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.

Esther 10; Job 1, 2; Psalm 134; Ephesians 5, 6; Philippians 1

PRAYERS: We seek God’s comfort and healing for Bambi Borkowski as she faces health issues.
--We pray for Pastor Timothy Spaude who has received a call to serve as pastor  at Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, Michigan.
--We ask the Holy Spirit to guide our teacher, Mrs. LaRae Fromm, as she deliberates the call she has received to serve as a preschool teacher at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in North Fond du Lac, WI.  

FLOWERS: The flowers on the altar are from Linda Gunkel in memory of her mother, Joyce Overton, who went to heaven 6 years ago.

MEMORIAL: $25.00 to Missions from Allen and Joyce Beierle in memory of Janet Behning.  

OUR ADVENT WORSHIP BEGINS ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH. Worship times are 3:30 and 6:30 P.M. The theme for our Advent series this year is “Anticipating Advent.” On this first week we will be “Anticipating Our Celebration of Christ’s First Advent.” Plan to attend!

NEW THIS YEAR--ADVENT MEALS: In connection with each of our Wednesday Advent services, we will have a meal in the Community Room beginning at about 4:30-6:00 P.M. A freewill offering will be gathered to offset the cost of the meals. See the signup sheet in the atrium to volunteer to bring the extra food items that are needed. If you have questions, contact Elizabeth Krutz at 262-309-3917 ( The menu is as follows:                                                                                                                  November 30: soup, salad, bread, hot dogs for the kids, chips, desserts
                        December 7: sloppy joes, chips, mac’n’cheese, desserts
                        December 14: chili, salad, bread, hot dogs for the kids, desserts

VOTERS: Our next regular Voters’ Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 29th at 6:30 P.M. The date was chosen to accommodate the budgeting process and the Thanksgiving holiday. The budget for 2023 will be a main business item. This meeting will also include a continuation of our call meeting for a Fifth Grade teacher and Technology Director. Voters, please plan to be present.

ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT is being held on Sunday, November 27th at 3:00 P.M. in our Community Room. Ladies, please use the signup sheet in the atrium to indicate your intent to attend.

OUR SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS is has begun new topic. Pastor James Langebartels is leading us in a study of the parables of Jesus. Class begins at 9:30 A.M. in the church community room. Refreshments are provided. Kids’ Club and Bible Information Classes meet at the same time. Bible Information Class meets in the large conference room.

NEW OUTREACH TOOL: Our pastors and principal are now offering business cards which you may give to family, friends, acquaintances, and neighbors who may appreciate pastoral support or counsel. They are available in the Welcome Center; you may take 4 or 5 of each. These can be just another helpful tool in your outreach toolbox!

ONCE AGAIN, WE WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN A COAT DRIVE to support WELS Lutherans for Life, APS, Med Center. Gently used or new coats and snow pants are requested. There will be a box in the School Lobby and Church Narthex for collection until December 10. All coats from last year were distributed, with many happy & thankful parents! The sizes most needed are 3T, 4T, 5T, but really Newborn to 5T.

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!

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY to serve the Lord and his people? Please consider ushering at worship services. Ushering requires only a 90 minute commitment once a month at a service that you may attend anyway. On the months that you are not available, the duties can be covered by other ushers on the team, or a replacement can be found.  Ushering can be done by men and women alike, so this is a perfect opportunity for married couples and upper grade children to serve together. While our greatest need is for Saturday and Monday services, there is a need for additional Sunday ushers as well. If you are interested, contact Mark Mathwig at or 414-698-6356. 

NEEDED FOR 150TH ANNIVERSARY HISTORY DISPLAYS: Wedding pictures that span the history of our congregation, especially of the couple standing in front of the altar at church. Supply names and the date of the wedding. A stand-up frame would be nice, but optional. Plans are to use them in January and then again in April. They will be returned.

ARE YOU A FRIENDLY PERSON? DO YOU ENJOY MEETING NEW PEOPLE? If you are so inclined, St. Jacobi would welcome you to join our greeter program. Greeters arrive 15 minutes before a church service begins and remain greeting 5 minutes after service begins. Greeters are asked to sign up for service time(s) on the FIT (First Impression Team) signup on our St. Jacobi website. Those who signed up for November have been added to the online signup. Everyone else is requested to add their names to the online signup list. You will receive an email reminder prior to the time slot you choose.

This Week at St. Jacobi

Sat. Nov. 26                -            5:00 P.M. Worship Service
Sun. Nov. 27               -            8:15, 10:45 A.M. Worship Services

                                    -           9:30 A.M. Bible Classes, Kids’ Club
                                    -           3:00 P.M. Advent by Candlelight
Mon. Nov. 28               -           6:30 P.M. Worship Service
Tues. Nov. 29              -           10:00 A.M. God’s Time for Seniors

                                    -           11:00 A.M. Senior University
                                    -            6:30 P.M. VOTERS’ MEETING AND CALL MEETING
Wed. Nov. 30              -           3:30 & 6:30 P.M.MIDWEEK ADVENT WORSHIP
Thurs. Dec. 1              -           8:15 A.M. God’s Time for Women
Sat. Dec. 3                   -          5:00 P.M. Worship Service with the Lord’s Supper
Sun. Dec. 4                 -           8:15, 10:45 A.M. Worship Services with the Lord’s Supper
                                    -           9:30 A.M. Kids’ Club, Bible Classes
Mon. Dec. 5                -           6:30 P.M. Worship Service with the Lord’s Supper

Join us as we celebrate God’s grace throughout our 150th anniversary year. Details of each event will be publicized as it approaches on the calendar.


November 23-24, 2022—Celebrating God’s Grace as His Thankful People—On Thanksgiving Eve and Day we will give special thanks to God for his goodness and grace.

December 25, 2022—Celebrating God's Grace in the Savior’s Birth—We will celebrate Christmas in the joy that has cheered believers at St. Jacobi for 150 years.

January 14, 2023 (Saturday after church)— Celebrating God’s Grace through the Years in Our Shared History and Fellowship--An elegant wine and cheese gathering provides time to mingle and reflect as well as view special history displays. Musical entertainment will also be provided..

February 5, 2023—Celebrating God’s Grace by Sharing It—Epiphany is a time to rejoice in the privilege of sharing Jesus for 150 years.  We will welcome new members and partake in our New Member Welcome Dinner.

March 26, 2023—Celebrating God’s Grace by Gratefully Serving—For 150 years, individuals and groups at St. Jacobi have used their time and talents to serve the Lord in their lives and through our congregation.

April 23, 2023—Celebrating God’s Grace to St. Jacobi—On this date, closest to St. Jacobi’s founding, our celebration of 150 years of God’s grace comes to its culmination with guest preacher, WELS President Mark Schroeder. We will have services on Sunday only. A catered meal will follow. Tentative Keynote speaker: former Pastor Timothy Henning.

April 30, 2023—Celebrating God’s Grace with WLHS—WLHS Sunday—Rev. Dr. Kenneth Fisher will be our guest preacher. Wisco’s Woodwind Ensemble will beautify our worship.

May 21, 2023—Celebrating God’s Grace, Reaffirming Our Commitment—Confirmation Sunday gives us all an opportunity to recommit ourselves to our Lord and his ministry at St. Jacobi.

 Celebrating God’s Grace
History Presentations

Join in with our Senior University on the following dates for special presentations connected with the history of St. Jacobi Congregation. It’s yet another way to celebrate God’s grace and blessings over the past 150 years. (And you don’t need to be a senior to attend; everyone is welcome!)
December 6, 11 AM: Our German Heritage: Where Did They Come From? —One Family’s Story (by Mr. John Miller)
January 3, 11 AM: Pastor Gervasius Fischer—A Faithful Warrior for the Truth (by Mr. Carl Nolte)
February 7, 11 AM: Principal David Hackmann—Observations on Changes in Christian Education (by Mr. David Hackmann)
March 7, 11 AM: When Our Church Building Preached the Gospel—A Virtual Tour of Our Old Church (by Mr. John Miller)