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Outreach & Education

We Reach out to others

We gathered multiple care packages and raised money for Support the Troops Wisconsin, which provides snacks and personal items for Wisconsin’s soldiers.

Last fall we made lunch for the teachers at Stone Bank School, during the week after parent-teacher conferences. We brought them three home-made soups, a variety of sandwiches and some of our best home-made desserts. We set up in their cafeteria, and one or two of them almost cried when they saw the feast.

For the second year, we cared for God’s earth by going on a Lenten Plastic Fast, where we fasted from single-use plastic, and gathered a mighty mound of flexible plastic which we took to recycling centers.

We support Outreach For Hope which raises money for Lutheran congregations in low-income areas of Milwaukee and Racine. Several of us join the annual Bike Ride and the St. John’s community helps with donations.

Our quilters meet regularly to sew quilts for Lutheran World Relief that will be sent throughout the world to provide warmth to Third World families and victims of disaster everywhere.

We also gather School bags in the fall and Personal Care Gifts, also sent by Lutheran World Relief to desperate families around the world.

Education for all ages—We are a learning community!

Youth Education

St. John’s understands how very busy families with young people are these days. Therefore we offer a condensed and very carefully crafted youth education curriculum:

There are two 6 week sessions of youth education per year. There is a late fall session beginning in November that culminates with Christmas Day. There is also a spring session that ends with Easter Sunday.

Meeting in two sessions per year gives ample time for young people to learn, but doesn’t overwhelm youngsters who are already busy with school and extracurricular activities. Having the two education sessions culminate with Christmas and Easter respectively adds excitement to the youth education program.

Lessons are very carefully planned out and emphasize Jesus’s teachings. All of the the most important tenets of our faith are covered in detail.

The goal of the youth education curriculum is to equip your child with everything they need to know to confirm their faith. Youth education classes start after Communion is served and end no later than 30 minutes after the church service has ended.

We offer First Communion classes after church in one or two sessions for young children who wish to participate in Communion. Parents decide what age is best for their children.

St. John’s also offers Confirmation classes taught by Pastor Karen, which includes an overview of the Old and New Testaments, and a close look at Lutheran teachings with emphasis on the sacraments and conversations about how these teachings apply to daily life. Confirmation meets weekly in three 6-week sessions for one year.

Adult Education

Pastor’s Bible Study is a group of men and women who study one Bible book at a time in depth, meeting twice every month. We are led by Pastor Karen, and enjoy animated conversations about how our God speaks to us through scripture. Right now we are walking with Paul as he writes his first letter to the Corinthians, one of the oldest books of the New Testament. Join us!

Listening Book Club is a group of folks who seek to love our neighbors by listening to them. So we read the excellent, well-reviewed books that are written by people who are not like us—who differ from us by race, nationality, lifestyle, religion, or sexual preference. We meet four times a year, next on July 27th to talk about Toni Morrison’s beautiful, haunting masterpiece Beloved, about the struggle of former slaves to find healing and redemption in the wake of trauma. Everyone is welcome!