Reformation Service volunteers

There are three things I need.
1. People to be in the mass choir.  (You will have just one practice at 1pm.)  Let me know if you'd be willing to be in this choir.  Toni Schwartz will be directing it as well as playing organ for the service. 
2.  Hosts and/or hostesses for a  small reception in the overflow before the service (especially for those who will sing in the choir) and after the service for those who would like to stay for a little while afterward.  All you would do is set up and clean up including drinks, coffee, tea, lemonade.
3. I would also like to have several people donate cookies, brownies, etc. for this.  Please let me know if you would be willing to donate. 
Reply to this email or call/text me at 636-359-1061.
A blessed day to all!

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012

DEVOTION: 2 Corinthians 9:6-12  The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having al sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.  As it is written " he has ditributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.  He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righeousness.  You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.  For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.  
Last night, at our special voters meeting it was approved 50-10 to call a DCE (Director of Christian Education) who is also skilled in leading worship music (choirs and bell choir) .  What a blessed joy it is to know that we care about our worship and our children/youth as much as we do.  We want to spare no expense to provide for our children's spiritual needs.  We want to make sure they hav every opportunity to grow in Christ. 
The challenge is this.  A worker is worth his/her wages.  A church worker cannot live on air.  He/she needs to be able to earn a living wage so that he./she can do his/her job with confidence without hindrance.  This DCE will be called as soon as we have a solid plan in place to be able to pay for it.    This plan must be approved by the church council.  A committee will be appointed to come up with this plan very soon!!  But the plan isn't going to succeed if the whole congregation doesn't get behind it and do what is necessary.  It will only remain a plan.  Our present budget cannot support it.  It has to be raised.  The only way it can be raised is if we receive more in our weekly offerings. 
God is good!  he provides what we need.  How many times have we heard this, spoken this, or thought this?  Does God provide out of thin air?  NO!  he provides through his creation and through his children.  He provides through you and through me.  I'm sure that you have heard, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."  You know who first said that?  IT WAS JESUS.  Does Jesus lie?  Can you beieve Jesus?  Then show you believe it by your actions!   
Jesus knew where true blessings come from.  The true blessings, the true goodness, the true joy comes from giving the goodnes of God to others.  If it were not so, he wouldn't give us the responsibility to do it.  he would just do it himself.  he would cut out the middle man.  Joy comes from sharing the love of Christ.  It comes from giving all the good things you have received from God away so that others may enjoy them and live from them.  Even your faith has been given, not so you can keep it for yourself, but so you can give it away to others! 
These next few months are the key. You have heard the phrase "Put your money where your mouth is."  I want to change that up a little bit.  How about, "Put your money where your faith is".    

Prayer:  Lor dGod help us to put all that we have where our faith is, our money, our time, our things, our abilities, so that you may use them for Your glory!  Amen.
MONDAY'S QUiZ: What is the collection of books between the Old and New Testaments called?  The apocrypha
TUESDAY'S QUIZ:  In John chapter one, John uses the phrase "In the beginning was the Word."  What/who is the Word John is referring to?
QUESTION:  What is this work of the Holy Spirit called?
ANSWER: It is called conversion (being turned) or regeneration (new birth).
Tues- QUilters 9-2; Bible study 11:30; 12:15; Council meeting 7
Wed- Ladies Aid meeting and Mite box gathering 1pm; newsletter deadline
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; worship 11am __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
A SPECIAL COMMITTEE IS BEING FORMED TO COME UP WITH A WAY TO SUPPORT A DCE (Director of Christian Education) who wold also be a music director here at St. John's. 
If you are interested in serving in this way please call pastor asap.  
Where?  Ray and Kay Stark's property on Firetower Rd.
When?  Saturday October 20, 5-9pm
Who?  EVERYONE!! Bring friends!!
There will be hotdogs and marshmallows to roast and water and soda to drink!   There will also be umpkinf ace painting for kids!!
Sign up on the sheet in the narthex to let us know you're coming!!!
Bring a flashlight, long sticks for raosting marshmallows and hotdogs, folding chairs for your family, and a blanket in case it is chilly!! 
As you all have probably heard about our "All Hallows Eve Chili & Hot Dog Supper" AND "Trunk or Treat" being held on Wednesday evening, October 31st at St. John's, we are asking for your help by donating any kind of bagged Halloween candy so we can assemble 160 bags of "treats" for our supper attendees! 
Our Little Lambs Pre-School will be outside for the Trunk or Treat for the kids to visit as well.
We would also like to offer the little treat bags to those attending the chili and hot dog supper inside so it would really help if you all could bring some bags of candy to church the next 2 Saturdays/Sundays when you come to worship.
We plan to assemble the bags on Monday, October 29th, so we need to have all the candy donations by no later than Sunday Oct. 28th.
We will put a box for the candy collection in the narthex marked "ALL HALLOWS EVE SUPPER".
Our outreach ministry has helped many this year and being the end of the budget year, we will appreciate your help with the expenses of this event. 
Thank you so much for your help in reaching out to the kids in our community to teach them more about Christ and how Halloween began in the first place and to fill their little tummies with goodies along with their hot dogs!
***Don't forget too that there is a pumpkin carving/decorating contest that night.  3 prize ribbons will be awarded for carved pumpkins that are brought to church ON Wed. Oct. 31 by 4 PM.  The will be for:  1.  The funniest    2.  The scariest    3.  The best
They will be used for centerpieces on the dinner tables!!  You may take your pumpkins home with you after the event ends at 8 PM.
St. John's is hosting our 2nd annual circuit wide Reformation service on Sunday, October 28!!!  St Paul's, Jonesburg; St. Paul's, New Melle; Grace; Wellsville, Trinity, Wellsville; Christ, Augusta; Immanuel, Wentzville, and Trinity, Troy will all get together to join our voices and hearts in praising our Lord for His grace and truth which was exclaimed and brought back to the forefront during the Reformation! 
Come and join with the rest of your Lutheran brothers and sisters in Christ as we celebrate!!
Toni Schwartz is leading a mass choir that day!  The choir will practice at 1pm at church. 
Call pastor at 359-1061 for more info!!
Come to church on Halloween????  SOunds kind of weird doesn't it?  But, just so you know, that is where the best food, candy, and pumpkins are going to be!  Come and hav esupper with us at 5pm and then go around to all of the trunks in the parking lot and fill your bags up with candy!!!
Little Lambs is hosting a Vendor Fair on Saturday, December 1 from 8am-2pm.
This is for all of those folks who have home based (part time businesses) like Avon, Scentsy, tupperware etc. 
First come, first reserve-- no duplicate vendors please.
$20 per booth/table  (tables provided)
All proceeds go to building fund. 
Please contact Lisa Rausch or Karin Klaustermeier at 456-2888 ext. 4  or email at or
This is a great opportunity to get gifts for Christmas or to make a little extra cash to buy those gifts
Call the church office 456-2888 and ask to talk to Lisa Rausch or Karin Klaustermeier for further info. 
We need folks to sign up to bring donuts!!  Please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board right outside the kitchen!!  If you partake of the donuts every week and haven't brought any, maybe it's your turn!!
Could you use some help in learning how to deal with your children?  Want to have fun, laugh, and get some encouragement at the same time?  Come to the "From Me to We" class in the Sunday school room closest to the closet this Sunday and grow!
As we all know, our military forces are still spread throughout the world.  Many of our loved ones are deployed and arond the world and on bases throughout our own country.  Ptriot Packages, formerly known as G4U "Goodies for You" is a small yet effective way that we can care for all those men and women in a very real and practical way.  A group of people get together once a month to fill care packages to send out.  These packages have very specific items that these soldiers request, that are scarce or nonexistent where they are. 
What they need from us is money so that they can buy the specific items they need.  As always, make checks payable to St. John's and in the memo line write "patriot Packages".  Also, as always, this should be above and beyond your regular offerings.
For GENE SIEBOLD who is dealing with shortness of breath and was hospitalized this past week.
For PAUL OBIHAUS, son of Shirley Schmidt, who has been diagnosed with colon cancer.
For JEANETTE KOEHLER, who is recovering at Troy Nursing Home from an amputaed toe.
For WALT SCHIRR, as he will be undergoing surgery to take care of his balance issues and his vertigo.
For JOYCE SCHIEN who iis back at Delmar Gardens still recovering from pneumonia.
For MARILYN FOSTER'S NIECE, HEATHER.  She has a very rare spine condition, which has resulted in a spinal fluid leak. They are trying for the 2nd time to do a "blood patch" to stop the leak. Yesterdays try was unsuccessful and they are going to try again today. The only specialist in the US that treats these conditions is out of town until next week, the doctor that is caring for her has only done 1 of these before.
For CHRISTIAN WENZEL, art teacher at Blackhawk Middle School, who fell out of his tree stand while deer hunting on Saturday and broke his sternum and many ribs.  He has many things wrong with him and is in critical condition in the hospital.
For the FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF 11 YEAR OLD ALURA WINEBARGER, who passed away this past Sunday morning from complication of the Flu.
For MARY SUE TOEDEBUSCH as she recovers from a very bad infection and as she continues to deal with very bad rheumatoid arthritis and other health troubles. 
For BOB LAMPEN, Karin Klaustermeier's dad, as he begins a new chemotherapy treatment next Week.
For ED, neighbor to the Fosters, who found out he has cancer. 
For STEVE, a friend of Tony and Sandra Perricone, who is a husband, and a father of 2 and is undergoing tests for fluid on the brain.
For JOSIAH TULEY, great nephew of DIANNE HANCE'S friend Cindy Schwada.  Josiah is about 2 years old, a beautiful blonde with sparkling blue eyes.  This baby has a tumor
on his brain.    
For DON TURNURE who is going to have to have his hip replaced on October 22.