Friday, October 02, 2020

This Week @ St. John | Schedule & Announcements

MON-SAT:    6:25am THY STRONG WORD, KDSN -Pastor Merrill

TODAY: Stay after Worship for the Sunday School Picnic

MON-TUE: Pastor at District Pastors’ Conference in West Des Moines

TUES: No Men’s Bible Study

4pm LWML Meeting – St. John

WED: 3:30pm Confirmation – St. John

7:30pm Budget Meeting at St. John For Council & Finance BD.

THUR: 9:30am Ricketts Bible Study

FRI: 6pm Wedding Rehearsal – St. John

SAT: 4pm Wedding – Troy Schnoor/Lindsey Mohr at St. John

5pm Sunday School at St. Paul

6pm Communion Service at St. Paul

NEXT SUN: At St John:    LWML Sunday

8:45am Sunday School

9am Bible Class

10am Worship Service – Noisy Collection

11am Finance Board 

WEEKLY REPORT…Offering $2,946.00

 ATTENDANCE:    73      


PRAYERS… Phil Ketelsen  (Immanuel), Melvin Goslar, Paul Briggle, Milroy Rabe (St. Paul); Marlon Jepsen (St. Paul), Arlene Nemitz (St. Paul), Elaine Stoltze, Luella Henschen, Helen Schultz, Becky Kunze & members of our congregations who are suffering or recovering from Covid 19.

WEDDING… Seth Goslar and Alyssa Boggs were united in marriage on Saturday, October 3, 2020 in St. John Lutheran Church. We rejoice with this couple. What God hath joined together let not man put asunder.

DECORATING COMMITTEE.. we are looking for a couple people to decorate St. John church for holidays. Please let Pastor or office know if you are interested.

CEMETERY COMMITTEE.. we need one or two people to be on the St. John Cemetery Committee as soon as possible. Please let James Jepsen or Pastor know if you are interested.

LWML Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday, October 11th.  Among the planned happenings is a "noisy collection" for mites which will be taken with the old offering plates with long handles!  The mighty mite has helped men, women and children across the globe.  Let's all get our coins ready!  Help us help the less fortunate.

Need to Know before November 3! “Voting is an activity of the temporal, one of the many ways that we strive to uphold God’s justice and live in right relationships with other creatures. As citizens of a democratic republic, we participate in government in ways unimaginable to our fathers in the faith. When we vote, we are the government.  Voting, then, is no mere right or privilege; it is a holy obligation, a responsibility, a small but significant vocation given by God to each Christian citizen.  You need to vote.” (Rev. Dr. Joel Biermann, The Lutheran Witness, August 202, P. 10) Please vote to affirm life. Lutheran Family Service – Rev. Dr. Jim Lamb, Life Advocate

Students in our Lutheran schools need your help!  The Iowa Lutheran School Tuition Organization is at 15% of its $950,000 goal as of October 1. We know the need is becoming greater.  How can you help? Do you pay $500, $1,000 or $10,000 in Iowa state tax?  You can direct your tax dollars to benefit Lutheran school students. Remember, the financial benefit to a contributor is a 65% tax credit on Iowa income taxes (which can be carried over for five years) and a 35% charitable contribution on your federal form.  For more information about ILSTO go online to or call Dewey Torkelson at 712-260-2991.

BUDGET MEETING to plan St. John's budget for 2020 will be held Wednesday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m.  This involves the Church Council and the members of the Finance Board.

CHURCH COUNCIL AND VOTERS will meet during the month of October.  The Church Council meeting is Wednesday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m.  The voters assembly meets on Wednesday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m.  On the agenda for the voters meeting are the approval of the 2021 budget, election of officers for 2021, and allocation of mission money to individual missionaries.

RICKETTS COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY:  Pastor is leading a Bible Study on Thursday mornings at the Ricketts Community Center.  We begin at 9:30 a.m.  We have begun a study of Paul's letter to the Galatians.  There's coffee, sometimes other goodies, and always food for our spiritual lives in God's Word.  We are practicing social distancing, but masks are encouraged in case we get larger numbers of people.  If you are looking for a Bible study during the week, come join us!

PASTOR will be taking a "Fall Getaway Weekend" from Oct. 16-19.  There will be no service at St. Paul on Saturday, October 17.  We will all meet at St. John on Sunday the 18th.  The service on the 18th will not be a communion service;  we will have communion on the 25th instead.

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