Issue: XLIV.a

October 29, 2023

  • Lifetree Cafe, November 1 – “How to Spot a Liar”
  • Sunday School/Adult Bible Study
  • Children’s Christmas Program
  • Weekly Devotion
  • Weekly Report

Stewardship Thought for the Week

John 8:36 – “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Today we celebrate Reformation Day! Luther is rightly remembered as a champion of the Gospel — but he also called himself “the apostle of good works.” For only by being set free by the Gospel can we do good works. Jesus has set us free: His blood covers over our sins, and now we stand before God as His beloved children, invited to live our lives to His glory for the good of His kingdom.

Pastor Carlson will be on Vacation from November 9th through the 22nd.  Pastor Polege will lead the Divine Services on the 12th and 19th.

During this time, if you need assistance, please contact your elder.

PATHS TO LUTHERANISM SERIES… Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken.  You can listen to stories of guests who have come to Lutheranism from Islam, Mormonism, Atheism, Agnosticism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Pentecostalism and more.  You’ll find the series at

Worship Service Information

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


  • A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
  • The Lord, My God, Be Praised
  • Amazing Grace
  • God Loves Me Dearly
  • God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven
  • All You Works of God Bless the Lord


  • Revelation 14:6-7
  • Romans 3:19-28
  • St.John 8:31-36



  • Judy Silkworth (Nov. 4)


  • Tom Michaud (Nov. 1)


  • n/a

Book of the Month

Pastor will be doing a special service in November or December based on this book.

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 reflection 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.

Order 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!

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 spotting 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!

THANK YOU to ALL who dedicate their hard work here at St. Paul’s, Milaca

Our church world not be the same without you!

Prayer Requests

Family of Tom Litfin

Family of Ray Halgren

Carl Fisher

Gary Asher

Gloria Oien

"The sin underneath all our sins is to trust the lie of the serpent that we cannot trust the love and grace of Christ and must take matters into our own hands.”

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!

The Sunday School Christmas Program, “Light a Candle,” will be Sunday, December 24th at 9:00am.  Rehearsals will start the last Sunday of November.  We need our Sunday School children and youth to step up and take speaking and acting roles for the program.

“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

To be in worship, in Bible Study, and in Sunday School often is to be Christian.  To avoid these gifts from God, for whatever reason, is to give credence to the devil and his lie that the Scripture is not worth setting your busy life aside for just a couple hours a week.

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!