Newsletter - June 2017

From Pastor's Desk:

June is really the first month where it’s summer. There are always a lot of things to celebrate in June. Schools over and vacations are starting. In June the Lutheran Church celebrates a unique day in our history. June 25 1530, The Augsburg Confession was read to the Emperor.  Charles V at the time was the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. The Augsburg Confession was written in Latin, which was the language of Scholars and Theologians. It was however translated into German, and that is what was read to the Emperor.

            This is an important day, because the Augsburg Confession is the first confession of faith coming out of the German Reformation. It was written by Philipp Melanchthon. This was the Lutheran Theologians’ way of explaining their difficulties with Rome. Here was Lutheran Doctrine being delivered to the Emperor. We should also remember that it the Augsburg Confession was signed by princes. This was German’s way of telling the Emperor that these Confessions were their Confession. And that this Confession was worth fighting for. This is not unlike how our Declaration of Independence was signed by our own Founding Fathers. The Augsburg Confession was not however meant to be seen as a Declaration of Independence. 

            On this day we should Thankful for Philipp Melanchthon’s great work. We should also be thankful for those great princes who were willing to say the Bible’s truths were worth dying for. 

Pastor Stuenkel



  St. Peter LWML invites you to join them for the Monday night Senior Buffet on Monday, June 12th  at The Barn Restaurant at Sauder Village near Archbold, commencing at 5 PM.  We have reserved the Granary Room for St. Peter members and their guests to enjoy a Dutch treat meal.  Camaraderie and fellowship are sure to greet you.  Please advise Sharlene Bunke by June 11th if you can attend.

Donations & Volunteers Welcome! Orphan Grain Train will be participating in the Historic 424 Yard Sale on June 8th & 9th (from Florida to Waterville). They will be set up in the Florida Firehouse and will be selling Plants, Bake Sale items and miscellaneous garage sale goodies as well as having a Lunch Wagon.  They are looking for donations of any items on the sale list as well as volunteers to assist on those two days.  Please see Nancy Helmke at St Peter or Cindy Cline at St Paul if you are able to help in any way with a donation or time.

Greetings from Preschool!

    Can't believe we’ve had our last week of school - what a fantastic school year its been!

    Our preschool Graduation was held on May 24th at 7pm.  The students were very excited for the ceremony and so was I!

     Thank you to everyone at St Peter for the support throughout the school year - it's been very appreciated.

     School will start for the 2017/2018 school year on Tuesday, September 5th.  We will have the 4/5 year olds on M/W/F from 9-11:30am and the 3 year olds on T/Th from 9-11:30am.  Enrollment is open, please help spread the word!

In God’s Blessings,  Mrs. Rees

Preschool Graduates

Preschool Graduates


St Peter Sunday School -

God’s Biggest Blessings are the Little Ones


We BEE-lieve!

Sunday school end of year party

We sang “The Perfect Ten” in church, as you've probably guessed it's a Ten Commandment song. All the children now know the Ten Commandments.  72 people stayed for our potluck. We started off with the preschool – first grade class leading us in prayer.  After our delicious dinner we went through what we do each week in Sunday school.  Our object lesson was about “The CREEP” who was sneaking around, sitting on shoulders and whispering in ears! Oh my, be sure to knock him off your shoulder and don't listen to what he wants you to do, but listen to Jesus! Then, we played Bible Trivia, the Busy Bees (Sunday school children) versus the Bumbly Bees (congregation). The Busy Bees won, great job kids! Better luck next time Bumbly Bees. We then invited the congregation to sing our favorite songs about what we BEE-lieve with us.

I would like to thank Dalton Krueger for being our thunder and lightning, Kristi Leaders for designing our posters and shirts and helping us sing, Jake & Addi Leaders for helping with The Creep, My wonderful teachers and subs for all their dedication and putting up with me, all of the Sunday school children for being so great, and everyone who came and supports the Sunday school program. We love you all and wouldn't have the program we do without you! But most of all, I thank God for all the blessings and guidance He has bestowed on our Sunday school program and for always being with us!

Children with perfect attendance for May were: Addi & Jake Leaders, Maddox, Irelyn & Ashlyn Mullins, Lana Culp, Emma, Rebekah & Rollen Zachrich. Great job kids and parents for getting them here!           

Looking ahead  --  Sept 10th Rally Day – Sing in church, blessing of the Backpacks and Donuts & drinks after church


God bless,  - Evie


St Peter VBS Program

“A Mighty Fortress, In Jesus the Victory Is Won!” is our VBS theme. We welcome all children ages 3-11, grades PK-5. Invite your grandkids, neighbors, and friends to join us as we travel back to medieval times to learn the word of God through lessons, crafts, snacks, music, and games. Come the entire week, June 19-23, or just a couple days if that is all that works in your schedules. It runs from 6 p.m. -8 p.m. nightly. Please RSVP to Deb Oberhaus at 419-762-5397or email by June 12th.


Also, we are in need of 30-35 empty, rinsed 2 Liter plastic bottles for a craft project. Please give to Bridgett, Dana, or Nancy Conrad. Thanks for your help!