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October – November 2018 Monthly Newsletter

A WORD FROM PASTOR TOM

WBLC - Pastor TomDuring the Sundays of October we will be focusing on stewardship. Stewardship is about how we manage what God has first given to us. Our theme this year for our stewardship season is “portion giving.”

What does it mean for us to give a portion of our money, time, and talents back to God in the form of an offering? Let’s explore that question together during the four Sundays of October.

“Remember this – a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, they share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, God will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.” 2 Corinthians 9: 6-10

May God bless you as you steward the gifts of God for the people of God.

TIME & TALENT

This year we are asking you to fill out the time and talent survey online. Please visit http://wblc.org/time-talent to complete the survey.

If you prefer to fill out a paper version, you can pick up a copy on the Narthex table. Simply fill it out and place in the offering plate or drop off at the church office.

MUSIC NOTES from Carol Berndt

Here are some dates to take “note” of for the upcoming couple of months. October 7th our Sunday School children will be leading the congregation in the singing of “Jesus Loves Me”. On Oct. 14th the Sunday School children will be presenting the congregation with a special treat & song having to do with the stewardship theme of the month. Our Handbell Choir will be preparing for their concert at Christ Lutheran in Sharon on Oct. 21st at 3:00 PM (see separate article). On Tuesday, November 20th at 6:00 p.m., Chapel on the Hill will be joining us along with Williams Bay U.C.C. for our traditional Thanksgiving “Eve” service where there will be a combined vocal choir. Rehearsal time will most likely be at 5:00 pm. That evening at U.C.C., which is where the service will be held this year. We will once again present a Christmas cantata this year, which will be on Sunday, December 9th during our 9:30 AM unity worship service (no 8:00 am service on that morning). It will involve a Christmas Choir, Handbell Choir, Sunday School children, Confirmation students and Congregation participation. This year’s presentation is “Emmanuel—God With Us!” by Lloyd Larson, featuring songs such as Michael W. Smith’s “Christmastime”, Amy Grant’s “Breath of Heaven” & their combined song, “No Eye Had Seen” along with another favorite of many, “Mary, Did You Know” & finishing with a traditional Christmas Carol medley. If you are interested in joining us in this cantata, please contact me for a rehearsal schedule & music. I have made practice recordings that I can email to you for easy practice.

HANDBELL CONCERT

Our Williams Bay Lutheran Handbell Choir will be presenting a Handbell Concert at Christ Lutheran Church in Sharon on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 3:00 PM. Pastor Kalen Barkholtz, Pastor Tom’s wife, and her congregation are looking forward to our musical presentation and are anxiously awaiting meeting members of our Williams Bay congregation. Refreshments will be provided after the concert to provide time for fellowship and a time to get to know everyone a little better.
We will be taking a free will offering at the concert that we will be donating to the Agape House in Walworth. I encourage you to visit their website for further details of their loving ministry. Agape House is a non-profit ministry which provides counseling services, mentoring, school and a safe home for girls and their families throughout Walworth County and the surrounding area.

It is our hope that this is just the first of many handbell concerts to come that we will be able to share our talents and abilities with others outside the four walls of Williams Bay Lutheran Church. We hope to see you there & thank you in advance for your support of our music ministry & mission to help the Agape House this year with our donation.

SALLY’S CIRCLE BOOK CLUB

All WBLC women are welcome to join our Sally’s Circle meetings. Some of the participants knit or crochet prayer shawls or do other hand work while we talk. Our meetings are very informal and are a great way to get to know each other. We meet in the Hearth room in the lower level of the church. If you have any questions about where to get the book, please see Mary Mock or Cheral Sadler. Our next meeting is October 30, 2018. The book is “Home Front” by Kristin Hannah.

CROP WALK

The 32nd Annual Crop Walk will take place on October 21, registration is at 12:30 pm, walk at 1 pm.

75% of donations go to world hunger relief through Church World Service, 25% stays local and is split between 7 food pantries in Walworth County.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Jim Pfeil for a walk packet.

NEW MEMBER SUNDAY

Pastor Tom would like to formally invite our new members to Williams Bay Lutheran. If you are interested in joining the church please let him know. He is planning a “New Member Sunday” for the fall.

LUTHERAN CAMPUS MINISTRIES

Our church supports many important ministries. One ministry that we support is Lutheran Campus Ministry. LCM reaches out to college students with the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. LCM offers a Christian Community on college campuses for students seeking to grow in their relationship with God.

SUNDAY SCHOOL & CONFIRMATION

Sunday school is at 9:40 am each Sunday morning during the 9:30 worship service. Confirmation is every Wednesday evening from 6:00-7:00. Please keep these ministries in prayer. Pray that God might bless and grow these important ministries in our congregation.

MUTUAL MINISTRY

Pastor Tom is working on starting a mutual ministry committee. The purpose of this group is to offer support, to reflect upon the mission of Williams Bay Lutheran Church, to pray for our church, and to plan for future ministry. Please keep this committee in prayer as it begins meeting this fall.

ENRICHING WORSHIP VISUALLY

An update from Ron Berndt, Church Council, Worship Committee Member: You probably know that I spend a lot of time in church as cantor, lector and choir member. I am always thinking about how we might enhance our worship experience and appropriately leverage technological and content resources available widely today. You may not know that I have spent many years of my professional life successfully enabling thousands of individuals and multiple businesses to present their messages in a more compelling and memorable way, with learning styles in mind. So, how does my experience apply to our church and our worship? I have been the proponent of exploring ways to add a visual element to our worship. I’d like to summarize our research, our findings, and how we’d like to move forward with this initiative…

Why add visual elements? (the research) Do you know that, according to the Social Science Research Network, nearly 65 percent of people are visual learners? People who learn visually need to see what they hear not only to comprehend, but also to retain information. When listening to a sermon, visual learners benefit from pictures, slides and live demonstrations. The visual aspects help people connect with what is being spoken or sung and reinforce the service in a positive way.

Our experimentation and findings so far: We have been experimenting with enhancing worship by adding a rich visual element, using a projector and screen, visual images, pictures, text and even short video. We did this during Lent and Vacation Bible School and we have spent considerable time and effort researching the best way to bring new visual elements to our service, yet keep intact, the word, music and flow that we cherish as a valued part of our Lutheran heritage. There have been questions, we’ve had a dialogue, and people are embracing the idea and the implementation. However, we thought it would be good to communicate the concept in writing, and the proposed way forward…

What will be different once we add this visual element to our church?  (The physical aspects) There will be one retractable projector screen measuring 45” x 80” in the front left side of the sanctuary mounted at a height where it will be visible to all, but not “block” the view of the altar area, window cross, pulpit and so on. The screen will be visible when being used and retracts into a thin case when not in use. The projector is small and will be mounted right above the screen and on the wall, no pipes or cables hanging down from the ceiling or other distractions. (This is the same type of setup thousands of schools use for “smartboards”.) Sourcing a locally recommended vendor, we have found a new, very capable but cost-effective projector that will be almost twice as bright as the one we’d experimented with (usable day or night) and has no expensive bulb to burn out. With our usage of a few hours a week, we calculate it should last us 128.2 years.

What will I experience in Worship? Think of it this way, the visual experience is “additive” to what we do today. It does not take anything away. The service, word, music, communion, having a bulletin, etc., do not change. Here are a few examples of what we may add to our worship experience:

  • Before the service, we could show announcements to save time and repeat the messages as people enter the church.
  • During a sermon, if Pastor referred to a painting of Jesus, we could see that picture on the screen.
  • As we are walking to the front of the church to take communion, we could continue to sing communion hymns from words displayed on the screen.
  • We might show a short video that reinforces the message of the day.
  • We may show pictures and even “home” video of church events for those who could not participate.

And the list goes on. I will continue to work with Pastor, our Church Secretary, the Church Council and anyone else who would like to guide how this evolves, and even help create or produce the visual aspects of our service, using a computer, projector, screen and carefully selected visual media. We seek your feedback and input as we explore new ways to learn and grow closer to God.

Thank you for your continued support in this effort to enrich our worship with the visual experience. Ron.

FOUR WEEK BIBLE STUDY

Starting on All Saints’ Day, the day we remember the whole company of God’s people, which is November 1st, Pastor Tom will be starting a new Bible study on the book of James.  We will be meeting on November 1st, 8th, 15th, and 29th over the lunch hour.  Bring your lunch to the Bible Study.  Pastor Tom ordered study guides by N.T. Wright for the James study.  N. T. Wright offers a refreshing and inspiring look at the book of James in the Bible.  Please let Pastor Tom know if you are interested.

 

 

 

My (Our) Gifts to Williams Bay Lutheran Church

In the Bible we are reminded that all that we have is from God. God is the source of all good gifts. As we give we remember this truth. Giving reminds us to put our trust in God and not in what we have or in what we own.

As we give a portion of what we have back to God in the form of an offering we connect our giving with our faith life. Giving is a faith practice and it can be a deeply spiritual discipline.

When we give during the worship service time we do so as an act of worship to God.

Giving supports God’s ministries here on earth.

Your offering gifts supports our congregation along with the many other ministries that our church supports including ELCA World Hunger, Lutheran colleges, Lutherdale Bible Camp, San Jose Mission Church, our local food pantry, Lutheran seminaries, and the work and mission of the wider church.

Thank you for your gifts that support the mission of God here on earth.

If you choose to pledge for 2019 know that your pledge is not binding. It is between God and you. Please return this form to the church office. Thank you for your support and generosity!

My (Our) commitment to give this coming year (2019) to WBLC is:

Per Week____________      Per Month _____________

Per Year _______________

Name __________________________________________

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August – September Newsletter

A Word from Pastor Tom

WBLC - Pastor TomThe month of August will mark two years that we have been together in our ministry with and for Jesus.  I had a seminary professor who once said that the first two years of a new pastorate in a church can be challenging as both the pastor and the congregation figure out how to do ministry together.

We made it through the first two years!  I am thankful for your grace, love, and patience as we figured out how to do ministry in our new life together.

You may have noticed that the name of this newsletter has changed to:  Life Together.  I felt that this was a good, new name for our newsletter.  In our life together in Christ we work and share life together in order to make Christ known here in this place and in this community.

Thank you for sharing your life with me these past two years!  Let us now look to the future and to the ways in which God will bless the ministry that we do together in Christ’s name.  I am looking forward in seeing how the Holy Spirit will move in year three of our life together.  Come and see!

MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES

Get prepared for some new worship music & worship experiences coming this upcoming church music season.  We have already begun adding some more contemporary songs to our services as well as adding some visual experiences to our worship services as well.

Our Chancel Choir will be returning to add their special messages generally on the first two Sundays of the month.  We welcome “older” youth thru adult to come & join us.  Our first rehearsal will be on Wednesday, Sept. 5th at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary.

Our Handbell Choir will be sharing their instrumental music generally on the 3rd Sunday of the month.  We still have openings for 3-4 more ringers. (You do not need to know how to read music, just know your left from your right hand & be able to count to about 4.  The music is color-coded for you.)  Our first rehearsal will be on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary.  We hope to reschedule the postponed concerts from late spring to the end of October or beginning of November.  Please watch for further details regarding the specifics in our next newsletter or on our website.

We will be presenting the Christmas Cantata, “Emmanuel, God with Us”, which will feature our Sunday School Children, Handbell Choir, & special Christmas Choir.  The tentative date for that presentation will be at 9:30 AM during our worship service on Sunday, December 9, 2018.

With the introduction of “newer” songs to our worship services, we are looking for those interested in reading song introductions, persons who would like to play an instrument to accompany the new songs, such as guitar, bass, drums, flute or something else that would enhance the songs as well as those who might wish to assist as vocal song leaders.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Berndt, Music Director choirdirector@wblc.org.

SALLY’S CIRCLE BOOK CLUB

All WBLC women are welcome to join our Sally’s Circle meetings. Some of the participants knit or crochet prayer shawls or do other hand work while we talk. Our meetings are very informal and are a great way to get to know each other. We meet in the Hearth room in the lower level of the church. If you have any questions about where to get the book, please see Mary Mock or Cheral Sadler. Our next meeting is on September 25, 2018   “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” by Fredrik Backman

GOD’S WORK. OUR HANDS SUNDAY.

On Sunday, September 9, our church will be participating again in a meal packing event at Lutherdale Bible Camp.  This project benefits our local food pantry along with area food pantries.  Please let Pastor Tom or Jim Pfeil know if you are interested.  We will meet at Lutherdale from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  All are welcome to join in on this mission work! 

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Sunday School begins on September 9 during the worship service. All children ages 4 through 6th grade are welcome. If you are interested in teaching Sunday School or have any questions, please contact Kari Pfeil at 262-607-6166.

VBS WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!

A huge thanks to all who helped to make this year’s Vacation Bible School a success!  Thirty-five kids attended VBS this past week!  The week of VBS ended up being a wonderful outreach ministry to the children in our community.  Praise God!

NEW MEMBER SUNDAY

Pastor Tom would like to formally invite our new members to Williams Bay Lutheran.  If you are interested in joining the church please let him know.  He is planning a “New Member Sunday” for the fall.

BLESSING OF THE BACK-PACKS

On Sunday, September 9th Pastor Tom will offer a special blessing and prayer for all of our Sunday school children as they begin a new year of school.  He will also have a special gift for each child.  Children, please bring your school back-packs on that day.

DISCIPLESHIP CLASS

This fall there will be a class on discipleship.  We will read the book:  Real Faith for Real Life: Living the Six Marks of Discipleship by Michael Foss.  During the class we will talk about what it means to live as disciples of Christ.  We will meet on Sunday mornings from 11:00 – 11:45 beginning September 16th.  All are welcome to join in on the discipleship conversation.

FALL BIBLE STUDY

Pastor Tom is considering teaching a “Lunch Bible Study” this fall on Thursdays from 12:00 – 1:00.  We will meet at church with a sack lunch or maybe even, from time to time, a nearby restaurant.  If you are interested please let him know.

BISHOP INSTALLATION SERVICE

All are invited to attend the bishop installation service of Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld at First Lutheran Church (612 North Randall Ave.) in Janesville on Saturday, August 18th at 2:00 pm by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.  Our church was asked to provide four dozen ham and turkey sandwiches for the celebration.  Pastor Tom is planning on attending and Evie will be singing in the community children’s choir during the installation service.  Please let him know if you are interested or have questions.

ELCA WORLD HUNGER

Our church supports a variety of ministries.  One ministry that our church supports is ELCA World Hunger.  This world-wide Lutheran ministry supports communities impacted by hunger and poverty.  If you would like to donate to this life-giving ministry simply mark:  ELCA World Hunger on your giving envelope

OUTDOOR WORSHIP

This summer our outdoor worship service will be on Sunday, August 26th at Dr. Wayne and Susan Anderson’s home (7230 S&D Townline Rd. in rural Delavan).  We will have a unity service on that day at 9:30 am.   There will be a potluck after worship.  Dr. Wayne Anderson will be grilling and all are invited to bring a salad or desert.  Please also bring your own lawn chairs. Come, invite a friend, and enjoy worshiping God in the beauty of nature! There will be no 8 am worship on that Sunday.

COUNCIL MINUTES

The Church Council Minutes will now be posted on the WBLC website (http://wblc.org/church-council-minutes/). If you’d like a printed copy, feel free to contact the church office at secretary@wblc.org or 262-245-5995.

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June – July Newsletter

A WORD FROM PASTOR TOM

WBLC - Pastor TomI am so excited!  Why?  Because this summer we are bringing back our Vacation Bible School ministry.

VBS is a wonderful ministry for our Sunday school children.  VBS is also a great outreach ministry for families and children in the community.  In VBS we invite all children to come to our church and to hear about Jesus.  For some children this may be the only opportunity that they will get during the entire year to hear about Jesus’ love for them.

This year our theme for VBS is:  Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus.  The children will learn that Jesus will always be with them even through the storms of life.

Would you be able to invite a child to come this year to VBS?  Do you have grandchildren?  Does your neighbor have children?  Please help the education committee to spread the word about this very important ministry for children.

All children ages 4 to 6th grade are welcome to attend.  The older children are invited to be helpers and/or counselors.  Please hold this ministry in prayer and pray that children might come for this week of VBS.  May God bless our VBS ministry this summer and may God bless the children who will attend this week of VBS.

Join us on July 16th – 19th from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. for a fun-filled week of activities, Bible stories, songs, and games. The year’s theme is Shipwrecked: Rescued By Jesus will be sure to make a splash this summer. Ages 4 – 6th grade are invited to join us. Please let grandkids, neighbors, friends, nieces and nephews know about our fun event.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING?

Synod Assembly in the Wisconsin Dells.

Pastor Tom and Mary Mock were the voting members from Williams Bay Lutheran Church. Around five hundred people from all around our synod gathered together for this year’s assembly.


National Day of Prayer

Almost three hundred people gathered for the National Day of Prayer breakfast at Lake. We prayed for unity and that the Holy Spirit might work among us.

 

Affirmation of Baptism/Pentecost Sunday

Kyle Marshall was confirmed on May 20th. On that day we prayed for the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be upon him and he shared his faith story in worship.

SALLY’S CIRCLE BOOK CLUB

All WBLC women are welcome to join our Sally’s Circle meetings. Some of the participants knit or crochet prayer shawls or do other hand work while we talk. Our meetings are very informal and are a great way to get to know each other. We meet in the Hearth room in the lower level of the church. If you have any questions about where to get the book, please see Mary Mock or Cheral Sadler. Our next meeting is on June 5, 2018 “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah

RENEWAL OF WEDDING VOWS SERVICE

Is there a special wedding anniversary coming up in the future?  If so, have you and your spouse thought about a renewal of vows ceremony?  It can be very meaningful for couples to renew their wedding vows and remember together the promises that they made to each other on their wedding day.  Pastor Tom can offer a short, simple renewal of vows service either at church or at another setting.  The service blesses and strengthens marriages.

MISSING UMBRELLA

Roberta Hanlon is missing her dark grey Mercedes-Benz umbrella.  If you accidentally took the umbrella please call her at 262.245.0169

HOSPITALIZED OR PASTORAL VISIT

Please call Pastor Tom at the church office or reach him on his cell phone: 608.778.3319.  Pastor Tom can also bring Holy Communion.

IN OUR PRAYERS:

All in our schools: Teachers, students, administrators and staff.

All our military men and women: Clayton Kelley (Germany), Collins Nash (Africa), Mark Ankoumus (Special Forces), Trevor Wellhausen (Germany).

Requests: JoAnn Hobbs, Alice Glavin (Brenda Austin’s mom), Cami Wilke (friend of Brenda, Alan & Austin), Dave Love, Joe Bidwill, Will Baldwin (friend of Sharon Yanz), Dorthey Boss, Tessa Franklin, Sandy Gold (friend of Fran Flucke), Jeanne Gruber (friend of Fran Flucke), Jane Harries, George Holmes (Natalie Reno’s father), Joanie Kalla, John and Larry (friends of Bridget Beth), Cal Kuder, Joan Mosby (Arbor Village, Lake Geneva), Emily Newell, Angela (Kelley) Porter, Michael Reno, San Jose congregation in Beloit, Arlene (Toby) Spotz, Collis Stewart, Laura Washer (Williams Bay’s police chief), Klaus Wellhausen, Norma Wearsch and  Bing Myatt.

If you wish a name added to our prayer list please contact Pastor Tom or the church office.

PRAYER SHAWLS – SHARE ONE!

If you know of someone that could use prayer support for any reason, bring him/her a prayer shawl to let them know that our prayers are with them.  We have shawls in all sorts of colors to suit almost everyone. The shawls can be found in the last Sunday School room (off the Hearth Room). Just sign the sheet that you took one, attach the blue “angel tag” and share it. If you would like to be a part of making prayer shawls, join us when we meet as “Sally’s Circle Questions? Contact Sheila Lundin or Carol Choyce.

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April – May Newsletter

A WORD FROM PASTOR TOM

WBLC - Pastor TomRecently, I was thinking about what it means to rejoice in the Lord. As I was thinking about this and meditating on this a verse from Scripture was brought to my attention. The verse comes from the book of Psalms.  Here is the verse:

“This is the day that the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”        (Psalm 118:24) 

This is a beautiful verse from Scripture!  The verse is an important reminder for us to remember that each and every day is a gift from God. To remember this truth I started a new prayer practice. It is something that I now do each and every morning.

Every morning when I wake up but before I rise out of bed I say this as a prayer:

“Thank you Lord, thank you Lord, thank you Lord for this new day.”

This short but powerful prayer only takes me about seven seconds to say.  Beginning my day with this prayer has inspired me to be thankful for the new day that God has given me.

I encourage you to begin your day with God.  It can be a simple prayer like the one that I say each morning or it can be something different.

The important thing is to say something to God.

Usually we begin each and every day by thinking about the tasks at hand for the new day.  What if, instead, we started the day thinking about God and giving God praise for the new day?

If we begin our days by giving thanks to God then each and every day would begin with us rejoicing in the Lord.

 

You are invited to join Pastor Tom for a study on the Gospel of Mark.  We meet at 11 am on Sunday mornings in the Hearth room.  All are welcome!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SUMMER OUTING

Join us for a great family event on Tuesday, August 7th. Cheer on the Milwaukee Brewers as they face the San Diego Padres. We will leave the church at 4:30 p.m. and carpool together. Game time is 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be $5.00 per person and all attempts will be made to get all the tickets together. Invite friends and neighbors as well. The deadline to sign up is Sunday, April 8th. Sign up using the sheet on Narthex table or call the Church office at 262-245-5995.

2018 Elkhorn Conference Spring Gathering

ELCA Women’s Spring Gathering. Registration and Refreshments beginning at 8:30am. “Serving God and ALL Around Us” “But be doers of the Word, and not merely hearers.” James 1:22 Morning agenda: Fellowship, Synodical women’s update, Jane Harrison from “UPAVIM”, Worship and Song, Raising awareness on the problem of Human Trafficking, Election of officers For lunch, bring a salad to pass (one for every two attendees). A free will offering will be collected to be donated to “UPAVIM” and the Synodical board Please RSVP to Mary M. by April 5th. We’d like to take a group.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Join us on July 16th – 19th from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. for a fun-filled week of activities, Bible stories, songs, and games. The year’s theme is Shipwrecked: Rescued By Jesus will be sure to make a splash this summer. Ages 4 – 6th grade are invited to join us. Please let grandkids, neighbors, friends, nieces and nephews know about our fun event. Any question contact Kari P.

DO YOU PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?

Pastor Tom is looking to start a new music group at Williams Bay Lutheran.  If you play an instrument please let Pastor Tom or Carol Berndt know that you are interested.

NEW WEBSITE

We are pleased to announce that the Church has a new website thanks to Pastor Tom and Secretary Rebecca Wardlow. Check it out at http://wblc.org. A huge shout-out to Alan T. and Judy N. for all the work they did our previous website.

SALLY’S CIRCLE BOOK CLUB

All WBLC women are welcome to join our Sally’s Circle meetings. Some of the participants knit or crochet prayer shawls or do other hand work while we talk. Our meetings are very informal and are a great way to get to know each other. We meet in the Hearth room in the lower level of the church. If you have any questions about where to get the book, please see Mary M. or Cheral S.

April 24th at 7:00 p.m.
“Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire: What Happens When God’s Spirit Invades the Hearts of His People” by Jim Cymbala and Dean Merrill

MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL HYMN SERVICE

May 13, 2018 at 9:30 am.

Unity Service (No 8 am service)

Featuring

Dave Wickerham

 We invite you to join us for a special hymn service to celebrate Mother’s Day. Do you have a favorite hymn that you’d like to hear? Email the church office (secretary@wblc.org) with your request.

About Dave Wickerham  Dave Wickerman

From 2001-2004, Dave was the principal Organist here at Williams Bay Church and he was also the featured staff Organist at the Piper Music Palace in Greenfield.

He enjoys concertizing frequently to many audiences including various chapters of the American Theatre Organ Society. In April of 1999, he took great pleasure being a feature artist in Melbourne, Australia for the convention of the Theatre Organ Society of Australia for which he received rave reviews.  He returned “Down Under” for a six-week concert tour in Australia and New Zealand during the summer of 2003 and 2012, as well as October/November of 2015.

Dave also enjoys recording and has recently “sold out” his fourth CD “Sounds of Music” recorded on the famous 5 Manual, 80 Rank Theatre Organ at the Sanfilippo Residence in Barrington, IL.  There are several NEW recording projects that are soon to be completed and released.

After seven years as Organist – Curator with the legendary Milhous Collection in South Florida, Dave and his family currently enjoy living in Upper Michigan in the historic town of Crystal Falls.

Learn more about Dave on his website: http://www.davewickerham.com/

REFRESHMENT VOLUNTEERS

We are seeking volunteers to provide light refreshments after the morning service for April and May. Help us fill all the empty spots. You can find the sign-up sheet on the Narthex table. 

ALTAR FLOWERS

Did you that you can provide flowers for our Sunday Worship? The flowers at the altar are a symbol of beauty of God’s creation and our thankfulness to God for the world God has created. The cost of the flowers is only $24.00. If you are interested in providing flowers in honor of or to celebrate a life event, please sign up on the flower sign-up sheet located by the food cart in the back of the church.

HOSPITALIZED OR PASTORAL VISIT

Please call Pastor Tom at the church office.  Pastor Tom can also bring Holy Communion.

 

PRAYER SHAWLS – SHARE ONE!

If you know of someone that could use prayer support for any reason, bring him/her a prayer shawl to let them know that our prayers are with them.  We have shawls in all sorts of colors to suit almost everyone. The shawls can be found in the last Sunday School room (off the Hearth Room). Just sign the sheet that you took one, attach the blue “angel tag” and share it. If you would like to be a part of making prayer shawls, join us when we meet as “Sally’s Circle Questions? Contact Sheila L. or Carol C.

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February – March 2018 Newsletter

WBLC - Pastor TomA Word From Pastor Tom

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all the people of Williams Bay Lutheran Church.

(In case you missed the annual meeting here is my report to the congregation.)

As I reflect on my first full year at Williams Bay Lutheran I am grateful for all the positive ministry that happened during the year. It was a great year!

From updating our church bulletin to participating in CROP Walk for world hunger to having an outdoor worship service and picnic to commemorating the Five Hundred Year Anniversary of the Reformation, to inviting the Country Gentlemen Barbershop Chorus to our church, to participating in “God’s Work. Our Hands Sunday” at Lutherdale Bible Camp, to offering a painting party in our fellowship hall, and to worship our Lord Jesus with a full church on Christmas Eve it was a very active year for our church.

Some highlights from this past year in my ministry include being asked to offer the opening prayer and invocation at the Flatiron Park for Lake Geneva’s Memorial Day Ceremony, participating in a synod-wide bike ride for world hunger, using my puppet, Marty for children’s sermons, playing guitar for worship, having my daughter, Evie assist me in a hand washing ritual for Maundy Thursday, helping Savanna Lundin in launching a church Facebook page, and in joining the Walworth County Ecumenical Pastor’s Association.

One highlight from this past year that I am especially excited about is the evangelism class that I just taught during the Sunday morning class. In the class, we read the book: Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism by Martha Grace Reese. Ten people from our congregation read the book and participated in the class.

One thing that we discussed together is the need to be intentional about looking for and finding opportunities to share our faith. We also need to be intentional in actively inviting people to church. This coming year let’s all be intentional about looking for and finding opportunities to share our faith and in inviting people to church. Let’s pray that God would provide opportunities for us to share our faith. Let’s pray that God would grow our ministries.

In looking ahead to the coming year I am looking forward to leading a book discussion on the topic of sharing our faith, in leading a Bible study, in giving a sermon series during the Wednesday Lent services on people from the Old Testament, in Bishop Mary Froiland’s visit in February, in teaching new songs for worship, in hosting the Ecumenical Easter Sunrise service, in having another outdoor worship service and picnic during the summer, in having a special bell-choir/choir summer concert, in partnering with Chapel on the Hill with their homeless shelter and food pantry, and in praying with you that God would richly bless our congregation in 2018.

In conclusion, I would like to thank Judy Newell for her excellent work as parish secretary these past seven years. Judy was a great help for me during my first year as pastor at Williams Bay Lutheran. Thank you Judy! To take over the job we hired Rebecca Wardlow. Rebecca is quickly learning the work and is doing a great job. Come by and meet Rebecca some morning!

“What’s at stake in evangelism is transformed lives, yours included!” Martha Grace Reese from Unbinding the Gospel

Thank you for your partnership in God’s ministry and mission work. Pastor Tom Dowling

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WBLC - Rebecca Wardlow

New Parish Secretary

Hello everyone! I’m Rebecca. My husband and I are blessed to have five children (ages 22-10). We recently moved from Illinois to Wisconsin to enjoy living by the lake. I look forward to meeting each of you.

 

 

The Season of Lent

The Season of Lent

Lent is a call for us to return to God and to renew our relationship with God and one another. Lent begins on February 14th with Ash Wednesday. On Ash Wednesday we will worship together at 7 pm. The Ash Wednesday service will include Holy Communion and the ritual of receiving the sign of the cross with ashes. For the remaining Wednesdays of Lent, we will gather for worship at 7 pm for prayer and worship around the cross. We will sing Holden Evening Prayer and Pastor Tom will give a sermon series on people from the Old Testament. You will hear sermons on Daniel, Samuel, Esther, Joshua, and Elijah. Before worship, we will gather for a simple supper at 6 pm in the fellowship hall. There will be no supper on Ash Wednesday.

Lenten-DevotionalLenten Devotional

You are invited to use the Lenten devotional; You are the Way during the season of Lent. Please pick up a copy on the narthex table.

Bishop Visit

On February 18th Bishop Mary Froiland will be visiting our congregation for the 9:30 worship service. We will be having a unity service that day with no 8:00 am worship. A special coffee fellowship will follow worship.

Special Guests

On December 3rd we had a special guest chorus visit our congregation. The Country Gentlemen Barbershop Chorus from Lake Geneva offered beautiful Christmas music for our worship service. After worship, we were treated to some festive Christmas songs in the gathering space during coffee hour.

Hospitalized or Pastoral Visit

Please call Pastor Tom at the church office or reach him on his cell phone: 608.778.3319. Pastor Tom can also bring Holy Communion.

Homeless Shelter Ministry

This year we will be helping out Chapel on the Hill with their men’s homeless shelter ministry. St Benedict’s Catholic Church, who we usually work with, is not participating in the homeless shelter ministry this year. We have been invited by the Chapel on the Hill congregation to help them when they host the shelter week. The next week that they need help with runs from Sunday, February 25th to March 4th. The shifts go from 5 pm to 7 am. Only men can stay overnight but anyone can help with the evening dinner. Please contact Pastor Tom or Claus Wellhausen if you would like to help with this ministry.

Altar Flowers

Looking for a way to honor someone or celebrate a milestone? Sign up to provide flowers for the Sunday worship. Sign-up sheet is located by the food pantry cart.

Sharing Our Faith

We are reading the book: Tell it Like it Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony by Lillian Daniel for the Sunday morning class. We meet at 11:00 am in the Hearth room. All are welcome.

Prayer Shawls – Share One!

PLEASE, if you know of someone who could use prayer support for any reason, bring him/her a prayer shawl and let them know that our prayers are with them. We have shawls in all sorts of colors to suit almost everyone. The shawls are in the last Sunday School room off the Hearth Room. Just sign the sheet that you took one, attach the blue “angel tag” and share it. If you would like to be a part of making prayer shawls join us when we meet as “Sally’s Circle Questions? Contact Sheila Lundin or Carol Choyce.

2018 Membership Directories

Membership directors were inserted into the Feb. 4th Bulletins. If you did not receive one, there are extra copies on the narthex table. Want us to mail you a copy? Call the office (262) 245- 5995 or email secretary@wblc.org

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Join Us for Sunday Worship

  • 8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
  • 9:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
  • 9:45 a.m. Sunday School
  • 10:45 a.m. Refreshments
  • 11:00 a.m. Adult Bible Study

Upcoming Events

  1. Boy Scouts

    December 10 @ 6:00 pm
  2. Budget Meeting

    December 12 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  3. Handbell Rehearsal

    December 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. Morning Prayer Worship

    December 16 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
  5. Discipleship Class

    December 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm