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THIS WEEK AT ST. JOHN SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 8:00 a.m. Worship Service w/Communion 9:15 a.m. Sunday School 9:20 a.m. Family Bible Class 10:30 a.m. Worship Service w/Communion - Sunday School Sings MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17 9:00 a.m. St. John Kindergarten Class at LLHS for Kinderfest Day 3:05 p.m. A-team Boys’ Basketball Practice 7:00 p.m. Worship Service w/Communion TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 1:30 p.m. OWLS 3:05 p.m. Girls’ Basketball Practice 7:00 p.m. LWMS at Naomi Plocher’s Home WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 9:30 a.m. Highland House Bible Class 3:05 p.m. St. John Girls’ Basketball Practice 3:45 p.m. Public School Confirmation Class 6:30 p.m. Senior Choir THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20 3:05 p.m. A-team Boys’ Basketball Practice 7:00 p.m. Bible Class (Pastor Wilsmann)

FEBRUARY 16, 2014 CHURCH AND SCHOOL NEWS! ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL 413 E. Madison St., Waterloo, WI 53594 Phone: 920-478-2707 Website: E-Mail: A member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Providing full time Christian education grades K -12 through our own Lutheran Elementary School and our association with Lakeside Lutheran High School Pastor James Adomeit office: 920-478-2707 ext. 205 home: 920-478-2436 cell: 920-463-0339

Pastor Thomas Wilsmann office, home, and cell: 920-478-2986

Faculty: Mark Eternick – Principal & 7 - 8 Erin Duwe – Choir Director & 5 - 6 Michael Koester – Athletic Director & 3 - 4 Wanda Eternick – Contemporary & K, 1, & 2 Linda Schwartz – Organist & K - 1

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21 9:30 a.m. Pre-school Story & Craft Hour in School Library A-team Boys’ & Girls’ Basketball Tournament at Lakeside Lutheran

Services on Cable TV on channels 96 & 991: Monday at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m., Wednesday at 12 noon & 9:00 p.m., and Thursday at 10:00 a.m.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 A-team Boys’ & Girls’ Basketball Tournament at Lakeside Lutheran

Our Worship Service Times Are:

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23 (TLC Youth Sunday and Lakeside A Cappella Choir) 8:00 a.m. Worship Service - St. John K-8th Grade Sing w/A Cappella 9:00 a.m. TLC Fellowship Coffee Hour 9:15 a.m. Sunday School 9:20 a.m. Family Bible Class 10:30 a.m. Worship Service - Lakeside A Cappella Choir A-team Boys’ & Girls’ Basketball Tournament at Lakeside Lutheran MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24 3:00 p.m. Columbus Nursing and Rehab Center 3:05 p.m. A-team Boys’ Basketball Practice 7:00 p.m. Worship Service

Sunday at 8:00 and 10:30 AM Monday at 7:00 PM

Serving us and our Lord today: Pianist/Organist - Linda Schwartz 10:30 AM Service - Sunday School Sings

Fellowship Coffee Hour: To say thanks and to show their appreciation to all the members who serve the Lenten meals during Lent, the Public School Confirmation Class is hosting today’s coffee hour between services.

 BAPTISMS: Celia Marilyn Straubhaar and her sister, Rigani Aurelia

Straubhaar, daughter’s of Eduard and Adriana Straubhaar, will be baptized today during our 10:30 Worship service. Celia was born on June 21, 2004 at St. Mary’s hospital in Madison and Rigani was born on July 7, 2006 at Watertown Memorial hospital. Witnesses are Mrs. Carol Krueger, friend of the family, Rosalba Turner, their aunt, and Wilma Kraak, friend of the family.  REMINDERS:

- We will continue the online bible study “I’d like to read my bible, but…” on February 19th and 26th with WELS president, Rev. Mark Schroeder. This bible study is being held in the school computer room at 6:30 and 8:30 PM. Everyone is welcome! If you were unable to attend the first two studies, they are now available on Pastor Wilsmann’s website. -

The church council voted to offer to any interested congregation members the opportunity to obtain an old light fixture from church. Anyone desiring to purchase a fixture should contact Wally Schoenherr by April 1st, 2014 at 920-478-3418.

- The Lakeside A Cappella Choir will be singing in our church services next Sun., Feb. 23rd. Between services, we will be serving them breakfast. Items needed are: egg bakes, baked goods, bananas, apples, and grapes. We are also looking for individuals to help serve and clean-up. If you are able to help out with any of these needs, please contact the office at 920-478-2707 or a signup sheet is located on the information table in the church narthex. 

NEXT WEEK’S WORSHIP SERVICES: Pastor Don Schultz from Lakeside Lutheran will be preaching for our February 23rd Youth Sunday services and Monday evening, February 24th, service. The Lakeside A Cappella Choir directed by Mr. Jim Buege, will be performing in our Sunday services. Our St. John school students in grades K-8 will be singing with the A Cappella Choir in the 8:00 AM service. TLC YOUTH SUNDAY: TLC Youth Sunday is next week, February 23rd. Please call or text Mrs. Pufahl at 920-960-0304 and let her know which service you are able to help with if you haven’t already. They can still use some baked goods, juice, and milk for coffee hour. Plan to arrive at church by 7:30 AM if you are helping with the 8 AM service, 8:45 AM for coffee hour, and by 10 AM for late service.

TIME IS RUNNING OUT! You have until March 31, 2014, to sign up for the Thrivent Choice Program for the 2013 year. If you haven’t already, or if you are not sure if you signed up in 2013, you may do one of the following: 1. Call 1-800-847-4836. You will be asked by a recording what you are looking for. Just say “Thrivent Choice”. They will ask you for the last 4 digits of your social security number or your Thrivent identification number and you will be transferred to an assistant. There are 3 or 4 questions that you will be asked; your name, if you are calling from your home phone, your date of birth, and your address. You will then be asked what organization you would like to have your money go to. Tell them St. John Church or St. John School, and make sure you tell them the location is East Madison Street, Waterloo. 2. You may also sign up online with your sign in number, etc. Go to and click on Thrivent Choice. 3. You may stop in the office and someone will be happy to assist you. Directing this money to church or school does not affect your dividends, interest, or anything you have with Thrivent. This is in addition to what you receive on your policies. If you have any questions, please contact the church and school office at 920-478-2707. PLEASE NOTE: We will be notifying you sometime in late March or early April to let you know when you are eligible to sign up for the 2014 Thrivent Choice Program. Watch your March & April monthly newsletters and church bulletins for additional information.

NO MONDAY NIGHT SERVICES: Please note that during our Lenten season, March 3rd - April 21st, we will not have Monday evening services. We encourage members who need to attend church in the evening, to attend our Wednesday Lenten services listed below.

WELS MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT: Routine maintenance pays off. You change oil in your car and the filter in your furnace to keep them running longer. Give your marriage the attention it needs to flourish and run all the way to the end. Let an upcoming WELS Marriage Enrichment and Get-Away Weekend help you. Space is available for a few more couples to participate in Mysterious Marriage at Heidel House in Green Lake, Friday Sunday, February 28th - March 2nd. For additional information, brochures are located on the information table in the church narthex. You may also visit or and search “marriage retreat”.

KINGDOM WORKERS: The Kingdom Workers winter update issue is available for pick up and is located on the information table in the church narthex. Additional copies can be picked up in the office.

JOB OPPORTUNITY AT MLC: Martin Luther College is now accepting applications for the positions of Audio Visual Services Coordinator, Director of Financial Aid, and Director of Library Services. Individuals interested in learning more about these opportunities can visit posting.html?client=wels. Applications will be accepted through February 28, 2014. Questions can be directed to the Martin Luther College Human Resources Office at 507-354-8221, ext. 399. In addition, individuals who may wish to nominate a qualified individual for any of these positions are encouraged to also contact the Martin Luther College Human Resources Office to share information regarding the potential candidate.

Wednesday, April 2, 4:00 and 7:00 PM - Preaching: Pastor Sturm - Lenten Meal: 5-6:30 PM - Senior Choir serving potluck


Wednesday, April 9, 4:00 and 7:00 PM - Preaching: Pastor Mark Schoeneck - Lenten Meal: 5-6:30 PM - Thursday Night Bible Class serving hot turkey


LENT & EASTER WORSHIP SERVICES Ash Wednesday is March 5. Services are at 4:00 and 7:00 PM Preaching: Pastor Adomeit -

Lenten meal: 5-6:30 PM - Fellowship Committee serving chili and hot dogs.

Wednesday, March 12, 4:00 and 7:00 PM - Preaching: Pastor Paul Burk from Newville - Lenten meal: 5-6:30 PM - PTO serving hot beef Wednesday, March 19, 4:00 and 7:00 PM - Preaching: Pastor Gene Koch - Lenten meal: 5-6:30 PM - LWMS serving barbecue Wednesday, March 26, 4:00 and 7:00 PM - Preaching: Pastor Martin Stuebs - Lenten meal: 5-6:30 PM - TLC serving spaghetti

Sunday, April 13, 8:00 and 10:30 AM - Palm Sunday Services Thursday, April 17, 4:00 and 7:00 PM - Maundy Thursday Friday, April 18, 1:30 and 7:00 PM - Good Friday Sunday, April 20, 6:30 and 9:00 AM - Easter Worship - Easter breakfast: 7:30-8:30 AM


February 14-16: Large Grade School Basketball Tournament February 16: Wind Symphony Sacred Concert Chapel of the Christ at 3:00 pm February 21-23: Forum Winter Play - The Giver February 21-23: Small Grade School Basketball Tournament BAND CONCERT: The Wisconsin Lutheran College Concert Band presents its Mid-Winter Band Concert on Friday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the college's Center for Arts & Performance. Call the Box Office at 414.443.8802 to purchase tickets.

LUTHER PREP PLAY: Luther Preparatory School in Watertown will present their play “The Wizard of Oz” on March 7th, 8th, and 9th, at 7:00 PM in the Luther Prep auditorium. Reserved tickets are $8, bleachers (not reserved) are $6, and grade school students and seniors (65+) are $6. For tickets or if you have any questions, please call 920-261-4352 weekdays between 8am and 4pm.

ROCK RIVER AREA OWLS: Be a "wise old OWL" and join us for the February 18th meeting to be held at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson beginning 1:30 PM. This month's topic, "Our Mission Work in Pakistan," will acquaint us with the extraordinary results that our Gospel-planting is having in this land of Islam. The speaker is Pastor Michael Duncan of St. Paul's, who is our WELS Mission Coordinator for Pakistan. Refreshments follow. The next March 18th meeting will be at St Paul's in Ixonia. The RRAOwls is a local chapter of the Organization of WELS Seniors (OWLS) providing meaningful activity for people retired and/or 50 years old. Here you have a wonderful opportunity to grow spiritually and enjoy the fellowship of neighboring WELS and ELS members.

TLC SNOW TUBING RESCEDULED: The TLC snow tubing date has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 9th. Please sign up on the TLC board at church or text/call Mrs. Pufahl at 920-960-0304 by Monday, March 3rd. We will meet in the St. John school parking lot at 1:30 PM to carpool. The cost is $5.00 for tubing plus bring additional money for supper at a fast food restaurant. Please remember to bring your blue waiver form, signed by a parent.

ST. JOHN PARENT VISITATION DAY: Parent Visitation Day will be held on Thursday, February 27th, beginning at 8:00 AM. We have an early release that day at 12:50 p.m. and there is no school on Friday, February 28th. Lunch will be roast turkey & roast pork. The cost is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for children, ages 3 to 5, and children 2 and under are free. A hospitality area will be set up in the cafeteria with beverages and snacks. Grandparents and siblings are also welcome. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by Friday, February 21st by calling the school office at 920-478-2707.

ST. JOHN EARLY RELEASE AND NO SCHOOL: St. John school will have an early release on Thursday, February 27th, at 12:50 PM. On Friday, February 28th, there is no school. The faculty has a curriculum conference at Westside Christian in Middleton.

LAKESIDE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: The St. John boys’ and girls’ A-teams will participate in the Lakeside tournament FridaySunday, February 21-23. The boys’ first game is at 8:30 PM and the girls’ first game is at 5:00 PM.

POPCORN & PEANUT SALE: We still have some Rural Route #1 Popcorn left over from the fundraiser. We have White Ruby, White Gold, Cheddar Cheese, Caramel, and Kettle Corn. We also have Salted Virginia Peanuts. The sale price is $4.00 per tub/can. If you would like to purchase any of these items, please contact the office.

NEW COMMITTEE FORMING: The Church Council is looking for congregational members to participate on a “Steering Committee” to work on plans for the upcoming 150th anniversary of St. John Church in 2017. If you would like to participate on this committee, please contact Gene Kegler at 920-478-2263.

LWMS: The next LWMS meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 18th, at the home of Naomi Plocher.



A gift was received from Carla Breber to cover the cost of our CCLI License, our license for permission to copy music


Lillian Riege gave a gift to the Operating Fund in honor of the 91st birthday of her sister-in-law, Eleanore Betlach.


A Scholarship Fund gift was received from Pastor Philip & Kathryn (Buss) Strackbein in memory of her father, Lavern Buss.


In appreciation for the spiritual care given her mom, Marilyn Schultz, an Operating Fund memorial was received from Dan & Sharee (Schultz) Horzewski.


Our school received a check from the Funding Factory in the amount of $25.70 for our congregation saving and turning in used ink cartridges and cell phones. Please continue to save your ink cartridges and cell phones and place them in the receptacle containers located at the church and at school. Thanks for these gifts! WEEKLY ATTENDANCE: Sunday 221 Monday 28 Total 239

INCOME REPORT: Needed each week $10,734.00 Received $ 6,285.00 Short $ 4,449.00

February 16, 2014  

The Weekly News portion of the Feb. 16, 2014 Newsletter of St. John Lutheran, Waterloo, WI

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