January Anchor 2019

News & Notes                                                          

Sunshine Circle News

The ladies meet each Wednesday morning at 9:30 to quilt, work on banners for the sanctuary, and have devotions.  Please join them when you are able! 

Sunday School

      8:30-9:15 a.m.  All children are welcome – bring a friend with you — the more the merrier! 

Bible Class

      8:15-9:15 a.m.  If you have never been before or haven’t been lately, join in the fellowship & learning. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Divine Service

      9:30 a.m. Come worship and give thanks for all of the gifts God gives us.

Congressional Catechesis

in an attempt to refresh our memories of Luther’s Small Catechism, we will be reciting portions of the Catechism every Sunday prior to service.  For more explanation, please read the Catechism insert or see Pastor’s December Anchor article.  This month we are reciting the third and fourth commandments.

A simple explanation books can be found in each pew.  The Christian faith (Luther’s Small Catechism) and the Divine Service are explained briefly and simply.  Please feel free to take these with you or grab a copy in the narthex.

2019 Church Council

President:                      Eric Trisler                                                     

Vice President:              Jim Sharich

Secretary:                     Sharon Butler

Treasurer:                      Linda Blasa

Financial Secretary:    



Properties:                     Bob Hall

Stewardship:                  Tim Butler

Youth:                           Rick Whyers

Social Committee:         Joan Brown

Worship:                        Rick Angel

Altar Guild:                     Deb Basham

Ladies Sunshine Circle Judy Stanley

2019 Elders

Eric Trisler

Jim Manns

Dave Jacobs

Travis Trisler

Rick Whyers

Tim Van Hoveln

Kerry Hall-alternate

Higher Things

The Youth have decided to go to Higher Things at Concordia University, Mequon, WI. from July 16-19, If any confirmed youth or confirmed member would like to go, please see Pastor for a registration sheet. Registration sheets are due back ASAP.


Bible class

We continue our Bible class on both Sundays at 8:15a.m. and Wednesdays at 11 a.m..

Christmas Poinsettias

If you purchased a poinsettia, please feel free to take one home with you after Divine Services on Sundays.


continues Sunday nights at 6 p.m. Please pray for our catechumens.

Stewardship Corner

DECEMBER Attendance

Date Divine Service/Lord’s Supper Sunday School Adult Bible Class
12/2 71/58   9
12/9 73/54 6 12
12/16 73/61   5
12/23 72/54   8
12/24 62    
12/25 37/27    
12/30 80/61   8



At your service…


Lead:            Eric Trisler

Assisting:     Travis Trisler

Altar Guild    Debbie & Ed Basham, Jennifer Morgan


First Sunday: Rick Angel, Jim Manns,

Nathan Martin

Second Sunday: Rick Angel, Ed Basham,

Owen Roberts, Matthew Baecht

Third Sunday: Mike Roth, Rick Angel;

                        Randy & Travis Trisler, Jim Manns

Fourth Sunday: Eric Trisler, Kris McGuire

                        Tim Van Hoveln, Rick Angel

Fifth Sunday: Tim Van Hoveln, Travis Trisler



Samantha Strubberg

Samuel Baecht

Ava Roberts

Emily Strubberg

Your Church Family                                            

January Prayer Partners

We pray particularly for these brothers and sisters in Christ:                                                       

Week of Jan 6: Kris McGuire

Week of Jan 13: John & Debbie Purcell

Week of Jan 20: Cary, Kimberly, Claire, Owen

                               Ava, Ella Roberts           

Week of Jan 27: Koty & Katy Rethorn

January Birthdays

Jan 4   Jim Sharich

Jan 6   Michelle Curry

Jan 12 Katy Rethorn

Jan 12 Randy Trisler

Jan 13 Jason Butler

Jan 18 Grace Sharich

Jan 22 Kim Frazer

Jan 23 Khloee Hall

Jan 26 George Hinson

Jan 28 Jerry summers

Jan 28 Chris Blasa

Jan 30 Mary Neal

Jan 31 James Franklin 

January Anniversaries

Jan 12  Floyd & Kristi Greene

Jan 13  Gary & Joan Brown

Luther’s Small Catechism

From 1526-1528, about ten years after the beginning of the Reformation and the posting of the 95 Theses, Luther and others visited churches throughout his area, called the Saxon Visitation. Luther found that both pastors and people alike lacked basic knowledge and understanding of many of the most foundational elements of this Christian faith, especially that of the Ten Commandments, the Apostles Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. To help these churches, Luther wrote the Small Catechism as a guide for pastors and people alike to learn the very most basic elements of the faith and what they mean.

Luther’s intention for the Small Catechism was that it would be taught to all people, not just the young, and would be taught “year after year.” As it includes the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith in six chief parts: the Ten Commandments, the Apostles Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, Baptism, Confession, and the Sacrament of the Altar, it is not something to be learned in our youth or at one time in our life and put down and left alone, but learned by heart so that it is continually on our heart, mind, and tongue. Much of this is included in Luther’s Preface to the Small Catechism as well as a very stern and harsh warning to those who would refuse to learn the catechism or who would not seek or desire the Sacrament at least four times a year.

In his preface, Luther also says, “Therefore, I beg you all for God’s sake, my dear sirs and brethren, who are pastors or preachers, to devote yourselves heartily to your office (1 Tim. 4:13). Have pity on the people who are entrusted to you (Acts 20:28) and help us teach the catechism to the people.” In an effort to fulfill Luther’s desperate plea, we will undertake to recite the whole Small Catechism every two years, focusing on different portions each month, in an effort to learn it by heart and always have it on our hearts, minds, and tongues.

The Third and Fourth Commandments

While the First and Second Commandments deal directly with our relationship to God, the Third and Fourth Commandments deal with our relationship to those things and people in our lives that God puts before us in His place.

The Third Commandment deals with our relationship with God’s Word as something we are to “hold sacred and gladly hear and learn.” God’s Word, the Bible, is not like any other book. It is an inspired book in which God speaks to us and reveals Himself and His will to us. His Word, along with His Sacraments, are the means, the way, God comes to us today. They stand in His place as His way of delivering the Gospel to us in a way that we can receive it for the assurance of our faith, eliminating doubt.

The Fourth Commandment deals with our relationship not just to our parents, but to all authorities. God gives us not only parents, but all authorities, including our government, for our good. They are to stand in the place of God as the greatest authority over us, protecting us and helping us to do God’s will, including preaching the Gospel. Since it is God who gives them this authority, we ought to treat and respect them the way we would treat and respect God, while also distinguishing where they are different and when we must obey God rather than men.

The Third Commandment

What is the Third Commandment?

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.

The Fourth Commandment

What is the Fourth Commandment?

Honor your father and your mother.

What does this mean?We should fear and love God so that we do not despise or anger our parents and other authorities, but honor them, serve and obey them,

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