Sunday, November 29, 2015


  • DEC 9- 5:00PM-6:30PM Practice for 3rd-8th Grades
  • DEC 16- 5:00PM-6:30PM Practice for 3rd-8th Grades
  • DEC 19- 9:00AM-11:00AM Practice for ALL ages, PK-8
  • DEC 20- 8:45AM Practice during Sunday School for ALL Children
6:30PM, December 20
Children's Christmas Service

First Week in Advent @ St.John

  • TUES DEC.1- 6:30AM Men's Bible Study
  • WED DEC.2- 3:30PM Confirmation
    • 6:45PM Carol Sing
    • 7:00PM Midweek Advent Worship
  • THUR DEC.4- 1:30PM LWML Meeting
  • SUN DEC.6- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Class
    • 10:00AM Worship with Communion (Mite Box Sunday)
    • 11:00AM LWML Christmas Cookie & Candy Bazaar
  • NEEDED- Volunteer(s) to remove snow from Church sidewalks & steps.
  • CHRISTMAS CAROLING AT NURSING HOMES & RETIREMENT CENTERS- With Triple Parish members, Sunday, December 13
    • 2:30PM Meer & coordinate rides at Church
    • 3:00PM Denison Care Center
    • 3:30PM Eventide
    • 4:15PM Real Life
    • 5:00PM Silveridge
    • 6:15PM Supper at Pizza Ranch

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Advent Midweek Worship

Advent services begin on Wednseday, December 2nd at 7:00PM. We will sing carols before worship; 6:45PM-7:00PM

Midweek Advent Services:

Advent Resources for Family or Personal Devotions at Home:

This Week @ St.John

•WED 11/25- No Ladies Bible Study, No Confirmation, 7:00PM Thanksgiving Eve Worship
•THRS 11/26- Office Closed
•SUN 11/29- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Study, 10:00AM Worship

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Lutheran Youth Fellowship (LYF)

The high school youth of St.John, Charter Oak would like to thank you all for your support of our annual Thanksgiving Dinner, held Sunday, November 15, 2015. We served 231 dinners and sent home 36 to-go boxes!

ALL high school students in the Charter Oak area are always welcome to join St.John's LYF for fun and fellowship, for ministry and service to the community and for study of God's Word.

 Our next meeting will be Saturday, December 19 at 7:00PM at Pastor Merrill's house ("the parsonage") across the street from St.John's. Pastor will serve drinks and have a taco-bar set up. Members are invited to bring snacks to share. We're planning on some ping pong!

This February we will be selling ready-to-bake pizzas for Super Bowl Sunday- So please watch this Website and the church bulletins for details.

2015-16 LYF COUNCIL: This year, in lieu of traditional officers like President, Secretary, or Treasurer, we elected a leadership council made up of representatives of each class They are Senior Tristan Kunze, Junior Travis Pautsch, Sophomore Connor Beeck, and Freshman Lizzie Jepsen.

ADULT LEADERS: While Velita Pautsch remains our parent "coordinator," we don't have any one Director of Youth Ministry or Youth Counselor, all high school parents are asked to help with their youth throughout the year. Pastor Merrill is always available for advise and counselling and will generally lead devotions at most LYF activities. Bethany Mallory is the contact person this year for those planning to attend the LCMS National Youth Gathering in New Orleans, next July. Leon Meseck leads weekly High School Bible Study in the church library every Sunday.

Please keep our Youth in your prayers, that God would open their hearts to His Word and that He would draw them into deeper fellowship with Himself, service for His church and greater unity with one another. May the Holy Spirit work in our LYF to make it a light which will draw more and more youth from our area into meaningful relationships with God and each other.

2015-16 St.John LYF Membership: Connor Beeck, Rielly Ellwell, Krista Gierstorf, Colton and Lizzie Jepsen, Skyler Kelm, Tristan Kunze, Allison Maack, Grace Mallory, Alyha McCartney, Hallie and Nolan Neddermeyer, Emily Steffen, and Travis Pautsch. (We apologize for anyone we missed or any misspellings, please report additions or corrections to Ted Mallory, our Webmaster).

ONLINE: Search this Website with the keywords "lyf" or "youth" or the tag "#LYF" for more news or announcements about our youth group activities. LYF members are invited to like and follow St.John's Facebook page or communicate with each other on Twitter with the tag "#LYFstjohnCO."


This Week @ St.John

  • WED 11/18- 9:00AM Ladies' Bible Study
    • 3:30PM Confirmation
    • 7:00PM Elders' Meeting
  • SUN 11/22- 8:45AM Sunday School and Bible Class
    • 9:30 AM Donuts & Coffee
    • 10:00AM Contemporary Worship in the Fellowship Hall

Sunday, November 08, 2015

This Week @ St.John

  • MON 11/9- 7:00PM Playground Committee Meeting
  • TUES 11/10- Pastors' Conference, St. John, Kiron
  • WED 11/11- 9:00AM Ladies Bible Study
    • 3:00PM Confirmation
  • SAT 11/14- 9:00AM LYF Decorating for Thanksgiving Dinner
  • SUN 11/15- 10:00AM Worship with Communion
    • 11:00AM Annual LYF Thanksgiving Dinner

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Annual LYF Thanksgiving Dinner

St.Johns' LYF
Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
Sunday, November 15, 2015

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

This Week @ St.John

Pastor Merrill will be hosting the 'Thy Strong Word' program on KDSN radio this week Mon- Sat, November 1-7, at 6:25AM. Start your day off with this devotion on God's Word.

  • TUES NOV 3- 6:30AM Men's Bible Study
  • WED NOV 4- 9:00AM Ladies' Bible Study
    • 3:30PM Confirmation
  • THURS NOV 5-  1:30PM LWML Meeting
  • SUN NOV 8- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Study
    • 10:00AM Worship
    • 11:00AM Finance Board Meeting
  • NOV 4-10- Concordia Publishing House (CPH)- Warehouse Sale- Visit Held once a year, up to 75% off professional/academic books, Arch Books, sheet music, teaching resources, Bibles & Bible studies.
  • NEXT WEEK We will be celebrating Veterans' Day. We will collect a door offering for Military Bible Sticks. These are flash drives containing the entire New Testament. Each donation of $25 purchases a Bible Stick for one soldier plus a devotion book for their family. Over 500,000 Bible Sticks have been requested so far. For more information, visit
  • We are collecting for Temporary Aid Program (TAP) all November- Please bring items which families aren't able to purchase with Food Stamps such as paper towels, toilet paper, disposable diapers, & personal care items like shampoo & toothpaste. But of course, non-perishable food items are always needed. Thank you.
  • St.John Quilting Program- Thank you to all the ladies who gave so much of their time & talents to make & tie quilts this year. 130 quilts were dedicated in church on Sunday, November 1. they will be given to the Homeless Veterans in Omaha, the Iowa Homeless Veterans in Perry, Hope Ministries in Des Moines, the Gospel Mission in Sioux City and Lutheran World Relieve in Ida Grove.
  • The Iowa Lutheran School Tuition Organization exists to assist families who desire a Lutheran education for their children. Explore our website to see if the STO can help you, or to see how your generous donation can help bring the benefits of a Lutheran education to as many children as possible. Donations are eligible for 65% credit on state taxes in Iowa. For more information, visit