Sunday, September 25, 2016

This Week @ St.John

  • MON & TUES 9/26-9/27-  Pastor at the District Pastor's Conference at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Urbandale
  • WED 9/28- 9:00AM Women's Bible Study
  • SAT 9/29- 6:00PM Worship Service at Immanuel, Charter Oak (Triple Parish)
  • SUN 9/30- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Class
    • 10:00AM Worship with Communion (Mite Box Sunday)
  • SUN 10/2- 11:00AM Estate Planning Worshi
  • WED 10/5- 7:30PM BUDGET MEETING-  Church Council & Finance Board Members, please attend to help prepare the 2017 budget
  • WED 10/12- 7:30PM Church Council Meeting
  • WED 10/19- Quarterly Voters' Meeting
  • SUN 10/23- 5th Sunday Contemporary Worship
    • 7:00PM Adult Instruction Class Begins
  • SAT&SUN 10/29-30- Junior High Youth Gathering, West Des Moines
  • SUN 10/30- 7:00PM Adult Instruction Class
  • MON 10/31- REFORMATION; 499th Anniversary of Martin Luther posting the 99 Theses 

Pictures from the 25th Anniversary of Pastor's Ordination

Pastor's 25th Anniversary in Ministry

Here is a gallery of pictures from Pastor's 25th Anniversary Celebration on Flickr.
Use the arrows to scroll through the album.
You may also see them and leave your comments on Facebook.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Quilting Season Begins

Calling all quilters. Meet each Tuesday in October from 1:00pm-4:00pm with a coffee break at 2:30pm. Quilting begins Tuesday, October 4th.  

Thank you to all our past quilters as well as to St.John members for donating materials and Thrivent Choice Dollars.

Hope to see you there! ~Joan, Letha & Lois.

Help Wanted

Volunteers are needed to put together the monthly church newsletter. This takes an hour to an hour and a half at 9:00AM once a month at the end of each month. Please let Linda know if you'd be interested in helping.

LYF Meeting WED SEP 28 at 6:30pm

LYF is reorganizing for the 2016-17 School Year. HS Youth (grades 9-12) are invited to a pizza party in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday September 28 at 6:30pm. Parents are invited too! Bring your ideas for the new year! (Parents) We are looking for counselors/coordinators for the coming year- please talk to Pastor if you are interested.

This Week @ St. John

  • WED 9/21- 9:00AM Ladies' Bible Study
    • 3:30PM Confirmation
    • 8:00pm Elders Meeting
  • SAT 9/24- Sorry, No service at St. Luke, Ricketts- Triple Parish members are invited to join us to celebrate 25 ears of ministry for Partor Merrill Sunday
  •  SUN 9/25- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Study
    •  10:00AM WORSHIP- Guest preacher, IDW President Rev. Turner
    • 11:00AM Celebrate Pastor Merrill's 25th year in Ministry. BBQ Pork dinner in the Fellowship Hall
    • 5:00PM Soup Supper at Immanuell (Triple Parish)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

New LYF Website

Visit our new LYF Website at
There will be news and announcements through out the year. LYF members & their parents are invited to "bookmark" it in your browser so that you can check back periodically to see what's up.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

This Week at St. John

• WED 9/14- 9:00AM Ladies' Bible Study
•3:00PM Confirmation
•THR 9/15- LWML Fall Rally; 9:00AM Registration, 9:30AM Rally
•SAT 9/17- 6:00PM Worship with Communion at St. Luke, Ricketts
•SUN 9/18- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Classes
•10:00AM Worship with Communion; Offering for Rev.Vogel

Monday, September 05, 2016

Play Ground Re-Dedication Picnic | RALLY SUNDAY

St.John Lutheran Church in Charter Oak will be hosting an open house to celebrate the re-dedication of their playground on the corners of Birch Street and First Avenue in Charter Oak on Sunday, September 11, from 11:00AM, after worship services until 1:00pm.
St.John will serve hot dogs and root beer floats and host a free throw contest on their basketball court in addition to other games and miniature train rides.
The playground re-dedication is part of St.John’s “Rally Sunday,” where they will install their Sunday School and Confirmation teachers during worship which begins at 10:00am. Children are invited to Sunday School beginning at 8:45am.
Last year, St.John members formed a committee to find ways of improving their playground. Since it was formed, St. John has cleaned and refurbished existing equipment and added new playground equipment as well as a bench, a sign and shade trees.
While the town has a school playground across from Charter Oak-Ute School and the Ortner playground at the City Park, North of highway 141, St.John members hope to provide a safe place to play for children on the West side of Charter Oak. Many kids have already begun to enjoy the new equipment this Summer, especially before and after St.John’s Vacation Bible School in early August.
Members Bob & Annie Kroll built and installed a sign at the entrance to the playground. Annie, a master gardener, selected two young oak trees for the playground that were planted by the committee on either side of a new swing set in the shape of a cross, built and installed by Adam Dorale and his family.
This Spring, Adam’s father Ralph designed a monkey-bar, climbing set in the shape of Noah’s Ark. The ark is a nod to the Noah’s Ark Pre-School once held in the old Lutheran school building on the site of the current playground. Dorale will be installing a teeter-totter before the open house and has plans for a climbing wall in the shape of the Ten-Commandments.

Originally the playground was part of the Lutheran elementary school, then Noah’s Ark Pre-School. Much of the original equipment, including a wooden climbing fort with a slide, bridge and sliding pole, were part of a memorial honoring Mary Schoenfeld and her daughter, Cecelia, St.John members who were killed in 1986.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

This Week @ St.John

  • MON 9/5-  LABOR DAY- Church Office Closed

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters 
~ Colossians 3:23
For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” 
~1 Timothy 5:18

  • TUES 9/6- 6:30AM Men's Bible Study

  • WED 9/7-3:30PM  Confirmation Classes Resume
  • THR 9/8- Happy Birthday Pastor Merrill!- Join us for cake in the Fellowship Hall 9:00AM-11:00AM

  • SAT 9/10- 6:00PM Worship with Communion at St.Luke's, Ricketts (Triple Parish)
  • SUN 9/11- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Classes
    • 10:00AM Worship- RALLY SUNDAY
      First Graders will receive Bibles
      Fifth Graders will receive Chetechisms
      Sunday School & Confirmation Teachers & Volunteers will be installed
    • 11:00AM-1:00PM Playground Open House & Re-Dedication