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        AUGUST 20, 2017


Monday, September 11 Be a hero, donate blood! It's a quick, simple and amazing way to give back to the community and enhance the lives of your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. St. John’s will hold a blood drive for BloodCenter of Wisconsin from 3:00-7:00 PM in the school gym and commons area. Reserve your spot today by clicking here. For questions, contact Jessica Strautmann at 414-241-8184.

Begins Wednesday, September 13 – Rid yourself of debt and make a plan for your money! This 9-week course will meet at 6:30 PM. The following is a testimonial from one couple who attended the course:
My wife and I went through the FPU course and found it to be extremely entertaining, informative, and thought provoking. The common sense strategies allowed us to become more unified in our financial approach to life. Together, our financial planning and budgeting discussions are substantive, productive, and straightforward - devoid of any tension or unnecessary conflict. Since going through the course we have paid off one student loan debt, purchased our first home, and paid off both vehicles. We are both in our early 30s, and have positioned ourselves towards a debt-free life. We currently have only two debts remaining: a student loan and our mortgage. It was incredibly liberating to decline financing for our new living room furniture and simply pay in full! Whether you are overwhelmed in debt or not, FPU allows you to create a plan to address it, plus give back. This is very achievable when you discipline yourself to follow a plan. Pamela and I recommend the course to anyone; especially young couples and teens who are just starting out in life. 
                                                                                              Michael & Pamela Skocir
There is a $93 fee to cover the cost of materials used during the course. “Scholarships” are available for members who may need assistance to partially defray the cost. To register for the Financial Peace course being held at St. John’s, or see a video preview and an overview of the topics covered, please click here. For more information about Financial Peace University, click here.

Sunday, September 17 – A new year of Sunday school will begin at 9:15 AM in the school classrooms. Parents, please register children in grades K3 - 7 on the sheets in the narthex, near the school office, or by clicking here. Teens are encouraged to sign up on the Teen Bible Study list. If you are interested in helping to teach Sunday school, please contact Mark Gaub by email here.

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Ginny Mundstock is leaving St. John’s after 16 years of service to us and we are now seeking candidates to fill the position of Administrative Assistant. For a position description and to submit a resume, please visit For more information, please contact Sharon Kieselhorst at . Applications will be accepted through Monday, August 28.

St. John's, Wauwatosa is currently seeking applications for Childcare Director. This is a year-round, full-time salaried position with paid vacation and other benefits. Duties include supervision of up to 120 children and a proportionate number of adult workers. For a complete job description and application, click here. Resumes can be uploaded by clicking the link on the page, emailing Principal Scott Uecker here or dropped off in the school office through Friday, September 1.  Please email Principal Uecker with questions.

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 can be found on the narthex bulletin board. Please use your green Above & Beyond envelope and make checks payable to St. John's.

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.

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____________________   AROUND THE WELS

RSVP by Thursday, September 14 – The Christian Women's Leadership Circle at Wisconsin Lutheran College invites you to a presentation entitled "Hymnal Project Overview" by Pastor Michael Schultz, project director for the WELS Hymnal Project on Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00 PM in the Schwan Concert Hall at WLC’s Center for Arts and Performance. Pastor Schultz will share the current status on his and the committee's work on the hymnal project. Pastor Aaron Christie, (Trinity Lutheran, Waukesha) will provide musical accompaniment. There is no charge for this event. A reception with freewill offering will follow the presentation. Parking is available in the WLC parking center at 8701 W. Wisconsin Avenue, just east of the Center for Arts and Performance. RSVP to Joan Vehlow, 262-548-0421, or

Sign-up Deadline is Wednesday, August 30Enjoy a night out at the movies on Wednesday, September 6 with the members of Grace, Milwaukee as they host a 7:00 PM screening of the movie Return to Grace: Luther's Life and Legacy at the Oriental Theatre (2230 N. Farwell Ave.). Tickets are $12, and must be purchased online in advance at For questions, please contact Pastor Strong by email here.

Friday, September 1Riso Quartet returns to Grace's First Fridays at Five concert series! Enjoy two lovely Slavic pieces for piano quartet by this group of classically trained string and piano musicians. 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

Friday, September 8 Join us from 5:30 – 7:00 PM in the Grace Center (250 E. Juneau Ave.) as we learn about the detoxifying benefits of therapeutic grade oils that can help maintain a chemical-free home. The event costs $5, and includes appetizers, raffle entry, and beverage ticket. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Grace Events Assistant Veronica Brewer by email here.

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.

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.

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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)
Friday, August 18 – St. John’s women’s book club always welcomes new members. Join us in the conference room at St. John's school beginning at 7:00 PM for food, fellowship, and great discussion. We're reading The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. RSVP to Jean Stern here if you plan to attend. Our September selection is Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. At our September meeting we will also select books for the next six months. Please get your suggestions to Jean by the end of August. Everyone should come up with at least one "not to be missed" title!

Sunday, August 20 – Everyone is invited to a Welcome Back and Farewell Dessert Reception in the fellowship hall following the late service. See old friends, enjoy fellowship together, meet our new 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Renee Pastorek and teacher's aide Amy Stauffer, and say "farewell" and "thank-you" to Mrs. Jan Kreuser for all her work at St. John's school and to Miss Ginny Mundstock who served as our Church Administrative Assistant. Cake, pastries, coffee, milk & juice will be provided. If you are able to donate a baked treat, we would appreciate your help! Sign-up here to list your donation. For questions, please contact Tracey Lampe by email here. A card box will be available in the narthex until August 20 to collect your greetings and well-wishes.

Pastor Kyle Bitter returned the call to be pastor at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Yorktown, VA.  Thank-you to everyone who shared their thoughts and prayers as he deliberated his calls.

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.

Sundays, Through August 27, 9:15 AM – What might the laws of nature tell us about its Creator?  Is science in conflict with Scripture?  If so, since when?  And what can scientific techniques like carbon dating tell us about the age of the Earth?  In this summer Bible class, we will explore the relationship between faith and reason and apparent conflicts between Christianity and modern science.  The course will be team-taught by science faculty from Wisconsin Lutheran College: Dr. Rob Balza (biology), Dr. Kerry Kuehn (physics) and Dr. Dan Ebeling (chemistry).

Thursday, September 7 – Grab your garden gloves and join us for a few hours as we work on the landscape at church and school. We will be weeding and doing general garden maintenance from 6:00-7:30 PM. Any questions contact Kurt and Kelly Kramer by email here or at 414-475-9071.

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. 

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.
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!

St. John’s CES puts together a Service Directory each year for members and families. This is a resource that our members can use if they are ever in need of one of the services listed. If you have a professional skill, hobby, home business etc. that you would like to include 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 Service Directory, click here.
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!

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.

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

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.

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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Saturday, August 19The mothers at New Beginnings, 9215 W Wisconsin Ave., are looking forward to seeing you at their annual FREE Ice Cream Social & Family Fun Event. Enjoy delicious ice cream and toppings, a raffle drawing and a bouncy house. Introduce friends and family to the mission of New Beginnings, tour the home, visit their new boutique, meet the staff, mothers and babies, and relax & visit with fellow supporters between 1:30-4:30 PM. RSVP for planning purposes by email here or to 414-376-0595.

August 19-20 – Star of Bethlehem Lutheran in New Berlin will be celebrating their School’s 40th Anniversary with a carnival on Saturday from 2:00-5:00 PM and their Church’s 50th Anniversary with special worship services on Sunday at 8:00 & 10:00 AM and a luncheon at 11:30 AM. The Carnival is free and the Luncheon is $5 for ages 11 & up and $2 for ages 3-10. RSVP by August 1 to the church office at 262-786-2901 or online here

Registration Deadline is Friday, August 25 – This fall, the Wisconsin Lutheran High School football program will again be providing a 3-day camp in September for boys in grades 2-4 to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of football in a Christian setting. Participants will spend time practicing football basics (stance, catching, throwing, etc.) before dividing into teams to play games. Cost is $25 per person. For registration information, click here

Sunday, September 3 – You can help make Camp Phillip run! Relaxation in creation and renewal in Christ will take on a new meaning as you walk or run through the wonders of Camp Phillip during their 5th annual 5K. Registration cost is $35 and includes a t-shirt, food, music, games and encouragement all around you. (Registration after August 31 does not include a t-shirt). You also have the option to purchase meals on Saturday evening and Sunday morning plus lodging for Saturday evening during our annual Fall Family Camp. For more information or to register, click here.

Wednesday, September 6 – Wisconsin Lutheran High School Foundation will host an all-day trip to see Church Basement Ladies at the Fireside Theater in Fort Atkinson. The cost is $84 per person and includes transportation (bus boarding starts at 8:45 AM at WLHS), lunch, all gratuities, and ticket to the show. Come and join us for a day of fun and feel free to bring a friend. Don't delay because reservations are limited. Contact Heidi Witz at 414-453-4567 ext. 2004 or by email here to reserve your tickets.

Saturday, September 9 – The downtown community will come together once again for Grace's annual, one-stop rummage sale event! In years past, shoppers and treasure hunters have found gently used kitchen utensils and glassware, home decor and furnishings, furniture and bedding, clothing for all ages, books, jewelry, toys, tools, and more. Held in the Grace Center (250 E. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee), the sale runs 8:00 AM-2:00 PM. For more information, please contact Grace Events Assistant Veronica Brewer by email here.

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.

September 23-24 – Travel back in time with Grace! As part of Milwaukee's annual Doors Open event, visitors can explore Grace'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 Milwaukee. Doors will be open Saturday 10:00 AM-1:00 PM and Sunday, noon-4:00 PM. For more information, please contact the church office by email here or at 414-271-3006.

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.

Save the date – Koiné will release their 8th studio album at 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 30 at the Waukesha County Expo Center. The album is a celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation using Martin Luther’s own words and music. The event will be free and no tickets are necessary (an offering will be gathered). Watch for more information coming soon…but don’t miss this event! “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” – Martin Luther

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.

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.

RSVP by Friday, September 15 – Join us on Saturday, October 7 and see the way your gifts help Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (WLS) support the worldwide mission of the WELS. Registration and coffee hour begins at 8:00 AM in the auditorium. Worship with members of the Seminary Chorus at 9:00 AM. After worship, attendees will hear from our new professor, Sam Degner, and senior Noah Willitz. A light lunch, included in the $10 registration fee, will be served at noon. Guided tours of the campus will follow. Northwestern Publishing House will also have a selection of books and gift items available for purchase. Please send your name, address, telephone number, and home congregation along with your $10 registration fee to the attention of Lori Guse at 11831 N Seminary Drive, Mequon WI 53092. For more information, contact Lori Guse at 262.242.8104 or by e-mail here.

Save the date
– Plan to attend the WELS Lutherans for Life annual fall fundraiser on Friday, October 13 at Country Springs in Pewaukee. This year, two similar events will be held on the same day: a new luncheon and the traditional dinner. This year’s presenter will be Pastor Ken Fisher, President of Wisconsin Lutheran High School. He is adopted and has a compelling story to share. Plans are also underway to share ministry updates, inspirational stories and demonstrate “live” ultrasound scans. Look for details coming soon!

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.

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.

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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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.

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 or call 262-389-0749 to learn more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Would you like to receive daily encouragement with the Word? Subscribe to Daily Devotions, a free service provided by the WELS and the 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.

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, 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

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.

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.
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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.

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

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.

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.”

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.

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.

The St. Marcus Men’s Softball Team has invited members of St. John’s to join their team for the 2017 season. This is a non-competitive league, playing against other WELS church teams from the Milwaukee area. Play is on Tuesdays at Sijan Field (2821 S Kinnickinnic Ave.). Game time is between 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Games last about an hour. If interested, contact Tony Rehm here or at 414-416-3096.

Please set aside your family's gently used shoes. St. John’s will be holding a shoe collection in October for Soles for Jesus. Men's, women's and children's new and gently used shoes will be shipped to Africa where the shoes will make a difference in the lives of those in need. More information will be available in late summer. If questions, contact Yvonne Quint by email here or at 262-790-5716.

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.

Thank you to St. John's students and their families who so generously supported the monthly food pantry drive during their class's designated month. Your donations directly impacted a Milwaukee family in need.

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 or subscribe to get them delivered to your e-mail at

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.

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.

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, 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.

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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.

Student mission teams from Wisconsin Lutheran High School including St. John’s member, Brianna Pollesch and former St. John’s school students McKenna Godager, Elijah Henning, Mollie Henning, Ryan Lueck and Mikaela Sullivan will embark on exciting mission outreach projects this summer to help with the spiritual needs of people in various areas around the world. Information about this project, including how to contribute, is available on the narthex bulletin board or click here.

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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Sundays - 8:00 & 10:30 AM 
Saturdays - 5:30 PM
Saturdays - 7:00 PM (Mandarin)
Communion - 1st and 3rd Weekend/month
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.
 Week of Aug 20-27, 2017

10:30 AM - Teacher Installation
10:30 AM - Adult Confirmation
11:30 AM - Dessert Reception
Mon 6:30 PM - Board of Stewardship

5:30 PM - Executive Board
6:30 PM - Samaritan Partners
7:00 PM - Church Council

6:30 AM - Men's Bible Study
8:00 AM - School Begins
8:30 AM - Opening Service

10:00 AM - Jr. Handbells
6:30 PM - School Parent
Sat 8:15 PM - Fellowship/Gym Time
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.
AUG 19-20

Communion Assistant
K Kuehn, D Leyrer, G Martin (8:00)
  J Scheibe, J Sitz, B Treichel (10:30)
Head Usher
  K Kuehn (5:30)
  T Wessel (8:00); D Knuth (10:30)
J Frailing, S Freedlund, M/M Gaub (8:00)
  B/K Ailey, R/J Felsing (10:30)
  L Haferman (8:00); P Puglisi (10:30)
  R Bugenhagen, S Eick (9:15)
Lawn Mowing
  OPEN (Church), Frailing (School) 
  OPEN (Lot)
AUG 26-27

Head Usher
  T Wessel (5:30)
  J Johnson (8:00); M Schneider (10:30)
  A/J Greggs, G/S Lamas (8:00)
  H Curtis, M Perez, J Gromacki, K Hendee
  E Rindfleisch (8:00); B Haferman (10:30)
  M Rindfleisch, G Rindfleisch (9:15)
Lawn Mowing
  Jashinsky (Church), Stauffer (School) 
  OPEN (Lot)
Through August 13, 2017
Saturday: 109; Mandarin: 11; Sunday: 315
Total: 435

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