From The Board of Elders...
Late April and May are noted in our area as the "planting season." We prepare the soil, fertilize, and plant seeds with high expectations. We then pray for adequate ran and good growing weather with the hope of a plentiful harvest.
Luke 10:2 says: "And he said to them, 'the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send laborers in His harvest.""
But just planting seeds isn't enough. We must tend our crops or we lose the potential to produce more seed for future generations.
1 Corinthians 3:6-9: "I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building."
What a great opportunity we have as Christians here at St. John and in our community to sow God's seeds through His Word and our actions. Let us reach out and help one another.
Having this in mind, the planning for St. John's "Pontoon Ministry" for this spring and summer is currently under way. Once again we are inviting men from outside the St. John community to participate in these events as well.
Details and schedules will be posted in the church bulleting and on our Facebook page as we nail down the dates and locations. God willing, we hope to schedule four  events on Saturday mornings. Come join us with the objective of spreading God's seeds through fishing, fun, and fellowship. See you on the water.
God's Richest Blessings! Let's plant some seeds!
The Board of Elders
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 hope 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.
Lutheran Women's Missionary League
The Wadena Zone LWML Spring Rally was held on Saturday, May 1, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Henning, MN. Forty ladies and three pastors were in attendance. Pastor Jobe led the Bible study which was the LWML Prayer Service. After the business meeting, guest speaker, Carole Borchers, talked to the attendees about ways to encourage all women of the congregation to be "Lutheran Women in Mission" to others.
All those who attended agreed that it was a blessing to be able to gather together again in Christian fellowship!
He is Risen Indeed!
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!
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 later in 2021.