11.17.2022 Weekly Update


Sunday, November 20th

8:00am Worship
9:00am Sunday School
9:00am WELCA Meeting
10:00am Worship
11:00am Love Fellowship

Tuesday, November 22nd

9:00am Quilting

Wednesday, November 23rd

Office Closed

Thursday, November 24th

Thanksgiving Day

Office Closed

Sunday, November 27th

8:00am Worship

** No Sunday School**

10:00am Worship

11:00am Love Fellowship


Stop by the office door, grab a sticky note, and write down something you are thankful for. It can be anything! Maybe you are thankful for certain people, places, things, or activities. You can share your gratitude for our church, certain ministries, or places where you volunteer. Then, post it on the glass wall as a way to share gratitude and give thanks to God.  It is also a way for us to see what different people are thankful for in our faith community. Fill out as many as you want to!


On Sunday, December 4th, we will be taking part in the Congregational Vitality Survey.  The survey is a positive tool for us to use as we joyfully explore how we all experience St. Peter.  It is a chance for us to engage in conversation about who we are as a church and what we see for our future.  The survey is not about assessing or evaluating what we like or don’t like about our church, it is an opportunity for us to talk about how we see our church and identify what we do well and what we can do even better.  Please plan on attending worship on Sunday, December 4th to complete the survey at either the 8:00am or 10:00am service. 


We thought it was a good time to remind everyone of our organizational structure at St. Peter.  A chart is attached to this email, which will be very helpful in understanding how this works!  It is a structure that is built around collaboration and healthy communication. 

Each Ministry Team is part of a Mission.  Each Mission exists for different purposes, but they are all rooted in the gospel and carry out the mission of St. Peter Lutheran Church to “Glorify God by building healthy relationship with God, with one another, and with our community following the example of Jesus Christ.”  Ministry Teams meet as needed to carry out specific goals related to specific ministries.

Each Mission is assigned a council liaison.  Some Missions may have more than one liaison.  The liaison(s) function as a link between Ministry Teams within the Missions and the church council.  The liaison(s) are not required to attend meetings and events for teams in their Missions.  If you are part of a Ministry Team and don’t know who your council liaison is, please ask Joy, our council president, or reply to this email and Carrie will get you the appropriate information.

Below is a description of the Missions at St. Peter.  Remember to use the chart that is attached to this email to give you a whole picture and a list of Ministry Teams in each Mission!

Social Outreach Mission – This mission consists of church, community, synod, and international ministries that focus on efforts to live into Matthew 25:35-40. The Social Outreach Mission supports a wide variety of local, national, and international efforts that include, but are not limited to: promoting justice; providing school supplies; donating food; building relationships; and traveling to partner congregations. 

Lifelong Learning Mission – Ministries for all ages that are related to the learning, service, and growth of the congregation.  The Lifelong Learning Mission connects members of the congregation through worship, prayer, play, and fellowship ministries. 

Worship and Witness Mission – This mission oversees the worship life of the congregation.  The Worship and Witness Mission ministries offer direction through leadership in worship planning, preparing recommendations, and taking action related to all aspects of worship, music, and the use of worship space.

Resource Development Mission – This mission consists of ministries that work to ensure responsible care of the building, grounds, finances, and financial future of St. Peter.  The Resource Development Mission offers consideration and attention to financial activities and takes care of the physical property of the church.

Parish Life Mission – These ministries offer activities, learning, service, and growth through fellowship, entertainment, information sharing, and relationship building.  Parish Life Mission Ministries operate within their own spirit-driven time frame and may overlap with other Missions in the church.


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. 

Sign up to be a Worship Assistant

It is now easier than ever to help with worship!  Visit the Sign-Up Genius site to help with reading, ushering, communion and tech through the end of the year.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084aaaac2eaaf58-worship 

Christmas Poinsettia Orders

Let’s make our Sanctuary a beautiful and festive place to worship this Christmas season!  Reply to this email or call the office (920.452.4771) if you would like to order a poinsettia.  All plants are 6 ½ inches, have 4 – 6 blooms, and can be picked up after the Christmas Day service.  Please place your order by Sunday, November 27th.  Plants can be ordered in Red, White, Pink or Marble, and are $10.50 each. 

Stay Healthy! 

It’s cold and flu season all of a sudden!  These cold temperatures force everyone indoors and the germs are out in full force.  This is just a reminder that if you are not feeling well, please stay home and enjoy worship online.   If you do come to church, please consider wearing a mask to protect yourself and others!  Masks are still available inside the main doors and at the fellowship hall entrance.

Missing your jacket? 

There are two jackets on the coat rack in the fellowship hall, patiently waiting for their owners.  If you are missing a black windbreaker or a brown suede jacket, please grab them the next time you are at church!


Sunday School

Join us for Sunday School at 9:00am.  Kids ages 3 years old through 5th grade are invited to join us for a time of bible stories, music, and activities.  Please click the link to register for Sunday School.  https://stpeter.breezechms.com/form/3931c5


Confirmation is on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm.  Please click the link to register for confirmation. https://stpeter.breezechms.com/form/3931c5

Bible Study 

Join us for Bible Study, led by Myra, on Wednesday mornings from 10:00am to 11:00am in the Fireside Room. 


We Bake You Decorate
Unfrosted Cutout Christmas Cookies!  Mixing, rolling, cutting, and baking Christmas cutout cookies is work, BUT frosting and decorating them is fun! Let WELCA’s cutout cookie fundraiser do the work and leave you with only the fun. Place an order for cookies by December 2nd and we will have them mixed, rolled, cutout, baked and packaged for you for pick up and payment on December 10th & 11th.  We will also offer a gluten free option. Order forms are available at church or by emailing or calling the church office.  There is also an order form attached to this email – you can fill it out and mail it in or drop it off at church.   

Lutheran World Relief
LWR collections are always ongoing.  Currently for the months of Nov/Dec we are collecting:   For the Layettes:  T-shirts in sizes 6 mos – 24 mos, and socks in toddler sizes.  For Health Care kits:  white bar soap, wide tooth combs, and nail clippers.  Your donations are tax deductible, just ask Carrie for a form.  Thank you so much. 

Mitten Tree  
The Mitten Tree is up in the Fellowship Hall hallway and ready for your donations of warm mittens and gloves for our friends at the elementary schools.  We did receive a wonderful donation of almost 120 handmade hats – so we would love your donations of mittens and gloves in a range of colors and sizes.  We would love to send items to the schools before it gets cold, so they are ready to go!  Thank you! 

Northside Christian Food Pantry 
Please note that next week NSCFP will be open on Wednesday, November 23rd, instead of Thursday due to Thanksgiving. The pantry (2133 N. 22nd St Sheboygan) will be open from 12-2:30pm. 

Numbers of weekly guests and household members continue to increase.  Thank you for your continued donations and financial support. The pantry is grateful for our relationship. 

This month’s greatest needs are: Large Soup, Canned Tuna/Chicken, Assorted Crackers, Pasta Sides/Boxed Potatoes, Baked Beans, Dish Soap, Toothbrushes/Toothpaste, Juice/Iced Tea. 

Fidget Mats
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 are able to gift them.   In October we delivered 5 children’s cuffs (yes, one of our ladies has found a way to downsize the adult size to accommodate little arms) to James Madison School and 15 mats to Harvest Home in Howards Grove.   Both of these were by request. We already have goods ready for November’s deliveries, should be a good month. 

Join us for quilting for Lutheran World Relief on Tuesdays from 9am– 12pm in the quad room.  Please come, we have a lot of work to do.  No experience necessary.  We will teach you.  See you there.     
Winter market is in full swing at First Congregational UCC Church , located at 310 Bluff Avenue. The winter market will continue every first and third Saturday through April, from 9am-12pm. We will continue to offer EBT and the $15 Double Your Bucks match at every market! 

Two families currently call Bridgeway “home”.  Another family of three will be moving into Bridgeway before Thanksgiving.  SCIO’s  mentoring program is going strong!  We plan to ring bells for the Salvation Army and go to Evergreen Park to look at Christmas Lights in addition to having a Holiday Party.  Please hold the Bridgeway family in your thoughts and prayers as we venture through a season of change with new residents.

End of Year Giving:  We have experienced many challenges in 2022 but remain mission-focused! As we enter the season of giving, please keep SCIO in your heart.  It is our goal to enter 2023 with robust community support and the financial means to grow our three programs:  Bridgeway, Family Pathways, and the farmers market.  We are grateful for your continued generosity. 

Bridgeway is in need of paper products. Paper towel, kleenex, and toilet paper would be greatly appreciated. SCIO families are in need of transportation assistance. Daily bus passes and gas cards are welcomed donations as the winter season approaches.

Community Resources 
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is now operational.  This lifeline provides care and support to people experiencing stressful situations.  It is a 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:
Mike, Connie, Cirilla, Terry, Liz, Dale, Neenah, Elijah, LeeAnn, Chris, Donald, Colin, David, Jim, Eva, Jazzy, Kathy, Karen, Diane, Denny, Kiel School District, Allison, Kelly, Leslie, Dan, and Apostles of Christ.


Announcements for the bulletin and weekly newsletter are due at noon each Wednesday.  Please submit information to Carrie, at email address stpeter@stpetersheboygan.com.  The staff will review and make final decisions based on clarity, space, content, timing, and needs of the community.