St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and School | Beaver Dam, WI | 920.885.3309

Worship Service Schedule

Sunday: 7:30 a.m. • 9:00 a.m. • 10:30 a.m.

Thursday: 6:30 p.m.

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I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. Job 19:25

St. Stephen’s Newsletter, April-May 2020

Categories: News

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Devotional Thought

Our Christian hymns are wonderful! One reason is that they carry the Word of God and the truths of God in a form that is easy to remember. The tune sticks in your head and the words come along with it.

Another reason our Christian hymns are wonderful is that we find out that for years we have been singing the truths that we need today. As long as we can remember, we’ve been singing these words on Easter:

I know that my Redeemer lives;
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever-living Head!  …

He lives to silence all my fears;
He lives to wipe away my tears.
He lives to calm my troubled heart;
He lives all blessings to impart.   …

He lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives, and I shall conquer death.
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He lives to bring me safely there

How those words speak to our hearts now! We’ve got fears, tears and troubled hearts. We see news reports of COVID-19 spread, infections and death. And we’ve been singing about these things for years. We’ve been singing the eternal truth that we have a living Savior, who goes with us through the valley of the shadow of death. He sits at his Father’s right hand, ruling over all things.

The hymn is primarily based on words from the book of Job. After Job had everything, and then lost it all in a bunch of disasters that happened all at once, Job said, “I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”  (Job 19:25-27). There are also references to Revelation 21:4, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes…” and John 14:2, “In my Father’s house are many mansions (some translations have “rooms” or “dwellings”). If it were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you.”

With life and death at stake before our eyes daily, we know the scriptural truth: Jesus, our Redeemer lives, and even these things are in his hands. The message of Easter tells us that he came through death to life. We have his promise that he will bring us through it all, too.

Pastor Stratman

The rest of this newsletter will look kind of like a classified ad, highlighting some things to remember during the state’s “safer at home” mandate.

Contact

Your pastors are still here to serve you. Call the church office at 885-3309 if you want to set up an appointment for private communion or just to talk.  You can also contact the church office by email at [email protected]. If you have email, please send us an email with your name in the body of the message. This will help us stay in contact with you, and will help us save money on postage for special mailings.

Church Office Hours

During the “safer at home” quarantine, the church office will be open Monday through Friday, 7:30 to 12:00 noon.

Church Offerings

Drop Off

We still need funds to run our church and pay our called workers. We have an offering box near the church office where people can drop their offering envelopes at any time during office hours.

Mail

We also have been receiving offerings in the mail. Send to:

St. Stephen’s
300 West Street
Beaver Dam WI 53916

Online Giving

We now have online giving. Go to www.ssbdwels.com and click on Online Giving.” You will have to create an account with links to your financial institution. You can specify a dollar amount and give a one-time gift, or recurring gift: weekly, biweekly, monthly, etc.

Media

Your pastors are using all tools available to continue to serve our congregation with God’s Word.

Radio

Our radio broadcast is still on WBEV AM 1410 every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Our radio services are shared on  our Facebook page, and streaming audio is also available on our main webpage, www.ssbdwels.com, click on Radio Service.”

YouTube (Video) and Facebook

Go to www.ssbdwels.com and click on “YouTube Worship” for daily devotions and Sunday Worship videos. All videos are also shared on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ststephensbd/).

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If the “YouTube Worship” button keeps taking you to an old video, go back to the main page on www.ssbdwels.com and hit the refresh button on your browser.  It should look like a circular arrow:

Then try “YouTube Worship” again. That should correct the problem. New videos should appear near the top of the page.

You may see videos labeled “Private Video.” That means we have a new video scheduled and ready to go at a future date and time.

Visitation

As much as your pastors would like to continue visiting the homebound or shut-ins, we are unable to come to nursing homes or senior apartments because of their restrictions. We also realize that older people are at higher risk of infection.

We have been calling people at our regularly scheduled times to have an over-the-phone devotion and to give the next visitation date with the hopes that the “safer-at-home” mandate will be lifted by then.

Communion

The state’s “safer at home” restrictions make Holy Communion difficult, and because Jesus said, “Do this as often as you drink it” Christians want the Lord’s Supper often. It’s our connection to Christ and to one another.

For Holy Week, your pastors will be available for private and small group communion on Thursday, 6:00-7:30, Good Friday 12:00noon – 3:00 p.m., and Easter Sunday 8:00-10:30 a.m.

For following Sundays, your pastors will also be available on Sundays, 8:00-10:30 a.m.

We serve both in the church office and in the church. Ramp and office doors will be open.

As mentioned before, we also are available by appointment during the week.

www.ssbdwels.com

Our website is really the hub for all news and information. Newsletters, news items, and everything else are posted on our main website, and YouTube and Facebook are also linked to the main website. We will also send emails immediately if there is anything new such as the lifting of “safer at home.”

Funerals

Harvey Goetsch, d. March 11, 2020, funeral March 17.

Marion Freber, d. March 28, 2020, funeral arrangements pending.

June Johnston, d. March 30, 2020, funeral April 3.

Kristi Schwandt, d. March 30, 2020, burial April 2.

Calls

Our Call to Mr. Seth Zimmermann to be principal and upper grade teacher has been returned. Our Board of Education and Church Council will discuss and evaluate our course of action.

Mrs. Brittany Trimmer of Emmanuel Redeemer in Yale, Michigan is holding the Call to be our first grade teacher.

Mr. David Schulz is holding a Call to be principal and 4th through 8th grade teacher at St. Paul’s in Moline, Illinois.

Please remember these called workers, the other schools and St. Stephen’s in your prayers.

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