Friday, August 17, 2012

DEVOTION: John 6:62  Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?
The Lord Jesus had a lot of disciples following him for a long time.  He was healing and teaching and caring for everyone.  It was a great time and Jesus was a rock star! 
Then he started to talk about who he was and what he had come to do.  He said things like, "I am the way and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to th Father except through me."  He said things like "unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you." 
Many of the people who followed him didn't like what he was saying.  They even said, "This is a hard saying, who can listen to it?"  After he said these things many stopped following him.  But then he aske dthe twelve disciples, " Are you going to stop following me too?"  TO which Peter replied, "Lord to whom shallw e go?  You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed and hav ecome to know, that you are the Holy One of God."
When you don't quite understand God or His Word, and when you don't quite agree with what He has to say, to whom do you defer?  Do you go by your own understanding?  Are you offended?  Or do you defer to the Holy One of God? 
Learn more about what it means to defer to Christ this weekend at St. John's Lutheran church on Saturday at 5pm or Sunday at 8:30 or 11am!
Prayer:  Lord God, to whom shall we turn?  You alone have the Words of eternal life.  Bless us as we turn to you!  Amen
THURSDAY'S QUIZ:    In what year, month, and day was Ezekiel taken to Jerusalem byt he hair of his head?In the sixth year, in the sixth month on the fifth day while I was sitting in my house and the elders of Judah were sitting before me, the hand of the Sovereign Lord came upon me there. . . .He stretched out what looked like a hand and took me by the hair of the head.. The Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and in visions of God he took me to Jerusalem.

Thanks to Denise Schlesselman, Doug Herzog, and Dianne Hance for finding the answer!
TODAY'S QUIZ: What did the prophetesses use to esnare people into listening to them according to Ezekiel?
Question: Why did Christ humble himself?
Answer: Christ voluntarily humbled Himself in order to redeem me, a lost and condemned person." 
Fri-  1st day of school for Little Lambs; Bible study at Hendershot's 7pm
Sat- worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; VOTER'S MEETING 9:45-11; worship 11am 
We need people who are excited about the opportunity of teaching kids all about Jesus and who want to make an impact on their church and on the lives of kids!!!
There is a special meeting this Sunday at noon at church for all interested!!!  Lunch will be provided!!  Classes can be split or shared with another person  Substitutes are also needed if you can't commit to every week.
As many of you know, CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship) does an after school program called "Good News Club".   The change to all elementary schools being preschool-5th grade has created an opportunity for us (St. John's) to host a GNC at Rebecca Boone.  CEF has leaders in place to help us get started (They would eventually step out of the way and let us take over fully.)  What we need is two or three volunteers, who like working with kids and want to see more of them come to Christ, to be a part of this exciting opportunity. 
Please call me at 359-1061 to let me know if you are interested!!
Projectors NEEDED
I still need people to sign up for the projector Here are the openings for the next few weeks:
Aug 19  11am-
Aug 26 8:30-                    11am-
Sept 2- 8:30-                    11am-
Sept 9- 11am-
Sept 16-  11am-
Sept 23- 8:30-     
Sept 30- 8:30-                    11am-
LUAU COMING UP SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 beginning at 5:30pm
Get a babysitter and bring your wife or husband on a date!!  Come to the Schirr's house and enjoy some good food, some drinks, some good company, and relax.  $12 per person.    Payment should be made to Betty Schirr.  21 years old and older invited.
Call Donna Sherman at 456-4224 to let her know you are planning on coming and if you can drive.  Bring $5 for skates and any extra money you want to bring for snacks.  The group will leave together from church at 1:15.  BRING FRIENDS!!!! 
What a great opportunity to support a mission right here!  If you don't want to do the golf outing, but you still want to help Little Lambs just put a check in the offering plate that is specifically designated to Little Lambs.  They start school on August 16.  
FOr LITTLE LAMBS as they start today, that all the parents and kids won't be too sad, and that they will all have a good day!
For Denise Schlesselman's grandma, DOROTHY SCHLESSELMAN, as she is dealing with an unidentified illness.
For ERNA VANHORN who is recovering well from surgery.
For BILL MCKENZIE as he recovers from a stroke. 
For WANDA TURNURE as she is recovering well from surgery. 
For JOYCE SCHIEN as she recovers from a stroke.  She is at the DePaul rehab hospital.
For BONNIE FRENZIA as she recovers from back surgery.
For DOLORES DEBLAZE as she continues to deal with her cancer, but is taking a break from treatments.
For BOB LAMPEN, Karin Klaustermeier's dad, as his treatment is doing some good, and as he is starting a new treatment for his liver cancer.
For JEANETTE KOEHLER as she reocvers from vascular surgery to relieve pain and help with circulation in her foot and as she works hard to get back home.
For GENE SIEBOLD as he awaits the results of his cancer treatments as they are completed. 
For ALL OF OUR FARMERS AND ALL WHO DEPEND ON THE LAND AND ON RAIN, that God would provide for their needs even during this drought.