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Issue: XLIII.a

October 22, 2023


  • Lifetree Cafe, November 1 – “How to Spot a Liar”
  • Sunday School/Adult Bible Study
  • Cappuccinos and Lattes for Fellowship


  • Weekly Devotion
  • Weekly Report

Stewardship Thought for the Week

Matthew 22:21 – “Then he said to them, ‘Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” So what is Jesus saying? Doesn’t everything belong to God? Yes — and God has a place for everything. Some of what He gives us goes to Caesar. Some must come back to the work of His church. And some go to support the families He has given us. All belongs to God, and He has work for us to do with what He has given us in the home, in the church and in society.

EDUCATING A NEW GENERATION OF LUTHERANS… Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken.  This week’s topics include: The Scientific Vocation, The Age of the Earth, The Lord’s Prayer, Church Music for the Care of Souls and more.  You can listen at your convenience at, the LPR mobile app and your favorite podcast provider.

Worship Service Information

Order of Service: Divine Service IV (p. 203)


  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
  • All Depends on Our Possessing
  • Lord Jesus Christ, You Have Prepared
  • Lord Jesus Christ, We Humbly Pray
  • Gracious God, You Send Great Blessings


  • Isaiah 45:1-7
  • 1 Thessalonians 1
  • St. Matthew 22:15-22



  • Gary Hardy (Oct 24)
  • Joe Hill (Oct 28)
  • Sarah Burma (Oct 28)


  • Crystal Kuseske (Oct 28)


  • Logan & Lynn Marxhausen (Oct 22)

Book of the Month

Envy, greed, gluttony, lust, anger, sloth, and pride are all vices and manifestations of unbelief. In Battle of the Soul, author Rev. Dr. Michael T. Fieberkorn explains how daily living of the Ten Commandments kills our unbelief. 

Redefining the Aristotelian view of vice and virtue from Ethics, Martin Luther transforms their use for Gospel-centered living. Following this transformation, Fieberkorn combines them with the Ten Commandments to show you how you can fight the battle against daily sin, even the ones that seem harmless. Battle of the Soul includes relfection questions after each chapter, prayers to use after finishing the book, and a chart visually showing the connections between vice and virtue. 

With clear connections between Luther’s teachings and our world today, this book will serve you as a how-to guide on living a Gospel-centered life.

Preorder at Concordia Publishing House or (kindle)

Serving Schedule

Serving Next Week

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!

St. Paul’s Sunday School for all ages DOES NOT MEET TODAY due to MEA!  

Teachers, please sign up to teach on the Sunday School Teachers schedule found on the bulletin board just outside the Fellowship Hall.  It is important that we know who is teaching at least 2 weeks in advance.  This year we will also need someone to sign up to teach the Sunday Youth Group.  If you have questions, please speak to Pastor.  Parents, please make every effort to have your kids in church and Sunday School every week.

What is Lifetree Cafe, and why is St. Paul’s doing it?  Simply put, Lifetree Cafe is an opportunity for St. Paul’s to reach out into the community through simple and helpful conversation, to fulfill our mission to “Grow together as God’s family in worship, fellowship, outreach, education, and service,” and to help those in our community who do not know the love of Christ.

Every first and third Wednesday, the fellowship hall is setup like a comfortable, cozy, and FREE “cafe” where everyone is welcome to come, enjoy delicious cafe food and beverages, and to take part in a 1-hour conversation-centered experience led by a series of video-based topics and pre-scripted questions and activities.  Topics range from simple, day-to-day matters such as stress, vacations, family issues, and even to matters of faith, theology, and spirituality.

Every member of St. Paul’s is invited and encouraged to attend, and to invite friends.  In fact, your inviting people to Lifetree Cafe is VERY important!  While there will be plenty of marketing throughout the community and online, word-of-mouth is always the best way. 

Speak to Pastor if you have interest or have more questions about Lifetree Cafe.  And please do pray for this endeavor, that it bear good fruit and draw sinners to the cross of Christ.

OUR NEXT MEETING IS NOVEMBER 1st at 7:00!  See the intro video below.  We will be talking about spooting liars!

Finances & Attendance

Stew Supper donations and Scholarship Silent Auction proceeds will be announced at the voters meeting

Please continue to prayerfully commit to supporting the ministry of St. Paul’s through your regular offerings, and to take part in the worship and educational opportunities afforded.  St. Paul’s is here for you, your kids, and your neighbor!

Stew Supper News

Stew Supper was a great success, serving over 300 meals to many local families. Thank you everyone for supplying ingredients and working together to support this worthy community event and fund raiser.

The Silent Auction went well, with many baskets supplied with a variety of wonderful items.  The Scholarship Fund is steadily growing! Thank you for supporting this Vision Team project.

Prayer Requests

Tom Litfin

Ray Halgren

Rev. Tim Lamkin

Carl Fisher

Gary Asher

Gloria Oien

"This should be emphasized, I say, for the reason that unless the severity of the disease is correctly recognized, the cure is also not known or desired. The more you minimize sin, the more will grace decline in value.”

Are you saving your Teals receipts and turning them in?  Every dollar you spend at Teals returns a percentage back to St. Paul’s, but you have to save your receipts and turn them in regularly.  Speak to Jane Marquardsen if you have questions!

“Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 18:3

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” – 3 John 1:4

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.” – Ephesians 6:4

Pastor will be making cappuccinos and lattes this Sunday during fellowship in lieu of Bible Study since its MEA weekend!

Did you know that October is Pastor Appreciation month?  Be sure to say thanks to your pastor and always pray for him, and for all pastors!