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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

February 2006 Newsletter

Sunday Morning Bible Class

What the Bible is All About 101: Genesis-Esther will be the topic of our Sunday morning Adult Bible Class beginning February 5. We will be looking at the major themes of the first 17 books of the Old Testament; beginning with Genesis and working our way through Esther. If you aren’t able to join us on Sunday mornings at 8:00 AM for our class, there will be extra copies of the hand outs available in the narthex for you to read through on your own.

Lent Begins March 1

It may seem a bit early to begin thinking about Lent, but Ash Wednesday is March 1. We will again be having our mid-week Lenten Services on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM and 7:00 PM. This year’s theme: “Seven Times He Spoke”: Jesus Word’s from the Cross, will focus our attention on our Lord’s Passion and His final words from the cross.


2 nd Annual Wazeecha Winterfest

Family Fun! A Break from Cabin Fever!

Saturday, February 18, 2006

For the benefit of the Boys & Girls Club

Wisconsin Rapids

Fishing-Daybreak to 4 PM

Snowmobile Fun Ride-10:30 AM Registration

Snow Volley Ball Tournament-9:30 AM Registration

Live Music by THE LIZARDZ-Starting at 4 PM

Hot Air Balloon Lunch-Early Morning & Late Afternoon

Food & Refreshments

Food at the shelter house will be provided by St. John Evening Guild and the profits will be split 50/50 with the Boys & Girls Club. If you would like to donate food check the sign up sheet in the narthex.

Donations are needed for: Chili (5 quart pail), ketchup, mustard, relish, onions, etc. Cash donations will also be accepted. Thank you for your help and support!

For more details on the Wazeecha Winterfest Events check the posters on the church bulletin boards.

Quilters Needed

We meet the first Monday of the month at 9 AM. We also need old sheets, pillowcases, blankets, drapes or large pieces of new or used material. If you have any of these items please put them in the basement. Thank you!

Shut In List

John Eberhardt-Home

Millie Eberhardt-Home

Alma Gussel-Strawberry Lane

Florence Helke-Home

Irv Hendricksen-Home

Elsie Hendricksen-Riverview Manor

Arnold Moser-Home

Elaine Punzel-Riverview Manor

Ardes Stanton-Home

Irene Huff-Riverview Manor

Eva Helke-Riverview Manor

Charlene Robinson-Home

Jack Kester-Weyauwega Health Care Center

Lydia Wittman-Wisconsin Veterans Home


Human Care Ministry Board

Our Christmas Adopt a Family project was a huge success. Thanks to the generosity of the St. John’s congregation a needy family had a very merry Christmas. The response of the congregation was overwhelming. Thank you to everyone who participated and a special thanks to the Ladies Evening Guild and the Ladies Aid.

LCFS Seeking Matching Funds

Did you know that there are many potential stewardship partners that will, at times, double your charitable donations? As part of your giving plan for 2006 please check to see if your employer has a matching gift program, also please utilize the Thrivent GivingPlus Program. Utilizing matching funds programs goes a long way to supporting the mission and ministry of LCFS and building stronger communities! Please contact LCFS at 800.291.4513 or for more information.

Palm Sunday Chorus Rehearsals

“Do you like to sing? If so, come and be part of the 140 voice interfaith chorus for the 53 rd annual Palm Sunday Concert on Sunday, April 9, 2006. To prepare, rehearsals will be held weekly beginning Sunday, February 5 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM in the music room at Marshfield Senior High School. No audition is required and all music will be provided. Back by popular demand, Greg Reierson will be our rehearsal conductor. He has, at long last, accepted the invitation to be the guest conductor for this year’s concert as well. Greg has chosen a wonderful program of spirituals, contemporary and classic numbers, many of which are your old favorites. We will be working with brass and percussion as well as Kathy Biederwolf and Maxine Johnson, accompanists. We want you to join us and bring a friend, too. It’s exciting, uplifting, and great fun!”


Benefit Concert For Habitat For Humanity

The Gustavus Choir of Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, Minnesota, will appear in concert Thursday, February 2 at 7:30 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Marshfield. MHS graduate Nick Schreiber sings tenor with the group. The concert is a benefit concert for Marshfield Area Habitat for Humanity.

The Gustavus Choir, one of America’s premier Lutheran college choirs, will feature a varied sampling of historical and contemporary masterworks by such noted composers as Johannes Brahms and Henry Purcell. Featured in this year’s program is a new work by Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus, I Will Be With You, commissioned by the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for the Gustavus Choir. The program closes with a mix of folk songs, traditional hymn arrangements, and spirituals selected by director Dr. Gregory Aune.

Recent concert venues for the Gustavus Choir include St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, Carmel Mission Basilica in California, and Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C. Plans are underway for a concert tour to South America in 2007.

For tickets: Faith Lutheran Church, 207 S. Cherry, or call 387-37657 or 387-8209. Also available at the door. General admission: $10, Seniors: $7, Students: $5

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