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Lutheran Schools Week will begin on
March 3 - 7. This is a time to rejoice in the
ministry which congregations do through their
Lutheran schools. There will be special activities
on each day:
 March 3-7; Monday – Friday at St Paul’s
School. Scholastic Book Fair will be here
March 2 through Friday, March 7.
 Monday, March 3 – Sports Day- wear your
favorite sports team jersey or colors. Jeans are
 Tuesday, March 4 – Bed Head/ PJ Day- wear
your pj’s and don’t bother to comb your hair.
Representatives from the St. Louis Zoo will be
here with animals for an assembly at 9:30 a.m.
 Wednesday, March 5 – Crazy Mismatch Day –
wear your clothes backwards, inside out,
mismatch, over-sized.
Grandparents, relatives, neighbors, aunts,
uncles, dedicated caretakers, or a special
someone are invited to chapel at 9:00 a.m., to be
followed by light refreshments and fellowship in
the gym from 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
 Thursday, March 6 – Throw back Thursdaydress from any era. At 9:45 a.m. there will be a
parade and contest in the gym for best costume.
 Friday, March 7 – I Love St. Paul’s Day- wear
any St. Paul’s jersey, t-shirt, red/white/black
colors to celebrate our school spirit. Jeans are
The students really enjoy these activities. We want
to get out into the community and let people know
that St. Paul’s does an excellent job educating the
children of Troy’s community, not only for this
temporary life here on earth, but also for life in
heaven which is most important.
THE MEN’S BIBLE STUDY is Saturday mornings
from 7-8 a.m. in the church Fellowship Hall. Men’s
Bible Study meets next on Saturday, March 1, 15 & 29.
Come and join us.
THE MEN’S BREAKFAST is Saturday, March 8 at
7:00 a.m. at the Troy Cracker Barrel. All men of the
congregation and their friends are invited to join together
in breakfast and fellowship. This is a great time to catch
up on what is going on in the lives of the other men of
the congregation as well as give support for the
challenges that are taking place.
LUTHERAN CHURCH has electronic
giving/auto-withdraw program for church offerings!
This program is managed by the Financial Secretary and
utilizes First Collinsville Bank’s ACH program. There
are sign-up sheets on the table in the narthex. The plan
offers two withdrawal dates per month for general fund
giving (3rd and 17th of each month) and one withdrawal
date per month for Connect giving (17th of each month).
There are forms and envelopes in the narthex for you to
use to sign up for the program. Just fill out the form, put
it in an envelope and place it in the offering plate. The
Finance Secretary will complete the process for you. We
hope that many members take advantage of this
opportunity to continue their financial giving and
provide financial stability to both themselves and St.
In this issue is the ACH form to fill out for automatic
finishing the study on “A Historical Overview of
the Epistles.” The remaining books we are studying
are: Titus, 2 Timothy, Hebrews and 1, 2, 3 John.
We are doing an historical overview of each of
these books. Come down into the church basement
on Sunday morning from 9:15-10:15 a.m. each
week and join us as we become acquainted with
these last epistles of the Bible.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY meets on the first and
third Wednesday of the month. This Bible Study
meets in the kitchen of the church Fellowship Hall.
During March we will meet on March 5th and 19th at
9:45 a.m.
be on Thursday, March 6th from 2-3 p.m. We meet
each Thursday afternoon to study God’s Word. Our
topic is the End Times. We meet in the old church
SOUPER BOWL OF CARING – the money that
was received through the month of January, 2014:
$616.00 – this includes $50.00 from Adult Bible
Class and $300.00 from Thrivent Funds. There
were 149 food items collected to date. St. Paul’s has
participated for 15 years; the total fund that has
been collected is $6,357.00 and 4,506 food items.
You can go to to get a break
down of this information.
1: Charles Lawrenz,; 2: Audrey Becker, Kari
Bindrin, Richard & Heather Di Rosa; 3: August
Bugger; 4: Gene & Joyce Fayollat, Austin Sipes,
Linda Taake; 6: Thelma Kueker; 7: Austin Counts,
Sydney Gavlick, Nancy Klaustermeier, Jeri
Tellmann; 8: Meg Sikes; 10: Derek Reynolds, Bill
& Pat Stone Jr.; 11: Jessica McCain, Amber
Moore; 13: Jack Kenison, Cole Long; 14: Darilyn
15: Lisa Parizon, Matt Tschudy; 17:
Jordan Ponce, Cayla Wilderman; 18: Jana Erlich,
Kevin & Heather Fournie, Keith Jackson, Kendall
Lading, Samantha Wildhaber; 19: Jennifer Kaffer;
20: Richard & Katie Krueger, Kevin & Barb
Melcher, Janet Peverly, Nancy Thomas;
Debbie Wittenberg; 22: Karla Avers, Amanda
Beuth, Shawn Schaefer; 23: Brandon Beckemeyer,
Katie Bellantone, Lois Rodenbaugh, Ava Thomas;
24: Dale Schnoeker, Henry Weiersmueller; 25:
Kirk Levo, Jacob Moody, Candace Schmitt; 26:
Natalie Emmons, Paul & Laura FayollatBoudreaux, Cynthia Varland, Steve West; 27:
Dane Forguson, Braden Fournie, Wayne & Emily
Harlow, Tamara Rampold; 28: James Hampton,
Adam Hughes, Renee Malham Carl & Donna
Rhymer, Josh Ruger; 29: Doug Johnson, Darlene
Lawrenz, Sharon Wolf; 30: Cheyenne Brinker, Kara
Rhymer; 31: Doug & Lynn Fitzgerald, Keri Moore,
Dave Venhaus.
EASTER FLOWERS… will again be offered this
year. The order forms will be in your Sunday
bulletin or in the church narthex. The flowers will
be in the sanctuary for Easter Sunday.
Ministries Unlimited will be collecting empty one
pound coffee cans with the lids and boxes that
reams of paper come in. These items can be placed
on the LWML table. Thanks so much for your
PASTORAL WINKEL: The monthly Pastoral
Winkel (meeting) of Circuits 3 & 4 will be on
Tuesday, March 11th here at St. Paul’s. The ladies
of the LWML will be serving the luncheon for the
pastors. The Winkel will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a
communion service.
March 7 and 8th is the 14th Annual Women's Day
of Renewal at Good Shepherd, Collinsville.
The theme is "Living a Chocolate Life: Savoring
the Rich Indulgence of God's Grace" based on
Ephesians 1:7-8.
information. Let me know if you have any
questions! Call Shirley Schmitt at 644-5631.
Sunday, March 9th is the Metro Central Zone
LWML Annual Prayer Service at Hope Lutheran
Church in Highland starting at 2 p.m. There will be
a free will offering with refreshments to follow the
service. The theme is "This Is What We Are
Baptized For..." We need two readers to participate
in the Worship Service. The readings are not
lengthy and you can get the reading before the
service so you can read prepare to read it. If you
are willing to do this, please let Shirley Schmitt
know. Also, if you think you will be going, please
let Shirley Schmitt know so we have an idea of how
many from St. Paul’s will be attending.
Saturday, March 15 District Spring Retreat at
Zion, Mascoutah. The theme is "A Journey of
Life...Ruth and Naomi." Bring your Bibles! The
Bible Study will be led by our SID Counselors Rev.
Mark Nebel and Rev. Mitchel Schuessler.
Registration will be between 8:30 and 9 a.m. with
coffee and breakfast snacks. There will be a
worship service with Holy Communion at 9:00
a.m. The "ingathering" is food for the Mascoutah
Food Pantry. The registration fee is $20.00 which
includes your meal and is due by March 1st. Make
checks payable to SID LWML. These registration
forms will be on the LWML table!
L.W.M.L. REGULAR MEETING - The regular
LWML meeting will be held on Monday, March
24th at 7 p.m. in the church Fellowship Hall.
Devotions for the evening will be led by Grace
Fincham. Refreshments will be served by Mary
Ann Bonneville and Ruth Schmitt. The speaker for
the evening is Eric Dunn from SIUE Campus
Lutheran Services. The "in-gathering" items are for
the students at SIUE. All ladies of the congregation
are always welcome to attend.
like to thank St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for
acknowledging their 5th anniversary as pastor and
family at St. Paul’s. The reception that was held on
Sunday, February 23rd was very special to us. Thank
you to the Board of Elders for arranging the
reception, giving the Lord’s Prayer wall
hanging/clock with engraving of “Thank you Pastor
and Penny 5 years in Christ’s service,” and enlisting
the aid of so many other members of the
congregation. Thank you to the LWML ladies for
preparing and setting up the reception. Thank you to
Kathy Nehrt and Shirley Schmitt for putting
together the picture presentation. Thank you to the
Sunday School children and teaches for the lovely
songs, the wonderful poems and great poster
boards. Thank you to the St. Paul’s school children
and teachers for the handmade cards which were so
precious. Thank you to all of you who gave cards
and gifts. We are truly overwhelmed by your love
and generosity. We are thankful that we have been
privileged to be part of the St. Paul’s church family.
More than anything, we give thanks to God for
bringing us to St. Paul’s and giving us the
opportunity to become a part of your lives and to
walk with you along the path of faith. We look
forward to all the time that the Lord gives us
together in love and faith.
following special. If you bring in your current
week bulletin from your church on Saturday
evening or Sunday, you will receive 10% off you
bill. Linda Eckert, owner/operator of Subliminal, is
offering this special to all churches in the area. Pass
along the information, attend worship and then
enjoy a meal afterwards.
THANK YOU…Family Choir members for the
open house to celebrate my birthday. I really
appreciate all the best wishes and many cards. I
have a scrapbook with 21+ pages of birthday cards.
Thanks to everyone that was able to stop by after
church and enjoy some cake and coffee or punch. I
can’t thank all of you enough for the support you
have given to the Family Choir. It has been my joy
to direct the choir for 20 years.
Ted Fedder
We have entered the 2nd half of the fiscal year 2013-14
and would like thank you for your healthy financial
support of your congregation. To date, we have seen the
monthly income in the congregation running right at
$40,000 a month. This is doing very well. You are
encouraged to continue this level of giving. We are
currently looking to maintain the giving at a level of
$35,000 in the envelopes, plate and tuition and another
$4,500 in Connect giving. This is not impossible to do if
all of us continue to respond the grace and blessings of
God in our lives. There is the temptation as we move
into this 3rd and 4th quarter of the fiscal year to begin to
back off of the giving. Let’s overcome that temptation
by the guidance of the Holy Spirit and continue to move
forward in our financial support of the ministry of St.
Paul’s congregation.
THANK YOU…to all that helped with our E-Cycle
event, Saturday, February 22, it was a huge success.
This event will make it possible for more students
to receive scholarship assistance.
There are a variety of activities that the youth are
involved in over the next month. All activities are
open to all youth to help with the activity.
YOUTH EVENT: On March 23, “God’s Not
Dead” movie, O’Fallon 15 Cinema. COST: $8.50
per person, $6.50 for children under 11 (bring
money for snacks). TIME: 1:55 p.m. movie starts.
at 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13 (so that tickets can be
purchased in advance).
LENTEN DINNER: The youth will be serving the
Lenten Dinner on Wednesday, March 26 from 5:306:30 p.m. Set up is at 4:30 p.m.
April 19th at 9:00 a.m. in the gym. We will need
plenty of hands to make the set up quick and
EASTER BREAKFAST will be served Sunday,
April 20th from 7:15-8:30 a.m. This will be
immediately following the Easter sunrise service.
We will begin getting everything ready at 6:00 a.m.
 March 5
No dinner on Ash Wednesday
 March 12
7th & 8th grade class / Trip
 March 19
Amber Moore / Mission Trip
 March 26
 April 2
 April 9