Pastors Updates

Pastors Updates
    October 26th, Monday
  • Good Monday Morning!
     
    Worship
    This past weekend was the end of the Pentecost season.  We had a total of 254 people come to worship.  It was wonderful to gather around the Word and Sacrament.  There were plenty of spaces left in the early service and the 9:10 service.  This week begins the Sundays of End Times.  On Sunday we will celebrate the Reformation.  Come let us worship!  
     
    Call to Teach
    Yesterday after worship the voters assembled to extend a call to teach 4th grade and serve as our technology director.  The Holy Spirit through our congregation extended a call to Miss Jessica Martinez.  Included is her letter acknowledging that she received the call.  Now we pray for her that the Lord would bless her deliberations as she decides between our call to teach and the one she currently serves. 
     
    Dear Brothers and Sisters at David’s Star,
    On Sunday, October 25, your congregation was led by the Holy Spirit to extend a call to me.  What a humbling experience to prayerfully consider my current call at St. Philip’s in Milwaukee and the call to David’s Star to teach fourth grade and be the Technology Director.  I ask you to please keep me in your prayers as I deliberate both calls.
    In Christ’s Service,
    Jessica Martinez
    St. Philip’s Lutheran School
    Dean of Students
     
    Living Nativity Presentation
    The Living Nativity will be held this year at the Cedarburg Creek Farm on Friday, December 4, and Saturday, December 5 from 6 - 8 pm.  We are looking forward to this outdoor presentation of the Gospel to our community. Please pray that many in this time of Covid will take the opportunity to hear the real and soul freeing story of Christmas. We will need characters to play the parts of Mary, Joseph, the innkeeper, the shepherds, and the angels.  We enjoy having children involved, but it is preferable if we could have teens and adults involved as more realistic characters.  A sign-up will be available in the gathering space as well as online.  You may also sign up here.
     
    Bible Study Opportunities
    JAM! - Wednesday morning 8:30 am in the gathering space.
    Wednesday Morning Bible Study - 10 am in the church. Livestream is available. 
    Sunday Morning - Adult at 9:10 am in the Concessions area.  Livestream is available. Children at 9:10 am in the classrooms.

    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639.  
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt 

    October 23rd, Friday
  • Below is a repeat of this weekend’s information and in addition to that, planning is beginning for a Living Nativity Presentation at Cedarburg Creek Farm. The nativity will be held on Friday, December 4, and Saturday, December 5 from 6 - 8 pm.  We will need characters to play the parts of Mary, Joseph, the innkeeper, the shepherds, and the angels.  We enjoy having children involved, but it is preferable if we could have teens and adults involved as more realistic characters.  A sign-up will be available in the gathering space as well as online.  Sign up here.
     
    Bible Study Opportunities
    Sunday Morning at 9:10 am in the Concessions area.  Livestream is available
    Wednesday Morning at 10 am in the church. Livestream is available. 
    Livestreamed bible studies can be found on the David’s Star Livestream link on the website, www.davidsstar.org 
     
    Worship This Weekend
    We have another guest preacher this weekend.  We are giving Isaac Hayes, a seminary senior, an opportunity to preach his class sermon in a congregational setting.  Isaac and his wife Emma are making David’s Star their temporary home church for his senior year. Be sure to greet them as you have the chance.  You can sign up for worship at 5:00 pm Saturday or any of three services on Sunday morning, 7:45, 9:10, or 10:30 here.
    Small group communion continues this evening.  There are many openings available. Sign up here.
     
    Call Meeting
    This Sunday after the 10:30 service we will hold a voters meeting for the purpose of calling a replacement for Mr. Watts who is retiring after this school year.  We give thanks to God for the gift Mr. Watts has been to our teaching ministry and look forward to the Lord’s further gift to his church in the one whom he will call through us.  
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639. 
     
    One Last Word
    Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way fulfill the law of Christ.(Galatians 6:2, Evangelical Heritage Version).

    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    October 22nd, Thursday
  • Thursday Update
     
    Worship this Weekend
    We have another guest preacher this weekend.  We are giving Isaac Hayes, a seminary senior, an opportunity to preach his class sermon in a congregational setting.  Isaac and his wife Emma are making David’s Star their temporary home church for his senior year. Be sure to greet them as you have the chance.  You can sign up for worship at 5:00 pm Saturday or any of three services on Sunday morning, 7:45, 9:10, or 10:30 here.
    Small group communion continues this evening.  There are many openings available. Sign up here.
     
    Weekend Service Folder
    The service folder is attached to this email.
     
    Meditations
    The latest edition of Meditations is available on the table in the gathering space and on the table in the narthex.
     
    Call Meeting
    This Sunday after the 10:30 service we will hold a voters meeting for the purpose of calling a replacement for Mr. Watts who is retiring after this school year.  We give thanks to God for the gift Mr. Watts has been to our teaching ministry and look forward to the Lord’s further gift to his church in the one whom he will call through us.  
     
    For Your Prayers
    Al Heckert and his wife Carlene.  Al and Carlene are known by several of our David’s Star family because they have lived in the Cedarburg/Kirchhayn area all their lives.  Recently, they have reached out to David’s Star for schooling for their daughter and membership in our church. More critically now is the spiritual and emotional support we can give them as Al is battling stage 4 cancer.  Please include them in your prayers.  
     
    Give thanks to God with Scott and Shana Beyersdorf and Pastor and Julie Loescher as the Lord has blessed them with a healthy baby grandson.  Fredrick Alexander Beyersdorf was born last Saturday afternoon to Cody and Marianne Beyersdorf.  
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639. 
     
    One Last Word
    Giving an apt response with his own mouth makes a person happy, and a word at the right time—oh how good! (Proverbs 15:23, Evangelical Heritage Version).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    October 19th, Monday
  • Another Monday in the Lord!
     
    Thank You From Pastor Woldt and Betsy
    My wife Betsy and I want to express our sincere appreciation to all of you for the words of encouragement and expressions of gratitude on the occasion of the anniversary of pastor’s 40th year in public ministry.  It’s humbling to receive thanks when you know that all glory belongs to the Lord.  Special thanks to elder A.J. Kruse for coordinating many aspects of the ministry celebration.  Thanks to Kris Karnopp for serving as organist and coordinating the service music (school children from the Zarling and Kruse families, our grandchildren, and a special violin/cello piece by our daughter Amanda and wife Betsy).  Thanks to District President Kolander for his message, to Pastor Loescher for the service readings and prayers, to Jennifer Miller for producing the service folder, to Ray Liesener for serving as sexton, to Terry Hansen for Livestreaming, to the volunteers who served at the reception, and for all of you who came to the service or watched via Livestream!  Your prayers and support of gospel ministry make it a pleasure to serve at David’s Star.  We don’t know if it will be “40 more years” as Pastor Kolander suggested in his sermon, but each day is a gift of his grace.  “This is the day the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.!”
     
    From Pastor Gurgel
    “"By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect" (1 Co 15:10). On behalf of the MLC family whom you also serve, we thank God for you and your ministry, Pastor Woldt!”
     
    Another Thank You and Update From the Gromacki Family
    Our family is going through a difficult time right now and we want everyone to know that we are so very thankful for all the prayers and cards. It’s very humbling to know how many people care. I will be scheduling my surgery sometime in January and will not need any radiation treatment. Jessie will need radiation treatment for 5 to 6 weeks and will continue Chemo for one Year.
    In Christ, The Gromacki family
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639. 
     
    One Last Word  
    Take pleasure in the Lord, and he will grant your heart’s desires. (Psalm 37:4, Evangelical Heritage Version).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    October 16th, Friday
  • Happy Friday!
     
    Worship
    We have a wonderfully busy weekend of worship.  First of all, one of our centenarians, Anita Eurlert, was brought to her heavenly home at the age of 101.  A funeral service for Anita will be held tomorrow at 2:00 pm with visitation from 12pm - 1:45pm.  We praise God for these saints who have lived their lives in faith and now rest from their labors. There is no sign up for funeral services. Please consider the worship service time for family and close friends.
     
    It was previously reported that our seminary early field training student, Hugo Ugalde-Bemer,  who was scheduled to preach this weekend, contracted Covid19. Because of that, Pastor Loescher planned to preach.  Now Pastor Loescher has been exposed to Covid19 and has asked Dr. Joel Pless to preach.  If a negative test comes back by tomorrow, Pastor Loescher will be able to preside in the services this weekend.
     
    Finally, God willing, we will celebrate with Pastor Woldt praising God for the gift of the public ministry and more specifically 40 years of grace allowing Pastor Woldt to serve in his kingdom.  That worship service will be at 2:00 pm on Sunday with Livestream being made available.  
     
    To sign up for any of our worship services you may go to www.davidsstar.org and click on the link for worship sign up.
     
    Service Folders
    You will find the service folders for Anita Eulert's funeral as well as Pastor Woldt’s 40th-anniversary service attached to this email.  The worship folder for the weekend services was attached to yesterday's email blast.
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639. 
     
    One Last Word 
    May the speech from my mouth and the thoughts in my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14, Evangelical Heritage Version).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher and Pastor Mike Woldt

    October 15th, Thursday
  • It’s Thursday
     
    Worship
    Small group communion opportunity tonight has limited openings.  You may sign up here. 
     
    For in-person worship this weekend sign up for Saturday 5:00, Sunday 7:45, 9:10, or 10:30 here.
     
    If you wish to attend the special anniversary service for Pastor Woldt’s 40th year in the ministry this Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm, you may sign up here.  There still is room.  If you are not able to attend or our spots fill up, you may watch on Livestream.  
    For those who would like to give Pastor Woldt a card, a box has been placed in the gathering space.
     
    Anita Eulert Funeral is at 2:00pm on Saturday with visitation from 12-1:45pm.  You may watch the funeral service via Livestream.  Go to davidsstar.org and click on “Watch Services via Livestream”.
     
    Weekend Service Folder
    The service folder for this weekend is attached.
     
    For Your Prayers
    The family of Anita Eulert that the Lord may bless them with the joy of the resurrection and life everlasting.
     
    Hugo Ugalde-Bemer, our second-year early field training seminary student, has tested positive for Covid19. This has kept him from being able to practice teach in our classroom for the time being. Two others who were in contact with him have also had to remain isolated and unable to practice teach in our classrooms.
      
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639. 
     
     One Last Word
    Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.(Romans 5:1).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    October 14th, Wednesday
  • Welcoming another Wednesday!
     
    Worship
    Small group communion opportunity tomorrow evening still has openings.  You may sign up here. 
    For in-person worship this weekend sign up for Saturday 5:00, Sunday 7:45, 9:10, or 10:30 here.
    If you wish to attend the special anniversary service for Pastor Woldt’s 40th year in the ministry this Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm, you may sign up here.  There still is room.  If you are not able to attend or our spots fill up, you may watch on Livestream.  
     
    Funeral Scheduled
    The funeral service for Anita Eulert will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 17th. Visitation will take place at the church between the hours of 12:00 pm and 1:45 pm.
     
    A Few Things from the Council Meeting
    The council met last night.  Items to highlight are:

    • The acceptance of the Clausing family.  Daniel and Amanda with their son Samuel come to us from St. John’s Lutheran Church, East Mequon.  Please greet them as you have an opportunity.  

    • The call meeting to replace our retiring teacher Mr. Watts is set for October 25th in the church immediately following the 10:30 service.

    • Living Nativity planning is going forward and will be held at Cedarburg Creek Farm.  Watch for more information as the date draws closer.

    • Discussion was had regarding the CARES Act which is the payroll protection loan received from the federal government to cover payroll to our non called workers who were affected by the school being shut down last Spring.  Options were discussed and the council will formulate a recommendation to bring to the Voters in January for a final decision.  

    • A committee will be formed to study the logistics of changing from an annual budget year to a fiscal budget year. Currently, we pass our budget in January.  The thought is that it makes more sense for planning and coordinating with other entities to pass a budget in May that would take effect in July.  

    • Our financials needed some explanation this month because our treasurer had to adjust the reporting of school income to satisfy the requirements of school choice reporting.  The change in the way we report tuition income has caused this month’s income to seem lower than it actually is.  If you’d like a more detailed explanation, a letter from our treasurer, Josh Boeldt, is attached to this email.  

    • Praise the Lord! Our debt retirement account has taken a slight uptick since the letter went out from our Stewardship Chairman, David Zarling.  In case you haven't seen that letter, it is also attached to this email.


    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639. 
     
    One Last Word
    Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 21:2).

    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    October 12th, Monday
  • It’s Monday!
     
    Worship
    Harvest Home was once again meaningful and beautiful.  Thank you to all who helped to decorate the church with harvested produce. 
     
    A change of plans for this Sunday.  Our scheduled preacher and early field training Seminarian Hugo Ugalde-Bemer has symptoms similar to Covid19 and is waiting for the results of testing. Even if he should test negative, he was told he needs to remain in isolation for 10 days. Pastor Loescher will serve as our preacher. Please keep Seminarian Ugalde-Bemer in your prayers.
     
    To sign-up for Saturday 5:00, Sunday 7:45, 9:10, or 10:30 services, click here.
     
    This Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm will be a special worship to the Lord for his blessing of the public ministry as we observe the 40th anniversary of Pastor Woldt in the ministry.  If you wish to attend, you may sign up here.  There still is room.  If you are not able to attend or our spots fill up, you may watch on Livestream.  
     
    Thank You
    I wish to thank all of my friends for all the kind words, cards, and well wishes for the last two months because of my appendix surgery.  Thank you!  God is good!  Lynne Tews
     
    Livestream 
    Those who tuned in to the Livestream service this past Saturday may have noticed feedback through the sound system. Thankfully the issue was resolved after the first 24 minutes. The entire service is posted on our website. 
     
    With the Lord
    At 5:15 this morning, Anita Eulert was taken to the place the Lord has prepared for her in heaven.  A funeral service for Anita is being planned for Saturday at 2:00 pm.  The time of visitation to be determined. Please keep the family of Anita in your prayers.
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639. 
     
    One Last Word
    Power belongs to you, God, and with you, Lord, is unfailing love (Psalm 62:11).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    October 8th, Thursday
  • A Terrific Thursday
     
    Worship
    Praise to the Lord of Harvest!  We are celebrating Harvest Home this weekend in worship.  Unfortunately because of Covid concerns we will not have a fellowship meal and gathering after as has been our custom.  But several guests from the confirmation classes of 1950, 1960, and 1970 will be in attendance. The bulletin is attached to this email.   Sign up for Saturday 5:00, Sunday 7:45, 9:10, or 10:30 here.
     
    Next Sunday, October 18th at 2:00 pm will be a special worship to the Lord for his blessing of the public ministry as we observe the 40th anniversary of Pastor Woldt in the ministry.  If you wish to attend, you may sign up here.  The spots are filling fast.  If you are not able to attend or our spots are filled, you may watch on Livestream.  
     
    There are still a few spots open for small group communion this evening. You may sign up here. 
     
    Governor’s Order
    You may have heard or seen that Governor Evers issued another emergency order yesterday, restricting the size of crowds that can gather in public spaces to 25% of capacity.  Churches are listed as exempt from this order.  The order does not force us to further limit our worship capacity.  However, we always want to keep best practices in mind.  We will continue service sign-up, so you can have a general idea of how many people will be attending each service.  We will continue to limit congregational singing and service length so people gathered together in our sanctuary for less time.  We encourage suggested precautions including distancing and handwashing/sanitation.  We ask that people feeling ill refrain from attending in person worship for the sake of others.  Livestream will continue to be offered on our website (www.davidsstar.org) for those who cannot attend in-person worship.  
     
    Church Woods Clean up
    This is what we are dealing with:
     

     
    This is what we are doing about it:
     

     
    Clean up continues in the church woods Saturday morning at 8 am.  We have had a nice turnout of men and women last Saturday and today.  Please come with work gloves and a chainsaw if you have one.  We will be in the woods cleaning up every Thursday and Saturday morning through the fall.
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639. 
     
    One Last Word But now, this is what the Lord says—
        he who created you, Jacob,
        he who formed you, Israel:
    “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
        I have summoned you by name; you are mine."
      (Isaiah 43:1)
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    October 7th, Wednesday
  • A Wonderful Wednesday
     
    Worship
    We have had our first weekend with indoor worship only, one service on Saturday at 5:00 pm and three on Sunday morning at 7:45, 9:10, and 10:30 am.  Sign up for those services can be found on our website (www.davidsstar.org). 
     
    Governor’s Order
    You may have heard or seen that Governor Evers issued another emergency order yesterday, restricting the size of crowds that can gather in public spaces to 25% of capacity.  Churches are listed as exempt from this order.  The order does not force us to further limit our worship capacity.  However, we always want to keep best practices in mind.  We will continue service sign-up, so you can have a general idea of how many people will be attending each service.  We will continue to limit congregational singing and service length so people gathered together in our sanctuary for less time.  We encourage suggested precautions including distancing and handwashing/sanitation.  We ask that people feeling ill refrain from attending in person worship for the sake of others.  Livestream will continue to be offered on our website (www.davidsstar.org) for those who cannot attend in person worship.  Small group communion will continue to be available on Thursdays from 6pm – 7pm, or by appointment with one of the pastors.  You may sign up for small group communion here
     
    Church Woods
    Clean up continues in the church woods tomorrow morning at 8 am.  We had a nice turnout of 7 or 8 people last Saturday.  Please bring work gloves and a chainsaw if you have one.  You can come when you can and leave when you need to. The board of Buildings and Grounds appreciates any and all help!
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639. 
     
    One Last Word
    You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water (Psalm 63:1).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    October 6th, Tuesday
  • Sunny Tuesday, 
     
    Worship
    We have had our first weekend with indoor worship only, one service on Saturday at 5:00 pm and three on Sunday morning at 7:45, 9:10, and 10:30.  The sign-up for those services can be found on our website www.davidsstar.org. It is so good to be able to meet together to worship!  Our gathering for worship is a blessing and desire of our Lord. Perhaps predictably, our attendance was down from when we had an outdoor service.  Certainly, some of that is because of those who are uncomfortable or unable to worship indoors because of health concerns. It has been a tremendous blessing to have a Livestream option for those who cannot attend in person.  Livestream has also proven to be a blessing for those who would like the opportunity to digest the message of the sermon with the use of their remote control to stop, think, and discuss a point before moving on.

    On a related note, our Sunday morning Bible Class is planned to be offered on Livestream.  We are working to overcome last week’s technical difficulties, and believe we know what happened. We pray for an uninterrupted stream this week.  
     
    For Your Prayers
    Continued prayers for Phyllis Dencker whose cancer has made a comeback. She and her husband Greg want to thank everyone for your prayers and concerns.  They also have passed on happy news that her cancer is localized and very treatable.  Thank God with them!
     
    KML Fall Concerts
    Enjoy an afternoon of music from the comfort of your home on Sunday, October 11! This year you're invited to view the KML Fall Concerts by visiting kmlhs.org/stream. The band concert begins at 2:30 PM; the choir concert begins at 4:00 PM. We thank God for the musical gifts he's granted these students!    
     
    Pink Out
    Yesterday, as part of breast cancer awareness, the children of the school wore pink and gathered on the lawn in front of the school to celebrate Mrs. Gustafson’s birthday.  As has been previously reported, Mrs. Gustafson is battling breast cancer and her birthday happened to be on awareness day.  We pray that God bless you, Mrs. Gustafson, with healing and the opportunity to teach our children for years to come.  
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639. 
     
    One Last Word
    Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal (Isaiah 26:4).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    October 5th, Monday
  • A Beautiful Monday, 
     
    Worship
    It was so nice to worship with many of you in person this past weekend.  And still, we had room for 150 more to come.  Unfortunately, the Livestream had technical problems again this weekend. If you have not yet watched, the sermon is captured shortly after it started and the service continues from there to the end.  In addition, our Livestreamed bible class had technical trouble and was lost completely.  We expect to solve these problems for the coming weekend.
     
    For Your Prayers
    Jessie Gromacki, the daughter of Tony and Lynn Gromacki, currently a member of St. Johns in Wauwatosa, will need more aggressive cancer treatments.  The brain cancer that had been in remission came back 6 months ago.  The initial treatment has not abated the cancer, so Jessie has begun radiation treatment again along with chemotherapy.  
     
    Also, Tony Gromacki has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Pray for the Gromacki's as Tony waits to hear more about the extent of the cancer and the treatment going forward.  
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639. 
     
    One Last Word
    “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
        so are my ways higher than your ways
        and my thoughts than your thoughts  (Isaiah 55:9).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    October 2nd, Friday
  • A Blessed Friday, 
     
    Worship
    We have heard from some that they haven’t gone to indoor services yet and are uncertain about how to sign up.  You can look for the link to click in this email or just go to www.davidsstar.org.  Then, under “Quick Links” click on “In-Person Worship Sign-up”.  That link takes you to a website called “SignUp.com”  There you will immediately see the worship services for signing up.  That may sound complicated, but really all you do once you get to our David's Star website is keep clicking the links to sign-up until you get there. Or just click here to take you straight to the sign-up.
     
    On October 18th at 2:00 we will worship the Lord celebrating the Gospel ministry at the occasion of Pastor Woldt’s 40th anniversary in the ministry.  There is a sign up for that service as well, on our website homepage under "Quick links" select "Sign up for Pastor Woldt anniversary service". For those that are unable to attend in person, the service will be Livestreamed.
     
    Bible Class
    Sunday Morning Children and Adults.  This Sunday at 9:10 am the adult class will continue our digging deeper into the readings and will be available on David's Star Lutheran Church on Livestream.  Please note that we will meet at a new location.  With the addition of the worship service at 9:10, we will conduct our bible class in the concessions area of the school.  
     
    For Your Prayers
    Please pray that our school will be able to remain open as long as a covid outbreak isn’t an immediate threat to our school.  You may be aware that there is an effort to convince our Governor to close all schools in view of the recent increase in positive Covid19 cases.  
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639. 
     
    One Last Word
    Being afraid of a man sets a trap, but a person who trusts in the Lord will be secure. (Proverbs 29:25).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    September 30th, Wednesday
  • Happy Windy Wednesday, 
     
    Worship
    The elders met last night and confirmed the plan to hold four indoor worship services each week with communion offered after each regular service. The times are Saturday 5:00 pm, Sunday mornings at 7:45, 9:10, and 10:30. 
    Some have expressed the hope that we might continue our outdoor worship service. After considering that desire, the elders agreed that keeping the option to worship outdoors when the weather looks good would cause conflict with those signing up for the indoor 10:30 service expecting to be able to take communion.  But we all agree that outdoor worship was wonderful and that we will need to look for opportunities when it will work in the future. 
    Also, note that beginning October 8th our small group communion offering on Thursday evenings is being shortened to one hour from 6-7 pm.  
     
    Bible Class Opportunities this Week
    Thursday morning Women’s Bible Study at 10am in the church gathering space led by Beth Steinbrenner.  She will be utilizing zoom for anyone who would like to join online.  Email Beth for the zoom link. pbkids999@gmail.com 
     
    Friday morning Bible Chat will meet in the gathering space from 8:30 - 9:00am.  We will use zoom again for those who can’t meet in person.  Here’s the link and passcode: Friday Bible Chat  Passcode: 384441.
     
    Sunday Morning Children and Adults.  This Sunday at 9:10 am the adult class will continue our digging deeper into the readings and will be available on David's Star Lutheran Church on Livestream.  Please note that we will meet at a new location.  With the new worship service at 9:10, we will conduct our bible class in the concessions area of the school.  
     
    For Your Prayers  
    On Monday Lynne Tews will undergo the surgery that had to be put off after her appendicitis bout. Please keep Lynne and Roger in your prayers.
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639. 
     
    One Last Word 
    And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ  (Philippians 1:9,10).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    September 29th, Tuesday
  • Happy Tuesday, 
     
    Worship Service Changes
    Our last scheduled outdoor worship service was a wonderful experience as have they all.  Thank our dear Father in heaven for such opportunities each week.  Many have expressed heartfelt thanks for the outdoor services and have encouraged that we do so even after the Covid concerns die down.  For now, we are scheduled to go to four indoor worship services. Saturday at 5 pm and three on Sunday at 7:45 am, 9:10 am and 10:30 am.  To follow the county recommended covid protocol, we will continue to limit our attendance at half capacity which requires that we continue our sign-up for worship.  The sign-up for the four indoor worship services are now available; you may find them here. 
     
    Also beginning October 8th, Thursday evening small group communion will be limited to one hour, from 6 pm to 7 pm.  You may sign-up for that here.
     
    The elders are meeting tonight and will review our worship plans under the current Covid restrictions. 
     
    Bible Class Opportunities This Week
    Wednesday Morning at 10 am we continue our study of the prophet Ezekiel.  Livestream is available for that class.  Just log on David's Star Lutheran Church on Livestream.
     
    Thursday Morning Women’s Bible Study at 10 am in the church gathering space led by Beth Steinbrenner.  She will be utilizing zoom for anyone who would like to join online.  Email Beth for the zoom link. pbkids999@gmail.com 
     
    Friday Morning Bible Chat will meet in the gathering space from 8:30 - 9:00 am.  We will use zoom again for those who can’t meet in person.  Here’s the link and passcode: Friday Bible Chat  Passcode: 384441.
     
    Sunday Morning Children's and Adult Bible Study- This Sunday at 9:10 am the adult Bible study will continue digging deeper into the readings.  Please note that with the addition of the worship service in the church at 9:10 am, we will conduct the adult Bible study in the concessions area of the school.  The children's Bible study continues to be held in the school classrooms.
     
    Woldt Porch Closing!
    Yes, it will still be attached to the parsonage, but materials will be removed from the Woldt porch this week.  There are now opportunities to pick up newsletters, Meditations, Forward in Christ issues, and other materials in the Gathering Space at church around scheduled worship times on Saturday and Sunday.  Materials may also be picked up at Wednesday Morning Bible Class and Thursday Small Group Communion.  Offering envelopes may also be dropped off at those same times. 
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639. 
     
    One Last Word
    The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God  (1 Corinthians 1:18).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    September 25th, Friday
  • Fantastic Friday to you all, 
     
    Worship
    As has been previously reported, after this weekend we will go to four indoor worship services. Saturday at 5 pm and three on Sunday at 7:45 am, 9:10 am and 10:30 am.  To follow the county recommended covid protocol, we will continue to limit our attendance at half capacity which requires that we continue our sign-up for worship.  The sign-up for the four indoor worship services are now available; you may find them here. 
    Also beginning October 8th our small group communion offering will be limited to one hour, from 6 pm to 7 pm.  You may sign-up for that here.
     
    Attachments
    The October Newsletter and worship folder for this Sunday are both attached to this email.  Feel free to download the worship folder to your phone and bring it with you to worship. 
     
    For your prayers
    Give thanks to God with Tyler and Shannon Rehlinger.  The Lord has blessed them with the gift of a healthy baby girl, Violet Rose Rehlinger.  They look forward to bringing her to the waters of Holy Baptism on Sunday, October 17th.  
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639. 
     
    One Last Word
    Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble (1 John 2:10).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    September 23rd, Wednesday
  • Happy Wednesday, 
     
    Worship
    For those who may have been hoping and praying that the end of the mask mandate on September 28th would mean that we wouldn’t be required to wear masks in church in October, the governor has declared another mask mandate extending into November.  The elders will meet next week, but the decision seems to have been made for us once again.  
     
    This weekend is the last of our scheduled outdoor worship services.  The long-range forecast looks promising once again.  
     
    On two of the weekends in October, we will have the privilege of hosting two guest preachers who are students at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.  The first is Hugo Ugalde-Bemer, a second-year student, and David’s Star Early Field Training student.  The second is Isaac Hayes, a senior who with his wife Emma, plans to be a frequent worshiper at David’s Star in his final year.  What a blessing to receive God's Word from these young men, and a joy to participate in the training of future pastors with the Seminary being so close.
     
    Celebrating 40 Years in Ministry - (A Note From AJ Kruse, One of David's Star's Elders)
    We give thanks each day for the blessing of faithful servants, and now we rejoice together as one of our pastors reaches a milestone of God's grace. On Sunday, October 18th the congregation is invited to celebrate the anniversary of Pastor Woldt's 40th year of ministry. We will welcome guest preacher Pastor David Kolander from Christ the Lord in Brookfield, WI for a special worship service at 2:00 pm, followed by a reception with light refreshments in the gymnasium. In keeping with our current practice for in-person worship, watch for an online sign up for attendance. The service will be Livestreamed. Please contact AJ Kruse at 920.645.9590 with any questions.
     
    Marriage Moments
    A new effort will begin in October to encourage our marriages which in turn strengthens our families which then strengthens our congregations.  It is called Marriage Moments.  These are videos developed by WELS Congregational Services that anyone can subscribe to. They are brief 2-minute videos that bring one simple point to think about and encourage us.   Here is the link.  Marriage Moments 
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639. 
     
    One Last Word
    since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand (Romans 5:1,2).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher and Pastor Mike Woldt

    September 22nd, Tuesday
  • A Blessed Tuesday to all, 
     
    Weekend Worship
    A new virtual effort will be tried this weekend when the 3rd and 4th-grade sing for the weekend worship service.  The students will not actually be in church Saturday night.  Instead, they will record their songs during the week at school.  The recorded songs will be played through the church sound system in the Saturday night service so they can be heard and enjoyed on Livestream.  
     
    Prayer of Thanks
    Please join Pastor and Betsy Woldt in thanking the Lord for the blessing of a new grandchild.  Their daughter Megan and her husband Steven were blessed with the gift of a healthy baby girl yesterday (9/21) … Hattie Ann Pankow!  Hattie was welcomed into the family of God through the sacrament of Holy Baptism at the hospital. 
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update  
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639.  The most recent voice update was yesterday.  Another will be recorded early next week or as critical information arises.  
     
    One Last Word 
    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit  (Romans 15:13).  
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    September 21st, Monday
  • It’s a Tremendous Monday,
     
    Weekend Worship
    The weather for our outdoor worship yesterday was as beautiful as you could imagine.  The only thing more beautiful was the Gospel of Jesus our Savior.  Attendance for our indoor worship was also up.  
     
    Technical Difficulties
    The Livestream of the Saturday 5 pm worship had technical trouble.  It appears many lost the opportunity to worship via Livestream this weekend, but the troubles have been overcome and video is now available to view.  
     
    It Looks Like a Quiet Week...But Many Events Coming Soon!
    -The next Women Nurturing Women Bible study will take place on Thursday, October 1 at 10:00 am in the gathering space.
    -Work in the Church woods begins Saturday, October 3 at 8:00 am.
    -The Harvest Home celebration will be observed in worship on the weekend of October 11, without a potluck meal afterward.
    -On October 18th we will celebrate with thankfulness to the Lord of the Church, Pastor Woldt’s 40th anniversary in public ministry.  A special service is planned for 2 pm on the 18th.  Look for more details to come from the Board of Elders.   
    - A special voters meeting is planned for Sunday, October 25, following the 10:30 am service to address the need to call a 4th-grade teacher. This meeting will take place in the church.
     
    Are You Getting It?
    You should be receiving emails from Jen Mueller, the Congregational Assistant, entitled “Pieces of David’s Star.”  If you haven’t seen them, check your spam or junk folder.  Each email brings the spotlight to another aspect of ministry being carried out by the members of David’s Star. 
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639.  The most recent voice update was last Thursday.  Another will be recorded early this week or as critical information arises.  
     
    One Last Word
    May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all  (2 Corinthians 13:14).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher and Pastor Mike Woldt

    September 18th, Friday
  • A Beautiful Friday,

    Weekend Worship
    Indoor worship still has plenty of sign up spaces open for both the Saturday 5:00 pm service and the Sunday 7:45 am service.  You can sign up here.  We will once again plan to meet on the church lawn at 10:30 am for outdoor worship. It looks like a chilly Autumn morning so come prepared.
     
    Domestic Violence Seminar
    Bethlehem Lutheran in Germantown will host a seminar on domestic violence.  Galatians 6:10 tells us to “do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Attend and find out how you can help someone who is suffering from abuse! Learn how to extend God’s grace to the survivor while assisting him/her on the journey to safety and healing. This seminar will be held at Bethlehem’s Menomonee Falls campus on Oct 3rd from 9-noon. If you would like to register you can do so online here. 
     
    From Buildings and Grounds
    When you come to church this weekend, you will see one of the doors replaced with plywood.  We are currently refinishing the doors and they have to be taken off to do so.  Soon we should see beautifully restored doors as we enter for worship.  
     
    Roger Ehlke Funeral
    The funeral for Roger Ehlke will be held here tomorrow at 11 am with visitation beginning at 10 am.  Roger died early in June of this year, and his family delayed the funeral service until now.  Roger Ehlke is a son of the congregation who served as a WELS teacher in various places.  He is also the brother of our member, Wilmer Ehlke.
     
    Bible Classes
    Sunday Morning Bible Class  We will be diving deeper into the readings asking the question, “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?” The class will also be available on Live Stream here.  Class will begin at 9:10 am as will the children’s Bible studies.  
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update  
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639.  The most recent voice update was yesterday.  Another will be recorded early next week or as critical information arises.  
     
    One Last Word
    So if there is any encouragement in Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one mind.   (Philippians 2:1,2).
     
    Pastors Michael Woldt and Kurt Loescher

    September 17th, Thursday
  • A Blessed Thursday to all,
     
    Weekend Worship
    Small-Group Communion continues tonight.  There are plenty of spots for signing up after 7:00. You can sign up here. Indoor worship has plenty of sign up spaces open for both the Saturday 5:00 pm service and the Sunday 7:45 am service.  You can sign up here.  We will once again plan to meet on the church lawn at 10:30 am on Sunday morning for outdoor worship.
     
    Weekend Bulletin
    The service folder for this weekend is attached to this email.  Feel free to download it to a device of your choice for use during worship.
     
    Bible Classes
    Friday Morning Drop-Off Bible Chat  We will plan to meet in the gathering space of the church since the weather looks cold and breezy.  Come as you are after dropping off your child(ren).  Coffee and tea will be available.  Bring your own mug. 
    Sunday Morning Bible Class  We will be diving deeper into the readings asking the question, “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?” The class will also be available on Live Stream here.  Class will begin at 9:10 am as will the children’s Bible studies.  
     
    For Your Prayers
    Ralph Gerner has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and has accepted a treatment plan that includes chemotherapy which begins today.  
    Jody Hansen is hospitalized with heart-related issues.  Please pray for a speedy recovery.  
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639.  The most recent voice update was yesterday.  Another will be recorded early next week or as critical information arises.  
     
    One Last Word
    Walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God  (Ephesians 5:2).

    September 16th, Wednesday
  • A Blessed Wednesday,
     
    Council
    The Church council met last night.  Among the decisions is a date set to call a teacher for our fourth grade starting with the 21/22 school year.  Mr. Watts has decided it is time to retire after serving the Lord here at David’s Star for his entire teaching ministry.  We now look to the Lord to provide another who will pick up the task of teaching the love of Jesus in our elementary school.  Watch for more information about the Special Voters’ meeting.  It’s scheduled for the last Sunday of October (10/27) after the worship services.
     
    Jesus and Me
    JAM met again today. The program for little ones and their parents, grandparents, or caregivers has been a great success again.  This ministry of the congregation hasn’t been slowed by the Covid struggles!  Please let other interested people know about the program.  If you have questions, contact Jen Mueller at dsca1@davidsstar.org.
     
    Bible Classes on Livestream
    Both our Wednesday morning bible studies and Sunday morning bible studies are on Livestream.  You can find them posted here: David's Star Lutheran Church on Livestream 
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639.  The most recent voice update was yesterday.  Another will be recorded early next week or as critical information arises.  
     
    One Last Word
    Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom (James 3:13).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    September 15th, Tuesday
  • A Blessed Tuesday,
     
    Council
    The Church council meets tonight.  Among the topics to discuss is our debt retirement fund falling behind. Look for a letter to come to outline the details and offer encouragement.  We will also welcome a new family, the Atlees.  James and Danielle Atlee and their two children, Isaiah and Adelyn, will be formally accepted in a worship service later this month.  
     
    Pieces of David’s Star
    You should be seeing this email coming to you from our congregational assistant, Jennifer Mueller.  Look for these descriptions of the various ministry opportunities and helps that are part of the life of our congregation.  
     
    Opportunities To Grow in God's Word
    JAM! (Jesus and me) meets again tomorrow (Wednesday) morning beginning at 8:30 am in the gathering space.
    Wednesday Morning Bible Study also meets at 10:00 am in the church. This Bible Study will be available via Livestream.
    Women Nurturing Women Bible Study meets Thursday morning at 10:00 am in the gathering space. All ladies of the congregation are invited! Please bring your bible and notebook! 
    Drop-off Bible Study meets on Friday morning at 8:30 am at the playground just to the north of the school.  Everyone is invited to join us! Please bring a lawn chair to sit on.  In the event of inclement weather, we will meet in the gathering space. 
     
    Virtual Growth  
    Fall is typically a time that offers some growth opportunities for us pastors.  This year it will all be online.  The Seminary Symposium will be virtual as well as our fall Pastor’s conference.  We are certainly grateful for the technology that has allowed most of us to continue to benefit from the Word being proclaimed and taught even when we have not been able to be physically present. 
     
    Worship
    This past weekend's worship was a wonderful example of the many voices and musicians who have come forward to aid us in our worship services during these strange times of Covid.  A special thank you to all who have given of their time and talents in this area of our ministry.  
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639.  The most recent voice update was last Wednesday.  Another will be recorded on Wednesday.
     
    One Last Word
    And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. (1 John 4:16).

    September 14th, Monday
  • A Glorious Monday,
     
    Worship
    We had good attendance at our indoor worship this past week.  We praise the Lord that we remain able to gather.  Halfway through September and we have continued to be able to meet outdoors without any cancelations!  What blessing the Lord has maintained for us that we should be able to gather and worship in this way!
     
    Church Woods Clean-Up (repeat from last week)
    Men and women of David’s Star, the Building and Grounds Team is looking for your help. It is time to start making plans to clean up the woods after the logging effort. Do you want firewood and are willing to put in the time and effort?  Or do you just want to lend a helping hand in making the woods a better place? Bring your gloves and muscles, and chain saw if you have one. The plan is to work, weather permitting, every Thursday and Saturday morning in October into December and beyond if needed. We will begin each morning at 8am. Come whenever you can.  A Buildings and Grounds member will be there to direct the work.  Contact Brian Lee if you are interested in helping. Also let us know if you do want firewood, all hardwood.  Email: bandg@davidsstar.org or you can call or text:  414-870-8090.  
     
    Adult Instruction Class
    Tonight at 6:30 pm Pastor Loescher will conduct a class for basic instruction in the teachings of Holy Scripture.  This is the class you may take to refresh the truths you learned in Catechism or if you are not a member and desire to become one, this is the class for you.  With the covid concerns, we are also presenting through a Zoom meeting as well as in person.  The class will meet in the gathering space of the church.  Here is the zoom link if you should decide to join us online: https://zoom.us/j/95099965736?pwd=dFhyc1hhV3dYNDV5Q21ydTBKSERIUT09  Passcode: 893801 (You will need the passcode to enter the class)
     
    Ladies’ Thursday Morning Bible Study
     Ladies' Bible Study will be held in the gathering space this coming Thursday, September 17th. The class will begin at 10:00, which is a change from last year. All women of the congregation are invited, and we look forward to being together, as we study God’s Love for us. Please bring your Bible, hymnal, and notebook.   
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639.  The most recent voice update was yesterday.  Another will be recorded early next week or new information about worship times, Bibles studies, or other important items to the members of David's Star arises.  
     
    One Last Word
    Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. (Philippians 2:1-2).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    September 10th, Thursday
  • Another Blessed Thursday,
     
    Service time reminder
    Our Thursday evening small group communion gathering continues tonight.  You can sign up here.  Our Saturday 5:00 pm service and Sunday morning 7:45 service remains the same.  For that, you can sign up here. After that, our schedule changes.  We will begin our Sunday morning Bible Study at 9:10 am for adults and children, no sign up necessary. Then at 10:30 am we will hold an outdoor worship service, weather permitting.  We pray that our gracious Lord would continue to provide good weather for our outdoor worship.  
     
    Weekend Service Folder
    The weekend Service folder is attached. Please feel free to download it to a device of your choice for use during our worship services.
     
    Teachers to be Installed
    Members who will be leading our Bible Classes for children will be installed in various services this weekend.  Please keep these people in your prayers as they begin their service to the Lord in this important way.   
     
    Church Woods Clean up
    Men and women of David’s Star, the Building and Grounds Team is looking for your help. It is time to start making plans to clean up the woods after the logging effort. Do you want firewood and are willing to put in the time and effort?  Or do you just want to lend a helping hand in making the woods a better place? Bring your gloves and muscles, and chain saw if you have one. The plan is to work, weather permitting, every Thursday and Saturday morning in October into December and beyond if needed. We will begin each morning at 8am. Come whenever you can.  A Buildings and Grounds member will be there to direct the work.  Contact Brian Lee if you are interested in helping. Also let us know if you do want firewood, all hardwood.  
    Email: bandg@davidsstar.org, or you can call or text:  414-870-8090.  
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message: (262) 677-1639.  The most recent voice update was yesterday.  Another will be recorded early next week or to share new information about worship, bible classes, and other items of interest to the members of David’s Star.
     
    One Last Word
    Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you (Isaiah 46:4).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    September 9th, Wednesday
  • Blessed Wednesday,
     
    Bible Classes
    Bible classes are all starting up.  Some will have online accessibility.  Today we had our second Wednesday morning Bible Study on Ezekiel.  This study was also Livestreamed.  You can go to our Livestream channel to find the class archived David's Star Lutheran Church on Livestream
     
    Our Adult Instruction class will begin this coming Monday, September 14th at 6:30 pm in the gathering space.  This class will also be available online via Zoom.  Watch for the Zoom link in the pastor’s update for Monday, September 14.  
     
    Friday Drop Off Bible Chat will happen again this Friday at 8:30 am.  The plan is to meet on the lawn by the playground. Bring a chair.  Any children can play while we discuss our devotional thoughts from Holy Scripture.  Looks like it will be a nice morning for it. Come one, come all. In the event of inclement weather, our alternate meeting place will be the gathering space.
     
    Prayers of Thanksgiving
    John and Amanda (nee Miller) Hafemann were blessed with the birth of a healthy daughter yesterday.  Her name is Clara Joy Hafemann.  We join them in thanking the Lord for this gift of new life! 
     
    Also, prayers of thanks for Jon Kruse’s continuing recovery from a heart attack and pulmonary embolism.   
     
    Pieces of David’s Star
    A couple of months ago, we met the faces of the congregation in emails called “Faces of David’s Star”. Now it's time to find out how we can serve the church and how it is serving us. Each day you will receive an email highlighting one of the many ministries happening at David’s Star.  This will give us all an opportunity to see what might be helpful to us, or how we might participate and be a blessing to others.  
     
    Ladies Aid
    The ladies will meet in the gathering space of the church tomorrow at 7:00pm.  
     
    Sign Up
    For small group communion opportunities, sign up here.  If you want to worship indoors, you may sign up here.  Communion is offered after every indoor worship service. No communion sign up is required when receiving communion following an indoor worship service.
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update  
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ updates via voice message.  (262) 677-1639 The most recent voice update was last Friday.  Another will be recorded today or as critical information arises.  
     
    One Last Word  
    For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. (Titus 2:11,12).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    September 8th, Tuesday
  • A Chilly Tuesday,
     
    The Streak Almost Ended
    It looked highly questionable whether we would hold an outdoor service last Sunday all the way up to the beginning of the 7:45am service.  But after that service the radar showed all rain was passing south of us, so we were able to hold an outdoor service in lovely weather.  Understandably not many were there because of the uncertainty of the weather forecast, but 46 worshipped on the church lawn. The question came up on how best to let people know if the outdoor worship will go forward or not.  It’s tough when it is a last-minute decision like we had on Sunday.  When the weather is questionable, we will try to get information out as soon as we know one way or the other.  Watch your email and or Facebook.  

    A special thanks to the Todd Oestreich family for the quick set up and Ray Liesener for staying after the 7:45 am service and doing double sexton/usher duty.  
     
    Thank You
    From Betty Wolfgram
    Just want to thank all my lovely friends and great pastors for keeping me in their prayers. Also would like to thank those who took the time to drop me a card. It really lifts my spirits as I deal with all the challenges God has given me. I am looking forward to seeing all of you in church again. Again thanks to all of you!                                       Love Betty Wolfgram  
     
    Ladies Aid
    The ladies will meet in the gathering space of the church on Thursday at 7:00pm.  
     
    Sign Up
    For small group communion opportunities, sign up here.  If you want to worship indoors, sign up here. Communion is offered after every indoor worship service. No communion sign up is required when receiving communion following an indoor worship service.
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ updates via voice message.  (262) 677-1639 The most recent voice update was last Friday.  Another will be recorded tomorrow or as critical information arises.  
     
    One Last Word 
    Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground (Psalm 143:10).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    September 4th, Friday
  • KML Pastor Day

    The pastors enjoyed meeting with all of our KML students this morning and then getting updated by the KML administration.  
     
    One plea is coming through KMLHS that we want to pass along:
    One of our student families lost their apartment due to a lightning strike followed by fire, smoke, and fire department water. They lost everything. A family from their church has an open rental unit, so they do have shelter.
    If you would like to help, you can drop off a cash/check donation made out to "KML - Missions."
    Here is a list of current items the family could use to make life a bit better:

    • Queen size bed frame

    • Dresser or chest of drawers

    • Queen sized linens, sheets, comforter

    • Towels

    • Clothes for a teen (womens size 18) or XL for tops

    • Womens 4X shirts

    • Womens size 12 shoes

    • Womens 26 pants

    • Mens 36 Medium pants/jeans

    • Mens XL Shirts

    • Mens L Shirts

    • Mens size 10 1/2 or 8 1/2 shoes - dress/casual/athletic

    Please contact Pastor Hughes (randy.hughes@kmlhs.org) for any donations, or drop off any cash/check at the KML Main Office.

    Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend.  We look forward to seeing many of you in worship.  

    One Last Word 
    I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go into the house of the Lord" (Psalm 122:1)

    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    September 3rd, Thursday
  • Blustery Thursday!
     
    It’s Been Quiet
    Not much happening other than the high winds today.  Our school is off to a great start.  Everyone is complying with the Covid protocols and we are pleased that we have had no incidents of Covid19 among our student body or staff in this second partial week of school.  It has shown up in just a few isolated incidents at KML.  Please keep praying for the health of our families, students, and staff so we may continue to teach in person.  
     
    Sign up
    We have lots of space in our small group communion for this evening.  If you haven’t communed in a while and don’t come to the indoor worship services, please consider coming tonight. You may sign up here.  If you want to worship indoors and receive communion there, you may sign up here.
     
    Weekend Bulletin
    The weekend bulletin is attached to this email. Feel free to download it to a device of your choice for use during our worship service.
     
    Prayers Requested
    Please keep the Jay & Tanya Anderson family in your prayers.  Jay’s father, Jerald Anderson, was called home to heaven by his Lord on Monday of this week.  A private family funeral service will be held on Saturday at St. Paul’s Lutheran in East Troy, WI.  May Jesus grant all who survive him comfort and peace. 
     
    Meditations Are Here
    The latest edition of the Meditations has arrived!  There are copies available on the Woldt parsonage porch, as well as up in the church.
     
    KML Visit
    The pastors will be visiting with the students who are members of David’s Star at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School tomorrow morning.  “Pastors’ Day” is an annual event at KML.  New faculty member, Mrs. Jamie Bruckschen, will be installed during a service in the PAC which begins at 7:40am.  The service will be available for viewing through KML Livestream. 
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ updates via voice message.  (262) 677-1639 
     
    One Last Word
    For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    September 2nd, Wednesday
  • Good Wednesday!!
     
    In-person/Online Bible Study
    We had our first Wednesday Bible Class this year where we had in-person participants and online participants via Livestream. 14 people attended our Bible Study this morning at 10am with 6 people attending live on Livestream.  Since then it appears 12 more watched the class.  
     
    Other Happenings
    JAM was a rousing success this morning as well.  Several parents and grandparents with their little ones had a fun-packed hour of Bible story, songs, and play.  
     
    A reminder that Women Nurturing Women Bible Class meets tomorrow on Beth Steinbrenner’s patio at 10310 Pioneer Rd. Cedarburg. The rain date is Sept. 10th. All women of the congregation are invited! Bring your Bible and a notebook.
     
    Worship
    We have been able to maintain our normal summer of COVID schedule. And thanks be to God that our outdoor worship has been uninterrupted by inclement weather.  This will be the last week of our summer schedule with 5pm Saturday indoor worship, 7:45am Sunday indoor worship, and 9:30am outdoor worship. So far the weather looks good for the 9:30 service.  Strong storms are possible in the afternoon as an early forecast.  You can sign up for in-person indoor worship here.  Small group communion continues to be an option for those who desire the sacrament but do not attend the indoor worship.  Sign up here.  
    Next week we will go to a schedule that keeps the Saturday 5pm and Sunday morning 7:45am worship, but adds a Bible Class at 9:10am and moves the outdoor worship time to 10:30am.  
     
    Mission Opportunity From Elaine Rusch
    Northside Lutheran Ministries is still helping their community.  They reopened in June with the COVID precautions.  They cannot accept clothing donations as of yet, however, they are in great need of monetary donations to help pay bills and purchase supplies, and food for those in need.  If you are so moved, please mail your donation to Northside Lutheran Ministries  2533 W North Ave Milwaukee WI 53205. If you have any questions, please contact Elaine Rusch at 262-573-0866. Thank you!  
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ updates via voice message.  (262) 677-1639 
     
    One Last Word 
    Your mercy, O Lord, fills the earth.  Teach me your statutes. (Psalm 119:64).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    September 1st, Tuesday
  • It’s Tuesday and It’s September!
     
    Reminders:
    Our worship schedule will change a little this month.  This weekend, we remain the same with 5pm Saturday and 7:45am Sunday in-person worship In-Person Worship and Sunday outdoor worship at 9:30am, weather permitting.  Beginning next weekend, September 12, 13, our Saturday 5:00pm and Sunday 7:45am services remain the same, but our outdoor worship moves to 10:30am with Bible Classes for all ages indoors at 9:10am.  The Adult Bible Study will be held in the church and livestreamed for those who cannot attend.  Children's Bible Study will be held in the classrooms.
     
    Wednesday Bible Class begins tomorrow in the church at 10:00 am. Livestream will be available. You may witness the joy of JAM happening in the gathering space if you come early enough.    Morning Bible Class Wednesday 
     
    Speaking of JAM, this is from Jen Mueller, our director of JAM (Jesus & Me):
    JAM Is back!!!!!!! Oh, how I’ve missed the littlest of His lambs. JAM will look a little different this year, but we are still going to learn about Jesus and have tons of fun while doing it. We will meet inside the church gathering space at 8:30 a.m.. We’ll enjoy free play, a Bible story, songs, and a snack. Our three September JAM sessions will focus on CREATION. God made this beautiful and we want to take care of it. Adults, please wear masks, kids 5 and under do not need masks. Invite a neighbor! Can’t wait to see you there! September 2nd; September 16th; September 30th. Please enter through the churchdoors. We begin around 8:30AM in the church gathering space.
     
    And Women Nurturing Women will restart this Thursday, September 3rd at 10:00am on Beth Steinbrenner’s patio.  Beth lives at 10310 Pioneer Rd. Cedarburg. The rain date is Sept. 10th.
     
    Meditations
    Our Meditations shipment has been delayed.  It’s unfortunate that we don’t have the new one now that the old has run out of devotions.  On the bright side, it is good to see how many of us miss these wonderful faith strengtheners from God’s Word.  We were assured today that they will be in the mail tomorrow and we will have them, God willing, by the weekend.  
     
    Pastors’ Voice Update 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ updates via voice message.  (262) 677-1639 
     
    One Last Word 
    “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the advice of the wicked, who does not stand on the path with sinners, and who does not sit in a meeting with mockers.
    But his delight is in the teaching of the Lord, and on his teaching he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:1,2).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    August 31st, Monday
  • Marvelous Monday,
     
    Mission Festival
    We had a glorious Mission Festival Saturday evening and Sunday morning.  Not only was the weather wonderful, the worship was festive and enriching as well.  A big thanks to Kris Karnopp and the voices from the choir, and the instrumentalists: Colleen Oestreich, Pastor Woldt, and Scott Beyersdorf, and our guest preacher: Seminarian Martin Loescher.  
     
    Bible Classes Starting Up
    Children’s & Adult Bible Study - Begins Sunday, Sept. 13 at 9:10 am. Children’s study held in the classrooms. Adult study held in the church.  
     
    Wednesday Morning Bible Study - Begins Wednesday, Sept. 2nd at 10:00 am in the Church. Please enter through the church doors.  Live Stream available.  Morning Bible Class Wednesday 
     
    JAM (Jesus & Me) September 2nd; September 16th; September 30th. Please enter through the churchdoors. We begin around 8:30AM in the church gathering space.
     
    Drop-off Bible Study -Friday mornings when school is in session at 8:30 am. On the lawn next to the playground, weather permitting. Alternate location: gathering space.
     
    Adult Instruction Class - Begins Monday, September 14th, 6:30—7:30pm in the church gathering space.  Zoom provided for those who cannot attend.  
     
    Women Nurturing Women - This Thursday, September 3rd. 10am on Beth Steinbrenner’s patio at 10310 Pioneer Rd. Cedarburg rain date Sept. 10th. Questions? Call Beth at 262-339-8190.
     
    Woldt Porch Material
    The latest editions of Forward in Christ, David’s Star Newsletter, and WELS Mission promotional materials are all available on the Woldt parsonage porch.  You may also pick up these materials in the Gathering Space at church if you attend in-person worship. As of this email, the latest Meditations have not yet arrived.
     
    Updates by Phone
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ updates via voice message.  (262) 677-1639 
     
    One Last Word
    Come, let us bow down. Let us revere him. Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker, for he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the flock in his hand. (Psalm 95:6,7).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    August 28th, Friday
  • Hello on this fine Friday,
     
    Mission Festival
    Just a reminder that Mission Festival is this weekend.  We will not have a festive gathering after worship, but that makes for a wonderful reminder that our gathering for worship is itself a festive gathering before the Lord.  We will take this opportunity to focus our hearts on the mission of the church reminding ourselves that God’s grace is for all nations.  Also, remember that we have reinstated the early worship service for Sunday.  There still is room for the sign-up Saturday at 5pm or Sunday morning at 7:45am In-Person Worship.  The weather continues to look promising for an outdoor 9:30am worship.  
     
    Bible Classes Starting Up
    Children’s & Adult Bible Study - Begins Sunday, Sept. 13 at 9:10 am. Children’s study held in the classrooms. Adult study held in the church.
    Wednesday Morning Bible Study - Begins Wednesday, Sept. 2nd at 10:00 am in the church. Livestream available.
    JAM (Jesus & Me) September 2nd; September 16th; September 30th. Please enter through the churchdoors. We begin around 8:30AM in the church gathering space.
    Drop-off Bible Study - Friday mornings at 8:30 am. On the lawn next to the church, weather permitting. Alternate location: gathering space.
    Adult Instruction Class - Begins Monday, September 14th, 6:30—7:30pm in the church gathering space.  Zoom provided for those who cannot attend.  
    Women Nurturing Women - A Note From Beth Steinbrenner
    Dear Friends, I have missed you all so greatly, and would enjoy having you come for an informal Bible class on my patio next Thursday, September 3rd. The time will be 10:00, at 10310 Pioneer Rd. Cedarburg...phone 262-339-8190...with rain date of Sept. 10  If you've never attended before, we invite all women from the congregation to attend. Those who've come before, please bring a friend!!  Please bring your Bible and a lawn chair. 
     
    Woldt Porch Material
    The latest editions of Forward in Christ, David’s Star Newsletter, and WELS Mission promotional materials are all available on the Woldt parsonage porch.  You may also pick up these materials in the Gathering Space at church if you attend In-Person Worship. As of this email, the latest Meditations have not yet arrived.
     
    Updates by Phone
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ updates via voice message.  (262) 677-1639 
     
    One Last Word
    “I am the Bread of Life,” Jesus told them. “The one who comes to me will never be hungry, and the one who believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35).

    August 27th, Thursday
  • Happy Thursday,
     
    Worship and Communion Opportunities and Mission Festival
    There is plenty of room for small group communion, especially in the later slots.  In-person worship this weekend has many open seats. Click here for signing up:  Small Group Communion  In-Person Worship.
    The weather looks great for Sunday’s Mission Festival.  If you are coming to the outdoor worship at 9:30am, come prepared for cool weather.  Martin Loescher, the son of Pastor and Julie Loescher will be our guest preacher for our Mission Festival.  Martin is a seminary senior who just finished a vicar in mission experience in Denver Colorado.  Christ Lutheran in Colorado has a vibrant outreach to the Hispanic community.  There will be no meal for our festival this year on account of covid19 concerns.  
     
    Weekend Service Folder
    The weekend service folder is attached to this email. Feel free to download it to a device of your choice for use during our worship services.
     
    September Church Newsletter
    The September issue of The Good News is attached to this email.
     
    Thank You
    Dear members of David’s Star Lutheran Church, 
    I wanted to thank you for your support over my four years at college and continuing on to the Seminary. I appreciate the financial support along with the prayers. The financial support helped me attend Martin Luther College and begin my training for what I have always wanted to do, to be a pastor. It does not feel like it was that long ago when I was attending David’s Star for grade school, so it is amazing how fast time went by and now  I will be attending the Seminary to continue my education to become a pastor. I appreciate everything this congregation has done to make my education possible. Once again, Thank you. 
    Caleb Gustafson, Junior at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary 
     
    Bible Classes Starting Up
    Drop Off Bible Class will resume tomorrow August 28th at 8:30am.  We will meet on the lawn in front of the school when the weather is nice.  Bring a lawn chair.  Tomorrow's forecast doesn’t look good for an outdoor gathering. If it is raining, we will meet in the gathering space instead. Please bring your mask in case we are forced indoors. If you want to join us on zoom, here’s the link.
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82048305697?pwd=TFA5clRNTEdvSkRMOFNKUk9QMkRoQT09
     
    Wednesday morning Bible study will begin next week September 2nd at 10:00am.  We will meet in the church.  If you are not comfortable attending for health reasons or cannot attend for any other reason, you may watch the class on Livestream.  Click here for virtual attendance: David's Star Lutheran Church on Livestream 
    Sunday Morning Bible Class will start up on September 13th at 9:10am. The class will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend.  Hopes are that we will also begin Children's Bible study as well on Sunday the 13th.
     
    Prayer Requests
    Betty Wolfgram who is hospitalized.  
    Doris & Joe Beine, celebrating 25 years of marriage.
     
    Woldt Porch Material
    The latest editions of Forward in Christ, David’s Star Newsletter, and WELS Mission promotional materials are all available on the Woldt parsonage porch.  You may also pick up these materials in the Gathering Space at church if you attend Small Group Communion or In-Person Worship.  (Sign up at www.davidsstar.org ).
     
    Updates By Phone
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ updates via voice message.  (262) 677-1639 
     
    One Last Word
    You preserve perfect peace for the person whose resolve is steadfast, because he trusts in you.(Isaiah 26:3).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    August 26th, Wednesday
  • Welcome Back Wednesday!
     
    School Opening
    A welcome back to school for our students streaming in the doors with masks on, but not until they have had their temperature check.  The teachers and students alike are excited to be physically back in the classrooms.  Jesus, bless our year with health and the ability to continue in-person teaching.
     
    Worship and Communion Opportunities
    There is plenty of room for small group communion and in-person worship this weekend. Click here for signing up:  Small Group Communion  In-Person Worship.
    The long-range forecast for Sunday looks dry and sunny--maybe a little on the cool side.  If you are coming to the outdoor worship at 9:30, come prepared.  Martin Loescher, the son of Pastor and Julie Loescher will be our guest preacher.  Martin is a seminary senior who just finished a vicar in mission experience in Denver Colorado.  Christ Lutheran in Colorado has a vibrant outreach to the Hispanic community.  
     
    Worship Times Going Forward
    The elders met last night and decided on what our worship times will be after Labor Day.  Our outdoor worship will continue through September and we will add our Bible Study hour to the mix.  With that, our schedule for September will be: 7:45am indoor worship, 9:10am Bible Class, 10:30am outdoor worship.  
     
    In October, with the weather getting colder, we will move all of our services indoors, but we will add a third service on Sunday morning to accommodate more people attending at healthier distances.  Beginning October 4th, our Sunday morning schedule will look like this:  7:45am worship, 9:10am both Bible Class and worship, 10:30am worship. 
     
    Bible Classes Starting Up
    Drop Off Bible Class will resume this Friday, August 28th at 8:30am.  We will meet on the lawn in front of the school when the weather is nice.  Bring a lawn chair.  In the case of inclement weather, we will meet in the gathering space.  Masks are required indoors. 
     
    Wednesday Morning Bible Class will begin next week Wednesday, September 2nd at 10:00am.  We will meet in the church.  If you are not comfortable attending for health reasons or cannot attend for any other reason, you may watch the class on Livestream.  Click here for virtual attendance: David's Star Lutheran Church on Livestream 
     
    Adult Instruction Class will begin on Monday, September 14th at 6:30pm in the gathering space.  This class will also be offered with a Zoom option for those not comfortable or are unable to attend in person.
     
    Prayer Requests 
    Please keep Betty Wolfgram in your prayers. Betty is hospitalized. Please also pray for the Kenosha churches, especially Bethany and Friedens Lutheran which are only blocks from the violent rioting.  
     
    September Forward in Christ
    The September edition of “Forward in Christ” arrived on campus and will be available at church this weekend, and on the Woldt porch beginning Thursday.  Please note:  As of this morning we are still waiting for our shipment of the next installment of the daily devotional booklet “Meditations.”
     
    Updates by Phone 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ updates via voice message.  (262) 677-1639 
     
    One Last Word
    Though we are many, we are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. (Romans 12:5).
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    August 21st, Friday
  • Happy Friday!
     
    Special Mission Festival Edition (Please note changes!)
    Our “Mission Festival” will still take place on the weekend of August 29th and 30th. As previously announced in these emails, our scheduled guest speaker, Pastor Rich Krause, is unable to preach due to unforeseen circumstances at his home congregation.  So, here are the two major changes we are announcing today:

    1. Seminary Senior Martin Loescher will serve as our guest speaker.  Martin recently completed his vicar (intern) year in a Denver, Colorado mission congregation serving primarily Hispanic-speaking people.   Martin has returned to Wisconsin for his final year at the seminary.  We look forward to hearing Martin, the son of Pastor and Julie Loescher, proclaim the gospel to us as we are reminded of our privilege to support gospel outreach efforts taking place in our own country, and around the world.

    2. We have now reinstated the 7:45am service on Sunday, August 30th.  It had been previously announced that we would cancel the indoor service at 7:45am.  Online sign up for the 7:45am service will appear on our website by the beginning of next week.  Please share the news about this change in plans, since the church calendar and this week’s bulletin were printed before this change in plans was determined. 

    As previously announced, the outdoor service for Mission Festival WILL NOT be held in the church woods.  We will gather outdoors on the lawn in front of the school, as we have been doing throughout the summer.  There are no plans for a special luncheon.  Our “Mission Festival” this year will focus on our privilege to be part of the Lord’s Great Commission, to “go and make disciples of all nations.”
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    August 20th, Thursday
  • Hello on this fine Thursday,
     
    Worship and Communion Opportunities
    The sign-up for this evening is almost full.  There is one spot open at 6:30 and 7:30 and 3 spots open at 7:45 Small Group Communion  We still have plenty of room in the worship services at 5pm on Saturday or 7:45 on Sunday In-Person Worship.

    The long-range forecast looks promising again for our 9:30 am outdoor worship on Sunday.  Maybe some isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon.  Might we ask for a twelfth outdoor service in a row?  As God wills, so be it ever. 
     
    Weekend Bulletin
    The bulletin for the weekend services is attached. Please feel free to download it onto the device of your choice and bring it to church for use during the worship service.
     
    And this from Principal Luehring at KML
    As of today, August 20, we have had two COVID-19 positive cases in our student body. Neither of these students participated in face to face school this week, as they tested positive prior to our first day of school. We will continue to communicate with parents and students who participate in the same classes, activities, and have lockers near students who test positive.

    The start-up at KML has been very positive so far. The administration has been very good at communicating with the parents.  Please pray that healthy and safe face to face learning at KML continues.
     
    Adult Instruction
    Pastor Loescher will hold an adult instruction class beginning Monday, September 14th.  If you or someone you know would like to attend call the office at 677-2412 to let us know. Or you can email Pastor Loescher directly kloescher@davidsstar.org. For this class, you will have the option of attending in person or online.  
     
    Updates by Phone
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ updates via voice message.  (262) 677-1639 
     
    One Last Word  
    I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8).

    August 19th, Wednesday
  • Wednesday Wonderings
     
    Mission Festival Changes
    Our Mission Festival is a week and a half away, but there are changes to the announced plans.  Our scheduled guest speaker, Pastor Rich Krause, is no longer able to serve us.  His congregation, Christ, Pewaukee, needs him to preach that weekend. One of his associates recently accepted a call and another is now in quarantine. Not to worry, the Word will be preached on the weekend of August 29, 30th, and the service will still have a Mission theme.  However, the preaching will be handled locally.  Watch the pastor’s updates for any other changes or adjustments that we may make with regard to the Mission Festival weekend.  
     
    Communion Opportunities
    “Take and eat, this is my body...take and drink from it all of you, this is my blood...do this in remembrance of me.” Please take advantage of the opportunities to commune at the indoor gatherings this week.  Thursday is at about half capacity currently. Sign up for a spot from 6-8pm Small Group Communion  We still have plenty of room in the worship services at 5pm on Saturday or 7:45am on Sunday In-Person Worship.
     
    September Start-Ups
    Pastor Loescher will hold an adult instruction class beginning Monday, September 14th.  If you or someone you know would like to attend call Pastor Loescher at 677-0919 or the church office at 677-2412 to let us know.  For this class, you will have the option of attending in person or online.  
     
    Updates by Phone 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ updates via voice message.  (262) 677-1639 
     
    One Last Word
    This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.  Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God (1John 5:4,5).

    August 18th, Tuesday
  • Another Sunny Tuesday!!
     
    Derecho (deh-REY-cho)
    If you haven’t ever seen that word before, don’t feel bad.  Neither has Google. That is the Spanish word for straight and the name of the straight-line wind storm that ripped through the Midwest on Monday, August 10th.  Christian Aid and Relief has put out a plea for help with the clean-up efforts in Cedar Rapids, Iowa beginning this weekend.

    Volunteer Work Weekend
    Friday, August 21 - Sunday, August 23

    Start time: 9:00 a.m. or when you arrive!

    Location: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School
    2900 42nd St NE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

    To sign up, or for more information, contact:
    Laura King 608-855-0185
    Elizabeth Zambo 920-723-8021

     Communion Opportunities
    “Take and eat, this is my body...take and drink from it all of you, this is my blood...do this in remembrance of me.” Please take advantage of the opportunities to commune at the indoor gatherings on Thursday from 6-8pm Small Group Communion or Services at 5pm on Saturday and 7:45 on Sunday In-Person Worship.
     
    Schools Beginning This Week
    KML and others are beginning in-person classes this week.  Some will start Monday.  David’s Star begins on August 26th.  Please pray for our students and faculties as they venture into a new, carefully thought through efforts to teach our children in person.  
     
    September Startups
    Plans are being formulated to begin bible classes and other ministry activities in September.  The ways and places we meet may be different than in the past.  God willing, we will have in-person Sunday Bible Classes for adults and children.  We are also planning to resume pastor-led Wednesday bible classes on campus.  We hope to include online bible study options for adults who are unable to come or prefer to stay in their homes. Other bible classes and groups like Ladies Aid are also planning to meet on campus.  Watch for more information as we get in the near future.  
     
    Updates By Phone 
    Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ updates via voice message.  (262) 677-1639 
     
    One Last Word
    Rend your heart and not your garments.  Return to the Lord your God,  for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. (Joel 2:13)  
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    August 17th, Monday
  • Blessed Monday to you all!!
     
    Worship This Weekend
    We had glorious weather once again for our 9:30 outdoor worship and a fine group that gathered for worship.  Our indoor worship services were down in attendance, but the small group communion on Thursday evening was almost full.  Please take the opportunities as you are able to receive the Lord’s Supper at one of the indoor gatherings.  If you are unable, be sure to contact one of the pastors and we can bring the sacrament to you.  
     
    Our Worship Plan
    The elders once again considered our worship opportunities with the limited seating and mask mandate in place. We have affirmed that the plans we have in place will continue through September when the weather becomes too cold for outdoor worship.  The membership is encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities to commune at the indoor gatherings on Thursday from 6-8pm Small Group Communion or Services at 5pm on Saturday and 7:45 on Sunday In-Person Worship.
     
    Thank You!
    Dear David's Star Congregation:
    I can't believe that I am entering my Junior year at Martin Luther College, in my studies of early childhood education. My time at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School prepared me very well for the experience at MLC.
    Please accept my sincere thank you for your continued support over the past two years, and again this upcoming year-both from a Spiritual standpoint as well as the monetary gifts received each year thus far.  With your continued assistance, I am able to pursue my field of study in hopes of spreading the Good News of His word in the mission God has chosen for me.
    My plan includes keeping the David's Star congregation updated on my continued progress and developments.  Your prayers for my mission work is highly regarded, and continue to be accepted by myself and my family.
    In His Name, Livia Lickteig.
     
    Covid Concerns
    It is heartwarming to hear God’s children talking with one another about their concerns in loving ways with an ear to hear the other person’s point of view.  This is a difficult time when certainty about our answers is hard to come by.  But certainty about our salvation through Jesus and oneness in faith in God our Father, our Baptism, and our commitment to our Savior remains strong.  The Father knows exactly what is happening and has his hand on it.  So, pray for our leadership, our world, and each other as we live through this difficult time.  The Father always hears our concerns and answers our prayers.  
     
    Updates By Phone Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message.  (262) 677-1639 
     
    One Last Word   
    This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me. (Jeremiah 9:23,24)

    August 13th, Thursday
  • It’s Thursday of a Picture Perfect Weather Week!
     
    Worship this Weekend
    We still have plenty of space to sign up for small group communion this evening. Click here for small group communion Small Group Communion.  The weekend in-person worship at 5pm on Saturday or 7:45am on Sunday also has plenty of open seats.  Click here for Sunday worship sign up Home - In-Person Worship
    The forecast remains very promising for our 9:30am outdoor worship.
     
    Weekend Service Folder
    The weekend service folder is attached to this email. Feel free to download it onto the device of your choice and use it during worship.
     
    Afraid?
    Listening to the projections of the media and their highlighting the evil of the other side can perpetuate fear in our hearts over what is to come.  This weekend's Scripture message is guaranteed to alleviate all fear. Hope to see you there or on Livestream. 
     
    For your prayers
    Betty Wolfgram has been hospitalized with severe dehydration and is extremely weak.  Please remember Betty in your prayers.  
     
    Updates by Phone Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message.  (262) 677-1639 
     
    One last word:   For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  (Ephesians 2:10)

    August 12th, Wednesday
  • What a Wonderful Wednesday!
     
    Worship this Weekend
    The weather these days is spectacular.  And the long-range says that Sunday morning will be near perfect for worship at 9:30.  We will see what Sunday brings.  So far we have plenty of openings for small group communion on Thursday and both worship services on Saturday and Sunday.  Please go to davidsstar.org to sign up or call the church office and leave a message saying who you are and which service you’d like to attend. We have had people ask about coming if they didn’t sign up.  So far we have always had lots of space.  If you didn’t get around to signing up, check the sign up first to be sure all the spots aren’t full, but you should be able to come anyway.  
     
    Private Communion
    If you or a loved one is uncomfortable about going out among others because you are elderly or have compromised health concerns, call either pastor and we would be happy to arrange to give you private communion. 
     
    School Registration
    Registration for our school continues.  The teachers and staff are very excited to have the children back in our school even if it has to be with safety measures due to the coronavirus. A few parents have opted out of in-person instruction either because of concerns that it will be too unsafe or because they do not wish their children to wear masks.  Our initial enrollment projection was 140. Currently, our enrollment is at 130.
     
    Updates by Phone Please pass this number along to those without email for the pastors’ update via voice message.  (262) 677-1639 
     
    One last word:   I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way.  (1 Corinthians 1:4)
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    August 11th, Tuesday
  • A Terrific Tuesday!
     
    Covid Concerns 
    While we are willingly following the government mandate to wear masks and social distance, we want to remember and pray for those whose lives are negatively affected by the precautions that are deemed necessary.  While attending a family wedding this past weekend, Pastor Loescher heard that the bride replanned her wedding 7 different times because of the changing circumstances and mandates.  This is not an isolated experience.  Many of the consequences of our difficult times are minor, others can be devastating.  Please pray for all whose lives are negatively affected by the precautions that are taking place.  
     
    Council 
    As mentioned yesterday, the council meets tonight.  Your leadership, especially the elders will continue to monitor how we are doing and what things we may need to do in the future to effectively conduct the Gospel ministry among us in these challenging times. If you have questions, concerns or ideas feel free to reply to this email which will be forwarded to the pastors and Dan Bolha, our Elder Chairman.
     
    For your prayers
    Continue to keep Rachel Gustafson in your prayers as she and Tim move forward with treatment plans.
    Also please pray for Darci Matzke, the daughter of Dave and Von Martin who also is suffering from stage 4 breast cancer and will begin treatment this week.
     
    Updates by Phone Please pass this number along to those without email.  (262) 677-1639 
     
    One last word:  Remember your word to your servant,  for you have given me hope.
    My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.  (Psalm 119:49,50)
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    August 10th, Monday
  • Blessed Muggy Monday!
     
    Outdoor worship 
    Ten in a row!  Wow, how the Lord has provided us all with the opportunity to gather for worship.  When severe storms and oppressive heat and humidity were expected, the weather once again turned out great for our 9:30 am outdoor worship.  Praise God in his sanctuary--whether indoor or outdoor. 
     
    Funeral Today  
    Bevan Grueneberg’s funeral will be held today with visitation from 2:00-4:45 and service at 5:00 with committal immediately following the service.  A reminder that we are following the governor’s mandate and wearing face coverings while indoors.  And with social distancing in place, our worship space is limited.  Please pay your respects to Diane and the family at the visitation leaving room for family and close friends.  How do you know if you are a close friend?  If you are grieving and feel a need for the comfort of God’s Holy Word, you are a close friend.  By all means, attend the service.  
     
    A Quiet Memorial
    Audry Prange the mother of Scott (Dena) Prange was laid to rest at a quiet graveside service in Milwaukee over the weekend.  Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. (Psalm 116:15).

    See How Our Father Provides!  
    The council will meet tomorrow evening.  Among the agenda items will be compensation for Beth Weed, our long-term substitute teacher for the second-grade classroom. We are grateful to the Lord for so readily providing Mrs. Weed to our school in this time of need.  Please continue to keep Rachel Gustafson and her family in your prayers as she begins her cancer treatment.  
     
    Thank you!
    Dear members of David's Star Lutheran Church,
    I thank God for the wonderful church family he placed and kept me in for most of my life. I also want to thank you all for your prayers and financial support as I trained to be public minister of the Gospel at Martin Luther College. As this new school year approaches, I am happy to say that your prayers and financial support has produced results in my first divine call at St. Marcus Lutheran School as 7-8 Social Studies Teacher. I am very excited to start my ministry there and I will always be thankful for the great support and love I received from being at David's Star Lutheran church and school for childhood and teenage years. I pray that God continues you all as you teach children and worship together in the light of the Gospel. Thank you so much 
     
    Andrew Eggers David's Star Class of 2011
    Middle School Teacher at St. Marcus Lutheran School
     
    School preparations  
    Work is continuing in the school to get ready to welcome our students for in-person teaching in a safe and responsible way.  The bubblers are being worked on today so that they will only function for water bottle filling.  The fountain for drinking by mouth will be shut off.  
     
    Updates by Phone 
     A reminder that these pastor’s updates can also be listened to by phone.  Those who do not get the emails can call (262) 677-1639 and hear a pastor’s voice giving the updates.  The voice update isn’t always daily but is offered at least twice a week.  Please pass this number along to those who would like to use it.  If some are using it, we would love to hear any feedback.
     
    One last word:  God is our refuge and strength,
         an ever-present help in trouble.
    Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
      and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
    though its waters roar and foam
         and the mountains quake with their surging.  (Psalm 46:1-3)
     
    Pastor Kurt Loescher & Pastor Mike Woldt

    August 6th, Thursday
  • Happy Thursday
     
    Waiting No Longer
    The Lord called Audrey Prange, the mother of Scott (Dena) Prange, to her eternal rest.  Please pray for the members of her family as they face this earthly loss with the assurance of a blessed reunion in heaven.  Funeral arrangements are pending.
     
    Pray for the Lord’s Blessing
    Dick Krahn and Ashley Hartwig will be united in marriage on Saturday.  Please pray that the Lord brings his blessings to their life together.
     
    Pray for the Lord’s Blessing (2)
    Rachel Gustafson will soon start treatments to limit the spread of cancer.  Please pray that the Lord blesses these treatments, and also brings his strength and peace to the Gustafson family.
     
    Following the Mandate
    Another reminder that we are asking in person worshippers to wear face-coverings unless they have a reason for a personal exception to the mandate.  We do have a limited number of cloth masks for people to use, but it’s best if you bring one that fits you well, and in which you feel the most comfortable. 
     
    Copier Woes
    Our church office is waiting for a service technician to order and install a part in the copier that produces our bulletins.  Hopefully, all will be well by the time of weekend worship on August 15th.
     
    Weekend Bulletin
    The weekend bulletin is attached.  Feel free to download it to your device and bring it to church for use during our weekend services.
     
    One Last Word
    Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.  Job 5:17b, 18
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    August 5th, Wednesday
  • Happy Wednesday!
     
    Funeral Scheduled
    The funeral service for Bevan Grueneberg will be held at 5pm on Monday, August 10th.  Visitation will take place at the church between the hours of 2pm and 4:45pm. 
     
    Plenty of Room
    In-person ministry continues even during the face-covering mandate.  Small group communion on Thursday from 6pm through 8pm.  Worship in the church at 5pm on Saturday and 7:45am on Sunday morning.  Sign up at www.davidsstar.org.
     
    Is Our Run Going to End?
    As of today, strong thunderstorms are predicted for Sunday morning, together with warmer temperatures.  We’ll see if the Lord wants to give us an opportunity for outdoor worship again, despite the forecast.  It’s happened before!  Stay tuned!  Please remember, if we are unable to worship outdoors at 9:30am, the backup plan reverts to Livestream.  We will not have an indoor service at 9:30am on Sunday.  Please note, we are planning to continue an outdoor service each Sunday through September.
     
    School is Getting Closer
    So far plans are on track to open the school year on time (August 26th) with in-person instruction.  All our teachers are looking forward to being back in the classroom with their students.  Our principal has been communicating with the parents regarding protocols and procedures which will be followed to keep our students and staff safe.  Pray for the Lord’s blessing on our school year.
     
    Still More Faces
    People are clamoring to see more “Faces of David’s Star.”  OK, we don’t know that for sure, but many have enjoyed the past submissions. Please send your picture and info to Jennifer Mueller at dsca1@davidsstar.org to be included in the program.
     
    One Last Word
    But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  1 Timothy 6:6 – 8.  
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    August 4th, Tuesday
  • Blessed Tuesday!
     
    With the Lord
    Bevan Grueneberg was called home to heaven early this morning.  Funeral arrangements are pending with Mueller Funeral Home.  Please keep his wife Diane and his family in your prayers!  Blessed are those who die in the Lord!  As Bevan would say, they are “extremely wonderful!”
     
    Another Waiting
    Please keep Audrey Prange, the mother of Scott (Dena) Prange, in your prayers.  She is now patiently waiting for the Lord to call her home to heaven as her physical body is shutting down.  Audrey has been expressing a longing to be with the Lord for some time now.
     
    Thank You from Ralph and Elaine
    To all our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who helped get Ralph back up after he fell last Sunday, we greatly appreciated all your concern and help. Thank heaven no bones broken. We don't know what we would have done without each and every one of you.  God is good.
     
    In Christian Love,
    Ralph and Elaine Gerner
     
    Another Anniversary
    Frank and Barb Dohrwardt are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this coming weekend.  Join them in thanking the Lord.  Frank is also recovering from some recent surgery.  We pray for a speedy recovery and healing for him.
     
    One Last Word
    Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. Psalm 89:15
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    August 3rd, Monday
  • Blessed Monday!
     
    Another Glorious Sunday!
    The biggest problem outdoor worshippers faced this week was sunshine.  Many didn’t mind.  Some came equipped with hats, sunglasses, and umbrellas for shade.  What a blessing to have a nice green space and a good sound system for outdoor worship.  That makes nine weeks in a row outside. Outdoor attendance numbers were up this past weekend, perhaps due in part to the indoor mask mandate.  Thanks again to the Todd & Colleen Oestriech family for so faithfully setting up and taking down the sound system Sunday after Sunday.  Plans are to continue an outdoor worship option through September, especially in light of the face-covering mandate.
     
    Yes, We Are.  
    We are following the governor’s mandate for our in-person worship in the church.  The mandate does include exceptions for speakers (pastors), musicians (vocalists), and for people who cannot wear face coverings for a variety of reasons.  If you are worshipping in church or coming for small group communion, please bring along the type of face covering that works best for you.  We currently have a limited supply of cloth face coverings for distribution at church. 
     
    KMLHS General Board Meets Tonight
    Congregational delegates will meet at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School tonight at 7:00pm.  Agenda items include: official approval of the 2020-21 ministry plan budget, ratification of the one-year call to Jamie Bruckschen, and a review of all committee reports
     
    Good Message from Former David’s Star Pastor
    In his role as president of Martin Luther College, former David’s Star pastor Rich Gurgel delivered a message directed to incoming students.  However, his devotional thoughts have an application for all of us as we face the new days of face-covering mandates in our state.   Check out this brief video if you have the time.   https://youtu.be/mqKhX3F5dgE
     
    One Last Word
    I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  1 Timothy 2: 1, 2.
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    July 30th, Thursday
  • Happy Thursday!
     
    The New Mandate
    We have not done a thorough review of the governor’s new state-wide indoor mask mandate, but as of the present time, it is clear that all indoor worshippers will have to wear face coverings (masks) for indoor worship this weekend.  The pastors do not have to be masked while they are leading worship, but they will also need to be masked before and after worship while they are indoors.  While we know there are many different opinions about mask-wearing, we will comply with the mandates of our governing authorities.  Keep praying to the one who is truly in control. 
     
    Spotty Showers Sunday??
    Current forecasts include some spotty showers on Sunday, but any thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon.  Chances for any showers in the morning stand at 25%.  We pray that our record of good weather holds and, despite any long-range forecast, we will be able to hold worship outdoors once again this Sunday at 9:30 am.  We think it will become even more popular than it has been, given the new mandate.
     
    This is Not Bethlehem!
    There is still room in the inn … or to be more precise, in the church.  Sign up for in-person worship or small group communion on our website.  www.davidsstar.org.  If you have trouble signing up, please call the church office or one of the pastors.  Again, you will have to wear a mask for indoor worship until further notice, in compliance with the state mandate.
     
    Weekend Service Folder
    The service folder/bulletin for this weekend is attached.
     
    Stickney Memorial Service and Visitation Friday
    A memorial service for Joe Stickney will take place at church on Friday at 2:30pm.  Seating for the service will be limited, but plans are to Livestream the service.  Members who want to greet Jean personally are encouraged to make use of the visitation from 12:30pm to 2:30pm on Friday afternoon. 
     
    Newsletters Ready Soon
    The latest edition of David’s Star “Good News” is attached to this email.  If you prefer a hard copy, they should be available this weekend in the church gathering space or on the Woldt porch.
     
    Please Keep Praying!
    Pray that the Lord blesses our ministry efforts, and allows us to continue to operate our church and school in a way that serves the individuals and families of our congregation, and others in our area who do not yet believe that Jesus is their Savior, or need to grow in their knowledge and appreciation of the gospel.
     
    One Last Word
    I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.  Plans to prosper you, and not to harm you.  Plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29: 11.
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    July 29th, Wednesday
  • Happy Wednesday!
     
    Elders’ Update
    During the elders’ meeting last night, there was quite a bit of discussion of how to proceed with worship as we enter into fall.  To summarize a lengthy discussion, not much will change in the near future.  There is a strong probability that the Sunday second service (9:30 now, 10:15 after Labor Day) will continue to be scheduled outside through the end of September.  If current CDC and local health department guidelines continue to be in effect moving into the cooler weather of October and November, we may begin offering 3 in-person worship services on Sunday (7:45, 9:30, and 11:00?)  in addition to the Saturday service and the Livestream.  Sunday Bible Class would be offered somewhere on campus during the second service if that plan is developed.  Stay tuned.   
     
    So …
    Sign-ups for worship continue.  Check the website for information.  (www.davidsstar.org).
     
    Planning in the Works
    Our appointed congregational assistant, Jennifer Mueller (not the secretary), is working to organize an event to promote the various pieces of the overall ministry of David’s Star.  If you are, or have been, a leader of one of our ministry groups, you may receive a communication from her.  Please prayerfully consider making this event a success, and a good opportunity for people to understand how they might serve or be served by one of our many ministry efforts.  The exact date for this event is yet to be determined. 
     
    One Last Word
    “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your unfailing love, Lord, and grant us your salvation.  Psalm 85: 6, 7.
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    July 28th, Tuesday
  • Happy Tuesday!
     
    Still Available
    The latest edition of “Forward in Christ” is available on the Woldt porch and, for those who attend in-person worship, in the church gathering space.
     
    Less Than Capacity
    Our in-person worship in church has remained at less than full capacity for the last few weeks.  There may be a number of reasons for that.  Difficulty or reluctance to sign up.  Gone of vacation.  Legitimate personal health concerns.  A preference for Livestream or outdoor worship.  Whatever the reason, please know that there has been room for a few more people at our 5pm Saturday and 7:45am Sunday worship services.  If you want to sign up for this coming weekend, please go to www.davidsstar.org.
     
    Missing the WELS Connection?
    We have not been showing the WELS connection after services for a few months now.  If you would like to catch up with the WELS connection videos, please check out https://wels.net/news-media/wels-connection/.  The July WELS connection is there.  Older WELS connections are archived there for your viewing as well.
     
    One Last Word
    Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.  1 Peter 2: 11, 12.
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher 

    July 27th, Monday
  • Happy Monday Evening!
     
    More Good Weather
    The forecast was awful, but we were blessed with another good Sunday for outdoor worship.  Attendance was a little down, perhaps affected by the forecast, but the breeze made the warm, humid weather bearable. 
     
    Memorial Service
    A memorial service for Joe Stickney will take place at church on Friday at 2:30pm.  Seating for the service will be limited, but plans are to Livestream the service.  Members who want to greet Jean personally are encouraged to make use of the visitation from 12:30pm to 2:30pm on Friday afternoon.
     
    Elders Meet Tomorrow
    The Board of Elders is meeting tomorrow night. We will review our present worship schedule and try to develop plans for how our post-Labor Day worship might unfold.  We are also looking to resume regular Bible classes during the week.
     
    Any Interest?
    If anyone has an interest in teaching Sunday School this year, please contact Pastor Woldt.  The numbers for Sunday School might begin low this year, but we would like to serve the children and their parents who are interested in this program.
     
    One Last Word
    No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.  Hebrews 12:11
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    July 23rd, Thursday
  • Blessed Thursday in the Lord!
     
    With the Lord!
    Joe Stickney was called home to heaven last night.  Funeral arrangements are pending and will be shared via email when available.  We thank the Lord Jesus for the victory and peace he is now fully enjoying.  Please keep his wife Jean in your prayers. 
     
    Prayers Requested
    Tim and Rachel Gustafson wanted to share the following news with the congregation  (For those who may not know, Tim is our school principal and his wife Rachel teaches 2nd grade at David’s Star.)   This week Rachel found out that she has breast cancer.  We are in the process of learning more about the diagnosis and treatment. We are also working on a plan for the beginning of the school year in the 2nd-grade classroom. We do have a veteran WELS teacher lined up as a substitute. Information will be sent out to the 2nd-grade parents and congregation as we learn more. As we go through this process, we ask that you keep us in your prayers knowing that we are in the Lord’s hands and he has a plan for all of this. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

    Another Prayer Request
    Lora Thompson’s father died somewhat unexpectedly and is now enjoying life in the glory of heaven.  The family finds comfort in the confession of faith he openly made.  Please keep Lora Thompson and her family in your prayers.  (Lora serves as the 1st-grade teacher in our school.)
     
    And One More
    Dave and Von Martin’s daughter, Darci Matzke, has been diagnosed with advanced-stage breast cancer.  Dave and Von are requesting our prayers on her behalf as she and her doctors develop a medical care plan going forward.
     
    Latest Edition of “Forward in Christ”
    Copies of the August edition of Forward in Christ (our WELS magazine) are now available for pick up on the Woldt porch.  They will also be available in the gathering space at church for those attending small group communion or in-person worship services.  (See www.davidsstar.org to sign up).
     
    Weekend Bulletin
    The weekend service folder/bulletin is attached to this email.
     
    No Longer Available
    DVD’s of our weekend worship services are no longer being produced.  They were not being used.  If a need arises for DVD’S again, we will start producing them.  Let us know!
     
    One Last Word
     “Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”  Psalm 50:15
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    July 22nd, Wednesday
  • Happy Wednesday!
     
    Looks Like A Warm One!
    You can’t always trust the long-range forecasts as we discovered last Sunday.  The forecast for this Sunday is calling for warm (hot?) temperatures.  Thankfully, the day’s high temperature generally arrives well after the time for worship.  We are looking forward to spending another Sunday morning worshipping outside at 9:30am.  If the threat of warm temperatures bothers you, make sure to sign up for one of our in-person services in the air-conditioned comfort of our sanctuary on Saturday at 5pm or Sunday at 7:45am (www.davidsstar.org).  Those who have been worshipping at David’s Star for more than a decade will remember the days when all our summer worship services were rather steamy with no air-conditioning.  (You will also remember the large fans which provided a good measure of comfort moving the air, but also gave the impression of being on a runway at a small airport.)
     
    August Calendar
    When the August calendar comes out next week with our newsletter, it will indicate that we will follow the same worship practices and schedule that began after Memorial Day.  The elders are scheduled to meet at the end of this month.  Any future modifications to our worship schedule will be communicated through these emails, in the worship folder, and through announcements at church.
     
    News from WELS regarding VEBA Health Insurance Rates and Mission Offerings
    Yesterday President Schroeder announced that there will be no increase in WELS VEBA rates for the coming year.  This is good news for our future operating budget at David’s Star, since most of our called workers are covered under the WELS VEBA plan.  President Schroeder also noted that WELS mission offerings were running ahead of last year at this time, despite the economic challenges in our country.  We praise the Lord for this blessing.  WELS Mission offerings are used to support Home and World Missions, our Ministerial Education system, Congregational Support Services, and WELS administration.  As members of David’s Star, you have the opportunity to designate a percentage of your weekly or monthly offerings to support WELS missions.
     
    Sunday School Teachers Needed
    We are planning to hold Sunday School after Labor Day.  Please consider the following message from Doris Koeller, who organizes our Sunday School program:  We are thankful for the eight people who plan to teach Teen and Children’s Bible Study on Sunday mornings from 9 to 10. We are looking for six more, so we can share the teaching responsibilities in each room, with two teachers taking turns on alternate dates. Please consider using your time and talents with grades 1&2 (need two), grades 3&4, grades 5&6, grades 7&8, and teens as a teacher or as a substitute. Please contact Pastor Woldt (woldtma@hotmail.com).
     
    Formula of Concord Article XII
    The final session of Formula of Concord was held yesterday morning.  We discussed the many different false teachings that come because people want God to agree with their reason rather than simply taking God at his Word.  Check it out.  Here is the YouTube link.
    https://youtu.be/pBWcVc4g3B4

    One Last Word
    Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple.  Psalm 65:4
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    July 21st, Tuesday
  • Happy Tuesday
     
    Quiet Tuesday
    Nothing much new today. Things seem quiet around the campus as we wait to see what the future will bring.  In our talk today, we pastors both agreed that we are eagerly waiting for more of our in-person activities to resume … particularly bible studies.  It’s such a blessing to gather with fellow Christians to marvel at the grace and mercy of our God as we study his Word together. 
     
    58 Years
    It came up as a side note in a conversation today, but Joe and Jean Stickney are marking their 58th year of marriage today.  Please keep the Stickney’s in your prayers as Joe continues in hospice care. 
     
    Don’t Forget the Faces
    The Faces of David’s Star program is still waiting to hear from some of you.  Thanks to all those who sent information to Jennifer Mueller (dsca1@davidsstar.org).  Just a reminder, we have decided to share this information only via email to those on our list.  We do not post these pictures or this information on social media.
     
    Blocks and Door Frames Look Great
    The new doors aren’t hung yet, but the classroom entrances for grades 3 – 8 are looking really good.  Thanks again to John Wagie for his skilled masonry work, and to the block luggers, mortar mixers, and painters who supported his work.  You know who you are!
     
    One Last Word
    Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds!  Psalm 72: 18.
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    July 20th, Monday
  • Happy Monday!
     
    What a Pleasant Surprise!
    Given the advanced forecast for Sunday morning (hot, muggy, possible thundershowers), outdoor worship was a delight.  A nice breeze kept temperatures comfortable.  Any rain ended hours before worship began.  The Lord certainly blessed us with another fine day for outdoor worship.  Eight in a row!  Who would have imagined that run given the years we could not hold an outdoor service due to rain?  Thanks be to God!  Outdoor worship is again planned for next Sunday at 9:30am, with in-person options on Saturday 5:00pm and Sunday at 7:45pm.  (www.davidsstar.org).  Opinions vary, but given the rise in daily positive tests, and more caution being shown by retail stores requiring masks, it is unlikely that our worship schedule will change in the next few weeks.  The pastors and board of elders will continue to monitor guidelines, trends, and the comments that come our way from members.
     
    Formula of Concord Article XII  
    Time: Jul 21, 2020  9:00 AM   
    Join us for our final Formula of Concord discussion.  Historians like to say, "The more things change, the more they stay the same."  We will see that the heresies and factions that developed around the Reformation in the 16th century, are still around today.  Some may be in different forms or more subtle. Much of it is more established in mainline church denominations.  Click the link below to join us.
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88986862083?pwd=SEFPdUExUDRLR2VZajJwZ2JIVU9EZz09
    No Golf Outing This Year
    Another reminder.  There will be no David’s Star golf outing this year.  The restrictions in place at golf courses make a large, enjoyable, fellowship event very difficult to host. 
     
    Keep in Your Prayers
    Joe Stickney, who has transitioned into hospice care at home.  Also is wife, Jean, who has been faithfully supporting and advocating for her husband as he has received health care.  Jesus bless and keep them both.
     
    Pray!
    While our David’s Star School is planning for in-person instruction to begin August 26th, Milwaukee schools in our WELS fellowship have been impacted by the recent discovery that they fall under a city mandate prohibiting in-person instruction in both private and public schools.  Please pray that the Lord allows these WELS Lutheran Schools to continue their ministries to teach students, not only the skills needed to live life in this world, but also the eternal truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
     
    One Last Word
    When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.  In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid.  What can mere mortals do to me?  Psalm 56: 3, 4. 
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    July 16th, Thursday
  • Happy (Late) Thursday
     
    Board of Ed Update
    Yesterday the Board of Education reviewed the “Back to School” plan.  Current plans are to have all students attend in-person classes, with special precautions taken at school.  The list of guidelines will be shared with the parents soon.  The Board of Ed is also recommending that we call a teacher to replace Mr. Watts at the end of the 2020-21 school year when he plans to retire.  We can begin calling for a new teacher in mid-October.  The count of students enrolled in the Wisconsin School Choice Program stands at 16, with 13 of the students being members of our congregation, and three from outside our congregation.
     
    Weekend Worship
    As of today, there were sign up openings available for in-person worship at 5pm on Saturday and 7:45am on Sunday.  Outdoor worship will be held at 9:30am if weather permits.  Livestream remains an option for those who are still unable or uncomfortable coming because of health concerns.
     
    Shuffling Spaces
    Since the multipurpose room will be used by the school this year to facilitate the “distancing” of students, any Bible classes or group gatherings during the week will routinely be held in the church gathering space.  More announcements will come as group gatherings are scheduled this fall, Lord, willing.
     
    Funeral Reminder
    A funeral service for Beth Wagie will be held Sunday at 3pm in the afternoon, with visitation beginning at 1pm.  
     
    One Last Word
    “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11: 28 – 30
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    July 15th, Wednesday
  • Happy Wednesday!
     
    The Formula of Concord on Election
    Below is the link to the YouTube video of yesterday morning's discussion on the gracious and merciful truth of our election to salvation.  Pastor Loescher and Pastor Jim Korthals were joined by Rudy Zarling and Dr. Joel Pless.  You don't need to take the time to sit and watch the video. You can listen to this discussion while you are working in the kitchen, in the yard, driving in the car, or wherever you may be. 
     https://youtu.be/mXrL4hwBFjg
     
    Council Meeting
    Our treasurer Josh Boeldt provided this summary narrative of our congregational offerings and finances through June:  “Thanks be to God! The total offerings for June were 0.02% higher than the budgeted offerings, with a total of $60,537. The total income for the month was 0.7% higher than the budget and is 9.5% higher for the year to date. The actual expenses for June were 16% higher than the budgeted amount for the month (mostly due to paying pension liabilities one month early) and are 0.8% lower than the budget for the year to date.  The remittances in June for the WELS mission were 0.4% lower than budgeted, while the KMLHS operating mission remittances were 4.75% higher than budget. The KML Joyful Noise remittances were 20% higher than the amount budgeted for. The total amount remitted for all missions was about 0.9% higher than the amount budgeted for June and 5.0% lower for the year to date.   The mortgage loan balance at the end of June is $736,403. The council’s objective is to maintain a $100,000 cushion in the building fund debt account—our balance at 6/30/20 was $37,977. This balance is down about 10.9% from last month.   A narrative with actual figures will appear in this weekend's bulletin.  Thanks for your continuing support of our ministry at David’s Star.
     
    The council will discuss the potential use of the Cares Act Paycheck Protection Program money we received in the coming months and bring a recommendation to the voters for action this fall.  The council also decided not to host any form of luncheon or meal in connection with our mission festival on August 30th this year, due to the concerns related to COVID-19.
     
    Faces of David’s Star
    Your fellow members of David’s Star would love to meet you and your family via email.  Please contact Jennifer Mueller at dsca1@davidsstar.org to participate in the “Faces of David’s Star” program.
     
    One Last Word
    My flesh and my heart fail, but God is the rock of my heart and my portion forever.  Psalm 73:26 
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    July 14th, Tuesday
  • Happy Tuesday!
     
    Council Meeting Tonight
    The church council meets tonight.  Mostly routine items on the agenda.  Brian Lee will report on the many projects carried out by Building and Grounds to keep our physical campus in shape.  We will review the monthly financials.  Josh Boeldt’s financial narrative will be provided to the congregation via email blast or the monthly newsletter.  A number of membership changes are also up for approval.
     
    Call Acceptance
    Colleen Loeffler provided the following letter for the congregation:

    Dear Members of David’s Star,
    Thank you for your support and prayers as we continue to teach and preach God’s Word in these difficult days. It is a privilege to teach in the Extended Learning Center and provide release time for Mr. Gustafson in the afternoon. I am blessed to work with the children and families at David’s Star.  I humbly accept the call to teach full-time at David’s Star.  I am honored to have the opportunity to continue to serve our Savior and educate God’s precious lambs. I ask that you continue to pray for the teachers, students, and staff at David’s Star as we continue to proclaim God’s message.
    Serving our Savior,
    Colleen Loeffler

    Please keep Mrs. Loeffler in your prayers as she continues to serve our school and congregation under this new call.
     
    Memorial Service and Visitation
    A memorial service will be held for Beth Wagie this Sunday at 3pm.  Visitation will take place prior to the service from 1pm until 2:45pm in the gathering space.  All attending the service and visitation will be asked to practice physical distancing according to CDC recommendations.
     
    One Last Word
    Serve one another, each according to the gift he has received, as good stewards of the many forms of God’s grace.  If anyone speaks, let him do it as one speaking the messages of God. If anyone serves, let him do it as one serving with the strength God supplies so that God may be glorified in every way through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.  1 Peter 4: 10, 11.  (EHV)
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    July 13th, Monday
  • Happy Monday!
     
    Beautiful Day!
    What a wonderful day it was to worship outside yesterday.  Nice to see some additional people joining us.  Looks like next weekend’s forecast brings warmer weather again, so come prepared for a little heat!  Sign up for indoor worship continues to be available at www.davidsstar.org.
     
    Voters Pass Recommendation
    At the special meeting yesterday, the voters unanimously passed the council recommendation to make Colleen Loeffler’s call full time.  It was noted at the meeting that she has already been putting in full-time hours, even before the expected increase of students who will benefit from being served by our Extended Learning Center program. 
     
    Porch Seeing Less Activity
    With more people attending in-person worship and coming to church for small group communion, activity on the Woldt porch has diminished.  There are still materials available for pick up on the porch, including Forward In Christ magazines, Meditations booklets, service DVD’s and printed copies of our newsletter.  Please note that the Woldt’s will be hosting a family baby shower for their daughter Megan on Saturday, so that might not be the best time to visit the porch. 
     
    Board of Education Meeting This Week
    There are some important items on the agenda as our Board of Education meets this Wednesday.  Among them are a review of the
    “Back to School” plan developed by Mr. Gustafson and the faculty, a discussion regarding calling a new 4th-grade teacher in light of Mr. Watt’s announced retirement at the end of the 2020-2021 school year, and renewing the contract of Teresa Ahrens to provide speech services at our school.
     
    No Golf Outing This Year
    It’s official.  There will be no David’s Star golf outing this year.  The committee determined that there were too many restrictions in place at the course to hold an enjoyable fellowship event.  Over the years, the David’s Star golf outing has raised funds for special items at our school.  This year golf outing money was used to purchase Chromebooks for students, and to supplement the funds we had to increase school security.  Thanks to all those who supported the golf outing in the past.
     
    Formula of Concord on Election
    A discussion of Formula of Concord on Election will take place via zoom Tuesday morning at 9:00 AM. Join the discussion at that time by tapping on the link below.
     
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6012925927?pwd=U2Z4SzdyY1RPeFk2WWt5YiswbzhsUT09

    One Last Word
    The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and great in mercy.  The Lord is good to all. His compassion extends over all he has made.
    Psalm 145: 8, 9.  (EHV)
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    July 9th, Thursday
  • Happy Thursday!
     
    Welcome! 
    Jason & Shannon Kobylarczyk, together with their son Jaykob, will be confirmed and officially received into membership at David’s Star on Sunday during the 7:45 am service.  Their other son, Jackson, will be a member of our 8th-grade confirmation class this coming year.  We pray that their membership at David’s Star will be a mutual blessing for them and for our congregation.
     
    Worship Forecast … 7 Sundays in a Row?
    There may be stray thunderstorms in the area on Sunday, but the temperature forecast looks good for outdoor worship at 9:30am. There are also spots available for in-person worship.  Sign up at www.davidsstar.org.

    Weekend Service Folder/Bulletin
    The bulletin is attached for services this weekend.
     
    Mission Fest Reminder
    This year we will observe our Mission Festival on the weekend of Sunday, August 30th.  Pastor Richard Krause will be our guest speaker.  Pastor Krause serves as one of the pastors at Christ, Pewaukee, WI, and also as the chairman of WELS South Asia Mission committee.  Chances are good that we will not have a served meal, but we will have the privilege to hear about the spread of the gospel on the other side of the globe!
     
    Long-Timers Will Remember …
    Pastor Richard Gurgel served as a pastor of David’s Star until 1998 when he accepted a call to serve as a professor at our seminary.  He and his wife Sue have now moved to New Ulm, MN where he begins his new ministry as the president of Martin Luther College, our WELS college of ministry.  Please keep the Gurgel’s and Martin Luther College in your prayer during these times when so many decisions have to be made about how to respond to the presence of COVID-19 and all the changing and challenging protocols.
     
    One Last Word
    Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  Ephesians 3: 20, 21.
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    July 8th, Wednesday
  • Happy Wednesday!
     
    Update from Barb and Rod Hendrix Regarding Their Granddaughter
    Miriam (Kremer) is recovering very well in the summer freshness!  Just last week her IV drip was discontinued, and clinic visits are down to once per week.  There have been no signs of rejection of the bone marrow transplant, or reoccurrence.  Thanks be to God!!!  Thank you to everyone for continuing to care and pray for Miriam!
     
    We Received a “Wahoo”!
    Jennifer Mueller (not the secretary) is pleased that over forty families and individuals have submitted pictures and information for “Faces of David’s Star”  Keep ‘em coming to dsca1@davidsstar.org
     
    Use Your Judgement
    People respond differently, but with positive coronavirus test numbers ticking up, we wanted to remind you to use your judgment in regard to in-person worship.  If you are at high-risk Livestreaming at home, outdoor worship at 9:30am and small group communion opportunities may be your best options.  We have limited singing in church, but we still do some throughout the service.  Airborne transmission of the virus inside seems to be the way most people are infected.   On a related note, the use of service DVD’s has dropped off.  They are still available on the Woldt parsonage porch, but we don’t want to produce them if they are not going to be useful to people. 
     
    One Last Word
    This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.  1 John 3:16
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    July 7th, Tuesday
  • Happy Tuesday!
     

    Voter’s Meeting Reminder
    A single item voter’s meeting has been scheduled after the 9:30am service on Sunday.  The meeting will take place inside the church.  The council has recommended that Colleen Loeffler’s ¾ time call be changed to fulltime.  The cost of increased salary and benefits can be covered by Choice dollars.  Mrs. Loeffler currently serves as our Extended Learning Teacher and also teaches some classes in the upper grades to provide administrative release time for our principal.
     
    A Spot for Each Person
    Please note that our worship sign up instructions have changed.  We are now asking you to indicate how many spots (people) will be in your group.  Providing this information will help us manage the number of people in each service.  While the virus has not hit our area hard, if it would be present, it is normally spread by airborne transmission, so we want to continue to limit the possible exposure for our members as they worship together.  We will only be using every other pew inside the church.  That puts our capacity at about 110 if we include the balcony.  Sign up at www.davidsstar.org
     
    Keep ‘em Coming
    People continue to enjoy seeing the Faces of David’s Star.  Send your submission to Jennifer Mueller at dsca1@davidsstar.org.
     
    Prayers of Thanks
    Richard and Christine Feldschneider ask us to join them in prayers of thanks to the Lord as they celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary. 
     
    One Last Word
    The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.  Zechariah 3:17
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    July 6th, Monday
  • Happy Monday!
     
    Worship Continues (and changes slightly)
    This past weekend both in-person services were nearly filled.  Outdoor worship was held for the 6th week in a row on Sunday at 9:30am.  The cool breezes of early June were replaced by warm and humid air to accompany the sunshine.  Some took refuge in the sparse shade next to the gathering space.  Others brought their own hats and umbrellas.  Having this worship opportunity has proved to be a blessing.  Thanks again go to Todd Oestreich and his family for setting up the sound (and overcoming challenges that most people don’t perceive).  We are moving to allow more people to attend our in-person services.  Sign up will still take place on our website for the time being  (www.davidsstar.org).  Communion will continue to be offered after every in-person service and on Thursdays for small groups from 6pm to 8pm.
     
    Block Work In School Nearly Done
    The blocks for the new classroom entrances (grades 3 – 8) are nearly all set.  Now some painting needs to happen.  Look for information coming from Brian Lee if volunteers are needed.  Please note:  the gym will not be available for use until the hallways are cleaned after all the blockwork is completed.  We don’t want the mortar/cement dust all over our newly sealed gym floor.
     
    Short One Today
    It’s too hot to write more!  Stay cool and enjoy the summer weather!
     
    One Last Word
    My times are in your hand. Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant.
    Save me in your mercy.  Psalm 31: 15, 16
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    July 2nd, Thursday
  • Happy Thursday!
     
    Formula of Concord
    Pastor Loescher and Pastor Jim Korthals discuss the mysterious, supernatural gift of the body and blood of Jesus in, with, and under the bread and wine of the Lord's Supper. This discussion leads into the challenging contemplation of what God tells us in the Bible about the human nature united with the divine nature of Jesus.  Watch or just listen while you are driving, in the kitchen, or working on that project in the garage.  Here's the link:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOc975eg0z8  

     
    Worship This Weekend
    Still room.  Sign up now.  www.davidsstar.org.
     
    Weekend Bulletin
    The weekend bulletin is attached.
     
    In-Person Worship Modifications
    Beginning with the weekend of July 11/12, the worship sign up will be modified to allow 110 people to sign up for each service (5pm on Saturday and 7:45am on Sunday).  This number represents approximately 50% of our church capacity, which is the current guideline.  Worshippers will seat themselves in every other pew.  It is likely that more than one household may occupy the same pew.  Distance between the occupied pews will be a bit less than the recommended 6ft distance. 
     
    Many welcome the thought of more people in church.  Others remain cautious about their own health and the health of others.  We understand.  As always, if you don’t feel well, please use Livestream at home.  If you are concerned about yourself or members of your family, please consider outdoor worship where the threat of virus transmission is minimal.  Consider also the small group communion option on Thursday nights.  You will come into contact with very few other people.  Livestream remains an option for you too. 
     
    Voter’s Meeting July 12th
    A voter’s meeting will be held in the church at 10:30am on Sunday, July 12 (or as soon after the 9:30am service as possible if the preacher goes a little long.)  There is one item of business.  The council has recommended that the ¾ time call of Colleen Loeffler be changed to a fulltime call.  Details about the workload and cost implications will be shared at the meeting.
     
    Pray for our Nation
    Please use this Independence Day weekend as a special reminder to keep our nation, its leaders, and its people in your prayers! 
     
    One Last Word
    I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”  1 Timothy 2: 1 – 4
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    July 1st, Wednesday
  • Happy Wednesday!
     
    There is Still (lots of) Room
    There are still many spots available for in-person worship in church on the weekend.  Please check out www.davidsstar.org to sign up.  The outdoor service on July 5 at 9:30am will be another opportunity for worship if the weather cooperates.  We’re going for six in a row without weather disruption!
     
    Lots of School Building Activity
    Some teachers are painting their rooms.  John Wagie has the new classroom doorframes positioned and is starting to lay the blocks with some supporting help from Brian Lee, Gerry Lahti, and some members of the Building and Grounds committee.  (The pastors make it a point to walk through the school in good clothes, so they don’t get recruited to carry blocks!)  The gym floor is sealed and almost cured and ready for action.  The faculty met today to discuss opening plans in August.  Pray that all this preparation can be put to go use when our students are allowed to return to their classrooms this Fall.
     
    Prayers Requested
    Prayers are requested for Grant Kruse who is hospitalized to deal with an infection that developed after wisdom teeth were removed.  Also for Mary Schneiker who will be undergoing surgery requiring a multi-day hospital stay. 
     
    Running Out of Faces
    Jennifer Mueller would like to add more faces and families to those already submitted. Please send your information to dsca1@davidsstar.org.  We are receiving many positive comments from members about these brief emails.  And yet another reminder, if you are receiving these emails but not Jen’s, please check your junk folder.  If nothing is there either, contact Jennifer Mueller at the address above, or Jennifer Miller (church secretary) at church@davidsstar.org.
     
    One Last Word
    Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.  Matthew 10: 29 – 31  (From the upcoming Gospel Lesson)
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    June 29th, Monday
  • Happy Monday!
     
    The Lord is Still King
    At times it seems like demonic forces are at work, attempting to disrupt our worship of Jesus.  A power outage on Saturday disrupted the Livestream of the service. In-person worshippers continued through the whole service, however.  Not even missing a beat when the organ and the electric piano couldn’t support singing.  The Livestream crew faithfully came at 7:45am to try again.  All seemed well, but there was a sound disruption for approximately the first 10 minutes of the service.  If you tried to watch and gave up, you can try again and pick up the sermon and the close of the service.  Those parts of the Livestream seemed unaffected by the technical glitches.  On a brighter note, Sunday 9:30am worshippers enjoyed another beautiful morning outside. That’s five in a row.  We’re making up for all those outdoor services in the past that were canceled by rain.
     
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    (Photo courtesy of Randy Vogel)
     
    Formula of Concord Study
    Tomorrow at 9am you can join us for an online live discussion on the Human and Divine Nature of Christ.  And what a miracle of grace it is that he gives us his actual body and blood in the Sacrament!  Join us tomorrow morning at 9 if you can. Here is the link:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84942724521?pwd=amoxYll1OENIcndvcGZoSE9RaVp2dz09

    Prayers Requested
    Bob and Dawn Hartwig have requested prayers for their daughter, Abby Herman.  Abby is hospitalized with a high fever.  She is currently receiving treatments to control lymphoma.
     
    Yes … Even On the 4th of July
    We will hold our regularly scheduled Saturday service on the 4th at 5:00pm.  Sign-ups for both in-person weekend services are available at www.davidsstar.org, as well as small group communion at church on Thursdays.

    One Last Word
    But the wisdom that comes from above is first pure, then also peaceful, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, and sincere.  And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who practice peace.  James 3: 17, 18  (EHV)
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    June 25th, Thursday
  • Happy Thursday
     
    New Reading Material
    The July Forward in Christ Magazine as well as a hard copy of the July David’s Star Newsletter are now available on the Woldt porch.  If you are attending in-person worship, copies are available on the tables in the gathering space and in the narthex of church. The electronic version of the newsletter is attached to this email and will be available under the resource tab on our website as well. 
     
    Sign Up
    Don’t forget to sign up for worship if you would like to attend an in-person service at 5:00pm on Saturday or 7:45am on Sunday.  No sign up is required for the outdoor worship at 9:30 am on Sunday.  Bring your own chair and protection from the sun.  A Livestream service will also be available for those unable to come.
     
    Still Walking On Mondays
    A group of people meets to walk every Monday at 8am as long as it is not raining. They meet in the parking lot in front of the school and walk up and down David’s star drive. All are welcome to join. Any questions call Pam Lee 262-237-9845.
     
    Note From a Member 
    “You forgot to mention in the email blasts that the upside-down smiley face big ash tree across from Rudy Zarling by the west woods gate was also cut down, removed and the stump was all ground up by one of our members.  All gone! Looks great!” 
     
    One Last Word
    And from the throne I heard a loud voice that said, “Look! God’s dwelling is with people. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them, and he will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain, because the former things have passed away.”  Revelation 21: 3, 4 (EHV).
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt  & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    June 24th, Wednesday
  • Happy Wednesday
     
    Elder Worship Review
    The present structure of our worship services will remain for the time being, with a few modifications to allow more people to attend in church worship each weekend.  Small group communion on Thursday evenings (6pm – 8pm).  In-person worship in church at 5pm on Saturday and 7:45am on Sunday. Outdoor worship at 9:30am on Sundays.  Livestream service available weekly at www.davidsstar.org.  Communion (using “continuous distribution”) will continue to be offered after every in church worship service.
     
    Beginning with the weekend of July 11/12, the worship sign up will be modified to allow 110 people to sign up for each service (5pm on Saturday and 7:45am on Sunday).  This number represents approximately 50% of our church capacity, which is the current guideline.  Worshippers will seat themselves in every other pew.  It is likely that more than one household may occupy the same pew.  Distance between the occupied pews will be approximately 5ft, a bit less than the recommended 6ft distance. 
     
    Many welcome the thought of more people in church.  Others remain cautious about their own health and the health of others.  We understand.  As always, if you don’t feel well, please use Livestream at home.  If you are concerned about yourself or members of your family, please consider outdoor worship where the threat of virus transmission is minimal.  Consider also the small group communion option on Thursday nights.  You will come into contact with very few other people.  Livestream remains an option for you too. 
     
    Mission Festival Change
    Mission Festival will be held on the weekend of August 29/30.  This date represents a slight change from our recent practice of holding Mission Festival on the 4th Sunday of August.  We have reached out to Pastor Richard Krause to be our guest speaker.  Pastor Krause, from Christ Lutheran in Pewaukee, serves as the chairman of the South Asia Misson Committee for WELS.  Please note:  It seems likely that our Mission Festival will not include a prepared and served lunch after the service this year.  If it’s a nice day, families might want to consider bringing their own food to “tailgate” after the service and enjoy fellowship with each other.
     
    Mr. Watts to Retire at End of Next School Year
    Mr. Watts announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2020/2021 school year.  He has served his entire teaching ministry at David’s Star.  We wish him the Lord’s blessings as he heads into this final year of teaching.  If his good efforts to educate students during the COVID-19 shut down are any indication, we’re sure he will finish strong!
     
    One Last Word
    “There are many plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that will prevail.”  Proverbs 19: 21 (EHV)
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    June 23rd, Tuesday
  • Happy Tuesday
     
    The Formula of Concord
    The Formula of Concord study covered the value of the Law of God for the Christian who has been freed of the law and the value of knowing that Jesus descended into hell.   Here is the link: https://youtu.be/XA-rh7Y__fY
     
    Sign-Up Continues
    Find the sign-ups for small group communion and in-person worship on www.davidsstar.org.  There’s still space for the weekend.  No sign up is necessary for the 9:30am service.
     
    Faces of David’s Star
    If you are receiving this email blast, you should also be received “Faces of David’s Star” emails from Jennifer (not the church secretary) Mueller.  Look through your “junk” or spam folder if you haven’t seen them.  They are very popular with our membership.  One of our veteran members commented that they hardly knew any of the featured families, even though many had been attending David’s Star for years.  Keep the pictures and filled out surveys coming to Jennifer at dsca1@davidsstar.org.  You can also use that email address to ask for a copy of the survey to fill out.
     
    Walking the Middle Ground
    A recent article printed in the New York Times contained this line about the spread of COVID-19:  “Houses of worship, which were once shut down under governors’ orders in many states, are now emerging as sources of major clusters.”   In a zip code that has had only 19 people testing positive for the virus as of yesterday, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that we should throw all caution to the wind.  Yet we realize that if the virus is present, it could easily be spread to a large number of people gathered inside if no precautions were taken.  Please continue to pray for wisdom that the leadership of our church makes loving and responsible decisions as we consider how we can resume a more “normal” worship life.
     
    One Large Pile Remains
    A large pile of logs is waiting for pick up by the logger in our church woods.  Other than that, his work looks like it is completed.  All the big equipment has been moved out. 
     
    One Last Word
    I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.  Isaiah 61:20
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    June 22nd, Monday
  • Four in a Row!
    Another beautiful Sunday morning, despite the long-range forecast.  Worship numbers were a bit down for the 9:30am service, but members of David’s Star continued to gather together to praise Jesus.  About 100 people participated in the two in-person services.  About 150 were present outside for the 9:30am.  Next weekend, we maintain the same schedule of services.  Lord willing, we will add another beautiful Sunday morning to our list of blessings.
     
    The Formula of Concord
    The Formula of Concord study discussion with Pastor Loescher and former member and pastor Jim Korthals continues tomorrow with a look at articles 6 and 9 of the formula.  Do Christians still need to be told how to live?  Is it enough that we hear the Gospel of Jesus to motivate us to right living? And if you've wondered when and how Jesus descended into hell, the formula has the answer, or at least as much as what the Scriptures tell us.  Join us tomorrow at 9 am by clicking on the following link:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88334742389?pwd=dGF0UUpMS2h6OVROYmMyWG4vZDRCZz09
    Past sessions can be watched on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvMc-eKL74ew51bd3sTz3xw  

    Pastors' Update Available Via Phone
    This email update that you are reading isn't accessible to our members who do not have the internet.  For the past few weeks, the pastors have been providing a voice message that members can access by phone.  There is now a dedicated number for that voice message.  Please share this number with those members you know who do not have internet:  (262) 677-1639.
     
    Elders Meet Tomorrow
    Our Board of Elders will meet tomorrow night to assess our worship in the light of current situations and guidelines. 
     
    Work in the School
    The gym floor is being recoated beginning today.  The gym will not be available for use in the coming weeks until the seal coat on the floor is fully dried.  Work on making the individual classroom doors more secure is also preceding.  Old wooden door frames and glass will be replaced by metal frames and concrete blocks.  The DS golf committee agreed to fund the portion of the work not covered by a school safety grant from the state of Wisconsin.
     
    One Last Word
    “Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.” Psalm 146:5.
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    June 18th, Thursday
  • Happy Thursday!
     
    Another Thank You Letter

    Dear members of David’s Star,

    Thank you so much for the generous monetary donation for those attending Martin Luther College this next school year. As a college student, grants and gifts are very appreciated and helpful. In addition, it is so encouraging to feel the support of brothers and sisters in Christ from my home congregation, whether through words or actions. 

    This year I will be a sophomore at MLC, studying as a double major in Elementary and Special Education. Some exciting opportunities for me this year include participating on the Aulic Committee (arranging informative presentations on campus), voice and organ lessons, choir, and Forum (presents musicals and dramas on campus). One of my favorite things to do during the week is attend Compline worship service at 10 pm on Monday nights. Martin Luther College is my home away from home, and your gifts in the past and now are such a blessing to me and others. Love and thoughtfulness does not go unnoticed!

    In Christ, Rebecca Loescher

    Update on Sign Up
    There are still some later times available for small group communion tonight.  There are only balcony spots available for Saturday in-person worship.  The 7:45am Sunday service has a few main floor and balcony spots available.  www.davidsstar.org.  Keep praying that the “spotty showers” forecast for Sunday pick a spot other than our campus at 9:30am!
     
    Prayer requested for Spencer Loescher
    Spencer, Pastor and Julie Loescher's grandson, is undergoing surgery today.  Please pray that the surgery is successful and that it brings an end to Spencer's bowel troubles.  Pray also for Spencer's parents, Pastor Philip and Sami Loescher who will need to move in the next month.  Their congregation has to close its doors.  Pastor Philip Loescher has received a divine call to St. John Lutheran Church and School in Hemlock, Michigan.
     
    Check Back
    Please check yesterday’s blast for information from the Church Council, including a special voters’ meeting coming up on July 12th at 10:30am.
     
    Materials Available
    Materials continue to be available on the Woldt parsonage porch!  Three “Meditations” devotional booklets remain.  Also a number of copies of “Forward in Christ” magazine, as well as the David’s Star Newsletter for June.
     
    One Last Word
     “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” Ephesians 1: 7
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    June 17th, Wednesday
  • Happy Wednesday
     
    Council Meeting
    A number of significant items were discussed by the church council last night.  Here’s a quick summary in no particular order:

    1. The council recommends to the voters that Colleen Loeffler’s ¾ time call be expanded to a fulltime call.  This action will require a special voter’s meeting which has been scheduled for Sunday, July 12th at 10:30am (after the 9:30am service).  The meeting will be held in the church.  (Two additional parttime classroom assistant positions were also approved.)  These staff enhancements could be fully covered by Choice dollars.

    2. The Board of Education reported that there are potentially 19 Choice students who will attend our school this coming year.  13 already attend the school.  6 are non-members and new to the school.

    3. The council approved the concept of allowing modifications to the Loescher parsonage to permit Pastor Loescher and his wife to care for Mrs. Loescher’s aging parents.  More details will follow as plans are formed. Any significant modification plans will be presented to the voters for approval.

    4. Dan Bolha sought permission to pursue becoming the chairperson of the WELS European Civilian Chaplaincy Offering Committee, and for David’s Star OWLS members to serve as ECCOC committee members.  That permission was granted.

    5. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the Council approved applying for a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program of the CARES act.  Subsequently, $184,560 was deposited in our bank account under the program.  None of that money has been used yet for ministry purposes.  Our members have been very generous in supporting our operating budget.  During the next few months, the Council will be discussing what recommendations to present to the Voters regarding the PPP money.  Options include: 1) returning it all to the government.  2) applying for forgiveness for part of the loan money based on expenses and losses related directly to the shutdown.  3) applying for total forgiveness of the loan based on allowable qualified expenses under the PPP loan regulations.  The voters will make the final decision regarding the direction the congregation will take with this loan money.  The council is looking for this decision to be made sometime this fall.

    6. The council concurred with the Building and Grounds committee pursuing less than full replacement options for the church carpeting.  A recommendation will be forthcoming regarding the level of repairs to be made.

    7. A “ministry fair” is going to be planned for the weekend after Labor Day.  It is hoped that this event will give people the opportunity to see how many different ways gospel ministry is being supported and carried out in this congregation.  It will also give people a chance to connect with groups where their gifts might be used to the glory of God!

    8. The council gave approval to the concept that appliances normally provided in rental units should be purchased for the parsonages by the congregation, and not be the responsibility of the pastors. 

     
    Great Support
    We alluded to it in the notes above … congregation members have been generous in their support of our operating budget.  We thank the Lord for those who have chosen to glorify God with their firstfruit offerings at a time that could have been very difficult for our ministry.  Look for exact figures to come out as our treasurer’s narrative is published in the bulletins and newsletter.
     
    That’s Enough For Now 
    Don’t forget to use www.davidsstar.org for worship and communion signup, and to find other information related to our ministry.  Don’t forget about www.wels.net for information on our larger fellowship.
     
    One Last Word
    “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.”  Psalm 127: 1.
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    June 16th, Tuesday
  • Happy Tuesday
     
    Formula of Concord Bible Study
    Our scheduled study for today had to be postponed to tomorrow.  Please consider joining us to get an in-depth understanding of the difference between the Law and the Gospel as well as a renewed appreciation for the importance of both.  Time: Jun 17, 2020, 09:00 AM  Just click the link:   
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83363342166?pwd=cnVZNzA0WktMVHZCaWRLelMrQXZyUT09
     
    You can also find all the archived discussions on the Formula of Concord on the David's Star Lutheran Church YouTube channel.  Here is the link:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvMc-eKL74ew51bd3sTz3xw  
     
    Sign-Ups Available Through June
    Go to www.davidsstar.org to sign up for in-person worship in church or small group communion through the month of June.  It is likely that no change in our worship schedule will occur until after the weekend of July 4th and 5th.   The elders meet on June 30th to review the status of our congregational worship opportunities.
     
    Pray for Space Between the Raindrops
    The long-range forecast for the weekend includes possible showers on Saturday and Sunday.  Rain on Saturday should not be a problem for our outdoor worship.  Unlike the church woods, the space in front of the school drains and dries quickly.  We will make every attempt to hold the 9:30am service outdoors on Sunday unless it is actively raining at the time of worship.  There is no indoor backup plan for 9:30am worship.  Livestream would serve as an alternative plan. 
     
    Comments Heard Recently
    From a member:  “Thank you for offering small group communion.  I haven’t received the Lord’s Supper since Ash Wednesday.”
    From a visitor:  “This is great!  What a blessing it is to have this space for outdoor worship!”
    From a member:  “The sound for outdoor worship is really good.  I can hear every word.”
    From a repeat visitor:  “I forgot to put on sunscreen for the first outdoor worship service.  My head was very red!”
    From a member:  “I can concentrate on the sermon so much better when I watch Livestream.  No distractions at home.”
    From a member:  “So, are we going to have all our outdoor services here now?”  What about the church woods?”
    From a member:  “I appreciate all the options we have for worship during these strange times.  Thank you to all who make it possible.”
     
    District Elections
    At the time this email is being composed, we can share the news that Pastor David Kolander has been reelected as our Southeastern Wisconsin District President.  The district president oversees doctrine and practice within our district and serves on the WELS Conference of Presidents (COP) to oversee doctrine and practice within the WELS as a whole.  One of the time-consuming tasks for the district president is the arranging of call meetings and preparation of call lists for congregations and school who have vacancies on their ministry staff.  Please keep Pastor Kolander in your prayers as he continues to serve all of us. Additional election results: Pastor Daniel Leyrer of St. Marcus, Milwaukee, was elected to serve as the new first Vice President of our district and Pastor Mike Woldt was elected to continue serving as the second Vice President of the district.
     
    One Last Word
    “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”  Hebrews 13:8 
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    June 15th, Monday
  • Happy Monday!
     
    Another Beautiful Weekend
    We were blessed to have another Sunday we could worship outside at 9:30am.  Both in-person services (Sat 5:00pm and Sun 7:45am) were also well attended.  The elders will continue to monitor our worship offerings as the summer progresses.  Sign-ups for in-person worship and small group communion are found on our website  www.davidsstar.org.
     
    Church Council
    The church council will have its first in-person meeting since March tomorrow night at 7pm.  It is likely that some of the recommendations coming from the church council will require a special voters’ meeting.  Look for more information to come out later in the week.
     
    “Convention” Delegate
    Mark Ahrens, our congregational secretary, has agreed to serve as our congregation’s delegate as voting for the district officers begins later today and tomorrow.  All voting will take place online since there is no actual convention this year. 
     
    Student Funds Sent to Martin Luther College
    Thanks to your generosity, $1000 will be sent to Martin Luther College for each of our David’s Star students attending there next year.  The $1000 will be matched dollar for dollar under the MLC Congregational Partner Grant Program.  Here is a thank you note from one of the students:

    Dear members of David’s Star,
    Thank you for your generous donations to the Congregational Partner Grant Financial Aid Program. Your donations, along with a matching gift from MLC will help defer the costs for my education at Martin Luther College.  I am so grateful for the people of David’s Star who have partnered with our synod to help me along the way.
    Gratefully yours,
    Madeline Walz 

     
    One Last Word
    “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.”  Psalm 119: 105.
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    June 11th, Thursday
  • Happy Thursday!
     
    New Member Reception during Saturday Service
    John Hafemann is ready to join our fellowship after learning more about what the Bible says and what our church teaches through a Bible Information Class with Pastor Woldt.  The unique feature of this Bible Information Class was that it was carried out exclusively over video calling technology as the “Safer at Home” orders began in March.  John and his wife Amanda (who is already a member of David’s Star) were faithful in preparing their lessons each week.  We pray that John’s membership at David’s Star is a mutual blessing for him and for us.
     
    Prayers Requested
    Our prayers have been requested on behalf of Dan Schubert.  Dan will be undergoing surgery early next week.  We pray that the Lord blesses the surgery with a favorable outcome and quick recovery.  Our prayers have also been requested on behalf of Betty Ann Wolfgram who has been hospitalized. 
     
    With the Lord
    We received word that Roger Ehlke, the brother of Wilmer Ehlke, was called to his eternal rest in heaven.  Roger is a son of the congregation who entered the WELS teaching ministry.  His family is planning to hold a funeral service here at David’s Star in September.  We pray for the comfort of all who survive him.
     
    Are You Receiving Them?
    Jennifer Mueller has been sending out emails with the heading “Faces of David’s Star.”  If you haven’t been seeing them, they may be in your email “junk” or spam folder.  These emails are worth finding.  It’s a great way to connect to fellow members here at church whom you may not have met, given the multiple services we hold.  Jen’s email is dsca1@davidsstar.org.  Please consider participating in the program yourself so others get to know you.
     
    Church Council Meeting Next Tuesday
    The June meeting of the Church council will be our first in-person meeting in a few months.  The Council will have a number of recommendations to review.  There is a good possibility that we will need a special Voters meeting sometime this summer.  Look for more information in the email blasts following the Council meeting.
     
    Elders Will Review
    At the end of the month, our Board of Elders will review our current worship schedule and practices.  Any changes made to our current practices will be announced through these email blasts and in the worship folders produced for weekend worship.
     
    One Last Word
    Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.  Psalm 27:14
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    June 10th, Wednesday
  • Happy Wednesday!
     
    Materials Available
    Forward in Christ, Meditations, and our David’s Star newsletter continue to be available on the Woldt porch, together with cloth masks and some DVD’s of the latest Livestream services for those without internet access in their homes.
     
    Sign-Ups Again Available
    By the time you receive this email, sign up slots should be available on the David’s Star website (www.davidsstar.org) for limited in-person worship on Saturday (5pm) and Sunday morning (7:45am).  The elders will be reviewing our worship schedule and develop plans going forward at their next meeting toward the end of June.  Sign up for in-person small group communion on Thursday night (6pm – 8pm) is also available.  Don’t forget:  outdoor Sunday worship at 9:30am requires no sign-up.  Bring your own chairs and be prepared to deal with the sun if it is a bright day.  (A blanket might help if it’s cool.) 
     
    Board of Education News
    Principal Tim Gustafson reported to the Board of Education that enrollment for the next school year is projected to be between 136 – 146 students.  19 students have applied for WI School Choice.  13 of those are members of David’s Star.  6 do not yet have a connection to our congregation.  The Board is also forwarding a recommendation to the Church Council that Mrs. Colleen Loeffler’s ¾ time call be made full time.  If the Council approves this recommendation, a special voters meeting will be needed to change the call.  Stay tuned.
     
    Thanks!
    Thank you to Ray Liesener and Brian Lee for putting bracing on our chair carts, and also to Ray's boss, Dave Guthrie, for donating the required materials.
     
    David’s Star Women’s Retreat Canceled for 2020
    After reviewing options, the retreat planning committee decided to cancel the women’s retreat which usually takes place in November.  The retreat will be held again in 2021, Lord willing!
     
    One Last Word
    “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”  Isaiah 46:4.
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    June 9th, Tuesday
  • Blessed Tuesday
     
    New Member Reception during Saturday Service
    John Hafemann is ready to join our fellowship after learning more about what the Bible says and what our church teaches through a Bible Information Class with Pastor Woldt.  The unique feature of this Bible Information Class was that it was carried out exclusively over video calling technology as the “Safer at Home” orders began in March.  John and his wife Amanda (who is already a member of David’s Star) were faithful in preparing their lessons each week.  We pray that John’s membership at David’s Star is a mutual blessing for him and for us.
     
    Prayers Requested
    Our prayers have been requested on behalf of Dan Schubert.  Dan will be undergoing surgery early next week.  We pray that the Lord blesses the surgery with a favorable outcome and quick recovery.
     
    Our prayers have also been requested on behalf of Betty Ann Wolfgram who has been hospitalized. 
     
    District Officer Election Next Week
    The officers of our Southeastern Wisconsin District (SEW) will be elected by a process carried out online, beginning next Monday afternoon.  Please pray that the Lord blesses the process.  Voting members of the district include the pastors, male teachers, and a lay delegate from each congregation. Normally these elections take place at the district convention, which was canceled this year.
     
    A Few More Masks Still Available
    Face masks are not disappearing from the Woldt porch as fast as they did a few weeks ago.  A few masks are still available for those who might be going to a place that requires them to be worn.  We thank those who worked hard to provide the masks to our members and other healthcare facilities.
     
    One Last Word
    “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”  Romans 5: 1, 2.

    June 8th, Monday
  • Happy Monday!
     
    Another Glorious Sunday
    The Lord blessed us with another beautiful Sunday to worship outside.  Approximately 200 people attended again.  (Getting an exact count is difficult without defined rows, and with all the little ones who are present with their families.)  Special thanks to Todd Oestreich and his family for providing crystal clear sound which can be heard all the way up the hill.  The extra effort on the part of many volunteers has allowed us to be flexible in our worship offerings during these unusual times.
     
    Sign-Ups Again Available
    By the time you receive this email, sign up slots should be available on the David’s Star website (www.davidsstar.org) for limited in-person worship on Saturday (5pm) and Sunday morning (7:45am).  The elders will be reviewing our worship schedule and develop plans going forward at their next meeting toward the end of June.  Sign up for in-person small group communion on Thursday night (6pm – 8pm) is also available.
     
    WELS President Statement
    President Mark Schroeder issued a statement on behalf of WELS related to the death of George Floyd and its aftermath.  The statement is found on the WELS website.  (www.wels.net)
     
    Planning For Fall
    The Women’s Retreat Committee is holding a planning meeting on Wednesday morning to discuss their annual retreat scheduled for November.  Information about the event will be shared as plans are finalized.
     
    Board of Education Also Meeting
    The Board of Education will meet tomorrow night at 6:30pm.  They will review this past school year and discuss preparations for next Fall.  Both parents and teachers are fervently praying that in-person instruction will resume on schedule!
     
    Newsletters
    The June issue of the Good News is now available!  The electronic version is attached to this email.  Paper copies will be available on the Woldt parsonage porch, in the gathering space, and in the narthex.
     
    One Last Word
    Peter said, “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” Acts 10:34
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    June 4th, Thursday
  • Happy Thursday
     
    Room Still Available
    As of this morning, there was still room to sign up for small group communion tonight, and both in-person worship services this weekend.  (Saturday 5pm and Sunday 7:45am).  No sign up is necessary for the Sunday outdoor service at 9:30am in front of the west school entrance.
     
    Monday Group Walking
    Some of our members and friends have started walking outside on Mondays at 8am, as long as it is not raining. They meet in the parking lot in front of the school and walk up and down David’s star drive. All are welcome to join. Any questions, please call Pam Lee 262-237-9845.
     
    Prayers Requested

    1. Paul Steinbrenner’s mother, Marie Steinbrenner, was called home to heaven this week.  Please keep the Steinbrenner family in your prayers. 

    2. Prayers requested also for Anita Eulert who has now been transitioned to hospice care.  We pray that Jesus keep his peace in her heart.

    3. Also for Jim Hafemeister who will be undergoing surgery next Wednesday, June 10.  We pray that the Lord blesses the surgery and grants a successful outcome.

    4. Prayers of thanks with Tony and Lynn Gromacki who are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.

     
    One Last Word
    Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!  Psalm 150: 6
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt  & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    June 3rd, Wednesday
  • Happy Wednesday!
     
    Formula of Concord, Then and Now
    Our online discussion on original sin went well and the recording of that class is available on Youtube.  Just click this link   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRD058Sxc_s  or search David's Star Lutheran Church on Youtube.com
     
    Pastor's Update Voice Message  
    If you know of someone who tried to listen to the voice message at 262-677-2412 since yesterday, they may not have been able to find it.  Our voice mail prompts were not updated yet.  Tell your friends or family to press "7" for the pastor's update.  Note that if you call when one of the secretaries is in the office, they will answer the phone before any prompts are offered.
     
    Wels.net
    The WELS website remains a good option to receive information about gospel ministry in our church body.  The report that normally goes out to the 12 districts before district conventions is now available.  This report and other related items are found at wels.net/rttd.
     
    Small-Group Communion
    Sign-up for small group communion is available for those unable to attend in-person worship outdoors or in church on Thursday evening, June 4, from 6pm - 8pm. The link to sign-up can be found on our website. www.davidsstar.org.  Note: No additional sign-up is necessary for communion if you are attending in-person worship in church.  All members in attendance are welcome to commune.
     
    Please Check Prior Updates
    For information about worship service opportunities and publications, please check prior updates.
     
    One Last Word
    May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    June 2nd, Tuesday
  • Happy Tuesday
     
    Voice Message Available for Those Without Email
    This pastors’ message that you have been receiving via email will be available soon to members without email via voice message. Pastor Loescher is working on setting this up. You can call the church number (262) 677-2412 and follow the prompts to hear the pastors' message. Please let all your family and friends who don't have email know about this communication opportunity.
     
    Long Range Forecast Looks Good!
    If the long-range forecast holds, we should have another great Sunday for outdoor worship this weekend.  Remember, no sign up is required to attend.  In fact, invite your friends if in-person worship is not available at their church … or if they have no church home at all.  Some people who are uncomfortable going inside a church may appreciate this more causal setting for worship. 
     
    Small-Group Communion
    Sign-up for small group communion is available for those unable to attend in-person worship outdoors or in church on Thursday evening, June 4, from 6pm - 8pm. The link to sign-up can be found on our website. Note: No additional sign-up is necessary for communion if you are attending in-person worship in church.  All members in attendance are welcome to commune.
     
    Meditations and Forward in Christ
    Both of these publications are still available on the Woldt porch.
     
    Church Newsletter
    The June issue the Good News is delayed.  The issue should be out in the coming days.
     
    Look in Your Junk Folder
    If you are on our email list and did not receive an email from our newly appointed congregational assistant (Jen Mueller), it may be in your junk folder.  Jen’s congregational email address is dsca1@davidsstar.org.  Jen sent out an email late last week to kick off a program called “Faces of David’s Star.”  If you received the message, please consider participating in the program.  If you did not receive the email, please send her a message to let her know!
     
    One Last Word
    “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;  the whole earth is full of his glory.”  Isaiah 6:3b
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    June 1st, Monday
  • Happy Monday!
     
    What a Weekend!
    Not only were we able to conduct two in-person services in the church (Sat 5pm and Sun 7:45am), we also had a beautiful day for our first outdoor service at 9:30 am.  The ushers counted just under 200 people in attendance.  The confirmation service also took place at 2pm in the afternoon.  14 of the 15 students were able to attend.  Plans are being made to confirm the remaining member of the class.  We are thankful to the Holy Spirit for bringing these students to the point where they can join us in the reception of Holy Communion.  Please keep these students in your prayers.
     
    Small-Group Communion
    Sign-up for small group communion is available for those unable to attend in-person worship outdoors or in church on Thursday evening, June 4, from 6pm - 8pm. The link to sign-up can be found on our website. Note: No additional sign-up is necessary for communion if you are attending in-person worship in church.  All members in attendance are welcome to commune.
     
    In-Person Worship
    Sign-up is open for in-person worship on Saturday, June 6 at 5pm and Sunday, June 7 at 7:45am.  The link can be found on our website.  An outdoor service will be held at 9:30am on Sunday June 7, weather permitting.  In the case of inclement weather, that service will be cancelled.  Sign-up for the outdoor service is not needed.  There will be no communion offered at the 9:30am service.
     
    Formula of Concord, Then and Now
    We will have another discussion on the Formula of Concord tomorrow (June 2nd) at 9 am.  Ever wondered why you can't stop sinning or thought that as a Christian you should be able to stop?  Have you wondered whether if you have actually sinned when tempted to sin as long as you haven't acted on it?  We will be talking about the nature of sin tomorrow.  Please join us if you can.  Here is the link: 
     
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88901231409?pwd=ZlNrN1VQa2o4YmFJdjI4Z2d5UkJsQT09
     
    Meditations and Forward in Christ
    Both of these publications are still available on the Woldt porch.
     
    Church Newsletter
    The June issue the Good News is delayed.  The issue should be out in the coming days.
     
    Look in Your Junk Folder
    If you are on our email list and did not receive an email from our newly appointed congregational assistant (Jen Mueller), it may be in your junk folder.  Jen’s congregational email address is dsca1@davidsstar.org.  Jen sent out an email late last week to kick off a program called “Faces of David’s Star.”  If you received the message, please consider participating in the program.  If you did not receive the email, please send her a message to let her know!
     
    One Last Word
    The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I told you.  John 14:26
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    May 28th, Thursday
  • Happy Thursday
     
    Not Much New Today
    Most of the information in this blast has been shared before … but one head’s up on something coming soon.  Our newly appointed congregational assistant, Jennifer Mueller, will be sending out a survey in the near future to help us get to know “The Faces of David’s Star.”  The information you are comfortable offering will be shared through these congregational email blasts.  Please consider helping your fellow members of David’s Star get to know you better.
     
    Don’t Forget wels.net
    Our synod’s website remains a good place to catch up on news throughout our church body, and to find additional devotional material.  (www.wels.net)
     
    Leadership Groups Starting to Meet In Person Again
    The Board of Education is planning to meet in person on June 9th to review the past year and to make important plans for the year ahead, including the opportunities and challenges of participation in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program.  The church council will also plan to meet on campus in person the next week of June.
     
    Formula of Concord Recording
    Pastor Loescher is still working out bugs with hosting the recordings on YouTube. Here is the zoom link you can use to access the latest study. 
    https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/wu90AOnVqHJLY4Xf80_EX-k-Q6S_eaa823If-_IMn0vcpjnfPAUnaS9ZVs2Xuvvn
     
    Worship Options
    Sign up for church services this weekend (Sat 5pm and Sun 7:45am) is available on our website.  (www.davidsstar.org)  Communion will be offered after each of the indoor services.   The outdoor service (at the west entrance of the school) will be conducted at 9:30am.  No sign-up is necessary for the outdoor service.  Please come prepared to deal with the sun!  Hats.  Umbrellas.  Sunscreen.  Etc.  No communion will be offered at the outdoor service.  Livestream will continue to be available each weekend.
     
    With the Lord
    Bill Loeffler was called home to heaven this past weekend.  Visitation will take place in the gathering space on Friday from 1pm – 2:45pm.  Be prepared to practice “social distancing” inside the gathering space.  An outdoor funeral/committal service will take place at 3:00pm in our cemetery. 
     
    “Meditations” Have Landed … New “Forward in Christ” Too!
    The new devotional booklets and the June issue of our official WELS magazine are available on the Woldt porch. 
     
    Small-Group Communion on Thursday Night
    We will continue to offer small group communion opportunities for those unable to attend in-person worship.  Small group communion will be offered this week from 6:30pm to 8pm on Thursday.  Sign up on our website.  (www.davidsstar.org)
     
    Confirmation Service
    Our 2020 confirmation class will finally have the opportunity to speak their vows in a limited attendance service on Sunday afternoon at 2pm.  Each confirmand will have one pew for family or guests.  While we all may not be able to attend the service, please keep these young people in your prayers:  
     
    Owen Brady Campbell, Caleb Scott Foxen, Amanda Kaye Hillmann, Lillian Ruth Hinz,
    Natalie Melin Kempfert, Emma Ellen Koskovich, Grantley Jonathan Kruse, Brianna Elizabeth Long,
    Delaney Grace McCoy, Elisabeth Grace Olson, Henry Mark Rohrback, Taylor Kristian Schwalenberg,
    Angelina Grace Weaver, Ava Ruth Zarling, Rebekah Ruth Zimmerman
     
    One Last Word
    Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.  Acts 2: 21
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    May 27th, Wednesday
  • Happy Wednesday
     
    Formula of Concord Recording
    Pastor Loescher is still working out bugs with hosting the recordings on YouTube. Here is the zoom link you can use to access yesterday's study. 
    https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/wu90AOnVqHJLY4Xf80_EX-k-Q6S_eaa823If-_IMn0vcpjnfPAUnaS9ZVs2Xuvvn
     
    Worship Options
    Sign up for church services this weekend (Sat 5pm and Sun 7:45am) is available on our website.  (www.davidsstar.org)  Communion will be offered after each of the indoor services.   The outdoor service (at the west entrance of the school) will be conducted at 9:30am.  No sign-up is necessary for the outdoor service.  Please come prepared to deal with the sun!  Hats.  Umbrellas.  Sunscreen.  Etc.  No communion will be offered at the outdoor service.  Livestream will continue to be available each weekend.
     
    With the Lord
    Bill Loeffler was called home to heaven this past weekend.  Visitation will take place in the gathering space on Friday from 1pm – 2:45pm.  Be prepared to practice “social distancing” inside the gathering space.  An outdoor funeral/committal service will take place at 3:00pm in our cemetery. 
     
    “Meditations” Have Landed … New “Forward in Christ” Too!
    The new devotional booklets and the June issue of our official WELS magazine are available on the Woldt porch. 
     
    Small-Group Communion on Thursday Night
    We will continue to offer small group communion opportunities for those unable to attend in-person worship.  Small group communion will be offered this week from 6:30pm to 8pm on Thursday.  Sign up on our website.  (www.davidsstar.org)
     
    Confirmation Service
    Our 2020 confirmation class will finally have the opportunity to speak their vows in a limited attendance service on Sunday afternoon at 2pm.  Each confirmand will have one pew for family or guests.  While we all may not be able to attend the service, please keep these young people in your prayers.  Their names will be published in this email in the coming days.
     
    One Last Word
    The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;  though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. Psalm 37: 23, 24
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    May 26th, Tuesday
  • Blessed Tuesday!
     
    Up and Running
    Our limited attendance services seemed to go well, even if a bit strange to be spaced throughout the church.  Sign up for church services this weekend (Sat 5pm and Sun 7:45am) is available on our website.  (www.davidsstar.org)  Communion will be offered after each of the indoor services.   The outdoor service (at the west entrance of the school) will be conducted at 9:30am.  No sign-up is necessary for the outdoor service.  No communion will be offered at the outdoor service.  Livestream will continue to be available each weekend.
     
    With the Lord
    Bill Loeffler was called home to heaven this past weekend.  Visitation will take place in the gathering space on Friday from 1pm – 2:45pm.  Be prepared to practice “social distancing” inside the gathering space.  An outdoor funeral/committal service will take place at 3:00pm in our cemetery. 
    We pray that the Lord Jesus continues to bring comfort to his wife Sandy and the rest of the family.
     
    “Meditations” Have Landed
    The new devotional booklets are here.  You may pick one up on the Woldt porch.  A few will also be available to those coming for in-person worship services.
     
    Waiting in the Safe
    Some offering envelopes that arrived later on Saturday and Sunday were not available to the counting team.  They will be added to next week’s offering total.
     
    Small-Group Communion on Thursday Night
    We will continue to offer small group communion opportunities for those unable to attend in-person worship.  Small group communion will be offered this week from 6:30pm to 8pm on Thursday.  Sign up on our website.  (www.davidsstar.org)
     
    Confirmation Service
    Our 2020 confirmation class will finally have the opportunity to speak their vows in a limited attendance service on Sunday afternoon at 2pm.  Each confirmand will have one pew for family or guests.  While we all may not be able to attend the service, please keep these young people in your prayers.  Their names will be published in this email in the coming days.
     
    Thank God for Those Who Served and are Serving
    This past weekend, our nation paused to remember those who fell in battle as they served in our Armed Forces.  We thank God for the sacrifices all veterans have made to protect our freedom, especially our freedom to worship.  We also pray that the Lord will continue to bless those who are currently serving in the military … as well as all those serving to keep us safe through law enforcement, fire departments, EMS, and the medical professions.  The Lord brings his blessings to us through all these dedicated people.
     
    Formula of Concord, Then and Now
    For the past few weeks we have been discussing the Lutheran Confession called The Formula of Concord.  Pastor Jim Korthals, formerly church history and homiletics professor at our seminary and formerly a long time member of David's Star has been working with Pastor Loescher to present this material in a discussion format. 
    We have a new online host for our video bible study.  From now on, if you don't join us live on Zoom you can watch the episode on Youtube.  Go to Youtube.com and search Pastor Kurt Loescher and you will find all of the videos there.  We will continue to offer the zoom invitation so you can join us live, ask questions, and offer input.   By the way, we have been having a few members join us live who have very good questions and participation.
     
    One Last Word
    Do not be angry beyond measure, Lord; do not remember our sins forever. Oh, look on us, we pray, for we are all your people.  Isaiah 64: 9
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    May 22nd, Friday
  • Happy Friday
     
    Memorial Observance Reminder
    We are not holding a scheduled Memorial Day observance in our cemetery this year.  The  S/SgtHenry FGumm Post 486 from Jackson will conduct a gun salute in our cemetery at some time over the weekend to honor fallen veterans.
     
    Sign Up for Next Weekend
    It was a joy to see people in church yesterday for Ascension.  Maybe you hear them on Livestream.  The online sign up for this Saturday’s in-person worship filled up fast.  The sign up for in-person worship on Saturday (May 30) at 5:00 pm and Sunday (May 31) at 7:45 am is open.  IF YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORSHIP IN CHURCH THIS WEEK, PLEASE WAIT A FEW DAYS TO ALLOW OTHERS TO SIGN UP FOR IN CHURCH WORSHIP NEXT WEEKEND!   Remember that our Sunday outdoor worship on May 31 at 9:30 am will be open to all. 
     
    Weekend Service Folder
    The service folder for Saturday's Livestream service is here.
     
    Faces of David’s Star
    Jennifer Mueller, our newly appointed congregational assistant, is beginning an email-based program to introduce the families of David’s Star to each other.  Please look for information in future emails.
     
    Confirmation Service Plans Moving Forward
    A confirmation service is being planned for 2 pm on Sunday, May 31st.  The service will be limited to the confirmation class and the family members and friends that can join them in their pew.  The service will be Livestreamed.  Please pray that the Lord blesses these young people with faithfulness to their confirmation vows!
     
    Don’t Forget About Small Group Communion on Sunday
    Members are welcome to sign up to receive the Sacrament at church this Sunday from 9 am through noon.  You can find the link to sign up on our website (www.davidsstar.org).
     
    Still Waiting for New Meditations
    We will inform you when the new Meditations arrive on our campus.  They haven’t come yet.  The new “Forward in Christ” should be coming out soon as well.
     
    One Last Word
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5,6
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt and Pastor Kurt Loescher

    May 21st, Thursday
  • Happy Ascension Day!
     
    Livestream Service Available (3:45pm)
    Today is a special day on the church calendar. The service folder is attached to this email. Our risen Lord Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days after Easter.  What a blessing to know he has gone to prepare a place for us in heaven!  What a blessing to know he sits at the right hand of God!
     
    Seminary Assignments
    The WLS vicar and graduate assignments were made and announced in a service today at 10 am.  The list of assignments is available on the seminary website  (www.wls.wels.edu).  Our former EFT student Alex Kirchenwitz received a call to be a pastor in Largo, Maryland.  Our current EFT student, Barton Cox, received a call to serve one year as a vicar in Covington, Georgia.  Please pray that the Lord blesses the ministries of all the graduates.
     
    Short One Today
    That’s all for today.  More tomorrow.  Jesus bless and keep you all!
     
    One Last Word
    “Why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”  Acts 1: 11
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    May 20th, Wednesday
  • Happy Wednesday!
     
    Filled Up Fast … Next Weekend Up
    The online sign up for this Saturday’s in-person worship filled up fast.  The sign up for in-person worship on Saturday (May 30) at 5:00 pm and Sunday (May 31) at 7:45 am is open. You can find the link to sign up on our website (www.davidsstar.org). IF YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORSHIP IN CHURCH THIS WEEK, PLEASE WAIT A FEW DAYS TO ALLOW OTHERS TO SIGN UP FOR IN CHURCH WORSHIP NEXT WEEKEND!   Remember that our Sunday outdoor worship at 9:30 am will be open to all.  See the current plan for worship below:
     
     David’s Star In-Person Worship Plan
    With suggested Washington County Health Department guidelines in mind (see yesterday’s email), and in keeping with common practices being implemented by other WELS congregations in Wisconsin, the elders developed the following plan for restarting in-person worship at church.

    • Recording of Livestream service will continue at 5 pm each Saturday.  This service will continue to be an option for those who are unable to attend in-person services on our campus. 

    • Beginning the weekend of May 30, 31, the regular weekend schedule will include a Saturday service at 5 pm in the church (sign-up)

    • This week there will be in-person worship opportunities on Thursday at 3:45 pm (Ascension Service – sign-up) and on Saturday at 5:00 pm (sign-up).  Most spots filled. Check Thursday for any remaining openings.

    • Links to sign up for in-person services are on the website (www.davidstar.org).  Following the guidelines for capacity and spacing, 21 households will be able to sign up for each service.  A household may consist of an individual, a couple, or an entire family.  15 spaces will be on the main floor of the church.  6 spaces will be in the balcony.  

    • Worshippers are encouraged to do a self-assessment before they come to church.  If you are sick or have a fever, please stay home for the sake of others.  If you are in a high-risk category for COVID-19, please consider staying home for your own sake.

    • You are welcome to wear a face mask in church, but we are not requiring all worshippers to wear a mask.  A limited supply of handmade masks will be available for those who do not have their own personal mask to wear.

    • Ushers or an elder will help you find your seat when you arrive at church.  Individual worship folders will be placed on the pews prior to the service.  The entire service will be in your worship folder.  Hymnals will not be used.  The offering basket will be placed at the entrance to the church.  It will not be passed.

    • Communion will be offered immediately after each in-person service held inside the church.  Communion will be distributed by the “continuous distribution” method, with individuals coming up to receive the Sacrament one by one while maintaining appropriate spacing.  More specific instructions will be shared at church.

    • The pews and common surfaces at church will be cleaned before each service in the church.

    • For outdoor worship at 9:30 am on Sundays (beginning May 31), worshippers are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets.  There are no plans to set up chairs or benches in advance.  Please be prepared to deal with the sun on clear mornings.

    • We encourage all visiting with fellow members to take place outside as weather permits. 

    • A schedule of small group communion opportunities will continue as this modified in-person worship plan is in place.

    This plan is just a start.  Changes are likely in the future. The elders will continue to monitor in-person worship and adjust worship service offerings as circumstances dictate.   
     
    Congratulations to our 8th Grade Graduates
    A brief ceremony recognizing their graduation is planned for today at 6 pm outside the west school entrance!
     
    Prayers Requested
    Jean Hall has requested our prayers.  She is having surgery on a broken ankle tomorrow.  We commend her to the Lord’s gracious care.
     
    Confirmation Service Plans Moving Forward
    A confirmation service is being planned for 2 pm on Sunday, May 31st.  The service will be limited to the confirmation class and the family members and friends that can join them in their pew.  Please pray that the Lord blesses these young people with faithfulness to their confirmation vows!
     
    Don’t Forget About Small Group Communion on Sunday
    Members are welcome to sign up to receive the Sacrament at church this Sunday from 9 am through noon.  You can find the link to sign up on our website (www.davidsstar.org).
     
    One Last Word
    “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”   Psalm 62:1,2 – the 8th Grade Class Verse.
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    May 19th, Tuesday
  • Happy Tuesday!
     
    David’s Star In-Person Worship Plan
    With suggested Washington County Health Department guidelines in mind (see yesterday’s email), and in keeping with common practices being implemented by other WELS congregations in Wisconsin, the elders developed the following plan for restarting in-person worship at church.

    • Recording of Livestream service will continue at 5 pm each Saturday.  This service will continue to be an option for those who are unable to attend in-person services on our campus. 

    • Beginning the weekend of May 30, 31, the regular weekend schedule will include a Saturday service at 5 pm in the church (sign-up), a Sunday service at 7:45 am in the church (sign-up) and weather-permitting, an outdoor service on the lawn outside the west entrance of the school  (no sign-up required).  The 9:30 am worship service will be canceled if the weather prohibits gathering outside.

    • This week there will be in-person worship opportunities on Thursday at 3:45 pm (Ascension Service – sign-up) and on Saturday at 5:00 pm (sign-up). Following the guidelines for capacity and spacing, 21 households will be able to sign up for each service.  A household may consist of an individual, a couple, or an entire family.  15 spaces will be on the main floor of the church.  6 spaces will be in the balcony. Click here to sign-up for in-person worship.  A link to sign-up for in-person worship can also be found on our website home page.   

    • Worshippers are encouraged to do a self-assessment before they come to church.  If you are sick or have a fever, please stay home for the sake of others.  If you are in a high-risk category for COVID-19, please consider staying home for your own sake.

    • You are welcome to wear a face mask in church, but we are not requiring all worshippers to wear a mask.  A limited supply of handmade masks will be available for those who do not have their own personal mask to wear.

    • Ushers or an elder will help you find your seat when you arrive at church.  Individual worship folders will be placed on the pews prior to the service.  The entire service will be in your worship folder.  Hymnals will not be used.  The offering basket will be placed at the entrance to the church.  It will not be passed.

    • Communion will be offered immediately after each in-person service held inside the church.  Communion will be distributed by the “continuous distribution” method, with individuals coming up to receive the Sacrament one by one while maintaining appropriate spacing.  More specific instructions will be shared at church.

    • The pews and common surfaces at church will be cleaned before each service in the church.

    • For outdoor worship at 9:30 am on Sundays (beginning May 31), worshippers are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets.  There are no plans to set up chairs or benches in advance.  Please be prepared to deal with the sun on clear mornings.

    • We encourage all visiting with fellow members to take place outside as weather permits. 

    • A schedule of small group communion opportunities will continue as this modified in-person worship plan is in place.

    This plan is just a start.  Changes are likely in the future. The elders will continue to monitor in-person worship and adjust worship service offerings as circumstances dictate.   
     
    8th Graduating Grade Class Ceremony
    A graduation ceremony for our 8th-grade class will be held outside at the west entrance of the school on Wednesday, May 20, at 6 pm.  There will be a brief devotion and a distribution of diplomas to all the graduates.  We are thankful for this opportunity to gather for this special occasion!  Please bring your own chairs if you plan to attend.
     
    Details About Confirmation Still Pending
    Pastor Loescher is still working with the confirmation class and their parents to schedule a confirmation service.  The confirmation service will be an additional service, and will not interfere with the planned worship schedule shared above.
     
    Ascension Service This Thursday
    As stated in #3 above, we are holding an Ascension Service at 3:45 on Thursday.  This service will be Livestreamed.  There are also spaces available for those wishing to worship in person, according to the guidelines above.  The Ascension of our Lord reminds us that the Lord Jesus is in heaven, sitting at the right hand of God, ruling over all things, and watching over his people for their good!  What comfort we find in Ascension truths! 
     
    Help Others Sign Up for In-Person Worship
    We have a segment of our congregation without internet access or the ability to sign up for in-person worship.  Please reach out to any members you know with the information in this email regarding outdoor worship on Sundays at 9:30 am or in-person worship.  Please help them sign up for in-person worship if they wish to attend, or direct them to call the church office and leave a message  (262-677-2412).
     
    Small-Group Communion Continues
    This week, small group communion will be available on Sunday morning (May 24) from 9 am through noon.  We are going to continue with groups of 5 or less.  (If your household has more than 5 communicants, you would all be welcome to come at the same time!)  Click here to sign-up for small group communion.  A link to sign-up for communion can also be found on our website home page.
     
    Formula of Concord, Then and Now
    Today's Formula of Concord Study with Pastor Loescher and Pastor Korthals is available for your viewing or listening.  We discussed the question of the role of good works in the Christian life.  Click on the link to watch. https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/4-hVDZ_yp29OEquUwVD_WfYRLrT_X6a80CcX_PNfxUfCoRxiSYEpf5qWyDeU2hf8

    Praise the Lord!
    Your generosity resulted in more than enough to give our MLC students a full match for the MLC Congregational Partner Grant Program.  $1785.00 was given over the weekend.  This amount will be added to the $3030 that was available for distribution from our fund.  According to our policy, we can now provide $1000 for each of our MLC students, the maximum amount MLC will match, dollar for dollar.  In addition, Caleb Gustafson will also receive $1000 toward his seminary training.  The excess amount after distribution ($815) will be added to our Ministerial Education student fund for distribution to David’s Star Ministerial Education students next year. 
     
    One Last Word
    How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133:1
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    May 18th, Monday
  • Happy (Soggy) Monday
     
    Elders Meeting Tonight
    The elders are gathering tonight to formulate plans for resuming in-person worship on our campus.  There are no state-wide mandates in place, but as the elders meet, they will keep in mind the guidelines encouraged by the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department for places of worship:

    • Limit attendees to 25% capacity.
    • Use a stationary collection box.
    • Operate under physical distancing protocols and schedule extra services if necessary to ensure compliance with social distancing and gathering size.
    • Encourage the use of facemasks/coverings.
    • Do not shake hands.
    • Members and Clergy that are feeling ill should stay home.
    • Continue option for virtual services for members.
    • Discontinue use of the common cup during communion. Use single-use disposable cups.
    • Limit direct contact with congregation members during communion services. (Do not place Eucharist/wafer/bread or any other sacred consumables directly in mouths of congregation members. Consider the use of a napkin and place in hands.)

    ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS:

    • Disinfect frequently used items, equipment, and surfaces before and after each service including faucets, doorknobs, pews, railings, hymnals, Bibles, etc.
    • Do not reuse programs between services.

     
    Formula of Concord Study
    Pastors Loescher and Korthals will have another discussion/class on the Formula of Concord.  The topic tomorrow will be: Does a Christian have to do good works? Join us as we see how the confessors of the past answered the question and how that question keeps coming up among us too.
    Just click on the link below tomorrow at 9:00 am.  Formula of Concord, Then and Now,  May 19, 2020 09:00 AM 
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87490086964?pwd=bXFXamE1N3FmV0granUrUTh2MUJUZz09      
     Password: DavidsStar
    The study will be posted for viewing after the live Zoom recording.
     
    Good Response for MLC Match!
    We’ve had a good response for the Martin Luther College Congregational Partner Grant Program.  The counting team will be working tonight to process all the offerings from this past weekend.  We will update you on how close we are to giving our ministerial education students at MLC a full match under the program after we have the figures.
     
    Assignments Made on MLC Call Day!
    Andrew Eggers received a call to teach upper-grade Social Studies at St. Marcus in Milwaukee.  Joey Loescher and his wife Abby will both be teaching at St. Paul’s in North Fond du Lac, WI.  All the assignments can be found on the Martin Luther College website.  www.mlc-wels.edu.
     
    Salute to Fallen Veterans  
    Over the Memorial Day weekend, S/SGT. Henry F. Gumm Post 486 will conduct gun salutes to fallen veterans in all Jackson area cemeteries, including ours.  This year they are not inviting the public to their salutes or publicizing a schedule.
     
    One Last Word    
    Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2: 3, 4.
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    May 15th, Friday
  • Happy Friday!
     
    The sun is shining and the birds are singing!  God is still on his throne!
     
    New News  
    The church council did act on two motions this past week.  The board of Building and Grounds was given the green light to go ahead with the project to make the classroom doors (3rd through 8th grade) more secure.  Additionally, the council ratified the elders’ appointment of Jennifer Mueller to the position of Congregational Assistant.  Jennifer Mueller (not Jennifer Miller, the church secretary) is a wife and mom, a graduate of Martin Luther College, and has been actively involved in the ministry at David’s Star in a variety of ways, including heading up the Jesus and Me program, working the Parent’s Group at school, serving as a presenter at our Women’s Retreat, and using her voice to sing in worship services.  As a Congregational Assistant (currently a non-paid position similar to our Parish Nurse), Jennifer will work with the pastors to enhance our ministry at David’s Star in a variety of ways.
     
    Most Slots Filled
    Most of the slots for Small Group communion have been filled.  If you missed your opportunity to sign up, look for more opportunities to come.  We plan on offering Holy Communion every weekend in the near future, either as part of the service(s) being conducted or in the small group setting. 
     
    Livestream Saturday
    We will be streaming our weekend church service at 5 pm on Saturday.  The service folder is attached to this email.
     
    More Information Next Week
    More information about our service schedule going forward will come out after the Elders get a chance to meet with the pastors. 
     
    Flags for Veterans’ Graves in our Cemetery
    Myron Phillips has taken the responsibility to place U.S. flags on the graves of all veterans buried in our cemetery.  He receives the list of veterans through Washington County.  If you are aware of any veteran graves being missed with a flag, please email the church office (church@davidsstar.org) and we will get word to Myron.  He wants to make sure all veterans are honored in this way.
     
    "Door Offering” for MLC Congregational Partner Grant Program
    The distribution from our fund dedicated to supporting David’s Star members preparing for public ministry in the WELS will allow us to give a grant of just over $750 to Caleb Gustafson who will be attending Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary next year, as well as three students who are planning to attend Martin Luther College in the fall: Madeline Walz, Becky Loescher, and Livia Lickteig.   Martin Luther College will match our congregational support up to $1000 for each of our MLC students.  Our church council has authorized a door offering to help us reach the $1000 per student mark.  We need approximately $725 to enable our students to receive the full match from MLC.  It’s difficult to do a “door offering” when we aren’t gathering at church for weekly worship!  However, we are still asking you to consider supporting our ministerial education students with a special gift.  You can mail a gift to the church office, drop in on the Woldt porch, or bring it along if you come to church to receive communion.  We will try to keep you updated on the total amount received each week.  The deadline for special offerings is mid-June.  Funds need to be submitted to MLC by July 1st.
     
    One Last Word 
    “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”  1 John 3:1a

    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    May 14th, Thursday
  • Happy Thursday!
     
    What does This Mean?
    We’re back to that classic question from Luther’s catechism after the WI Supreme Court overturned the governor’s “Safer At Home” mandate.  The apostle Paul once wrote, “Everything is permitted”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permitted”—but not everything builds up.”  In other words, just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should.  Technically, we “could” hold services as normal this weekend, but it doesn’t seem wise to ignore all the medical advice coming from the CDC and other sources aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19.  Here’s what we are going to do in the short term.
    1. Continue with current plans for Livestream plus small group communion this weekend and next weekend.
    2. Consider the possibility of a slow open, such as opening up our Livestream services on Ascension Day (5/21) and next Saturday (5/23) to a limited number of people through a sign-up process.
    3. Continue to monitor local laws and common sense medical guidelines and apply them to our situation at David’s Star going forward.
    4. As the elders and pastors continue our conversations in the near future, our goal will be to open corporate worship soon in a way that balances urgency with safety.  Stay tuned!
                   
    Confirmation Service Possible Soon?
    Pastor Loescher will be in contact with families of our confirmation students to talk about when and how we will be able to hold a confirmation service. 
     
    Flags for Veterans’ Graves in our Cemetery
    Myron Phillips has taken the responsibility to place U.S. flags on the graves of all veterans buried in our cemetery.  He receives the list of veterans through Washington County.  If you are aware of any veteran graves being missed with a flag, please email the church office (church@davidsstar.org) and we will get word to Myron.  He wants to make sure all veterans are honored in this way.
     
    With the Lord
    We received word that Jerome Kannenberg, a former member of David’s Star, was called to his eternal rest yesterday.  We pray that the Lord blesses those who grieve his loss with the comfort of peace and victory in Jesus.  Jerome had been living in Arizona for a number of years.
     
    Small(er) Group Communion at Church
    The pastors will once again be offering communion at church.  We are going to start with groups of 5 or less.  (If your household has more than 5 communicants, you would all be welcome to come at the same time!)  Initially, we will offer times for this coming Thursday afternoon and evening, Friday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

    To promote safety and respect generally accepted protocols, we will observe the following practices:
    1. Those receiving communion will stand in front of the church.  We ask members not to use the church pews, so we can avoid having to sanitize them after each group.  Those who cannot stand for 10 minutes can use their own walkers or will be asked to use one of our wheelchairs.  Non-communicant children may accompany their parents, but should be able to stand quietly, or be held.
    2. If more than one household is present, we will ask you to keep an appropriate separation.
    3. If you as an individual or couple feel uncomfortable having anyone else present with you in church, please fill in all five places in your time slot.  (You could repeat your own name until filled)
    4. The pastors will sanitize their hands immediately before the “Words of Institution.”  They will give you the wafer with sanitized hands.  You will take the cup from the tray yourself, as is our normal practice.  No common cup will be offered unless specifically requested by those who cannot handle the individual cup themselves.
    5. There will be no printed “order of service.”   The communion service will be simple, consisting of the invocation, a devotional thought, the confession of sins and absolution, the Words of Institution, the distribution of the sacrament, prayer, and benediction.
    6. You can’t take communion with your face covered, so no facial coverings will be required.
    7. Please do not come to church for communion if you have a fever or any other symptoms of illness.  Call one of the pastors for private arrangements.
     Click here for communion signup 
     
    Morning Bible Camp Canceled
    Our morning bible camp in June has been canceled.  We will continue to discuss other opportunities for interaction as the weeks continue to unfold. 
     
    "Door Offering” for MLC Congregational Partner Grant Program
    The distribution from our fund dedicated to supporting David’s Star members preparing for public ministry in the WELS will allow us to give a grant of just over $750 to Caleb Gustafson who will be attending Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary next year, as well as three students who are planning to attend Martin Luther College in the fall: Madeline Walz, Becky Loescher, and Livia Lickteig.   Martin Luther College will match our congregational support up to $1000 for each of our MLC students.  Our church council has authorized a door offering to help us reach the $1000 per student mark.  We need approximately $725 to enable our students to receive the full match from MLC.  It’s difficult to do a “door offering” when we aren’t gathering at church for weekly worship!  However, we are still asking you to consider supporting our ministerial education students with a special gift.  You can mail a gift to the church office, drop in on the Woldt porch, or bring it along if you come to church to receive communion.  We will try to keep you updated on the total amount received each week.  The deadline for special offerings is mid-June.  Funds need to be submitted to MLC by July 1st.
     
    One Last Word 
    “Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge.”  Psalm 16:1

    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    May 13th, Wednesday
  • Blessed Wednesday!
     
    Congratulations, Graduate!
    Evan Willis, the son of Mike and Shelley Willis, graduated from UW – Madison with a double major in Computer Engineering and Computer Science.  We pray that the Lord blesses him as he now enters the labor force! 
    Please submit the names of other David’s Star college graduates for recognition in these email blasts!
     
    Earthly Loss!  Victory in Jesus!
    We already alerted you to the death of Eleanor Gronemeyer.  She was called to her eternal rest on Sunday at the age of 96.  We also commend to the Lord’s care the following as they experience the loss of a loved one. Sue Vogel’s mom, Kathryn Heiden, was called to heaven on Monday of this week. Rachel Gustafson’s father, the Rev. em. Allen Zenker was called home to Jesus last night. Please keep these families in your prayers. 
     
    April Financial Narrative Attached
    A summary of our ministry’s finances prepared by treasurer Josh Boeldt is attached to this email.  We praise the Lord for the faithful support of gospel work this summary represents.  
     
    Small(er) Group Communion at Church
    As restrictions loosen on the Wisconsin “Safer At Home” mandate, the pastors will once again be offering communion at church.  We are going to start with groups of 5 or less.  (If your household has more than 5 communicants, you would all be welcome to come at the same time!)  Sign up should be available through our website.  Initially, we will offer times for this coming Thursday afternoon and evening, Friday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

     To promote safety and respect generally accepted protocols, we will observe the following practices:
    1. Those receiving communion will stand in front of the church.  We ask members not to use the church pews, so we can avoid having to sanitize them after each group.  Those who cannot stand for 10 minutes can use their own walkers or will be asked to use one of our wheelchairs.  Non-communicant children may accompany their parents, but should be able to stand quietly, or be held.
    2. If more than one household is present, we will ask you to keep an appropriate separation.
    3. If you as an individual or couple feel uncomfortable having anyone else present with you in church, please fill in all five places in your time slot.  (You could repeat your own name until filled)
    4. The pastors will sanitize their hands immediately before the “Words of Institution.”  They will give you the wafer with sanitized hands.  You will take the cup from the tray yourself, as is our normal practice.  No common cup will be offered unless specifically requested by those who cannot handle the individual cup themselves.
    5. There will be no printed “order of service.”   The communion service will be simple, consisting of the invocation, a devotional thought, the confession of sins and absolution, the Words of Institution, the distribution of the sacrament, prayer, and benediction.
    6. You can’t take communion with your face covered, so no facial coverings will be required.
    7. Please do not come to church for communion if you have a fever or any other symptoms of illness.  Call one of the pastors for private arrangements.
    Click here for communion signup 

    Morning Bible Camp Canceled
    Our morning bible camp in June has been canceled.  We will continue to discuss other opportunities for interaction as the weeks continue to unfold. 
     
    "Door Offering” for MLC Congregational Partner Grant Program
    The distribution from our fund dedicated to supporting David’s Star members preparing for public ministry in the WELS will allow us to give a grant of just over $750 to Caleb Gustafson who will be attending Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary next year, as well as three students who are planning to attend Martin Luther College in the fall: Madeline Walz, Becky Loescher, and Livia Lickteig.   Martin Luther College will match our congregational support up to $1000 for each of our MLC students.  Our church council has authorized a door offering to help us reach the $1000 per student mark.  We need approximately $725 to enable our students to receive the full match from MLC.  It’s difficult to do a “door offering” when we aren’t gathering at church for weekly worship!  However, we are still asking you to consider supporting our ministerial education students with a special gift.  You can mail a gift to the church office, drop in on the Woldt porch, or bring it along if you come to church to receive communion.  We will try to keep you updated on the total amount received each week.  The deadline for special offerings is mid-June.  Funds need to be submitted to MLC by July 1st.
     
    One Last Word
    “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Matthew 6: 33, 34.
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    May 12th, Tuesday
  • Happy Tuesday!
     
    Lots of new information today!  Don’t skip this one!
     
    Small(er) Group Communion at Church
    As restrictions loosen on the Wisconsin “Safer At Home” mandate, the pastors will once again be offering communion at church.  We are going to start with groups of 5 or less.  (If your household has more than 5 communicants, you would all be welcome to come at the same time!)  Sign up should be available through our website beginning later today.  Initially, we will offer times for this coming Thursday afternoon and evening, Friday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.
     
    To promote safety and respect generally accepted protocols, we will observe the following practices:
    1. Those receiving communion will stand in front of the church.  We ask members not to use the church pews, so we can avoid having to sanitize them after each group.  Those who cannot stand for 10 minutes can use their own walkers or will be asked to use one of our wheelchairs.  Non-communicant children may accompany their parents, but should be able to stand quietly, or be held.
    2. If more than one household is present, we will ask you to keep an appropriate separation.
    3. If you as an individual or couple feel uncomfortable having anyone else present with you in church, please fill in all five places in your time slot.  (You could repeat your own name until filled)
    4. The pastors will sanitize their hands immediately before the “Words of Institution.”  They will give you the wafer with sanitized hands.  You will take the cup from the tray yourself, as is our normal practice.  No common cup will be offered unless specifically requested by those who cannot handle the individual cup themselves.
    5. There will be no printed “order of service.”   The communion service will be simple, consisting of the invocation, a devotional thought, the confession of sins and absolution, the Words of Institution, the distribution of the sacrament, prayer, and benediction.
    6. You can’t take communion with your face covered, so no facial coverings will be required.
    7. Please do not come to church for communion if you have a fever or any other symptoms of illness.  Call one of the pastors for private arrangements.
    Click here for communion signup 

    Morning Bible Camp Canceled
    Our morning bible camp in June has been canceled.  We will continue to discuss other opportunities for interaction as the weeks continue to unfold.  Doris Koeller is attempting to contact all who have registered or volunteered to assist.
     
    "JAM!" - Jesus & Me 
    Jennifer Mueller will be offering a Facebook Live “JAM” session tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m.  This session will take place on the David’s Star Church Facebook page.  “Jesus and Me” is designed for toddlers, young children, and their parents, grandparents, or other caregivers. 
     
    "Door Offering” for MLC Congregational Partner Grant Program
    The distribution from our fund dedicated to supporting David’s Star members preparing for public ministry in the WELS will allow us to give a grant of just over $750 to Caleb Gustafson who will be attending Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary next year, as well as three students who are planning to attend Martin Luther College in the fall: Madeline Walz, Becky Loescher, and Livia Lickteig. 
     
    Martin Luther College will match our congregational support up to $1000 for each of our MLC students.  Our church council has authorized a door offering to help us reach the $1000 per student mark.  We need approximately $725 to enable our students to receive the full match from MLC.  It’s difficult to do a “door offering” when we aren’t gathering at church for weekly worship!  However, we are still asking you to consider supporting our ministerial education students with a special gift.  You can mail a gift to the church office, drop in on the Woldt porch, or bring it along if you come to church to receive communion.  We will try to keep you updated on the total amount received each week.  The deadline for special offerings is mid-June.  Funds need to be submitted to MLC by July 1st.
     
    Speaking of Ministerial Education
    Three students connected to David’s Star will be graduating from Martin Luther College this weekend.  (The service will be online.  The graduates will not be on campus.)   Caleb Gustafson will be continuing his pastoral studies at the seminary.  Andrew Eggers and Joey Loescher are presenting themselves for calls into the WELS teaching ministry.  Jesus bless them all as they continue to serve him.
     
    Others Are Graduating Too!
    Please submit the names of any other college graduates you would like to see acknowledged in these email blasts!  We will be happy to include them in our prayers as they move on to the next stage of their lives.
     
    Council Update Coming
    The church council is not meeting in person this month, instead choosing to do business and receive reports via email.  Look for council financial reports and other information to come out later this week.
     
    Covid Concerned, Covid Crazy, or Both?
    It’s hard for many to maintain a balanced approach these days.  We pray that thegathering restrictions are able to be lifted soon, yet we don’t want to project a cavalier attitude when it comes to health concerns and respect for the government.  God grant us all wisdom and patience as we continue to live in these strange times!
     
    One Last Word
    “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”   Matthew 28:20b
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    May 11th, Monday
  • Happy Monday!
     
    Livestream Continues!
    The production work continues to grow as we try to improve the worship services we offer.  Thanks to Terry Hansen for operating the camera and displaying the service slides. Thanks to Jennifer Miller for preparing the service slides.  Thanks to Todd Oestreich for monitoring sound.  Thanks to Mark Oestreich for technical support.  Thanks to Kris Eggers and Tom Neuman for coordinating the keyboard players, the vocalists and other instrumentalists.  Thanks to Guy Maciejewski for keeping oil in the candles.  Thanks to Andy Loeffler for providing DVD’s of the service after it is completed.  (And thanks for the emails reminding us who else we forgot to thank in this thank you!)
     
    Called to Heaven!
    Eleanor Gronemeyer, a long time member of David’s Star, was called to her heavenly home yesterday, Sunday, May 10th at the age of 96.  We praise our risen Lord Jesus for giving her the gift of eternal life and rest from her earthly struggles.  A private committal service for family members is being planned for later this week.  Blessed are those who die in the Lord!
     
    Prayer Request
    For Dave and Jeanie Martin, who will be celebrating 24 years of marriage on May 18th.
     
    Porch Supplies Replenished Again!
    There are more cloth face-covering masks available on the Woldt porch.  The selection had diminished but was replenished over the weekend, thanks to the faithful work of our skilled sewers.  As of Monday morning, DVD’s of the weekend service are also available. 
     
    Prayer Requests
    Just a reminder to send your prayer requests to the church secretary or one of the pastors.  Prayer requests will be included in email blasts, on the worship folder, and/or in the Livestreamed services, according to your wishes.
     
    The Formula of Concord, Then and Now Online Bible Study Continues
    Below is the link to the second session of the discussion on the Formula of Concord.  This week's discussion was on Article 10 which addresses Christian freedom in particular with regard to how we worship. 
    https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/tZNYP7rh1kJOH9Lq6QLDeoIzMYCmX6a82iAfrPZYz06fgzjEls08opFD79iHnfb7
     
    If you haven't seen the first session which was a discussion on the historical context you can click on the link below.
    https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/wOtUCqzW0U9JE9LW-hjVSo8jP6fdX6a82nMa_KUEzkmd8ZNtbq6FE8z5Lbm8_pXw
     
    New Beginnings - Home for Mothers
    It is our custom to pass out baby bottles over Mother's Day, giving us an opportunity to support New Beginnings! Due to the COVID - 19 Pandemic the parish nurses are not using the baby bottles to collect funds this year.  Please send your support directly to New Beginnings. Thank you in advance! David's Star has always been a very generous supporter of this important ministry. 
    New Beginnings - Home for Mothers, Box 56, Richfield, WI 53076.
     
    One Last Word
    “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.”  1 John 3: 16a. 
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt and Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    May 8th, Friday
  • Happy Friday!
     
    Well, the weather people hit the forecast on the head.  It’s cold. Even a few snowflakes this morning.  We still live in the grace and love of Jesus!
     
    Not Much New
    With not much new to report, this email will contain a few repeat announcements.  Livestream service will again be recorded at 5 pm on Saturday, and the service folder is attached to this email.  The last of the Philippians Bible Study video walk-thru has also been posted.
     
    Happy Mother’s Day!
    Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!  Jesus bless you as you continue to serve him in your important calling. 
     
    Another Activity Missed
    For the last few years, our teen A.I.R  (Anchored in the Rock) group has been hosted a Mother’s Day brunch.  They were planning to continue the recent tradition this year.  We pray that Jesus blesses our teens as they continue to experience the loss of time with their friends and classmate, and continue to miss milestone events in their lives. 
     
    Under the Table
    All the May “Forward in Christ” copies had been taken from the table on the Woldt porch, but there were more under the table.  If you thought you missed the chance to receive your copy, there are more available!  Stop back again!
     
    Reason to Rejoice!
    Many of you have been keeping Miriam Kremer in your prayers.  For close to six months, Miriam has not been able to be at home as she was receiving medical care for an aggressive form of leukemia. In March, about the same time concerns about COVID-19 led to “Safer at Home” mandates, Miriam received a bone marrow transplant.  Yesterday Miriam was released from Children’s Hospital and allowed to go home with her parents and family in Kewaskum.  Praise the Lord!  Continue to keep Miriam in your prayers.  Miriam is the granddaughter of Rod and Barb Hendrix, and the daughter of former David’s Star members, Jesse and Janet Kremer.
     
    New Beginnings - Home for Mothers
    It is our custom to pass out baby bottles over Mother's Day, giving us an opportunity to support New Beginnings! Due to the COVID - 19 Pandemic the parish nurses are not using the baby bottles to collect funds this year.  Please send your support directly to New Beginnings. Thank you in advance! David's Star has always been a very generous supporter of this important ministry. 
    New Beginnings - Home for Mothers, Box 56, Richfield, WI 53076.
     
    Thank You for Your Support!
    Offerings for David’s Star operating budget and other areas of ministry continue to arrive via mail and offerings brought to the Woldt porch.  These regular, and sometimes extraordinary gifts, speak volumes about your love for Jesus and the gospel ministry.  We thank God for all of you!
     
    New Carpet in 8th Grade Room – More Opportunities to Help!
    New carpet smells are filling the air in the school.  The next project lined up is to beef up some of the classroom doors to make them more secure.  Building and Grounds may be looking for volunteers to help one of our members with some masonry work.  (He has the skills, but needs another set of hands!)  Any requests for help will come through these emails.  You can always contact Brian Lee, our building and grounds chairman, with any other offers for help at BandG@davidsstar.org.
     
    Face Covering Masks Still Available
    There are still masks available for member use on the Woldt porch.  If masks are not used by our members, they will be donated to health care facilities who are now handing out masks to all who enter for appointments and procedures.
     
    One Last Word
    “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” Proverbs 31: 30, 31
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    May 7th, Thursday
  • Happy Thursday!
     
    Reason to Rejoice!
    Many of you have been keeping Miriam Kremer in your prayers.  For close to six months, Miriam has not been able to be at home as she was receiving medical care for an aggressive form of leukemia. In March, about the same time concerns about COVID-19 led to “Safer at Home” mandates, Miriam received a bone marrow transplant.  Yesterday Miriam was released from Children’s Hospital and allowed to go home with her parents and family in Kewaskum.  Praise the Lord!  Continue to keep Miriam in your prayers.  Miriam is the granddaughter of Rod and Barb Hendrix, and the daughter of former David’s Star members, Jesse and Janet Kremer.
     
    New Beginnings - Home for Mothers
    It is our custom to pass out baby bottles over Mother's Day, giving us an opportunity to support New Beginnings! Due to the COVID - 19 Pandemic the parish nurses are not using the baby bottles to collect funds this year. Please send your support directly to New Beginnings. Thank you in advance! David's Star has always been a very generous supporter of this important ministry. 
    New Beginnings - Home for Mothers, Box 56, Richfield, WI 53076.
     
    Thank You for Your Support!
    Offerings for David’s Star operating budget and other areas of ministry continue to arrive via mail and offerings brought to the Woldt porch.  These regular, and sometimes extraordinary gifts, speak volumes about your love for Jesus and the gospel ministry.  We thank God for all of you!
     
    New Carpet in 8th Grade Room!
    New carpet smells are filling the air in the school.  The next project lined up is to beef up some of the classroom doors to make them more secure.  Building and Grounds may be looking for volunteers to help one of our members with some masonry work.  (He has the skills, but needs another set of hands!)  Any requests for help will come through these emails.  You can always contact Brian Lee, our Building and Grounds chairman, with any other offers for help at BandG@davidsstar.org.
     
    No District Convention, But Officer Elections Will Happen
    The 12 districts of our synod have canceled their conventions, but district elections will be held for the district presidents, the two vice presidents, and the district secretary.  Elections will be held via the internet.  Our church council will need to approve a congregational delegate to vote in our district election.  Pastor Woldt currently serves as the 2nd Vice President of our district and is up for reelection to another 2-year term.
     
    Bible Chat 
    Pastor Loescher will hold a brief bible study to start your Friday called Bible Chat.  Join us tomorrow morning at 9 AM via Zoom.  Just click the link below.  
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87313959788?pwd=YnpVd2QzMXNkcmV5emhUMjlUT01YUT09  
     
    Face Covering Masks Still Available
    There are still masks available for member use on the Woldt porch.  If masks are not used by our members, they will be donated to health care facilities who are now handing out masks to all who enter for appointments and procedures.
     
    One Last Word
    “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”  Hebrews 13:8
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt and Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    May 6th, Wednesday
  • Wonderful Wednesday!
     
    The sun is shining as the message is being typed.  What a wonderful blessing!  The forecast sounds like we’ll have to wait a few days for the warmer weather to stay around.
     
    Thanks for the Replies
    Brian Lee has had six people/groups reply that they are willing to help with outdoor tasks around our campus in lieu of the annual arbor night.  We appreciate your willingness to serve.  Although the work will be done, some of us will still miss the fine supper the Ladies Aid always provided!
     
    Prayer Request
    Nelda Clemens called today to request a prayer of thanksgiving for an upcoming anniversary on May 16th.  John and Nelda will be married for 56 years.  Since John and Nelda don’t have internet in their home, it might be nice for them to receive greetings from people at David’s Star who know them. 
     
    Final Philippians Installment
    The last study guide for Philippians is here.  Look for a Livestream walk-through of the study to be posted in the next few days on our website  www.davidsstar.org
     
    The Formula of Concord, Then and Now
    Check out the video class on the Formula of Concord  You should be able to go right to the video without any passwords.   https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/wOtUCqzW0U9JE9LW-hjVSo8jP6fdX6a82nMa_KUEzkmd8ZNtbq6FE8z5Lbm8_pXw
    Thanks to former David’s Star member and Seminary Professor, Pastor Jim Korthals, for participating with Pastor Loescher in this study.
     
    At Home with Jesus!
    Syd Smith passed away on May 4th, with his wife Kathryn at his side.  A visitation is planned at Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg on Friday, May 8th from 9 am to 10:30 am. A private graveside service is planned for 11 am on Friday in the David's Star Cemetery.  Please remember in your prayers his wife Kathryn and all who cherished Syd's wonderful expressions of faith and fellowship.  
     
    MLC Day is May 6th
    Supporters of Martin Luther College might want to check out MLC Day on social media or on the college website (www.mlc-wels.edu).  We have three seniors connected with David’s Star who will be graduating.  Caleb Gustafson will be going on to the seminary for pastoral training.  Andrew Eggers and Joey Loescher are completing their educational studies.  We are slated to have three David’s Star students attend MLC next year.  Look for coming information on how we can support them through the Congregational Partner Grant Program.
     
    One Last Word
    “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”  Philippians 4:12,13
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    May 5th, Tuesday
  • Blessed Tuesday!
     
    Second Try … The Formula of Concord, Then and Now
    Yesterday we promoted a video class on the Formula of Concord but didn't realize that the link was going to require a password.  If you attempted to open that video and were stonewalled by a password login, our apologies.  Here’s the link without password requirements.  You should be able to go right to the video.  https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/wOtUCqzW0U9JE9LW-hjVSo8jP6fdX6a82nMa_KUEzkmd8ZNtbq6FE8z5Lbm8_pXw
     
    This study is a conversation between Pastor Loescher and Pastor Jim Korthals (retired seminary professor and former David’s Star member) about one of the most interesting eras of Lutheran history and the powerful Lutheran confession that resulted.  If you know the Reformation history of Martin Luther, you know that it is fascinating to see the courage of faith, the intrigue of the medieval rulers, pope, bishops, and the hand of God to bring His Gospel to the forefront. If you don't know the Reformation story of Martin Luther, you can catch up pretty easily. We have a couple shorter (less than 100 pages)  books on the story of Luther and the reformation in our church library. Email Pastor Loescher (kloescher@davidsstar.org) if you want to check one out. Netflix has the 2003 movie for rent. See trailer  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYyP5a_BD90

    This study is the sequel to the reformation history of Martin Luther.  You can see how the hand of God was no less powerful with the second generation of reformers and how the Gospel upheld them in deceitful and perilous times.  The format is still a work in progress, but the content is good.  Please join us!    
     
    At Home with Jesus!
    Syd Smith passed away yesterday afternoon, May 4th, with his wife Kathryn at his side.  A visitation is planned at Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg on Friday, May 8th from 9 am to 10:30 am. A private graveside service is planned for 11 am on Friday in the David's Star Cemetery.  Please remember in your prayers his wife Kathryn and all who cherished Syd's wonderful expressions of faith and fellowship.  
     
    MLC Day is May 6th
    Supporters of Martin Luther College might want to check out MLC Day on social media or on the college website (www.mlc-wels.edu).  We have three seniors connected with David’s Star who will be graduating.  Caleb Gustafson will be going on to the seminary for pastoral training.  Andrew Eggers and Joey Loescher are completing their educational studies.  We are slated to have three David’s Star students attend MLC next year.  Look for coming information on how we can support them through the Congregational Partner Grant Program.
     
    One Last Word
    “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.”  Psalm 127:1
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    May 4th, Monday
  • Happy Monday!
     
    A study of the Formula of Concord with Pastor Jim Korthals
    Pastor Loescher joins Pastor Jim Korthals in a video overview of the last of the Lutheran confessions.  The Formula of Concord is a gift of God to the church at a critical time of confessional confusion.  It is thought that Martin Luther would not be remembered had this confession not righted the Lutheran ship some 30 years after his death.  Click the link below to join Pastor Korthals and Pastor Loescher in this historical review and relevant application of this confessional stand for our times.  The Formula of Concord, Then and Now!
    https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/wOtUCqzW0U9JE9LW-hjVSo8jP6fdX6a82nMa_KUEzkmd8ZNtbq6FE8z5Lbm8_pXw
     
    More Face-Covering Masks Available
    Thanks to the dedicated work of some sewing members, the supply of face-covering masks on the Woldt porch has been replenished.  You are welcome to take a mask for personal use.
     
    Wels.net Reminder
    Many devotional resources may be found on our synod’s website.  Don’t forget to check it out for updates.
     
    Ladies' Aid Spring Plant Sale
    The Ladies Aid group will again be selling Gift Certificates for use at Groth's Country Gardens.  Due to the social distancing requirements at this time, orders for certificates will need to be made by contacting either Lois Traska; 262/375-3877; or Marlene Bell; 262/677-2248.  Arrangements can be made to get your certificates to you by mail, pick up at either Traska or Bell residence or they can be delivered to you.  Certificates are available in $25.00 denomination.  They are usable on annuals/perennials/vegetables.  Certificates expire on June 30, 2020.  Proceeds from this sale will be used for church improvements.  
     
    From Building and Grounds
    If you, you, and your social circle or your family are looking to get outdoors, Building and Grounds would like to hear from you. They are organizing a number of tasks that need to be done around church and school.  You can do them on your own time frame. Bring your own wheel barrel and shovels.   Example of the tasks would be:
     1. Spread mulch on the west playground 
     2. Clean upfront of Church and spread mulch
     3. Clean up circle and mulch in front-drive
     4. West side of the school
    If you are interested or have a social circle willing to take on one of the tasks, email Brian Lee at BandG@davidsstar.org (preferred) or call 262-377-9419. Please don’t call between noon and 2:30 pm. That’s naptime for Brian’s granddaughter! 
     
    One Last Word
    Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,  my God, in whom I trust.”   Psalm 91:1, 2.
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    May 1st, Friday
  • Sunny Friday!
     
    From Building and Grounds
    Three responses were received after the first request.  We’re hoping for more!  The weather is starting to turn and spring might really be here. With the current situation, it most likely will not be possible to host Arbor Day. However, work still needs to be done. Bushes need to be trimmed, mulch needs to be spread, the cemetery needs attention, along with other projects.   So, if you, and your family or social circle are looking to get outdoors, Building and Grounds would like to hear from you. They are organizing a number of tasks and a list of areas that need work. These tasks could be done in your own time frame. You would have to bring your own wheelbarrow and shovels. We want to make sure we have enough people to start and finish all tasks in a timely manner. We don’t want the work to start, and not be completed. 
     
     Example of the tasks would be:
     1. Spread mulch on the west playground 
     2. Clean up the front of the church and spread mulch
     3. Clean up the circle in the front-drive and mulch
     4. West side of the school
     
    Many more tasks could be organized.  Mulch or topsoil will be brought as close as possible to each task. Once it is determined there are enough groups interested, work could be assigned and start.   If you are interested or have a social circle willing to take on one of the tasks, email Brian Lee at BandG@davidsstar.org (preferred) or call 262-377-9419. Please don’t call between noon and 2:30 pm. That’s naptime for Brian’s granddaughter! 
     
    Livestream Saturday
    As has been our recent practice, we will be Livestreaming our weekend church service at 5 pm on Saturday.  Don’t miss the comforting Good Shepherd themes in the readings, hymns, and sermon! The service folder is attached to this email. This stream will be our first attempt to balance the musical portions of the service with an individual monitoring the soundboard.  Pray for God’s blessings on our efforts.  We’ll thank the individuals involved if it turns out well!  If not, they will remain anonymous!
     
    Porch Business has Increased
    Over 40 handsewn masks have been picked up by our members.  Only a few remain.  On behalf of all those who have benefitted, we thank the ladies who continue to work on this project.  Copies of “Forward in Christ” are also disappearing.  That’s good.  Thanks also for the offering envelopes which have been left on the porch.  The envelopes are taken to the church office daily.  The continued support for the ministry of David’s Star has been a true blessing!
     
    Contingency Plans
    A group of elders met with the pastors at church this week to discuss “what-if” plans for worship as “Safer-at Home” restrictions are lifted.  Many questions remain without answers.  One thing is clear … if social distancing is maintained, the capacity of our church shrinks dramatically.  One of the first steps in opening worship if groups of more than 10 are allowed, might be to incorporate a congregation of worshippers as we record our Livestream service each weekend.  We’re also hoping to be able to offer some sort of individual/family/small group communion soon together with our Livestream.  We had an interesting discussion as to how worship would look if the use of face-covering masks was mandated.  Interesting times to say the least.
     
    One Last Word
    “The Lord is my Shepherd.  I shall not be in want.”  Psalm 23:1
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

    April 30th, Thursday
  • Blessed Thursday!
     
    Correction
    Yesterday’s message from Brian Lee regarding campus work opportunities contained an incorrect email address.  The email to contact Brian to express willingness to help with outdoor campus projects is: BandG@davidsstar.org
     
    Bible Study #6
    Installment #6 of the Philippians Bible Study is here.  A walk through of the study will be posted on Livestream in the next day or two.
     
    JAM (Jesus and Me) Update
    Jennifer Mueller reports:  “Our “JAM” session on the David’s Star Church Facebook page has over 300 views, so it has definitely reached more than our usual audience. Our Bible story was Daniel and the Lions Den”  She even attached some pictures of happy students! “In God I trust. I will not be afraid.” Psalm 56:11
     
    The next JAM Facebook Live session on the David’s Star Facebook page is being planned for Wednesday, May 13th.
     
    David’s Star May Newsletter
    The electronic version of the May Newsletter is attached to this email, and paper copies are now available on the Woldt porch for those who would like a hard copy.  As previously mentioned, copies of “Forward in Christ” are also available there.
     
    One Last Word
    “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25: 4, 5
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    April 29th, Wednesday
  • Happy Wet Wednesday!
     
    May Forward in Christ Magazine is Here!
    You can pick up a copy on the Woldt porch.  There are also Simply Giving forms, sermons, service DVDs, devotional materials, and a limited number of face-covering masks.
     
    From Building and Grounds
    The weather is starting to turn and spring might really be here. With the current situation, it most likely will not be possible to host Arbor Day. However, work still needs to be done. Bushes need to be trimmed, mulch needs to be spread, the cemetery needs attention, along with other projects.   So, if you, and your family or social circle are looking to get outdoors, Building and Grounds would like to hear from you. They are organizing a number of tasks and a list of areas that need work. These tasks could be done in your own time frame. You would have to bring your own wheelbarrow and shovels. We want to make sure we have enough people to start and finish all tasks in a timely manner. We don’t want the work to start, and not be completed. 
     
     Example of the tasks would be:
     1. Spread mulch on the west playground 
     2. Clean up the front of the church and spread mulch
     3. Clean up the circle in the front-drive and mulch
     4. West side of the school
     
    Many more tasks could be organized.  Mulch or topsoil will be brought as close as possible to each task. Once it is determined there are enough groups interested, work could be assigned and start.   If you are interested or have a social circle willing to take on one of the tasks, email Brian Lee at BandG@davidsstar.org (preferred) or call 262-377-9419. Please don’t call between noon and 2:30 pm. That’s naptime for Brian’s granddaughter! 
     
    Good Shepherd Sunday!
    We look forward to this weekend’s worship.  The theme for the 4th Sunday of Easter presents Jesus as our Good Shepherd!  What a comforting message for uncertain times.  Jesus is guiding us with great care and love!
     
    One Last Word
    “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.”  John 10: 27, 28
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    April 28th, Tuesday
  • Happy Tuesday!
     
    While the day is off to a foggy start, we pray that you are enjoying the Light of the gospel as it shines in your heart!
     
    Missed One!
    The trouble with publicly thanking people is that you might leave someone out.  Brian Lee reminded us that Kurt Liesener (Liesener Soils) also contributed to the campus clean-up.  Kurt drove up with a big loader from Liesener Soils and took away a huge tree stump, roots, and all.  We don’t know where the stump and roots wound up, but there are rumors that Gerry Lahti told Kurt to take it to Brian Lee’s yard, and that Brian directed Kurt to Gerry’s house. It’s a beautiful thing to see brothers in Christ work and play together!
     
    JAM Reminder
    Jennifer Mueller will be offering a Facebook Live “JAM” session next Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.  This session will take place on the David’s Star Church Facebook page.  “Jesus and Me” is designed for toddlers, young children, and their parents, grandparents, or other caregivers.  Give it a try!
     
    Thank You Note and Email Received from Aurora and Froedtert
    David’s Star received a thank you note from Dr. Michelle Blakely, the President of Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.  The note acknowledges the contribution of handmade masks sewn by our members.  We also received an email from Jody Homulos, a Senior Administrative Assistant with Froedtert, thanking us for a similar contribution, and asking if it would be alright for them to include our name on a billboard.  Thanks to all our members who produced the masks!  (We’re not going to list all the names right now … because we might miss one! See the first paragraph!  We may include individual acknowledgments in future emails.)
     
    Ladies' Aid Spring Plant Sale
    The Ladies Aid group will again be selling Gift Certificates for use at Groth's Country Gardens.  Due to the social distancing requirements at this time, orders for certificates will need to be made by contacting either Lois Traska; 262/375-3877; or Marlene Bell; 262/677-2248.  Arrangements can be made to get your certificates to you by mail, pick up at either Traska or Bell residence or they can be delivered to you.  Certificates are available in $25.00 denomination.  They are usable on annuals/perennials/vegetables.  Certificates expire on June 30, 2020.  Proceeds from this sale will be used for church improvements.  
     
    Efforts to Provide Better Sound Mix for Livestream
    We’re going to try to reconfigure things temporarily in the church to make it possible to monitor sound during Livestream recording.  We are also exploring possibilities of including more than one Livestream operator for each service.  Space limitations in our church building make permanent A/V setups difficult, but when the church is not occupied by worshippers, there may be more we can do going forward.
     
    Online Meditations
    In continuing efforts to serve our WELS members, Northwestern Publishing House is providing free online access to the current issue of Meditations.  You can find it at this link: https://online.nph.net/free-meditations-form?utm_source=general-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=meds-free-0420
     
    One Last Word
    “ Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”  Hebrews 13: 20, 21
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    April 27th, Monday
  • Happy Monday!
     
    Sorry About the Sound!
    The sound was imbalanced on this weekend’s Livestream service.  The guitar was too loud.  The vocalists too soft.  Our Livestream operator does not have the ability to adjust the sound balance.  A single microphone in the church picks up the sound that is used for the Livestream.  We will work at balancing the sound better before the broadcast begins. 
     
    Building and Grounds Work Continues on Campus!
    The trees impacted by wind have been cleaned.  Thanks go out to Allen Knepel, one of our newer members, who owns and operates A.S.K. tree service.  Thanks also to volunteers Brian Lee, Gerry Lahti, Jeff Wenzel, and Ken Berndt for pitching in to help.  Carpet/tile removal has begun in the 8th-grade classroom.  Bids have been received for security upgrades on the school.   
     
    Prayers Requested
    We prayed for Syd Smith in our weekend service.  Since then we received word that Syd is close to the end of his earthly life.  Pastor Woldt was allowed to accompany his wife, Kathryn, on a visit to the hospital yesterday. Syd had a big smile on his face and pointed to heaven!  He has true peace in Jesus.  Please keep both Kathryn and Syd in your prayers as they wait for the Lord to bring Syd to the glory of heaven.
     
    Masks Now Available 
    With more than 300 masks donated to Froedtert and Advocate Aurora, our sewing group is now making personal face coverings available to members of our congregation.  The masks are available on the Woldt porch.  Please take only what you will use.  The CDC has recommended the use of masks in public to help stop the unintended spread of the COVID-19 virus.
     
    Five Weekend DVD’s Available
    The DVD’s are available on the Woldt porch, together with other devotional material and written copies of the sermon.
     
    One Last Word
    “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”  (Ephesians 6: 10, 11).
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt and Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    April 24th, Friday
  • Happy Friday!
     
    Chainsaws in the Background
    As these words are being typed, the sound of chainsaws and a wood chipper fills the air.  The trees that came down due to high winds earlier in the week are being cleared away!  Thanks to all who helped with this effort!
     
    LWMS Convention Info
    The 2020 Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society convention in Georgia has been canceled. LWMS is working with the missions office with an alternative plan. There is a video that you can watch on the LWMS Facebook page with Cynthia Natsis, the president, explaining the tentative plans.    https://www.facebook.com/LWMS.WELS/
     
    Livestream Service Again at 5 pm Tomorrow
    We once again thank all the people working behind the scenes to make these Livestream services possible.  If there are streaming issues in real-time (which could always arise!) we will work at posting a service as soon any technical issues are resolved.
     
    WEEKEND SERVICE FOLDER
    The weekend service folder is linked above.
     
    Some Repeated Announcements …
     
    “Jesus and Me” Continues Online!
    Jennifer Mueller will be offering a Facebook Live “JAM” session next Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.  This session will take place on the David’s Star Church Facebook page.  “Jesus and Me” is designed for toddlers, young children, and their parents, grandparents, or other caregivers.  Give it a try!
     
    CD’s Could Be Available if Needed
    DVD’s of the weekend services will continue to be produced and made available on the Woldt porch.  Audio CD’s could also be produced if there was a need.  Please let us know!
     
    Ladies' Aid Spring Plant Sale
    The Ladies Aid group will again be selling Gift Certificates for use at Groth's Country Gardens.  Due to the social distancing requirements at this time, orders for certificates will need to be made by contacting either Lois Traska; 262/375-3877; or Marlene Bell; 262/677-2248.  Arrangements can be made to get your certificates to you by mail, pick up at either Traska or Bell residence or they can be delivered to you.  Certificates are available in $25.00 denomination.  They are usable on annuals/perennials/vegetables.  Certificates expire on June 30, 2020.  Proceeds from this sale will be used for church improvements.  
     
    One Last Word
    “You were redeemed from your empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, not with things that pass away, such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like a lamb without blemish or spot.”  1 Peter 1:18,19  

     
    April 23rd, Thursday
  • Happy Thursday!
     
    Philippians Bible Study #5
    Please click the link above for the latest installment of the Philippians Bible Study.  Pastor Woldt will provide a video walk-through of the study on Livestream in the next day or two.
     
    More Bible Study Tomorrow
    Pastor Loescher will hold a brief bible study to start your Friday called Bible Chat.  This is a continuation of a Friday morning Bible time that we held before the Safer at Home orders.  Join us tomorrow morning at 9 AM via Zoom.  Just click the link below.
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87211547054?pwd=cms3U1hxcm1NRnRjZTQrVXVpSHk5QT09
    Meeting ID: 872 1154 7054
    Password: 558840

    More Meditations Found!
    A few more copies of the current “Meditations” were found in the old narthex.  They are now on the Woldt porch. All the copies of Meditations have been taken from the Woldt porch.   Northwestern Publishing House is offering to send copies directly to members’ homes while supplies last.  If you need a copy of Meditations, please send an email message to our church secretary by today at noon.  We will submit all the names we have received to NPH at that time.
     
    “Jesus and Me” Continues Online!
    Jennifer Mueller will be offering a Facebook Live “JAM” session next Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.  This session will take place on the David’s Star Church Facebook page.  “Jesus and Me” is designed for toddlers, young children, and their parents, grandparents, or other caregivers.  Give it a try!
     
    CD’s Could Be Available if Needed
    DVD’s of the weekend services will continue to be produced and made available on the Woldt porch.  Audio CD’s could also be produced if there was a need.  Please let us know!
     
    Ladies' Aid Spring Plant Sale
    The Ladies Aid group will again be selling Gift Certificates for use at Groth's Country Gardens.  Due to the social distancing requirements at this time, orders for certificates will need to be made by contacting either Lois Traska; 262/375-3877; or Marlene Bell; 262/677-2248.  Arrangements can be made to get your certificates to you by mail, pick up at either Traska or Bell residence or they can be delivered to you.  Certificates are available in $25.00 denomination.  They are usable on annuals/perennials/vegetables.  Certificates expire on June 30, 2020.  Proceeds from this sale will be used for church improvements.  
     
    One Last Word
    “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:14
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    April 22nd, Wednesday
  • Blessed Wednesday
     
    Meditations are Gone, But …
    All the copies of Meditations have been taken from the Woldt porch, but Northwestern Publishing House is offering to send copies directly to members’ homes while supplies last.  If you still need a copy of Meditations, please send an email message to our church secretary by Thursday noon (tomorrow).  We will submit all the names we have received to NPH at that time.
     
    Meditations are Gone, But (part 2) …  
    We have moved some copies of devotional booklets from our church library area to the Woldt porch.  Please feel free to help yourself to these resources for home use.  We have quite a few copies of devotions compiled by Pastor Richard Lauersdorf in a series called, “For Such a Time as This.”  There are also a few copies of Meditations from previous years.  The basic truths shared in these devotional booklets are timeless.
     
    DVD'S OF OUR SERVICES
    Do you know someone without the internet that would benefit from a DVD recording of our services?  If so, please contact Pastor Loescher.  We will create more DVD's if there is interest.
     
    What a Blessing!
    One of our members involved in construction heard some shingles were ripped off the Woldt parsonage by straight-line winds on Tuesday night.  He offered to stop yesterday afternoon to check things out.  By 5 pm, the torn shingles were replaced and the roof damage repaired.  Before 8 am another member had come to move downed trees off the parsonage drive.  These examples are typical of the responses our members have time and time again to support the ministry of David’s Star.  We pastors give thanks for all of you!
     
    From the Parent’s Group:  School Pizza Fundraiser- Cancelled!
    With the recent extension of the Safer at Home Order, Parents’ Group has canceled the Pizza Fundraiser for this school year. Those who submitted orders should read the following regarding their payment and orders. The checks collected will be shred on April 27….if you would still like to donate your funds to the Parents’ Group, please email Nicole Wolfrgam (krebnj17@hotmail.com) ASAP to let her know. Any checks not designated for donation will be shred on 4/27. Cash payments will be returned to school, and then returned to families via homework pick up. School families who ordered pizza will also receive their order form back via homework pick up, in case you need to reference it as you issue refunds to family/friends. We appreciate everyone’s understanding.  We share your disappointment….this was going to be our biggest pizza fundraiser to date! We are so grateful for everyone’s efforts and are confident that next year’s effort will be just as successful. Please contact Krista Kuber (krista@accordmfg.com), Nicole Wolfgram, or Crissy Nader if you have any questions. We pray you and your families stay healthy and we thank you again for all your support this year.
     
    Seasonal Cemetery Decorations
    Mowing season will start soon.  Temporary seasonal decorations from Fall and Christmas have been removed from the cemetery.  Removed seasonal items have been placed on the north side of the storage shed.  If you are interested in recovering your items, please check there. Some items may be missing because they have been blown away or damaged by the weather. 
     
    WELS Family Devotional Resource
    Family devotions will be posted at https://wels.net/family-devotion/fd20200420/. WELS Facebook page will also post them every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 
     
    One Last Word
    “Lord, be gracious to you; we long for you.  Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.”  Isaiah 33:2 
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    April 21st, Tuesday
  • Blessed Tuesday!
     
    A Little Wind Came Through Last Night
    The logger is not the only one knocking trees down on the David’s Star campus.  A burst of strong wind uprooted a tree by the playground and broke off portions of three other trees along the parsonage drive and in the Woldt front yard.  No damage was caused, but a few shingles were blown off the Woldt parsonage roof. 
     
    Evelyn Guhl Committal Today
    The family members of Evelyn Guhl will be gathering for a private committal ceremony in our cemetery today.  Please keep them in your prayers, and join them in thanking our risen Savior for the victory she is now fully enjoying with the Lord in heaven.
     
    Reaction to Service DVD’S
    One of our members contacted another member without internet access to let them know about the service DVD’s available for pick up on the Woldt parsonage porch.  After watching the Easter service at their home on DVD, the appreciative member called to say, “I started to cry during the first hymn.  While it wasn’t the same as being at church, it was so nice to be part of a service in this way.  Thanks to all who made this possible.”  We will try to meet the need for DVD services if demand increases. 
     
    New WELS Family Devotional Resource
    Check out this new link.  Yesterday, the first family devotion was posted at https://wels.net/family-devotion/fd20200420/.   WELS Facebook page will also post them every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 
     
    One Last Word
    “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him”  Psalm 103:13 – Evelyn Guhl’s confirmation verse.

     
    April 20th, Monday
  • Blessed Monday!
     
    Weekend Livestream Worship
    As of this morning, there were over 300 views of this weekend’s service on Livestream.  Five DVD’s of the service were produced.  There are still two available on the Woldt parsonage porch.  There is one DVD copy of the Easter Festival service.  Printed copies of the sermon are also available. 
     
    From the Parent’s Group:  School Pizza Fundraiser- Cancelled!
    With the recent extension of the Safer at Home Order, Parents’ Group has canceled the Pizza Fundraiser for this school year. Those who submitted orders should read the following regarding their payment and orders. The checks collected will be shred on April 27….if you would still like to donate your funds to the Parents’ Group, please email Nicole Wolfrgam (krebnj17@hotmail.com) ASAP to let her know. Any checks not designated for donation will be shred on 4/27. Cash payments will be returned to school, and then returned to families via homework pick up. School families who ordered pizza will also receive their order form back via homework pick up, in case you need to reference it as you issue refunds to family/friends. We appreciate everyone’s understanding.  We share your disappointment….this was going to be our biggest pizza fundraiser to date! We are so grateful for everyone’s efforts and are confident that next year’s effort will be just as successful. Please contact Krista Kuber (krista@accordmfg.com), Nicole Wolfgram, or Crissy Nader if you have any questions. We pray you and your families stay healthy and we thank you again for all your support this year.
     
    Chain Saw Continues to Buzz
    Trees are being removed from our woods to maintain its health.  It might look like a mess for a while, but it will be a long-term blessing according to those who understand forest management.  Thank you for giving the logger space as he does his work.
     
    Personal Blessings?
    Have you noticed any personal blessings in this time of separation from others?  You are welcome to submit your stories for inclusion in these email blasts. 
     
    One Last Word
    May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us.  Psalm 67:1
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    April 18th, Saturday
  • Good Saturday!
     
    Just a quick two item communication
     
    With the Lord!
    Evelyn Guhl was called home to heaven yesterday.  A small committal service for close family is being arranged.  We thank the Lord Jesus for the blessing she was to her family and to our congregation.  Please pray that the Lord continues to bring comfort to all who mourn her passing.  Jesus lives!  The victory is won!
     
    Call Returned
    Our 7th-grade teacher, Scott Beyersdorf, was holding a call to serve as principal and teach at St. Matthew’s, Stoddard, WI.  He has returned that call and will continue his ministry here at David’s Star.  We ask the Lord to bless his ministry here.  We also pray that the ministry needs of St. Matthew’s in Stoddard are met soon.
     
    One Last Word
    Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”  1 Timothy 6:12
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    April 17th, Friday
  • Happy Friday!
     
    The Mandate Continues
    As you heard on the new yesterday, the mandate “Safer At Home” continues for now.  Our teachers, students and parents are coming to grips with the reality that there will be no regular classes in our school building for the remainder of the school year.  Instruction by our teaching staff does continue.  We will continue to Livestream our services into May, while exploring opportunities for enhanced ministry under unusual conditions.
    Among our concerns are scheduling a confirmation ceremony for our 8th graders.  Pastor Loescher will be in contact with confirmation students and parents in the near future to discuss tentative dates outside the current mandate.
     
    Seizing Opportunities
    Building and Grounds chairman, Brian Lee, is working to take advantage of down times at church and school.  The 8th grade classroom will have its carpeting replaced.  The project involves asbestos abatement  (the tile glue contains asbestos) requiring certified professionals.  Brian is also working to provide more secure doors for some of the classrooms.  The front doors of the church’s gathering space will also be addressed.  The church carpeting project has been stalled due to higher than anticipated costs.  Funds donated for carpet replacement will be reserved for that purpose and used when the project can be completed.  Look for future opportunities to do outdoor work on our campus as the weather improves.
     
    Prayers Requested
    Please pray for Pastor Jonathan and Jessica Loescher, son of Pastor and Julie Loescher.  This past week, the baby Jessica had carried to full term died in womb.  Her name is Evelyn Grace.  Please keep the whole family, especially Jon and Jessica, in your prayers.  Also, say a prayer of thanksgiving that the Lord has given Kristina and Troy Schmeling's daughter Liliana good health and recovery from her early complications.  
     
    Give Thanks for Another Anniversary
    A message from Diana & Duane Hafemeister:  “We are celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary on April 20th. This is a joyous milestone for us both that we will celebrate fully at a later date when God sees fit.”
     
    Look for Attachment
    The weekend worship folder is here
     
    One Last Word
    Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.  Psalm 68:19
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    April 16th, Thursday
  • Blessed Thursday
     
    Prayer Requests
    Here’s an important reminder worth repeating.  If you have any special prayer requests that we could include in these email blasts or during our Livestream services, please contact the church office (church@davidsstar.org) or one of the pastors.   This week’s service folder will include some of the prayer requests that came through the member-calling-member program.
     
    Wisconsin Parental Choice Preparation Continues
    Mr. Gustafson and our school secretary, Crissy Nader, are working hard to line up all the paperwork for our participation in the Wisconsin Parental Choice program.  Our bookkeeper, Chuck Gauger, and our treasurer, Josh Boeldt, are also putting in extra hours to line up our financial reporting with the requirements of the Choice program.  We are thankful for these extra efforts.  There are currently 19 students who plan to enroll under the Wisconsin Parental Choice program.  The majority of those students are from member families.  There are at least two families from outside our congregation who want our Christian education for their children.
     
    A Blessed Milestone
    God's blessings to Dennis and Elfrieda Tischer!   They are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on April 25th. David's Star Ladies' Aid is donating $20 to their Joash Fund in honor of this anniversary.  The Ladies Aid uses money from the Joash fund to beautify the church and support the ministry of David’s Star.
     
    Another Livestream Story To Share
    Our son and his family usually attend the sunrise service at Zion, Allenton, their home congregation. This year, they got up early, donned their Sunday best, sat on the couch in their family room and participated in our sunrise service via their big screen. I was impressed!
     
    Livestream This Weekend
    Recording for the Livestream service is scheduled for 5 pm on Saturday.  Thanks again to Terry Hansen and Mark Oestreich for their work behind the camera.
     
    One Last Word
    “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  To him be glory both now and forever!  Amen.”  2 Peter 3:18
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    April 15th, Wednesday
  • Blessed Wednesday
     
    March Financial Narrative Attached
    Treasurer Josh Boeldt’s narrative for David’s Star financials is attached to this email.  March included three weekends of “in church” worship, and two weekends of Livestream.  We are grateful for the support our operating budget continues to receive.  We also encourage continued support of ministry outside our congregation through WELS missions and KMLHS.
     
    Because You Asked
    People have contacted our church secretary asking about giving options.  Here is a summary of the answers we can give now:   At this time, David's Star offers several different ways to support our ministry: Mail your offering envelope to the church office, drop it off in the basket located on the Woldt parsonage porch, or take a more 'automated' approach.  The first 'automated' approach is to issue David's Star a check through your own online banking. If you choose this option, you can use the memo line to indicate where you would like the funds credited (i.e. operating fund, building fund, missions, etc.) If you have a number of different places you would like your offering credited, please send an email to church@davidsstar.org and we will process your offering accordingly. If you give without designation, your offering will be deposited into the operating fund. The second “automated” way is through the Simply Giving Program. This is a program that allows your offering to be withdrawn automatically from an account of your choice.  You choose the date(s) of the withdrawal, where your offering is credited, and you also control how long you would like automatic withdrawal to continue! The form for the Simply Giving Program can be found on our website.  You can also contact the church secretary, Jennifer Miller. Once you complete the form, you can fax it back to the church office (262.677.8960), email it to church@davidsstar.org or send it via U.S. Mail to the church office. Whichever method you use, your offerings will be credited to your annual giving statement. Thank you for your continued support!
     
    Prayers
    Teresa Ahrens’ mother, Vivian Brudvig, passed away this morning.  We pray that our resurrected Lord Jesus brings peace and comfort to Teresa and her family. 
     
    DVD’s / Sermons Available on Woldt Porch
    Printed copies of the weekend sermons are available on the Woldt porch.  We are also able to produce DVD’s of the Livestreamed services soon after they occur.  Two DVD’s of the Easter service were picked up as of this morning.  Please let us know if you will use DVD’s in the future so we can produce the appropriate amount. 
     
    On the Lighter Side
    We received this communication from a member:  Fantastic Easter service today!  Thank you all for giving us the opportunity to all be together virtually! The way this was put together made following along very easy and we even sang along!  First time my dog has been to church ðŸ¥°    Happy Easter!
     
    One Last Word
    “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”  Psalm 73:26
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    April 14th, Tuesday
  • Greetings This Tuesday!
     
    New Items on Woldt Parsonage Porch
    There are a limited number of Easter Festival Service DVD’s on the table in the parsonage porch.  These DVD’s could be used by people who do not have wireless internet service in their home.  We will monitor the interest in these DVD’s and try to produce an appropriate number to make available.  The Spring Edition of the WELS OWLS newsletter can also be found on the table.
     
    Thank You Letter Sent
    A letter has been sent to the manager of the Walmart Supercenter Store in Hartford, thanking them for their donation of approximately $100.00 worth of material to support our efforts in sewing facemasks for use by healthcare systems.  To date, more than 200 cloth facemasks have been sewn by six ladies of our congregation.  These facemasks have been dropped off at donation sites for both the Froedtert and the Advocate Aurora healthcare systems.  Cloth facemasks will continue to be sewn until the need for them subsides.  These cloth facemasks are being used to keep clinical and hospital settings protected from unintentional virus spread.  These facemasks are not intended for use as personal protective gear for those working directly with COVID-19 patients.
     
    Future of On-Campus Worship Still Uncertain
    Watching press briefings, everyone wants to know “when!”  When will restrictions be loosened?  When will closed businesses be reopening?  When will children be able to attend school again?  When will we be able to attend church?  The signs seem to be good, that the spread of the virus might be slowing down.  However, we will have to wait and see what each new day and week brings.  We are planning to have at least two more Livestream weekends.  Prayerfully, we will be able to start some form of on-campus worship in May. 
     
    Morning Bible Camp Still On!
    As of today, we are still planning to hold our Morning Bible Camp in June  (15th through the 19th).  Doris Koeller is already thinking about some of the precautions and practices we may have to follow to assure a safe environment for our children, helpers, and teachers.  Any decision to cancel or reschedule our Morning Bible Camp would be made toward the middle of May.
     
    One Last Word
    “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”  Psalm 16:8
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    April 13th, Monday
  • Happy Monday!

    Weekend Worship
    As of this morning, there were almost 850 views of our two Easter services.  What a blessing Livestream technology has been during these challenging days.  Some of you also viewed the WELS Easter service at 6 pm, featuring an Easter message from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary President Earle Treptow.  All services remain on Livestream for viewing (www.davidsstar.org and www.wels.net).  The Easter message of a risen Lord Jesus continues to bring joy and peace to our hearts!
     
    Easter Service DVD's
    There are a limited number of DVD's of the Easter Service available for pick up on the Woldt porch.
     
    Council Sharing Reports via Email
    The church council was scheduled to meet this Tuesday.  Chairmen of the various boards and committees are sharing their reports with the council via email.  We will share important information from these reports after they have been reviewed and approved by the council members.
     
    Thanks for Your Continued Support
    Offering envelopes continue to arrive via the mail, with some being dropped off at the Woldt parsonage.  We also continue to receive the offerings of those who have set up automatic withdrawal.  March financials will be shared after review by the council. 
     
    Heart Warming Story Shared
    A family living about 2 miles from the church was enjoying time in their backyard when the church bells started ringing at noon yesterday.  One of their young children stopped, looked up, and said, “Hello, church!” 
     
    Philippians Bible Study
    The fourth installment of the Philippians Bible Study is here.  A companion video walk-through will be posted on our Livestream site soon.
     
    Members Calling Members
    Phone calls have been made to approximately 400 households.  Callers attempt to leave messages when the phone is not answered.  Some phone numbers we have on record are no longer in service.  It’s a good reminder to update your contact information with the church office if you make any changes.  Thank you to all those reaching out to check on and encourage fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. 
     
    More Reliable Email Blasts? 
    After some troubles last week, we have started to pay a small monthly fee to provide better email distribution.  We will continue to monitor if our information is reaching those on our email list.
     
    Thank You for Your Kind Words
    While none of our ministry efforts have been flawless, the pastors continue to receive encouraging messages and cards from members of David’s Star.  (And sometimes from non-members who have found our website!).   Many have also expressed their thanks to all the others working behind the scenes to keep the ministry going at David’s Star.  We appreciate your gracious words.   Know that we are continuing to pray for you.  Jesus keep you safe and close to him!
     
    One Last Word
    “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?  Look at my hands and my feet.  It is I myself!  Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”  (Luke 24:38,39 – Jesus’ words to the disciples on Easter evening)
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    April 10th, Friday
  • Good Friday!
     
    Livestream Today
    The Good Friday service will be Livestreamed at 1:30.  Some people are finding that when they watch the service in real-time, they experience buffering issues on their computers.  They also report that those issues seem to disappear if they watch after the service is posted  (or if they move the service back a few minutes while they are watching.)  We didn’t have Internet Technology classes at the seminary, so we can’t explain why.  We are simply reporting the experiences and feedback we are receiving.
     
    Email Growing Pains
    It seems that some of our emails are getting blocked by Google.  They have a limit as to how many we can send in a 24hr period.  We may not be able to send out both the service folder and these email blasts.  Look for the info to be posted on our David’s Star website if either the emails or the service folders aren’t coming through for you.
     
    Things Change, But Still No Easter Gathering Plans
    A few weeks ago, every time we hit the send button, something changed.  It happened again.  During the day yesterday, the governor’s office made it clear that churches would be permitted to hold outdoor gatherings within certain guidelines.  Now it’s too late in the game for us to develop a workable plan for some sort of outdoor Easter gathering on our campus.  We will consider our options going forward regarding worship experiences on our campus.  One thing that is happening Sunday.  Our church bells will be ringing at noon to proclaim the joy of Easter.  We’re not organizing a gathering, but if you are longing for a little time on our campus, you might consider a drive to hear the bells ring.  Keep following recommended protocols if you do.
     
    Postcards Available
    Postcards advertising David’s Star Livestreaming are available on the Woldt parsonage porch for those who might want to do a neighborhood canvass.  Please do not place the postcards directly in the mailboxes.  Use the spot newspapers are placed near the mailbox.
     
    Ladies' Aid Spring Plant Sale
    The Ladies Aid group will again be selling Gift Certificates for use at Groth's Country Gardens.  Due to the social distancing requirements at this time, orders for certificates will need to be made by contacting either Lois Traska; 262/375-3877; or Marlene Bell; 262/677-2248.  Arrangements can be made to get your certificates to you by mail, pick up at either Traska or Bell residence or they can be delivered to you.  Certificates are available in $25.00 denomination.  They are usable on annuals/perennials/vegetables.  Certificates expire on June 30, 2020.  Proceeds from this sale will be used for church improvements.  
     
    Holy Week Livestream Schedule
    Good Friday:  Live recording at 1:30 pm on Friday, April 10th
    Easter Dawn:  Live recording at 6:00 am on Easter morning
    Easter Festival:  Live recording at 7:45 am on April 12th
     
    Please also note that on Easter Sunday Evening, a special service will be Livestreamed from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary at 6 pm.  Please see www.wels.net  for more information.
     
    One Last Word
    “It is finished!”  John 19:30
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    April 9th, Thursday
  • Blessed Maundy Thursday
     
    Maundy Thursday Livestream Worship
    Our service will be recorded at 3:45 pm this afternoon and posted to be available for later viewing. 
     
    Maundy?
    Do you remember why we call today “Maundy” Thursday? (No. It’s not “Monday” Thursday!)  Maundy comes from the Latin word mandatum, which means “command.”  We recall Christ’s institution of Holy Communion at the Last Supper on the night he was betrayed.  Jesus also gave his disciples this command:  “Love each other as I have loved you!”
     
    No Creative “Gatherings” Planned for Easter
    Based on reports of what other churches have done or are planning, some of our members suggested that we should try to organize some sort of worship experience using the woods or our parking lot, while maintaining “social distancing” protocols.  Some churches in Wisconsin who have attempted these sorts of gatherings have received “cease and desist” orders from their local sheriffs or municipalities.  This interpretation of the governor’s mandate asserts that all gatherings of more than 10 are prohibited for religious entities, even if they occur outside of the church building.  While we appreciate the sentiment behind the suggestions and requests, we believe it is best to wait until the restrictions loosen before encouraging in person worship anywhere on our campus. 
     
    Helping Those Without Livestream
    Here’s something Pastor Loescher has done with his father who lives out of state and does not have access to Livestream.  Pastor Loescher calls his father on the phone, and then places his phone on “speaker phone” while he and his family views our Livestream service.  His father is able to hear the whole service over the phone.  They even pause before the hymns to make sure his father can turn to the right page in his hymnal to follow along.  Do you know someone without Livestream access?  Invite them to worship with you over the phone!
     
    Sermon Copies Available on Woldt Porch
    Printed copies of the sermons will be available at the Woldt parsonage.  Many have already taken advantage of the opportunity to pick up Meditations, Forward in Christ and our newsletter.  We will add new materials as they become available.   
     
    Bible Chat
    We will have our Friday morning Bible Chat tomorrow on Good Friday.  And we will take our time discussing the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus.  Join us tomorrow morning at 9 am by clicking on the link provided here. 
     
    Topic: Bible Chat
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/968350011?pwd=SXVPMW9pUWhQOFd6ZXhEVXBEZ0RWZz09
     
    Meeting ID: 968 350 011
    Password: 271108
     
    Ladies' Aid Spring Plant Sale
    The Ladies Aid group will again be selling Gift Certificates for use at Groth's Country Gardens.  Due to the social distancing requirements at this time, orders for certificates will need to be made by contacting either Lois Traska; 262/375-3877; or Marlene Bell; 262/677-2248.  Arrangements can be made to get your certificates to you by mail, pick up at either Traska or Bell residence or they can be delivered to you.  Certificates are available in $25.00 denomination.  They are usable on annuals/perennials/vegetables.  Certificates expire June 30, 2020.  Proceeds from this sale will be used for church improvements.  
     
    Prayers
    Pastor and Julie Loescher thank you for your prayers for their new granddaughter, Liliana.  The latest report looks good and testing so far has shown no heart condition. Further testing is happening today. The major issue seems to be a paralyzed vocal cord that is causing limitation in breathing.
     
    Holy Week Livestream Schedule
     
    Maundy Thursday:  Live recording at 3:45pm on Thursday April 9th
    Good Friday:  Live recording at 1:30pm on Friday April 10th
    Easter Dawn:  Live recording at 6:00am on Easter morning
    Easter Festival:  Live recording at 7:45 am on April 12th
     
    Please also note that on Easter Sunday Evening, a special service will be Livestreamed from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary at 6pm.  Please see www.wels.net  for more information.
     
    One Last Word
    “I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.  My prayer is not that you take them out the world but that you protect them from the evil one.”  (John 17: 14,15 – Jesus prays for his disciples gathered in the Upper Room on the first Maundy Thursday.)
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    April 8th, Wednesday
  • Happy Holy Week Wednesday!
     
    Getting the Word Out!
    Our members Dave and Jeanie Martin decided to canvass their local neighborhood with homemade flyers advertising David’s Star’s Holy Week Livestream schedule.  They included a personal message to their neighbors.  Is that something you and your children might do to get the Word out this Holy Week?  If you do, please remember that any flyers should be placed in places designed to receive newspaper, NOT in the actual mailbox itself.  Mailboxes are reserved for use by the postal service!  And please, no “door to door” canvassing that would violate mandates to observe “social distancing.”  Note:  Postcards advertising our Livestream services have been ordered.  We are waiting for them to arrive for distribution through the post office.
     
    Easter Dawn Songs and Meditations/Easter Festival
    The Easter Dawn service will be Livestreamed at 6 AM Easter morning.  It will not be a traditional service with an order of worship.  Easter Dawn worship will consist of readings, devotional thoughts, hymns and a few anthems.  Jen Mueller and Shelley Willis have agreed to lead the singing.   A more traditional Easter Festival service will follow at 7:45am.  (If you are up to watch both services live, you will have to prepare your own breakfast this year!  Sorry.  No deliveries or carry out orders!)  
     
    Easter WELS Bells
    Word came out yesterday via a communication from WELS that churches within our fellowship are being requested to ring their bells at noon local time for 3 minutes on Easter Sunday.  The sexton ringing our bells every Sunday has agreed to ring them at noon. 
     
    No WELS District Conventions
    The WELS Conference of Presidents decided to cancel all district conventions this year.  District conventions are typically held in early June.  They are working on a plan to hold elections for the District President, Vice Presidents, and Secretary via electronic means. 
     
    Prayer Requested  (Repeated from yesterday)
    Prayers of thanksgiving for God's gift of a new granddaughter for the Loeschers.  Kristina and Troy Schmeling had a baby girl yesterday, Liliana Aurora Schmeling.  Also prayers for God's mercy and strength as Liliana is being taken to Children's Hospital in Madison for testing.  Possible heart trouble and breathing troubles.  We trust God's loving care and powerful hand. 
     
    Raise Your Hand If You Are Not Receiving This Email
    OK.  That’s silly.  But a little while back Google changed some of their email security, and many mass emails like this one are directed to the Spam/Junk folder.  If you are reading this update on our website, you might want to check your spam/junk folder for David’s Star emails.  If you find one, indicate that it is NOT JUNK, and hopefully the rest of these emails will be delivered directly to your inbox.

    Holy Week Livestream Schedule
    Maundy Thursday:  Live recording at 3:45pm on Thursday April 9th
    Good Friday:  Live recording at 1:30pm on Friday April 10th
    Easter Dawn:  Live recording at 6:00am on Easter morning
    Easter Festival:  Live recording at 7:45 am on April 12th
     
    Please also note that on Easter Sunday Evening, a special service will be Livestreamed from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary at 6pm.  Please see www.wels.net  for more information.

    One Last Word
    “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 32:7
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    April 7th, Tuesday
  • Happy Tuesday of Holy Week!
     
    Pastor On Pause – Part 2
    Yesterday we shared a story that at least some of our members were putting the “pastor on pause” to discuss the sermon while they were watching the Livestream service.  Today comes another idea: “One thing we are going to do is pause the prayer at the point of private petitions to give us more time to pray our personal family prayers.”   We think it’s great that people are being creative in their use of the posted services ... as long as the “fast forward” and “delete” buttons aren’t part of the plan!    
     
    April “School Chapel” on Livestream
    The pastors usually conduct a monthly chapel service on the first Wednesday of each month.  Last Wednesday was “Spring Break!”  (Did anyone notice the difference in scheduling?)  Our April chapel service would have been held this Wednesday.  A pared-down version of the chapel message is posted on the Livestream for students (and others) to view.
     
    Prayer Request
    Prayers of thanksgiving for God's gift of a new granddaughter for the Loeschers.  Kristina and Troy Schmeling had a baby girl yesterday, Liliana Aurora Schmeling.  Also prayers for God's mercy and strength as Liliana is being taken to Children's Hospital in Madison for testing.  Possible heart trouble and breathing troubles.  We trust God's loving care and powerful hand. 
     
    Prayer Requests Welcome
    A reminder … we are open to posting prayer requests on the daily email blasts.  Please let us know if you would like your prayers shared in this format. 
     
    New Email Addresses
    Some of you may be receiving this email blast for the first time.  More than a dozen email addresses have been added to our list, thanks to our member calling members program.  Over 250 calls have been made to date.  Please check the website to review past updates from the pastors.
     
    Auto Withdrawal Information
    Members looking for auto withdrawal information as an option for their offerings are asked to contact our church secretary, Jennifer Miller, for more information and to receive the necessary forms. 
     
    Holy Week Livestream Schedule
    Maundy Thursday – Live recording at 3:45pm on Thursday April 9th
    Good Friday – Live recording at 1:30pm on Friday April 10th
    Easter Dawn – Live recording at 6:00am on Easter morning (new)
    Easter Festival – Live recording at 7:45 am on April 12th
    Easter Sunday  Evening – A special service from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary at 6pm.  Please see www.wels.net  for more information.
     
    One Last Word
    “God demonstrates his own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Romans 5:8)
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    April 6th, Monday
  • Livestream Update
    As of this morning, our Palm Sunday Service had 431views.  The third installment of the Philippians Bible Study had 16 views.  The local issues with projecting slides on Livestream have been resolved.  Special thanks to Terry Hansen and Mark Oestreich for the efforts they are making to provide Livestream services to our members.
     
    Printed Materials Are Being Picked Up!
    Devotional materials continue to be available at the Woldt parsonage.  In addition, copies of the sermon, our newsletter and other items are also available. The Woldt parsonage is the dark brick house next to the smaller children’s playground east of our school’s green space. Lots of trees in the front yard.  Please practice any advised precautions for hand washing/sanitation both before and after you receive the materials you want.  You can come anytime between the hours of 9am and 7pm.  Let yourself into the front porch area. No need to knock or ring the doorbell. 
     
    NOTE:  The three offering envelopes left on Sunday were placed in the church safe AFTER the counting team tallied the offerings Sunday afternoon.  Those checks will be processed with next week’s count.  The same would hold true for any offerings we receive in the mail today.
     
    We Have Facebook Too!
    Did you know that both David’s Star Church and David’s Star School have a Facebook page?  If you are active on social media, look us up for additional devotional thoughts and worship resources. You can also find a recording of the ringing of the church bells here!  
     
    Link to MLC song 
    One of our members suggested we include a link to a Martin Luther College choir song.  The choir number repeats in at least a half dozen ways the thought that Jesus was our substitute who took all our sins on himself to give us life and salvation!  What a great gospel message!
     
    His Robes for Mine on Vimeo
     
    At Rest in the Lord
    We received word early this morning that Beth Wagie’s earthly pilgrimage has ended.  The Lord has called Beth home to heaven. Arrangements for funeral services are pending.  Please keep Beth’s husband, John, and the rest of her family in your prayers.
     
    We also received this email message from our member, Rachel Kwiecinski:   Rick's father, Dennis Kwiecinski (79) of Brown Deer, went to the Lord in the early morning hours of April 3rd.  He was recently diagnosed with coronary heart failure a month ago, but his body was too weak to fight it.  He was a Christian man, a loving husband (Carol), father (Rick), and grandfather (Jeff). Christian services and burial will be held at a later date.  Condolences if desired, may be sent to Rick & Rachel at 10187 Rolling Glen, Cedarburg 53012.  414-303-5570
     
    Holy Week Livestream Schedule
    Palm Sunday – Live recording at 5:00pm on Saturday April 4th
    Maundy Thursday – Live recording at 3:45pm on Thursday April 9th
    Good Friday – Live recording at 1:30pm on Friday April 10th
    Easter Dawn – Live recording to be determined
    Easter Festival – Live recording at 7:45 am on April 12th
    Easter Sunday  Evening – A special service from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary at 6pm.  Please see www.wels.net  for more information.
     
    Church Bells are Ringing
    One of our sextons is voluntarily coming to David’s Star every Sunday morning to keep the church bells ringing at 7:45am and 10:15am. Even though there are no services being held at church, the ringing of the bells is his way of reminding all who hear that the gospel of Jesus Christ continues to be proclaimed, despite Satan’s best efforts to stop its spread.  To God be the glory!
     
    Member Calls Continue
    As of this morning, almost 175 member calls have been logged.  Thanks to the elders and volunteers making those calls.  Thanks to those receiving the calls.  We are receiving valuable feedback on our ministry, as well as updated contact information as a result of this process.
     
    Put Pastor on Pause?
    One couple commented that as they watch the Livestream service, they occasionally put the pastor on pause during the sermon.  They take the time to discuss what they have heard during the sermon  (something we can’t/don’t usually do during our regular services.)  They called it one of the “silver linings” for them in these unusual times.
     
    One Last Word
    “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”  (Psalm 23:6)
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    April 3rd, Friday
  • Happy Friday!
     
    Keep Them in Your Prayers!
    Owen Brady Campbell, Caleb Scott Foxen, Amanda Kaye Hillmann, Lillian Ruth Hinz, Natalie Melin Kempfert, Emma Ellen Koskovich, Grant Jonathan Kruse, Brianna Elizabeth Long, Delaney Grace McCoy, Elisabeth Grace Olson, Henry Mark Rohrback, Taylor Kristian Schwalenberg, Angelina Grace Weaver, Ava Ruth Zarling, Rebekah Ruth Zimmerman. This Sunday was supposed to be Confirmation Day for our 8th grade students.  It’s a day they’ve been looking forward to for a long time.  The white gowns. The confirmation vows.  The blessing from the pastors.  The recitation of their confirmation verse.  The encouragement from family and friends.  Please pray that the Lord Jesus continues to keep saving faith alive in their hearts.  We look forward to the day they can make their public proclamation of faith and become communicant members of David’s Star. 
     
    Philippians Bible Study #3!
    The third study in this series continues through Chapter 2, verse 11.  In corresponds with the 2nd Lesson for Palm Sunday.  Pastor Woldt will post a Livestream walk through of the Bible Study in the coming days.  Sessions #1 and #2 are already available for viewing.
     
    Calls Will Begin Soon!
    The Elders and a group of volunteers will begin trying to contact our membership via phone calls.  If you don’t pick up because it’s a number you don’t recognize, they will probably leave a message if you have voicemail.  We would appreciate it if you would return the call and indicate you have received the message.  These calls are an attempt to keep our membership connected during these times of separation!  Thank you in advance for taking time to talk with your fellow members of David’s Star when they call.
     
    Printed Materials Available
    Devotional materials continue to be available at the Woldt parsonage.  The Woldt parsonage is the dark brick house next to the smaller children’s playground east of our school’s green space. Lots of trees in the front yard.  Please practice any advised precautions for hand washing/sanitation both before and after you receive the materials you want.  You can come anytime between the hours of 9am and 7pm.  Let yourself into the front porch area. No need to knock or ring the doorbell.  NOTE:  The April edition of Forward in Christ is available free online at www.wels.net.
     
    Thanks for Your Generous Offerings!
    The members of David’s Star continue to generously support gospel ministry!  Each day, more offering checks and envelopes arrive via the postal service!  Automatic withdrawals continue for those who have chosen to give in that way.  (Contact church@davidsstar.org for more information on auto-withdrawal.)  Holy Week offerings are typically higher than other times of the year.  (Christmas and year end is the highest).   What a blessing to know that Holy Week offerings will continue even when our church pews remain empty.  Praise the Lord!  
     
    Please note that if you are picking up printed materials from the Woldt parsonage, you may also leave your offering envelope in a basket provided.  Any envelopes will be taken daily to the church office for deposit in the safe, and processing by our counting teams.      
     
    Holy Week Livestream Schedule
    Palm Sunday – Live recording at 5:00pm on Saturday April 4th
    Maundy Thursday – Live recording at 3:45pm on Thursday April 9th
    Good Friday – Live recording at 1:30pm on Friday April 10th
    Easter Dawn – Live recording to be determined
    Easter Festival – Live recording at 7:45 am on April 12th
     
    WELS Holy Week Broadcasts
    Palm Sunday – A special message from WELS President Mark Schroeder at 6pm.
    Easter Sunday – A special service from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary at 6pm.
    Please see www.wels.net for more information on how to access these online broadcasts.
     
    No Weekend Emails  
    No weekend email blasts are planned.  We will only send out emails on the weekend if there needs to be a timely communication to our membership.  Jesus bless your Palm Sunday worship on Livestream!
     
    One Last Word!
    “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance:  Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.”  1 Timothy 1:15
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt  &  Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    April 2nd, Thursday
  • Happy Thursday!
     
    Members Calling Members
    Many have been doing wonderful service to their neighbors and to the Lord by checking up on each other. It is especially important for those who are isolated because of their vulnerability to the virus and who have no one else at home with them.  Please keep in touch in any way you can.
    In the coming days and weeks you may receive a phone call from a fellow David’s Star member checking in to see how you are and how the congregation might serve your spiritual and physical needs better.  Please look forward to that call as an opportunity to connect and encourage. 
     
    Printed Materials Available
    Beginning today, printed materials such as Forward in Christ, Meditations, and a special Holy Week devotional booklet produced by Martin Luther College will be available on a table in the Woldt parsonage front porch.  The Woldt parsonage is the dark brick house next to the smaller children’s playground east of our school’s green space. Lots of trees in the front yard.  Please practice any advised precautions for hand washing/sanitation both before and after you receive the materials you want.  You can come anytime between the hours of 9am and 7pm.  Let yourself into the front porch area. No need to knock or ring the doorbell.  NOTE:  The April edition of Forward in Christ is available free online at www.wels.net.
     
    Livestream Sharing
    Yesterday’s Lenten Service had 150 views as of this morning.  Wouldn't it be wonderful if even more could view it and worship in this way?  There are ways to share it.  Tell your neighbors about it.  We have cards available on the Woldt front porch with instructions you can share.  You can also click on the “share” button on the top right corner of the Livestream screen if you are viewing on a computer.  The Evangelism Committee is working to send out postcards with David’s Star Livestream information to 5000 homes in our area.  Reduced postage rates for mass mailing makes this option very affordable.  We are also exploring ways to produce DVD’s of our services to reach those without Livestream capabilities in their homes. We continue to work as this time of isolation lengthens.  
     
    Holy Week Livestream Schedule
    Palm Sunday – Live recording at 5:00pm on Saturday April 4th
    Maundy Thursday – Live recording at 3:45pm on Thursday April 9th
    Good Friday – Live recording at 1:30pm on Friday April 10th
    Easter Dawn – Live recording to be determined
    Easter Festival – Live recording at 7:45 am on April 12th
     
    WELS Holy Week Broadcasts
    Palm Sunday – A special message from WELS President Mark Schroeder at 6pm.
    Easter Sunday – A special service from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary at 6pm.
    Please see www.wels.net for more information on how to access these online broadcasts.
     
    Prayer Requests
    Beth Wagie's alzheimers has progressed to the point of hospice care.  She appears to be on the doorstep of heaven.  Please pray for Beth that Satan's vain threats and accusations be kept far from her heart.  Pray that her joy in Jesus brings peace in her final hours.  Pray for her husband John, too, that the Lord's strength upholds him as he serves his wife of 47 years.
     
    If you have any special prayer requests that we could include in these email blasts or during our Livestream services, please contact the church office (church@davidsstar.org) or one of the pastors.  Reminder: our secretaries are working at home as much as possible, so there are no regular in-person office hours for church or school.  Mail and voicemail messages are checked daily.
     
    One Last Word
     This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.  .”  ( 1 John 3:16-18).
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    April 1st, Wednesday
  • A Wonderful Wednesday!
     
    Livestream Lenten Service Today!
    The last of our midweek Lenten services will be Livestreamed today.  Live recording will take place at 3:45pm.  The service will also be posted for later viewing.  Go to our website for Livestream information.  (www.davidsstar.org)
     
    Printed Materials Available
    Beginning tomorrow (Thursday) , printed materials such as Forward in Christ, Meditations, and a special Holy Week devotional booklet produced by Martin Luther College will be available on a table in the Woldt parsonage front porch.  The Woldt parsonage is the dark brick house next to the smaller children’s playground east of our school’s green space. Lots of trees in the front yard.  Please practice any advised precautions for hand washing/sanitation both before and after you receive the materials you want.  You can come anytime between the hours of 9am and 7pm.  Let yourself into the front porch area. No need to knock or ring the doorbell.  NOTE:  The April edition of Forward in Christ is available free online at www.wels.net.
     
    Holy Week Livestream Schedule
    Palm Sunday – Live recording at 5:00pm on Saturday April 4th
    Maundy Thursday – Live recording at 3:45pm on Thursday April 9th
    Good Friday – Live recording at 1:30pm on Friday April 10th
    Easter Dawn – Live recording to be determined
    Easter Festival – Live recording at 7:45 am on April 12th
     
    WELS Holy Week Broadcasts
    Palm Sunday – A special message from WELS President Mark Schroeder at 6pm.
    Easter Sunday – A special service from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary at 6pm.
    Please see www.wels.net for more information on how to access these online broadcasts.
     
    Prayer Requests
    If you have any special prayer requests that we could include in these email blasts or during our Livestream services, please contact the church office (church@davidsstar.org) or one of the pastors.  Reminder: our secretaries are working at home as much as possible, so there are no regular in-person office hours for church or school.  Mail and voicemail messages are checked daily.
     
    One Last Word
    “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are --- yet was without sin.  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”  (Hebrews 4: 15, 16).
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher
     

     
    March 31st, Tuesday
  • Blessed Tuesday!
     
    Quieter Day
    Yesterday’s email blast contained quite a bit of information.  Check it out if you haven’t read it, or look at the David’s Star website for news updates. (www.davidsstar.org) and click on the Special Announcements and Updates box.
     
    Check Out WELS Website
    A reminder that the WELS website (www.wels.net) is a good source for devotional material and updates regarding broader ministry in our church body. A link to wels.net can also be found on our website homepage. 

    Handsewn Mask Need Expands
    We were initially contacted to provide handsewn masks for the Froedtert Healthcare system.  Now Advocate Aurora Healthcare is using hand sewn masks as well.  Having cloth masks available is part of an effort to maintain the safest conditions for both patients and workers.  We are still asking you to follow the pattern provided by Froedtert at this time.  Masks may be dropped off at the Woldt parsonage front porch for distribution.  Contact Betsy Woldt (elizawo23@hotmail.com) with any questions. 
    https://www.froedtert.com/stories/new-unused-personal-protective-equipment-other-supplies-gratefully-accepted

    Website Updates
    Thanks to Connie Enevold for keeping our website (www.davidsstar.org) up to date and user friendly.  Check it out if you haven’t been there lately!
     
    KMLHS Song
    You may have seen this if you use social media, but the Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School choir produced a song by mixing the individual voices of each of the choir members at a time when they cannot be together.  The song is a favorite of many:  “Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled.”  Click on the link and hopefully it will play on your computer or device.
     
    Holy Week Livestream Schedule
    Palm Sunday – Live recording at 5:00pm on Saturday April 4th
    Maundy Thursday – Live recording at 3:45pm on Thursday April 9th
    Good Friday – Live recording at 1:30pm on Friday April 10th
    Easter Dawn – Live recording to be determined
    Easter Festival – Live recording at 7:45 am on April 12th
     
    We will be omitting the Good Friday Tenebrae service, as well as the Easter Eve Vigil service from the Holy Week schedule.  As always, each of the services will be posted on Livestream for viewing at any time after they are recorded. 
     
    Bible Chat Information  
    This Friday morning Pastor Loescher will conduct a brief, informal Bible Study called Bible Chat on “Zoom”.  The topic for discussion will be "The Beauty of God's Commandments."  If you want to do some thinking and meditating on this topic ahead of time you can read Psalm 40.  A question to ponder:  "How do God's laws go from oppressive to beautiful in our hearts?"  Here is a link that will help, too: Martin Luther's Large Catechism on the Ten Commandments.  Go to the end, paragraph 311 and read the Conclusion to the Commandments.  http://bookofconcord.org/lc-3-tencommandments.php   I hope you can join us on Friday morning.  Here is the invitation to get on “Zoom” for the the Bible Chat: 
    Pastor Kurt Loescher is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Bible Chat  Time: Apr 3, 2020 09:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/186409274   Meeting ID: 186 409 274.

     
    One Last Word 
    “Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds those who trust in him.”  (Psalm 32:10)
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    March 30th, Monday
  • Blessed Monday!
     
    Weekend Worship Numbers
    As of this morning, there were almost 400 views of our weekend service on Livestream.  By the way, the Philippians Bible Study is now posted after some adjustments to settings on Pastor Woldt’s laptop.  There were 9 views of the Bible Study as of this morning.
     
    Thank You
    One by one, the church office is receiving offerings sent in by mail.  Thank you for your continued support of ministry here at David’s Star, and also through the other ministries you are supporting, KML and WELS missions.  The church council will be reviewing our financial position once the March offerings are processed.
     
    Call News
    From our 7th Grade Teacher, Mr. Scott Beyersdorf:  “I received a call yesterday from St. Matthew's Stoddard, to be the principal, upper grade teacher, and athletic director.  They would like the new principal to lead them through accreditation as they join the WI School Choice program.”  Please keep Mr. Beyersdorf in your prayers.  Contact him with words of counsel and encouragement at sbeyersdorf@davidsstar.org.  
     
    Prayers Requested for MLC’s President Zarling
    Martin Luther College released word today that its president, Mark Zarling, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, and has been taken to the hospital for treatment.  Please keep President Zarling and the whole Martin Luther College family in your prayers.  Pastor Woldt serves as the governing board chairman of Martin Luther College.  Pastor Woldt has not had personal contact with President Zarling since meetings on February 20 and 21st.  President Zarling had traveled to the Seattle, Washington area on March 12th and 13th
     
    Celebrate New Life, Both Physical and Spiritual!
    Tyler Stauske, a member of David’s Star, contacted Pastor Woldt last Thursday to share the news that he and his wife Tera had been blessed with the gift of a son.   Landon was born on Saturday, March 21st.  Tyler also asked for guidance regarding baptism at home.  While an emergency baptism can be simple enough for a Christian to do (plain water applied “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit), Pastor Woldt provided Tyler and Tera with a brief ceremony that they could use at home.  The ceremony included appropriate reminders of the need for baptism, the blessings of baptism and prayers that Landon will be kept in his baptismal faith.  Tyler reported that the at home ceremony was very meaningful to them, and that they are looking forward to having Landon’s baptism publicly affirmed at David’s Star once the current restrictions are lifted.  We invite you to join us in praying that the Lord Jesus continues to bless Landon and his parents!  Thank the Lord for the blessing of new life, both physical and spiritual!
     
    Great Idea!  Let’s Do It!
    Two members of David’s Star called the pastors with a great idea.  “Why don’t we send out postcards to our surrounding neighborhood inviting people to view our Livestream services?”  That was a great idea!  A mailing is being planned and, Lord willing, will go out soon!  Please continue to share your ideas!  We may not be able to do everything, but once in a while an idea is shared that is too good not to pursue! 
     
    Online Elders Meeting
    The church council has yet to determine the format of its meeting, but the elders will be meeting this week via internet technology.  One of the key items on the elders agenda will be how to keep in touch with members lacking email and internet access. 
     
    Handsewn Mask Update
    Last week the call for handsewn protective masks went out.  Masks were to be assembled using the specific instructions posted by Froedtert hospital system.  Betsy Woldt is coordinating the efforts to produce and deliver the masks to Froedtert.  As of Sunday afternoon, 88 handsewn masks had appeared on the Woldt parsonage porch.  More are coming.  One of our members asked a local Walmart if they could help in the effort.  The Walmart store manager donated $100 worth of cloth and offered a 50% discount on any other purchases she made related to the project.  The link to the instruction is repeated below.  Contact Betsy Woldt (elizawo23@hotmail.com) with any questions. 
    https://www.froedtert.com/stories/new-unused-personal-protective-equipment-other-supplies-gratefully-accepted

    Bible chats
    Pastor Loescher conducted a half hour Bible chat last Saturday with some of the parents who attend the regular Friday morning Bible Chat. It went well enough that we will include anyone who would like to join in. The Bible chat is held on an internet platform called Zoom. In the coming days, pastor Loescher will set up another chat and include the invitation link in a future pastors update. Watch for it. 

    One Last Word
    But I trust in you, LORD;  I say, “You are my God.”  My times are in your hands.  Psalm 31:14, 15a
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher
     

    March 28th, Saturday
  • Blessed Saturday!
     
    This is a different form of email blast.  It’s not about David’s Star and the ministry here.  It’s a message from Pastor David Kolander, our district president.  This message was sent out to all the circuit pastors of our district for distribution to pastors.  We thought his comforting message was fitting for all of you.  Use it for your personal devotional purposes.  “See you” on Livestream!
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher
     
    P.S.  No Sunday email blast in planned.  Rest safe in the Lord!
     
    A Word from Our District President
     
     
    A devotion on Psalm 27:5

    This week the State of Wisconsin entered the time of “Safer at Home.” In some areas similar orders are referred to as “Shelter in Place.” In the Bible God talks about being safe in the shelter of his tabernacle. King David wrote, “For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock” (Psalm 27:5).
     
    We don’t know how long we will be asked to stay at home, but we do know where our home really is. It’s in the tabernacle of God. The tabernacle, of course, was the “tent church” which the children of Israel carried with them before God had them build the temple in Jerusalem. But in the Bible we know the tabernacle can also refer to wherever God dwells or makes himself known. For example, right before our devotion verse King David prayed, “One thing I ask of the Lord… that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple” (Psalm 27:4).
     
    I pray we all yearn for the day we can return to “the house of the Lord” and greet our fellow members in person as brothers and sisters in Christ. But even in these days we are in the house of the Lord, because even in these days we are in the place where God makes himself known. We are safe in his Word.
     
    In his Word God assures us we are safe in the shelter of his tabernacle, because God has made himself known in a very specific way. He has made himself known to us through Jesus Christ. Jesus “became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). And more - the one who came to earth as a little baby said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). When we believe in the one who made our home his home, we are safe in his shelter of his tabernacle. We are safe in Jesus, the holy Son of God.
     
    So we truly are “safer at home” when we listen to God’s Word which tells us about God’s Son. God’s Word alone is what keeps us safe “in the day of trouble” to which King David refers. We may be uncertain about the troubles brought on by viruses or anything else that may cause us worry or anxiety. Certainly during uncertain times Satan tries extra hard to make us wonder, question, doubt. But just as certainly in uncertain times our Lord invites us to remember that Jesus is “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He did not change locations when we were told to stay in our locations. He remained the centerpiece of God’s Word.

    And he remains housed in your heart. 
     
    In your heart you know from God’s Word that something far worse than an illness threatens your connection to the almighty God. But God has also placed into your heart the faith to believe that the one who came healing diseases primarily came to forgive your sins. God has placed into your heart the faith to believe you are God’s child. 
     
    Because we may often waver in that faith and confidence, we need a place to shelter. We need a place where we can be safe at home. We need to keep hearing the message that Christ Jesus left his house to save sinners so they could someday live in his house, which is exactly what David said in his shepherd Psalm that so many of us love and treasure: “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6).
     
    No, we don’t know how long we will be asked to shelter at home. Nor we do know how long it will be before God takes us to our eternal home. But we do know where we can safely dwell in the meantime. It’s in the very same place that we reside every time we hear God’s comforting Word. That’s why we are so thankful to have opportunities to share things like emailed devotional thoughts and online worship services with one another and our fellow members, because that’s how God keeps us safe in the most important way. That’s the way our Lord keeps us safe in the shelter of his tabernacle.
     
    We pray: “Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer… For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings” (Psalm 61:1,4). Amen.
     
    March 27th, Friday
  • Friday!  Another Day of God’s Grace

    Please Scroll Back for Past Updates on Website
    We aren’t going to repeat every announcement in each email blast.  Our website has a listing of the announcements delivered in previous emails.  Please scroll back if you missed reading an email or two.  We will repeat important announcements periodically.
     
    Second Installment of Philippians Study Attached
    Please look for an attachment to this email, or click here.  Pastor Woldt continues the study of Philippians.  It is a simple study that should be easy to use as a family.  Parents can modify the discussion questions for their children.  Pastor Woldt will work to post a Livestream walk-through of this study sometime on Sunday as a virtual substitute for the Bible classes we usually offer on campus.
     
    WELS International Youth Rally and Other Events Canceled
    The WELS International Youth Rally is among the many events affected by mandated efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  For a list of WELS events that have been canceled, go to www.wels.net
     
    For Those Active on Facebook   
    Check out the David’s Star Church Facebook page.  Pastor Loescher is periodically posting videos in which he shares devotional thoughts on portions of Scripture. 
     
    Message Received From One Member
    We aren’t going to share names, but one member emailed the pastors with this message: “Your Livestream services are wonderful.  I cry every time I watch, but you’re both doing a great job!  What struck us most was not the compliment, but the emotion expressed in this message. It is truly sad that we have to resort to digital means to provide worship services to our members.  At the same time, we thank God for the technology that makes Livestreaming possible.  All of this moves us to pray once more:  “God speed the day when we can worship together at church once again!”
     
    Easter “Lend A Flower” Plants Have Been Ordered
    We will use the flowers people have generously agreed to provide for Easter.  They will adorn our chancel for Livestream worship.  These symbols of life will be precious to those who view our services via the internet.  Instructions to pick up the plants after the Easter service will be provided to donors.  Pick up will be designed in a way to honor the governor’s “Safer At Home” order, which, unless something changes, will still be in effect during Holy Week.
     
    One Last Word  (A favorite suggested by another member)
    "So do not fear, for I am with you.  Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    March 26th, Thursday
  • Happy Thursday!
     
    Examination Milestone Missed/New Confirmation Service Date To Be Determined
    Today was the day the 8th grade confirmation class was to give a public profession of their understanding of the Christian faith in the Examination service.  Some (or all) of them might be relieved that they are not sitting in front of church answering questions from Pastor Loescher.  However, all of them were looking forward to Confirmation on Palm Sunday, April 5th.  Plans for their confirmation service are pending. 
     
    Request for Handsewn Masks
    Leah Alair, a nurse in the Froedtert system, wife of seminary student Eric Alair, mother of two, and frequent visitor at David’ Star sent this request to the pastors yesterday:  I'm contacting you to see if there may be any individuals or any group within the church and school who would be interested in sewing masks for healthcare workers. There is a worldwide shortage of various protective equipment, but this item is particularly critical right now. My organization, Froedtert, has just posted a sewing pattern and donation instructions for anyone who is willing to help in this way.
    https://www.froedtert.com/stories/new-unused-personal-protective-equipment-other-supplies-gratefully-accepted
     
    A few David’s Star members have already begun sewing protective masks following the instructions provided in the link. If you are interested in this project, please contact Betsy Woldt (elizawo23@hotmail.com).  Betsy is willing to facilitate collection and delivery of any masks produced by our members.  (You can drop them off on the front porch of the Woldt parsonage.)  Please follow the instructions on the link, so the masks produced give the best possible protection to healthcare workers who might have to use them. 
     
    Thanks for the Encouragement
    A number of members have reached out to the pastors with messages of encouragement as we continue to explore ways to serve our congregation with the gospel under the restrictions of the “Safer At Home” order.  We appreciate your thoughts and prayers.
     
    Offering by Mail Update
    The church/school mail is being brought into the building daily, shortly after delivery.  Any checks you may send to David’s Star will not be sitting in the mailbox overnight.  We want to limit the opportunity for potential theft.  It is still possible to sign up for automatic withdrawal through the “Simply Giving” program.  The withdrawals you set up can be stopped at any time if you prefer to return to your usual offering method once restrictions on gathering are lifted.  Contact the church office for more information. (church@davidsstar.org)
     
    The church is not set up to receive funds via credit card payment or apps designed initially for “friend to friend” transfers of money, such as Venmo.  Users of online banking may have the option of having their financial institution send a payment to David’s Star, eliminating the need to mail a personal check.  People recording the offerings will look up your offering number if you do not use an envelope or provide your envelope number with the payment.  Thanks again to all of you for your prayers and your financial support of the ministry here at David’s Star.   
     
    Livestream Update
    We’re still working to make it better.  (The one thing we can’t change are pastors with faces meant for radio!!  -- a little self-deprecating humor for this Thursday).  As of this morning we had 188 views of yesterday’s Lenten service, 79 views of the bible study, and 523 views of last Sunday’s service.  

    One Last Word
    “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:  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 3:21 – 23)
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher   

     
    March 25th, Wednesday
  • A Blessed Wednesday to All

    Livestream Today
    The Livestream of our midweek Lenten service will take place at 3:45pm today. The service will also be available for viewing anytime after it is posted.  View the service by going to our website www.davidsstar.org.  Today’s service will begin with a brief message for younger children.  Pastor Woldt is scheduled to preach.  (The schedule published in past bulletins had indicated Pastor Hoogervorst from St. Lucas, Kewaskum.  However, we are no longer exchanging pulpits under the “Safer at Home” order.
     
    Holy Week Online
    In light of the governor’s “Safer at Home” order, we will not be able to conduct services on our campus during Holy Week, a special time of remembrance and celebration for us.  Plans are being formed for Livestreaming of Holy Week services, including Easter.  We will issue a schedule as soon as we finalize our plans.
     
    No More In Person Activity on Campus/Suspension of Small Group Communion
    Essential staff continues to serve on our campus to maintain ministry activity, but there is no ministry involving personal contact happening on campus right now.  Please continue to receive the assurance of God’s love and forgiveness through the means of grace that are available to you, the gospel in Word, and the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. 
     
    Please note:  “If you are deeply troubled by personal guilt or fear, and feel a deep need for a time of private confession and absolution, please contact one of the pastors.  We will set up a special time to meet you at church, or if necessary, in your home.  Confession, absolution, and possible private reception of the Sacrament rises to the level of “essential services” that we provide for our members, in addition to Livestream and other internet, digital and email options.”
     
    One Last Word
    “The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forever more.”  (Psalm 121: 8)
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher

     
    March 24th, Tuesday
  • Blessed Tuesday in the Lord!
     
    What Does This Mean?
    Martin Luther used that simple question effectively as he produced the Small Catechism.  We are asking that same question in regard to the “Safer at Home” order from our governor.  More clarification is coming out today.  Perhaps it’s by design that not much has been specifically said about churches in the orders that have come out so far.  The government does not want to be accused of limiting the free exercise of religion.  Even if we as a church would not technically fall under the mandates, the spirit of the order is clear.  People are being encouraged to stay at home unless it is essential to leave your residence.  We believe the actions listed below are in keeping with the spirit of the governor’s order, while still offering meaningful worship opportunities to our members
     
    Suspension of Small Group Communion
    We have taken down the ability to sign up for communion this coming weekend.  This period of time will allow us to more fully review the implications of the governor’s order for our church life.  Technically, we would be worshipping without the Sacrament at church this weekend if we were holding regular services.  If we come to the conclusion that we can responsibly offer the Sacrament at church under the current order or if conditions change, we will post the communion sign up on our website again. Keep checking emails for information.  We pray the Lord would work to allow us to gather for worship soon, but we are taking things day by day, just like you.
     
    Continuation of Livestream
    From what we know today, we do not believe that the Livestreaming of our services will be limited in any way.  We will still include a musician and some singers, together with the presiding pastor and the Livestream operator.  You should know that even the singers are being careful as they sing into separate microphones standing apart during the recording of the service. 
     
    No On-Campus Office Hours
    After today our church and school office staff will be working primarily from home until restrictions are lifted.  Plans are in place to check voicemail and regular mail daily during the week.  The essential functions of managing our church and school will continue. If you need to contact one of the pastors for immediate assistance, please call them directly.   Pastor Woldt at 262-377-1019, or Pastor Loescher at 262-305-4289. 
     
    Thank You!
    Thank you to those who have made a special effort to mail offerings to the church.  Your support of our gospel ministry is truly appreciated.  As our congregational treasurer, Josh Boeldt, always includes in his monthly financial narratives, “To God be the glory!”
     
    Member to Member Encouragement
    If you would like to share a personal blessing you are experiencing during this time of “Safer at Home,” please send it directly to Pastor Woldt (woldtma@hotmail.com) for inclusion in these email blasts.  Shorter (fewer words) would be better than longer.  Perhaps we could share one or two encouraging messages from members in each email sent out.  Please indicate in your email whether you would allow your name to be shared, or if you prefer to remain anonymous.
     
    One Last Word
    “Change and decay in all around I see.  O, Thou who changest not, abide with me!”  (Christian Worship Hymn 588, verse 2)
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher
    March 23rd, Monday
  • Blessed Monday!
     
    Ministry Continues at David’s Star
    As of this morning, there have been almost 500 views of our Livestream services on Wednesday 3/18 and Saturday 3/21.  Views of the Philippians bible study posted Sunday afternoon are nearing 50.  More than 100 of our members received the Sacrament in small groups at church on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Our teachers are working to instruct their students using a variety of methods.  Parents remain key partners in this effort.
     
    Another Order, More Changes Coming with Governor’s “Stay at Home” Order
    In light of the “stay at home” order coming from Governor Evers, our plan for small group communion will have to be suspended. God speed the day when these extreme restrictions are lifted.  Our hearts break that we will not be able to offer you the Sacrament at church for a time.  We will remove communion sign up from our website until we are able to resume the practice in a way that respects the government and protects our neighbors.  Our apologies to those who have already signed up to come.  We take heart remembering the Lord Jesus continues to come to us through his Word with faith-building messages of forgiveness and peace.  We also remember each day that we are baptized children of God.  The blessings of that Sacrament still belong to us, even in isolation.
     
    Livestream May Also Change
    We’ll have to process what the “stay at home” order might mean for Livestreaming.  Perhaps just the pastors.  Perhaps a keyboard player can be included.  We’ll try to retain as much worship support as we can for all of our members worshipping at home in a way that is responsible and respects the governor’s order.   We are also working to provide more readable text for the hymns and other printed portions of the worship service.
     
    An Important Message from Building and Grounds 
    Even under the “stay at home” order, you may find yourself walking or driving in the vicinity of our campus for some fresh air and to get a glimpse of the church and its steeple. Please do not enter the church woods if the logger is doing his work!  (He may not be continuing under the current order.)  We had an incident where someone surprised the chainsaw operator while cutting a tree.  Please stay out of the woods when trees are being cut.  We announced last week that this work had begun to keep our woods healthy.  This work will probably continue off and on for the coming months.  Thank you for your cooperation.

    The next three paragraphs are repeated from Saturday
     
    Need Help? Ways to Serve?  …  Improvising as We Go!
    Many have contacted us looking for some way to serve others.  Here’s the necessary reminder … the best way to serve others is first to take care of yourself and follow the guidelines to stay at home as much as possible.  Yet the questions remain … who needs help and how can we help them?  Right now we have no formal systems in place.  For the time being we will try our best to connect members who need help with members who are willing and able to provide that help. 
     
    If you are in need of assistance in purchasing food for your family or other necessary supplies, caused by lack of transportation, isolation orders or financial hardship) please call (262-677-2412) or email (church@davidsstar.org) the church office. We can’t make any promises at this time, but we know your fellow members at David’s Star want to help.  Requests for help will be kept as confidential as possible.  No list of those needing help will be published. 
     
    If you are willing to provide needed aid for your brothers and sisters in Christ, offering financial assistance, helping with a trip to the store, etc., please also express your willingness by contacting the church office.  Our help does not have to be limited to members.  You may suggest the names of friends or neighbors if their needs go beyond your personal ability to help.   Again, we are improvising as we go.  We’ll keep you informed if other processes or avenues for mutual service and support are developed.
     
    One Last Word
    This is the day the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.  (Psalm 118:24)
     
    Pastor Mike Woldt & Pastor Kurt Loescher