St Andrew Lutheran Church
West Bend, WI

   
September 2017 Newsletter

PASTOR'S MESSAGE

Who Do You Say That I Am?

A fourth-grade teacher was giving her pupils a lesson in logic. "Here is the situation," she said. "A man is standing up in a boat in the middle of a river, fishing. He loses his balance, falls in, and begins splashing and yelling for help. His wife hears the commotion, knows he can't swim, and runs down to the bank. Why do you think she ran to the bank?"

A girl raised her hand and asked, "To draw out all his savings?"

In Matthew 16:15, "Jesus' disciples find themselves in a similar situation - like being in the classroom when the teacher asks an important question. Jesus turns to His disciples and asks them pointedly, "But who do you say that I am?" Now, the disciples had been with Jesus for more than two years, they had witnessed His mighty works, and they had heard Him teach about the kingdom of God and about Himself. Peter, as the spokesperson for the disciples, responded to the Lord's question by declaring, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Peter confessed Jesus to be the long-awaited Savior of the world. It was a confession that didn't come out of thin air, but one revealed to Peter by the Father in heaven.

In the same way, those of us who know and confess Jesus as our Lord and Savior, His outstanding love for us, and the benefit of belonging to Him, have not come to that conviction by ourselves. Rather, we know this Good News because the Holy Spirit has revealed it to us through the Gospel, creating saving faith in our hearts.

Brothers and sisters, I encourage you to give me a call (262-808-7974) if you or a loved one is in the hospital, celebrating a milestone, or would appreciate a visit. I appreciate getting to know you! And please join us for worship!

Starting Sunday, September 10th, we will recommence normal Sunday morning worship hours with Sunday School and Bible Class at 9:15 a.m., and Worship at both 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Also, please be aware of all of the happenings taking place at St. Andrew.

Your Brother in Christ,
Pastor Jonathan Vierkant

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Please have all newsletter articles in by Tuesday, September 26th to Cathy Grande at . Confirmations will be sent for articles sent via e-mail. Thanks.

 

BOARD OF ELDERS

We are changing our services/education hours back to the non-summer schedule. After our last summer service on Wednesday (9/6) we will change back to having 8:00 & 10:30 services on Sunday with Bible class/Sunday school being held between services. If you have Sunday school aged children please bring them to Sunday school and then join the adults for Bible class. If you don't have Sunday school aged children just join us for Bible class.

Sunday, August 6, we started serving Communion with both individual cups and the common cup. We have two elders assisting Pastor each service. The first elder will welcome you to the Lord's Table, the second elder will service the individual cups, while Pastor Vierkant will distribute the common up and dismiss the table. If you take the individual cup, please hold it so Pastor Vierkant can see that you have already been served.

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.

We should have six students for our next Confirmation class and we will be meeting on Saturday mornings at 9:00 and going until 11:30. So far we have our first two classes scheduled for 9/16 & 9/23. Please bring your day planner, calendar or phone so we can pick the dates for more of the classes. The elders will be at church by 8:45 to take memory work and attendance.

Your Elders remind you that 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 (Music/Readers)
Craig Falk (Ushers)

 

FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP GROUP

Are you interested in meeting fellow St. Andrew members for a relaxing hour or so? A small group of people meet twice a month, on the second Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. and on the fourth Friday of the month at 6 p.m., at the Copper Penny Restaurant for a relaxing meal and getting to know one another. All are welcome to join us as often as you wish.

Please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board so we can make reservations for everyone. If you wish to reserve baked cod for Friday, please indicate that on the sheet in the yellow section.

If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to Al or Nancy Taft or call Nancy.

STEWARDSHIP & EVANGELISM

No one (except Jonah) had ever done it before. No one (not even Jonah) had wanted to do it before. What am I talking about? Evangelism. Think about it. What is your mission field? Is it your work place? Your family? The friends you golf with? God has blessed the world through those who share the Gospel. Barnabas and Paul, touched by the grace and power of God set sail for the mission field-the Gentile world. Are we continuing this task? May we have the desire to tell others of Jesus, for the glory of Christ and for the eternal salvation of those who do not yet know their Savior.

Many thanks to all who came to the church picnic, especially those who shared the wonderful salads, side dishes, and desserts, as well as those essential buns, BBQ sauce, and all the rest. A special thanks, too, to the early-rising pig-roasting crew! Also, thanks goes out to the Bruss family for the games! Indeed, our committee appreciated all who brought canopies that shaded us during the service. What a blessing to finally have a beautiful day where we didn't have to debate whether or not to have the service indoors or out!

Our board is still looking for people to take on a social event with the help of one of our board members. As we said at the Voter's meeting, we have felt that our board oversees fellowship more than evangelism and stewardship and we'd like to change that. If you have a desire to coordinate Harvest Dinner, please speak with one of our board members: Rory Hetzel, Cathy Grande, Sue Hetzel, Annie Kiehnau, Ardene Lettau, Jennifer Becker, and Margie Hua.

Watch the bulletin for upcoming events: Pumpkin painting, Harvest Dinner, and a Stewardship drive.

DARTBALL

As my previous article stated, we were looking to get enough players to potentially have two teams represent St Andrew in the Kettle Moraine Lutheran Dartball League. Unfortunately, we fell a few players short of being able to comfortably field two teams so we will once again be playing on a rotating basis.

The league play starts September 20th and consists of 18 weeks of play ending January 31st. League play is followed by a league-wide tournament to be held at Newburg (time TBD) Games are played on Wednesday nights starting at 7:00 and completing around 9:00. This is a traveling league with half the games played at St Andrew and the other half at area churches.

We will be having a practice on September 13th at 7:00 PM (the week before league play starts) at St Andrew in the Sunday school area. If you are interested in playing, there is a signup sheet on the bulletin board. The team is open to all confirmed members of St Andrew. If you are not quite sure of what Dartball is, feel free to stop at the practice and check it out. We would love to have you and welcome anyone that is interested.

We had a great time playing last year and would enjoy having more involved for fun & fellowship one night a week during the winter months. If you have questions please contact Dave Brehmer or Rick Bruss.

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS

Sunday School starts at 9:15 on 9/10/17. This year we are going to sing as a group regularly during church service. All students need to meet together and get signed in at the beginning of each class. We'll open with prayer, announcements and practice singing as a group. After practice we will dismiss the kids to their classrooms. The kids will be returning to the meeting area at 10:15 for pick up and sign out. I'll be sending an email with a form for the older kids to 'self' sign out. I'll also have paper copies of the form for the first few weeks of Sunday School.

I'd like to thank all the teachers for volunteering their time to teach the kids about God's word. Without them, we wouldn't be able to have the great Sunday School program that we have.

Jeff Grande
Sunday School Superintendent

EARLY CHILDHOOD CAMPUS

It's back to school time! As our teachers are busy preparing and planning for another school year and children are anticipating the first day of school, I take some time to reflect on our mission at St. Andrew Lutheran Early Childhood Campus. In my office hangs a picture of Jesus and a child. I love this picture! The words engraved on the art say, "Teach me to walk in your Light". May God be with myself and our teaching staff as we bring the word of God to the 34 little ones coming to learn, grow and walk in the Light of the Lord.

You know the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child", well it takes a village to get a school ready too! A big thank you to all the villagers that helped cleaned toys, moved wood chips to the play yard, trimmed bushes, power washed our building, repaired our broken window, and fixed and repaired items on my long to do list. You all have made a difference and you all have been a blessing. Thank you, Dee, Jodi, Lois, Ruthann, Star, Debbie, Sue, Peggy, Karen, Janet, Mark, Rodger, Ted, Fred, John, and Myron for helping our teaching staff.  We couldn't have done this on our own!

School year number 21 will begin on Tuesday, September 5th!

Walking in His Light,
Sandy Ruback

THANK YOU!!

We give a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has helped us to move to West Bend! We have been so grateful for the housing provided by Brad and Jenni Becker while we were in transition, as well as for everyone who helped us to move both in Illinois and West Bend. Those who helped with cleaning, watching kids so Katie could unpack, and providing groceries and treats have made our move much easier. Thank you all for your help!

Pastor and Katie Vierkant

WAR ROOM BIBLE STUDY

A study on prayer, based on the movie The War Room, will be held at Michele Buehler's home starting Monday, Sept. 18th at 6:30 p.m. There is a blue sign-up sheet on the bulletin board if you are interested. Please sign up prior to September 10th to allow for materials to be ordered. Any questions, contact Michele

SISTERS IN CHRIST

Our fall breakfast meeting will be on Saturday, September 16th from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Join us at the Cedar Community Apartments Market Cafe'. Come enjoy breakfast and the fellowship of other women as we discuss and plan our activities for the coming year. Bring a new mission idea with you! All women young and old are invited!

PRAYER CHAIN

As the old favorite song "What a Friend we Have in Jesus" says - what a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.

God loves us and wants us to come to Him in prayer. We have a Prayer Chain at St. Andrew with about 30 members ready and willing to share that privilege with you and take your needs to the Lord in prayer. When we need to reach out for the help that only God can give, it can help to know others are praying for us too. To get your prayer on the prayer chain, contact Lauraine Bruss , or Josie Pfeiffer . If you would like to join the prayer chain or if you have any questions on how the prayer chain works, please contact Lauraine or Josie.

Thank you to all the prayer chain members for all of your prayers!

Lauraine and Josie

LIVING WORD HIGH SCHOOL VOLUNTEER/EVANGELISM OPPORTUNITY

Have you wanted to do more evangelism, but didn't know how to get started? Here is a wonderful opportunity. At Living Word LHS in Jackson we house students from China on campus in a residence hall staffed with a full-time Residence Hall Coordinator. These students are away from their families for nine months of the year. It would be wonderful if we would extend the warm and welcoming tradition of our school and community to these young people by providing students time each month to experience family life in America.

Specifically, we are seeking families that would open their homes to a residence hall student on the second weekend of each month during the school year.

Each participating family would pick up their residence hall student on Friday, after school or practices, and have the student join normal family activities over the weekend. This will expose each of these young men and women to more area activities, allow your family to understand and build a relationship with a student from abroad, and provide an understanding of American family life for the international student. Attending a church service on their home-stay weekend and being exposed to your church community, if possible, would be ideal. This year we have eleven students that will board with us and live on campus - six males and five females.

Let's start this mission together! Please contact Lori Dobler or 262-677-9353 x 145 if you have an interest in learning more about this opportunity to serve, learn, and grow. The visits would start the afternoon of September 8th. We could work out a schedule for one month or the entire year depending on your availability.

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