March 1, 2018

A Timeless Tradition
This is the last weekend to purchase auction tickets. Registration will be available through Sunday, March 4.

and let your friends know on Facebook and Twitter.  

St. John’s is rooted in discipleship and fellowship with one another and what better way than gathered around good food. The auction is a great place for all of this.

Auction Menu
Hand-passed Appetizers:

Shrimp Scampi w/ Lemon Butter & Garlic 
Tenderloin Crostini w/ Caramelized Onions, Muenster Cheese, and Bistro Sauce

Brie Cheese & Fresh Raspberry Phyllos
Stuffed Mushroom Florentine w/ a Spinach, Vegetable, & Crouton Dressing
European Stations Buffet

Cold Stations:
Freshly Baked Breads and Rolls
Caesar Salad of Romaine Lettuce Tossed in Caesar Dressing, Parmesan Cheese, and Croutons
Mesclun Salad of Greens Tossed in Balsamic Vinaigrette with Toasted Almonds, Dried Cranberries, and

     Red Onions
Garden Trays of Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, and Domestic Cheeses
Carving Station:
Chef Carved Roast Sirloin of Beef & Herbed Turkey Breast w/ Sauce Naturale, Horseradish, Stone Ground
     Mustard, and Bistro Sauce
Grilled Asparagus, Peppers, and Onions
Martini Mac & Cheese Station;
Lobster Mac: Lobster w/ Gemelli Pasta w/ Gruyere & Fontina Cheeses
Margherita Mac: Cavatappi Pasta Sautéed w/ Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Parmesan, and Basil
Quesadilla Station:
Brie Cheese & Caramelized Pear Quesadillas, Grilled Chicken & Caramelized Onion Quesadillas, and

     Roasted Asparagus, Bacon, & Provolone Quesadillas
Tortilla Chips with Avocado Herb Salsa Verde, Roasted Cherry Tomato & Garlic Salsa, and Black Bean &

     Corn Salsa


Coffee & Dessert Station:
Colombian Regular and Hazelnut Decaffeinated Coffee accompanied with Whipped Cream, Cinnamon

     Sticks, Chocolate Powder, Chocolate Jimmies
Chocolate Covered Strawberries

This is the 2nd year of St. John’s hosting an online auction, and it is an opportunity for everyone to participate, whether you are attending the auction or not. Items featured this year include all of the classroom projects from the ECC, Elementary and Middle School. These projects are unique to the class, but anyone can bid on them. More items include: autographed sports memorabilia, family get-a-way packages, Harley Davidson leather jackets, and jewelry. These items are exclusive to the online auction. Don’t miss the opportunity to win them.
Click Here to access the St. John’s Online Auction.

For those of you attending the auction, you will also be able to see many of the LIVE, Super Silent, and Silent auction items that will be available to bid on the night of the auction. Don’t delay. Reserve your tickets today!

The online auction will close on Sunday, March 11th at 8:00PM. Make sure to log on and see the many thoughtful and creative projects the children of St. John’s have been working on. Enjoy!

Questions, please contact Craig Toerpe at 262-334-4901 or

Calendar & Prayers


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  “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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Special Announcements

Linda Prochnow says, “Thank you.”

I have loved serving on staff at St. John’s and especially helping people who interact with the Administrative office. I will miss seeing, talking, and being blessed by the people that visit or call my desk daily. Thank you all for the kind words and gifts as I pursue the next chapter God has planned for me. 

EventsUpcoming Events 

Harvest House Meal Ministry

Does serving the under-served in our community a warm meal, a smile, and an open heart appeal to you? If so, you are welcome to join a St. John’s team of servers on
March 10 from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM for Harvest House at St. James Episcopal Church, 148 S. 8th Ave., West Bend.

If baking is your passion, cookies, bars, and pies are needed. Please drop them off on Friday, March 9, before noon, in the kitchen and label them “Harvest House.”

Please contact Terry Soper at 262-416-2172 or if you plan to help out or if you have questions.

On the Verge Bible Study – Being Still 

 St. John’s On the Verge Group invites anyone in their 20s or 30s to join a new, three session bible study, meeting once a month, to talk about “Being Still.” Study will be held at Becky Augustine’s house, 1310 S. 7th Ave., West Bend, from 9:00 Am to 10:00 AM on
March 10, April 14, and May 12.

We live in a world that increasingly asks for more of our time – how are we to find moments of peace and stillness within ourselves, when we are with others, and before God? Join us, discuss, learn, and enjoy relaxed fellowship together.

For more information, contact Pastor Nieman at

Easter Egg Hunt 

Our annual Easter Egg Hunt is a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to gather at St. John’s for a morning filled with fun, fellowship, and, of course, EASTER EGGS!

It may still be chilly that Saturday so bring a coat and gloves along with your Easter Basket.

Children ages 1yr-10yrs are welcome to participate. Join us on Saturday, March 24 beginning at 9:00 AM.

If you would like to donate candy for the eggs, please drop these donations off at the ECC, School, or Church offices before March 12. See you there!

If you have questions, contact Becky Augustine at 262-365-8187 or

2018 Men’s Retreat
Registration opens TODAY!

Download a brochure and a registration form and turn it in to the Church Office.


Brought to the Cross: Fulfilled

Readings for Worship:
Exodus 20:1-17,
Psalm 19:7-11, 14,
John 2:13-22   

The weekends of Lent are a journey in and of themselves.  What does a faithful journey to the cross of Jesus look like, even with our eyes in full focus of the hope of the resurrection? Is this journey still needed? What weights of life do we still carry with us? Is there hope and grace along the way?

Yes! In and through the cross of Jesus, there is no pain, no sorrow and no loss that He has not filled; no amount of loneliness or despair that He did not endure; no sickness or mistake that He did not experience. Misery, insecurity, or abandonment: there is nothing that He did not feel. For on that day, He took all the pain, all experience, and all sin upon Himself. Bearing all for us, so that we can be free.

This is what it means to be brought to the Cross: Delivered, Promised, Fulfilled, Healed, and Ransomed.

Week 3 – Brought to the Cross: Fulfilled
Week 4 – Brought to the Cross: Healed

Week 5 – Brought to the Cross: Ransomed 

Places of the Passion: The Betrayal, A Place of Eternal Love

Readings for Lenten Worship: 1 Peter 5:6-11, Luke 22:47-53 

This Lenten season, we will gather to reflect on the places of the Passion. We will read through the entire Passion account as told by Luke, a small portion each week, and will recognize the story.

It’s a simple story, and you’ve been to these places before. The Upper Room, the Garden of Gethsemane, the halls of Pontius Pilate, and the hill of Golgotha. These are the places we remember when we meditate on our Lord’s Passion. Yet when Jesus enters a place, He never leaves it as He finds it. The most troubling places in our lives become the most amazing places of God’s grace when Jesus visits them.

No matter where we are in our lives, God is still coming and claiming us as His children.

Week 4 – Places of the Passion: The Betrayal: A Place of Eternal Love
Week 5 – Places of the Passion: The Courtyard: A Place of Renewal
Week 6 – Places of the Passion: The Trial: A Place of God’s Will

Discipleship Hour

Important Conversations Regarding St. John’s Worship

Discipleship Hour 
9:25 AM – 10:30 AM 
St. John’s School Gymnasium 


Pastor Dorth continued the conversation about Worship Life at St. John’s and challenged us to wrestle with our own ideas regarding tradition vs. theology. Join us this week as we continue to walk together through these conversations and work toward the goal of

empowering, equipping, and deploying the members for service in worship, while also strengthening the understanding of the office of the ministry about Being Christian Now. 

StewardshipStewardship and Gifting 

St. John’s West Bend Foundation

On Monday, February1

9, the St. Johns’ West Bend Foundation hosted 100 members of the St. John’s family to a catered meal to learn more about how we  are supporting the mission and vision of St. John’s. The night was a rousing success!

“Hats off and KUDOS to the event planning team and to all the St. John’s West Bend Foundation board members.  Their passion for the Foundation showed through all the details of the evening from welcome greeters, program outline, dinner and the speeches.  Well done.”

“I went to the gathering because I thought I should, not expecting much other than free food and a presentation I’d have to put up with.  WOW, we at St. John’s are truly blessed with the mission of the Foundation.  The breadth of the Foundation’s reach within and outside of St. John’s was a real eye-opener for me.”

“I loved the format of questions and answers – and having different board members speak was a nice way for the people gathered to see who makes up the Foundation Board.”

If you want to know more about the Foundation and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead, contact the St. John’s West Bend Foundation Chairman Derrick Iseler at 

Youth & Young Adults

EducationEducational Ministries  

Academic Arts Fair


Join us from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, March 20 for the annual Academic and Arts Fair which showcases projects from every classroom in Elementary & Middle School. Along with projects in the classrooms, special projects in the gym include 4th Grade Wisconsin Projects, the Middle School Science Fair, and demonstrations from our Forensics Team. Everyone is invited to stop by and see all talents of the students.

For more information, contact the School Office at 262-334-3077 or

Open Enrollment
Open Enrollment has begun for the 2018-2019 school year for St. John’s Elementary & Middle School. Follow the link to complete enrollment. For additional questions, please contact the School Office at 262-334-3077 or

Mar. 2 – NO SCHOOL
Mar. 20 – Academic/Arts Fair
Mar. 26-Apr. 2 – NO SCHOOL

Fellowship Fellowship

Women’s Game Night

Women’s Game night is a good opportunity for a fun night out with other Christian women. There will be a variety of games to play – but bring your favorites along too!

Please bring a snack or beverage to share on
Friday, March 2 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM in the church fellowship hall.

Please join us and bring a friend ~ Don’t forget your “A” game!

For questions, please contact the church office or Denise Seibel at 262-412-0941 or

Card Ministry 

Please join us as we make Baptism, New Member, and Easter (shut-ins) cards. Come with your ideas and supplies for a morning of creative fun! We will meet in the church’s Fellowship Hall at 9:00 AM on Saturday, March 3.

Contact Pam Muther at

Muncihes for Mites  

Our LWML ladies are baking delectable and delicious desserts and other treats for you! Please make your selection and give a free will offering to support the LWML mission grants for South Wisconsin District and our National goals.

See you in the gathering space the weekend of March 10 and 11 before and after all services.

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All monies will be sent for “Mites” to support the mission arm of the LCMS.
Serve the Lord with Gladness!

LWML Meeting   

Lutheran Women in Mission will meet on
Monday, March 12 at 7:00 PM in the Gathering Space. Pastor David Nieman will lead us in a study of God’s Word, we will review March’s “Munchies for Mites” bake sale, and we will look ahead to Bingo at the Samaritan and the Spring Rally at First Immanuel. Please join us!

For more information, contact Pam Muther at 262-338-9435.  

Easter Lily Orders 

The altar guild is now taking orders for lilies to adorn the altar and cross on Easter Sunday. Lilies are $13 each.

Orders must be placed by Friday, March 23. Order envelopes are available by the fireplace in the gathering space and may be turned in at the church office or placed in the offering bag.


Admin. Professional Position Open 


St. John’s is looking to hire an administration professional to work in the Business Office. Linda Prochnow is moving on to an exciting new phase of life with her husband Glen, and we seek her replacement. We thank Linda for her years of service and love.

We are looking for a disciple of Jesus with a minimum of an Associates Degree and/or requisite job experience in the following areas: Accounting/GL, A/P, A/R, cash handling, HR, office organization, database usage or management, spreadsheets/report generation and usage, and good communication skills (verbal and written). This person will have a desire to serve others (relational personality) in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment. If you (or someone you know) is interested and has the skills, knowledge, attitude, and habits for this position, please email a resume with cover letter to Lori Yogerst: at

Thank you for your prayers as we call upon the Lord to fill this position.

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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
3:30 PM & 6:00 PM Lenten Services