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Pastor's Weekly Devotions

January 2020

“….And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them.” Luke 2:51

Dear friends and members of St. Paul’s,

In January our sermon series is titled “What is so great about Jesus”? This weekend in our services we are going to see the account of 12 year old Jesus going with his mother and Joseph to the Passover. When it was over Jesus could not be found. Three days later they found him in the temple “about his Father’s business”. Jesus listened in the temple (he listened to them and asked questions), and at the end of the text it says he was submissive to his mother and Joseph. We want things done in our way and at our time. Whether we are young or old we do not like being told what to do….and here is Jesus, God himself, who didn’t have to adhere to anyone….but who willing did so. This account shows that as Jesus took the calvary journey, he does what we cannot do… He keeps the law in every way shape and form. Thank goodness he not only died for us….but he was also perfect for us. What does this mean? Death and everything around it does not control us. In addition perfection (keeping the law) cannot be achieved on our end, rather it is given by Jesus and received by faith. Join us this weekend to hear more….

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Krenz

Weekend Service/Sermon Theme: “What is so great about Jesus”-He is always about His Father’s business. Luke 2:40-52. The other readings are 1 Kings 3:4-15, and Ephesians 1:3-14.

Prayer Bible Class: Our new topic for the Sunday morning Bible Class on Sunday mornings at 9:45 will cover “All things Prayer”. Our weekly Bible Study/Discussion on this topic will be as follows. January 5th “Why pray?”; January 12th “How to Pray”; January 19th “Praying the Lord’s Prayer, Part 1”; January 26th “Praying the Lord’s Prayer, Part 2”. If you have wanted to grow in your prayer/devotional life, this is just the class for you. A great way to start the New Year!!

Youth News: High School and Middle School are invited and encouraged to participate in one or both Sunday services. Tree take down will follow the 10:30 AM service. Pizza and beverages will be provided! Contact Christina Schmitt for more information. cschmitt.splcyouth@gmail.com

Core Planning Group: The core planning group for the Re-Vitality process will be meeting on Tuesday, January 7th at 7pm. This will be the first of a possible nine month planning process. So far we have eight people who have agreed to be part of this core planning group, if you would like to be part of this long-range planning core group contact Kevin Koenigstein. One of the first tasks of this group will be to review the surveys that were taken in October/November of this year.


JANUARY SERMON SERIES: “What is so great about Jesus”?

Jan. 5 & 6 – “He is always about his Father’s business” Luke 2:40-52

Jan. 12 & 13- “He lifts up the downtrodden” Isaiah 42:3

Jan. 19 & 20 – “He is a light to the nations” Isaiah 49:6

Jan. 26 & 27 – “He brings ever increasing Joy” Isaiah 9:3


Adult Confirmation Classes: If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about what the Lutheran Church teaches and is interested in joining the church, please come to our new 10 week adult information class on Sunday, January 19th at 4:30pm. Contact Pastor Krenz (618-363-0121) or the church office if you are interested.

Installation of all 2020 officers and board members has been set for Sunday, January 12th at both Sunday Services.

Please pick up your 2020 contribution envelopes in the narthex today.

Portals of Prayer January through March are available in the narthex.

Save the date: the youth group's annual rummage sale will be Saturday, March 21, 8 am - noon. Drop-off Thursday (3/19) 4-8 pm, Friday (3/20)

10-7 pm. No computers or televisions please. Any questions please ask Lillian Koenigstein or a youth group student.


On December 18 the Food Pantry served 24 households which includes 51 adults and 18 children. Our current needs are canned peaches, pears and pineapple.

January 26th is Youth and Family bowling night at West Park Bowl, Columbia. 6PM-8PM. Bring a friend and show off your bowling skills! High School and Middle School are invited. A separate lane will be paid and reserved for the Youth. Sign up is available at the bulletin board and should be completed by January 19th. See event flyer for more details!

Please pick up your poinsettia(s) following the church service.

"Show me Dough" Butter Braid sales coming soon! The Youth will have their first fundraiser starting in February 2020. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer.

Six lanes are reserved for the Annual Family Bowling Night, Sun., Jan. 26, 5:45-8:00pm at West Park Bowl hosted by Family Ministry. Audience members welcome. Sign up soon on the sheet in the narthex. Invite non-church members and youth. $40/lane payable that night includes 1 large pizza and a pitcher of soda. Other menu items available. Arrive by 5:45 so we can possibly release lanes if needed.

Correction to all St. Paul’s Singers announcement in the most recent newsletter. The next practice will be on Wednesday, January 22, at 7:00pm. We will sing the following Sunday, Jan. 26th.

Pastor Merritt Demski, Immanuel, Waterloo, will be hosting Financial Peace University beginning Sunday, January 12, 2-4:00pm. This will run for 9 weeks. Use this link to find more information: https://immanuelwaterloo.org/2019/10/18/financial-peace-university-fpu-coming-in-january/

Lutheran South Bands presents “Big Band Swing” featuring “The Ambassadors of Swing” on Sat., Jan. 25, 7-10:00pm. $20/ticket; $25 at the door. Beer, wine and appetizers provided. Free swing dance lesson at 6:30pm.

The yellow “Explanation of Lutheran Worship” was recently placed in the pews to assist members and guests in understanding why we do what we do in worship. If you would like to take this pamphlet home “take home” copies can be found in the tract rack by the mailboxes.

PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND THE NEXT VOTERS MEETING ON JANUARY 21ST AT 7:00PM.



“..a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench” Isaiah 42:3

Dear friends and members of St. Paul’s,

What is it that gives you your identity, security, and meaning in life? Answering this question, will help uncover what is of utmost importance in your life (your religion). The successful business person might answer his/her career. The atheist, may respond by saying describing his/her rational approach to life. The athlete might describe his/her particular sport and the health of their bodies. The matriarch or patriarch of a family, might describe his/her many family members. Notice that even blessings of God can become our idols. John Calvin, a 16th century reformer once said that since the fall into sin “The human heart has become an idol factory”. That is, it creates many so called competitors to the one who created us, saved us, and made us holy through the Spirit. Another author put it this way… “We have become not so much a “godless nation” as a nation with “many gods”. How do these competitors/idols stack up to the true God? In chapter 41 of Isaiah, God brings low the many idols of the nations by saying “Behold, they are all a delusion; their works are nothing; their metal images are empty.” Idols in all forms don’t last….and they certainly don’t care or provide for a bruised reed or faintly burning wick. In a society that has fallen for the idols of the age…..the message and reality of the living Christ who lasts, who cares and forgives like no one else, still has something to say when lives that follow these idols fall apart. It can be very discouraging as a Christian when the idols of the age “get all the attention”. Nonetheless, take heart and hear passages like Isaiah 42:3 which reveal a Savior who does things for us that idols will never do. Have a blessed weekend, and see you in worship.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Krenz


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Prayer Bible Class: Our new topic for the Sunday morning Bible Class on Sunday mornings at 9:15 will cover “All things Prayer”. Our weekly Bible Study/Discussion on this topic will be as follows. January 12th “How to Pray”; January 19th “Praying the Lord’s Prayer, Part 1”; January 26th “Praying the Lord’s Prayer, Part 2”. If you have wanted to grow in your prayer/devotional life, this is just the class for you. A great way to start the New Year!!



JANUARY SERMON SERIES: “What is so great about Jesus”?

Jan. 12 & 13- “He lifts up the downtrodden” Isaiah 42:3

Jan. 19 & 20 – “He is a light to the nations” Isaiah 49:6

Jan. 26 & 27 – “He brings ever increasing Joy” Isaiah 9:3



Adult Confirmation Classes: If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about what the Lutheran Church teaches and is interested in joining the church, please come to our new 10 week adult information class on Sunday, January 19th at 4:30pm. Contact Pastor Krenz (618-363-0121) or the church office if you are interested.

Every Member prayers: This year during the worship services we will be praying for up to six members from the congregation. We encourage you to keep these members in your own daily prayers.

January 26th is Youth and Family bowling night at West Park Bowl, Columbia. 6PM-8PM. Bring a friend and show off your bowling skills! High School and Middle School are invited. A separate lane will be paid and reserved for the Youth. Audience members welcome – free of charge! J Sign up is available at the bulletin board and should be completed by January 19th. See event flyer for more details!

Twenty/Thirty/Forty Somethings: We are planning another get together/Video Bible Study at Patrick and Bethany Grandt’s home, January 25th at 6 pm. Text Pastor Krenz at 618-363-0121 if you are planning to attend. Our topic will be “Who am I? What am I doing here?” The Grandt’s will provide the main course, all others are asked to bring a side dish.

Portals of Prayer January through March are available in the narthex.

It’s Not Just For Couples Any More – We invite any and all adults to attend our 2nd Friday of each month Bible class. We meet from 6:30-8:00pm in one of the Sunday School classrooms, then adjourn to McDonald’s for fellowship time. On Feb. 14 and March 13 we will study the book of Jonah and on April 3 (April 10 is Good Friday) we will study the Passion History in the Four Gospels. Because Pastor Sievers provides us with study guides to enhance our class discussions, please inform him (314-882-2097) or phyllissievers@yahoo.com if possible in advance of your coming so that he can put them in your mail box.

Save the date: the youth group's annual rummage sale will be Saturday, March 21, 8 am - noon. Drop-off Thursday (3/19) 4-8 pm, Friday (3/20)

10-7 pm. No computers or televisions please. Any questions please ask Lillian Koenigstein or a youth group student.


The Comforts of Love Ladies request that if you have tablecloths, light weight blankets or sheets that you are not using any more they could be used in making their blankets.

"Show me Dough" Butter Braid sales coming soon! The Youth will have their first fundraiser starting in February 2020. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer.

Correction to all St. Paul’s Singers announcement in the most recent newsletter. The next practice will be on Wednesday, January 22, at 7:00pm. We will sing the following Sunday, Jan. 26th.

Pastor Merritt Demski, Immanuel, Waterloo, will be hosting Financial Peace University beginning today, Sunday, January 12, 2-4:00pm. This will run for 9 weeks. Use this link to find more information: https://immanuelwaterloo.org/2019/10/18/financial-peace-university-fpu-coming-in-january/

Lutheran South Bands presents “Big Band Swing” featuring “The Ambassadors of Swing” on Sat., Jan. 25, 7-10:00pm. $20/ticket; $25 at the door. Beer, wine and appetizers provided. Free swing dance lesson at 6:30pm.

PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND THE NEXT VOTERS MEETING ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 21ST AT 7:00PM.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb.14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made .Psalm 139:13

Dear friends and members of St. Paul’s,

Our congregation supports “The Life Network of Illinois”, a pregnancy resource Center in Waterloo. A few months ago I met with the director of that this organization, Debbie Geist. She informed me of the wonderful services this pro-life organization provides at virtually every stage of the child and parents life. I was very impressed with their facility, professionalism, and wholistic approach to serving women (and men) during their pregnancy and after their child is born. What a wonderful life affirming alternative to the various abortion clinics in our region. Baby bottles will be available either this week or next in the narthex (entryway of the churchy). Fill these up with coins, and they help support the services of this organization. You can find out more about their services at https://www.mylifenet.org/ Other good resources on life Issues include Lutherans for life https://www.lutheransforlife.org/ and https://www.lcms.org/life-ministry/library

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Krenz

Sermon Worship Theme: “What is so great about Jesus”? “He is a light to the nations”Isaiah 49:6.The weekly texts are Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, and John 1:29-42.

Prayer Bible Class: This week the Sunday morning class will be looking at the first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer.

Twenty/Thirty/Forty Somethings: We are planning another get together/Video Bible Study at Patrick and Bethany Grandt’s home,552 Micah’s Way on Saturday, January 25th at 6 pm. Text Pastor Krenz at 618-363-0121 if you are planning to attend. Our topic will be “Who am I? What am I doing here?” The Grandt’s will provide the main course, all others are asked to bring a side dish.

Re-vitality Update: Twelve people met on Tuesday of last week to for the first Re-vitality session. We went over foundational Bible Studies for this long range process, the recent survey results, as well as a book titled “Maximizing the mid size church”. Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 4th at 7pm. Re-Vitality is a long range planning process for congregations that was recently developed by the Church revitalization department of the LCMS.

Have you ever wondered what it means to walk in the one true faith? Join us for Bible Study as we examine the Epistle Letters of 1, 2 and 3 John. Here we learn the Apostle John’s instructions for us to walk in the light of Christ’s atoning sacrifice as His righteous children amidst a world of sin and darkness. This four week class led by Seminarian Aaron Beckman starts Sunday, February 2.

Ladies’ Monday evening Bible Study: Due to Lisa Krenz’s father’s upcoming surgery, our January 20 Bible study will be postponed one week to Monday, January 27, same time 7:15. Since we had to cancel in December, our January meeting will focus on Week 3 (Philippians 2:1-13) and Week 4 (Philippians 2:14-30) from our book. Basically we’ll cover Philippians 2. Come join us and share in the JOY!

Food Pantry on January 15 served 16 households comprised of 36 adults and 9 children. We would gladly accept canned fruit, except applesauce, and spaghetti sauce.

Voters Meeting: Tuesday, January 21st at 7pm. At the Voter’s meeting there will be a proposal to sell the church parsonage. Ask Kevin Koenigstein for details. Agendas for the Voters meeting are in the Narthex.

The 2019 contribution statements have been printed and are available to be picked up after church services in the narthex. Statements not picked up by January 27th will be mailed.

The Comforts of Love sewing group needs your help! We are needing cotton blend fabric (45" by 96" size or a bolt) and sheets (especially queen size and up) in dark colors to use for our quilt backings. Also, we could use light weight blankets, sheets (any color and size), or tablecloths to help us construct our comforts. Call Marilee Schueler at 281-5098 for more information. These quilts are sent to Lutheran World Relief once a year.

January 26th is Youth and Family bowling night at West Park Bowl, Columbia. 6PM-8PM. Bring a friend and show off your bowling skills! High School and Middle School are invited. A separate lane will be paid and reserved for the Youth. Audience members welcome – free of charge! J Sign up is available at the bulletin board and should be completed by January 19th. See event flyer for more details!

"Show me Dough" Butter Braid sales coming soon! The Youth will have their first fundraiser starting in February 2020. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer.

St. Paul’s Singers The next practice will be on Wednesday, January 22, at 7:00pm. We will sing the following Sunday, Jan. 26th.

It’s Not Just For Couples Any More – We invite any and all adults to attend our 2nd Friday of each month Bible class. We meet from 6:30-8:00pm in one of the Sunday School classrooms, then adjourn to McDonald’s for fellowship time. On Feb. 14 and March 13 we will study the book of Jonah and on April 3 (April 10 is Good Friday) we will study the Passion History in the Four Gospels. Because Pastor Sievers provides us with study guides to enhance our class discussions, please inform him (314-882-2097) or phyllissievers@yahoo.com if possible in advance of your coming so that he can put them in your mail box.

Address

227 North Good Haven,
Columbia, IL; 62236

Service Hours

Sunday 8:00 AM
Sunday 10:30 AM
Monday 7:00 PM