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Board of Christian Education

 

Happy Fathers' Day to all our great Dads!

   

Sunday School:  A special "Thank You" to our dedicated Sunday School staff for a great year, and to the parents and grandparents who brought their children so they can continue to hear and learn about Jesus and how much He loves us all.  You are all very much appreciated!

 

Youth Group:   The National Youth Gathering is in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 19--July 23, 2025.  The theme is "Endure" and is based on Hebrews 12:1-3. Watch for upcoming fundraisers this summer.

Vacation Bible School:  Vacation Bible School will be held Sunday, August 11 through Thursday, August 15.  Our theme is "Camp Firelight:   A Summer Camp Adventure with God."  More information will be coming.  There will be a VBS meeting on Sunday, August 4, following the Sunday morning worship service.

Faith, Family, and Fellowship:  Our monthly gatherings will start up in September.  

There will be no Board of Christian Education meeting in June.

Blessings,  

Dianne S. on behalf of the Board of Christian Education 

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice.       (Philippians 4:4)

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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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 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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  • Minnesota North District LWML Convention will be held June 3--5, 2024, at Maddens of Brainerd-Baxter.  The theme is "Walking as Children of Light."

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Board of Elders:

Peace to you from all the elders!

God's blessings are all around us if just take the time to look.  While you read this short letter, take note of the many and various ways that God blesses us.

Summer is usually a busy time for families with many activities and events.  We pray that everyone has a wonderful time enjoying God's creation.

St. John's elders are hopeful that the men (including fathers and their sons) can make time in their schedules to participate in Men's Fellowship activities.  First in the lineup is a Pontoon Ministry event.

For those new to the congregation, and for the benefit of all, here are the dates, times, and places of our three scheduled fishing outings:

June 15, July 20, and August 24, we meet at 8:30 a.m. at Paul Miller Park on Little Pine Lake.  The morning begins with a short devotion, followed by a couple of hours of fishing.  Shore lunch begins at 12 noon.

Look for a sign-up sheet and talk to Pastor or any of the elders for further details.  We would love to have you join us as we make the connection between the Word of God and the majesty of His creation.

Let's go fishing!

Blessings to all.  

 

Greg M. on behalf of the Board of Elder's.

"While walking by the Sea of Galilee, [Jesus] saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.  [Jesus] said to them, 'Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.'" 

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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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