I’m one of those dinosaurs who still keeps a calendar on my desk. No battery to charge. No app to locate. No ever changing format to figure out. No data to dump. Just a simple, dependable, piece of paper with thirty-some boxes and numbers in neat rows and columns on a page. This small, cardboard desk calendar is comfortable, always there, a free gift, and a constant reminder of opportunities for Discipleship in as many places as possible.
In a few days, this calendar will be useless, and I will replace it with a brand new one! What will 2018 bring? Will my body remain healthy? Will my family live safely and comfortably? Will my bills get paid? Will my taxes go down? Will my parents see their newest great grandchildren? Will my fisherman’s dream be realized? Will my . . .? I’m sure each of you have your own questions about the new year.
Contemplating the future can be exciting, but it can also be a bit frightening. As one of your pastors who faces many of the same joys and challenges as you, I want you to know how helpful it is for me to be reminded daily of the three truths we boldly confess. How often I get myself catawampus when I become the center of focus. My health, my family, my bills, my taxes, my parents, my catch, my . . . my . . ., my . . . Living within the truth that it’s all His leads me to repentance for living as if life revolves around me, and repentance leads me to the foot of the cross and to the truth that God saves . The Child of Bethlehem saves me – even from my own sinful self, and when I’m tempted to worry about what lies ahead, God reminds me over and over again, “Dave, My will is what’s best for you .” What freedom! What peace! What joy!
“Best Wishes for the New Year” is stamped across the top of my December calendar. My best wish for you in the coming year is for freedom, peace, and joy which come by believing: It’s all His, He saves and His will is what’s best for us.
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.
“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master. . .” Luke 12:35-36a
As we worship together this New Year’s Eve weekend, we are reminded of our need for watchfulness. We, too, are servants in waiting for our Master with much to do for our own readiness and the readiness of the world around us.Being covered in His grace and with our eyes fixed on the Son of Man, we serve with the real hope of His return and our salvation.
Discipleship Hour Returns Jan. 14
Discipleship Hour returns January 14 with new classes, Promises of Grace, and continuing with Faith in the Family. There are many ways to register. Look for forms in the Info Guide or stop by the office. Also, you can register online. We look forward to time spent together Connecting, Caring, and Sharing in Christ on:
Sundays at 9:25 from January 14 through February 4.
The Message of Haggai – Tom Engel, Lay Leader
Worship Practices – Pastor Hesse, Pastor Bruskiewicz, and Pastor Kellerman
Faith in the Family – Pastor Nieman, and Brian Brauer, Teacher
The Challenge of Islam Part I – Dawn Oldenettel, Administrator, and
Craig Toerpe, Dir. of Stewardship and Gifting
Promises of Grace – Pastor Bruskiewicz, Pastor Dorth, Pastor Hesse, and
Discipleship in as many places as possible.
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.
Join us in the Gathering Space on Monday, January 8, at 7:00 PM. We will spend time in God’s word and look ahead to the next projects we will do this year. Are you planning to attend the Winter Getaway in Fond du Lac on January 19 and 20? Check out the details at lwml-swd.org.
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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Top Stories of 2017
From inspiring individuals and exciting accomplishments to building announcements and new hires, the year 2017 saw its fair share of compelling headlines for CUW. As the campus community wraps up the semester and embarks on Christmas break, the news team took a moment to gather up the seven most-read headlines of 2017.
Over the course of the year, our team wrote 136 stories, covering the achievements and most significant moments of our current students, our alumni, and our faculty and staff. Click here to see the seven stories rose to the top.
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