Sunday, August 05, 2018

This Week @ St. John

MON-SAT July 5-12, 6:25AM Pastor Merrill hosts 'Thy Strong Word' on KDSN 107.1FM/1530AM, FYI-We need funding to help pay KDSN for this program. If you would like to make a donation toward 'Thy Strong Word,' please let either the office or KDSN know. Thank You. Start your day off with this devotion on God's Word.
  • AUG 6-10- Creation Museum Trip
  • AUG 6-17- Pastor on vacation; If you have pastoral needs, please call the office 678-3630 & we can direct you to another area pastor
  • SAT AUG 11- No worship at St. Luke, Ricketts
  • SUN AUG 12- 9:00AM Worship; Guest preacher Rev.Andrew Johnson (Trinity, Manilla)
    • 10:00AM Finance Board Mtg.
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  • LWML COLLECTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES for COU students this Fall. Items needed include; Crayons (16 or 24); Scissors (blunt tip); folders; notebooks; Elmer's glue (4oz); pink erasers; Kleenex; dry-erase markers; Crayola markers; #2 pencils; colored pencils; black & blue ballpoint pens; highlighters; and backpacks. Many kids get the things they need to begin the school year but many don't. Help us give ALL kids a chance. There is a basket in the walkway for donations. Thank you. (FYI- this is where this year's VBS Mission Offering is going too)
  • HELP NEEDED- Four children need clothing for school. Boy (1); Pant size 8, Shirt size 8-10
    Boy (2); Pants size 8, Shirt size 7-8, Boy (3); Pants size 5, Shirt size 5-6, Girl; Pants size 4-5, Shirt 4-5. If you can help please leave items with Linda in the church office.

VACANCY NEWS- Pastor Merrill continues to serve the vacancy at the Triple Parish (Immanuel, Soldier TWP/St. Luke, Ricketts/St. Paul, Hanover TWP). Voters of St. Luke, Rickets have voted to dissolve as a congregation.St. Luke will host Triple Parish services in August. The final two services as St. Luke as a congregation will be in September. 

Leaders from St. Paul & Immanuel have approached St. John about sharing Pastor Merrill. St.John Elders & Church Council members asked them to prepare financial plans. The three groups will have meetings throughout the Fall and have invited IDW President Rev. Steve Turner to offer guidance and advice as well. Please keep this process and all four of our congregations in your prayers in coming months.
  • SUN SEP 16 - 2:00PM Service celebrating St. Luke, Ricketts' sixty-nine years of Ministry featuring Pastor Gene Ernst preaching and Pastor Tim Frank leading music. A time of food & fellowship will be held outside after worship. Come join our neighbors for this special service.
  • SUN SEP 30- Official Closing with Iowa District West President Rev. Steve Turner offering a message of encouragement and officially decommission the building. There will be a catered meal following worship.
Thank be to our God and to our Lord Jesus Christ for His grace and blessing throughout the sixty-nine years of ministry He has granted to St. Luke as a congregation. Please keep the members of St. Luke and the community of Ricketts in you prayers.

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