Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Soccer Camp Coaches Needed

Soccer Coaches Needed — If you are willing to be a soccer camp coach or coach's assistant for the upcoming Soccer Camp/VBS please contact Tony Wimmer 612-306-5329.  Dates for the camp are:

Thursday 6/16  5:30 to 8:00 PM

Friday 6/17   5:30 to 8:00 PM

Saturday 6/18   9:30 AM to noon


Funeral for Erma Gerth

The Lord called Erma to her eternal home on May 24th, 2016, at the age of 87.
Preceded in death by daughter, Michele Manchester. Survived by husband, Gerhard;
children, Kathleen Johnson, Barry Kincade, Ken Kincade, Lynn O’Connor, Mark Kincade,
Beverly Gerth, Linda (Ted Johnson), Sharon Gerth, and Charlotte (Terry) Haanen;
grandchildren and great grandchildren; siblings, Edward, Bruce, Paula, and Delma;
other relatives and many friends.
Funeral Service will be at St. John on Wednesday, June 1st.
Visitation is 10:00-11:00 am
Service will begin at 11:00 am, followed by a luncheon in our fellowship hall.
There will be a private internment at Elmhurst Cemetery.

Friday, May 27, 2016

St. John School Picnic


The school picnic will be held on Friday, June 3, 2016, at Keller Regional Park Shelter #4, Golfview, off Frost Avenue, 1/10 mile east of Arcade/Highway 61 in Maplewood.  The picnic will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the potluck meal at 5:30 p.m.  If your oldest child is in Gr. 6-8: bring a main dish; oldest child in Gr. 2-4: bring a side dish (fruit, chips, etc.); oldest child in Pre-k through Gr. 1: bring a dessert.  St. John will provide plates, napkins, utensils, cups, water, lemonade and charcoal.  If you wish, you may bring your own meat to grill. There are two grills there for us to use.  All volunteers of St. John Lutheran School and members of St. John Lutheran Church are invited to picnic with us.  If you wish, please bring a dish to pass.  Directions from School: take 7th Street left to Arcade/Highway 61; take a left on Arcade/Highway 61 and follow until you get to Keller Regional Park.  The park is a little north of Frost Avenue.  Our shelter is #4 on the Golfview side of Arcade, not on the lake side.


Anticipating Worship (May 29)

Second Sunday after Pentecost

Worship Focus:  God’s love is for all who come to him in faith.

Scripture Readings:
1 Kings 8:22,23,41-43
Psalm 100
Galatians 1:1-10
Luke 7:1-10

Sermon Text:  Luke 7:1-10

You Can Have a Great Faith
1.  Because it has the right object
2.  Because it has the right attitude

Prayer of the Day:  O God, you rule over all things in wisdom and kindness.  Take away everything that may be harmful and give us whatever is good; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Note from Cindy Lendt - WELS Women's Ministry Conference

Ladies of St. John,

On July 21 I’m roadtripping down to Mequon, WI, for the WELS Women’s Ministry Conference, and I’d love your company! It’s entitled Mentors, and I’ve been hearing that it’s something you don’t want to miss! The conference is July 21-23, and there’s an early bird rate until May 30. Learn more about it at:



Just remember to give Pastor his presents before we leave because we’ll be getting back on the evening of his birthday!


In our Savior’s Name,

Cindy Lendt 



Friday, May 20, 2016

St. John Lutheran 145th Anniversary Service/Potluck/Ellen Mueller's Recognition

St. John Church to Celebrate 145th Anniversary/School Staff Anniversary
On Sunday, May 22, 2016, St. John Lutheran Church will be celebrating its 145th anniversary with a special worship service to thank God for His grace.  There will be a potluck meal to follow.  Please bring a main dish and a salad or dessert to pass.  If you are able to help with serving and/or clean-up for the potluck, please call Rhonda Evgen at (651) 208-4642.  Thank you.

With grateful hearts and thanks to God, St. John acknowledges Ellen Mueller's 25 years of faithful service as our school secretary.  To mark this milestone and express our gratitude, a card basket will be available to you at our 145th Anniversary.  Ellen, we thank God for many blessings through your dedicated service!

Office Depot "Give Back to Schools"

Give Back to Schools Program: Office Depot and OfficeMax

Education Is The Foundation To A Brighter Future

Give 5% Back To Your School!

Simply make a purchase of qualifying school supplies, provide your school ID at checkout and your designated school will receive 5% back in credits for FREE supplies!
It's a small act that can make a huge difference.
Our school ID is:  70055018.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Voter's Meeting

Special Voter's Meeting There will be a special voter’s meeting on Sunday, June 5th,

following worship, to select a pre-school teacher from the call list we will be getting from the

synod.  Input from the congregation is very important on these decisions.


Friday, May 13, 2016

Anticipating Worship (May 15)

The Coming of the Holy Spirit—The Day of Pentecost

Worship Focus:  The Holy Spirit comes to bless us.

Scripture Readings:
Genesis 11:1-9
Psalm 51
Acts 2:1-21
John 15:26,27

Sermon Meditation:  John 15:26,27

Come, O Paraclete
1.  To testify about Jesus to others
2.  To testify about Jesus through others

Prayer of the Day:  Holy Spirit, God and Lord, come to us this joyful day with your sevenfold gift of grace.  Rekindle in our hearts the holy fire of your love that in a true and living faith we may tell abroad the glory of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Father, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Happy Pentecost!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Action by the St. John Lutheran Church Voters

The St. John Voters' Assembly approved a motion to extend a 1 year divine call for an individual to teach pre-kindergarten. We would redistribute kindergarten through eighth grade among the existing teachers. This means that we will not be calling a full time teacher to fill the position vacated by Mr. Ewerdt.

Our leaders did not come to this decision lightly, but feel it gives our school the best opportunity for long term success. We intend for this situation to be short term only, and pray for the Lord to bless our enrollment and ministry efforts such that we could support a fourth full time teacher as soon as possible.

To help our school grow its enrollment and expand our ministry, our Committee on Education is working toward the following:
  • Define and implement a recruitment/marketing plan
  • Determine how our school can better partner with Immanuel Hmong
  • Research the feasibility of an Early Childhood Education program
A sincere thanks to our many voters, congregation members, and school parents for attending the meeting, voicing your concerns, and displaying your support for our elementary school ministry and its staff. Continue to keep the ministries of St. John Lutheran Church and St. John Lutheran School in your prayers.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Anticipating Worship (May 8)

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Worship Focus:  The risen and ascended Savior directs all things for the good of his church.

Scripture Readings:
Acts 16:6-10
Psalm 8
Revelation 22:12-17,20
John 17:20-26

Sermon Meditation:  Psalm 8

How Majestic Is Your Name
1.  That is clear in creation
2.  That is sure in salvation

Prayer of the Day:  Almighty God, your Son our Savior was taken up in glory and intercedes for us at your right hand.  Through your living and abiding Word, give us hearts to know him and faith to follow where he has gone; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Happy Easter!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Congregation Members are Invited and Urged to an Important Voters' Meeting

Congregation members, you are invited and urged to attend an important meeting this coming Sunday, May 8, at St. John. The Voters of St. John are planning to meet after the 9:30 AM worship service. The focus of this meeting is to discuss the Church Council's recommendation on the staffing of our school with Mr. Ewerdt leaving. Mr. Ewerdt has accepted a divine call to teach at New Hope Lutheran Academy, in West Melbourne, FL. Input from the congregation is very important on these decisions.