How is your praise going today? Have you done any praising? Have you noticed the sunshine, the beautiful breeze blowing, the way the creation continues to live all around you, the way God is with you and His hand is on you, the peace that passes all understanding guarding your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus?
Satan wants nothing more than to get our hearts and minds off of the good God we have and the countless blessings he gives us each and ever day, and instead to focus on the few things we don't have that we want. That's what he did with Adam and Eve. They had a perfect garden. They lived in perfect peace and harmony with God. Yet, Satan was able to convince them that because they weren't God themselves, that they didn't have it all and that they needed that one thing that they didn't have.
He does the same to you and me. Over and over again he convinces us that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, that to have "it" all, whatever "it" is, is of utmost importance. All along all we really need is the one thing needful, Jesus Christ! Paul put it best when he said, "I have learned the secret of being content in whatever situation I am in, whether well fed or hungry, whether having plenty or being in want, I can do all things through CHRIST who gives me strength.
Ezra knew where his hope and help came from and so without hesitation and freely he praised the one from whom all good things had come. It came from God and so God alone was worthy of his praise. What about you? Do you know from where your help comes? Do you know from whom your LIFE comes? Do you know where your salvation comes from? It ALL comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. Praise Him for it today! Praise Him for His love, His forgiveness, and His peace!
Prayer: Lord God help my life to be more PRAISE FILLED and to acknowledge Your gifts in my life. Amen.
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: Who was Haggai and what was the main purpose of him writing his book of the Bible? Haggai was a prophet who was sent by God to encourage and spur on the Israelites to get on with the business of building the temple.
TODAY'S QUIZ: Who was Nehemiah?
Mon- Little Lambs Summer Camp begins and goes through Friday
Tues- Quilters 9am; Bible Study 11:30am; NO COUNCIL MEETING
Wed- Ladies Aid noon
Thurs- Funeral for Margaret Kohrs 10am, burial at family cemetery near Troy immediately after funeral with luncheon at 12:30
Fri- Bible Study at Hendershot's 7pm; July newsletter deadline
Sat- Bible Study 4pm; worship 5
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; worship 11; DCE Intern induction at 11am service with luncheon to follow at noon
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS WEEK
Acolytes- 8:30- Zack Hoelscher 11- Siera Jaeger
Altar guild- Set up- Linda Callies; Clean Up-- Don and Ann Panhorst
Greeters- 8:30- Dave and Linda Callies; 11- Steve and Sandy Robine
Communion Assistants- Sat- Rich Boeger; 8:30- Rich Talbert; 11- None
Lay Readers- Sat- Sandra Perricone; 8:30- ???; 11am- Ian Brunson
8:30 Ushers- Don Hance, Rich Boeger, Don Weigle, Don Tate
Projectors- Sat- ?????, 8:30- Terry McKenzie, 11- Emily Brunson
Sat pianist- Tim Sherman
VISITATION AND FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR MARGARET KOHRS
Visitation-- Wednesday 4-8pm at Martin Funeral Home in Warrenton
Funeral-- Thursday 10am at St. John's, Burial in Asbury Cemetery near Troy immediately following the service, Luncheon to follow burial at 12:30 back at St John's
WELCOME POTLUCK THIS SUNDAY FOR THE NEW DCE INTERN KELSEY OVERBECK
It would be wonderful to see as many YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES there as possible to welcome her and to introduce yourselves!!!!
Her induction will be in the 11am service, but she will be introduced at all the services in the next two weeks.
Please call the church office and tell us who is coming and many of you will be there. If no one answers please still leave a message!
DENISE SCHLESSELMANN IS LEAVING FOR HER SUMMER MISSION TRIP this WEDNESDAY!!
Please pray for her as she goes to the Silesian province on the eastern side of the Czech Republic.
JUST A NOTE OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO ATTEND WORSHIP
Always remember and never forget what you RECEIVE in WORSHIP! You get to hear words directly from God. You get to have fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ, and those who are confirmed get to receive Christ's body and blood for the forgiveness of their sins. Everyone gets to publicly confess their sinfulness and hear the DIRECT words of forgiveness of Christ through the pastor.
There is nothing more important in the life of a Christian on Sunday morning than worship!
So far this Summer our worship attendance has been awful. It is understandable if you are out of town, but if you are in town there is NO EXCUSE. Just because it is Summer vacation from school and other things doesn't mean it should be Summer vacation from worship!
God never takes a break from you and you shouldn't take a break from Him and His gifts either. His gifts of His Word and His Sacraments are of utmost importance in your life and your family's life. Please make every effort to be in worship for your own sake and for the sake of your brothers and sisters in Christ!
Make plans to be in worship this Saturday night or Sunday morning especially as we induct Kelsey Overbeck!
THERE IS STILL ROOM IN LITTLE LAMBS SUMMER CAMPS FOR 3-6 Year olds!!! Call the church office for details.
June 16-20--- Community Helpers!!
July 7-11-- ???
July 21-25-- Water Fun!!
ADULT DINNER CELEBRATION, SATURDAY, JUNE 28 AT DONATELLI'S BISTRO, 8653 Hwy N, Lake St. Louis
Cocktails at 6pm, Dinner at 6:30
We will be able to order from the menu
Please sign the sheet in the narthex if you will be attending so reservations can be made.
This is a social get together with church friends! Come celebrate your birthday or anniversary.
RIVER CITY RASCALS BASEBALL GAME, SUNDAY, JULY 13 at 5:05 pm!!!
Box seats are $9 per person!! Get your tickets from John Hachtel today! Don't delay!
6TH ANNUAL ST. JOHN'S GOLF OUTING IS SET FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 16 at Country Lakes Golf Course
Flyers with all the information necessary are on the counter in the narthex.
THE STORY: CHAPTER 21 "Rebuilding the Walls" IS THIS WEEK!!!
What do you do when the odds are against you and it seems as you have no hope? TRUST IN THE LORD!
Learn how Ezra and Nehemiah and the people of Judah did just that this week!
PLEASE KEEP UP WITH YOUR READINGS AND COME TO BIBLE STUDY!! I know it is difficult, but make time! It is very important!
DONUT LIST NEEDS FILLING (pun intended)!!!
If you are willing to sign up for a Sunday let me know by replying to this email and I will add you!! Thanks
Please consider bringing donuts, muffins, or another kind of treat for our fellowship time. Here are the dates:
June 22- Dane and Jodi Baldwin
June 29- Jim Rahn
July 6- Cal and Betty Tameler
T-SHIRTS FOR SALE!!!
Wonderful blaze orange t-shirts are for sale for $10 a piece to help support our board of outreach and evangelism's efforts and to raise money to provide for those in need. Pick up your size today and put your $10 in the box provided!!! They are located in the narthex (entry way) of church upstairs.
TWO GROUP TRAVEL EVENTS COMING UP THIS YEAR!!
October 4--A DAY IN ST. LOUIS-- We will tour places that are hidden gems in St. Louis
December 6-- CATHOLIC RECTORY IN HERMANN AND POSSIBLY A CHRISTMAS SHOW IN OSAGE BEACH
Let Marilyn know if you are interested in either of these trip so she can make definite plans.
PRAYER REQUESTS: (If you have a prayer request please reply to this email or call me at 636-359-1061)
For the FAMILY OF BEN FRICK, who was laid to rest this past Thursday.
For the FAMILY OF MARGARET KOHRS who passed away this past Saturday morning.
For LIBBY PAILER, who is recovering from a broken hip at The Cedars in Chesterfield.
For ED KOHRS, as he is recovering from blood clots in his legs and lungs and as he mourns the loss of his wife as well.
For DENISE SCHLESSELMANN, as she leaves Wednesday for her summer mission trip to the Czech Republic. Pray that all things work out well and it turns into a full time mission.