Pioneer Press

St. Paul’s Lutheran School Pioneer Press
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”  Hebrews 6:19
Phone number:  922-1080

October 7, 2021

Cleaners: October 11, 2021-October 15, 2021 (Mathwig & Fritch)

Mission Offering
Mission offering for 1st semester is going to the WELS World Mission in Ukraine (Ukranian Lutheran Church).  WELS is the primary ministry partner of the ULC.  WELS World Missions provides financial support and has offered to help with establishing evangelism programs, outlining ways to encourage member retention, stewardship, encouraging male leadership, and helping with VBS programs.   Mission offering last week was $19.00.  Mission offering for the semester is $194.35.

Pumpkin Art Show of 2021
The annual St. Paul’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest begins!  We are looking for artistic, clever, cute and crazy pumpkins!!  Anyone may submit a pumpkin.  You may paint, glue, tape, or even velcro stuff to your pumpkin.  Any family friendly decorating idea to transform your pumpkin into something else is welcome!  Get creative!!  Have fun!!  No carving or punctures allowed. (Do not cut any part of your pumpkin)

Bring your pumpkins in on Monday, October 11th until Friday, October 15th.  Awards will be given by Sunday.  In addition to the usual judging, participants in trunk or treat each get one vote for their favorite pumpkin!  Pumpkins should be removed by Sunday, October 17th.  Any questions can be answered by Becky Miller.  Thank you!

Trunk or Treat is Approaching - Still Time to Sign Up!!
Please like and share this event on Facebook to get the word out! 

If you haven't already signed up for a trunk but would like to, we still have 7 spots available.  Please let Mrs. Surian know by Friday, October 8th if you would like to sign up.  If you have signed up to donate candy or popcorn, or simply would like to donate without signing up, please drop it off in the office by Mrs. Surian by this Friday, October 8th.

Reminder of date and times:
Friday, October 15th

Plenty of help will be appreciated for the set-up and clean-up processes, as well as for making sure things go smoothly during the event.

Thank you and we hope to see you all there!   It's going to be a fun night at St. Paul’s!

Covid Operations 2021-2022
We have been tremendously blessed so far this school year in regard to COVID at our school with ZERO positive test results in our student body to report.  Since we do have a few families who have been impacted recently with a positive test result, we do have a few students learning remotely for a few days, as they follow the Health Department’s guidelines for returning to campus as a “close contact.”  Long story short, I think it’s an appropriate time to re-share our Covid operation plan with you:  Covid Operation Plan 2021-2022.  To our families that currently have children at home, I sincerely thank you for cooperating so willingly with our plan.  To families that may be impacted in the future with a positive test result in your home, I thank you in advance for following our Operation Plan and our Health Department’s guidelines in regard to a positive test, so that we can continue to offer quality instruction to all our students.  

I should also note that all of our WELS schools in the area are having an extremely difficult time finding substitute teachers, so please be aware that if a teacher does get sick this year (be it via COVID or anything else that would keep them out of the classroom) school might look quite odd for awhile for our students.  If option A (securing a qualified substitute teacher) doesn’t work, the other contingency plans might mean reshuffling the sick teacher’s students into different classrooms; finding several short term options to “teach” in the classroom throughout the school day(s); or worst case scenario, simply asking that the sick teacher’s students remain home for the day.  I’m very pleased to report that all of our teachers are healthy and well, but I think its wise to let you know that there is a realistic possibility that before the year is through, we will need to work through some curveballs.  Thank  you in advance for your patience. 

Basketball 2021-2022
Basketball season is now less than a month away.  The first practices will be held November 1st.  Since we’ll be combining with the students from Redeemer and from Trinity (Dundee) we will have different practice times and locations than in previous years.  For your planning sake, here is the general practice schedule:

MONDAYS at ST PAUL’S: 3:45-5:15 Boys B-Team.  5:30-7:00 Boys A-Team

MONDAYS  at REDEEMER:  3:45-5:15 Girls B-Team.  5:30-7:00 Girls A-Team

WEDNESDAYS at ST. PAUL’S:  3:45-5:15 Girls B-Team.  5:30-7:00 Girls A-Team

WEDNESDAYS at REDEEMER:  3:45-5:15 Boys B-Team. 5:30-7:00 Boys A-Team

School Pictures
Parents, when the pictures are returned to school there will be an envelope for everyone.  If you placed an order, then your pictures will be in that envelope.  If you haven't ordered you will have an opportunity to place an order then.  There will be a code for you to order online.  There is also a reorder form on the envelope and you can send that back to school or directly to Quick & Smart Photography.  You can also use the original order form.  The online ordering is a little more expensive for reorders so they suggest using the reorder form and returning to school.  Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you

Church & School Wear Now Available at Hopper’s
Our logos are on file at Hoppers in Fond du Lac. You can bring in any shirt you want and they will print them onto them for a small fee. They also do mugs, water bottles, and other items. Stop in or call to find out all the cool stuff they can do. 

Viking Open House (Formerly Future Viking Night)
On Tuesday, Oct. 12 & Wednesday, Oct. 13 WLA is hosting Viking Open House (formerly Future Viking Night).  Every 8th grader (LES, Public, & Homeschool) is invited and encouraged to attend, regardless of enrollment plans for the '22-'23 school year.

Each night begins at 5:30 with food.  The actual program begins at 6.  It is over at 8:15.  Families can arrive for food or just the program.

To encourage networking and small group conversations I am asking families to attend by school as indicated in the attached flyer.  Of course, exceptions are welcome due to scheduling conflicts.

I will be mailing/hand delivering postcards to the 8th graders to promote this event.  It will also be promoted via social media and posted on our website.  

A registration form is also available on our website.

Your servant in Christ,
Pastor Philip Janke
Winnebago Lutheran Academy--Coordinator of Recruitment and Communication

WLA Kitchen Help Sign Up
Each year our congregation has slotted weeks that we volunteer to help with WLA Hot Lunch.  Here are the weeks for kitchen volunteers for this school year:

Nov 15-19 ( only need 1 person on the 16th and 17th is filled)

Jan 17-21 (only need 1 person on 18th and 19th is filled)

Feb 28-Mar 4 

There is a sign up sheet on the information center in the narthex and you can also sign up online.



Thursday, October 7:
Volleyball Games at Faith, FDL
A Team - 4:00pm
B Team - 5:00pm

Saturday, October 9:
6:30pm- Worship

Sunday, October 10:
7:45 & 10:15am- Worship
9:00am- Bible Study/Sunday School
10:15am- 5th & 6th sings

Monday, October 11:
Volleyball Games @ Grace, Oshkosh
A Team - 4:00pm
B Team - 5:00pm

Tuesday, October 12:
Volleyball Game Home vs. St. John’s, Mayville
A Team - 4:15pm 

Thursday, October 14:
Volleyball Games @ St. Paul’s, Mt. Calvary
A Team - 4:00pm
B Team - 5:00pm

Friday, October 15:
4:00pm- Cross Country Meet @ Mayville Golf Course
5:00-6:30pm - TRUNK OR TREAT

Saturday, October 16:
6:30pm- Worship with Communion

Sunday, October 17:
7:45 & 10:15am- Worship with Communion
9:00am- Bible Study/Sunday School
10:15am- 1st & 2nd sings