Dateline Townsend


SATURDAY attendance was 85, Sunday 76, total 161.

SERVICES in the new addition were held the past two weekends.   We welcome feedback on the worship experience, choir position and audibility, hearing the sermon, appointments of the furniture, lighting, decor, etc. 

DEDICATION of the addition is Sunday, October 28, 2 pm.  All our choirs will be performing: Voice Choir, Bellchoir, Octet, and Children's Choir. There will be a special offertory song where representatives of all generations in our church will come forward. Beef stew is the main item served at the fellowship dinner following the service. We are looing for pot luck items to supplement the stew.  Please call the office this week if you can contribute a dish to pass.  Jodi Shomburg is our temporary church secretary.  She will be gald to take your call, 715-276-7214.

FINAL CLEANING of the worship area will be done Saturday morning at 9 am.  Please help even if it is for a half hour or so.

PRAYERS for family of Kim Samplaski whose mother passed away yesterday in Newburgh, New York.  Kim has been a regular member of our Scrabble group.  Her address is POB 191, Wabeno 54566.

LAST REHEARSAL for our choir, bellchoir, and octet before the dedication service is this evening. Bellchoir begins at 5:30.

PANTRY Get-Ready Day is this morning at 8:30.

PRAYERS for Paul Heimermann recovering from a heart attack.  Also for the son of Claude and Audrey Laurant with leukemia.

UNITED HEALTH Care has an information program on Medicare Advantage Plans Wednesday, Oct. 24, 1 pm at Townsend Town Hall. If interested in attending, speak to Scott.

CREATION began on this date in 4004 BC according to Archbishop Usher of Ireland, who, in 1640, made the calculation of the age of the earth based on Scripture and the ages of the first humans mentioned in Genesis. He also boldly stated that God said "Let there be light" at 9 am local time. As far as Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod doctrine goes, we do hold to a six day creation, but do not claim to know details as to date and time.

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PASTOR GARY BRATZ went home to be with the Lord last  Saturday.  Funeral was Friday at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Weston. 175 attended . Pastor Bratz served St. John from 1993-2003.  He was responsible for many innovations to ministry here. The addition in 1998 of the fellowship hall and classrooms was under Pastor Bratz.  He also introduced the "All God's People Sing" hymnal and contemporary worship. The focus of the message by Pastor Lance Hoelcher was "grace."  He said Pastor Bratz had met with him about two years ago to plan his funeral and asked that the service not be about him, but God's grace in Christ.  Thirteen persons attended from St. John.

THANKS to those who helped clean the sanctuary last Saturday and get it ready for worship.  Pews need to be moved and carpet installed throughout. The next cleaning day is Saturday, October 27 at 9 am.  The dedication service is Sunday the 28th, 2 pm.

EVELYN LAHNALA has entered eternal life with Christ.  Memorial celebration of her life is Saturday, November 3, at Waubee Lodge, 11 am.

GOD BLESS AMERICA AGAIN is a music and history tribute to our veterans.  Our octet and several church members will be performing.  The program is Saturday, Nov. 10, 2 and 7 at the town hall.

PRAYERS for Linda Arentz recovering from double pneumonia at home. Get well cards can be addressed to her at PO Box 355, Townsend. She sends her love and thanks for the prayers and greetings.

PRAYERS for Dale Greenwood, Chuck Ruck, and Bob Neitzer with cancer.