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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

June 2006 Newsletter


Beach Trek Vacation Bible School

June 19-23
9:00-11:30 AM

Please register. If you are in need of busing to VBS register by June 5 th! Beach Trek’ers will be asked to bring a white plain 100% cotton T-shirt for a craft project as well as a water bottle and apply sunscreen on before leaving for the morning. Weather permitting we will be outside like last year. Questions call Sandra Sweeney 886-4864.

Door Offering

After the services on June 3 & 4 there will be a door offering for Camp Luther’s 60 th Anniversary.

Child With Award

Acknowledgments Made

The following students were presented with bibles, catechisms, and attendance awards at our closing of weekday school service on Sunday, May 6:


Brooke Dove, Dylan Rosenthal, Cody Kiedrowski, Jake Timm


Malachi Anderson, Darren Jackson, Tyler Diver, Ashley Kuter, Chelsea Timm


Missed two nights: Austin Plante, Hannah Rosenthal, Dylan Rosenthal, Jake Timm, Chelsea Timm

Missed one night: Cora Vukosich, Alex Dove, Katie Jagodinski

Perfect attendance: Tristan Vukosich, Aaron Zimmerman, Ethan Sweeney

Voting Ballot

Election Results

The following newly elected officers will be serving the Lord at St. John:

President-Michael Sweeney-2 year term

Vice President-Craig Timm-2 year term

Secretary-Judith Shepard-2 year term

Evangelism/Outreach-Sharon Nieman-3 year term

Board of Elders-Donald Hanneman, Lou Hoffman, Charles Tack, David Vukosich-3 year term for each

Youth Board-Jill Scheiddeger-3 year term

Board of Trustees-Rick Lau, Kevin Lau-3 year term for each

Board of Stewardship-Anita Westfall-3 year term

Board of Education-Sue Primeau, Colleen Vukosich-3 year term for each

Human Care Board-Garnet Tucker-3 year term

Installation of all officers will be on Sunday, June 4 at the 9:30 AM service.

Graduation Cap and Diploma

Gradutate Recognition Sunday

Plans are being made to recognize our graduates at the 9:30 AM service on June 11. Parents please call the church office with name of student and High School. College/University Graduates please call with your name, name of school and degree. Graduates are invited to wear their caps and gowns and will be recognized for their achievements.

Surprise Recogniton Planned

On June 12 at the North Wisconsin District Convention in Appleton Rev. Arleigh Lutz will be recognized and thanked for his 21 years of faithful service to the District as its president. The North Wisconsin District Board of Directors is inviting you to participate in this event by sending a note, card, letter, gift, or other well-wishes to him for presentation at the gathering. Since they are attempting to keep this a surprise please address any written communication to: Attn: Lutz Recognition, Faith Lutheran Church, 601 E. Glendale Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911. Monetary gifts should be made payable to the order of Arleigh Lutz.

New Pictorial Directory

Please mark your calendar with these dates when photographs will be taken for the Directory: July 6, 7, & 8 and July 19, 20, 21, & 22.

Picnic Basket

Church Picnic

Come and attend this year’s church picnic to be held June 25, 2006 at the Red Sands Beach (Large shelter house). This year will feature the Vacation Bible School children during our service. Service time will be at 10:30 AM with dinner being served at approximately 11:30 AM. The menu will be hamburgers, brats and hot dogs. Each family is asked to please bring a large dish to pass and their own plates and silverware.

There will be lots of activities including, children’s games, adult bingo and a cakewalk. Cake donations will be greatly appreciated. So come on a “BEACH TREK” and worship with us.

This year’s free will donation will be going towards Sarah Nordhaugen’s trip to China. She will be teaching English through an organization called Educational Service International. ESI is an openly Christian organization that has sent teachers to China for over twenty years.

This year we will have camping at the Larry & Judy Shepard cottage on the Wisconsin River. They are located at the corner of County Trunk “U” and Biron Drive. If you wish to camp or just come out for a potluck on Saturday and a campfire see Larry or Judy Shepard.

Elderly ManElderly Woman

Reflection Brunch

Planning is now under way for the Reflection Brunch which will be held on Sunday, July 16 at the 9:30 am service. We will be honoring all of our members who have reached the age of 80 years or more.

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 and Eva Helke, Florence Helke, Irv Henricksen, Loleta Hofschild, Helen Jensen, Ernie Neinfeldt, Elvira Pluke, Gladys Sawaska, Helen Schoenick, Harry Schroeder, Hugh Stanton, John Tomesck, Marion Swen, Alice Timm, Charlotte Wick, Lydia Wittman, Fred Zimmerman, Neil Knoll


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

Charlene Robinson-Home

Elvira Pluke-Riverview Manor

Jack Kester-Weyauwega Health Care Center

Lydia Wittman-Wisconsin Veterans Home

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

Point Basse Pioneer Festival

Help Wood County celebrate it”s 150th Birthday!!! Join the Citizens of Point Basse as they celebrate with their annual Pioneer Festival at their site on County Highway Z near Nekoosa on Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11. There will be food, entertainment, craft sale and displays as well as canoe rides on the river and characters in historic costumes. The hours are from 10-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. Admission is $5.00 per adult, $2.00 per student, with a maximum of $20.00 per family.

Man on Computer


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May is Mental Health Month

Did you know that mental illnesses rank first among illnesses that cause disability in the U.S.? We invite you to contact LCFS at 800.291.4513 / to arrange for a speaker on mental health issues, or to obtain more information on LCFS Christian counseling services in your area. If you’d like to donate to help a person or family with mental health needs please call 1-800-291-4513 and let us know. Thank You. Dr. Meseck. Lutheran Counseling and Family Services of Wisconsin - now in our 110th year.

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