St. John's Group Email Monday, July 11, 2011

DEVOTION:And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance. 1 Samuel 17:42

Goliath dismissed David because he was a mere youth; Goliath made a big mistake.

New Castle, Pennsylvania's Jerry Brown Jr. dismissed an 89-year-old woman when he stole her friend's purse. His was also a big mistake.

Now it's true, this lady didn't have David's sling and three, smooth stones taken from a riverbed. On the other hand, she did have her cane.

Stones or cane, both can come in handy when bringing down a bad guy.

This lady rather than standing there looking all frail and helpless gave a whack to Brown's getaway car. She gave it such a whack she scratched the paint and left a dent in the vehicle. Between the dent, the scratch and the description of the robbers, the New Castle police were soon able to arrest Brown and an accomplice, Tatiana Vargas.

Over the years I've noticed the forces of evil tend to dismiss and discount God's people. We don't look like much; we don't sport halos like the saints do in the artists' depictions and most of us don't perform miracles.

Even so, God's people, the young and old, the weak and the frail can accomplish great things when they put their trust in the Lord. According to Scripture, it was in the Lord -- not those stones -- that David placed his trust. Indeed, he said as much to Goliath when he shouted, "You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the Name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied."

Now I don't know which evil giant is coming against you.

I don't know what force of evil is going to try and intimidate you, frighten, bully and terrorize you.

I do know that when you stand by the side of the Lord, you need not be afraid. Indeed, as St. Paul said, it is because of the crucified and risen Savior's victory that the Lord's saved people are "... more than conquerors through Him who loved us" (Romans 8:37b).

Even when they're up against Goliaths.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, God of grace, today I give thanks. All around me there are forces of evil. They would undermine my faith and paralyze me into inaction. May I, trusting in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, move forward in faith. May I give to all a witness that in Christ God's people are conquerors. In the Savior's Name. Amen. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
CATECHISM: You shall have no other gods.
Question:  Who is the only true God?
Answer: The only true God is the triune God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three distinct persons in one divine being (the Holy Trinity). 
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ:   Where is Tekoa?  (Since no one answered it, I'll leave it p one more day.)
M-F VBS, "Welcome to Holywood"  Supper: 5:30; Festivities 6-8pm
Tues- quilter 9-2; no Bible study (Pastor at circuit counselor's conference)
Sat- worship 5pm
Sun- Bible study 8am; worship 9am; Bible study 10:30
A special thank you to all who donated such wonderful food, to Sandy Robine for organizing the event, and to the congregation for the wonderful gift of four season passes to Six Flags, and to many other individuals for the cards and gifts.
VBS "Welcome to Holywood" starts TONIGHT and goes through Friday! 
"Kid friendly" meals will be provided from 5:30-6:00,festivities begin at 6pm, and end around 8:15pm. 
Kids will explore a few of the many miracles of Jesus by becoming "stars" in the stories.
Please call the church office to sign with an agent (register) today so that we have a decent idea of how many kids we will have. 
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 RUTH CANTRELL who is hospitalized after surgery to remove a tumor from her colon area. 

For LEW BUELTMANN who is home from the hospital and doing well after getting treatments for congestive heart troubles and kidney troubles.
For WILMA WEIGLE who is home from the hospital and doing well after heart surgery. 
For MICHELLE WOOLF who is home and recovering well after havng her thyroid removed on Friday.

For HOPE TINNIN'S FATHER as he is dealing with renal failure and as they all mournt he loss of Hope's mother.
For the family and friends of TED DAEHNKE as they mourn his loss. 
For LIL WINTER who is home from the hospital and is doing well after knee replacement.
MEMBERS OF OUR CHURCH WHO ARE MILITARY PERSONNEL, Ryan Woolf, Danny Dreyer, Sam Hargrove, David Mincemeyer, Alex Walters, David Tate, Jon Rahn, and Adam Klott (Adam will be retiring from the military soon because of Diabetes).  (If I am missing anyone please let me know.)
OUR CHURCH as we continue the CARE PROCESS. 

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St. John's Group Email prayer request from Don Nolte

Jonas Borchert, my grandson from Kansas City, is in the Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City with a rare cancerous tumor of the brain.  This cancer's name is ewing sarcoma.
.  What is even more rare is that it has attack the brain rather than the bone which is its usual way of attacking the body.  You can read more about this cancer by typing it's name and pressing search on the    computer.  It attacks mainly adolescent boys.   Jonas is in a lot of pain with headaches and in his left cheek area where the tumor is located.  He is hooked up to an i v which has a drip of morphine to kill the pain and help him sleep.  He is to have a full body scan today and a chest x-ray to make sure that the brain is the only place this cancer is attacking.  They had to put a pain patch on his cheek and reduce the amout of morphine because he was beginning to have labored breathing. To much morphine can stop you breathing altogether.  He will be starting Chemo this week to shrink the tumor so they can do surgery to remove it. This surgery will involve reconstructive facial parts.  He will have a surgeon from Texas who has experience with this kind of tumor.  They,at this hospital, which is a cancer facility,  have never had a ewing sarcoma patient.
This will be a very difficult and painful procedure for Jonas and his family.  Keep them in your prayers.