In the midst of so much change and uncertainty in the world, one thing stays the same: God is faithful and at work in ways that we can see and also in ways that we may never understand. One of those ways that we can see, though, is the way that He is at work in and through His faithful servants.
We would love for you to join us for an afternoon of celebrating one of those servants, Dawn Oldenettel, as she begins her retirement. Dawn has faithfully served the Lord at St. John’s for the past 8 years and has served for many more years alongside her husband Ron at churches and schools across the country. The church at large has been blessed by her dedicated service, and the family of St. John’s is honored to have been a part of God’s ministry through her!
Please join us on Sunday, July 19th from 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM at SonShine Community Park for lunch and a time of giving thanks for Dawn and her ministry here.
We will be practicing social distancing during this event, and ask that you bring your own lawn chairs and picnic blankets to help us spread out around the park and field. Lunch will be catered in and hand sanitizer will be available at each of the serving tables. A crew will be sanitizing the serving tables before and after lunch and helping to distribute food and drinks. Children will be free to play on the playground at the parents’ discretion; individual bags of chalk will also be provided so that children can color on the sidewalks.
Please RSVP to help us gauge the amount of food to order.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the church office.
We look forward to seeing you there to help us celebrate the blessing of Dawn!
Join us at Faith Haven on Saturday, July 25th from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM for a time of outdoor worship, prayer, music, snacks, fellowship, and three interactive discipleship stations as we reflect on Jesus being the Waymaker in our lives. Being outside allows us to spread out, move, and breathe in the fresh air. Please make sure to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on during our time of worship together and bug spray. All are welcome! Please RSVP with the link to the Google Form.
“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” (Psalm 133:1)
There’s an important question making its way around St. John’s these days. The question is: “When can our life group meet again?” St. John’s is here to assist you in seeking a prayerful answer.
When St. John’s closed its doors on in-person worship activities, our church leadership also made the difficult decision to cancel all life group gatherings until further notice for the sake of our church family’s health.
The impact of this decision varied: many groups have suspended activities while individuals stayed in touch; other life groups continued to meet on the internet or over the phone; some life groups even reported having conversations more frequently due to the quarantine. Whatever the case, it has been a great reminder that God is always at work in and through His people.
Now that we have begun to meet again in worship, the Unified Leaders of St. John’s are encouraging our life groups to consider doing the same. Our goal, Lord permitting, is to see the majority of our life groups restored and active at St. John’s by September, though we understand every life group will approach this differently.
Whether you’re a lay leader or a member of one of our many life groups, this is a time for reflection and conversation with one another. I invite you to prayerfully consider the following:
How did this quarantine impact your life group(s), when do you hope to meet again, and what would it take?
As these days come and go, remember that whether on earth, or in heaven, or when all of creation is restored, it is good to be together in the Lord.
Leaders: as you consider meeting, please reach out to your Management Team Lead for guidance on re-opening and procedures to consider. The official policy for re-opening Life Groups has been attached for informational purposes. In addition, please make use of the attached flowchart for some helpful questions to ask your group as you pursue fellowship once again.
As on-site services resume at St. John’s, we are looking for some volunteers to help us keep up with the sanitizing procedures between services.
We are looking for adults 18+, people who are not considered high risk individuals, and people who are not already actively serving on a ministry team (we are trying to lighten the load of the ushers and other ministry leaders already serving in worship; however, if you are an usher or worship team leader, you are more than welcome to volunteer for a Sunday service as you feel led).
Volunteers can sign up to sanitize after the 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, or 11:00 AM Sunday services (Saturday and Wednesday services will be taken care of by usher teams). We will create a rotating schedule of 2 people per service to get us through the summer or for as long as these procedures need to be in place.
The procedures include sanitizing:
-Offering box surface
-Chairs used in the narthex or by the fireplace
-Any other frequently touched surfaces (note, this does NOT include cleaning bathrooms but DOES include the door handles for the bathrooms)
Teams will be overseen by Asst. Worship Director Rachel Morton, and by sextons Bob Krause and John Ehlke. Once responses have been collected, Rachel will email the schedule to everyone.
Confirmation has probably been a word at the back of your mind, if at all, in these troubled days. Due to the Coronavirus, our plans and routines have been thrown into disarray as businesses, churches, schools, and jobs have closed their doors. Even as society begins to open up again, it may take some time before we’re “back to normal.” So, what does that mean for those seeking to confirm their faith?
To use the old phrase: “There’s no time like the present.”
At St. John’s, we do confirmation a little differently. Our approach is built around voluntary confirmation, which is confirmand-driven, and church-supported. Pastors work with one-on-one with families in a relaxed, conversational atmosphere as we seek to help our confirmands take ownership of their faith and step forward with confidence in their beliefs alongside the rest of the church. When pastoral conversations are concluded, confirmands join the next available Promises of Grace class to complete the process and be both welcomed and celebrated with the rest of our new members.
Unsurprisingly, this “small scale” approach to confirmation allows both families and pastors a great deal of flexibility for scheduling, and even for taking proper precautions in the midst of times like these. Confirmation conversations have successfully been ongoing, even now.
God’s promises are good at all times, and these times, in particular, are rich for exploring how faith and life come together in real ways. Don’t add it to the always-growing list of “I’ll get to that later.” Come and see; come and be blessed!
Whether you’re seeking to confirm your faith or want to support someone in your house as they seek to confirm theirs, give the church office a call (262-334-4901), and we’ll see how we can walk together with you.
I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord!” (Ps. 122:1)
St. John’s West Bend – Worship Re-opening Unified Leader’s Announcement
Excited to Open Safely!
We are excited to open again for worship following our usual worship schedule. However, recognizing that COVID-19 is still a threat, we wanted to share with you some precautions that we at St. John’s are taking and that we are asking you to take as you prepare to attend worship.
Please watch the video and download the letter to learn how we continue to honor God and our community.
After much prayerful deliberation, planning with our venue, and conversations with our speaker, the Women’s Retreat Committee has decided to postpone the Fall 2020 retreat to September 2021. The decision was not made lightly, but out of love and concern for the women of St. John’s and also for those who serve on behalf of our venue.
We are very excited for the future of the Women’s Retreat, and we look forward to walking through the theme “Identity Crisis” with you next Fall! So mark your calendars….September 24-26, 2021 we will be heading to the Green Lake Convention Center with our speaker, Karen Lippert, for a time of renewal and recreation as we talk about what it means to find your identity and your vocation in Christ!
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