Connections E-Newsletter – January 28, 2021
Faith Haven in the winter!?
Join St. John’s Children’s Ministry and BASH (4th-7th grade) for Snow Day at Faith Haven. We have lots of fun activities planned, including some BASH games and a kid-friendly devotion.
Located at 7622 Townline Road, Faith Haven is a favorite summer recreation spot. On Saturday, February 6, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, it will become a favorite winter recreation destination. All families are welcome! Come for a for the entire two hours or hang out for a little bit. We will have the entrance and parking area by the garage plowed, and rest-room facilities will be available. We will even have hot drinks and a nice warm bonfire to gather around.
You are also free to go on a hike and explore the many trails at Faith Haven. RSVP through St. John’s App and if you have any questions, contact Desiree at 262-334-3591 ext.508 or Alan at 262-707-9198.
Let’s celebrate God’s creation together while we Connect, Care, and Share in Christ.
St. John’s Couple’s Day-Treat
Hello St. John’s Couples!
The Lord’s Church invites you! Isn’t that Good News? To be invited to something allows us to say, “Yes, I will be there!” or “No, thank you.” We hope you say “Yes!”
The St. John’s Couple’s Retreat Committee has worked on our next St. John’s annual “getaway” retreat since way back last February (remember back then… before all this pandemic stuff?) We had a blast in Galena, IL learning how we are “Sparked by the Spirit”! It was fun and a bit spicy, especially for some of us! (talk with Pastor Hesse for details). 
We have been planning to return to Galena in 2021 to a new venue . . . an awesome boutique hotel (March 5th-7th). But alas . . . the pandemic! It’s a no-go for Galena and Door County (we tried) for a 2021 getaway retreat this year (at least one that would be up to our normal “standards” of fun, learning, rest, and growth together as married couples).
But . . . don’t let this get you down! When the Lord closes one path, He often provides another option. So, the Couple’s Retreat Committee got to work to see what we could do to bless you and your Household of Faith through this important ministry. We are excited to announce the 2021 St. John’s Couple’s Day-Treat! We don’t have a fancy theme or logo . . . but the idea is to Re-Connect as couples and have some fun . . . laughing together. Maybe the theme could be . . . Let’s Re-Connect – Fun & Marriage!
Invite Details (RSVP Required – see sign-up link below):
What:          2021 St. John’s Couple’s Day-Treat
Let’s Re-Connect – Fun & Marriage!
Where:       St. John’s Lutheran Church – Sanctuary
When:        March 6 from10:00am – 2:00pm
Cost:          $40 per couple – pay at the door by cash or check only (includes lunch and a special gift)
Child Care: Not available
Mask Req.: Yes, masks are required according to current Church protocols.
Livestream or Recorded: No
Spots are limited (approx. 60 couples) due to current protocols. To reserve your spot (first-come, first-served basis), please click on the following Registration Link:
We hope to see you at the 2021 St. John’s Couple’s Day-Treat – invite your married friends! God bless you and your household!
St. John’s Couple’s Retreat Committee
What does Jesus Bring to your Household?
As we heard this weekend, Jesus invites us to bring our garbage to the curb and promises to remove our sin. The time is fulfilled, the Kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe in the gospel! This is the Good News we have the joy to hear, believe and share as part of the Lord’s Church.
What plans can we make in our Households of Faith before the Lord calls us home to Him?
God has provided His spiritual and temporal gifts to each of us in our households. Like the Father of the Prodigal Son, who blessed the wayward son when he returned, we are given provisions underserved yet real. This assurance gives members of the larger Household of Faith (Christ’s Church) a tremendous opportunity. We can make provisions of what we possess during life and within our estates sharing what we are given for those we love – both family and ministry.
Provisions include the temporal ‘things’ like property that we use during life and that we leave behind. We are called to love our family, so we provide for them during life. When we are no longer here, they may not all have the same abilities to benefit from lump sums at once. For example, minor children need management provisions as do loved ones who might be less experienced in managing a budget.
Provisions also include spiritual things, legacy gifts that celebrate the Good News! Such provisions don’t compete but are complementary. Our last will and testament, trusts or beneficiary designations can share both temporal and spiritual blessings with our family in an appropriate way. Sharing spiritual gifts can be a statement of faith to witness to those most dear. It also can be continuing support to advance God’s work on earth. Your St. John’s West Bend Foundation can help. 
Contact Pastor Jeff Hesse at St. John’s Church at (262) 334-4901 / or Craig Toerpe, Gift Planning Counselor of the LCMS Foundation at (262) 707-3005 / to discuss opportunities in your current plans (or a new plan) to take advantage of providing your family and your church the love of God in Jesus. Good News!
Community Announcement: COVID Vaccine available to 65+ and up
Brothers and sisters, the COVID-19 vaccine is now being made available for people 65 and older. We have made the information available online to aid in household awareness and decision-making. Keep in mind that supplies are limited and that it may take some time to be vaccinated, even if you register early.
Getting the Vaccine
  • The vaccine will be either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
  • You should talk to your primary healthcare provider before making an appointment — they may get it to you faster.
  • Registration online is only open on Mondays and fills up fast. Check the following Monday if registration is closed.
  • You can sign up online using this link:
  • Soon after submitting a form, the county will get in touch with you.
  • If you go through this website, vaccines are only available for residents of Washington or Ozaukee counties who are 65 years of age or older.
  • If you’re in another county, please contact your county’s local health department or the Wisconsin DHS for more guidance.
For a helpful Lutheran perspective on receiving the vaccine, please take a look at the letter published by Matthew Harrison, LCMS Synodical President, which provides thoughtful responses to common questions with a faithful viewpoint in mind. You can view the letter HERE.
Keep the process, our medical care workers, and the people of Wisconsin and the world in your prayers as we wait on God’s provision and mercy in the face of the pandemic. We know that all healing ultimately comes from the Lord — He is our rock and our redeemer.
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2021 Contribution Envelopes can be picked up in the Church Gathering Space.
DO NOT use prior years envelopes.
Take note that 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 contribution envelopes or no envelopes were provided, a signup sheet will be available to request them.
Assistance from the Finance Ministry Team will be provided on the weekends.
Discipleship in as many places as possible.
Faithful Disciples, Academic Excellence, Christian Leaders
Contact St. John’s Elementary & Middle School for Enrollment Options: 262-334-3077 or email
Contact St. John’s Early Childhood Center for Enrollment Options: 262-429-1061 or email
Partner Ministries
Contact the office to learn how to join the Living Word Luther High School family.
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6:00 PM Discipleship Hour
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6:00 PM Traditional
8:00 AM Traditional
9:30 AM Blended
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11:00 AM Contemporary

809 South 6th Ave
West Bend, WI 53095
Church Office: 262-334-4901