Building Project Open Meeting
Jul
15
9:15 AM09:15

Building Project Open Meeting

On Sunday, July 15th the Tredo Group will lead us in another open meeting during the Sunday morning Bible Class hour (9:15 AM).  They will present more detailed drawings of the proposed modifications and additions to the front of our church building.  You are encouraged to attend to learn, to give your input, and to offer your support for our congregation.

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Site Plan Meeting
Apr
29
9:15 AM09:15

Site Plan Meeting

During the hour between services, the Tredo Group will present the first conceptual ideas about what our building plan might look like. There won't be any formal proposals; rather, this will be a time to discuss some basic building options and to offer constructive feedback for these early ideas. All St. John's members are invited to attend!

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LWMS Lakeshore Circuit Spring Rally
Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

LWMS Lakeshore Circuit Spring Rally

All women are invited to attend. Hear a presentation from Pr. Charles Vannieuwenhoven that discusses how the Campus Ministry Committee is helping WELS college students grow in their faith so that they can reach out to other college students with the gospel. Here is a schedule for the day:

8:30 am - Registration & Breakfast

9:00 am - Devotion (followed by the business meeting)

10:00 am - Presentation from Pr. Vannieuwenhoven

11:30 am - Hymn Sing

12:00 pm - Lunch

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Easter Festival Service
Apr
1
9:00 AM09:00

Easter Festival Service

The Festival Service will be a celebration of Christ's resurrection in Word and Sacrament. This service will also contain some of the more familiar and favorite Easter hymns. It is the pinnacle of the Christian celebration of Christ's eternal victory over sin, death, and Satan. It is the high, holy Festival of Christ's triumph of eternal life.

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Easter Vigil Service
Apr
1
6:30 AM06:30

Easter Vigil Service

The Easter Vigil service begins with the dedication of the Paschal Candle at the back of the sanctuary. As the ministers go from the entry of the sanctuary in procession to the chancel, individual candles are lit from the newly dedicated Paschal Candle. This service will also include an affirmation of Holy Baptism and the celebration of Holy Communion.

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Good Friday Tenebrae Service
Mar
30
6:30 PM18:30

Good Friday Tenebrae Service

As the middle service of the Triduum, Good Friday is prepared for by Maundy Thursday. In turn, it leads into the Easter Vigil. The absence of a benediction the previous evening and again on Good Friday underscores the connectedness of the Triduum services. Good Friday is not a "funeral" for Jesus, but an austere celebration of the Lamb and his sacrifice. The bare altar, symbolic of Christ, is the focus, along with a large, rough-finished wooden cross that is placed before it. Tenebrae, the Service of Darkness, does not make provision for the celebration of the Lord's Supper. Historically, the church has not celebrated the Sacrament on Good Friday.

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Good  Friday Afternoon Service
Mar
30
1:00 PM13:00

Good Friday Afternoon Service

While the Triduum traditionally calls for only one service on Good Friday, we are retaining the historic practice of our parish by having an afternoon service with a sermon and Holy Communion. Having stripped the altar of paraments and decoration on Maundy Thursday, this service is much more austere than a typical worship service. Its bareness symbolizes how Christ suffered without any comfort from his friends or disciples, not even from his heavenly Father.

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Maundy Thursday
Mar
29
6:30 PM18:30

Maundy Thursday

The institution of the Lord's Supper sets forth the depth of Jesus' love and gives power to the Church to live out his command. As the first service the Triduum (Latin for "three days"), Maundy Thursday marks the end of Lent proper. The service begins with the sermon and an exhortation regarding the end of Lent. This unusual arrangement allows the minister to explain the meaning of the Sacrament and the liturgical actions that are to take place so that they may proceed uninterruptedly and vividly from this evening through Good Friday to the Easter Vigil. The act of ceremonially striping the altar prepares the chancel and the congregation for Good Friday.

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Palm Sunday
Mar
25
8:00 PM20:00

Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday, Jesus humbly rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. But those who believed in him cried out, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" We, too, will proceed into church with palm fronds, praising Jesus, who made this triumphant entry into Jerusalem to give his life for our sins. We'll also receive the gift of his body and blood in Holy Communion. Services will be at the regular Thursday (6:30 pm) and Sunday (8:00 & 10:30) times. 

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Easter for Kids
Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

Easter for Kids

Kids are invited to St. John's for a free afternoon of Easter fun! There will be crafts, snacks, an egg hunt - and you can learn more about why Easter is such an important and joyous holiday. Kids in grades 3K - 4th grade are welcome to participate, but we ask that the smaller children be potty trained.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please get in touch with event coordinator Aaron Lambrecht (adlambrecht@gmail.com).

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Midweek Lenten Service: Christ Builds His Temple Forever
Mar
21
6:30 PM18:30

Midweek Lenten Service: Christ Builds His Temple Forever

Our 175th anniversary theme is "But the Word of the Lord Endures Forever." (Isaiah 40:8 & I Peter 1:25) Saint John tells us that Jesus Christ is the eternal Word of God (John 1:1), through whom God gives us all blessings. During the season of Lent, our midweek services will draw attention to how Jesus does God's work of our eternal salvation. This week, our theme is "Christ Builds His Temple Forever." Worship is at 6:30, but you can join us for supper beforehand at 5:30!

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Midweek Lenten Service: Christ Rules His Kingdom Forever
Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Midweek Lenten Service: Christ Rules His Kingdom Forever

Our 175th anniversary theme is "But the Word of the Lord Endures Forever." (Isaiah 40:8 & I Peter 1:25) Saint John tells us that Jesus Christ is the eternal Word of God (John 1:1), through whom God gives us all blessings. During the season of Lent, our midweek services will draw attention to how Jesus does God's work of our eternal salvation. This week, our theme is "Christ Rules His Kingdom Forever." Worship is at 6:30, but you can join us for supper beforehand at 5:30!

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Midweek Lenten Service: Christ Fulfills the Scriptures Forever
Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

Midweek Lenten Service: Christ Fulfills the Scriptures Forever

Our 175th anniversary theme is "But the Word of the Lord Endures Forever." (Isaiah 40:8 & I Peter 1:25) Saint John tells us that Jesus Christ is the eternal Word of God (John 1:1), through whom God gives us all blessings. During the season of Lent, our midweek services will draw attention to how Jesus does God's work of our eternal salvation. This week, our theme is "Christ Fulfills the Scriptures Forever." Worship is at 6:30, but you can join us for supper beforehand at 5:30!

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Midweek Lenten Service: Christ's Body Will Need Christ's Spirit Forever
Feb
28
6:30 PM18:30

Midweek Lenten Service: Christ's Body Will Need Christ's Spirit Forever

Our 175th anniversary theme is "But the Word of the Lord Endures Forever." (Isaiah 40:8 & I Peter 1:25) Saint John tells us that Jesus Christ is the eternal Word of God (John 1:1), through whom God gives us all blessings. During the season of Lent, our midweek services will draw attention to how Jesus does God's work of our eternal salvation. This week, our theme is "Christ's Body Will Need Christ's Spirit Forever." Worship is at 6:30, but you can join us for supper beforehand at 5:30!

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Midweek Lenten Service: Christ's Gospel Will Sound Forth Forever
Feb
21
6:30 PM18:30

Midweek Lenten Service: Christ's Gospel Will Sound Forth Forever

Our 175th anniversary theme is "But the Word of the Lord Endures Forever." (Isaiah 40:8 & I Peter 1:25) Saint John tells us that Jesus Christ is the eternal Word of God (John 1:1), through whom God gives us all blessings. During the season of Lent, our midweek services will draw attention to how Jesus does God's work of our eternal salvation. This week, our theme is "Christ's Gospel Will Sound Forth Forever." Worship is at 6:30, but you can join us for supper beforehand at 5:30!

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Ash Wednesday Worship with Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion
Feb
14
6:30 PM18:30

Ash Wednesday Worship with Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion

Join us for our annual Ash Wednesday service. This will include the ancient rite of imposing ashes, as well as Holy Communion for those in our fellowship. Have dinner with us beforehand, starting at 5:30 pm!

Why the imposition of ashes?

“[It is an] ancient act [that] is a gesture of repentance and a powerful reminder about the meaning of the day. Ashes can symbolize dust-to-dustness and remind worshipers of the need for cleansing, scrubbing and purifying. If they are applied during an act of kneeling, the very posture of defeat and submission expresses humility before God."

In other words, we all need to repent.  The imposition of ashes is an outward reminder to the individual that he or she is a sinner.  It is also a way of proclaiming to others, “Yes, I am a sinner.  I cannot save myself. When I turn to ashes in death it is my just punishment for all my sins against God.” 

Since the ashes are made in the shape of a cross, it also confesses, “My only hope to escape the judgment of death is the cross of Christ.  He took on death for me to set me free from the guilt of sin and the punishment of hell.  In Christ alone and in his cross alone do I find my hope for peace, forgiveness and reconciliation with God.”

Of course, this rite of the imposition of ashes is not commanded in Scripture.  It is a powerful symbol but not a requirement.  Therefore, do not feel obligated to participate if your conscience does not allow you to do so.  However, if you desire to participate in this rite, please do so for the intended reasons:  humility, repentance and the longing for the redeeming grace of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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