St Andrew Lutheran Church
West Bend, WI

   
November 2017 Newsletter

PASTOR'S MESSAGE

How Big Is Your Heart?
For those of you who may recall the 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz, there are three characters who the girl, Dorothy Gale, meet along the way to the Emerald City. Two of them include the Scarecrow, who wants a brain, and the Cowardly Lion who needs courage. The other character is the Tin Man, who desires a heart. “If I only had a heart,” he sings.

Thankfully, God does not have to sing that song. He has a heart! Do you want to see it? I invite you to draw your eyes to the cross and the One who hung there. God's only begotten Son, His anointed One! He hung on the cross for sins He did not commit. They are your sins and mine. That is a BIG heart!

The question is: "How big is your heart?" In Psalm 73:26, it says, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." As children of God in Christ Jesus, while recognizing our weaknesses, we also acknowledge the enduring character of God's strength. While this life of ours will someday end, the life to come when Christ returns will never end! And we receive strength for today and tomorrow from God because He is the one of unending strength. We plug into His strength whenever we come to church to hear His Gospel proclaimed and receive Christ Himself in the Lord's Supper. And He empowers us, giving us a heart like His to forgive, to share, and to love.

This previous month, I shared with the congregation at St. Andrew the fact that I have been hired to serve in a Chaplain - Pool position at St. Joseph's Hospital in West Bend and Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls. The start day will be November 13th. However, my full time, primary Call is still with St. Andrew. As of this writing, I do not know fully what my schedule will entail. Nevertheless, I will keep the congregation informed. My desire to serve in this role includes my passion for pastoral visits and compassionate care, especially towards those who are hurt and struggling. I ask that you keep me in your prayers as I seek to balance my responsibilities.

As always, dear brothers and sisters, please be aware of all of the happenings taking place at St. Andrew, including the Reformation Celebration and German Theme Dinner on Sunday, November 5th. Young and elderly alike might also find interest in the St. Andrew Lutheran Church Reformation Lego Challenge!

Let's stay connected!

Your Brother in Christ,
Pr. Jonathan Vierkant

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Please have all newsletter articles in by Tuesday, November 21st to Cathy Grande at . Confirmations will be sent for articles sent via e-mail. Thanks.

BOARD OF ELDERS

We will be starting the holiday season this month with a Wednesday evening Thanksgiving service which starts at 7:00 p.m. Advent will be the first three Wednesdays of December, starting with December 6th and going through December 20. We will have Soup Supper at 6:00 p.m. to feed our bodies and then we will feed our souls with our 7:00 Advent services. Please join us for both.

Since Christmas Eve day is on a Sunday this year we will only be having one service (9:00 a.m.) to go along with our 1:00 p.m. Sunday School and 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service. We will have our Christmas Day service at 9:00 a.m. on Monday 12/25.

We are looking for more ushers to help out on Sunday mornings so if you decide you would like to serve the Lord in this capacity please let one of the elders know your name, phone number or email address and if you prefer 8:00 or 10:30 services. You do not need prior experience because we are willing to do on the job training which will not take very long.

Again, a reminder to people worshipping at St. Andrew that we have large size services available for anyone who may have trouble reading the hymnal or if the hymnal is starting to get a bit heavy to hold for the service. The larger format services can be found in the yellow folders under the mail boxes and they contain the service along with the hymns that will be used.

This is your church home, and we are your church family so we are very interested in what you think. Please contact one of the elders and let us know if you have any concerns, questions, need help or just want to talk. We are here to help you in any way we can. Below is the list of Elders and which area of responsibilities they are heading. You can talk to any Elder about any concerns or questions and we will bring it up to the full board.

In God's service,

Rick Bruss (Chairman & Inactives)
Randy Sheffield
(Secretary & Youth/Confirmation)
Elmer Frey (Sick/Shut-Ins)
Paul Heinz (Fundraiser & Personnel)
Curt Gnatzig (Inactives)
Joseph Gutschmidt
Craig Falk (Ushers, Music/Readers)

STEWARDSHIP / EVANGELISM

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for families to remember the many blessings that God has bestowed on all of us, especially God's grace through Jesus Christ. This special holiday provides natural opportunities to share the Gospel. Here are a few ideas:

  • Invite family and friends to a Thanksgiving service at your church
  • Ask others what they are most thankful for. Then share how you are thankful for your relationship with God.

We are truly blessed living in a free country to worship as we please. We at St Andrew are blessed to have each other for support and friendship together in God's grace. We have a few events coming up where we can further that support for our fellow congregation members and grow in friendship.

-The Harvest Dinner and Reformation Sunday will be celebrated November 5th beginning at 3:00 p.m. and going until 6:00 p.m. There will be crafts, games, a lego contest, prizes and of course a German themed dinner. Please join us and bring a friend.

-Our make-a-plate fundraiser is underway. There are 2 more Sundays to take a look at our examples, ask questions, and get your forms in for a Christmas delivery. See Cathy Grande after services if you would like more information.

-We will be decorating our church float for the West Bend Christmas parade on November 26th after late service if anyone would like to participate. Then join us in walking (or riding) in the parade. Lineup is at 4 p.m. with the parade kicking off at 5 p.m.. The staging area is around Regner Park and the route follows Main St. through downtown to Badger Middle School.

SISTERS IN CHRIST

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Judi and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Sisters in Christ for their dedication to serve our great God, our congregation and our community. Serving together is a blessing and sharing Christ with others brings us joy. Our prayer is that more women of our congregation will join us in our efforts to serve others in the coming months.

Oh give thanks for He is good!

Things to Remember:

Operation Christmas Child-Shoebox Christmas is due Sunday, November 5th. Please return your filled shoebox so that we can deliver them to the drop-off point. Thank you for your gifts of love, many children around the world will be blessed!

Keepsake Christmas is on Friday, December 8th at 6:30pm in the gym. Please consider helping with this family event.

Sisters Christmas Party is on Tuesday, December 5th from 5:30pm - 8:00pm at Maricios. Invitations will be placed in your mailbox soon.

We will once again have a Giving Tree with gift items going to the residents at The Samaritan Home. Please take a star tag off the Christmas tree in the narthex and return your gift in a gift bag by Sunday, December 10th. Attach the star tag to your gift bag please.

Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!
Sandy and Judi

ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN

We are fast coming to a close of this year. For now, we're working on the heart pillows for distribution to the Full Shelf food pantry families for Christmas. We could use some help with stuffing and hand sewing them closed. There are a lot, but it won't be enough. Last time we asked, they are serving 300 families.

Our meetings are November 14th, 28th and December 12th at 9:00 a.m. Do join us with a bag lunch.

Sharon Oelke
and the quilters.

POINSETTIAS

We will once again be taking orders for Poinsettias. The colors available this year are: red, white, pink, marble and burgundy. The price is $10.00 for a single plant and $18.00 for a double plant. The deadline to order is November 19th.

To place your order, please put your name, the color, and size preferred on the envelopes provided in the Narthex or from an usher. Please put your check, made payable to St. Andrew, in the envelope and put it in the offering plate, give to an usher, or put it on the secretary's desk.
If you have any questions, please contact Evelyn Nuoffer at 335-0721 or the church office.
Just a reminder, after the Christmas Day Worship Service you can take your plants home. Your name will be located on the foil around the plant.

EARLY CHILDHOOD CAMPUS

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15

Even after so many years of teaching young children about God and his most precious gift to us, His own Son, our Savior, I still find that I can only teach so much. It takes God's Holy Spirit to begin the faith that grows in a child's heart. I love the above Bible verse because God's gift to us is truly indescribable. Oh, I can tell the story, the facts, and the children can repeat the story back to me, but to truly know God and the amazing love He has for us is something our human brain and heart can't even imagine. We have so much to be thankful for as Christians. Take the time this Thanksgiving and talk about God's indescribable gift with your family, and then give thanks for the gift of our Savior, for Jesus who shows us how to live in love, forgiveness, and joy with each other.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

We welcome a new 3K student to school, Anakin. May we be a blessing in his life and his grandparents life, as we work together to help him grow and learn.

Do you want to see what fall looks like inside? Please, step inside our classrooms and look around. I welcome everyone to come and see what is happening in our campus. .Just ask me, I would be happy to give anyone a tour of our classrooms, especially on Sundays. Come see what you have been supporting here at St. Andrew.

What's Ahead...
Keepsake Christmas is a family event for everyone! Join us on Friday, December 8th in the gym at 6:30 p.m. Create a nativity, watch the Christmas story come to life, and enjoy some family fun time together as you create memories and a cherished nativity. This event is free. Please sign up on the church bulletin board if your family will be attending.

3K and 4K will have a combined Christmas program on Friday, December 15th in the church at 6:30 p.m. Please join our staff and students as we tell the Christmas story with recitations and songs. Then stay for a reception of cookies and birthday cake!

Sandy Ruback

PRAYER CHAIN

God loves us and wants us to turn to Him with our needs and times of trouble. He wants to help us through these times by giving us His strength and comfort. All we need to do is to go to Him in prayer, asking the Lord for the help that only He can give. The Prayer Chain at St. Andrew is here to offer up prayers to God for you or your loved ones. If you have a prayer request, please contact Lauraine Bruss at or Josie Pfeiffer at .

We have about 25 members of St. Andrew currently on the Prayer Chain. If you would like to become a member of the Prayer Chain or if you have any questions, please contact Lauraine or Josie.

ADVENT DEVOTIONS FROM LUTHERAN HOUR MINISTRIES

Christmas Memories
Thinking back on Christmases past is a fun way to reflect on the good old days. The wonderful lights and decorations, festive holiday atmosphere, warm family get-togethers, unforgettable melodies, and jovial Christmas cheer all make for pleasant memories. But, of course, our hearts aren't merry for these things alone. Christmas is the believer's celebration of the arrival of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, "who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a Servant, being born in the likeness of men" (Philippians 2:6-7).

Hallelujah! It is this Gift of God - His own beloved Son - whom we joyously adore with our hearts this Advent season. Jesus, who took on human flesh so that we might partake of His divine redemption, is the One our Christmas memories turn to, worshipping and adoring Him for all He has done for us. Take time this holiday season to make Christmas memories that last—memories that lovingly honor the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Find the devotion at: lhm.org/advent

GREETING CARDS

Be sure to check out the large selection of religious Christmas cards and other religious cards on the card rack next to the mailboxes in the kitchen fellowship hall.
If you have any questions, please contact Lori Turenske at 262-689-2303 or the church office.

TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

Richard Engel has been our website coordinator for many years, but needs to hand over the task. Thank you Richard for all the work you have done! The technology committee is getting moving on looking for a new website host so that our new website admin can start to take over. The technology committee will be in charge of computer work and software decisions, social media presence, website design and updates, sound system knowledge, and many other things. If you have worked on these things in the past, please talk to Jeff Grande, Cathy Grande or Thai Hua so we can gather info and instruction. If you would like to be included on this committee, there is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board.


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