“For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and . . .”
The familiar words of the prophet Isaiah leads to an inspiring description of the promise of God’s Kingdom fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Through the season of Advent we have had the opportunity to Behold the Light and prayerfully await the return of our Lord. The anticipation we experience as the season moves along, and as Christmas arrives, brings with it a slew of activities that can point us faithfully to the Christ.
We have had St. John’s concerts and even hosted our partner in ministry Living Word Lutheran High School’s concert. We have had Advent devotional services and kids program services, bringing hundreds of families to His Word. We have had classroom parties, ministry parties, staff and leadership parties; all celebrating together the gift of Jesus. Discipleship in as many places as possible thrives this season as it culminates with the celebration of Christmas.
None of these events replace the celebratory experience of gathering together in His service, worship, to proclaim our Savior coming to earth as the Christ child. It is a gift to be able to rest in His presence and worship. It is a gift to both proclaim and receive His Word together. It is a gift to have these times that bring meaning to all of the anticipation and preparation within the Word and presence of God among His people.
So what will the proclamation of your “And. . .” be? Connect, Care, and Share in Christ through worship, and proclaim: “For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given.”
As we near the conclusion of our 3-year Ministry Plan, your Leadership Board invites you to attend the first of many Town Hall meetings on January 7th during the 9:30 AM Discipleship Time in the Lower Level of the Church to discuss the Journey focusing on the current ends and looking at ends for the next three years.
Please make plans to attend and join in the conversation of Connecting, Caring, and Sharing in Christ.
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.
“When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.'” Luke 2:15
What a privilege it is to have so many opportunities to be gathered this Christmas weekend in all the Lord has told us about: the message of Jesus Christ! We invite you to join us at one of our seven Christmas services to hear and celebrate the message that is for all people; Emmanuel- God with us!
There will be no worship service on Saturday night (December 23). Sunday services (Christmas Eve) are as follows: 9:30 AM (contemporary), 11:)) AM (children and families service), 3:00 PM (traditional with choir), and 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 11:00 PM (traditional candle light).
“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” John 1:9
Jesus Christ, the true light. What is that light bringing into your life this Christmas? Join us at 9:30 AM Christmas Day (Monday) for a message on John 1. We will also be celebrating the gift of Holy Communion. There will be no worship services on Wednesday, December 27.
From all of the staff at St. John’s, we wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in worship!
Discipleship Returns Jan. 14
Discipleship Hour returns January 14 with new classes, Promises of Grace, and continuing with Faith in the Family. Keep an eye out for registration opportunities.
Connecting, Caring, and Sharing in Christ
Stewardship 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.
Enrollment for families already part of the St. John’s Education Ministries has begun for the 2018-2019 school year for St. John’s Elementary & Middle School. Open Enrollment for the general public will begin on January 3. Follow the link to complete enrollment. For additional questions, please contact the School Office at 262-334-3077 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Family Christmas Eve Service
You’re family is invited toourFamily Christmas Eve Service on
Sunday, December 24 at 11:00 AM.
This service is specially made for families with children. Please join us and share in the joy of Christ’s coming. Head into the church and find a great seat in the sanctuary. If you have any questions, please contact Becky Augustine email@example.com Alan Lull @262-707-9198.
We hope to see you there!
Becky & Alan
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.
On Thursday, December 14, Mrs. Renne Lull and her 4th grade class at St. John’s Lutheran School participated in a service event, making blankets for the non-profit organization Project Linus, through the West Bend-Washington County Chapter. The mission of Project Linus is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
A service event like this reflects the mission of St. John’s Lutheran School,Connecting, Caring and Sharing in Christ.The students took on this task with joy in their hearts and excitment in their hands. This is the second year that a 4th grade class from St. John’s has become “blanekteers” for a morning. With the help of a few dedicated parents, the students got to work making fringed fleece blankets for children experiencing trauma. Twenty-two students worked in teams to create twenty-three blankets.
This project could not have taken place without help from parents and Thrivent Financial through Thrivent Action Teams. Action Teams are led by Thrivent members who identify and want to meet an immediate community need. It’s an easy and fun way for Thrivent members to bring their family and friends together to help strengthen their communities. These blankets were given to the West Bend-Washington County Chapter of Project Linus and through them, the blankets will be handed out to children experiencing trauma through hospitals, shelters or another Washington County agency.
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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6:00 PM Traditional
8:00 AM Traditional
9:30 AM Blended
11:00 AM Contemporary
6:00 PM Traditional
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
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