December 27, 2018

We are all used to wishing each other a Merry Christmas, and even, in this politically correct time, a Happy Holidays. The King is here! Christmas is so much more than just “merry” or “happy.”
In Luke’s account of the miraculous birth of Jesus, we hear of the Good News. The shepherds around Bethlehem went to see baby Jesus, lying in a manger, and they went out and told all who would listen.
“And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.” – Luke 2:18
So, we wish you all a
WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS! The King is Here! He is Christ the Lord.

Calendar, Prayers, & the App


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“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
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and type St. John’s West Bend, and the app will appear.
You will know it is our app because of the “StJ” logo.  

EventsUpcoming Events 

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Connecting With A Life Group
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. Whether you’re currently a group leader, interested in becoming a leader, looking to start a new group, or interested in joining a group, this is your opportunity to be strengthened, equipped, and prepared for connecting through a Life Group.
What is a Life Group, you ask? What opportunities for connections are available at St. John’s? How do I start connecting in a Life Group?
Join us Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 9:25 am in the school gym to learn more about connecting with a Life Group. Also,
SAVE THE DATE and join us for the St. John’s Connections Fair, Sunday, February 24, 2019.
Our life together is Real, Relevant, and Relational . . . together we are the body of Christ!


Register Online HERE!


We are bringing this event back to support our “Sweet Sixteen” 2019 Dinner Auction.The plate you decorate, along with the dessert, will be a part of our Silent Auction. On the night of the auction, the winning bidder will receive both the plate and dessert and can decide if the dessert will be enjoyed that evening and shared with friends or taken home to devour.  
There is no fee for this fun painting event!
St. John’s Auction Committee and Creative License are covering the costs of the event.
Painting will be on Tuesday, January 22, from 5PM – 9PM at Creative License in Hartford, WI. There are only 16 spots available for this unique opportunity, so we
are looking for 16 people to join us and paint a plate.

No need to be creative.  Plenty of ideas are available at Creative License. Feel free to bring your own ideas and patterns.  Paints, tools, stamps, and stencils will be provided. Angela, owner of Creative License, will be there to guide you.
All plates will remain at Creative License to be “fired,” and the auction committee will take care of picking them up when finished.
All painted plates are the property of St. John’s and will be auctioned off WITH a dessert at the auction.
If you sign up to paint a plate, you will need to provide a dessert for the evening of the auction. Partnering with someone to create a dessert for you could be a great way to connect with another member of St. John’s.
You can sign up for the Dessert Dash by using the St. John’s App or by emailing Julie Buss at
. Spots are limited to the first 16 artists who sign up. Questions/concerns, contact Julie Buss.


Register Online HERE!

The Church Basement Ladies’ newest production is here! This is a new musical comedy from this well known production! “Rise Up O’ Men” is what happens when you let the rooster into the hen house (or the men into the church kitchen). Will you have fun? You betcha! Tickets are $40. We will meet at church prior and carpool for those interested. Please contact the church office by Jan. 4th, 2019 to sign up. If you have any questions – please contact Denise Seibel at
or 262-412-0941.

Register & Pay Online HERE!
Download the brochure here,
and paper registration here. 


Wonderful Christmas  

Merry Christmas from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis!

Discipleship Hour

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Stewardship & Gifting

Bunching Your Contributions to Receive a Greater Tax Benefit

The tax law changes in 2018 almost doubled the individual and married couple standard deduction.  It is estimated that more than 30% of tax filers itemized their deductions prior to 2018.  One recommendation is to “bunch” your gifts for 2019 by using a gifting vehicle called a Donor Advised Fund.  Click Here to see the new deductions rates and
how a Donor Advised Fund could help support your charitable intent.
Click HERE to find out more!




Milwaukee Rescue Mission
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:
February 2nd, 9am-1pm – Serve Food
March 9th, 9am-1pm – Serve Food and Clean
April 13th, 9am-1pm – Serve Food and Clean
Donate Goods – Nonperishable Food or Clothing
Click HERE to sign-up!


EducationEducational Ministries  

Do you know what your children are reading, watching, or playing during their screen time? The world is literally at their fingertips, and parents need to be equipped to help their children as they navigate this online landscape. 
Officer Brandon Knepprath of the West Bend Police Department will be here to share statistics, educate on unseen dangers, and empower parents to be part of their child’s screen time activities.
Childcare will be available. Please RSVP for childcare by online form, or call the school office at 262-334-3077.




Dec. 24 – Jan. 2 – Christmas Break

Jan. 3 – School Resumes

Jan. 16 – PPO Online Safety Event 
Jan. 18 – End of Third Quarter
Jan. 21 – NO SCHOOL  

Fellowship Fellowship

2019 Contribution Envelope Pick-up
2019 Contribution Envelopes are ready for pickup in the
church gathering space.

DO NOT use 2019 envelopes until January 1, 2019
After January 1, 2019 DO NOT use prior years envelopes. Take note, the contribution envelopes will be arranged in NUMERICAL order not alphabetical. Alphabetical lists will be provided in the pickup area in the event a member has forgotten their envelope number. If a member cannot find their envelopes or no envelopes were provided, a sign up sheet will be available to request them.
Assistance from the Finance Ministry Team will be provided on the weekends.  

Partner Ministries

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Check out the new LWLHS quarterly newsletter
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Schedule a Tour or Student Shadow Day
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.
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Schedule a Visit Today!
Parents and students are welcome to schedule a tour and learn more about Concordia University Wisconsin at any time!  
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Do you feel God’s Calling to Become a Pastor or Deaconess?   



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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