Dear fellow crops in God’s fields,
It’s been gently raining on and off as this is being written. It seems this summer that the rain in our area has come at all the right times from a farmer’s perspective. We got some in late May and into June as plants were sprouting and growing. And then again later in June, so that much of the corn in the fields I saw was waist high or taller by the 4th of July! Then there was more rain as ears were forming on the stalks. And now again, a little rain to perhaps lead to an excellent crop of corn in the fall. We’ll see.
From the Christian’s perspective regarding our faith-life, we’ve always had rain at the right time. Through his prophet Isaiah or Lord tells us, “As the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it, so that it yields seed for the sewer and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to the empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10,11).
God’s precious and soul-saving Word is always here. It’s in your Bible. It’s in your Meditations daily devotional booklets. It’s in your memory. It’s in our worship services and Bible classes.
Regarding this ‘rain,’ don’t stand under a spiritual umbrella. Let’s use in our homes these Bibles and devotion books. Let’s take a few minutes and try to pull out of our memory banks some precious bible verses wee memorized from our days in School, Sunday School, and Catechism class. Let’s soak up all the opportunities to gather around the Word with fellow believers at worship and Bible class!
The great “harvest day” is approaching when God will call us from this life to eternity with him. Let’s be growing and bearing the fruit of godly living until that day. It all depends on getting rained on with the Word!
SEPTEMBER IS CHRISTIAN EDUCATION MONTH!
WORSHIP SERVICE SCHEDULE
First of all, thank you. A fair number of people have shared with the church Council members and the Pastors opinions about a possible change to two Sunday worship services from three due to decrease in participation in services. Since the summer experiment did not take into account the effect on our Sunday School program, our Voters’ Assembly decided to continue the experiment through the Fall to assess how Sunday School is affected.
Thursday Worship: 6:30 p.m.
Sunday Worship: 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.
Sunday Bible Hour (Sunday School and Adult Bible Study): 9:15-10:15 a.m.
ALSO ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 28TH, IS CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SUNDAY
Emphasis in our worship that weekend will be on growing as disciples of Jesus, regardless of our age, through education in his Word. Our worship “kicks off a new season” of Christian educational activity here at St. Stephen’s. Here is some of that activity …
- In the 10:30 A.M. service our Lutheran Elementary School and Sunday School Teachers and helpers will renew their promises to faithfully and joyfully teach God’s word to the children entrusted to their spiritual care. Also, that service will include installation of Mr. Andrew Schoenfeld who be the homeroom teacher for Grade 6, and be our athletic director. Mr. Brennan will be installed as our interim principal, and Mrs. Dorn will be installed as our 8th grade homeroom teacher.
- Sunday School begins on September 11th for children ages 4 years – 8th Classes meet 9:15 – 10:15 A.M. No pre-registration is necessary, just bring your child to the school classroom for their grade level (rooms will have signs). This time for study of God’s word is especially geared for our children not attending St. Stephen’s School, so that they receive a foundation in Bible truths. Children just under 4 years old who can be attentive for 10-15 minutes of a Bible lesson are also welcome in our Nursery/Pre-K class.
Catechism / Confirmation Classes Begin
- 7th & 8th Grade Catechism instruction will begin on Friday, September 2nd, in St. Stephen’s School.
- Public School 7th & 8th Grade Catechism classes begin Wednesday, September 7, meeting on Mondays 5:00 – 6:00 P.M. and Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:30 P.M. Watch your mail the last week of August for a letter with more details.
- Public School 5th & 6th Grade Catechism classes will meet on Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 P.M., beginning September 9. Watch the mail for an informational letter.
- “Special Instruction for Special Students” – Our congregation has loving concern for any of our children with developmental disabilities who may need special instruction in God’s Word. If the Lord has blessed you with one of these special children, please speak with one the Pastors so that a specialized program of instruction can be worked out for your child.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION …. For Adults!
BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
Weekday Bible Study – Monday nights 7:00 – 8:00 & Wednesday mornings 11:00 – Noon. The Fall study will be on the book of Ecclesiastes, follow-up to last year’s study on King Solomon.
Sunday Morning Bible Study — 9:15-10:15 a.m. “Idols We Never Knew We Had.” Maybe it isn’t always obvious, but idolatry can live on in success, love, sports, and other places.
Bible Study 4 Women The Women’s Bible Study group invites you to join us for our next study book, “Coffee with the Savior” by Kristen Myers. The purpose of this study is to help you see Jesus as your best friend. The innate yearning for relationship is not an accident. God designed us for relationship – with Him and with those He places in our lives. Join us starting on Wednesday, September 28th, at 6:00 P.M. on Wednesdays in the room above the church office for this 8-week study. Take a S.I.P. (Scripture invites Peace) of coffee with us on Wednesday evenings for 1 hour. Call Bonnie at 326-5872 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to order your book or for more information.
Adult Bible Information Class Your pastors will begin an adult course of basic Bible teachings on Thursday, September 1st. This course may be taken for church membership, for instruction regarding the teachings of our church as compared to others, or for review. Anyone is welcome to attend! We will meet on Thursdays at 11:00 A.M. and Thursday evenings at 7:30 P.M. in the church basement. The course lasts about 16 weeks. ARE YOU INTERESTED? Give your name to one of the pastors. DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED? Please give their name and address to a pastor.
PICNIC NEWS Join us for our annual picnic. Our Lutheran Teens, Lutheran Explorers and Parent-Teacher Society will again coordinate the event to be held on Sunday, August 28th, at Lakeview Park at noon. Our coordinating groups will provide brats, hot dogs, and drinks. Everyone should bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share. A freewill offering will be collected at the picnic to help with some of the expenses. We will also welcome Mr. Andrew Schoenfeld, as our 6th grade teacher and Athletic Director and Mrs. Andrea Dorn as teacher for grades 5-8,and Mr. Jared Brennan as interim principal, tech director and teacher grades 4-8. Bring a lawn chair and be ready to have a great time. We are also planning to have a friendly softball game. In case of inclement weather, we’ll use our school gym.
LUTHERAN TEENS All students in grades 7-12 are invited to join our teen group. The teens will once again have a full slate of Bible Studies and activities. Our first activity will be Saturday, September 10th. Final prices and times are being planned. More information will be here by the end of the month. Check out our page on Facebook for updates.
A Message to all parents with children:
St. Stephen’s Lutheran School is an affordable, quality, Christian education for all of your children. There is no tuition charge. We have a book fee of only $450.00 per child, per year to cover technology and consumable materials.
If you have not enrolled your children in the past because you felt the cost would be too much, please reconsider. A quality, Christian education is affordable for about $2 a day. Members of our congregation generously support the church and school so that the children can be taught the precious message of Jesus each day.
For more information about the school please check out the Web site at www.saintstephen.org and click on the school side. You can also call the school office at 885-6484 and I will gladly discuss the school with you.
Check out Good Shepherd Preschool for your K3 and K4 children.
Jared R. Brennan, Principal
With summer almost over it’s time to think of school again.
Teachers are busy making their classrooms ready in preparation for the coming school year. What a blessing we have that we are able to share Jesus each day with the children. Registration Packets were given out on picnic day in May. Be sure to examine all the information and bring the completed forms when you register.
Registration times for this year are as follows:
- Friday, August 19. Just come to the school office between 9:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. Bring registration forms and book fee payment.
- Sunday, August 21 between 11:30 A.M. & 3:30 P.M. and (PTS BBQ.).
- Monday, August 22 between 3:00 & 7:00 P.M.
Come to the school office with registration forms and book fee payment. It is very important that all families come to one of the times and register their children.
Do not bring supplies when you come to register.
School Supplies: Parents and children can bring in school supplies and talk to the teachers August 25 or 26 between 5:00 and 7:00 P.M.
School begins: Thursday, September 1st, 8:00 A.M.
Opening Service: 8:30 A.M.
Please call Mr. Brennan at 885-6484 or Email email@example.com if you have a question.
The complete school calendar is on the school website: www.saintstephen.org/school
SAVE LABELS, CARDS, BOXTOPS
- Boxtops marked for Education, Used greeting cards for Bethesda
- Milk bottle caps or bags (Kwik Trip)
- Our Family UPC (proof of purchase labels). Please cut off the proof of purchase bar code and place it in the slot for St. Stephen’s at Recheck’s Food Pride or bring them directly to the school. The bar code # should key in with the #70253. Only Our Family Bar codes can be accepted.
There are containers in the church basement for these items or send them to school with your children.
Thank you for your help!
(We no longer collect Piggly Wiggly or Kemps receipts, Campbell Soup Labels, postage stamps or ink jet cartridges.)
SPECIAL USHERS’ MEETING will be held on Wednesday, September 7th, at 6:30 P.M. in the church proper. All of our ushers (rookies and veterans) are encouraged to be in attendance for this important meeting. We will review the ushering duties, emergency procedures, and anything else that involves our ushers. If any of our confirmed men are interested in serving the Lord in this special way, please contact the head of our ushering program, Del Winning, at 887-1411.
ST. STEPHEN’S OWLS (Organization of Wisconsin Lutheran Seniors) attempts to fulfill our motto: CARING FOR OTHERS. Presentations keep us informed of the work carried on by our Synod and about interesting activity in our community
- All events will begin with a noon potluck in the church basement:
- Tuesday, October 11th: Speaker will be Pastor Ken Wenzel –
- Any WELS member, 55 years or older is eligible to join us for service and fellowship. Guests are always welcome.
EXPLORERS is for children from Pre-K – 6th Grade. Although we are no longer affiliated with the national Pioneer groups, we continue to have the same purpose.
- To promote Christian fellowship among the children of our congregation.
- To promote Christian citizenship as our children live as salt and light in the world.
- To learn useful life skills to glorify God and serve our neighbor.
Our first meeting will be Tuesday, September 13th, at 6:00 P.M., at St. Stephen’s.
Registration material will be available at church as well as during school registration in August. Please fill out these forms and bring them to the first meeting.
INVITATION TO JOIN HANDBELLS The Handbell Choir will resume practices on Wednesday, September 14th. Practices are at 7:15 P.M. in the church balcony each Wednesday. We play in church the last Sunday of the month, at Advent by Candlelight and occasionally for other functions and special services. You do not need to have experience with handbells. Please call Ranee Welch at 887-1624 and leave a message if you are interested or have any questions.
SENIOR CHOIR begins rehearsal on Thursday, August 25th, at 7:30 P.M. after the worship service. We meet in the band/choir room of the school. During September and October we will work on music for Mission Fest/Reformation. November and December we will work on music for Thanksgiving/Advent/Christmas. If you are a confirmed member and love to serve your Savior through song, we would be happy to see you join us. Bring a friend and come to the first practice to learn more about what’s happening this year. If you would like more information about Senior Choir, contact Mr. David Schulz at 920-344-9435.
RADIO SERVICE TAPING Since 1973 St. Stephen’s has provided a half-hour radio worship service primarily for our members who are homebound and in nursing homes, but also as a tool to share God’s Word with many others. This service provides the opportunity to hear God’s precious word and to sing with fellow Christians the hymns of the faith. It airs every Sunday at 9:30 A.M. on WBEV (1430 AM).
These services involve many people – our pastors, organist, and very importantly a volunteer congregation. We tape two half-hour services on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month (September – May). We start at 7:00 P.M. and finish around 8:10. It’s a simple and pleasant way to serve Jesus and His people. Our first taping session will be Tuesday, September 13. We tape in the church. The Maple Ave, church office and ramp entrances will be open. Please join us! Another way to support this ministry, if you can’t participate, is with an offering. Each half-hour Sunday service on WBEV costs about $65.
You can listen to our radio services over the internet. Go to our Radio Service Page and listen by streaming audio.