October 19, 2017 

Reformation 500 Celebration 

You are invited to a celebration: one that’s been 500 years in the making! St. John’s is hosting a Reformation Celebration service at the West Bend High School Auditorium on October 29th, at 9:30 AM. We are excited to host this service within the community and invite all those connected to St. John’s and beyond to celebrate the gift of FAITH, salvation by GRACE, in gathering around His WORD.
Whether you are aware of it or not, we all have been impacted by the Reformation. Our hymns, worship services, how we read God’s Word, and even how we talk about faith have all been influenced by Martin Luther and the Reformation. Martin Luther translated services, the Bible, and wrote hymns into the common language of the people so that God’s Word could be accessible to everyone as a part of their daily life.
All the kids in attendance will be invited to participate in a fun way. Our children’s message time will include an opportunity for the kids to come up on the big stage and help lead a song called “Love the Lord Our God (JOY).” Kids have loved using this song at chapels and devotions to learn God’s commands: love God and love others. Use the YouTube link below to learn the song with your kids- or maybe let them teach you!
As we celebrate how the Reformation changed music, featured will be St. John’s school choirs, “Lambs” and “Halleluja Singers,” performing the song “All Creatures of Our God and King.” Additionally, the St. John’s adult choir will be leading two anthems and our worship team will lead the congregational music. We will follow a blended service, using both contemporary songs and traditional hymns to declare God’s praise.
We are also honored and excited to host Rev. Dr. Patrick T. Ferry, President of Concordia University Wisconsin, as our speaker. His passion for Jesus and God’s work through the Reformation will be a blessing to receive.
All of the parking outside of the Auditorium (East side of the School) will be available to use. Reserved seating for families of our school choirs will be located in the front/right section of the auditorium. Coffee, refreshments, and light snacks will be made available in the nearby East cafeteria, so come early to enjoy some fellowship.
Finally, share the invite. God is at work in the world through all of us, and we can impact the lives of those around us through a simple invitation.
We thank God for all the families He has provided and continues to lead in Discipleship in as many places as possible. Let’s thank God together on October 29th – see you there!  




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EventsUpcoming Events 

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 THIS 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

Choral Vespers at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church.


Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and the 170th anniversary of Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, U.A.C. as the St. John’s Choir, along with other LCMS South Wisconsin District choirs join The Trinity Choir for a night of Choral Vespers. Music starts at
3:00 PM on Sunday, October 22. Dr. John Behnke directs the group and SWD President Rev. Dr. John C. Wille joins as Liturgist.

For more information, contact the Rachel Morton at

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

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 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

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 . . .
God Engages Us in Worship    

Bible readings for Sunday: Psalm 96:1-9, Hebrews 10:19-25, John 4:1-26 

When you consider your own worship of God, what actions, words, or activities stand out to you?  Envision the last worship service you were in; what did you see and hear going on?  There are all kinds of activities of engagement, and even directions of engagement, for us in worship.  There are times to declare God’s praises, there are times to be taught, and there are times to encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ.  But what makes worship unique is not our doing, saying, or engaging . . . it is that God is engaging us.  The Holy, all powerful, all knowing, and loving God is engaging His people.  Within all the freedoms of activities we could possibly imagine worship to be, the most important and necessary one to remember is that as we follow God’s commandment to gather together- He is engaging us in worship. 

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 

Craig Torpe featured in the LCMS Correlations Newsletter       

LCMS Foundation was chartered as a companion to all LCMS ministries and congregations, and more than fifty years of experience supporting ministry leaders in their efforts to build up treasures dedicated to serving the Lord. Congregations, schools, recognized service organizations and other ministries. Our very own Craig Toerpe, Director of Stewardship and Gifting, is featured in the
latest issue of the
Correlations Newsletter

Business Succession       

Business succession generosity
is usually only an after-thought. However, when integrated into the transfer plan comprehensively, charitable strategies can produce surprising benefits for the owner and the next generation of ownership.  


Contact Craig Toerpe, Director of Stewardship & Gifting to answer questions regarding “business succession,” 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
THIS WEEKEND 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.  


PPO Butter Braid & Cookie Dough Fundraiser

St. John’s Educational Ministries are once again selling the one-of-a-kind Butter Braid pastries & Cookie Dough. You may sample before you buy on Sunday, October 22 after the 9 :30 AM Worship service or during Discipleship Hour in the Gym.
Butter Braids are $14 each & Cookie Dough is $16 each. Sales will run October 16-November 1. You can order on Sunday, Oct. 22 or you can order from one of the many families participating in the sale
Orders will be available for pick up on November 14 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the School gym or on Sunday, November 19 from 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM in the School Gym.
For more information, contact the school office at 262-334-3077.



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

Youth Night –  
8th-12th Grade      
Pastor David and his wife invite our young adults from grades 8-12 to join them at their home THIS FRIDAY 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.  


Junior Youth Action Committee Dinner

Parent, please consider helping shape our youth and young adults and volunteer for TAG & BASH. We are looking for positive role models to care for kids, prepare snacks, pray, read Bible stories, play games, and share life with kids. Attend this information dinner at the Gunville Residence, 6959 Mount Pleasant Dr., West Bend on Sunday, October 29 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
For more information, contact Alan Lull at 262-707-9198 or alull@stjohnswestbend.org.


Sharing Christ for Dummies

Let’s hang out in the Church Gathering Space  from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM on October 23, 30, and 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. 
For more information, contact Alan Lull at 262-707-9198 or alull@stjohnswestbend.org

Fellowship Fellowship

Feed My Starving Children  
The MobilePack Event was a huge success, but Feed My Starving Children still needs your help. We are still collecting donations to reach our goal of $122,000. 

For more information or to donate, call the church office at 262-334-4901.  

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Reformation 500 at CUW

Reformation 500 is an initiative of Concordia University to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation through a series of special events leading up to the official commemoration in the fall of 2017. This site includes historic information regarding the Reformation and current information related to the Reformation 500 celebration. You will also find the Reformation presentations and papers delivered at CUW since the fall of 2012. 
For more information, view The CUW Reformation 500 page


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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?
 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. 

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 anniversary Reformation offering 
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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