Jesus Loves You!
In recent days the familiar childhood song "Jesus Loves Me" has been ringing away in my head. It is a song that is so simply crafted, yet the words of the song have such powerful meaning. During my time of service as a chaplain in a healthcare setting, I came upon a gentleman who, during the time of the Great Depression, could recall hearing his mother sing “Jesus Loves Me” while preparing meals in the kitchen. I also came upon another gentleman who sang the song "Jesus Loves Me" to himself, and had others sing the song along with him, as he lay in his hospital bed preparing for his eventual homecoming to heaven above.
Once again, the song is so simply crafted, yet the words of the song carry such powerful meaning.
Stanza 1: Jesus loves me - this I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to him belong, -
They are weak, but he is strong.
Jesus loves you! Do you know this to be true? There may be days in which you feel unloved and forgotten. However, God reminds you over and over again in the Bible that His love for you knows no limits. One of my favorite Scripture readings is from Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Of course, the greatest and grandest of His plans for you and me involves making us His own children for Christ's sake. And He strengthens and keeps us in our walk of faith as we hear God's Word and receive the Lord's Supper.
How do we know for sure that we have a caring God who hears us, who loves us, and who saves us? Because the Bible tells us so! Today the Lord invites us (warts and all) to "approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in our time of need" (Hebrews 4:16). The Lord will never drive you away! Instead, He invites you to find strength for each day in Him.
As the new pastor at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 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 just like a pastoral visit. I appreciate getting to know you and receiving your input! And please join us for worship! The summer hours for worship begins May 28th and ends on September 6th with worship at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays and Bible study at 8:00 a.m. Worship is also offered during the summer months on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. with the same sermon that was preached the prior Sunday. Also, please be aware of all of the happenings taking place at St. Andrew, including Vacation Bible School for 3K through 6th grade from June 26th to June 30th. It is not too late to sign up! Please visit our church website at www.standrew-westbend.org for further details.
Your Brother in Christ,
Pastor Jonathan Vierkant
Please have all newsletter articles in by Tuesday, June 20th to Cathy Grande at . Confirmations will be sent for articles sent via e-mail. Thanks.
On May 21, at the 10:30 service, we had four of our young adults be confirmed so please congratulate Nicholas Arps, Lillith Schlosser, Raiden Seidler and Nathan Eichhorn when you see them next. This is also a good time to remember your vows to God that you gave when you were confirmed. That you would be faithful in your serving, attendance and giving back to God a portion of everything he gives us every day.
By the time you read this newsletter we will already be in our summer worship times. We have Sunday service at 9:00 am, with an 8:00 am Bible class and a Wednesday night service starting at 7:00 pm which will have the same sermon as the Sunday before. Summer hours will go through Labor Day, Wednesday (9/6) night service.
We are looking for more ushers so please let one of the elders know if you would like to become a member of one of the usher teams. No experience needed: we will have on the job training for anyone that would like to help out with this important work. We just need to know your name and which service time you would like to help out with once we go off summer hours. You can also volunteer whenever you arrive at church if you would rather not be on one of the teams.
Again, a reminder to people worshipping at St. Andrew that we have large print 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.
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)
(Secretary & ; Youth/Confirmation)
Elmer Frey (Sick/Shut-Ins)
Paul Heinz (Fundraiser & Personnel)
Curt Gnatzig (Inactives)
Joseph Gutschmidt (Ushers)
Craig Falk (Music/Readers)
TUITION ASSISTANCE POLICY
We provide tuition assistance as a portion of our budgeted amount each year, funds permitting. For children who are attending elementary school, middle school, or high school at a Lutheran Church Missouri Synod place of learning, we provide tuition assistance up to 50% of the cost.
So that we may plan a budget for tuition, we ask that all families apply for tuition assistance by August 1st, annually for the following school year.
Those who request tuition assistance should be St. Andrew members who are regular in their worship attendance and financial assistance.
Board of Education
July 8th and July 9th is our brat fry at Ries' Sausage Plus in West Bend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is right across the street from Subway. Please stop in with a big appetite and help us raise money for the Board of Education Tuition Assistance Program. There will be a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board for anyone who would like to help out, with shifts starting at 7:30 am to get the grills going until 3 pm cleanup. If you have any questions feel free to ask anyone of us on the board.
Bd. Of Education
Help us spread the word. Sign up your children, grandchildren and talk to friends and neighbors. Our VBS program will run from June 26th - 30th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
VBS is open to all in pre-school through 6th grade. At St. Andrew Lutheran Church this summer, our VBS program will show all the ways that our faith in God is our strength. Participants will learn how victory is won with God's love and how Jesus saves us - the ultimate victory! Join us for stories, crafts, games, and songs.
For more information, contact Cathy Grande, 2017 VBS Coordinator via email:
. You can also register online: http://www.standrew-westbend.org/
(Go to the "Education" button and then click on VBS).
STEWARDSHIP & EVANGELISM
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strength you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
We must stand firm in our faith during these challenging times as a Christian. When I watch the news, I often see negative stories about being in jail, murdered, raped or raging wars. If you talk to a family member or friend, they may inform you that they have cancer or have something else going on. I often find myself praying for God to make things easier in life. However, I know that is not what I or others need. We should be praying for strength to endure the storm of life. God wants us to focus on him and not the storm. He didn’t bring you to the deep water to drown you. He brought you here because your said enemies can’t swim! Remember, to continue to pray until your situation changes because miracles happen every day so never stop believing! God can change things very quickly in your life! Keep your head up. God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers!
During these hard times, I invite you to evangelize with the people around you because you never know the burden they may be carrying inside. You could simply give them words of encouragement and invite that person to one of our church services. You could invite them to Bible study or even a private Bible study at your house. You could invite them to the Mauthe Lake event or the church picnic later on this year.
Looking forward to summer 2017:
- West Bend Farmer's Market will be June 24
- Mauthe Lake will be June 25 - bring your own food and drinks and share in fellowship, we will have a group location and grill.
- Church Picnic will be August 20 on church grounds immediately after 9:00 a.m. service.
Love God, love people, and serve both.
Thanks to all who participate by purchasing gift cards from our SCRIP Committee. If you're looking for something special, or just doing your weekly grocery shopping, please consider using the cards we have for sale. Local merchants that we keep on hand include: Piggly Wiggly; Pick & Save; Walmart/Sam's Club; Sendiks; Meijer's; Target; Kohls; BP; Shell; Kwik-Trip; McDonald's; Burger King; Subway; Cousin's and a bunch of others. There are many, many more retailers that we can order from, too. And, there's always the convenience of on-line ordering if you wish. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to see us after services on Sunday and Wednesday evenings.
GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH, AN EVER-PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE.
We all need God's help in our life. We need God to give us strength to cope and patience to endure and the comfort of His love. The prayer chain at St. Andrew will join you in asking for God's help with your special prayers. You may prefer to omit names. The prayers will still be heard by God and He knows.
How do you get your special need prayer on the Prayer Chain? Contact Lauraine Bruss by phone or or Josie Pfeiffer by phone or .
How does it work? The Prayer Chain members are notified of prayer needs by Lauraine Bruss and Josie Pfeiffer by email and by Ardene Lettau by telephone.
Please consider joining the Prayer Chain in asking God to be with our fellow members during their times of need, asking for the help that only God can give. It is something you do in your home at your time.
Thank you to all the members of the prayer chain for faithfully sending the prayer requests up to God!
Lauraine and Josie
SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS
With summer comes the end of the Sunday School session. I'd like to thank all the teachers for helping me ease into my new role as superintendent and making Sunday School a great place for the kids to grow in God's word.
Online registration for next year is already up on the website. You can find it by going under Education and then Sunday School. We will have paper registration forms available soon at church.
ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN QUILTING
The quilting date for June is June 13 starting at 9 a.m. We bring a sack lunch and coffee is often made by Pastor! Thank you!
Come join us for this fun mission work!
Questions? (262) 338-1064
St. Andrew congregation is invited to a piano & organ recital being presented by the students of Marlene Frey at Trinity Lutheran Church 140 N 7th Ave. West Bend June 4 at 6:00 pm.
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