October 12, 2017 

Lutheran Night with the
Milwaukee Admirals
Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, St. John’s is partnering with the Milwaukee Admirals as part of “Lutheran Night: 500 Years in the Making.” Make plans to join us in Section 220 on Saturday, October 21 at 6:00 PM as the Admirals host the Rockford Ice Hogs. To order your special St. John’s Section 220 tickets, follow this link. Each ticket comes with the guarantee of a limited edition, exclusive,  Martin Luther Bobblehead. Rumor has it that one of the famed Hairy Larrys will be making an appearance. 
For questions or help securing your Section 220 ticket and bobblehead, contact Craig Toerpe at 262-334-4901 EXT. 307 or ctoerpe@stjohnswestbend.org



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EventsUpcoming Events 

Trunk N’ Treat       
Did you hear? The Annual St. John’s Trunk N’ Treat is coming TOMORROW NIGHT. Are you ready to dress up? Have you picked out your car’s outfit (best Dressed Car get’s a prize – be creative)? TNT begins at 6:30 PM in the School Gymnasium. Don’t forget to park your car in the parking lot, dress it up, and get your bucket of candy ready by 6:10 PM so that our judges may cast their votes (you don’t need to decorate your car in order to pass out candy).  
Invite family and friends, and we will see you there! If you need more information please contact Becky Augustine at baugustine@stjohnswestbend.org.


Family Literacy and Math Night      
What could be more fun than spending a Wednesday night at school? Most of us dread “more school,” but what if reading and math were made fun? Would you spend an evening at school then? Would you come dressed in your best pirate costume? 


Parents and children, ages K3-grade 3, are invited to experience the joys of reading and math during our Family Literacy and Math Night. Rotate through classroom stations to learn family games to promote literacy and math. Enjoy an evening of fellowship and fun and meet the staff and families of St. John’s Educational Ministries.

Join us on
October 18 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM and find out what all the excitement is about. 


Youth Night –  
8th-12th Grade      
Pastor David and his wife invite our young adults from grades 8-12 to join them at their home on October 20 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM for a night of coming together. We’re going to have fun, food, and a chance to be God’s people in a relaxed place.
For more information, contact Pastor Nieman at 575-499-8016 or dnieman@stjohnswestbend.org.  


On the Verge –  

On the Verge gathers again for #lifetalks as Renee Lull shares her walk in faith, full of joys, pitfalls, blessings, and forgiveness.

Join us on October 27 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 dnieman@stjohnswestbend.org

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.

Save the Date for Couple’s Retreat

The Couple’s Retreat Committee is working hard to finalize all the plans for the 2018 Couple’s Retreat in Door County. Make sure you pencil
February 9-11, 2018 in your calendar for a time to grow together in Christ. It is a weekend you won’t want to miss. 


As Christians . . . We Believe . . .
Disciples are Formed in the Home    

Bible readings for Sunday: Deuteronomy 11:1-7, 16-21, Acts 16:11-15, John 4:43-53  

What did your activities of discipleship look like when you were young, or were there any?  What role did your parents have in your faith formation?  What impact are you having in the discipleship of your household now?
Whether we reference our own childhood discipleship stories or our hopes and plans for the discipleship of the next generation, we need to remember that since the dawn of time God has used the home in powerful ways to form disciples.  Read the stories in this week’s scripture.  See the impact that God’s gift of faith has; received by one person and then shared and lived in the family.  The joys and struggles of being called by and following Christ are best strengthened when they are experienced as family and formed in the home.

Discipleship Hour

Discipleship Hour  

Breakout Sessions Have Begun!
Discipleship Hour continues in
October and November with seven unique breakout sessions designed to equip you with the tools to
Connect, Share, and Care in Christ. You can sign up
here, or get a form from an usher and turn it in to the church office. Even though they have already started, it is not to late to sign up.

StewardshipStewardship and Gifting 

IRA Rollover Charitable Opportunities

In December of 2015, Congress passed the Path Act which made the IRA rollover to charities permanent! Donors over age 70½ 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 thru December). Have you ever considered making a charitable gift using 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.
If you have questions regarding this opportunity to support the ministries of St. John’s through your IRA, please contact Craig Toerpe, Director of Stewardship & Gifting at 262-334-4901 or


A Legacy Letter       

Writing your Legacy Letter
is a way of documenting your generosity through Christian estate planning. Sharing with your loved ones “why your faith walk” was so important is a fundamental key to transferring faith values. 


Contact Craig Toerpe, Director of Stewardship & Gifting to answer questions regarding “legacy letters,” or other questions you may have regarding your Lifetime Stewardship Plan at 262-334-4901 or

EducationEducational Ministries  

14th Annual 7th & 8th Grade Girls Volleyball Tournament

Join us for the 14th Annual 7th & 8th Grade Girl’s Volleyball Tournament
on October 20-21 and cheer on the girls to victory. There are seven other schools who have been invited to our tournament:
Our Redeemer-Wauwatosa,
St. Francis Cabrini,
St. John’s-Mayville,
Hales Corners,
Holy Trinity-Kewaskum, and
St. Paul’s-Grafton.

This is a great opportunity to welcome these schools to our campus and
“Connect, Care, and Share in Christ.” There are also a number of opportunities to volunteer and support our sports programs with your time and talents throughout during the tournament weekend.

For more information, contact the school office at 262-334-3077.  


Oct. 13 – Trunk N’ Treat
Oct. 18 – Family Literacy and Math Night
Oct. 20-21 – Volleyball Tournament
Nov. 1-2 – Parent/Teacher Conferences
Nov. 3 – NO SCHOOL
Nov 6-8 – 7th Grade Outdoor Education
Nov. 16 – PPO Diva Night
Nov. 22-24 – NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

 YouthYouth & Young Adults

Mission Moments 
Join us for Mission Moments on
Monday, October 16 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the Gathering Space to learn more about the Bethania Kids in India and the mission the Family of St. John’s has in that ministry. There will be light snacks and refreshments.
For more information, contact Alan Lull at 262-707-9198 or

Workbee Weekend at Camp Luther 
Join us for Discipleship in as many places as possible. A group of servants is heading to Camp Luther to keep it clean, beautiful, and in good condition. It is
FREE and for Adults & Families. Visit
campluther.com to register.

Fellowship Fellowship

Women’s Walk with God’s Word 

Come join us, Lutheran Women in Mission, for a brief study of a psalm and a walk through God’s beautiful creation on the trails at Faith Haven on
Tuesday mornings through October 17 (weather permitting). Meet at the garage where we will reflect on God’s Word at the picnic table behind the garage and then observe His creation along the trails.

October 17 – Psalm 148

See you at Faith Haven at 9:30-10:30 AM. Questions? Contact Pam Muther at
or 262-338-9435.


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Servants of Christ Seminar  

The Servants of Christ Seminar will ground your youth in the grace of their baptism, teach them about the doctrine of vocation, give them information about college and careers, and allow them to take part in breakout sessions led by CUW professors designed to strengthen their faith and help them to live as servants of Christ in our challenging world. They will also have the opportunity to attend a free CUW football game or soccer game. Lunch will be provided at no cost. The Servants of Christ Seminar is free, it is for all students in grades 5-8, and it will take place on
October 14th. Please visit this link for more information click
Adults are free to drop kids off at about 
9:15 AM and meet with them again at 
1 PM to either attend a game or head home. Adults may also stay if they wish. In that case, a free lunch will be provided for them.

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A Special Invitation  

Have you ever considered becoming a pastor or deaconess? If so, Rev. Bill Wrede from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis would like to meet with you. Rev. Wrede is interested in meeting with prospective students of all ages – elementary school age through adults. Appointments are individual, informal, and family/friends are welcome to come with you. Appointments are not necessary but are encouraged. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for a specific time, please contact Rev. Wrede at 313-505-7221 or wredew@csl.edu
Monday, October 16 at Concordia University Wisconsin in the Alumni Heritage Room from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Tuesday, October 17 at Concordia University Wisconsin in the Alumni Heritage Room from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Tuesday, October 17 at St. Paul Grafton in the Office Conference Room from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM    

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

6:00 PM Traditional