5th Sunday after the Epiphany: Sunday, Feb. 9

Songs/Hymns for the Day

5th Sunday after the Epiphany

  8:30am Contemporary Service

“Amazing Grace” (My Chains are Gone)


“Grace Flows Down”

“This is Amazing Grace”

11:00am Traditional Service

Divine Service I, page 151

#905 “Come, Thou Almighty King”

#566 “By Grace I’m Saved”

#550 “Lamb of God”

#543 “What Wondrous Love Is This”

#565 “Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ”


Collect of the Day

O Lord, keep Your family the Church continually in the true faith that, relying on the hope of Your heavenly grace, we may ever be defended by Your mighty power; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Old Testament Lesson                                                                 Esther 7:1-10

P  The Old Testament Lesson is from Esther the seventh chapter.

1So the king and Haman went in to feast with Queen Esther. 2And on the second day, as they were drinking wine after the feast, the king again said to Esther, “What is your wish, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled.” 3Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be granted me for my wish, and my people for my request. 4For we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. If we had been sold merely as slaves, men and women, I would have been silent, for our affliction is not to be compared with the loss to the king.” 5Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, who has dared to do this?” 6And Esther said, “A foe and enemy! This wicked Haman!” Then Haman was terrified before the king and the queen.

7And the king arose in his wrath from the wine-drinking and went into the palace garden, but Haman stayed to beg for his life from Queen Esther, for he saw that harm was determined against him by the king. 8And the king returned from the palace garden to the place where they were drinking wine, as Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was. And the king said, “Will he even assault the queen in my presence, in my own house?” As the word left the mouth of the king, they covered Haman’s face. 9Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs in attendance on the king, said, “Moreover, the gallows that Haman has prepared for Mordecai, whose word saved the king, is standing at Haman’s house, fifty cubits high.” 10And the king said, “Hang him on that.” So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the wrath of the king abated.

P   This is the Word of the Lord.

C   Thanks be to God.

Epistle Lesson                                                                                 1 Corinthians 2:1-5                                                                                                                                                                                      P The Epistle Lesson is from 1 Corinthians the second chapter.

1And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

P   This is the Word of the Lord.

C   Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel                                                                                  John 1:14-17

P   The Holy Gospel according to John the first chapter.

C   Glory to You, O Lord.

14And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15(John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

P   This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C   Praise to You, O Christ.

SERVING: Ushers:   Greg Blust, Lorna Kaspala,

Wayne Volk, Jaron Hembroff (Early)

Deb Olson, Peter Pietila,

Marilynn Dewald, Suzanne Dewald (Late)

Elders:      Jim Hewett (Early)

John Pemberton, Dale Dewald (Late)

Acolytes: Jordan Chrestensen, Bob Cooke (Early)

Erik Wanhala, Isabellah Hietala (Late)

Lay Reader: Marilynn Dewald

Greeters: Doug & Joan Hembroff (Early)

Roger & Janet Turpening (Late)

TO ALL VISITORS ATTENDING WORSHIP THIS MORNING:  We are thankful that youare worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus with us.  Part of worshiping our Lord is bringing our financial gifts in the form of offerings to support the ministry of Christ’s church.  As our guest today, please do not feel obligated to give an offering.  We are just thankful that you are here and hope you will continue to worship with us. Want to give your offerings online? Go to www.copperluth.org/give.

 HOLY COMMUNION: In preparation to receive the Lord’s Supper, please ask yourself these questions: Have I confessed and repented of my sins? Do I believe that in this Sacrament I am receiving the actual body and blood of Christ, under the bread and wine, into my mouth, for the forgiveness of my sins? Do I share the confession and wish to participate in the unity of this congregation? Will I, with the Lord’s help, amend my sinful life? If you answer, “yes” to all of these questions, please join us for this blessed gift from God for our forgiveness. If you need a gluten free wafer, please ask the pastor when you are kneeling at the rail.

Notes and News


Sunday          8:30 AM    Contemporary Svc.

10:00 AM  Education Classes

11:00 AM  Traditional Svc., w/comm.

Monday        7:30 AM   Early Learning Center

5:00 PM  Ministry Council

Tuesday        7:30 AM   Early Learning Center

7:30 AM Men’s Bible Study

10:30 AM  Women’s Bible Study

6:00 PM  Guiding Good Choices

Wednesday   7:30 AM   Early Learning Center

9:00 AM Parents Day Out

4:00 PM  Confirmation Class

4:30PM  Pietila Home Bible Study

5:00 PM  Praise Team Rehearsal

6:30 PM  Adult Choir

Thursday      7:30 AM    Early Learning Center

6:00 PM   Bd. of Directors

Friday           7:30 AM   Early Learning Center

Saturday                       CSM/Luging

Next Sunday  8:30 AM   Contemporary Svc., w/comm.

10:00 AM Education Classes

11:00 AM Traditional Svc.

6:00 PM CSM Student Supper

Pray this week for:

Submit a Prayer: www.copperluth.org/prayer-request

Cancer: Julia Munson, Nancy Pintar, Elaine Monette, Julie Sutinen,

Jim, Rick Williams, Jerry Dummann, John DePuydt

Other Prayers: Jen DePuydt, Pastor Paul, Nancy Smith, Gail Ross

Missionary of the Month: Britt Odemba, Kenya

MISSED A SERVICE?  Watch archive sermons at www.copperluth.org/sermon-archive.

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Voters’ Meeting: February 23rd @10am: Please join us for an exciting voters’ meeting on February 23rd @10am in the multi-purpose room. We will hear from the Associate Pastor Call Committee who they are recommending we extend a call to. We will ask the voters at this meeting to vote on their recommendation. At the end of the meeting there will also be an update on our intentions to drastically reduce our mortgage.

 Yearly Statements:  Your contribution statements for the year have been put in your mailboxes located in the entrance of the church.  If you have any questions regarding your statement, please phone the church office at 482.4750.

Dorcas Society/LWML –  Will meet on Tuesday, 2-18-20, at 6:30 p.m.  In addition to the business portion of the meeting, we will hear from Maura Leinonen.  She will share their experience conducting a LAMP VBS last July at Tadoule Lake, Manitoba.  Their family has gone there for several years now and they always have something new to share about what God has in store for them, as they tell the young ones about Jesus.  The Dorcas Society is glad to help them by providing gift bags for the mothers of the children in the VBS and with funds toward snacks, which are costly at that location.  We invite all the ladies to join us that evening and at all of our events, which are done to the glory of God!  Contact Jean Pemberton (487-9412) for more information.

Will You Be My Valentine? Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate a holiday focused on love than to love your neighbor. This year for Valentine’s Day we want to provide love to a local organization that provides love and support to our community, Love Inc., with gifts they are in need of. We will be doing a supply drive starting next Sunday, February 16th and ending March 1st. The director of Love Inc created a list of needs, which you will find below, in order to best support those they serve. Please consider Love Inc. as your Valentine this year and provide a gift to this drive. If you have any questions, please contact Kerri Gilbertson at community@copperluth.org.


Toilet paper
Laundry detergent
Twin, queen bed sheets
Baking sheets
Pots and pans
Shower curtains
Trash cans


The Nominating Committee for the SS. Peter & Paul Board of Directors is soliciting names for selection to the Board of Directors.  The selected members will serve for three years beginning September 1, 2020.  You may nominate yourself or secure permission from the person you are nominating.  Consider the following qualifications:

  1. Is a member of SS. Peter & Paul and regularly participates in the worship and education life of the congregation.
  2. Undertakes personal spiritual disciplines for the development of their own faith lives.
  3. Has experience in the ministry of this congregation.
  4. Is a good communicator.
  5. Is visionary.
  6. Can effectively represent the concerns of the stewards of the congregation.
  7. Supports the Core Values of the congregation.
  8. Willing to learn and support the concepts of Policy Board Governance.

How to Nominate: Email jchreste@hotmail.com or contact any member of the Nominating Committee

Deadline:  Sunday, March 22, 2019

Board member selection:  May 2020 Voters’ Assembly meeting

Nominating Committee:  Chair Jed Chrestensen, Rob Scholie, Kristin Wanhala, and Pastor Gehrke

Commitments:  Attend monthly Board meetings and carry out tasks of the Board as needed.

Recommendation:  Be comfortable using computers and willing to use/learn to use the Church Community Builder program.

What Do Board Members Do?  They engage in forward-thinking activities such as vision development and budget approval.  They also conduct congregational meetings, listen to ideas and concerns of the congregation, provide financial oversight, and develop and monitor policy.

“Lutheran Hour” Radio Ministry, Sunday 8:30 AM, WHKB 102.3FM


Sun. 2/2 – (8:30) 142 + (11:00) 121 = 263

 Office Information:

Monday-Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm

www.copperluth.org | www.facebook.com/saintspeterandpaul

906-482-4750 | info@copperluth.org


Pastor: Aaron Gehrke; pastorgehrke@copperluth.org

Director of Youth & Campus Ministry: Marcus Huff: marcus@copperluth.org

Preschool Director/Teacher: Jaime Schuldt: preschool@copperluth.org   

Office Manager: Judy Fenske; secretary@copperluth.org

Facilities Manager: Don Kuiper; maintenance@copperluth.org

Business Manager: Jason Auel; business@copperluth.org

 Volunteer Ministry Staff:

Director of Care Ministry: Lou Ann Vitton; louann@copperluth.org

Group Life: Rob Cooke; groups@copperluth.org

Hospitality: Anne Cooke: anne@copperluth.org

Community: Kerri Gilbertson; community@copperluth.org

Children’s Ministry:   children@copperluth.org

Director of Communication: Bryant Weathers: bryant@copperluth.org


Weekly Operating Budget Need $11,108.00 
Last Week  
Offerings $     8,809.88
      Other Income $          82.00
Total $    8,891.88
Year to Date Budget Need $   55,540.00
Year to Date Actual $   52,741.41
Year to Date Difference $    (2,798.59)