The Messenger

The Monthly Newsletter of Blessed Savior Lutheran Church

A Message from Pastor Stanton

Years ago (when you get to my stage in life, that’s a pretty normal way of starting a sentence), I remember my barber. He was a nice guy, always willing to chat and ask questions as

he cut my hair. Incidentally, that was the day when the barber slathered the back of your neck with shaving cream and shaved it with a straight razor. Anyway, on one occasion he remarked that he appreciated seeing my wife and I praying before a meal at a local restaurant. Apparently he was seated at another table.


We just quietly bow our heads and give thanks before each meal. I never thought anyone paid attention. My barber thought it remarkable that two young people would pray before the meal.


This month we celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s a national holiday that’s usually observed by a big family meal. Nothing wrong about that! But I would also suggest that it’s a reminder of how God has blessed us in so many ways. He has created us. He clothes us. He puts a roof over our heads. He feeds us – spiritually and physically. Most of all, He has saved us from the eternal starvation of sin and its consequences.


As I mentioned in a sermon awhile back, thank God we know who to thank! A little boy once burst into the living room on Thanksgiving. Filled with excitement at the family gathered there, he cried out: “HAPPY THANKSLIVING!” Thanksgiving is not just one day. It’s a way of life. It is truly Thanksliving. Have a blessed holiday!


Blessings,

Pastor Stanton

Thanksgiving Worship

Join us as we gather around God's table to give thanks and commune together and praise Him for his generous outpouring of love and blessing!


Wednesday, November 23, 7:00pm &

Thursday, November 24, 9:00am


Please note that there will be no online worship for our Thanksgiving services or

Sunday, November 27th. Thank you!

November Calendar

Serving Us in Worship

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Preschool News

Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord,

call upon His name, make known His deeds among the peoples, proclaim that His name is exalted.

Sing praises to the Lord, for He has done gloriously;

let this be made known in all the earth.“


Thanks be to God, give thanks to the Lord, or, oh give thanks unto the Lord for He is good and His mercy endures forever! These are simple comforting phrases that we as Christians say during worship or perhaps in our daily lives. Do we really truly bow down and worship every time that we say it? Probably not, however during the month of November and around Thanksgiving many people focus on “prayers” of thanksgiving and giving thanks to God for everything that we have. But we as Christians should know that giving thanks is not just held to one month or even just one day. We should be giving thanks to God everyday for the countless blessings that He bestows on us!


As Christians we know how those words above can deeply touch us. “Thanks be to God for”…the possibilities are endless. We thank and praise Him for our health, our family, our income, our children, our homes, our church, etc. Even though these things in life don’t define us, we are nevertheless grateful to God for giving us these things. It is through these things that God uses us to reach other people in this world. We can’t take these things with us when we depart this world, but we can use them while we are in this world to point others to Jesus. We are doing just that right here at Blessed Savior!


Blessed Savior is a beautiful blessing from God in which we should all be thankful for. Many families and children come through our doors every day. As a small community in itself, our church and early childhood center are comfortable places to be. Each day we pray together and give thanks in our own way. Perhaps it is a child hugging a teacher, a friendly hello in the hallway, a hug or a smile, and the list goes on. Our resources from God are ways that we are able to share the saving Gospel message with the world! May we be mindful of that this “holiday” season and every day throughout the year. Just as it says in 1 John 4:19, “we love because God first loved us”. Let us be thankful for the blessings that we have and share those blessings with everyone around us because as our Father gives to us let us give to others! May God bless you this day and always!


In His Service,

Jennifer Leinss

Preschool

The month of October was a busy month for us. We continue to make new friends and learn new Bible stories. Our favorite part of the week is when we get together for our weekly chapel services. We were also grateful to have a visit from the New Berlin Fire Department and we thank them for their service to our community. November holds a lot in store for us as well. Our 4K friends have the opportunity to get together with our older friends for a Thanksgiving celebration. All of our classes also have our first break and will have parent/teacher conferences the week of Thanksgiving.

Sunday School

Sunday School Offering:

Our first quarter Sunday School offering will be designated for Lutheran Church Charities - Comfort Dogs. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are working animals, trained to interact with people of all ages and circumstances who are suffering and in need. The dogs participate in scheduled and special events. For more information head to https://www.lutheranchurchcharities.org/k-9-comfort-dogs-about.html.

Quarterly Missions

As we enter the 4th Quarter of our year, our Special Mission Offerings will support Lutheran Counseling and Family Services (LCFS). LCFS is a non-profit, state licensed outpatient mental health care agency and adoption service provider, serving the State of Wisconsin. Their licensed therapists and psychologists provide counseling to children, individuals and families regardless of race, ethnic background, or religious affiliation. To sponsor Special Missions, please sign up on the bulletin board.

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Thank you, veterans!

On Veterans Day, we honor men and women who’ve served and sacrificed in one of America’s armed services.

On November 11, 1918, America and her allies signed a truce with German leaders, ending World War I. In 1919, President Wilson decided the United States should remember with gratitude the end of that war and honor military members by marking Armistice Day, or “truce” day. In 1954, Congress changed the name to Veterans Day, honoring veterans of every era.

Veterans Day highlights our country’s quest for peace, justice and freedom throughout the world. Followers of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, pray for unity among all nations and for the day when “nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4, NIV).


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Women's Ministry

LWML Presents Christmas by Candlelight December 6th. Doors open at 6pm, followed by dinner at 6:30 from Bunzel’s. Entertainment is done by Reflections of Mary. Tickets are $20 and will be on sale November 13th, 20th & 27th.


Attention all Christmas Bakers and Crafters!!!

It’s almost time! LWML’s Annual Christmas Bake and Craft sale will be on December 11th before and after church. We are looking for your favorite Christmas treats and crafts. Please have your donated items to the kitchen by 11am Saturday, December 10th. Please remember, If you are looking for some crafts or projects to work on, please see the table in the Fellowship Hall. Women’s Ministry would love to use the crafts you make with these supplies for their Craft Sale on December 11.

In the Community