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NEWS AND NOTES, January 26th, 2020

01.25.20 | Bulletins | by Kim Ehlerding

NEWS AND NOTES, January 26th, 2020

WEEKLY CALENDAR Today: 8am The 3rd Sunday after Epiphany-D.S. 9:15am Bible Class and Sunday School 10:15am The 3rd Sunday after Epiphany- Matins 11:30am Confirmation Tuesday: 6am No Early Bird @ St. John—LBI 7pm Lutheran Bible Institute Wednesday: 7pm Choir Practice Thursday: 1:30pm Divine Service at Adams Woodcrest Next Sun: 8am The 4th Sunday after Epiphany-Matins 9:15am Bible Class and Sunday School 10:15am The 4th Sunday after Epiphany- D.S.



Today:             8am                 The 3rd Sunday after Epiphany-D.S.

                        9:15am            Bible Class and Sunday School

                        10:15am          The 3rd Sunday after Epiphany- Matins

                          11:30am            Confirmation

Tuesday:         6am                 No Early Bird @ St. John—LBI

                        7pm                 Lutheran Bible Institute

Wednesday:    7pm                   Choir Practice

Thursday:       1:30pm            Divine Service at Adams Woodcrest

Next Sun:        8am                 The 4th Sunday after Epiphany-Matins

                        9:15am            Bible Class and Sunday School

                        10:15am            The 4th Sunday after Epiphany- D.S.


NEWS AND NOTES, January 26th, 2020


At St. Paul, Preble


The Third Sunday of Epiphany gives us the Gospel from Matthew 4:12-25 where the Lord Jesus Christ is present with his call: “Follow me.” When he says, “Follow me,” to Peter and Andrew, James and John, and to every minister of the Gospel, and when he says, “Follow me,” to you in your vocation as Christians, he calls us to trust in his Word, and he calls us to suffer and die with him. The suffering is not only at the hands of those who do not believe in Christ and persecute the Church because of the Gospel. But he calls us to suffer under the burden of our own sin and weakness, that we might learn to forsake the sinful flesh and the world with its pleasures, and trust in him alone, and live entirely from the strength he gives. The call to be a disciple of Jesus—to learn of his Word, and to follow him even when he leads to adversity and the cross—is a call to a new life, where the blind see, the lame walk, and the deaf hear—a picture of his kingdom where the dying are restored to holiness and newness of life in Christ.


52nd Annual Lutheran Bible Institute – This is the 52nd year for the Decatur Lutheran Bible Institute (LBI) which will take place January 28. February 4, 11, and 18, from 7 - 9:15 p.m. at Wyneken February 25 will be used as an alternate date in case of cancellation due to inclement weather.  These continuing education courses, open to students and adults, are conducted by the LCMS churches of the Decatur circuit and taught by local pastors and seminary professors. 


Topics for this year include:  Mental health and the Church’s Mission, taught by Rev. Dennis Goff from The Lutheran Foundation in Ft. Wayne;  1 Peter – The Letter of Hope for Christ’s Church, taught by Rev. Leonard Tanksley from St. Peter Lutheran Church (Fuelling); Guys with Funny Names:  Habakkuk, Nahum, Obadiah, taught by Rev. Dr. Ryan Tietz, from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne; and Galatians – Christian Faith and Freedom for Today, taught by Rev. Samuel Wirgau from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ossian.


Baby Shower: We love babies! And we love their moms and dads!  In support of Sanctity of Human Life, we are providing you with the opportunity to purchase new baby items for the Hope Clinic. We are hosting a Church wide baby shower, so that we can bless those who have chosen life for their child. Please contribute: diaper bags, strollers, diapers (size 4-6), wipes, new baby equipment (cribs, mattresses high chairs, baby gates, carrier infant car seats, toddler seats/boosters, crib sheets, laundry soap, potty chair or ring, pacifiers, teething toys, bottles and sippy cups or anything that a baby might need. Also for mothers: gently used maternity clothes suitable for the workplace. St. Paul hosts this drive from Sun., Jan 5th to Sun., Feb. 2.


Woodcrest. St. Paul has the Divine Service at Adams Woodcrest this Thur., January 30th at 1:30pm. Help with wheelchairs is appreciated.


Noodles will be made Feb. 3, 4, and 5 (set up next Sunday, Feb. 2nd, after the second service). Come when you are able and stay as long as you like. Call Kelly Todd with questions, 639-7291. 


Anita Spiegel is turning 80 on Feb. 20th. We would like to have a card shower for her. Please place all cards on pastor's desk and we will see that she gets them. Thank you. 


Middle and High School Youth.


No Youth Feb. 2 ( enjoy the Super Bowl!) Feb. 9th, we will have a High School Youth Gathering at Parsonage 1 from 6:30-8:30pm.


Higher Things Conference 2020.  At our annual youth group planning meeting, we decided to attend the Higher Things Conference next summer. The Conferences will be held at four locations across the country. We settled on the Conference happening at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, July 14-17, 2020, because of date and location.

If you are interested in going, please contact Pr. Yeager.


 At Wyneken.


Open House. Wyneken will host an open house today from 12:00-3:00pm. This is an opportunity for any new families to visit our school, speak with school personnel, and learn more about the quality education our school provides. If you know of a family who would be interested in attending the open house, please share this info. with them or have them contact the school at 260-639-6177. Letters of invitation will be going home to families in early January.


National Lutheran Schools Week is Jan. 26-31. As part of our NLSW celebration this year, we will be collecting items and monetary donations for Operation Gratitude, which serves deployed troops, first responders, veterans, recruit graduates, wounded heroes and caregivers, as well as military families.


Items needed include: Shower or Body Wipes (10 ct packs or less), Travel size deodorants (0.5oz), Disposable Razors, Travel size hand sanitizers (2oz), Travel size lotions (1oz), Emery Boards (0.5oz), Travel size mouthwash (1.2oz), Travel size nail clippers, Gallon Freezer Bags.


If you would prefer to send in a monetary donation, please place it in an envelope marked “Operation Gratitude.” Checks are made payable to Wyneken. We will use the donations to purchase additional items. Please send in all donations to Wyneken by Monday, January 27.  The students will work together during NLSW to put together care packages with the items we collect. Thank you for your participation in this service project! 


Wyneken PTL invites you to our Mighty Warrior Gala, February 29, 2020 located at The Eden, 14013 Emmanuel Rd., Hoagland, IN 46745. This annual fundraiser supports our school in many and various ways and is a fun night of fellowship with Wyneken parents, teachers, and pastors, past and present. Presale Tickets only. Contact Kari Butcher 260-223-227 or to purchase tickets.