Is there a better picture for the celebration of God’s creation than the one Debbie Buck captured with her family while spending time at Faith Haven? It never ceases to amaze how the Lord can speak to us when we need it most. During this time of the global pandemic, civil unrest, and as we all struggle with what “getting back to normal” looks like, one constant is the hope and assurance that God is in control , and the Three Truths continue to ring true.
It’s All His, He Saves, and His Will is What’s Best
Faith Haven is a unique place to spend time with God’s Word while also spending time in God’s creation. Ken Felsecker and Brett Bergquist have been leading a dedicated group of volunteers to maintain and improve the property and assure that Faith Haven is a place that generations will be able to enjoy. Many improvements have been made at Faith Haven, from the entrance expansion and garage project to maintenance of the trails, scripture rocks, three crosses meditation area and worship space.
Enjoy Faith Haven and celebrate God’s creation as we continue to Connect, Care, and Share in Christ. Enjoy and be blessed!
Discipleship in as many places as possible
Confirmation of Faith
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)
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.
Celebrating the Lord’s Supper During this Time of Pandemic
We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper next on Sunday, July 5 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
We are joyfully looking forward to receiving the Lord’s Body and Blood as a family together, even in this strange time!
St. John’s West Bend – Worship Re-opening Unified Leader’s Announcement
Excited to Open Safely!
Dear Friends in Christ,
We are excited to be worshipping together again, 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.
First, if you are ill in any way or have been ill in the last week, please worship using our online resources to avoid spreading any illness to your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Second, when you arrive to church, please maintain six feet of distance from those who are not a part of your household and enter only through the main entrance. Please note that a household or “family unit” is anyone who lives with you.
Third, you are strongly encouraged to wear a mask to worship for the sake of your neighbor.
Fourth, we will be employing a social distancing seating plan in the sanctuary Each household will be seated in a pew on one end. An usher will guide you to an appropriate seat. In addition, we will only be able to seat 54 family units in the sanctuary for worship. Worshippers who typically worship at 9:30 or 11 am on Sunday are strongly urged to worship at 8 am Sunday or on Saturday or Wednesday night. It is not our intent to turn anyone away, but we reserve the right to do so in order to maintain appropriate capacity and social distancing procedures.
Finally, please note that there will not be a greeting or a passing of the peace and that any offering can be placed in the collection box in the narthex.
In addition to these precautions, we will be sanitizing the sanctuary and all high contact surfaces after each worship service.
Regarding the Lord’s Supper, we will not be celebrating the Lord’s Supper in the sanctuary in June, but will celebrate “in-vehicle” communion on June 7th just as we did in May.
These precautions have been developed under the CDC and Washington-Ozaukee County guidelines for faith communities so that we might gather for worship in a responsible manner.
We continue to give thanks to God for being able to gather together once again, and ask that those who do gather would follow these guidelines out of care and concern for fellow members of the body of Christ.
We also recognize that there are many who have concerns about large gathering, have underlying health conditions, or are in what medical professionals would deem an “at-risk” category and thus would prefer not to attend worship in person at this time. The St. John’s worship team will continue to provide online worship during this time so that God’s people might be fed with His word and His promises.
Please continue to pray for our pastors, staff and leaders here at St. John’s as they see to the work of the church and for all who suffer from this pandemic, trusting that our Lord hears our prayers and acts upon them in His good and gracious will.
Attention all Railroad Guests! Unfortunately Rocky Railway has been derailed in a previous town and will not be able to make it to St. John’s in July. We hope you hop on board next year, when Rocky Railway comes steaming through West Bend!
Even though the train has been derailed, we are putting together a virtual VBS you can experience in the comfort of your home during the week of July 6-10. During this Covid-19 pandemic, it is important to remember God is with us! Be on the lookout for more information to follow!
As we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, we invite you to enroll now in our K4 classroom. We have multiple options, including a half-day morning class or full day classroom. The deadline to enroll is June 30. If you have any questions, please contact us at 262-429-1061.
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