Connections E-Newsletter - September 5, 2021
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Weekend Worship: Called to Work
Worship Readings: Ecclesiastes 2:18 - 3:14, Matthew 20:1-16
This Labor Day weekend, pause to consider the concept of "work." We were all created to work, to contribute to the world in wonderful and unique ways. God calls us to work and to find joy in it, even in the toiling. Work goes beyond just an occupation to include everything in life, even the things we don't like doing. And yet we find joy in serving God wherever He has placed us and whenever He calls us.

"I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God's gift to man." (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13)

Discipleship Hour Returns Sunday, September 12

Hello, Dear Friends in Christ! 

Let’s get back at it! Last year we were blessed to host Discipleship Hour on Wednesday nights as we grew as Households of Faith during challenging times.  We are excited to invite you to come and be part of Discipleship Hour on Sunday mornings.  Discipleship Hour is one of St. John’s most powerful (and convenient) ways your household can grow and be encouraged in your journey of life.  We have planned some amazing classes for you this fall.  Come be a part of it!

We will start off as a Large Group on September 12, celebrating what God has done and looking ahead to 2021-2022.  The Large Group Gathering on September 12 will serve as a great place to learn about the Breakout Sessions that will start the following week on September 19.  There have been a lot of dedicated people working very hard to prepare for Discipleship Hour . . . for adults and kids.  Discipleship Hour is a great place for families to be catechized in the Lutheran Christian faith in preparation for confirmation. Please talk with any of our pastors if you have any questions. 

If you are new to St. John’s (or if you are a long-time member) who has never been to Discipleship Hour before . . . please know you are invited to join us and be blessed!  Our staff, lay leaders, and pastors are ready to dig in, get back at it, and grow in our daily life of trusting and following Jesus. 

Check out the link to the Discipleship Hour Brochure listed below.  We ask that you PLEASE REGISTER before September 15 so we can plan out class sizes, locations, and technology needs.  As noted in the brochure, the Promises of Grace Class will start on Sunday, September 12 in the School Library.  We will gather each week in the School Gym for prayer at 9:25 AM (parents are encouraged to come to the gym after dropping off their children for Kids Discipleship Hour in the ECC).
 
What:           Discipleship Hour / Kids Discipleship Hour (Fall Session)
Where:         St. John’s Lutheran School (Gym) / ECC (2nd Floor Activity Room)
Starting:      Sept. 12 (Large Group/Promises of Grace) / Sept. 19 (Breakouts)
Ending:        The Fall Session will run through November 14
When:          Sunday 9:25 AM – 10:30 AM (between 8:00 AM & 11:00 AM worship services)
 
Kids Discipleship Hour: Children ages 3rd – 7th Grade 
Option: 6th Graders+ can join in Adult Breakout Sessions with their parents
 
Child Care Available for infants – 2-year-olds! Drop off in the ECC 2-year-old room    
 
Mask Req.:    Masks are welcomed and encouraged, but not required at this time.
 
Download Brochure HERE.

Register HERE.

We hope to see you at Discipleship Hour as we get back at it… Re-Connecting, Re-Caring, and Re-Sharing in Christ!
Are you new to St. John's and interested in hearing and learning more about what we believe and confess? Join us for Promises of Grace, a nine-week class taught by our Pastors. This class will kick off Sunday, September 12th during our 9:30 am Discipleship Hour in the school library. For those unable to attend Sunday sessions, we offer the same class each Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm in the lower level fellowship hall at church. The classes meet for an hour each week.

As of today, childcare will be available Sunday mornings for children ages 6 weeks to 2 years old in our Early Childhood Center. Children ages 3 and up can participate in our Children's Discipleship Hour in the upper level of the Early Childhood Center.  

If you'd like to attend our Fall Promises of Grace sessions or need more information, please contact Cheryl Rudolf at 262-334-4901 ext. 308 or email crudolf@stjohnswestbend.org.
Kids Discipleship Hour is starting Sunday, September 12 at 9:25 am! It's a wonderful opportunity for the kids to re-connect, re-care, and re-share in Christ together as we return to hands-on, in-person discipleship for our young ones! There is child care for children ages infant-2 years old in the ECC 2-year-old classroom. Children age 3-7th grade will learn through age-appropriate lessons with fantastic teachers! Drop-off for them will be in the ECC Activity Room. Sign-up with the link below for your children to attend!

We are looking for volunteers; adults and as young as 5th grade! If you are interested in volunteering, contact Desiree Titus at dtitus@stjohnswestbend.org.

Register HERE.
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Prayer
"Updates to the St. John's Prayer List"

Martin Luther once wrote, "A Christian without prayer is just as impossible as a living person without a pulse."

Prayer has always been an essential part of faithful life and discipleship for God's people -- it's where we get to talk to God, who has promised to listen and answer us! Prayer is special because we're not just lifting up "thoughts and good vibes" to the universe -- what's actually happening is that we are having a conversation with the Almighty.

Conversation is active and in the present -- it's something happening right now. Prayer, then, as conversation with God, should be the same: living and active, and that's true whether it's individual prayer or prayer as the Church. As pastors, we've made adjustments to how we receive prayers for the prayer list for the sake of diligent, active prayer -- and to better reflect our congregation's commitment to Connecting, Caring, and Sharing in Christ.

Whenever you want to make a request for the prayer list, there will be a few questions to answer for the sake of pastoral care, whether you're calling the office or using the app. There are opportunities to explain who the prayer is for, and why, and if you'd like one of the pastors to call.

For many, perhaps the most noticeable change will be the question of, "How long would you like this prayer to be on the prayer list?" You can ask for up to three months' time, and at the end of that time, every prayer can be renewed as often as you'd like to ask for prayer.

We've made this change not because we want to "clear the list," but because we want to reflect the truth that prayer should be active. Each time you call in, you have another opportunity to ask for a pastoral call, give an update on how things are going, or just connect with God's people to share burdens or celebrations. This is what is meant when we talk about "walking together."

For any further questions, please call the office and ask to speak to the pastors -- we'll be happy to talk with you and share thoughts.

-- David Nieman, Pastor -- Care

Request prayers HERE.
Prayers Received Through the St. John’s App
Please pray for: those being hit by hurricane Ida.
 
Prayers
Our prayers are with the family of Janet Rades, who was called home on August 14. May God comfort this family with the promise of the resurrection through faith in Christ.
 
Members in the Hospital: Jean Black
 
Members in treatment, at home, or recovering: David Martin, Kevin and Pamela Bartlett, Jill Krell, Tom Kohn, Kristine Schram, Gene Biegler, Nancy Dehling, The Ehlke Family, Ethan Hackman, Ken Felsecker, Bob Berndt, Donna Menzel, Parker Dietrich, Mike Schmitz, Richard Hron, Katherine Benner, William Brenckle, Delores Fischer, Julie Buss, Peter Schlefke, David Sitzberger, Sandy Berres, Darrell Olson, Harold Justman, Marcy Donaldson, Lloyd Prost, Gloria Cassidy, Rick Heintz, Adrian Buntrock, Ron Newell, Sandy Lovato, Doug Zarling, Carla Kinkel, Carrie Kuehl, Evelyn Wornardt, Leatrice (Lea) Strupp, Joseph (Tom) Augustine, Ken Endlich, Cindy Doers, Verna Kissinger, Lois Lewinski, James Zimbal, Sharon Stenschke, Barbara Moritz, Elmyra Martin, Mary Plaskey, Al Schaetz, Arlene Goebel, Gladys Hron, Mary Ann Yahr, Ellen Frank, Cheryl Eberhardt, Charles Frank, Nancie Purskey

Non-Members: Bob Kauffman (Al & Louise Schut Brother-in-Law), Ralph Wolfe (Mary Jo Reinke’s father), Glen Blok (Glen Blok’s father), Anna (Denise and Bruce Biendarra’s friend), Jeff Lee (Bruce and Denise Biendarra’s friend), Mary (Bruce and Denise Biendarra’s friend), Barbara Opala (Kathy Sitzberger’s friend), Eugene Fiedler (Phyllis Mortenson’s father & Andrew Mortenson’s grandfather), Russ Roesler (Jeanne Roesler’s son & Susan Roesler’s brother-in-law), Jerry Weisser (Roland & Orgenia Weisser’s son), Olivine Schimmels (Cathy Schimmels granddaughter), Jackie Farr (Clara Guse’s sister), Kathryn Hirsch (Marge Ruprecht’s sister), Cordell Strack (Carol Roecker’s sister-in-law & Sherry Cullen’s mother), Roo Bublitz, Kathy Rosholt (Monica Rosholt’s mother), Debra Wussow (request from Kathleen Sitzberger), Ruth Seider (Joe & Marge Ruprecht’s friend), Barbara Black (Jean Black’s daughter), Steve Williams (Rick Dusenbery’s brother-in-law), Dinah Cogdill (Arnie Mengel’s Sister). Ashlyn Roecker (Carol Roecker’s great-grand niece), Rich Buss, Mickie Wagner (Tom & Peggy Bruce’s friend), Duane (Jerry & Terri Buettner’s friend), Danielle Hayburn (Paul & Charlene Otto’s daughter), Kris Kraase (Evelyn Wornardt’s granddaughter-in-law), James Oelhafen (brother of Audrey Weiland), Shane Nault (grandson of Carmen Kuntz), and Steve Strehlow (brother of Melede Meinzen)
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West Bend, WI 53095
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