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An atheist was walking through the woods one day.


'What majestic trees!'

'What powerful rivers!'

'What beautiful animals!'

He said to himself.


As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him.


He turned to look.  He saw a 7-foot grizzly bear charge towards him.  


He ran as fast as he could up the path.  He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was closing in on him.


He looked over his shoulder again and the bear was even closer.


He tripped & fell on the ground.


He rolled over to pick himself up but saw that the bear was right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw and raising his right paw to strike him.  


At that instant moment, the Atheist cried out:

'Oh my God!'


Time stopped.

The bear froze.

The forest was silent.


As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky.


'You deny My existence for all these years, teach others I don't exist and even credit creation to cosmic accident.  After all that, do you expect Me to help you out of this predicament?  If I do this for you, then am I to count you as a believer?'


The atheist looked directly into the light, and said: 'It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps you could make the BEAR a Christian?'


'Very well', said the voice.


The light went out.  The sounds of the forest resumed.  And the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together, bowed his head and spoke:  


'Lord bless this food, which I am about to receive from Thy bounty through Christ our Lord, Amen.'








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St. John's Group Email from Mrs. Dreyer for the singers and instrumentalists

Practices will be at the following times this coming Saturday:
3rd-7th grade singers - 9:00 Sat. 12/10
7th & 8th grade instrumentalists - 10:00 Sat. 12/10
Thank you!

St. John's Group Email Injured Veteran needs a ride RIGHT AWAY

This message is from Kia Phillips.  Call her at the number below if you can help.   

I have an injured veteran who needs to get to any VA ER right away. If you know of anyone that can take him, please let me know immediately


Niakia S. Phillips, LVER

Department of Economic Development

Division of Workforce Development

Warrenton Missouri Career Center

111 Steinhagen Road

Warrenton, Missouri 63383

(636) 456-9467 or toll free (800) 264-5872

Fax: (636) 456-2329

Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.  - Joshua J. Marine

You gotta do what you have to do in order to do what you want to do!

Aveteran, whether they be active duty, retired, national guard, or reserve, is someone who at one point in their life wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life" ( author Unknown)


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St. John's Group Email Monday, Dec 4, 2011

DEVOTION: But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

By now many of us have been Christmas shopping.

Most of us are pretty much alike in the things we need to make that annual venture into the mobs of madness, which surround the season of gift giving. We get our car keys, our lists, our checkbooks and credit cards. I am willing to say not a single one of our Daily Devotion readers remembered to bring -- and were planning on using -- their cans of tear gas.

Even so, that is exactly what a woman did at a Los Angeles Wal-Mart. Afraid she would not capture her choice presents, she decided to gas the folks who were waiting in line with her. It appears her plan was a success as she managed to move 200 fellow shoppers out of her way.

Police Lieutenant Abel Parga told the Associated Press the lady was "competitive shopping." That's putting the "best construction on everything." If I had been one of those who had found my eyes watering and my throat burning, I would have referred to the lady as being "an out-of-control, over-stressed individual, who had deliberately and with malice aforethought committed a massive assault and battery upon innocent and unsuspecting shoppers."

What the lady did was terribly wrong and hardly the kind of way God's people ought to remember the Savior's birth. The only positive thing I can say about the woman is that she understood better than most the point St. Paul was making in our Daily Devotion text for today.

By that I mean she was successful as she strained toward what lay ahead; she was solid as she pressed on toward her goal; she was single-minded in her desire to win the prize.

Sadly, the acquisition of Christmas presents -- and not the worshipping of the Christ -- was her goal.

In that, I suppose, she is not alone. Maybe you know some folks who go Christmas shopping, but never worship the Lamb of God.

This is why we who have seen the gift of forgiveness and salvation the Babe of Bethlehem has won should always keep His worship at the forefront of our celebrations. The world may see the gifts, but we need to see God's great gift of grace which comes to us in the Person of His Son.

Worshipping and sharing the Savior ... that is the goal toward which we must press this Advent, and always.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, keep me ever mindful that while earthly gifts and presents are nice, they are but a shadow of the gift which is given to us in Jesus' birth. May His presence in our hearts keep all our Christmas' celebrations in proper perspective. In Jesus' Name. Amen.


TODAY'S QUIZ:     Who was Demetrius?
5th commandment: You shall not murder
Question: Does anyone have authority to take another person's life?
Yes, lawful government, as God's servant, may execute criminals and fight just wars. 
Mon- confirmation 5-6:15; all ladies Christmas party at Big Boys 6pm
Tues- Quilters 9-2; Bible study 11:30-12:15
Wed- Ladies Aid Luncheon noon; supper 5:30; bells 6; worship 7; choir 7:30
Thurs- nothing scheduled
Fri- Bible study at Hendershot's 7pm
Sat- 9-11 Children's program practice; 4-7 grade children's choir practice 10am; worship 5pm; youth group Christmas party 6:30
Sun- Bible study 8; worship 9; Sunday school and Bible study 10:15
If you weren't in church yesterday come next Sunday to see what that means. 
WEDNESDAY, DEC 7 is the second Midweek Advent dinner and worship. 
 If your elder is Jim Rahn, SteveMcDowell, or Dave Winter you are responsible for bringing a side dish, and a salad or dessert for our first dinner.  Your elder will be calling you in the days and weeks ahead. 
We will be having a special interview with ABRAHAM as part of our worship at 7pm!
They will be distributed next week so please get them in pronto! 
Hey high school kids, please come to  Gary and Teresa Scott's house with a white elephant (funny joke gift) to share and to enjoy some good food, fun, and fellowship. 
Please sign the sheet in the narthex by Wednesday, Deember 14.  They are $12.50 each. 
Each time you purchase flowers and other gifts from A MOMENT OF GRACE and tell them you are a member at St. John's, the church receives a tithe from them.   A Moment of Grace is located at 511 N Hwy 47 and the phone number is 456-9334.
PRAYERS: (If I have missed anyone please let me know.)
For EMMA, seven year old granddaughter of Terry and Lynn Russell, and great granddaughter of Elaine Schauer, who has an unidentified growth near her abdomen.
For the FAMILY OF BILL SAGER, former member of St. John's who moved to Oklahoma about five years ago, as he passed away last night after a stroke.
For THE FAMILY OF RUTH CANTRELL as they mourn her passing from death to eternal life.
For the FAMILY OF LEONARD BASS as he passed away to Wednesdays ago and his funeral was last Friday.
For CHERYL HAZEL who is Lil Winter's, daughter in-law's cousin.  She has Stage 4 bone cancer. 
For BONNIE FRENZIA who is doing much better at home.  
For RICH (son of Burket Fickle - she works for Dr. Brady DDS here in Warrenton).  He has been, and is, very sick and keeps running high fevers and they don't seem to find out what is causing his illness.
For KEN WAGNER who is at St. Joes in St Charles, and is going through physical therapy after a fractured vertebrae in his neck.
For JANICE MCKENZIE who is having trouble w/ breathing and is undergoing tests.
For ED KOHRS who is at Delmar Gardens in Chesterfield
For Robyn McNew's cousin MARY KUTRIP who is dealing with terminal cancer and has quit doing treatments for it. 
For JONAS BORCHERT, grandson of Don Nolte, who continues to be up and down because of chemotherapy treatments.   


St. John's Group Email Video - Where's The Line To See Jesus - Merry Christmas

A good little video to remind us to keep ourselves focused on Christ and the cross!!!










About the Song


While at the mall a couple of years ago, my then four year old nephew, Spencer, saw kids lined up to see Santa Claus. Having been taught as a toddler that Christmas is the holiday that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, he asked his mom, "where's the line to see Jesus"?


My sister mentioned this to my dad, who immediately became inspired and jotted words down to a song in just a few minutes. After putting music to the words, and doing a quick recording at home, he received a great response from friends. He sent the song off to Nashville without much response, except for a Christian song writer who suggested adding a bridge at the end of the first chorus. My dad then asked if I wanted to record the song to see what we could do with it. I listened to the song, made a few changes to the words to make it flow better, and we headed to Shock City Studios.


It was at the studio where Chris, owner and producer, rewrote the 2nd verse and part of the chorus... with goose bumps and emotions high, we were all hopeful and felt like we had something special. The demo was recorded in just under 2 hours and sent off again to Nashville... still no response.


Then 2 weeks before Christmas last year, my cousins Greg and Robbie decided to do a video to see what we could accomplish on YouTube. The first day we had 3000 hits and it soared from there. We received e-mails, phone calls, Facebook messages from people all over asking for the music, CD's, iTunes, anything... we had nothing. After a couple of meetings with Chris following the amazing response, we got serious. We headed back into the studio this past spring... this time with guitars, drums, bass, pianos, choirs... the real deal.... and here we are today.


Getting iTunes set up, a website put together, and loving that thousands upon thousands of Christians have come together... remembering the true meaning of Christmas. Out of the mouths of babes come profound truths that many adults can not understand. Hopefully Spencer's observation will cause people all over to reflect on the love of Jesus, and that one day we will all stand in line to see Him. We are most thankful to our Heavenly Father to have this chance to share our music with you. Merry Christmas everyone.























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St. John's Group Email Bill Sager has passed away

Bill Sager passed away last evening.  Please pray for his family and friends. 
Dont know any details yet, but will let you know when I  hear. 
Sue Ruhl