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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His Will is What’s Best

Craig Toerpe: Dear Family of St. John’s, 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 from the book of Jeremiah I shared with all of you 2 weeks ago...

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The Lord Provides In Abundance, through His People

On Friday, March 22, 170 guests gathered for the 16th Annual St. John’s Dinner Auction, “Sweet Sixteen.” Thank you for those who were able to attend, and for those who couldn’t, thank you for keeping the auction in your prayers. It was a wonderful evening to celebrate the mission and...

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Ring Those Bells

St. John’s Family, we are in for a musical treat! On Sunday, April 7th, St. John’s will be hosting the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble (MHE) for a concert at 3:30pm in the sanctuary. The concert is free to all attendees. There will be a free-will offering collected to help St. John’s...

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St. John’s Wins Sportsmanship Award

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.” -Phil. 2:3-4 This verse can be read on the back of the warm up shirts of every St. John’s...

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Who Was the Most Admired Person of the 20th Century?

Who do you think was one of the greatest humanitarians of the 20th Century? Google says that Martin Luther King Jr., Oskar Schindler, and Andrew Carnegie are toward the top of the list. One name that is always near the very top is Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa’s father died when...

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2019 Auction Registration

Register HERE! Registration for the 2019 Auction continues. Click HERE to purchase your tickets now through March 10. Thank you to everyone who has already donated an item to the auction or provided monetary support. If you are interested in donating an item to the auction, donations will be accepted...

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The Connections Fair is THIS SUNDAY!

Join us this Sunday, February 24 from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM in the school gymnasium for our first ever Connections Fair. We have 39 different Life Groups represented at the fair providing us the opportunity to gather information, ask questions, and get connected in a Life Group that fits...

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Live Connections – What is that Rope For?

If you were in worship at St. John’s this weekend, you couldn’t have missed it. The ropes? . . . Actually, “Life Connections.” Certainly, you noticed the 450 feet of white rope extending from the arms of the white altar cross, crisscrossing from beam to beam, 12 feet over the...

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St. John’s Connections Fair

St. John’s Connections Fair Sunday, February 24, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM School Gymnasium Connections matter, relationships matter, and life together is real, relevant, and relational. As we continue live out the mission and vision of St. John’s, our life of discipleship is dependent on connecting with Life Groups. God...

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2019 Couple’s Retreat

Register & Pay Online HERE! Download the brochure here, and paper registration here. You are invited to register for the 2019 St. John’s Couples Retreat in Sister Bay (Door County) from February 8th-10th. Jesus said in Matthew 19 (verses 4 & 5b), “Have you not read that He who created...

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Connections Fair

On January 6, the Lord blessed our large group Discipleship Hour discussion on “Life Groups” with a packed house. It was a morning of learning, getting to know others, and praying together; a morning worth celebrating! So, what is a Life Group? A Life Group is any group at St....

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Discipleship Moment: Cookies for Soldiers

Cathy Schimmels, a staff member of St. John’s Campus Care, prayed about how St.John’s could bless those who serve in the military. Her idea was having the school children write thank you notes, and those that wanted to bake cookies could add to the package we would send to our...

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Connections Pastor Interview Team

Moving into the new year, and continuing our focus on Connections, the family of St. John’s continues to see countless blessings from our Lord. Pastor Dave Kellerman’s retirement brings new opportunities to see how see God reveals His plans for us as we move through the process of calling a...

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In Christ We Resolve

Every January we gather hope and expectation for the coming year. We resolve, “This is the year I will lose that extra weight.” We resolve, “This is the year I will complete that project.” We resolve, “This year will be different. I will be different.” We make our resolutions and...

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Connecting With A Life Group

 Sign up HERE and let us know who’s coming!   Relationships matter! Have you ever felt alone, drifting in a sea of faces? Have you ever felt lost or detached? Now’s your time to connect with a Life Group! Connections matter! Connections make us stronger, give us purpose, and help us grow....

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Thank you for Supporting Our Youth

THANK YOU, St. John’s family and community for supporting our Senior High Youth who will be attending the National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, MN next July, through our Fall Clean-up fundraiser. With the help of our youth, parents, and leaders, we spent over 177 hours helping Connect, Care, and Share in...

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Our Time is Now – A Celebration!

As you know, on Monday, August 27th – two days before school started – we experienced the terrible flood. What a challenge our Heavenly Father put before us! Within two weeks, the Foundation Board, with the approval and encouragement from the Leadership Board, addressed the congregation and spearheaded the financial...

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Advent – The King is Coming!

The Advent season encompasses the four Sundays prior to Christmas Day. This year Advent begins on Sunday, December 2. During this season, God’s people prepare to commemorate Christ’s first coming as they wait in anxious anticipation for His second coming. Our celebration of Advent will include our regular weekend worship...

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Thankful for Retreat Ministries

Happy Thanksgiving! As the Family of St. John’s continues to live out the vision of Discipleship in as Many Places as Possible, we focus in this week’s stewardship moment on one the five expressions of our vision, “Havens of Recreation.” The Retreat Ministry at St. John’s is centered around “RE-creation.”...

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Welcome to the App!

This is it! We are excited to announce the release of the St. John’s West Bend App. What time does Discipleship Hour start . . . there’s an app for that. Want to sign-up for a breakout session or Bible study . . . there’s an app for that. This...

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Our Time is NOW!

Flood Update You may be familiar with this phrase as the rally cry for the St. John’s West Bend Foundation this year as well as a call to action to St. John’s members to consider assisting in a prayerful financial response to help pay for the substantial cost of recovering...

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What a Week!

What an unforgettable week! Thank you all for starting it off by honoring me with your words of congratulations, your love and support, and especially for making sure that the children were the focus of my celebration. They have, and always will be, the heart of my ministry. I am...

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Our Time is Now!

The Lower Level re-opens October 8 We continue to see God at work as we recover from the natural disaster a few short weeks ago. The lower level is starting to look like it did before the flood, and we thank God for all of the staff, volunteers, and work...

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Our time is NOW! Flood Update

Our time is now! The waters may have receded, but the work continues. Did you know that we are still working to erase the effects of the natural disaster that happened on our campus just a few short weeks ago? Staff and volunteers have continued to tirelessly work long hours...

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Dawn Oldenettel Honored as Top Principal

We thank God for our School Administrator, Dawn Oldenettel. Mrs. O has been honored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals as a 2018 National Distinguished Principal. NAESP’s National Distinguished Principals program honors outstanding elementary and middle-level principals who ensure that America’s children acquire a sound foundation for lifelong learning and achievement....

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St. John’s Flood Waters – Update

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8: 28 St. John’s campus has experienced a natural disaster; over 40,000 square feet in three buildings was covered with dirty water. St. John’s is experiencing supernatural Godsends!...

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St. John’s Flood Waters

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28 Dear Family, The passage above takes on special meaning because St. John’s experienced flood waters last night. We’re not sure how much of the...

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Spiritual Conversations in the Digital Age

The St. John’s West Bend Foundation, in support of the mission and vision of St. John’s, has graciously provided one copy of Spiritual Conversations in the Digital Agefor each member family. This fantastic resource will be used in conjunction with our upcoming Discipleship Hour, starting September 9 and also our...

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Lay Readers

Consider offering time to the Lord through the reading of Old Testament and New Testament lessons during worship services on a rotating schedule. Participants include women, men, youth and families for all worship services! Please join us for an informational/training meeting on Monday, September 24, at 7pm in the Sanctuary....

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Employment Opportunity at St. John’s Early Childhood Center

St. John’s is currently looking for a motivated, caring individual who will demonstrate and provide Christian values and spiritual growth to young children and their families. This full-time Administrative Office Assistant position would be partnering with parents and staff, Monday through Friday, hours between 7:00 am – 5:00 pm. This...

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Living Word Grant Opportunities and Meetings

We have been blessed with the opportunity to, once again, offer grant opportunities to the family of St. John’s who are attending Living Word Lutheran High School. Attendance at one of the Grant Meetings is required to begin the application process. A Grant Application letter will be sent out this...

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2018 St. John’s Women’s Retreat: Woman of Joy

Do you long to be a Woman of Joy, regardless of your circumstances? Do you struggle to be a Woman of Humility, living in a world that places priority in pride and self-promotion? Do you desire to be a Woman of Confidence, with the assurance that can come only from...

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Vacation Bible School

Can you believe that summer is only a few short months away? Which means School will be out and Vacation Bible School is just around the corner, July 9-13! We are on the hunt for volunteers – Crew Leaders, Crew Aides, and Station Aids. Please contact us or just fill...

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