6th Sunday after the Epiphany: Sunday, Feb. 16

Songs/Hymns for the Day

6th Sunday after the Epiphany

  8:30am Contemporary Service

“Come As You Are”

“Forever Reign”

“Lord I Need You”

“Glorious Day”

11:00am Traditional Service

Divine Service III, page 184

#904 “Blessed Jesus, at Your Word”

#658 “Preserve Your Word, O Savior”

#686 “Come, Thou Fount of Every


Choir anthem (late service): Sing a Jubilant Song Words and Music by Jim Stanton

Collect of the Day

O Lord, graciously hear the prayers of Your people that we who justly suffer the consequence of our sin may be mercifully delivered by Your goodness to the glory of Your name; 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 9:20-28

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

20And Mordecai recorded these things and sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and far, 21obliging them to keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar and also the fifteenth day of the same, year by year, 22as the days on which the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month that had been turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, days for sending gifts of food to one another and gifts to the poor.

23So the Jews accepted what they had started to do, and what Mordecai had written to them. 24For Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of all the Jews, had plotted against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur (that is, cast lots), to crush and to destroy them. 25But when it came before the king, he gave orders in writing that his evil plan that he had devised against the Jews should return on his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows. 26Therefore they called these days Purim, after the term Pur. Therefore, because of all that was written in this letter, and of what they had faced in this matter, and of what had happened to them, 27the Jews firmly obligated themselves and their offspring and all who joined them, that without fail they would keep these two days according to what was written and at the time appointed every year, 28that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, in every clan, province, and city, and that these days of Purim should never fall into disuse among the Jews, nor should the commemoration of these days cease among their descendants.

P   This is the Word of the Lord.

C   Thanks be to God.

Epistle Lesson                                                                                 1 Corinthians 3:1-9                                                                                                                                                                                      P The Epistle Lesson is from 1 Corinthians the third chapter.

1But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, 3for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? 4For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?

5What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

P   This is the Word of the Lord.

C   Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel                                                                                  Matthew 6:1-4

P   The Holy Gospel according to Matthew the sixth chapter.

C   Glory to You, O Lord.

1“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

2“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

P   This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C   Praise to You, O Christ.

SERVING: Ushers:   Dennis Hagenbuch, Jed Chrestensen,

Robert Scholie, volunteer (Early)

David & Nancie Hermanson,

Trent Daenzer, Luke Paul (Late)

Elders:      Chris Middlebrook, Dustin Scherr (Early)

Tim Stites (Late)

Acolytes: Lily Etelamaki, Samuel Roberts (Early)

Samuel Leinonen, Logan Moilanen (Late)

Lay Reader: Gene Kuiper

Greeters: Karyn Fay, Pauline Kokkonen (Early)

Jean Pemberton, Elsa Strayer (Late)

TO ALL VISITORS ATTENDING WORSHIP THIS MORNING:  We are thankful that you are 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., w/comm.

10:00 AM  Education Classes

11:00 AM  Traditional Svc., w/comm.

6:00 PM  CSM Student Supper

Monday        7:30 AM   Early Learning Center

5:00 PM  Ministry Council

6:00 PM  Bd. of Elders

Tuesday        7:30 AM   Early Learning Center

7:30 AM Men’s Bible Study

6:00 PM  Guiding Good Choices

6:30 PM  Dorcas/LWML

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/Laser Tag

Next Sunday  8:30 AM   Contemporary Svc.

10:00 AM Education Classes

11:00 AM Traditional Svc., w/comm.

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.

 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.  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.

Senior Saints – The February get-together will take place on Thursday, 2-27-20, starting at noon with lunch.  Program for the day will feature John & Sandy Giordana, who will share their trip, last September, which began in Como, Italy, to Lucerne, Switzerland, on to Basel.   We invite the Seniors in our midst to join us that day and go on a travelogue trip with us, filled with pictures and interesting stories.  Contact John or Jean Pemberton (487-9412) for further 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.

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

EASTER FLOWERS:  Anyone wishing to order Easter Flowers (Tulips, Hyacinths, Daffodils or Lilies), please sign the sheet located on the table in the narthex.  Tulips, Hyacinths, and Daffodils are $18.  Lilies are $20.  All orders must be in and paid for by March 8thFlowers that have not been paid for by March 8th will not be ordered.  Thank you.

Love Inc’s Spring Banquet will be held on April 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the Magnuson Hotel in Houghton. Tickets are $50/each. To purchase a ticket call the Love Inc Office at 906-281-9060. Tickets must be purchased prior to event. No tickets will be sold at the door. Thank You


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


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Office Information:

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

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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 $     9,868.27
      Other Income $       261.59
Total $  10,129.86
Year to Date Budget Need $   66,648.00
Year to Date Actual $   62,871.27
Year to Date Difference $    (3,776.73)