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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

December 2006
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church Newsletter

Baby Jesus

Mission Statement

We are called by God to be the light of the world. We are to go forth and show Jesus’ love and forgiveness through loving care for all God’s creation.

Christmas Tree

Ladies Aid Christmas Party

All ladies of the congregation are invited to the Ladies Aid Christmas Party. It will be a potluck dinner at the church on Thursday, December 7 at noon. Please bring a $3 to $5 gift exchange.

Lutheran Laymen’s League

LLL will meet on Friday, December 8 at St. John-Kellner at 6:30 PM. Dinner will be Swiss steak. Program will be Christmas Music.

Hand Shake

Friendship Sunday

Friendship Sunday will be held on December 10 at the 9:30 AM service. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us for this special service. All children will be singing.


Just a reminder that all poinsettia orders must be in the office by December 10. Please use the insert in the bulletin to place your order.

Lutheran Witness Subscriptions

Please let the church office know if you would like to renew your subscription or take out a new subscription to the Lutheran Witness. Subscription costs are $16.91 for the year and the deadline is December 10. New subscriptions will begin in March 2007.


Children’s Christmas Service Practice

The Children’s Christmas Worship Service “A Shepard’s Christmas” will be Sunday, December 17 at 2 PM. Practice will be on Saturday, December 16 from 10 AM to noon.

Angel Ornament

Christmas Adopt A Family

This year the Human Care Ministry Board will be participating in a new program. Through the Southern District Relief Office of the LCMS we will be adopting a family in Louisiana that has been impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. We have been given the Becky Sanchez family. Becky is 27 years old, the mother of 4 children and works for the Red Cross. The children are Angelica, Luis, Samantha and Mia.

There will be a small Christmas tree set up in the Narthex with information lists for you to take to make your holiday shopping easier. We will also be accepting monetary gifts and gift cards since we will have to ship the presents. Please bring your gifts to church by December 10 so that they can be mailed in plenty of time for Christmas.

This is going to be an ongoing project. The Sanchez family needs our thoughts and prayers to help them overcome a difficult time in their lives. We will be providing more information about the Sanchez family in the weeks to come. Thank you.

Stop In The Narthex For These Items

The following items are available in the narthex for your use: Advent Devotionals, Advent Coin Folders, Wheatridge Christmas Seals & 2007 Calendars. Please return you Advent Coin Folder to the drop off box in the narthex.

Offering Envelopes

Please pick up your 2007 offering envelopes. If you didn’t get any in 2006 and would like envelopes for 2007, please call the church office. Do not use your new envelopes until January 1, 2007.

Greeting Cards

New shipments of boxed Greeting Cards have arrived: Birthday, Get Well, Sympathy, Secret Pal, Baby, Wedding, Encouragement, & cards for Misc. Church Holidays. New assortments of boxed Christmas Cards are also here plus Holiday Napkins & 2007-2008 Calendars. Individual cards are for sale as well.

Thank You

The Fall and Holiday Bazaar Committee would like to extend a very large thank you to everyone who donated to the Bazaar and Bake Sale. The congregation contributed very generously to the event. Members (and non-members) showed their talents in many ways, including very attractive homemade decorations and ornaments, beautiful handwork, canned goods, garden produce and so much more! As usual, the many fine cooks and bakers showed their talents in the Bakery! Items were sold out early in the day!

The Committee would also like to thank the “auxiliary” members for the help they provided. Taylor Funeral Home, Higgins Funeral Home, Ritchay Funeral Home, and Country Tots are thanked for their part in promoting the event.

Profits from the Bazaar and Bake Sale are shared between the Ladies Evening Guild and the Ladies Aid, which in turn will donate the monies for several church projects.

Again THANK YOU for supporting this event! The sharing and giving of our talents in love, along with fellowship is what we as Christians should do!

Upscale Resale Store

Merry Christmas from the folks who work at the Upscale Resale Store. We hope you all have a very blessed and Christ-filled Christmas season. The Upscale Resale Store in the Rapids Mall has a ton of items for you that would make your holiday happier. Shop now to get your best pick. The store will be open on Sundays (Dec. 3, 10, & 17) from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 31, and Jan. 1. Special sales will begin Dec. 16. Again, we invite you to shop with us and support the folks at Bethesda Lutheran Home. Thank you.


Thank You

Thank you to all who came and ate at the Chili Supper. Thank you for supporting and making this event successful. All proceeds went for church repairs. Thank you to the Teachers and Group Guides for making desserts. Youth who gave their time and helped to make this event happen are: Annie, Molly, & Emily Scheidegger, Dominique & Ashley Rainville, Chelsea Timm, Apryl Zimmerman, & Ethan Sweeney. Thank you all.

Annual Reports Due

Annual Reports are due in the office by December 29. The annual meeting is scheduled for January 25 at 7 PM.

Christmas Tree Lane

Trinity Lutheran Church-Port Edwards will have their Christmas Tree Lane on Sunday, December 3 starting at 12:00 noon. There is no charge for the day’s activities. Choirs will be performing from 12:00 noon to 5 PM. There will be Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides 1-4 PM, Live Nativity 2:30-4 PM, Trains, Treats and Refreshments.

Mark Your Calendars

Camp Luther is coming January 24. Watch for more details!

Shut Ins

John Eberhardt-Home
Millie Eberhardt-Home
Alma Gussel-Strawberry Lane
Florence Helke-Home
Irv Hendricksen-Home
Elsie Hendricksen-Home
Arnold Moser-Home
Ardes Stanton-Home
Eva Helke-Riverview Manor
Herb Helke-Riverview Manor
Charlene Robinson-Home
Elvira Pluke-Home
Jack Kester-Home
Lydia Wittman-Wis. Veterans Home

If others are missing on this list, please let the office know.


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