About Us
Mission/Purpose
As men, women, and children united in faith and worship by the Word of God, St. John’s, as a member congregation of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, exists to make disciples throughout the world for time and eternity, using the Gospel in Word and sacrament to win the lost for Christ and to equip believers for lives of Christian service, all for the glory of God.
 
History
St. John’s Lutheran Church began as a daughter congregation St. Peter’s Lutheran Union Township in April, 1895. St. John’s purchased a wooden frame Presbyterian church on the corner of South Street and Ramsey Street. The Lord blessed the congregation with growth and a large red brick church was built in the same place in 1907. But by 1945, it was evident that with growth in numbers the red brick church was too small. In 1947, St. John’s purchased the Sprague farm on the northeast corner of Caledonia. It retained three city blocks for a church and school and sold the rest of the land. The church building was built mostly with volunteer congregational labor, the stones being quarried from the local area. St. John’s Christian Day School started its classes in 1949 in the church basement. By the Fall of 1957, a school building was placed on the double city block site. Later in 1991, an addition of classrooms, library and gymnasium were built on the east end of the school. Like the church, this school addition was mainly the result of volunteer congregational labor. 

Thirteen different pastors, six principals, 40 teachers and a host of Sunday School teachers have served in the preaching and teaching ministry of St. John’s. The Lord has always given St. John’s a great love for Christian education. We strive to fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission to “make disciples of all nations.” Like our stone-built church, we are each different from one another, yet we are one in Christ proclaiming the gospel to family, neighbor, community and the world. "As you come to him, the living Stone – rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him – you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." 
1 Peter 2:4, 5
 

Beliefs and Teachings

We believe the Bible is God’s Word, and we cannot add to it or subtract from it. God gave the human writers the exact words he wanted them to write in the original languages.

God is revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – three persons, but only one God. Each has divine names and does things only God can do. God is eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, and present everywhere.

God gave us his Law to keep all people in bounds (curb), to show each his sins (mirror), and for the Christian to know how to live to please God (guide). God gave his Gospel for all people to show us our Savior in Jesus alone.

God gave us Ten Commandments to obey perfectly every day of our lives. He wants us to honor and worship him above everything else, to use his name as he wants it used, to honor and obey his Word by listening to it, learning it, and living by it. He also commands us to honor the authority he has established and his gifts of life, marriage, possessions, and a good name. He commands we have pure thoughts. When we disobey, we deserve God’s punishment and only He can save us.

God created the world and everything in it in 6, 24-hour days. He still preserves and protects his creation. I ought to thank, praise, serve, and obey him for all his goodness to me.

Jesus is fully God and fully human. He must be God to be perfect and sinless and he must be human to die as our Substitute. He is anointed as our Prophet, Priest, and King. He alone is the ransom price paid to the Father to redeem all sinners. In his humiliation he allowed himself to be punished in our place and in his exaltation he resumed the full use of the power and glory he has as God. He will return as Judge of the living and dead on the Last Day.

The Holy Spirit uses the Word and Sacraments to bring people to faith and keep them in faith. We cannot choose to believe; that is God’s work alone. Through faith the Spirit motivates me to do good things to thank God for all he has done for me. God wants us to join with others who share our public teaching and practice of faith – we can worship and commune together, pray together, do mission work together, and operate religious schools together. Jesus died for all people, but those who reject him will be punished in hell forever. All people will rise on the Last Day; all who believe have eternal life in heaven.

God has given his Church two sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion. Baptism is for all people and washes away sin. It reminds me to put off the Old Adam each day and live for the One who saved me. Communion is for those who have been instructed and publicly confess the faith shared by other members of the congregation. The Bible teaches about the Real Presence – Jesus’ body and blood present with the bread and wine for us to eat and drink. If I am living in a public, un-repented sin, I am not truly prepared to receive communion.

God gives all believers The Keys. When someone confesses a sin, we forgive as God already has. If they do not repent, we do not offer God’s forgiveness. When someone sins against us, we should go to them on a personal level. If nothing is resolved, a few other witnesses may be brought into the discussion. If there is no God-pleasing resolution, the matter is brought before the congregation. The Keys are used in a public way by the pastor – a man who is able to teach who has been trained and who has a Call from the congregation.

God has given all believers the right and privilege to pray to him. It is an act of worship in which believers talk to God from the heart. God has promised to hear and answer every prayer, but he never promised all prayers would be answered the way we want it to be done. We pray because He is in charge, not us. We can pray at any time and in any place and we can pray out loud or unspoken, from the heart.

We are happy to serve individuals and families with God’s Word. You are welcome at worship, but if you are not a member, we do ask that you refrain from communion. If you would appreciate membership in the congregation, we will make those arrangements.