John 7:25-53 – OASIS OR MIRAGE?

John 7:25-53 – OASIS OR MIRAGE?

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Opening Solo – “Rise Up, My Heart, With Gladness”
Liturgy – Page 15 (front of hymnal)
Scripture Lessons:   Isaiah 12:3-6; Psalm 42:1-2
Revelation 7:9-17;  John 7:35-53
All Scripture lessons are from the Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)
The Apostles Creed – Page 19  (front of hymnal)
Hymn – 338
SERMON – John 7:25-53 – OASIS OR MIRAGE?
Offertory  – Prayers – Lord’s Prayer – Benediction
Closing Hymn – 321

EXAMINATION of the confirmands in small groups with parents present will take place this afternoon.  Confirmation with first communion & pictures are hoped for in June.

Once again we will be offering Holy Communion to our members in small groups as we did during Holy Week.  We encourage members to consider their own circumstances and comfort level as we offer Communion –  from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. this coming Saturday (May 16) and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Sunday (May 17).  Please enter through the handicap door coming in from the parking lot.  Ushers will send  no more than 8 people at a time to the front of the church for Communion and then usher them out the south steps unless the elevator is needed.  Sanitizing and distancing precautions will be observedCopies of Meditations can be picked up in the narthex by those who come for communion.

We welcomed the news that Mrs. Penny Adickes has accepted our one-year Call to teach grades 1-2.  Mr. & Mrs. Beisker’s baby, Lilliana, is doing well and is being transferred from Rochester to Mayo in La Crosse.  A very tentative school calendar was shared by Mr. Bakken…starting right after Labor Day and concluding right before Memorial Day next school year.  All of this is subject to change.    Call forwarding from School to Mr. Bakken will be put in place during the summer for anyone attempting to contact the school.  St. Paul’s graduates will be recognized in one of our Sunday services when regular services start up again.  Stay tuned.  Examination of the confirmands in small groups with parents present will take place this Sunday afternoon, May 10.

Confirmation, with pictures and first communion, is hoped for at some point in June if services resume.  Watch for further announcements. Minutes from the last two Building Committee meetings were given to the Ed. Comm. & Council.  Communion in rotating fashion on the 3rd weekend of May was again approved.  Thanks were expressed to various folks who have helped with livestreaming services, buildings and grounds matters, church cleaning, clearing the school, rearranging things at church, landscaping on the additional property at school and to the building committee.  Luther High Tuition Assistance in the amount of $350.00 was allocated for each of the students from St. Paul’s who will be attending Luther High in the coming school year.  A 3 minute video update of our school renovation (the first of a number to come) will be shown right after our livestream this Sunday and will be placed on our Facebook and Vimeo.

Next Joint Meeting of Ed. Comm. & Council will be at Church, June 3, 6 pm.

The voters have unanimously approved acceptance of the bid from Olympic Builders for the remodeling of the school. The remodeling will include a new roof for most of the school and the gym, new drop ceilings in all the classrooms, all new floors, new exterior panels for the gym, new lighting and electrical, remodeling of the bathrooms, installation of a unisex handicap accessible bathroom, painting all interior walls, new lockers, all new windows, addressing any required foundational issues and the plumbing issues, a new locked security vestibule, a security system for the locked entrance, any required asbestos abatement, as well as excavation of the lot to join it to the donated land. The voters approved a maximum budget of $500,000 for the project. The Building Committee, Council and voters were encouraged with the contract numbers that were received. At this point the estimated cost is $451,280.13. The project is planned to be completed by Labor Day 2020.  The estimated maximum mortgage payment is $953.22 per month or $221.68 per Sunday. It was noted that the Council had already included payments in a substantially greater amount than that in the current budget. The Committee, Council and voters were very encouraged that with allocated funds, some possible additional sources of funding, expected donations, and a bit more generous congregational support at the beginning of the project, there is a realistic possibility that the project could be paid for without the need of a long term mortgage. Appreciation was given to the Building Committee Members for their 20 months and continuing service: Roger Lund, Dylan Blount, Ben Hoth, Chad Horstman, Dale Hesselberg and Mark Larson.  [Above summary was provided by Building Committee Chairman Dan Arndt].

The La Crosse County Health Department has granted Luther High School’s Conference of Delegates permission to conduct its May 13 meeting in the Chapel / Auditorium under the following conditions:   The Chapel/Auditorium seating will be socially distanced per the current state health department guidelines.   Approved seating will be designated.   Anyone who is ill or was recently with someone who was/is ill, is respectfully requested to not attend the meeting out of concern for their health and the well-being of others.   The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, May 13.   Please enter Luther High School through the Chapel / Auditorium entrance.  No lunch will be served before this meeting.  

Subject to the approval of the La Crosse County Health Department Luther High’s Board of Control passed a resolution to have graduation on July 26 or sooner.   There may be further clarification of this decision at the May 13th, Conference of Delegates Meeting.  

Nursing homes and hospitals are restricting regular access at this time.  For the safety of everyone and for the protection of our shut-ins, usual pastoral visits will be delayed.  In urgent circumstances, do not hesitate to phone the pastor (486-2754) and he will be happy to minister to you on a personal basis.  

OFFERINGS & FINANCESOur online giving app is now up and running!  Simply go the home page at and click on the offering button. We are also receiving offerings by mail, or as you may wish, by bringing offering envelopes to the parsonage. Our treasurer continues to make regular deposits.