St. John's Group Email update on Lisa Pezold

 I am back home now recovering.  Things went well.   I had an extra night stay due to nausea from some of the meds we think.  Still nauseaus, but at home and recovering.
Please continue prayers for a speedy recovery and also for our other family member awaiting news and tests.
Thank you.
Lisa Pezold

Subject: St. John's Group Email prayer request from Lisa Pezold
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 18:46:38 -0500

From Lisa Pezold

Hi Pastor.  Could you please add me and my family to the prayer list?  I am having surgery tomorrow to have some cysts and growths removed.  They are non-cancerous.  My recovery will however take a while.
Also, another family member is awaiting some test results that could be pre-cancerous. 
Thank you for your prayers.
Lisa Pezold

Subject: St. John's Group Email Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 09:11:48 -0500

DEVOTION:  count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. Philippians 3:8

You don't have to be a baseball fan to have heard the tragic story of 39-year-old Shannon Stone.

Since a few weeks have gone by since his fatal accident, let me share the details of his story. Stone, an 18-year veteran firefighter went to a Texas Ranger's baseball game with his son. Both father and son were big fans of the Rangers, and the father wished to give his son the supreme souvenir anybody can take home from a big-league game.

Stone wanted to give his son a ball that had been used in play.

That's why, when all-star outfielder Josh Hamilton tossed a ball into the stands, Stone reached for it. He put everything he had into that reach and he ended up falling to the concrete below. He died on the way to the hospital.

After the incident various people suggested that Stone had been drunk; he wasn't. Others tried to offer all kinds of excuses for -- and accusations against -- the father.

As for me, I understand. There are some things in life which demand you give your all. No, it may not mean you die trying to get a baseball, but there are some things -- not many, but some things -- which call for a person to commit everything he's got to achieving that goal.

I've stood on battlefields around the world and known that there people fought and bled and died for a cause in which they believed. They gave their all.

For years I've preached the story of the Savior who felt that the price of our redemption was worth the cost of His life. Jesus' entire life was spent giving His all.

I've read the words of St. Paul who felt it was a small thing to give up all he had been so he might receive the salvation won by the Savior. How does the apostle say it ... "I have suffered the loss of all things and count those things as being rubbish, so that I may have the Redeemer."

Paul was speaking for many people when he wrote those words.

He was speaking for anyone who has recognized the greatness of his sin and knows he is deserving of eternal punishment. He was speaking for all who have seen the Father above send His Son to take our sin and punishment upon Himself. He was talking about all who have received the blood-bought forgiveness which Jesus won upon the cross.

Paul was talking for all who knew they have been saved by grace alone.

I pray St. Paul was talking about you and me: people who give thanks the Savior gave His all for our salvation.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, for having lived, died and risen for my salvation, I give thanks. You offered everything You had so I might be forgiven and granted eternal life. Now may the Holy Spirit motivate me so my life may be spent praising and giving thanks to You. In Your Name I ask it. Amen.
CATECHISM: You shall have no other gods.
Question:  WHo is able to keep this and all other commandments?
Answer: No person can keep any or all commandments perfectly, except Jesus Christ.  All those who have faith in Him by the power of the Holy Spirit willingly strive to keep these commandments.
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ:    Where can we find the words "For my thoughts are not your thougths, neither are your ways my ways."  Isaiah 55:8
TODAY'S QUIZ: According to Isaiah 58, what kind of fasting does the Lord choose?
Tues- quilters 9-2; Bible study 11:30-12:15; council meeting 7pm
Wed- Ladies Aid 1pm; Newsletter deadline
Thurs- nothing
Fri- Some leave for float trip
Sat- Float trip all day; worship 5pm
Sun- Bible study 8am; worship 9am; Bible study 10:30
 It's Time to start thinking about our MEN'S RETREAT!!

The ninth annual T-3 Men's Retreat is set for Friday-Sunday, September 23-25, 2011.  This promises to be another great experience for the men of St John's and other Lutheran congregations in the St. Charles area.  In fact, men from all over the metro area have joined this special time in the past.  Men 18 years of age or older are eligible and they need not be Lutheran to attend.  The retreat will be held at Mark Twain State Park at the Si Coburn Group Camp.  This is a beautiful setting  for a weekend of adventure and growth.  The theme of this year's retreat is "Respectable Sins" and the study times during the retreat will be spent exploring the areas of our lives where we have come to accept less than God might want from us. 

The retreat will feature great food and a lot of activities  A scramble golf tournament, fishing tournament, trap and skeet shooting competition, and euchre tournament all take place on Saturday morning.   If none of these interest you, you may choose to spend time reading, hiking , biking, site seeing, or napping.  Prizes are awarded to tournament winners at dinner on Saturday evening. Campfires on Friday and Saturday nights provide the opportunity to get to know others better under the stars.   Music is a big part of the camp experience and you will enjoy hearing and singing familiar songs with the 100+ men who typically attend.  The culminating worship service on Sunday morning is a special time of praising God for all His gifts to us and a great way to prepare us to return to our homes and lives.

The cost of the retreat is only $42 and this includes meals and a commemorative tee-shirt.  Attendees have the option of staying in group cabins or tent camping on the grounds at no additional charge.  You can even arrange to stay in a local motel near the camp at reduced rates if you like.

A brochure with all information and a registration form will be available soon in the narthex.  You can also register online at using PayPal.  It is really easy and you can see pictures of the camp and facilities there, too.

This is the year for you to go to the T-3 (trap-tackle-tees) Retreat.  Sign up, meet new friends, bring old friends, and join in the fun of growing your faith.  For more information, contact  Don Hugo at Zion –636 441-7425 ext 246 or home 636 441-9954.

Four full hook up campsites are reserved at Onandaga Cave State Park.  Cost is $54.50 for a site for the two days. 
Saturday will be on your own:  Please check your newsletter for all of the fun stuff there is to do. 
Sunday the floating group will leave from Ozark Outdoors at 10am to do a five mile float which should take 3-5 hours.  Cost to float in a canoe is $17.50 per person with two people per canoe.  Rafts are $22 a person and tubes are $20. 
Again, check the info in the newsletter for more info or call Teresa Scott at 359-0274 or email her at
Registration: 7am
Shotgun start: 8am
Details: 4 person scramble format, cash prizes per flight and special hole contest, Burgers and brats for lunch
Cost: $50 per person includes round of golf, cart, lunch, and attendance gift.  Hole sponsorship is $50 with proceeds going to Little Lambs.  There will be 50/50 tickets, mulligans and other incentives available for purchase as part of the fundraising portion of the event as well.
Registration forms and sign up sheet are on the table in the narthex.  You can call Alan Hofeldt at 456-3070 for more info or to sponsor a hole. 
PRAYERS: (If I have missed anyone please let me know.)
For JONAS BORCHERT, Don Nolte's grandson.  All of the tests came back to search for other cancers and the only one they found was the one near his brain.
For SANDY ROBINE'S FRIEND'S GRANDDAUGHTER, ANNA, who will be having heart valve replacement surgery.
For RUTH CANTRELL who is at home and recovering very slowly. 
For HOPE TINNIN  and the whole Tinnin family as her father passed from death to life just a week after her mother died. 

For EMOGENE FRIANT, a good friend of Marv and Molly who is experiencing problems with peritoneal dialysis.
For MICHELLE WOOLF who is home and recovering from having her thyroid removed on Friday.
For LIL WINTER who is struggling to regain strength in her knee. 
OUR CHURCH as we continue the CARE PROCESS.  

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