Karin Klaustermeier is making some plans for a SUmmer Sunday school series. Please bring your kids! With Karin leading it, YOU KNOW IT WILL BE FUN! There will be a video Bible story followed by some fun time outside! Sunday school is every Sunday at 10:15 (It will move to 9:45 on July 1)
|Jesus said) "But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:23-24|
Dublin, Ireland, has a patron saint: St. Laurence O'Toole.
Laurence lived in the twelfth century, but most of his relics disappeared during the Reformation. Thankfully, those who venerate relics believe the important part of him -- his heart -- was preserved and has been sitting in St. Lauds Chapel for many, many years.
Notice I said has been and not is sitting.
That's because somebody has stolen the heart of Laurence O'Toole. It is not the first such crime in Ireland. Saint Brigid's Church in Killester has had some of its relics ripped off, and in another location thieves used hammers and angle grinders to help steal a "piece" the true cross.
In the case of the St. Laurence robbery, those thieves passed by gold candlesticks and silver objects of church ware. They didn't want things of financial value; their focus was centered on getting that shriveled-up, old heart.
My question is why?
Are the criminals some college pledges who were given a challenge? Are they some people of faith who want to possess these relics at the exclusion of others; is it some crackpot fanatic from another religion who wishes to destroy these antiquities and injure the faith of those who believe in them?
While I don't have the answer to those questions, I do know this: our God is in the heavens, and He wants those who worship Him to do so in spirit and truth.
As Jesus told the Samaritan woman, the Lord is not found exclusively in Jerusalem or on Mount Gerizim in Samaria. He is not only in the heart of Laurence O'Toole, and He can't be confined or contained by a doubtful piece of the true cross.
It is in our hearts where Spirit-given faith in the crucified and risen Savior comes closest to us. It is in our tongues that our witness becomes personal in its presentation.
That is the kind of faith God wants us to have and the kind of proclamation He encourages us to make.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, like Elijah, humankind often looks for You in strange places. Grant us the realization that You can best be seen in the Holy Word that directs our eyes to Your Bethlehem manger, Calvary's cross, and Your borrowed and empty tomb. Let us see Your great grace and reflect it to others. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: According to Ecclesiastes 6:1 What is "another evil under the sun"? God gives a man wealth, possession, and honor, so that he lacks nothing his heart desires, but God does not enable him to enjoy them, and a stranger enjoys them instead. This is meaningless, a grievous evil. (really, someone else besides Dianne really needs to win!)
TODAY'S QUIZ: In the famous "a time for everything under heaven" from Ecclesiastes, what are the last two things mentioned?
Question: Why is He called Christ?
Answer: The title Christ (Greek) or Messiah (Hebrew) means "the Anointed". Jesus has been anointed with the Holy Spirit without limit to be our prophet, priest, and king.
Fri- Marilyn starts vacation at noon
Sat- worship 5pm
Sun- worship 9; Sunday school and Bible class 10:15; worship 11am
20-30 GATHERING THIS SATURDAY, June 2, 6-7:30
Due to low worship attendance this weekend because of the Memorial Day weekend, the deadline to get your gift surveys in has been extended to this coming weekend! Please get them in by THIS SUNDAY, June 3!!
SUNDAY WORSHIP TIME FOR THE EARLY SERVICE WILL CHANGE ON JULY 1 to 8:30am!!!
The voters approved the continuation of the 11am service and to move the early service time to 8:30 beginning July 1, to provide more time in between services for Bible class and Sunday school.
Let's continue to praise the Lord wherever we are! God is good ALL THE TIME, and all the time GOD IS GOOD!
NEW MEMBER LUNCHEON WILL BE ON SUNDAY, JUNE 10 IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE LATE SERVICE.
All of our new members are invited as guests!!!
All of our other, long term members, are asked to join us and to bring a dish to share!!!
This will be a wonderful time to get to know each other and to join together in fun and fellowship!
Please sign up on the sign up sheet on the counter in the narthex.
WIDOW'S GROUP TO START JUNE 10!!!
Did you know that there are close to 30 widows in our congregation? Wouldn't it be great if they all got together to enjoy one another's company, to support each other, and to pray for each other? Evelyn Sherman is starting a widow's SOCIAL TIME at her house beginning June 10 at 1:30pm. Please call her at 456-4734 if you want to join this group at their first time together. This is for widows only!! Her address 1504 Angela Ct. in Warrenton.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL WILL BE JULY 16-20!!! 5:30-8pm each night!!! Our theme is going to be "Jump In with Jesus"
We will review and learn about some of the many Bible stories that take place in and around water.
Mark your calendars today to attend and to help out if you are able! This is a great fellowship and growing time for all who get involved!!!
CAMP, FLOAT, OR FEAST TRIP ON JUNE 22-24
Our fellowship group is planning a float trip for June 22-24!!! Mark your calendars now! You can just come for the Saturday evening meal or to camp, or you can just come for the float trip on Sunday morning. Or you can do ALL THREE! It is all up to you! If you have any questions at all, please call Teresa Scott at 636-359-0274 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org!!
THE CHURCH DIRECTORY WILL BE UPDATED THIS SUMMER
If you have a new address or phone number please, please, please call Marilyn and let her know. Or just reply to this email and I will get her the corrected info!! Thank you!!
MISSION AND SERVICE TRIP TO SOUTHERN INDIANA AND NORTHERN KENTUCKY JULY 8-14
There is still room for just about anyone to go!!! You need to be 14 years old or be accompanied by a parent.
Please call Pastor at 359-1061 if you want to go! It is going to be a great time.
Accomodations will be a Best Western while we are there.
We are going to be working hard to clean up and repair many people's homes throughout the week!! NO SLACKERS OR LAZY PEOPLE NEED APPLY! There will be plenty for everyone to do regardless of skill level or ability! I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO SIGN UP TODAY!!!!
ALPHA CLASS EVERY TUESDAY AT 6:30 PM!!!
All are welcome to join us every Tuesday to learn more about our own faith, to learn about the world around us, and to grow in the Spirit and in fellowship with each other.
STEWARDSHIP SPOLIGHT FOR THE MONTH OF MAY IS LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF AND HUMAN CARE
Lutheran World Relief is often the first to arrive when disaster strikes in this country and around the world. If you care to donate to this cause make your checks payable to St John's and clearly makr the designated envelope for Lutheran World Relief. As always these donations should be over and above your normal tithes and offerings.