Living a Christlike Life
-Vol.76- Maybe you’ve read or seen the play written by Victor Hugo,
entitled, Les Miserables. It was one of the books that I “had to”
-St.JOHN’S- read in one of my college courses. I remember the hero was an
-MESSENGER- escaped convict who did not hesitate to steal from anyone.
One stormy night a priest welcomed this thief into his own
MAY, 2008 home, gave him a meal and a bed to sleep in. The thief repaid
the priest’s kindness by stealing all his silverware. He didn’t
get far, though. The police spotted him sneaking off with his
The Mission sack of stolen goods. He insisted, however, that the priest had
Statement of given him the silverware. To check his story, the police took
him back to the priest’s home.
Ev. Lutheran Church “Is this the way you say, “Thank you”?” the priest
admonished the thief. He then proceeded to tell the thief that
Jesus told his dis- he was careless because he took the silverware but forgot to
ciples, "As the Father take the two candlesticks that he had given him.
has sent me, I am
sending you." (John The thief could hardly believe his ears. Instead of having him
20:21); therefore, we the arrested, the priest was giving him an expensive present. That
members of St. John’s deed of forgiving kindness became the turning point in the
Ev. Lutheran Church thief’s life; one that he never forgot. He began to live a new
welcome His Gospel life, always giving instead of always taking.
mission for us.
Lent and Easter may be over for this year, but the message of
God created each of God’s love lives on in our hearts and minds. We never forget
us and our congre- the message of his mercy and grace in our lives. He stood up
gation to make all for us. He took upon himself what we deserved. We
people lifelong disciples remember how Jesus forgives and puts away the sins we
of Christ. We will use commit everyday. Thinking about this causes us to turn our
the power of God's lives over to him and to show and reflect his love in our
Word and Sacraments everyday lives.
to nurture believers for
spiritual growth and St. Paul writes: “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly
service, and to evan- loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us
gelize our community and gave himself up for us.” Ephesians 5:1 and 2.
and world, all to the Do you want to be like Jesus – kind, loving, and forgiving?
glory of God. Do you want to be motivated by what he did for us to serve,
you carefully read them and hunt for the
attend worship services and Bible classes
and tell others about Jesus? Do you want to Come and join us on May 10 from 1 – 4
give out of thanks and gratitude to Jesus? Do P.M. We will meet at the church parking lot.
you want to be the kind of man, woman or After the fun, we’ll join for a lunch
child that God intended you to be? If so, (provided) and discuss the fun and
then remember Jesus’ great act of kindness challenges we had on our “hunts”. If you
toward us. His suffering, death, resurrection have questions, do not hesitate to contact
and promise to raise us to a new life in him Dennis Busse @ 414-304-8356. Hope to see
will be in our hearts continually. you there for a fun-filled day of fellowship
Remembering this has the power to keep our and treasure hunting.
lives turned around, that is, toward Jesus,
and move us to live a Christlike life. *** Rummage Sale
Elections Our fifth multi-family rummage sale is set
for Saturday, June 14 from 8:00 – 12:00.
The following people were elected to our Bring your rummage. A table can be
Council at our Voter’s Meeting in March; borrowed from church and you sell your
own items. If you wish to donate your
Douglas Weiss – chairman of the Board proceeds for ministry that is great.
for Spiritual Life
Many people come to the rummage which
Trevor Lange – chairman of the Board affords us an opportunity to talk to them,
for Youth Discipleship invite them to tour our facilites and visit our
services. More information will follow in
Kenneth Kramer – chairman of the the weekly bulletins.
Board for Property Management
Arno Kleimenhagen – chairman of the Pastoral Acts
Board for Outreach On April 13, 2008, Gisele
Madison Widenski was
Paul Hoenecke – chairman of the Board baptized at St. John’s. She
for Fellowship is the daughter of Brett
and Sara Widenski.
Keep these individuals in your prayers as We pray that she will
they serve St. John’s (beginning in July) and continue in the Christian
ask that God’s guidance, wisdom and faith until life eternal.
direction be given them in rich measure.
Fellowship Activity - Letterboxing
On April 10, 2008, Cristin
Join us for a “treasure hunt” family style, Dominski’s funeral was held
outdoor activity. A wide variety of fun and at St. John’s. Interment was
adventure can be found for all ages. To get at Good Hope Cemetery.
started, you’ll need a rubber stamp, pencil,
small sketch pad, an ink pad and clues. “Blessed are they who die
Clues to the letterboxes will be provided, as In the Lord.”
commentaries. First, the Bible is God’s
Memorial inspired Word and therefore is true and
reliable. Second, the central message of the
entire Bible is Jesus Christ.
$30 was given in memory of
Robert Klein by These commentaries can be found in our
library in a stand on the south side of the
Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson room (window side). Check them out!!
Senior Luncheon Annual LWMS (Lutheran Women’s
Missionary Society) Convention in June
The next Senior Luncheon will be Tuesday,
May 13th at 11:15 a.m. at Spring Gardens All women of the congregation are invited
Caf , (1716 W. Layton Ave.). All “Seniors” by the Grand Canyon Circuit to the 45th
are invited. Make reservations by calling Annual LWMS Convention at the JW
Dee Stefanik, 414-483-4418 or Pearl Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa to be
Draeger, 414-762-4596. held June 26-29, 2008, in Tucson, Arizona.
Senior Servants Serving In this beautiful desert Southwest location,
you will experience the message of Psalm
SSS Serving meeting will be Tuesday, May 145. David’s psalm to the Lord is filled with
20h, 9:00 – 11:00 A.M. Men do simple words of praise and joy. We will share the
repairs and women do light cleaning at good news of God’s glorious kingdom, hear
church. Your help is appreciated. of his mighty acts and awesome works from
our home and world missionaries, celebrate
the abundant goodness of God’s word, and
joyfully sing of his righteousness. Invite
Ascension Day Worship
your parent, your sibling, your best friend,
or others to join you and share in the all-
Our Ascension Day Worship
encompassing blessings through the bible
service will be on Thursday,
studies, workshops, and presentations as
May 1st at 6:30 pm. Please
experienced at our annual convention. For
come and join us as we
more information go to the LWMS website
celebrate the Ascension of
www.lwms.org and click on LWMS con-
vention. There you will find the convention
newsletter with the convention and hotel
St John's Library News
The staff would like to remind you that the
Thank You for Snow Removal
library has The People’s Bible series
commentaries covering all of the books of
E. K. Construction LLC donated a great deal
the Bible. The commentaries are written in
of their services for snow removal and
an easy to understand manner by authors
salting this past winter. This resulted in a
who served as parish pastors, college
substantial savings to our church and we
teachers, or seminary professors. Each
wish to express our sincere thanks to them
author began with the original Hebrew or
for this. For those looking for snow removal
Greek text and then worked to bring the
services for their home or business or
message of God’s Word to Christians who
various kinds of construction work, please
face the stress and temptations of everyday
keep E. K. Construction in mind.
life. Two important truths guide all the
Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Game encouraging and directing the spiritual lives
of their teens.
The South Milwaukee County Chapter of
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans invites you Youth Pioneer Notes
to a Friday night baseball game, May 9, at
Ten people attended Maple Sugar Days at
7:05 P.M. at Miller Park. The Brewers play
Wehr Nature Center on March 16th. It was
the St. Louis Cardinals. Loge Outfield Box
a fun tour as the group learned how much
seats have been reserved for $13.00 each. If
work goes into making pure maple syrup
you are interested, please contact Rod
and sugar. The nice spring weather allowed
Bollinger by April 22.
everyone to enjoy a picnic lunch after the
tour. Adam Riendeau took what he learned,
went home and tapped into one of the maple
trees in his yard. He was able to jar 20
Our congregation is looking for another
quarts of maple liquid (98% water/2%
Thrivent coordinator. In order to serve as a
sugar) After boiling it down, he may
coordinator you need to be a member of
actually get only 1 cup of pure syrup!
Thrivent Financial. The responsibilities
include attending a few meetings a year On April 7th the Pioneers enjoyed another
and working with Mr. Bollinger in spring day and flew kites. Sebastian Brich
coordinating church activities that receive was the winner of the highest kite (with the
matching funds or financial aid from help of Mr. Bollinger).
Thrivent. If you would like to have more The Pioneer program is open to all youth
information, contact Rod Bollinger @ 762- and meets every 1st and 3rd Monday 6:30-
3241. 8:00. The last meeting for the year will be
FISH (Faithful In Serving Him) News Camp Phillip Summer Programs
The St. John’s teens continue to have Many new and exciting camps and programs
fellowship and spiritual growth oppor- are planned for Camp Phillip. There are
camps of many different kinds and for many
tunities through the FISH program. Our last
ages. Some camps are best suited for
FISH activity was a game night. We had a
families. If you are interested pick up a
devotion, pizza and followed by playing Wii
brochure from the church lobby table or call
games and others like Apples to Apples. We
Rod Bollinger at 762-3950.
started at 5 P.M. and intended to go until
about 7, but finished at 9:30 after a night of
1st Annual St John’s Instructional
Our next FISH activity is scheduled for
Saturday, May 17 when we will go St. John’s will be putting on an instructional
geocaching (treasure hunting by GPS) and baseball camp featuring St, John’s member
enjoy pizza afterwards. and standout former UW-Milwaukee,
Milwaukee Brewer/ Philadelphia Phillies
We pray that our teens attend church and get
draftee Chad Sadowski. If you are looking
involved in FISH activities as well as
to improve in the fundamentals of the game
attending the Bible class every Sunday
of baseball then this is the camp for you!!!!!
morning at 9:30 A.M. It is through a
Boys and girls are invited.
constant and regular diet of God’s Word that
their values in life are shaped and guided. It
is so important that parents play a role in
This 1-day camp will cover planning to buy a large commercial lawn
mower that will properly handle the mowing
• All the proper aspects of throwing- of our property and last many years. At this
guaranteed you will throw faster time, $4,000 has been given towards the
more accurate lawn mower with about 2,800 still needed.
• Fielding—fundamentals taught in
MLB School News
• Base running—learn how to steal
more bases than Rickie Weeks Wisconsin Lutheran High School (Our
• Hitting –a four step process that church federated Lutheran high school):
most coaches miss.
The 4th Annual Fishers of Men fishing
Where: Oak Creek high school softball/ tournament will be held on Sunday, May 18.
baseball diamonds—just south of All proceeds will go to the Science Dept.
the football stadium Call 453-4567 for information. This year’s
Prism concerts (featuring all bands, choirs,
When: June 14th - rain-out date of June 21st and groups) will be held on May 16 and 17
Cost: $15 shirt included at 7:30 P.M. Brittany Weiss, of St. John’s,
will go to Phoenix, Arizona this summer as
In each age bracket accepting first 40 part of the Share the Mission Program.
players only (girls or boys) Students will be actively involved in
5-7 year olds --- 8:00 am to 10:30 am mission-based activities during their stays.
8-10 year olds --- 11:00 am to 1:30 pm Other teams will go to Chile, Mexico,
11-13 year olds --- 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm Ukraine, Colorado and Florida. The
Junior/Senior prom will be held on
Chad has put together a very nice program Saturday, May 3. In Spring Sports
that will teach your kids the essentials of the the girls varsity soccer team is doing well.
game of baseball. He has had a lot of The boys track team competed hard,
success and he has a passion to share the overcame some adversity, and ended up
knowledge God has given. Individual capturing the Wisconsin Little Ten Team
lessons will be available after the camp. Indoor Championship. All State Scholar:
In addition, players will learn about Brenda Poppy was selected as an All-State
sportsmanship and God’s love for them Scholar. This is the highest honor one can
through a daily devotion. earn in the state. Hands For His Service
Once a year, Wisconsin Lutheran High
We want to encourage all our children to School sets aside 40 days to raise money for
attend and invite others to come. Inviting the
a specific charity or mission. This year's
unchurched gives the opportunity to do theme is "Project New York: The Great
mission work with our friends and Exchange," since the students will be
neighbors. In this way, they will be able to raising money in order to provide building
learn about the game of baseball and learn and furnishing materials for Sure
about the love of Jesus. Plan to come and Foundation Lutheran Church, a WELS
bring others! For more information contact church in New York City. Sure
Rod Bollinger @ 762-3950. Foundation is the only WELS congregation
that is located in the New York City metro
Summer Mowing and Lawn Mower area. The students want to help this
congregation advance their building project.
It won’t be long now and the grass will be Last year, WLHS students raised over
growing like crazy with all the snow melt
$21,000 to provide motor bikes for missions
and rain we’ve had. The Property Board is in Nigeria and Nepal. This year they
have set a goal of raising $15,000 to assist bus) to Luther Prep in Watertown on May 1st to
Sure Foundation in raising money for their take in a performance of Charlotte’s Web which
building fund. they recently finished as a reading unit in class.
Boys’ and girls’ softball is in full swing. It
St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Franklin: should also be noted that Katie Schumacher
of St. John’s was chosen to go down on the
Various grades in April went on field trips. field and announce the “Play Ball” at a recent
Grades 1 and 2 went on a field trip to First Brewers game. It was a real thrill for her.
Stage. Grades 5 and 6 went on a field trip to
Send your children to a Lutheran
Wisconsin Lutheran College. A mission
Elementary or High School. It is here that
project of collecting money in baby bottles
children and teens receive a high quality
for Lutherans for Life is taking place. A
teacher appreciation week was held and was
very successful. Grade school plays –
Collect and drop off Aluminum Cans
everyone is invited to some great
entertainment. Grades seven and eight are
Please collect and drop off all your
performing the play "I Was A Teenage
aluminum cans (soda and beer) and put them
Nerd." There are two separate and different
in the containers behind the garage beside
casts, so there will be two different
the dumpster. The money collected is used
performances. There will be a Friday night
to help the youth groups of our
cast and a Saturday night cast. The
congregation. Thank you.
kindergarten is also performing but on
Saturday night only. Their play is entitled
Pick’n Save Receipts
"A Day in the Country." On Friday, May 9th,
the upper grade play will begin at 7:00 p.m.
If you shop Pick ‘n Save, remember to use
On Saturday, May 10th, the kindergarten
your Pick’n Save Advantage Plus Savers
performance will be at 6:30 p.m. with the
Club Card. If you don’t have a card you
upper grade play at 7:00.
may get one at any Pick ‘n Save store. By
using your card (a small convenient card for
Zion Lutheran School in South
your key chain) and the proper number
designated for St. John’s (771840 which
Mrs. Suzanne Manthe will retire from goes on the card by request) St. John’s will
teaching at the end of this year. She served automatically receive a rebate each time the
Zion as a teacher and organist for 26 years. card is used. Simply use the card at any
She will continue to serve the congregation Pick‘n Save store at any location. We thank
on a regular basis as one of their organists. those who participate in the program and
remember that the money received is yet
With the end of the school year coming up at the
another way that benefits various ministries
end of May, the pace of school active-ties has
in our congregation.
perceptibly picked up. Recess and physical
education classes have moved outside, and
spring field trips are in full swing. The
Kindergarten will be visiting the Wehr Nature
An Arbor Day (spring cleanup day) will be
Center for the Ladybug Spring Breakfast. The
held on one Saturday in May. Be sure to
first grade will have a lesson on “Bodyology”
watch your bulletin for a date and details.
hosted by Slim Goodbody at the South
We will need all the help we can get to do
Milwaukee High School Performing Arts
some outside work on our church grounds
Center. They will learn about nutrition, the
and cleaning inside the church as well. It
human body, of course, and participate in a sing-
will be an opportunity to serve our
a-long. The Fourth grade will be traveling (by
Lord as we improve the appearance of our is employed as the maintenance director.
church property. Shirley’s address is: 100 16th Ave. #8 in
Terry and Shiela Ambelang became
Confirmation will be held on Sunday, May members by way of profession of faith.
4 at the 11:00 o’clock service. Four confir- They both grew up in Milwaukee and were
mands will confess their faith in Jesus Christ confirmed in WELS churches. Over the
as their Savior through the Christian rite of years they have belonged to various
confirmation on this day. What joy and Lutheran churches and were involved in
praise we give to God for his power at work many areas of serving in those churches.
in these young lives. This year’s confirma- For a time they lived in northern Wisconsin
tion class consists of: Anastacia Brich, and most recently lived in Las Vegas. They
Courtney Draeger, Zachary Rutz, and missed Milwaukee and are glad to be back
Nickolas Schott. Continue to keep these where they were born and raised. Terry is
young people in your prayers. retired but has a paper route that allows him
plenty of exercise. Sheila is employed at
Summer Church Service Schedule Bowers of Oak Creek (mediates insurance
claims between insurance companies, etc.).
The summer church schedule will remain The Ambelangs have two sons, both of
the same as it is on Sunday (A Divine whom live in the Milwaukee area. They
service at 8:00 and the Living Praise service enjoy getting together with their sons as well
at 9:30 and 11 AM). As in past summers, as other friends and relatives, golfing,
there will be a Thursday evening service in reading and just spending time together.
the place of a Saturday evening service. Their address is: 3839 S. Austin St. in
May 17 will be the last Saturday service. Milwuakee.
The Thursday service (beginning MAY
Please take the time to get to know our new
22) will be held at 6:30 PM. No Saturday
members by introducing yourselves. We
service will be held on May 24. Please note
pray that their membership at St. John’s will
these changes on your calendar. Services on
help them use their God given talents and
Sunday, May 25 will remain the same.
abilities and grow closer to their Lord
through Word and Sacrament.
Meet Our New Members
Shirley Grueneberg became a new member World Missions…. Cameroon
when she transferred from South
Milwaukee. She and her late husband have Rev. Dan Meyers, missionary to Cameroon,
belonged to other WELS churches in the and his family stayed safe following riots
area including Trinity, Caledonia and St, and shootings that broke out in that African
John’s, Oakwood Rd. They had lived in nation in March, the worst violence that
Florida for a number of years before nation has seen in 15 years. Reports say as
returning in 2002. Shirley has four sons and many as 20 people were killed. Board for
one daughter. Her daughter lives in South World Missions Africa Committee liaison,
Milwaukee and one of her sons in Oak Rev. Ron Uhlhorn and his wife Kay were
Creek. Her three other sons live in Green with the Myers family in Kumba on a field
Bay, Fox Lake and one in the state of visit when the violence broke out. Both
Alaska. She has 12 grandchildren and 10 missionary families were evacuated from
great grandchildren. Shirley enjoys Kumba to Douala, then flown out of the
needlecraft projects, tube painting and cooks country to Switzerland. Those who serve for
dinner each day at a convent where her son us in unstable third-world nations are
constantly faced with life-threatening
dangers. Let us keep our missionaries and
the mission work they do in our prayers.