Pastors Updates

Pastors Updates
    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