March 8, 2018

Be Still  

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? We know the God of Jacob is our fortress and that He dwells among us. Find those quiet moments when you are alone and can rely on the confidence Christ won on the cross. Find them when you are with others and take refuge in the love and forgiveness we are called to proclaim. Finally, find those moments with God and experience stillness knowing He has won the battle. Let’s take time each day to “be still.”

St. John’s On the Verge Group invites everyone in their 20s or 30s to join a new, three session bible study, meeting once a month, to talk about “Being Still.” The 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.

How many opportunities do we take to “be still?” Can we find opportunities in the hustle and bustle to slow down and really “be still?” Beyond the everyday distractions that bombard us every second, where do we turn to “be still” when things are out of control? David writes in Psalm 46, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” When God speaks, things happen, and we know that He is our comfort. We turn to him in confidence, to take refuge, and to experience stillness.


Special Announcement

A Letter from Jen Comfort Declining Call to be ECC Administrator

Dear Pastor Dorth, 
     After much prayer and deliberation, I am feeling lead to decline the Call to St. John’s West Bend. You have an amazing team that will surely continue to be a strong ministry to God’s people. Please know that all of my interactions with the staff have only been positive. St. John’s West Bend has a positive reputation that I am confident will be upheld. The ECC has a strong program. The ECC staff sets a positive atmosphere for families. It is clear those amazing workers have love and passion for what they do and the children they lead. Over the past few weeks I feel God has shown me that my passion is stronger at the elementary level. At this time, I believe my teaching strengths and leadership would best be used at the elementary and middle school level. I know I would have been blessed in so many ways at West Bend. I feel God is leading me to be a blessing to others in different ways. I will miss my interactions at West Bend. You have all put so much time and prayer into me. I appreciate your time in assisting me through this Call process. I will continue to pray for you and the perfect person God will deliver to the ECC.

In Christ,

Jen Comfort

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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.

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: Healed

Readings for Worship:
Numbers 21:4-9,
Psalm 107:1-9,
John 3:14-21   

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 4 – Brought to the Cross: Healed

Week 5 – Brought to the Cross: Ransomed 

Places of the Passion: The Courtyard, A Place of Renewal

Readings for Lenten Worship: Ephesians 2:1-10, Luke 22:54-62   

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 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 

It’s the “
Final Countdown
” (cue music by Europe)


The online auction ends this weekend,
Sunday March 11th at 8:00PM. Don’t be left out of the action. Log on, create your username and password, and begin to bid on some amazing classroom projects and other fun items that will only be available online.

HERE to access the St. John’s Online Auction Catalog.

For those of you attending the auction, we have just added all of the Silent Auction items for you to view, as well as all of the LIVE Auction items, Super Silent, and the Dessert Dash.        
The St. John’s Dinner Auction is our largest annual fellowship and fundraising event. The purpose of our auction is to raise awareness and financial resources for ministry needs which are not included in the annual budget. This year the proceeds will be supporting the following needed improvements:

Audio Visual Enhancements in the Sanctuary,
Air Conditioning within the Elementary and Middle School, and the
Mission Grant Fund.


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

Youth & Young Adults

EducationEducational Ministries  

Everyone is invited to the St. John’s Scholastic Book Fair from March 18 through March 20. The book fair will be open from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Sunday, March 18 in the school library as well as 7:45 AM to 3:30 PM on Monday and 7:40 AM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday. All proceeds will benefit the St. John’s School Library.

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

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

Fellowship Fellowship

Muncies 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