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        JUNE 25, 2017


This weekend marks the last Sunday of the fiscal (budget) year. Please consider an extra offering to God over and above your weekly gift, as a response to God's grace in Christ Jesus. These offerings enable us to carry out the gospel ministry that the Lord has set before us, to reach new souls with the message of Jesus, and to nurture the souls entrusted to our congregation's care. Each gift, large or small, honors the one who has made us eternally rich in Jesus Christ. May we always appreciate and participate in the partnership of sharing his saving name!

Help support St. John’s teens as they assist with outreach and Science Camp at Illumine Church in Rock Hill, SC, Soccer Camp at Cross of Life in Toronto, Canada and Technology Camp at Abiding Grace in Atlanta, GA this summer. Details about this project can be found on the narthex bulletin board. Please use your green Above & Beyond envelope and make checks payable to
St. John's.

Register by Monday, June 26 – Don't miss your chance to sign-up forTosa’s Night Out 2017 on Wednesday, August 2 at the Milwaukee County Zoo and have $2.00 (per family) donated to St. John's school! Participants will receive Zoo admission (including parking), a commemorative t-shirt, and sponsored items. The celebration includes live entertainment, police and fire department displays, health and wellness exhibits, consumer protection information, and more. Food and refreshments will also be available. The event officially runs between 4:00 – 8:00 PM but you are welcome to arrive at the Zoo any time after 9:00 AM. Register for the event here. Your materials will be delivered to the school. If you have not attended Tosa’s Night Out in the past, please consider attending this popular community event.

July 8-9 – Due to the upcoming holiday weekend, the food pantry collection for July will be held one week later than usual. Hunger takes no holiday - please bring your donations to the narthex on the second weekend of July and help make a difference in the life of a child, a teen, or a family in the Milwaukee area in need of food.

____________________   HAPPENINGS AT ST. JOHN'S

St. John’s is pleased to once again offer the Financial Peace University course. The 9 week course will meet for 90 minutes on consecutive Wednesdays beginning September 13 at 6:30 PM. To date, 42 members of St. John’s have attended this course and the following is a testimonial from one couple:
"After attending the 9 week Financial Peace University course, we highly recommend it to anyone interested in evaluating their financial situation, regardless of age or marital status. Dave Ramsey's Christian based approach is both entertaining and thought provoking. We enjoyed the fellowship and group discussions. As a family, we now take a positive approach on how we handle our money, always knowing that it is a gift from God. Our "take away" from the course is that we now incorporate good practice on budgeting, savings and giving. We will definitely have our daughters read the FPU book, and we would like to see the course incorporated into St. John's teen ministry program."
Jes and Susan Mariscal
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.

Save the date! – Join us on Tuesday, July 25 from 6:30-8:00 PM in the St. Matthew’s room as we welcome guest speaker Philip Henselin from Institutional Ministries (formerly WLIM) who will discuss Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Caregivers are especially encouraged to attend. RSVP for planning purposes to Carol here or at 414-543-7532 or to Paula at 262-782-0524.

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____________________   AROUND THE WELS

Tuesday, July 11
High school students and their parents are invited to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College's Summer Discovery Day. To register, call 414-443-8609 or click here.

Thursday, August 10 – Mark your calendars and plan to join thousands of WELS members from around the area for a fun night out filled with fellowship and baseball at Miller Park! Watch Mr. Steve Thiesfeldt, Vice President of Martin Luther College and former MLC baseball coach throw out the first pitch and then enjoy the Brewers/Minnesota Twins game beginning at 7:10 PM. Discounted tickets along the first base line are available online here. For more information or to purchase tickets for groups of 20 or more, contact Greg Souza by email here or at 414-902-4492. Don’t forget to buy your WELS Night t-shirt for only $4 online here.

Saturday, August 12 – You can help to support Wisconsin Lutheran College by participating in the 2017 Warrior Open at The Bog in Saukville. For details and registration information, click here.

Sunday, August 13 – Registration is now open for the 13th annual golf outing at Hawk’s View in Lake Geneva. Choose between two golf courses or just come for dinner. Shotgun start begins at noon. To register or for more information, click here or contact Jamie Dutton here or at 262-844-5072.

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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____________________   ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

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.

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.

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Thursday, June 22 – Enjoy the fun, party band Bobby Way and the Fabulous Wayouts as they present an exciting program of popular music and vocals from the 50’s to the present at Wisconsin Lutheran College. The free concert will begin at 6:30 PM. Food will be available beginning at 5:00 PM. For more information, click here.

Begins Sunday, June 4 – 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 Ginny in the church office here or at 414-258-7831.

June 4-July 16 - St. John’s first Summer Bible Class will meet at 9:15 AM in the fellowship hall and will feature St. John’s Pastoral Staff answering member-submitted questions under the topic: “Your Questions and God’s Answers.” Questions may be submitted online here, emailed to Pastor Schroeder here or left in the box in the church narthex. Please note: there will be no class on Sunday, July 2.

It’s winter outside but we are thinking summer in St. John’s Childcare!  We are working hard on our theme: “Joy, Fun, Seasons in the Sun.”  We will be trick-or-treating, playing in the “snow,” camping, planting gardens, having pajama parties and so much more!  Summer childcare is offered to children ages 2 yrs. (potty-trained) through 3rd grade.  Click here to register or for more information.

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!

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

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 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!

Busy bags for worshippers ages 5 and under are now available in the coat room at the back of church near the Noah’s Ark trunk. The eight 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 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.

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 any time in 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.”

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

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Registrations are now being accepted for Camp Bird, a youth camp for children in grades 5-8 located on Sand Lake near Crivitz in Marinette County. The price for each child is $150 per week. Swimming, canoeing, boating, hiking, challenge course, kickball, volleyball, archery, handicraft, campfires, Bible study, games, camp songs and many other activities are waiting for you this year! Limited space is still available for the following weeks: July 9-14 and July 23-28. For more information click here. To send an email, click here.

July 24-28 The Wisconsin Lutheran College Biology Department will be offering a Bioengineering Camp for high school students and incoming college freshmen. For details click here.

July 24-27 (grades 6-9) and July 31-August 3 (grades 2-5) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College men’s basketball coaches and players will host a Basketball Camp for boys entering grades 2-9. This is a fantastic opportunity for every level of player looking to improve their basketball skills in addition to achieving individual and team goals. We have a curriculum to fit each player with a training program based upon their skill level. This camp will feature group activities, as well as time for discussion to advance understanding of the game. A morning and afternoon session will be held each day inside WLC’s Recreation Complex. Cost is $85 per session or $140 for both sessions (includes instruction, lunch and a basketball). Register online here. For more information, contact Aaron Aanonsen by email here.

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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

Wisconsin Lutheran College will be offering camps in basketball (grades 2-5 and 6-9), football (JV and Varsity), and soccer (boys and girls ages 8-14 and high school boys) this summer. Click here for details.

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.

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.

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.

Hey kids! Don’t waste a minute of your summer this year. Attend a camp at Wisconsin Lutheran High School to explore a wide variety of activities and interests in a Christian setting. Camps include: chess, theater, sports, robotics, and cheerleading. For more information and to register, click here or contact Jeff Sitz here or at 414-453-4567, ext. 2007.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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). Currently there are two stores in operation; the north side location at 84th and Lisbon Ave. and the south side store at 51st and Howard Ave. The Bargain Center stores are in DIRE need of volunteers. The condition is such that they may be forced to close a store for lack of available workers. If you are able to help, please contact Se Vera Lau at 414-463-2595 (North Store) or Carol Southern at 414-327-2529 (South Store).

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.

Daily devotion? WELS Missions blogs? Latest synod news? There’s an app for that! Join the more than 16,000 people who have downloaded the WELS app to their phone or tablet. It’s free! Available through Apple, Google play, and Amazon apps.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

 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.

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

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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 Jun 25-Jul 2, 2017
Mon 6:00 PM - Board of Education

5:30 PM - Executive Board
6:30 PM - Samaritan Partners
7:00 PM - Church Council
Wed 6:30 AM - Men's Bible Study
Sat 8:15 PM - Fellowship/Gym Time
Help support St. John’s teens as they assist with outreach and Science Camp at Illumine Church in Rock Hill, SC, Soccer Camp at Cross of Life in Toronto, Canada and Technology Camp at Abiding Grace in Atlanta, GA this summer. 

Details on the narthex bulletin board. To contribute, use your green Above & Beyond envelope - make checks payable to St. John's.
JUN 24-25

Head Usher
  K Kuehn (5:30)
  T Wessel (8:00); D Knuth (10:30)
  M/M Meissner, P/S Trettin (8:00)
  R/J Felsing, J Gromacki, K Hendee (10:30)
  D Schmal (8:00); B Haferman (10:30)
  M Rindfleisch, E Urfer (9:15)
Lawn Mowing
  Kramer (Church), OPEN (School) 
  OPEN (Lot)
JUL 1-2

Communion Assistant
M Meissner, J Quint, J Scheibe (8:00)
  D Pollesch, M Swenson, B Treichel (10:30)
Head Usher
  T Wessel (5:30)
  J Johnson (8:00); M Schneider (10:30)
  T/E Balistreri, D Fitzsimmons,
    M Rindfleisch (8:00)
  B/K Ailey, J/J Rader (10:30)
  E Rindfleisch (8:00); B Haferman (10:30)
  S Pappalardo, J Bahr (9:15)
Lawn Mowing
  Jashinsky (Church), Stauffer (School) 
  OPEN (Lot)
Through June 18, 2017
Saturday: 110; Mandarin: 14; Sunday: 337
Total: 461

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