Sunday, March 27, 2011

This week at St. John

  • Mon 3/28- Everyone is invited to help load a shipping container at the Orphan Grain Train center in Ida Grove at 9AM

    OGT; Iowa West

    Elroy Koch
    51 N. Orange
    P.O. Box 97
    Kiron, IA 51448-0097
    (712) 675-4818
    Fax: (712) 675-4882
  • Wed 3/29- 9AM Ladies Lenten Retreat
    • 1:30PM Confirmation
    • 7PM Lenten Midweek Worship, LYF serving refreshments following 
  • Thur 3/30- 6:00PM Cub Scouts
  • Sun 4/3- 8:45AM Christian Education Hour
    • 10:00AM Worship with communion (Mite Box Sunday)
  • Sat 4/9- 10:30AM St. John Lutheran School Bldg. Auction
  • LWML collecting children's books until Sun. April 17 for the Hope Family Center in Des Moines. Hope is a long-term recovery center for homeless mothers & children.
  • Need Heating Assistance?- West Central Community Action is taking applications for heating assistance Monday-Friday, 9:00AM-3:00PM through Sat. April 30
    Crawford County Outreach Center
    145 N. 7th St.
    Denison, IA 51442
    HOURS: M - F, 9:00 - 3:00
    Coordinator: Connie McGee

Sunday, March 20, 2011

This week at St. John

  • Wed. March 23- 9am Ladies' Lenten Retreat
    • 3:30pm Confirmation
    • 7pm Lenten Worship, Sunday School refreshments following
  • Thurs. March 24- 6pm Cub Scouts
  • Sun. March 27- 8:45am Christian Education Hour

Lenten Mid-Week Services

  • March 23
    Pastor Adam Peck, St. Paul, Ida Grove
    "Enlist" -Judges 6:16
  • March 30 
    Pastor Richard Salcido, St. Paul, Ida Grove
    "Nothing" -2 Kings 4:1-7
  • April 6
    Pastor Edward Brandt, St. Paul, Ute
    "Invest" -Jeremiah 32:25
  • April 13
    Pastor Merrill
    "Finish" -1 Kings 11:3
A free-will offering will be taken with proceeds going toward scholarships for children attending Camp Okoboji this summer.
The LYF and Sunday School will alternate weeks serving bars and refreshments after the other Lenten services.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pray for Lutheran School in Japan

From: Julia Perry-Clark, Christ Lutheran School, Phoenix, AZ Sent: Friday, March 11, 2011 10:07 AM 
Dear Friends of our Japanese family of Urawa Lutheran School;
May the God of protection surround them now as they are remaining at the ULS campus following the powerful earthquake that struck  Friday at 2:46 PM.  Mr. Hodgson and I reached the school about an hour ago, 12:30 AM their time and we spoke directly with Miss Ishii and she shared that all of the students and faculty are still at school and not allowed to leave. Please keep them all in your prayers today.  We will call them again later to check in.Please pass this prayer request on  to your circle of family and friends.May God use this time in a powerful way as the Christian community at ULS reaches out to all of the students and faculty in the name of Jesus.
In Christ,Julia Perry-Clark

Dear Members of St. John, Charter Oak-

I attended CLS growing up in Phoenix. Bill Hodgson was one of my junior high school teachers and one of the reasons I became a teacher. Please pray for Bill and Julia, for ULS and for all of the thousands of families that have been effected by this tragic disaster in Japan.

Christ's servant,
Ted Mallory

Here is a downloadable bulletin insert to help churches wishing to support LCMS relief efforts in Japan:

If you would like to support the people of Japan through Lutheran World Relief, please send your donation to:
Lutheran World Relief - Japan Earthquake/Tsunami
P.O. Box 17061
Baltimore, MD 21298-9832

Or, click here to make a secure gift online. Be sure to designate it "Japan Earthquake/Tsunami"

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Refuge and Strength

Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries
By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®

"Special Edition: Refuge and Strength"

March 14, 2011

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Psalm 46:1-3

Last Friday, off the coast of Honshu, Japan, the earth gave a shrug of its shoulders.

Just as if he had been there, the Psalmist reports what happened next: the earth gave way, the mountains were moved, the waters roared and foamed.

In a few seconds over 10,000 were dead... the safest and most secure nuclear reactors went off line... people were made homeless... others were evacuated... tens of thousands had no water, food, or power. As the aftershocks continued, the shocked people of Japan, along with the rest of the world, began to ask questions.

Maybe you've heard those questions. Maybe you've asked them.

Questions like "How could such a thing happen" and "Where was the God of love in this catastrophe?"

The first question, the one about "how" is being answered in a number of ways by a number of groups. Scientists answer the question when they explain the moving, rubbing, bumping, and scraping of the plates on the earth's crust. The Japanese government answers the question when it shares: "For decades we have planned for earthquakes. Because of those plans the destruction and death count was not worse. Even so, no government can fully prepare for an earthquake of this magnitude."

The second question, the one concerning the presence of God, that is one He answers Himself.
He says, "I am waiting patiently for the people of the world to realize I am here, ready, eager to provide comfort, help, peace, hope, and salvation to all who will be turned to Me. In a world which is regularly shaken by the results of sin, I am constant, committed to being your Refuge and Strength. "

Indeed, 2,000 years ago, when God's Son substituted Himself and sacrificed His life on the cross so we might have eternal life, the earth was shaken. (Matthew 27:51) The earth was rocked once again when, three days later, the Savior conquered sin, Satan, and death with His rising from the grave. (Matthew 28:2)

Through Jesus' death and resurrection, the great Triune God has given evidence that nothing... nothing in all creation... can separate believers from His love. That is what the earthquaked people of Japan need to know. That is what people whose personal worlds are being rocked need to remember.

Indeed, we all need to know, believe, and trust: God is our Refuge and Strength, a very present Help in time of trouble.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, when the forces of sin, Satan, and death shake my world, may I realize that You are my Refuge and Strength. Because of Jesus' sacrifice I have been and will continue to be delivered and be given Your peace which passes human understanding. Today I offer my thanks for these gifts in the name of Him Who is my Help both now and forevermore. In Jesus' Name. Amen. 

In Christ I remain His servant and yours,

Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour
Lutheran Hour Ministries

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    Sunday, March 13, 2011

    This week at St. John

    • Wed. 3/16- 9am Ladies' Lenten Retreat
      • 1:30pm Confirmation
      • 7pm Lenten Worship followed by refreshments from the LYF
        Pastor Eugene Ernst, Triple Parish
        "Marked" -Isaiah 44:5
      • 8pm Elders' Meeting
    • Thur. 3/17- 9am LWML prayer service, Grace Lutheran, Correctionville
    • Fri. 3/18- 7pm Power of We, Good Shepherd, Fort Dodge
    • Sat. 3/19- 8am Men's Ministry Breakfast & Women's Celebrate Friendships & Service, Good Shepherd, Fort Dodge
    • Sun. 3/20- 8:45am Christian Education Hour

    Wednesday, March 09, 2011

    Sunday, March 06, 2011

    This week at St. John

    • Tues. Mar. 8- 6:30am Men's Bible Breakfast at the Dugout in Ute
    • Wed. Mar. 9- 9:00am Ladies' Lenten Retreat
      • 1:30pm Confirmation
      • 5:30pm Sunday School Supper
      • 7:00pm Ash Wednesday Communion Service
    • Thurs. Mar.10- 6:00pm Boy Scouts Meeting
    • Sun. Mar.13- 8:45am Christian Education Hour
      • 10:00am Worship Service
      • 11:00am Finance Board Meeting

    Special Voters' Meeting; March 6, 2011

    Special Meeting, after worship, Sunday, March 6, 2011

    The meeting was called to order by Head Elder Melvin Goslar as both President William Magill and Vice President Robert Stoltze Jr. were unable to attend.

    Steve Kuhlmann explained that the preparations for the previously scheduled auction of the St; John Lutheran School Building were not yet complete and the committee hoped to tentatively reschedule the auction for April 9. It was moved by Kuhlmann, seconded by Bob Kroll to postpone the auction until preparations were completed. Motion carried.

    It was moved by Ted Mallory and seconded by Brian Pautsch to adjourn, motion carried. Melven Goslar adjourned the meeting.

    Pastor Merrill led voters in the Lord's Prayer.