From The Board of Elders...
Greetings in Christ! As I sit in front of the computer, I look out at the white grass and think: "isn't God's creative hand wonderful?" Where else can you find perfection in artistry? His creative hand can make colorful rainbows, vast fields of beautiful flowers, majestic green forests, vast canyons of earthly shades of soil; but the best He ever created was His Son Jesus, who came to earth as a child, and then following his Heavenly Father's will, gave up his own earthly life on the cross, and was raised up from the dead by the Fathers' hand so that our sins would be forgiven.
We have come to the season to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Savior of the world. He came to fulfill the words of the prophets, and to do the will of his Father, that we as believers, may receive the promise of God, which is "that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (KJV John 3:16).
Throughout this last year, we as Christian believers have had quite a struggle with all the Covid health issues. But I feel this pandemic has strengthened our faith in God, and His Son Jesus, and with His promise "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (KJV Matt 11:28), a promise which will sustain us for all of our lives. By following God's word, we will grow in our faith, and prosper according to His ways for us.
Now we will decorate our church for the season of Christmas, sing all the wonderful hymns proclaiming Christ's birth, watch as the little ones of our church provide us with a simple, but powerful message of promise, and receive again the story of God's Son. May we carry this message to all whom we meet in life--that Jesus Christ is born. He is born to us as the Savior of the world. Receive Him as your personal Savior, receive His sacraments, and believe on His promises of everlasting life.
Merry Christmas to all the members of St. John Lutheran Church.
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.
Our next meeting will be November 10, 2021. We will have supper at 5:30 p.m. and then put together Thanksgiving Meals for the Wadena Food Shelf. We will also be working on the shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. On December 8, we will be wrapping Christmas gifts from St. John Lutheran Giving Tree to be distributed by 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.
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.
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!
Lutheran Women's Missionary League
The Wadena Zone Fall LWML Rally was held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Deer Creek on Saturday, October 16 at 9:00 a.m. The ingathering was hygiene kits and school kits for Orphan Grain Train.
The next LWML meeting will be Monday, November 15, at 3:00 p.m.
Save the Date: December 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. there will be a Christmas Luncheon for ALL ladies of the congregation.