Newsletter - September

From Pastor’s Desk.

I woke up today to the sound of the Bus picking up the neighbor kids, it must mean school is back in session. I hated school when I was a child. I hated having to sit in the same building for almost 8 hours. I hated the lessons. I especially hated homework and assignments. For this reason, a part of me is glad school is over. This does not mean LEARNING has to be over for me or for you. As Christians we should always want to learn more. I want you to consider something. There are 66 books in your bible, and I’m sure you probably don’t remember all their titles, let alone what is contained in them. The truth is, As Christians we are called to never stop studying God’s word.

One of the ways to do this is to come up with a reading Plan. If you read 3 to 4 chapters a day you will finish in a year. [If you read 4 chapters a day you will finish in October]. If you do it this way, I suggest you skip numbers and Leviticus at first and read a Gospel instead. Sometimes people read two Old Testament chapters and 2 New Testament Chapters. Having a reading plan can be a fun rewarding way to study God’s Word. Heavenly Father, the words of our Savior are spirit and life. Give us grace to cling to them always, but especially when we find them hard to listen to, that we may discover with Peter and the other apostles that Christ alone has the words of eternal life. Amen

Catechism Schedule 2018-19

Wednesday Nights September 5 – First Class – All 7th & 8th Graders Parents need to attend! 6:30PM @ St Paul Sep 12th, 19th, and 26th

– 6:30pm @ St Paul Oct 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st

– 6:30pm @ St Peter Nov 7th, 14th, and 28th

– 6:30pm @ St Paul Dec 5th, 12th and 19th

– 6:30pm @ St Peter Jan 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th

– 6:30pm @ St Paul Feb 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th

– 6:30pm @ St Paul Mar 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th

– 6:00pm @ St Peter (Note time change) Apr 3rd and 10th

– 6pm @ St Peter Confirmation Day is April 14th

Game Day!

Game Day at St Peter Everyone is invited to attend a Game Day on Sep 23rd from 2- 4:30. Bring a bag of chips or your favorite dip to share. Some games will be provided but feel free to bring you own game too! Come Join The FUN!

Sunday School Rally day is September 9th!

Sunday school is starting just around the corner!  Sunday, September 9th is our first day.  Please have your child bring their backpacks.  Pastor will be blessing their backpacks during our church service.  We have a lot of exciting things planned for Sunday School this year!

Refreshments will be served by the Board of Witness, Outreach and Stewardship following the service.  

St Peter’s Retiree’s Luncheon

The Luncheon will be held Friday, September 28th, 11:15 am at Cosmo’s Restaurant, 1824 E. 2nd Street, Defiance. Note the change of location. Contact Jim Meyer or Tom Meyer if you plan to attend. New faces always welcome; come join the fellowship. Bring a $1 wrapped bingo gift.

St. Peter Council and Voters

St. Peter Council and Voters approved having the church office send Memorial Gift Acknowledgements for memorials made to the church at the time of the death of family members and friends. A sample of the card is displayed on the narthex bulletin board. This will be prepared and sent out, at the option of the family, to all donors to St. Peter Lutheran Church and/or its organizations. Pastor will offer this service to the decedent’s family and we will ask that the family of the decedent give us a list of the donors and their addresses. The amount of the gift will not be included. Please consider this new service and if you have questions, please ask Pastor or any church officer

Greetings from Preschool!


Summer flew by, just as expected and it's now time to start the 2018/2019 school year! I am very pleased to report that I will be teaching Preschool at St. Peter all 5 days this year. I have 7 students enrolled in the 3 year old T/Th class and 5 students enrolled in the 4/5 year old MWF class! I am so excited to be here all 5 days and can't wait to see what the school year brings! I spent lots of time this summer in the classroom organizing and changing things around ~ I think it looks fantastic! Our September will be busy getting to know each other and learning the classroom rules. We will also have our monthly visit with Ms. Barb from the Napoleon Public Library, school pictures and show & tell. In October we will take our annual field trip to Leaders Family Farms! Just like previous school years, each week we will focus on a letter or number, have a weekly theme and a bible story. It should be a fantastic year! Feel free to stop in and visit us anytime! In God's Blessings, Mrs. Julie Rees

Newsletter - August

Pastor's Thoughts

         Hello, it’s August, and that means Summer is 2/3rds over. This August is actually pretty Special. During this August [in Series B] we will be reading through John 6. In John 6 Jesus says, “51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”


            In this text Jesus is telling us that he is the one who is going to feed the whole world. The feeding here isn’t just food though. It is Salvation! And how he has done this, is by Giving his Flesh on the Cross. We probably don’t think of him Feeding us on the Cross. But that is exactly what he was doing. Without Jesus’ death and atonement, we would never be FED. We would not be fed with his words. We would not be fed with his Body and Blood. And we would not be fed with his forgiveness. We also look forward to the day when he feeds us for eternity at His Table. So when you’re eating that last Summer Barbeque remember to say a prayer and thank God for all the ways he has fed us through His Son.

St Peter – Special Voter’s Meeting

A Special Voter’s Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, August 5th following the Church Service.  Items to be discussed is: Flooring in the Kitchen and Preschool area and the Parking Lot.


LWML Fall Retreat for Napoleon & Defiance Zones

 Sept. 15, 2018  Starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 2:00 p.m. @ St John Stryker Rts 6 & 66

•           The theme is “Make a Joyful Noise” Psalm 100.

•           Ingathering – New underwear & socks for the Orphan Grain Train.

•           Offering – Will go to Fort Wayne, Lutheran Military Vets & Families Ministry.


Filling Home – Festival of Tables

The Women’s Guild of the Filling Homes is once again celebrating a FESTIVAL OF TABLES LADIES LUNCHEON this Fall.  They, first of all, request participation in decorating and hosting one or more tables at the event and also that the ladies of our area attend this year’s 20th anniversary of this celebration.  This unique luncheon will be held at the Filling Home Therapy Center at Noon on Saturday, September 29, 2018.  For more information, please check the narthex bulletin board.  Tickets are $15.00 each.


Donations Needed!

Since it is time to be thinking of children heading off to school, the LWML is asking that both of our churches have an ingathering of NEW UNDERWEAR AND SOCKS which will be distributed to needy persons by the ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN.   No used underwear is sent out by the OGT.   Men’s and boys new underwear and socks are especially needed this year.   Each of our churches have a box designated for these items, we are asking for your assistance.

Thank you for considering this worthwhile project.


St Peter Preschool Open House & Enrollment for 2018-19

The Preschool Open House will be held on August 23rd from 5-7pm. Three year old preschoolers will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-11:30am ($60/month tuition). Four and Five year old preschoolers will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00-11:30am ($90/month tuition). A onetime $45 enrollment/supply fee will hold your child’s spot.

Stop by the open house and meet Mrs. Rees and see the classroom. Tell your friends and family about our Preschool!


ph: 419-922-3263

Or like St. Peter Preschool on Facebook!

Newsletter - July

From Pastor's Desk

It’s July, and it’s usually not a time where we think of Christian Festivals. This need not be the case. You can have Christmas in July. That’s right Christmas in July. On July 2nd we can celebrate The Visitation. The Visitation is the visit of Mary to her relative Elisabeth which is recorded in Luke 1:39-56. Now this might seem like a strange time of year to celebrate such an event, but it makes perfect sense when you know that the Annunciation of our Lord is celebrated on March 25th . March 25th is of course 9 months before December 25th. The visitation is also when John inside of his mother leaped for Joy when he heard Mary’s voice. We also can leap for joy knowing our Savior has come to earth to be born of a woman. He also came to suffer and die for us. But we also know he rose from the dead. So we have a lot of things we can leap for joy over. So this month and every month we can celebrate and remember the fact that Jesus has come to earth and visited us.

Thank you from Orphan Grain Train!

The 424 Garage Sale was a HUGE Success! Thank you to everyone who supported us with their time, baked goods and other items we were able to sell. We couldn’t have done it without you! It takes a Village to operate Orphan Grain Train – Thank you for being part of our Village.

VBS Success at St. Peter

We had 27 eager participants take part in our "Amazing Bible Animals Excursion." In Proverbs 6, the ants taught us to remember to do things without being told and to be hard, faithful workers. There was a live ant farm and an ant tunnel to crawl through, even an anthill the kids could eat! Balaam and his talking donkey (Yes, talking donkey!!) taught us to be faithful and follow God. God used angels in this story. In Luke 15, the parable of the Lost Sheep we were reminded of how Jesus saves us and gives us eternal life. On Thursday, we focused on the story of Noah's Ark, in particular the importance of the dove and the peace it symbolizes. We ended the week talking about a camel going through the eye of a needle in Mark 10. The lesson being to focus on the Lord, not all of the stuff and possessions we have. Everything wrapped up with a short closing program that parents and relatives were invited to. The kids sang songs, shared what they learned, received certificates, and enjoyed animal crackers and ice cream. 

The week would not have been possible without many volunteers who gave their time: Pastor and Dana Stuenkel, Bette Weddelman, Emilie Parsons, Pam Jones, Deb and Mark Oberhaus, Michelle Weddelman, Alicia and Bill Richardson, Nancy Conrad, Bethany Mathers, Nancy Helmke, MaKenna Helmke, Karlee Bostelman, Bridgett, Mallory, and Zander Watson, Carrie and Lana Culp Thanks to Larry and Phyllis for using their sign to advertise. Special thanks to Robyn and Andy Helmke for letting Colton and Aiden share their sheep on Wednesday! Thanks to Sherry Krueger for donating snacks. Special thanks to Cindy Casserly for bringing over her donkeys which included a baby that was 10 days old!

A Study on Martin Luther’s “A Simple Way to Pray”

By Rev Dr John Sias

Look at and Read the words in Hymn 766 “Our Father, Who from Heaven Above”. This hymn on the Lord’s Prayer reflect Martin Luther’s catechism teaching on the Lord’s Prayer and the theology of prayer that produced it. Luther reflected that; “Many pray the Pater Noster [Our Father] as many as a thousand times a year; if they were to pray a thousand years they would indeed still not have tasted or prayed even one letter of it [Matthew 5:18].” How often have you found your mind wandering to the grocery list, or worse, let the words roll, seemingly on autopilot? In summary, the Pater Noster is the greatest martyr on earth. Nearly everyone mistreats it and abuses it. Only a few are comforted by it and find joy in its correct use. 


The right place to begin to answer the questions “What is prayer?” and “How shall we pray?” is with our Lord’s own command and promise. For when the disciples asked Him how they should pray, the Lord said, “When you pray, say...” and then He gave them what we call the Lord’s Prayer. Although we might see or hear people praying all sorts of prayers to all kinds of gods, Christian prayer is unique. It reflects our unique knowledge of and trust in the one true God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who has created all things, redeemed us by His blood and sanctified us in His holy Church. We pray from a position of confidence, sure that God will hear us and grant us what is good because we pray by Christ’s command. Yet how often have we rushed through those words, “Our Father...” without thinking what a remarkable gift it is that Christ would have us pray this way. 

How dare we call upon the one and only true God of heaven and earth as Our Father –whom we have gravely offended through our sins – and then ask Him not of for daily bread but for everything? Why should He give it? Yet this is how Jesus teaches us to pray, without offering Him anything first, without so much as even saying please! That’s a bold prayer.

So there is a boldness in this prayer, to ask for what we want and to know that we have the right to ask confidently with all assurance, as dear children as their dear father and to cap it off to conclude with Amen...that is, Yes, it shall be so.

So Martin Luther instructs us to begin this prayer humbly but confidently in Christ and say “I am an unworthy wretched sinner and do not deserve to lift my eyes and hands to heaven and pray, but You have commanded us to pray and have promised to hear our prayer, so I pray with all Your holy Christians as He has taught me” and then say the Lord’s Prayer completely, word for word.

In life in death O Lord abide with me

Rev. C. William Weis

July 16, 1959 - May 30, 2018


Rev. C. William Weis (Peace, Saginaw) was called home on May 30, 2018 after a battle with cancer. A 1985 Concordia Seminary-Saint Louis graduate, he served Saint Peter Lutheran Church in Florida, Ohio; Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Flatrock Township, Ohio; and Trinity, Paw Paw before coming to Peace, Saginaw in 2004.

Visitation will take place on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 from 2-7 p.m. at Peace Lutheran School3161 Lawndale Rd; Saginaw MI 48602. The funeral and committal services will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Peace Lutheran Church3427 Adams Ave; Saginaw, MI 48602. A reception and time of sharing will follow the service.

Memorials may be made to Peace Lutheran Church "Seeds to Branches."

Please keep his wife, Karen, his sons Samuel and Joseph, extended family, and the members of Peace Lutheran Church in your prayers.

“I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless.  
Ills have no weight and tears no bitterness,
Where is death’s sting?  Where grave thy victory?
I TRIUMPH still if Thou abide with me.”
“Abide With Me” verse 7

Newsletter - June

From Pastor’s Desk

I thought I would take this newsletter and explain the colors on the altar. Usually the Church Year is broken up in two. The first half is the life of Christ which begins with Advent and ends with Pentecost. The Second half the church year are the Sundays after Pentecost, which is called the time of the church. 


The Church Year begins with the First Sunday in Advent, The color for Advent is BLUE. Advent, a preparatory time of waiting and watching, and it communicates the message of hope. After Advent is Christmas which is WHITE; which is also the color for Easter. White is the color of purity and completeness. White is an important color throughout the year. It is also used for Epiphany (Jan. 6) and the first Sunday following it, observed as the Baptism of Our Lord; the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, also known as Transfiguration Sunday; Holy Trinity Sunday; and another twenty-one minor festivals. 

Then follows rarely seen color; BLACK. Black only appears on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The color here calls for us to have a sober reflection on the cost of our redemption. The color for LENT is PURPLE. Purple like black, is a penitential color, in contrast to a festive one. The forty days of Lent, including the six Sundays that fall during this season, use this deep, rich color which has come to represent somberness and solemnity, penitence, and prayer.

RED is a power color and is appropriate for use on Pentecost Sunday. Additional uses of red are Reformation Sunday; Holy Cross Day (September 14); on such festive occasions as dedications, anniversaries of a congregation and its physical structure; festive days celebrating the office of the public ministry, such as ordination and installation.

The color for the time after PENTECOST IS GREEN. Green is also used during the season of Epiphany. For this reason GREEN is the color we see the most during the year. Green is a neutral color, but there is nothing colorless about our need to grow and mature as disciples of Jesus Christ. That's why the "green meadow" time of the church year is so lengthy. I hope this has helped you to understand not only why the colors change, but also what the colors represent. 


[Some of the information used with permission for this Newsletter came from]

Historic 424 Garage Sale


Orphan Grain Train will be participating in the Historic 424 Garage Sale from Defiance to Waterville on June 7th , 8th and 9th. They will be set up in the Florida Firehouse and will be having a lunch wagon, along with garage sale items and a bake sale! If you plan to participate in this 30 mile long garage sale don’t forget to stop by to support this groups efforts! If you have anything you would like to donate it would be greatly appreciated (No clothing please). They are especially hoping for bake sale items. Bring your donations to the Orphan Grain Train Warehouse in Napoleon on June 6th at 6 PM or to the Florida Fire Station on the mornings of the sale.


JUNE 22 -24 are the dates for the LWML OHIO DISTRICT CONVENTION AT DUBLIN, OH. Attending from our churches are Pastor Stuenkel as Pastor Counselor of Napoleon Zone; Dana Stuenkel as Young Woman Representative of Napoleon Zone; Sharlene Bunke and Ruth Block, Delegates representing St. Peter, Florida and Nancy Helmke is providing a display for Orphan Grain Train at the Convention.

ALSO, the ingathering to be taken to the Convention, with which we can all help are: Women’s travel size hygiene products to be given with spiritual materials to persons seeking help in women’s shelters and Walmart gift cards in any denomination which will be distributed to victims in disaster areas through the LCMS Disaster Response program. There is a box in the narthex at both churches to receive these items.

Last but not least, we can all include in prayer the Convention Committee of the Central Zone, Pastor and Dana in their first experience at a LWML Convention and our delegates for another inspirational and uplifting time as they “Serve our Lord with Gladness”!

Ladies Tea

Thank You to all the Guys who helped serve at the Ladies Tea on April 29. They were Pastor Stuenkel, Kevin and Jake Leaders, Dave Arens, Tim Buchhop, Andy and Henry Parsons. You did a great job. Also a special Thank You to Andy, who was the M C. Kathy Wilhelm, DOUBLE TALK, provided a wonderful message for the entertainment.

Mallory Watson and Karlee Bostelman greeted everyone and presented the Door Prizes. Thank You.

A big thanks to all the people who let us borrow all the glass ware, it made everything look very special. We hope all had a Great Time. Thanks for coming. Board of Witness, Outreach and Stewardship


St. Peter Board of Witness, Outreach and Stewardship

A special service is being planned for all Men and Boys of the church. On Father’s Day, June 17th, they will be honored and receive a special treat. Please plan to attend, you are all an important part to our church.

Greetings from Preschool!

Well - our 2017/2018 school year has come to an end! Can’t believe how fast the year went. We graduated 5 that will go onto Kindergarten and 3 that will return to St Peter Preschool in the Fall. Congrats graduates! An amazing school year, thank you again for allowing me to be your preschool teacher. I am blessed. Have a wonderful summer! In God’s Blessings, Mrs. Rees




Newsletter - May

From Pastor’s Desk

           This April, we celebrated Easter. Easter always seems like the busiest time of the year. But the time after Easter can seem just as frantic. First, we celebrate the day of Ascension on Thursday, May 10, 2018. This is the day our Lord Jesus Christ Ascended into Heaven. On May 13th we celebrate the seventh and last Sunday of Easter.  The reading for that Sunday is John 17:11b–19. There, Jesus prays for his Disciples. This is fitting because the Next Sunday is Pentecost, May 20th. On Pentecost, the Apostles become filled with the Holy Spirit.  The Next Sunday we celebrate Trinity Sunday. On that Sunday we confess The Athanasian Creed. On Trinity Sunday we remember how we were Created, Saved and Sanctified.  Let us consider the prayer for Trinity Sunday this May.

            Almighty and everlasting God, You have given us grace to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity by the confession of a true faith and to worship the Unity in the power of the Divine Majesty. Keep us steadfast in this faith and defend us from all adversities; for You, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, now and forever. Amen.

St Peter Board of Witness, Outreach & Stewardship

A special service is being planned for all Ladies and Girls of the church.  On Mother’s Day, May 13, they will be honored and receive a special treat.  Please plan to attend, you are all a special part of the church.

Vacation Bible School will be held in the month of June.

Plans are being made.  Watch for more information in the bulletins. Volunteers and helpers will be needed, so please plan to help.

Congratulations to our Graduating Seniors!


Ashton Helmke, daughter of Matthew and Stephanie Helmke, will be graduating from Tinora High School in May of 2018. I've been involved in many different activities during high school, including National Honor Society, Art Club, German Club, Yearbook staff, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I have also participated in Varsity Bowling my junior and senior year, and Varsity Softball all four years of high school. I have also competed with a club softball team in the summer for the past five years. I plan to attend Marietta College in the fall to study Graphic Design and play college softball.  


Please mark your calendars now for Monday, June 4th.  St Peter LWML invites all of our congregation members to join us for a Buffet Dinner at The Barn Restaurant, Sauder Village starting at  5 PM.  It is Dutch Treat and on Monday nights you can make as many trips to the  buffet as you wish and at a  price of $8.49 (not including beverage)  for all Seniors.

Please advise Sharlene Bunke, personally or call her at (419) 782-9136  if you can join us   We will be glad to have you come!

Greetings from Preschool!

Can't believe we've reached the last month of the 2017/2018 school year.  What a fantastic year it's been!

April was another fun and busy month in Preschool.  Our themes included Easter, Space, Bike Safety, Earth Day and Flowers/Planting.   We finished up the remaining letters in the alphabet and started working on writing numbers.  Firefighter Kyle Richards from the Florida/Flatrock Fire Department came and brought his fire truck ~ the weather was pretty chilly, but we still enjoyed looking at the truck and visiting with Kyle back in the classroom after.  We sure love when he visits us twice each school year.   On Monday, April 23rd, we had our 2nd annual St. Jude Trike-a-Thon and it was a perfect beautiful day!  The kiddos did fantastic and we had so much fun.  We raised $397 for St. Jude Children's Hospital!  

The Spring Open House was held on Thursday, April 19th.  We had 6 new families come and we were so happy about that!  As of now we have 8 children registered for the Fall and hoping for lots more over the summer.  Word is getting out about our amazing Church and Preschool Program.  Reminder ~ a $45 supply fee will hold a child's spot for Fall.  3 year olds will attend on Tuesday/Thursday from 9-11:30am and the 4/5 year olds will attend on M/W/F from 9-11:30am.  Spread the word!  And make sure to follow us on Facebook at:  St. Peter Lutheran Preschool - Florida

May is filled with more fun weekly themes, learning new numbers, a visit with Ms Barb from the Napoleon Public Library, Graduation pictures and finally our Graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 24th at 7pm.  Our last day of school is Friday, May 25th.  

Thank you for another AMAZING year at St. Peter Preschool.  I am blessed to be your teacher!  

In God's Blessings, 

Mrs. Rees


Making a difference, one knot at a time.

   Making a difference, one knot at a time...

      Once a month a few of our church members gather together for fellowship in order to help those in need.  We call them "The Knotters."  These ladies graciously take time out of their day knotting and crocheting.  Most of their materials are found from Goodwill, garage sales and scrap fabric from the Grain Train.  Judy Helmke and Bette Weddelman sew 10 inch blocks together before they begin the knotting process.  Their blankets have been donated to the Grain Train, Filling Home, Henry County Hospital OB, Defiance Sheriff Department and the Genacross Lutheran Services - Napoleon Campus.

     Frieda Boesling likes to sit to the side and crochet blankets for babies.  Frieda’s blankets are included in hospital care packages that are assembled for needy mothers of newborns from the Henry County Hospital.  A typical care package includes: onesie, sleeper, bib, hat, socks, burp rag, thermometer, bottle, towel, washcloth, card, sweater and blanket.  

     Our knotters donate 36x36 Binky Patrol Comforting blankets for children.  Deputies from Defiance County Sheriff Department keep a Binky Blanket in their patrol cars.  The deputies give them away to children who are ill abused or if they have experienced any type of an at the scene trauma from a car accident.  

God bless these volunteers who are making a difference!

*Donations of sheets or light weight blankets are welcome!*

Pictured below (left to right): JoAnn Arens, Ruth Block, Frieda Boesling, Lavina Boesling, Judy Helmke and Bette Weddelman  *not pictured: Sharlene Bunke

Newsletter - February

From Pastor Stuenkel’s desk:

"Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return" (Gen. 3:19) .  These are the words the Pastor speaks as he puts ashes on the face of believers on Ash Wednesday.  This year Ash Wednesday occurs on February 14th.  Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent.  Lent is a time of repentance.  During this time consider the cost Christ had to pay for your sins.  Lent is often times where people give things up.  For instance a lot of people use this time to try to quit smoking.  In the ancient church this was the time adults prepared for their Baptism which would occur on Easter Sunday. Lent for those adults was a time of instruction.  This is not unlike our confirmation classes.  During this time those ancient pastors would often preach the Old Testament in light of Jesus Christ. In spirit of this season of Lent I encourage you to read your Bible in light of the cost Christ paid on the Cross while you eagerly await the Easter Season.

Pastor Stuenkel

Lent Service Schedule

Ash Wednesday: Wednesday, February 14th 7pm

Mid Week Lenten Dinners and 7pm Services: February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21             




For the past 100 years, God has used Lutheran Hour Ministries to bring messages of hope to the downtrodden, the lonely, the lost.  Decade by decade, we have risen to challenges to proclaim the Savior.  Each milestone required a bold step of faith.  Today, with billions of souls in danger of entering eternity apart from Christ, the need to boldly proclaim the love of Christ is greater than ever.  Lutheran Hour Ministries will not rest until the Gospel is proclaimed to as many of these souls as possible, in ways they can understand. 

Prayerful and monetary support allow LHM to share the Good News with more than 71 million people each week in more than 50 nations around the world through a variety of culturally relevant outreach programs and resources.  In our area, congregations and individuals are also privileged to support broadcasts of the Lutheran Hour on Sundays. 

 February 4 has been designated as LUTHERAN HOUR SUNDAY and you are encouraged to make a special offering in envelopes provided in the Church's Narthex.  Envelopes are also available on the St. Peter Narthex bulletin board for those wishing to support broadcasts of the LH on the Napoleon radio station.

We hope you are humbled to see how God uses our talents and treasures to make His Gospel known.

Lenten Dinners

The Board of Witness, Outreach and Stewardship is planning the Lenten dinners for 2018.  Please watch future bulletins or emails for more details.

We invite everyone to join in the Lenten dinners prior to the services on Wednesday evenings, starting February 21, 2018.  If you would like to assist in preparing a meal or salad/dessert for one of the dinners, there is a sign-up sheet posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex.  Come and enjoy the dinners and the fellowship.

Easter Flowers

Easter flower order forms will be posted on the narthex bulletin board February 4th.  Please fill out your order form and place in the offering plate. (CASH ONLY). Your order must be received by March 4th. Questions: Contact Deb Oberhaus 



St. Peter LWML will be packing  COLLEGE CARE PACKETS  at their meeting on February 13th at 1:30pm.  Snacks, treats, personal items, pens, pencils, currency and change are suggested.  There will be 5 packets sent. ( two girls, two boys and our Seminarian and his family)  If you care to assist with this project, please place your gifts in the box on the table in the Narthex. 

Officers for the 2018 year are as follows: President - Sharlene Bunke, Vice President - Alice Knepley, Secretary - JoAnn Arens, Treasurer - Bette Weddelman

Chili Cook Off

Our Chili Cook Off will be held February 11, 2018.  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!  If you plan to make chili, contact Bette Weddelman or Deb Oberhaus.  A sign up sheet is posted in the Narthex bulletin board if you plan to attend.


Greetings from Preschool!

 Welcome to 2018 and the second half of our school year!  Time is sure flying by and we're having a fantastic time in school. 

Despite missing some school days this month due to weather, we've caught up and hoping we don't miss anymore.  The weather in NW Ohio is sure unpredictable! 

This month we've had some fun enjoying winter themes and talking about our good health.  We even made our own snowmen out of marshmallows!  Since this month isn't time we can always enjoy outside, we had a pajama & movie day ~ showing the movie "The Good Dinosaur."  We've worked on the letters N, O and P.   We also have new centers, more activities out during "center time," and Mrs. Rees is working on mid year assessments before conferences in March.  

Upcoming events include:  Ground Hogs Day, Valentine's Day party, visit from the dentist, Ms. Barb's monthly library visits, Dr. Seuss's birthday activities, conferences, Easter, 2nd annual St. Jude Trike-A-Thon, firefighter Kyle visits again, poison prevention week and graduation in May.  We're excited!! 

Please keep an eye out in the preschool hallway for our "All About Me" posters that we'll be starting soon ~ the students enjoy doing these and talking about their family and favorite things.   

As always, feel free to visit us anytime!  We love Preschool!  In God's Blessings,  Mrs. Rees


Christmas Eve Highlights

Many thanks to our wonderful Sunday School teachers and children for putting on a beautiful Christmas Eve Service.  Our topic of the day was how God loves us dearly!  Thank you Andy and Emilie Parsons for capturing these precious moments.       

Newsletter - January

From the Pastor’s desk


Its 2018, Happy New Year! It is a new year, and that somebody, somewhere is probably claiming this is the year Christ comes back. In 1999 and in 2012 everyone was predicting the world would end. In those years, they could not have been more wrong. So how should we Christians handle predications about the end of the world? We should be highly skeptical of such predications. The Bible clearly teaches no one knows. Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:36 "But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only” (ESV). If the angels in Heaven do not know when the second coming will be, how in the world do ordinary people? The truth is they do not know when the world will end, and neither does anyone else. Yet, just like any year, this could be the year of Christ’s Second Coming. For Jesus’ coming will be like a thief in the night. For that reason we await his coming with repentant hearts. Not like a cop waiting for a criminal but like a bride awaits for the coming of her bridegroom.


I hope you have a Happy New Year!

Pastor Stuenkel


It’s a new year. It’s a time when we take stock of the year past in order to improve the year to come. It’s a time when we sit down to plan and implement what we want to accomplish and even change. Part of that is planning our stewardship. Often we find this difficult and daunting and even joyless. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, it is really quite simple and full of joy. We don’t particularly struggle to give to society or family our struggles arise in giving to the church.


Your pastor is the one called to preach the Gospel to you and administer the Lord’s blessed sacraments to you. Your congregation is the place where those things happen. Thus, when God calls us to give to the church, He has the local congregation in mind.  How much do we give to the local congregation? Our only instructions are these: to give regularly, proportionally and generously of our first fruits with a spirit of eagerness, earnestness, cheerfulness, and love.  We give regularly keeping in mind our own strengths, weaknesses, and limitations.


It’s that easy. And it is joyful. For in stewardship, our gracious and giving Lord invites us to take part in the work that He accomplishes here on earth, providing for the ongoing preaching of the gospel as well as those who are in need. Taking part in that makes all our work holy – work that is done in service to the Lord as priestly members of His kingdom.

An LCMS Stewardship Article


St Peter Council

President – Tom Meyer

Vice President – Tim Buchhop

Recording Secretary – Nancy Conrad

Board of Trustees – Ben Weddelman, Marty Helmke, Mark Oberhaus

Board of Elders – Dave Conrad & 1 Vacant

Treasurer – Jon Block

Financial Secretary – Judy Meyer

Board of Witness, Outreach & Stewardship –

Bette Weddelman, Deb Oberhaus


Building Improvement Fund Treasurer – Judy Meyer

Sunday School Superintendent – Vacant

Financial Review Committee – Dave Conrad

Marvin Michaelis, JoAnn Arens

Endowment Fund  Committee – Ruth Block, Steve Franz, Nancy Michaelis, Larry Retcher, Jim Meyer


Ushers -  Josh Scanes, Tony Mullett, Bethany Mathers, Rollen Zachrich, Pam Jones, Steve Franz, Cole Watson

Christmas Committee – Brad & Kristen Leaders

Morning Meditations Representative – Ruth Block

LLL Representatives – Steve Franz, Jim Meyer

Circuit Forum Representative – Tom Meyer

Filling Home of Mercy Delegate – Jim Meyer




Thank you to everyone in both churches that helped to make the Christmas Season a wonderful experience!

The Sunday School Staff, Children, Choirs and Musicians for the beautiful performances on Christmas Eve.

The Decorating Committees and those that donated Poinsettias to beautify the Churches.


Greetings from Preschool!

We had a wonderful and busy December in Preschool.   Most importantly we celebrated the wonderful time of year and the meaning of Christmas.   We had our monthly visit with Ms Barb from the Napoleon Public Library, a visit from Santa, made Christmas gifts for our parents and had our Christmas party.   Since the temps didn’t allow us to go outside - we brought snow INSIDE the classroom!   So much fun!  Pastor visits our classroom every Friday and shares a bible lesson with us - we always look forward to that.

December we also had our annual Cookie Walk.  Thank you to everyone who baked and/or purchased baked goods.  It was another huge success.   Thanks so much!


Newsletter - December

From Pastor’s desk

We all know that Christmas is the 25th of December. I doubt many of us think about what saint is remembered on December 26th.  That day is the lesser festival where we remember Stephan the Deacon. He was not only a deacon, but the first martyr of the church.  This means he paid the ultimate price for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ (See Acts 7).  Of course Christmas is a time of celebrating God’s gracious gift to us. That gift being His Son, who would go on to pay the debt for the sins of the whole world.  That Son also calls on us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him (See Mark 8:34). For some Christians that cross might be paying the ultimate price for sharing the gospel. Christians today are still being martyred. So this Christmas be thankful for the good things we have, but remember to pray for those who are still being persecuted for the faith.

Pastor Jacob Stuenkel


Christmas Services

December 24th – Christmas Eve

8:30am St Paul Sunday Worship Service

10:00 St Peter Children’s Christmas Program Service

6:30pm St Paul Children’s Christmas Program Service


December 25th – Christmas Day

8:30am St Paul Communion Worship Service

10:00am St Peter Communion Worship Service


St Peter – Endowment Fund

The Endowment Fund is now taking applications until the end of the year for projects.  See the narthex bulletin board for more information.  Endowment Committee:  Larry Retcher, Meta Walter, Ruth Block, Steve Franz, Nancy Michaelis.


St Peter Congregational Christmas Dinner

All members of the church are invited to attend the Congregational Christmas Potluck to be held, Sunday, December 3rd following the service.  Bring a potluck dish and share in the fellowship of the Christmas Season!



Henry County Christmas Cheer

St Peter - The list of items for Christmas Cheer is posted on the bulletin board. If you are unable to attend the Christmas Potluck and would like to donate items, a marked box will be in the cry room for those items, through December 3rd. Thanks so much!!



St Peter - Project We Care

The collection will go till December 3rd.  A collection basket will is marked and placed in the narthex. We will purchase items for a family in need, this may be the only gifts they receive for Christmas.  They will receive an invitation to join us at our Christmas Services, a Nativity, articles of clothing, a game/toy depending on ages etc. Christ is the Reason for the Season and showing we care and want to share Christ with them is the BEST! Questions ask Nancy H., Bette W. or Deb O.


St Peter’s LWML NEWS

The 2017-18 School Year Adopted Seminarian for St. Peter LWML is JUSTIN MASON, a fourth year student at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne.

He and his wife Stephanie and their two daughters, Maria and Anastasia, live in  Fort Wayne, IN.  They have been invited to attend our Christmas dinner.  He is a northeast Ohio native, having attended the University of Akron and served as a musician and college music professor prior to coming to the Seminary in 2014.  He has acknowledged with thanks the monthly payment of $40 from our LWML unit since the beginning of the school year.



Annual Preschool Cookie Walk

Saturday, December 9th, 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 9th. 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 Chart

 The 2018 Flower Chart has been posted in the Narthex.  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. 



Area Youth Come Together to Help Hurricane Victims


The youth groups of St. John Lutheran - Stryker (6 & 66), St. Peter Lutheran, and St. Paul-Flatrock came together on Wednesday, November 1 to assemble relief aid packages for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. Twenty-six youth from the area churches put together personal hygiene kits, wound care kits, and baby care kits. Approximately one thousand dollars worth of supplies including: combs, towels, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and many more items. The care packages will be sent to H.A.R.P. in Caldwell, Ohio , and will then be shipped to Miami, Florida. From there they will be sent to Puerto Rico around November 9. This aid is greatly appreciated because about 80% of all disaster relief aid comes from Christian organizations.

We would like to thank the following for their support: Orphan Grain Train, Emilie’s Photo Designs, Thrivent Financial, Henry County Bank, Dental Excellence of Napoleon, and other private donors.


Newsletter - November


Pastor's Thoughts

November 1st is for most people just another day. In the Christian world this day is All Saints Day. All Saints Day is the day we celebrate those believers who have come before us. When celebrating this day it is appropriate to remind ourselves where these faithful are now.  They are in the presence of God himself. As Revelation 7:4 so beautiful puts it “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” This verse also reminds us how it is possible the saints are with God. Not only that, but why they are saints at all. The reason is because of Christ and his atoning sacrifice. So in the spirit of All Saints Day I encourage you to meditate on the words spoken in the preface in the Service of the Sacrament. When the Pastor says, “Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven…”ask yourself who does that include? The Company of heaven includes all the saints who are with Christ now. When you participate in communion you are with that company, and that is a truly wonder thing. In this we can also remember that we too one day will join this company.

We will be in the presence of God, we will have our robes made white in the blood of the Lamb. And we too will “celebrate the marriage feast of the Lamb in His Kingdom which has no end; through Jesus Christ… who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever” Amen.

So I hope you have a blessed All Saints Day.

Rev. Jacob Stuenkel

YOUTH GROUP OUTREACH - the youth at St. Peter is hosting a gathering to include youth from St. Paul Flatrock and St. John Stryker (6&66).   This will be held 7pm, November 1.  We will be assembling hygiene kits for hurricane victims.    We look forward to the fellowship with old and new friends as we help with this important project.

St Peter – Christmas Poinsettias


Poinsettia order forms are posted on the narthex bulletin board.  Orders must be in no later than November 12th. 

Please place orders in the offering plate.

Questions?? Contact Deb Oberhaus # 419-762-5397. Thank You!


THANK YOU to St. Peter Lutheran church for sponsoring the Red Cross blood drive and the use of the building. Thank you also to all of the volunteers and donors. We were able to collect 28 units. Thanks again for supporting the American Red Cross.

Greetings from Preschool!

We had a very busy and fun month of October!  Our highlights included:  a walking trip to the Florida Public Library, Leader's Farm field trip, Pisanello's Pizza fundraiser, visit from Kyle Richards with the Florida/Flatrock fire department and our Halloween party!

Thank you to everyone who bought, sold and helped make the pizzas for our Pisanello's Pizza fundraiser!  Very much appreciated.  Special thanks to Bette Weddelman, Ruth Block, Sharlene Bunke, Pam Jones, Sherry Krueger, Alice Knepley, Andy Parsons, the Weber Family and my husband, Brian, for making 272 pizzas on Saturday, October 21st!  We made them in 1 1/2 hours and raised $1,360 for St. Peter Preschool!

November will be another great month in Preschool.  We will focus on Praise & Thanksgiving. Our themes will include:  Turkeys, Thanksgiving and Teddy Bears.  Our letters will be I, J and K.  We will not have school the week of November 20th.  My family and I are driving to Austin, Texas to spend the week with my sister and her family for the holiday.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.  In God' Blessings, Mrs. Rees 


St Peter’s Congregational Christmas Potluck date is December 3rd.  Planning committee dates will be in the November bulletins. Needed: Volunteers! Looking forward to seeing You at the meetings!!


Sunday School Fun

Pam Jones' Sunday School class made King Solomon's temple out of stone, cedar, and juniper today. Ok it was actually marshmallows, graham crackers and pretzels, with chocolate frosting for mortar. Mmmmm

Of course, some of our laborers didn't get it all built before it was destroyed!

Newsletter - October

From Pastor Stuenkel’s Desk

I am sure when many people think of October they think of October 31st which is known the world over as Halloween. Many will look forward to dressing up in costumes this year or taking their children around to get candy. This day was originally called All Hallows Eve. This is because it is the Eve of All Saints Day. For Lutherans, All Hallows Eve is remembered for what Martin Luther did and we now celebrate as Reformation Day. This is the day we celebrate Luther and his writing of the Ninety-Five Theses. This document and other writings of Luther would go on to change the world. Luther through his writings challenged many Catholic beliefs. These included their beliefs on Purgatory, indulgences, and one’s ability to earn their own salvation. We celebrate this day both Martin Luther and his rediscovery of the Gospel and this year we celebrate its 500th anniversary. The Gospel truth that man is justified by Christ alone and His saving work. As Ephesians 2:8 puts it, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God”

In this year especially, I hope we all can celebrate Luther’s faithful preaching of this Text and others that teach our Salvation is by Christ alone, and not because of our works.



Reformation Celebration Potluck

Please join in celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at the Congregational Potluck to be held after the church service on Sunday, October 29th. A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board in the narthex. A special “German” theme is being planned for this potluck. What does that mean? When you sign up, you are asked to list what German dish you will be bringing, and how many will be attending. If you do not have a recipe, there will be German recipes posted on the bulletin board that may interest you to try. The committee asks that if you take a recipe, that you would please make that recipe for the potluck. Supplied that day will be hotdogs/brats/buns/drinks/ and table service. Some suggestions for potluck dishes could be: German potato salad, red cabbage, German sauerkraut, German noodles, German coffee cake.  Any questions please contact Nancy Conrad, Ruth Block, Nancy Michaelis or Helen Norden, Meal Committee.

St Peter Preschool annual pizza fundraiser!

Money raised helps support the preschool. Pizzas are $8 each; 12" deli style; pepperoni, cheese or sausage

Order forms will be available in Church on the following Sunday's: 10/1 and 10/8

Money is due at time of order. Pizzas will be available to pick up at church on Sunday 10/22.  

Thank you! Julie Rees, Teacher/Director



The LWML Defiance Zone Workshop

The Workshop is to be held on Sunday October 15th at 1pm at Zion Lutheran Church, Edgerton. The workshop project will be: Treatment Care Kits – kits with comfort items assembled for patients to use while receiving treatment for cancer or other diseases. The aim of the workshop is to assemble 16 kits. This would be enough for each church in the Zone to have 2 kits available for giving to anyone in need of them.


Workers Needed

St Peter Trustees are taking bids for church cleaning and church maintenance for 2018.  Please have your bid in by October voters’ meeting.  Contact Marty Helmke, Roger Jones or Ben Weddelman if you have any questions.

Lutheran Women in Mission

LWML Sunday – Celebrate Lutheran Women in Mission. A special worship service is planned for Sunday, October 8th to celebrate all that God has done through the LWML. The author of this service, Dr. Lawrence Rast writes “Building on God’s Promises” and we know this is our time to be distinctly Lutheran. Since 1942, the LWML has affirmed each woman’s identity as a child of God and her relationship with Jesus Christ, encouraging an equipping Christian women to live out their lives in active mission ministries, and to support missions around the world through their sacrificial gifts of mites, tithes, offerings and tireless service. Now is our time to “Be Ready to Confess! Faithfully and boldly of Christ’s redemptive work for us and for all the world.”

The St Peter ladies have prepared a display in the church narthex of their current mission projects and invite everyone to view this evidence of Lutheran Women in Mission. Mite Box Sunday at St Peter is evidence that our congregation is willing to share with gifts of love for the projects that are funded by MITES.

The St Paul ladies and church members are faithfully providing items of everyday needs by collecting items on a monthly basis, including clothing, food, etc. for the seminarians and their families at the Fort Wayne Seminary and delivering the same to them.  They also support the Women’s Resource Center by having a baby shower and collecting baby items and diapers.

Be assured that the recipients of our gifts are most thankful and conclude their acknowledgments with their request to PLEASE PRAY FOR US AND OUR FAMILIES.


The LWML Defiance Zone Workshop

The Workshop is to be held on Sunday October 15th at 1pm at Zion Lutheran Church, Edgerton. The workshop project will be: Treatment Care Kits – kits with comfort items assembled for patients to use while receiving treatment for cancer or other diseases. The aim of the workshop is to assemble 16 kits. This would be enough for each church in the Zone to have 2 kits available for giving to anyone in need of them.

Greetings from Preschool!

We have had a wonderful first month of preschool for the 2017-2018 school year!  We spent the first couple weeks getting to know each other and learn the rules of the classroom.  

Just like last year, Ms. Barb of the Napoleon Public Library is coming to our classroom once a month to read to us, the children absolutely love it.  In October, we get the opportunity to go see Ms. Barb at the Florida Public Library instead!  We will walk down the road and have an adventure on the way!

Every Friday we are blessed to have Pastor Stuenkel visit the classroom and share God's word with us.  The children have enjoyed having him visit us each week.

Each month we also have show-n-tell, Scholastic Book orders available, weekly letters, weekly themes and usually a visitor or two come see us!  In October ~ Kyle Richards of the Florida/Flatrock Fire Department will visit us and talk about fire safety!  In October, we will also be taking our one and only destination field trip ~ to the wonderful Leaders Family Farm!

The Preschool is currently in full swing of our annual Pisanello's Pizza fundraiser ~ your choice of a 12" deli style pizza in either cheese, pepperoni or sausage.  These pizzas are fantastic and can be frozen.  Myself, preschool families and the preschool committee will be making these pizzas on Saturday, October 21st in Liberty Center at 10am.   Each pizza is $8 and all proceeds go to the preschool ~ your support in this fundraiser is greatly appreciated!  Pizzas will be available for pick-up at church on Sunday, October 22nd.  Please see order forms in the narthex ~ money is due at time of order and checks can be made out to St. Peter Preschool.

October will be just as busy and just as fun in Preschool!  Looking forward to the Fall season, Halloween and learning about Fire Safety.   WE LOVE OUR PRESCHOOL!  

In God's Blessings,

Mrs. Rees