From The Board of Elders...
It is that time of year to celebrate our Savior's birth. Jesus Christ is born! But this year, it just doesn't seem to have the same allure. With all that is going on in our world today, focusing on Jesus and his birth--and his promises--is becoming very difficult at times. This virus that is affecting all of us has unsettled and divided peoples of our country. There has been rioting and destroying; the election for the leadership of our country is undecided; there are rumors of conflicts within families; neighbors argue with one another, restraints have been put on everyone; people are scared to live any type of "normal" lifestyle. The list just seems to get longer each and every day.
Bu we, as Christians and believers in Jesus Christ, have answers. We have hope. We have God's message. We have encouragement from His Word. And we have a sanctuary to go to in time of troubles. Jesus Christ! Jesus has said in Matthew 11:28-30 "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (KJV) We need to take His words to heart. He will sustain us in these times of troubles. And He has given us a physical sanctuary to come to each and every week to pray, worship, and receive His body and blood, which was sacrificed for all of us. And we have a shepherd to guide us in God's Word, and to commune with us, and receive God's forgiveness.
We at St. John have the benefit of a pastor that was sent here by God; a pastor that has stood his ground and kept our church open during this pandemic for us to come in to pray and to worship. As elders, we will sand beside him in his decisions concerning having services. God has blessed us with a faithful pastor and with his help, we, as a congregation of believers, will be sustained with God's Word through these harrowing times. After all, Pastor has given us a message that Jesus was born in a lowly manger as a mortal human being. A Savior sent by God.
We do know what the future has in store for us. But we shouldn't let that get us down. Let us celebrate the real reason for the Season. Let us not forget everything that God has done for us. We shall rejoice and spread the good news that Jesus Christ is Born! Share the message with all you meet and see. Share it each and every day. Maybe, just maybe, it will cause a ripple effect and bring all of God's people--and inspire those who haven't met Him yet--to come closer to Jesus and His message!
The Board of Elders wishes everyone a "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"
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 54 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.
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.
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:
"Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?" Mark 4:40
What do we know about Jesus that helps us measure our adversity against His ability? He overcame death so that our worst fear is behind us. His death on the cross proves how much he loves us. He is God, so nothing is too difficult for Him. He took on human flesh so we can know that He sympathizes with us in our daily struggles. He has a plan for our lives and no storm can overturn it. Why are we so afraid?
Oh Lord, let my faith always win out over fear. Amen
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!
A rummage sale has been tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2021.