Wednesday, June 30, 2010

VBS 2010: Aug 1-5

Bee Bold. Bee-lieve. Be HIS.

Planet Zoom is a zip, zap, zoomin’ good time for kids of all ages. There’s a whole new world Planet Zoom where little is BIG.

Kids will meet Scout, a bee in the Planet Zoom hive, and four other bee friends who will guide them through the week. Scout and his friends will guide children through five amaz-z-zing Bible stories that will teach them to be bold bee-lievers of Jesus. 

Planet Zoom shares new perspective that encourages even the littlest bee-lievers to make a big difference in God’s big world. No child is too young to understand the depth of Jesus’ love. So prepare yourself for a swarmin’ good time Sunday, August 1 – Thursday, August 5. Dinner will be served Monday – Thursday evenings beginning at 5:30 for all participants. VBS will begin each evening at 6:00 PM. 

Please register your children ages 3 through 6th grade by calling the church office at 678-3312. Friends, cousins, grandchildren, and neighbors are all welcome to attend – just let us know. We are always looking for helpers too – call the church office or contact Bethany Mallory at 678-3397.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

This week at St. John

  • SUN June 27, 6 PM- LYF- Pre-Youth Gathering Bible Study
  • WED June 30, 7 PM- Board of Education Meeting
  • THR July 1, 1:30 PM- LWML 
Congratulations to Margorie Neddermeyer, elected Financial Secretary of the Iowa District West LWML at their convention last week.

Saturday Evening Services July 17 and August 14 at 7 PM

National Lutheran Youth Gathering July 17-21 in New Orleans, LA

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Word Cloud

This word cloud was based on St. John's Mission and Purpose statements at I kind of like the fact that it shows that we're all about God's Love!
Wordle: St.John Mission

St. John Web site now listed on LCMS directory

Greetings! –

Last week your congregation’s Web site link was added or updated on the LCMS Congregation Locator.  Thank you for using the Congregation Web Site Link Application/Revision Form  ( and please continue to use it in the future should you need to make updates to the Web address or Web master contact information for your congregation.

You are invited to view your congregation’s information/web site link on at the following locations -
+ + +  Congregational Locator at:
+ + +  Congregational Web Directory at:

If you see any problems please contact me directly at as I would be happy to make any needed changes regarding the Web site address.  For changes related to the listing of rostered church workers, please contact your district and for other information (such as email address, phone number, address, worship times, etc.) on your Locator page, contact Rosters & Statistics at

In additional, if your Web site contains a direct link to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Web site – thank you!  If not, please consider adding a link to  It would be greatly appreciated.
And finally, in an effort to be helpful we have compiled resource information for Webmasters which is located at -  We are hopeful that you will find some of the information provided here useful in your service as Webmaster.


Peg Baxter
LCMS Electronic Media

The Church Information Center has made FREE brochures and downloadable resources available, please go to
St. John Lutheran
104 Birch Ave.
Charter Oak
Iowa West
Ted Mallory

Saturday, June 19, 2010

This week at St. John

SUN JUNE 20- Happy Father's Day!
"Now you tell me, when a father goes ahead and washes diapers or performs some other mean task for his child, and someone ridicules him as an effeminate fool, though that father is acting in the spirit just described and in Christian faith, my dear fellow you tell me, which of the two is most keenly ridiculing the other? God, with all his angels and creatures, is smiling, not because that father is washing diapers, but because he is doing so in Christian faith. Those who sneer at him and see only the task but not the faith are ridiculing God with all his creatures, as the biggest fool on earth. Indeed, they are only ridiculing themselves; with all their cleverness they are nothing but devil’s fools." ~Martin Luther, sermon on “The Estate of Marriage” (1522)

  • WED JUNE  23- 6:30 PM Denison & Mapleton Circuits Pre-Convention Convocation at Mission Central outside of Mapleton.
  • SUN JUNE 27- 8:30 AM Worship Service, Adult/HS Bible Study following
LYF Collection for New Orleans- The high school students attending the National Lutheran Youth Gathering next month are collecting school supplies for low income children in central New Orleans. There is a box inn the church lobby where you can place erasers, highlighters and Elmer's white glue sticks. Thank You.

NEEDED, 4 Sunday School Teachers for next Fall- Every other week, Please contact Sunday School Superintendent Peggy Sue Henschen at 885-1000 or let the office know.

OFFICE HOURS- will continue to be 9 AM- Noon for a while longer as Linda helps her husband Alan recover from his recent surgery. Thank you to everyone, especially our volunteer office subs for your help and understanding.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sacred Places; digital images online

Ted Mallory has posted photographs of St. John Lutheran and a number of other local area churches in a photo galley on facebook. Click here to visit these images

In this gallery I'd like to explore and analyze some of perspectives of and interpretations of places of worship.  
I invite you to enter these spaces with me and hoping to share with you what they seem to say to me. I welcome your commentary and want to encourage you to engage in conversation not only with me, but with each other about what you see here.  
Perhaps you will look at your own houses of worship a little differently when you're done. Thank you.

This week at St. John

  • WED JUN 16, 8 PM Elders Meeting
  • THURS-SAT JUN 17-19 LWML District Convention, Camp Okoboji
  • SAT JUN 19, 6 PM Communion Service
  • SUN JUN 20, 8:30 AM Worship Service, Adult/HS Bible Study following
SUMMER SATURDAY EVENING WORSHIP- In addition to this Saturday, there will be another Saturday evening Communion Worship Service on July 17th and August 14th

FOUND AT St. John's Cemetery- A man's wedding ring, if it is yours or you know who it may belong to please call Brenda Christiansen at 885-2002

SERVICE DVDs are available upon request. Contact the Elder of the month or the church office. A free will offering is suggested to defray the cost of the DVDs.

OFFICE HOURS- will again be 9AM-Noon. Thank you for your patience and thank you to our volunteer substitutes. 

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Pans & Dishes

Pans and dishes have been left from church dinners, VBS, LYF events, funerals etc. are on a table in the lobby- please check and see if any of them are yours.

Summer Bible Study

Beginning today (Sun. June 6) our Sunday morning Bible class will be studying "The Challenge of Islam (Part 1): What is Islam?" It is estemated that there are over one billion Muslims in the world today. This Bible study, written by Sam Shamoun, an Arab Christian, clearly shows the difference between the works-based message of Islam and the hope Christians share in the saving grace of God in Jesus. Adults and high school aged youth are invited to join us for this enlightening study. We will meet after church beginning approximately 9:45 AM.

Service DVD's Available

DVD's of Sunday worship services are available upon request. Contact the Elder of the month (Kyle Schultz for June 2010) or the church office. A free will offering is suggested to defray the cost of the DVDs.

This Week at St. John