Beloit, WI

Beloit, WI
photo by Rod Gottfredsen

Saturday, December 29, 2018

A special word of thanks from Dawn and me . . . .

Dear Friends,

Dawn and I thank you all for the many cards, gift cards, monetary gifts, presents, baked goods & treats, and expressions of kindness and support that we have received from you this Christmas.  We are sincerely grateful to you for your warmth and thoughtfulness.  Preparing to launch a new school has, of course, been very exciting to me, but it has also multiplied my workload this year.  Your kindness and care have been a tremendous encouragement to both of us - and to our family - during a pretty hectic time.  The year ahead will begin a bright new chapter for all of us in our common work here at St. John's.  Your continued commitment and faithfulness to our Lord and to His Church are not blessings which I take for granted.  May God bless each of you in the New Year!

On Wednesday, January 2nd, our Bible Class resumes - however - at our NEW WINTER TIME OF 4:00 PM.  Since the winter months are accompanied by shorter days, we are going to hold class beginning at 4 pm during the months of November through March each year.  This was a suggestion made by one of our members, and I am very grateful for it.  Beginning in April (or after Easter) each year, we will return to our normal time of 5:30 pm.  Our class between now and Ash Wednesday will focus on the basics of what Christians believe, as confessed in the Small Catechism of Martin Luther.  The classes are as follows: an introduction to the SC (history, etc.), Ten Commandments, Apostles' Creed, Holy Baptism, Private Confession, Lord's Supper, and the Church Year.  After Easter, when we return to our 5:30 pm start time, we will begin a seven-week study of our Church's new evangelism strategy - Everyone His Witness.  We will distribute copies of Luther's Small Catechism on Wednesday night, and so all you need to bring is yourself - and perhaps a friend.

In Christ Jesus,

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