Love Monster

Love Monster - Storytime & Craft


St. Peter Lutheran Preschool hosted another fabulous Storytime & Craft on February 13th. Kids and parents enjoyed a reading of Love Monster by our very own Mrs. Julie Rees.( link to bio) After the story, the kids and parents enjoyed craft time by designing their very own Love Monster. We definitely had some little Picasso's this night. The kids were able to satisfy their sweet tooth with some homemade preschool cookies. What better way to show how much we love our preschool?

We would like to thank everyone who attended. As usual, we had a wonderful time!  Now registering for Fall classes. Please check out our upcoming OPEN HOUSE! Teacher/Director: Julie Rees Ph: 419-966-3263 . We LOVE preschool!


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Newsletter - March

From Pastor’s Desk

Over my last few newsletter articles I have been encouraging everyone to pray more this year. I believe one of the reasons we don’t pray a lot, is we don’t know how to.

I have been suggesting a FOUR PART outline to use for Prayers. I have already suggested you begin with an ADDRESS. In the Lord’s Prayer, Our Father is an address to Our Father in Heaven. You follow an address with a Rational. In the Lord’s Prayer our Father who art in Heaven is the Rational. He is in Heaven so he can see everything and knows everything.

You can then add what we call a Petition. The Petition is best described as the “Request”. Asking for your daily bread in the Lord’s Prayer is a Petition. It is something you want, and you are asking for it. We can see in the Lord’s Prayer there are multiple Petitions. Thy Kingdom Come is a petition. In the same way when a person prays they can have many Petitions or requests as they need.

The Petition is usually the reason you are praying in the First place. For this reason, it’s usually not the part of the Prayer you have to think about. Yet, I believe putting a Petition after an Address and a Rational helps us to think about who we are addressing our Petitions to. For instance we might all like a cooler car or a nicer house, but is this something we really want to ask God of? So next time you think about something you want to pray for, consider saying all three parts of the Prayer. – Pastor Jacob Stuenkel

Ash Wednesday and Lenten Services

Ash Wednesday Service – March 6th – 7pm

Wednesday Lent Services – 7pm

Lenten Dinners

Come join us on March 13th for our first Lenten Dinner 6:00pm. Dinners will continue on Wednesdays: March 20th, 27th, April 3rd and 10th. A sign up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex. Please sign up with a friend and prepare one of the meals.

St Peter’s Chili Cook Off Newsflash


Congratulations to all 7 awesome chili participants: Marv & Nancy Michaelis, Tim & Becky Buchhop, Kevin & Evie Leaders, Bill & Alicia Richardson. Drum Roll: We had a tie for 2nd place: Jake & Addi Leaders and Roger & Pam Jones. Our 2019 Champion was Ryan & Ben Weddelman! Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who participated by attending, fixing delicious food, decorating, set up crew, counter & drum roll, kitchen helpers, Pastor, Emilie, Cindy and the planning committee. Will there be a Challenge in 2020? Board of Witness, Outreach & Stewardship

Church Directory Family Photos


Were you unavailable for our church directory photo shoot? No worries! You can set up an appointment with Emilie Parsons or if you have questions ph: 419-758-3348. She will be taking any additional family photos at her studio, which is located in Defiance, Ohio. You also have an option of sending in a family photo / snapshot (as long as it is NOT copyrighted by a photographer). If you are sending in a family photo / snapshot please email: Deadline: March 31, 2019


- Thank you everyone for coming to have your family / individual photo taken for the St Peter church directory. It went so smoothly and I had a wonderful time visiting with all of you. Be sure to check your email in the upcoming week for your complementary digital right!

Emilie Parsons

Scheduled Group photos for the church Directory

Schedule of group pictures to be taken for our new church directory: Sunday, March 3rd: 9:15 am – Choir, Chimers; after church – Altar Guild Sunday, March 10th after church: Church Council, Pastor, Staff Tuesday, March 12th: LWML, 1:30 pm

Greetings from St Peter Preschool!

We’ve had a good month of February - despite dealing with many school weather cancellations. The students are enjoying school and doing amazing.

Next week we have our annual visit from the dentist for “dental health” week. The kiddos are super excited!

We are currently enrolling for the 2019/2020 school year - our Spring Open House is Wednesday, April 17th from 4:30-6:30pm. Next school year we will again be teaching these days: the 3 year old class will be T/Th from 9-11:30am with a one time enrollment fee of $45 and $60/month tuition. The 4/5 year old class will be MWF from 9-11:30am with a one time enrollment fee of $45 and a $90/month tuition. Please spread the word! The enrollment fee will hold the students spot for next school year.

As always, feel free to visit anytime. We love Preschool and would love for you to see what we do!

In God’s Blessings,

Mrs Rees

Newsletter - February

From Pastor’s Desk

In my last newsletter article I talked about New Year’s Resolutions. I encouraged everyone to consider praying more this year. I believe one of the reasons we don’t pray a lot, is we don’t know how to. Prayer does not always have to be uniform or the same. I do believe we can learn how to outline a prayer and that can help a person to feel confident in prayer.


I am going to suggest a FOUR PART outline to use for Prayers, and I am going to discuss these parts throughout the Year. Each Prayer begins with an Address. Then has A Rational. Which is followed by The Petitions [or what you are asking for]. This followed by The Benefit. And it should end with a Termination or the Conclusion. Throughout the year I am going to explain each one of these parts.

One thing most prayers should start with is an ADDRESS. Just like you have to think about a person’s name before you call them on your phone, you should address the Deity you pray to. After all we don’t just pray to any god, but we pray to the Triune God of the Scriptures. And it is this God that we should address our prayers to. You can see that Jesus taught us to do this when he taught the LORD’S PRAYER. It starts “Our Father”. He wanted the disciples and us to think of God as our Father and to address him as our Father. And most Prayers do this as in the prayer that we have for our Government:

Almighty God, guide and defend the President, Congress and all who administer and judge our laws. Change the hearts of those who would lead us away from Your justice and truth. Preserve in this land the freedom to serve You, and lead us to be faithful citizens. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. You can see how the Prayer started with an Address to our God as Almighty. When you start to remember to start your prayers you start to address God directly. And sometimes you even address God in a way that makes sense for the Prayer. Here we praying for our leaders who seem powerful, but recognize that our God is the TRUE Almighty. SO the Next time you pray to God try addressing Him First, just like you would anyone else you have a relationship with. – Pastor Jacob Stuenkel


St Peter is observing Lutheran Hour Sunday on Sunday, February 3, 2019 in the regular worship service. The Lutheran Laymens League has been in existence for 100 years and the LLL began the Lutheran Hour Broadcasts in 1930 with Dr. Walter A. Maier as its first speaker and has continued that very special ministry of sharing God’s Word by bringing Christ to the nations and the nations to the church throughout the world. Many of our parents and grandparents have faithfully supported this ministry over the years with their prayers, financial gifts and by listening to the broadcasts. The present speaker is Dr. Michael Ziegler. A brochure and an attached envelope will be available which can use to make a gift to the Lutheran Hour . Our area is blessed to have the local Napoleon radio station WNDH 103.1 provide air time to the weekly Lutheran Hour broadcasts. There are envelopes on the narthex bulletin board to be used to sponsor the Sunday morning 9 AM program for $67.50 as a memorial or honor gift.

College Care Packages

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Care packages will be packed at the LWML meeting on February 12. College students for this school year are Dalton Krueger, Logan Helmke, Brian Weddelman, Lexi Henricks, Alexis Zachrich, Ashton Helmke and our adopted Seminarian: Ryan Pumphrey. The seminarian’s family includes two teenage daughters. If you can help with this project, you can place items in the designated box in the church narthex. Suggested items are snacks, candies, toothpaste, toothbrushes, quarters, pens and pencils, microwave popcorn, q-tips, hand creams and hand sanitizers and anything else you can think that students could use. Thank you so much for sharing in this ministry.”

Chili Cook-off!

Join us for our Chili Cook-Off on February 10, 2019. The meal will be following our 10AM church service. If you are interested in a challenge, sign up and let us decide which chili is the BEST!


2019 Church Council

President – Tim Buchhop

Vice President – Russell Krueger

Recording Secretary – Peg Dammann

Board of Trustees – Marty Helmke, Mark Oberhaus, Doug Dammann

Board of Elders – Roger Jones, Kevin Leaders

Treasurer – Jon Block

Financial Secretary – Judy Meyer

Board of Witness, Outreach & Stewardship – Deb Oberhaus, Nancy Michaelis

Other Elected Offices

Building Improvement Fund Treasurer – Judy Meyer

Sunday School Supt – Bridget Volkert & Emilie Parsons

Financial Review Committee – Marvin Michaelis

JoAnn Arens, Nancy Helmke

Endowment Fund Committee – Nancy Michaelis & Larry Retcher, Jim Meyer, Sharlene Bunke & Lavina Boesling


Greetings from Preschool!

We had a wonderful month of December in Preschool celebrating the “reason for the season.” The students loved hearing about the birth of Jesus and why we celebrate Christmas. We absolutely LOVE our new floor. The room looks amazing. Thank you St Peter Church! Our Preschool sure is blessed!!! January is a slower month as we deal with weather and cold temps. We’ve already experienced a few weather delays and a cancellation. We have our pajamas and movie day which is always a big hit with the students! February we will celebrate Valentine’s Day, visit from Ms Barb and the library and also a visit from the dentist!! We start our “All About Me” weeks in February as well. Look for the student’s posters to be hanging up in the hallway and get to know the students of St Peter Preschool! Evie Leaders will be coming in monthly to do a bible lesson with the students and I am so thrilled she’s doing this for us! We can’t wait. Thanks Evie! Feel free to stop in anytime and see us! In God’s Blessings - Mrs Rees

Newsletter - January

Pastor’s Desk January 2019


It’s a New Year. It’s a time to celebrate. It’s also a time where people have New Year’s Resolutions. Here is one possible Resolution you could have, Pray more. I find people don’t often know how to pray or what to pray for. For this year I am going to have a small lesson on Prayer each month. I thought I would begin with a prayer for the coming year:

Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

In peace, let us pray to the Lord: For the freedom of Gospel preaching, that the Good News of forgiveness and salvation in Christ would bring healing and hope to the nations.

For the students at our seminaries, that they would receive the Word planted in them, grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, and be eager and willing witnesses to the saving power of Jesus Christ,

For the coming year, that our God would fill it with blessings of body and soul, that we would recognize each as coming from His hands rather than chance or our own efforts, and that we would render all praise and thanks to God, let us pray to the Lord:

These petitions, and every other matter upon our hearts, we bring to You, O Lord. Hear our prayers and answer as You think best. Blessed be Your name, Father! Amen.

 [Taken from Prayer of the Church New Year’s Eve LCMS].




How blessed we are to have this organization as an auxiliary of the Lutheran Church/Missouri Synod.  The LUTHERAN HOUR radio broadcast started in 1930 with Dr. Walter A. Maier as its first speaker and to date there have been eight successive speakers.  Even though the methods and mediums have changed, the same Word of God and His saving message have been delivered through tremendous opportunities and God’s blessings to proclaim His love to our world.



1940 - Lutheran Hour begins foreign broadcasts;

1950 - Dr. Maier, first Lutheran Hour speaker, passes away;

1951 - First Lutheran Hour float appears in Rose Bowl Parade and continues to this day;

1952 - “This is the Life” TV show premieres;

1963 - Lutheran Hour broadcasts commenced in Brazil;

1978 - First Spanish radio broadcasts;

1992 - First message recorded in former Communist USSR and in Slovakia in 1993;

1992 - Lutheran Laymen’s League begins involvement with Orphan Grain Train.


St.Peter congregation will observe LUTHERAN HOUR SUNDAY on February 3, 2019 giving us a special opportunity to support the work of the Lutheran Hour by using gift envelopes provided in our bulletins.  We can also support the local Lutheran Hour broadcasts on WNDH radio 103.1 (Napoleon) on Sunday mornings at 9 AM.  There are envelopes on the church narthex bulletin board for use in giving $67.50 for one broadcast  as a memorial or honor gift.”


Greetings from Preschool!



I hope everyone has a blessed holiday spent with family and friends.  We had a wonderful December in Preschool.  Thanks to everyone who helped donate and/or purchased cookies for our Annual Cookie Walk. We raised $875 for our preschool!   Much appreciated! 

We also held our 2nd Storytime & Craft - with 20 kiddos in attendance!   We hope to have 2 more before the end of the school year.  

The Preschool students performed the bells in church on 12/16!  Such an amazing morning!   We loved being with you all - your support for our Preschool is simply amazing - we hope you enjoyed the performance and celebrating St Peter Preschool’s 30th Anniversary!  

We’re currently on Christmas break - we’ll be back in class on Monday, January 7th - with a new floor!  Thank you so much for that!  We can’t wait to see it!

January in Preschool will be Pajama and movie day, visit from the library, continuing with assessments and hopefully seeing some snow!!

Thanks for everything you do for our preschool!

In God’s Blessings - Mrs Rees

Newsletter - December

From Pastor's Desk

The Month of December is often thought of as the time of Christmas. Yet, in the church this actually the time of Advent.


“The season of Advent is all about awaiting the coming of the Savior, God's Word becoming flesh and dwelling among us. The incarnation of God in human flesh and blood is the way of salvation for all mankind that could only have come to us from God Himself. We could never have imagined such a way of salvation for ourselves. Yet God even predicted this would be His way to make atonement for all nations through His chosen people, the nation of Israel. God's prophet Isaiah proclaimed: "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14) In keeping with this prophecy, an ancient writer incorporated this and several other prophecies together in the hymn, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel."1

Christmas Services

December 24th – Christmas Eve 6:30pm St Paul Children’s Christmas Program

Service 8:00pm St Peter Children’s Christmas Program Service

December 25th – Christmas Day 8:30am St Paul Communion Worship Service

10:00am St Peter Communion Worship Service


Peter Congregational Christmas Dinner

All members of the church are invited to attend the Congregational Christmas Potluck to be held, Sunday, December 2nd following the service. Bring a potluck dish and share in the fellowship of the Christmas Season!


Christmas Exchange

Do you need some storage room? Solution: Donate those Christmas decorations! Bring them to St Peter and place your items in the Christmas Exchange box or cry room. Need help picking up your items? Call 419.762.5716

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Henry County Christmas Cheer

 A collection of items will begin on Nov 4th through Dec 2nd. Please place your donations in the cry room.

 A suggested list of items needed are:

Canned Vegetables, Fruits, Soup, Stews, Meats, Macaroni & Cheese, Spaghettios, Spaghetti Sauces, Tomato Juice, Broths, Noodles, Macaroni, Rice, Spaghetti, Potato Mixes, Stuffing Mixes, Cereals, Pancake Mixes, Syrups, Crackers, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Pudding, Jell-o, Cake Mixes, Frostings, Fruit Juices, Coffee, Tea, Kool-Aid, Chocolate Drink Mixes, Toilet Tissue, Facial Tissue, Paper Towels, Bar Soap, Toothpaste, Shampoo

(Please NO microwave items. - Make sure the products)


Annual Preschool Cookie Walk

Saturday, December 8th, 8:30-10:00am in the St Peter Preschool room. We are asking for donations of homemade Christmas cookies, brownies, puppy chow, fudge, etc. to be brought to the kitchen by 8:30am on the 8th. Whether you donate items or not, please come and purchase a box and fill it with a variety of goodies – easier than baking dozens of different recipes of cookies! Tell your friends and neighbors about our Cookie Walk. Thank you for all your kind support of the preschool by supplying and purchasing these Christmas Goodies.


New Flower Charts

The 2019 Flower Charts have been posted in the Narthex for both churches. If you wish to donate a floral arrangement for a special event, anniversary, in loving memory of someone or to the Glory of God, please choose a date and enter the information on the chart so your arrangement may be acknowledged in the bulletin.

Greetings from Preschool

Greetings from Preschool!! November is about being thankful and blessed for what’s given to us. We talked a lot about that in the classroom and how much we all have to be thankful for - including Preschool! We celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with a Thanksgiving Feast in the classroom - the students made their own placements, wore turkey headbands and tried delicious thanksgiving foods! We are blessed! December is another busy month in St Peter Preschool. We have the following events: Saturday, December 8 - Cookie Walk from 8:30-10am Wednesday, December 12 - Story time and Craft at 4:30pm Sunday, December 16 - the Preschool students will be playing the bells & singing in Church The students are doing fantastic in class, I am so blessed! We love our Preschool! If anyone would like to donate baked goods for our Annual Cookie Walk - please bring in your goodies on Friday, 12/7 or the morning of Saturday, 12/8. We appreciate the help and support of this very popular event! Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season! In God’s Blessings, Mrs Rees

Youth Group Hayride

What a great night with our youth kids. We started our ride at St. Peter parking lot and rode to Grandma Helmke's woods. We scarfed down lots of yummy food, took dark walks through the woods, played games and stayed warm next to the fire. "If you don't find straw in your socks you didn't do it right."  Thank you Helmke family!! 

FYI: The kids say if you roast a doughnut it tastes like french toast.

Newsletter - November

From Pastor’s Desk     


                      Halloween is over and it’s time for November. November 1st is always ALL SAINTS Day. We often celebrate it the Sunday of or after November 1st. You might ask, “What we are celebrating on All Saints Day?” The first thing we think of is the saints who have gone before. Often Churches celebrate All Saints Day by saying the Names of those members who passed away in the past year. We remembering what Christ has done for these people in the last year. How He has died for that person, rose for that individual, and has in the last year called this person to Himself.  

 We also often think of “The Saints” on this Day. Like we remember what Saint Peter or Saint Paul have done for the Church. We might even think of all the Saints like everyone we know who has died in Faith who are now with God. All of these people are Saints.

            But there is still one more Group that we forget about. We should remember that it is ALL SAINTS DAY. This includes ourselves. Right now we are Sinners and Saints at the same time. All Saints Day is a wonderful time to remember saints as examples for ourselves as we try to be God’s saints on earth. We can be examples of Christ’s love to our Neighbors. SO I hope you have a wonderful All Saints Day, and a Great Thanksgiving this November.


  Thanksgiving Service Schedule

St Paul – Wednesday – November 21st 7:00pm

St Peter – Thursday – November 22nd 9:00am

Thank You

The Youth Groups of St Paul and St Peter would like to thank everyone that came to their Spaghetti Fundraiser and helped to support them in raising funds for the Youth Gathering in Minneapolis next summer.


Henry County Christmas Cheer

 A collection of items will begin on Nov 4th through Dec 2nd. Please place your donations in the cry room.

 A suggested list of items needed are:

Canned Vegetables, Fruits, Soup, Stews, Meats, Macaroni & Cheese, Spaghettios, Spaghetti Sauces, Tomato Juice, Broths, Noodles, Macaroni, Rice, Spaghetti, Potato Mixes, Stuffing Mixes, Cereals, Pancake Mixes, Syrups, Crackers, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Pudding, Jell-o, Cake Mixes, Frostings, Fruit Juices, Coffee, Tea, Kool-Aid, Chocolate Drink Mixes, Toilet Tissue, Facial Tissue, Paper Towels, Bar Soap, Toothpaste, Shampoo

(Please NO microwave items. - Make sure the products)

 “The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”



Project We Care and Henry County Christmas Cheer

 If you know of a family in need there are copies of the applications for Henry County Christmas Cheer (Due on Nov 15th) and Project We Care (Due on Nov 1st) on the bulletin board in the Narthex. Please feel free to take a form and share it with anyone who could use the extra assistance during the upcoming holiday season.

 Project We Care - A group of local businesses, churches, organizations and families have joined together as Project: We Care, to provide assistance to Henry County families with school-age and younger children in the form of clothing and toys for the 2018 Christmas season. We have chosen to help a family with 4 children. A collection place will be placed by the Church door beginning November 11th for your donations to this outreach.

  Christmas Decoration Exchange

Here’s your opportunity to donate all the Christmas decorations you don’t need!

 A Christmas Exchange Store will be opened at the Crossroads Church in Napoleon following Thanksgiving.

 At St Peter – Decorations can be placed in the cry room. Need help picking them up? Call 419.762.5397 or 419.762.5716.

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Poinsettias for St Peter

Poinsettia order forms are posted on the Narthex bulletin board. Orders must be in no later than November 11th.


Greetings from Preschool!

What a great month of October we had! We walked to the Florida Public Library this month and enjoyed Ms Barb showing us around the library!! We then took our annual field trip to Leaders Family Farms and had so much fun!  We love the farm! 

Firefighter Kyle Richards of the Florida/Flatrock fire department came to preschool and talked with us about fire safety.  We learned how to call 911, how to stop-drop-roll and also the new campaign “close before you doze.”  Thank you Kyle for coming to visit us as always - much appreciated!


A huge THANK YOU to everyone who ordered Pisanello’s Pizzas from our fundraiser.  We made and sold 286 pizzas!  Also thank you to everyone who helped make them all on Saturday, 10/20 - a fun morning as always! 

We’ve been blessed with another fantastic month in preschool.   I am so thankful and happy with how well the school year is going.   St Peter Preschool is the best!!!  In God’s Blessings,  Mrs. Rees


St Peter’s Congregational Christmas Potluck

The event will be December 2nd We are looking for ideas! – Join us in the planning! More information will following in the bulletin


 Sunday School

Our Sunday School children sang their hearts out during October 28th’s worship service. Thank you kids and thank you Sunday School teachers for sharing the word of the Lord! All children are welcome to join us every Sunday morning at 9AM!

Game Day fun at St. Peter!

Many of us gathered on September 23rd for a St. Peter Game Day! An assortment of chips and delicious dips were served. Kids and adults enjoyed friendly games of Cards, Bingo, Twister, Operation and Guess Who. We ended the afternoon with a wild game of spoons. Ruth Block is our Spoon Champion who won after a final heated match against Pastor Stuenkel. Stay tuned for more updates on when we plan to have another Game Day!