Board of Christian Education
On Sunday, October 15, 2023, the third, fourth, and fifth grade students received their Bibles. Due to Covid, things were put on hold. Twenty Bibles were presented.
The Youth Group "Thanks" everyone who purchased pizzas. Youth sold 300 pizzas and we raised $2,050 for the National Youth Gathering in New Orleans in 2025.
Faith, Family, and Fellowship
Faith, Family, and Fellowship gathered together on Wednesday, October 11 to pack 50 Thanksgiving Day meals for the Wadena Food Shelf.
Our next FFF will be Wednesday, November 8, at which time shoeboxes will be packed for Operation Christmas Child. Supper will be served at 5:30 p.m.
The last FFF project will be a service project for the Sunday School working with Social Services. More information will be forthcoming.
Confirmation classes are for ALL 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Classes are at 6:00 PM on Wednesday evenings.
Thanks to everyone for your prayers and support.
Dianne S. on behalf of the Board of Christian Education
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.
LWML: Lutheran Women in Mission
We would like to thank everyone who baked, crafted, and donated to the Fall Festival to make it a success again this year. Your participation is greatly appreciated!
Board of Elders:
It's November, and it has one holiday which reminds us to be thankful. That's easy, Thanksgiving. Of course, we shouldn't be thankful for just one day. It may sound cliche, but I feel it's true.
Every day I look around and count the blessings. Sometimes, yes, it's hard, thinking the world is against you, when things don't go right, or you feel like a loser. You just want to crawl in a hole and pull the turf right over your head and hope it all goes away. But I do try every day to look at the bright side, to find the one thing that stands out to me, no matter how small, to give me hope, or just a smile.
But the biggest stand-out blessing for me (and for you) any time, no matter how bad, is that Jesus died for me. Nothing can be worse than what he endured, and I'm grateful he took on my sin, that his blood washed me clean. So, then, all the blessings follow...my kids, my grandkids, my home, my job, my God-given talents. And be thankful for our church, and the fellowship offered here. There is so much to be thankful for. Keep looking no matter how dark it seems. And always remember you have that one standout...our Redeemer.
So, God bless you in this very thankful time of year. As for Thanksgiving every day...a turkey leg every day? Hmmm....I could do that.
Doug C. on behalf of the Board of Elder's.
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.
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!