News & Notes 



If you are looking for a way to read your Bible every day, you might want to use this list for a chapter of God’s Word for each day this week.

Jeremiah 51, 52; Lamentations 1; Song of Songs 2; John 10, 11, 12.

PRAYERS: We pray for the family of Beverly Kangas whom God summoned to her heavenly home on November 21 at the age of 73 years, 6 months, and 15 days.
We continue to pray for Mr. Joshua Walker who has received a call to serve as principal at CrossLife Christian Academy in Pflugerville, TX.
--We pray for Mrs. Elizabeth Gumm whom we have called to be our Second Grade teacher beginning with the next school year. She currently serves at Trinity Lutheran School in Caledonia, WI.
--We join Dick and Karen Boese in thanking God on the occasion of their 59th wedding anniversary, November 28th.

THANK OFFERING: A gift was received from Dick and Karen Boese on wedding anniversary, given with thankfulness for 59 years of God’s guidance and blessings.

SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS MEETS THIS WEEK at 9:30 A.M. in the church Community Room. Our Bible Class will continue its study of Hope for the Hurting. Kids’ Club is also meeting at 9:30 A.M. Younger children meet in the church sanctuary, and older children meet as “The Armory” in the small conference room.

NEXT WEEK WE WILL HAVE A DOOR OFFERING FOR CAMP PHILLIP. This is a WELS-affiliated camp located near Wautoma, WI used by some of our families and school classes for field trips, recreation programs, camping, and retreats. They stress “relaxation in creation and renewal in Christ.” Your support is appreciated.

LADIES AIDJust a reminder to those who have signed up for our Christmas luncheon that we will be meeting in the church multi-purpose room Wednesday December 6 at 11:30. See you there! 

ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT: December 3, 2023 at 3:00 P.M. The event will be held in the church Community Room. See the sign-up sheet in the atrium.

MIDWEEK ADVENT WORSHIP continues on this Wednesday, December 6th at 3:30 and 6:30 P.M. The theme this year is “Zechariah Looked Forward to Christ’s Advent (You Can Too!). Plan to use these extra worship opportunities to prepare your heart for Christmas.

WE WILL AGAIN HOST ADVENT SUPPERS on the Wednesdays during Advent between the serves starting at 4:30 P.M. A free-will offering basket will be set out to offset expenses. Use the signup sheets in the atrium to indicate if you will be attending, and what food you can donate. If you have questions, contact  Elizabeth Krutz 262 309 3917 The dates and menu items are as follows:
  • Dec  6: hot turkey sandwiches, scalloped potatoes       
  • Dec 13: chili, bread, salad 
VOTERS’ MEETING NEWS: In addition to calling Mrs. Beth Gumm at the last Voters’ Meeting, the voters approved making a principal-only payment of $500,000 on the mortgage for the church addition reducing the amount owed from 2.3 to 1.8 million. This will help us pay off the mortgage faster. In addition, upgrades were approved for the technology infrastructure at school and for the sprinkler system at church.
These approvals were possible because of the Lord's blessing our congregation through the estate gift from Janet Behning. We thank the Lord and Janet and all who have kindly remembered St Jacobi in their estate planning so the work of the Lord will continue for generations to come!
The full minutes of the Voters’ Meeting are available with the hard-copy (printed) version of the December church newsletter.

WELS MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT GETAWAY: The dates are January 19-21 at the Stella Hotel and Ballroom in Kenosha. For more information, see the brochures on the information kiosk in the atrium.

COMMUNION WARE HELPERS: The new schedule which begins January 6, 2024 is in the altar guild room where we set up.  Please take your copy.  Thank you for serving by helping with communion set up/reset and/or clean up!  You are appreciated so much!

OUR SCHOOL IS LOOKING FOR AN AFTER SCHOOL EXTENDED CARE HELPER! We are looking for someone who is a member in good standing at a WELS church, and who loves working with children. Duties include leading children in group activities, supervising play and helping with homework. This involves working anywhere from 2-5 days per week from 3 to 5/5:30pm. Position pays $15 per hour. Please contact Mr. Walker at 414-425-2040 (  or Melissa Wolfgram at 414-207-1742 ( if you are interested in learning more about this position!

SHEEPSHEAD, RUMMY, CANASTA? SOME OTHER GAME? If you like playing cards, we want to hear from you! Answer a few questions on the signup sheet in the narthex. We’re looking to start some card groups at St. Jacobi and are gathering information.

NEW DISPLAYS: Where are the Meditations, church newsletters, flower chart, Forward in Christ magazines, and the like? Check out our new kiosks in the atrium/narthex. There are sections for St. Jacobi information, WELS information, Synodical school information, and WLHS information. Thank you to Beth Nolte for arranging all this information in an attractive way.

THE NEXT DINE OUT FUNDRAISER is at Panera (7840 W. Layton Ave.) on December 4 from 4-8 P.M. Let the cashier know you’re from St. Jacobi, and our school will get a portion of the receipts.

WE ARE COLLECTING NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS at the church and the school.  They will be donated first to those members of ours that need help and then also to the food pantries that we support.  The drop off location for the food items at church will be in what used to be the Ladies Lounge room (next to the cry room).  There will also be a box inside the lobby of the school for donations as well. Thank you in advance for your food donations!

ST. JACOBI TAXI: Could you provide a ride to church for a fellow member? Do you need a ride to church? Speak with one of the pastors and we’ll connect you with our “St. Jacobi Taxi Service.” 

CHRISTMAS GIFT COLLECTION FOR RESIDENTS AT V.M.P. (Village at Manor Park) We are collecting gifts for residents at the Village at Manor Park (84th and Oklahoma Ave.). A few of those residents are St. Jacobi members. Bring gifts to the collection box in the former Ladies’ Lounge (next to the cry room). This is the last opportunity for bringing in items for this collection, as the deadline is December 4!
  • Unscented Lotion
  • Unscented Hand Sanitizer
  • Unscented Chapstick
  • Large Print Crossword / Word Search / Puzzle Game Books
  • Hats, Gloves, & Scarves
  • Tea Light Candles (Battery Powered)
  • 2024 Calendars
  • Stationery
  • Pens
  • Colored Pencils, Markers, & adult Crayons
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Jewelry
  • Books & Magazines
  • Snacks
  • Bottles of Water
  • Wheel Chair Caddies
  • Lap Desks
  • Grabber / Pickup & Reach Tool
  • Afghans
  • Shoulder Shawls

JOIN THE SEMINARY CHORUS FOR CHRISTMAS AT THE SEMINARY, a service of lessons and carols, at 3:00pm and 7:00pm on Sunday, December 10, 2023. The annual Christmas concert includes anthems by the choir and hymns for the congregation. This concert will be held in the auditorium. Open seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis. The 3:00pm concert will be live streamed at and a recording will be available for viewing afterward using the same link.



This Week at St. Jacobi

Sat. Dec. 2                   -           5:00 P.M. Worship Service with the Lord’s Supper
Sun. Dec. 3                 -           8:15 & 10:45 A.M. Worship Services w/ the Lord’s Supper
                                                9:30 A.M. Bible Classes and Kids’ Club
                                                3:00 P.M. Advent by Candlelight
Mon. Dec. 4                -          4:30 P.M. Public School Instruction Class
                                    -          6:30 P.M. Worship Service with the Lord’s Supper
Tues. Dec. 5                -          10:00 A.M. God’s Time for Seniors
                                    -          11:00 A.M. Senior University
                                    -          6:30 P.M. Board of Christian Education
Wed. Dec. 6                -          3:30 & 6:30 P.M. MIDWEEK ADVENT WORSHIP
                                               4:30 P.M. Advent Fellowship Meal
                                               7:30 P.M. Mixed Choir
Thurs. Dec. 7              -          8:15 A.M. God’s Time for Women
                                               6:30 P.M. Board of Stewardship
Sat. Dec. 9                   -         10:00 A.M. ECM Christmas Service
                                    -          5:00 P.M. Worship Service