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WELS Easter Service

Sunday, April 12
Mark your calendars for a synod-wide Easter Sunday worship service! This special online service, broadcast from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary at 6:00 p.m., is an opportunity for our synod to gather together as one family of believers from across the country and around the world. The service will be led by WELS President Mark Schroeder and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary President Earle Treptow, with a live Q&A session immediately following. Click here to tune in on Sunday evening!



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Devotional Resources

Most of our small group Bible studies are temporarily on hiatus, but there are many online options available for personal devotions. One such resource is the Wisconsin Lutheran College daily video devotions. These devotions aren't just for college students - they're a great 3-4 minute message appropriate for all of us in in any walk of life. Click here for these devotions, and watch for more online devotional resources each week.



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Three Good Things That Will Happen in April

1. We will celebrate the triumphant resurrection of Jesus from the dead on Easter morning. Although we are not able to celebrate together in person, no temporary separation can take away our joy in Jesus' victory over sin, death, and Satan. "I know that my Redeemer lives..."

2. We will continue to broadcast our worship services and Sunday morning Bible study online. So many of you have expressed appreciation at still being able to worship in this way, and it is our pleasure to continue to serve our members and guests with the Word. Click here for a full list of our Holy Week worship services and times.

3. Our teachers will continue serving their students through online teaching. We would much rather see our students in person! However, we are thankful for our teachers' tireless efforts to serve their students as best as they possibly can during these challenging times. Please keep our faculty in your prayers!



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Two Good Things That Happened In March

1. We celebrated 25 years in the teaching ministry for Dave & Dana Leyrer. This was one of the last events at St. John's before the imposition of our current social distancing restrictions, and we were blessed to be able to rejoice together in this way! Please join us in thanking God for the Leyrers' continued ministry at St. John's!

2. Our Facebook page hit 800 likes, and our online worship services saw a drastic increase in number of views. Although ministry is never about the numbers or the bottom line, we are still grateful to have the opportunity to reach more people through our online presence. Please especially think about sharing our Easter service event and virtually inviting someone to worship!



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One Good Thing That You Might Not Know About

1. We celebrated Virtual Spirit Week. Our students aren't in school, but they still took the opportunity to show their school spirit! Pajama Day, Favorite Book Day, Build Something Day, Fresh Air Day, and School Spirit Day - all of these produced some fantastic pictures. Check them out on our Facebook page.



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Online Giving Options

Although you are not able to drop your offering in the basket on Sunday morning, we encourage you to continue giving as you are able to support the Lord's work being done in our community and around the world. We have a number of easy and secure online giving options available: electronic funds transfer, credit/debit card, PayPal, text to give, and more. Click here for more information.



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What I Most Appreciate

During this time of being physically apart, we want to hear what you most appreciate about St. John's! Kerry Ognenoff kicks us off: "St. John's is a family. There is always a friendly face, supportive ear, willing prayer warrior next to you in the pew. People are welcoming and let the love of God show freely through their words and actions." What do you most appreciate about St. John's? Click here to share your thoughts.



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Devotional Resources

Most of our small group Bible studies are temporarily on hiatus, but there are many online options available for personal devotions. One wonderful resource is the WELS Daily Devotions. Intended to pair with the lessons from Sunday's worship, these short devotions pair up are a wonderful way to continue the focus of our Sunday services. Click here for these devotions, and watch for more online devotional resources each week.



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Online Worship Notes

As we temporarily transition to online-only worship services, here are some helpful links and information:

  • Sunday worship services (8:00 a.m.), Bible study (9:15 a.m.), and Wednesday midweek Lent services (3:30 p.m.) can be viewed live here and will be archived for future viewing.
  • Worship service folders are available here and contain everything needed to follow along with the service.
  • The News & Notes is available here.
  • Options for online giving are available here. Offerings can also be dropped off at the church office during regular business hours.
  • Worship services can be viewed on a computer, a tablet, a smartphone, and even a smart TV. If you do not have the capability to view services online, please contact the church office to request a DVD of the worship service and/or a printed copy of the sermon.
  • Keep an eye on e-mail, our website, and our Facebook page for future updates as the situation continues to develop.
  • If you know someone who does not have access to e-mail or Facebook, please share this information with them.

"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you." (2 Thessalonians 3:16)



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Ministry Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, March 15
Please join us as we celebrate and give thanks for the faithful service of Dave and Dana Leyrer, both celebrating 25 years in the teaching ministry. A cake and punch reception will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. If you aren’t able to attend but would like to give a card or a gift, you can drop it off in the church or school office. You’re also encouraged to bring your favorite memory and/or a word of encouragement to share with Dave and Dana.



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