I Need More…FAITHFUL FRIENDS
A friend is someone who knows all about me and likes me anyway. Have you heard that description of a friend? How would you define what a friend is? Are you happy with the friends you have? Do you wish you had more friends or different kinds of friends? That your friendships were healthier or more helpful?
People might define friends in various ways, but one thing is certain. God designed people with a need for friendship. When he created the first man, he offered this observation: “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18). We naturally feel the need that God observed, but faithful friends might be hard to come by.
In the internet world, friends often call each other BFF’s—Best Friends Forever. But those same friends often turn on each other and end up more as enemies than as friends. No matter how well someone knows and likes you, there really is no friend who knows all about you. Your innermost secrets remain locked within you, and there are deeper feelings than anyone could ever understand.
God wants you to know what you might have suspected all along. He does know all about you. He observes that you need someone to whom you can pour out your heart, and he is willing to be that one.
But do you want God to be a BFF, when deep down you know what he knows about you? As his own Word says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves” (1 John 1:8). Few of us would make such a claim, but the good news is that God still wants to claim us as friends, despite our shortcomings.
That is why Jesus Christ, God’s Son, came into the world long ago. He came to do what only the best of friends would do—he came to lay down his life for you. He came to stand in for you and take whatever punishment God’s justice demanded for your sins. And God accepted his own Son’s sacrifice to wipe out the guilt of your sin.
That is why God invites you to see him as your best friend. He knows all about you and everything that you need. He extends his love to you without conditions, for the sake of his Son’s death on the cross.
You will not find a more faithful friend than God. Look to the living God and learn more about his faithfulness and love. The more you learn, the more you will find that he is a true Friend that you can always trust.
FROM THE PASTOR
Last month I began to address the idea of “I don’t want to change” by looking at the fact that change in our lives is necessary each day as we repent. We need to change from the old nature to the new. This month, I want us to look at change in the congregation.
When it comes to change in the church there are certain things we cannot and dare not change. We are told in Deuteronomy 4:2: “Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it.” Revelation 22:18-19 also tells us that if we add to the Word, we will add to ourselves the very plagues that are described in the Book and if we take away from it, we will take away the very life that the Book gives. That means we need to do everything we can to keep whole the words of God. If God speaks directly on a particular subject for our lives and our congregation, we are to do as He says. There is no way around it, no changing it. We simply obey and live it.
However, when it comes to all the other things not addressed directly in Scripture, we are allowed to exercise sound Christian judgement and practice. We are allowed to change those things. We are allowed to consider how something either helps or hinders the Kingdom from growing among us. If it hinders, we need to change and possibly get rid of it. If it helps, we might consider how to make it better. If it is only there so we have something to do, change needs to come to it.
Problems start to come when we make something a requirement or make it something that cannot be changed. Now we make ourselves just like the Pharisees. We start to bind consciences where God has not. We start to make sacred things and practices that are not sacred. We even start to make things an idol in how we set them up in our lives or in our church. In a way, all of these reflect a lack of full submission to one another and Christ out of love for each other.
So, how do we deal with this? Let’s start with making the change that is necessary. Let us repent of our sins, of how we have begun to make idols and laws where God has not. Let us ask our Father to forgive us of binding consciences with rules and ways of doing things that God has not. Then hear the forgiveness Christ has given us which enables to make necessary changes in our own lives; lives that take into consideration the weaker brother and sister, lives that look past our own scars to the scars of Christ, lives that look to serve, empower and grow one another.
Then, as we begin to do anything for Christ’s congregation, let us examine the why first. We want to examine the benefits it will have on causing unity of the body to increase as Paul told the Ephesians in 4:3: “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Once we have that solidly based on the footing of Christ and his love, then we can get to the how do we connect more and more to that same love. Doing those very things will require us to make changes.
After all, consider the changes Christ made to us. He changed the relationship we had with God the Father from being enemies to being Children. He took care of the price God demanded be paid to change the outcome we were headed for. He really is our Beautiful Savior. How can we change to live up to that name that our congregation bears?
SUNDAY WORSHIP is 9:30am each week.
BIBLE STUDIES – JOIN US!
Sunday School: 11:00am following worship.
Sunday Morning: 11:00am following the. We are studying the Book of John.
Voyager Village: Tuesday, Feb. 12 & 26, 1:00pm at the home of Alan & Jan Niedfeldt (28402 Kilkare Rd, phone 715-505-7526).
Wednesday: at 6:30pm , “God the Ultimate Humanitarian”
Thursday: 10:00am, “God the Ultimate Humanitarian”
Newly Elected Church Council Is Busy Planning: "
My how time flies" is a very familiar expression and the fact that we are already entering the second month of the New Year emphasizes that. Also, for some of us. the older we get, the faster it goes. The Church Council is already looking ahead and planning for various activities and tasks to be accomplished in 2019.
Some of the items addressed are: Budget committee appointments, CMO recommendation amount, planning for this year's trip to MLC (we just got back from the last one), new fellowship opportunities, Council organization, additional education possibilities, church asset evaluation and listing, outreach to delinquent and prospective new members, enhanced musical additions to our worship services, youth ushers, and many others. We are truly blessed to have so many faithful members willing to give their time and talents to further our mission at Beautiful Savior.
The current makeup of the Church Council is as follows:
- Larry Damman- Secretary/Evangelism
- Dale Gregory- Financial Secretary
- Rich Harris- Treasurer/Elders
- Mike Bingen- President
- Joe Romportl - Education
- Andy Olsen- Stewardship
- Paul Ryan- Maintenance
As you can see, several of the Council members are wearing two hats. We currently have two open positions and encourage anyone to prayerfully consider serving . If you have any questions, please contact any Council member of Pastor to discuss.
We are very thankful for all of the blessings the Lord has given to us and look forward to enhancing our efforts to spread His word throughout the greater Spooner area.
Respectfully submitted, Mike Bingen, President
BEAUTIFUL SAVIOR NEWS
Fun for kids ages 2 ½ to 12 (must be potty-trained)
Parents! Need time without the kids to celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Kids’ Valentines Re-“Treat”
Sunday, February 9, 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Lunch Provided - Fun Bible-based activities
Please call 715-635-7672 or 715-635-7678
We are shooting for 40 kids through the doors, so we could use some help with supply donations! There is a sign-up sheet on the back counter that lists the items we will be using for the lunch and snack time that day. If you can donate any of the items, please sign up for them and have them here at the church by Friday the 8th. Our plan is to do mini pizzas and to have them decorate a sugar cookie for a snack.
Thank you so much for your help with this! Please keep this event in your prayers!
Our Ladies Get Together
for February has been planned. We will be meeting on Saturday, Feb. 16. We will be meeting at the home of Verdell Pettey, 403 Bay Ave Spooner. The Lunch will begin at 11:30AM. Verdell and Doris Barrett will serve as our hostesses. Please bring a dish to pass and join us for an afternoon of laughter.
New Member Welcome
: On Sunday, Feb 24, the family of Beautiful Savior will be hosting a New Member Potluck Lunch. Please bring a dish to pass and let us welcome the new members of our family.
: Because Music is an important part of our worship service and because individuals or groups would like to enhance our worship throughout the year, Pastor has asked Charlie Faught to assist him in this capacity. He is simply keeping a calendar of those who desire to do something in the worship service. If anyone wants to sing a song or play a tune for a worship service, please speak with Charlie. He will then check the calendar to see if there are any conflicts and then report the date and individual(s) to Pastor and the organist for that particular Sunday for service preparation.
The 2019 Flower Calendar
is posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship area. Cost per arrangement is $20. See Sharon or Peggy.
) has the calendar, newsletter, directory, bulletin and audio sermons (anyone in the world with internet access can listen.)
The Deadline for The Calendar and Newsletter Is the Third Friday Each Month
. Submit articles and calendar information by emailing to email@example.com
or just add “NEWSLETTER” to the subject and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or put them in the newsletter box on the counter in Pastor’s office.
The Washburn County Food Pantry
: Help us support the food pantry with your donations of non-perishable food items. There is a food drop box in the fellowship area for your donations.
Difficulty Hearing the Sermon?
Ask for an assisted listening device for a little boost in volume during our worship services. If you would like to try one out, tell Pastor or an usher. Parents
, these devices even work in the education wing. If you need to take a noisy infant or toddler out of church, you may sit in the last classroom on the left, and still hear the service.
? Are you a SNOW BIRD? AWAY AT SCHOOL? MOVING?
Please, notify us of your address when you are leaving and when you 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 while you are away. Thank you.
Our Family Barcodes:
Thank you to all who help collect Our Family UPC Barcodes. For every 500 barcodes collected and mailed in, we receive a check for $25.00. This money helps fund items needed in our preschool. Just a reminder … we only need to mail in the “barcode” portion of the labels. The labels add up fast, so keep clipping This a great way to support our Preschool and students.
Milk Moola Promotion Is Ending:
Please turn in your Kwik Trip Milk Moola milk caps and plastic bag strips by March 1. Kwik Trip is discontinuing the program. We receive a nickel for each. There is a box in the library for the items. If you have questions, please see Lorri McQuade. Thank you!
W E L S N E W S
Forward in Christ
- Survey: We want to hear from you! Let us know what you think about Forward in Christ magazine. Your answers in this survey will help us determine how Forward in Christ can best serve the needs of WELS members—now and in the future. This survey should take less than 20 minutes. Your responses will be completely confidential. By participating you will be entered in a drawing for a chance to receive the complete People’s Bible set for both you and your church. Take our survey at welssurvey.com.
- Forward in Christ articles are available on WELS Site (https://wels.net/news-media/forward-in-christ/). Articles, current and archived, include Heart to Heart. Evangelism, Confessions of Faith, etc. If you missed the copies if the magazine when they handed out at church or wish to read a previous article, go to the site listed above.
- Support for parents from Forward in Christ: Forward in Christ’s monthly parenting column, Heart to heart: Parent conversations, offers support for today’s parents. In January, Dan Nommensen and Sarah Reik, both parents and licensed professional counselors, shared thoughts and tips about how parents can prepare their children for dangerous situations without scaring them. Read their articles or view a webcast featuring Nommensen and Reik at forwardinchrist.net. While visiting the site, you can also search for articles on other topics. Have a suggestion for a future topic that Heart to heart should cover? E-mail it to email@example.com.
Annual Report: “Your Gifts, God’s Blessings: An annual report to our members” shares photos of Christian brothers and sisters around the world, stories of faith, updates on the WELS ministry you support with your prayers and gifts, and a summary of WELS’ financial picture. Read and share the report online (web and PDF formats), order free copies, or present the information by downloading the PowerPoint or requesting a WELS Christian giving counselor to speak on the topic. Read the annual report at https://wels.net/annualreport/.
WELS Missions has a Facebook page! Like the 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: facebook.com/WELSMissions.
WELS Coming Events
- Throughout the year, WELS Adult Discipleship holds marriage enrichment weekends around the country. There are a number of upcoming events. Learn more about these marriage enrichment weekends at wels.net/events.
- WELS camps are held throughout the country, all year. Some summer registrations are now open. In our area Camp Croix , located in Danbury, is open year-round, and serves youth, adult, family and congregational groups. For more information visit http://campcroix.org/ or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Women from Across the Synod, July 18-20 at Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, WI. Be nurtured by God’s word to understand what that looks like at home and in the world. Be encouraged by sisters in Christ facing similar circumstances. Be equipped with ideas and resources for life as a living stone. Most importantly, see God’s design from God’s perspective.
Visit wels.net/wmconference for conference information registration.
in Oberammergau, Germany
Retired WELS pastor, James Humann, invites you to join him in 2020 as he hosts his sixth tour to the world-famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany. The Oberammergau Passion Play depicts the life of Christ from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. This afternoon and evening long performance is presented only once every ten years, in keeping with a promise the people of Oberammergau made in 1634 AD during the Black Plague.
Two different opportunities to see the Oberammergau Passion Play will be offered. The first tour is an eleven-day tour, June 12 - 22, 2020. It includes the Rhine Valley, Heidelberg, Rothenburg, Oberammergau and Munich in Germany, plus Lucerne in Switzerland and Paris in France.
The second tour is an eleven-day tour, September 23 - October 3, 2020. It includes Athens and Corinth in Greece, a three-day Greek Isles cruise visiting Mykonos, Ephesus, Patmos, Crete and Sontorini, plus Oberammergau and Munich in Germany and Salzburg in Austria.
The Passion Play is very popular and sells out quickly. For the price and daily itinerary, e-mail Pastor Humann at Jhumann383@aol.com. If you would prefer a hard copy, be sure to include your name and mailing address.
WHAT KIND OF GOD DO YOU BELIEVE IN?
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15).
You’re talking with a co-worker over lunch when the topic of church comes up. You present with pure eloquence an explanation about all the programs your church offers and how great your pastor is. The thought even crosses your mind that maybe your co-worker will join you for a Sunday service.
And then, out of nowhere, she says, “I don’t believe in God.”
What god don’t you believe in?
George Buttrick, a former chaplain at Harvard, had many students come into his office and say that same thing. Instead of throwing in the towel and giving up on the conversation, he replied, “Sit down and tell me what kind of God you don’t believe in. I probably don’t believe in that God either.”
Many people don’t want to believe in a God who hates people and sends them hardships to punish them. They don’t want to believe in a God who created a world full of sickness and wars. They don’t want to believe in a God who doesn’t care.
I don’t believe in that god either.
And we don’t believe in that kind of God either.
We believe in a God who cares about each of us so much that He could not stand seeing us live apart from Him because of our sins.
We believe in a God who loves us so much that He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to take away every one of our sins.
We believe in a God who adores us so much that He has prepared mansions for us in heaven, a place that is free from all sin. A place where we will be in His perfect, awesome presence!
Our God is good! That is the God we believe in!
Prayer: Dear Lord, please help me share with the world that You are a God of love. And when this world gets me down, remind me that through Jesus heaven awaits me when You call me home. Amen.
Source: Pastor Joel Schulz, Divine Savior Church and School, Delray Beach, FL, taken from the 316NOW website.
Devotion posted 11/7/2018. Reprinted with permission of 316NOW, an educational, humanitarian organization led by confessional Lutherans.
ARE YOU READY? 15 DAYS OF PRAYER BEGINS FEB. 5
Make a commitment to pray for China from February 5-19. Put it on your calendar
Download a free copy of our 15 Days of Prayer prayer guides https://www.316now.org/15-days-prayer-guide
. Share copies of our prayer guide with them.
Check out 316NOW's website (https://www.316now.org
) for information on China and gospel outreach ministry there.
Why pray now? 15 Days of Prayer
takes place during China’s New Year and Spring Festival celebrations. In 2019 that's between February 5 and 19.
This is the most important of China’s national holidays. The celebration is marked with parties, with traveling, and with family gatherings. Holiday essentials are gift giving and commitments to new beginnings.
This is an ideal time to pray for new spiritual beginnings in China. This is an ideal time to pray for more angels rejoicing in heaven over repentant souls. This is an ideal time to ask the Spirit to bring the good news about Jesus to multiple millions more in China.
Your prayers during 15 Days of Prayer
will make an eternal difference for millions of souls. For information on the 15 Days of Prayer go to https://www.316now.org/15-days-of-prayer
316NOW is an educational, humanitarian organization led by Confessional Lutherans that equips and mentors Christian leaders in China for their service to others.
Reprinted with permission of 316NOW.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective James 5:16.
L O V E
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.
If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
This is my command: Love each other. John 15:9-17.
During February we will learn the following Bible stories: The great catch of fish, Jesus calms the storm, Jesus feeds 5000, and Jesus blesses the children. Our focus for this month will be showing and giving love to others and the miracles of Jesus. Our letters are P, Q, R and S. Our numbers are 14, 15, 16 and 17 and we will continue our study of the planets.
We will have a Valentine’s Day party on Wednesday the 13th. The children will be able to exchange valentines with each other and make some special cards for their family members.
Thank you so much for your continued support of our preschool! It is truly an honor and privilege to share God's word with these Little Lambs!!
In Jesus' Name, Mrs. McQuade
SUNDAY SCHOOL/YOUTH NEWS
Thank you to Jane Olsen and Lorri McQuade for teaching 4th through 6th grade Sunday School this past fall. Diane Prochnow has begun and will teach these students the second half of the school year. Lauren Henriksen continues to teach preschool children and Gary Dunsmoor 7th and 8th grade students.
Carol Lyons will begin singing practice with the children soon to beautify our Palm Sunday and confirmation services. Practices begin before Sunday School at 10:45 a.m.
The Kids Connection videos continue be shown one Sunday each month at 10:45 a.m.
Parents are asked to please help see that their children are ready for and be to Sunday School, music and Kids Connection at the proper times.
Please keep the Sunday School and Youth programs, students and teachers in your prayers. Thank you.
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. ” John 17:1-5 (NIV84)
Have you stopped to think about this—Jesus prayed for himself as the Son of the Father, His glory is from the Father and belonged to Jesus before creation—Jesus is, was and will be forever the glory of the Father, from eternity. Even though He was God and, therefore, was prayed to, He prayed to the Father to fulfill His duty as a man. Doing this He fulfilled and completed the righteous act of a man. He prayed for Himself and because of the glory the Father placed on Him Jesus our brother has brought God’s glory to earth, to us, to all.
If Jesus prayed for Himself, we too should pray for ourselves that we can REFLECT His brilliant glory; also, that we can SHINE with GOD’S GLORY. Yes, we must pray for our loved ones, our brothers & sisters in Christ, and we must pray even for unbelievers, for our enemies and for ourselves. Jesus brought God’s glory and salvation to ALL, (see John 3:16, also). Pray that God’s glory would show on and through you and that God’s glory would shine on and through others. Just think, eternal life, joy and peace are for all living in His brilliant glory!
If Jesus prayed for Himself, the Son of God, and for us as our brother, the son of man, we must “do likewise;” follow Jesus example. Pray the Lord’s Prayer, pray for God’s glory. Yes, PRAY and PRAISE God for His great glory.