The Messenger

The Monthly Newsletter of Blessed Savior Lutheran Church

A Message from Pastor Sander

The wonderful month of November is upon us once more. Fall, colorful trees, crisp air and the promise of winter. Truly, these are all reminders that the Lord is in charge of His world!

November is the month for thanksgiving. We begin with giving thanks to God for All Saints’ Day, when we thank the Lord for the church’s harvest of all the people whom the Lord called unto Himself in the past year and for all who are with Him in the Church Triumphant.


At the end of the month we give the Lord thanks for all His good gifts. It is the National Day of Thanksgiving – a holiday ordered by the United States Congress. On this day we set aside time to gather in our church to thank the Lord for the abundance of His gifts to our nation. A year after their arrival at Plymouth Rock, the pilgrims set aside a Day of Thanksgiving, to thank the Lord for His mercies to them.


On November 28, the last Sunday of the month, also signals the beginning of a new church year. It is the first Sunday in Advent. We thank the Lord for the comfort of His Word and His presence in our lives for another year. Once more He has loved, forgiven, guided, nourished, strengthened and encouraged us for the work in His church. He has protected us from the evil one and has given us joy and inward peace. These are all gifts only the Lord can give. They are not available anywhere else. Sunday after Sunday He meets with us in church and enriches us with His gifts. I pray that more and more members of Blessed Savior reach that spiritual maturity which makes them eager to receive the Lord’s gifts.


May the Lord bless us with a strong faith and renewed enthusiasm for our task of proclaiming the Gospel to every creature!


Yours in Christ,

Pastor Martinho Q. Sander

November Calendar

Serving Us in Worship

November Birthdays and Anniversaries

Preschool News

His LOVE Endures

Twenty-six times, yes that is correct, twenty-six times in Psalm 136 David mentions that God’s love endures forever. Psalm 136 is a song of thanksgiving written by David in which he encourages the believer to honor God always. God continues to shower His goodness and mercy upon us. David recalls a God that has protected, provided for, and pardoned him on many occasions, and he writes Psalm 136 to honor God for showing him His mercy and love over and over again.


Many of us should sing this same song every day when we think about how good and gracious God has been to us throughout the years. We can honestly praise God because His love and mercy have endured in our lives. Sure, there are many things that we could complain about, but in spite of it all God has been good to us. We have life, we can inhale and exhale – that is reason enough to be thankful. David lets us know that when we think of God’s goodness in our lives, we should give Him thanks. We should not just thank God for the important things in life or complain about the bad things, but in ALL things give God thanks and praise!


We all know David’s story and if there is anyone that should not receive God’s goodness it should have been David, right? Wrong! Despite all the bad things David did in his life, God still loved him, protected, him, provided for him, and even pardoned him. David was favored by God because God’s love and mercy endures! Just like David, God also looks past all our faults. He continues to show mercy and love toward us and does not cut us off. So also, just like David we should always give thanks! No matter where we are in life or what is going on around us, we still have reason to be thankful! Be thankful that despite everything, God’s love endures. Be thankful that God protects us, provides for us, pardons us time and time again, and most of all be thankful that His love and mercy endures FOREVER.


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 had the opportunity learn about fire safety and we thank the New Berlin Fire Department for their service to this community! November has a lot in store for us as well! Our 4K classes will celebrate an original Thanksgiving and go back in time to see what the first Thanksgiving was all about. All our classes also have our first break and will have parent/teacher conferences the week of Thanksgiving.


Blessed Savior is still looking for childcare teachers to join its team! We are looking for fun, energetic, kid-loving, team players! Early childhood courses and experience is preferred. We are looking for morning and afternoon teachers. Hours are flexible and wage is based on experience. If you or someone you know is interested, please see Director Jennifer Leinss.


The staff and students of Blessed Savior wish you a most blessed Thanksgiving and thank you for your continued support of this wonderful program in which the Gospel is shared daily! Blessed Thanksgiving!

Sunday School

Sunday school students are learning a hymn a month! These hymns are taken from One and All Rejoice or LSB. For the month of November the kids will be working on hymn 782 LSB, "Gracious God, You Send Great Blessings." We encourage you to learn the hymn with us!

Gracious God, You Send Great Blessings

Cram the Cubby

Our lower level has a shelving unit filled with lots of cubby holes. For the month of November, we are challenging our Sunday school students to cram those cubby holes with non-perishable food items. All food items will be donated to the New Berlin Food Pantry. Last year in combination with the preschool and church we were able to donate 2,000 pounds of food! Not only were people fed, but they also heard and saw the love of God in action from their brothers and sister in the community.

Thanksgiving Worship

Join us as we gather to praise God for His generous outpouring of love and blessings.

Wednesday, November 24th @ 7:00 p.m. &

Thursday, November 25th @ 9:00 a.m.

Job Openings!

We would love for you to join our team!


We are currently looking for:
Building and Grounds

-light custodial work, maintanence of the building, outside upkeep, and coordination of vendors and projects with the Board of Trustees

Childcare Teacher

-flexbile, part time hours are available for those who love working with kids! Help is needed in the childcare room, which has mixed ages

Preschool Office Staff

-part time help is needed with scheduling, billing, and general office work.


If you are interested, or if you know someone who may be, please contact the church office to obtain a full job description and an application.

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Fourth Quarter Missions

SPECIAL MISSIONS – For the fourth quarter of the year, our Special Missions gifts will support the SOS Center, an agency run by the South Wisconsin District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod that helps Milwaukee school children and their families. The SOS Center offers after school tutoring, teaches Bible Stories and exemplifies Christian love in action. Many volunteers make this ministry possible!


Below you will find a wish list posted by the SOS Center.

Women's Ministry

Women's Ministry has 2 events coming up, and we'd love for you to participate!


CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT

We are excited to welcome back our annual Christmas by Candlelight event on December 7th at 6:30pm! The evening will include beautifully decorated tables, a delicious meal and Christmas entertainment. Tickets for the event are $15 and will go on sale November 21st. If you are interested in serving as a table hostess, please sign up on the Women's Ministry bulletin board. Gentlemen-we are in need of your help in serving the meal! If you are interested, please see the sign up sheet on the Women's Ministry bulletin board as well. Please note that in order to keep this event as safe as possible, masks will be required when not eating, and tickets are limited to 100 people.


CRAFT AND BAKE SALE

We will be holding our annual Craft and Bake Sale on Sunday, December 12th in Oswald Hall. Crafts that are beautifully made by our members will be available for purchase, as well as packaged containers of cookies. Stop in to shop between services and after late church! We would greatly appreciate any donations of items you have created! Please leave them in the Church Kitchen, clearly marked "Women's Ministry Craft Sale". Cookie donations will be accepted on Saturday, December 11th. Watch for more information to come.

Endowment Fund Organization Spotlight-Blessings in a Back Pack

The Waukesha chapter of Blessings in a Back Pack started in 2012 by serving 25 children with food packages during the school year. This has expanded to 1,200 bags per weekend pre-pandemic, to 2,200 bags post-pandemic.


The local chapter is dependent upon private funding such as grants, personal donations, fundraisers, etc. The Homeless Endowment Fund provided two $500 grants-one in 2020 and 2021. Ninety-six percent of the organization's budget is for direct program expenses.


If you are interested in making a monthly donation or volunteering, contact

Blessings in a Back Pack

Waukesha County Chapter

210 Springdale Road

Waukesha, WI 53186


Donations may also be made online at: https://waukesha.blessingsinabackpack.org/

Holiday Worship Schedule

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