Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Church Council, Special Meeting Sept. 28, 2011

Click here to view the minutes of the Special Meeting of the Church Council, Wednesday September 28, 2011

The Council met with members of the Building Committee to hear about the progress on receiving cost estimates from a number of contractors as well as to discuss the plans and a variety of ideas and concerns that have been shared about the project.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

This Week at St. John

  • Mon-Tues 9/26-27- Pastor at District Pastor's Conference
  • Wed 9/28- 9:00am Ladies Bible Study
    • 3:30pm Confirmation
    • 7:00pm SPECIAL CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING to discuss latest drawings for the new edition with Building Committee
  • Thurs 9/30- 6:00pm Cub Scouts 
  • Fri 10/1- 6:00pm Wedding Rehearsal
  • Sat 10/2- 5:00pm Bryant Maack &  Heather McLaughlin Wedding
  • Sun 10/3- 8:45am Sunday School & Bible Study
    • 10:00am Worship with Communion
    • 7:00pm Adult Instruction Class
CALLING ALL QUILTERS- Quilting begins on October 4th at 1:00pm with a coffee break at 2:30pm and quilting at 4:00pm. Several quilts are ready to be tied so we need a lot of ladies to tie. Please come to put the quilts together & enjoy the fellowship.

TIME TO CLEAN OUT THOSE CLOSETS- The LWML will be collecting coats, sweaters, & sweatshirts until October 30th. There will be a collection box in the church lobby.

Monday, September 19, 2011

This Week at St. John

  • Tues 9/20- Linda at Secretaries Conference
  • Wed 9/21- 9:00am Ladies Bible Study
    • 3:30pm Confirmation
    • 8:00pm Elder's Meeting
  • Sun 9/26- 8:45am Sunday School & Bible Study
    • 10:00am Worship Service
    • 7:00pm Adult Instruction Class

Sunday, September 11, 2011

This Week at St. John

  • Wed. 9/14- 9:00am Ladies Bible Study- All women in the congregation who can make it are invited. We'll be studying the book of Acts. 
    • 1:30pm Confirmation
  • Thr. 9/15- 9:00am LWML Fall Zone Rally, Battle Creek
  • Sat. 9/17- 8:00am Men's Ministry Breakfast, Mapleton
  • Sun. 9/18- 8:45am Sunday School & Bible Classes
    • 10:00am Worship with Communion, Building Pledge Sunday
    • 2:00pm LYF Meeting
    • 7:00pm Adult Instruction Class
ATTENTION LYF- Youth Gathering in LaVista, NE is November 18-20th. Registration forms are due October 1st. Anyone interested please contact Letha Goslar or Kim Plough.

COLLEGE-AGE YOUTH- Before you go off to school, get stationed in the military, or move somewhere for work, please leave your new address in the church office. If you'll be far away, stop in, we'll be glad to help you  find churches in your new community.

PLEDGE SUNDAY- The old Lutheran school and Sunday School house  have been removed to prepare the way for construction of the new Fellowship Hall. The hope is to begin work this Fall. We will begin gathering pledges on Sunday, September 18, 2011. If you haven't already, please return your specially marked envelope with the pledge form completed to the church office or place it in the specially marked basket on Pledge Sunday. You can pledge any amount and designate how much time you'll need to meet your pledge. Thank you to all those members who have already responded with your pledges and donations.

Rally Sunday 2011

Above, Pastor Richard Merrill leads a discussion of the Adult Bible Class which will be meeting in Room 101 this year. High School Bible Study meets with Leon Meseck in the Kitchen, 7th and 8th Graders meet in the basement meeting room, while PK-6th Grades meet in the newly completed basement classrooms.

 Today we celebrated the beginning of a new Sunday School Year. Teachers and Volunteers were installed during worship.

"Train up a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

"I have hidden your word in my heart..." Psalm 119:11a

Today Fifth Graders who are beginning Confirmation classes were presented with copies of Luther's Small Chatechism, including Kaitlyn Conto, Crysta Gierstorf, Brian Gossage, Lizzie Jepsen, Skylar Kelm, Alyha McCartney, Robert Self, Kaitlynn Thoreson, and Madison Young.

First Graders were presented with their own Bibles, they included Annamarie Mallory, Hailey Meseck (2nd grade), and Andrew Thoreson.

Below, Pastor let the Sunday School children in an opening devotion before Music Leader Bethany Mallory reviewed the song that the children would sing during the worship service.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

A Letter from India

Greetings to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I hope and pray that all of you are doing well and the congregation. Weather might have cool down there .. Here it is still sticky but get lot of rain almost every  day called monsoon . From Nov it will cool down I had a safe journey back to India.Thank you very much for all your prayers and all the help you did for the Lord work here in India and for the school. May God reward you.  I miss Cyndi.   Linda,  If you would like to put this news letter in the bulletin it will be great .Thank you.

School is going well and the first term examination result will be out on 12 Sept. There is total $1910 for school building fund.

Here is the description of the source of fund.

$700 from the church for the missionary support for John Thomas  ( Which I would like to put into the school building fund rather than using for any other ministry needs)
$300 from BBS by Bethany Mallory
$100 from St John LWML by June Neddermayer
$100  Byron and Karen Weiss
$100 from Joel and Leesa
$25 from Iva lee Kulman
$190 from other three believers whose name is not given to me from St John Lutheran church.
$100 from  Gailen Meseck from triple parish church Rickets
Total from Lutheran church  $1615.

Received gift from other friends $ 295
Total  $1910 for school building fund. Thank God for that.

Need another $ 38,090 to purchase a building.

I thank you very much for those who contributed to the school building fund.
If any body would like to support for the school builind fund or for mission work here, please contact Linda or pastor Richard or Bill Magill. 

We are praying to conduct bible training course  for 20 new converts from non christian back ground  from 9-11 Sept. ( I do not want to mention the name of the religion from which they are saved by the Lord for security reason ) so that they will be able to teach others as well about the Lord   .2 timothy 2:2 Teach faithful  who are faithful to teach others as well..  We are praying to   give them lunch and dinner free of cost as they can  not afford to pay anything . One brother and I will  teach. Field is ripe but laborers are few.Matt 9:36. It is the desire of the Lord that every one should get a chance to hear the gospel and those who are responsive will get eternal life. Jesus trained his disciples for three years.

People from England were Christians that is why America became a Christian country (majority Christians. ) because Americans came from England.  But we need to remember that Islam was advancing towards Europe and some faithful people of God stood against the advance of Islam and pushed back and many faithful servants of the Lord sacrificed their life for that cause. Because of some people,s, faithfulness, sacrifice America got Christianity, .  somebody payed the price for it.  somebody made a difference. some people payed the cost and that is why today America  has  Christians. N ow is the time for America  to rise up and do the work for the Lord so that those who did not hear the gospel may be able to hear and will have  church for all people.Matthew 28:18-20

We need to make a change , be a revolutionary for the Lord as Jesus and His disciples did. We have a responsibility towards the Lord. We can not just live for ourselves and for our own agenda. We need to obey Jesus so that all will have a  church and got a chance to hear the good news of salvation, Mathew 28:18-20. It must be our first priority to take the gospel to the end of the earth. Acts. 1:8.  Otherwise we are just dead people in the sight of God having no life. Rev 3: 1,2.  Jesus is speaking to the church. You have name that you are living but you are dead. Watchful, change, because I have not found your work acceptable   to God. "

. Please remember that Jesus is speaking to the church.and not to the gentiles., Grace is given that we will be able to be what God has called us to do, Grace will change us. empower us. Only through grace  (power of the Holy spirit}  we can what God wants us to be  not by works . Some people think that they can live in any way and still  can be saved, The  bible does not say that. If any one is in Christ Jesus , he is new creation.  Old things have passed away behold everything has become new. 2 cor 5:17. That is grace.   But we are given grace already (Power of the Holy Spirit) and if we are not  changed or empowered  we need to examine that if we are in Christ or not. Those who belong to Jesus has his mind. 1 cor 3:16.

We all have to stand before the judgement seat of Christ to give account for what we have done in the body weather good or bad. 2 Cor 5:10,11
Pleases convey my regards to all church members . Please remember the ministry here in your prayer. Thank you. You are in our prayer.

In His vineyard,


Sunday, September 04, 2011

This Week at St. John

  • Mon 9/5- Church Office Closed
  • Tues 9/6-6:30am Men's Bible Class
  • Wed 97- 3:30pm Confirmation
  • Sun 9/11- Patriot's Day
    • 8:45am SUNDAY SCHOOL RESUMES, & Bible Study
    • K-8 in basement, HS in kitchen, Adult in Rm.101
    • 10:00 Worship- Rally Sunday
    • 1st graders receive Bibles, 5th graders receive Catechisms, Christian Education Board, Teachers/Staff installed
    • 11:00am Finance Board Meeting
    • 7:00pm Adult Instruction Class 

  • ADULT INSTRUCTION CLASS- If you are interested in learning more about the Lutheran Church~Missouri Synod or would like to become a member of St. John, please contact Pastor Merrill. He will begin Adult Instruction Classes September 11, at 7:00pm
  • LWML MAPLETON ZONE FALL RALLY- Thursday, Sept. 15 at. St. John Luth, Battle Creek. Registration/Coffee 9:00am, program begins at 9:00. Guest speaker Bruce Grover, Development Officer at Dakota Boys & Girls Ranch Foundation, Minot North Dakota
  • MEN'S MINISTRY EVENT"Riding the Storm Out," Sept. 17at St. Matthew Lutheran, Mapleton. Registration & breakfast 8:00-8:45am. The event will include Bible study, a variety of service projects, tours of Mission Central and lunch. Cost $10, please call Jim Davis at (515)576-7666,  or Click here to register online

  • JUNIOR HIGH DISTRICT GATHERING Oct. 29-30- "Sacred:Protected by God" at the West Des Moines Sheraton.Rev. Luke Timm speaker, music by Swen & Dean. Registration is due September 23. Please let Pastor Merrill know if you can serve as a parent/counselor.