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