Important Upcoming Events:
Third Annual Sunday Fun-Day......................................................................................................................February 9, 2020
Ash Wednesday Worship Service preceded by a light supper...................................................................February 26, 2020
From The Board of Elders...
We start the New Year with hope and resolve to do better than in the past. Perhaps we start out like gang busters and reach some of our goals, but soon our attention fades and we become complacent. We find excuses why we stop pushing ourselves to reach out and stay active and vibrant in our community and our church.
Each and everyone of us has talents that God has blessed us with. What a privilege we have to share them within our community and our church.
To paraphrase Romans 12:6-8: We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; and if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
Also, 1 Corinthians 12:5, there are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
2020--Let's make it a year that we, with God's help, can achieve greatness to the honor and glory of God's Kingdom!
On behalf of the Board of Elders, God's richest blessings in 2020!
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?
Make a list of the elderly people in your life--parents, grandparents, neighbors, shut-ins, church friends, etc. Pray daily for them regarding both physical and mental health concerns.
Send Valentine's Day cards to the people on your prayer list. Visit with an elderly church member or neighbor. Perhaps spend time reading to them or arrange to help with any chores around the house or yard.
Collect warm pajamas to be distributed to local low-income retirement or nursing home. Arrange a Valentine's Day party for the residents and personally deliver the items you've collected.
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:
The month of February is known for love. There is love for a child, love for a spouse, love for a friend, love for a pet, etc. What does God have to say about love? His first command-ment to us is "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your mind." His second commandment is "Love your neighbor as yourself."
John 3:16 says: "For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." This verse tells us that God not only say He loves us but he also acted on that love, even though it meant His only Son dying on the cross.
Another verse that tells us what God has to say about love are John 15:12: "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." How simple this sounds but it is so hard to accomplish without God.
Still another verse--Ephesians 5:25--says "Husbands love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her."
This Valentine's Day, remember the love GOD has shown us and how He has taught us to love.
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!