News & Upcoming Events

May 2016

Friends in Fellowship

Join us for our annual picnic at noon on Tuesday, June 7th at the home of Barbara Weihing in Brookfield. Meat, buns, beverages and dessert will be provided. Please bring a dish to pass for the pot-luck picnic along with your own eating utensils and a lawn chair. Keep reading for more information...

To avoid duplicates, please call Barbara Bergquist at 414-476-2384 regarding what you plan to bring. For directions or questions, call either Barbara Weihing at 262-821-3855 or Barbara Bergquist. In the event of inclement weather, the picnic will be held in the Fellowship Hall.

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Piano Sale

Wisconsin Lutheran College's Music Department has had the use of new, first-class pianos on a no-cost basis for the past academic year. This arrangement is made possible by a partnership with the Rockley Family Foundation. To help support this program, the foundation is having an instrument sale. You are invited to an appointment-only pre-sale on June 9th and 10th and the morning of June 11th at Wisconsin Lutheran College's Center for Arts and Performance. To secure an appointment or for more information, call 414.443.8675. No appointment is needed to attend the final afternoon of the sale on June 11th from 2:00 to 6:00 PM. Keep reading for more information...

A large selection of grands, baby grands, digital player grands, vertical (upright) pianos, digital pianos, keyboards, and orchestral strings will be available. This event will feature instruments from such famous makers as Steinway & Sons, Pramberger, Baldwin, Seiler, Roland, Kurzweil, Stravari Fine Violins, and many others. Most instruments are less than one year old, include a new factory warranty, are tuned, and ready to go. Delivery and special no-interest financing is available on site.

In most cases, a portion of your purchase will be considered as a charitable contribution to the Rockley Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, and may be tax deductible as allowed by law.

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Windows into Wauwatosa

St. John’s will participate in the 4th annual Windows into Wauwatosa event from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Saturday, June 18th. Visitors will be able to explore our church and school as well as other historic and community buildings that are rarely open to the public. The event is family friendly and free! If you would be interested in volunteering to assist with greeting our guests, please click here to sign up or contact Pastor Bitter at 414-258-7831 with questions. More information about Windows into Wauwatosa can be found here.

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Men's Bible Study

Men, would you like an opportunity to start your day with fellowship, food and Bible study? Come join your brothers in Christ on Wednesday mornings at 6:30 AM at City Market, 8700 W Watertown Plank Rd #2. We are starting a new study on the book of Daniel. Newcomers are always welcome.  Please email Jon Johnson with questions.

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Athanasian Creed

This Sunday, the Christian Church celebrates Trinity Sunday. Along with many other churches, we confess our faith on Trinity Sunday using the Athanasian Creed. Because it is only used once a year, and because some of its language can seem harsh, further explanation may be helpful. Keep reading for more background and information on the Athanasian Creed...

The Athanasian Creed is one of the three universal or ecumenical creeds. The word creed comes from the Latin word credo which means “I believe.” Luther said of this creed, “I doubt whether the New Testament church has a more important document since the Apostolic age.”

Although named for Athanasius, the bishop of Alexandria (ca. 296-373), it is almost certain that he did not write it. Neither Athanasius nor his contemporaries ever refer to it. But even if Athanasius did not write the creed, he certainly would have ascribed to it.

Athanasius was one of the bishops at the ecumenical Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325) which opposed the heresy of Arius (ca. 250-336). Arius denied the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, teaching that he is of a similar substance to God the Father, but not of the same substance. In essence, Arius claimed that Jesus Christ is not the eternal God. The Council of Nicaea adopted the Nicene Creed to affirm that Jesus is “God from God, Light from Light, true God from True God” and “of one being with the Father.”

The Athanasian Creed first appeared in Gaul (France) late in the 5th century and quickly assumed an important role in the orthodox church. Emperor Charlemagne (ca. 742-814), in order to preserve the true Christian faith, decreed that all churchmen had to learn this creed and to be able to teach it to the laity.

Confessors of the creed should not be put off by the second to last article which says: “Those who have done good will enter eternal life, but those who have done evil will go into eternal fire” (cp also John 5:28,29). The article does not teach salvation attained by human works, but simply reflects that our good works (or lack thereof) are evidence of God-given faith (or unbelief). When we remember that our good works are actually God’s work through us, then we will understand this article correctly (cf Ephesians 2:8-10). In addition, we remember that are judged based on Jesus’ merits, not our own.  We have been given the credit for Christ’s righteousness. Therefore, we are heirs of eternal life.

This creed ought to bring us great comfort, as it speaks clearly about our God and his plan for our salvation. Its clearness and boldness are refreshing in this age of doctrinal confusion. It states what the Scriptures teach – there is no God but the Lord revealed in the Scriptures, and there is no salvation outside of the name of Jesus Christ. All who deny this deny the truth; and all who deny the truth forfeit salvation.

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Evangelism Forum

Join us this week at 9:15 AM for a special one-Sunday discussion on the best ways to reach out to the people in our lives with the gospel. Hear how the Bible applies to current issues and share evangelism-related ideas and experiences.

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Tuesday Takeaway

Want to stay updated on church and school news, read relevant and timely blog posts, and hear about what’s going on in the WELS? You’ll find all that – and more – on St. John’s Facebook page. Please help us spread the word by liking and sharing posts and checking in when you are at St. John’s. And be sure to look for our new Tuesday Takeaway feature. Visit and like us on Facebook!

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Third Thursday Concert

Please join us on Thursday, May 19th at 12:15 PM for our 83rd Third Thursday Concert. The concert, titled "Encore" is a program of "people pleasers” with organist Lynn Kozlowski and trumpeter Adam Sipe. Listen to familiar hymns including Amazing Grace, On Eagles WingsBeautiful Savior and Praise to the Lord the Almighty. The program will include two Paul Manz compositions and an arrangement of Highland Cathedral. Adam & Lynn will also swing on three spirituals. We hope you will be able to come to this final Third Thursday Concert of the season.

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Rooted & Mowing Fundraiser

Shop for your garden from Friday, May 20th through Sunday, May 22nd at Bluemel's Garden Center. Please present the Bluemel's flyer found here at the time of your purchase. 10% of all sales will be donated to St. John’s for landscape maintenance PLUS you'll receive a FREE 4-pack of annuals. If you have any questions, please click here to e-mail Kelly Kramer.

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Piano Recital

Come and enjoy the God-given talents of St. John's piano students tonight at 6:00 PM in the church. The students in Mrs. Bauer's class will perform a variety of solo and duet pieces during the evening. Music will include Christian and secular pieces.

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