May 9, 2020

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

“Greetings and a Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all of the moms that are worshiping with us online. We continue in the season of Easter; Christ is risen… He is risen indeed, Hallelujah!

In our Gospel lesson today, Jesus speaks these words; “”Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in god; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms.”” Jesus speaks about our hope and He speaks about our home in Himself. Jesus speaks about the Family of God and the gift of faith by the Spirit. 

May God strengthen your faith as well, as you worship by His Spirit today!”

Welcome to the Lord’s Table

Celebrating the Lord’s Supper During this Time of Pandemic

Dear Friends in Christ,
               As Christians who confess one of the creeds every Sunday, we proclaim that the God of the universe who created everything took on human flesh and walked among us-Jesus willingly chose to be bound by space and time. In the same way, we believe that Jesus gives us His Body and Blood in, with and under bread and wine in the Lord’s Supper-Jesus binds himself to certain elements in a physical location for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith.
               We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper again on
June 7 from NOON to 4:00 PM. There will continue to be some steps that we need to take as to how this will all work. Read the procedure below and watch the video to prepare.
  1. We will be distributing the Lord’s Supper to you in your vehicle. As you prepare to come, please only ride in the same vehicle with members of your household to maintain social distancing requirements.
  2. We will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper between NOON and 4:00 PM – You don’t all need to come at NOON – come any time during these hours.
  3. Please enter the church parking from 6th Ave on the west side of the property furthest from Kwik Trip. There will be three stations and parking attendants there to guide you.
  4. Please remain in your car at all times!
  5. As you approach the communion station, a station attendant will ask how many in your car will be communing – indicate how many will be coming to the Lord’s Table. Please note: we will be abiding by our usual communion statement and practice that is published each week and below.
  6. One of the pastors will lead you through a brief service that will include a time of confession and absolution, the words of institution so that you can hear the promise again, and a blessing and dismissal. This brief service will be distributed via the St. John’s app and paper as you enter the parking lot.
  7. The pastor, after consecrating the elements, will distribute the elements via the driver’s door on a tray. Please touch only the tray.
  8. Regarding sanitary safeguards, each pastor and attendant will be wearing masks and gloves. Each tray will be sanitized after each use. 
  9. As you exit the parking lot, please only turn right onto Fifth Avenue.
    St. John's Communion Service Announcement
    St. John’s Communion Service Announcement
These guidelines have been developed by the St. John’s Pastoral and Worship Teams in conjunction with the West Bend Police Department. There may be a few bumps and frustrations along the way, so thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. We are joyfully looking forward to receiving the Lord’s Body and Blood as a family together, even in this strange time!
In Christ,

Pastor Reynolds

Download the Service Order for Communion HERE.

Previous Worship

Weekend Worship - 5/2/20 - Fourth Sunday of Easter
Weekend Worship – 5/2/20 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

Prayer Requests

Our prayers are with the family of
Carol Klinger
, who was called home May 7. May God comfort these families with the promise of the resurrection through faith in Christ.
Members in treatment, at home, or recovering: Nicole Myrhum , Bill Ladwig, Paul Johnson, Sandy Lovato, Larke Mor , William Bremser, David Vernon, Marcelle Donaldson, Doug Zarling, Erwin Wergin, Darrel Hegy, Carla Kinkel, Pastor Cal Seban, Carrie Kuehl, Andy Bollen, Delores Fischer, Darlene Daley, Robert Polivka, Evelyn Wornardt, Leatrice (Lea) Strupp, Gloria Kohn, Joseph (Tom) Augustine, Paul Johnson, Ken Endlich, Brandee Michels, Cindy Doers, Marion Schoenbeck, June Wilke, Verna Kissinger, Lois Lewinski, James Zimbal, Sharon Stenschke, Barbara Moritz, Donna Menzel, Bill Wilke, Jerry Jung, Elmyra Martin, Mary Plaskey, Gary Woodward, Al Schaetz, Arlene Goebel, Gladys Hron, Mary Ann Yahr, Lois Gauger, Barb Yahr, Ellen Frank, Cheryl Eberhardt, Charles Frank, Lucille Seil, Nancie Purskey, Norma Warnkey.

Ellen Mortenson (Andrew Mortenson’s grandmother), Steve Williams (Rick Dusenbery’s brother-in-law), Cheryl Walsh (Carmen Kuntz’s daughter), Ben & Lucy (Mark Cassidy’s friends), Phillip S. (Jeff & Tina Noren’s neighbor), Betty Moskler (Mark Cassidy’s friend), Doug (Mark Cassidy’s friend), Ashlyn Roecker (Carol Roecker’s great-grand niece), Sherry (Kathy Sitzberger’s friend), Ashley Doll (Cathy Schimmel’s niece), Rich Buss, Emory Benner (Kathy Benner’s grandson), Mickie Wagner (Tom & Peggy Bruce’s friend), Don & Ruth Cooper (Cindy Midtbo’s parents), Audrey Fellenz (Lynn Fellenz’s mother-in-law), Scott & Val and family (friends of Susan Mueller), Duane (Jerry & Terri Buettner’s friend), Mary Ours (Janet Haliburton’s friend), Mason Jan (Jenny Wolf’s sister), Jack (Melede Meinzen’s friend), Tom Hall (Kandi Mentch’s uncle), Nancy Brakebush (Clara Guse’s friend), Danielle Hayburn (Paul & Charlene Otto’s daughter), Bridgette Finster (Norm Finster’s mother), Stephan & Martha Garmon (friends of Rachel Morton), Kris Kraase (Evelyn Wornardt’s granddaughter-in-law)James Oelhafen (brother of Audrey Weiland), Richard Davies (father-in-law of Nicole Davies), Shane Nault (grandson of Carmen Kuntz), Mary (friend of Bruce & Denise Biendarra), and Steve Strehlow (brother of Melede Meinzen).

Bible Study Opportunity!

Join us on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM as we dive into God’s Word and spend time in prayer for each other, for our community, and the world.
We’ll be using
Zoom as the platform for our online bible study. Many of you have used it for our Red Letter Challenge Check-Ins. It’s a platform that will allow us to be interactive as we dive into the Word of God and Prayer. 
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Connecting, Caring, and Sharing in Christ

Need some help getting the week’s groceries? Due to COVID-19 concerns, a trip to the grocery store has become for many an exercise in anxiety as well as a potential health risk. Even so, our God promises to provide our “daily bread,” and He does that in many ways, through many people. If one of our volunteers at St. John’s can help you pick up your local groceries, please call the office at 262-334-4901.

Please note: our volunteers are offering to pick up groceries – payment for the groceries (cash or check) is still the recipient’s responsibility.

Given the current circumstances around COVID-19, St. John’s has canceled the spring Men’s Retreat originally planned for May 15-17.  Although we are saddened by our need to cancel this event, we are eager to continue our Men’s Ministry into the future as the Lord provides opportunity.

If you have any questions regarding this cancellation, please contact Doug Raddemann through the church office or email at

Educational Ministries  

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. We also participate in the WI School Choice Program. The deadline to apply for this tuition assistance is May 14. If you have any questions, please contact us at 262-429-1061.

Partner Ministries

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Contact Living Word
Contact the office to learn how to join the Living Word Luther High School family.
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Contact Concordia University Wisconsin Today!
Contact the Enrollment Office to learn how to joing the CUW family.
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Do you feel God’s Calling to Become a Pastor or Deaconess?   

Concordia Seminary exists to prepare the next generation of church leaders. We are here to support you as you consider being trained to become a pastor, deaconess or scholar, to ultimately contribute to the church with deep commitment to Lutheran theology and practice, and in a spirit of servant leadership.

Click HERE to learn more. 

Prayers, App, and Devotions

“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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