February 8, 2018

Parents Night Out

Parents, do you remember the days when you could stroll down a tree lined sidewalk, hand in hand, and take small moments to look into each other’s eyes and dream about the future? How about when you used to be able to just run to the store quick and pick up a couple of things? When you do that now, do you have to accommodate a tiny human pulling you to go faster or demanding to visit the candy aisle? What about dinner at a nice restaurant? Do you remember sitting off in the corner together, laughing and wondering what tomorrow brings? Now, are you stuffing your tired body into a hamster-house looking play area trying not to be the parent of “those kids?” 

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.


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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EventsUpcoming Events 

Milwaukee Rescue Mission
Join us in serving over 150 people on February 10 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.
For more information, contact Alan Lull at 262-707-9198 

Town Hall Meeting

As we near the conclusion of our 3-year Ministry Plan, your Leadership Board invites you to attend a Town Hall meeting on
February 11 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.
Please contact the Church Office for any additional questions at 262-334-4901 or

Youth Chili Dinner Fundraiser 

Enjoy a home cooked chili dinner on February 14 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Lower Level and help the Youth Group raise money for the National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis next year! The Youth in Ministry at St. John’s are inviting you to enjoy a delicious homemade chili dinner with plenty of toppings. The dinner will also feature tasty desserts, beverages (milk, lemonade, coffee, water), as well as hot dogs and buttered bread for those who prefer.
Tickets will be available for purchase after each church service in the Gathering Space, beginning 1/27. Tickets are $5 per individual, or $20 per family. Walk-ins and donations welcome!  
We are also accepting donations of certain food items to cut back on food costs. Check the list when you buy a ticket!
For more  information, contact David Nieman at 575-499-8016 or

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



Imagine being an Israelite in the time of Moses and watching him come down from the mountain, his face glowing brightly because he has SEEN the radiance of God himself, and now you are experiencing the glory of God through him. What a mountaintop experience in life! Fast forward to the time of Jesus, and imagine you are standing with the three disciples on the mountain as you watch Jesus’s clothes become “dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.” Moses and Elijah appear with Him and you hear the voice of God come from the heavens saying “This is my Son whom I love. Listen to Him.” Another mountaintop experience in life!
We know that we will not physically see Jesus until He returns on that final day, but do you realize that each weekend we have the opportunity to experience the glory of the Lord through His gifts to us in worship? And just like the disciples, we are then sent out from that “mountaintop experience” to be reflectors of God’s glorious light to the world!

Ash Wednesday: Places of Passion

“For God so loved the world. . .”

That’s the beginning of a familiar verse for many. Maybe before moving onto the next written sentence, you finished it in your mind; “that He gave His only Son”. It is in that following phrase that we can see our season of Lent and beckon to Ash Wednesday.

The season of Lent leads us as disciples to walk a measured and reflective journey to the cross of Jesus; the ultimate place of His passion. Ash Wednesday allows us to begin that journey together in worship. Even amidst the dusty ashes of our brokenness, God gave us His Son. Even amidst a season of reflection and repentance, Easter is in sight. And even amidst our Lenten journey together, our joy and hope is secure; “That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Discipleship Hour

Discipleship Hour New Large Group Session    

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

Being Christian Now


Discipleship in as many places as possible. 

StewardshipStewardship and Gifting 

A Timeless Tradition
Continue to check the auction display board found in the Gathering Space for the latest information about projects, highlights of timeless auction traditions, and brand new traditions for future generations.
The St. John’s West Bend Foundation will graciously support the auction again this year by providing a fifty-cent per net dollar match up to $50,000. We praise God for the generosity of our Foundation Board and the people who continue to support its work.
With the success of the online auction last year, bidding will begin on February 23, for items including: the children’s classroom projects, reserved seating for children’s programs, St. John’s retreat packages, sports memorabilia, and other unique items. These items will only be available online, so bid high and bid often.
God’s hand continues to bless the ministry of St. John’s by all of the generous donations we have received so far, in addition to Fund-a-Need cards that have already been returned, and all of the people working together to host this fellowship and fundraising event. We are seeing Discipleship in as many places as possible lived out.
All of this could not happen without this year’s Auction Committee: Heath Ashenfelter, Julie Buss, Nicole Myrhum, Brian Pesch, Kim Rasmussen, Holli Thierer and Craig Toerpe. Please pray for these leaders and encourage them and the work they are doing for our ministry. We will see you in six weeks at Terrace 167!
and let your friends know on Facebook and Twitter. 

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 Enrollmrnt 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.

Feb. 12 – NO SCHOOL
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

LWML Meeting 

Lutheran Women in Mission will meet on Monday,
February 12 at 7:00 PM in the church’s gathering space. We will pack up the care packages for our college students and look ahead to March’s “Munchies for Mites” bake sale. Bring individually wrapped treats such as granola bars, crackers, fruit snacks, hot chocolate, etc.
For more information, please contact Pam Muther at 262-338-9435 or


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Worship Times

Saturday Evening 

6:00 PM Traditional

Sunday Morning

8:00 AM Traditional
9:25 AM Town Hall Meeting  

9:30 AM Blended
11:00 AM Contemporary 

Wednesday Evening
6:00 PM Lenten Services