Newsletter - Sept 2017

This month was always my least favorite month of the year. For one thing, at the beginning of the month we would close down our pool. It was also the month where school started. As a child I hated school. I imagine a few kids and teachers are already missing summer.

I often think about why I hated school. For one thing I never got paid, so I always just saw it as a hassle. I should instead have seen it as a vocation.

Vocations are roles that God has put us into for the purpose of serving our fellow neighbors. Obviously we can see a parent or teacher as having vocations. They often have to help children. Martin Luther also says being a child or a student are being vocations. In the small catechisms table of duties there are duties or responsibilities for both youth and students.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and your mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—“that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Eph. 6:1–3

Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:5–6

-Pastor Stuenkel

Sunday School Begins on September 10th!

St Peter Sunday School will begin at 9:00 a.m.

We are asking everyone in the congregation to help out the Sunday School. We are in need of teachers, so please consider teaching a class; either for the whole year, or maybe team teach by the month. If teaching is not for you maybe help as a class aid. Our children’s Christian Education is important – please let us know if you can help.


Catechism Schedule for the 2017-2018 School Year

Wednesdays – 6:30 p.m.

September 13th, 20th, 27th @ St Peter

October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th @ St Paul

November 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th @ St Peter

December 6th, 13th @ St Paul

January 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th 31st @ St Paul

February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th @ St Peter

March 7th, 14th, 21st @ St Peter

Confirmation Sunday is March 25th

Parents – Please attend the first Catechism Class on September 13th for an informational meeting.

(Note – Ash Wed is Feb 14th Class Starting time will change to 6 p.m. for the remainder of the year)


LADIES, did you remember to mark your calendars for SEPTEMBER 16?   All women of the St. Paul and St. Peter congregations are invited to come to St. John Lutheran Church at Routes 6 & 66 for a Retreat program commencing at 8:30 AM.  Early morning refreshments are provided as well as a luncheon at noon AND a special program entitled "WE ARE GOD'S HANDIWORK" presented by Diana Schnack of Columbus, Ohio.  She is an inspirational and humorist presenter and well recommended by LWML ladies who have heard her speak. Her program will be given in three separate sessions.  The registration fee is $12 for the entire event which will conclude around 2 PM that day.  Registration forms are available at each church and need to be sent to Lavina Boesling, 30260 Jewell Rd, Defiance, 43512 by September 9.  Be sure to bring your Bible.  A special offering will be taken for Anna the comfort dog at Trinity, Toledo as well as for MITES.


St Peter Special Reformation Service

Pastor and Becky Buchhop are working on a special service for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The Meal Committee of Ruth Block, Nancy Conrad, Nancy Michaelis and Helen Norden are also working on the details of the Special Potluck. The service will be October 29th with a German Potluck Meal to follow. If you have a favorite German recipe please share it with the committee. More information will be coming.

St Peter’s Ice Cream Social

Thank You to everyone who helped to make the Ice Cream Social at St. Peter Lutheran Church a success again this year.  This event could not take place without the help of all working together on the planning, working at the social and also attending the social.

Thanks to all the support, we are able to send $2041.37 to Concordia Seminary, Ft. Wayne to help lighten the financial responsibility of the students attending the seminary.  God Bless each of You!



St. Peter Lutheran Church

October  25, 2017

1:00 to 7:00 PM