Dear Loving People of God,
We need your help! We usually start the year with over $30,000 in our checking account. This year, we started the year with just over $6,000 and that reserve is now gone. There are reasons for this such as having to take care of necessary maintenance needs. Our current checking account balance is $50. If this does not increase this week, we will not be able to cover basic operating expenses, meet our commitments to the Greater Milwaukee Synod and other community organizations, or pay our staff. Right now, we are dependent on our weekly giving to meet all our financial commitments. Our congregation has been generous in the past and we have no doubt that your generosity will continue! We are looking at ways we can save costs, but there is just not a lot we can reduce or cut expenses in a way that will help our current situation.
We need to rely on your generosity! We know that everyone’s financial situation is different, and that people give for different reasons. We also know that the state of the world for the past three years has influenced people’s ability and/or willingness to share financial gifts. Please prayerfully consider how you can financially support St. Peter. Our designated accounts such as El Salvador, pastor’s discretionary fund, and youth fund all have healthy balances. Our general fund, which consists of undesignated giving, is where we need help right now. We can only do what we do because of your generosity!
Last week in Sunday School, the kids made a banner that says, “Trust in God.” It was an activity that started as a puzzle! It was a little challenging, but they found all the letters and put them in order to spell out that phrase. It took some work on their part, but the message was clear in the end. We trust in God in all that we do! Improving our financial situation might be challenging for us, and it also takes some work on our part, but we trust in God and God is glorified in all that we do!
If you have any questions, please respond to this email and Carrie will connect you with the appropriate person who can answer your questions. Thank you!
God is with us,
Pastor Kristin and the St. Peter Finance Team
SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEK
Sunday, March 5th
8:00am Worship (Sanctuary)
9:00am Sunday School (Fellowship Hall)
10:00am Worship (Sanctuary)
11:00am Gruber Gathering (Fellowship Hall)
Tuesday, March 7th
9:00am Quilting (Quadrooms)
5:30pm Boot Camp (Fellowship Hall)
Wednesday, March 8th
10:00am Bible Study (Fireside Room)
1:30pm Men’s Bible Study (Fireside Room)
6:00pm Worship (Sanctuary)
6:30pm Mentor Mentee (Fellowship Hall)
6:30pm Choir (Music Room)
Thursday, March 9th
10:00am Fidget Mats (Quadrooms)
5:30pm Boot Camp (Fellowship Hall)
Sunday, March 12th
8:00am Worship (Sanctuary)
9:00am Sunday School (Fellowship Hall)
10:00am Worship (Sanctuary)
WORSHIP AND WITNESS MISSION NEWS
St. Peter Live
Our service is livestreamed to our Facebook page (https://m.facebook.com/stpetersheboygan/) each Sunday morning. Following worship, the service will be uploaded to YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkvPIB8agxVhS72C5822etA) and our website (https://stpetersheboygan.com). The weekly bulletin is attached to this email if you would like to follow along with the online service.
We need your help! March services are posted to Sign Up Genius. Please sign up using the link below or call Carrie to sign up. Thank you!
Easter Flower Orders
Help us decorate the sanctuary for Easter! The following flowers are available for purchase and can be picked up after the 10am Easter Sunday service. Orders are due on Sunday, March 12th, so be sure to place your order soon. You can reply to this message and get a check to Carrie ASAP, drop your order and payment into the offering plate at worship, or you can drop your order and payment off at church Monday through Thursday from 9am – 2pm. Thank you!!
Easter Lily $9.50
Hydrangea (Pink or Blue) $19.00
Tulips (Red, Pink, Purple, or Yellow) $9.50
Hyacinth (Pink, Purple or White) $9.50
Daffodils (Yellow) $9.50
Music Ministry News
Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord. ~Ephesians 5:19
Hello my brothers and sisters in Christ! I am looking for people of all ages to share their time and musical talents. Perhaps you had the pleasure of hearing Joshua play the euphonium during the children’s Christmas program or the confirmation students playing the chimes? We would love for more of our congregation to share their gifts and the good news is that all are welcome to share!!
Do you play an instrument? Do you sing? Maybe you write spiritual stories or poetry? Whatever your gift, please consider sharing it on Sundays with our congregation. Using your talents to praise God during worship is a beautiful and affirming way to share your gifts. I am willing to work with anyone to accompany a vocalist or instrumentalist, help select music, and rehearse. Maybe you don’t want to do it by yourself, but would rather be part of a group like the choir, a duet, trio, or quartet? Either way, if you are interested in being included in the music ministry at St. Peter, please reach out to me and we can talk about the different ways you can be involved.
I know we have talented musicians and artists out there and I pray the spirit moves you to share your gifts with St. Peter Lutheran.
I ask that you prayerfully consider how you can help support our music ministry…and parents, please encourage and support your children to explore this ministry at St. Peter. We need all of you in order for our music ministry to thrive and grow stronger!
You can reach out to Lori or reply to this email.
LENT AND EASTER SCHEDULE
Wednesday, March 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
6:00pm Worship (Holden Evening Prayer)
Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 6th
Good Friday – Friday, April 7th
Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 9th
8:00am & 10:00am Worship
The Easter Breakfast is back! Breakfast will be served from 7:00am-9:00am on Sunday, April 9th in the Fellowship Hall. We need your help with donations! There is a signup poster in the narthex, please sign up to donate or volunteer and make this a wonderful event. Thank you!
LIFELONG LEARNING MISSION
Join us for Sunday School at 9:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Kids ages 3 years old through 5th grade are invited to join us for a time of bible stories, music, and activities.
Mentor Mentee will meet on Wednesdays during Lent (March 8th, 15th, 22nd) from 6:30pm-7:15pm in the Fellowship Hall. No Wednesday evening classes for 1st and 2nd year students, but all confirmation students are expected to attend Worship.
Mickey Winkel Memorial Education Scholarship
This scholarship is a non-renewable award of up to $1,000. To be eligible for the scholarship the following criteria must be met:
· Applicant must be a confirmed member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.
· The applicant must be attending or will be attending an accredited public or not for profit institution of higher education.
· The application must be completed in full: including transcripts from your last school attended, references, and essay.
can be obtained in the office at St. Peter Lutheran Church, or from the website at http://www.stpetersheboygan.com. All applications must be returned to St. Peter Lutheran Church by April 14, 2023, for disbursement in fall of 2023. Please return completed application and any inquiries to: Mickey Winkel Scholarship Committee c/o St Peter Lutheran Church, 2104 Geele Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53083. The scholarship will be disbursed as a onetime payment in the name of the scholarship recipient and the institution attending.
Join us for Bible Study, led by Myra, on Wednesday mornings from 10:00am-11:00am in the Fireside Room.
Men’s Bible/Book Study
Join Jim and Steve for a weekly men’s study on Wednesdays from 1:30pm–2:30pm in the Fireside Room. You need not be a member of St. Peter to attend.
SOCIAL OUTREACH MISSION NEWS
A Note from Lutheran World Relief . . .
We’ve created a special video that shows your congregation’s faith in action as our warehouse team prepares a shipment of LWR Mission Quilts, Personal Care Kits and Baby Kits to be delivered to Turkey. Please extend our deep gratitude to your quilters and kit-makers. Because of their commitment to making quilts and kits year-round, Lutheran World Relief is sending these valuable resources and bringing hope to our neighbors who have lost everything.https://youtu.be/SR0BE75v4J4
We made deliveries to Grant and Longfellow Schools. The tree is naked – that means we need to dress it with more hats, mittens, and gloves! Thank you to all who help with this ministry.
Fidget mats and cuffs continue to be popular items. We give thanks to the many hands that create these, each with their own special style and creativity. Every place we take them there is so much appreciation, especially since their budgets are small and because of your generosity in giving doodads and gizmos we can gift them. Please join us each Thursday morning from 10:00am-12:00pm in the Quadrooms. No experience necessary, we can help you get started.
Join us for quilting for Lutheran World Relief on Tuesdays from 9:00am–12:00pm in the quad room. Please come, we have a lot of work to do. No experience necessary. We will teach you. See you there.
Three families are currently living in Bridgeway House – one family of four, and two families with 2 members. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers regarding staffing shortages. We are happy to announce that our team is fully staffed, and stronger than ever.
Bridgeway needs twin bed blankets and new pillows. Donations would be greatly appreciated.
Changes have been made to Wisconsin’s “Cottage Law”, which pertains to homemade goods that can be sold to the public, often at farmers markets. The recent ruling expands the options to include candies and fudge, doughnuts, dried products, and more. You can expect to start seeing exciting new products at the market!
Family Pathways currently serves (10) families in the supervised visitation program. The purpose of these visits are for reunification and strengthening family bonds. We have two families who have recently been reunited after an absence of visits with their kids for two years. It is heartwarming and our cup truly runneth over seeing these kids/parents’ faces light up on visits. The visitation area is welcoming and kid friendly. Families engage in a safe, neutral environment for some quality time with their kids, where birthdays and holidays are celebrated and with weekly connection opportunities – emotionally, spiritually, and physically (face to face). Donations are welcomed such as board games i.e Kerfuffle, Kites, Quakes and Co to name a few.
Bridgeway is bursting at the seams with toddlers now, any help with diapers size 4 or 5 would be wonderful. We are also in need of feminine hygiene products and laundry soap.
Northside Christian Food Pantry
The most needed items for March are: Cereal/Breakfast Bars, Soup (13 oz or larger preferred), Baked Beans, Manwich, Pasta Sides, Canned Meals/Beef Stew, and Canned Fruit.
The numbers of guests accessing NSCFP continue to be on the rise. Only decrease fluctuation has come during bad weather weeks. The Pantry is open weekly but please note we follow the Sheboygan System’s Closing due to bad weather.
We are open on Thursdays from 12:30pm-2:00pm and are located at St. Dominic’s Parish. The entrance is off the parking lot at 2133 N 22nd St. Look for the pantry sign by the door. Your loyalty in supporting us with food and financial donations enable us to serve those in our community who are in need. Thank You Pat L
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is now operational. This lifeline provides care and support to people experiencing stressful situations. It is free, confidential, and is available 24/7. People of all ages who need help for themselves or a loved one can access the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by: calling 988, sending a text message to 988, or using the chat feature at 988lifeline.org. People who contact 988 will be connected with a trained counselor who takes note of the person’s needs, understands how the person’s problem is affecting them, provides support, and, if needed, gets the person additional help.
Please keep the following people in your prayers:
Dave, Gary, Ron, Phil, Billy, Sandy, Angela, Judy, Joan, Kate, Tony & family, Sarah’s Family, Sheila, Sharon, Dan, Tom, Those who are LGBTQ+, Carol, Roger, Terry & Family, and Apostles of Christ.
BULLETIN AND WEEKLY NEWSLETTER ARTICLE DATES
Announcements for the bulletin and weekly newsletter are due at noon each Wednesday. Please submit information to Carrie, at email address email@example.com. The staff will review and make final decisions based on clarity, space, content, timing, and needs of the community.