Mark your calendars and make plans to attend men's breakfast next Saturday, February 14. We will have biscuits and gravy and a couple of us will be making egg bakes (casseroles).
Our topic will be "What does the Bible say about the separation of Church and State?"
We will be talking about the role, or what should be the lack of a role the government plays in the affairs of the church, but also how Christians, who know God's will, should be active in the affairs of the state as well, so that God's will is done on earth as it is in heaven.
Please rsvp to let me know you will be joining us.
ST. JOHN'S MISSION STATEMENT 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 ____________________________________________________________________________________________ SERMON FROM 2/1/15. Share it with someone you think may need to hear it! http://youtu.be/h1hoZaQuQkk _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ DEVOTION:
Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
"Don't Miss the Party" February 5, 2015
Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. Ephesians 4:17-18 Great Britain's five-year-old Alex Nash is a popular guy.
Being popular and getting invited to places can be a good thing unless you find yourself being asked to go to too many places. That was the situation for Nash.
Nash was invited and accepted an offer to attend a friend's birthday party at a ski and snowboard center. It was to be quite the production. But Nash is a popular guy, and he was also asked to spend some time, the same time, with his grandparents. It was a tough choice, but eventually time with the grandparents won out.
Nash ended up missing the birthday party with his pal. Normally, that would be the end of the story, but this is hardly a normal story.
A few days after the party had taken place, Nash's dad, Derek, received a letter, which included a bill for $24. It took Nash a while to figure out his son was being charged for not having gone to his buddy's birthday party. It seems the folks throwing the party had to pay $24 for non-showing Nash. They didn't mind paying his price for admission if he had come, but they were pretty upset for having to pay for him not showing.
You know, I think maybe Jesus feels the same way.
He came into this world to rescue us from sin, death and devil. To that end He lived His life, He suffered, and was crucified. It was a tremendous price to pay, but He was willing to do it so heaven might be filled with saved and forgiven sinners.
Jesus gave His all so we might be invited and received into that never-ending heavenly party.
Sadly, there are people who aren't going to be there. You may even know some of them. They are the ones whose understanding is darkened; who are ignorant of the life Jesus wishes to give them; whose hearts are hard and unreceptive to the risen Redeemer and the Holy Spirit's call.
It is a sad picture, and it is also a picture that will not last forever.
The day is coming when Jesus will stop calling. The day is coming when He will move away from these lost souls, and the time of salvation will be over. The day is coming when those who wanted to live without Jesus will be granted that wish, and they will live forever without Him.
That's tragic, and it is also why you and I, our Synod, and Lutheran Hour Ministries must continue to do all we can so Jesus may gain admission to those hearts.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks for Jesus' sacrifice and His invitation to forgiveness and salvation. May others join us in believing and allow the Savior to come in. In Jesus' Name I ask it. Amen.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ YESTERDAY"S QUIZ:Which tribe did God choose to be priests forever? Levites (Pat King pointed out that now it is Christians who have been counted as part of the nation of Israel and the tribe of Levi through faith. Thanks Pat)
Thurs- Alzheimers support group 1pm; karate 5:30-7:30; Praise Band practice 6-8
Sat- Worship 5pm; STEAK DINNER AND AUCTION DOORS OPEN AT 5; SUPPER STARTS AT 6!! Sun- Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11 _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ WORSHIP WORKERS: Acolyte- 8:30- Hailey Blechle, 11- Ian Brunson Ushers- Figura family Altar- Set up- Terry McKenzie; Clean Up- Wanda Turnure Communion Assistants- Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- Don Turnure; 11- Steve McDowell Greeters- 8:30- Lew and Dianne Feldkamp 11- Steve and Katie McDowell Lay readers- Sat- Kathy Fischer 8:30- Amber Vossen; 11- Steve McDowell Sat Pianist- Barb Dreyer
Organist: Melissa Pedersen
Projectionists: Sat- Tony and Sandra Perricone; Sun 8:30- Zack Hoelscher; 11- Hannah Johnson _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ NEWS:
STEAK DINNER AND AUCTION THIS SATURDAY!!! DOORS OPEN AT 5;!! DINNER STARTS AT 6!!
Get your tickets today by calling Christy Winn at 314-479-5543
THE CHOIR NEEDS YOU FOR LENT AND ESPECIALLY HOLY WEEK!!!
The choir is preparing a cantata for Holy Week and Easter. Parts of it will be presented at 3 different services (Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday). It would be wonderful to have some additional voices. If you enjoy singing, please consider joining the choir from now until Easter. You will be blessed by it! Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 in the balcony.
VOLUNTEER NEEDED TO BE LUTHERANS FOR LIFE REPRESENTATIVE FOR ST. JOHN'S
Lutheran for Life is an organization that supports and defends life at ALL STAGES from the moment of conception to the last breath. Every life matters. There is a chapter of LFL in St Charles County of which we re a part. They are in need of someone to be the contact person and liaison from our congregation. Denise Schlesselmann was, but since she is in the Czech Republic she is unable to right now.
All it requires is an email address and a phone number at which you can receive information and then relay that information to our congregation.
They are hosting a breakfast for all of our board members and church contacts on February 21st at Caleco's Bar and Grill in St. Peters. They will be saying thank you as well as sharing many exciting things that we have in the works for this year.
One thing that they are talking about right now is that they have money available for those who are thinking about or are in the process of adoption. It is a great organization with A LOT to offer!
Please let me know if you are interested and I can give you more info.
We are attempting to collect your business cards and print them in the monthly newsletter as advertising. It will be free to member businesses. Many times members call and ask if there are members in the congregation that are in a certain business or profession. People would rather do business with a church family member if possible. Bring your cards to the church office asap as we will start this with the March newsletter.
The Garms family, a southern gospel music group from Minnesota (I know the two don't go together, but you gotta hear them!!), will be at St. John's on Thursday evening February 19th at 6pm! It is a family of eight with wonderful voices and a tremendous desire to share the love of the Lord in music! Mark your calendars right now to come on out for a night of music!!
YOU CAN BRIGHTEN UP THE SANCTUARY ON SUNDAY MORNINGS!!!
Altar flowers are a wonderful way to share joy at a birthday or anniversary or to honor someone's memory! Altar flowers are $25. Call Marilyn if you'd like to brighten up the church and honor someone you love at the same time! 456-2888!! Or you can sign up on the flower chart in the narthex located on the bulletin board.
For CLAIRE JOHNSON who is dealing with a large mass on her lung and is having great difficulty breathing.
For ROSETTA JONES who is recovering from a fall and a broken collar bone.
For WILMA WEIGLE as she continues to deal with many health problems relating from a stroke.
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 DENISE SCHLESSELMANN as she continues to work hard to bring the people of the Czech Republic to Christ. .
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.http://www.gofundme.com/hp1ed8?pc=mb_em
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