December 14, 2017

Everyone’s Invited!  
 

What do you picture when you hear “on the verge?” Do you picture yourself on the precipice of an amazing opportunity, just about to plunge into the unknown, or at the beginning of a long journey? At St. John’s, On the Verge is the name of a ministry effort geared towards the 20s-30s age range, young adults “on the verge” of so many things. Traditionally, this group has met together to study God’s Word, learn from each other, and have fun together. While this premise is still true, On the Verge has recently committed to a broader range of ministry within the faith community of the church.
 
Following the vision of
Discipleship in as many places as possible, On the Verge has pledged to reach out to all ages to share, learn, and partner with the family of St. John’s. In a church this size, there are many different individuals coming together to worship and follow Jesus. To reflect this, On the Verge has opened up its #lifetalks to invite all kinds of people to be in attendance and to talk about faith as it happens in life, in a relaxed and comfortable environment (Starbucks on 18th and Washington has been the latest hangout).
 
For those of you reading this, maybe you are feeling a little past your “young adult” prime: use this as an opportunity to foster new relationships and let members of the On the Verge community know what you have learned through years of experience. Maybe you are on the younger side of things (somewhere in your teens or older), and feel like hanging out with old people just isn’t your thing. Well, we invite you to step outside your comfort zone and see why the On the Verge group is a good way to come together for all kinds of people (and bring your parents along, too).
 
To kick off this new adventure, St. John’s On the Verge is hosting a Christmas Party, and you’re invited. Here are the basics: it’s this
Saturday (12/16) at 7:00 PM, at Becky Augustine’s house (1310 S. 7th Ave West Bend, WI 53095). Bring food for a potluck. There is an optional white elephant gift exchange ($10 max), and an ugly Christmas sweater competition (also optional!). This promises to be a great way to
Connect, Care, and Share in Christ. You may hear stories from past traditions, or be introduced to something completely new. Come and enjoy Christmas cheer. Meet new people and gather with old friends.
 
See you there!

Calendar

  

For the most up to date calendar and event information, visit our website at
www.stjohnswestbend.org.  

 

EventsUpcoming Events 

 

Register NOW for Couples Retreat
 

The time is now! Registration is open for the 2018 Couple’s Retreat in Door County. Make sure you pencil
February 9-11, 2018 in your calendar, and
download the brochure to register. It promises to be a great weekend and a time to grow together in Christ.
 
But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin. – 1 John 1:7
 
Let the Light shine bright in your marriage. The Lord has plans for you and He has prepared a way to new life in the Light. Join your fellow couples in beautiful, romantic Door County as we learn to “Walk in the Light” together and grow closer to one another through fellowship, worship, and His word.
 
For more  information, contact the Church Office at 262-344-4901 or
stjohns@stjohnswestbend.org

 

WorshipWorship

Advent

The word “advent” means “coming.” It’s during this season that we look back at the people who prophesied about the coming Messiah, the events immediately preceding Christ’s birth in Bethlehem, as well as look forward with joyful expectation to the time with Jesus will return again. We gather together in worship each week praying, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus,” as we prepare our hearts not only to celebrate His birth at Christmas, but also as we continue to prepare our hearts for His coming again, the time when He will restore all creation. Come, be strengthened and encouraged by God’s Word this advent season!

Wednesday evening also gives special opportunities for us to be in worship together during this season of Advent. “Behold the Light” is the theme for our 3:30pm and 6:00pm service in the Lower Level and carries over in our 6:30pm children’s programs and services in the sanctuary. During a time of the year when Christmas trees and homes are decorated with special lights, we are reminded of the Light of Christ for us and in us. 

Discipleship Hour

Discipleship Hour Takes a Break  
 
Discipleship Hour will be taking a break for the month of December. Make plans to join us again in January
.
 
Connecting, Caring, and Sharing in Christ 

StewardshipStewardship and Gifting 

 

 
As we continue to walk in faith together, thank you for returning your Life Together cards.  Your cards can be dropped off in the offering basket, in the receptacle found in the narthex, at the church office, or at the business office.
 
If you have any questions regarding the Life Together card, or why we commit to this process each year, please contact Craig Toerpe, Director of Stewardship & Gifting at 
262-707-3005
 or 
ctoerpe@stjohnswestbend.org. 

EducationEducational Ministries  

 

Dec. 13 – Christmas Program Gr. K3-1 (L-Z) 6:30 PM
Dec. 14 – Band/Music Concert 7:00 PM
Dec. 20 – Christmas Program Gr. 2-5, 6:30 PM
Dec. 21 – Jan. 2 – NO SCHOOL for Christmas Break
Jan. 3 – SCHOOL RESUMES
Jan. 19 – End of Second Quarter
Jan. 21-26 – National Lutheran Schools Week
Jan. 25-28 – 7th/8th Grade Basketball Tournament

FellowshipYouth & Young Adults

BASH & TAG   
 
Join us on
January 13 for fun, fellowship, games, and learning about the love of Christ.

 
TAG (1st-3rd Grade) meets from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM and BASH (4th-7th Grade) meets from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
 
For more information, contact Alan Lull at 262-707-9198 or
alull@stjohnswestbend.org

Fellowship Fellowship

Harvest House Service Opportunity  
 
Our next community service event is

Saturday, December 16, from 8:00


AM
to 1:30
PM
, at St. James Episcopal Church. 148 S. 8th Ave. We need 12 to 15 volunteers the day of the event. In addition, volunteers are needed to bake desserts. These can be your favorite cookies, bars, or pies. Desserts need to be labeled for “Harvest House” and delivered to the St. John’s church kitchen by NOON on Friday, December 15. 

 
To volunteer to serve or bake, please contact Terry Soper at 262-416-2172 or terrylsoper@gmail.com. 

Christmas Poinsettias    
 
Help decorate the front of the church this Christmas by purchasing a Christmas poinsettia. Envelopes for ordering are available by the fireplace at church and in the church office. Due date for ordering is December 18 and the cost is $11.00.
 
For more information, contact the Church Office at 262-334-4901.  

ECC Administrator Search     
 
As many of you may have already heard, Cheryl Rudolf has announced that she will be stepping down as St. John’s Children’s Ministry Director in June. As we celebrate Cheryl’s tremendous contributions and success and praise God for raising her up to lead and build the Early Childhood Center (ECC) into the thriving ministry it is today, we must now also find a new leader to continue the progress.
 
We hope to hire an Early Childhood Center Administrator by early next year to allow for an effective transition. Do you know a loving and caring soul with a passion for young children and a heart to
Connect, Care, and Share in Christ, who is also an effective leader, administrator and manager that might be interested? If so, please share the
job description with them and ask them to send a resume to the Church Office by
January 12.
 
Please keep Cheryl, her staff, the ECC and our entire St. John’s family in your prayers as we go through this process and ask the Lord to provide us with appropriate candidates and to prepare the way for the person He has in mind to serve among us.  

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Mid-year Commencement     
 
Mid-year commencement exercises will be held in Concordia University’s R. John Buuck Field House, 12800 North Lake Shore Drive, Mequon, on Saturday,
December 16 at 1:30 PM.
 
A total of 601 candidates will receive degrees, including 92 Master of Science in Education majors, 71 MBA students, and 241 undergraduate students. The Rev. Bart Day, president and chief executive officer of The Lutheran Church Extension Fund, St. Louis. Missouri, will deliver the commencement address.
 
Two awards are customarily presented in December – for superior achievement in the field of teacher education, and for outstanding performance as an educator and a student in graduate education studies.
 
Earlier that morning, a traditional baccalaureate service will be held in The Chapel of the Christ Triumphant at 10 a.m., honoring Lutheran teacher, parish music and lay minister candidates. The Rev. Dr. Timothy Maschke, longtime theology professor at Concordia University Wisconsin, will give the baccalaureate address.
 
For more details on either commencement or baccalaureate, please call the Academic Office at 262-243-4300, or visit
www.cuw.edu/academics/graduation.

 

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Worship Times

Saturday Evening 

6:00 PM Traditional

Sunday Morning

8:00 AM Traditional

9:30 AM Blended
11:00 AM Contemporary 


Wednesday Evening
 
6:00 PM Traditional 

Advent Services (Dec. 20)
3:30 PM Lower Level
6:00 PM Lower Level 
 
Special Services

Dec. 14 – Band/Music Concert 7:00 PM 


Dec. 20 – Christmas Program Gr. 2-5, 6:30 PM 

NO SATURDAY SERVICE DECEMBER 23

Christma

s Eve Worship (Dec. 24)
9:30 AM Contemporary
1
1:00 AM Family Service
3:00 PM
Traditional
5:00 PM Candlelight
7:00 PM Candlelight
11:00 PM Candlelight  
 
Christmas Day Service (Dec. 25)
9:30 AM Traditional  
 
NO WEDNESDAY SERVICE ON DECEMBER 27