Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.
For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. These comforting words are from the book of Jeremiah which I shared with all of you 2 weeks ago when I shared with the congregation a Divine Call to serve as a Gift Planning Counselor for the LCMS Foundation. As Leah, my family, and I have been in constant prayer discerning what the Lord’s will is for my work here at St. John’s and within the larger church, I am requesting a peaceful release from my Divine Call as Director of Stewardship of St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church and her supporting ministries.
It has truly been a great joy to have served as your Director of Stewardship since January of 2010. You have welcomed and supported Leah, myself, and my family with open arms and allowed me to not only develop a Stewardship ministry, but support and strengthen other ministries across our campus. Thank you for the privilege of serving alongside St. John’s and for your patience as I grew and matured during our time together. What is exciting for me in my new role, although I will no longer be serving St. John’s exclusively as Director of Stewardship, I will be available to assist, serve, and grow the ministry of estate planning.
This period of transition is made so much easier knowing that our family will remain members of St. John ‘s where we will continue to be fed richly with the Lord’s gifts of Word and Sacrament.
Thank you again for all that you are and have done for me and the Toerpe Family.
In His Service,
Hello St. John’s Families,
First and foremost, my family would like thank you for the outpouring of love and support we have received in the last week. We have been incredibly blessed to be part of this community for the past six years. So many great memories, experiences, and friendships have been made during our time here, and we will value and cherish them forever.
It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to let you know that I am accepting my call to Trinity Lutheran in Waconia, Minnesota. I have been called to teach first grade for the next school year. We plan to move officially in mid-June to allow enough time to settle into the new community and congregation. We continue to ask for prayers as we prepare and plan for this move.
This decision was made with much prayerful counsel, time in His word, and a lot of trust. His will is what’s best, even if it’s not exactly what we plan or expect. We are excited to see God lead us into more opportunities to disciple in as many places as possible.
Thank you again for your prayers!
In His service,
Discipleship in as many places as possible.
Full Shelf Food Pantry Fundraiser
The 8th Grade class is collecting food for the Full Shelf Food Pantry. Donations of food will be accepted until April 26.
What food should you donate? The most popular and most needed items include: peanut butter, jelly, canned meat (tuna & chicken), cereal, pancake/muffin mix, vegetable oil, canned soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, pasta/rice, and tomato/pasta sauces. There will be bins located in each classroom to receive these donations.
Who are we helping? Donations will be going to people of the Washington County area. The Full Shelf Food Pantry often receives between 2 and 3 million dollars worth of food each year. This food serves about 450-525 families a month. Broken down, that includes about 750 adults and 450 children.
How else can you help? If you want to take helping the Food Pantry to another level, there is another option – volunteering. Some requirements include being at least 16 years of age, and only two people can volunteer at a time.
Thank you so much for your support.
You can also donate money through their website, linked below, under “donate.” Checks are also accepted by mailing it to the Food Pantry at Full Shelf Food Pantry, Inc. PO Box 1157 West Bend, WI 53095. All money donations go to purchasing food or maintaining the assets of the pantry (building, grounds, freezer, coolers, van, etc.).
In Old Testament times, God appeared to the Israelites in pillars of clouds, in smoke, in fire. He revealed Himself only to select people (like Moses, who saw the Lord’s glory). And yet Jesus Christ, the very image of God, revealed Himself on earth as a man…one of us! The Lord of all creation, humbly wrapped in human form. Even at His entry into Jerusalem, He road in on a lowly donkey. One would expect God, the King above all kings, to ride in on a steed! No. He chose a donkey. This God of humility, though He Himself was without sin, prepared Himself to die in the place of sinners. And now He works in the world through the likes of people like you and me. Our God is a God of humility.
Stewardship & Gifting
Members of St. John’s who are 70 1/2 have been taking advantage of rolling over their required minimum distributions (RMD’s) to satisfy the requirements of this investment vehicle for the last few years. If you qualify, below are a few reasons why you should consider this option of serving God through the resources He has blessed you with.
For questions or to learn more, contact your financial advisor or Craig Toerpe, Director of Stewardship at 262-334-4901 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sonshine Community Park – Celebrating Families Fence
As the weather warms and we venture out from our winter hibernation, Sonshine Community Park and the playground are again becoming the “go-to” destination in our community. You can still purchase pickets for the Celebrating Families Fence. Download an order here, or stop by the church office and pick one up.
St. John’s Card Ministry will meet in the church’s Lower level Fellowship Hall at 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (note change of time) on Saturday, April 13. We will prepare the Easter cards for mailing and plan the summer stamping event in July for the congregation. Questions? Contact Pam Muther at email@example.com .
For the past ten years, St. John’s West Bend has been Connecting, Caring, and Sharing in Christ with the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. We have had over 100 people volunteer their time, talent, and treasure to help clean, serve lunch, and give canned goods and car loads of clothing for all ages.
The Milwaukee Rescue Mission has been helping to restore lives through God’s grace since 1893, helping women, children, and men who are homeless, suffering from addiction, or just in need of some help. Before each meal, there is a time for songs, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, and prayer. Every person that has spent time helping has said that they get way more than they give when they serve the homeless, in Christ, at Milwaukee Rescue Mission.
Here are upcoming ways to support our partnership with Milwaukee Rescue Mission:
Parents and students are welcome to schedule a tour and learn more about Living Word at any time! We would be happy to host your child for a shadow day, which can include a half a day (morning or afternoon) or an entire day in any of our classrooms.
Living Word Lutheran High School presently has openings on its Board of Directors. Do you have an interest to serve in a position that influences the lives of our next generation in a positive Christian atmosphere? These are appointed positions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Backgrounds in HVAC/Construction, IS/IT, and Accounting are especially desirable. You do not need to have a student attending to apply. Nomination papers will be forwarded to those of interest.
Click through to their website for up to the minute news and information. www.cuw.edu
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