Sunday, January 07, 2018

This Week @ St. John

  • TUES JAN 9- 8:45AM Pastor at Circuit Pastor's Conference at Schleswig
    • 4:00PM LWML Guest Day; Gary Thies will discuss new creation theater at Mission Central outside of Mapleton. Treats & Hot Cider will be served. ALL women are invited, not just LWML members.
  • WED JAN 10- 3:30PM Confirmation Classes
    • 7:30PM Church Council Meeting
  • THRS JAN 11- Office closed inn the afternoon
  • SAT JAN 12- 6:00PM Worship with Communion at St. Paul, Triple Parish
  • SUN JAN 13- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Class
    • 10:00AM Worship 
    • 11:00AM Finance Board Meeting
  • SUN JAN 21- LYF going to Drop Zone in Sioux City. $20 includes 90 minutes of jump time, one game of laser tag and a $10 game card. Grades 7-12 invited. Meet at church to leave together at 1:00PM. LYF Groups from St. Paul, Ida Grove & St.John, Battle Creek will be coming too. Please let Pastor know if you plan to come, so he can have a count.
  • SUN FEB 18- LWML Annual Pancake Brunch after worship- Mark your Calendars!
  • POINSETTIAS- If you purchased flowers for the alter this Advent season, you may take them home if you'd like. Thank you.
  • LUTHERAN WITNESS RENEWS- Time to renew subscriptions to the 'Lutheran Witness.' The cost is $22.67/year
  • YEAR-END REPORTS- Please submit reports to the office as soon as possible before the January Voters' meeting. Thank you.
  • OFFERING ENVELOPES- Family boxes are available on the tables in the back of the sanctuary.
  • TAX STATEMENTS- 2017 Offering/Donation Statements for IRS deductions are in a pink box on the counter in the breezeway between the offices and the fellowship hall.
  • PORTALS OF PRAYERDaily devotionals from Concordia Publishing House (CPH) are available free for Jan-March in the narthex (hallway in the back of the church) or on the counter in the walkway between the office and fellowship hall.
  • ADULT INSTRUCTION CLASS- Pastor will be starting an adult information/confirmation class after the first of the year. This class is for those interested in membership, those who would like to know more about the Lutheran faith, and those who feel the need for review. If you're interested or know someone who might be, please let Pastor Merrill know.
WHY STOP NOW? Many of you took up Pastor's challenge to read the Bible in a year last year as part of the 500th anniversary of the reformation. There's no reason not to do it again? If you didn't give it a shot last year, there's no reason not to make it THIS year's New Year's resolution! Draw close to God and He will draw close to you (James 4:8) God says seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13). Let God transform you through His Word, even if you end up being "hit-and-miss," every day you spend time with Him, He will bless you!

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