From The Board of Elders...
As I write this, we are just beginning to come out of a cold snap, and I know how grateful we all will be when that temperature climbs over the freezing point. Funny how our bodies adjust to the cold. Where at one point a 20 degree day early in winter feels cold, and then after a couple of weeks of sub-zero temperatures, anything above 20 feels like a spring day.
When that warmer weather comes, I think of the love of Christ, the warmth, the good feeling, being enveloped in it, the sun shining on our cheeks. And it's no wonder we associate Jesus with spring. For now, in the Lenten season, we're in the cold grip of sin and death, but we look forward to warm days, the promise of being delivered from the cold and dark.
So, in our Lenten season, we reflect and focus on Christ as Redeemer, and look to the warmer days!
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.
A rummage sale has been tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2021.
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:
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 over 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!