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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 2007
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church Newsletter

Heart and Cross

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.

Lutheran Laymen’s League

Lutheran Laymen’s League will meet on Friday, Feb. 9 at Immanuel at 6:30 PM. Dinner will be Roast Beef. Program will be Mission Work in Bulgaria.

Lenten Cross

Lent Begins

February 21 st, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. We will again be holding midweek Lenten Services on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM and 7:00 PM. Our theme for this year’s services will be “Our Suffering Savior,” based on Isaiah 52:13-53:12. Each family will also receive a devotional booklet that will expand on the weekly themes of the midweek services.


Ladies Aid Pie Sale

The Ladies Aid will be selling their delicious homemade pies after the services on February 17 and 18. Proceeds from the pie sale support projects of the Ladies Aid.

Spaghetti on Fork

Mark Your Calendars

February 11, 2006 is the date for the Valentine Spaghetti Supper sponsored by the Evening Guild. Serving will be in the church basement from 4 to 6 PM. Adults/Seniors - $5.00; Children (6-10) -$2.50 and under 6 are free. Bring your Valentine out for a special evening!

Correspondence with Becky Sanchez

Dear Becky:

My name is Cindy Knorr and I am a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. My church decided to participate in the Family to Family Connection and I got your name from Diane Stafford at the Southern district LCMS. We would like to adopt you and your family. I got a list from Diane on the ages and sizes of your children and I want to make sure my info is up to date. My info states the following: Angelica, age 8, Size L, second grade; Luis, age 6 size M, 1 st grade; Samantha, age 3, no size listed; Mia, 8 months, size 12-18 months. We want to send Christmas presents for you and the kids to start off the program so I will need the info ASAP. If you don’t mind, I’d like to call you to talk this over and you can give me some ideas on your needs. Why don’t you email me and let me know a good time for me to call. I hope this will be the beginning of a long and blessed relationship.


Hi Cindy:

I am going to be very honest with you that when I read this e-mail I wanted to cry. I am so appreciative of what you are doing for me and my family. I was just talking to one of my friends about how hard it is trying to pay bills and just knowing that Christmas is around the corner and not knowing if I was going to be able to get my kids anything. I am so happy to hear from you and you can call me anytime. If I don’t answer just leave me a message and I will call you back. Thank you so much.

--Becky Sanchez

Thank you after receiving gifts from St. John:

Thank you so much. You have no idea how you are helping me. My kids are so excited because Christmas is coming and how sad I was because I don’t like having the feeling that my kids want so much and I don’t have to give. I cannot show you or tell you how much I appreciate your help. Please tell everybody from your congregation thank you so much. They have no idea how much they are making my children’s Christmas a great one this year. Thank you and can I get your address please. Thank you again.

--Becky Sanchez


Tuesday Morning Bible Study

The Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Study will begin meeting on February 13 at 9:15 AM at the home of Marg Bratcher. The following week we will begin a six week study titled “Enjoying God’s Gifts.” In this study of Ecclesiastes we will discover a wealth of divine wisdom for daily living through the truths of Solomon, the wisest of men. For more information call the church office. New members are welcome to join us.

Coffee Mug

Fellowship Coffee

We would like to have fellowship after church service the 2 nd Sunday of each month. There will be a sign up sheet on the north bulletin board for people that would like to bring bars or cookies and serve coffee. -Evangelism Board


If you brought something to the funerals and have not picked up your dishes please pick them up downstairs in the kitchen.


Pancake Supper

Immanuel Lutheran School will have a Pancake Supper on Thursday, February 15 from 4-7 PM. Cost: Age 13 to Adults $6.00, Age 5-12 $3.00 & children 4 and under free. Menu: potato pancakes, buttermilk pancakes, ham, applesauce & cheese, desserts, coffee & milk. Take out orders available.

Wakely Winter Feast

Hitch old Dobbin to the sleigh and join Robert and Mary Wakley as they chase away "cabin fever" at their annual Winter Feast. This year's feast will feature roast chicken, baked ham, venison swiss steak, venison stew, with lots of homemade side dishes, all topped off with bread pudding for dessert. Our evening will begin at 4 PM on February 17. Come and meet old friends and make new ones. Dinner will be served at 5 PM with music, dancing and lots of laughter to follow. The Winter Feast will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Hwy. 13 north in Wisconsin Rapids. Tickets are $15.00 each and are available at Family Natural Foods or from any Historic Point Basse member. The Citizens of Point Basse hope you will take this opportunity to come and enjoy an evening in the 1850's style. All proceeds of this event will be used to expand the educational and restoration efforts at Historic Point Basse.

Concordia UW Visit Day

Calling all high school juniors and seniors to experience Concordia University Wisconsin!
Join us for visit day on Saturday, February 24, 2007! Come check out first hand what CUW is all about. During your visit you will: tour campus, learn more about financial aid, have the opportunity to ask questions to a panel, meet with the faculty in your major, and experience campus life! The day will begin at 8:30 am and end at 1:30 p.m.
Spend a night in a residence hall with current CUW students! Please join us for Preview Weekend on February 18-19, 2007. The weekend will begin on Sunday, February 18, and conclude on Monday afternoon. Experience for yourself what it is like to be a CUW student. Sunday night you will be able to join in on campus activities and Monday’s events will include campus tour, financial aid, chapel, and the chance to sit in on a class.
This is a great way to see what CUW has to offer! To sign up for either dates please call Julie Schroeder, Visit Coordinator, at 262-243-4560 or email


We can’t believe it’s that time of the year, but we at Bethesda’s Upscale Resale Store in the Rapids Mall are planning our semi-annual switch to seasonal clothing. Come in and take advantage of the special sale on clothing, shoes, and other items during our season-end sales beginning February 19 and going through March 10. Prices will never be better! We are also accepting your donations. Please support the store and the folks at Bethesda Lutheran Home.

Daffodil Days

Daffodil Days is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. By ordering flowers through this campaign you can make a difference in the lives of real people fighting cancer. More information and order forms are located in the narthex. Deadline date for ordering is February 9.

Camp Luther Logo

Camp Luther News

There’s Something For Everyone This Summer at Camp Luther! This year there are 4 NEW WEEKEND CAMPS/ RETREATS available for your enjoyment! In addition to the ever-popular summer Youth Camp, KinderCamp, GrandKids Camp, Explorer, Quest and IMPACT Camps, now there’s also Golf Weekend & Water Weekend for teens and the Father/Son Canoe Weekend Adventure and the Women’s Weekend Canoe Adventure! Not only do Camp Luther summer camps and retreats provide meaningful Christian growth and great fellowship opportunities with other Christians, they also provide a lot of FUN, too! To find out more details about any of our upcoming summer camps, visit or view one of our “Summer 2007” brochures, available from your church office or the camp office, 1.877.264.CAMP.

Junior Counselors are a vital part of Camp Luther’s summer ministry; every summer 11th and 12th grade youth have the opportunity to spend two weeks at camp helping in the daily work of our summer counselors. In addition to working with youth campers and helping to maintain Camp Luther’s facilities, the Junior Counselor experience allows the volunteer to grow spiritually and to serve God alongside their peers. Applications are available at The deadline to apply is March 1st, 2007!

Thrivent Matching Benefits Camp Luther! Did you know that a charitable donation to Camp Luther could be matched by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans? It’s easy… there’s a simple form to complete and send to camp; Thrivent Financial will match 50 cents on every dollar you donate to Camp Luther (up to $600 per person) through their GivingPLus® program! You may also make several donations throughout the year if you have more than one Thrivent member in your family! Simply fill out one form for each Thrivent Financial member in your household (age 16 or older) and send to camp with your donation. Forms can be obtained by visiting Then click on the “I Want To Find…” toolbar on the right of the screen and scroll down to “Gift Matching”. Click on “Go” and find information, including a link to print a gift matching form.
Or directly type: Camp Luther sincerely appreciatesevery gift and thanks Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for their donations to Camp Luther, as well!

Deal or No Deal

The Charity for Hearts for Jesus this year is local called the "Caring Closet" to benefit children in the Wisconsin Rapids, Port Edwards, and Nekoosa School Districts. This Charity was founded by Carrie Siler in 2004 with the support of a grant through the Community Foundation of South Wood County and members of our communities. South Wood County has seen a significant rise in the number of youth in poverty. The Caring Closet can fill some of the needs to allow students to have clothing, school supplies, and additional support that would allow them to feel more connected to their school socially and academically.

There will be a list of 25 prizes. There will be 25 suitcases that will be numbered. Inside each suitcase there will be a sealed envelpe containing one of the prizes from the prize list that will be displayed. It would not be fair if someone knew what was what, so the sealing of items into envelopes shall be done with someone of importance around to witness this action to keep this fair.

Tickets will be: $1.00 for 1 ticket or $5.00 for 6 tickets. You place your name and phone number on the ticket. You do not need to be present to win the prize. Drop your tickets into a bucket next to a suitcase/s of your choice. Remember the suitcases will just be numbered. No one will know the contents of what's inside, other than a list of prizes known. St. John's way of playing Deal or No Deal!!

This will end March 7 after the Lenten Service. We will have the Children of Weekday School come forward and hold the cases and names will be drawn from the containers and contents and winners will be revealed.

Children each week at Weekday School in the beginning of the evening will have the opportunity to bring their money and buy tickets and drop them into the containers. Teacher's will make sure students name goes on tickets. Congregation members will have the same opportunity to do this each weekend at the Services.

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