St. Mark Lutheran Church

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Service Times

9:00 A.M. Sunday

7:00 P.M. Thursday

Lenten and Easter Services Schedule

April 14 Palm Sunday 9 A.M.

April 18 Maundy Thursday 7 P.M.

April 19 Good Friday 7 P.M. 

April 21 Easter Sunday 6 A.M. Pat Pritzlaff's house on the BEACH

8 A.M & 10 A.M. 

(Breakfast served in between)

Pastor Letter

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The St. Mark Messenger


Volume 14 No. 4Rev. Wayne King, Pastor

Pat Pritzlaff, Editor

Volume 14 No. 5

A monthly publication of St. Mark Lutheran MAY 2019

Discipleship 101

Last night it rained hard by me. So much so, that I had standing water in my backyard once again. So much so that worms and night crawlers were everywhere on the road gasping for air as the earth couldn’t take the volume of water it was receiving. As a fisherman, I used to pick up a bunch of these night crawlers and place them into my worm farm so I would have a ready source of bait for the season. Becky asked me to stop when she began discovering worms crawling all over the garage one day. Even though I had taken measures to contain them they evidently needed to stage a break out and to crawl to freedom. Maybe they knew what I was up to.

To me water has always been fascinating. Three fourths of our body is water. Three-fourths of the earth is covered by water. Water is the one key ingredient for life to sustain itself. Yet, water just seems so very ordinary. We’re told to drink eight full glasses of water a day to stay hydrated and healthy. We see places in the world that are devastated by too much water and also those places which have a severe shortage of water. Scientists, in their quest to find life somewhere beyond earth make it their one great priority to see if any planet would have water on it. Water is a part of our very existence.

So is it any wonder that our Lord uses water as one of the elements in conveying his grace and the washing of our sins when it is combined with His Word? Baptism holds a special place in our lives as our Lord commanded us to go and make disciples of all nations and to baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). This command was directed to his disciples to carry on in perpetuity. Baptism is that means by which God claims us as His own and literally adopts us as sons and daughters into His family. This means of grace is not about us choosing God and it certainly shouldn’t be about people choosing to belong to a church as many nondenominational churches practice. Baptism is the key cornerstone to our Christian faith and is that moment when God imparts His very own Holy Spirit to now guide that faith and keep us in the faith. In Baptism we have a solid anchor to know that we are a part of God’s kingdom, no matter what sorrows or problems are thrown our way by the devil.

As Lutherans we know how important it is to have our children baptized. Yet more and more Christian Lutherans are not following through on our Lord’s command as found in Matthew 28:18-20. Parents have a major responsibility to their child once he/she is baptized. Verse 20 says: “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” That one word “observe” denotes that we are to train up our children in the Christian faith, teaching them all that the Bible has commanded us to know and do. These commands are distilled down into Six chief parts that we learn during our confirmation instruction. They are the Ten Commandments, The Apostles Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the teachings on Baptism, Confession and Absolution and along with that the Office of the Keys and last but not least, the Sacrament of the Altar. Those are the basics we are to teach our children every day. In addition we need to be in God’s Word so that they learn the stories of God’s people from the Old Testament to the New and are able to understand God’s plan of salvation as given to us from Genesis through Revelation.

All of this involves intentional instruction and family devotion times, but most of all, we are to teach our children how to practice their faith by attending worship regularly. When these things are done, confirmation class becomes a joy to attend when they’re ready and not the chore that it sometimes is because a child has no idea what the Bible contains or what it teaches, let alone how to even worship.

We are given the greatest responsibility of all when we have children. We are told to disciple them and to help their faith to grow, not to squelch their faith and forget about their baptisms.

I pray that we may be able to turn around the direction in which so many of our parents are going when it comes to disciplining their children and in the process to let them truly find the joy of living in the Lord as he comforts and directs their lives.

To God be the glory,

Pastor King

Love for the Boy

There is a story of a small boy who was being raised in a frontier city by his grandmother. One night the house catches on fire. The grandmother, who is trying to rescue the boy who was asleep in the upstairs bedroom, was overcome by smoke and dies in the fire. Now this frontier city doesn’t have much of a fire department. A crowd gathers around and hears the cries of the boy from the upstairs bedroom crying out for help. The lower floor is a wall of flames and no one knows what to do. Suddenly a man pushes through the crowd and begins climbing an iron drainage pipe that leads to the upper floor. With the crowd cheering encouragement, the man climbs down the hot iron pipe with the boy on his back and his arms around his neck .

A few weeks later a public hearing was held to see who would get custody of the boy. Each person wanting the child would be allowed to make brief statement. The first man said, “I have a farm and I would give the boy a good home. He would grow up on the farm and learn a good trade”. The second person to speak was a local school teacher and she said, “I am a school teacher and I would see that he gets a good education.” Finally the next person to speak was a banker and he said, “Mrs. Morton and I would be able to give the boy a fine home and a fine education. We would like him to come live with us.” The presiding officer looked around and said, “Is there anyone else who would like to say anything?” From the back of the room a man rose and said,” These other people may offer some things I can’t. All I can offer is my love.” The he slowly removed his hands from his coat pockets. A gasp arose from the crowd and you could see the man’s hands were badly burned and scarred from climbing up and down the hot pipe. The boy recognized the man as the one who saved his life and ran into his waiting arms.

Everyone else sat down and they all knew what the decision would be. The scarred hands had proved that this man had given more than all the others.

Remember Christ did more than anyone else and gave His life for us.


The 2nd and 4th Sundays each Board will be hosting treats after church as a means of encouraging fellowship among our members. It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to visit with folks after church. You can have an opportunity to donate a treat and in that way help the Boards. Sign up in the narthex and indicate what you would like to bring.

suggested dates for After Service Treats


Stewardship May 11 & 25

Donate your best baked item for Easter Breakfast – your choice. Sign up in the narthex and let us know what you’re bringing.

You can also sign up to let us know if you will be attending breakfast and how many in your family will be coming.


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Prayer Families

MAY 5 TOM & HOLLY WINKER AND NEIL, DAWN & GUNNAR ANDERSON

MAY 12 SHEILA BIRENBAUM & RENEA & ED DATZ

MAY 19 DAN, JENNY, HAILEY & SCARLETT DERLER AND BARB DIERINGER

MAY 26 BARB DOCHOW AND ANGELA & DAMIEN DOHERTY

Greetings and Happy New Year,   The 32nd annual St. Mark 9-Pin Mixed Scotch Doubles Bowling Tournament fundraiser will be held on Saturday (only), March 9, 2019.  We want to thank all of you who bowled in the past and supported our fundraiser.  We have been able to accomplish many mission projects and have provided support to needy families in the area, thanks to you.    The tournament will be held at Globe Lanes in Random Lake.  As in the past, teams are made of 1 man and1 woman.  Three shifts will be available:  12:30, 3:00 and 6:00 pm.    The Lane Master, Holly, will be assigning everyone to lanes.  If there are additional couples bowling with you, please make copies of the entry form so all the couples can fill out their own.   Time slots cannot be held without receipt of your entry form and payment.

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Miraculous Mission, Bible Day Camp aka VBS – will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019, 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Children ages 3 years through 6th grade are welcome to attend.

Birthdays

            BIRTHDAYS IN MAY

Damien Doherty May 1

Peyton Mueller May 4

Olivia Stiker May 4

Debi Theis ` May 9

Karen Herring May 12

Diane Keller May 12

Mike Schmit May 12

ElRoy Kleinschmidt May 17

Robin Nierode May 30

Anniversaries

John & Karen Ringelstetter 41 yrs. on May14

Kime & Mike Grisoloono 14 yrs on May 21

Julie & Henry Egerer 47 yrs on May 27

Christy & Dave Snyder 22 yrs on May 27

FLOWERS for ALTAR

contact Julie Egerer

262-285-3035

Altar Flowers in May

May 5 OPEN

May 12 Given by Sheila Birenbaum in honor and remembrance of her dad’s birthday on May 11

May 19 Given by Ruth Kleinschmidt in honor and blessings as they celebrate ElRoy’s birthday on May 17

May 26 Given by Julie & Henry Egerer in honor and celebration of their 47th wedding anniversary on

May 27

Get in touch!

Address

200 Park St

Belgium, WI 53004

Contact

(262)285-3820 Church Office

(414)429-5962 Pastor King

Hours

Sunday: 9:00 A.M.
Thursday: 7:00 P.M.

Social

Sermons

Sermon of the Week

May 5th

2019

Peter

Pastor King



Push To Play Sermon of the week


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