St. John's Group Email Another Prayer request

Please pray for the family and friends of Tianna Stockley.  She is the girl from Lindsay's summer softball team who was died in a car accident over the weekend.  Her memorial service is today.
Thanks and peace.
Toni  Mauch
Branch Office Administrator
Edward Jones
9969 Winghaven Blvd
Dardenne Prairie, MO  63368
(636) 561-6889
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St. John's Group Email 2 prayer requests

1.  Pray for Danny Dreyer as he is having knee surgery today to repair a torn meniscus.
2.  Pray for Suer Ruhl as she mourns the loss of her sister who passed away on Tuesday. 

St. John's Group Email Thursday, February 23, 2012


The LORD said) "You shall have no other gods before Me." Deuteronomy 5:7

When most of us hear that commandment, our minds conjure up images of people bowing down before some stone statue.

An article which recently appeared in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease says that kind of thinking probably needs to be changed. "Forget carved idols," the survey says, "and replace that idea with one in which our neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family members worship movie, television, recording and sports stars."

According to a study done by psychologists at the University of Leicester, 36 percent of the people polled have some form of the idolatry they call, "CWS" ("celebrity worship syndrome"). Dr John Maltby, the man who conducted the survey, says folks with CWS are actively worshipping this world's rich and famous.

The article notes that celebrity worship syndrome can range from the mild to the wild.

Those who have a mild case of celebrity worship syndrome usually talk on and on and on about their idol. Those with a wilder form of CWS have convinced themselves they have an actual, authentic relationship with the star: a relationship in which the star not only knows them, but is taking a personal interest in their lives.

And if you're wondering whether celebrity worship syndrome is a real religion, Dr. Maltby is inclined to say, "There are some pretty close comparisons between the two ...."

For example, folks with CWS come together and support each other like a good congregation does; folks with CWS recruit new members like a good church does, and people with CWS promote their belief system, even as they denigrate others.

So, do I believe this report? I do. I've seen people call into the Home Shopping Network and talk to the salespeople, as if they were old friends. Before and after every Academy Awards show I've heard commentary on what a star wore, what they looked like and what they said. I've listened as sports commentators shared the most trite and trivial details of an athlete's life.

Yes, I believe the report, and I also believe it is a sad thing when people are more concerned about a movie star, than they are with their own soul. It's a potential tragedy when a human heart is fixated on an athlete or singer rather than the Savior.

I can understand why God would be a jealous God.

How disappointed He must be to see people set His perfect Son's sacrifice up on the shelf, so they might worship a sinful human being. How sad He must be to see the Savior set aside for an American idol.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, send Your Holy Spirit upon souls who are searching for someone to respect, love and worship. Turn them from following the finite so they may worship You and Your infinite love, as seen in their crucified and ever-living Savior. This I pray in my Savior's Name. Amen.

YESTERDAY'S QUIZ:   If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt upon the people, he must bring what?  Lev 4:3  bring to the Lord a young bull without defect as a sin offering.  He is to present the bull at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting before the Lord.  He is to lay hands on its head and slaughter it before the Lord
(two days in a row for Dianne Hance)
TODAY'S QUIZ: When a person sins unintentionally in regard to any of the Lord's holy things what is he to bring as a penalty?
Question: Who brought sin into the world?
Answer: The devil brought sin into the world by tempting Adam and Eve, who of their own free will yielded to the temptation.
Thurs- nothing
Fri- nothing
Sat- worship 5pm
Sun- Bible Study 8; worship 9;Sunday School and Bible class 10:15; WORSHIP 11am 
Thanks to those who served the wonderful meal (Schaumberg, Figura, Winn, and Mauch families), to Brian Berryman and Teresa Gabel who did so well on the skit, and to all who attended both the meal and worship! 
Supper- 5:30---Roasted pork loin, stuffing, corn, applesauce, rolls, dessert
LOCK IN AND 30 HOUR FAMINE Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3. 
All high school youth are invited to this lock in!!!!!!  Bring your friends and bring lots of stuff to do: video games, movies, board games, whatever else you can think of.  
We will stop eating after lunch on Friday and go without eating until 6pm on Saturday. 
We are doing this to raise money for starving children throughout the world.  World Vision is the group we will be donating the money to.
Next Monday evening at our regular meeting we will be learning about Jehovah's Witnesses.  If you have a friend who is Jehovah's Witness bring them with you so that we can learn straight from the source. 
Every first Monday night of the month we are gong to do something fun.  In march we are doing paintball if it is available.  I still have to see if they do evening paintball, but if they do, IT IS ON!!!
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!!! 
PRAYERS: (If I have missed anyone please let me know.)
For FAMILY AND FRIENDS of ANNA HOELSCHER as they mourn her loss.
For DOLORES DEBLAZE as she is going to have a PET scan on her lung TODAY to check out a mass that doctors have found. 
For WILMA WEIGLE as she continues to recover after heart surgery.
For KEN DOVE, who will be having surgery today. 
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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