October 24, 2019

The partnership between St. John’s West Bend and Lutheran Hour Ministries is alive and well. The latest expression of this ministry partnership is an online course that featured a number of our people, titled “Reaching Out in Rural America.” That course is now live at
lhm.org/learn. LHM publishes a wide variety of discipleship resources that strengthen our ministry in many ways. Before you click over to check out this great course and the wonderful testimonies from our people, hear from the course designer, Chris Macky, about his experience at St. John’s and the blessings of our ministry partnership together.

St. John’s has been blessed to host Tony Cook for Spiritual Conversations, Jason Broge for a retreat experience on Households of Faith, and now yourself and the video team for this course. What was your experience of the partnership between LHM and St. John’s? What did you take away from meeting some of our people?

St. John’s is a warm community of highly committed Christians who desire to reach their friends, family, and neighbors with the Gospel of Christ. We met and interviewed some of these exceptional people for our newest course, Reaching Out in Rural America, and they provided excellent ideas and testimonies of God’s work in and through them to others.

Give us an overview of the LHM Learn courses. How has this addition of LHM tools expanded the reach of your mission? How many categories and courses are available? What is the goal and focus of these courses moving forward?

Every LHM Learn course is free and available to anyone in the world with an internet connection. The 35 courses cover 5 diverse categories of Christian faith development: Outreach Essentials, Christian Foundations, Cultural Concepts, Everyday Insights, and Spiritual Reflections. The goal of LHM Learn is to equip lay people to grow in their faith and share the Gospel. Learners can easily register and take courses in their own time and the comfort of their homes. And church leaders can access courses for small groups and classes as well. Over 6,000 learners have registered on LHM Learn to date.

Why have a course on “Reaching Out in Rural America?” How can communities and congregations who are on the border of rural living be blessed by this content?

If you live in or near a rural area, and you care about your neighbors, this course is designed with you in mind. Simply stated, this course explores relational outreach in rural America, and it will equip you to establish or grow a close, caring friendship with a person living in a rural setting. The authors and contributors of this course know Christ and they know rural America really well, and at the end of this course, you will too. It will inform, inspire, and challenge people who live in or near rural areas to reach out to their neighbors in an effective, relational way.

Go to
lhm.org/learn  to access all the online courses, and check out “Reaching Out in Rural America.”

Red Letter Challenge

Red Letter Challenge Life Groups!

Here are some of the ways to stay connected throughout the 40 day RLC.
St. John’s App – A brand new and dynamic container has been designed as a hub of activity for the RLC. Links to weekly life group videos, discussion guides, video check-ins, a Facebook group, and kids resources can be found here.
Life Group Sign-up – There all kinds of Life Groups for the RLC: Sunday groups, home groups, and even video groups! Contact Alan Lull (
alull@stjohnswestbend.org) or Cheryl Rudolf (
crudolf@stjohnswestbend.org) to get connected with an RLC Life Group.
RLC Video Check-ins – Throughout the 40 day challenge, we will be hosting Video Check-ins through Zoom. Twenty-five minute check-ins will take place from 12:15 PM to 12:40 PM, Monday through Thursday. Messages and links will be shared through the APP and the St. John’s Facebook page.

Life Group Resources – Need help hosting your Life Group conversation? There are great videos and discussion guides available through the RLC button on the St. John’s App. 
Facebook Group – Join the St. John’s RLC Facebook group to be supported every day in your 40 day challenge and share discipleship stories. Just search “St. John’s RLC” on Facebook and join the conversation.


Red Letter Challenge: Introduction

Worship Readings: Psalm 46:1-11
John 8:31-38

Every week of the
Red Letter Challenge begins with worship. Come and be fed by the words of Jesus and the gifts of God. Each Sunday introduces that week’s theme and principle. 
October 27 – Week 2, Being
November 3 – Week 3, Forgiving
November 10 – Week 4, Serving
November 17 – Week 5, Giving
November 24 – Week 6, Going

RLC Week 2 - Being
RLC Week 2 – Being

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Youth & Missions 

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Called to Follow Him

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Nov. 4-6 – 7th Gr. Outdoor Ed.
Nov. 8 – End of First Quarter
Nov. 13-14 – Parent/Teacher Conferences
Nov. 15 – NO SCHOOL (Teacher Work Day)
Nov. 19 – K5 Round-Up
Nov. 27-29 – NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
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Daily Devotions

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Worship Times

Saturday Evening 
6:00 PM Traditional

Sunday Morning

8:00 AM Traditional
9:25 AM Red Letter Challenge

9:30 AM Blended
11:00 AM Contemporary
Wednesday Evening
6:00 PM Traditional