St. John's Group Email Wednesday, September 28, 2011

DEVOTION:  (Two days in a row from me.  It seems like some kind of record.)
"but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, whe you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame."  1 Peter 3:15
I'm sure you've heard the old adage, "Those who fail to plan, plan to fail." 
Many of the surveys from the CARE process identified one of the challenges of the congregation as one of "lack of purpose" or "lack of direction".  We all know that we are gathered together for the purpose of receiving all good gifts from Christ.  We also know that we are gathered together to serve Him as we serve each other, our community, and our world.  But the key question is "How will we do these things in a unified way with all of us moving forward for a specific purpose. 
The first recommendation of our CARE process deals with this challenge.  That is what a Strategic Plan is all about.  It is about getting the things we can do and the people that can do them together in an organized way so that we can carry out God's mission and purpose for us. 
In the coming days and weeks you will be hearing more about this and we will be asking many of you to help us out with this.   As always, if you have any suggestions or ideas, my ears are always open, my phone is (almost) always on 359-1061, and this email address is (usually) working. 
All this we do so that we can be constantly "prepared to give a defense for the hope tha we have."  We do it so that people can know who we are and whose we are.  We do what we do so that people can know Christ!  Let's all work together to fulfill that purpose! 
Prayer: Lord God, you have given us work to do.  Help us to do it to the best of our ability and to the glory of you!  Amen. 
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ:   What is a plum (b) (sorry I forgot the B yesterday) line?  it is a string with something on the end of it.  You hold it at the other end and let the string hang down to measure if something is straight or true.  Dianne Hance...three days in a row.
TODAY'S QUIZ: Who was Zechariah the son of?
Question: Does God require the church to worship together on any specific days??
a. God requires Christians to worship together.
b. he has not specified any particular day
c.  The church worships together especially on Sunday because Christ rose from the dead on Sunday. 
Wed- bell choir 6:30; choir 7:30
Thurs- nothing
Fri- Youth leave at 5pm to go to the Rock in StL
Sat- worship 5pm
Sun- Bible study 8am; worship 9am; Bible study 10:30
One thing that I took to heart from the meeting last night is that we all need to be in the WORD of God more!  To me this means Bible studies in both small and large groups! 
I would like to start some and I would like some of you to start some on your own with others, but I need to know when the best times and places would be for you all to do so!  It does no good to try to start a Bible study that no one can come to. 
Please reply with your suggestions! 
YOUTH SERVE AT THE ROCK- THIS WEEKEND   Sept 30 and October 1- Firstfruits weekend at the ROCK.  Pastor Randy Wilken invites groups to come down to St. Louis on the first weekend of each month to serve, worship, and fellowship with other Christians from around the area.  We are signed up to go down there Friday, Sept 30 and Sat, Oct 1!  It is an unforgetable and wonderful experience. 

1- mckenzie

2- Panhorst



9- Winn



16- Heitgerd


22- mckenzie

23- Schaumberg


29- mckenzie




5- mckenzie



12- Mauch






23- (Thanksgiving Eve) mckenzie

24- (Thanksgiving Day)


26- Mauch


PRAYERS: (If I have missed anyone please let me know.)
For TERESA WALLER AND AMANDA PROUHET (formerly known as the Ketterer sisters) who were in a car accident on Sunday.  Both are recovering at home from bruises, scratches, and lots of soreness. 
For ALL THE PEOPLE OF ST JOHN'S as we move forward with the recommendations that were approved.  That the Holy Spirit would move us to do His will. 
For MARIANNE LINKE who is very sick in the ICU at St Joe's in Lake St. Louis. 
For JIM RAHN'S FATHER who is having surgery today.
For PATTY SWEET'S BROTHER who is starting a grueling regimen of chemo and radiation to fight his cancer. 
For LIL WINTER who is home and recovering well!  She will have to have another minor procedure in a few weeks.    
For PAUL TOEDEBUSCH who has begun chemotherapy treatments.
For CAROL KOHRS as she is dealing with severe back and neck pain.
For DAVE KOHRS as he is dealing with cancer in his abdomen. 
For JONAS BORCHERT, grandson of Don Nolte, who continues to be up and down because of chemotherapy treatments.   
OUR CHURCH as we continue the CARE PROCESS.  

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St. John's Group Email Update on Don Nolte's grandson, Jonas


Jonas's Updates

September 26, Monday

Posted 1 day ago
Jonas made counts today and has been admitted to the hospital for the next three or four days to get chemo. He spent the weekend sleeping late and eating whatever he could get his hands on. The next few days will be lots of interrupted sleep and upset stomach.
Over these last few months, Jonas has not had the energy, the physical capacity or the desire to do anything more that recover from the debilitation and pain from this cancer. I would expect nothing more. As he started to feel better, we looked for things for him to do other than play video games and that might give him something to show for his progress. The ChildLife specialists regularly came by the room offering him a chance to come to their activity room to play bingo or to draw/paint/color something. One day, when he was feeling especially full of gusto, they came by and offered him the chance to make a Duck Tape wallet. Christine Laird was visiting that day andencouraged him to go give it a try. He got pretty invested in it. The wallet is totally functional and kind of quirky!. I have used it ever since. Christine saw how distracting it was for him and promptly went out and bought about a dozen different colors and patterns (you wouldn't believe what is out there). He made a wallet for his dad, a purse for Blaire, a totebag for Brette.... He has actually gotten pretty good at it and has made some wallets to raffle off at one of the fundraisers. I will post some pictures later. They are pretttt cool. Now I think we are ready to get more invested into school work.
Have you seen the movie HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON? It's a great animated family film. I've heard kids and adults both say how much they love it. It just didn't get much press when it came out. This Wednesday is your chance to get to see it at the theatre! = ) Dickenson Theatre on Douglas Rd on Lee's Summit is having a special showing this Wednesday night at 7pm and the proceeds to be donated to Jonas. How cool is that? Jonas won't be able to be there, but Brette (his big sister) is planning to skype him from the movie so that he can feel connected. Hope you can come.....
Friday Jonas gets an MRI of his head/brain to see just how much that filthy tumor has shrunken and to set up a model for the PT machine. Hopefully, we will have great progress to share with you then.
Love to you all....

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Posted 4 hours ago
Love hearing that you are making progress! And I can't wait to see the billfolds and purses! I WANT ONE!!! =)
Posted 8 hours ago
Kristen, You are in our thoughts and prayers daily. Jonas is an amazing kid. You are both good and kind parents. We love you.
Posted 15 hours ago
Glad to hear Jonas made his counts! Can't wait to hear the update on the MRI....believing for a ton of shrinkage!! Duct tape is the best. He probably already knows this, but if you go on youtube you can find several videos on a ton of duct tape items. (rings, bracelets, etc...) FTF Jonas!
Posted 21 hours ago
I have to tell you that I got a SNEAK PEEK of these masterpieces Kristin speaks of and they are AMAZING!!! They look like designer purses! You da man Jonas!!! I bet those purses will go for top dollar!
I will be attending the movie and I can't wait! You will be in our hearts and our minds lil buddy! As always...FIGHT THE FIGHT!!!
Posted 1 day ago
Love you guys and will be there Wednesday. Praying for a great MRI. Missin' our guy in class.
Posted 1 day ago
Glad that his numbers are good! Yeah!
Posted 1 day ago
That duck tape is amazing!! I will have to foward to you a picture of a car done in duck tape that Stini and I saw at Wal-mart - couldn't resist taking a picture of it!!! Amazing what you can do with it - go Jonas!!! We will be praying for his endurance of the days ahead..praying especially that the tumor is being obliterated! Love and Hugs, Wendie
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