Serving Our Beautiful Savior
FAVORITE BIBLE VERSES
Unchanging Hope for an Ever-changing World
This year in our monthly articles we are considering favorite verses from the Bible. This month’s favorite Bible verse is: Hebrews 13:8
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
As one year ends and another begins, columnists and commentators look back at the previous year. What changed? What stayed the same? Whose passing did we mourn? Whose new arrival did we celebrate?
At the same time, we make predictions about the coming year. What will the new year hold? What will change? What will stay the same?
As fun and exciting as it may be to reminisce about the past and dream about the future, it can also be a little sad and scary. Things will likely never be what they used to be. Loved ones who have passed away don’t come back. Jobs that are lost seldom reappear quickly. Even when broken dreams and broken relationships are repaired, they rarely return to their former glory. Many times, our experiences in an ever-changing world are difficult.
Yet we sometimes look at our lives and see a need for change. Many of us make New Year’s resolutions: “I’m going to exercise more and eat less.” “I’m going to save more and spend less.” “I’m going to love more and hate less.” But too often, our good intentions disappear, and only poor excuses remain.
No matter what (or who) changes from one year to the next, there is one who never changes—Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He always exists, from before time, throughout the course of time, and at the end of time for eternity. Jesus loved you before you were born. He loves you today, and he will always love you.
That’s what Christmas is all about. Jesus loved you so much that he wanted you to experience his unchanging love forever. So, he came into the world to live up to God’s perfect demands in your place. He took the punishment for your imperfection and gave you the reward for his perfection. That reward is an eternity far away from this world’s sorrows and disappointments—the unchanging peace and joy of a place called heaven.
Jesus—the same yesterday, today, and forever—promises to be with us, love us, care for us, and give perfect peace with God to all who trust in him. Only Jesus offers unchanging hope to an ever-changing world.
Sunday Worship (Communion on 1st & 3rd Sunday), 9:30 AM
Sunday School/Youth Study (Kids Connection / Music @ 10:45), 11:00 AM
Sunday Adult Bible Class, 11:00 AM
Confirmation Class Sunday, 12:45-2:30 PM
Minong Study @ 10:00 AM
January 15 at Home of Waggoners (N13190 Frog Creek Rd, Phone 715-466-4830)
January 29 at Home of McKays (W7425 White Oaks Trail, Phone 715-466-2526)
Thursday Study: January 9, 16, 23, 30, 10:00 AM
Wednesday Bible Study, January 8, 15, 22, 29, 6:30 PM
Ladies Bible Study, January 18 @ 11:30 AM
Home of Elaine Bullens (N8429 River Rd, Trego, Phone 635-7121)
Voyager Village Study, January 8 & 22 @ 1:00 PM 22
Home of Alan & Jan Niedfeldt, (28402 Kilcare Road, phone: 715-520-7526)
From the Pastor
Happy New Year! You have probably heard the saying: “Hindsight is 20/20.” We pretty much understand this to mean that when we look back at our lives, we can see the places where we made mistakes and if we had the chance to go back and do it again, we probably would make different and better choices. This is all predicated on the fact that we would have new information to use at that time in the past. As we move into a new year, it is a good time to take a look at the past year and see how things went.
For us as a congregation it has been, what I would classify, a good year. We have been able to maintain the current number of Bible study opportunities and even add a new one. Some weeks we have half of our membership in study. We have had some new members come our way as they needed to make a change in their lives. The Lord has been with various individuals as they went through some medical difficulties and have been granted healing according to His gracious will. We had a time this summer when we had 8 of 13 services with attendance over 100 in worship. The preschool started the year with 1 student and we now have 6 as we now offer all day.
We have had some minor challenges in the year as well. The preschool started with 1 student. That was a time of concern. We tried a slightly different idea for VBS that didn’t turn out so well. We had the pressure regulator switch on the well recently go out and it led to the discovery of needing to replace the pump. Giving is up a bit, but we are still operating at a slight deficit. Overall, we had what one would consider a good year because the positives outweighed the negatives.
What do you think the new year has in store for us? Will it be good? Will it be bad? Will it be the same? What kind of things are making plans for? What changes to you plan to make? What will your motivation for making those changes be?
As we look forward to 2020, let us keep the words of 1 John 2:17 in mind: “The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” These are very fitting words when we look at the world we live in. It is trying its best to convince us that sin is in and Christianity is out. It is an archaic way of thinking that is unloving, unjust, racist and very prejudicial. Christianity has no room for political correctness. It is hard and difficult to live that life. All of these are lies that are put forth by the sinful desires of the world. It does not want to be told “No.” It does not want to be shown its sin. It wants to be told you can do whatever your little heart desires or whatever you feel good doing. You don’t need God in your lives. You are god and get to make that decision.
It is a struggle to not get caught up in the thinking of the world. The way to not get caught up is to do the “will of God.” What is His will? He wants all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. He wants people to repent of their sins. He wants his people to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind and love our neighbors as ourselves. That is a really tall order. But it is possible.
It is possible to do when we continue to put ourselves and desires at His feet. It is possible to do as we continue to dig into His Word. It is possible to do because He makes it possible. He lives in us by faith and puts His will into us. He creates in us proper wants and desires that look to serve and further His kingdom. He is the one that enables us to do His will and therefore live forever.
Do any of us know what 2020 has in store for us? I can tell you this: God intends to and will bless those who follow his will. Even if this country falls apart, we can still serve Him faithfully as His Children by doing His will. May the Lord bless you and empower you to be one who does not follow the ways and desires of the world, but gladly and willingly serve Him each day. Have a Blessed New Year!
He who to this day has fed me
And to many joys has led me
Is and ever shall be mine.
He who ever gently schools me,
He who daily guides and rules me,
Will remain my help divine.
BEAUTIFUL SAVIOR NEWS
Midweek Bible Studies: The Wednesday and Thursday Studies will resume January 8 & 9.
The 2020 offering envelopes are in the fellowship hall and are ready for you to pick up. Thank you!
The 2020 Flower Calendar is posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship area. Cost per arrangement is $20. See Sharon or Peggy.
Fellowship treats sign-up: Please help us provide Sunday fellowship treats by signing up on the sheet on the wall by the kitchen counter.
FREE RUMMAGE could use your Christmas decorations. Downsizing? Duplicates? Old decorations? Too much? Don't want to put back in the closet? Please contact John Schultz or Elaine Bullens for further details.
Communion - If you have difficulty walking and would like to receive Lord’s Supper where you’re sitting, just ask Pastor or an usher.
Coupons are available in the church library area. Take ones you can use. Bring ones you don’t need.
Old Meditations and Forward In Christ can have a second life! When you have finished reading your magazines, give it to someone else or bring it to church an put it in the box in our fellowship hall
AED: In case of an emergency, the defibrillator is in Pastor’s office.
The Ladies Bible Study Group resumes on January 18, 2020. We will be meeting at the home of Elaine Bullens (715 635-7121) in Trego as long as weather permits. If weather does not permit, we will meet at the church. Study starts at 11:30. Remember, bring your treat and drink!
What time is Bible study?? Wishing a friend or relative could listen to a sermon? Go to our website (www.bslcspooner.com). You will find audio recordings of sermons, the calendar and newsletter, directory and more. Members of Beautiful Savior can set up an account with password for additional info at the above site. Share the web address with a friend; they can read the latest article or hear a sermon.
A Sunday Fellowship Treat sign-up sheet is hanging by the kitchen/fellowship counter. Please sign up to bring treats for a Sunday. Thanks for your contribution to a special time with fellow Christians!
Deadline for the Calendar and Newsletter is the third Friday each month. Submit articles and calendar information by email to email@example.com or add “NEWSLETTER” to the subject and email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. Psalm 95:1-2
NEWS FROM THE LADIES
Our next meeting for the Ladies of Beautiful Savior will take place on January 26th during the voters meeting after church. We will discuss items that have come up since our October meeting. We are also wanting to look over and plan another future service project from all the survey sheets received back from our congregational ladies. Hope to see you there as your input and help is vital to our future plans and endeavors.
Pill Bottles: We are continuing to collect prescription pill bottles to send to mission fields. If you have questions, see Sharon Baker.
The 57th Annual LWMS Convention
June 25-28, 2020 in Athens, Georgia.
Think about gathering with your Christian sisters, perhaps a group of sisters from Beautiful Savior, and joining them for a weekend of worship, speakers, fellowship and fun.
Room blocks will open January 2020. For information go to www.lwms.org and scroll down to the 57th Annual Convention and click the logo.
Christian Life Resources - LifeWire
God's gift to us showed the most perfect love –
A sacrifice offered, come from above.
Our Savior born in a Bethlehem stall,
God's only Son has come, to save us all.
So, what can we say? What can we all do?
How can we show others our gratitude?
Share this story of love that is so true;
Love others now, just as he has loved you.
Reprinted with permission from Christian Living Resources www.christianliferesources.com post of December 19, 2019.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
Revelations 12:10-12: Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”
NEWS FROM THE WELS
GOAL SURPASSED - Through the support and prayers of WELS members, we have SURPASSED our goal of receiving $2 million to support a theological education facility in Vietnam. Thank you to all WELS members and congregations for your support! May God continue to bless our efforts to share the saving message of grace with our brothers and sisters in the Hmong Fellowship Church and the two million Hmong people throughout Southeast Asia!
Follow along on the continued journey at wels.net/vietnamhmongoutreach.
MLC: EQUIPPING CHRISTIAN WITNESSES -To celebrate the college’s 25th anniversary, Martin Luther College (MLC) and the Conference of Presidents invite all churches and individuals to prayerfully participate in a two-year capital campaign, “Equipping Christian Witnesses” (ECW). Lord-willing, we hope to equip even more pastors, staff ministers, and teachers! Please assist us with 1) recruitment of potential students, 2) student financial assistance, and 3) a new residence hall and an athletic facility.
WELS CONNECTION CLOSE-UP MOVES TO FORWARD IN CHRIST IN 2020 - Close-up, the print companion piece to the monthly WELS Connection video, will now be featured in the redesigned Forward in Christ magazine. Beginning in 2020, Communication Services will no longer be producing the service folder insert.
Forward in Christ is relaunching the magazine in January.
A redesigned cover and interior pages.
Expanded Confessions of faith.
This is WELS—photos from our readers.
Q&A column with accompanying Bible study.
A new website and weekly e-newsletter.
For more than 100 years, Forward in Christ has been your connection to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod worldwide. Those connections are continuing as we extend the story from WELS Connection each month on the pages of the magazine.
Look for the January issue in your mailbox.
Start planning now!
WELS International Youth Rally
June 23-26, 2020
University of Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee
Registration begins March 1, 2020.
WELS Special Ministries helps equip churches and individuals to serve in love. The Special Ministries umbrella covers eight specialized areas, but the opportunities to put love in action are countless.
You may put God’s love in action to someone far away, such as an inmate or a soldier. But most special ministry is local. You carry it out in your home, your church, or your community. Thousands of WELS volunteers serve the needs of neighbors who have a disability, an addiction, an illness, or other limiting circumstances. Learn about the many ways WELS Special Ministries can help you serve those around you at wels.net/special-ministries.
Follow Missions on Facebook: Like the new WELS Missions Facebook page to stay up to date on news from Home and World Mission fields, read inspiring stories of the gospel at work, and take advantage of the many resources WELS Missions has to offer. Visit fb.com/WELSMissions to get started.
Alive and active
"His body language was speaking loud and clear. Arms crossed. Slouched down. A toothpick pursed between his lips as he stared at the floor. Avoiding any sort of conversation with others. Refusing a bulletin to follow along. He didn’t want to be there, but somehow his girlfriend had convinced him to join her in church that morning. Perhaps she was buying lunch on the way home. Maybe if he went once she’d leave it alone for a while. Whatever it was, it sure didn’t seem like we’d see him again.
And then he came back the next week. . . "
Read more about this special witnessing opportunity at wels.net/alive-and-active/.
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19 :20-21
Prison Ministry – Lord Jesus, you bring “freedom for the prisoners.” We pray that you would bless the efforts of WELS Prison Ministry to share this good news through letters, biblical resources, and Bible studies. Open the hearts of all who hear your Word to understand our depravity before you, our great need for a Savior, and the wonderful victory you have given us through your death and resurrection. Amen.
Martin Luther College mid-year graduation – Lord Jesus, as Martin Luther College produces another class of mid-year graduates, lead us to see them as precious gifts from you to your church. According to your will, give these workers, who have said, “Here am I send me,” places to serve somewhere in your vineyard. Give them wisdom and eagerness to teach lambs and sheep about you, the Good Shepherd. If your will is that some of them must wait for a call or assignment, give them patience and encouragement that you do all things well for the benefit of your church, which you have purchased with your holy precious blood. Amen.
Philippines – Holy Spirit, you are blessing the proclamation of law and gospel in the Philippines so that, in less than two years, we are training local men to be pastors. Encourage and equip Pastor Alvien De Guzman as he teaches two men enrolled in seminary training. Thank you for the technology that permits us to offer other classes to these candidates for ministry. Give students and teachers alike the boldness needed so that all may confess your name clearly to lost souls to grow your kingdom. Amen.
WELS – Lord, when we pause to reflect on the past year, we are astounded at your blessings. We praise your Holy Spirit for moving members to be involved with ministry at their own congregations, in mission fields, and as part of our synod’s disaster relief efforts. We thank you for increased enrollment at our ministerial education schools. We glorify you for opening doors for us to connect with people around the world so that we can bring the gospel to more people than we ever could have planned. Please bless us in 2020 as we continue to strive to be good stewards of your kingdom. Amen.
Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary – Lord Jesus, Head of the Church, we ask you to guide this time of transition at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary as new men are called to replace several long-time professors. Prof. Richard Gurgel will be leaving the seminary to serve as president of Martin Luther College beginning this summer. Prof. James Tiefel retired at the end of 2019, and Prof. John Brenner plans to retire in June 2021. By your Spirit call for these positions the men you have in mind and be with them as they help train our future pastors. Amen.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said,
“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17
THE VALUE OF TIME
Time is valuable. So, I will keep this brief. Each day God gives us 86,400 seconds. How do we use it?
Average time per day for Americans:
- On phone (3hr = 10,800 sec)
- Commuting (35min = 2100 sec)
- Sleeping (8hrs = 28,800 sec)
- Working (8hrs = 28,800 sec)
- Watching TV (3hr 58min = 14,280 sec)
Whenever we receive a gift, we often want to say thank you. Why should time be any different? The ultimate way to thank God for His gift of time is to use it wisely and to give it back to Him.
You know what giving 10 minutes a day back to God looks like?
I know we are all busy, and it’s hard to find time for anything. Yet, remember what is the most important in this life: Jesus and His work for our salvation. Let’s focus on that. Find areas in your life to cut out to make time for God. Maybe it is praying as you walk to class or drive to work. Whatever it is, find time in your day to dedicate to God.
Let’s use His gifts wisely and for the glory of God!
1 Peter 4:10: Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
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“What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
And what a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer”
Happy New Year! The children and I want to wish you all a very happy and blessed 2020!
Our Christmas program went very well! There were 45 people in attendance and none of the kids went screaming down the aisle (this is a pre-k teacher’s worst nightmare)J.
We will be on break until January 2nd when we will resume classes.
Our Bible stories will be Jesus the Savior Is Born, the Wise Men Visit, and God Keeps Jesus Safe from Herod.
We will start working on shapes and continue with letters and numbers.
God’s many blessings to all of you!
In Jesus our Savior’s name, Mrs. McQuade
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
WELS HYMNAL PROJECT
A Gift Beyond Comparison
You may know the words by heart, but it’s ok if you don’t. You may recall the chapter and verse of the Bible book where the words are located, but it’s ok if you don’t. You do, however, know exactly what the writer was talking about, because on a daily basis you experience the same frustration that he did, and that’s not ok. It gets to be downright maddening.
The good I want to do; I do not do. The evil I don’t want to do, that I do. Romans 7:19
I pray that the Lord would create a clean heart within me, but the evil thoughts keep reappearing. I say I’ll watch my tongue and not say things about other people that I have no business saying, but a couple of hours later I’m looking over my shoulder to make sure the person I am gossiping about is not around. I know that the best things I can be doing are the things that help and serve others, but when is there going to be time for me and what I want and what I need?
When the Lord Jesus took on human flesh, it was not like an episode of Undercover Boss. He didn’t dive into the trenches for a week and then take a limo ride to go back to living in his posh house on the hill. For three decades plus, he was subject to the same living conditions that we know so well. Jesus of Nazareth stubbed his toe, burned his finger, coughed and sneezed, had sore muscles, experienced headaches, and upset stomach, was hungry, lived out of a suitcase, heard people curse and swear, saw people acting as if God didn’t exist, was exhausted after long workdays, laughed at celebrations, cried at funerals, and all the while, just like us, he was under the law. He was under legal obligation to love God and never complain, to endure sickness patiently, to say only good things about less than perfect people, to thank God for daily bread, to let his light shine, to trust his Father in heaven to see him through any and all adversity. Jesus was obligated to do and to be everything God has commanded us to do and to be.
But while I go back to Romans 7 and think with Paul, “Why don’t I ever do those things I’m supposed to do and stop doing those things I’m not supposed to do,” Jesus fell asleep each night for 33 years with no sin to confess. In purity, he was always what I have not been—pure. In obedience, he was never what I have been—disobedient.
The fact that God sent his Son is the heart of Christmas. What his Son did puts the blessing into Christmas. Breathing the same air I breathe, living in the same world I live in, subject to the same physical and emotional challenges I face each day, and under the same law of God that I am under, Jesus Christ obeyed the law for me, trusted God for me, spoke only constructive words for me, thought only pure thoughts for me, gave true testimony about God for me, obeyed every commandment for me, endured sickness and heartache with hope and good cheer for me, was kind for me, was content for me, loved God with all his heart, soul, and mind for me. He is my obedience to God. He is my purity in the sight of God. He is for me exactly what God demands that I be. What kind of gift is that!
It’s the kind of gift that has no comparison, because Jesus my righteousness also became my sin. God’s pure Son became my wretched guilt. All of his perfect compliance to the will and law of God made him the only sacrifice pure enough to pay off the eternal debt of my rebellion. The price of redemption came at the cost of his life, offered to God in place of me and in place of everyone. What kind of redemption is that!
It’s the kind of redemption that has made you and me the full-fledged children of God. That means that when we experience the daily struggle of having a new self that wants to live to honor God and an old self that wants to do nothing other than dishonor God, when we fall asleep each night with a boatload of sinfulness to confess, our Father in heaven will hear our confession and grant us his forgiveness, because that’s what a dear Father does for his dear children. And then he provides the strength and the drive to keep fighting the good fight.
Peace in Jesus to you and yours!
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son,
born of a woman, born under the law,
to redeem those under the law,
that we might receive adoption to sonship.
Posted Dec 23, 2019 by Michael Schultz. Rev. Michael Schultz serves as the Project Director for the WELS Hymnal Project.