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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 2007
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church Newsletter

Cross and Sunrise

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.

VBS Meeting

On June 6 there will be a Vacation Bible School Meeting at 6:30 PM. Extra help is still needed. Experience the fun and share God’s love for 1 day or 5. Enjoy a day on “AVALANCHE RANCH” with our wranglers at VBS. If you would like to help please join us at the meeting or call Sandra Sweeney at 886-4864 for more information. Vacation Bible School is June 18-22 from 9:00-11:30 AM. Registration forms are available in the narthex. Deadline for busing to VBS is June 4.

Counting Ballots

Election Results

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

Board of Elders

Jeff Zimmerman 3 year term
Bill Coley 3 year term
Vern Steinke 3 year term
Doug Ross 3 year term

Board of Trustees

Jeff Knoll 3 year term
Jim Eberhardt 3 year term

Board of Education

Karen Ross 3 year term
Kylie Swen 3 year term

Human Care Board

Mona Heindl 3 year term

Board of Stewardship

Board of Finance

Cindy Knorr 3 year term

Board of Evangelism

Kelley Steinke 3 year term


Installation of all officers will be the weekend of June 9 & 10.

Picnic Food

Church Picnic

Come and attend this year’s church picnic to be held on Sunday, June 24 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. So come to “AVALANCHE RANCH” and worship with us.

Layer Cake

Cakes Needed

Cakes are needed for our annual cake walk to be held at the church picnic on June 24. Anyone who would like to donate a cake, please drop them off at church Saturday night or bring them to the picnic on Sunday. We appreciate your support-The Evening Guild.

Barbque Grill

Evening Guild Cookout

The Ladies Evening Guild will be having a cookout at Wal-mart on Friday, June 15 starting at 10 AM. Stop over for lunch. Your support is appreciated!

Reflection Brunch

Planning is now under way for the Reflection Brunch which will be held on Sunday, July 8 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, Grace Gilman, Viola Goldberg, Alma Gussel, Lucille Heim, Herbert and Eva Helke, Florence Helke, Irv and Elsie Henricksen, Loleta Hofschild, Helen Jensen, Neil Knoll, Ernie Neinfeldt, Elaine Punzel Lester Rabska, Gladys Sawaska, Helen Schoenick, Harry Schroeder, Hugh and Ardes Stanton, John Tomesek, Marion Swen, Alice Timm, Charlotte Wick, Lydia Wittman, Fred Zimmerman

Fellowship Sunday

If you would like to serve for Fellowship Sunday after church services (The 2 nd Sunday of each month) please sign up on the sheet located on the north bulletin board. Please bring bars or cookies and serve coffee.


Alma Gussel--Strawberry Lane

Florence Helke--Home

Irv Hendricksen--Home

Elsie Hendricksen-- Wis. Rapids CareCenter*

Helen Jensen--Our House ( 2941 16 th St. So.)

Arnold Moser --Home

Ardes Stanton--Home

Herb & Eva Helke-- Wis. Rapids Care Center*

Charlene Robinson--Home

Lavera Hamann--Home

Jack Kester--Home

Lydia Wittman--Wisconsin Veterans Home

422 Bell St. Rm # 380 A, King, WI 54946

*Formerly Riverview Manor

St. John Weekly Audio Sermons

If you miss a church service and have access to the internet you can now listen to Pastor Ader’s weekly sermons on our church website. At the top of the home page click the link Sermon Audio. Then click Broadband or Dial-Up under Play Stream or Download depending on what type of connection you have. You can also subscribe and receive the new sermon automatically each week. We hope you enjoy this new feature on our website. If you have questions or comments please feel free to contact the church by e-mail.

Camp Luther News

Know A Child Who Claims They’re Bored Already? Even though summer camps have started, there's still room at Camp Luther in many of the weekend and weekly camps, and we're still taking registrations! Kindercamps are full; but there's still plenty of room in the Grandkids Weekend which offers the same activities for the same grade/age group.

Explorer Camp (weekend camp for grades 1-3), and weeklong Youth Camp, Horse Camp, Quest Rafting & Climbing Camps, and Golf Camp (weekend camp) still have spots available. Check availability on our website, and click on “Summer Camps” then on Sign up for Camp Online Now! So if the kids claim they're bored, consider a Camp Luther Summer Camp!

Ladies… have fun at Camp Luther, just like the kids do! The Women's Canoe Weekend Adventure is just what you need for a short summer get-away! Meet at Camp Luther on Friday evening for some traditional Camp Luther activities and then head to Michigan's U.P. on Saturday morning for a 4-hour canoe trip on the Ontonagon River, ending with an overnight camp-out right on the shore! The weekend ends back at Camp Luther on Sunday. Visit

for more details, including online registration. Hope you and a friend will join us for an awesome women's weekend!

June 22-24 (1 spot)

August 3-5 (lots of room)

Re-connect with your family at Camp Luther this summer! The 4 th of July Family Retreat is held July 1-6 at Camp Luther with new & modern Retreat Center housing. In addition to morning adult Biblestudy/children’s Christian Growth and evening campfire devotions, enjoy a July 4 th parade & fireworks

as well as all your favorite Camp Luther activities! Retreat includes housing, meals, programming, and use of all Camp Luther’s facilities and recreation; you just can’t vacation for a week anywhere else for less where this is all included! Hurry… this retreat is filling up fast and limited space remains! Register fast, easy & safely online at or phone 877.264.CAMP to be mailed a brochure.

Help Wanted

The Upscale Resale Store is in need of several groups of 3-4 ladies to help sort and price items at the store. Could you get a group of 3-4 ladies together to help once a month for 3-4 hours? We really need your help. Call Chuck at 421-3477.



Men Shingling Roof

The Ladies Aid challenges the congregation to donate to the Elevator or Roof Fund

From now until July 4th the Ladies Aid will match

your donation with a 50% donation

If you give $2 the Ladies Aid will give $1

This would bring the total donation to $3

Take the challenge and watch how those

$$$ dollars $$$ add up!

The more that is donated, the more the Ladies Aid will match at 50% up to $1,500

Special Elevator/Roof Envelopes are available

in the narthex for your use


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