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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

November 2006
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church Newsletter


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.


Leaf Raking

The Youth Group will be offering their leaf raking services on Saturday, November 4 and Saturday, November 11. If you are in need of their services call Jill Scheidegger 424-0253 or Marge Rumble 423-8612.


Chili Supper and Deer Hunters’ Service

We will be having a Chili Supper before our Deer Hunter’s Service on Thursday, November 16. Serving will begin at 4:30 PM. Watch future bulletins for more information. Afterwards join us for the Deer Hunter’s Service which will begin at 6:30 PM.

Thanksgiving Worship Service

Our Thanksgiving Worship Service will be held on Wednesday, November 22 at 6:30 PM. Pumpkin Pie will be served afterwards by the Ladies Aid and Evening Guild.

Hayride Thank You

The youth of St. John would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Fred Zimmerman for the use of their land and for readying the trailer for our September Youth Hayride. Also thanks to Jeff Zimmerman for driving the tractor and for sharing a couple of short stories and the explanation of the word “Perseverance.” Thank you to all the group guides and Pastor for getting us to and from the Homestead of the Zimmerman’s. We look forward to this exciting event each year. Thanks for the lasting memories!


For several weekends in October we have enjoyed the display of quilts on the pews. The Quilters of St. John’s congregation made them for the Orphan Grain Train. The Quilters meet in the church basement one day a month. The group started quilting in 1982, and since that time has made 3,167 quilts for the Orphan Grain Train. If you have any material, old sheets or blankets we can use please bring them to church. If you would like to help, come join us. Any questions, please call Mona Heindl at 423-3962.

Mark Your Calendars

The Children’s Christmas Worship Service “A Shepard’s Christmas” will be Sunday, December 17 at 2 PM.


Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church will be serving a Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner to anyone who may be alone on this day and/or is unable to prepare the traditional meal for him/herself. Serving will be on Thursday, November 23 from 12-1:30 PM in the fellowship hall. Home deliveries or transportation to St. Luke’s will be available. There is no charge for the dinner as funding is supplemented by Thrivent Financial and through other donations. Reservations are requested and will be taken starting Monday, November 13. Please call the following to make your reservation: Weekdays-(St. Luke’s office, 9 AM-4 PM) 423-5990. St. Luke’s is located at 2011 10 th St. So. and is handicap accessible.

Immanuel Lutheran Childcare Center

Immanuel Lutheran Childcare Center has openings for children ages 3-5.
What we offer…
*An educational curriculum in a Christian environment
*Certified staff with Christian backgrounds
*Bible stories, songs, and prayers
*A safe and nurturing environment for children 1-5 years of age
*Hot lunch and snacks provided
*Outdoor Play Area
For further information please contact:
Kellie Klingforth; Childcare Director 423-0272

Concordia University News Updates

+For the Sake of the Church Endowment+

A consolidated report from the Concordia University System institutions indicates the For the Sake of the Church Endowment effort increased from $143 million to $147 million during the past six months ($1.7 million in cash and $2.3 million in future pledges). The earnings from the endowment funds provide financial assistance to students attending a Concordia (last academic year the institutions provided $59 million in financial assistance). Endowment funds are the lifeline for the future of higher education. Support for this effort by congregations and faithful donors is greatly appreciated!

+Projected Enrollment for Fall 2006+

The 10 Concordias report a projected enrollment increase of 3.5% for fall 2006 with a total of 19,120 students. Last year’s fall enrollment totaled 18,500. Final enrollment statistics will be reported after enrollment census in mid-October.

+Church Work Graduate Placements+

380 church work graduates from the 10 Concordias were placed into ministry this past year. Here are some statistics: Teachers: 256; Directors of Christian Education: 64; Early Childhood Education; 29; Lay Ministry: 12; Directors of Parish Music: 8; and 11 others in specialized ministries.

Upscale Resale Store November Sale

Bethesda Lutheran Home’s Upscale Resale Store in the Rapids Mall will have a 50% off sale on various clothing and shoes from November 20 through December 2. Come and take advantage of the great prices and at the same time supporting the folks at Bethesda Lutheran Home.

Volunteer Help is also needed. Please get 3-4 ladies (or men) together to volunteer to sort and price clothing for 3-4 hours once a month. We also need cashiers for a 3-4 hour shift 1-2 times a month. We are not asking for a lot of time, but every volunteer hour is important to us. Please call Chuck at 421-3477 if you can help.

Cookie/Candy Walk-Saturday, December 2 at 9 AM

What is a cookie walk? How do we get involved? Why should we get involved?

All families of St. John are asked to bring 2 to 4 dozen (or more if you would like), of your favorite Holiday Cookies or Candy to the church by Friday, December 2. On Saturday morning the Holiday Cookies & Candy will be sold "By-the-Pound." Holiday Cookies and Candies can be purchased individually, or by two's or three's or whatever...1/2 dozen, whole dozen or an assortment! Cookies and Candies will also be sold in attractively packaged Holiday Gift Boxes and Trays, ideal for your Holiday Parties and as Gifts! The sale will be open to the congregation as well as to the surrounding community. The price will be $5.00 per pound.

In past years the Cookie/Candy Walk was a huge success! Everyone who participated last year is eager to purchase cookies and candy again this year. A good turn out of the finest cookies and candies in the area is expected from all the fine cooks, candy makers and chefs in our congregation!

It's time to look over your favorite Holiday Cookie & Candy recipes and make a few dozen extra to help make this the "Sweetest" event of the year! Share your baking and candy making talents!

Remember to have your Holiday Cookies & Candy to the church by Friday, December 1, and the Sale will be on Saturday, December 2, at 9 AM.

For more information contact Mona Heindl, 423-3962; Toni Hamann, 325-3033; or Marianne Timm, 423-1651

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