Who We Are
The church is the people, not the building. As a community, we are a growing, authentic, multi-generational family of faith. Meaningful, engaging contemporary and traditional worship as well as youth and adult opportunities to grow in an ongoing walk with Jesus Christ.
Who is welcome?
We welcome all people at St. John’s, because we believe God loves and welcomes all people. This is regardless of age, faith background, education, sexual orientation, social status or anything else.
St. John’s is part of the mission-minded association Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. You can find out more about them on their website, www.lcmc.net.
Local Partnership – “It’s better together!”
Jesus didn’t institute churches, but ONE Church. Sharing many of the same values, purposes, and vision for ministry, St. John’s and Trinity Church (LCMC) in nearby Pell Lake, Wisconsin are “sister congregations”. Knowing we are “better together”, both churches partner throughout the year in joint worship services, youth programs, adult discipleship and service projects. Most notably, we partner in youth ministry through our joint youth director Susan Happersberger and support missionaries Holly and Fred Okoth in Kenya, Africa. Trinity’s pastors Brian Metke and Joyce Rossen have served at St. John’s in various capacities since 2012, and Pastor Tom served at Trinity before being called to St. John’s full time. You can check out what Trinity is all about at trinitychurchfamily.com.
Statement of Faith
We believe in the Triune God—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We acknowledge one God in these three persons.
We believe that God the Father created the universe. He is loving, compassionate, just and kind. His deepest desire is to live in an intimate relationship with all people.
We believe that, because of His desire to live in a relationship with us, God became a human being. Jesus Christ, born of a virgin, is fully God and fully man. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus made it possible for all people to live in a relationship with God. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Through Him and Him alone can people enter into a relationship with God.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the presence of Jesus Christ among us. Through Him God loves us, empowers us and lives in us. The Spirit gives gifts to all believers. We believe in all the gifts of the Spirit and encourage their use.
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God. Through it, God reveals Himself to us. The entire Bible is God-breathed and God-inspired. The Old and New Testaments are the norm and guide upon which we base our faith.
We believe that the church, be it a local congregation or the worldwide fellowship of believers, is the body of Christ. As His Body, we are called to worship Him, serve Him and be the vehicle through which the Good News in its fullness is shared with the world.
We affirm and identify with the confessions of the Lutheran Church, especially the following: The Apostolic, the Nicene, and the Athanasian Creeds; the Unaltered Augusburg Confession; Luther’s Small Catechism; and the Book of Concord of 1580. We affirm the centrality of grace alone, faith alone, and Word alone.
We believe in and practice the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. We believe that through the waters of Baptism, God comes to us to adopt us as His children. Through Baptism, God gives the gift of new life. We affirm the baptism of infants.
We believe that through the Lord’s Supper, God comes to love us and forgive us. It is a meal of renewal. Jesus is really present in the meal.
We believe in the worth and value of the human being. Created in God’s image, humans have dignity. Their worth is dependent not on accomplishments, but on God’s love. Because God sees humanity as worth dying for, we affirm and acknowledge the dignity of humans. At the same time we acknowledge that humanity is separated from God because of sin. We joyfully proclaim the Good News that because of Jesus Christ, forgiveness is a possibility. It is that forgiveness that restores fallen humanity’s worth.
We believe in and anticipate the return of Jesus Christ. Though we don’t know the day or hour, we joyfully proclaim His soon return to inspire all people to make the most of life today.
Holy Communion – All Are Welcome!