Worship Protocols

Dear Friends in Christ, As we bask in the light of the resurrection and rejoice in the hope that we have in Christ, we’d like to share the next set of worship protocols in light of the recent State Supreme Court decision concerning the mask mandate. Masks will continue to...

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Ministry Planning Process

Dear family at St. John’s, Over the past months, various groups have been at work asking where the Lord is leading us in the next three years. We’ve solicited congregational input through our town halls, our staff, and the leadership board. Out of all of these conversations, the following End’s...

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2021 Women’s Retreat

Ladies, have you found yourselves wanting a break from the crazy demands of life after this past year? Are you looking for a way to reconnect? Come walk through the book of Judges with your St. John’s sisters as we talk about “Identity Crisis,” and find out who you really...

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2021 Men’s Retreat – ReUp

We are back and ready to re-engage with you. 2020 was a year that challenged all of us. Whether it was physically, emotionally, or spiritually, this last year, was one many would like to forget. As we reflect on 2020, we are reminded of the one who is in control....

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Our New Guide Book & Directory is Here!

Check your mailbox for our new 2021 St. John’s Guide Book & Directory. It should be arriving in the coming week! The Advertisers helped provide this service at NO cost to our congregation. We encourage you to think of them in the future as your needs arise.

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Return to the Lord

The season of Lent is a time for self-examination and repentance, and it is a time for prayer. “Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire . . . the Christian’s vital breath,” penned hymn-writer James Montgomery. But sometimes that holy conversation is interrupted or sidelined from a place of priority in...

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The Psalms of Lent

The book of Psalms is often known as “Israel’s Prayer Book”. These prayers, songs, and exclamations were lifted to the Lord at various times to express the thoughts, concerns, worries, and joys that the people of God were experiencing at the time. Our Lenten Wednesday services will focus on a...

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St. John’s Couple’s Day-Treat

Hello St. John’s Couples! The Lord’s Church invites you! Isn’t that Good News? To be invited to something allows us to say, “Yes, I will be there!” or “No, thank you.” We hope you say “Yes!” The St. John’s Couple’s Retreat Committee has worked on our next St. John’s annual...

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Discipleship Hour Resumes January 20

Dear Friends in Christ, “I just need some rest” is a phrase I’ve uttered far too many times in my life. I’ve also noticed that a lot of my rest is not restful- Put another way, a day of mindlessly binge watching Netflix or watching TV doesn’t rejuvenate us for...

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Town Hall Meeting

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, There is no doubt that 2020 was a very challenging year. We endured the global pandemic, an economic shutdown that’s left us teetering on financial meltdown, and navigating social unrest during an election year. Whew, that’s a lot of stuff in 365 days. It...

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Community Announcement: COVID Vaccine available to 65+ and up

Brothers and sisters, the COVID-19 vaccine is now being made available for people 65 and older. We have made the information available online to aid in household awareness and decision-making. Keep in mind that supplies are limited and that it may take some time to be vaccinated, even if you...

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Town Hall Meeting

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, There is no doubt that 2020 was a very challenging year. We endured the global pandemic, an economic shutdown that’s left us teetering on financial meltdown, and navigating social unrest during an election year. Whew, that’s a lot of stuff in 365 days. It...

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New Years Message

Dear Friends in Christ, Ah, New Year’s. Hope springs eternal. We can leave the mess of 2020 behind, and we can look forward to a better 2021. This seems to be the common sentiment. We hope we can finally get back to what we had, do the things we like,...

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St. John’s Early Childhood Center

St. John’s Early Childhood Center 2020-2021 Open Enrollment K4 WI School Choice Partner Pre-K3AM Tuesday & Thursday 8AM – 11AM Pre-K4AM Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:45AM – 12PM Pre-K3 & Pre-K4 with Extended Care Monday – Friday 6:30AM – 5:30PM 2 Day Minimum

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Connections Books Available

The weekend of January 3 AND January 10 we will have the updated Connections Books available in the gathering space for pick up. Pick up your HARD COPY: Help yourself to our updated Connections Book. To assist with the cost of the book, we ask that you USE THE SLIPCOVER...

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Volunteer Your Talent & Time

My name is Janet Hatland. I am the Director of Campus Care at St. John’s and have the privilege and honor to look after and care for the St. John’s campus for all the ministries that use it. This is a challenging job at times. It is most challenging now...

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All Worship Services have Returned to the Sanctuary

All worship services have returned to the sanctuary. With that, we’d like to share with you what the next steps look like for worship ministry. First and foremost, if you are ill in any way, we kindly ask that you worship with us via our Livestream found on the St....

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Thank Offering

Click HERE for video! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever! (1 Chronicles 16:34) Greetings to you in the name of Jesus, your Savior! St. John’s annual Thank Offering is a sacred opportunity to look beyond ourselves and what we are...

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Worship Announcement

Greetings St. John’s, This past Thursday afternoon Governor Evers instituted an Emergency Order requiring face coverings or masks in enclosed spaces. As you prepare for worship this weekend, we want to update you on how we will be conducting services following this state order. In compliance with this new state...

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Excited to Open Safely!

Dear Friends in Christ, As we shared last week, we are excited to open again for worship this coming weekend beginning on Saturday, May 30th. following our usual worship schedule. However, recognizing that COVID-19 is still a threat, we wanted to share with you some precautions that we at St....

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Celebrating the Lord’s Supper During this Time of Pandemic

The next communion opportunity will be June 7. Dear Friends in Christ, As Christians who confess one of the creeds every Sunday, we proclaim that the God of the universe who created everything took on human flesh and walked among us-Jesus willingly chose to be bound by space and time....

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Online Bible Study

Join us on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM as we dive into God’s Word and spend time in prayer for each other, for our community, and the world. We’ll be using Zoom as the platform for our online bible study. Many of you have used it for our Red Letter Challenge...

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COVID-19 Update

March 15, 2020 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, St. John’s Unified Leaders is made up of the St. John’s Leadership Board, Spiritual Health Ministry Team, Foundation Board & Management Team. In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Unified Leaders of St. John’s believe it is important to provide...

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December Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Blessings to each of you on this day the Lord has made. Your Leadership Board, St. John’s West Bend Foundation, and Spiritual Health Ministry Team have been in constant prayer for Pastor Jeff Dorth, the family of St. John’s West Bend and Island Lutheran...

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Letter from Pastor Jeff Dorth

September 27, 2019 Dear St. John’s Family, Last Wednesday, September 25th, the members of Island Lutheran Church, prayerfully voted to extend a divine call to me to serve as their pastor. Their decision, communicated to me via phone call, concluded with prayers for St. John’s, for Island Lutheran, and for...

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Connections Matter!

Connections make us stronger, give us purpose, and help us grow. Join us Sunday, October 13th from 9:25-10:30 am in the school gymnasium for the St. John’s Connections Fair. This is an opportunity for you to gather information, ask questions, and get connected in a Life Group that fits your...

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New Faces at St. John’s Elementary & Middle School

As the new school year continues to roll through week three, many may have noticed some new faces in classrooms. Along with lots of new students and families, St. John’s Elementary & Middle School is welcoming some new, and possibly familiar faces to the staff. Some might remember the gigantic...

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Faith tells me that no matter what lies ahead, God is already there.

Dear Fellow Disciples of our Lord Jesus, Children of our Heavenly Father through baptism, and Faith-filled Members of St. John’s, Over the past few months St. John’s received a significant financial gift because of the godly estate planning of one of her families. A portion of the gift designated for...

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GPSS (Grieve, Pray, Step Back, Step Forward)

Our Leadership Board, at the August 26th meeting, voted unanimously in favor of two important steps for our St. John’s family: continue the search for a Connection Pastor and begin the search for a School Administrator. The work started at the meeting as the Leadership Board earnestly prayed for the...

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Discipleship Hour

Discipleship Hour begins September 8 at 9:25 in the School Gymnasium! Sign-up through the St. John’s App or by clicking HERE. Click HERE to download a brochure detailing the breakout sessions.

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A Week of Connections Parties

What could be better leading up to the start of a brand new school year than hanging out with your friends and eating pizza, or subs, or chicken, or brats? Depending on what class you were about to start, our St. John’s Connections Ministry team leaders, Cheryl Rudolf and Alan...

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Philemon 1:6

“I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ.” Philemon 1:6 Philemon, this tiny book at the back of your bibles, discusses the concept of partnership in the work of the...

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A Perfect Blend . . . Women’s Retreat 2019

It’s that time of year again . . . the time of year when everyone looks at the calendar and realizes the summer is half over. Where did the time go? Didn’t we just spend what felt like 8 months of winter waiting for summer and sunshine and all that...

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National Youth Gathering

Thank you to all who have supported our youth who attended the National Youth Gathering (NYG) in Minneapolis this past week. We partnered with St. Paul, Grafton and had a total of 38 youth and 9 adults attend NYG and experience this year’s theme REAL.PRESENT.GOD. Our youth and adults grew...

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Taste and See that the Lord is Good!

What is your favorite ice cream? Maybe it’s a crazy concoction or simply vanilla. God provides unique ice cream, as He provides for all of us in unique ways. Let’s say “Thank you!” to God for providing ice cream. What else has God provided? Let’s see what He is doing...

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The Journey of Our First Fruit Offerings

Have you ever wondered what happens to our First Fruit Offering when we give thanks to God for all that He has given us? There are some very practical things that the family of St. John’s needs to do, ministry considerations, and lots and lots of prayer and seeking God’s...

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Reacting to Pastor Lee’s Decision . . . Use GPS

Numerous people have asked, “What are we doing since Pastor Lee turned down the call to serve as our Connection Pastor?” My response, “Our approach right now is to grieve, pray, and step back.” At one of our staff meetings Pastor Hesse blurted, “Yeah, I like it. You mean use...

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Full Shelf Food Pantry Fundraiser a Success!

The 8th-grade class thanks everyone who donated food and money to the Full Shelf Food Pantry. We collected over 372 canned and boxed goods and other food supplies. We really appreciate the help and support given by everyone. Our class would also like to thank Al Pauly for coming to...

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Craig Toerpe says, “Thank you.”

Dear Family of St. John’s, “THANK YOU” for the warm wishes, friendly embraces, notes of encouragement, and gifts this past Sunday celebrating my years of serving Christ here at St. John’s. A special “Thank You” to the St. John’s West Bend Foundation for hosting the gathering. When Leah and I...

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Men’s Retreat Follow-up with Jason Broge

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ at St. John’s, West Bend, The weekend of May 17th nearly 100 men gathered at Camp Luther for the annual men’s retreat. This year’s theme was “Remain” and was taken from John 15: “Remain in Me, as I also remain in you. No branch...

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Thank Offering

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” -James 1:17 There are a great many passages in Scripture which echo this theme: everything good we have is from God. He...

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“I thank my God every time I remember you.” -Philippians 1:3

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Please accept our sincere and heartfelt “thank you” for the outpouring of love and appreciation we have experienced the past several weeks leading up to and including our retirement celebration. God has been so good to us through you. Thank you! Your kind words,...

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Pastor Brian Lee Visits this Weekend

Friends at St. John’s West Bend, I am humbled to receive the call to serve as your Connections Pastor. This past weekend I announced your Call to our church here in Algonquin. We are praying for the Lord’s guidance and blessing for the churches of His kingdom. I am excited...

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Joining Jesus with Cliff the Crossing Guard

Do you really know the people God has placed in your life to minister to? Our family would like to take a moment to share our Joining Jesus moment with a stranger, who is now our friend through Jesus. We are blessed to have the ability to walk to work,...

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St. John’s Family!

St. John’s Family! The time has come for us to celebrate Pastor Dave and his many years of faithful ministry! Pastor Dave is retiring at the end of the month. His last sermon will be the last weekend of April (Saturday, April 27, Sunday, April 28, and Wednesday, May 1)....

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