St. Peter’s & COVID-19 Update to Worship

St. Peter’s & COVID-19 Update to Worship

Dear friends,
What a strange time it is that we are living in! So many updates, scary information, isolation, fear, uncertainty. At this time when many of us might have been filling in our brackets for March Madness, instead, we are wondering when life will go back to normal. Crazy. The Apostle Paul’s words to the Romans comes to mind in chapter 8. A chapter that speaks of a shaking world and actions of sinful minds, but Paul also directs us to Jesus, our Advocate and Redeemer. He reminds us that we have been chosen and called. Since we have God doing all this for us, what do we have to fear?

33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:33–39

At a time like this it is important to take an inventory of our life and faith. In Jesus, we have forgiveness, God’s certain love and the promise of eternal life! Stepping back from that, we know that even in difficult times, God is still in control using events to humble the proud and lift up the humble. He promises to be with us and grow us in our faith. He is working to share his powerful gospel to lead more to eternal life. You have your Lord’s sure promises!! Stay close to Jesus in these times by remaining in God’s Word. Nothing can separate you from your Savior as you remain close to him in Word and sacrament.

After listening to the information shared by our federal and state governments, discussing things with our council and with pastors in the area, we have decided on the following decisions as a way to respect and honor our government and to show love for one another:

  • LENTEN SERVICES CANCELLED – We will cancel the rest of our Lenten services on Wednesday evenings. Video sermons of the pastors in our area will be made available online as well as written sermons and links to the passion reading videos.
  • SUNDAY SERVICES ONLINE – We will cancel Sunday morning worship for the next two Sundays in March. Instead, we will have a shortened devotional service online via video and/or audio. I will be sending out a note to those without internet, inviting them to call in and listen in to the service live on Sunday morning at 9:00 AM. Go to mywels.com/live for links and information.
  • Communion & Meet with Pastor at Church – I am willing and offer to meet with anyone that would like to at church. Private communion is available to members that would like to receive it. I am also willing to meet with families or if you want to video chat, just let me know.
  • OFFERINGS – The Council and I would also ask that you prayerfully consider the Lord’s blessings and continue to give offerings according to your plan in support of our Kingdom work. You are welcome to use our online giving at mywels.com/giveonline or send in your envelope and/or offerings to church. If you have any questions, please just contact pastor.
  • BIBLE STUDY, JESUS CARES & SUNDAY SCHOOL – Bible studies, Jesus Cares Bible study and Sunday School will be canceled for now, although I will be looking at possibly offering online bible studies.
  • IN NEED OF HELP – if you are need of any help during this time, whether it is getting groceries or supplies, whatever it may be, please just call and ask. It is important for us to show the love of Christ in action at this time. Look for opportunities to show love and kindness for your neighbors. Go out of your way to help others. AND especially keep praying for your neighbors, your governing officials, health care workers, people working in the grocery stores and our senior citizens that are isolated in their apartments or nursing facilities. It is a challenging time, but our Lord promises to answer our prayers and never leave us!
  • Rodney Kisner made it through his procedure Tuesday to repair a valve in his heart. We are thankful and pray he will get home in the day or two. We pray for healing and strength.
    Your fellow servant, priest and Kingdom worker in Christ Jesus, our Lord, Pastor Green

Bulletin from last Sunday – Third Sunday of Lent – March 15, 2020

Here is an interesting video of a fellow pastor describing steps taken during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic and the history around the hymn, Now Thank We All Our God by Martin Rinkert. Hopefully you can open it. It is on Facebook. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/1140436124/videos/10217084023229644/

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St. Peter’s Activities in Light of COVID-19

St. Peter’s & Considerations in Light of COVID-19
Dear friends, Jesus promises to be with us always! He promises us eternal life, now and forevermore! Our Lord in Isaiah 41:10 —10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
And the Psalmist says —1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. (Psalm 46:1-2).

We know that even in difficult times, our Lord will not leave us or forsake us, however, he has also given us wisdom to be good stewards of all he has given us, including our bodies and the care of others. With the warnings and direction given by our federal and state governments, we are making the following changes at St. Peter’s:

  • We will cancel worship on Sunday mornings, together with Bible study and Sunday School.
  • We will cancel the rest of our Lenten Worship services.
  • We encourage everyone to consider using our online giving at www.mywels.com/giveonline. Or send in you offerings in the mail. May the Lord continue to bless our Kingdom work.
  • We will have services available online, either live or following. You can check to find where to go via this link: http://mywels.com/live.
  • Private Communion is available for members that would like to meet with pastor at church.
  • We will not have Jesus Cares Bible Study on Mondays for the next month.

Please be aware that in Jesus you have great hope and the certainty of eternal life. Jesus will never leave you and will use this to grow us in our faith and to lift our eyes to him. Isn’t it amazing how quickly the Lord can bring our busy world to a standstill. He is still God. Many are blind to his wisdom and do not acknowledge him. However, you do and know the wisdom of God. You know the peace and certainty that comes only in Jesus!! You have a living hope (1 Peter 1). Jesus calms your fear! Share this certainty with others. Look for opportunities to speak to your loved ones, your neighbors, coworkers and point them to Jesus. We hear of Jesus opening the eyes of the blind man and giving him wisdom, while also making those who see, blind. True life comes only in Jesus, not just here in this world, but for eternity.

Look for opportunities to show Christian love to others around you! If you know someone that is sick, look for ways you can help or provide in their need. If any of you need any help, please just call and we at St. Peter’s will do what we can to help!! God be with you!! Pastor Green

Online Services at St. Peter’s

Here are links for watching our service online. We pray that this will give you an opportunity to participate in worship and grow in Christ. God be with you.

PALM SUNDAY WORSHIP – April 5, 2020 – https://youtu.be/P88ECzJysCA

 

Children’s Palm Sunday Lesson

WEDNESDAY EVENING WORSHIP — April 1, 2020

Pastor Green shares a message for our spiritual growth. Pastor Green’s theme is: “The Son of God Goes Forth to War – Skirmishes” on Hebrews 4:15.

Here is the link: https://youtu.be/Nh8LsDCq0C8 or right below.

Passion Reading on Matthew 27:31-66

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SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP – March 29, 2020 (Below or at this link to our Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/GduNc4sglxc

For our service, Pastor Green and Pastor Bode of Abiding Savior, Elk River, worked together to share the readings, message and service this Sunday for you to use for your worship. Our Theme: Jesus Raises Us from Death to Life! Readings are from John 11 and Romans 8. Pastor Bode shares a message on 2 Kings 4:18-37 about the Lord raising the Shunammite woman’s son. Two hymns with words are provided for you to sing along with: “Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus” and “Peace Like a River”.  Thank you to our tech person: Noah Green and singers: Pastor Tim Bode, Naomi, Noah, Natalia & Pastor Green.

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING WORSHIP — March 25, 2020

Pastor Paul Schuler of Salem, Loretto shares a message for our spiritual growth. Pastor Schuler’s theme is: “The Son of God Goes Forth to War – Reconnaissance Report: Know Your Enemy” on Ephesians 6:12.

Here is the link: https://youtu.be/Nh8LsDCq0C8 or right below.


The Passion History Reading on Matthew 27:1-31 is found here: https://youtu.be/9ZTQoQMcQiM or below.

Passion Reading on Matthew 27:1-31


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SUNDAY WORSHIP – Here is a link to our service on Youtube: https://youtu.be/pJaze4H-768

I am hoping this works for the service to show live below here. If not, click on the link here: http://www.facebook.com/stpetersmonticello

Bulletin is here – https://drive.google.com/open?id=1VmERMjQIogo3G4GBQkqhGDCPf5wWsRS2


LENTEN WORSHIP INFO FOR MARCH 18

Passion Reading: Matthew 26:57-75

Here is a link to the video reading: https://youtu.be/-DrqmGGtR1A?list=PLcJVIuhI8isJJgv2R7PgPTFK5hpZSwckj

Here is a link to Pastor Bode’s Sermon on John 18:36.

 

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Red Cross Blood Drive – December 16 – 1 to 7 PM

Give the gift of Life, give blood! Red Cross will be collecting blood at St. Peter’s on December 16 from 1:00 to 7:00 PM.

To give, go to this link: GIVE

(Click on St. Peter’s, Monticello, MN)

or https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=ST%20PETER

Obituary of Bernard M Christianson

Bernard Merle Christianson, 87, passed away October 27th, 2019 at North Memorial Hospital. He was born on October 8th, 1932 to the late Clifford and Gladys (Nelson) Christianson. He was baptized on October 30th, 1932 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Santiago, MN. He was confirmed on May 26th, 1946.

After graduation from Monticello High School in 1950, he worked at Holsom Bakery in Minneapolis. In February of 1952 he joined the U.S. Air Force. He then worked for Honeywell for the next 37 years. During that time at Honeywell he worked on the space program Apollo. He then was promoted to supervisor and continued in various supervision positions until retiring in 1993.

Bernard married Betty Carlson on July 2nd, 1960. They had four children. Anita Ann, Scott Bernard, Jay Merle, and Lee Howard. Bernard and Betty enjoyed traveling in their early and retirement age. They went camping when the kids were growing up and explored many U.S. states. When retired, they traveled to many countries around the world. Norway was their favorite travel destination.

He is survived by his loving wife Betty of 59 years. Sons: Scott (Lori) Christianson, Lee Christianson (Mona Schwier). Sister Marlene Truax and brother-in law Harold Truax, brother-in-law Allen Carlson and wife Audrey. Granddaughters: Heidi, Kayla, and Lydia. Many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death was his infant daughter Anita an infant son Jay. Father Clifford and mother Gladys (Nelson) Christianson. Brother Charles and sister-in law Fay Christianson. Father in law Alfred and mother in law Christine (Olson) Carlson. Brother in law Robert Carlson. Sisters-in law: Lorraine Carlson and Betty Marie Carlson.

A celebration of life will be held on November 3rd, 2019 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 413 3rd St East, Monticello, MN. 1:00 PM gathering, 2:00 PM memorial service. Meal to follow. Private burial will be held at a later date.

  1. May the Lord Jesus that promised Bernie eternal life, give you the family comfort and certainty that one day you…

Mission Festival – Welcome Home

WELCOME HOME
MISSION FEST

Sunday, October 13

Speaker

Pastor Paul & Aneela

He currently serves as the leader of the new South Asian Ministry located in Pewaukee, WI, which is reaching out to South Asians residing in North America. Pastor Paul had lived as a doctor in Pakistan, but now is a doctor of souls, sharing the gospel here. They were highlighted in the July WELS Connection video. For more info on the mission go to https://wels.net/serving-others/missions/jointmissions/south-asian/

St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church

413 E 3rd St, Monticello, MN 55362


  • Worship starts at 9:00 am.
  • Meal served 11:45 am
  • Speaker presentation: 10:30 to 11:30 am

For more info: mywels.com/MissionFest

or call (763)295-5315.

Pastor Paul will also be at the LWMS rally at St. Peter’s in the afternoon, starting at 1:00 pm.


MISSION SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

Everyone is invited to purchase items and then bring them along to church. We will use a grant to cover the cost of shipping the things together to our clinics. (For CAMM newsletters – mywels.com/CAMM)

— Wish List Items—

  • Knit dish cloths-give to new moms at clinic
  • Twist ties (that come with plastic baggies)
  • Handiwipes -for sponging off feverish kids and wiping up messes—by Clorox. Dry fast and can be burned.
  • Pill bags-use them for antenatal clients who get one with their iron tablets on their first visit. Ladies bring them back to refill at future visits.
  • Ziploc bags with zip thing—not press together type—can keep things in them and be assured they are closed up better. GALLON SIZE most requested used to organize boxes and pill bags of meds in the trunks.
  • Choc chips—dark as well!! (Malawi-Evans)
  • Nuts to bake with-walnuts or pecans (Malawi-Evans)
  • Aveeno hand/body lotion—purse size nice—Beth (Malawi-Evans)
  • Werther’s candies (Malawi-Evans)
  • Chili powder and Cinnamon (Malawi-Evans)
  • AA and AAA batteries—flashlights and BP cuffs—expensive there (Malawi)
  • Post it notes, sharpies, pens (Malawi-Evans)
  • Treats-granola bars (Nature Valley, Kashi, Kind)—taken to clinic for snacks as usually no lunch break. Some choc in them or fruit or nuts. (Mal-Evans)
  • Peanut M & M’s (Malawi-Evans)
  • Christian Christmas decorations (Malawi-Evans)
  • Notepads—jotting down notes and lists (Malawi-Evans)
  • Walsporin ointment (Malawi)
  • Knit caps-baby size especially 0-6 months
  • 4 x 4 gauze
  • Grocery bags
  • Blankets
  • Sunscreen—lotion only and 50 SPF at least (go thru about 2/week)
  • Homemade cross necklaces
  • Baby Layette items
  • Baby/Children’s socks (especially Zambia)

LWMS Fall Rally — October 13

LWMS RALLY

Sunday, October 13

Speaker Pastor Paul & Aneela

He currently serves as the leader of the new South Asian Ministry located in Pewaukee, WI, which is reaching out to South Asians residing in North America. Pastor Paul had lived as a doctor in Pakistan, but now is doctor of souls, sharing the gospel here. They were highlighted in the July WELS Connection video. Or for more info on the mission go to https://wels.net/serving-others/missions/jointmissions/south-asian/

St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church

413 E 3rd St, Monticello, MN 55362

  • Rally starts at 1:00 PM with registration & fellowship & devotion
  • Noon meal served 12:00 to 12:45 pm
  • Speaker presentation: 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Mission Service Opportunity

Gather wish list items from the CAMM  (Central African Medical Mission) mission’s August newsletter. Items will be gathered and sent to Africa with a special grant to cover shipping.

Weekly Note – Fall Start Up & Has Jesus Left the Room?

Hello Friends,

Yes, it appears that summer is winding down with Labor Day past us. We go back to our regular schedule with Sunday worship at 9:00 am and Bible Study & Sunday School following worship.


Do you remember those days in school when the teacher left the room and kids would mess around? As you look at your life, does it ever seem like there are times that you live like Jesus has left the room? Are there things you would not do if Jesus were with you? If you knew that you would see Jesus at worship each week, would you find yourself in church more often? If he was at your home, would you use better language, change your living habits, pray more, read his Word more and treat others better?

Why is it we live as if Jesus is not here or as if Jesus does not exist at all? I realize that we are living in a post-modern world, a world where many do not believe that Jesus was even a real historical figure. Let’s face it, in our world today there are many that don’t believe Hitler really had concentration camps or that even 9-11 happened. People were there! They witnessed these events. They are real! Peter, John, the Marys and over 500 people witnessed Jesus alive, even after his resurrection. They were real people. Our God is real. The faith you profess is real, a gift from the Holy Spirit.

Yet, as sinners, we find ourselves living like Jesus doesn’t matter. We live like I am king and Jesus is my servant. I will come to him when I need him. As you see these attitudes and sins in your life, it hurts to realize how much you have hurt Jesus and treated him as trash! Do we even deserve his blessings, his love? No, we don’t do we. We deserve his judgment and we will get it. The Lord knows our life, both the good and the bad, even our intentions and thoughts. We will stand in judgment!

Oh, but thank the Lord, he also knows why he, our God and Father, sent his Son, Jesus. Jesus came to take our judgment, our hell. Jesus came to save us from our sins, to free us to be able to serve him without fear. He came that we could live life to the full as a redeemed child of God, living in the world knowing Jesus truly goes with us everywhere! As children of God we want to bring Jesus into every part of our lives. As children of God, we want to share his life-giving love to everyone we know. As children of God we want to worship him and listen to him speak to us, encouraging our family of God that he has brought us together into, the church, his body. We also call it the communion of saints. Thank the Lord for leading us to see his love, giving us faith that lets me know his forgiveness is mine! Rejoice in this certainty, my friends.


Summer worship schedule is over, plan to come together with Jesus in regular worship on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am.  Family Bible time after worship with Sunday school at 10:20 and Bible study at 10:30. I hope the Lord helps you find time for this in your schedules!

Sunday Bible Study – “Life Full in Jesus – Letters from John” This week we will start with John letter to Gaius, 3 John. He speaks of Gaius and his fellow congregation members walking in the truth. What does that look like? How are we doing that in our daily life. What might a letter from John to us sound like? Come join us for this special study!


Bulletin from last Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sermon from last Sunday on Hebrews 11 – God Creates 20/20 Faith Vision!

Upcoming Events

Mission Festival & Welcome Home Sunday – October 13th. 

Our speaker is a former doctor from Pakistan, where he was able to share Christ with even Taliban members and other Muslims. After being forced to leave, he now, after training with our Seminary, is called by a congregation in Pewaukee, WI to share the gospel with people from Southeast Asian. Pastor Paul will preach for our service and give a presentation with his wife Aneela on their work. Please look to attend and save the date for the special day. A pork chop potluck will take place starting at 11:45. We will also be hosting the LWMS rally following at 1:00 pm.

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Birthdays

Klaphake, Tina

09/02

Ruddle, Marjean

09/09

Wood, Sara

09/09

Hayes, Shirley

09/13

Anniversaries

Kerry and Jennifer Swendsen

09/03

Tanya and Jeremy Woelfel

09/11

Fay and Jerome Susa

09/12

A Nice Day

How can it not be nice, knowing that our Lord has chosen us and come down through Jesus Christ, true God and true man to save us. He makes God’s love known to us. By the working of the Holy Spirit, we have faith and the certainty that God’s promises are true! Eternal life, peace with God and forgiveness! God has revealed his mystery to us in Christ. Got questions, please ask: info@mywels.com.

Ephesians 1:3–14 —3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. 11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.