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St. John Lutheran Church

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

“A Caring Congregation in a Growing Community”

8020 South Park Road
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
(715) 423-7788

April 2006 Newsletter


Lenten Service

Our last mid-week Lenten Service will be “He Spoke a Word of Accomplishment” John 19:30. Please join us on April 5 at 10:30 AM & 7:00 PM as we continue our theme: “Seven Times He Spoke”: Jesus Word’s from the Cross.

Holy Week Schedule

April 13-Maundy Thursday Communion Services

10:30 AM & 7:00 PM
He Spoke a Word of Invitation
Matthew 26:26-28; Luke 22:19, 20

April 14-Good Friday Services

1:00 PM & 7:00 PM
He Spoke a Word of Trust
Luke 23:46

April 15-Communion Service

6:30 PM
Jesus’ Empty Tomb Shouts, “It Is Finished!”
John 19:30

April 16-Easter Sunday Services

Sunrise Communion 6:30 AM
Communion Service 9:30 AM
Jesus’ Empty Tomb Shouts, “It Is Finished!”
John 19:30


Soup and Sandwich

The Maundy Thursday morning service will be followed by a soup and sandwich luncheon sponsored by the Ladies Aid. For a free will donation you can enjoy a hot bowl of homemade soup and a sandwich.

Easter Basket

Easter Breakfast

The Evening Guild will be serving Easter breakfast between the 6:30 AM and 9:30 AM Easter Services. Tickets will be available at the door. Adults $4.00, Children $2.50, 5 & under free. All are welcome!

Confirmation Sunday April 30

St. John will have four young adults confirming their Christian faith before the congregation on Sunday, April 30 th. This year’s 8 th grade confirmation students are:

Perry Alan Drollinger
Tyler William Hanzlick
Brooke Lacy Ostrum
Nichole Ann Ranum

Please keep these students in your prayers as they finish up their confirmation studies and prepare themselves to make their vows before their families and our congregation.

Children’s Festival

The Children’s Festival at Lincoln High School will be Saturday, April 8 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The theme this year will be “Day at the Beach.” The Children’s Festival is a “hands on” activity open to all children in the area. There is no admission fee, but an adult must accompany the children. St. John will have a booth set to help promote Beach Trek VBS.


LWML Rally Invitation

Bethlehem LWML of Nekoosa invites you to the Spring Rally of Zone 17 LWML. The rally will be held on Thursday, April 20. Registration will be from 8:30-9:00 AM. Cost for the luncheon will be $4.00. Coffee and cookies will be served for “early birds.”

The Christian Life topic is “Friends for Christ,” based on Matthew 28:16-20, written by Rev. Russell Kampfer. Presenting the topic will be Chris Voelker. She will be assisted by Trinity LWML, Port Edwards.

“Musical Instruments of Bible Times” will be presented by Harlan and Carol Becker of Horicon, WI. They have instruments for us to see and hear. Carol, herself, has been an active LWML member.

Our Gifts of the Heart is for the Family Center, Inc. ( Family Crisis Center). Donations may include household items, diapers, blankets, paper products, non-perishable food items, etc. Also remember “Stamps for Mission!”

We are looking forward to seeing all of you and pray that your time with us will be uplifting as we fellowship and serve the Lord with gladness together.

Your Sister in Christ,
Marlene Zuelke, President
Bethlehem LWML, Nekoosa, WI

Lutheran Laymen’s League

Lutheran Laymen’s League will meet on Friday, April 7 at 6:30 PM at Trinity in Port Edwards. The dinner will be chicken ($6.00) and the program will be on Mission work near Tijuana, Mexico by members of Trinity.

Hotdog's Grilling

Evening Guild Cookout

Evening Guild will be having a cookout at Wal-mart on April 28 at 10:00 AM. Stop over and have lunch. We appreciate your support!

Thank You From Historic Point Basse

We the citizens of Point Basse wish to thank you for your kind and excellent help given to make our Winter Fest a success. You all were excellent workers. Many thanks from all of us to you.

(Children from the congregation who helped serve and clean-up this event were: Mariah Reber, Molly Scheidegger, & Ethan Sweeney. Historic Point Basse gave a $50.00 donation to the Youth Group for their time & a member of our congregation “matched funds” and also gave to our Youth Group. The youth were happy to serve this event. Mike & Sandra Sweeney chaperoned this event with the children.)

Bethesda Logo

It’s Springtime at Bethesda

Spring is here and we at Bethesda's Upscale Resale Store in the Rapids Mall have all the spring and summer clothing ready for you. Please come and check out the bargains waiting for you. All our profits will help the mentally and physically disabled folks at Bethesda Lutheran Home. Your support is appreciated. We also need your donations of clothing, knickknack, and household items. Please bring them to the store during store hours. We also are in need of volunteers. Get a group of 3-4 from your church together and spend a few hours each month at the store. Call 421-3477 if interested. Thank you for your support.

Child Reading

Church Library

Come see what’s new in our church library:

This is just a sample of what you will find. Next time you are at church take a look and check something out for yourself or for your children.

Concordia Self Study Bibles

If you would like to purchase a Concordia Self-Study Bible, our congregation has a limited number of copies available for sale. These Bibles would make nice gifts for Confirmation or Graduation. The cost is $45 per copy. Please see Pastor or contact the church office if interested.

From Your Stewardship Board

What Is Stewardship?

We hope everybody has been noticing all the small paragraphs in the bulletin lately about stewardship. We have also put a full page article in the newsletter about stewardship and what it means. There have been little cartoon like messages in both places regarding stewardship. If you haven’t before please take notice now and read them. With these articles, we are trying to help people understand that stewardship is self-giving before it is money-giving. It is more of a spiritual decision rather than a financial decision. Mr. Lyle L. Baughman once said “A Christian does not dedicate his or her time, talents and treasure that they may become God’s, but because they are God’s.”

We need to remember that stewardship is not a lever to pry money out of people or a seasonal spurt instead of a steady flow or even an irksome duty rather than a privilege. Stewardship is our response of gratitude and thanksgiving for what God has already done and continues to do for us. When we give, we are simply returning what He has already given to us. Stewardship is God’s way of raising people-not man’s way of raising money.

God entrusts each of us with gifts, talents, time and resources and His redeeming Gospel. Stephen Olford wrote “Giving satisfies the soul, edifies the Church and magnifies the Lord.” Stewardship has been so closely associated with money, its meaning has been incorrectly narrowed to funding the Church. Most people view stewardship as – “Money”. In reality, stewardship involves all of life and how we live out our commitment to Jesus Christ. A final quote is from Sir Winston Churchill when he said “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.

Golf Clubs

Save The Date-Camp Luther Golf Outing

Camp Luther Golf Outing will be held Monday, June 5, 2006 at the Eagle River Municipal Golf Course. This year the golf outing will be a family event! Lodging will be available Sunday (June 4) at Camp Luther free of charge. There will also be activities available for children (supervised) and spouses on Monday during the event. Please consider joining us for this great opportunity to help Camp Luther. The event will be an 18-hole scramble and golfers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Form a group or come alone and meet some new friends. We’d like to see a group from every church! Contact Quik at Camp Luther for more information. 715-546-3647

Hearts For Jesus

Levee Results:

Girls Earned: $117.93

Boys Earned: $179.57

Total: $297.50

Thrivent matched funds of $200.00 as per requested. Our hearts are very warmed by the children's and congregations response. When one turns in a request for matching funds we went by what was earned in the past. Last year we earned $134.83 for Camp Luther. That is why we didn't turn in a higher request. The $297.50 will be rounded up to $300.00 bringing a GRAND TOTAL of $500.00 earned.

We will keep you updated as to their response of the gift. Thank you ALL for giving from the HEART to help St. John Lutheran School in New Orleans affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Palm Sunday

April 9, 2006
9:30 AM
Pastor Kevin Ader
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church

St. John is having a reencatment of "The Triumphal Entry" on Palm Sunday morning starting outside with the ringing of the bell at 9:30 AM. Rain or Shine (bring your umbrella's)

The donkey Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday is symbolic of the spiritual kingdom of God. Zechariah prophesies, "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey" Zechariah 9:9.

The Messiah riding upon a donkey offers forgiveness and peace with God whereas Christ mounted upon a horse implies judgment and war.

Please gather in the narthex prior to 9:30 AM to get a Palm Branch one for everyone and a song sheet. Weather permitting as time draws near we can get into line.

The processional will begin after the bell rings at the south door and travel around to the back of the church and end by the north door under the carport. There will be chairs under the carport for those who can not stand for a period of time that would like to participate.

Once the processional passes you, please fall into line behind others then we will enter through the north door where services will continue.

After service ends: Come see the donkey; the one like Jesus may have rode. Come see the cross the donkey wears upon his back up close. Many legends believe the donkey Christ rode into Jerusalem was given the image of the cross to wear on its back and shoulders as a reward for its service; yet others believe the image was made by Christ's blood during His crucifixion as it spurted upon the donkey's back.

The donkey represents many of the characteristics of the self-abasing Christ, patience, courage, gentleness, peace, and humility.

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