Prayer request for Jason Cluver

 Please pray for Jason Cluver as he undergoes a heart catheterization to check for blockage tomorrow. 

St. John's Daily Devotion and News: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

As the body of Christ, we strive to make disciples of all, focusing on the next generation, through growing...
UP in God's Word and Sacrament
OUT into the community by caring for physical and spiritual need
TOGETHER in fellowship to build lasting relationships in Christ

DEVOTION:  Then the Lord said to Jacob, "Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.  Genesis 31:3
It helps to understand the background of this passage today.  Jacob fled to his Uncle Laban after he saw the wrath off his brother Esau.  He had tricked his father Isaac into giving him the blessing (inheritance) and Esau was none too happy about it.  He has vowed to kill Jacob.  When Jacob heard of it and knew that Esau meant business he quickly ran away.  He spent 20 years working for his Uncle Laban to be able to marry both his daughters (Note: It wasn't God's will that he marry both of them.  It was never God's will that a man have more than one wife.  Every time a man did in the Bible there were dire consequences that went with it.) 
Anyway, now God wants him to head back home.  Can you imagine Jacob's anxiety?  Was Esau still ready to kill him?  Was the rest of the family willing to accept him back?  How were they going to live?  All these thoughts could have kept him from going.  He could have just stayed there and lived out his life wondering what might have been.   
Yet, when God tells you to do something, you better do it.  At the same time when God tells us to do something He always gives us this promise, "I WILL BE WITH YOU."  What did he tell the disciples when he gave them the Great Commission?  Surely "I will be with you...".  What did He tell Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Solomon and everyone since?  I WILL BE WITH YOU>
It is in God's presence, that He is WITH us, that we find comfort and peace.  It is in knowing that He will never leave us or forsake us that we live our lives in boldness and confidence.  It is because God is WITH us that we are able to love with His love, forgive with His forgiveness, and rejoice with His joy!  Live in His presence today and know that His presence will never go away! 
Prayer:  Lord God, thank you for being present and accounted for in my life.  Help me to remember that you are right there every day.  Amen.
YESTERDAY"S QUIZ ANSWER:     To whom did Jacob flee after he had tricked, and angered, his brother Esau?  Uncle Laban
TODAY'S QUIZ:  What did Jacob do with God the night before he finally met Esau?
Wed- Choir 7pm;  NEWSLETTER DEADLINE (Pastor's circuit meeting is next Wed.)
Thurs- Karate 5pm; Praise Band practice 6pm
Fri- Pastor gone at workshop all day
Sat- Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11; Elder's meeting noon
Acolyte- 8:30- Patrick Schaumberg, 11- John Pezold
Ushers- Allan Dreyer, Lou Feldkamp, Kent Jacobsmeyer, Paul Klover
Altar- Set up- Marilyn Foster and Sue Ruhl; Clean Up- Sandy Robine
Communion Assistants- Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- John Hachtel; 11- Dave Winter
Greeters- 8:30- Dave and Linda Callies  11- Joan Sexton
Lay readers- Sat- Kathy Fischer; 8:30- Jacob Nagel; 11- Sandy Robine
Sat Pianist- Kathy Barrow
Do you like good, home cooked food?
Do you like to spend time with your church family?
Do you like to get into God's Word with your family?
Do you  find the time constraints of work, school, and other obligations squeezing out that God time?
We have the perfect thing for you!  We are starting family nights next Monday, January 19 at 6pm!
We will begin with a carry in/potluck supper from 6-6:30 and end with a devotion/Bible study time from 6:30-7.  The Bible study will be for all ages and all knowledge levels. 
Please bring a dish to share with the rest of the group.  Anything is welcome, salad, side dish, pasta dish, meat, dessert.... anything you think would be good for this kind of group.  There will be no main dish (meat)provided.
Tickets are $25 a piece!!

Raffle Tickets for the $500 drawing are also available.  1 ticket for $10 or 11 tickets for $20. 
It is always a BLAST!!!  Get your tickets this weekend before or after one of our worship services or contact your favorite youth to buy them from one of them. 
For years this event has become known as a great place to get good deals on things and help out our youth program at the same time!! 
PROJECTIONIST SCHEDULE:  Thanks to the many who signed up.  There are just a few left!  Let's get some new folks who want a way to help to participate in this!!  Here are the dates and times that are left.
Feb 1- 8:30-                            
Feb 15- 11am-
Feb 22- 8:30-                           11
Mar 29- 11am-
Apr 5- (Easter) 10-
Apr 12- 11am-
Apr. 26- 8:30-                         11-
May 3- 8:30-                           11-
May 10- 11am-
May 17- 11am-
June 21- 8:30-                        
All kids in grades 1-12 are welcome to come along with their parents!!  Cost is $11 for members of St. John's and $22 for friends and other nonmembers. 
They will leave at 11:30 from church!  Depending on the number of people going there will be a big need for drivers. 
Deadline to register is Tuesday January 20!! 
For the family of WLLIAM FISCHER, Randy Sr. Fischer's dad, who went to be with Jesus yesterday. 
For DANIELLE MEINE, a senior at WHS, a friend to many kids at St. john's, and a rider on Karin's bus since kindergarten, who has a very serious form of cancer.
For ELTON TEMME, Harold Temme and Lois Frick's brother, who has had many seizures and is dealing with many other health problems.
For BEN HOELSCHER, who has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and has begun treatment for it.
For the CALLIES Family at the loss of Dave's stepmom.
For the STEVENS and CALLIES FAMILIES as Sarah lost her unborn baby last Thursday.
For THE PEZOLD FAMILY as Lisa's dad passed away last week.

For CLAIRE JOHNSON who is recovering from a bad car accident at SSM Rehab/Nursing home in Wentzville. 
For TODD PONDER, former band teacher/director and friend to many at St. John's, who suffered a massive stroke and can't do anything but move his eyes.  He is unable to breathe on his own. Here is a link to a fund that was started to help the family as they will have astronomical hospital and rehab bills for a long time to come.   At the bottom of the page it also has updates as to his progress.

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.