Sunday, January 30, 2011

Human Care Emergency Fund

St. John has a Human Care Emergency Fund which is used to help members of our congregation and community in cases of extreme need. From time to time this fund runs low and needs replenishing. If anyone is interested in making a donation to the Human Care Emergency Fund, please contact the church office. Checks should be made out to the "St. John's Office Account." Thank You.

This week at St. John

  • TUES Feb.2- 6:30AM Men's Bible Study Breakfast at the Dugout in Ute
  • WED Feb.3- 3:30PM Confirmation
  • THURS Feb.4- 1:30PM LWML Meeting
  • SUN Feb. 6- 8:45AM Christian Education Hour
    • 10:00 AM Worship (Communion, Mite Box Sunday)

Minnesotan Doug Larson
Leads Sunday School,
Contemporary Worship

 Music minister Doug Larson croons about being in a little kid stuck playing right field. Doug, who (along with Pastor Merrill) is part of the Concordia Cubs' Week team at Camp Okoboji, gave a concert during the Christian Education Hour, Sunday January 30 and then stuck around to lead the singing during out 5th Sunday Contemporary Worship service. Doug is the father of 4 boys, two of him joined him in taking his music ministry to Taiwan last year.
Doug and some young volunteers lead the Pharoh-Pharoh song

Doug teaches the Umm ma ya song

Sunday, January 23, 2011

In the Steps of St. Paul, 2011
The Best of Greece and the Greek Isles

Pastor Michael & Suzy Awe (a former vicar at St. John), in cooperation with Nawas International Travel would like to invite you to join them May 24 – June 3, 2011 on an exciting 11 day Tour of Greece and the Greek Isles! 

We will enjoy the cradle of western civilization while visiting some of the places that St. Paul visited and started the early Christian Church. We will visit Ephesus, Corinth, Thessalonika and Athens along with other cities like Delphi. We will enjoy a 3-day cruise in the Meditteranean Sea visiting the Greek Isles and Turkey. We will visit the Island of Patmos where St. John received and wrote his Revelation from the Lord. We will be leaving from Omaha and flying in to Athens, Greece. The price is $3179 and includes most meals, first-class accommodations, the cruise, and roundtrip airfare from Omaha. Taxes and tips are extra.

If you are interested in joining us for this memorable experience, please contact Pastor Michael Awe at 402.368.9929 or 402.368.5690 or e-mail him at for more information. Space is limited. 

This week at St. John

  • Wed. January 26- 1:30pm 7th & 8th Grade Confirmation
    • 7pm Elder's Meeting
  • Sun. Jan.30- 8:45am Doug Larson Concert
    • 10:00am 5th Sunday Contemporary Worship
    • Pick up your Soup-to-Go from LYF
    • 6:00pm Family Movie Night
  • Mark your calendar- March 12 there will be an auction of items in the old schoolhouse

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Meeting Minutes

NOTICE: Please pick up your 2010 offering reports (for taxes) and your 2011 Offering Envelopes  in room 101

FYI: There is an LYF Meeting this Sunday, January 16

Quarterly Voter's Meeting: Wednesday, January 19 at 7 PM

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday School Concert Jan. 30

Christian musician Doug Larson will bring his music ministry to St. John on Sunday, January 30th. He will be giving a concert during the Sunday School hour (families are welcome!) and will be leading music at the 5th Sunday Contemporary Worship Service that morning too.
A free-will offering will be taken to help with Doug's expenses.
Doug is a graduate of Concordia, St. Paul and a former Lutheran school teacher. His music ministry is geared to children but is enjoyed by all ages. He has served as Bible Study and music leader at Concordia Cubs Week at Camp Okoboji for the bast thirteen years. Bring your family and join us for music and worship on this special Sunday.

Family Movie Night, Jan. 30
Facing the Giants

Mark your calendars for Sunday, Jan. 30th.
St. John will be hosting a Family Movie Night at 6PM. The featured movie will be the inspirational film, "Facing the Giants." Get ready for the Super Bowl with this faith-centered football movie. The Board of Education will be providing pop and popcorn. Everything is free- bring your family and enjoy!

LYF: SOUPer Bowl Sunday- Soup-To-Go

The LYF will be selling soup in to-go containers on Sunday, January 30, after the church service. Soups for sale are chili, chicken noodle, and bean and ham. Prices are $3.00/pint, $6.00/quart, $24.00/gallon. Pre-orders are requested but not necessary. Last year we sold out of soup so be sure to get your order in. You can order from any LYF member or call the church office. We will also be taking orders in the lobby after church each Sunday in January.

This week at St. John
New Member Welcoming Potluck

  • Wed. Jan. 19- 1:30PM Confirmation
    • 7PM Annual Voter's Meeting
  • Sun. Jan. 23- 8:34AM Christian Education Hour
    • 10:00AM Worship
    • 11:00 New Member Reception Potluck*
    • 3:00PM Cub Scouts
*New Member Welcome
Members of St. John are invited to a potluck dinner welcoming the new members that joined St. John's fellowship in the past year. These include the recent adult confirmation class as well as families who have transferred in during the past year. Representatives from the organizations of the congregation will be asked to give a welcome and inform new members of the opportunities for spiritual growth and service.
The potluck will be held following the worship service on Sunday, January 23. Bring a favorite dish to share. Drinks and table service will be provided by the Church Council. The newly organized Cub Scout troop which meets at St. John will be helping to clean tables. We hope you will join us in welcoming our new members and perhaps make some new friends!

Monday, January 03, 2011

Outgoing/Incoming Officers

Philippians 1:3-8 (New International Version, ©2010)
Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 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.
7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

St. John would like to thank the those who served last year by giving so much of their time and talents, including Elder Kevin Clausen, Trustee Melvin Neddermeyer, Board of Education member James Jepsen, Board of Finance member Ed Nemitz and Cemetery Committee member Kevin Pester.

Acts 6:1-4 (New International Version, ©2010)
The Choosing of the Seven 
1 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”

Please pray that God would guide and support our new officers as they care for the temporal and material needs of the congregation so that Pastor can attend to the Spiritual and Theological responsibilities of his office.

Our 2011 officers:

  • PRESIDENT- Bill Magill
  • VICE PRESIDENT- Bob Stoltze Jr.
  • SECRETARY- Ted Mallory
  • TREASURER- Becky Dorale
  • FINANCE SEC.- Otto & Jane Kunze
  • ASST. FINANCE SEC.- Roger & Patty Kunze
  • MISSION SEC- Don Friedrichs
  • STEWARDSHIP SEC.- Ryan Kunze
  • BD of ELDERS- Dwight Goslar and Steve Beeck
  • BD of ED- Alaina Gierstorf
  • BD of FINANCE- Brady Goslar and Kevin Clausen
  • BD of TRUSTEES- Roger Jepsen

Sunday, January 02, 2011

New Member Welcome, Jan. 23

Members of St. john are invited to a potluck dinner welcoming the new members that joined St. John's fellowship in the past year. These include the recent adult confirmation class as well as families who have transfered in during the past year. Representatives from the organizations of the congregation will be asked to give a welcome and inform new members about opportunities for spiritual growth and service.
The potluck will be held following the worship service on Sunday, January 23. Bring a favorite dish to share. Drinks and table service will be provided by the Church Council. The newly organized Cub Scout troop which meets here at St. John will be helping to clean tables. We hope you will join us in welcoming our new members and perhaps making some new friends! See you there.

This week at St. John

  • Tues. Jan. 4- 6:30 AM Men's Bible Study/Breakfast at the Dugout in Ute
  • Sat. Jan. 7- 9:45 AM LWML Salad Luncheon
  • Sun. Jan. 8- 8:45 AM Christian Education Hour
    • 10:00 AM Worship
    • 11 AM Finance Board Meeting
    • 1 PM Pastor at Denison Care Center
    • 2 PM Pastor at Eventide Lutheran Home
    • 3 PM Cub Scout Meeting
  • Wed. Jan. 12- 7 PM Church Council Meeting
  • Wed. Jan. 19- 7 PM Quarterly Voters' Meeting
  • Sun. Jan. 23- 11 AM New Member Welcome Pot-Luck

Saturday, January 01, 2011

2011 Usher Schedule

HEAD USHER: Please call your ushering staff and acolytes to remind them they are to usher. Ring the bell after the altar candles are lit. Baptism - light candle and pour water during second verse of hymn. Let the organist know when offering goes up to the Altar and when the last table goes up to communion by pushing organ light on right side of door frame going into the church. Have usher at Communion table regulate number going to the Communion Table. Have an extra Table (number of people) standing in center aisle waiting to attend the Lord's Supper.

USHERS: Ushers bringing offering to altar - nod of head (act of reverence) with Pastor facing Altar. Wear your usher pin. Acolytes can go to communion. Put the center piece of the Communion kneeler in place as soon as possible and have table filled so Pastor doesn't have to wait. Ushers dismissing congregation can be down front while announcements are being made, ready to dismiss. If you are unable to usher on your given Sunday please trade with someone in another month or find someone to take you place. Thank you

Monthly Elders on Duty
JAN.:  Dwight Goslar – 885-2803                            JULY: Steve Beeck - 3432
FEB.:  Steve Beeck - 3432                                       AUG:    Melvin Goslar – 679-2765
MAR:  Melvin Goslar -679-2765                             SEPT.:  Kyle Schultz - 3489
APR.:  Kyle Schultz - 3489                                        OCT.:  Brian Pautsch - 3635
MAY:  Brian Pautsch  - 3635                                     NOV.: Dwight Goslar – 885-2803
JUNE: Dwight Goslar – 885-2803                             DEC.: Steve Beeck  - 3432

Monthly Usher Teams
Blaine Schwingdorf - 3659                                         Roger Nemitz - 3598
Allan Neddermeyer - 3490                                        Daryl Reffitt – 265-1236
Kevin Pester - 3805                                                   Kayl Krapfl - 3503
Ralph Dorale - 3320                                                  Richard Goslar - 3751
Norman Klinker - 3687                                              Paul Bockelmann - 3536
Don Friedrichs - 3720                                                Dustin Kuhlmann - 3491
Aaron Brodersen - 3417                                            Brandon Krapfl - 3503
Verdell Henningsen - 3416                                        Jon Steffen - 3865

Kyle Schultz - 3489                                                    Don Friedrich - 3720
Hank Ketelsen - 3526                                                James Funkhouser - 3330
Bryant Maack -                                                         Allan Neddermeyer - 3490
Daryl Reffitt – 265-1236                                           Brady Goslar - 885-2598
Bob Kroll - 3407                                                         Ben Pautsch - 3635
Roger Nemitz  - 3598                                                 Dylan Beeck - 3432
Randy Steffen- 3865                                                  Josh Maack - 3702
Josh Henderson - 3613                                              Nathan Roberts - 3438
Keith Stoltze -                                                            Kevin Pester - 3805
Steve Beeck - 3432                                                    Ted Mallory  - 3397
Larry Krapfl - 3503                                                    Ryan Vogt - 3676
Robert Stoltze Jr -3651                                             Keith Stoltze    
Alan Kuhlmann - 3491                                               Seth Goslar - 885-3343
Brent Meeves - 643-5766                                         Kevin Clausen - 3586
Bill Magill - 679-2786                                                Verdeen Hennings - 3852
Steve Kuhlmann - 885-2268                                      Alec Castillo - 3869
Joel Kuhlmann - 885-2616                                        
APRIL: MELVIN GOSLAR - 679-2765                  AUGUST: JOSH HENDERSON - 3613
Vernon Kohnekamp - 674-3377                                Joel Kuhlmann – 885-2616                   
James Hart - 3639                                                     Gregg Goslar - 885-3343
Earl Schultz - 3654                                                     Randy Steffen - 3865
Roger Kunze - 3321                                                   Rustie Pithan – 885-2661
Ryan Kunze - 885-2295                                             Lee Kuhlmann - 885-2616
Gary Schau - 3731                                                     Dan Throckmorton - 3800
Carlos Castillo - 3869                                                Ted Butler - 3625
Jim Jepsen - 3771                                                      Korey Kuhlmann - 2268
Ron Schau – 3418                                                      

Carlos Castillo - 3869                                                Otto Kunze - 885-2295
Hank Ketelsen - 3526                                                Alan Kuhlmann - 3491
Brady Goslar - 885-2598                                           Ryan Kunze - 885-2295
Brent Meeves - 643-5766                                         Roger Kunze - 3321
Ben Pautsch - 3635                                                    Dustin Kuhlmann - 3491
Aaron Brodersen - 3417                                            Jim Jepsen  - 3771
James Funkhouser - 3330                                         Levi Kragel  - 3796
Kayl Krapfl  - 3503                                                    Nate Roberts - 3438                                   
Steve Beeck - 3432                                                    Vernon Kohnekamp - 674-3377
Byron Weiss  - 3590                                                  Leonard Hanson - 679-2360
Gene Soukup – 885-3398                                          Ted Butler - 3625
Steve Kuhlmann - 885-2268                                      Alec Castillo - 3869
Bill Magill - 679-2786                                                Lee Kuhlmann - 885-2616
Larry Krapfl - 3666                                                    Dylan Beeck - 3432          
Ted Mallory - 3397                                                    Josh Maack - 3702
Colin Gierstorf - 676-2160                                         Ryan Vogt - 3493

2011 Acolyte Schedule

Jan. 2 .……………...... Colten Jepsen & Tristan Kunze

Jan. 9-16 ….. Emilee Meadows & Nolan Neddermeyer

Jan 23-30 ................... Nate Underwood & Aisy Wight

Feb 6-13 …………….…..… Abby Wight & Jesse Hupp

Feb 20-27 ………….… Allison Maack & Grace Mallory

Mar. 6-9 …...…. Hallie Neddermeyer & Travis Pautsch

Mar.13-16 …...…………. Dalton Smith & Emily Steffen

Mar. 20-23 ………….... Amy Goslar & MaKarlie Smith

Mar. 27-30 ………..…. Levi Kragel & Korey Kuhlmann

Apr. 3-6 ….………………. Ryan Vogt & Colten Jepsen

Apr.10-13 …...... Tristan Kunze & Nolan Neddermeyer

Apr. 17-21 …..… Emilee Meadows & Nate Underwood

Apr. 22-24(1st ser) ……….… Aisy Wight & Abby Wight

Apr. 24(2nd ser)-May 1 … Jesse Hupp & Allison Maack

May 8-15 ……... Grace Mallory & Hallie Neddermeyer

May 22-29 …..……….. Travis Pautsch & Dalton Smith

June 5-12 …………......… Emily Steffen & Amy Goslar

June 19-26 .………… . Levi Kragel & Korey Kuhlmann

July 3–10 …..…………... MaKarlie Smith & Ryan Vogt

July 16-23 ...…………. Colten Jepsen & Tristan Kunze

July 31-Aug 7 ……………Emilee Meadows & Nolan Neddermeyer

Aug. 14-21 ………….. Nate Underwood & Jesse Hupp

Aug. 28-Sept 4 ……………... Aisy Wight & Abby Wight

Sept. 11-18 …………. Allison Maack & Grace Mallory

Sept. 25-Oct 2 .... Hallie Neddermeyer & Emily Steffen

Oct. 9-16 ……………... Dalton Smith & Travis Pautsch

Oct. 23-30 ................ Connor Beeck & Colten Jepsen

Nov. 6-13 ..….….. Alayna Castillo & Emilee Meadows

Nov. 20-23 …..……......... Riley Elwell & Tristan Kunze

Nov. 27-30 ….… Jordyn Pester & Nolan Neddermeyer

Dec. 4-7 ………...... Jaxson Thies & Nate Underwood

Dec. 11-14 …………..…..… Aisy Wight & Abby Wight

Dec. 18-……….………....Jesse Hupp & Allison Maack

Dec. 18 (6:30pm ser)…… Grace Mallory & Hallie Neddermeyer

Dec. 24 ……………....... Jesse Hupp & Allison Maack

Dec. 25 …......... Grace Mallory & Hallie Neddermeyer

Jan. 1-8 ..…………….. Travis Pautsch & Dalton Smith

Jan 15-22 …………... Emily Steffen & Connor Beeck

Jan 29 ………………. Alayna Castillo & Jordyn Pester