Serving Our Beautiful Savior
In This Issue
I Need More Rest
From Pastor’s Desk
Grace of Giving
Beautiful Savior News
7 Tips on Bible Reading
I NEED MORE … REST
People put in many hours of work each week. Weeknight evenings are filled with activities for children and meetings of all sorts. When the weekend rolls around, there are many activities that we want to participate in. There are sports for children, recreation for families, and leisurely interests for individuals. Hours on Saturday are taken up by home improvement projects or needed maintenance. By the end of it all we are tired.
Finally, it is Sunday morning, a day of rest, and I get to sleep in. It is the one morning that if I don’t get out of bed, my work will not call, and my children will not bother me. Nothing much happens on Sunday morning, so it is a good time to relax. I get so tired during the week. I need more rest and Sunday seems to be the perfect day to get it. If I sleep in on Sunday morning, I may be well rested physically but spiritually I am exhausted.
On the front wall of the church where I grew up is this Bible passage. “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Those are Jesus’ words. It is his invitation to provide rest, not for our bodies but for our souls. There were plenty of times I walked into that church physically tired, but I always received rest for my soul.
I heard a message about my sin and Jesus’ forgiveness. I was reminded every time that I had real rest in Jesus. I had the rest of a clear conscience because Jesus took my sin away with his death and resurrection. I had the rest of knowing that when I die, I will rest eternally with Jesus. I had the rest of knowing that the same Savior who loved me enough to die for me is ruling all things in this world for me, and for the benefit of all his people.
Such a busy life! It makes you wish you could have more rest. You do! In Jesus you have the rest you truly need. The church may not have that Bible passage printed on the wall, but through the Word of God you hear, you will receive rest for your soul in Jesus. Next Sunday morning, come and get some rest with us at church. It is good for your soul.
FROM THE PASTOR
I believe in the Holy Spirit; the Holy Christian Church, the Communion of Saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
What does this Mean?
I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing, believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.
But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.
In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.
On the Last Day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.
This is most certainly true.
Do you recognize these words? They are the Third Article of the Apostle’s Creed with its meaning. It is appropriate for us to take a brief look at these this time of the year because the celebration of Pentecost takes place this month.
I had someone say to me not too long ago that it seems we don’t speak that much of the work of the Holy Spirit. To an extent that is true. The Holy Spirit is the “unsung” hero of the Trinity. He is always doing his work in the background without looking for any praise or reward. He does his work just like Jesus did his, to give all glory to the Father. In doing so, the Spirit ends up with the same glory because he helps both the Father and the Son keep their promises to a world that deserves none of them.
Look at what the Spirit does for us. He brings us to faith by means of the gospel. He gives us gifts to use for the sake of the Church. He is what unites us to the rest of Christendom. He makes us holy and preserves us in our faith. He helps us realize what forgiveness is as he brings it to us and makes us grab hold of it personally. He will then raise us to life eternal when the Last Day comes. Jesus saved the world. The Holy Spirit helps us make that gift our own. It would be safe to say that without the Holy Spirit, we would all still be fat, dumb, and happy living in the filth of our sinful lives.
However, he brought about that dramatic change in us when he used the gospel to bring us to faith. For most of us, that took place in our baptisms. He then continues to use the gospel to keep us in the faith. In some ways, He is the hardest working individual of the Godhead. How have you made his work easy? How have you made his work difficult? We definitely need him each day in our lives. So, as we celebrate Pentecost during this month, let us rejoice that Jesus sent this gift to his Church to make it grow and preserve it for all eternity.
The Work of the Holy Spirit
(Jesus told us:)“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. John 15:26
Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
Holy Spirit, love divine,
glow within this heart of mine.
Kindle every high desire,
purify me with your fire.
Author Samuel Longfellow
(FYI: Samuel was the brother of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
CELEBRATE WITH US: We are pleased to invite you to celebrate with us as we congratulate Elijah on his graduation from West Lutheran High School. We invite you to a celebration luncheon on June 2 following worship and Bible Study. We hope to see you there.
GRACE OF GIVING
2 Corinthians 8:19-21: What is more, he was chosen by the churches to accompany us as we carry the offering, which we administer in order to honor the Lord himself and to show our eagerness to help We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift. For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.
Paul made it very clear that they were administering the gifts of the saints in Corinth carefully. It was not different than it is now. There were people who posed as religious teachers and took collections only to line their own pockets. Paul wanted to assure the Corinthians that would not happen.
Your congregation has put in place certain safeguards to make sure offerings are administered faithfully. Counting committees count the offerings and put them in the bank. Another committee or perhaps your church secretary records the offerings. The treasurer’s books are audited. The church council oversees the expenditures, which are duly reported to the congregation.
Be thankful that you belong to a fellowship of believers where you can be not only confident in how your offerings are used, but also able to give of your talents and abilities for the work of the Lord.
PRAY: Holy Spirit, thank you for bringing me to faith in Jesus and for calling me into the Christian faith with the gospel. Thank you for my brothers and sisters in the faith in my congregation and beyond. Thank you for the help they have given me in my time of need. Thank you for the opportunities I have had to be involved in ministry. I pray that you keep our church strong as we proclaim the gospel to our community. Amen
Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:15
Luther Quote: [Some argue] that the ungodly do not receive the body of Christ [in the Lord’s Supper] because they do not believe. Then you should be permitted to argue that because the ungodly do not believe the Ten Commandments, therefore the commandments do not exist. (American Edition of Luther’s Works 54:25)
BEAUTIFUL SAVIOR NEWS
The Helping Hands Stewardship Board is located by the kitchen door. If you have a project and need a “helping hand,” take one of the hands and enter info about the project and hang the hand on the string. If you would, like to help with a project that is posted, speak to the person who posted the hand.
Who: Ladies of Beautiful Savior
What: Coffee, potluck luncheon and visit to Winter Greenhouse
Where: Sharon Bingen’s home, N7142 County Road B, Winter
When : Friday, June 21 (rescheduled from the 14th)
Time?: 10:30 AM
Carpool from Church at 9:15 AM: For information or if you interested,
contact Sharon Schultz, call or text cell 715-790-2583
Directions: Hwy 70;
Go through Winter (5 miles);
Hwy B - turn left;
Before the first curve - turn right before the perpendicular sign N7142
NEW BEGINNINGS Please stop by the table in the fellowship hall and pick up a baby bottle, fill it with change and return it by Father’s Day. The money collected will be used to help this worthwhile cause. New Beginnings is a Christ-centered ministry for single mothers and their children operated by Christian Life Resources. The home has been serving residents since 1993. It is supported entirely by the generous support and prayers of those who are committed to sharing Christ and reflecting his sacrificial love.
Heavy Duty Office Chair
Heavy Duty Mat for Office Chair
New Pots & Pans, Silverware Sets, Kitchen Utensils
Gift Cards: $25 Walmart, Amazon, Target, etc.
The complete list is at homeformothers.com. There is information on additional ways to give material donations.
Read the May 2019 issue of Growing Branches at homeformothers.com/may_19_-_growing_branches, a quarterly publication on the ministry of New Beginnings – A Home for Mothers located in Milwaukee.
56th Annual LWMS Convention
Des Moines Convention Center
LET US WALK WITH JESUS
in the Heartland
Find more info go to www.lwms.org/
Jesus said to those on His right: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:35-36
Free Rummage Event will be held Friday and Saturday, August 23-24. This year we would like to have more children’s clothes available. This will help families as they prepare their children for the new school year. Start setting aside items for the Free Rummage. Please, make sure they are clean and in good condition.-
Please set aside time to help on August 23 and 24 for the event, plus time sorting and set up days that will be scheduled soon. Although this is not a cushy job; it is one that has been much appreciated by many people and, as a bonus, brings people into our church. They can see our building and believers who welcome them and are eager to help others and have them return and visit us again, perhaps to worship with us and learn about our Lord who wants us to love and help others in the way would do it for Him. What a wonderful way to follow Jesus’ teachings.
Just think, you can help others while clearing out closets and clutter. It’s a Win – Win.
Your assistance is greatly needed with this worthwhile event for our neighbors and our fellow believers. What a great way to combine evangelism and stewardship with love for others.
For more information speak to Debra Boelk, Elaine Bullens or Sharon Schultz.
“The King(Jesus) will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40
our local WELS retreat, has been a place of retreat and fellowship for youth, adults, church groups and families since 1951. The land, as it exists today, was purchased in 1968. It consists of 160 acres located on Rooney Lake in northwestern Wisconsin. The property features 2100 feet of lakeshore to enjoy swimming, boating and water activities. There are 15 tent sites, 35 rustic cabins, a main lodge, a vicar’s cabin, 1 year-round cabin, a bathroom/shower facility, and an enclosed picnic shelter. The Camp operates and is available year-round, but not all facilities are available year-round. Visit the Camp Croix site at http://campcroix.org/about-camp-croix/
For registration information go to: http://campcroix.org/register/
Camp Croix’s purpose is to offer Christian programs in an outdoor environment with all such programs being governed by the Word of God and a spirit of love.
Support the Washburn County Food Pantry
with your donations of non-perishable food items. There is a food drop box in the fellowship area for your donations.
Address Change? Are You a Snowbird? Away at School? Moving?
Please, notify us of your address when you are leaving and when upon your return: mail it, drop it off, phone it in (715-635-7672), or email it to beautiful0001@ centurytel.net
. If it is for certain time period, please indicate the dates it covers. That way we can keep in touch with you and send your newsletter to you. Thank you.
sign-up sheet is on the counter. Please sign up to take a week of mowing our church property.
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10
NEWS FROM THE WELS
WELS Night at Miller Park
Update on ticket order deadline
- Due to brisk ticket sales for the July 12 WELS night game, the Brewers have moved the WELS group ticket ordering deadline to June 14. The 50% discounted ticket price rate will not be available after that date. To learn more, including how to order WELS Night t-shirts, go to wels.net/brewers2019
Christian Aid and Relief
assists communities across the world and in our own backyards. It is their mission to provide faithful support and encouragement as people recover and rebuild in the wake of disaster. Christian Aid and Relief also funds humanitarian aid projects that reflect Christ’s love to those in need. For more information about the Christ-like kindness that Christian Aid and Relief aims to share, visit wels.net/relief.
WELS GRACE OUTREACH - VIETNAM
WELS President Mark Schroeder, World Missions Administrator Rev. Larry Schlomer, and Director of Missions Operations Mr. Sean Young have returned from their trip to Hanoi, Vietnam; a memorandum of understanding was signed by WELS and Vietnamese Fellowship Church representatives confirming we can move forward with all land purchase, construction, and training plans!
Praise be to God! Please pray that our heavenly Father graciously provides such resources and support for this opportunity. Your prayers and gifts to spread God’s kingdom in Vietnam are a blessing.
To learn more about this mission opportunity, visit wels.net/vietnamhmongoutreach
. Feel freet to contact us for any assistance by calling 800-827-5482 or e-mailing email@example.com
Thank you for your partnership in this and all the work we do together in Jesus’ name.
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SALVATION UNTO US HAS COME
Salvation unto us has come
By God’s free grace and favor,
Good works cannot avert our doom,
They help and save us never:
Faith looks to Jesus Christ alone,
Who did for all the world atone;
He is the Mediator.
Author: Paulus Speratus
, verse 1
7 TIPS ON BIBLE READING by Pastor Ben Sadler
My life changed on May 26, 2008.
It was the day I was assigned to be an intern (vicar) of a congregation in rural Wisconsin. I knew serving a church full time would be a great experience, but I didn’t know that it would transform me so deeply, affecting me to this day.
When I first met my mentor/pastor/boss, Nate Strutz, he greeted me with three abrupt questions:
Do you love Jesus?
Do you love Jesus’ Word?
Do you love Jesus’ people?
I was so caught off guard that all I could do was grunt out “yes” to each question.
He quickly responded with a smile, “Then we’ll get along just fine.”
He handed me two sheets of paper—a list of all the chapters in the Bible.
Then he said, “Ben, this is a Bible reading plan. You will begin to follow this plan on July 1. I will be reading the same schedule as you. And I will hold you accountable to this habit.” And he did.
Pastor Strutz challenged me to start the habit of daily Bible reading. He supported and encouraged me along the way. And because of this one simple conversation, I have read my Bible every day for the past ten years (with only a handful of exceptions).
What Pastor Strutz did for me, I now want to pass on to you.
I want to challenge you to start the habit of daily Bible reading.
Although this is one of the most beneficial habits you could start, it might just be one of the most difficult. The Bible is a big book, 66 books actually. It is an ancient work of art, written by literary geniuses who lived in a much different culture than ours.
So, before you dive in, here are 7 tips for reading your Bible.
- Take a Bible information class. When you start reading, you will have loads of questions immediately. That’s why I encourage people to go to a church that offers a Bible information course. In this class, you will learn answers to some of the following questions:
- What is the main story of the Bible?
- What is the big problem and God’s solution?
- What does the Bible want me to believe and do?
- Read a children’s Bible. After taking a Bible information class, you might not be ready to jump into Scripture. Step two might be reading a children’s Bible. My favorite children’s Bible is The Jesus Storybook Bible (https://www.sallylloyd-jones.com/books/jesus-storybook-bible/) by Sally Lloyd-Jones.
- Begin and end Bible reading with prayer. God speaks to you through the Scriptures. If God is talking to you, then it is only natural you talk back to him. Pray God gives you insight into his Word. Pray God shows you your sin and, most of all, shows you his love. Pray God would transform you.
- Make use of good study tools. My favorite Bible study tool is The Bible Project (https://thebibleproject.com/). The Bible Project is a website with hundreds of short videos that outline every book of the Bible and explain major themes of Scripture. I highly recommend it! You might also want to check out the hundreds of Grace Talks videos available on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/timeofgrace) and on the Grace Talks website (www.yourtimeofgrace.org/). These short video devotions help explain how to put God’s Word into practice in your life.
- Follow a plan. When Pastor Strutz challenged me, he gave me a clear plan to read three chapters of the Bible a day. Each day I would cross off the chapters and chart my progress. There are many different reading plans on line (www.yourtimeofgrace.org/). Find one that works for you.
- Establish a routine. According to Charles Duhigg’s book The Power of Habit, to establish a new habit, we need a trigger, a routine, and a reward. I found this to be true with the habit of Bible reading. For me the trigger is waking up and walking down to the basement. My routine is sitting in a quiet room in a soft chair with an open Bible. And my reward after reading is a hot cup of coffee.
If you want your Bible-reading habit to stick for the long haul, set a trigger (or cue), follow a routine, and give yourself a reward.
- Partner with others. I’ve tried to start many good habits. But only Bible reading has truly stuck. Why? Because I had accountability to Pastor Strutz. Real, lasting change seems to always happen in a community, even if it’s just between two people, just ask Weight Watchers and Alcoholics Anonymous.
- As you begin to read the Bible, find at least one other person who will partner with you as you begin this journey.
- Final thought
Bible reading is hard.
It takes sacrifice.
But it is worth it.
It’s God’s personal message to you.
I want to challenge you to read the Bible, just like my pastor challenged me.
Who knows? You might just look back ten years from now and remember this moment as the day your life changed for the good.
Pastor Ben Sadler has served as a full-time pastor since 2010. He began his ministry serving a Spanish-speaking congregation in Florida. Since March 2014, he has served at Goodview Trinity Church in Minnesota. He is married to Emily, and they have three children. Ben loves to spend time with his family, ride his road bike, read, write, and preach.
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Preschool Thank You: We are very thankful to our Preschool teacher Lorri McQuade. We appreciate the outstanding job she does each year with these little lambs. She serves our Lord and our congregation by teaching these youngsters about God through songs, Bible stories and by example. We are truly blessed to have her with us. Please take a moment to tell Lorri thank you and congratulate her on a job well done.
Sunday School And Youth Group News
Our last day of Sunday School will be June 9. A big THANK YOU to this year’s teachers for using their time, talents and gifts to assist parents with the spiritual growth of their children. Teachers this year were: Lauren Henriksen, Diane Prochnow, Jane Olsen, Lorri McQuade and Gary Dunsmoor. Please take the opportunity to thank these dedicated teachers that have prepared, been present each Sunday and taught the lessons about Jesus and His unending love for your children this past school year.
Sunday School music was directed by Carol Lyons, and Ruth King continued her long tenure as our dedicated youth leader. Thank you, Ruth and Carol.
The Sunday School offering project this year raised well over $100 for the congregation of Amazing Grace, Panama City, Florida. The church, parsonage and many members’ homes were severely damaged or destroyed in hurricane Michael last year.
There will be no summer Sunday school again this summer. However, we can continue to keep our children in God’s Word at home and by bringing them to church through the summer. If you attend bible class after church your children are of course always welcome to attend with you.
Continue this gift God has given us of Christian Bible study and education in His Word for you and your children. “…bring them (your children) up in the training and instruction of the Lord” Ephesians 6:4.
Sunday School for the 2019-2020 school year is tentatively set to begin September 8. Watch for information and materials later this summer for this important date in the continuing Christian education of our children.
The Youth Group is just beginning planning to do some fund raisers to give as many youths as possible the opportunity to attend the 2020 WELS Youth Rally. Watch for opportunities to support our high school students as they prepare and plan for the big rally next year.
The Youth Group will also complete regular Sunday study on July 9th and continue again September 8. However, they look forward to some possible summer activities.
If you have questions, feel free to talk to Sunday School director Gary Dunsmoor or Education Chairman Joe Romportl.
OUR MISSION FESTIVAL potluck and silent auction took place on Sunday, May 19. It was decided that the proceeds of the silent auction should go to support the Grace-Hmong Outreach Vietnam project. The day was filled with joyful fellowship, food, and bidding. Lively bidding on several of the items made for much mirth & merriment. The Fellowship Committee wants to express humble and deeply felt gratitude to all who participated and made the potluck and silent auction an overwhelming success. Although we cannot go ourselves, our gifts of love and prayers will help to support our Synod in its efforts to further the Lord’s work in Vietnam that we have been graciously called to fulfill. One cannot help but think of the following Bible passage:
Romans 10: 13-15 Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”