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April 2021

Three Good Things That Will Happen in May

1. We will celebrate the festival of Pentecost. Known as the birthday of the Christian Church, Pentecost marks the transition from the festival to the non-festival half of the church year and from a focus on the life of Christ to a focus on the life of the Christian. 

2. We will finish out our school year. The end of the school year is always a bittersweet time, as is our 8th grade graduation (scheduled this year for Wednesday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m.). Please keep our teachers and students in your prayers during this last month of school!

3. We will say "farewell and God bless" to both of our K4 teachers. Join us on May 16 & 23 after the 10:30 a.m. service to celebrate Mrs. Leslie Campbell (teaching at Peace Lutheran School in Hartford, WI next year) and Mrs. Naomi Stein (retiring from the teaching ministry), respectively. Watch for more information on both of these celebrations in Monday's worship and Bible study registration e-mail.



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Two Good Things That Happened in April

1. Our women's Bible study (RIBS - Renewed and Inspired by our Savior) resumed meeting. Weather permitting, RIBS meets outside at church on Wednesdays from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Contact Monica Gnat for more information.

2. Our grade school students kicked off their final season of the sports year: track and field. Although this is a short season (only about five weeks long), there's lots of action packed into it! Check out our Crusader Chronicle for all the news - sports and otherwise - from our school.



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One Good Thing That You Might Not Know About

1. Looking for an opportunity to serve? We have just the thing for you! Join us on Sunday, May 9, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. as we clean up our Wauwatosa community. We'll have St. John's "Serving Together" t-shirts available for volunteers. Hope to see you on May 9!



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Lawn Mowing Volunteers Needed

We are in need of volunteers to mow the church and school lawns this season. All are welcome, from teens to adults. All of the needed equipment is available at church; we are happy to train you on how to use the equipment if needed. The lawns are mowed every other week, and you can sign up for the weeks you want to work. If you're able to help, please let us know by Sunday, May 2. If we do not get enough volunteers, we will have to pay a lawn service to do the work. For a schedule, more information, or to volunteer, click here to contact Kurt and Kelly Kramer. 



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Ascension Hymns

Through Sunday, May 2
At St. John's, it's a tradition to walk through the church year through Word and song at our Ascension worship service. Like we did last year, we want you to select the hymns. Click here for a list of hymns and to vote for your favorites by Sunday, May 2.Then join us for Ascension worship on Thursday, May 13, at 6:45 p.m. as we sing our congregational favorites from each season of the church year.



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Farewell Celebrations

Sundays, May 16 & 23
Please plan to join us on Sunday, May 16, after the 10:30 a.m. for a reception saying farewell to Mrs. Leslie Campbell. Mrs. Campbell will be leaving St. John's at the end of the school year to teach at Peace Lutheran School in Hartford, WI. Please also plan to join us on Sunday, May 23, after the 10:30 a.m. service for a retirement celebration for Mrs. Naomi Stein. Watch for more details on both of these celebrations in the upcoming weeks.



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AV Technology Update

As discussed in the last Lamplighter, our AV upgrades include the installation of two video screens on the walls in the front of church. Slated to be installed in the next month, these screens will offer a major improvement for school chapel devotions, presentations from guest speakers, and after-service videos like the WELS Connection and St. John’s Spotlight. The architecture of St. John’s was carefully considered in the placement of these screens, and every effort was undertaken to make this necessary change as aesthetically unobtrusive as possible. Watch for more information on our planned use of these screens over the next several weeks.



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Confirmation

Thursday, April 22 & Saturday, April 24
We will celebrate with our 8th graders as they participate in the rite of confirmation. Although confirmation comes at the end of two years of catechism classes, it should always be viewed as a beginning, not an ending: a beginning of participating in the Lord's Supper and becoming an adult member of the church. Examination of the confirmands will take place on Thursday at 6:45 p.m., and the confirmation service will be held on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Both services will be broadcast live for those unable to attend in person.



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Ascension Hymns

Through Sunday, May 2
At St. John's, it's a tradition to walk through the church year through Word and song at our Ascension worship service. Like we did last year, we want you to select the hymns. Click here for a list of hymns and to vote for your favorites by Sunday, May 2.Then join us for Ascension worship on Thursday, May 13, at 6:45 p.m. as we sing our congregational favorites from each season of the church year.



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New Bible Study: Survey of Romans

Beginning Sunday, April 11
Join us as Pastor Bitter works through a big-picture treatment of Paul’s letter to the Romans by focusing on major themes and the overarching flow of thought. Discussions will be drawn more from big-picture concepts than from individual verses. Participants will come away with a sense for the overall structure of the letter and an appreciation for the context in which many favorite Bible passages reside. Click here for class materials and video.



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