November 9, 2017

Being Together – It’s a Big Deal to God  

We are in the heart of football season, and whether your team is winning or losing, or you are a football fan or not, you know it is football season. Have you ever thought of the amount of work that goes into the preparation for just one of the football games happening each week? How many people are involved in that preparation? All the players, coaches, support staff, concession workers, field maintenance technicians, sportscasters, fans, and the list can go on, that are essential to the game? There is a lot of work for one football game.
In August, at the beginning of football season, Hurricane Harvey caused massive damage to our friends in the South, and the family of St. John’s responded. During the last three months, think of it as a quarter, we were able to raise $4500.00 to support the relief efforts. St. John’s and our St. John’s West Bend Foundation financially partnered with Living Word High School during their Hurricane Harvey Bowl to raise money for The Texas District to support the relief efforts. St. John’s Educational Ministries collected quarters in M&M tubes to support Lutheran South Academy in Houston, TX, and our members came forward with financial gifts and ongoing prayers to support these relief efforts as well. It takes a lot of people to support God’s church.  
Since Hurricane Harvey devastated communities in Texas, there have been other natural disasters that caused hardship and created opportunities to Connect, Care, and Share in Christ. We have finished the first quarter, and are looking ahead to months of renewal and recovery. As we consider our stewardship journey, please take the opportunity to pray for guidance as you consider where God is leading you to support the Lord’s church thousands of miles away, but also His church right here in West Bend.  
It has been an awesome experience to see us actively engaging one another during this time of raising up prayers and resources while living out the definition of Stewardship – a free and joyous activity of a child of God and God’s family, the church, in managing all of life and life’s resources for God’s purpose. Continue to encourage your family and friends about why it’s a big deal to God that we join together in worship, and continue to encourage those who may have missed a week or two to come back and experience the love of God through His people.




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EventsUpcoming Events 

Parental Choice Wisconsin 
If you missed the meeting on Tuesday, click on the video to view the discussion.


Packers vs. Bears Fundraiser Party 
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.

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.
For more information, contact Pastor Nieman at 262-334-4901 Ext. 304 or  

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. 
Friday, December 1  at 7:00 PM
St. Anthony on the Lake, Pewaukee
Sunday, December 3 at 2:30 PM
Crossroads Presbyterian Church, Mequon 




Worshiping Together
Praying Together: It’s a Big Deal to God
Readings for Worship: 1 Thessalonians 5:14-18, Luke 11:1-13  

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.
Worshiping Together
, God prepares us in His grace to live as His disciples.

Discipleship Hour

Discipleship Hour  

Breakout Sessions 
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. 

StewardshipStewardship and Gifting 

Tax Benefits of Gifting Your IRA RMD to St. John’s

If you make a direct transfer from your IRA to a charity, you get to count that money toward your RMD – because the dollars are not distributed to you, it does not increase your adjusted gross income. This could also prove helpful with less of your Social Security dollars being taxed and may keep you in a lower tax bracket.   
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

EducationEducational Ministries  

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!

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

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.



Scrip gift cards will be available for you to purchase on Sundays, November 19-December 10.
For questions, please contact Leah Toerpe at 262-334-3077 Ext. 402 or



Nov. 16 – PPO Diva Night
Nov. 23-24 – NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

 YouthYouth & Young Adults



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 but Way-Harder!
For more information, contact Alan Lull at 262-707-9198 or

Milwaukee Rescue Mission  

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. 
For more information, contact Alan Lull at 262-707-9198 or

Fellowship Fellowship

St. John’s Guild  

The St. John’s Guild will meet
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.


For additional information, contact Pam Muther at 262-338-9435 or

Card Ministry  
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!
For additional information, contact Pam Muther at 262-338-9435 or

Family Futsal 
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 Employment Opportunity   
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 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 or 262-429-1061 ext. 502.  

Partner Ministries

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CUW to Honor Veterans 
On November 11, communities nationwide will honor service members in myriad ways as an expression of appreciation for the sacrifices made. Concordia University Wisconsin will join in the celebration with its own slate of commemorations leading up to the day.
With more than 400 service members currently enrolled at Concordia, the day becomes especially meaningful for the university community, says Ed Garza, director of veteran services at Concordia.
“We’re extremely proud to serve 410 veterans on campus, at our centers, and online,” Garza says. “It should never be taken for granted the sacrifices that they’ve made in service to our country. We’re honored here at Concordia to assist them on their road to graduation.” Click
here to learn more about the celebrations. 

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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

Worship Times

Saturday Evening 

6:00 PM Traditional

Sunday Morning

8:00 AM Traditional

9:25 AM Discipleship Time
9:30 AM Blended
11:00 AM Contemporary 

Wednesday Evening
6:00 PM Traditional