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Three Good Things That Will Happen in December

1. We will come together for midweek Advent services. These devotional services, held on Wednesdays at 3:30 & 6:45 p.m., give us the opportunity to prepare our hearts for the birth of our Savior. Fellowship meals between services will also be held again this year.

2. We will host Advent by Candlelight on Sunday, December 5. After an online-only event last year, we're excited to come together again this year in word and song to usher in the Advent season. If you aren't able to attend in person, you can join us virtually at

3. We will celebrate our Savior's birth through a variety of worship opportunities: our grade-school Christmas Eve service, our traditional Lessons & Carols service, and festival worship on Christmas Day. Click here for a full listing of holiday worship opportunities.

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Two Good Things That Happened in November

1. We began a new church year with the season of Advent: a Latin word that means "coming." Advent is a time when we celebrate the coming of Christ as a baby in Bethlehem and look forward to his coming again on the last day. Please join us for worship!

2. Our teens headed out around church and raked leaves for some of our neighbors. One of the aspects of our strategic plan includes service opportunities to the community, and we're thankful to have our teens serve in this way!

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Midweek Advent Worship Opportunities

Wednesdays, December 1, 8 & 15 – Please join us for midweek Advent Worship at 3:30 and 6:45 p.m. We’re happy to be able to serve fellowship meals between services once again! Meals will be served from 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. On the menu for December 1 are chili and hot dogs, December 8 is casserole night, and December 15 features chicken cordon bleu and chicken nuggets. A salad bar and soup will be available at all meals.

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Thanksgiving Worship

Wednesday & Thursday, November 24 & 25
Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, and we'd love to have you join us for worship! Our Thanksgiving services will be held on Wednesday, November 24, at 6:45 p.m. and Thursday, November 25, at 10:00 a.m. Worship services can also be viewed online by clicking here. "Praise God from whom all blessings flow..."

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Three Good Things That Will Happen in November

1. We will begin a new Sunday morning Bible study. Pastor Joel Leyrer will lead us in a study of Philippians: a letter that reminds us that what we are and what we have transcends the inevitable stresses and strains that accompany our earthly pilgrimage. Click here for class materials and video.

2. We will begin our next school sports season. Volleyball, cross country, and soccer are over; it's time for basketball to start! Click here for a full calendar of all our school sports events.

3. We will celebrate Thanksgiving. Gathering with family and friends are wonderful traditions, but don't forget about gathering with your brothers and sisters in Christ for Thanksgiving worship! Please join us on Thanksgiving Eve at 6:45 p.m. or Thanksgiving Day at 10:00 a.m. for worship.

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Two Good Things That Happened in October

1. Our grade school students resumed singing live in church. Although it was an incredible blessing to be able to pre-record music for worship services last year, it is even more of a blessing to have our students singing live again! 

2. We welcomed hymnals back into our pews! Christian Worship '21 is here, and it's wonderful to be singing out of hymnals again. Check out the next edition of the Lamplighter (scheduled to arrive around Thanksgiving) for more information on this new book.

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One Good Thing That You Might Not Know About

1. Adult choir is resuming! Small-group ensembles have been singing for some time, but this week marks the return of regular choir rehearsals. If you love to sing, please consider joining us on Wednesdays from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

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Two Good Things That Happened in September

1. We hosted our first Third Thursday concert in a year and a half. Held on the third Thursday of each month from 12:15 - 1:00 p.m., these free concerts are a wonderful way to take a quick break from the busyness of your day and enjoy some fantastic music! Click here for a schedule of our upcoming fall concerts.

2. We previewed hymns and liturgy from the new hymnal. Christian Worship '21 will be arriving in our pews later this fall, and we're excited to begin introducing it to you! Watch for more information over the next couple of months, and click here for more information about the new hymnal. 

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Ministry Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, October 3
Please plan to join us as we celebrate 40 years in the ministry for Pastor Joel Leyrer, 23 years of which have been here at St. John’s. A celebratory worship service will be held at 2:00 p.m., followed by a casual reception in the school gymnasium.

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Three Good Things That Will Happen in September

1. We will celebrate Unity Sunday on Sunday, September 12. Our worship will look different again this year (worship at 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. rather than a single service). But in spite of the realities of life in this sinful world, the most important things remain the same: our common faith in Jesus, our common goal of being witnesses of this faith before a watching world, and our common final destination of heaven. Regardless of the turmoil and uneasiness around us, we still have reason to celebrate this Unity Sunday!

2. We will host the TosaFest chili & cupcake contest on Saturday, September 11. Whether or not you're a fantastic cook or baker, please consider entering your best pot of chili and/or your favorite batch of cupcakes! This event is a fantastic way for us to connect with the Wauwatosa community and reach out to people who might never otherwise visit St. John's. Click here for more details and to register.

3. We will kick off our slate of fall Bible studies. Large and small group studies; at church, in members' homes, and online; weekdays and weekends - there's something for everyone! We'll also be resuming Sunday school this fall for students in grades K3-7. Click here for more information, and especially watch for a schedule and sign-up for Sermon Study Growth Groups coming soon. 

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