From The Board of Elders...     

 Greetings from the Elders of St. John!

What a difference a year can make!  I was able to attend the State High School Baseball Tournament in which Wadena-Deer Creek High School baseball team participated.  I have been watching my grandsons play summer ball and have been involved in many other activities (all of which were cancelled last year due to the pandemic).

I was able to help out last week in the community supper that our church sponsored and helped to serve at St. Ann's.

It was a "drive-by" supper, and we served approximately 425 meals.  Praise the Lord!  This was a first for me, and I had a great time serving next to the entire crew that helped that evening.  It was also neat to see our young people's enthusiasm as they handed out the boxed meals to all the people in the cars.  If you ever have the chance to volunteer and help out, please do.  It was truly a rewarding experience.

In closing, I leave you with these Words from Luke: "Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."  (Luke 6:28)

   

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St. John Men's Pontoon Ministry is scheduled on Saturday, July 17, at Little Pine Lake.  We will meet at the Miller Park Access at 9:00 a.m.  After a short devotion, we will fish until noon and then enjoy a fish fry at #1 shelter.

Dads, bring your sons.  If you don't have a boat, we'll find a place for you to fish.  See you there.

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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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 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.

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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!

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Youth Group News:

    The youth group usually meets the 2nd Sunday of each month.  Watch the Sunday bulletins for more information.

Sunday School:

     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:

     Confirmation classes are for ALL 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  Classes are at 6:00 PM on Wednesday evenings.   

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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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Lutheran Women's Missionary League

 The Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) welcomed 2,787 people to the LWML Convention in Lexington, Kentucky, June 24-27, 2021, under the theme "Running the Race...Looking to Jesus."  The convention theme was based on Hebrews 12:1-2.  The voting body adopted a $2,150,000 mission goal for the 2021-2023 biennium.  This goal, by the grace of God, will fund 28 mission grants as women and men respond in prayer and mites (offerings) during the next two years.

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 A rummage sale has been  scheduled for August 12th & 13th in the St. John Fellowship Hall.  Thursday's sale hours will be from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Friday's sale hours will be from 8:00 a.m. until Noon.