October 26, 2017

Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in Song 

Last Sunday afternoon, eleven members of the St. John’s choir joined nearly 200 other choir members from 29 Lutheran churches around southeastern Wisconsin in Milwaukee, for the Trinity Lutheran Church Choral Vespers Service in celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. All of the church choirs came together under the direction of Dr. John Behnke, a renowned organist, handbell and choir director, clinician, and composer, who had arranged or composed all of the music. Congregation members from around the state filled the church and joined their voices with the choir members to sing chants and hymns of praise and to listen to the preaching and teaching of the Word of God.
Dr. Behnke was a teacher and mentor of our Assistant Director of Worship, Rachel Morton, and she excitedly signed the St. John’s choir up to sing in the service after receiving an invitation from him.
She said of the service, “It’s a unique opportunity and privilege to get to sing not only in as beautiful a setting as Historic Trinity, but also to get to sing in a mass choir under the direction of such a talented yet humble man like Dr. Behnke. I have no doubt that those who participated walked away blessed by the learning experience, the experience of singing with such a large group, as well as the music they spent months learning. Martin Luther said that ‘Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music.’ And boy, did they elevate the Word of God in such a beautiful and powerful way on Sunday! It literally gave me goosebumps at times and brought me to tears at others. It was a beautiful experience, and I am so proud of the work our choir put into the music so that they could participate to the best of their God-given abilities.”
Dr. Behnke excitedly announced that this was “the most people singing in a choir at Trinity since around 1879, shortly after the church was built.” After the service ended, all he had left to say was, “Wow!”
Trinity Lutheran Church was founded in 1847 and the current sanctuary was built in 1878; it is both a State Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. Their organ, an 1879 Schuelke organ, is also on the National Historic Register. Their “Music at Historic Trinity” committee hosts several church music events each year, and invites you to check their website for future events.
We have the opportunity to hear some of the music performed at the Trinity Choral Vespers Service this Sunday at our celebration of the Reformation at the West Bend High School Auditorium. The St. John’s choir, worship team, and school choirs will proclaim the Word of God in song. Also joining us is Concordia University Wisconsin President, Rev. Dr. Patrick Ferry. It’s an event 500 years in the making . . . you won’t want to miss it!



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EventsUpcoming Events 

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 TOMORROW, 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

A Veteran’s Salute  
Join us on
November 3 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.   

For more information, call the school office at 262-334-3077, or email

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.


Readings for Worship: Psalm 46, Romans 3:19-28, John 8:31-36

Reformation 500 Celebration
Sunday October 29, 9:30 AM
West Bend High School Auditorium  

Join the Celebration: Reformation 2017, It’s Still All About Jesus!

As a culmination of a year celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation we gather at the West Bend High School Auditorium to celebrate God’s work then, now, and His faithfulness into the future. Concordia University Wisconsin President Rev. Patrick Ferry leads us in praise alongside our adult choirs, kids choirs, and worship team. Join us to receive the encouragement of Grace Alone, Faith Alone, and Scripture Alone for our daily lives. Connect, Care, and Share in Christ following the celebration with snacks, drinks, and coffee in the East Cafeteria. We have much to give thanks for as we come together on
October 29 at 9:30 AM, and fill the auditorium with praise!
Download an invitation and help us spread the word!
For more information, contact the Church Office at 262-334-4901 or

Help us celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation during our Reformation Celebration Service on October 29 at 9:30 AM in the West Bend High School Auditorium. All kids, whether St. John’s schools, home school, or public school, will be invited up to the stage to praise God and help everyone remember our theme: “It’s Still All About Jesus.” Use this video to learn the song!


Discipleship Hour

Discipleship Hour  

Breakout Sessions 
Discipleship Hour takes a break this week as we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
Make plans to
join us on
Sunday, October 29 at 9:30 AM in the West Bend High School Auditorium. 

StewardshipStewardship and Gifting 

Personal Endowment Funds         

Personal Endowment funds can leave a stream of income behind to continue the flow of “living water” after our earthly lives are complete. Find out how!  


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  

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.


Nov. 1-2 – Parent/Teacher Conferences
Nov. 3 – NO SCHOOL
Nov 6-8 – 7th Grade Outdoor Education
Nov. 7 – Wisconsin Parental Choice Program
Information Meeting
Nov. 16 – PPO Diva Night
Nov. 22-24 – NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

 YouthYouth & Young Adults

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 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

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 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 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 jhatland@stjohnswestbend.org or 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

9:30 AM Reformation 500 Celebration
               West Bend High School

Wednesday Evening

6:00 PM Traditional