The Messenger

The Monthly Newsletter of Blessed Savior Lutheran Church

A Message from Pastor Sander

Jesus said: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”


My Dear Fellow Christians!


The darker the room, the better you can see the candle! These are dark times for our nation, but not for our congregation – our beloved Blessed Savior Lutheran Church. Here the light of Christ shines brightly as the Holy Spirit calls us, gathers us, enlightens us, and sanctifies us. The Gospel is being proclaimed loud and clear, and repentance and forgiveness of sins are being preached in the name of Christ. The humble are the guests of the Holy Spirit in this place and the poor in spirit are being enriched in every way.


Blessed Savior observes social distancing and asks that all wear a face mask. That has become, somehow, offensive to a few. I appeal to anyone reading this: believe the scientists! Do not listen to those who mock scientists. Science is a gift from God. Paul thanks the Lord for his intelligence, his rational mind!


One might say that the light of Christ is reflected many times – once for every member – in this dark time for our society and nation. University professors and historians say that divisiveness has never been this high in America. This is an excellent opportunity for us Christians to do what Jesus commanded us to do when He said: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”


With sadness I see postings on social media by some Christian friends of mine, and even by some members of our congregation, which do not at all promote love, understanding, compassion, unity, and harmony! On the contrary, they take their orders from political ideologies – either extreme right or left – and blend in with groups other than belonging to Christ. Let us watch what we post and think about the results of our postings. Will they help our multiple national problems, or just make them worse? How can we pray for the unity of all in church and then go out and promote discord and division among our fellow citizens?

King David, in Psalm 133 wrote: “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” Jesus said that this unity can only be reached if we give in to our own selfishness and “love one another as I have loved you.”


The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all!

Your Pastor and servant in Christ,


Pastor Martinho Q. Sander

Serving Us in Worship

Elders

Thursday (7:00pm) - Chuck Boie, Tim Hansen, Lee Roloff

Sunday (8:00am)- Dennis Kutz (primary) & Jack Welter (secondary)

Sunday (10:30am) - Bob Kunz (primary) & Rick Krause (secondary)

Ushers

Thursday 7:00pm - Driessen-Team 7

Sunday 8:00am - Cleve-Team 5

Sunday 10:30am - Dwyer-Team 6

Thanksgiving Eve 7:00pm- Sutton-Team 2

Thanksgiving Day 9:00am- Saeger-Team 1

November Birthdays & Anniversaries

Preschool News

Give Thanks --- in ALL Circumstances

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."


The above words from 1 Thessalonians might have you thinking that how is it possible to think this way right now. We are in the middle of a pandemic, life has been drastically altered, you cannot see your friends, church is not normal, you cannot go out to eat, and the list goes on. However, we are to do exactly what the above verses from 1 Thessalonians tell us. As we enter the month of National Thanksgiving let us look at verse 18 "give thanks in all circumstances."


Give thanks in all circumstances? Really? God you want us to give thanks in all circumstances. How could we possibly give thanks when we hear that a child has died, or wildfire is causing evacuations, or civil unrest marches down our streets? How could we possibly give thanks for schools not being able to operate as "normal" or that we cannot get together with our friends at church?


Despite all the changes, we are to give thanks in all circumstances! Yes, even in the middle of a pandemic - give thanks! As Christians we are set apart from the world. We may suffer and feel that what we are going through right now is unfair but compared to what Christ did to save us nothing comes close and for His death we should give thanks! Surely if He can die to save us, we can give thanks in the circumstances that we face. Do our current circumstances have you down and feeling like we will never get through this? Well, let me tell you a secret, I am ok with pandemic right now. Sure, it halted us in our tracks and took away our "normal”, but it also opened new and different opportunities for us. Did I ever think I would be doing ministry the way we are doing things now? The answer to that my friends is no! But God equipped us to reach out in new and different ways. I would challenge you to think outside the box and do things a different or new way! Send happy mail to other members of church letting them know you are thinking about them. Our preschool students love making cards and art and we love sending them! Pick up the phone and call someone to brighten their day! Tech savvy? Join the many ways Blessed Savior is interacting on Facebook. And the list goes on, take these times not to be glum about not being able to do something, rather, see what different ways God is using you! And remember in all these circumstances, GIVE THANKS!


In His Service,

Jennifer Leinss

God continues to bless us and keep us safe! Preschool was busy during the month of October. The most exciting was being able to harvest 10 pumpkins from our very own pumpkin patch! It was neat to see these pumpkins start as a seed, grow, and then be harvested. We were also able to participate in the Scholastic Book Fair, have a costume party, sing pre-service for our recorded worship service, and learn all about fire safety!


We wish you and your family a very blessed Thanksgiving. We give God thanks and praise for you and the continued support you give so that we can learn about Jesus everyday!

Fall Voter's Meeting

In September, Congregation Chairman Bob Kunz sent out an update to the congregation our plans for a fall Voter's Meeting. His note included the following:


The church normally has a spring and fall voter's meetings. At the spring (May) meeting the church members vote on new council officers and receive an update on the church functions. At the fall meeting (November) the church budget is approved for the following year.

Unfortunately, we were not able to meet in May due to the shutdown. However, the council, per our constitution, met and approved the slate of officers for the following terms: Bruce Heimer-Trustees, Pat Mundstock-Board of Education, Mark Filter-Treasurer, Bob Kunz-Chairman, and Karen Naumann-Evangelism.


As a council at last night's monthly meeting, we decided to not hold a fall voter's meeting in November. We fill the restrictions do not allow us to meet in a large enough group. The council will meet in November and approve the budget for next year.


Here is what I am asking you. If you have questions or concerns about the church budget for next year, please reach out to me directly to discuss your concerns. Currently, we are blessed as a congregation to be on plan for the current budget term. Our expenses are down, and our income as maintained to allow no disruptions in church functions or personnel. Closer to the November meeting, I will make available the financials to anyone who requests.

Feel free to reach out at anytime. I want our church council and financials to be as transparent as possible.


Sincerely,

Bob Kunz

Council Charirman

262-227-2617

bobkunz1988@gmail.com


Please see the church budget attached in the PDF below, and contact Bob with any concerns or questions.

Sunday School at Home

The month of November holds for us the following stories:

November 1: Hannah's Prayer/The Boy Samuel

November 8: David and Goliath

November 15: The Fiery Furnace

November 22: Daniel and the Lions Den

November 29: Jonah and the Big Fish

Sunday school families will also work on the hymn "Now Thank We All Our God". It is number 336 in the One and All Rejoice hymnal that you received. Below is a video if you would like to sing along!

Now Thank We All Our God LSB 895

Goosechase through the Scriptures

Grab your family and friends, because we're doing another online scavenger hunt, using the app "goosechase"! Here's how to play along with us:

1. Download the goosechase app. You'll recognize it as the picture on the left.

2. Create an account by choosing a username and password.

3. Search for the game "Goosechase through the Scriptures" or by using the game code WKX44P. The password is praiseandthanksgiving

4. As a family or team, look up the Bible reference clue and find out what item the verse is referencing. Then, take a picture of that item and submit it. Extra points will be given for creativity and for including one of your family/team members in the picture. (For example: Matthew 7:7 says, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the DOOR will be opened to you." In this verse, "DOOR" is our clue, so the picture you submit should include a door. Extra points would be offered if a family/team is pictured knocking on a door.)

5. Have fun!!


Our Goosechase runs from November 1-30. The winning family/team will receive a $25 gift card!

Shop with SCRIP

As the holidays approach, we hope that you'll remember our SCRIP program! SCRIP is an ongoing fundraiser, where you can purchase gift cards for various retailers at face value, but the organization gives a portion of that back to our church. There's no extra money out of pocket for you, and the gift cards spend just like cash. They also make great gifts!


There are several ways you can order:


  • Through our order form-You can find a pdf of the SCRIP order form below. Simply print it off, fill it out, and return it to church with your payment. You can either bring it to the church office, or place it in the "SCRIP" mailbox below the "Z" family names.
  • Personal contact-You may call the church office and speak with Jaime Greene to place an order over the phone at 262-786-6465 ext 21. Or you may reach her through email at jaimelynn581@gmail.com.
  • SCRIP app-Now ordering is even easier! You can download the RaiseRight app and order SCRIP cards whenever you want! You can pay by credit card (please note that a service fee will be charged), and you can choose if you would like a downloadable gift card, or if you would like to have a physical card sent directly to your house. When signing up, please use enrollment code: 473LBLAE11893


If you have any questions, please contact Jaime Greene. SCRIP is an on-going fundraiser by the Board of Education. All proceeds go to helping families who need additional tuition assistance (both within our preschool and our parochial school members), and to purchase educational items for the church. In the past we have purchased projectors for all the classrooms downstairs, and we are currently working to get better tables for the Sunday School rooms, and room dividers that are easily moved.

Special Missions

Our Special Missions project for the last quarter of the year 2020 is the ministry to the deaf, specifically the work done at and through “Evangelical Emmanuel Lutheran Congregation to the Deaf". This congregation is located in West Allis (2306 S 98th Street). The Rev. William Palmer has been their pastor for the last 34 years. They minister to all deaf of the Greater Milwaukee area. This is a worthy cause and your gifts to Special Missions will sustain the proclamation of the Gospel in sign language!

Women's Ministry Cookie Sale

Please see the attached flyer for more information regarding the famous Women's Ministry Cookie Sale on December 12 and 13!