Wednesday, September 18, 2019

We Care

The Elders of our congregation just completed a big project! They went through our whole membership list and tried to make a contact with everyone who has been missing from worship and the Lord's Supper. Some had moved away. Others were placed on our "prospect list." Others were simply unable to be contacted. In any case, our membership list is now much more "up to date" and in much more of a "working order." But we realized that we don't want something like that to happen again. So the Elders and leaders of St. John have recommitted themselves to making contact with members much sooner if they notice that folks are missing from worship and communion. So if you should find yourself away from worship for a little while (even for understandable reasons like illness, vacations, etc.) and someone from church calls to make sure that everything is okay.....don't be upset! Instead, say a little thank you prayer to the Lord that your brothers and sisters in Christ care enough and love you enough to call and encourage you. It's always a blessing when God's people are making the effort to show their love for one another.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Anticipating Worship (September 15)

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Worship Focus:
The paths of eternity are twofold: total joy in heaven or utter destruction in hell. Every human being will find himself (or herself) in one or the other for all eternity. The way to heaven is through the “narrow door” of Jesus Christ, trusting in him alone for salvation and abandoning the works of the law as a way to earn eternal life.

Readings:
Isaiah 66:18-24
Psalm 72
Hebrews 12:18-24
Luke 13:22-30

Prayer of the Day:
Almighty and everlasting God, give us an increase of faith, hope and love; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Sermon:
Hebrews 11:1-3,8-16
"Lord, Give Us Such a Faith as This."

Please join us on Sunday at 9:30 am for worship and 11:00 am for Bible Study.
Pastor Percy Damrow will be leading us in worship. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Appreciation Sunday

The appreciation Sunday for Bob Averbeck and Margaret Kuchera that was scheduled on September 15 has been rescheduled to September 29.  This will give Bob more time to recover after his recent knee surgery.  He is doing well and is at home now.  May God grant him a speedy and successful recovery.

Funeral for Carol Clendenen

Age 84 of St. Paul, MN, Passed away September 5, 2019, at Comforts of Home in Hudson, WI.
Visitation will be held 5-8 PM Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at Wulff Funeral Home, 1485 White Bear Avenue, St Paul, MN and again from one hour prior to the 11 AM Funeral service, on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Elmhurst Cemetery. Pastor Mark Kom will be officiating the service on Thursday.

Little Lights Children Program Starting September 22!


‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ - Matthew 19:14


Our Little Lights children program will kick off September 22nd! We are looking forward to another great year of sharing God’s word with our children at St. John.

NEW year this is adding Service Group Days that will have all age groups meet together to talk about service work in our community - and DO service work! During these group days, the children will remain at St. John.

If your child(ren) has not attended in the past and you want to learn more - stop by on September 22nd!

If you are interested in helping or teaching in a classroom, please contact Mary Meyer.

The calendar for the remainder of 2019 is listed below.

Date
Lesson
September 22
Service Group Day
September 29
Year 2 Winter Lesson 1
October 6
Service Group Day
October 13
Year 2 Winter Lesson 2
October 20
No Little Lights - MEA Weekend
October 27
Year 2 Winter Lesson 3
November 3
Year 2 Winter Lesson 4
November 10
Year 2 Winter Lesson 5
November 17
Year 2 Winter Lesson 6
November 24
Service Group Day
December 1
No Little Lights - Thanksgiving Weekend
December 8
Year 2 Winter Lesson 7
December 15
Year 2 Winter Lesson 8
December 22
Service Group Day

Monday, September 9, 2019

Our Church, Our Calling: Ministry Planning Saturday Sept. 21st

God calls each of us to use our unique talents to carry out His mission. Our prayer is that all members at St. John have the opportunity and blessings that come from ministry efforts. On Saturday, September 21st, members have an opportunity to be involved in our ministry efforts.

As previously communicated, St. John is kicking off step 1 of our ministry planning process and we want all of our members to attend. We set a high bar earlier this year when 40 adult members attended our self-assessment session. We want to surpass that for this very important session.

Planning to attend? Fantastic, we can’t wait to spend the time with you. Please RSVP here.

Still not sure? We understand, we hope we can convince you to attend. We think you will be glad you did; but, you can find more information, including frequently asked questions, here and a short video here.

We hope you join us for the opportunity to grow in your faith and contribute to St. John’s ministry planning efforts.

Event Details
St. John Ministry Planning Phase 1 - facilitated by Crossroads Ministry Consulting
Saturday, September 21st
8:30AM - 12:30PM
Fellowship Hall in lower level
Breakfast, coffee provided
Childcare available - register here

Friday, September 6, 2019

Anticipating Worship (September 8)

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Worship Focus:
The truth of God’s Word is often opposed in this world, and when it is, the Christian may suffer. Believers can expect opposition from prophets and children of darkness. Yet, throughout these struggles, the Christian knows that he will ultimately attain the harvest of righteousness.

Prayer of the Day:
Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift of grace that we come into your presence and offer true and faithful service. Grant that our worship on earth may always be pleasing to you and in the life to come give us the fulfillment of what you have promised; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Readings:
Jeremiah 23:23-29
Psalm 139a
Hebrews 12:1-13
Luke 12:49-53


Please join us on Sunday at 9:30 am.  
Pastor Dave Huebner will be leading us in worship.