Pastor Martin Doering, although officially retired, has been serving our congregation on a part-time basis for the past three years. But now that his wife, Sandy, has retired from Concordia University they are moving closer to their family in Texas. At the 9:00 service on the 27th Pastor delivered his final sermon to us. We knew for over a year that this date was coming, but it is a sad day for us just the same. We are thankful for the service the Doerings have rendered to the Lord and His Church during their 50 years together. The members of St. Paul have been richly blessed by the fellowship we have had with them both and are extremely grateful for the pastoral service provided with such grace. May God continue to richly bless them both in this new period of their life.
Several retired pastors who live in the area are presently delivering the Sunday morning sermons and assisting Pastor Zarate with other pastoral duties. Our call committee is continuing to address the calling process for a full-time pastor for the English speaking part of our congregation. Your prayers are desired for them, and for our congregation as a whole.
We continue to ease restrictions related to state safety guidelines. We no longer are restricted by the number of people who can attend, nor are we taking temperatures. Masks are still required.
During the service, we are passing the peace with a wave. Like other changes, this is done to limit physical direct contact with sisters and brothers in Christ.
After worship a simplified coffee hour is available in the fellowship hall for those who choose to attend.
BIBLE CLASS follows the coffee time, from 10:30 to 11:00.
GOD WILLING, WE WILL HAVE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR GATHERING SOON.