Skip to Content

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

July 2006 Newsletter


Gary Hill Gospel Show

On Saturday, July 8 following our 6:30 PM Worship Service the Gary Hill Gospel Show will be at St. John. A free will offering will be taken. Tell your friends about this concert and invite them to the service at 6:30 PM and the concert at 7:30 PM.


Reflection Brunch

On Sunday, July 16 we will celebrate our Reflection Sunday with a special service at 9:30 AM. We will be honoring all of our members who have reached the age of 80 years or more. Following the service a brunch will be served in the church basement. Come and be a part of this celebration for these members who have given so much of their time and talents to the Lord’s work over the past years. Everyone is invited! Bring a dish to pass and stay for the brunch. If anyone has turned 80 and is not on this list, please call the church office as soon as possible. Here are the names that we have:

Alice Benner, Harriet Brandt, Millie Eberhardt, John Eberhardt, Grace Gilman, Viola Goldberg, Alma Gussel,Lucille Heim, Herbert Helke, Eva Helke, Florence Helke, Irv Henricksen, Loleta Hofschild, Helen Jensen, Neil Knoll, Ernie Neinfeldt, Elvira Pluke, Gladys Sawaska, Helen Schoenick, Harry Schroeder, Hugh Stanton, John Tomesck, Marion Swen, Alice Timm, Charlotte Wick, Lydia Wittman, Fred Zimmerman

Ladies Aid & Quilting Scheduled For July

Ladies Aid will meet on July 6 at 1:30 PM & Quilting will meet on July 10 at 9 AM. Anyone interested please feel free to join us.

To All Former Officers and Chairpersons

All former officers and chairpersons need to turn over keys to the office for new officers and chairpersons and return any paperwork and information to the new board members.-Mike Sweeney President

Pictorial Directory

If you have not already done so please sign up for your picture appointment today! Registration sheets are located on the table in the narthex. Dates and times still available are given. Please print your name and phone number on a date and time that will work for you. We are looking for 100% participation. Participating families will receive a Free 8 x 10 signature portrait and Free Church Directory. If you have any questions call Carol Eckels 424-5154.

Hymn Book

The Lutheran Service Book

Our Synod’s new hymnal will be available this fall. Information about the new hymnal will be made available to Synod congregations throughout the summer. A listing of hymns to be included in the new hymnal are available for members to review. They are on the table in the narthex. One lists the hymns alphabetically, the other topically.

While our congregation hasn’t made any decision regarding the new hymnal it is appropriate for us to review the information available, so that in the future we will be able to make informed decisions. Additional information will also be posted at the following website: Pastor Ader would very much like to hear about and discuss your comments or concerns as you review the various information as it becomes available.

Lutheran Service Book Workshops

Introductory workshops for Lutheran Service Book, Synods new hymnal will be held at St. Mark Lutheran Church Wausau on Sept. 16 and at St. Paul Lutheran Church Stevens Point on Sept. 23. The cost of the workshop is $20.00. Registration forms are available on the table in the narthex. There are also a few brochures about the new Lutheran Service Books available for members to review.


St. John Brat Fry

We will be having a Brat Fry in the church parking lot on Saturday, July 22 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. If you are in the area or on your way to and from the ski show stop in for lunch or supper. We appreciate your support!

Line of Beach Towel Winners

Care Bears - MyKenna Primeau

Frogs with Butterflys - Cindy Saeger

U. S. Flag - MyKenna Primeau

Green, Yellow & White Stripe - Deanna Dhein

Mermaid - MyKenna Primeau

Pink Happy Faces - Karen Potterton

Frogs on Surf Boards - Bob Westfall

Monkeys - Susan Ader

District President Installation

All members of the North Wisconsin District are invited to attend the installation of our new District President, the Rev. Joel Hoelter, on July 16. The service will be held at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Weston at 3 pm. The letter of invitation, a list of other officers to be installed, a map to the church, and a thank you from Arleigh Lutz is posted on the north bulletin board.

Bethesda Ridiculous Days Sale

Bethesda’s Upscale Resale Store in the Rapids Mall will have a Ridiculous Days Sale July 1 through July 8. Everything in the store will be on sale 50% off…and that’s ridiculous! Shop this week for the best prices ever!

Help Wanted: We are in need of groups of 3-4 ladies who would work a 3-4 hour shift once or twice a month sorting and pricing items. Please call 421-3477 if you can get a group together to help. We would appreciate your help.

Bulletin Donation Sign Up Chart

If you would like to donate $15 for the cost of printing the weekly bulletin please sign up on the chart on the north bulletin board. You may make your donation in honor of a birthday, anniversary or memorial. More than one person can be signed up for the same date. Please enclose payment in an envelope marked “Bulletin” and place in the offering plate or give to an elder. You may also mail or drop it off at the office. Enclose your name if you would like it published along with your personal message.

We Care Cards

When attending worship services please fill out a “We Care Card” with the date, your family name, and the first names of those attending. Put a check mark behind the names of those who are attending communion. If you desire pastoral services or have comments please fill out that as well. If guests are worshiping with you they can fill out the guest side of the card and also sign the guest register in the narthex. Thank you.

Concordia University Wisconsin Invitation

Please visit Concordia University Wisconsin during Wisconsin Private College Week from July 10-14, 2006. Individual visits can be scheduled throughout this week. During your visit you will be able to meet with a faculty member representing your major, an admission counselor, and a coach or other extra-curricular representative. You may also dine in our cafeteria. Finally, be sure to include a campus tour as a part of your visit. Tours are available daily at 10 am, 1pm, and 3 pm.

Wisconsin Private College Week Visit Day

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

This visit day will highlight many of the educational and extracurricular programs that Concordia University Wisconsin has to offer. During our open house, you will be able to meet with representatives of the specific programs and activities that interest you. You can also attend an informational session about financial aid and tour our beautiful campus.To schedule an individual visit or to sign up for the visit day, please call Ashley Schmidtke at 262-243-4581

Beach Trek

Thank you to the congregation on their help with the student's Mission Project of "catching fish." We caught a total of 187 cans of tuna. It will go to our local food pantry. St. John's Great Catch!

Thank you to the follwoing adults who helped with VBS: Pastor, Amy Timm, Sue Primeau, Wendy Rosenthal, Sandy Gordon, Colleen Vukosich, Michelle Zimmerman, LaVonne Newby, Marg Bratcher, Jason and Jere Bratcher, August and Emily Henke, Seth Sweeney, Karen Potterton, Bob and Anita Westfall.

Our Beach Trek'rs who participated: Cara Anderson, Julian and Maggie Golla, Tanner and Ryan Hinze, Joseph Jokipi, Cassie Keidrowski, Carson Nienfeldt, Aubree and Austin Plante, Mykenna Primeau, Dawson Rosenthal, Hannah Rosenthal, Kenna Shaw, Cora Vukosich, & Maggie Weiland.

Mikayla Conroy, Brooke Dove, Natasha Fuller, Ahsten Hinze, Kelsey Jackson, Cody Kiedrowski, Samantha Kingery, Tea' Nienfeldt, Dylan Rosenthal, Chelsea Timm, Tristan Vukosich, & Aaron Zimmerman.

Our Youth who participated with tremendous help: Ariel and Malachi Anderson, Alex Dove, Ryan Ginter, Ashley and Tyler Hansen, Darren Jackson, Samantha Jokipi, Cody Kickland, Jenny Koch, Kolten Merk, Josh Miner, Amanda Olsen, Nichole Ranum, Mariah Reber, Ethan Sweeney, & Apryl Zimmerman.

No matter how old we are our actions in the world make a difference. No one is too small to leave footprints on the beach.

Thank you to all of you who donated craft items, food for snacks or otherwise, and for all your prayers for such a meaningful week at St. John.

Back to Newsletter Archive