News from the Board of Christian Education:
We hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving.
St. John Lutheran Sunday School children and staff would like to wish all of you a very Blessed Holiday Season!We are so happy to share the Good News of Jesus’ birth and everything He has done for us because He loves us so much.
Hard to believe we are starting the Winter Quarter on December 4th.We will be studying the following lessons:
December 4th-A Divided Kingdom-Jeroboam and Rehoboam-1 Kings, 11:9-13, 26-40; 12:1-24.
December 11th-Comfort in Captivity – Jeremiah.Jeremiah 1:4-10; 29:1-14; 31:31-34; 33:14-16.
December 18th – A Trap and a Release -Daniel.Daniel 6.
December 25th-Homecoming Hopes-Return from Exile-Ezra 1:1-2; 7:11-28; Nehemiah 2:1-8; 12:27-43.
“Christmas Jubilee” is the title of the Children’s Christmas program on Sunday December 18th at 4 PM.The children should be there by 3:30 PM so they can get dressed in their costumes.You are all invited to come to hear about Jesus’ birth.There is a Potluck following the program.Please bring a dish to share.
It has been a very busy fall with a lot of events, but we have had a great time!We started off on October 26th and put 50 meals for the Wadena Food Shelf.Thank you to the Brandon Kern family and the Ross Seelhammer family for helping Mary Ann Hagen deliver the meals to the food shelf.
On Monday, October 31st, we held our 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat.We had 12 trunks and 500 plus kids come thru the parking lot.Unfortunately we ran out of candy again.It was a beautiful evening and fun to see all the different costumes.
Wednesday November 9th, the youth group got together at the Bowling Alley.There were 40 kids in attendance and they had a fantastic time!
Wednesday November 16th, Faith, Family, and Fellowship got together and packed 59 boxes for Operation Christmas Child that Katie Uselman heads up and delivered to the boxes to the CMA Church.Thank you to the Ruth Guild for making the meal with Thrivent Funds.
The final service project through Thrivent will be St. John Lutheran Giving Tree.The snowflakes are for the cash donations, or the stars if you would like to purchase the gifts off the Christmas Tree in the Narthex.Our offerings from Sunday School, (Oct-Nov) goes towards the gifts for the needy children in our community.Faith, Family, and Fellowship will wrap the gifts on Wednesday on December 14th, following the Advent Service.The gifts will then be delivered to Social Services.Thank you to everyone who helped and supported these projects!The Lord has truly blessed us!
Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!
“For onto you is born this day in the City of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11
December 18th Children’s Christmas Program
Our next Board of Christian Education Meeting will be Sunday, January 8th, 2023 at 11 AM.
Dianne Salge on behalf of the Board of Christian Education
St. John Youth Fundraising Activities
Youth from St. John have started a couple of ongoing fundraising ventures to help cover expenses related to Lutheran Island Camp tuition and the upcoming National Youth Gathering. Scrip gift cards are available for purchase as well as candy bars from The World's Finest Chocolate. The youth receive a rebate from each gift card sold and a percentage of the cost of each candy bar.
When you purchase a gift card from the youth scrip program, the merchant returns a portion of the money spent to the youth of St. John. This is a marvelous way to support our youth programs at no extra cost to the purchaser!
St. John Youth look over the array of delicious candy bars they have for sale after the Sunday service.