Friday, June 30, 2017

Anticipating Worship (July 2)

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost


Worship Focus:  God shows his love for us by making us his own.

Scripture Readings:
Exodus 19:2-8a
Psalm 100
Romans 5:6-11
Matthew 9:35-10:8

Sermon Meditation:  Romans 5:6-11

Rejoice about Reconciliation
1.  In the present
2.  In the future

Prayer of the Day:  O God, Protector of all the faithful, you alone make strong; you alone make holy.  Show us your mercy and forgive our sins day by day.  Guide us through our earthly lives that we do not lose the things you have prepared for us in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


See you in worship on Sunday.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Letter from Miss Cindy Lendt

Dear members of St. John,

Three weeks ago I received the divine call to teach 3rd grade and coordinate school music at Good Shepherd Lutheran School in Burnsville, MN. Many of you took the time to talk with me about the call and pray for me, and how can I thank you enough for that? How can I thank you enough for being the people God put in my life for my first eight years in the ministry?


Now I am very excited to say that with our Savior’s guidance, I am accepting the call to serve at Good Shepherd. Please pray that God blesses this new adventure. May God’s grace be with his people at St. John, at Good Shepherd, and throughout the world! To God be all the glory.


In our Savior’s Name,



Cindy Lendt

Friday, June 23, 2017

Congregation Meeting Sunday

The semi-annual congregational voters meeting will be held Sunday, at 11:00 am, in the
Fellowship Hall — Agenda items are (1) approval of a budget for the next fiscal year, including our tuition agreement with neighboring schools (2) ratification of appointments for secretary and cemetery board vacancies.  We will also be asking our members for input on the future use of our school building.  A light lunch will be provided.

Anticipating Worship (June 25)

The Third Sunday after Pentecost


Worship Focus:  Out of mercy, God changes hearts of sin against him to hearts of love for him.

Scripture Readings:
Hosea 5:15-6:6
Psalm 119:97-104
Romans 4:18-25
Matthew 9:9-13

Sermon Meditation:  Matthew 9:9-13

Watch the Doctor Work
1.  As he calls
2.  As he cures

Prayer of the Day:  O God, the strength of all who trust in you, mercifully hear our prayers.  Be gracious to us in our weakness and give us strength to keep your commandments in all we say and do; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


See you on Sunday in worship.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Join us Sunday in the Fellowship Hall!

Please join us in the Fellowship Hall following worship
for light refreshments and to say goodbye to
two of our church families that will be moving and leaving
St. John, the Grabitskes and Roachs. Also to thank them
for their many years of service at St. John





Congregation Meeting

The semi-annual congregational voters meeting will be held on Sunday, June 25, at 11:00 am.
Agenda items are (1) approval of a budget for the next fiscal year, including our tuition agreement with neighboring schools (2) ratification of appointments for secretary and cemetery board. vacancies.  We will also be asking our members for input on the future use of our school building.  A light lunch will be provided and we are asking members to bring a dessert to share.


Anticipating Worship (June 18)

The Second Sunday after Pentecost


Worship Focus:  God wants us to hear his Word of truth.

Scripture Readings:
Deuteronomy 11:18-21,26-28
Psalm 78
Romans 3:21-25a,27,28
Matthew 7:15-29

Sermon Meditation:  Matthew 7:24-27

Be the Right Kind of Hearer
1.  Hear confidently
2.  Hear consciously

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.


See you Sunday.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Concert Countdown

Musician Chris Driesbach will be with us in two days.  He is on the calendar for Sunday night for a 7:00 PM performance.  Along with singing catchy tunes, he shares his personal story.  It is interesting how the Lord has brought him to this point.  Come and hear.

Divine Call

Last night Pastor Voigt received a Divine Call to serve at Abiding Word Ev. Lutheran Church in Maineville, OH.

These are interesting times for St. John.  We are all aware of it.  But we also need to keep in mind that the Lord of the Church is still on the throne.  He is in control.  And he hears our prayers.  We then continue to pour out our hearts to him.

If you have any questions or comments, please speak to Pastor Voigt.  It is important to be open and honest throughout the process.

We entrust our lives into the Lord's loving hands knowing that his timetable is the best.

Anticipating Worship (June 11)

The First Sunday after Pentecost—Holy Trinity


Worship Focus:  Our triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—has all power.

Scripture Readings:
Genesis 1:1-2:3
Psalm 150
2 Corinthians 13:11-14
Matthew 28:16-20

Sermon Meditation:  Matthew 28:16-20

The Triune God Wants to Be with You
1.  That includes a great claim
2.  That includes a great commission
3.  That includes a great comfort

Prayer of the Day:  Almighty God and Father, dwelling in majesty and mystery, filling and renewing all creation by your eternal Spirit, and manifesting your saving grace through our Lord Jesus Christ:  in mercy cleanse our hearts and lips that, free from doubt and fear, we may ever worship you, one true immortal God, with your Son and the Holy Spirit, living and reigning, now and forever.  Amen.


Happy Sunday after Pentecost!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Bill Panek Funeral

The Lord called Bill Panek to his heavenly home early Tuesday morning.  We rejoice in Jesus' resurrection.  Because Jesus lives, Bill lives.

Bill's Christian funeral is at St. John on Tuesday, June 13, at 11:00 AM.  There will be a visitation an hour before and a light luncheon to follow.

We remember the Paneks in our prayers at this time.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Divine Call Update from Mr. Scharf

Dear Friends,

The Holy Spirit has led me to accept the divine call of Salem Lutheran in Stillwater to serve as upper-grade teacher.

Serving the Lord at St. John for the past three years has been a great blessing and privilege for me. Closing our school has brought much emotion and anxiety for all involved. 145 years of God’s grace and blessing is an extraordinary legacy. Let’s all keep Jesus’ promise in the forefront of our minds, when he says, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Paul wrote to the Philippian Christians in chapter 1:3-6, where he said “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” I think Paul’s words are very fitting for the members of St. John. Nikki and I so appreciate your many kindnesses during our time here. Even more important to us is the special bond of faith that we share in the Lord.

We will continue to pray for St. John, that the Lord uses his people to further his kingdom and consider new ways to share the Good News of our Salvation.

Humbly serving the Lord Jesus,

William A. Scharf

Letter from Miss Cindy Lendt

Dear members of St. John,

I wanted to let you know that on Sunday I received the divine call to be the 3rd grade teacher and school music director at Good Shepherd Lutheran in Burnsville, MN. I will be praying and thinking very hard about both of the calls God has put before me - this one and the one to Immanuel Lutheran in Arizona. Please keep me in your own prayers. May God continue to bless his ministry!

Your sister in Christ,

Cindy Lendt

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Letter from Miss Cindy Lendt

Dear members of St. John,

I want to let you know that Friday evening I received a call. Immanuel Lutheran Church in Taylor, Arizona, is opening a new school for the fall of 2017 and has called me to teach kindergarten to 2nd grade. The congregation would also be very appreciative to have another organist and a called worker who can communicate in Spanish.

Please pray that our Lord would guide my deliberation as I consider whether or not my God-given abilities are a good fit for this call. Please also pray that God would bless Immanuel Lutheran’s final preparations for their new school. May the good news of our Savior continue to strengthen us and spread to many others!

Your sister in Christ,

Cindy Lendt