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The theme of the Sundays in Lent this year is "crushed." I know, it sounds kind of depressing, but really it's not. Through his Word God crushes our pride and self-righteousness, stripping us of the idea that we can (or must) do anything on our own to win the great battle against temptation, sin, and death. However, this is far from hopeless surrender; we lay down our arms only because we have a champion who has entered the battle to fight and win for us - Jesus our Great High Priest. Join us to fix your eyes on him this Lenten season to once again watch him step by step conquer our greatest enemies.   

This week we focus on the need for personal repentance and on the unbelievable patience our God and Savior who waits for fruit and gives more time for those who are like the fig tree that produced no fruit.

Our worship schedule is Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 a.m. and mid-week Lenten services are Wednesdays at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.
The 8am service will be livestreamed here
(During Lent we do not have a Thursday service.)

Our mid-week Lenten services will continue on March 23rd focusing on Luke 22:66 "The Semblance of Legality".  Our fellowship dinner will be served by the Adult Choir.  They will be serving ham sandwiches, German potato salad, beans, veggies and desserts.
March 30--Midweek 5
Pastor Michael Helwig
“What to Remember When You Are Seized With Remorse”    Matthew 27:3,4
Fellowship Dinner by LLHS Operation Go
April 6--Midweek 6
Pastor Caleb Klatt
“A Part for the Whole?”     Luke 23:13-16
Fellowship Dinner by the Youth Group
Bible Studies
  • Adult Bible Class— Sunday at 9:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will resume our study of key Old Testament lessons focusing on the Passover. Join us as our new member, Pastor John Boggs, leads our study of this central event in God's plan of salvation.  Childcare is now available for 1-2 year olds during the Bible class.  Infants younger than 1 year are also welcome dependent on the number of kiddos attending and the number of teen providers each Sunday. No signup is needed for using this childcare. This will be located in the family room behind the sanctuary.
  • Teen Bible Class—Sundays at 9:15 a.m. in the 8th Grade Classroom of the school.
  • Children’s Sunday School—Sundays at 9:15 a.m. 
  • St. Luke’s Morning Moms:  Mondays at 8:20 a.m. at Western Avenue Campus After-School Care Room.  All moms with children ages newborn through high school are welcome to attend. You're invited to bring your children with you--many moms do.
  • New Member Workshop - Tuesday March 22 at 6:30-8. This workshop is for all members who have transferred in since January and those who have finished Adult Instruction Class and are interested in joining our congregation. We will help you discover your spiritual gifts and also show you the many opportunities you have to serve your Savior at St. Lukes.
  • Women’s Bible Study—Fridays at 7:00 a.m. in the conference room at church.  Come and join us on Fridays. We will not be meeting on March 25th.
The Ministry Minute 
           
Spring is in the air. Have you noticed any iris, daffodil or tulip buds poking out of the ground in your flower beds yet? Spring is my daughter Iris' favorite season. I wonder if having a spring flower for a name predisposes a person to favoring that season? 
If you've noticed these buds, maybe you delight in getting your hands in the spring soil and prepping your flower beds for the new season of life? Research suggests getting your hands and feet in the soil is good for your health - they call it "grounding" or "earthing". Anecdotally, I've thought this to be true for years now. 
If you agree, or if you just enjoy the beauty the flower beds provide throughout the seasons, we could use you! If you're interested in helping with the flower beds and light landscaping of the church and school grounds, please reach out to Gina Wiedenhoeft at 920.988.4751 or at ginaajd@gmail.com


 
Special Voter’s Meeting – On March, 27 at 11:30am we will be holding a voter’s meeting to discuss and hopefully approve a worship coordinator position for St. Luke’s. The worship coordinator would work with our pastors and musicians to help us continue to strive for excellence in public worship and use even more of the musical gifts of those in our congregation. This will be a half-time position. If you would like to read more about this proposal, there is more information on the secretary’s desk. 
We will be placing a call for a 7th Grade Teacher/Athletic Director at the meeting on March 27th.
The WELS International Youth Rally is going to be in Tennessee, June 28 - July 1. Registration is going to be opening soon. This is open to all Teens who are graduating 8th grade this Spring through those graduating High School this Spring. Please contact Pastor Redfield  to register. 
 
Check these links for more information. 
Rally Workshops
Rally Excursions
Website
Thank you for the artwork created by TSL students!
The Adult Choir will be meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays during Lent.  Come and join us as we prepare music for Lent and Easter services.  Anyone is always welcome for whatever practices you can make.
Easter Flowers
It is time to order flowers to beautify our altar on Easter Sunday.  The order form is attached below. Checks should be made payable to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.  You can place your order in the basket on the desk in the office or mail it to church.
Easter Flower Order Form
MEMBER NEWS
 
Usher, Technology & Greeters
March 20th 8:00 a.m. Sean Young & Pete Kiecker; Projector: Jeremiah Borgwardt; Video: John Ristow; Greeters: Dan & Shirley Wiedenhoeft
March 20th 10:15 a.m. George Zaferos & Andrew Zaferos; Projector: Kim Winters; Greeter: Rachel Cloute
March 23rd 4:00 p.m. Ralph Wandersee & Jim Schildbach; Projector: Brandon Mensching
March 23rd 7:00 p.m. Pete Thompson & Lucas Borck; Projector: Lori Schloesser
March 27th 8:00 a.m. Ryan Borgwardt, Steve Vasold, Rick Dunham, Bennett Ozminkowski & Tom Schultz; Projector: Ben Vasold; Video: Caleb Cloute; Greeters: Jim & Linda Redfield
March 27th 10:15 a.m. Neil Landvatter, Steve Schmidt, Ron Hertig, Justin Gregorius & Tim Rehbaum; Projector: Siri Gregorius; Greeters: Carolyn Birkholz & Linda Travis


Keep in your prayers
Home to Heaven: Ken Staude was called home to heaven.  We pray for those who will miss him.

We pray for the following people who are having health issues or recovering: Jennifer Gerstner having surgery; Toni Feder; Jim Roberts; Rodney Zoern;  Millie Zoern; Jessica Christian; Lois Meier; David Tietz, Dean Freson, Betty Gerstner; Tom Probst; Kathleen Graf; Jenny Raduenz, Carole (Mrs. Charles) Nehls, Helen Jannke and Al Held, father of Mary Hochmuth.


Call Meeting News: Seth Kock has returned our call to be our 7th grade teacher/Athletic Director and will remain at St. Marcus in Milwaukee. May the Lord continue to bless his ministry at St. Marcus.
      Shawna Jaeger has accepted our call to be our halftime 4K teacher. May the Lord bless her ministry at TSL.
Easter Breakfast Is Back! Everyone is welcome to help with Easter breakfast.  Breakfast will be served from 8-9:30 a.m. between services.  There is a signup in the church entryway.  Please take a look to see what you can do to help serve our Lord and others on the best day of the year.  Thank you!
A Blood Drive will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on March 24 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sign up at bit.ly/trinitymarch2022 or call 877-232-4376.
A Day at the Fireside Theater!
Our winGs group is hosting a day at the Fireside Theater in Fort Atkinson on Saturday, April 23. The show “A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement” is a comedy about what goes on in our church kitchens and the lives around it. This is a day performance at 1:30pm with a meal of choice before the show. We plan to meet at St. Luke’s at 9:30am and be back to St. Luke’s around 4:30/5pm. Please see the bulletin board in the church narthex for ALL the information. Any questions contact Kirsten Young at (608) 843-7291 or kirstenlyoung@gmail.com. Hurry! We only have 18 tickets!! Deadline is March 23!!!

Lead Teachers Needed!

TSL Roots Early Learning Center is hiring Lead Teachers for the following rooms: Infants, Toddlers, 2’s, 3’s, and Summer School Age Care. We are looking for individuals who are willing to care for God’s littlest lambs, share the Good News, and support the developmental needs of young children. TSL Roots is eager to be a community resource and can’t wait to meet our future staff additions. If you are interested in applying please call 920-261-3615 and pick up an application packet at TSL’s Western Campus.  If enrollment is high enough, classroom assistants and an office administrator positions will be available too! 

All of these positions will begin either the last week of May or the first week of June. Please contact the school office at the number listed or Director Keely Prekop at kprekop@tslwels.org if you have any questions.

DockHounds Event – June 5th 2022        
      As the warm weather approaches its never too early to start thinking about baseball and tailgates. St Luke’s invites you to reserve June 5th for that very thing. Join us for a DockHounds Game!
      Located just outside of Oconomowoc the DockHounds are a professional minor league baseball team. St. Luke’s has teamed up with them to provide an afternoon of fellowship and fun for the entire family. We encourage you to invite friends and neighbors from hear and afar. Everyone is welcome!
      The game is on Sunday, June 5th 2022 at 1:35pm. Tailgating will take place in the parking lot prior to the game. Details to follow.
     This is not something you’re going to want to miss. Purchase your tickets now at the link below.
Lake Country DockHounds vs Kansas City Monarchs 6/5 St. Luke's Lutheran Church (fevo.com)
    
If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Redfield pastortredfield@gmail.com and/or Shawna Jaeger shawnaLjaeger@gmail.com

TSL Roots Donations:  Would you like to help plant the seed?  Items that are still needed for the Early Learning Center are listed on a display in the entryway.  If you would like to give, please take a paper from the display, fill out the back, and return it with your donation of cash or a check (made out to Trinity - St. Luke’s School) to the church or school office. Thank yous and receipts for tax purposes will be given out based on the information on the back of the ornament.

Interested in giving your thankofferings online? 
If so, scan this QR code and it will take you to our online giving.  If you have been using the Give Plus Mobile App on your device, you will need to change to the Vanco Mobile app.  This will work the same as the Give Plus app (which is being discontinued in April).  Thank you for your gifts to Jesus.
Looking for gift idea?.....Devotion books?....Hymnal?....Etc...Check out the spring flyer from Northwestern Publishing House linked below.
Spring Flyer
WELS/ELS Singles Facebook Group
If you're single (unmarried, divorced, widowed) and looking to socialize, make friends, or enjoy fellowship with other singles who share your faith, we encourage you to join our Facebook group! Our group consists of over 500 members from around the world with ages ranging from 18-65+. We are an active group sharing Biblical encouragement, prayers, Lutheran memes, personal victories, and food. Our page is full of discussion posts and we typically have a weekly video hangout on Sunday evenings. We'd love to have you join us. Facebook Groups.
Employment Opportunity--LPS
Luther Preparatory School has a full-time janitorial position available.  For a complete description of the job, click here.
Thrivent members, you can still direct 2021 Choice Dollars to benefit our church or school. The easiest way is to logon to Thrivent.com, type 'Thrivent Choice' in the search box, click on 'Direct Choice Dollars' and follow the prompts. You can also call 800-847-4836 and when prompted, say 'Thrivent Choice'. Your 2021 Choice Dollars will expire on March 31, so direct your dollars soon! If you have questions, call the Watertown Thrivent Office at 920-261-3222.
Suicide. Suffering. Science and Ethics. Keeping your children in the faith. Parenthood’s burdens and blessings. Chances are one or more of these topics may have touched your life, yet how often are they approached from a distinctly Lutheran perspective? These are also all modern-day issues discussed recently on the Life Challenges Podcast from Christian Life Resources. Check it out, give a listen, and perhaps you’ll find yourself better prepared the next time you face tough issues like these. Find it at lifechallenges.us or on your favorite podcast platform.
Camp Bird for Lutherans
Camp Bird is a camp for children who are currently in Grades 5-8.  The dates for the three weeks of camp in 2022 are as follows:  July 3-8; July 10-15 and July 17-22.  A registration form is attached below.
Camp Bird Registration Form

If you would like a personal pastoral visit and communion, please call the office to set up an appointment.

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