St. John's Group Email Monday, February 20, 2012

DEVOTION: (Jesus said) "But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." Matthew 6:33

Not so long ago there was a movie playing in theaters called, The Bucket List.

The title of the film dealt with some men who tried to check off all the things they wanted to do before they "kicked the bucket." If the expression is new to you, kicking the bucket is just another word for dying.

For a lot of reasons, most of us never expect to accomplish or fulfill all the dreams which are being indefinitely carried on our bucket lists.

That is not the case for a 55-year-old Butte, Montana, man named John C. Hughes. Hughes is a man who is pursuing his bucket list with a vengeance.

Let me explain: Hughes' bucket story begins with him following a police car for a few blocks. Then, without warning, he put the pedal to the metal, flew by the officer and headed for the highway.

The officer who followed him said Hughes reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, before his vehicle was brought to a stop outside Rocker, Montana. After his arrest Hughes shared the reason why he had risked life and limb. He said he had "always wanted" to be part of a police chase, and now he can take this item off his bucket list.

This leads me to ask what's on your bucket list?

It is my sincere hope that it is something more constructive and less life-threatening than Hughes' high-speed chase. It is my prayer your days will be spent pursuing something of greater value than that which endangers your life, the life of a policeman and a caboodle of innocents.

So, seriously, what's on your list?

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus suggests what should be at the top of everyone's list: "Seek first the Kingdom of God." Everything else needs to take a back seat to that. That's because when we have been made part of the family of faith through Jesus' blood-bought redemption the big stuff has been taken care of.

So, after that, what's on your bucket list? Would you allow me to suggest that while you have the most important item, others do not? Will you not commit yourself to encouraging one person ... just one ... to consider the Savior?

To reach a soul for the Savior, that, too, would be an item worth putting on your bucket list.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, for sending Your Son to sacrifice Himself for my salvation is love beyond human understanding. Still, because of what He has done I am saved. May I share that truth with others? This I pray in my Savior's Name. Amen.

YESTERDAY'S QUIZ:   What country was Sihon king of?  King of the Amorites  (Jim Rahn: winner)
TODAY'S QUIZ:  When was the feast of ingathering to be celebrated?
Close of the commandments
Question: Can anyone be saved by the Law?
Answer: No, the law condemns everyone

Mon- confirmation 5-6:15; youth 6:30-7:15; Marilyn on vacation all week
Tues- Quilters 9-2; Bible study 11:30-12:15
Wed- Ash Wednesday Supper 5:30; Bells 6pm; worship w/ holy communion 7pm; choir 7:45 
Thurs- nothing
Fri- nothing
Sat- worship 5pm
Sun- Bible Study 8; worship 9;Sunday School and Bible class 10:15; WORSHIP 11am 
Supper- 5:30---Fried Chicken, Cheesy potato casserole, fuit cocktail, green beans, dessert
Worship- 7pm- We will hear about the woman with the alabaster flask of very expensive perfume
What is it?  Bible 101 is a new online product from Concordia Publishing House that increases Biblical literacy in adults. 
It is for all levels of learning and knowledge.  Even pastors learn things from this course. 
Participants simply log into Bible 101 and enter an online learning environment.  Members start out by learning essential Bible basics from "square one" and then build upon that as they progress through the course.
Here are som of the features of Bible 101
online- uses proven online educational strategies and models that facilitate retention among multiple learning styles.
videos- throughout the week, participants can access videos that relate to the lesson
discussion forum- participants are not left on their own as they are connected to a community where they can correspond, question, and encourage each other.
podcasts- daily devotional for each weekday
quizzes- test your knowledge and easily benchmakr where you are in your learning cycle.
printing- easily print the materials for even more easy access. 
Please call or reply to this email to let me know that you want to sign up for this wonderful opportunity.  I will sign you up!  The congregation has already paid the annual fee so IT IS FREE for you!!!
All who want to go need to sign up.  Directions on how to sign up are as follows:
1. Go to
2. Click on "volunteer in Joplin"
3. Go to bottom of page and click on "click here to register individually"
4. Fill out all of the required info. (Your group's name is St John's Warrenton, MO)
5. Click submit at the end of the page.
Let me know if you want to go.  ALL ADULTS ARE WELCOME!!!!
PRAYERS: (If I have missed anyone please let me know.)
For FAMILY AND FRIENDS of ANNA HOELSCHER as they mourn her loss.
For WILMA WEIGLE as she continues to recover after heart surgery.
For KEN DOVE, who will be having surgery this Thursday. 
For A GOOD FRIEND OF CHRISTY WINN who has been diagnosed with cancer for the fifth time and is pregnant. 
For HANK SCHMIDT who is going through radiation treatments for stage 2 lung cancer.
For ROSETTA JONES who is recovering from a broken hip at Delmar Gardens in Ofallon.  
For JONAS BORCHERT, grandson of Don Nolte, who continues to be up and down because of chemotherapy treatments.   

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