January 31, 2019

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You are invited to register for the 2019 St. John’s Couples Retreat in Sister Bay (Door County) from February 8th-10th.
Jesus said in Matthew 19 (verses 4 & 5b),
“Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female . . . and the two shall become one flesh?”
This is a formula that only makes sense in the power of God! God created each of us uniquely “man” or “woman,” yet brings husband and wife together as “one” in marriage – Coupled in Christ! What does this look like in your marriage now? What does Jesus have to say? What did He model for us? This will be our journey at this year’s retreat. There will be lots to laugh about and celebrate as we gather together Connecting, Caring, and Sharing in Christ!
We are blessed to have reserved the entire Birchwood Lodge for our time together. Each room at Birchwood Lodge comes equipped with a gas fireplace, kitchenette, and two-person whirlpool tub. The resort also has a heated indoor pool, Swedish sauna, fitness center, and game room. The Couples Retreat Committee has also planned an optional Saturday evening Progressive Dinner. It is a lot of fun! A heated trolley will whisk you away to a surprise romantic location for hors-d’oeuvres, cocktails, an elegant dinner, and decadent dessert.
The St. John’s Couple’s Retreat will help you take time to relax together, away from the stresses and strains of life, and reconnect you with the love and joy from the first moments of your marriage. At the center of the weekend is study and application of God’s Word, and fun, lots of fun!
heck out the video below from the Retreat Committee as we tried to have a little fun with this year’s theme.
Don’t miss this opportunity to get to know other couples, enjoy a fine restaurant, or just get some important downtime together. Whatever you choose to do, your marriage is Coupled in Christ and will be strengthened by this retreat weekend.
The deadline to register is quickly approaching, and spots are filling up. If you would like to go to the retreat, but financial resources are too tight, please contact Pastor Hesse in the Church Office to discuss ways we can support you. Please join us – we would love to get to know you better. Don’t miss out!
Click here to register as soon as you can or talk to one of the couples on the Couples Retreat Committee: Pastor Jeff & Chris Hesse, Eric & Janice Rassmussen, Norm & Kathy Finster, Matt & Marie Adams, or Josh & Melissa Bobinski.


Couples Retreat 2019 Promo 
Couples Retreat 2019 Promo



Special Announcement


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
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Daily Devotions

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EventsUpcoming Events 

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Connections Fair

Sunday, February 24, we are excited to host our first ever Connections Fair at 9:30 AM in the school gymnasium. Everyone is encouraged and invited to attend. This is an opportunity to hear more about some of our current Life Groups, find out how to start your own Life Group, and connect into the family of St. John’s.



In Christ We Resolve

. . . to Remain Patient to Him  

Worship Reading: James 5:7-18, Matthew 5:2-12


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.  
Download the Series Tool HERE. 

Discipleship Hour

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

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  



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 February 8 to save $35 
Use promocode: A35EMAIL

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



Jan. 31 – 

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

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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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
9:25 AM Discipleship Hour 

9:30 AM Blended
11:00 AM Contemporary

Wednesday Evening 
6:00 PM Traditional