Dear Friends in Christ,
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
Over the past few months all of us have had our lives upended. Maybe it was something as relatively minor as our routines. Maybe it involved our health or the health of a loved one. But when life gets upended it is then that we (re)discover what hasn’t changed. What hasn’t changed and cannot change is God’s faithfulness. We have celebrated that faithfulness with online sermons and Bible classes (which will continue for the foreseeable future) and now we are taking steps to hold public worship services. Things will be very different, as you will read, but one thing will not change, because it cannot change – God’s faithfulness.
We are sharing the following information with you and all of our church family through emails such as this one, through a congregation-wide mailing, and on our website. We are following the advice of other churches to "over-communicate" details for everyone's safety.
We will begin holding seven public worship services each week, starting May 26 and running throughout the month of June. In Christian love for all our members and worshipers, and with an abundance of care for everyone’s health and well-being:
§ One of the services (Tuesday 3:30 pm) is only for people who have high risk factors. It is limited to 25 worshipers and face masks are required.
§ Two other services (Saturday at 3:30 pm and Sunday at 8:00 am) are open for up to 50 worshipers at each service and face masks are required.
§ The other four services are also open for up to 50 worshipers at each service, and face masks are optional.
Tuesday 3:30 pm begins May 26 25 people high risk members only; face masks required
Tuesday 6:00 pm begins May 26 50 people face masks optional
Saturday 3:30 pm begins May 30 50 people face masks required
Saturday 5:00 pm begins May 30 50 people face masks optional
Sunday 8:00 am begins May 31 50 people face masks required
Sunday 9:30 am begins May 31 50 people face masks optional
Sunday 11:00 am begins May 31 50 people face masks optional
You will need to sign up in advance to attend a service of your choice. This is being done online through a program called SignUp Genius. We are sending an email to all members for whom we have a current email address. It contains the instructions and the link to the site for signing up.
If you do not receive this email, or do not wish to use an online signup, please contact Mike Pfeifer either by email ( email@example.com ) or call 920-676-2702 to sign up for a service. This also allows us to be able to notify people in the event that someone in a particular service were to test positive for the virus. It is our hope and prayer that this would not happen, but we want to be prepared in the event that it does occur.
A reminder that if you or an immediate family member is ill, experiencing CoVid 19 symptoms, or does not feel comfortable being in a public worship service, please remain home. We will continue to have our worship services online weekly.
Our in-person services will be abbreviated to allow us time to clean our worship area, washrooms, entrances and exits after each service. For that reason, we ask that you please do not enter church until 10 minutes before your service begins, and leave the building after being dismissed at the end of your service.
Please enter the church by the south side doors only. These are the glass doors by the largest section of our parking lot. Weather permitting, they will be propped open.
We have removed over 200 chairs from our worship area to create as much space for social distancing as possible ( please see two photos below this email )
There will be no Greeters or Ushers at this time. In addition, our Nursery and Church Office will be closed.
Collection plates will be set out by the entrance and exit doors for offerings.
The entire service will be displayed on our screens, with no printed worship folders or announcement packets. At the recommendation of medical personnel, there will be no singing in our services at this time.
We also will be celebrating Lord’s Supper in each of the seven services during this first week. We will not be placing the bread and wine directly in your hands. Members will come up to individual serving tables located around the front of the church and pick up their bread and wine. Pastor will explain the process at the beginning of distribution.
One area in which we are asking for help is with cleaning and sanitizing our building after each worship service. If you would be willing to assist us immediately after the worship service you are attending, that would be greatly appreciated! Please contact Mike Pfeifer or our church office to let us know if you can help ( call 499-7405 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org ). We will follow up with you before you attend that service.
While it has been many weeks since we’ve been able to gather together in God’s house, his Word has continued to be active in the hearts and lives of all of us and of fellow Christians throughout the world! May we continue to thank and worship him, whether together in person at church or together in spirit at home.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Leon Ehlert
Our former Vicar, Jacob Limpert, has been assigned to St Paul Lutheran Church in Wonewoc, WI, where he will serve as their new Associate Pastor.
Our member Micah Schoeneck has been assigned to serve his Vicar year at Victory of the Lamb Lutheran Church in Katy, Texas.
And Nathan Wong has been assigned to Beautiful Savior to serve his Vicar year here with us. As we learn more about Nathan we'll be sure to share it with you!
May God bless all these new called workers as they serve in his Kingdom!
Sun, May 24 10:00 am Sunday morning Bible Class - "Job" (see below for details on how to participate)
Tue, May 26 7:30 pm Teen Bible study (see below for details on how to participate)
Thur, May 28 6:30 pm Women's Bible Class (see below for details on how to participate)
Once again this year we would like to recognize and congratulate our high school and college graduates! If you are graduating, please send us as many of the following as possible to: email@example.com
1. Graduate's name 2. School graduating from 3. If college: degree or major, please 4. Any plans for post-high school or after college 5. A photo of the graduate
Thank you very much!
Job provides a profound meditation on the subject of theodicy (the justice of God in light of human suffering). Job has almost everything taken (back) from him yet, though his faith is shaken, he remains faithful. What lessons can we draw from his experiences. Please join us via Zoom at 10:00 on Sundays for a meditation on the goodness of God in a fallen world.
If you'd like to take part in this Sunday's live, online class, please contact one of us by email and we will send you the login information:
Vicar Pflughoeft firstname.lastname@example.org Mike Pfeifer email@example.com Pastor Ehlert firstname.lastname@example.org
The slides for Sunday, May 10th are available for download and printing by clicking here: class 4.
The slides from this past Sunday's class are available to view by clicking on the "Ministries" tab at the top of this page and then going to "Adult."
Teens, how are you doing now that it feels as if your life is shutdown? Do you feel alone? Do you feel like you lost your identity? Are you mad about all this? Please join us for the online teen Bible study series meeting on Tuesdays at 7:30, as we use God's Word to confront these issues.
If you would like information on how to join this Bible Study, please contact Vicar Pflughoeft at (262) 388-4971 or email@example.com
Women's Online Bible Study begins this Thursday night, May 14, at 6:30 pm. It will be hosted as a Zoom meeting (just like Sunday morning Bible class).
There are so many things that are changing in our world. All these changes can be overwhelming. Amidst all the uncertainties of the world, one "thing" remains constant, God. Our new Women's Bible study focuses on the very essence of God, as we are told in 1 John 4:16b: “God is love”. The studies were written to help us ponder the magnitude of God’s love and how it influences all aspects of our lives. This Bible study will be led by Kristine and Jessica Friebe.
To participate, please email Jess Friebe before May 14 at: firstname.lastname@example.org
She will provide you with the link and login code to attend the Bible class.
We are giving free access for the June digital issue during this time of uncertainty to help you grow in God’s truth. Share this digital resource with friends, family, and others you know to offer hope and comfort as they stay at home. To share, copy and paste this link in an email to them:
A series of on-line at-home Bible study materials from our Synod's "Whole Bible Project" series are available on our website during this time. Our thanks to Mr Ken Kubiak of our congregation for obtaining these for us. On Wednesdays you will find a look at one of the Psalms, and on the weekend's you will be able to walk alongside the Gospel writers as they share with us their Easter narratives.
Psalms 1-5 are now available. You will find the one-page studies by clicking on the "Ministries" tab at the top of this page and then going to "Adult." God's blessings on your time in his Word!
If you are interested in having a free, online copy of "Meditations" daily devotionals, our Synod's Northwestern Publishing House is now making one available:
Dear member of Beautiful Savior,
While for the time being you have not been able to receive your Meditations Daily Devotional in print form, I would like to encourage you to download a free digital copy that can be viewed on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Click on this link to download your complimentary copy of Meditations Daily Devotional from Northwestern Publishing House.
5. With the help of the volunteers of our Good Samaritan Ministry and other members, we are providing care, support and assistance for members of our congregation. This may be in the form of financial assistance for those who are out of work or have had their hours reduced. There are members who are making masks and donating them to senior care facilities and for health care workers. Others are helping provide meals, groceries or rides to medical appointments.
6. We continue to contact as many of our members as possible through emails, phone calls or text messages. If you have not received a contact, it may be because we do not have a current email address or phone number. Please send your current contact information to: email@example.com or 920-676-2702.
Please check back to our Beautiful Savior church website for daily updates here, as well as our Facebook page, or contact our church office and ministry team with any questions.
Some members have asked if they can still continue to support God's Kingdom work through a financial gift. We are working with Vanco, a national service which works with thousands of churches and organizations in providing electronic giving alternatives. You will find a "button" at the bottom of this home page if you wish to make either a one-time donation, or if you wish to set up a recurring gift. If you have any questions with this new option, please contact us at our church office (499-7405) or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
During these uncertain times, the staff and members of Beautiful Savior are concerned for you and all our members and families. We will be posting these 'Updates' daily, to spiritually support and encourage you through these next weeks.
On our “Church Service Recordings” page you will find information and links to other WELS devotional sites, such as ‘Time of Grace.’
Please contact us at (920) 499-7405 or (920) 676-2702. God be with you.
To see previous days' "Updates," please click on "Connect" and then "Announcements" at the top of this page.