Connections E-Newsletter - March 11, 2021
Can you believe Easter is right around the corner? St. John's is excited to be able to host our annual Easter Egg Hunt once again. It is a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to gather at St. John’s for a morning filled with fun, fellowship, and of course EASTER EGGS! It may still be chilly/muddy that Saturday so bring a coat, boots, and gloves along with your Easter Basket. Children ages 1yr-10yrs are welcome to participate.

Join us on Saturday, March 27th. Last names A-L registration begins at 8:45 AM, and devotion starts at 9:00 AM. Last names M-Z registration begins at 9:45 AM, and devotion starts at 10:00 AM.

If it rains, we'll have a drive-thru! You'll get to pick-up candy-filled eggs and hide them at home!

To sign up, please use the links on the St. John’s Website, E-Newsletter, or the App. If you would like to donate candy for the eggs, please drop these donations off at the ECC office before March 19th!

Our Easter Egg Stuffing will be on Saturday, March 20th, from 12:00-2:00 PM. Check your calendar and see if you can join us in the ECC Resource Room. Send Desiree Titus a message (dtitus@stjohnswestbend.org) to let her know who will attend so she can buy enough food for lunch. See you there!
Register HERE.
Much like our plans from this past Christmas services, Easter worship will require preregistration. St. John’s is hosting five worship services for Easter worship on April 3 and 4:

Saturday 6:00 PM, Sunday 6:00 AM, Sunday 8:00 AM, Sunday 9:30 AM, and Sunday 11:00 AM. We will continue to utilize the same socially distant seating pattern that is currently in place. Check-in ahead of each service will also be required, so please plan to arrive a few minutes early.

Register for Easter Worship HERE.

When you register for your preferred service time, you will see four seating options: Sanctuary, Balcony, Narthex (area before entering the sanctuary), and Gathering Space. Seating in the Gathering Space will utilize a video feed for participation. Seating options will be removed from that list as the available seating in that space is filled. Utilizing these spaces and options gives us additional seating and helps you and your household plan your Easter around worshiping together.

Please note that Maundy Thursday worship and Good Friday worship do not require preregistration at this time. However, we have added a 3:30 PM service for Good Friday along with the usual 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM services.



Order and Easter lily for the alter HERE, through the St. John's App,
or by contacting the church office at 262-334-490
or stjohns@stjohnswestbend.org.
How do we Reconnect God’s Gifts in the Household of Faith?
 
Return to the Lord! Our Lord says, “…return to me…” in Joel 2:12. “Return to Me” is God’s desire to Reconnect with His people. Despite the many disruptive effects of COVID-19, there are opportunities for us to Reconnect at St. John’s - ways we return to the Lord. God’s gifts at St. John’s come to us through worship, attending Discipleship Hour (in-person or online), and many other places of meaningful, spiritual connection. The St. John’s app provides opportunities to connect with people who share your faith and share it with others. This is not by accident. All of this is accomplished through faithful, deliberate planning and meaningful conversations to bless your household. 
 
Faithful, deliberate planning and meaningful conversation starts with God’s amazing grace and generosity. Beyond His Word and Sacraments that we receive, He gives us relationships, employment, and financial resources to manage. Since all gifts in our life are really from the Lord, it is important to seek the counsel and help of legal, financial, and tax advisors who will respect your faith and provide for the people and ministries closest in your heart.
 
The St. John’s West Bend Foundation has leaders to help you create a plan - to strengthen your Household of Faith.  Contact Pastor Jeff Hesse at St. John’s Church at (262) 334-4901 / Jeff.Hesse15@gmail.com or Craig Toerpe, Gift Planning Counselor of the LCMS Foundation at (262) 707-3005 / craig.toerpe@lfnd.org.
My name is Karen Schmidt, and I work part-time with the pastors in the church office. My main task is to answer the calls that come to the church and multi-task and adjust to whatever comes my way. I need someone to share this position. If this is something that might interest you, I would like to meet you for a cup of coffee!
Connecting, Caring, and Sharing in Christ
Email Camp Director Marcia Milam for any questions or to apply for a scholarship at mmilam@sjswb.org.

Register HERE.
It's Good to be Together in the Lord
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel HERE!
View our Livestream HERE!
Join us Sundays at
8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, or 11:00 AM
for In-Person Worship.

9:30 AM Worship is also Livestreamed.
Join us Wednesdays at
3:00 PM, and 6:00 PM
for In-Person Worship.

6:00 PM Worship is also Livestreamed.
Our next "Communion Appointments" for members not able to attend in-person worship will again be during a prescribed time window. RSVPs are required - Please contact the church office!

The window will be Thursday, March 25 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM 

Appointments will be every 10 minutes and will take place in the Sanctuary.
Discipleship in as many places as possible.
Faithful Disciples, Academic Excellence, Christian Leaders
What Is the Take Heart Scholarship?

The Take Heart Scholarship was developed for Y.I. Club members, who are high school seniors and will soon advance to the next level of higher education. During these times of excitement, anxiousness, and uncertainty, “take heart!” As Christians, we cannot anticipate that life will be perfect or familiar, but when we feel that the world has become difficult, take comfort in knowing that our God has overcome it all!

As you begin your new journey, LCEF’s Young Investors Club wants to assist your transition by offering financial support through the Take Heart Scholarship with up to three awards of $3,000, $1,000, and $500. Applications close April 19, 2021. Winners will be announced on May 7, 2021.

How To Apply (Click HERE)

In 1,000 words or fewer, answer this question:

Reflect on your faith walk during 2020. What steps did you take to stay connected with your church and your faith community at school or outside the church?
Contact St. John's Elementary & Middle School for Enrollment Options: 262-334-3077 or email school@stjohnswestbend.org.
Contact St. John's Early Childhood Center for Enrollment Options: 262-429-1061 or email ecc@stjohnswestbend.org.
Partner Ministries
 Living Word Spring Musical - Into the Woods

Join the Living Word Drama Department's production of Into the Woods. Showtimes on Friday, March 12 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, March 13 at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM. All guests are required to sign up online to reserve a seat. Online sign up on the homepage at www.lwlhs.com.
LWLHS Virtual Auction

Help us celebrate our 20th year of Christian education at Living Word Lutheran High School by participating in our online virtual auction! Rather than having a virtual event at a specific time, we will be conducting the auction with a simple on-line bidding website and sharing our program through videos that will be released for your viewing from March 18-20th. More information at www.lwlhs.com/auction.
Living Word Youth Summer Camps

Are you looking forward to summer? We sure are...which is why we are excited to announce our 2021 Living Word Youth Summer Camps! For more information regarding camp offerings and online registration, visit www.lwlhs.com/camps. Discounts are available for attending multiple camps and we offer sports, music, art, and more, so spend your summer with us!
Living Word Jr Wolves Football Program

The Living Word Jr. Wolves Football Program is offering 2021-2022 5/6th Graders Flag Football and 7th/8th-grade Tackle Football. Each team will practice 2-3 nights per week with games in SE Wisconsin. The season runs August-October. For more information, visit www.lwlhs.com/jrwolves.
Contact the office to learn how to join the Living Word Luther High School family.
 
Click HERE to sign-up!
Contact the Enrollment Office to learn how to join the CUW family.
 
Click HERE to sign-up!


Do you feel God's Calling to Become a
Pastor or Deaconess?    

Click HERE to learn more. 
Reach in Prayer, St. John's App, Daily Devotions
For a Digital Copy of the Connections Booklet, click HERE.
Wednesday
3:30 PM Lenten Worship
6:00 PM Lenten Worship
(In-Person and Livestream HERE)

Saturday
6:00 PM Traditional
 
Sunday
8:00 AM Traditional
9:30 AM Blended
(In-Person and Livestream HERE)
11:00 AM Contemporary
809 South 6th Ave
West Bend, WI 53095
Church Office: 262-334-4901