January 3, 2019

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Connecting With A Life Group
Relationships matter! Have you ever felt alone, drifting in a sea of faces? Have you ever felt lost or detached? Now’s your time to connect with a Life Group!
Connections matter! Connections make us stronger, give us purpose, and help us grow. Whether you’re currently a group leader, interested in becoming a leader, looking to start a new group, or interested in joining a group, this is your opportunity to be strengthened, equipped, and prepared for connecting through a Life Group.
What is a Life Group, you ask? What opportunities for connections are available at St. John’s? How do I start connecting in a Life Group?
Join us Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 9:25 am in the school gym to learn more about connecting with a Life Group. Also,
SAVE THE DATE and join us for the St. John’s Connections Fair, Sunday, February 24, 2019.
Our life together is Real, Relevant, and Relational . . . together we are the body of Christ!


Calendar, Prayers, & the App


For the most up to date calendar and event information, visit our website at


“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
Like our REACH in Prayer page on Facebook and be a Prayer Warrior. 

Head to the
Apple or
Android App Store
and type St. John’s West Bend, and the app will appear.
You will know it is our app because of the “StJ” logo.  

EventsUpcoming Events 

Register Online HERE!


There are only TWO SPOTS LEFT!
Painting will be on Tuesday, January 22, from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Creative License in Hartford, WI. No need to be creative.  Plenty of ideas are available at Creative License. Feel free to bring your own ideas and patterns. Paints, tools, stamps, and stencils will be provided. Angela, owner of Creative License, will be there to guide you.
All plates will remain at Creative License to be “fired,” and the auction committee will take care of picking them up when finished. All painted plates are the property of St. John’s and will be auctioned off WITH a dessert at the auction.

If you sign up to paint a plate, you will need to provide a dessert for the evening of the auction. Partnering with someone to create a dessert for you could be a great way to connect with another member of St. John’s.
You can sign up for the Dessert Dash by using the St. John’s App or by emailing Julie Buss at
. Spots are limited to the first 16 artists who sign up. Questions/concerns, contact Julie Buss.


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The Church Basement Ladies’ newest production is here! This is a new musical comedy from this well known production! “Rise Up O’ Men” is what happens when you let the rooster into the hen house (or the men into the church kitchen). Will you have fun? You betcha! Tickets are $40. We will meet at church prior and carpool for those interested. Please contact the church office by Jan. 4th, 2019 to sign up. If you have any questions – please contact Denise Seibel at
or 262-412-0941.

Register & Pay Online HERE!
Download the brochure here,
and paper registration here. 


In Christ We Resolve 
Worship Reading: James 1:19-27, Matthew 5:13-20  


Every January we gather hope and expectation for the coming year. We resolve, “This is the year I will lose that extra weight.” We resolve, “This is the year I will complete that project.” We resolve, “This year will be different. I will be different.” We make our resolutions and we set our course, hoping the New Year will be better than the last.
For most of us, resolutions become a stumbling block or a reminder of our weaknesses. What if there is a better approach to the New Year and to resolutions?
James 1:17- 18, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of His own will, He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creation.”
God’s greatest gift, Jesus Christ has made every day a new day. In Him, we experience a new year every day. We don’t have to hope for the best; we have been given the best.   And in Jesus Christ, we have been given the freedom to follow Him where He leads.
This January, we will be learning much about Jesus, His family, and resolutions through James. Why James?
James teaches us what’s most important to Jesus. James reveals the priorities of Jesus’ family. James helps us discover resolutions worthy of our attention. In Christ, we resolve because we are in His family and know whom to follow.

Discipleship Hour

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Stewardship & Gifting

“For Today’s and Tomorrow’s Generations”


You are cordially invited to our annual dinner event hosted by the St. John’s West Bend Foundation. We would like to take this opportunity to
Connect, Care, and Share in Christ and to say “Thank you!” for all of the ongoing efforts and support of the Lord’s work, through the Foundation, in 2018.

Join us on Monday, February 11 for hors d’oeuvres and drinks at 6:00 PM and dinner at 6:30 PM in the Lower Level. 

As we gather together to celebrate the Lord’s work through His people, it is also an opportunity to learn about the exciting things the foundation has planned for 2019.

If you plan to attend, please
RSVP through the St. John’s App or click HERE by Friday, February 1.
We will gladly provide childcare. Please let us know the age of children attending so that we can coordinate volunteers. You can also download an invitation


If you have any questions, please contact Craig Toerpe, Director of Stewardship & Gifting at 262-707-3005 or



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:
February 2nd, 9am-1pm – Serve Food
March 9th, 9am-1pm – Serve Food and Clean
April 13th, 9am-1pm – Serve Food and Clean
Donate Goods – Nonperishable Food or Clothing
Click HERE to sign-up!


EducationEducational Ministries  

Do you know what your children are reading, watching, or playing during their screen time? The world is literally at their fingertips, and parents need to be equipped to help their children as they navigate this online landscape. 
Officer Brandon Knepprath of the West Bend Police Department will be here to share statistics, educate on unseen dangers, and empower parents to be part of their child’s screen time activities.
Childcare will be available. Please RSVP for childcare by online form, or call the school office at 262-334-3077.


Jan. 3 – School Resumes

Jan. 16 – PPO Online Safety Event 
Jan. 18 – End of Second Quarter
Jan. 21 – NO SCHOOL   
Jan. 24-27 – 7th & 8th Grade Basketball Tournament
Jan. 31-Feb. 2 – 5th & 6th Grade Basketball Tournament
Feb. 15 –
Mar. 19 – Academic Night
Mar. 22 – Diner Auction
Mar. 22 – End of Third Quarter

Mar. 25-29 – Spring Break

Fellowship Fellowship

LWML January Meeting 
Join us on Monday, January 14, at 7:00 PM in the gathering space for the Bible study “Shh! Peace. Be Still.”
Bring your Bibles and grow in remaining calm in and through stressful situations.
We also have some business to discuss for future plans.



St. John’s Guild 

St. John’s Guild will meet on Thursday, January 10th at 1:30 in the Fellowship Hall.  Our speaker, Craig Toerpe, will inform us about St. John’s Foundation. 


Partner Ministries

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Check out the new LWLHS quarterly newsletter
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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

9:30 AM Blended
11:00 AM Contemporary

Wednesday Evening 
6:00 PM Traditional