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        APRIL 23, 2017

 


APRIL PACK’ER UP GOODWILL DONATION CHALLENGE
If you’re in the midst of Spring cleaning and are planning to make a trip to Goodwill, simply indicate our school name (St. John’s Lutheran School), city (Wauwatosa) and number of items donated on the slip provided to you by the Goodwill Donation Attendant, and the school with the greatest number of items donated will receive a visit from Donald Driver. It’s that easy! You will still get the slip for tax deduction purposes. Just be sure to count the number of items in your bag/box before you go. It won’t take any extra time. If you have items to donate and you are unable to make it to a Goodwill location, you may drop off your items at school by Friday, April 28th. A parent volunteer will make “drop-offs” at Goodwill, if needed. Be sure to have your items counted with your name attached so we can get the receipt to you for tax deduction purposes. For more information as well as periodic updates and official rules, click here. Thanks!


FAREWELL
Sunday, May 21 – Please join us in thanking Mrs. Alicia Campbell, Mrs. Kelly Johnson, Mrs. Emma Taylor and Mrs. Madeline Horton for their years of service to St. John's at 11:30 AM in the church fellowship hall. There will be a cake and coffee reception and a chance to wish the Campbell family farewell as they look to relocate to Indiana this summer. If you would like to show your appreciation to these ladies for their service, there will be a box in the church narthex in May to collect cards and well wishes.

CHORALE CONCERT
Sunday, April 23 – The Lutheran Chorale of Milwaukee under the direction of Mary Prange will present its spring concert, The Tomb Stands Open Wide at 2:00 PM at St. Lucas, Milwaukee (2605 S Kinnickinnic) and at 6:00 PM at Christ, Pewaukee (W240N3103 Pewaukee Rd). The concert will include music for choir, brass, strings, organ and congregational singing. A twenty minute organ prelude presented by Lynn Kozlowski will precede the concert. A freewill offering will also be collected.


 
____________________   HAPPENINGS AT ST. JOHN'S

TEEN GAME NIGHT
Sunday, April 23 – High School teens and 8th graders, bring a friend, a snack to share and your favorite game to the school from 6:30 - 8:30 PM for game night! This will be a night of fun!


ROOTED & MOWING - GARDENING IS SO MULCH FUN!
May 6-7 – The Rooted & Mowing team is looking for volunteers to help top dress the garden beds with mulch. We will be working on Saturday from 9:00 AM - noon and Sunday from 1:00 - 3:00 PM. Teens, this is a great way to earn volunteer points. For planning purposes, RSVP to Kurt and Kelly Kramer here or at 414-475-9071. Don’t forget about the Rooted & Mowing informational meeting on Sunday, April 23 at 11:30 AM! Please join us for coffee and cookies, and to find out ways you can help, green thumbs or not!

TEEN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Saturday, May 13 – Teens, would you like to earn mission points by helping at the Life-a-Thon walk/run to support WELS Lutherans for Life at McCarty Park? Help is needed from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM wrapping and serving hot dogs for the event participants. If you would like to help, please contact Brian Lampe at 414-915-3211 or click here or Tracey Lampe at 414-841-3282 or click here.


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____________________   AROUND THE WELS

WLHS HALL OF FAME BANQUET
Register by Monday, April 24 – Wisconsin Lutheran High School is pleased to announce its 2017 Hall of Fame inductees: Mr. Ned Goede, Mr. Terry Treuden, Mr. Rudy Kalis, Mr. Greg Mahlberg, Mrs. Karen Sitz, the 1996-97 Girls Volleyball Team, Mr. Clary and Mrs. Pat Hartwig, and Mrs. Nancy Raabe. The high school awards this prestigious honor once every three years. Show your support to our new inductees by attending the Hall of Fame banquet at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 6 at the Milwaukee Downtown Marriott. To register, click here. Cost is $40 per person.

WLC THEATER PRODUCTION
April 27-29 – Wisconsin Lutheran College’s Theatre Department will present "Courtship" by Horton Foote at 7:30 PM. Visit wlc.edu/Theatre-Productions or call 414.443.8802 to order $10 tickets.

WLHS PRISM CONCERT
Tickets on Sale beginning Monday, April 24The WLHS Prism concerts will be held Friday and Saturday, May 19-20 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, May 21 at 2:00 and 7:30 PM in the WLHS gymnasium. Enjoy the God-given talents of our student ensembles, solos, duets, choirs and bands. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets will also be available at the door, $8 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets will be assigned on a first come, first served basis in one of four separate sections. Purchase tickets online here or in person at the WLHS front office to reserve a specific table within a section. Mail-in forms can be found online here. For more information, call 414-453-4567.


CHILDREN’S THEATER
April 29 and 31Luther Preparatory School will present their Children’s Theater performance of “The Grateful Beasts, an interactive comedy inspired by the classic story “Stone Soup,” on Saturday at 7:00 PM and Sunday, at 4:00 PM (performances are approximately 60 minutes). All seats are General Admission in the Luther Prep Auditorium. Ticket prices for adults and high school students are $5, K-8th grade are $4, and pre-school and under are FREE. A family rate of $10 is also available. 


LUTHER 500TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Thursday, April 27, Informational Meeting – Plan ahead to experience the 500th anniversary of the Reformation where it all started. This 10-day tour of Germany will be hosted by Mr. Robert Lehninger of Grace Lutheran Church, Milwaukee and open to anyone. For travel details, come to a meeting in Grace Place Coffee shop at the Grace Center, 250 E. Juneau Avenue. Mike Swenson from Tempo Travel will be going through an outline of the trip (October 27- November 5) and answering any questions you may have. Adult beverages and snacks will be provided. RSVP to Jeanne Carbon by email here if you plan to make it. Questions about the trip or the meeting? Contact Bob Lehninger by email here.


WLHS WORKDAYS
April 29-30, May 6 & 13--Wisconsin Lutheran High School will be funding an aquaponics system in Zambia, Africa as their mission project this spring. To help raise funds, WLHS has student volunteers to help you with your spring cleaning, whether it be outdoor or indoor! If you would like a group of students to come to your home on any of the dates listed, please contact Mitchel Hopp here or by calling 414-501-3921. Scheduling will be done on a first come, first serve basis.

WELS NATIONAL HANDBELL FESTIVAL
Sunday, April 30 – You are invited to the 38th annual WELS National Handbell Festival, “On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand” at Lincoln High School, 1801 16th Street S, Wisconsin Rapids beginning at 2:00 PM. Hosted by the members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the festival will feature music of the Reformation as well as favorite hymns.  For more information, click here.


WLC CHOIR CONCERT
Friday, May 5 – The Wisconsin Lutheran Choir and Chamber Choir will present the Home Concert for their Pacific Northwest Tour at 7:30 PM in the college’s Center for Arts and Performance. Free tickets are available by calling 414-443-8802. 


LEADERCAST 2017
Friday, May 5 – Wisconsin Lutheran College will be the premier Milwaukee broadcast location for Leadercast, a one-day event simulcast live from Atlanta to more than 100,000 leaders around the globe. For information about the day's speakers or to register, click here.  


SPRING BAND CONCERT
Sunday, May 7 – Luther Preparatory School will present “Play” a spring band concert for the young and the young at heart at 7:00 PM in the school auditorium. Come hear music with “youthful appeal” performed by the Symphonic Band, String Ensemble, Jazz Band, Guitar Ensemble, Brass Choir, Senior Handbells and the Ukulele Group. The evening will be hosted by the Puppets of Pastor Dustin Yahnke. A free-will offering will be accepted. Join us for an evening of musical fun! 


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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)
 

“GO FISH” SCHOOL MUSICAL
Friday, May 5 – Come and enjoy oceans of fun, games, and food! Watch our K-2nd grade students perform “Go Fish,” the musical in the school gym at 6:30 PM. Our sharks, seahorses and sea creatures can’t wait to entertain you. Preschooler and their families are invited to the church fellowship hall between 5:00 - 6:15 PM for a $1.00 concession dinner and also to school for crafts and games before enjoying the musical. RSVP for dinner by clicking here. If you can't make it to the musical, you are welcome to join us for a dress rehearsal beginning at 10:00 AM on Friday.

WOMEN’S BOOK CLUB
Friday, April 21 – We will meet at 7:00 PM in the school conference room to discuss ANNIE FREEMAN'S FABULOUS TRAVELING FUNERAL by Kris Radish. RSVP to Jean Stern here for planning purposes.

 

SUMMER CHILDCARE
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.

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
 

NEW WORSHIP RESOURCE – 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.

CES SERVICE DIRECTORY 
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.


AV WORKERS NEEDED 
Volunteers are needed to operate the church Audio/Video System during church services. This is a great service opportunity for teens and young adults in the congregation. 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. Click
here to contact Lyle Haferman if you are interested. New workers will be trained in the operations needed.

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!


BUSY BAGS FOR YOUNG WORSHIPPERS 
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. Parents, please note that there may be some small parts that could pose a choking hazard for young children.


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.


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

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____________________   AROUND THE WELS (continued)

LWMS SPRING RALLY
Saturday, April 22 – Ladies, you are invited to the LWMS Spring Rally from 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM at St. John’s Oak Creek (6700 S Howell Ave.). Start the day with registration and breakfast from 8:00 – 8:45 AM. Our guest speaker will be Pastor Jonathan Bauer, the first pastor at Good News in Mount Horeb, WI. We will also collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations as well as essentials like dish soap, diapers, and paper products for the Christ-St. Peter’s food pantry in Milwaukee. For more information, please see the flyer on the narthex table.

MOM’S NIGHT OUT
Friday, April 28 – Do you know a mom who could use some encouragement? Invite them to a night “Out of the Nest” from 6:30-10:00 PM at the Grace Center, 250 E Juneau Ave, Milwaukee. Hear words of inspiration from writer and speaker Linda Buxa of Time of Grace. Enjoy a delicious meal with a glass of wine or Grace Place coffee and live music by Joey Schumann and the Lutheran Ceili Orchestra with original music by Amanda Rose. There will also be shopping and photo opportunities as well as giveaways. Cost is $55 and proceeds will help support “Exploit No More.” For tickets or more information, click here


WELS/ELS NURSES
Saturday, April 22 – You are invited to the 2017 WELSNA Spring Conference "Christian Nurses: Ministering to Those Who Struggle" at the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry in Waukesha. For more details click here or go to the WELSNA Facebook page.


LITTLE VIKINGS VOLLEYBALL CLINIC
Saturday, April 22 and 29Calling all 2nd-6th grade beginner volleyball players! A volleyball clinic will be held on two Saturdays for 2nd-3rd grade girls from 8:00-10:00 AM and 4th-6th grade girls from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. Register by clicking here. Cost is $30 for both days. For questions, contact Alayna Olson here


SEMINARY SCURRY 
Saturday, April 29 - Join other St. John’s members for a 5K family run-walk and ½ mile kids dash at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. Check-in begins at 9:00 AM with the races starting at 10:00 AM. Cost for adults is $20, kids in grades K-12 are free! A t-shirt & cookout lunch is included. After the race, enjoy a free bounce house and face painting as well as a tour of the seminary. Click here to register. For questions, click here to email Paul Spaude.


LUTHER PREP OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, April 29 - Come to LPS at 5:00 PM to learn about the school’s purpose and programs, tour the campus, dorm and facilities, meet the school President, Deans, parents and students, enjoy a complimentary meal in the cafeteria, and attend the Children’s Theater at 7:00 PM. Click here to RSVP.

 

WISCONSIN LUTHERAN LIVING CENTER OPEN HOUSE
Thursday, May 11
– Enjoy jazz piano music, specialty cheeses, wines and other light refreshments, tours, door prizes, meet the staff and view a resident art show at the Wisconsin Lutheran Living Center Open House from 3:00-5:00 PM at 9035 N 97th St. We’ve made some updates and can’t wait to show off our improvements. Come share in our excitement and see what sets us apart!


BAND CONCERT
Friday, May 12 - The Wisconsin Lutheran College Concert Band will present its Spring Concert at 7:30 PM in the college’s Center for Arts and Performance. To purchase $6 tickets, call 414.443.8802 or visit wlc.edu/boxoffice.


LIFE-A-THON 
Registration Now OpenProtect a child's right to live and be loved! Register today for the Life-A-Thon on Saturday, May 13 to benefit the pregnancy care ministry of WELS Lutherans for Life! Get friends together, recruit sponsors, and help save lives! There are two locations to choose from: Mequon and West Allis, or go virtual! Walk or run with everyone else or on your own! $25 individual or $60 family. Register by clicking here or call 414-727-8176.


CHRISTIAN CAREGIVING COURSE 
May 15-18 - Concordia University School of Nursing will present a professional development course entitled "Christian Caregiving" for RN's, clergy, and others interested in parish nursing and congregational health ministries from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM at Concordia University, Mequon. For a course description and registration information, please see the brochure on the round tract rack in the church narthex or email Dr. Carol Lueders Bolwerk here.


CHRISTIAN CAREGIVING CONFERENCE
May 24-25
- Concordia University, Mequon will host their 25th annual Parish Nurse and Congregational Health Ministries Conference, "O Give Thanks" for RN's, clergy, and others interested in parish nursing and congregational health ministries. For a list of speakers and activities, please see the brochures on the round tract rack in the church narthex or
email Dr. Carol Lueders Bolwerk here.

SUMMER “ARK ENCOUNTER” TOUR INVITATION
June 17-24 – Have you heard about the newly constructed, Biblically proportionate Ark in Northern Kentucky? All WELS and ELS members are welcome to join the MLC Alumni Association sponsored group tour that will include a visit to the Ark as well as the nearby Creation Museum and other scenic and historical sites in Kentucky. Travel is via deluxe motor coach from New Ulm, MN with stops in Milwaukee/Oak Creek, WI. One bus is already full and the 2nd is filling fast. For more information or to register, click here or contact Steve Balza at 507-217-1731


SUMMER BUS TOUR          
St. John’s Milwaukee invites you to join them for a bus tour to Northern Kentucky this summer from June 20-23. Highlights will include visiting the Creation Museum, Ark Encounter, Newport Aquarium, a horse farm and more! A $25 per person deposit is required. There are only a few spots left! For more information, please see the narthex bulletin board or contact Gene Huth at 414-453-1350.


CAMP BIRD FOR LUTHERANS
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.


STEPS OF MARTIN LUTHER TOUR
September 18-30, 2017 – Pastor James Humann, retired WELS pastor, invites you to join him for a twelve day tour to Germany to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The itinerary includes not only the major sites connected with Luther and the Reformation, but also Prague, Salzburg and Vienna. Space is limited. Two buses have already been filled for a June departure. For details about this tour, click here to e-mail Pastor Humann. For a hard copy of the brochure, please include your name and mailing address.


CELEBRATE YOUR LUTHERAN HERITAGE
September 27-October 8 – You are invited to join a wonderful 12-day tour of the major sites connected with Luther and the Reformation. The itinerary includes Luther’s home in Wittenberg, the Wartburg castle where he translated the New Testament, Augsburg, Mansfeld and much more. We will also tour the magnificent Neuschwanstein castle, Bavaria, Oberammergau and Munich. Our tour departs from Chicago. For more information including cost and complete itinerary, email the tour host, retired WELS Pastor Robert Balza here. If you would also like a hard copy of the brochure, please include your name and mailing address.


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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.


PARKING
Please remember that the Aurora parking lots next to St. John’s school will not be available for parking on Maundy Thursday, April 13 at 3:30 PM or Good Friday, April 14 at 1:00 PM. Please consider parking in the school lot, the city lot at the bottom of the hill or on the street and leaving the parking spaces in the church lot for the elderly and disabled. Thank you.


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.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The WLHS Dinner Auction is just around the corner (on Saturday, April 8), and it’s the help of many volunteers that make this night a success. Volunteers are needed for decor planning, silent auction, valet parking, volunteer coordination, and many other tasks. Please consider gathering a group of friends and helping us out! Contact Heidi Witz at 414-453-4567, ext 2004 or click here for more information or to sign up.

SPONSORS NEEDED!
New Beginnings – A Home for Mothers is seeking sponsorships for its annual Tiny Steps, Big Hearts Walk/Run on June 3rd at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Monetary and product donations are welcome. If you know any businesses or community organizations that might help, please contact Brianne Hansen by clicking here or at 414-376-0595. Thank you for serving the mothers and babies of New Beginnings!

BUILDERS FOR CHRIST
Builders for Christ is the construction service ministry of Kingdom Workers, partnering with churches that are part of the WELS, ELS and other members of the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference. BFC saved congregations over $525,000 in construction costs last year. The truck that the group uses to haul tool trailers has nearly 200,000 miles and needs to be replaced. If you would like to help, please click here for information about BFC and here to give a gift to help purchase a new truck for this mission. Right now, a generous donor is matching all gifts 100%.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUINTIES
Kingdom Workers has many opportunities for Christians to share their talents while sharing His Word with others this spring and summer. See the complete list of volunteer opportunities here.


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. Click here to contact Lyle Haferman if you are interested. New workers will be trained in the operations needed.


ALTAR GUILD
St. John's Altar Guild needs a few more team members for 2017.  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.
 


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.
 

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.


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.


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). 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).


DO YOU HAVE A CHILD WHO WILL BE ENTERING 9TH GRADE NEXT YEAR?
WLHS admissions is now open for all NEW students in the 2017-18 school year. Click here today to complete your application. If you have any questions, click here to send an email to Brad Wetzel, Director of Admissions, or call 414-453-4567 ext. 1322.


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.


RECYCLING PROGRAMS
Thank you to everyone who has participated with recycling programs at St. John’s. Please continue to save Box Tops for Education, Campbell’s Labels 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.”

WELS APP
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.

STORY HOUR 
Bring your kids to story hour at
NPH Christian Books and Gifts every Wednesday from 10:00 – 11:00 AM. Listen to stories from Miss Peggy, sing songs, and create beautiful take-home crafts! All preschool-age children are welcome to attend with an adult.

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. A written report on their goals and activities can be found on the bulletin board in the narthex.
Click here for further information.

DO YOU GET 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.

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.

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.

DAILY DEVOTIONS 
is a free service provided by the WELS Commission on Evangelism through its 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 an iPod. To begin, please click
here.

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.

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.

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

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WORSHIP
Sundays - 8:00 & 10:30 AM 
Saturdays - 5:30 PM
Saturdays - 7:00 PM (Mandarin)
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 Apr 23-30, 2017
Sun

 
11:30 AM - Rooted & Mowing
11:45 AM - Teen Handbells
6:30 PM - Teen Game Night
Mon
 
8:00 AM - Pastors' Conference
6:30 PM - Board of Education
Tue

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



 
6:30 AM - Men's Bible Study
8:15 AM - Children's Chapel
8:30 AM - RIBS
6:00 PM - Adult Handbells
7:00 PM - Adult Choir
Thu

 
9:30 AM - Jr. Handbells
10:30 AM - Bible Study
6:45 PM - Confirmation Exam
Sat
 
1:30 PM - Confirmation 
8:15 PM - Fellowship/Gym Time
Sun 11:45 AM - Teen Handbells
 
APRIL COUNCIL PROJECT
 
"Continuing Education for
St. John's Called Workers"

 
You can help enable the called workers of St. John's to grow both spiritually and professionally by attending conferences, workshops and more in-depth classes. 

Details on the narthex bulletin board. To contribute, use your green Above & Beyond envelope - make checks payable to St. John's.
 
SERVING THIS WEEK:
APR 22-23


Altar Assistant
  B Dittman, K Kuehn, G Martin (8:00) 
  J Scheibe, A Sipe, J Sitz (10:30)
Head Usher
  D Knuth (5:30)
  J Johnson (8:30); M Schneider (10:30)
  M Schneider (6:45, Apr 27)
Greeters
  B Weihing, M Rindfleisch (8:00)
  H Curtis, M Perez, J Gromacki, K Hendee
  (10:30)
Usher Assistants
   E Starkey, S Chasco (8:00)
   N Gregory, E Gregory (10:30)
A/V
  L Haferman (8:00); B Haferman (10:30)
Nursery
  T De Longe (9:15)
 
SERVING NEXT WEEK:
APR 29-30


Head Usher
  M Naumann (1:30); M Bahr (5:30)
  K Kuehn (8:00); R Yahn (10:30)
Greeters
  M/M Gaub, A/J Greggs (8:00)
  R/J Felsing, B/T Lampe (10:30)
Usher Assistants
   L Rindfleisch, R Rindfleisch (8:00)
   E Leyrer, E Kuehn (10:30)
A/V
  L Haferman (8:00); B Cleary (10:30)
Nursery
  M Rindfleisch, G Rindfleisch (9:15)
 
ATTENDANCE
Through April 16, 2017
Maundy: 343; Good Friday: 526;
Sunrise: 170; Festival: 676; Total: 1,715
 


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