PASTOR'S PAGE.........OCTOBER 2020
Last month I pointed out several passages of the Psalms that told about historic times and important events. This month I would like to point out several important and memorable sayings from the Proverbs.
The Proverbs give guidance about everyday situations, family affairs, morality, and business dealings.
The purpose of the Book of Proverbs is outlined in the opening verses:
Proverbs 1:1–3 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity.
The first stage in gaining wisdom is essential.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The rewards of wisdom follow automatically.
Proverbs 2:6–8 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.
But living an upright and blameless life requires discipline and self-control.
Proverbs 3:11–12 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.
Promiscuity leads to heartache…
Proverbs 5:3–4 For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
While marital fidelity leads to lasting joy.
Proverbs 5:18 Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
More wise sayings from Solomon:
Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
Proverbs 10:23 Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool, but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.
Honesty in the Market Place
Many of the proverbs were written to address the practicalities of everyday life in the cities of Israel. A number of the sayings reflect the need for hard work and honesty in the commercial life of a trading nation:
Proverbs 10:4 A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
Proverbs 10:9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
Several of the proverbs encourage sensible trading and farming practices.
Proverbs 11:26 The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
Proverbs 12:10 Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
One wise saying warns of a widespread abuse that was not finally resolved until the standardization of weights and measures in the nineteenth century AD.
Proverbs 11:1 A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is his delight.
The Ways of the LORD
Many of the proverbs reflect the author’s concern that people should follow the ways of the LORD– the God of Israel.
Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
Proverbs 15:17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it.
Proverbs 15:27 Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.
Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
Worship is deemed to be worthless unless it is accompanied by a righteous life.
Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.
Honesty and integrity, however, bring their own rewards.
Proverbs 16:7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 16:31 Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.
Quarrelling, Drinking & Gossiping
Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.
Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
Proverbs 20:19 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.
Proverbs 21:13 Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.
Proverbs 22:1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
The sayings in the Proverbs can be very good guides for living. Many of them are just plain common sense. And sometimes the way they are stated can give us a good laugh. One could also find many proverb like sayings in the New Testament. I hope that you have enjoyed these.
In Christ, Pastor Wagner
First Trinity Lutheran Church Council Meeting Minutes - September 8, 2020
Meeting was called to order by church President James Hahn. Pastor Wagner gave an opening devotion with a reading from Galatians chapter 3. Minutes of the August council meeting were approved as read.
Russell Behrends presented the Financial Secretary reports. The Treasurer report was provided by Ron Malchow. Income for August was $9,036.75, expenses $11,733.06, with an ending balance of $50,420.66. Motion was made to accept financial reports by Dean Damme. Seconded by Allen Pfingsten. Motion carried. (see reports)
Elders’ Report – Allen Pfingsten
· Next month’s meeting will be October 13th with the Elders meeting at 7:30 pm and Council at 8:30 pm.
· The October Voters’ meeting will be October 18th after church.
· Sunday School starts this coming Sunday.
· The Elders have started a pros & cons list for the dual parish inquiry.
Pastor’s Report – Pastor Timothy Wagner · No report.
Trustee’s Report - not present · No report.
Stewardship / Board of Education – not present
· Pastor reported that mid-week class has started this last week and Sunday School will start this coming week. Sunday School will have two grade levels. One being the high school youth and the other will be 4 year old through 3rd grade. Cynthia is trying to get a pool of teachers to teach the younger grade with each teaching one Sunday per month.
Cemetery Sexton – Walt Neumann
· Received interest of $13.16 from one CD.
· A hole for the ashes of Carl Wollenburg has been dug. They were given a check of $150 for digging the hole which will go into the cemetery fund.
· Walt has received a comment from Michael Wells about the raised plots and his lack of ability to mow them. He has to use a string trimmer so we can expect the bid to increase next year.
· Russ Behrends gave some preliminary numbers of costs for the cemetery parking slabs. For a concrete slab 26 x 28 feet or 729 square feet which would be large enough to park two vehicles the quotes was $4,004 from Goosen Construction and $5,375 from Building Tech. If we went with a 36 x 44 feet concrete slab to park 3 vehicles on an angle the cost would be $8,712 from Goosen Construction and $9,750 from Building Tech. The cost of the culvert replacement and dirt is not included in these quotes.
New Business - none.
Motion to adjourn by Allen Pfingsten. Seconded by Dean Damme. Motion carried. Meeting was closed with the Lord’s Prayer.
Members present include: Pastor Wagner, Allen Pfingsten, Russell Behrends, Walt Neumann, James Hahn, and Dean Damme.
Submitted by Elder Dean Damme.
Registered Visitors at First Trinity for August/September 2020
(Visitors who filled out cards.)
Aug 30 Norbert Meyer – Beatrice, NE
Sept 6 Tami Adam – Omaha, NE; Dianna Bannister – Omaha, NE; Norbert Meyer – Beatrice, NE
Sept 13 Joel Barnard – Kansas City, KS; Michael/Sherry Burger – Davenport, NE; Norbert Meyer – Beatrice, NE
Sept 20 Sarah Campbell – North Platte, NE; Norbert Meyer – Beatrice, NE
Church Offering Income for the Month of August: $9,036.75
THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER
Sarah Genrich 1 Joyce Belding 18
Joann Niemeier 4 Brent Niemeier 22
Oliver Nickel 5 Jesse Wagner 22
Leonard Burger 10 Julie Schleufer 23
Tami Schmidt 13 Shirly Brown 25
Jane Bartlett 18 Trevor Johnson 26
THOSE CELEBRATING BAPTISMAL BIRTHDAYS IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER
Ronald Malchow 3 Mark McAllister 17
Jamie Brandt 6 Carol Ossowski 17
Todd Niemeier 6 Sharon Adam 27
Dean Damme 8 Leonard Burger 29
Dwight Holtmeier 16
THOSE CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARIES IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER
Fred/Virginia Swartz 11
Eric*/Kelly Eyer 12
Dean/Stacy Damme 14
Lee/Anissa* Beethe 19
Dana/Julie Schleufer 19
*If your birthday, baptismal birthday, or anniversary date is missing from our lists, please contact the church office so we can include it next year.
LWML NE South District Beatrice Zone Fall Rally: Ladies you've attended before and wish you had the time to go again OR you have never attended and are curious what happens during those two days, but don't want to travel or stay in a hotel? Wondered why others are so excited to go? Wondered how you could laugh so hard you would be crying (pastors included). Well, wonder no more.
The 2020 LWML NE South District Convention is being held virtually. Meaning you can join in the festivities from the comfort of your own home or you can plan now to join others in person on Saturday, October 24th from 9:00am – 3:00pm at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Beatrice for the Beatrice Zone Fall Rally. Join us as we provide the convention for you. Come experience why so many are eager to attend. Save the date now. Lunch will be provided. All those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by October 19th to the church office. This will allow for proper set-up with in the DHM guidelines and so that lunches can be ordered.
Gifts from the Heart will be collected Donated to Orphan Grain Train:
† baby wipes
† NEW socks and underwear (for all ages and sizes)
† diapers (all sizes specially sizes 3, 4, and 5)
† Walmart or Visa gift cards ($10-$100 increments).