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 efforts to raise $200,000 to cover expected expenses and recovery costs. We asked you to pray, to look within yourself to help financially, and to tell others.
That was just over 3 months ago. Through the hundreds of hours of clean-up and damage control by our staff and other volunteers, through the many prayers and conversations – I can tell you we met
God’s challenge! We have raised over $188,000, and the Foundation will make a donation to close the gap to $200,000!
Through these efforts in meeting this challenge, we also demonstrated what it is to be part of “Discipleship in as many places as possible.” The gifts of other churches both locally and from other states, the gifts from friends and family outside of St. John’s, and of course the gifts of our members embodied this discipleship in conversation, prayers, and action.
On a personal basis, my favorite example was the 3k to 8th grade at St. Paul’s Grafton. The children donated their chapel offerings for the month of October to assist in the flood relief. Can you just imagine the conversations with parents and other family members that took place and the opportunity they had to learn stewardship. By the way – they donated almost $1,000.
God challenged us, and while we rallied around “Our Time is Now,” we know it was through Him we were able to achieve this remarkable result within 97 days.
It is no coincidence that celebrate God’s provision as we start the Advent season – with joyful hearts and thankfulness for the greatest gift of all – Jesus birth.
Thank you to an awesome group of people I am privileged to call brothers and sisters in Christ!
Join us for an afternoon of discipleship in the community. Our Community Caroling is a time for families and people of all ages to bless our neighbors by going door to door and singing Christmas songs and hymns. Meet at St. John’s at 3:30 PM and return by 5:00 PM to enjoy some hot chocolate. Groups will move through the neighborhoods surrounding our campus, meet our neighbors, bless them with song, share our Christmas services times, and move down the way. This is an outdoor event, so please dress accordingly. Song sheets of our favorite Christmas hymns will be provided.
This event we are bringing back for our 2019 Dinner Auction – Sweet Sixteen. The plate you are going to decorate, along with the dessert, will be a part of our Silent Auction. The winning bidder, the night of the auction, will receive both the plate & 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. We are looking for 16 people to join us and paint a plate ; there are only 16 spots are available for this unique opportunity.
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 JulieBuss64@gmail.com . Spots are limited to the first 16 artists who sign up. Questions/Concerns, contact Julie Buss.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-412-0941.
“Merry Christmas” may be the phrase on our minds, but maybe “The King is Coming” would be even better!
The word “advent” means “coming.”
As we gather in worship through the weekends in Advent, we take special pause to be focused on this promise; He came and He will return.
As we gather around His Word and Gifts this advent season, we prepare our hearts with the prayer “Come quickly, Lord Jesus.”
We gather together in worship each week with joyful expectation, asking “What Child is This?” 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. Come, be strengthened and encouraged by God’s Word this advent season!
December 12: “What Child Is This? – The Child Who Is Mary’s Son”
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:
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. 7 – Parent’s Night Out
Dec. 12 – K3-1st Gr. (last name L-Z), Advent Worship (6:30 PM)
Dec. 13 – Band & Choir Concert (6:30 p.m.)
Dec. 19 – 2nd-5th Gr. Advent Worship (6:30 PM)
Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve (NO SCHOOL – BREAK BEGINS)
Dec. 24 – Jan. 2 – Christmas Break (NO SCHOOL)
Jan. 3 – School Resumes
Jan. 16 – PPO Online Safety Event
Jan. 18 – End of Third Quarter
Jan. 21 – NO SCHOOL
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.
Women’s Christmas Tea
All Ladies of St. John’s! Come celebrate the season on Monday, December 10, 6:30-8:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Delight in Christmas music from LWLHS BasiC (Brothers and Sisters in Christ), create an ornament, and enjoy tea, punch, and cookies. Please RSVP to Pamela Muther at email@example.com or call 262-338-9435 by December 5.
Sister-to-Sister Bible Study
Have you often felt like you are going through life’s challenges alone, or you just didn’t know what to say to someone who is going through a hard time? Women can sometimes be the best support system to each other. This book will help you get those conversations started and help us see how God is working in the lives of women in our pews and in our community! Please contact Denise Seibel for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-412-0941.
Mondays at 6:30 PM meet at Becky Enright’s House and
Wednesdays at 9:30 AM meet in the Church Gathering Space.
Order a red poinsettia plant to help adorn the altar for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.
Plants may be picked up following the 9:30 AM Christmas Day service or left to be delivered to one of our shut-ins.
Plants are $12 each. Please pay by cash or check.
Checks should be made payable to “St. John’s Altar Guild” with “Poinsettia Order” in the memo line. Payment may be dropped off at the church office or placed in the offering bag during worship.
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CU Launch: A Student Entrepreneurial Event
Six teams of Concordia University Wisconsin students will pitch their business ideas for a chance to take home a portion of more than $2,000 in seed funding on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.
The fourth annual CU Launch event will give CUW students 20 minutes to present their startup ideas to a respected panel of judges including:
David Latona, president of the Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation
Joe Wood, chief marketing officer of Sendik’s
Joe Poeschl, director and co-founder of The Commons
Loren Peterson, former principal at Venture Investors
Mike Reilly, former VP at J&J Pharmaceuticals
This event is free and open to all CUW students, faculty, and staff, as well as the community at large. No registration is required.
The event will kick off with a brief address from two introductory speakers: Harald Tomesch of QikVin, and Joe Poeschl, director and co-founder of The Commons.
The evening will proceed with teams each delivering a 20-minute pitch.
Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the presentations.
Klug Management System | Jason Klug and Jacob Ryan
The Mobile Kaffe Company, LLC | Ryan Westenberger
StUDS Collective | Steven Hartl, Daniel Jones, and Armand Lulo
HBU | Grace Koeste, Madie Martens, and Anni Pronscinske
Second Chances Thrift to Gift | Rebekah Moran
Capture Productions | Jonathan Schotte and Ethan Danz
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