Friday, August 25, 2017

Anticipating Worship (August 27)

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Worship Focus:  God comforts us with his powerful Word.

Scripture Readings:
1 Kings 19:9-18
Psalm 73
Romans 9:1-5
Matthew 14:22-33

Sermon Meditation:  Matthew 14:22-33

Jesus Won't Let You Drown
1.  He comes with his merciful help
2.  He comes with his mighty hand

Prayer of the Day:  Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more that we either desire or deserve.  Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

See you on Sunday!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

School Installations

As the new school year approaches, our former teachers are getting ready to step into their classrooms.  Their installations are set:
- Miss Cindy Lendt - 10:45 AM at Good Shepherd Ev. Lutheran Church  (Burnsville) on Sunday, August 27.  She will be teaching 3rd grade.
- Mr. William Scharf - 10:30 AM at Salem Ev. Lutheran Church  (Stillwater) on Sunday, September 10.  He will be teaching 7th and 8th grade.
We pray that the Lord who called them now guide them and guard them in their upcoming responsibilities.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Save the Date!

Saturday, September 23rd, St. John congregation will have a celebration of Pastor Voigt's 25 years in the ministry. Members of St. John are asked to provide food items: a main dish and a side (salad or fruit) for the pot luck meal. Dessert will be provided by the Anniversary Committee. Members who are able to assist with planning, set-up, clean-up, etc. are encouraged to contact the Julians as soon as possible. Look for an official invitation in your church mailbox for details.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Build on the Rock-VBS

Build on the Rock, our joint vacation Bible school (VBS) with Immanuel Hmong wrapped up on the 12th with many smiles. God certainly blessed our prayers and our efforts. We had many wonderful, smiling volunteers, gracious donors, your gifts of prayer, enthusiastic kids and beautiful weather, to make for a great event. There were 44 different participants during the 3 days.  An added bonus was the great opportunity to get to know many of our Hmong brothers and sisters on a working level. Much positive feedback along with some great ideas for improving on the next VBS were received.
Thanks to everyone who participated. All praise and glory to Christ our Rock, our Deliverer!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Anticipating Worship (August 13)

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Worship Focus:  True wisdom comes from the priceless treasure of God’s Word.

Scripture Readings:
1 Kings 3:5-12,15
Psalm 119:33-40
Romans 8:28-30
Matthew 13:44-52

Sermon Meditation:  Romans 8:28-30

We Know
1.  God's sure promise of good
2.  God's certain path to glory

Prayer of the Day:  O Lord, your ears are always open to the prayers of your humble servants, who come to you in Jesus’ name.  Teach us always to ask according to your will that we may never fail to obtain the blessings 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.

See you in worship on Sunday!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Facility Update

Our next-door neighbors, CLUES, contacted us recently.  They will soon be in a construction phase, tearing down the building next to them and putting up an addition.  They were curious about some classroom space in our school for their programs during that process.
There have been two face-to-face meetings with some representatives of the Church Council.  There is nothing definite yet as far as a proposal from them to us.  Obviously, there might be some questions and comments from us.  The Council and Trustees will continue to be in contact with them.  A lease arrangement might be a possibility, but some things have to be considered before it would come before the congregation.
This is just information at this point so you are not caught off guard and you are aware.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Anticipating Worship (August 6)

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Worship Focus:  With the Lord we have safety and security as we wait for God’s final harvest.

Scripture Readings:
Joel 3:12-16
Psalm 18
Romans 8:26,27
Matthew 13:24-30,36-43

Sermon Meditation:  Romans 8:26,27

Enter the Holy Spirit
1.  Who prays on our behalf
2.  Who prays for our good

Prayer of the Day:  Grant us, Lord, the spirit to think and do what is right that we, who cannot do anything that is good without you, may by your help be enabled to live according to your will; 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 in the Lord's House on Sunday!

Vacation Bible School (August 10-12)

Final VBS Update  “Build on the Rock”
Thanks to all our volunteers, donors, and prayer partners. Most of all, thanks to our gracious God for his hand of blessing. We have received everything we’ve requested for this week's VBS! There will be a set-up at noon Monday to get the building staged for our Build on the Rock construction site. You are welcome to come move tables and hang decorations. We have 36 children planning to attend. To God Alone be All the Glory!

Please use the parking lot and enter through the lower doors all 3 days. If you have invited friends/neighbors, please direct them to do so as well. Thank you.