February 22, 2018

Important Conversations Regarding St. John’s Worship

Discipleship Hour 
9:25 AM – 10:30 AM 
St. John’s School Gymnasium 


Pastor Dorth asked the congregation to submit questions regarding the Worship Life of St. John’s last Sunday. Here are some of the questions asked:

Who can read the Gospel?

Who is authorized to give absolution?

What does administer the Sacrament mean?

What s the Office of the Keys?

Who can stand in the pulpit and preach?

What can women do in service? 

As usual, the family of St. John’s provided great questions and high engagement and participation. During the next weeks, Pastor Dorth will take the opportunity to answer some of your questions regarding St. John’s Worship Life. Pastor will guide us through the topics: the servants in worship, preparing guests to receive (or not) the Lord’s Supper, and offering. The goal of these conversations is to empower, equip, and deploy the members for service in worship, while also strengthening the understanding of the office of the ministry about Being Christian Now. Come join these important conversations.

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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 

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

Easter Egg Hunt 

Our annual Easter Egg Hunt is a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to gather at St. John’s for a morning filled with fun, fellowship, and of course EASTER EGGS!

It may still be chilly that Saturday so bring a coat and gloves along with your Easter Basket.

Children ages 1yr-10yrs are welcome to participate. Join us on Saturday, March 24 beginning at 9:00 AM.

If you would like to donate candy for the eggs, please drop these donations off at the ECC, School, or Church offices before March 12. See you there!

If you have questions, contact Becky Augustine at 262-365-8187 or


Brought to the Cross: Promised

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 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 

Places of Passion: Gethsemane: A Place of Strength

Readings for Lenten Worship: Romans 8:26-39, Luke 22:39-46 

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 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

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


Be sure to join us through
March 18, in the School Gymnasium as one large group during the next session of Discipleship Hour where we will learn:

The Servants in Worship 
Preparing Guests to Receive (or not) the Lord’s Supper 

Discipleship in as many places as possible. 

StewardshipStewardship and Gifting 

A Timeless Tradition
Early Bird Registration has been EXTENDED through Friday, February 24 and the last day to purchase auction tickets will be March 2.

and let your friends know on Facebook and Twitter.  

This is the 2nd year of St. John’s hosting an online auction, and it begins
TOMORROW, February 23. It is an opportunity for everyone to participate, whether you are attending the auction or not. Items featured this year include all of the classroom projects from the ECC, Elementary and Middle School. These projects are unique to the class, but anyone can bid on them. More items include: autographed sports memorabilia, family get-a-way packages, Harley Davidson leather jackets, and jewelry. These items are exclusive to the online auction. Don’t miss the opportunity to win them.
Click Here to access the St. John’s Online Auction.

For those of you attending the auction, you will also be able to see many of the LIVE, Super Silent, and Silent auction items that will be available to bid on the night of the auction. Don’t delay. Reserve your tickets today!

The online auction will close on Sunday, March 11th at 8:00PM. Make sure to log on and see the many thoughtful and creative projects the children of St. John’s have been working on. Enjoy!

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

EducationEducational Ministries  

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

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. Studies start Monday, February 26 and Wednesday, February 28.  


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. 

Women’s Game Night

Women’s Game night is a good opportunity for a fun night out with other Christian women. There will be a variety of games to play – but bring your favorites along too!

Please bring a snack or beverage to share on
Friday, March 2 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM in the church fellowship hall.

Please join us and bring a friend ~ Don’t forget your “A” game!

For questions, please contact the church office or Denise Seibel at 262-412-0941 or

Card Ministry 

Please join us as we make Baptism, New Member, and Easter (shut-ins) cards. Come with your ideas and supplies for a morning of creative fun! We will meet in the church’s Fellowship Hall at 9:00 AM on Saturday, March 3.

Contact Pam Muther at


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