Serving Our Beautiful Savior
Schedules are subject to change.
Sunday Worship Service / Communion on 1st & 3rd Sundays, 9:30 AM
Lenten Service, Wednesday April 1, 7:00 PM
Palm Sunday Worship Service, April 5, 7:00 PM
Maundy Thursday Worship Service / Communion, 7:00 PM
Good Friday Tenebrae Service, April 6, 7:00 PM
Easter Sunrise Worship Service, 7:00 AM
(Easter Breakfast 8:00 AM))
Easter Worship Service, 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, April 5, 19, 26, 12:45-2:30 PM
Minong Study: April 1 at the Waggoner’s (N13190 Frog Creek Rd, Phone 715-466-4830) , 10:00 AM
April 15 at the McKay’s (W7425 White Oaks Trail, (715-46602526) , 10:00 AM
Wednesday Bible Study, April 8, 15, 22, 6:30 PM
Thursday Bible Study, April 9, 16, 23, 10:00 AM
Voyager Village Study, April 8, 22 at Niedfeldt’s (28402 Kilcare Road, phone: 715-520-7526) , 1:00 PM
Women’s Bible Study & Coffee at home of Dea Warskow, Saturday, April 18, 11:30AM
Easter is Reason to Celebrate!
This year in our monthly articles we are considering favorite verses from the Bible.
This month’s favorite Bible verse is: John 14:19
“Because I live, you also will live.”
“Happy Holidays!” Does this sound out of place in April? It doesn’t have to. This month marks, arguably, the most important holiday of the year—Easter. Why? Because at Easter we celebrate that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. This miraculous event is certainly a reason for celebration. It proves that Jesus has power over even death.
And, what’s more, he promises that he has power over your death. You may not be thinking about death at Eastertime. You may not like to think about death at all. (Who does?) Still, we are all facing that reality. Sooner or later, our lives will end.
Then what? Plenty of people have plenty of ideas about what happens after we die. But there is one person who can tell us with certainty what will happen because he has already been there and done that. Jesus experienced death...and came back to life! Now, listen to what he promises all of his followers, “Because I live, you also will live.”
Could there be any better news? Could there be anything more worth celebrating? Through Jesus, you do not need to be afraid to die. You can be sure that one day he will raise your body back to life. And you will never die again.
What a reason to celebrate!
RESOURCES DURING COVID 19
From Pastor As time progresses during the Corona Virus outbreak, I will continue to be available day and night to assist you in whatever way you need me. If you desire to receive private communion or a private devotion for some extra strength, simply ask and I will bring it to you. I can be reached at 715-939-1099 – home or 661-400-3828 – cell. If you call my cell and I don’t have your number in my phone book, it will go straight to voicemail. Please leave me a message and I will call right back.
Please, let us know your preference for receiving your newsletter. Email it to email@example.com.
- Worship services and large group Bible studies are temporarily suspended following the Governor’s direction.
- As we go forward, updates will be posted on the website: www.bslcspooner.com.
- Anything on the April calendar is subject to guidelines set by our elected officials. We will keep you posted as to when we get up and running again.
- If you want in home services, give me a call. You can make arrangements for people that live near you to gather in groups less than 10 and I will come and have devotion and some Bible study time with you. You can also celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
- I will still post sermons and readings on our website: www.bslcspooner.com.
- I will also be doing some video devotions and putting them on the Beautiful Savior facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/warskowd/?ref=br_rs) and will let you know when I am doing them so you might be able to watch them live.
- If you want a list of congregations that stream their services on Sundays, go to WELS.net and look for the synod yearbook for those listings.
- If you do not feel safe to venture out of your home to run an errand for something you need, you can contact either Debra Boelk – 715-296-1830 or Kim Gunderson - 715-520-2676 or Keegan Gunderson - 715-939-2690. They are more than happy to assist you. If you need a medication, you may need to get that yourself. Check with your pharmacy.
- We are contemplating new ways to distribute the newsletter and are interested to know how you would like to receive your newsletter. Your input would be appreciated. Would you prefer:
- To continue to have it put in your mail box in church, or
- if you would prefer to receive it via our church website, please, send us your email address where you wish to have your newsletter reminder sent.
We will find unique ways to continue to serve you.
All scheduled worship services, meetings, etc. are subject to change. Any adjustments will be announced as they are set.
Pray for each other and for me and my family that the Lord will keep each of us safe and strong for our fellow man. Please continue to keep our government officials in your prayers as they are tasked to deal with keeping the citizens calm and informed.
From the WELS Stay connected with the latest updates from WELS on the COVID-19 pandemic (https://wels.net/news-media/as-we-face-covid-19/), including helpful resources for spiritual growth, worship technology, and learning activities for students. The site will be updated as new information and resources become available.
To help you stay connected to your Lord, to your church, and to WELS during this time of unrest and change, Forward in Christ is offering free digital access to the March and April issues.
From WELS & Northwestern Publishing House (NPH). They are offering several free resources to help you stay connected to your Lord, to your church, and to WELS during this time of unrest and change. The WELS and NPH resources (https://wels.net/resources-from-wels-and-nph/) include hymn downloads, Sunday school materials, digital access to Forward in Christ magazine, and access to Kids Connection and WELS Connection videos. Go to the above site for more information.
From Time Of Grace Time of Grace, on its facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/TOGGraceTalks/), has Morning Family Devotions and Evening Devotions. To view them, go to the facebook page, click on Units and then select the morning family devotion or the evening devotional video.
The morning devotion is geared toward families with grade school-aged children and will include questions, a prayer, or other content to help you lead a 5- to 10-minute Bible study in your home.
In the evening, Pastor Jeremy Mattek will share a devotional video that is geared toward older children and adults.
Time of Grace has made these available so that you may know that GOD IS HERE, NOW, WITH ALL OF US. Start a new habit of getting into God’s Word; it brings comfort and peace even in the midst of the Corona Virus.
More spiritual encouragement from Time of Grace can be found at https://timeofgrace.org. You can subscribe to posts, blogs, etc. at https://timeofgrace.org/?s=subscribe.
What then shall we say to these things?
If God is for us, who is against us?
He who did not spare His own Son,
but delivered Him over for us all,
how will He not also with Him
freely give us all things? Romans 8:31-32
After the six weeks of Lent, the Christian Year is now reaching the climax, from the birth of the God/Man to his resurrection on Easter Sunday. We have come to observe and reflect on the suffering, death, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is the celebration we have been eagerly waiting for throughout Lenten season. Now we see what our Savior came to do.
Palm Sunday begins the procession to Easter and the resurrection, the total defeat of the devil. We praise Jesus as he humbly rides to the cross and follow along to witness God’s great love for us as we view the His path in the week ahead leading to his death.
Maundy Thursday leads us to witness the beginning of Christ’s suffering as He gathers his disciples in the upper room and establishes the Lord’s Supper for their strengthening and then goes to Garden of Gethsemane where He prays in agony. Christ knows pain and rejection by both God and men which He will and must suffer to guarantee the not guilty verdict and the salvation of those who trust and believe in Him.
Good Friday is set aside to observe the greatness of Christ’s passion. he is put on trial before Pontius Pilate, scourged and crucified. During his time on the cross, He speaks seven times, and He states, “IT IS FINISHED” and dies.
These days of the Holy Week lead us to honor the crucified, buried, and risen Lord and are the climax of the Lent/Easter season and the Church year. As we celebrate them, it leads us to and through our Savior Jesus’ suffering and to his glorious resurrection on Easter. Christ defeated Satan, the world and sin. Satan has no power over those who Christ has redeemed from Satan’s grasp.
We see him suffer and die for our sins and for the sins of the world. And, then, we see him rise triumphant on Easter morning to assure us that our salvation is complete, the victory is won.
Easter Day culminates in a joyous celebration of Christ’s glorious resurrection to the Father’s right hand and His fulfillment of the promise of our resurrection on Judgment Day! Those who believe in Christ and the promise of salvation through Christ will live with Him forever!
God loved the world so that he gave
His only Son the lost to save
That all who would in him believe
Should everlasting life receive.
Johann Olearius, Author
It appears that spring has sprung. The trees are budding and the maple sap is flowing.
Best of all the snow and ice are disappearing.
The past year has been normal with a few breakdowns. The main repairs were:
The spring cleanup has been scheduled for April 25. A sign-up sheet will be posted with time by the 15th of April.
- Replace the well pump
- New stove
- Four new emergency lights with lights installed replacing the ones without lights
A sign-up sheet for lawn mowing will be posted by April 1.
The council has requested that a procedure be developed for security. This procedure will include all forms of security. I will be chairing the committee. I would appreciate it if at least three others would join me working on this. I will post a sign-up sheet by March 27.
Have a nice spring and summer.
Remember if you see something say something.
Paul Ryan, Maintenance Chair
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine
O what a foretaste of glory divine
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
Author: Fanny Crosby
Ladies of Beautiful Savior
BEAUTIFUL SAVIOR NEWS
Our next Ladies of Beautiful Savior meeting will take place on Sunday, April 26, during the voters’ meeting after the church service. We plan on deciding and discussing our next service project to take on and hopefully accomplish with the Lord’s help. Please plan on attending this meeting if at all possible as your input and help are vital to the success of all we hope to achieve.
The LWMS Rally has been cancelled.
The Beautiful Savior Ladies Group is a member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) - The LWMS has been meeting together since 1958 and formally organized in 1964, the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society works to increase awareness of, interest in, and support of the mission outreach of WELS. The LWMS has 60 circuits and more than 855 congregational and individual members. The annual LWMS convention and other activities are guided by the board of directors. Visit the website (lwms.org/) for information on missions, news and videos and more.
Why do the Ladies of Beautiful Savior and the LWMS do this work? As the apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the early Roman church, "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!'" (Romans 10:14-15). Join us in supporting this good work!
Sermons and more are available on our website. During this time when we are not able to meet together for worship, we can still hear Pastor’s sermon each week. Go to our church’s website (www.bslcspooner.com) and click on “audio sermon” in the list on the left side of the home page. That page will open, then, pick the sermon you want to listen to.
The bulletin for the latest Sunday can also be found on the site. The readings are printed in the bulletin. You can listen to the sermon and read through the bulletin.
On our website you will, also, find, the calendar and newsletter, and more. Share the web address with a friend; they can read the latest newsletter or listen to a sermon. Members of Beautiful Savior, when they set up an account, will have access to the church directory and additional information.
Support the Washburn County Food Pantry with donations of non-perishable food items. The donation box is in the fellowship area on the greeting card table.
The 2020 Flower Calendar is posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship area. Cost per arrangement is $20. See Sharon or Peggy.
The Sunday Fellowship Treat sign-up sheet is hanging by the kitchen/fellowship counter. Please sign up then we can spread out the treats over different Sundays! Thanks for your contribution to a special time with fellow Christians!
Calendar and Newsletter Deadline is the third Friday each month. Send articles and calendar information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or add “NEWSLETTER” to the subject and email to email@example.com .
ADDRESS CHANGE? MOVING? Please, let us know your address, when you are leaving and when you plan to return. Please mail it, drop the information off at church, phone it in (715 -635-7672) or email it to beautiful0001@ centurytel.net. That way we can keep in touch with you and send your newsletter to you. Thank you.
Our Family Barcodes: Thank you to all who help collect Our Family UPC Barcodes. For every 500 we collect and mail in, we receive a check for $25.00. This helps fund items needed in our preschool. Just a reminder, we only need to mail the “barcode” portion of the labels. Keep clipping and put them in the box in the library. This a great way to support our Preschool and students.
For the Spirit God gave us
does not make us timid,
but gives us power, love and
self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
NEWS FROM THE WELS
Go and TELL: WELS Multi-Language Publications has officially changed its name to WELS Multi-Language Productions (MLP). MLP has evolved with technology and expanded beyond printed books to websites, social media, videos, and worship music--all to share the gospel message with people all over the world.
One new production from MLP is TELL (Think, Evaluate, Learn, Lead), an English-language online Bible-based training platform to bring the gospel to English-speakers around the world. For additional information visit TELL (https://wels.net/go-and-tell/) "Simply Jesus - Go and Tell." or the Facebook page (facebook.com/TELLTruthbringsPeace/).
Areas of Ministry: Learn about the many aspects of WELS ministry work at https://wels.net/about-wels/who-we-are/areas-ministry/.
Blogs: Learn more about WELS Missions, Christian Aid & Relief, Worship, and Technology at https://wels.net/news-media/blogs/.
WELS Home Missions is blessed to plant churches and assist mission-minded congregations. 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.
Equipping Christian Witnesses, Martin Luther College
Martin Luther College continues its Equipping Christian Witnesses (ECW) campaign focused on encouraging enrollment, partnering with congregations to provide financial aid, and facility improvement projects.
Your offering for ECW can be put in your regular offering envelope and on the outside mark your envelope: Equipping Christian Witnesses.
By God’s grace ECW has already received 1,927 gifts, pledges, and commitments from 1,449 individuals and groups totaling $1,500,000, for which we praise Jesus and thank WELS members.
For campaign updates visit mlc-wels.edu.
New Hymnal, Coming Fall 2021
For the Church - Christian Worship was produced with the whole church in mind. From those who have walked the long way of faith to the next generation, Christian Worship is a resource for all who call on the name of the Lord.
For Worshipers - When you gather for worship every Sunday, you’ll enjoy familiar continuity paired with the best new materials to foster joyful unity in worship, prayer, and praise.
For Leaders - Christian Worship fosters unity of praise with carefully curated and expertly designed materials that congregations can use confidently.
Bethlehem, Richland Center, Wis. – Lord Jesus, we praise you for your victory over sin and death that we are privileged to proclaim through our actions and words. Thank you for blessing the home mission efforts of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Richland Center, Wis., so that they were able to connect with their neighbors through several years of events leading to a successful opening service. Guide them as they continue to show care to their community, teach your gospel, and plan for building a church in Richland Center. Amen.
Grow in Grace – Lord Jesus, our Good Shepherd, we thank you for providing pastors to shepherd the congregations of our synod. Bless our efforts to provide continuing education, mentorship, and ministry resources to pastors through the Grow in Grace institute of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. Use the program to strengthen faith, encourage the discouraged, and inspire dedicated service to you. Provide the leaders of Grow in Grace with wisdom and bless them with the means necessary to ensure the program benefits everyone involved. Amen.
Latin America – Lord Jesus, you commanded your church to “go into all the world” with your Word. You have enabled our synod to reach many faraway places with the gospel. We thank you for blessing our efforts in Latin America through the Academia Cristo Facebook and web pages. We especially ask you to bless the new connections made with students in Paraguay who are eager to share the gospel with their countrymen. Send your Holy Spirit to open hearts and minds to your saving grace. Amen.
Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary – Lord, thank you for Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary and its programs to train pastors both within WELS and in our sister synods around the world. We are grateful for all the men studying at our seminary, including the larger class of first-year students. Since more pastors are needed to meet all the opportunities you graciously provide us, please raise up workers for this important role in your church. We also thank you for moving your people to give offerings to support the training of these future pastors. Amen.
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter?2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.
It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. (Romans 4:1-5, 13-17)
I once worked with a man who acted like he was doing me a favor every time he showed up for work on time and did his job the way he was expected to. He didn’t last at the company very long. Most of us probably have more sense when it comes to our own work, but how often do we imagine that we’re doing God a favor whenever we do something he commands? Indeed, in just the same way, our works for God are not a favor to him, but a debt we owe to him—and one that we have no hope of repaying. Thank God that through Christ this debt has been paid off, that our faith in him has instead been credited as righteousness and that we’re now free to do works motivated by the new heart he has created in us!