Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Worship to resume on June 7

To give us adequate time to plan and communicate the council has decided to resume worship on Sunday, June 7 at 11:00 AM.    We will take many precautions to make it as safe as possible.  Please watch for further details in the days to come.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Question and Answer

Members of St John,

During the last 2 months, with the Covid-19 “Stay at Home” order that Gov. Walz has issued, there has been a lot of anxiety by our members.  There is one thing that we can be SURE of.  Our Heavenly Father is there for us and we can come to Him in prayer for assurance.  He is watching over us and will bring this outbreak to an end while strengthening our faith in Him.  We are not like unbelievers who have no hope.  He is with us now and forever.
With less contact from our church leadership, I know that you have some questions and I will try to address them here.  Feel free to contact Pastor Berg, Jan Tholl, our council members, or Tony Wimmer at 612-306-5329 if there is anything else you would like to discuss.

Question: When will we start worshipping together again?
Answer: Right now the Governor has limited gatherings to 10 people.  When he allows us to meet for church services, we will let you know.

Q: Are there ways to receive the Word and Sacrament?
A: Pastor Berg has recorded 37 daily devotions which are available on Divinity’s Youtube page and our Facebook page.  He is taking a break from that to focus on other parts of our ministry but you can still view the devotions already recorded.  Every week a worship service is recorded and uploaded to Youtube and Facebook as well.  We are planning to mail out DVDs to our members who do not have internet access.
A: We have started offering Holy Communion on Wednesdays prior to the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 3:00-7:00.  There is a sign-up for families with 15-minute increments.  The next available day is May 27.  Contact Pastor Berg or myself if you need assistance with this.
A: There is a weekly Adult Bible Study on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM.  Contact Pastor Berg or myself to get signed up and for more information.

Q: When will we be calling a pastor?
A: Before we are ready to call a pastor, we need to finish going through the next phase of our Crossroads Consulting program.  The next step will be to schedule the listening sessions.  In these listening sessions, we will try to answer these questions:  1) Are we ready to call a pastor now and commit to changes in our outreach efforts?  2) Should we work towards combining with another congregation?  3) Should we move to another location? 4) Should we close and transfer our members to other WELS congregations?  Derek will be working with our Guiding Coalition members to get these scheduled

Q: How are the mail in offerings going and what is our financial status?
A: Some of our members have been mailing their offerings to St John.  We ask that everyone do this.  At this time we are meeting our expenses, but our offerings have fallen in the last 2 months.

Q: What are the hours and duties of our church office secretary now?
A: Jan has been working a flexible schedule now.  She comes in 2-3 days per week and also when needed to send out blogs, mailings, and other duties. She has been able to answer texts, emails, and voicemails from home.  She also coordinates the mowing schedule.  We are paying her the same as before.

Q: Is our custodian working/getting paid?
A: Our custodian is still emptying trash, cleaning bathrooms, adding towels and TP where needed, and spot cleaning floors when needed.  His hours have been shortened.

Q: What recent repairs have we made?
A: Completed repair and update of our outdoor and bus garage lighting.  Completed boiler repairs (water tubes).

Q: Are we renting or plan to rent our school building?
A: There are no plans for renting the school building at this time.  CLUES has rented some space in the field for a community garden.  They are paying $500 per month for this space.

Q: Are our leaders meeting together at this time?
A: The council has not met since March.  We are using emails for the items that we need to discuss.  Since the Governor has relaxed his stay at home policy, we are planning to have a council meeting on May 26.

Q: Will we be holding basketball and soccer camps this year?
A: Both basketball and soccer camps have been cancelled this year

Q: Are we planning to canvass our neighborhood this year?
A: We are planning to delay the start of our canvassing until later this summer.

Q. Are the home bounds getting visits?
A:  There are no Home Bound visits as the facilities are not allowing any visitors. They are getting their weekly church mailing.  They enjoy that very much.

Q: Is there anything I can be doing for my church right now?
A: Even though we have not been using our facility, there are still many things that you can do.  General cleaning inside (mopping floors, dusting, window washing).  Outdoor things to do (mowing, weeding, pick up trash, window washing). Let Mike Tholl know when you have completed any of these projects.  There is a mowing schedule in the Link or you can talk to Jan.

May God bless you all, Tony Wimmer 612-306-5329

Sunday, May 24, 2020

You can watch today's worship service here.

You can also watch a special Bible study here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Good Newsletter!








May 2020

What More Could We Want?
This year in our monthly articles we are considering favorite verses from the Bible.
This month’s favorite Bible verse is: 
Psalm 23:1
“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.”

John D. Rockefeller was one of the richest men in the world. An interviewer once asked him, “How much money is enough?” Rockefeller replied, “Just a little bit more.”

How many times have we told ourselves that if we had “just a little bit more” we would be happy? A higher-paying job. A larger home. An earlier retirement. Better health. Successful children.

But what happens when those wants are met? Are people truly happy? And what happens when those wants aren’t met? When you find yourself unemployed. When in rough times your savings are depleted. When plans for better housing or earlier retirement have to be put on hold. When your health takes a turn for the worse or your children struggle in school. Where do you turn? Turn to Jesus and remember, “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.”

We might not have everything we want in life, but Jesus, our Good Shepherd, has truly given us everything we need. He’s given us his word. He’s given us his promises. He assures us that our sins are forgiven and eternal life in heaven is ours through his death and resurrection.

He promises to provide for all of our physical and spiritual needs richly and abundantly here on earth until he takes us to the glorious home that he has prepared for us in heaven. There we will experience the fulfillment of his promise, “You will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” (Psalm 16:11).

Not long after his death, someone came up to the accountant of John D. Rockefeller and said, “We know Rockefeller was a very wealthy man. How much did he leave?” Without a moment’s hesitation, the accountant answered, “Everything!” A man who seemed to have it all was forced to leave it all behind in the end. The only things that will go with us from this life to the next are the spiritual treasures that belong to us through faith in Jesus.
What do we want out of life? What we need the most has already been fully and freely supplied by Jesus, our Good Shepherd. So, what more could we want? What more could we need?
What a reason to celebrate!

Upcoming Events at St. John:
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we have temporarily suspended our worship services. We pray that God will keep us all safe from sickness during this outbreak and calm our fears.  You are in our prayers.
To watch our online services visit our Facebook page at St. John Lutheran church or visit our website at stjohnev.net
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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

note from your elder and prayer

Today Christ Beguhl undergoes open heart surgery.  Please keep him in your prayers.




“We live in uncertain times.”

No doubt you’ve heard that said more than once in recent weeks. But are times ever certain? Are there times that we know exactly what tomorrow will bring – with absolute certainty? James 4:14 plainly tells us, “You do not know what tomorrow will bring.” We may have our doubts; we may have confidence in what tomorrow will bring. But, in the final analysis, James is spot on.
What have we observed? What lessons have been driven home as we experience this phenomenal pandemic? It is common for we Americans to look to the government to find the solution to the problem. But we are hearing more and more criticisms of how the government is handling the crisis. The government is not God. We look to science to come up with the medical weapons to end the threat. Science is not God. The god of sports has taken quite a blow on all levels; we can’t even turn to it for diversion or even for the health benefits it might offer. The god of money and financial security isn’t batting 1000 either. We live in uncertain times.
We live in very certain times. Though all the afore-mentioned “gods” have proven unreliable, there is a God – our God – who does not change. Again, we can turn to James (1:17): “Every good act of giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the lights, who does not change or shift like a shadow.” He is the One who identified himself to Moses as “I AM” – the God that does not change, who lives in the eternal present, who is steadfast in love, who says, “I the LORD do not change.” [Malachi 3:6]
Our God is like a loving parent who consistently disciplines his children in wisdom and love. And that is what he has been doing to with us right up to the present. Is he getting our attention better than he has in the past? Is he saying to us as he said through Malachi, “Return to me and I will return to you”? [Malachi 3:7]
There are many distractions in life. The distractions that take us away from time with God in prayer, in the Scriptures, in worship. This is true of everyone of us without exception.
God in his inscrutable wisdom has deprived us of the privilege of gathering as a congregation. How will we respond? Will the response be, “Hey this easy-chair church isn’t half bad; I can worship in my jammies with a cup of coffee and at a time suitable to me.” Or are we growing to miss corporate worship and in greater appreciation of the privilege it is and the benefit it brings to join together as God enjoins us in Hebrews 10:25: “Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have the habit of doing. Rather, let us encourage each other, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Our good and gracious Lord Jesus intends this experience to be a blessing for us. It will be a blessing if we view each day in the light of his Word, and in patient endurance focus our eyes on Him.
May the God of all peace keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Thomas Koepsell - elder

Thursday, May 14, 2020

News From Cindy Lendt!

Things are a lot different than when I first came to China. Most of the Shanghai team is in the US right now, and just two of us - Linden and I -  have been doing the mission work here for the past 4 months. We're both teaching online, and we've got two Bible studies going each week. It's going well, but could you pray for us? With summer coming up and the coronavirus going on, I don't even know where I'll be spending the summer.

I miss all of you at St. John very much! This is a secure email that you can contact me with, so feel free to say whatever you want!  (clendt@friendsnet.org)

God bless you very much!
Cindy

Please see the link below for pictures that Cindy would like to share with us.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1cF8NDYI-N200u1f5mX_cuRcbffds1g0XRqSRsE4w6Hc/edit?usp=sharing

May 14 devotion

You can watch today's devotion here.