Our church family is in the third year of our Ministry Commitments:
How might the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP), one of our state’s private school programs, provide avenues for St. John’s to live out these three expressions of discipleship?
We began our exploration two years ago, culminating in the congregationally adopted 2017-2018 Ministry Plan that included these words: “St. John’s will research participation in Wisconsin School Choice for the 2018-2019 school year.”
It’s been quite an exploration for me, for our staff, leaders, and St. John’s family. Much learning is taking place, to include correcting various misunderstandings of the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program. As St. John’s Senior Pastor, I have the responsibility to shepherd this exploration and am grateful for the dedication and partnership of our school administrator, Dawn Oldenettel, as well as for godly counsel from many within the larger church: school administrators, pastors, our district education executive, and other leaders.
Numerous informational meetings among the St. John’s family have taken place. I have been blessed to hear the exceptional questions, as well as the heartfelt stories. You may find it helpful to view the taping of one of the informational sessions, and are also invited to an additional gathering on Monday, December 4 at 6:00 PM, in the church lower level. I will give an update on our exploration and facilitate the ongoing learning process.
It’s been quite an exploration for all of us, including for me. Here are some of the things I have learned:
The Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) is first a relationship between parents and the state of Wisconsin. As such, the program supports parents in the education of their children in the school of their choice.
There are no state mandates placed upon hosting schools for regarding curriculum or hiring. Therefore, religious/doctrinal instruction is controlled by the local school.
The WPCP is separate from the Milwaukee or Racine Parental Choice Programs.
Approximately ¾ of the religious schools in Wisconsin are already participating in a Private School Program, to include Good Shepherd (WELS), St. Paul Grafton, First Immanuel Cedarburg, Trinity Freistadt, and Grace Menomonee Falls. Feedback from all of these schools has been very positive.
Still, there are a couple of areas I believe we need to explore:
Interest among our church families, our Early Childhood Center families, and our community
Resources available to support initiating and sustaining the program
That means the exploration continues in earnest. The enrollment deadline for the 2018-2019 school year is January 10th. Lots to do! Plenty of prayers to be spoken! Many thanks to those who have already joined the exploration; your prayers, research, and conversations are invaluable. If you are new to the exploration, receive my invitation to join us. Mrs. Oldenettel and I are dedicated to supporting you. It’s another we “Connect, Care, and Share in Christ.
Please join us TODAY from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM for a fun night out while Connecting, Caring and Sharing in Christ. Sip and shop your way through many vendors, enjoy by-the-glass wine sales, and enjoy delicious soups and bakery items.
This event is hosted by St. John’s Parent Partnership Organization to help fund student activities and classroom enhancements and athletics.
For more information, contact the school office at 262-334-3077.
On the Verge
On the Verge gathers again for #lifetalks as Deb Graf shares about life, love, and change.
Join us on November 17 at 7:00 PM at the Starbucks on Washington and 18th, in West Bend.
Milwaukee Area Messiah Community Chorus & Orchestra
MAMCCO is community ecumenical choir and orchestra formed for the purpose of enriching our lives and those of the residents of the Greater Milwaukee area by spr eading God’s word through music including Handel’s Messiah. They are primarily volunteers committed to learning and performing this great work, providing free opportunities for the people to hear it, and presenting the opportunity to them to respond to it by collecting a free will offering for a Christian charity to be designated by the group. Experience Handel’s Messiah, and support members of the St. John’s family that have volunteered their time and talents to spread God’s word through music.
Proceeds to benefit the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.
Friday, December 1 at 7:00 PM
St. Anthony on the Lake, Pewaukee
Sunday, December 3 at 2:30 PM
Crossroads Presbyterian Church, Mequon
Register NOW for Couples Retreat
The time is now! Registration is open for the 2018 Couple’s Retreat in Door County. Make sure you pencil February 9-11, 2018 in your calendar, and download the brochure to register. It promises to be a great weekend and a time to grow together in Christ.
But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin. – 1 John 1:7
Let the Light shine bright in your marriage. The Lord has plans for you and He has prepared a way to new life in the Light. Join your fellow couples in beautiful, romantic Door County as we learn to “Walk in the Light” together and grow closer to one another through fellowship, worship, and His word.
Worshiping together is a big deal to God! For us as disciples, all of life’s activities stem from our time together in worship. Worship is literally practice for life.
God restores and leads His people in worship so that we may be prepared for life outside the gathering. Seeing and experiencing God’s presence by Being Together equips us to faithfully engage our neighbor in God’s love. Praying Together in worship strengthens our ability to pray for and with our daily communities. Praising Together helps us to learn how to praise God in and through all of life. Offering Together prepares us to live faithfully and generously with a prioritization and acknowledgement of the God who provides everything. By Worshiping Together , God prepares us in His grace to live as His disciples.
Discipleship Hour Breakout Sessions continue this week. Make plans to continue in the session you have been attending, or join a new one. We can’t wait to dig deeper into God’s word with you during the 9:25 AM Discipleship Time.
Stewardship and Gifting
Gifting my IRA to St. John’s West Bend Foundation
Yes, you can name a charity as beneficiary (100% or partial) of your IRA, which would provide tax benefits to both the estate and charity.
Generally, a spouse, child, or other individual you designate as beneficiary of a traditional IRA must pay federal income tax on any distribution received from the IRA after your death. By contrast, if you name a charity as beneficiary, the charity will not have to pay any income tax on distributions from the IRA after your death – a significant tax advantage.
After your death, distributions of your assets to a charity generally qualify for an estate tax charitable deduction. In other words, if a charity is your sole IRA beneficiary, the full value of your IRA will be deducted from your taxable estate for purposes of determining the federal estate tax (if any) that may be due. This can also be a significant advantage if you expect the value of your taxable estate to be at or above the federal estate tax exclusion amount ($5,490,000 for 2017 ).
Here are a few ministries which could benefit from this gift
1) REACH Sinking Fund – the ongoing efforts to retire REACH debt. Currently, we are paying $10,000/month towards this debt.
2) Educational Scholarships – supporting the needs of families who are attending St. John’s, Living Word, Concordia University or Seminary.
3) Supporting the Greatest Needs of St. John’s.
If you have questions regarding this opportunity to support the ministries of St. John’s through your IRA, please contract Craig Toerpe, Director of Stewardship & Gifting at 262-334-4901 or email@example.com.
As we continue to walk in faith together, thank you for returning your Life Together cards. Your cards can be dropped off in the offering basket, in the receptacle found in the narthex, at the church office or at the business office.
If you have any questions regarding the Life Together card, or why we commit to this process each year, please contact Craig Toerpe, Director of Stewardship & Gifting at 262-707-3005 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Help Support St. John’s with Scrip
Support the St. John’s Tuition Grant Fund while you shop this holiday season when you buy with Scrip.
Great Lakes Scrip purchases gift cards at a discount and them sells them to you. The difference between the face value of the gift card and the discounted cost is a rebate that is returned to the organization. At St. John’s, we will be using all of the funds for the Tuition Grant Fund.
This Holiday season, we will have Scrip for you to purchase without having to set up a Shop with Scrip online account. You can purchase what we already have on hand, or you may pre-order for pick up the next week. Click here for a full list of retailers.
Scrip gift cards will be available for you to purchase on Sundays, November 19-December 10.
Join Alan as he heads down to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission to serve over 150 homeless. Everyone is invited to Connect, Care, and Share in Christ. Meet at 9:30 AM on November 18 at St. John’s to carpool together. You must RSVP, as there is a limit to the amount of people that can come.
Thank you for opening your hearts for the LWML Munchies for Missionaries Rev. Jonathan and Anita Clausing in Eastern Africa. Through your generous donations, a gift of $800 will be sent to support these LCMS missionaries. Blessings to you@ Serve the Lord with Gladness! Visit clausingfamily.wordpress.com to learn more.
Harvest House Service Opportunity
Our next community service event is Saturday, December 16, from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM , at St. James Episcopal Church. 148 S. 8th Ave. We need 12 to 15 volunteers the day of the event. In addition, volunteers are needed to bake desserts. These can be your favorite cookies, bars, or pies. Desserts need to be labeled for “Harvest House” and delivered to the St. John’s church kitchen by NOON on Friday, December 15.
Ready. Set. FUTSOL! Join us on Wednesday evenings for some fun, fast-paced Futsol in the School Gymnasium. Reconnect with old friends and make some new ones while playing the exciting game of Futsol. Anyone in Grade 8 on up can participate No experience needed. Futsol will run through March 2018 from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM.
For more information, contact Peggy Rudolf at 414-322-3869 or
Campus Care is looking for a self-motivated person to clean at the School building. This position is 5 nights a week from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM. If you are interested, please email Janet Hatland at email@example.com or call the church office at 262-334-4901.
ECC Employment Opportunity
The Early Childhood Center is looking for a motivated, caring individual who loves to work with children. The full time, Floating Assistant Teacher would partner with teachers and parents in all of our classrooms, Monday through Friday. We are also in search of a full time assistant teacher who would be working exclusively in our 1 year old room. If you would like more information please contact Cheryl Rudolf at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-429-1061 ext. 502.
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Christmas at Concordia
It’s that time of year again. Time to celebrate Christ’s birth through music and song. The Concordia University Wisconsin Music Department invites you to join them in the Chapel of Christ Triumphant for Christmas at Concordia. Tickets must be purchased beforehand.
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Adopt a Student
Right now there are many students waiting to be “adopted.” Through our Adopt-A-Student program, a seminarian will be selected for you. You will receive personal letters sharing progress, challenges and joys.
Adopt-A-Student sponsors give $500 or more annually, which may be given as a one-time gift or throughout the year through several gifts. Adopt-A-Student gifts are used to prepare future pastors and missionaries, or you may also designate your gift for the preparation of international, deaconess, Center for Hispanic Studies (CHS) or Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology (EIIT) students.
Standing together, students and sponsors overcome the single greatest obstacle to students coming to the Seminary – affording it! By overcoming this challenge you are making an eternal difference as the students you prepare now will proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ today and for decades to come. In faith, these seminarians have come to Concordia Seminary. Now you can encourage them with your prayers and make their preparation financially possible.
As an Adopt-A-Student sponsor, you can expect to hear from your student frequently. While students wishing to receive Adopt-A-Student funds are required to write their sponsors every academic semester, they are encouraged to stay in touch with their sponsors even more frequently during the school year.
To learn more, click here, or to adopt a student, click here.
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