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Beautiful  Savior  Lutheran  Church
N5015 Beaverbrook Ave., Spooner, WI

Located Southwest of the Junction of Highways 53 & 70 in Spooner, Wisconsin 
     
As disciples of our Beautiful Savior, we dedicate ourselves to grow in faith   
             and spread His Word to all people, through the diligent study
            and practice of the inerrant Word of God.   (Mission Statement) 
           
              

Phone:     715-635-7672    Website:  www.bslcspooner.com     
Email:  beautiful001@ centurytel.net
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/Beautiful-Savior-Lutheran-Church-Spooner-2253900931311243/

Pastor David Warskow

       Phone: Home   715-939-1099                  Cell  661-400-3828
Email:  pastorbslcspooner@gmail.com
Secondary Email:  beautiful001@centurytel.net


Little Lambs Preschool
Lori McQuade, Teacher 

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/bslcspooner
Phone: 715-635-7678  
     


SERVING OUR BEAUTIFUL SAVIOR

MAY  2020
 

Worship Services                                                            Schedules are subject to change
Sunday Worship Service / Communion on 1st & 3rd Sundays - 9:30AM
            Examination of Confirmands during worship service, May 24
            Confirmation during worship service May 31 (tentative date)
Bible Study
Sunday School/Youth Study (Kids Connection / Music @ 10:45) - 11:00 AM
Sunday Adult Bible Class - 11:00 AM
Confirmation Class Sunday, May 3, 10 & 17 - 12:45-2:30 PM
Tuesday Bible Study  - 10:00 AM
Wednesday Bible Study - 10:00 AM (Broadcast live on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bslcspooner1/)
Thursday Bible Study - 10:00 AM
 

What More Could We Want?

         This year in our monthly articles we are considering favorite verses from the Bible.
        This month’s favorite Bible verse is:  Psalm 23:1

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.”

        John D. Rockefeller was one of the richest men in the world. An interviewer once asked him, “How much money is enough?” Rockefeller replied, “Just a little bit more.”
        How many times have we told ourselves that if we had “just a little bit more” we would be happy? A higher-paying job. A larger home. An earlier retirement. Better health. Successful children.
        But what happens when those wants are met? Are people truly happy? And what happens when those wants aren’t met? When you find yourself unemployed. When in rough times your savings are depleted. When plans for better housing or earlier retirement have to be put on hold. When your health takes a turn for the worse or your children struggle in school. Where do you turn? Turn to Jesus and remember, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.”
        We might not have everything we want in life, but Jesus, our Good Shepherd, has truly given us everything we need. He’s given us his word. He’s given us his promises. He assures us that our sins are forgiven and eternal life in heaven is ours through his death and resurrection.
        He promises to provide for all of our physical and spiritual needs richly and abundantly here on earth until he takes us to the glorious home that he has prepared for us in heaven. There we will experience the fulfillment of his promise, “You will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” (Psalm 16:11).
        Not long after his death, someone came up to the accountant of John D. Rockefeller and said, “We know Rockefeller was a very wealthy man. How much did he leave?” Without a moment’s hesitation, the accountant answered, “Everything!” A man who seemed to have it all was forced to leave it all behind in the end. The only things that will go with us from this life to the next are the spiritual treasures that belong to us through faith in Jesus.
        What do we want out of life? What we need the most has already been fully and freely supplied by Jesus, our Good Shepherd. So, what more could we want? What more could we need?

 FROM THE PASTOR

         If you call on the Father who judges impartially, according to the work of each person, conduct yourselves during the time of your pilgrimage in reverence, because you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, not with things that pass away, such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like a lamb without blemish or spot.  1 Peter 1:17-19 EHV*

        How are you doing? I have to admit that the past month has been very challenging. All of our lives have been altered dramatically to say the least.
        Classes at school were stopped. Dining room tables have become the active class room. Businesses asked to shut down. All extra surgeries and doctor’s visits put on hold. Trips have been cancelled or rescheduled. Corporate worship has taken on a different look. We have all become very familiar with the four walls of our home and have plenty of time to reflect and assess the situation we are in as a country and world.
        If you are like me, more time than usual has been spent in meditation and prayer. The above verses are ones that recently came across my screen. It is a fitting reminder of what is really important in all of this. It reminds us how being focused on this life is empty. It is empty of any hope, any security, and any real wealth. Our real wealth is secured in the very blood shed by Christ himself.
        This text also reminds us that life this is a pilgrimage. It is a journey that does have an end, a goal in mind. It is a journey that reminds us how temporary our physical life on this earth is. We are journeying to the heavenly home where our Savior and Father dwell. While we journey, we do it with reverence. We take the appropriate times for worship, praise, prayer and thanksgiving. We take the necessary steps to help our fellow travelers along the way. We are presented with opportunities to share what is essential to all around us so that many more may know about the true and lasting hope and peace that comes from Christ’s blood.
        We are also reminded of a great tool at our disposal. It is the ability to call on our Father. He is the one that has the power to assist us in this time. He is the one that will enable and empower us to live our lives of faith while on this earth.
        As we look ahead to the coming month, we should see things continue to move in a positive direction. I am confident we will once again be in our building and hearing each other’s voices without a car window in the way as we raise our voices in one to praise our Father who continues to help us through this inconvenience caused by the virus. May we always remember where our help comes from, where our security and confidence lies and that we are just passing through to our heavenly home.
          Evangelical Heritage Version (R), copyright (C) 2017 The Warturg Project  All rights reserved. www.wartburgproject.org
 

Praise to the Lord,
the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him,
for he is your health and salvation!
Let all who hear
Now to his temple draw near,
Joining in glad adoration!

            Written by Joachim Neander, 1680
 
NEWS FROM BEAUTIFUL SAVIOR

             Worship Services During Corona Virus will be held at church in the parking lot where social distancing can be observed.  When the ban lifts, they are initially recommending we only allow 40 in at a time. If this is the case, we will go to 2 services to accommodate the amount of people that come for worship.

        Confirmation will be tentatively held on May 31 with the Examination on May 24.  Both will take place during the worship services

         Thank You to Justin of Wolverine Tire for the use of the sound equipment again.

         Bible Study:  We have small Bible Study groups that take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 AM. Space is limited to 9 participants (plus Pastor) to keep us at the 10 or less gathering. We have open spots. Tuesday and Wednesday have 3 open spots each. Simply email Pastor as to which day works best for you. Please include an alternate day if your first choice gets filled up. We will continue our study of Romans during these study times. Pastor’s email address is pastorbslcspooner@gmail.com. The Wednesday study is also broadcast on Facebook live.
         Since the Wednesday class will be live, anyone who desires to follow the study at home can do so. Notify Pastor if you plan to attend via Facebook and he will email the study ahead of time.
         While watching on Facebook, if you have a question, type it in the comment section and Pastor will monitor it and ask/answer the question you have.


What is Your “Cup of Tea”?

Newsletter Delivery, Online or Printed  - Pick Your “Cup of Tea”

          We are reviewing how the newsletter (with calendar) is delivered to you each month. Please let Lynda know your preference to receive your newsletter—whether in printed format or online (it will be posted on the church website). Please send your preferred delivery method to Lynda at fisch@centurytel.net.  The change will take place after a final decision has been made in June or July.

Indicate whether:

  1. you want to have your newsletter in printed format, the way it is now. After printing, the newsletter will be placed in your mailbox at church. If you do not pick it up, it will be mailed to you after the following Sunday.
  2. you want to access the newsletter online; You will be notified by email when your newsletter is available on the church website.
        The newsletter & calendar are posted on the Beautiful Savior website (http://www.bslcspooner.com/) each month and may be available before printed copies are ready for pick up.
        Please, let us know your preferred delivery method:  #1 Printed or #2 Online. Email your preference to Lynda at  fisch@centurytel.net
        If you need to update your email address, please be sure to make a note of it in your email.
        A decision regarding the distribution method will be made in the near future; your preferences will be taken into consideration.
 
          Sending Out a Very Grateful Thank You to all the ladies who have responded to the e-mail regarding the LWMS National and Local Circuit ballots.  Your participation gives our congregation a voice in who will receive funding and serve us in the near future.  While reading through the ballot material one can’t help but feel all of the missions and candidates are worthy of our votes.  It is a privilege to know we can participate in this way and that we will be helping world and home missions as well as deciding who will further the work and put in the effort our circuits will definitely benefit from.  We will be sure to let you know the outcome once we receive the final word. 

Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy?
Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick?
Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them
and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 
And the prayer offered in faith will make
the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up.
If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 
Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray
for each other so that you may be healed.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
   
James 5:13-16
 

 Beautiful Savior Prayer Chain - Fifth Anniversary, May 2020

          Join us in this tremendous opportunity to serve our Lord. 
         Although our prayer list sometimes gets long, it truly reflects the faith our church family has in prayer!  As well as their faithful responses in petitioning our Lord on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
          In April 2020 we had a total of  33  e-mail addresses where the prayer updates were sent and some of those were couples praying. We are so blessed!

          Be a “Prayer Warrior” If you would like to become a “prayer warrior” for those whose petitions are brought to the attention of the prayer chain, send an email to Sharon Bingen.
Contact

        Sharon email winbin5@yahoo.com, phone 715-266-2505, text to 920-279-9601
        Pastor - email pastorbslcspooner@gmail.com, phone 715-635-7672
Guidelines
        Who:  Anyone can request a prayer by contacting Sharon Bingen or Pastor.
        What A prayer request can be made for anyone, a member, a family member, friend, etc. 
        ALWAYS ask for permission before making the request. The request can be stated as praying
                for an individual without naming them by name.
        Where:  Contact Sharon or Pastor.  Sharon will send you an email confirming receipt of your request.
        When:  A request can be made anytime the need arises
        How:  A prayer request may be general or more detailed depending on the individual request.
        Respect:  It is extremely important to respect the privacy of the recipient.  The information is not to be shared with others.
Advantages

        Prayers can begin immediately in an emergency situation.
        It encourages people to turn to the Lord in prayer.
        It provides support when people need to be surrounded by God’s love.

  "Come, follow Me," the Savior spake,
"All in My way abiding;
Deny yourselves, the world forsake,
Obey My call and guiding.
O bear the cross, whate'er betide,
Take my example for your guide.

                                By Johann Scheffler
 
           The WELS International Youth Rally has been cancelled.

         Latest Updates from WELS on the Coronavirus Pandemic as We Face COVID-19: Stay connected with the latest updates from WELS on the COVID-19 pandemic, including helpful resources for spiritual growth, worship technology, and learning activities for students. Information will be shared as it becomes available. More information and resources at https://wels.net/news-media/as-we-face-covid-19/.

          New family devotions from WELS Discipleship: Devotions for the entire family to use are available. The devotions will coincide with the previous Sunday’s Bible readings. Each devotion is complete with a set of questions for different age groups, a prayer, and hymn verses that can be sung or spoken. Downloadable printable versions are available as well. Read more at https://wels.net/new-family-devotions-from-wels-discipleship/.  Subscription information is listed there also.

         Together at the Empty Tomb:  More than 20,000 people tuned in on Sunday for the synodwide virtual Easter service, Together at the Empty Tomb. If you missed it—or if you loved it and want to see it again—you can watch the archived service online. Watch entire service at (https://livestream.com/wlslive/togetherattheemptytomb).
        Also, due to popular demand, a video is available of the service's hymn of the day, "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," featuring WELS members from around the country singing at home.   View the hymn (https://vimeo.com/407279732);  or on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41CGsiI9Fpc.

         What About Jesus: Want to learn more your Savior and the Bible? Visit the What About Jesus website to learn about Jesus, the Bible, and your Christian life. Visit the website at http://www.whataboutjesus.com/.

                   WELS Home Missions: WELS Home Missions is blessed to plant churches and assist mission-minded congregations in the United States, Canada, and English-speaking West Indies. Home Missions currently supports 126 congregations with financial subsidy or district mission board/mission counselor assistance, with 26 of those being cross-cultural mission congregations. Find out how WELS is reaching our neighbors right here in North America at wels.net/missions.

          Prayers
          Principals – Heavenly Father, thank you for the Lutheran school system with which you have blessed our synod to train and guide our children with your Holy Word. Bless the leaders of all our schools. We especially ask you to bestow your grace on the teachers completing their training in the 21st Century Lutheran Principal Initiative. Give them wisdom in their work and use their service to your glory and the growth of your kingdom. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
          Northwestern Publishing House – Lord God Almighty, thank you for providing our synod with a publishing house that creates Bible study materials and devotional resources that are faithful to the Holy Scriptures. We especially praise you for the publication of Luther’s Catechism, the Evangelical Heritage Version of the Bible, as well as the production of the new hymnal and all its accompanying resources. Let these tools be utilized in our congregations to honor you and to strengthen the faith of your people. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
          Congregational Counseling – Christ Jesus, the life and breath of your church, we pray on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Christ who give and receive WELS congregational counseling for churches in our fellowship. Send your Holy Spirit to breathe life into your churches through your good news in Word and sacrament. Give all congregational counselors and the churches they assist an understanding that a healthy congregation is one that faithfully preaches and teaches the lifesaving, eternity-changing gospel. May the congregational counselor newly called by WELS be quickly established to assist our church body. Keep our eyes focused on the eternal glory that you have prepared for us. May this motivate us to heed your command to share the gospel with our members and the lost. To you be all honor and glory forever. Amen.

         Resources from NPH: Visit nph.net/free-resources to download these free spiritual resources for yourself and your family during this challenging time: 

         The NPH Spring Catalog is packed with a variety of Christian resources and gifts for you to discover. Find new releases, seasonal books, and more at https://online.nph.net/springcatalog. With a purchase of $50 or more from items in the Spring Catalog, you can get a free copy of 364 Days of Thanksgiving: A Devotional Journal. Just add the book to your cart and use the code FREE364 during checkout; offer ends May 31and is not valid with any other offer. 

         The NPH Spring Catalog is packed with a variety of Christian resources and gifts for you to discover. Find new releases, seasonal books, and more at https://online.nph.net/springcatalog. With a purchase of $50 or more from items in the Spring Catalog, you can get a free copy of 364 Days of Thanksgiving: A Devotional Journal. Just add the book to your cart and use the code FREE364 during checkout; offer ends May 31and is not valid with any other offer. 

 

CHILDREN OF GOD

          For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba Father’. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his suffering in order that we may also share in his glory.  Romans 8:14-17

           “You are safe and loved.” How many times have you said this to a little one? Safety is a building block of learning and developing. In order to learn successfully and even for the brain to develop successfully, a child needs to feel safe. If a child lives in fear, the child’s life will be filled with many struggles and obstacles.

          The Bible passage for today gives the comfort of safety to all who have received the Spirit. As children of God there is no need to live in fear. God is not a distant God removed from the lives of his children. It is the opposite! Through the Spirit we have become God’s children. What a comfort to know that God has made each one of us his dear children.

          There are two blessings highlighted in these verses that we receive as children of God. First is a blessing that we can confidently approach God as our Heavenly Father. He is our Father and we can boldly and confidently take anything to him in prayer. We can also rest assured in the promise that God will hear the prayer as our Heavenly Father.

          Secondly, we are heirs of God, co-heirs of Christ. Through Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection we receive the gift of salvation. The troubles and sufferings we face in this world are only temporary because we will one day receive the glory of Heaven!

          There is peace and comfort in the feeling of safety. In this time of challenges and concern, we can all rest peacefully in the safety of our Heavenly Father! He has us in his arms and will not let us fall. One day we will be in Heaven with our Heavenly Father.

          Posted 2020/03/03 by Early Childhood Ministry Educator’s (ECME) Devotions, brought to you by WELS Commission on Lutheran School. 












 






 



CROSSWORD        

Crossword page 2


(Solution at end of newsletter)


  
Have you seen the signs in a neighbor’s yard? “This house protected by . . .” The sign warns thieves that a security system protects the house. Wouldn’t it be nice to put up a sign that lets everyone know, “This house protected by the LORD”? He doesn’t fall asleep. He’s always on the job and alert. He takes care of us and all that we have. What a comforting thought as we fall asleep. Whether I’m awake or asleep, coming or going, the LORD is taking care of me, my family, and everything I own!

          Little Johnny - In Sunday School, they were teaching how God created everything, including human beings. Little Johnny seemed especially intent when they told him how Eve was created out of one of Adam's ribs.
          Later in the week, his mother noticed him lying down as though he were ill, and said, "Johnny what is the matter?"
          Little Johnny responded, “I have a pain in my side.  I think I’m going to have a wife.”

Crossword solution

 

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CHILDREN OF GOD

          For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba Father’. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his suffering in order that we may also share in his glory.  Romans 8:14-17

           “You are safe and loved.” How many times have you said this to a little one? Safety is a building block of learning and developing. In order to learn successfully and even for the brain to develop successfully, a child needs to feel safe. If a child lives in fear, the child’s life will be filled with many struggles and obstacles.

          The Bible passage for today gives the comfort of safety to all who have received the Spirit. As children of God there is no need to live in fear. God is not a distant God removed from the lives of his children. It is the opposite! Through the Spirit we have become God’s children. What a comfort to know that God has made each one of us his dear children.

          There are two blessings highlighted in these verses that we receive as children of God. First is a blessing that we can confidently approach God as our Heavenly Father. He is our Father and we can boldly and confidently take anything to him in prayer. We can also rest assured in the promise that God will hear the prayer as our Heavenly Father.

          Secondly, we are heirs of God, co-heirs of Christ. Through Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection we receive the gift of salvation. The troubles and sufferings we face in this world are only temporary because we will one day receive the glory of Heaven!

          There is peace and comfort in the feeling of safety. In this time of challenges and concern, we can all rest peacefully in the safety of our Heavenly Father! He has us in his arms and will not let us fall. One day we will be in Heaven with our Heavenly Father.

          Posted 2020/03/03 by Early Childhood Ministry Educator’s (ECME) Devotions, brought to you by WELS Commission on Lutheran School. 












 






 



CROSSWORD        

Crossword page 2


(Solution at end of newsletter)


  
Have you seen the signs in a neighbor’s yard? “This house protected by . . .” The sign warns thieves that a security system protects the house. Wouldn’t it be nice to put up a sign that lets everyone know, “This house protected by the LORD”? He doesn’t fall asleep. He’s always on the job and alert. He takes care of us and all that we have. What a comforting thought as we fall asleep. Whether I’m awake or asleep, coming or going, the LORD is taking care of me, my family, and everything I own!

          Little Johnny - In Sunday School, they were teaching how God created everything, including human beings. Little Johnny seemed especially intent when they told him how Eve was created out of one of Adam's ribs.
          Later in the week, his mother noticed him lying down as though he were ill, and said, "Johnny what is the matter?"
          Little Johnny responded, “I have a pain in my side.  I think I’m going to have a wife.”

Crossword solution

 

 
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