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St. John’s Reaches Out to Extend Preacher Call for 11th Time – And We’re Done!

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Praying that the eleventh time would be a charm, the voters of St. John’s braved cold and ice to cast a unanimous ballot for Rev. Stephen Kruschel of Geneva, Nebraska to serve as associate pastor.  Pastor Stephan and his wife Rebecca have been blessed with five children, ages 10,8,6,5 & 3.  Pastor hails from Redwood Falls, MN and Rebecca from Iron Ridge, WI.  The couple met while studying at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN.  The Kruschels currently serve the dual congregations of Grace and Trinity Lutheran churches in Geneva and Grafton, NE, respectively.  In answer to our prayers, Rev. Kruschel has accepted the call to serve us in Two Rivers!  The family will finish up the school year (through the end of May) in Nebraska, and join us on the lakeshore the first week of June.  God bless your travels – and your ministry among us, Pastor & Becca!

Last Day for Cross+Men Conference Early Registration

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Today’s the last day to take advantage of the $5 savings for early registration for the Cross+Men Men’s conference to be hosted by St. John’s on march 17th.  February 1st, the fee increases to $30 and covers all speakers, materials, food and fellowship as over 100 Christian men gather to learn to boast about nothing other than God in their lives – a skill that builds rather than tears down relationships between God’s people.  Check us out at and encourage the men in your life to join us!

Congregation Votes to Build New Worship Space

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After more than 25 years of debate, planning and waiting, St. John’s voted overwhelmingly on January 2st to proceed with detailed construction drawings and groundbreaking on the church’s school site at 3607 45th Street in Two Rivers.  While the downtown structure will always hold a special place in our hearts, families and the history of our congregation, handicapped accessibility, plumbing, electrical and maintenance concerns made it clear that in order for the congregation to continue to reach out and serve others with the Word – as our forefathers made possible for us, change was inevitable.  Planned is a 1.8 million dollar structure, attached to the school and office building, to include worship seating for 225, handicapped accessible parking, seating and restrooms, a fireside room, multipurpose room and more.  Discussion at the meeting also included a targeted emphasis on refocusing on evangelism in our community, to our own former members and the rest of Two Rivers.

St. John’s to host Cross+Men Conference

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After traveling the last two years to our sister congregation in Ixonia to enjoy their mens’ confernce, the men of St. John’s have scheduled and welcome all to their own.  Slated for March 17th in the St. John’s School facility at 3607 45th in Two Rivers, the Cross+Men conference this year will run from 9am – 2pm.  Featuring three speakers, music, worship, food and fellowship, the conference the 2018 version of this conference will focus on “boasting in a God who is our strength and certainty.”  While men are often tempted to boast in ways that drive wedges and hurt between them, the honesty of the cross and of our brokenness give us a chance to brag about someone who pulls us together, and offers us true fellowship with one another.

Early registration for the conference is now open with the cost for early/regular/last minute registration $25/$30/$35 respectively.

Check it out and encourage a friend – the web site is


Holy Spirit reaches south for 10th call for an associate pastor

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January 8th, the voters of St. John’s extended a divine call to Pastor Martin Luchterhand of Fort Myers, Florida.  Some might remember Pastor Luchterhand’s father, Lyle, who served at Bethany in Manitowoc.  Pastor Luchterhand and his wife Wendy have been blessed with four children, ages 22,21,19 & 11.  Born in Milwaukee, and a 1994 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Pastor has served congregations in South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin and Florida.  Please keep this family, as well as the congregation of nearly 100 that he serves in the sunshine state, in your prayers.  You can contact, and please do contact Pastor Luchterhand with well wishes, encouragements and what you see as our needs at pastor at (replace the at with @)

Pastor Kurbis Returns Call

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On Monday afternoon, Pastor Kurbis, to whom we extended a divine call to serve us as associate pastor, returned that call and indicated he will continue to serve God’s people in North Carolina. Pastor Kurbis writes:

Date: December 4, 2017
To: St. John’s Lutheran Church in Two Rivers, WI

Greetings, brothers and sisters, in the name of Jesus, our advent King!

Deliberating a call is a very humbling process. It’s humbling because God works through his Church
to call jars of clay to share the treasure of the gospel. It’s humbling because clarity requires being in
the Word and applying what the Spirit says. It’s humbling because the Word and prayer drive us to
our knees as nothing else can. It’s also humbling because God has moved his people to share
thoughts and prayers that are focused on the good of His Kingdom. How good and gracious God
always is!

Throughout this humbling process it has become clear to me that it is best for me to stay where I
am: serving the saints at Living Savior and sharing the gospel with the greater Asheville area.

While it has become clear that I need to be here, some other things have become clear as well. God
has blessed your congregation immensely. I thank him for that. The ministry opportunities that he
has given you are also blessings from him. The zeal and desire to seize those opportunities come
from the God who is at work in you who believe. God has his man in mind for you.

I thank you for your prayers and will continue to remember you in mine.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with
hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).

Pastor Caleb Kurbis


St. John’s next call meeting has been scheduled for Monday, January 8th at 6:30pm in the school music room!

Live Nativity Volunteer Online Sign Up Now Live!

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It is a gift that truly keeps on giving – St. John’s annual “Christmas Card to the Community.”  Each year hundreds walk through our recreation of Bethlehem and worship the one promised so long ago.  But it takes more than a village to raise Bethlehem’s shops that night.  It takes you!  Follow this link to claim your role in this gospel outreach!  And God bless your proclamation and participation!


Holy Spirit Reaches Out to NC as St. John’s Calls for Associate Pastor

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On Monday evening St. John’s voters extended a divine call for associate pastor to Rev. Thomas Glende of Fayetteville, NC.  Pastor Glende, a 1999 graduate of our Seminary, along with wife Susan (nee Spevacek) and their four children serve God’s people at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, a congregation of roughly 110 members and 65 communicants.  Pastor Glende has previously served congregations in New Mexico and Utah.  Let’s keep the Glende family in our prayers – and share freely with them our dreams, needs and opportunities for ministry on the lake shore.  You can reach Pastor Glende at didymusglende(at)  (yes, please replace the (at) with @)