Last week, the Two Rivers Police Department informed Pastor Arndt and the church of an anonymous email they received, which threatens Pastor Arndt’s life during Christmas week at church. Similar to Easter 2021, the threat focused on Pastor Arndt on a major religious holiday.
St. John’s Church Council members, the pastors, and Mr. Jaeger met with Det. Lt. Melissa Wiesner of the Two Rivers Police Department on Monday, December 12. Det. Lt. Wiesner informed those in attendance that she along with the FBI, Homeland Security and WI Department of Criminal Investigations have investigated the threat and will continue to monitor the situation and act upon any information that comes to their attention.
The safety and peace of mind of our congregation members has always been and still remains a high priority. Even prior to the threat in 2021, we have been focused on safety by conducting staff, student, and church members violent critical incident response training, along with other safety measures such as cameras, patrols, locked doors, etc. The Two Rivers Police Department and the church take threats seriously. If you or someone you know ever hears of a threat or witnesses suspicious activity, please report the threat or activity to the police and/or church officials immediately.
After extensive discussion, the Church Council has decided to hold church services as normal. Proclaiming the Word of God and the birth of his son Jesus is most important! As Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
If you have questions about this info, please contact Church Council President Jim Pautz at 920-242-7939 or email@example.com.
God’s blessings to you and your family this Christmas season and always!
St. John’s Church Council