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Pastor Tim Gumm
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Two Churches…One Mission

For a century, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Doylestown and St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Fall River have been partnering in ministry and in mission.  We continually grow through God’s Word and Christ’s love compels us and the Holy Spirit empowers us, as individuals and as congregations working together, to make disciples.

the Sacrament and, as God gives us the opportunity, freely share

the good news of Jesus the Savior.

A warm welcome awaits you at both of our congregations!
 

Important Announcement - 
 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
     Jesus our Savior said, “In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
 
     Events of the recent weeks and days surely remind us that Jesus’ words describing the trouble that we will experience in this world are all too true.  But it is especially in times of trouble like these that we will want always to remember the rest of what he told us:  He has overcome the world!  Our times are still in his hands.  He will never leave us or forsake us.  No matter how dark the days, he remains our light and salvation; whom (or what) shall we fear?
 
     Trusting fully in our Lord and his promises, some difficult yet necessary decisions have been made regarding our ministries at St. John’s and St. Stephen’s over the next few weeks.  These decisions have been made in order to do our part in helping to limit the spread of COVID-19.  In making these decisions, God’s Word was the guide.

 

  • Scripture reminds us of the importance and blessing of worship and encourages us to make faithful and regular use of the means of grace.
   
  • The Fourth Commandment and other words of Scripture remind us not only to show respect and obedience to governmental authorities, but also to remember them in our prayers as they make decisions to safeguard our nation.
 
  • According to the Fifth Commandment, we have the responsibility not to do anything to hurt or harm our neighbor (or ourselves, for that matter), but to help our neighbor in times of need.

 
     In light of God’s Word, in light of the mandates and strong recommendations made by our state and federal governments, and driven by Christian love for one another as well as common sense and an abundance of caution, the following decisions have been made regarding our ministries at St. John’s and St. Stephen’s.
 
In light of March 24th order of Governor Ever’s which is in effect March 25th – April 24th, the following is a revised plan for ministry at St. John’s and St. Stephen’s
 
St. John’s:  

St. John’s Saturday evening services at 5:30 PM, 6:00 PM and 6:30 PM. Please call the parsonage at 920-484-3433; or text 815-540-7463 to reserve your time to worship?. 

Sunday Worship:                Our regular worship will resume Sunday, May 3rd at 8:00 AM
Sunday coffee/fellowship:  Will resume Sunday, May 3rd
19-Minute Bible Study:      Will resume Sunday, May 3rd
Mid-Week Lent:                  All remaining Wednesday evening services, as well as services on
                                              Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, have been cancelled
Easter breakfast:                 Cancelled
Choir rehearsal:                  Temporarily cancelled; restart yet to be determined
 
St. Stephen’s:

St. Stephen’s Sunday morning services at 8:00 AM, 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM. Please call the parsonage at 920-484-3433; or text 815-540-7463 to reserve your time to worship.


Sunday Worship:                 Our regular worship will resume Sunday, May 3rd at 9:45 AM
Sunday coffee/fellowship:   Will resume Sunday, May 3rd
19-Minute Bible Study:       Will resume Sunday, May 3rd
Mid-Week Lent:                  All remaining Wednesday evening services, as well as services on
                                              Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, have been cancelled
Easter breakfast:                Cancelled
Choir rehearsal:                 Temporarily cancelled; restart yet to be determined
Easter for Kids:                  Cancelled
Sunday School:                   Will resume Sunday, May 3rd
Bible Information Class:    Temporarily cancelled; restart yet to be determined  
Catechism Class:                 Temporarily cancelled; restart yet to be determined
Women’s Bible Study:        will resume Monday, May 18th


 
     Of course, all of this is in the Lord’s hands.  We make plans and we set dates, yet the Lord, according to his good and loving will for his people, is the one who determines.  Our times are, indeed, in his hands, and that is the best place we can possibly be!  Any changes to the above plans and schedule will be shared with you in a timely fashion.
 
     In the meantime, please, please let me encourage to continue to worship – to continue, especially in this time of trouble, to feed your faith with God’s Word.  We will not be able to worship together as we would like, but let’s do so in spirit.  I encourage you to use any of the following:  listen to worship from St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Beaver Dam, Sunday mornings, 9:30 AM, on WBEV 1430 AM; watch worship from Zion Lutheran, Columbus, on cable channel 980, every day at 3:00 PM; or go to yearbook.wels.net/streaming to find the schedule of one of the many worship services that is live-streamed from a sister WELS congregation. 
 
     Because bringing our weekly thankofferings to the Lord is an important part of worship for each of us, we want to continue to do so.  You may either store your offerings up until we gather for worship again at church, or, if you prefer, you may mail them to:  St. John’s/St. Stephen’s, 102 Dunn Street, Fall River, WI  53932.
 
     And so it is with God’s church in these last days.  We know that Satan is doing all he can to silence the proclamation of God’s saving gospel.  We know that our enemy from hell tries to use events like this to drive a wedge between God and his people.  But we also know that God can and will cause even this crisis to work together for the good of those who love him.  He will use this to drive us to the cross of our Savior, where he gave himself to make us his own. And then he will lead us to the open door of the empty tomb, where he demonstrated his complete victory over Satan, sin, and death…for us!
With you, trusting Jesus,
 
Pastor Gumm