all-church Sunday Bible Study throughout the summer and kids, youth, and adults are encouraged to attend. Also, VBS is coming in the fall, and more information will be available soon about needs and opportunities.

Summer Bible Study Opportunities

There is no time like the present to be in the Word, studying and growing in Christ. To that end, we will continue to have our Thursday morning class where we study the Book of Concord. As Lutherans, we believe the Book of Concord is a correct exposition of the Holy Scripture and thus it’s important we are familiar with it. Join us Thursdays at 9:00 am and bring your Book of Concord with you. If you don’t have one, speak to pastor about getting one for you.

Pastor is starting a weekly Men’s Bible Study in June. Our first meeting will be Thursday, June 8th at 6:30pm. Bring your bibles. This Bible Study will be very informal and open for questions and discussion. Please read the first several chapters of Romans before you come. And invite your friends. If you can help with coffee or snacks, speak to pastor.

Beginning in June, Pastor Carlson will resume teaching the Sunday morning Bible Study at 10:30. Adults and youth are encouraged to attend. Pastor will be following the “We Preach Christ Crucified” series from the LCMS in preparation for the national convention.

Lifetree Cafe is coming in August…

Senior Social Day

Seniors, why not come to the church every 2nd Thursday at 10am for a time of good fun, fellowship and games, coffee and treats, and to meet other Milaca seniors? We’ve got a good group of people but would love it if you could come too! Bring your favorite board game or card game with you.

Youth Volleyball Night

Youth Open Volleyball night scheduled for Friday, June 9th at 6:00 PM. There will be food and a devotion…and volleyball! Bring friends.

Board of Education

A Board of Ed. meeting is scheduled for Sunday, June 4 at 10:30 AM.

We will not have a monthly Newsletter during the summer months. Important announcements, schedules, and meetings will be printed in the weekly news.

Subscribe to the official newspaper of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod! Visit to get regular updates, notices, synodical news, and more!

Pastor Carlson has been publishing a daily devotion online and emailing it to subscribers. That’s right! This is a great way to start of your day in the Word and prayer. Simply go to or speak to Pastor, and you’ll start to receive a devotion every weekday in your email inbox.

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, 68th Regular Convention is July 29 through August 3. Pastor Carlson, along with a lay delegate from our circuit, will be attending the convention and representing St. Paul’s and our circuit. The convention is in Milwaukee, WI at the Wisconsin Center/Arena.

Pastor will spend a little time at the next quarterly voters meeting detailing the convention and provide for you a list of matters which will be voted on.

To keep up with the convention timeline, to read the overtures, and to learn about the various candidates who will fill positions nationally, please visit LCMS National Convention – The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Also, please pray for safe travel for all who are preparing to head to Milwaukee in late July.

Prayer Requests

Tom LitfinGlen Hamann
Family of Harry TotzkeOur Confirmands
Please keep the prayer list updated by contacting the church via email ( or calling 320-982-6703. You may also speak to Pastor or an Elder. Anyone missing on this list? Let Pastor or an Elder know right away!

Weekend Devotion

Prayer: Lord Christ, Savior and Redeemer, You have given me great and eternal promises in Your holy Word. Guard my days so that I do not succumb to evil and keep me ever-devoted to Your call and to the one true faith. Amen.

SCRIPTURE: When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, He said of him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.” – John 1:47

Our Lord does not want us bragging about being Christian, or as with Nathanael, being an Israelite. It is simply not enough to say, “I am baptized,” or even to say, “I am a pastor,” or “I am a Lutheran,” or “I am an elder.” But you must believe in Christ and His forgiveness and live like a Christian which makes baptism your own. You must be righteous both on the inside, and also on the outside. You must not be embarrassed of the Lord or the Christian faith. If you are, then you are a false Christian. If you do not believe in your heart that Christ is your Lord and savior, then you are living a lie and remain in darkness. You may appear to be pious on the outside, but the inside is far from Christ for your faith does not show in your actions, or your actions do not exhibit your faith.

If it were possible to separate Christians from one another – dividing them into true and false Christians – how many true Christians would we find? Consider the world and how full of craziness and foolishness it is – adultery, drunkenness, vindictiveness, deceitfulness, gossip, love of money, etc. There are even those who no longer consider it a sin to cheat or lie or steal or fornicate. Yet such people want to be considered Christian? It would be enough that they repent of these things and acknowledge God’s anger against sin, but they can’t even do that but want to have their sins and still have salvation. But as St. Paul writes, “You are dead to sin! How can you live in it any longer,” and “You are no longer a slave to sin and death, but you are a slave to God in Christ, therefore do not work to serve your old master but the new.”

In such ways you are not fooling anyone, and certainly not God. God knows precisely who you are and what is in your heart, just as He did with Nathanael. And when the Lord returns on the Last Day to judge the living and the dead, onto what side will He place you, on the side of the few who repented and trusted in Christ and believed His words, or on the side of the massive crowd who filled their lives with the pleasures and passions of their flesh and the world?

This Week’s Activities

  • Adult Bible Study this Thursday at 9:00 AM.
  • New Member Class, Friday at 10am

Coming Events

  • Board of Ed/VBS Meeting, June 4th
  • LCMS National Convention, July 31st through August 3rd.

“Let us not be unaware of his kindness. Were he to reward us according to our works, we would cease to be. Therefore, having become his disciples, let us learn to live according to Christianity.”

— St. Ignatius of Antioch (AD 36-110)