Tuesday, August 28, 2012

DEVOTION: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing; give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you!  1 Thessalonians 5:17
Who's coming to prayer night tonight at church?  (if you are coming, let me know by replying "me" to this email! 
Truth is we need to pray!  Truth is we don't pray as much as we should.  Truth is that your church, your fellowship, your family in Christ, urgently needs your prayers! 
There are people going through tough times.  There are people gong through dire circumstances.  Your loved ones and your brothers and sisters in Christ are facing the prospect that death is near.  Church families are in crisis.  Kids and grandkids are going astray, others are lost.  They NEED your prayers and you NEED to pray for them!  You need to pray for yourself that the Lord will keep you strong and increase your faith and so much more!
Your church is growing!  Did you know that?  Lots of wonderful things are happening among your brothers and sisters in Christ.  We will have at least 18 kids in confirmation class this year, with a possibility of 19 or 20.  Our preschool is busting at the seams so much that if they get a couple more kids they will have to have to add another part time person for the four year old class.  Our worship attendance is going up for the first time in a long time. 
Have you thanked God for your church?  Have you thanked God for the blessings of Word and Sacrament that you are privileged to receive at worship every weekend?  Have you prayed that your church continues to grow and that God uses you to make it happen?  Have you prayed for your church to reach it's potential to reach the lost with Christ? 
Tonight at 6:30 you will have the opportunity to do just this and more. 
Prayer:  Lord God, move us to pray at all time and in all circumstances.  Holy Spirit, help us to pray when we don't know how to pray or what to pray for.  We know that you intercede for us with groanings that words can't express.  Do it Lord God.  Amen!
Monday's QUIZ: Who was Irijah son of Shelemiah and what did he do to Jeremiah?
Jeremiah 37:13 Irijah  was the captain of the guard.  He arrested Jeremiah for trying to desert to the Babylonians.  Turned him in to the officials who had him beaten and imprisoned in the house of Jonathan the secretary, which they had made into a prison.  Thanks to Dianne Hance for being the only one to answer this question
TUESDAY'S QUIZ:  Who was Gedaliah?
Question: With what has Christ redeemed you?
Answer: Christ has redeemed me, "not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death.  
Tues- quilting 9am-2pm; Bible study 11:30-12:15; PRAYER NIGHT 6:30pm
Wed- Youth Group meets at 6pm in youth room, pizza and soda provided;  BE THERE!
Sat- worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; worship 11am 
It will be a very simple time to lift each other up, and to lift up our church in prayer.  We will be gin with a devotion, have discussion about the situations and people that need our prayer, pray for them and go home refreshed and knowing that our Lord God is with us and caring for our needs. 
We are going to clean out the youth room, reorganize it, play some video games and maybe some air hockey or foosball, get a little basketball going outside, eat some pizza, and do a little Bible study!  
Right now I have two possible helpers if schedules can be worked out.  I could use at least one or two more!  Let me know if you are interested!!

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!!
SAVE THE DATE:   Partners in Christ Married Couples Weekend Retreat
Immanuel Lutheran St. Charles invites you and your spouse along with other married couples throughout the Missouri District to the Partners in Christ Married Couples Weekend Retreat on  Oct. 12-13, 2012.  It is an updated regional adaptation of the former LCMS MO. District "Strands" weekend. It is designed for Christian Couples to get away from daily distractions, spend quality time together, rekindle romance, and celebrate our partnerships (with your Spouse, with Christ and with the other Christian Couples attending). The event will start with a "Meet and Greet" and build up to an "Old Fashioned Church Hall Wedding Reception"(Remember your special day?). Check out more details on Immanuel's Web site at http://tinyurl.com/d2tc3u8.
Projectors NEEDED for this weekend!!!
I still need people to sign up for the projector.  Here are the openings for the next few weeks:
 Sept 2- 8:30- PANHORSTS                   11am-
Sept 9- 11am-
Sept 16-  11am-
Sept 23- 8:30-     
Sept 30- 8:30-                    11am-

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 MARY AUBUCHON who is hospitalized with severe eye pain.
For PAUL BRENDEL, Barb Dreyer's dad) who is recovering from internal bleeding.
For RAYMOND, son of Lillian Winter, who is having surgery this week.
For DONNA HEITGERD who is having surgery this week.
For CLYDE SPRICK, grandfather of Shawn and Sierra Jaeger, who is dealing with sever cancer complications.
For SIERRA JAEGER, as she recovers from pneumonia.
For BRENDA, daughter of Cal and Betty Tameler, who is dealing with complications and a fever after her hysterectomy.
For DOLORES DEBLAZE as she has two more days of radiation left. 
For Denise Schlesselman's grandma, DOROTHY SCHLESSELMAN, as the spinal tap the doctors did revealed an unidentified virus.  
For ERNA VANHORN who is recovering well from surgery at Delmar Gardens
For BILL MCKENZIE as he recovers from a stroke at home.   
For JOYCE SCHIEN as she recovers from a stroke.  She is at the DePaul rehab hospital.
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 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.