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From The Board of Elders...   (Dana Uselman)


Greetings Brothers and Sisters of St. John!

I'm going to start with a question that we've all asked ourselves at one point or another.  Where does the time go???  It seems like each year gets a little shorter and the days really start to run together.  This is especially true this time of year, when our beautiful summer days start to get a little shorter, ushering in a new, slightly cooler season that ultimately prepares us for everyone's favorite, Minnesota winters.  This year was also our oldest son's last year to attend Vacation Bible School and so I ask again, where does the time go?  However, he was already talking about how excited he is to participate as a helper next year!

As always, Vacation Bible School was a hit with the kids!  We saw lots of familiar faces, but also lots of new faces, eager to learn about our greatest treasure, Jesus.  I (along with others, I'm sure) still have the theme song stuck in my head.  I've talked about this before, but I can't get over how enthusiastic the little ones are about learning the stories and sharing what they've learned about Jesus throughout the week.  It truly is an awesome thing to see and so I will leave you with like the kiddos.  Go forth with enthusiasm, eagerness, and excitement to share the gift of Jesus with everyone!

Have a good day!

In Christ,

The Board of Elders




Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Important Upcoming Events

Fall Festival:  Saturday, October 1, 9:00 a.m.--1:00 p.m.

                         Crafts, baked goods, fresh produce

                         Rolls and Coffee

                         Lunch and homemade pies

Wadena Zone Fall Rally:  Saturday, October 22 @

                          St. John Lutheran, Ottertail, MN



Stitch & Chatter Quilters

The Stitch & Chatter quilters have quilts for sale.  These quilts are located in the fellowship hall and are tagged with prices and the approximate sizes.  Checks can be made out to Stitch & Chatter and left in the church office or mailed to the church.

Most of the quilts made by Stitch & Chatter are donated to missions, the Empty Stocking Fund, fire victims, and members who might be in need of them.


From the Rummage Sale Committee...

Thank you, so much, to everyone who helped make the Spring Rummage Sale a success.  The monies raised will be added to funds used to purchase a new dishwasher.  Thanks again!

Mark your calendar!  The Fall Rummage Sale has been set for October 13 & 14.

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Board of Evangelism:


        There are several instances during the ministry of Jesus that he charged his disciples to tell no one about what they had seen or heard.  For example, Jesus asked his disciples in Mark 8: 27-30 how people identified him as well as how the disciples identified him, Peter replied (v. 29) "You are the Christ."  Jesus told them to tell no one about Him.  Jesus also told Peter, James, and John to tell no one what they had witnessed when he healed a twelve-year-old girl (Mark 5:41-43) or the spectacular scene on the Mount of Transfiguration  (Mark 9:3-9).   The time was not right for "telling" until Jesus' ministry was complete and He had risen from the dead.

       Because we live in the post-resurrection era, the time IS right for telling.  Jesus' last command to his disciples before He ascended into heaven was "Go tell."  We read in Matthew 28:19-20 "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."  

            With His help, let us winsomely and boldly share with others the gospel of Christ.  Our neighbors, as well as all people across the world, need to hear the good news more than ever before!




Youth Group News:

    The youth group usually meets the 2nd Sunday of each month.  Watch the Sunday bulletins for more information.

Sunday School:

     Everyone from 3 years old through 12th grade is invited to attend Sunday School.  We meet downstairs at 10:15 a.m.  

Confirmation Classes:

     Confirmation classes are for ALL 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  Classes are at 6:00 PM on Wednesday evenings.   



 Lutheran Island Camp Registration

    Our congregation pays the registration fee for any youth from St. John who wishes to attend Lutheran Island Camp.

        For a positive change in your life, plan to attend 

Lutheran Island Camp this summer!


 Faith, Family and Fellowship News

Faith, Family, and Fellowship events are focused on building relationships, strengthening family values, and growing in. faith!  This new event is an extension of Family Fun Night designed to include all ages!  We start out with a light meal, break into age appropriate groups for a lesson, and then we join together as a big group for a service project or fun event. 


The last meeting was February 9, 2022; attendees gathered together for a spaghetti and meatball supper.  After the meal, people gathered together in different groups for confirmation and lesson time.  Afterwards there were "8 minutes to win it" Winter Olympic Games with prizes.  All 60 children and adults who attended had a great time!

We hope to continue doing service projects in the months ahead.  If you know of an organization in need, let Pastor know and we will see how we can help.  We hope you will join us at the next event.

Check the Sunday bulletin for upcoming events.