Two Prayer requests

1. For Lil Winter who is hospitalized with pneumonia.  

2.From the Perricones: please add our dear friends the  Hubbs family to prayer list.  Leslie is having shoulder surgery on the 18th and  Mark is donating a kidney to his son Trevor and the transplant will take place on the 20th.

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From: Sandra Perricone
Date:11/10/2014 6:07 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: jeremy klaustermeier
Subject: Re: Fwd: The Lutheran Hour: November 9, 2014

Sunday school Christmas Program Information

As many of you probably know, Christmas is fast approaching! To be exact there are 45 days until Christmas! That means there are 41 days until our Christmas program which means that's 6 Sundays away! Our Christmas program will be on December 21st at the 11:00 service. We will be practicing our songs during Sunday school, which begins at 9:45, starting this coming Sunday.
I encourage you all to start bringing your kids to Sunday School if you haven't been bringing them and all of our children to be faithful in Sunday school attendance, so they can be a part of it! 

In Him, For Him,
Kelsey Overbeck 

Weekend results

Below is a message from the OAFC group leaders who were here this past weekend.  These results were shared with the congregation at each of the services as well.  

Ongoing Ambassadors for Christ

Sharing the Absolute Certainty of Eternal Live
as we Tell the Good News about Jesus!

     Thank you for hosting a team of Ongoing Ambassadors for Christ. We hope that our time together was a blessing for your congregation as we joined in service to carry the message of eternal life through Christ to your community. Our 3-fold purpose:

1. Witness to all about Jesus as the Savior!    
2. Invite the unchurched to the congregations we serve!  
3. Train youth and adults to confidently share their faith  

You have encouraged us by:

  Praying for God's blessing on our outreach;

  Providing housing, meals, and transportation;

  Joining us in reaching out to your community;

  Allowing us to participate in the worship services;

  Supporting OAFC with prayers and a financial gift.

In our witness-survey we made 93 calls.    
Gospel literature was left at 116 houses where no one was
home. When we asked, "Where do you believe you will go when
you die?" Most Answered "Heaven." When we asked, "Why do
you believe you will go to heaven?"

29 said because Jesus lived and died for them;
13 hoped they were living good enough lives;
12 were not sure of going to heaven;
39 did not answer the question or complete the survey.
We shared with all who would listen that Jesus gave His life to pay
for all their sins so they can be sure of going to heaven.   
11 of those we shared this with were unchurched.
Through our visits we also discovered

8 unchurched individuals who would welcome another visit,


and that were interested in visiting the church.


Officers and Board Members Needed!! Elections this weekend!

Dear members of St. John's,
If you feel that you have the gift of leadership and the time to commit to it, please consider one of these opportunities to serve!
Below are the positions that are open and a brief description of duties and responsibilities of each according to our constitution: 
One person for the Board of Stewardship
1. Plan, promote, and carry out a Christian stewardship program in the congregation
2. Assure all members of the congregation understand that every good thing are gifts from God.
3. Assist all members in finding ways to use their time and talents to support the building of God's kingdom.
4. Appoint individuals as necessary to assist in implementation of goals.
5. Be an example of good Christian stewardship
Two people for the board of elders (positions still open from last year)
1. Assist the pastor in all matter pertaining to the spiritual welfare of the congregation.
2. Consider complaints and grievances of members of the congregation according to Matthew 18:15-20
3. Make every effort to induce members who have been negligent in their worship attendance and in their financial support.
4. See to it that all service are conducted rightly and in order.
5. Assist the pastor in arranging for pulpit assistance.
6. Prepare a list of candidate when there is a pastoral or staff vacancy
7. Consider annually whether the material needs of all staff members are being adequately met
8. Be an example of good Christian conduct including regular attendance in worship and Bible study.
Two people for board of trustees--
1. Be authorized to select custodial employees
2. Be concerned with the well being of all real and personal property
3. Maintain such properties
4. Keep congregation informed as to the state of such properties
5. Keep the congregation properly insured
6. Set all policies and fees for rental and use of property.
7. Enlist work crews for special repairs and improvements.
One person for the board of evangelism and outreach
1. Plan, promote and carry out an evangelism program in the congregation and community.
2. Plan and supervise religious surveys of the community
3. Arrange for the maintenance of record files
4. Enlist aid in visiting prospective members of the congregation.
5. Assist pastor in evangelism training
6. Consider the needs of individuals in the congregation, of aged, sick, poor7. Call the congregation's attention to social welfare agencies
7. endeavor to publicize the Gospel
8. Monitor pastor's discretionary fund.
9. Be an example
Vice President--  (Vacant for last two years)
1. The VP shall occupy a seat on the church council and preside at all its meetings (They meet on every month in which there is not a voter's meeting (7 meetings in all as we do not meet in December). 
2. During absence of the president, the vp shall perform the duties of the office of president.  In the event of a vacancy on the office of president, the vp shall succeed to the office for the remainder of the term.  In such an instance the office of vp shall be filled by presidential appointment. 
3. The vp shall be an example of Christian conduct and conversation, including regular attendance at Sunday worship and Bible study. 
Board of Education--  Note:  There is a spot on the board of education.  Lisa Rausch has agreed to be on that board. 
Please reply to this email if you are willing to serve or if you have questions!!!  Thanks for your consideration!!

Daily Devotion: Monday, November 10, 2014

DEVOTION:  They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request, "Sir, they said, we would like to see Jesus."   John 12:20
If you've ever been up on the pulpit at St. John's you've seen this verse attached to the pulpit in big metal letters so that you can't miss it.  I'm not sure who permanently put this verse in metal plates up there, but it is fantastic! (If someone reading this knows who did that I'd like to know.)  It is an excellent reminder of what a pastor should clearly preach every time he gets up into that place.  If a congregational member doesn't hear clearly that Jesus is the reason for their salvation and eternal life, the pastor hasn't done a good job. 
Sometimes, even the pastor gets clouded in his thinking as the devil tries to worm his way in to our brains and confuse us.  We need a constantly weekly reminder of our sinfulness and our need for a Savior.  It sounds overly simplified, and maybe it is, but that is the job of the preacher.  It is to convict each of the hearers of their sinfulness (preach them to the gates of hell) and then share with them the rescue from it (get them up off their knees and let the grace of Christ carry them to heaven.) 
Anything else is, as good of a life lesson as it may be, or as entertaining as it may seem, or as engaging as the story might seem, takes second to the life saving purpose of the pure, unadulterated Gospel!
I was reminded of that this weekend as OAFC was here.  Their sole purpose is to get the Gospel out to as many people as possible, and then let the Gospel do its work.  They aren't flashy.  They don't have trickery or salesmanship.  They are straightforward Gospel presenters.  They are ongoing ambassadors for Christ! 
Let's all be ongoing ambassadors for Christ to the point that when people see us they don't even see us as much as they see Jesus in us!  Let's represent HIM in all we say and do!
Prayer:  Lord God, they want to see you!  Let them see You in me.  Amen. 
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ  How many disciples did Jesus send out in pairs to every town and place where he was about to go? 72
TODAY'S QUIZ:  What did the children shout in the temple that made the chief priest and teachers of the law so indignant on Monday of holy week?
Mon- Confirmation 5-6:15
Tues-Thurs- Pastor gone at church worker's conference (Kelsey gone Wed-Fri)
Tues- Quilting 9-2; NO BIBLE STUDY; Trustees meeting 7pm
Wed- Choir 7pm
Thurs- Karate 5:30-7:30; Praise band practice 6pm
Fri- Vendor Fait set up 5-7pm; December newsletter deadline
Sat- Vendor Fair 8am-2pm; Worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Bible Study and Sunday school 9:45; worship 11; voter's meeting

Acolytes- 8:30- Hannah Johnson 11- Cara Klaustermeier
Altar guild- Set up- Linda Callies; Clean Up-- Pam Linke
Greeters- 8:30- Bob Linke; 11- ??????
Communion Assistants- Sat- Dave WInter; 8:30- Steve Robine; 11- Jim Rahn
Lay Readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier, 8:30- Steve Robine, 11- Jim Rahn
8:30 Ushers-  George Hoelscher, Brent Davis, Gary Hoelscher, Ben Hoelscher
Projectors- Sat-- Pam Bueltmann; Sun 8:30 Schaumberg   11-- Kailyn Blechle

Pianists/organists Sat- Tim Sherman;  Sun- Barb Dreyer  11am- Molly Hendershot
They visited with about 96 people who were home and  left Gospel literature at another 110 homes.  They found eight possible new members of St. John's that have asked for follow up with the pastor!!
I especially want to thank Molly Hendershot and Kathy Fischer for serving the food this weekend and all who helped them by bringing food or making food!
I also want to thank the Elcans and Kelsey for housing this wonderful group!
My only wish is that there would have been more people here to enjoy their ministries to us and to the community!
If you have a business that you run from home or you would like to sell your wares at a place where tons of people are sure to come, please consider being a part of our 3rd annual Vendor Fair.  The Ladies Aid will be serving lunch and selling baked goods as well!
Make plans to come out and get your Christmas shopping done early!!
Items for the agenda:
1. Budget
2. Elections (We still need people for the boards of evangelism, stewardship, and trustees.  One person for each board.)
3. New Mission Statement
4. Approval of liquor license for possible Spring picnic
$1 each or 6 for $5!!  The qult will be awarded to the lucky individual on Saturday, November 15!!  Proceeds are given to several local charities
You may donate small travel size personal hygiene items, gum, comic books, magazines, or cash.  A full list of needed items will be available soon.  These packages are sent to troops out on the front line and battle fields around the world.
Kelsey updates our website weekly!  Check it out!!
PRAYER REQUESTS:  (If you have a prayer request please reply to this email or call me at 636-359-1061)
For ROSETTA JONES who fell and broke her wrist and is recovering from surgery on it.
For TONY VERME who fell and broke his hip and was having seizures after his surgery.
For my AUNT LOIS RICHARDSON, as she is in the hospital ICU again after her heart stopped while having dialysis.
For BEVERLY WAALEN who has been placed on hospice care and is nearing the end of her earthly life.
For LORI DAVOLT, a friend of Karin Klaustermeier, who is dealing with complications from cancer.
THANKSGIVING for CHARLIE SUE CLEVELAND, who was baptized yesterday and as her mom and dad become members soon.
THANKSGVING FOR LANDON DREYER, born to Blake and Stephanie Dreyer this past Friday.
For THOSE IN DANGER, THOSE SUFFERING, AND THOSE MOURNING THE LOSS OF LOVED ONES DUE TO EBOLA, that the Lord would find a cure and an antidote for it.
For OUR CONTINUED FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND SPEECH in the United States, that we would continue to be able to freely speak the truth even in the face of opposition.
For our NATION'S MILITARY LEADERS AND SOLDIERS as they figure out what to do about the imminent threats from ISIS.
For MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, who are being persecuted to the point of death for their faith.