Thursday, September 23, 2021

St. John Kids are welcome to Mt. Olive Kids' Ministry Sunday

 All are welcome to our Kids' Ministry this Sunday, 9/26!

  • Elementary-age kids will meet from 9am - 9:50am every Sunday before church

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Note from Pastor Al-Do You Want Wisdom

Pastor’s Note

Do you want wisdom? Do you want to be wise? I can’t imagine anyone saying, “No, not interested!” Is wisdom an option for only the intelligent? Is wisdom limited to a certain geographical location or a certain ethnic group? And what is wisdom?


This weekend we are going to address wisdom as one of the foundational concepts in the Bible and therefore, in the life of a Christian. The Bible asserts that wisdom is beautiful and wisdom is more valuable than chests pouring over with gold doubloons. Wisdom is available to all.


The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. (Proverbs 9:10)



One writer defined wisdom as the “capacity of the mind that allows us to understand life from God’s perspective”. If fearing God is the beginning place of wisdom, then the more we develop in our awe of God and our respect for his power and intellect and love, wisdom WILL grow. To fear God is to crack open God’s storehouse of insight on life.


Another way to approach the word wisdom is this: to be wise means that the knowledge we have, as it fits God’s understanding of life, will be applied to all our actions, words and thoughts. This means that wisdom becomes practical in how we do life. Wisdom climbs aboard God’s eternal perspective and oversight in order to speak when necessary, hold tight to what is important, strive for the things that really matter and let go of all excess that does not connect with the fear of the Lord.


There are four basic steps to acquire wisdom: Fear God, desire wisdom, pray for wisdom and study God’s Word.


Fear God

This is not the fear that exists when a slave or servant cringes at the one who dominates and controls their life. That is called servile fear. True fear of God is filial fear; this is fear and awe which a young child has for their parents. They trust the parent. Do we trust God as a father or a mother? We might not, but that can be fixed and altered appropriately with study of the Word of God.


Desire Wisdom

Is wisdom a desire of yours? Do you desire to speak only in ways that will increase the respect others have for you or do you simply speak your mind and “don’t care what others think?” That true grit American attitude of not caring what others think may work once in a while but it can easily ostracize is from neighbors, friends, co-workers and family. To desire wisdom means that you have examined the minefield of your past and noticed numerous mistakes, things you would love to redo, knowing what you know now.


To desire wisdom is to recognize that you have room for growth in this arena. 


Pray for Wisdom

Jesus’ little brother James tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5). Once you have a desire for godly wisdom, ask God to grant you this desire. True humility is a gift from God AND so is wisdom. God is a doting Father who simply and truly loves it when his kids go to him and ask for good things. Ask!


Study God’s Word

The Word of God will enable any interested soul to fill their being with wisdom. “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;” (Psalm 19:7). Every drop of silver that pours off of the Lord’s tongue becomes a treasure of wisdom for my simple mind and yours. It transforms us. It alerts us to things that really matter (our eternity, the trajectory of our children’s lives, the folly of worldly pursuits which push God down or even out).


Psalm 19:7 is not teasing us with a “maybe”. It is fact. God’s testimony is sure and it WILL make wise the simple.


In the end, what value is there in wisdom? It will directly stimulate richer relationships with my sphere of influence, my current and future networks. It can pander to my thirst for a life worth living. And in the end, true wisdom shows up in the person of Jesus. God’s wisdom must be seen and experienced. With every action of God’s Son, we see wisdom lived out. With all his interactions with children, with vagrants and chieftains, with political powers and lost, lonely souls, Jesus personifies and displays God’s wisdom for our enjoyment and relief. 


True wisdom finds its greatest achievement in outwitting evil. On the cross, Jesus Christ lived out God’s wisdom by paying my eternal debt to THE Holy God. But Jesus’ death also linked each believing heart to the love of God. Wisdom was able to live and die and thereby crack the greatest conundrum ever: How can a Holy God reconcile his love for humanity and satisfy his justice and remain holy. The Cross is a display of such wisdom. Wisdom wins the day in Jesus.  Praise be to his

Reminder-Worship at Mt. Olive-September 26, 2021

There will NOT be a church service at St John on September 26.  We will be attending Mt Olive that day at 
 at  10:00 AM.

 Mt. Olive Lutheran
1460 Almond Ave. 
St. Paul  55108

In-Person Worship Link-September 19, 2021


In-Person Worship-September 19, 2021 

SCLA Virtual Tour

 

Virtual Tour

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Check out our new 360 virtual tour! This tour offers you and your students the opportunity to view our campus from anywhere, anytime. It is an excellent way to see the newest addition to our campus - new entry, band room & choir room.

SCLA Children's Theatre Presents - Happily Ever After

 


Children's Theatre will perform Happily Ever After for grades K-6 on Friday, October 29 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at SCLA. Public performances are Saturday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the October 29 performances cost $1.00/student (teachers and chaperones are free). Limit your number of chaperones so we can make the best use of our space in the auditorium. Tickets for the October 30 performance are $5.00/each. Campus tours are available before or after the Friday shows. Contact Amanda at ATess@StCroixLutheran.org to make reservations for your group.




LWMS St. Croix Circuit - Fall Rally

VIRTUAL Fall Rally on October 3rd, starting at 2:00 p.m.  The Rally will be live-streamed on You Tube courtesy of Trinity Lutheran in Osceola, WI.  Here are the details available at this time:

LINK to the Trinity Lutheran You Tube site:  Trinity Osceola - YouTube

DATE/TIME:  Sunday, October 3rd; Rally will begin at 2:00 p.m. 

AGENDA:  
1) The Rally will begin with an opening devotion by Pastor Timothy Blauert of Redeemer Lutheran Church, St. Croix Falls, WI.  
2) The featured speaker, retired Pastor James Aderman, will do a presentation on the work of the organization 316NOW, in particular how they are continuing to deliver the Good News since missionaries have been recalled for health/safety reasons.  Website: Who We Are — 316NOW .  
3) The business meeting will be held.
4) Closing devotion by our Circuit's Pastoral Advisor, Pastor Jim Roecker of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, St. Paul Park, MN.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Note from Pastor Al- Link-September 12, 2121

Note from Pastor Al

Encouragement from Pastor Al

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. // Philippians 2:1-2

St. John Open Forum

There will be an open forum meeting on October 17, to discuss our future plans at St John.  Merger with another congregation, become a brake-out congregation and call a pastor, close and help our members find another church.

 

Worship with Mt. Olive-September 26, 2021

There will NOT be a church service at St John on September 26.  We will be attending Mt Olive that day at 
10:00 AM.
 Mt. Olive Lutheran
1460 Almond Ave. 
St. Paul  55108


THANK YOU!

Thank you to all who helped with the 150th Anniversary celebration.  A lot of work needed to be done and we thank those who were involved with the planning, mailings, history boards of St John, food distribution and clean-up, wood chip distribution, floor scrubbing, and general cleaning.  We had a great turnout with 121 members and visitors in attendance.

 

Friday, September 10, 2021

A Note From Pastor Al-link-Foundations



Use the link below for the Note from Pastor Al


Encouragement from Pastor Al

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” // Isaiah 43:2

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

On-Line Worship Link for September 5, 2021

To view Pastor Al's online worship link for September 5, 2021, use the link below.

On-line Message-September 5, 2021 

Invitation to RibFest and Outdoor Service

Immanuel Hmong is having an outdoor RibFest on the 19th of September. The outdoor worship will start at 11:30 AM, following with games and Ribs.  St. John members are invited to join us on that day.

Good Newsletter-September 2021-Dress Yourself With Kindness


 September 2021 


They often embarrassed their mother by the way they acted in public. It seemed to her that her sons were always arguing.
 
At the supermarket, the brothers would fight about which cereal she should buy. When they were home they could never agree which movie to watch. Sometimes she doubted that her two boys would ever survive their childhood together.

While they often bickered, the brothers were also fiercely loyal to each other. If another child from the neighborhood made fun of one of them, the other was sure to come to his defense. It baffled their mother!
 
How could they quarrel so, yet a short time later seek to protect their would-be rival? Blood truly must be thicker than water!
 
This scenario is a reality for many of us. Sibling rivalry, it seems, is universal. And for the most part, defense of one’s own family is equally universal. Playground conversations usually prove this true.
 
God has another scenario he wants us to follow. He encourages us in the Bible to treat all people as though they were family. “Make every effort to add to your faith … brotherly kindness” 
(2 Peter 1:5,7).
 
There are dozens of things that make each of us different from everyone else in the world. They include where we live, the color of our eyes, our talents, the size of our paycheck, and so on.
 
Even though we enjoy associating with people who are like us, God wants us to treat everyone the way we would treat an idolized brother or sweet sister. After all, God’s love prompted him to send his Son, so that everyone who believes in him has life in his name.
 
Blood is not always thicker than water.
 
Every person who is made a child of God through his Word and the water of baptism also becomes our brother or sister in Christ. They are family.
 
Why don’t you stop by for a visit at church some weekend and meet some of your spiritual family?
 
Upcoming Events at St John
 
Worship Services: Sunday at 8:30 AM
Adult Bible Study: 9:45 AM
Visit our website at stjohnev.net
Call us at 651-771-6406

Thursday, September 2, 2021

SCLA Fine Arts Addition Dedication

Fine Arts Addition Dedication

Join us for the dedication and open house of the new fine arts addition on Wednesday, September 15 from 6:30-8:30. The service will take place in the chapel followed by an open house with tours of the new front commons, band, choir, and practice rooms. Student musicians will share their talents with you in the new spaces. RSVP at StCroixLutheran.org/Dedicationi

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

A Note From Pastor Al


Foundations 

The foundations of America are shifting. Time will tell if this is a shift for the good or for our peril. A foundation is the basis on which a building stands, is founded, or is supported. When it comes to foundations of a nation, foundations of a church, or foundations of  individual human lives, we are referring to moral principles, guiding truths, fundamental beliefs, and supporting values. These determine if a country will stand or fall. They arbitrate the outcome of a church’s future and they decide whether an individual Christian [or non-Christian] will stand or fall.


WHere must our foundations be as a church and as the people of God? Psalm 11 gives us some good insight.


Psalm 11

In the Lord I take refuge;

how can you say to my soul,

    “Flee like a bird to your mountain,

2 for behold, the wicked bend the bow;

    they have fitted their arrow to the string

    to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;

3 if the foundations are destroyed,

    what can the righteous do?”

4 The Lord is in his holy temple;

    the Lord's throne is in heaven;

    his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.

5 The Lord tests the righteous,

    but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.

6 Let him rain coals on the wicked;

    fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.

7 For the Lord is righteous;

he loves righteous deeds;

    the upright shall behold his face.



Verse 7 gives us hope as believers: “For the Lord is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.” God loves what is right. His eyes are forever seeing and testing humanity. He’s looking for those who are upright in thought, in actions and in words. He knows who is righteous; He knows who does the right thing even if the right thing is difficult. If we do what is right, we shall behold his face. 


But aren’t we all sinners? (YES!) And don’t we all fall short of the full list of righteous requirements of God? (Yes again) In last week’s message we heard briefly about the progress that is to take place: we are to make progress from immature believer to mature believer. Ephesians 4:13-14 stresses a development that grows us; we are no longer infants or children but have progressed and matured. in the life of a Christian church and in the lives of its individual members, we are to grow up into the fullness of CHrist. We are to live, speak, work, walk, surf the internet, react to my neighbors, more and more the way Jesus would. This is the Sanctified life of a believer. We have been saved by grace but not for the purpose of stagnant living. Jesus’ death saved us from the pit of hellish debris and bad, sinful decisions - now we can walk in a new way of life (Romans 6:4). We can progress as a believer. This is by God’s design. Are we making progress?


So what are those foundational stones of our faith, on which we build for the sake of maturing in the faith? This weekend we will focus on the necessity to closely listen to all the laws and counsel of God AND obey His direction for life (Sanctified living). This, of course, must build off the one essential foundational stone, Jesus Christ!


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The Church’s One Foundation

is Jesus Christ, her Lord;

She is His new creation

by water and the Word.

From heav’n he came sought her

To be His holy bride;

With His own blood He bought her

And for her life, He died.


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May God bless us as individuals, building on His foundation. May God bless us as a church, building on the bedrock of Jesus Christ. May God bless us as a nation.


Blessings to you all,


Pastor Al