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New Hymnal Purchases

The new hymnal will be arriving later this fall, and Christian Worship ’21 is intended to be more than “just” a book to be used for an hour on Sunday mornings. Prayers and devotional material, new and old hymns – all of this makes Christian Worship ’21 the perfect resource to add to your own shelves at home. Watch for more information on purchasing a hymnal directly from St. John’s and saving on the cost of shipping. Please also consider contributing to the Council Project of the Month to help defray the cost of new hymnals; click here to donate.



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Soles for Jesus

Through Thursday, September 30
The new or gently-used shoes you donate this fall (any style and size) will change lives in Africa. As you clean out your closets, please set aside gently used shoes of all sizes and types and look for collection boxes at church and school throughout the month of September. Contact Yvonne Quint at 262-790-5716 or Cindy Kuehn at 414-534-1379 with questions.



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By Scripture Alone Discussion Forum

Wednesday, October 13
By Scripture Alone is going strong in its fifth year, and we’re excited to host another discussion forum! These forums are a wonderful way for By Scripture Alone participants to discuss what has been read so far, and we’ll also be previewing the 2022 reading plan. Please join us from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. To submit questions (in advance), click here to e-mail Pastor Schroeder.



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New Pictorial Directory

It’s been a number of years since we last produced a St. John’s pictorial directory, and it’s time for a new one. This time, we’ll be using a password-protected online directory. All of the member data has been imported, and now it’s time for you to start checking your information (and editing it, if needed). You can also submit a family photo if you have one – and if you don’t have one, that’s OK too! You can still create your account, and we’ll be offering opportunities to have pictures taken later this fall. Click here for more details and login instructions.



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Ministry Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, October 3
Please plan to join us as we celebrate 40 years in the ministry for Pastor Joel Leyrer, 23 years of which have been here at St. John’s. A celebratory worship service will be held at 2:00 p.m., followed by a casual reception in the school gymnasium.



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Sermon Study Growth Groups

Beginning the week of Sunday, September 19
Our fall Bible studies are kicking off, and that includes the return of Sermon Study Growth Groups! Hosted and led by St. John’s members, Growth Groups are designed to provide a comfortable setting for more intimate fellowship and spiritual discussion than is possible in a large-group Bible study. Click here for all the details, including a schedule, FAQ, and registration link.



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Fall Bible Studies

Beginning Sunday, September 19
Our fall Bible studies kick off at 9:15 a.m. Chaplain Steve Stern leads our large-group class in the Fellowship Hall studying “A Punch in the Gut,” a look at how we as Christians cope with and respond to unexpected circumstances that can change our lives in an instant. Bible Information Class also meets at 9:15 a.m. in the St. Matthew's Room and supplies a solid understanding of what we confess and believe as a confessional Lutheran Church. Both members and non-members are encouraged to attend; click here to register. 



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Third Thursday Concert

Thursday, September 16 
Please plan to join us for these 45-minute concerts held on the third Thursday of each month in the church sanctuary. In September, organist Lynn Kozlowski will play well-known works by Bach, Handel, Pachelbel, Widor, and others. Mark your calendars and bring your friends to this free concert at 12:15 p.m. in the church sanctuary.



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Soles for Jesus

September 2021 
The new or gently-used shoes you donate this fall (any style and size) will change lives in Africa. As you clean out your closets, please set aside gently used shoes of all sizes and types and look for collection boxes at church and school throughout the month of September. Contact Yvonne Quint at 262-790-5716 or Cindy Kuehn at 414-534-1379 with questions.



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Three Good Things That Will Happen in September

1. We will celebrate Unity Sunday on Sunday, September 12. Our worship will look different again this year (worship at 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. rather than a single service). But in spite of the realities of life in this sinful world, the most important things remain the same: our common faith in Jesus, our common goal of being witnesses of this faith before a watching world, and our common final destination of heaven. Regardless of the turmoil and uneasiness around us, we still have reason to celebrate this Unity Sunday!

2. We will host the TosaFest chili & cupcake contest on Saturday, September 11. Whether or not you're a fantastic cook or baker, please consider entering your best pot of chili and/or your favorite batch of cupcakes! This event is a fantastic way for us to connect with the Wauwatosa community and reach out to people who might never otherwise visit St. John's. Click here for more details and to register.

3. We will kick off our slate of fall Bible studies. Large and small group studies; at church, in members' homes, and online; weekdays and weekends - there's something for everyone! We'll also be resuming Sunday school this fall for students in grades K3-7. Click here for more information, and especially watch for a schedule and sign-up for Sermon Study Growth Groups coming soon. 



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