February 15, 2018

Jen Comfort
The Lord calls us into many vocations, and we seek His will in everything that we do. The vision of St. John’s: Connecting, Caring, and Sharing in Christ, is lived out in many ways. One of the most obvious is our education ministry, and specifically the Early Childhood Center. When Cheryl Rudolf had a dream, starting in the basement of the church, she knew that the vision of Connecting, Caring, and Sharing in Christ would someday be fulfilled as she passed the torch to a new administrator. On
February 18 at 9:30 AM in the School Gymnasium, we will meet as a congregation during a special Voter’s Meeting to extend a call for a new Early Childhood Center Administrator. Through the search process, the Lord has led us to Jen Comfort. To learn more about Jen, she has provided us with a short bio.

Hello! My name is Jen Comfort. I was blessed to have been raised in beautiful northern Wisconsin. My grandparents, parents, and sister still live there. When growing up I enjoyed playing the clarinet, singing in church, and participating in cross country and track. I moved to the Milwaukee area to attend Concordia University. While there, I received a BA in Physical Education and a minor in Health Education and Adaptive Physical Education. In 2004, I began my teaching career at St. John’s Lutheran School in Glendale, WI. I have enjoyed teaching many grades of Physical Education and homeroom 4th grade, as well as serving as Athletic Director.

Guiding students to recognize how God works in their lives is such a joy to me. Over the last year I have been blessed to serve as the principal. I have grown from the joys and challenges this position has presented. My biggest joy has been getting to know all the families in the school and sharing in their child’s educational journey.

My husband, Josh, and I have been married for almost six years and live in Mequon, WI. We adore our six-year-old black Labrador, Remington. For excitement we enjoy traveling and visiting family. Josh, Remington, and I love exploring the outdoors through different physical activities during all seasons of the year. I wake up each day remembering Psalm 118:14, The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. 

We encourage you to join us in extending a call to Jen. Our first large group Discipleship Hour gathering with Pastor Jeff Dorth will begin immediately following the call meeting. Make plans to attend this important conversation of Being Christian Now as we live out our identity in our worship life. 

Calendar & Prayers


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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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Special Announcements

Admin. Professional Position Open 


St. John’s is looking to hire an administration professional to work in the Business Office. Linda Prochnow is moving on to an exciting new phase of life with her husband Glen, and we seek her replacement. We thank Linda for her years of service and love.

We are looking for a disciple of Jesus with a minimum of an Associates Degree and/or requisite job experience in the following areas: Accounting/GL, A/P, A/R, cash handling, HR, office organization, database usage or management, spreadsheets/report generation and usage, and good communication skills (verbal and written). This person will have a desire to serve others (relational personality) in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment. If you (or someone you know) is interested and has the skills, knowledge, attitude, and habits for this position, please email a resume with cover letter to Lori Yogerst: at lyogerst@stjohnswestbend.org.

Thank you for your prayers as we call upon the Lord to fill this position.

Lock Your Doors

Just after 7:00 AM on Wednesday, February 14, two St. John’s Early Childhood Center mothers had their purses stolen from their cars as they were dropping off their children. The police responded and the incident is under investigation. Sadly, we are not the only center affected by thieves on Wednesday morning. 

As a reminder, for your security and the security of the possessions God has blessed you with, please make sure to lock your cars and bring your wallets or purses with you. I ask that each of us lift these two families up in prayer. God’s Blessings on your day!

EventsUpcoming Events 

Parents Night Out

When was the last time you were able to have a date night or just relax? Well . . . we are here to help.
On Friday, February 16 the St. John’s Early Childhood Center is opening its doors, inviting your children to play and explore from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, while you enjoy a night out! Enjoy time together, knowing that your children will be cared for by our loving, professional staff.

We welcome children ages Infant-3rd grade. Please make sure to fill out
this form, and drop it at the church or ECC office to reserve your child’s spot! We fill up fast!


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Becky Augustine at
or 262-429-1061 ext 503.  

On the Verge #lifetalks

Join us on
February 16 at 7:00 PM, at the Starbucks on 18th Ave., for the next installment of On the Verge’s #lifetalks. Pastor Jeff Dorth will share with us how faith comes into play when preparing for the ministry and how a pastor holds on to that faith when it can seem like it is part of their ”
job description.” 
Please contact the Church Office for any additional questions at 262-334-4901 or

On the Verge Bible Study – Being Still 

 St. John’s On the Verge Group invites anyone in their 20s or 30s to join a new, three session bible study, meeting once a month, to talk about “Being Still.” Study will be held at Becky Augustine’s house, 1310 S. 7th Ave., West Bend, from 9:00 Am to 10:00 AM on
March 10, April 14, and May 12.

We live in a world that increasingly asks for more of our time – how are we to find moments of peace and stillness within ourselves, when we are with others, and before God? Join us discuss, learn, and enjoy relaxed fellowship together.

For more information, contact Pastor Nieman at


Brought to the Cross: Delivered

Readings for Worship: 
Genesis 22:1-18,
Psalm 25:1-10,
Mark 1:9-15 

The weekends of Lent are a journey in and of themselves.  What does a faithful journey to the cross of Jesus look like, even with our eyes in full focus of the hope of the resurrection? Is this journey still needed? What weights of life do we still carry with us? Is there hope and grace along the way?

Yes! In and through the cross of Jesus, there is no pain, no sorrow and no loss that He has not filled; no amount of loneliness or despair that He did not endure; no sickness or mistake that He did not experience. Misery, insecurity, or abandonment: there is nothing that He did not feel. For on that day, He took all the pain, all experience, and all sin upon Himself. Bearing all for us, so that we can be free.

This is what it means to be brought to the Cross: Delivered, Promised, Fulfilled, Healed, and Ransomed.

Week 1 – Brought to the Cross: Delivered 
Week 2 – Brought to the Cross: Promised
Week 3 – Brought to the Cross: Fulfilled
Week 4 – Brought to the Cross: Healed

Week 5 – Brought to the Cross: Ransomed 

Lenten Worship: Places of Passion

This Lenten season, we will gather to reflect on the places of the Passion. We will read through the entire Passion account as told by Luke, a small portion each week, and will recognize the story.

It’s a simple story, and you’ve been to these places before. The Upper Room, the Garden of Gethsemane, the halls of Pontius Pilate, and the hill of Golgotha. These are the places we remember when we meditate on our Lord’s Passion. Yet when Jesus enters a place, He never leaves it as He finds it. The most troubling places in our lives become the most amazing places of God’s grace when Jesus visits them.

No matter where we are in our lives, God is still coming and claiming us as His children. God is still coming, preparing a place at His table for you.

Week 2 – Places of the Passion: The Upper Room: A Place of Service
Week 3 – Places of the Passion: Gethsemane: A Place of Strength
Week 4 – Places of the Passion: The Betrayal: A Place of Eternal Love
Week 5 – Places of the Passion: The Courtyard: A Place of Renewal
Week 6 – Places of the Passion: The Trial: A Place of God’s Will

Discipleship Hour

Discipleship Hour New Large Group Session    

Be sure to join us
February 18 through March 11, in the School Gymnasium as one large group during the next 4-week session to continue the discussion of:

Being Christian Now:
Worship life at St. John’s 

Discipleship in as many places as possible. 

StewardshipStewardship and Gifting 

A Timeless Tradition
Early Bird Registration ends on Friday, February 16 and the ticket price increases on February 17. The Last day to purchase auction tickets will be March 2.

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New This Year:

His and Her Raffle. There are two special raffle prizes this year. A men’s limited edition Jim Beam whiskey barrel watch handcrafted by Original Grain and a tri-colored gold crucifix necklace for the ladies from Maus Jewelers. Only 75 tickets will be sold for each item.

“Dessert Dash.” Unique hand-painted platters and desserts created by women of St. John’s congregation to bid on the night of the auction. Winners get to walk away with both a tasty treat and a one-of-a-kind party platter.

The Silent Auction has a lot of new businesses who have graciously given items toward our auction. We will again feature the “highlighted line” which will allow you to receive a raffle ticket for your chance to win one of three prizes: A gift card basket, a 10″ Lenovo Tab 4 tablet package and a libations basket.

On-line Auction begins on February 23, featuring all of the classroom projects from the ECC, Elementary and Middle School. The on-line auction will also feature autographed sports memorabilia, family get-a-way packages and other unique items. These items will only be available on-line.

Questions, please contact Craig Toerpe at 262-334-4901 or

EducationEducational Ministries  

Camp Invention      
In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame,
St. John’s
Lutheran School
is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention program
to children entering grades K-6, from June 18 through June 22. It’s an exciting, week-long summer adventure with l
essons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation.
Children will work
together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen
critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. The week begins on
June 18, 2018
Marcia Milam
serving as Director of the Fast Forward

program! Here is how young innovators will be spending their time:
  • Dreaming up and designing their very own futuristic smart home filled with gadgets, LEDs, technology and innovation
  • Using tools to take apart robotic dogs and compare their inner mechanics to the anatomy and physiology of a real dog
  • Designing tracks for their Optibots to follow while exploring different modes of transportation
  • Exploring chemistry, non-Newtonian fluids and magnetism as they investigate magnetic slime
All activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun! Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school students will serve as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.
Register using promo code Ideas25 to save $25 (expires 3/23) and Ideas15 to save $15 (expires 5/4) off the
$225 fee
Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit
or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today!


Open Enrollment
Open Enrollment has begun for the 2018-2019 school year for St. John’s Elementary & Middle School. Follow the link to complete enrollment. For additional questions, please contact the School Office at 262-334-3077 or school@stjohnswestbend.org.

Mar. 2 – NO SCHOOL
Mar. 20 – Academic/Arts Fair
Mar. 26-Apr. 2 – NO SCHOOL

FellowshipYouth & Young Adults

Click HERE to download the Youth & Missions Brochure 

Camp Luther Retreat

Who: 4th-7th, Siblings can come too (parents needed).

When: March 2 through March 4.
What: Excellent Games / Bible Studies / Prayer / Praise /Cross Country Skiing / Tubing / Ga-Ga Ball / skits.
Where:Camp Luther: 1889 Koubenic Road, Three Lakes, WI 54526 
Cost: $120 (plus 2 Culvers Lunches) 3-Drivers go FREE
Why: To raise up disciples, have fun & enjoy Grace
Leave Friday at 1:00 PM       Home Sunday at 3:30 PM 


For more information, contact Alan Lull at 262-707-9198 or

Fellowship Fellowship

Sister-to-Sister Bible Study

Women gathered together
around the Word of God for encouragement, conversation and fellowship. This bible study is for all adult women . . .bring a friend along. New faces are always welcome!

“Open Your Bible” Study will be held weekly at 6:30 PM on Mondays and 9:00 AM on Wednesdays


Whether you are a seasoned Bible reader or struggle to keep up with studying scripture, “Open your Bible” by Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams is for you! You will find a greater appreciation for the Word of God and a stronger desire to know the Bible inside and out

The cost of this book is $17.00. Books will be available at the first session. Please contact Denise Seibel at 262-412-0941 for more information.

This Bible study will be Monday nights, held at the home of Becky Augustine, 1310 S. 7th St. West Bend and Wednesday mornings, held in the gathering space at St. John’s. 

LWML Board of Directors Meeting 


Officers of LWML Zone 5 and Society Presidents, please meet in the Gathering Space on

March 10 from 8:24 AM to 11:15 AM.

For more information, contact Diane Timm at 262-306-9019. 

Harvest House Meal Ministry

Does serving the under-served in our community a warm meal, a smile, and an open heart appeal to you? If so, you are welcome to join a St. John’s team of servers on
March 10 from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM for Harvest House at St. James Episcopal Church, 148 S. 8th Ave., West Bend.

If baking is your passion, cookies, bars, and pies are needed. Please drop them off on Friday, March 9, before noon, in the kitchen and label them “Harvest House.”

Please contact Terry Soper at 262-416-2172 or terrylsoper@gmail.com if you plan to help out or if you have questions.

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Worship Times

Saturday Evening 

6:00 PM Traditional

Sunday Morning

8:00 AM Traditional
9:25 AM Discipleship Hour   

9:30 AM Blended
11:00 AM Contemporary 

Wednesday Evening
3:30 PM & 6:00 PM Lenten Services