DEVOTION: Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. Deuteronomy 33:28
Too often we gloss over certain parts of scripture. It was like that for me this morning as I was trying to read through my daily Bible reading. The verse above is from a bigger section that is Moses' blessing to Israel right before he dies. It seems awful personal, like I am reading someone's personal letter to a good friend. Indeed that is what it is. It is Moses' farewell letter tot he people he had spent forty years with in the desert. He had gone through a lot with them. He had been their leader through some of the most memorable events in all of human history.
It got me to thinking what I would write in a farewell letter. If I knew I was going to die soon, what would I want to write to my kids, to the congregation, to everyone I know? I guess I would write something like Moses wrote in the verse above. I would give encouragement that as long as we have faith in Jesus we are saved by the Lord! I would say that there is no one like us on all the earth that have the Lord's protection from the evil one. I would, most of all, remind them that they are safe in Jesus for ALL ETERNITY, and that they will see me again on the other side.
What would you write? Would you give all sorts of wisdom on how to live on the earth? Would you tell them how much you love them? Would you encourage them?
Don't wait till you know that you're dying. That day may never come. Start doing all that today. Tell your kids that you love them! Tell all your loved ones that both you and they are safe in Jesus and that they can rest assured they will see you in paradise! Tell them that Jesus loves them and will never stop.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for protecting me. Thank you for assuring me of your salvation. Thank you for allowing me to rest in your grace. Help me to assure others of all off this too. Amen. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 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 Sacraments OUT into the community by caring for physical and spiritual needs TOGETHER in fellowship to build lasting relationships in Christ. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: What was to happen to a child who cursed his father or mother in the OT? He was supposed to be put to death. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ TODAY'S QUIZ: What does Moses say about the tribe of Dan as he blesses them right before he dies? _____________________________________________________________________________ CALENDAR: Mon- Confirmation 5-6:15 Tues- Quilting 9-2; Bible Study 11:30-12:15; Trustees meeting 7 Wed- Supper 5:30; Worship 6:30; Choir 7:15 Thurs- Karate 5:30 Sat- Men's breakfast 8am; Worship 5pm Sun- Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Choir rehearsal 9:45; Worship 11; Potluuck and Voter's meeting regarding building program noon _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ WORSHIP WORKERS: Acolyte- Wed- Lydia Miller 8:30- Patrick Schaumberg, 11- Sophie Tinnin Ushers- Wed- Figura family Sun- Don Hance, Rich Boeger, Don Tate, Doug Walters Altar- Wed Candles Terry Mckenzie; Sun Set up- Terry McKenzie, Clean Up- Terry McKenzie Communion Assistants- Sat- Randy Sweet; 8:30- John Hachtel; 11- Steve Robine Greeters- 8:30- John and Joanne Hachtel 11- Joan Sexton Lay readers- Sat- Randy Sweet 8:30- Tim Linke; 11- Steve Robine Sat Pianist- Barb Dreyer Organist: Melissa Pedersen Projectionists: Sat- ????; Sun 8:30- Schaumberg 11- Terry McKenzie _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ NEWS: MIDWEEK LENTEN SUPPER AND WORSHIP WEDNESDAY, SUPPER 5:30; WORSHIP 6:30!!
Menu: TACO BAR!!! and DESSERT
Worship Theme: "Calling Us Home..... Suffering"
Invite your friends and neighbors!! Enjoy some good food, great fellowship, and God's Word all in the span of two hours!! ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Special Voters Meeting Concerning our Building Project, Sunday March 15 at NOON!!!! (Immediately following the late service.) Let your voices be heard!!! We will begin with a potluck meal.Please bring a dish or two to share!We will be discussing the following: 1. Where we have been. 2. Where we want to go. 3. The roadblocks we have encountered, and ways to deal with these roadblocks. 4. Forming a planning committee to move forward 5. Forming a finance committee to provide checks and balances as we move forward Join us to share your own positive ideas concerning our future building project and the direction it is heading. ALL members are encouraged to attend and participate!!! _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ FELLOWSHIP REFRESHMENT SIGN UP SHEET NEEDS TO GET FILLED UP!!! Here's what we have so far: Mar 15- Fosters Mar 22- Luebkes Mar 29-???? Apr 5- EASTER BREAKFAST Apr 12-??? Apr 19- ??? Apr. 26- ??? _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ST. JOHN'S YELLOW PAGES If you didn't get your business card in this month's newsletter get them in to the office for the April newsletter!! This advertising is free to members. Many times members call and ask if there are members who are in a certain business or profession. People would always rather do business with fellow church members when they can!__________________________________________________________________________________________________ SEMINARY JOBS AVAILABLE!! There are both full and part time jobs open at Concordia Seminary in Clayton. (My school). Please submit your resume in confidence to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax it to 314-505-7339 or submit it via US mail to Concordia Seminary Human Resources 801 Seminary Place, St Louis, MO 63105 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ DO YOU HAVE A KROGER CARD? ENROLL IT IN THE COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM!!! Register online and have it swiped each time you shop. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ SAVE THE DATE!!!! OUR FIRST ANNUAL FALL CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD SEPTEMBER 12, 2015!!! We are looking for ideas for carnival games and also donations of carnival game prizes for the vent. Please donate prizes into the cardboard box in the narthex. Also, if any one has an idea for a carnival game, or a game itself they would like to donate please contact Joanna Hoelscher at 636-485-0635 or Karla Christophene at 314-397-1375. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ NOTES FROM THE TRUSTEES 1. If you see (or hear) a property item that needs fixing, tell one of your trustees or let Marilyn know in the office. We have plenty of guys who have the ability to do the work necessary! 2. A WORK DAY IS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 28!! 8am-noon!! Mark your calendars and gather your tools!! _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP GROUP TRIP TO THE CLYDESDALE FARM AND THE JEFFERSON CITY STATE PENITENTIARY ON SATURDAY APRIL 11!! We will visit the Warm Springs Ranch, World headquarters of the Budweiser Clydesdale OPERATION. After the tour of the ranch and some refreshments compliments of Budweiser, we will enjoy lunch at Settler's Inn. After that we are on to Jeff City for a tour of the historic Missouri State Penitentiary. An ICE CREAM BREAK us scheduled at Central dairy to round out the day. Reservations and tickets have to be purchased so it is NECESSARY that you SIGN UP NOW!!! Complete cost will be determined by number of people going. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ PRAYER REQUESTS: For DAVE KOHRS who will begin chemo treatment as his cancer from a few years ago has returned.
For DAVE TINNIN'S MOM, JANE as she continues to recover from several strokes and seizures.
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 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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