Message from the President of the Congregation
Risen Savior Lutheran Church and School is located at 96th and Brown Deer Road on Milwaukee’s northwest side. We are a church-group that reflects our diverse community – Caucasian, Hispanic and African-American. Folks who are part of our church family come from all walks of life and are of many different age groups.
We seek to share God’s Word and put Christ’s love into action in our community and around the world. Our numerous outreach efforts are evidence of our desire to reflect the love of Christ in our neighborhood. In order to accomplish our world-wide effort we are part of a much bigger church body called the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS.)
At Risen Savior we gather around God’s Word as friends, growing in faith together and sharing God’s love through the faithful teaching of the Bible and administering the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. By growing in faith we become brothers and sisters of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and through Him we look forward to spending Eternity with Him in Heaven.
While we wait for our opportunity to enter Eternal Life our aim is to grow stronger in our faith and serve the community with the message that Jesus came to save all of mankind from their world of sin. We accomplish this through various means. We gather for meaningful worship during weekly services, we have numerous opportunities for group Bible study at various times and we participate in multiple ministries to meet the needs of the people we serve. We also provide full-time Christian education through our elementary school from grades K-4 to 8th.
We invite you to join us in growing in the joy and peace of the Christian faith and life that comes from believing the words of Jesus: “Because I live, you also will live.” (John 14:19) We would truly be honored if you stopped by to meet us and to learn more about our Savior Jesus Christ.
In the service of our Risen Savior,
President Craig May
Pastor Leyer (left) and Pastor Luis Acosta (right) are our Pastor's at Risen Savior. The President of our church is Mr. Craig Mayfeild (middle). They would love to meet you! Feel free to call and leave them a message at (414) 354-7320.
What We Believe
We proudly call ourselves "Risen Savior" because Jesus died for our sins and rose again that we might live with him. We joyfully bear the name "Evangelical" (meaning "good news") because the good news of Jesus is central to all we teach. We are a "Lutheran Church" because we believe, teach and confess the ancient truths of the Christian church that Luther rediscovered in the Reformation - "by faith alone," "by grace alone" and "by Scripture alone."
To learn what the Bible teaches click on a specific topic below, and you will be taken to a short summary of our beliefs on that topic.
The Bible teaches that the Bible is the true word of God. It is inspired by the Holy Spirit. This means that God breathed into the writers the exact thoughts and words they were to write. As a result every statement in the Bible is the truth. One part of the Bible explains another part. It is the only guideline for the faith and life of Christians. We are to read and study it diligently. It clearly teaches all we need to know in order to obtain our eternal salvation.
2 Peter 1:21 Men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed.
John 5:39 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me [Jesus].
The Bible teaches that the first man and woman lost the image of God when they gave in to the temptation of Satan and disobeyed God's command. This brought on them the judgment of God. Since that time all people are conceived and born in sin, desire to do what is evil, and are dead spiritually. Therefore, we are unable to reconcile ourselves to God by our own efforts and deeds.
Psalm 51:5 Surely I have been a sinner from birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Romans 5:12 Sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all have sinned.
Romans 8:7,8 The sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law...Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
The Bible teaches that there is only one true God. This God is invisible, holy, eternal, and has all power and wisdom. In the Bible God reveals himself as three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is why he is called “Triune.” These three persons in one God are all God. They are equal in power, glory and in every other quality. To deny or ignore one person is to deny all of them. It is God who created, redeemed and sanctified us.
Matthew 28:19 Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Romans 15:13 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.
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the Savior of everyone. He is the eternal Son of God, equal to the Father and the Holy Spirit. He is also the son of the Virgin Mary. He became man to redeem all people. Taking our place, he lived a perfect life keeping the law of God for us. He also died as our innocent substitute on the cross to pay a price sufficient for everyone’s sin. After rising from the dead, Jesus ascended into heaven. On the Last Day he will judge all the people who are still living and those whom he will raise from the dead.
Matthew 1:23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means God with us.
Ephesians 1:7 We have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Galatians 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.
Hebrews 4:15 We have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet without sin.
Acts 10:42 He is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.
The Bible teaches that faith is a repentant sinner's acceptance of Jesus Christ as his only Savior and full trust in his worthiness for forgiveness of sins and salvation. Such faith is not a personal achievement or an act of human worthiness. The Holy Spirit creates faith. Whoever remains in this faith to the end of life will be saved eternally. Salvation is not possible without faith. The Bible also teaches that God's love for human beings is unconditional. We call this unconditional love "grace." In grace God created the perfect plan of salvation.
Acts 15:11 We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved.
Acts 16:30,31 He...asked, "Men, what must I do to be saved?" They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household."
John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.
The Bible and Lutherans teach that baptism is a holy act. It is instituted by God. Using water and God's Word it offers and gives the forgiveness of sins, spiritual life, and eternal salvation. It is meant for young and old, including children. Infants also are sinful and therefore need the spiritual rebirth brought about through baptism.
Matthew 28:19 Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
John 3:5,6 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”
Mark 10:14 He [Jesus] said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."
Mark 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.
Greetings brothers and sisters!
It's a special time of year for us as Christians as we get ready to celebrate the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday!
Here's the opportunity: On Saturday we have Easter for Kids. It's a fun event for children of all ages. We've been getting the word out through the school and through fliers in local businesses. We'd like to make one last minute publicity push. On Friday afternoon and Saturday morning we'll get fliers out into the Risen Savior neighborhood. If you'd like to help, please show up at church at 5:00 p.m. Friday afternoon AND/OR 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning. We have a great message to share! Let's get the word out!
And here's our schedule for the rest of the week:
Thursday March 29: Maundy Thursday worship with communion 6:30 p.m. This is a bilingual service
Friday, March 30: Good Friday worship 1:30 p.m. at Luther Haven in English. 6:30 p.m. at Risen Savior in English, 7:30 p.m. at Risen Savior in Spanish
Saturday, March 31: Easter for Kids 12:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Sunday, April 1 Easter breakfast 8:30 - 9:45 a.m. Bilingual worship service 10:00 a.m. Easter egg hunt, pinata to follow.
These dedicated members see to the set-up and clean up of communion ware, coordinates the changing of altar linens and banners, and oversees the placement of altar flowers. Their meetings are held twice a year. Different teams of two serve each month. Contact Deanna Lese if you wish to participate.
Ushers and Greeters
Ushers assist with worship, collect the offering, help with the service at Risen Savior. Greeters help welcome people at each worship service.The Board of Deacons establishes and monitors the schedule with volunteers from the congregation.
Ladies' Guild (which meets at Luther Haven)
Two of Risen Savior's women's groups merged to form the Ladies' Guild. It meets at Luther Haven on the fourth Monday at 7:00 PM of every month, September through May (except December). The Ladies' Guild provides opportunity for spiritual growth, fellowship, service, and support for other guilds and organizations (Lutheran Women Missionary Society, Wisconsin Lutheran High School Guild, Wisconsin Lutheran Child and Family Service Guild, etc). Annual projects and events include the Mission Dinner, shut-in fruit baskets, gifts for children at Christmas, meals out at restaurants, a "wine and cheese tasting" party, and a secret pal program (for those who wish to participate).
Ever thought about reading the bible cover to cover? Here is a really helpful resource for you to use. Enjoy!