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        SEPTEMBER 16-17, 2017

 

HURRICANE RELIEF DONATIONS
Millions of Americans have been affected by hurricanes over the last couple of weeks and are in need of help, including many members of our own church body.  WELS Christian Aid and Relief will work with WELS churches in Texas and Florida to provide this much-needed help.  You can help by placing a donation in the box near the bulletin boards in the church narthex, or you can donate electronically by visiting the WELS Christian Aid and Relief website.


 
CHILI'N ON THE AVE!
Saturday, September 16 – St. John’s is again sponsoring a booth at the annual “Chilin’ on the Avenue” festival on North Avenue.  This year we are offering free face painting to the many children who attend this festival, but we still need a few more volunteers to help keep the face painting line from getting too long!  Interested in helping for any period of time between 12:00 - 6:00 PM on Saturday?  Email Pastor Bitter.  


THIRD THURSDAY NOONTIME CONCERT
Thursday, September 21
– Pianist Kevin Becker will play the opening recital of the 11th season of St. John’s Third Thursday Noontime Concert Series.  Enjoy works by Mozart, Brahms, Shostakovich and more.  Concert begins at 12:15 PM and is free and open to the public.  For more details visit www.sjtosa.org/ThirdThursday.

 
____________________   HAPPENINGS AT ST. JOHN'S
 
DIVINE CALL
Pastor Eric Schroeder has received a divine call to serve as an associate pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.  Ask the Lord to provide Pastor Schroeder with wisdom and clarity as he prayerfully deliberates where he might best serve God’s kingdom in the future.

LUTHER'S LASTING IMPACT
Begins Next Sunday, September 24
– This Bible study, taught by Professor Joel Otto, will examine some of Luther’s key theological emphases and note how they impacted the life of the church in areas like his translation of the Bible into the language of the people, education and his catechisms, worship, and the daily life of the Christian. Luther’s theological emphases, rooted in Scripture, continue to impact the life of the church today and the way we, as Lutheran Christians, live our faith in the face of 21st century challenges.


SAMARITAN PARTNERS
Tuesday, September 26
We welcome Chaplain Phil Merten from WELS Lutheran Institutional Ministries (WLIM), as our guest speaker, whose topic will be Boundries.  Meet in the St. Matthew's room from 6:30-8:00 PM.  RSVP to Carol 414-543-7532, mailto:schatzy999@yahoo.com, or Paula 262-782-0524.
 
SOLES FOR JESUS
Did your children outgrow their shoes this summer? Are you cleaning out your closets for fall? Your donated shoes will change lives in Africa! Again this year, we will be collecting gently used and new shoes (men's, women's and children's, all sizes) in October for Soles for Jesus. Collection boxes will be in the church narthex and at school beginning October 1. Please contact Yvonne Quint by email here or at 262.790.5716 with questions.

REFORMATION 500 CHILDREN'S CHOIR
The Southeastern Wisconsin District will hold a special Reformation 500 service on Sunday, November 5, at 3:30 p.m. at Miller High Life Theater (formerly the Milwaukee Theater) in downtown Milwaukee.  A children's choir is being formed for this event and includes all students in grades 5-8 who wish to sing.  Two joint practices will be held:  one on Saturday, November 4, at WLHS, and the other at the Miller High Life Theater before the service on Sunday, November 5.  Rehearsal times are yet to be determined.  If your child(ren) is interested in singing for this special service, please let Miss Treder know.  All students are included, no tryouts needed
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ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT
SAVE THE DATE – Sunday, December 3 – School has started, September has arrived, and Advent will be here before we know it! Ladies, please mark your calendars for Advent by Candlelight and set aside time to join us for a Christ-centered preparation for the holiday season. Invite your female family members, friends, and neighbors for this free event. Visit www.sjtosa.org/ABC or e-mail Julie Handeland at sjtosa.abc@gmail.com for more details. Watch the News & Notes for additional information on hosting a table and making reservations to attend.

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____________________   AROUND THE WELS


CHOOSING TO LIVE
Tuesday, September 19 -
Have you, even briefly, ever thought about taking your life?  A recent survey showed that one out of twelve people ages 18-25 has seriously considered committing suicide, and that number has been climbing.  We Christians don't often talk about this, but we should--both for the sake of our own precious lives, and for the sake of those who are hurting around us.  Come to a presentation that offers hope and counsel from the heart of Jesus.  Details on the narthex bulletin board.

TEN-MINUTE ORIGINAL PLAY SHOWCASE
September 21-24
– The 2017-18 season of the WLC Theatre begins with original ten-minute plays selected from submissions that are primarily from current, past, and future WLC students. Between five and eight new plays will be given "full production" under the direction of WLC alumni. All the selected plays will be presented each performance date in the Raabe Theatre.  Tickets: $5

DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE
September 23-24
- Travel back in time with Grace! As part of Milwaukee's annual Doors Open event, visitors can explore Grace Lutheran Church's historic architecture, marvel at the recently restored stained glass windows, and listen to the sounds of the Schlicker organ.  Knowledgeable guides will be available to answer questions and share stories about Grace's history.  Grace Lutheran Church is located at 1209 N. Broadway Ave. in Milwaukee. Doors are open Saturday, September 23, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, and again Sunday, September 24, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM. For more information, please contact the church office at 414-271-3006 or mail@gracedowntown.org.


KOINE ALBUM RELEASE EVENT
Saturday, September 30
– Koiné is releasing their 8th studio album at 5:00 PM at the Waukesha County Expo Center. The album is called CROSS HEART ROSE SKY RING, and is in honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, using Martin Luther's own words and music. The event is free and no tickets are necessary (an offering will be gathered). Doors will open at 4:00 PM. Don't miss this event!


WLC ALUMNI RECITAL
Saturday, September 30
– Wisconsin Lutheran College graduates will return to the stage to showcase their musical talents in an Alumni Recital in the Schwan Concert Hall.  The recital and the reception that will follow are free and open to the public.

NPH "500 MINUTES WITH LUTHER" EVENT
Saturday, September 30
– Northwestern Publishing House will host a special event to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation: "500 Minutes With Luther". Enjoy fascinating presentations from WELS speakers on a variety of Reformation topics:
--Prof. Daniel Deutschlander—The World of Luther and the Reformation; 9:30 AM
--Editor Christopher Doerr—Luther's Family; 11:30 AM
--Editors Michael Schultz and Jeremy Bakken—Luther's Hymns; 1:00 PM
--Prof. James Korthals—Luther, the Man and the Reformer; 2:30 PM   


THE HYMNS OF MARTIN LUTHER
Sunday, October 1 – In this Reformation 500 year, three notable choirs are joining forces to celebrate Martin Luther’s legacy as poet and composer. Join the Wisconsin Lutheran College Choir, the Lutheran Chorale of Milwaukee, and the Seminary Chorus—200 voices accompanied by organist Aaron Christie and instruments—to sing and rejoice in 15 of Luther’s greatest and most enduring hymns. Concert is 7:30 PM at the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Auditorium in Mequon.
 
CELEBRATE LIFE
Friday, October 13 – WELS Lutherans for Life is hosting two special fundraising events at Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee. The events support the life-affirming ministry of the WELS pregnancy medical clinic in Milwaukee. A noon Luncheon and an evening dinner. Pastor Ken Fisher is the guest speaker. Each event will include live ultrasounds, silent auction, and a buffet meal along with ministry updates. The events are free to attend, but attendees will be given an opportunity to contribute financially to the ministry. Find details and register at EveningForLife.org. Seats are filling fast so register soon. To register or for questions contact@ALife2 or call 414.727.8176.


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____________________   ANNOUNCEMENTS


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES – For a list of current employment opportunities within the WELS, as well as a brief description and contact information, please see the notice on the narthex bulletin board.

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____________________   HAPPENINGS AT ST. JOHN'S (continued)


BACK PAGE OF NEWS & NOTES
Check out the "Serving at St. John's" section on the back page of News & Notes and consider how your talents might be helpful to your church family. Often there are "open" slots needed to be filled in the areas of A/V (training provided), Nursery and Lawn Mowing. Gifts to the church don't have to be monetary - your time and talents are just as valuable! If interested, please contact us at 414-258-7831 or by email here.


BIBLE INFORMATION CLASS
New Class Begins Sunday, September 17 – Take this opportunity to introduce a friend to the basic teachings of the Bible. Come and enjoy a wonderful opportunity to refresh your own spiritual knowledge. Those who complete the Bible Information Class will know more about the Bible than 95% of Americans – what an opportunity to grow in faith and knowledge! This course provides a general overview of the Bible, touches upon every major Christian doctrine, and supplies a solid understanding of what we confess and believe as a confessional Lutheran Church. Since it provides the foundation for a deeper relationship with God, we encourage both members and non-members to attend. To register for the class, please contact the church office here or at 414-258-7831. 

NEW SCHOOL COURTYARD AREA
Many of you have already noticed the new brick courtyard area at the school. This space was created to be a waiting/pick up area for children to be off the sidewalk and safely away from traffic in the parking lot. The capstone on all of the walls is designed to be a seat so sitting on the wall is encouraged. The entire project was funded by a memorial.
 
ROOTED & MOWING – MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK
May-October – Summer is here and the grass is growing! We could still use more volunteers to mow the lawns at the church, school, and the upper lot. If you are willing to help out once a month, or just one time this season, please contact Kurt and Kelly Kramer here or at 414-475-9071. Your help saves us thousands of dollars in contract expenses!
 
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! 
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 the 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. Click here and like us on Facebook!


PARENTS OF COLLEGE STUDENTS 
Please help St. John's stay in touch with our college students by providing their email, school name and mailing address (if living away). They are eligible to receive free subscriptions to ''Forward in Christ" & "Meditations" magazines from the WELS Campus Ministry program. Print the contact information in the Friendship Register, email the information to the church office or look for the Student Information forms in the round tract rack in the narthex and on St. John’s website.

SERVICE AND FELLOWSHIP PROFILE 
St. John’s Board of Stewardship has updated our Service and Fellowship Profile with new opportunities to serve. We recognize that interests and availability may change over the years and encourage all members to complete a new profile by clicking here


UNDERSTANDING LUTHERAN WORSHIP
Wondering why we worship the way that we do? Curious about the color of the paraments in the front of church? Looking for background on one of the books of the Bible? Check out the new Understanding Lutheran Worship booklet located in each pew. This booklet provides an explanation of a variety of aspects of worship at St. John’s.


WORSHIP NOTES FOR OLDER KIDS (AND ADULTS) 
St. John’s now has Worship Notes for older kids to help them stay engaged and get more out of their worship experience. Worship Notes is a two-sided sheet that serves as a journal of the service with an area to make notes about the sermon, favorite hymns, prayers, memory verses, questions, and more. Worship Notes can be found on the round tract rack in the narthex near the Kid’s Service Folders for younger children.


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ATTENTION MOTHERS-TO-BE
WELS Lutherans for Life is seeking pregnant women interested in a FREE limited obstetrical ultrasound. We are becoming a medical clinic to provide sonograms to clients seeking pregnancy related services. Our sonographers will be receiving training and need pregnant women to practice their sonography skills. Service hours for this activity will be from 9AM-5PM from Tuesday through Friday, September 19-22, and again September 26-29 in West Allis. Please call 414-727-8176 to ask questions and/or to schedule an appointment.

FALL WOMEN’S RETREAT
Saturday, October 14Footsteps of Faith is a one day Women's Retreat filled with worship, prayer and God's Word designed to renew and strengthen your faith as you continue walking every day following in the footsteps of Christ. Take a break to spend the day with Christian women learning and sharing together. Women of all ages are welcome! Join us from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM at Divine Peace (3203 S. 76th St.). For more information and registration click here.


HOLY LAND TOUR
March 12-21, 2018 – Pastor James Humann, retired WELS pastor, invites you to join him and fellow WELS/ELS members as he hosts his fifth tour to the Holy Land. The ten day tour will take you to Bethlehem where Jesus was born, to Nazareth where he grew up, to the Jordan River where he was baptized and to Jerusalem where He was crucified and rose again from the dead. Look into the empty tomb. Wade in the Dead Sea. Take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Take a cable car to the top of Masada where 957 Zealots made their last stand against the Romans in 73 AD. A trip to the Holy Land is the dream of many Christians. For a brochure describing the daily itinerary, general conditions and price, e-mail Pastor Humann here or call 253-839-9055.
 
SALEM LANDMARK CHURCH TOURS
September 23-24 – Known as the birthplace of the WELS, Salem Lutheran congregation was established on Christmas Day in 1847. The church, one of the oldest church buildings in Milwaukee and designated as an historic structure, was built in 1863 at 6814 N 107th St.  You are invited to tour the church, now a museum, from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM as part of the Doors Open Milwaukee event. View the newly restored 1887 reed organ (harmonium) and the restored stencil patterns on the walls as well as the more than 1,000 artifacts and pictures on the lower level. On September 23, you may also tour the Granville Cemetery across the street at 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM and hear a description of the contents of the opened cornerstone at 2:00 PM. On September 24, there will be an antique farm machinery display from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM as well as a presentation of German Lutheran hymnals in the New World at 2:00 PM.


CHRISTIAN LIFE RESOURCES’ GOLF OUTING
Friday, September 29 – Join us at Ironwood Golf Court, W270N6166 Moraine Drive, Sussex, for our 2nd annual Golf Outing. Registration & range begins at 9:30 AM with a 10:30 AM shotgun start. Event cost is $90 ($340 discounted foursome) and includes lunch and buffet-style dinner. Four-person scramble format includes 18 holes of golf with cart, free-range balls and other contests including hole-in-one, putting, longest drive, and closest to the pin. There will be raffles and prizes too! Help us to support Christian Life Resources. To register, click here to send an email or call 414-376-0594.


LIGHTHOUSE YOUTH CENTER BENEFIT DINNER
Registration is open – Lighthouse Youth Center has served over 4,000 youth in Milwaukee with 70 youth attending their campuses each day, developing valuable life skills to benefit them on the journey to success. Attend the 11th Annual Benefit Dinner on Friday, October 6 at the Wisconsin Club, 6200 W Good Hope Rd., and you can provide the message of hope to Milwaukee’s youth, empowering them to believe anything is possible! Bid on the silent auction and enjoy Hors d’ oeuvres and beverages beginning at 5:30 PM, dinner will be served at 7:30 PM. Click here to purchase tickets, view auction items, make a donation or learn about Lighthouse.

FIRST FRIDAYS AT FIVE
Friday, October 6 Join us at Grace Lutheran beginning at 5:00 PM for oboe and piano from Lake Cottage Duo. The concert will take place at 5:00 PM at Grace Lutheran Church (1209 N. Broadway Ave., Milwaukee) and is free and open to the public. For details, please click here or contact Grace Events Assistant Veronica Brewer by email here.


WELS HISTORICAL INSTITUTE ANNUAL MEETING
Sunday, October 22 – How and why did the Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Nebraska synods merge to form the Wisconsin Synod? Come to the annual WELS Historical Institute meeting to hear Professor John Brenner from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary speak about “From Federation to Merger: The Birth of the Wisconsin Synod as We Know It Today.” The meeting will be held at 3:00 PM at the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry, N16W23377 Stone Ridge Drive in Waukesha.

LUTHERAN REFORMATION 500 ANNIVERSARY SERVICE
Sunday, November 5, 3:00 PM - There will be a district-wide celebration of the Reformation at the Miller High Life Theatre (formerly known as the Milwaukee Theatre). This special festival service celebrating the Lord’s grace to his people will focus on the eternal gospel and be enhanced by an adult choir, children’s choir, organ and instruments. Details are on the narthex board. Please use your green Above & Beyond envelope and make checks payable to St. John's.

STORY HOUR 
Wednesday mornings - Are you looking for a fun, free morning activity to share with your kids? Come to
NPH Christian Books and Gifts every Wednesday from 10:00 – 11:00 AM for story hour! Led by Miss Peggy, each story hour includes an interactive lesson, a Bible story, music, and a variety of activities. For the adults, grab a cup of coffee, relax, and enjoy making memories!


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ALTAR FLOWERS
The flower calendar for 2017 has a new location… next to the elevator.  Please sign up if you would like to sponsor altar flowers.  Instructions, pens and payment envelopes are located below the calendar.  Checks should be made payable to “St. John’s Altar Guild”.  New Process:  Flower payment envelopes (provided) are to be placed in the offering plate.  Payment in advance is appreciated.  Flowers may be picked up after the late service.
 

ALTAR GUILD
St. John's Altar Guild needs a few more team members.  Each team does communion setup or cleanup about 4 times per year.  If interested, please email Lisa Eggebrecht at lisamarie641@hotmail.com or call 262-389-0749 to learn more.
 


AV WORKERS NEEDED
Volunteers are needed to operate the church Audio/Video System during church services. The commitment is usually about one Sunday service per month. The job requires some tech skills to monitor the sound system and operate video cameras. A DVD and CD is made for each service, the services are streamed live on the internet, and then archived for later viewing. Contact Lyle Haferman by email here if you are interested. New workers will be trained in the operations needed.

BUSY BAGS FOR YOUNG WORSHIPPERS
Parents, did you know that busy bags for worshippers ages 5 and under are available in the coat room at the back of church? The bags were made by St. John’s Seedlings group from materials donated by the congregation. Bags should be returned to the same location following the worship service.


CES BABYSITTER DIRECTORY
St. John’s CES has put together a new Babysitter Directory for 2016-17 that includes middle school, high school and college age students who are willing to babysit/watch our children. Directories are available outside the school office or in the round tract rack in the church narthex. If you or your child are interested in being included in a future directory, please fill out a form here and return it to the church or school office or email it to Tracey Lampe by clicking here. For more information about the Babysitter Directory, click here.


COLLEGE STUDENTS
Before you go off to school this fall, please help St. John's stay in touch by providing your email, school name and mailing address. Submit your information here, print your contact information in the Friendship Register, look for a Student Information form in the round tract rack in the narthex or email the information to the church office here.

DAILY DEVOTIONS 
Would you like to receive daily encouragement with the Word? Subscribe to Daily Devotions, a free service provided by the WELS and the WhatAboutJesus.com website. The devotions are distributed every weekday by email and are available as a downloadable audio file so you can listen to it at your computer or on a mobile device. To begin, please click here.


EVENT REGISTRATION PAGE
Are you organizing a St. John’s event? Share the news with those you want to reach by completing an event registration form found on St. John’s website. Simply go to “Upcoming Events” and click the link above the calendar to get started. For questions, please contact the church office here

FORWARD IN CHRIST
Forward in Christ, the official magazine of WELS, offers stories of faith, doctrinal and theological articles, WELS news, and more every month. Print and digital subscriptions are available. Learn more at wels.net/fic.


LOST AND FOUND
Are you missing a jacket, hat, glove, umbrella, toy, earring or other item? St. John’s Lost & Found area has many treasures that would like to find their way back home. Please check the boxes in the small coat room next to the elevator to reclaim your items.

LUTHERAN MILITARY SUPPORT GROUP 
The Lutheran Military Support Group (LMSG) is a relatively new WELS organization dedicated to supporting the needs of our military veterans and our “military families” of both active duty members and veterans.
Click here for further information.

LUTHERAN RADIO CHURCH SERVICE
Each Sunday Morning the Lutheran Radio Church Service is heard on AM 1340 from 7:00 – 7:30 AM. There is a different preacher from various WELS or LCMS congregations in the area each week. The music and general format permits the homebound person to hear the Word like in a church setting. Click here to listen anytime to archived services.


LWMS BEFRIEND A MISSION UPDATE
Members of St. John’s are encouraged to support designated WELS home and world missions throughout the year as part of the Befriend a Mission (BAM) program for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS). Our missions for this year are Peace Lutheran Church in Aiken, SC, Living Promise in Morristown, TN and the Apache mission in Whiteriver, AZ. How can you support these missions? Prayers, cards and letters are always appreciated as well as gift cards and monetary donations for "wish list" items. Brochures with information about these missions can be found in the tract rack at the back of the church. You can learn more about the BAM program here. Check out a new video from Kingdom Workers highlighting a garden project at the mission in Arizona here


MILITARY FAMILIES
Help us serve your loved ones spiritually while they are serving our country. Click here and give our National Civilian Chaplain contact information for WELS men and women in the military. To learn how WELS serves military personnel, check out our website here.


RECYCLING PROGRAMS
Thank you to everyone who has participated with the recycling programs at St. John’s. Please continue to save Box Tops for Education and used ink and toner cartridges. Items may be turned in at the church, school, or childcare offices. Bags of aluminum cans for recycling can also be dropped off by the shed in the church parking lot. Proceeds support the “School Improvement Fund.”


RESOURCE FOR SENIORS
The Laureate Group, owners of Hart Park Square, has put together a package of resources for seniors (age 60+) that includes information about helpful phone numbers, transportation options, neighborhood services, assisted living and nursing homes, downsizing, and more. These free resource packages are available in the tract rack on the wall at the back of church.


SCRIP GIFT CARDS
Gift cards for many area stores and restaurants are available through St. John’s school and by using them, you help to support our school! St. John’s receives a portion of the face value of each card at no extra cost to you! Look for order forms in the school office or on the small tract rack at the back of church (above the ushers’ desk). Order forms should be turned in to the school office or click here to send your order by email. You may also purchase gift cards online by clicking here (use code C5FB311729461) or in the school office from 3:00 – 3:15 PM on Mondays and Fridays.


TEACHER/ADMINISTRATOR AND VOLUNTEERS FOR ESL PROGRAM
English as a Second Language (ESL) blesses many WELS congregations with the opportunity to help neighbors of foreign backgrounds learn English, show them the love of Jesus, and share with them the message of his life and resurrection. Resurrection Lutheran Church, 213 E Howard Ave., has decided to begin an ESL Class, with the prayer that the Lord bless this program to help spread his saving love and win souls for eternity. Our neighbors include many of Latino heritage, immigrants and refugees from Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Staffing is the most important part of ESL – people who know Christ and have hearts of love to reach out to others in his name. Resurrection is seeking a Teacher/Administrator, and several volunteers. No prior ESL experience is necessary. To learn more of these positions, please contact Pastor Mark Kock here or at 414-755-9021.


TIME OF GRACE
Time of Grace with Pastor Mark Jeske can be seen on Sunday morning at 6:30 AM on MeTV 41 (WBME) and at 10:30 AM on CBS 58, on Thursday morning at 5:30 AM on ABC Family, on Saturday morning at 1:05 AM on WTMJ 4, and more. For details on programming times and support, please click here.

TRANSFORMED: devotions connecting teens to Christ
We recognize the challenges that our teens face in standing firm in faith and growing in that faith.  The WELS Commission on Youth and Family is launching a weekly devotional series “TRANSFORMED: Devotions Connecting Teens to Christ.” Check out a new devotion each week at wels.net/transformed or subscribe to get them delivered to your e-mail at wels.net/subscribe.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Kingdom Workers has many opportunities for Christians to share their talents while sharing His Word with others this summer and fall. Current opportunities include helping with VBS, Robotics, Soccer, Art, Canvassing and Handyman skills. See the complete list of volunteer opportunities here.


WELCOME!
We are looking for a few more greeters to welcome members and guests as they come to our worship services. All you need is a friendly smile, the ability to come to church about 15 minutes early and a willingness to serve. If you can help, or would like more information, please contact Ginny in the church office by email here or at 414-258-7831.


WELS APP
Daily devotion? WELS Missions blogs? Latest synod news? There’s an app for that! Join the thousands of people who have downloaded the WELS app to their phone or tablet. It’s free! Available through Apple, Google play, and Amazon apps.


WELS BARGAIN CENTER 
WELS Bargain Center, Inc. has been operating thrift, resale stores in the city of Milwaukee since 1967 and has contributed well over 4 million dollars to WELS related organizations. In addition to special requests, the Bargain Center regularly shares proceeds with Wisconsin Lutheran High School (WLHS), Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC), Wisconsin Lutheran Institutional Ministries (WLIM), Wisconsin Lutheran Christian Family Solutions (WLCFS), and the Point of Grace Campus Ministries (TPOG). The Bargain Center store at 51st and Howard Ave. is in DIRE need of volunteers. The condition is such that they may be forced to close for lack of available workers. If you are able to help, please contact Carol Southern at 414-327-2529.

WELS PODCASTS
Click here to view WELS podcasts. Seminary chapel services can be viewed by clicking here


WHAT ABOUT JESUS 
For personal growth and spiritual outreach, click
here to visit the What About Jesus website. View informative discussions that answer Bible questions and touch on daily issues.  Enjoy daily messages that offer spiritual nourishment via e-mail or podcast.  Share the info with friends who are struggling in their faith lives, with the unchurched who are searching for the one thing needful, and with family members who need spiritual encouragement.


YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
WELS Lutherans for Life is in immediate need of volunteers to serve as receptionists at our pregnancy care center – welcoming clients, answering the telephone, making appointments, and related tasks. Commitment is 2 weekdays per month. Complete training will be provided. If this opportunity speaks to your heart, click here to send an email or call 414-727-8176 for more information.


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WORSHIP
Saturday at 5:30 PM
Sunday at 8:00 & 10:30 AM
Communion - 1st and 3rd weekend/month
      
SPIRITUAL GROWTH
Sundays - 9:15 AM  Bible Classes,
    Sunday School, Teen Ministry
Saturdays - 7:00 PM  Children's Bible Class
    Chinese students
For details, and other spiritual growth opportunities, click here.
 
.CALENDAR OF EVENTS
 Week of Sept 17-24, 2017
Sun
 
8:00 & 10:30 AM - Mission Festival Worship
Mon

 
5:00 PM - Board of FInance
6:30 PM - Board of Education
7:00 PM - Board of Stewardship
Wed







 
6:30 AM - Men's Bible Study
8:15 AM - Children's Chapel
8:30 AM - RIBS
2:30 PM - Hawthorne Terrace
3:30 PM - Hart Park Square
6:00 PM - Adult Handbells
6:30 PM - Financial Peace University
7:00 PM - Adult Choir
Thu


 
10:00 AM - Jr. Handbells
10:30 AM - Morning Bible Study
12:15 PM - Third Thursday Concert
Sat 5:30 PM - Worship
 
 
SEPTEMBER COUNCIL PROJECT
 
"LAU TUITION ASSISTANCE"
 
The Lau Student Tuition Assistance Program is designed to help parents meet the cost of a Christ-centered education at St. John’s school, Wisconsin Lutheran High School or Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Details on the narthex bulletin board. To contribute, use your green Above & Beyond envelope - make checks payable to St. John's.
 
SERVING THIS WEEK:
SEP 16-17

Communion Assistant
  
J Quint, L Totsky, B Dittman (8:00)
  A Goede, A Duncan, D Pollesch (10:30)
Head Usher
  R Yahn (5:30)
  T Wessel (8:00); D Knuth (10:30)
Greeters
  M/M Meissner, S/J Wolf (8:00)
  P Rauth, B Rehborg, M/C Rindfleisch   (10:30)
A/V
  L Haferman (8:00); B Haferman (10:30)
Nursery
  T DeLonge, J Bahr (9:15)
Lawn Mowing
  OPEN (Church), Jashkinsy (School) 
  OPEN (Lot)
 
SERVING NEXT WEEK:
SEP 23-24

Greeters
  T/E Balistreri, D Fitzsimmons, M Rindfleisch (8:00)
  M/C Rouse, H/K Schrank   (10:30)
A/V
  E Rindfleisch (8:00); B Cleary (10:30)
Nursery
  S Eick, S Pappalardo (9:15)
Lawn Mowing
  OPEN (Church), Frailing (School) 
  OPEN (Lot)
 
ATTENDANCE
Through September 10, 2017
Unity Sunday - Total: 637
 


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