Saved to Serve – October 22, 2018

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to [Jesus]. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask. … Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” … When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:35,37,41-45

Saved to Serve


Daily Devotion – October 22, 2018

Devotion based on Mark 10:35,37,41-45

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James and John were ambitious. They knew that great things were in store for Jesus and those who followed him. They wanted to be rewarded and recognized as Jesus’ closest disciples.

We are ambitious. We like to be acknowledged. We want God to bless and prosper us right here, right now. We want mom and dad’s approval. We want classmates to envy us. We want the corner office at work. We want to be the Joneses in our neighborhood. But because of our sin, we all fall short. We fall short of other’s expectations, of personal goals, of God’s glory.

Jesus had ambitions too, and he did not fall short. He did not come to earth to push people around. He had his sights set on saving humanity from the damning consequence of sin. He came to serve the world by offering his holy life as a payment for all sin. And God gave his approval of Jesus’ work by raising him from the dead.

By faith in Jesus, we have God’s full acceptance. We are his beloved children in whom he is well-pleased. Since we already have God’s full recognition, we don’t need to seek it from the world. Motivated by the Son of God and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are free to use our energy to serve others. Our ambition is that others see Jesus in us and hear about him from us, so they become God’s children too.

Prayer:
Dearest Jesus, forgive me for my selfish ambition. Grant me a spirit of humility and a heart that looks out for the needs of others. Amen.

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God Heals Our Brokenness – October 21, 2018

In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. … Now Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband. … When she heard in Moab that the LORD had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them, Naomi and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home from there. … Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the LORD show kindness to you, as you have shown to your dead and to me. May the LORD grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.” … Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-by, but Ruth clung to her. … Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.”
Ruth 1:1-19 (selected verses)

God Heals Our Brokenness


Daily Devotion – October 21, 2018

Devotion based on Ruth 1:1-19 (selected verses)

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What was Ruth thinking? She had married into a family from Israel after they had immigrated into her country of Moab. This family experienced great misfortune. They had left Israel because of a famine. The father of the family died before Ruth married his son. Then both sons died, leaving only Ruth, her mother-in-law Naomi, and a sister-in-law.

When Naomi decided to return to Bethlehem in Israel, Ruth went with her. Why?

If Ruth went back with Naomi, what did her future hold? Ruth would be living in a foreign land far from her parents and siblings. Customs would be different. Ruth’s chances of remarriage were slim. When Ruth swore faithful, unwavering love to her mother-in-law, what was she thinking?

Could Ruth have been thinking about the God her new family had shared with her? This God promised to rescue his people from their guilt and sin. Were his promises more important to Ruth than a comfortable life in Moab?

We can find “spiritual” people who promise to make us prosper, give us a fantastic marriage or career success. God’s promises are different. He doesn’t promise a pain-free life filled with success. He promises to take care of our deepest needs—our brokenness because we have insisted on living our lives on our terms, not God’s. God sent his Son Jesus to heal us of our brokenness and take away our guilt. Jesus suffered in our place to restore us into God’s family. Jesus fills our hearts with joy, peace, contentment no matter how pleasant or painful our life is right now.

Ruth knew God’s forgiveness was far greater than any short-term struggles she faced in Israel. She wanted to stay with the God of undeserved love who healed broken people.

God makes the same promises to us!

Prayer:
Lord, help me look past my current struggles and heartache to see your promises of forgiveness, comfort, rescue, and healing. Strengthen my faith to think about my eternal hope. Amen.

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Justice in Due Time – October 20, 2018

How long, O LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Habakkuk 1:2-3

Justice in Due Time


Daily Devotion – October 20, 2018

Devotion based on Habakkuk 1:2-3

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Was God’s prophet preaching this 2,500 years ago or just last week?

When Habakkuk looked out his front window, he saw violence and injustice. The bad guys just did whatever they wanted to. All of Habakkuk’s neighbors seemed OK with injustice and violence. They took advantage of evil to advance their own cause without any concern for the people getting hurt. Habakkuk could not understand how God allowed all this wrong to happen. Wasn’t he a just God? Wasn’t he a loving God? Habakkuk prayed and prayed the Lord would set things right, but nothing happened.

Sound familiar? Today people abuse their authority to take advantage of others. People disrespect authority to hurt others. People jump to conclusions and ignore facts just to prove their point. No one seems concerned about the people getting hurt. Most people just want to win the argument and advance their personal agenda. Why doesn’t God punish the evil doers? Why does God tolerate all the destruction and violence we see in this world? Why doesn’t he bring an end to conflict and peace to strife-torn hearts?

God answered Habakkuk’s prayer by explaining he would bring justice in his own time and way. God told Habakkuk to be patient and trust that God would do the right thing at the right time–which God did.

Do we really want God to bring justice in our time? Think about it. Have I lost my temper? Have I cut people down with my words? How concerned am I really about people getting hurt by others? What am I doing to help relieve the pain of the suffering? If God pays back people what they deserve, will he be paying me a visit? Do I really want to beg God to bring justice to the world?

Our God already has. On a cross outside of Jerusalem 2,000 years ago, God brought justice to this world. He blasted Jesus with all the punishment deserved by all the violence and evil and wrong committed by the human race. God’s Son unjustly suffered in our place. Jesus took that burden because he did not want us condemned. He wanted us forgiven.

On the cross, God’s justice collided with God’s love. On the cross, God punished all wrong-doers by punishing Jesus. On the cross, God forgave all wrong-doers by punishing Jesus. Relying on Jesus as our Savior, we can look forward to meeting God without any fear. Because of Jesus, God will welcome us into heaven.

God will also take care of justice here on earth—in his own time and his own way. Sometimes we will have to wait patiently for God to act. Most importantly for us, we know God has already acted to forgive our sin. We never have to fear that he will punish us. Jesus took our place!

Prayer:
Lord, bring about justice in your own time and way. Give me patience when I am troubled by injustice. Give me a stronger faith that you will never condemn me, despite my sin. Jesus died in my place, for which I am eternally grateful! Amen.

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Spread the News – October 19, 2018

Declare [the LORD’s] glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
Psalm 96:3

Spread the News


Daily Devotion – October 19, 2018

Devotion based on Psalm 96:3

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When you see something amazing, you just have to share it: the grandeur of a waterfall or canyon, an astounding play or accomplishment in an athletic contest, an inspiring performance on a stage, or anything else that strikes you as rare and remarkable. You want someone to know what you saw and to share in your excitement and amazement.

The Bible is filled with awe-inspiring scenes and stories, and they are all true. God speaks, and a beautiful world unfolds before him out of nothing. God intervenes, and kingdoms rise and fall according to his plan. God acts, miracles happen, and life is never the same again.

Heaven opens, and the Son of God is born of a woman. Shepherds come from near, wise men come from far, and they return home, telling others about the things they have heard and seen, declaring God’s glory among the nations.

The grave opens, first to receive the Son of God after he is crucified on a cross, and then to reveal that the Son of God has risen from the dead three days later. And friends and followers go out to tell the good news, declaring God’s marvelous deeds among all peoples.

Because people like them shared the good news with you, you know and trust Jesus, the Savior who came to live in your place, to die your death, and to rise again for you.

As you hear and read what the Bible says, you see more of the grandeur of God’s plan to save you and of the heaven that is waiting for you. You witness the awesome way that God won the victory over sin and death for you. You watch an inspiring and flawless performance that changes your life forever!

Thank God for those who have shared Jesus with you. Then go, spread the news! Tell those near and far about the marvelous deeds God has done for you and for them. Invite them to church with you. Share a devotion on social media. Talk to a friend about what you’ve heard, seen, and read. What God has done is too amazing to keep to yourself!

Prayer:
Amazing God, your deeds are marvelous and amazing. Move me to declare your praises wherever I go. Amen.

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BULLETIN- 22nd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST OCTOBER 21, 2018

EMMANUEL AND ST. JOHN’S

Evangelical Lutheran Churches

Mecan and Montello, WI

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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22nd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

OCTOBER 21, 2018

WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH! We extend a warm welcome to everyone today, especially our visitors. In the bulletin you’ll find an outline of today’s service, a calendar of events and other bits of information. In the red hymn book you’ll find the songs we sing and the order of service that we follow. If you would like a large print hymnal or bulletin please ask one of our ushers and they will gladly assist you. Restrooms and nursery area are located the parish hall at Emmanuel and in the lower level and “link-way” at St. John’s. It’s nice to have you visit today. May God bless our worship together!

A PERSONAL PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP Dear Heavenly Father: I come to your house today to worship you, to give you the praise you deserve and the prayers and hymns you desire. Through your Word and Sacrament, come to me. Take me by the hand and lead me to the cross where your Son offered sin’s sacrifice once and for all. Forgive my sins, strengthen my faith, assure me of my salvation, and inspire and empower me to do good works. Teach me today to look up to Jesus and live by faith. Bless my worship. Amen.

TODAY’S SERVICE Today we take a break from our usual liturgical service w/ readings, hymns, and sermon, and view a 40-minute DVD recently produced by the WELS entitled: “To the Ends of Earth.” Our lone Bible reading is from Acts.  Acts 1:8-11 describes Jesus’ ascension 40 days after Easter where he commands his disciples: “You will be my witnesses…TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.”  Acts 16:6-40 describes the Apostle Paul’s mission trip to Philippi where he and his traveling companions meet Lydia, a slave girl and a jailer and his family. It shows how Paul connected people from all walks of life, demonstrating that the good news of Jesus is indeed for all people to the very ends of the earth.

PASTOR’S GREETING

K3–8th GRADE SINGS “Go!” (lyrics below)

  1. Go into the world, and tell all creation

that Jesus Christ is the One who saves.

Go into the world, and tell eve’ry nation salvation

has come to them today!

Young ones and old ones and those in between,

go make disciples for Jesus the King.

Study his Word, the Good News you’ve heard,

then get up and get out and go!

2. Baptize them in the name of the Father,

the name of the Son and the Spirit, too.

Teach them to obey what Jesus commanded,

and teach them in love just as Jesus taught you.

He said that sometimes the road would be rough,

but he’ll be with you and that is enough!

Study his Word, the Good News you’ve heard,

then get up and get out and go!

3. Go into the world, and tell all creation

that Jesus Christ is the One who saves.

Go into the world, and tell eve’ry nation

salvation has come to them today!

Some will not listen, but some of them will,

when you bring tidings of peace and good will.

Study his Word, the Good News you’ve heard,

then get up and get out and go!

4. Baptize them in the name of the Father,

the name of the Son and the Spirit, too.

Teach them to obey what Jesus commanded,

and teach them in love just as Jesus taught you.

Time’s growing short and we do not know when

Jesus the King will come back again.

Study his Word, the Good News you’ve heard,

then get up and get out and go!

Salvation has come. Not ev’ryone knows.

Go into the world.       GO!

CONFESSION OF SINS AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF FORGIVENESS

Luther writes in the Large Catechism: “Christ himself entrusted absolution to his Church and commanded us to absolve one another from sins. So if there is a heart that feels its sin and desires consolation, it has here a sure refuge when it hears in God’s Word that through a fellow human being, God absolves a person from sin.”

The following order may be used when someone seeks the ministry of a pastor or other fellow Christian to make personal confession.

Minister: In the name of our God, to whom all hearts are open and from whom no secrets are hidden. Amen.

Minister and Penitent: O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy, and in your faithfulness, come to my relief. Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you. Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.

Penitent: Almighty God, merciful Father, I, a troubled and repentant sinner, confess that I have sinned against you in my thoughts, my words, and my actions. I have not loved you with my whole heart; I have not loved others as I should. I am distressed by the sins that trouble me and am deeply sorry for them.

Here the penitent may confess specific sins.

Minister: Jesus says to his people: “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven.” His death paid for the guilt of your sins and the sins of the whole world. Do you believe this?

Penitent: Yes, I believe.

Minister: Because of the promise of our Savior Jesus, I forgive you all your sins. Be assured that you are a dear child of God and an heir of eternal life.

Minister and Penitent: O Lord, my God, I called to you for help, and you answered me. I thank you for the love you have shown me in Jesus Christ, my Savior. Through him you have rescued me from the guilt of my sin and given me the peace of forgiveness. Help me fight against temptation, correct whatever wrongs I can, and serve you and those around me with love and good works. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Minister: Go in peace. The Lord be with you.

BIBLE READING: Acts 1:7-11 & 16:6-40 

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.

Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis. From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days.

On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.

Paul and Silas in Prison

Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.

When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”

The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.

When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.” The jailer told Paul, “The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace.”

But Paul said to the officers: “They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.”

The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed. They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city. After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left.

“TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH” DVD

HYMN 568:1-2 “Good News of God Above” (printed in hymnal, all sing)


OFFERING, GREETINGS & FRIENDSHIP REGISTERS

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE, SONG, AND GIFTS (during the offering, see below) (tune: The Itsy Bitsy Spider)

Go and tell the world about the Savior’s love

How he died for all sent down from heav’n above

You can be my witnesses everywhere you go

Share the news of Jesus so all the world can know

PRAYER FOR SPREADING THE GOSPEL TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS (read by pastor)

– For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: George Alexander, Alexandria Buehrens (Bob & Carolyn’s great granddaughter), Bob & Carolyn Buehrens, George Chapman, Gene & Sharon Crook, Harley & Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Caleb & Emery Degenstein (Mark Emond’s friends), Elaine Emond (Mark’s mother), Marjorie Fabian, Mike Farrell, Ron Fuerstenau (Bill’s grandfather), Kellen Grucza (Judy Fandrey’s daughter), Dawn Hirn (Linda Krause’s niece), Lt. Col. Johnson’s husband (friend of Mark Emond), Bob Klapper (Sandy’s husband), Linda Krause, Pete Laun, Anna Madigan, Lily Mann, LuAnn Reber, Wayne Riemer, Frankie Russell, Mark Russell (Elsa’s son), Dennis Schwanke (Mary Isberner’s friend), Dennis & Ramona Wacholtz, Donny Weber (Betty’s son), Paul Weldon, Millie Wildt (John’s wife) – (added this week: )

– For Maisie Nicole Stalker, the daughter of Megan and Willy Stalker, baptized on Monday (10/15) at St. John’s

– For those affected by local flooding and Hurricane Michael


CLOSING PRAYER AND BLESSING

HYMN 568:3-4 “Good News of God Above” (printed in hymnal, all sing)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THEME FOR NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2018

The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost:

The Gift of Spiritual Sight

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 21-OCTOBER 27
Sun. 8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 A.M. St. John’s Adult Bible Study
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship
Mon. 6:30 P.M. Bible Information Class at St. John’s
NO Choir at St. John’s
7:30 P.M. St. John’s Adult Bible Study
Tues. NO Men’s Bible Study at St. John’s
Wed. 8:00 A.M. St. John’s School Chapel
10:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study at St. John’s
1:40 P.M. St. John’s School/Little Lambs early release
2:15 P.M. Public School Teen Confirmation Class at St. John’s
6:30 P.M. St. John’s Worship
Thurs. NO ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL/LITTLE LAMBS
10:00 A.M. Montello Care Center Devotion with communion
6:00 P.M. Griefshare at St. John’s
Fri.
Sat.
SCHEDULE FOR NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2018

The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost:

The Gift of Spiritual Sight

8:00 A.M. Emmanuel Worship
8:30 A.M. St. John’s Sunday School
9:00 A.M. Emmanuel/St. John’s Adult Bible Study
10:00 A.M. St. John’s Worship with communion
11:15 A.M. Youth Group

THANK YOU to Joe Zauner Sr. for the matched donation of $2,200.00 from WE Energies to St. John’s. We deeply appreciate it.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR FALL MISSION OFFERINGS! 

$287.00 was collected at St. John’s for the current Beaver Dam Circuit LWMS home and world mission projects.  75% of the total will benefit Campus Ministry New Starts and Haiti Projects.  25% will go to home and world mission projects to be decided by voting in May and announced at the upcoming 2019 LWMS Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.  Thank you for loving missions!

LWMS “FUN” QUIZ WINNER  At the Befriend A Mission display in the linkway during September, a number of inidividuals entered our “Fun” Quiz.  By getting all the answers correct, their names were entered in a drawing.  Cassie Doering is this year’s winner.  She will receive a box of cards, pen, and LWMS stickers for sharing encouragement with missionaries!

ST. JOHN’S DIRECTORIES ARE HERE! If you sat with Lifetouch for a photography session and had a Lifetouch photo put into our new directory, come pick up your free directory in the link way. If you submitted your own photo and would like a directory, they can be purchased for $10.00 ea.

PLEASE MUTE YOUR CELL PHONES before the worship service begins. No texting while driving or worshiping.

WANTED FOR BOOK FAIR The following items are wanted for use & decorating this year’s book fair: clothes rack, clothes hangers with clips (need about 25), artificial Christmas trees (5ft & under), white Christmas lights, Christmas light up deer, fairies, butterflies, unicorns, knomes, butterflies, etc.  Anything that would work for our theme, “A Christmas Enchanted Forest”.  If anyone has & is interested in donating/helping, please contact Heather Schwochert at 608-369-1084.  Thank you everyone!

MEN’S BIBLE CLASS There is no Men’s Bible Class this week. Class will continue next week, October 31, at St. John’s.

GRIEFSHARE A 13-week session has started at St. John’s. We meet in the lower level at St. John’s at 6:00p.m.  Feel free to call or leave a message with any questions or concerns (608) 697-1600 Mark Emond

VOLUNTEERS WANTED AT EMMANUEL Emmanuel Lutheran Church is still recruiting 1 (or more) volunteers to assist with the following position; all expenses are reimbursed by Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

1) Sunday School Teacher: This individual will help further the Christian up-bringing of parish and non-parish children, historically between the ages of 2 and 6, by managing the weekly Sunday School sessions held in the Emmanuel Parish Hall. The timing of the class and age group preference is flexible.

If you are interested in serving the Lord with your time and talents by assisting with these important activities, please contact Darrell Buchholz or Pastor Zietlow.

CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS member): We’re called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges.

ST. JOHN’S A/V ROOM–HELP WANTED Our current audio/visual crew (Tracy Hoffman & Aaron Wachholz) welcomes more members to learn what they do to show PowerPoint services on the big screen, record services to create DVD’s and upload to our church website, operate the sound system, etc.  We just need a couple extra volunteers to call on occasionally to help out upstairs.  No one will be expected to create powerpoints or copy the dvd’s, just learn how to record a service and run the powerpoints for services.  “Many hands make light work.”

See the source imagePRISON CARD MINISTRY  At St. John’s, we collect card fronts from Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and general greeting (thinking/praying for you) cards, so save them for us and deposit them in the collection box outside the office.  We then write encouraging Christian messages on them and share them with Institutional Ministries.  In turn, they are shared with prisoners.  We’d love to have your help!  Writing the cards is something all ages can do–even parents & their children could do this as a service project at home!  Contact Linda Wachholz (608-369-2635).  Our goal is to complete cards by mid-November.

BE HEALTHY IN BODY, SPIRIT AND MIND Lutheran Counseling and Family Services of Wisconsin (LCFS) offers professional mental health counseling to adults, adolescents, children and families that are experiencing  anxiety, depression, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), life transitions, grief, relationship issues, substance abuse and much more.  Our counselors see clients at 10 locations across the state, as well as in participating elementary and middle schools. If you know someone who may benefit from the caring services of our professional counselors, please encourage them to learn more about LCFS and call for an appointment. LCFS has offices in Central and Northeastern Wisconsin in Berlin, Waupaca, Shawano and Green Bay. LCFS accepts most insurance coverages, is licensed by the State of Wisconsin and provides outpatient services to all. Learn more at www.lcfswi.org or call us at 888-867-4840.

ADOPTION SERVICES Whether you or someone you love is facing an unplanned pregnancy or you are considering growing your family through adoption, the professional counselors at Lutheran Family and Counseling Services of Wisconsin can help. Our staff helps everyone involved explore the social, financial and emotional issues involved in a decision to keep and raise a child or giving a child up for adoption. All of the children served in our adoption program are placed in strong Christian families and we ensure we provide the best outcome for all involved – the birth parents, the adoptive families and most importantly, the child. Learn more at www.lcfswi.org, or contact us at 888-867-4840.

THRIFT STORES VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Second Time Around Thrift Store102 West Franklin in Berlin, WI  is looking for volunteers willing to give just a few hours a week working at this store. We offer flexible hours for both men and women and promise of time well spent! This store is run completely by volunteers and proceeds from sales come back to the store in the form of care and support from Lutheran Counseling and Family Services which provides counseling services for mental health issues, addiction and adoption. Volunteers are need to sort donations, mark prices, display merchandise, test or repair small electronics or appliances or work the check out. Please consider volunteering a few hours a week to this worthy cause! It means SO much to SO many! For volunteer information, contact the Store Manager at (920) 361-0334.

THE TOP FIVE CONCERNS A recent study named the top five most significant problems facing society today as being family breakdown, alcohol and drug abuse, chronic mental health concerns, equality issues and caring for aging parents. Not ironically, Lutheran Counseling and Family Services of Wisconsin works daily to resolve these issues through marriage and family counseling, treatment for alcohol and other drug abuse, child and adolescent counseling and addressing geriatric mental health issues. You or a loved one do not need to struggle alone. Help is available. LCFS has satellite locations across the state with highly skilled and compassionate therapists who can help individuals steer through even the darkest of times. Seeking counseling is an act of courage. If you are ready, contact us at 888-867-4840 or find a location near you at www.lcfswi.org.

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St. John’s Altar Committee:

October 2018

Elaine Kelm

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Carolyn Rosenthal

St. John’s Greeters Schedule
Oct 21 Karl Whitrock & Elsa Russell
Oct 28 Al & Carolyn Rosenthal
Nov 4 Dixie Wagner & Bernice Wegner
Nov 11 Linda Lou Wacholtz & Karen Wojtalewicz
Nov 18 Don & Doris Smith
Nov 22 James & Linda Wachholz
Nov 25 Ron & Evie Blada

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A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination, and looked at the old pages as he turned them. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible, and he picked it up and looked at it closely. It was an old leaf from a tree that had been pressed in between the pages.

“Momma, look what I found,” the boy called out.

“What have you got there, dear?” his mother asked.

With astonishment in the young boy’s voice, he answered:

“I think it’s Adam’s suit!”

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A young boy had just gotten his driving permit. He asked his father, who was a minister, if they could discuss the use of the car. His father took him to his study and said to him, “I’ll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, study your bible a little and get your hair cut and we’ll talk about it.”

After about a month the boy came back and again asked his father if they could discuss use of the car. They again went to the father’s study where his father said, “Son, I’ve been real proud of you. You have brought your grades up, you’ve studied your bible diligently, but you didn’t get your hair cut!”

The young man waited a moment and replied, “You know Dad, I’ve been thinking about that. You know, Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus had long hair….”

To which his father replied….”Yes, and they WALKED everywhere they went!”

Usher Schedule
October 21

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Duwayne Sommerfeld, Bob Ferber, Brian Ninneman

Cal Kapp; Chief, Christopher Smith, Calvin Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls, Mark Emond

October 28

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(with comm.) SJ

Wayne Stelter, Jim Steumpges, Paul Dahlke

James Wachholz; Chief, Kevin Kaul, Scott Ritz, Ken Borzick, Thomas Wojtalewicz

November 4

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Lucas Stelter, Noah Buchholz, Joe Heller, comm. assist. Wayne Stelter

Dennis Wacholtz; Chief, Ben Emond, Tyler Emond, James Henke, Paul Van Treeck

November 11

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Don Stelter, Bruce Stelter, Duwayne Sommerfeld

Jack Yates; Chief, Martin Schmanke, Lee Ollendorf, Aaron Kendall, Chuck Boetcher

November 18

E

SJ

Brian Ninneman, Paul Wuerch, Don Stelter

Don Smith; Chief, Jim Eisermann, Corey Kaul, Jerre Duerr, Robin Smith

November 21

Thanksgiving E

Darrell Buchholz, Glenn Buchholz, Paul Dahlke
November 22

Thanksgiving SJ

Kenon Smith; Chief, Del Henke, Joe Zauner, Gordon Krause, Richard Freitag
ovember 25

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(with comm.) SJ

Duwayne Sommerfeld, Glenn Buchholz, Joe Heller

Cal Kapp; Chief, Gergardt Voigt, Mitch Simon, Karl Whitrock, Matt Borzick

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Carolyn Rosenthal 589-5036

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Words Are Needed – October 18, 2018

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
Romans 10:13-14

Words Are Needed


Daily Devotion – October 18, 2018

Devotion based on Romans 10:13-14

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“You say it best when you say nothing at all.” This 2002 song by Alison Krauss remains popular because most people know someone who shows them love in non-verbal ways. You can enjoy fishing with grandpa all day without saying a word. Conversing with your next-door neighbor may be like pulling teeth, but when you need help, he is the first to show up. “You say it best when you say nothing at all.” That one phrase can probably describe a relationship or two in your life. But that one phrase should not sum up the entire relationship! No one likes to receive “the silent treatment.” Wives appreciate the occasional spoken “I love you” from their husbands. Sometimes, words are needed!

Words are definitely needed in a human being’s relationship with God. Sure, God shows love in non-verbal ways. This time of year, we are reminded how the Almighty shows kindness to all by giving “rain from heaven and crops in their seasons” (Acts 14:17). But what happens when there is too much rain, causing homes to be destroyed and lives to be lost? A word from God is needed! A clear preaching of the truth to make sense of the seemingly contradictory “non-verbal” cues that God is throwing at us.

The apostle Paul reminds us that we have such a word from God in the good news of Jesus Christ the Savior from sin (Romans 10:17). But how can people believe in Jesus if they have never heard of him? How can they hear without a preacher? Think of some of the times when your life seemed like nothing but pain and confusion. The sunsets and gentle breezes that God sent you may have been nice, but better by far is the preacher of good news who was sent by God to tell you that your sins are forgiven! Because of Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross you are right with God. Because of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, you too will one day rise into a beautiful new heaven and new earth. Words are needed to convey these precious, saving truths to people like you and me.

Words are absolutely necessary to convey these beautiful, saving truths to everyone around us. How can they hear without someone preaching to them? Preaching means telling good news with true words from Scripture. These words don’t have to be overly complicated. It can be as simple as the apostle Paul telling a terrified jailer, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). Silent love from God is important. But only the spoken word of God’s love saves! (Romans 1:16) Words are needed. God’s Word gives us what we need.

Prayer:
Dearest Jesus, thank you for loving me enough to reveal yourself to me through your word in the Bible. Use my words, simple as they may be, to share you and your saving love with others. Amen.

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Godly Advice for Troubled Times – October 17, 2018

Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.
Amos 5:14

Godly Advice for Troubled Times


Daily Devotion – October 17, 2018

Devotion based on Amos 5:14

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We live in troubled times, but that has been a fact throughout the history of nations. Permanent peace doesn’t exist on earth, although in 765 B.C. the ten northern tribes of Israel thought they had it. Once a part of the great Kingdoms of David and Solomon, Israel was now divided. The ten northern tribes, still known as Israel, had fallen into open idolatry and immorality. Judah, the two tribes to the south, wasn’t doing much better. Injustice was rampant in Israel. One writer describes Israel at that time as “politically secure and spiritually smug.”

Our holy God was justly offended by the sins of Israel, and threatened imminent destruction by the hand of enemy nations, which ultimately did happen. But ironically, at this point Israel still asserted that the Lord God Almighty was with them.

God chose a shepherd/farmer to announce impending judgment. Yet, Amos also offered a message of grace and hope from God: “Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.”

That seems overly simplistic: “Seek good, not evil.” How would you apply this to your life? How would you define those simple words?

“Evil,” perhaps, is most easily defined, but maybe not so much when our sins include complacency and smugness regarding our relationship with God.

“Good” is a profound word in the context of the holy will of the Lord God Almighty. In his holy eyes nothing short of perfection is good. Yet, the forgiveness of sins won for us by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, his Son, is GOOD NEWS, the gospel of salvation for sinners. Now, as redeemed children of God, “good” includes everything that describes the life of faith to which we are called and to which we are guided by Scriptures. It involves living and growing in faith, eager to share our faith in Jesus with those who need to hear the GOOD NEWS.

How do we “seek” good? Since the Holy Spirit creates faith in us by the gospel, the “seeking” begins there. None of us can be perfect till we are in heaven. Therefore, “seeking good” is a part of humble daily repentance. Trust in Jesus, plus “seeking” the guidance of the Scriptures in Bible study and worship, asking the blessing of the Holy Spirit, define “seeking good” for every facet of our lives.

That’s godly advice from Amos, in troubled times, and all the time!

Prayer:
Dear Holy Spirit, graciously help me to seek the good of the gospel that I may live now and forever with you, the heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus the one, true “Lord God Almighty!” Amen.

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Focus Your Attention on Jesus – October 16

Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.
Hebrews 3:1

Focus Your Attention on Jesus


Daily Devotion – October 16, 2018

Devotion based on Hebrews 3:1

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Do you ever find it difficult to pay attention? If so, you are not alone. According to a recent study the average American attention span has fallen to 8 seconds. 8 seconds! Professional marketers have noticed this trend and are reacting accordingly. YouTube videos and internet news articles are getting shorter. Twitter and other social media platforms limit the amount of characters users can include in their posts. Everything is sound bites and video clips.

Counter to this fast-moving culture with little or no attention span, these words from Hebrews Chapter 3 tell us: fix your thoughts on Jesus. With these words God is asking us to think very carefully about Jesus, to focus our attention on him. This involves investing more than 8 seconds of our time.

That is easier said than done, isn’t it? It is so easy to lose sight of Jesus, especially as we swipe from page to page on our cell phones in mere seconds and scroll down our social media feeds as hundreds of images flash before our eyes. But even when we put our devices away, we struggle with focus. We are distracted by sin and temptation. We think about so many things during the day that must get done. We dwell on decisions that must be made, and we bounce from one thing to the next in our hectic lives. Somewhere in all the chaos, we lose sight of Jesus. We lose our focus on the One who truly matters.

Thank God that our Savior focused his attention on us. As our Savior lived in our place on earth and journeyed toward the cross, he never lost sight of you and me. His love for us and his dedication to God’s saving plan kept him focused. He did not let himself get distracted. He fixed his eyes on the goal and he laid down his life as our substitute. His death in our place has removed all our sins, even our sin of failing to give him and his Word our attention. We are forgiven and as our verse says, we now share in the heavenly calling. We are going to heaven through faith in Jesus!

In this fast-paced world, Jesus has given us something to focus on: himself. He wants us to reach our heavenly goal. He knows that when we focus our attention on him, we will reach that goal.

Prayer:
Dear Jesus, thank you for focusing your attention on me. Thank you for going to the cross to pay for all my sins. Help me always to focus my attention on you and your Word, that I may not lose the heavenly home that you have prepared for me. Amen.

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Money becoming your god – October 15, 2018

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
Mark 10:23-27

Money becoming your god


Daily Devotion – October 15, 2018

Devotion based on Mark 10:23-27

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You need money. There’s no way around it. You need a job to make money. You need to perform at your job to keep receiving money. You need to plan and budget to manage your money. And you need to work with your spouse and family to communicate how to spend your money.

You can’t live without money.

So why does Jesus say that being rich is so dangerous? Doesn’t he understand that we need to pay our bills? Why does he say that having a lot of money could keep us from entering the kingdom of God? Wouldn’t life be easier if we just had more money?

Not necessarily.

Money is a good thing. But money becomes a bad thing when we make it our ultimate thing. Money can easily become our functional god.

When we look to money to give us ultimate happiness, money has become our god.

When we look to money to give us a sense of peace and security, money has become our god.

When we give all our time and effort to making money, we are worshiping money like a god.

We have all done this. At one time or another, we have looked to money to give us what only God can. If money has become our god, how then can we possibly be saved?

Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

Jesus did the impossible. He left the riches of heaven to be a poor human. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, you, a poor human, have become spiritually rich. Trusting in Jesus as your Savior, you are a child of God, an heir of the King. Now, instead of worshiping your money, by God’s grace, honor God with your money.

Prayer:
God, my Father, thank you for providing all that I need for my body and life. God, the Son, thank you for giving me the riches of your grace and forgiveness. God, the Holy Spirit, lead me to treasure what is truly valuable in your eyes. Amen.

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Increase My Faith – October 14, 2018

Jesus said to his disciples, … “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.” The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”
Luke 17:3-6

Increase My Faith


Daily Devotion – October 14, 2018

Devotion based on Luke 17:3-6

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Speaking to his disciples, Jesus addressed the issue of faith. His lesson focused their attention on the importance of this precious gift from God. As I listen to Jesus’ lesson, I find myself saying the same thing the apostles did, “Lord, increase my faith!”

It is a challenging situation. Is more faith needed to forgive someone, or is more faith needed to tell a tree to be uprooted and planted in the sea? Jesus’ point is not to decide which requires more faith. Rather, he stresses the importance of faith in a person’s life.

While some may maintain faith is unnecessary or it is only for the weak, Jesus provides a completely different perspective. It is possible for me to forgive someone who “sins” in a general way. It becomes a completely different situation when a person sins against me. Then it would be easier to tell a tree to be uprooted. However, faith makes what may seem impossible, possible.

Jesus emphasizes the power of faith. It not only trusts the words and promises of God, it puts them into practice. Faith takes hold of me, a sinner, and changes me. I receive sight to see what is pleasing to God. I receive new life to rejoice in being called a child of God. I even receive the ability to willingly do what God commands.

This is why I join the disciples in their prayer. I recognize my weakness to please God. I also recognize my hesitancy to trust and practice what he desires. Yet through faith, I can rejoice in what my Savior has done for me, and desires for me. No wonder I daily pray, “Lord, increase my faith!”

Prayer:
Dear Savior, I thank you for the gift of faith which brings me peace through the forgiveness of my sins and leads me to delight in doing what you desire. In humility and confidence, I ask you to increase my faith. Amen.

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