Sunday, November 30, 2014

2014 Sunday School Christmas Program

Hark the Herald Angels Sing!

Hello Parents, 

We are ready to begin preparation for the children's Sunday School Christmas Program. 
Childrens' speaking parts were distributed today at Sunday School. If you know that you will be unable to attend, please let us know immediately. There are established times for practices, but it really helps when children take the time to practice their speaking parts with you at home too. Perhaps you could keep the part on the kitchen fridge and have your child read it to you once every day. Familiarity with the words helps the children to speak more confidently on the night of the program.

We know the holiday season is filled with many celebratory events and obligations. We love having all the children participate in this program and ask families to make this event a priority. The practices are necessary to ensure that all children know and understand their parts and places. Please also work the practice times into your family schedule. We are looking forward to celebrating with the angels the birth of the newborn King!
  • WEEKLY PRACTICES Every SUN 8:45-9:00AM  before Sunday School Class
  • PRACTICE: WED, DEC 10, 5:00-6:30PM
  • PRACTICE: WED, DEC 17, 5:00-6:30PM
  • PRACTICE: SAT, DEC 20, 9:00-11:00AM
  • PROGRAM: SUN, DEC 21 6:30PM (Please have children arrive no later than 6:15PM)

2015 Sunday School Singing

It is such a blessing to work with your children. If you have friends or neighbors, please let them know that they are always welcome to join us. Sunday School begins at 8:45AM, so we'd like to have the children there between 8:30-8:40AM so that we can start on time. If you child is also in Confirmation, please plan on arriving at 8:30AM so that they can recite their memory work for listeners. Thank you.

Please mark the following dates on your calendar, to remind you of the Sundays when children will be singing in Church:
  • JAN 18- Life Sunday
  • FEB 15- Transfiguration Sunday
  • MAR 29- Palm Sunday 
  • APR 26- Good Shepherd Sunday
  • MAY 3- Confirmation Day
  • MAY 17- Last day of Sunday School before Summer hiatus

Midweek Advent Worship Schedule

Divine Interruptions: The Angels of Advent & Christmas

December means it's Advent and we will once again be having midweek services at St. John on Wednesday nights. We will see how God interrupted the ordinary lives of some of His people to do extraordinary things. How might the Saviors's coming change your routine this Advents and Christmas season? Join us Wednesday nights!

Midweek services will be held December 3, 10, and 17 at 7:00PM. As in past years, we will have a time of carol singing before each service at 6:45PM. We invite you to take time out of your busy schedules to journey to Bethlehem with us this season.
  • DEC 3- Luke 1:5-25 Zechariah: Just Another Day at the Office? 
  • DEC 10- Luke 1:26-38 Mary: You're Not a Kid Anymore
  • DEC 17- Matthew 1:18-25 Joseph: A Difficult Decision
  • DEC 21- 7:00PM Sunday School Christmas Program
  • DEC 24- Luke 2: 18-25 Shepherds: Life Will Never Be the Same
  • DEC 25- 9:00AM Christmas Day Worship

This Week @ St.John; First Wk in Advent

  • TUES DEC 2- 6:30AM Men's Bible Class
  • WED DEC 3- 3:30PM Confirmation
    • 6:45PM Carol Sing
    • 7:00PM Midweek Advent Worship
      • Luke 1:5-25 "Zechariah: Just Another Day at the Office?"
  • THUR DEC 4- 1:30PM LWML Appreciation Christmas Party
  • SUN DEC 7- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Class
    • 10:00AM Worship with Communion, Mite-Box Sunday
    • Board of Trustees Picture after Church, Building Committee Picture re-take
  • SUN DEC 14- Mission Central Director Gary Thies to speak at Adult Bible Class and during Worship about LCMS world missionaries
    • LWML Christmas Bake Sale & Cookie Bazaar, 11:00AM-12:30PM, serving a light lunch of taverns, beans, chips & cupcakes for a free-will donation

Saturday, November 29, 2014

ADVENT; Tree Raising

Members of the St.John Board of Education and Pastor use a 20ft ladder to check the lights on the church Christmas tree Saturday afternoon, November 29, 2014.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

This Week @ St.John

Mon-Sat Nov. 24-29: Pastor Merrill hosts 'Thy Strong Word' on KDSN 1530AM
Wed. Nov.26- 7:00PM Thanksgiving Eve Worship
Thurs Nov.27- Give Thanks! Office closed
Sun Nov.30- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Study
10:00AM Worship

Group pictures of Church Organizations/Committee/Officers for the new directory will be taken after church next Sunday, Nov.30.
LWML Christmas Cookie Bazzaar & Bake Sale- Sun Dec 14. 11:00AM-12:30PM; Light lunch for a free will offering; taverns, beans, & chips

Above & below; members prepare for fifth-Sunday Contemporary Worship on Sunday, November 23 in the Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Pictures for New Church Directory

Saint John Lutheran, Charter Oak
will be updating our Church Directory
We want you to be in it!

Lifetouch Family Photography will be offering free portrait sittings at St. John
November 19-22
2:00pm-9:00pm Wed-Fri, Nov. 19-21
9:30am-4:00pm Saturday, Nov. 22

Or sign-up in the church lobby before/after worship beginning Sunday, October 19

Look for more information in Sunday's bulletin and the November newsletter.

If you'd consider volunteering as a host for 2-3 hours on any or all of the four days of shooting, please let Ted Mallory, Pastor, or Linda Kuhlmann know. Thank you for your help!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

This Week @ St.John

  • WED NOV.19- SAT NOV.22- Lifetouch Portrait Sittings for new Church Directory
  • WED NOV.19- No Ladie's Bible Study this week
    • 3:30PM Confirmation
    • 7:00PM Elders Meeting
  • SUN NOV.23- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Study
    • 10:00AM Contemporary Worship (in the Fellowship Hall),
      Donuts & coffee at 9:30AM
  • WED NOV.26- 7:00PM Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service
If you'd like to serve as an usher or greeter in 2015, please let Linda know so that she can add you to the lists.

NEEDED: Men's gent;y used winter coats & sweatshirts, being collected the next two weeks for homeless veterans

St.John's LYF Thanksgiving Dinner

St.Johns' LYF
Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Menu: turkey, potatoes & gravy, dressing,
corn, cranberry sauce, desserts, rolls & drinks.
 in the Fellowship Hall


The Lutheran Youth Fellowship (LYF) meeting scheduled for tomorrow night (Sun 11/16) has been changed to next Sunday, November 23, at 7:00PM at the Parsonage.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

This Week @ St.John

  • TUES 11/11- 8:45AM Pastor at Circuit Conference, Manilla
  • WED 11/12- 9:00AM Ladies Bible Study
    • 3:30PM Confirmation
  • SAT 11/15- 9:00AM LYF decorate for Thanksgiving Dinner
  • SUN 11/16- 8:45AM 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Class
    • 10:00AM LYF Thanksgiving Dinner
    • 7:00PM LYF Meeting
  • NEEDED- Someone to remove snow from walkways & church steps. If interested talk to the Trustees: Adam Dorale, Melvin Neddermeyer, or Dan Kuhlmann
  • TEMPORARY AID PROGRAM (TAP)- To meet the needs of people in Crawford County they depend on the regular contributions of basic food items & children's clothing. None of the necessities can be purchased with Food Stamps. Cash donations are also very helpful as that enables them to buy in quantity. Donations can be sent to PO Box 121, Denison, IA. 51442. At this time we are in need of: sugar, peanut butter, crackers, soups, cooking oil, tuna, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato juice, macaroni, spaghetti & spaghetti sauce, hamburger helper, tuna helper, complete pancake mix, pancake syrup, laundry soap, dish soap, shampoo & diapers. TAP is located at 210 South 25th Street, just North of the new El Jimador. It is open & staffed by volunteers Monday & Thursday from 9:00AM-Noon. At other times, call Connie 263-3538.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

This Week @ St.John

•TUES 11/4- 6:30am Men's Bible Study
•WED 11/5- 9:00am Ladies' Bible Study
3:30pm Confirmation
•THR 11/6- 1:30pm LWML mtg.
•SUN 11/9- 8:45am Sunday School & Bible Study
10:00am Worship, Veterans Day recognition
11:00am Finance Board Mtg.