Denise Schlesselman's August Newsletter 2014 final

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Date:08/27/2014 4:43 PM (GMT-06:00)
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Hi Friends & Family,
I hope all is going well with you and that you are staying cool if you are able. Here is my latest newsletter with an unexpected but exciting trip on the horizon.

Prayer request

Please pray for Cheri Verme, Lil winter's daughter as doctors have found some spots on her kidneys that they are concerned about. She will be undergoing more tests and appointments soon.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”
13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. 1 Cor. 1:10-17
You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?
What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. 1 Cor. 3:3-9
Why did you join the church you joined?  Unfortunately, many will say, "because I love the pastor."  or "because the pastor preaches such good sermons."   I say "unfortunately" because that is the wrong reason to join a church.  What if the pastor leaves for another church?  Does that mean you have license to leave too?  What if the pastor does something to tick you off as many pastors are prone to do at one time or another?  Can you leave then?  What if the pastor has one bad sermon that you don't like or don't particularly agree with?  What then? 
There are many reasons to join a church, but there is only one reason that will work.  If you join a church because they teach God's Word and have a set of beliefs that completely agree with Scripture then you have done the right thing.  Why?  Because all of those other things can change in an instant.  The people may be nice one week and mean the next.  The seats might be comfortable, but then they decide to change them because someone else thought they were uncomfortable.  The music might be great, but then the music leader leaves or someone hits a few wrong notes, or they sing a song you don't like. 
The Word of God does not change.  It is steadfast and sure.  So if the church teaches what is steadfast and sure you have found a good church.  You have found something worthwhile for sticking around.  Don't get caught up in who the pastor is or how fancy the sanctuary is.  Get caught up in Christ and His Word!  Get caught up in the gifts given freely for you to receive and grow!  Get caught up in God's law that condemns and His Gospel that saves!  Get caught up in the truth!
Let us pray:  Lord God, help us not to get caught up in the earthly things of the church, but help us to rely solely on Your precious and true Word.  Amen.

YESTERDAY'S QUIZ:      What was the name of the centurion that Paul and some other prisoners were handed over to when it was decided that they would sail for Italy?  Julius  (Good job Dianne and Sandy!)
TODAY'S QUIZ:  Name as many of the Epistles of Paul as you can without looking.
Wed- Choir practice 7pm
Fri- Assemble Newsletter 9am
Sat- Bible Study 4; Worship 5
Sun- worship 8:30; Bible Study and Sunday school 9:45; worship 11

Acolytes- 8:30- Ian Brunson  11- Alaina Heitgerd
Altar guild- Set up- Linda Callies; Clean Up-- Lois Boeger
Greeters- 8:30- Don and Wanda Turnure; 11- Joan Sexton
Communion Assistants- Sat- Jim Rahn; 8:30- Randy Sweet; 11- Charlie Figura
Lay Readers- Sat- Jim Rahn; 8:30- Steve McDowell;  11am- Lynn Figura
8:30 Ushers- Sott Heitgerd, Tom Linke, Alex Heitgerd, Bob Linke
Projectors- Sat- Pam Bueltmann; 8:30- Terry McKenzie; 11- Oliver Landwehr
Sat pianist-  Molly Hendershot;  Sun- Melissa Pedersen



We could still handle more floaters!!  Who's up for it?  Call Teresa Scott or reply to this email and I will let her know. 
At this point we have the following crew for the float trip -

Klaustermeiers (or part of them)


Overbeck +1






Some of us are camping -

Scott's whole weekend at Onondaga State Park

Hofelt's - did you get a spot for Sunday night?

Schlenthers -???? when are you planning to camp

Laney Woolf +1 - Sunday night

Bill Woolf - Sunday night???


Information you need:


Meet at Ozark Outdoors around 9:30  - float starts at 10 and there will be paperwork and organization to accomplish.  Bring whatever you need for the day - hat, sunscreen, lunch + beverages of your choice, sense of adventure, and anything else that will make the day more pleasant.   We should be done no later than 5 (but I make no promises - depends on how many swim/lunch/etc breaks we take).


There is still room on the river, so if there is anyone else who you know that would like to go, let me know.


Pastor's Message from yesterday, 8/24/14.   Enjoy it and pass it along to someone who needs to hear the good news!

If you have always wanted to join choir this is your chance!  They'd love to have you to be a part of it! 

Alan Hofeldt is going.  We could use one or two more.  
Below is the information:
Just another reminder that the registration request for the workshop is this Friday, August 29th.  Please select someone from your congregation to attend this FREE and informative event.  Continental Breakfast and a lunch will be served.  It is necessary to have pre-registration so the planning committee can arrange to have enough food for everyone.

To sign up, please go to  or call Doug Bolnick at 636-949-7408.


Thanks to those of you who have already signed up.  If you have any questions, please call Mike Daniels, Emergency Management Director at  636-456-3786.

National Life Chain Sunday 2014 – October 5
 National Life Chain Sunday 2014on October 5, across the U.S. and Canada—will provide a visible and resolute voice for voiceless children who are threatened by the surgical abortionists’ cruel instruments or by the deadly chemicals in abortive birth controls. The location and time of each Life Chain will be posted at (by state in the U.S. and by province in Canada).
In this our 27th year of public witness on behalf of rejected Preborns, Life Chain will again fill sidewalks in hundreds of cities and towns (over 1500 in 2013). Sign messages will include Abortion Kills Children, Adoption The Loving Option, Jesus Forgives and Heals and other poignant signs available to participants, plus original, creative messages approved by local coordinators.
In brief, Life Chain is an earnest ecumenical prayer ministry rightly viewed as an afternoon extension of Sunday morning worship. Pastoral leadership is key, idle talk is shunned, and the foundational intent of each Chain is to provide God an outreach to anoint and work through. Only He can defeat the powerful spiritual forces that crafted the abortion holocaust now ravaging America and Canada, but God has assigned His church a strategic role.  And how strategic is that role? Renown missionary Arthur Matthews reminded us in Born for Battle that “for every provocation against God’s cause there is provision for victory,” but “without God man cannot” (achieve victory) and “without man God will not” (provide victory). Thus, the rightful heart for prayer against the scourge of legal child killing is surely one of partneringof partnering  our love and protection for local Preborns  “being led away to death” (Proverbs 24:10-12) with God’s eternal sovereignty.
In preparation for October 5, let us trust in the faithfulness of our almighty God and commit humbly to His cause for desperate Little Ones in our church communities.  German church leaders who failed to so commit and who witnessed God’s fierce intervention against holocaustic powers 70 years ago wrote: “We did not fear God above all the powers of men and government; we did not trust and obey God unconditionally—that is what brought us under the sway of the tempter; that is what cast us into the abyss! That is what gave the demon of humanity free rein among us…. Before Him there cries out against us all the innocently shed blood, all the blaspheming of his Holy name, and all the inhumanities which occurred in our midst, especially against the Jews.” That occasion was the Berlin-Brandenburg church leadership Day of Repentance in 1945.
Opportunity awaits us. National Life Chain Sunday 2014 can be a national day of repentance in America and Canada if we choose to make it so. Let us so choose and then see God work mightily among us to save numerous rejected Preborns whose lives rely solely on our partnership with God.
Kelsey updates our website weekly!  Check it out!!
The church picnic is going to be held at CHURCH this year on Sunday, September 7 at noon
There will be a sign up sheet to tell us how many from your family and friends are coming and what kind of food you will be bringing (Please bring a salad/side dish or dessert to share).  Hamburgers, hotdogs, buns, drinks, and eating utensils will be provided. 
We will need a few guys to volunteer to help with grilling on Sunday morning.  STEVE MCDOWELL and BRENT DAVIS have volunteered to head that up!  Thanks guys!
Everyone will need to help with clean up at the end, but it would be good to have a few volunteers to be in charge of clean up.
I have a person interested in learning to quilt in the evening.  Are there any more ladies that work and would be interested in setting up an evening?  Also any experienced quilter that might want to work with us as an instructor helper.  Please contact Pam Bueltmann  636 745 2500 or  Lets keep this wonderful old craft going for future generations.   Thanks,  Pam Bueltmann
MEN'S RETREAT COMING UP Friday, Sept. 26- Sunday Sept. 28 AT MARK TWAIN LAKE!!
Go to for all the info you will need and to sign up!  It would be wonderful to get a big group of guys from St. John's to go!  I never miss it.
Our mission statement needs to be updated to reflect our emphasis on children and youth and to be made more concise and easy to read.  I would like to get a group of two or three interested people to help me to formulate something that we can print on all of our materials and share in the community.  If you have any interest in that please reply or call 359-1061
God has put the inactive members of St. John's on my heart and mind in different and new ways over the past month.  They need our care, concern, prayers and love.  I would like to get a committee of two or three people who also have them on their hearts and want to care for them in more and different ways.  Please reply or call 359-1061 if interested!
PRAYER REQUESTS:  (If you have a prayer request please reply to this email or call me at 636-359-1061)
For FRANCES LAMKIN, Sandra Perricone's aunt, who is dealing with many health issues.
For our NATION'S MILITARY LEADERS AND SOLDIERS as they figure out what to do about the imminent threats from ISIS.
For those who are heartbroken because of the loss of a loved one or a broken relationship that God would lift them up in his arms, show them his love and remind them that all will be restored in paradise.
For MIM DUNN, as she is recovering from a fractured pelvis at home.
For GARRETT SPOEDE as he goes in for yet another surgery.  It is outpatient to clean out an infection in his thumb.
For JONAS BORCHERT as he has been put on hospice but is still fighting.
For the community of FERGUSON, and all of North County, as they deal with the civil unrest, rioting, and looting that continues.
For HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA, who are being persecuted to the point of death for their faith. 
For NANCY SPINIOLAS as she recovers from a car accident and a fall.
For RICK SPINIOLAS as he continues to deal with pancreatic caner and the effects of the chemo on his body. 
For LYNN MESSER, a friend of Jo Fahrni, who is has been missing for a month, that she will be found safe and well very soon.












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