St. John's Group Email Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1

The young girls wanted to earn enough money so they could go to the local water park. To that end they built a lemonade stand and began their first foray into the business world.

It didn't take too long before they found out how cruel that world can be.

They had only been established for a short period of time before the police stopped by and spoke to them about some things they might have forgotten. You know, things like a business license and a food and vendor's permit.

It was the end of their business.

Excuse me; it should have been the end of their business.

When the girls' story went on the air, people started to talk about how they might help. The biggest and bestest offer came from the employees at Calypso Lemonade, one of the nation's largest lemonade-flavor companies. Those folks at Calypso banded together on behalf of their mini-competitors and contributed enough to pick up the girls' permits, their licenses and give them a summer's worth of product to sell.

Using a word used by the apostle John, the girls had found an "advocate" in the personnel of Calypso.

That is, they found someone who could help them, someone who would run interference for them, someone who could make things happen when they were helpless -- someone who could bring their dead business back to life.

Now I probably could stop this devotion right here. You know what I'm going to say, don't you?

In Jesus, our Advocate has found us. By God's grace Jesus is Someone who will help us, Someone who has and continues to run interference for us, Someone who rescues the damned, Someone who finds the lost, Someone who ....

Jesus has -- through His life, His death, His resurrection -- done all we sinners could not do for ourselves.

He has done it all, and that is more than we could have expected.

It is more than enough.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks for my Advocate, Jesus. When I have been helpless, lost, doomed and damned, He has taken my place and conquered. Now His victory has been given to me. May I be forever appreciative of Jesus Christ, God's Son, my Savior and Advocate. Amen. .

CATECHISM: You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
Question:  What is God's name?
Answer: God, as he has revealed himself to us, His essence and attributes. 
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ:     Where did Isaiah come from?  (I'll keep this up one more day.)
Wed- nothing
Thurs- nothing
Fri- assemble newsletter 9am
Sat- worship 5pm
Sun- Bible study 8am; worship 9am; Bible study 10:30
PLAYERS ARE STILL NEEDED FOR OUR GOLF OUTING TO SUPPORT LITTLE LAMBS PRESCHOOL on August 13!!!!  You don't have to sign up a whole team.  You can just sign up as an individual!!

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. 
It is time to get rolling on some plans for the upcoming school year and to welcome the new kids!  Come and see what's going on!!

Adopt-A-Flame at Martin Luther School!

Description: Description: is fast approaching. Help teachers and students at Martin Luther School in Joplin prepare for a great new year. School starts August 17. There are several ways you can help...

Option 1. Complete backpack: Purchase a backpack and fill with all items needed. Please label with the grade level. 

Option 2.  Send supplies: Send individual items from the graded list.

Option 3.  Send gift cards: Purchase $20 Wal-Mart or Target cards to buy backpack kits.

Option 4.  Adopt a teacher: Send gift cards for a teacher.  Joplin stores:  Target, Wal-Mart, Lowes, Office Max, Hobby Lobby and Michaels. Amazon cards are also helpful.

Class lists are available here. Thanks for being a blessing to school ministry in Joplin!



Martin Luther School

2616 Connecticut Avenue

Joplin, Missouri 64804


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.

PRAYERS: (If I have missed anyone please let me know.)
For MOLLY HENDERSHOT who is doing well, but still has a long way to go before she can get out o fthe hospital due to an infection.
For EVELYN SHERMAN at Cedar Crest Rehab and Nursing for rehab on her hip. 
For LISA PEZOLD who is recovering from surgery.
For MICHELLE WOOLF who is home and recovering very slowly.
For RYAN WOOLF who is graduating from basic training this weekend.
For LIL WINTER'S GRANDDAUGHTER AND UNBORN GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER as they are experiencing trouble during pregnancy and as the baby will probably be born two months early.
For LIL WINTER who is struggling to regain strength in her knee. 
For RUTH CANTRELL who is at home and STILL recovering very slowly.  
For JONAS BORCHERT, Don Nolte's grandson, who went home from the hospital yesterday.
For SANDY ROBINE'S FRIEND'S GRANDDAUGHTER, ANNA, who is recovering very well from heart valve replacement surgery.
OUR CHURCH as we continue the CARE PROCESS.  

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