From The Board of Elders...
CHRIST HAS RISEN!
What a year 2020 has started out to be. I hope and pray that everyone is healthy and safe from the Coronavirus.
Lent and Easter, this year, was a time that we will not forget for many years. From Palm Sunday through the final week of Jesus' life on earth. It was strange not seeing friends and neighbors on Easter morning on their way to church and greeting them with "Christ Has Risen" and hearing the reply " He is Risen Indeed." The Bible says, "The Lord is my strength and my shield, my heart trusts in Him, and I am loved. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him." (Psalm 28:7) My prayers are that by the time you read this, the restrictions will have been lifted and we will all be able to meet and worship together.
In closing, the Bible says "Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others faithfully, administering God's grace in various forms." (1 Peter 4:9,10)
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.
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.
Here is a summary of the events we have done in the past few months. In October, we packed 80 Thanks- giving meals for the food shelf! In November, we packed shoe boxes full of hygiene products and fun items for kids around the world through Operation Christmas Child. In December, we wrapped gifts for those in need through Wadena County Social Services. In January, we played BINGO.
We hop 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.
Sharing Jesus' Love Through Action: Human Care
What can you do?
During March, ponder how you might "love the unlovable." These might be people at work or in your own family or perhaps groups such as the homeless or incarcerated. Pray daily for anyone with whom you have a strained relationship.
Reach out to anyone who might have an incarcerated family member, particularly a parent of young children. Ask how you can help and promise to pray for them and their loved one.
Learn about a prison ministry or alternative sentencing facility in your area. Mark Bibles and collect allowable items to be distributed to the residents. If possible, deliver the items to the facility in person.
Pastor Meltzer and Bonnie E. lead the Sunday School students in singing their favorite Bible-based songs during the opening of Sunday School. All students are invited/encouraged to attend Sunday School classes at 10:15 AM on Sundays after the Divine Worship Service to read the narratives of our "fathers in faith" as recorded in the Bible.
Board of Evangelism:
None of us knows when this pandemic will end. We can choose to live in faith and not fear. John 3:16 assures us "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Even if we were to contract COVID-19 virus, and it is our time to leave this earthly life, we should be reassured that we will live on with Jesus. There is no need to panic or worry with the reassurance of Easter, which we just celebrated--the death and rising of Jesus who bore our sins.
With all of the cool April weather, we long for May flowers and green grass to come. I pray this will improve everyone's fears and bring hope.
May God's blessings comfort you throughout this difficult time.
Youth Group News:
The youth group usually meets the 2nd Sunday of each month. Watch the Sunday bulletins for more information.
Everyone from 3 years old through 12th grade is invited to attend Sunday School. We meet downstairs at 10:15 a.m. Sunday School begins again on September 15, 2019.
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!
Spring 2020 Rummage Sale
The rummage sale has been postponed
until further notice.