“The glory of grace is to be highly praised, and it cannot be praised highly enough” -Martin Luther
As the people of St. John’s gathered together this past Sunday morning, we met in a new space but around the same faithful promises of God. This quote from Martin Luther not only helped begin our gathering, but its Gospel truth echoed through the Silver Lining Arts Center as His people were Connecting, Caring, and Sharing in Christ through worship.
It is good to be together in the Lord! Thank you for being a part of this celebration and of a year of enrichment, connection, and promotion of the Reformation. The current and everyday relevance of this celebration can be understood so clearly by our statements of By Grace Alone, By Faith Alone, and By Scripture Alone. As disciples of Jesus, we lift these things up together in worship to God so that we may lift them up through our lives of discipleship in as many places as possible. Thank you, Church!
The highlights of our time together were numerous: our Adult Choir anthems, our worship team, the Psalm 46 and Sola reading from our people, our Children’s Choir, the leadership from our pastors, the message from Rev. Dr. Patrick Ferry, a record setting Children’s Message that got everyone on their feet and moving, a conversation over coffee after, and a room filled with hundreds of people singing “A Mighty Fortress” as with one voice unto the Lord. Thank you, Church!
The efforts for our time together were also numerous. St. John’s is blessed with many faithful servants throughout our ministries. The next time you see someone from our choir, our worship team, the children’s choirs, the ushers, altar guild, our audio/video people, our readers, those setting up snacks and coffee, our childcare help, our pastors, our directors, and the numerous leaders who diligently work to support these activities for special services like this, and for each and every week of worship- share your appreciation with them. They serve the Lord, and they serve you for His sake. Thank you, Church!
It’s true – “The glory of grace is to be highly praised,” and so it will be our need and focus each and every week, just as it was for our Reformation Celebration.
Director of Worship
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Join us on TOMORROW at First Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Cedarburg, as area churches and Concordia University Wisconsin honor an evening of celebration and recognition of veterans who not only served their country with honor, but also serve the Lutheran church with dedication. Jim Maersch, from St. John’s, will be honored among other veterans from area congregations.
The guest speaker will be General George S. Patton (as portrayed by Mr. David Weidenkeller). Doors open at 4:30 with a dinner at 5:30.
This event is FREE to all Veterans/active duty and $10 for non-military guests.
For more information, contact Karl Roeske at 262-377-6610.
Wisconsin Parental Choice Program Information Meeting
As the family of St. John’s continues our mission of Connecting, Caring, and Sharing in Christ, we have the opportunity to further explore the Wisconsin parental choice program and how it can help us achieve our vision of Discipleship in as many places as possible.
An information meeting, open to everyone, is scheduled for November 7 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM in the school gymnasium. We will hear from Terry Brown, Vice-President of School Choice Wisconsin, and will provide current and first-hand information on the school choice program.
Save the Date! Come to the School Gymnasium any time after 11:30 AM on November 12 for a Packer Party and fundraiser for the 7th and 8th Grade 2018 trip to Washington D.C. Wear your packer gear and cheer loud enough to drown out Pastor Dorth’s Bear’s cheers.
Back by popular demand is the Pie-in-the-teachers face raffle. Stay tuned for more information.
St. John’s PPO DIVA NIGHT Fine Arts & Crafts Fair
Please join us on
November 16 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.
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 return 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
RMD from Your IRA
IRA Charitable Opportunities
In December of 2015, Congress passed the Path Act which made the required minimum distributions to charities permanent! Donors over age 70 ½ may now plan each year to make transfers directly from an IRA to a charity.
It is quite common for IRA owners to take a single distribution of their RMD (required minimum distribution) in the fourth quarter (October through December). One of the key benefits of the direct charitable contribution from your IRA is that the distribution counts towards your RMD. If you do not need the income, by choosing a charity, you could significantly reduce your adjusted gross income and make your tax returns less complicated.
There are many areas of ministry that 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kindergarten Visit Night
St. John’s Elementary & Middle School invites you and your family to join us for Kindergarten Visit Night on Wednesday, November 15 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
Parents will participate in a discussion that will include the enrollment process, our half-day kindergarten option, curriculum and goals, and tuition and financial aid. Your child will get to spend time meeting other potential kindergartners while creating their own ornament with Creative License of Hartford. We look forward to seeing you there!
Let’s hang out in the Church Gathering Space from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM on November 6. Take the opportunity to learn about extremely fun ways to share Christ with your friends and people around us. All are welcome: grandparents, parents, and students from Grade 4 and up.
Join TAG: Friday, November 10 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM for 1st to 3rd Graders. The cost is $2. Experience: “Fire & Ice,” Banana Split (Rail Gutter), Poop Deck, Fire/Smores, Hand Slap. Matthew 20 “the first need to be last.”
Join BASH: Friday, November 10 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM for 4th to 7th Graders. The cost is $2. Same Games butt Way-Harder!
The St. John’s Guild will meet on Thursday, November 9 at 1:15 PM. Please meet in the Church Parking Lot. From there, the Guild will travel, as a car pool, to the Albrecht Free Clinic.
For additional information, contact Jan Siemers at 262-334-2207.
Munchies for Missionaries
The ladies of the LWML are preparing an array of delectable dainties to delight you! Satisfy your sweet tooth and support the LCMS missionaries Rev. Jonathan and Anita Clausing in Eastern Africa. We will be waiting to serve you in the gathering space at church at all services the weekend of November 11 and 12. All proceeds will be sent to LCMS/Clausing. Visit the Clausing’s blog to learn more about their work in Kenya.
Join us on November 11 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM in the Lower Level Fellowship Hall and use your creative talents to make cards for St. John’s members, shut-ins, newly baptized, and new members. We bring our own materials and ideas and spend a morning working creatively to bring faith-filled cheer and encouragement to the community of believers. Connect, Care, and Share in Christ making faith-focused cards!
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 is starting on November 8 and 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.
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Sinatra Tribute, Music from “Hamilton” on tap at annual Pops Concert
A musical tribute to Frank Sinatra and selections from the Broadway musical “Hamilton” will highlight this fall’s annual Pops Concert on Friday, November 3 at 7:30 PM.
The Symphonic Wind, Jazz and String Ensembles, along with the University Band, will perform in The Chapel of the Christ Triumphant on the university’s main campus, 12800 North Lake Shore Drive, Mequon, WI.
Adult tickets are available at the door for $8, with those 17 and under admitted free.
The 90-minute concert will blend an assortment of jazz, show and movie tunes, along with a new arrangement by Dr. Louis Menchaca, music department chairman the past 25 years. His combo, Lou’s Jazz Express, will also perform.
In addition to the music from Hamilton, which won 11 Tony Awards in 2016, selections from Disney’s fantasy/animated movie “Moana,” will also be featured. “You can hear part of the score from Hamilton before it plays in Milwaukee next year,” quipped Menchaca.
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Do Luther’s Words Still Have Relevance?
A lot can change in 500 years. No kidding, right? In the half millennium since Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses, the world has seen space exploration, amazing medical advances, the digital revolution, denominationalism, world wars, genocides and the threat of nuclear annihilation.
With the world so profoundly changed, do the thoughts and writings of a monk 500 years ago even have any relevance? YES! More than anything else, Luther changed the church and the world because his insights into God’s Word challenged the church and its people about their lives before their Creator who has revealed Himself to us in the grace of Jesus Christ.
Your gift to Concordia Seminary will prepare pastors, missionaries, and deaconesses who will proclaim a changeless God to a rapidly changing world. These servants will share the love of the Savior with our children, grandchildren, and their generations in a way that is relevant no matter what the cultural changes are.
Please consider a special 500th anniversary Reformation offering