The Messenger

The Monthly Newsletter of Blessed Savior Lutheran Church

A Message From Pastor Stanton

Thunderstorms. I like them. As we approach warmer weather, I remember being sent out into the fields to work in spring and early summer. By June, the sun beat down as we hoed weeds around young tomato plants. Ugh! I would rather be doing anything else! And yet, every once in a while, the sky would darken in the north and west. The flash of lightning and the rumble of thunder in the distance promised rain. It also sent us into the house.

Flash! Bang! Waves of rain pouring down out of heaven. My dog Blondie (A Collie) and I would dive under the covers on the full size bed in the front screened-in porch. We’d share a Slim Jim or two. The eves – trough, made of steel and rusted through here and there, leaked a torrent of water in front of the screens. I’d pretend that I was Tarzan or some explorer hiding from my pursuers behind a waterfall. It was great fun and a break from work. Soon enough, the sun and a beautiful rainbow would mark the storm’s end.

The Bible tells us that Holy Baptism was foreshadowed by the great flood of Noah. 1 Peter 3:21 …while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you. Not as the removal

of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is the right hand of God…

FLASH! BANG! Waves of rain pouring down out of heaven in judgment of an evil, fallen world. Yet there is grace in that water, pointing to the blessed flood of Holy Baptism. It washes us clean from sin. It protects us from sin, death, and the devil. It is filled with the Holy Spirit. It gives birth to faith and grows it like a fruitful vine, and so much more. Remember your baptism. Take a deep breath of that refreshing rain drenched air. Look for the rainbow promise of God!


Pastor Stanton

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The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, My Father’s God, and I will exalt Him. Exodus 15:2

Exodus 15:2 holds an especially important spot in my life as it is my confirmation verse. It serves as a great reminder to me that God is my strength and my song. God is my salvation and my God! There is nothing that I cannot take to Him whether good or bad! So let my praises ring forth every day for the countless blessings that He bestows on me. I often recall this passage more than any other simply because it was chosen for me 26 years ago at a very special time in my life, my confirmation! Confirmation is a time in which we grow spiritually, and we gain knowledge and understanding in what we have come to know and believe.

At baptism we become part of God's family, heirs! Then a little further down the road we have confirmation which as stated above helps us to grow closer spiritually to our Father in heaven and allows us to connect on a deeper level with Him. It is here that we receive His body and blood in with and under the bread and the wine! These two sacraments along with the Word of God are major blessings in the life of a Christian. Exodus 15:2 shows that we have a loving God, a God that is mighty! With God nothing is impossible, no challenge or difficulty in life is too hard. What a joy and blessing to know that the Lord is our strength and our song! And because of this it is our honor to praise and thank Him!

With God on our side, let us pull out all the stops and with reckless abandon share the Gospel message with everyone around us. Let others see a difference in us! Let others question what is different with us and then we can boldly answer, "The Lord God is my strength and my song". And then with every ounce of our being praise God because it is from Him that we receive every blessing and all that we need. We are not useless lumps of clay; we have been called by Him to tell others the Good News! Let us never lose this focus and know that God the Father Almighty is right there with us!

In His Service,

Jennifer Leinss

Children's Ministry

Sunday School Offering

The annual Penny Challenge is well under way and is supporting LOVED ministries. Loved Ministries is an organization that is bringing comfort and hope to youth ages 12-18 living in foster care group homes in Milwaukee. Our offering will supply Loved Ministries with items such as fleece for tie blankets, and items for their quarterly care packages. Pennies and dollar bills are all positive points, and nickels, dimes, and quarters are negative points. You may participate by dropping your donations in the bottles on the purple wall in the hallway. We look forward to a friendly competition, all for a good cause!

Song of the Month

Sunday school students continue to focus on learning a song a month. May's song is "Jesus is Alive". We will be singing this in church on Sunday, May 21st at the 10:30 service!
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Quarterly Missions

For our second quarter missions, our Special Mission offering will support Orphan Grain Train. Orphan Grain Train is a 501c3 Nonprofit Christian volunteer network that shares personal and material resources with needy people in America and around the world. Grain Train volunteers gather donations of clothing, medical supplies, food, Christian literature, and other aid to meet real needs. The Orphan Grain Train movement is a loving response to Jesus Christ’s example as a servant and His love for us. The following link is Orphan Grain Train's wish list. Please take a look!

Church Council News

"This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people, but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God." 2 Cor 9:12

Dear friends, while serving on the Pastoral Call Committee you hear many different perspectives which gives a person a different way of approaching something. As a committee, one of the questions we presented to the pastors was: What is church member participation like in the life of your church? The leadership of one of the churches had a very simple question for their members: "Are you part of the family?". May 21st we will be having a Voters' Meeting. Our "family" is looking for the following positions to be filled:





Last May I was nominated and asked to serve as your Chairman. If you talk to any of your fellow members that know or talk to me they will tell you what I told them. I didn't want this position, however, I am a big proponent of men "stepping up" when asked to serve. It has been a learning process. As I've told many, I love the Lord and I love His people. So as you're reading this on behalf of the Council and Elders; "Are you part of the family"? Please give prayerful consideration to serving in one of these capacities. Remember "God does not call the qualified; He qualifies the called".

Yours in Christ,

Tom Wartick

This Memorial Day,

We remember and honor our fallen military members.

Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

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Classic Car and Bike show

Scan this QR code to get the flyer and save a couple bucks by registering early. Flyers will also be available in the narthex.
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Men's Ministry

Calling all men - dads, grandads, sons, and grandsons! Men's Ministry wants you to join us for the second annual Fathers Day Breakfast Saturday, June 17th at 9am at the Machine Shedd. We will be serving you a variety of items from country style eggs, "Shedder" hashbrown casserole, bacon, sausage patties, English muffins, fresh fruit, coffee and juice. Following breakfast will be a conversation with former Packer and Badger Wideout Jared Abberderis. Jared will be sharing his views on faith and family as well as being willing to answer any questions you have. The cost for this event will be $20.00 per person to cover the cost of the breakfast. Jared has graciously agreed to speak to us to for cost of his fuel. You do not want to miss this event.

In the Community