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Mission & Ministry Sunday

Sunday, January 26
Please join us for this special Sunday as we focus on the blessings God has bestowed upon St. John’s and how we as a congregation are striving to faithfully use those blessings in service to those around us. The “State of the Parish” presentation will replace our regular Sunday morning Bible study at 9:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.



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Volunteer Appreciation Event

Sunday, February 16
All St. John’s volunteers are invited downtown to the Grace Center at Grace Lutheran Church for Volunteer Appreciation Night from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Formal invitations should be arriving in your mailbox this week or next. If you have volunteered at St. John’s in any way during the past year, please mark Sunday, February 16 on your calendar and make plans to attend this evening of food, fellowship, and fun. Click here to RSVP.



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Christian Estate Planning Seminar

Sunday, January 12
Phil Theesfeld of the Board of Stewardship will present a workshop on Christian Estate Planning at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. A catered lunch will be served. Click here to register.



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Mission & Ministry Sunday

Sunday, January 26
Please join us for this special Sunday as we focus on the blessings God has bestowed upon St. John’s and how we as a congregation are striving to faithfully use those blessings in service to those around us. The “State of the Parish” presentation will replace our regular Sunday morning Bible study at 9:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.



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Two Good Things that Happened in December

1. Our Board of Outreach connected with our community through hot chocolate and Christmas cards. At the holiday train event, we handed out 350 cups of free hot chocolate and 423 Christmas cards made by our grade school students. This annual event is a wonderful way to reach out to our communityClick here for pictures.

2. Our childcare, preschool, and grade school students told the story of our Savior's birth in word and song. We welcomed over 250 people to our early childhood Christmas service and over 650 people to our K5 - 8th grade Christmas Eve service. Both services were also Livestreamed, reaching across the United States and even as far as Ecuador!



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Three Good Things Happening in January

1. Our congregation will celebrate its 138th birthday. St. John's was officially incorporated as the "Evangelical Lutheran St. John's Congregation" on January 31, 1882 at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Our current church building was dedicated 90 years ago this summer: on June 23, 1929.

2. Our women's book club will read their 166th book, In Cod We Trust by Eric Dregni. Started in 2001, book club meets on the third Friday of each month and is open to anyone who enjoys reading. Historical fiction, fantasy, mystery, memoirs, non-fiction - join us for fellowship and good discussion.

3. We will hold our annual Mission & Ministry Sunday on Sunday, January 26. The State of the Parish presentation will be given at 9:15 a.m., detailing our Boards' activities in 2019 and plans for 2020. We'll also debut the St. John's Spotlight, a video update highlighting various aspects of our shared ministry.

 



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Christian Estate Planning

Sunday, January 12 – Phil Theesfeld of the Board of Stewardship will present a workshop on Christian Estate Planning at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. A catered lunch will be served. To register, visit www.sjtosa.org/EstatePlanning.



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Food Pantry January 4 & 5

Start off the New Year sharing your blessings. Please add a few items to your shopping list and bring them to the narthex for the food pantry. Dry cereal, instant potatoes, rice, pasta; cans of vegetables, fruit, soup, and tuna are much appreciated. Your donations are making a difference in the lives of Milwaukee area residents. 



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Debt Retirement Update

As publicized over the past six months, our goal as a congregation is to retire our mortgage debt by December 31, 2019. Approximately $103,000 has been contributed since April 2019, putting us about halfway to our goal. Should the Lord allow us to meet this challenge, we will celebrate his goodness to us through a mortgage burning ceremony as part of our New Year’s Eve service. If you would like to contribute, please mark your envelope “Debt Retirement” and make checks payable to St. John’s. We are thankful for the generosity of everyone who has contributed thus far, and we ask for your prayers as we continue to work toward fully paying off our school facility by the end of 2019.



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By Scripture Alone Discussion Forum

Thursday, January 9
Please join us for one more discussion forum before we close the book on the New Testament! We’ll meet from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall to answer your questions and wrap up a perfectly tied together and supremely bookended story: a story that begins in one perfect garden and ends in another. Questions or topics for consideration can be submitted in advance to Pastor Eric Schroeder by clicking here. In addition to the questions you submit, we’ll preview Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, the 2020 focus of By Scripture Alone.



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