Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go, tell my brothers that they should go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” (Matthew 28:10)
But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ (Mark 16:7)
When they returned from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the rest. (Luke 24:9)
So she left and ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,” she told them, “and we don’t know where they put him!” (John 20:2)
Every little child loves show and tell. They get to bring in something they love (most likely a toy), and they get to tell their classmates all about it—how cool it is, what you can do with it, and so on. It brings them joy to be able to share something that is special to them, and it puts a smile on their face to see how much their classmates love it too!
Eventually, for many kids, that joy and excitement of standing in front of your peers and talking goes away. They become self-conscious—“what if I look stupid up there because of what I’m wearing, or if I say something stupid and everyone laughs at me? What if they don’t like what I show them or don’t agree with what I say?” And so older kids have a tendency to not open up to their peers and to keep the things they love to themselves.
When it comes to sharing the gospel, are you like a little child who loves to share what you love, or are you more like the middle schooler who keeps to himself in fear of rejection and humiliation? Far too often we keep our faith to ourselves because we are afraid of how people are going to react and how they might look at us. But sadly all we are doing is keeping others from sharing in our joy of Jesus’ victory over death—which is now our victory! May the Lord forgive us for the sin of not sharing our faith.
By now you’ve noticed that I’ve included a verse from the Easter accounts of all four gospels—all with a coming theme: spreading the message of Jesus’ resurrection. Matthew and Mark include the command by the angels to go and tell the disciples that Jesus rose from the dead. Luke and John record the group of women and Mary Magdalene, respectfully, doing just that—telling the disciples of what they had seen and heard! May we follow their example!
Yes, people may mock us and ridicule us. And they may reject us (but as Jesus points out in Luke 10:16, they aren’t rejecting personally, but Christ himself). But it is worth it because it’s a message that everyone needs to hear. Because Jesus' resurrection is proof that he has paid for all our sins—that each and everyone one of us has been fully and freely forgiven by Christ who died on the cross in our place. His resurrection is a guarantee that when we die, we will join him in heaven through faith in him as our Savior; and that, on the Last Day, he will raise our bodies to be like his glorious body!
Easter is what brings great joy to us as Christians. It’s the most important day of each year; it's our most precious truth! And so, let us go and tell—go and tell those who know and those who don’t about Christ and the power of his resurrection. Like little children—not middle schoolers, let us share the joy that we have in the one we love, Jesus Christ our Lord. So that the Holy Spirit can do his work and bring others to faith through the gospel that we share. And then they too will see the joy that we have in Christ and the peace and eternal hope that he gives us by his resurrection from the dead!
Pastor Andrew Frey
On March 25, Pastor Frey received a divine call to serve the Lord at Nebraska Lutheran High School in Waco, NE. as Campus Pastor and Dean of Students. Please keep the Freys in your prayers at this time as Pastor decides where he can best use his gifts and talents in service to the Lord in his kingdom. He welcomes your feedback at any time.
The first quarterly Voters’ meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m. All men ages 18 and over are encouraged to attend.
Women of Faith and LWMS
Tuesday April 13th at 1:00 pm, all the ladies are invited to our Bible study and to receive updates on our LWMS group.
Men’s Bible Study
Since both Pastors will be gone at Pastors’ Conference on April 20th, we have decided to move men’s Study to Wednesday, April 14 at 9:30 am. Please plan on joining us!
With the pandemic, we realize that many people do not feel comfortable worshipping in a large group setting. Because of this, we know that many people haven't been able to make use of Holy Communion during this past year. The Pastors want everyone to know that you may call and set up to come to the Pastors offices to receive private Holy Communion at any time. It has been a blessing that many people have made use of private Holy Communion during the past year, but we want all people to know that this is available for all those who don’t feel comfortable attending in person.
Church Seating and Social Distancing:
With things moving slowly in the right direction with Covid-19, more people have been returning to worship each Sunday. Because of the pews being roped off for social distancing, this has caused some issues with finding enough seating for everyone. After considering all these things, the Church Council decided to remove the ropes from the pews starting on Sunday March 28.
While we may be taking down the ropes, this doesn't mean that common sense is to be thrown aside. We are asking everyone to use their Christian love and judgment as they consider not only their own levels of comfort with social distancing, but also their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Please be respectful of each other as you worship, especially as you look to respect each other’s comfort levels with social distancing.
Remember that our 10:30am and especially our Monday evening services aren't full and one can socially distance if so desired. If you have any questions, please talk to one of the Pastors or to one of the Church Council members.
Because of the Outagamie County mask mandate we are still encouraging everyone to wear a mask (but we are not making it a requirement to attend).
Worship Service Through Your Phone:
If you know someone who does not have the Internet and would like to still listen each week to our Worship Services, please let them know that you can now receive our weekly worship services by dialing 1-920-212-3625 each week and you will be able to listen to our Sunday morning Worship Service. Each week the service will become available to listen to each Sunday after 10:30am and you can listen to these services at any time during the week. If you have any questions, please call Church. Presently, we have about 3-5 people who are making use of this wonderful tool to hear God's Word.
A few years ago St. John set up a fund to support our members who are attending Martin Luther College (MLC). This coming school year, we will have one of our members attending MLC to study to be a teacher in our WELS Schools . If you would like to contribute to this fund, please mark your special offering to the "MLC Fund" by May 1st.
Pastor Frey started a new Bible Study on Sunday March 7th at 9:15 am on the New Testament book of Colossians. Join us as we look at this important letter which highlights the person of Christ and his work of salvation.
Pastor Gartner started a new Bible Study on Mondays and Tuesdays starting Monday March 8th at 8:00 am and Tuesday night March 9th at 5:30 pm. The title of this Bible Class will be, "Luther’s Small Catechism – A Study of The Apostles’ Creed, Baptism and Holy Communion." Martin Luther wrote the Small Catechism to help assist Christians in their learning the basic truths of God’s Word. Please join us in this Bible Class as we seek to strengthen our faith as we use Luther’s Small Catechism to refresh our knowledge about The Apostles’ Creed, Baptism and Holy Communion.
If you would like to receive a recording of these Bible Classes, please contact one of the Pastors and we will send you the link for these recordings.
If you are not comfortable sending your child to in person Sunday School, we have weekly recorded videos of each weeks Bible Lesson and the Lesson sheets that we can send to you so that your child can still learn the valuable truths of God's Word. Please contact us if you would be interested in these materials.
We will continue to live-stream our services and post our worship folders online. We will be recording our Sunday 8:00 am service which means you can watch anytime after 8:00 am on Sunday morning. If you need any help accessing these resources, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
You can find our worship services at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCsQs-LDzlHE1NTjOaVaQ2A.
You can find a bulletin for each Worship Service so you can follow along here: Bulletins.