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From The Board of Elders... 

                                                

I can't sleep!  It is 4:30 a.m.!  As we are heading into the holiday season, family gatherings, Christmas gifts, activities for kids at school, travel plans, meals to prepare, decorating to be done...  Wow, the list is long.  Seems to add just more stress and and causes an anxiety-filled life.  Let's take a deep breath and turn our thoughts to the meaning of Christmas.

Matthew 6:34:  "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

God gives us the greatest gift we can ever receive.

John 3:16:  " For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him shouldn't perish, but have eternal life."

So I can't sleep; well, I didn't have to look too far into God's word to find comfort.

John 14:27:  "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

There will be many who try to disrupt our peace.  The world will try to scare us, trouble us, or weigh us down.  But the Bible verse about peace tells us that the peace we encounter in Jesus is different.  It is lasting and can withstand any circumstance.  This Christmas, thank Jesus for His peace and embrace it in your heart.

Merry Christmas from the Board of Elders

 Greg, Dick, Doug, Jeff, Rick, and Dana

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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.

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Sponsored by the LWML

All ladies and guests are invited to attend the Women’s Christmas Luncheon on Saturday, December 3, at 11:00 a.m. in the church Fellowship Hall.

 

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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!

Greeting Card Ministry

Be sure and check out the new selection of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and various Greeting Cards available for sale in the library. Napkins are available as well.

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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.   

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 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!

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 Faith, Family and Fellowship News

Our next Faith, Family, and Fellowship event will be held on Wednesday, December 14 after our Advent Service.  We will be wrapping Christmas gifts that will be distributed by Social Services to needy persons in the area.

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