Special Announcements and Updates

Special Announcements and Updates
    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