February 7, 2019

St. John’s Connections Fair
Sunday, February 24, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
School Gymnasium
Connections matter, relationships matter, and life together is real, relevant, and relational. As we continue live out the mission and vision of St. John’s, our life of discipleship is dependent on connecting with Life Groups.
God designed us to be together in relationships, and we know connections make us stronger, give us purpose, and help us grow. St. John’s is excited to host our first ever Connections Fair, providing an opportunity to visit 36 booths representing different St. John’s Life Groups. Each booth will provide information, answer questions, and provide an opportunity to get connected in a Life Group. There is a Life Group opportunity for all ages.
Below is a list of the Life Groups that will be represented at the Connections Fair. Plan out the morning to make sure you can connect with all the Life Groups that you are interested in. There is also an opportunity to learn how to start a life group.
Join us as we Connect, Care, and Share in Christ.
1. Transportation                                              10. Campus Care                                                                               
2. Ushers                                                          11. Adult Choir                                                                                   
3. Leadership Board                                         12. Handbells                                                    
4. Spiritual Health Ministry                                13. Altar Guild                                                                   
5. Ladies’ Aide                                                  14. Worship A/V                                                                               
6. Ladies’ Guild                                                 15. Worship Team                                                                                     
7. LWML                                                           16. Lay Readers
8. Quilters                                                         17. Educational Ministries
9. Financial Peace University                           18. Missions                                                                      
19. TAG/BASH                                                  25. Home Group                                                                               
20. Life Connections                                         26. Couple’s Retreat                                                       
21. Children’s Ministries                                    27. Men’s Retreat            
22. Axios!                                                          28. Women’s Retreat          
23. On the Verge                                               

24. Camp Invention                                                                                                                         

29. Softball
32. Golf
30. Trap Shooting                                              33. Summer Sports Camp                                                                   
31. Basketball                                                                                                                                   
34. Thursday Morning Bible Study
35. Sister-to-Sister                                                                                                           
36. How to Start a Life Group


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1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
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Life Connections: Bringing Christ’s Life into Our Relationships

Worship Reading: Galatians 2:19-21, John 5:19-24 


This week we kick off a new worship series, “Life Connections.” There has been a lot of life connections talk lately; Life Groups, the Connections Pastor search, and an upcoming Connection Fair. But why? So that we, as disciples, continue and improve at “Bringing Christ’s Life into Our Relationships.”
As we gather and share in the grace of God, consider the impacts of your connections as God’s people and the world He sends us into. Consider His word in Galatians 2 and John 5, and connect the dots in how God has called you to Bring Christ’s Life into YOUR relationships.  

Discipleship Hour

Discipleship Hour Winter Breakout Sessions!
Join us at 9:25 AM in the School Gym. 

Stewardship & Gifting


Our Vision 
Technology Upgrades to Help YOU!! 
In November, we invested in upgrading our communication by adding the St. John’s App to an already robust Communication Ministry with existing platforms like the Connections E-Newsletter, website, Elementary & Middle School Sycamore System, and Worship Info. Guide & Pre-service Slides. Many of you have embraced the St. John’s App with great fanfare.
Did you know that we also introduced a new electronic giving platform which can be accessed via the St. John’s App and our website? The reason for this upgrade? Simply put, the leadership of St. John’s wants to help you connect and make giving as easy as possible.
Let’s be hones.  Most of our financial transactions are already done via electronic banking: mortgage, utility bills, cell phone bill, gym membership, tuition payments, etc. Why then, do we not do this with our first fruit giving? As good stewards of all that the Lord has given us, we should give to the Lord in the same meaningful way we do when paying our bills.
A lot of our unfaithfulness in stewardship comes from fear. How would our generosity change if we trusted the Lord more?
Contact Craig Toerpe, Director of Stewardship and Gifting at 262-33-4901 or
for questions or more information.



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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:
March 9th, 9am-1pm – Serve Food and Clean
April 13th, 9am-1pm – Serve Food and Clean
Donate Goods – Nonperishable Food or Clothing
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EducationEducational Ministries  



Camp Invention is back this summer at St. John’s!
The ALL NEW 2019 Camp Invention® program, Supercharged, features superheroes, real fossils, programmable robots and more! Register your child for a week of collaboration, design and problem-solving skills in an energizing program led by our very own staff – Marcia Milam will serve as Administrator; Leah Toerpe, will serve as Assistant Administrator; Craig Toerpe, Sarah Schultz, and Mel Raddemann are returning to serve as instructors. We guarantee your child will love this fun learning experience!
St. John’s Lutheran School
June 17 – June 21, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Questions? Contact Marcia Milam at mmilam@stjohnswestbend.org 
Sign up by March 19 to save $25 
Use promo-code: INNOVATE25 
Support our program HERE!  

2019 Camp Invention Program - Supercharged™
2019 Camp Invention Program – Supercharged™



Feb. 15 –
Mar. 19 – Academic Night
Mar. 22 – Dinner Auction
Mar. 22 – End of Third Quarter

Mar. 25-29 – Spring Break

April 12 – Spring Musical (Grades 1-5)
April 19 – Good Friday
April 22 – Easter Monday

Fellowship Fellowship


Join us for futsal in the St. John’s school gymnasium Wednesday evenings. Reconnect with old friends and make new friends all while you get in some great cardio. This event is for 8th graders and up. Please call with questions and RSVP to 414-322-3869.  



Card Ministry 

Please join us as we make cards for those members who need encouragement. Come with your ideas and supplies for a morning of creative fun! We will meet in the church’s Fellowship Hall at 9 AM on Saturday, February 9.
Questions? Contact Pam Muther at pjmuther@yahoo.com.




College Student Care Package

Lutheran Women in Mission would love to send our St. John’s college students a care package. We need their current addresses! Please guarantee they will receive a package from us by sending an e-mail to
pjmuther@yahoo.com or by filling out the information and giving it to an usher or turning it in to the church office by
February 10, 2019.
LWML Ladies: We will meet on
Tuesday, February 12, at 7:00 PM to pack the boxes for college students in the gathering space. Please note the change in date due to the Foundation dinner. Bring your donations of granola bars, drink mixes, candy etc. to encourage our St. John’s college students!




Partner Ministries

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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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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 
6:00 PM Traditional