We see this theme over and over again. A woman is unable to conceive. The Lord, through an angel, visits the woman and promises her a child. The woman has the child. The child grows to become a leader of the people. Even though the leader always seems to have a flaw, God uses the man to do great things.
So it was with Samson. He was a Nazirite. That meant he was set apart for the Lord's work even before he was born. Samuel was a Nazirite. Elijah was a Nazirite. And John the Baptist was a Nazirite. All were set apart for the Lord's work and all did great things. Yet they were also all humans.
Samson was no different. His fatal flaw was being enticed and attracted to beautiful, yet foreign and unbelieving women. Delilah was one of them. Delilah was able to get him drunk and cut off all his hair, which was against the Nazirite vow. When he broke the vow he and his parents had made to God, God's strength left him.
Still, at the end, when he repented, even though his eyes had been gouged out, his strength gone, and doomed for death, God gave him back his strength one last time to do His purpose of defeating the Philistines.
God can use us too! In spite of our selfishness, sinfulness, and many weaknesses; God can work through us to perform His will. The best thing for us to do is simply as Him for the power, strength, and ability to do what needs to be done and then get out of the way and let Him work His power. How do you think God wants to use you today?
Prayer: Lord, you know my weaknesses and shortcomings, in spite of them, use us to serve you and love others! Help us to stand back and let you work through us. 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: Who was Gideon? Gideon was a judge who led Israel in many battles and won, even though they seemed weak and unable to win.
Thurs- Karate 5:30; Praise band practice 6pm
Sat- WORK DAY 8-noon; Worship 5pm
Sun- PALM SUNDAY Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11; Choir rehearsal 9:45
Acolyte- Wed- Jacob Winn; 8:30- Ian Brunson, 11- Kailyn Blechle
Ushers- Wed- Marv Hendershot, Don Luebke, Don Nolte, Dave Callies: Sun- Figura family
Altar- Wed Candles Terry Mckenzie; Sun Set up- Cheri' Hofeldt, Clean Up- Lynn Russell and Elaine Schauer
Communion Assistants- Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- Don Turnure; 11- Charlie Figura
Greeters- 8:30- Rob and Julie Schaumberg 11- Dan and Lisa Rausch
Lay readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier; 8:30- Sandra Perricone ; 11- Kailyn Blechle
Sat Pianist- Molly Hendershot
Organist: Melissa Pedersen
Projectionists: Sat- Perricone; 8:30- Terry McKenzie; 11- ??????
Menu: Fried chicken, potatoes, corn, rolls, and DESSERT
Worship Theme: "Calling Us Home..... "
Invite your friends and neighbors!! Enjoy some good food, great fellowship, and God's Word all in the span of two hours!!
CHURCH WORK DAY SATURDAY, MARCH 28 8am-noon!!
Here's what we have so far:
Mar 29- Erv Yoder
Apr 5- EASTER BREAKFAST
Apr 12- Hachtels
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.
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.
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.
For John Wehmueller, brother in law of Tony Perricone, who has just been diagnosed with prostrate cancer and will soon begin treatment.
For Brenda Schouten, aunt of Ptony Perricone, who has been treated for a cancerous tumor around her aorta. Although currently being treated with chemo, the tumor has grown about an inch larger than last month.
For OUR CONGREGATION AS WE SLOWLY MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR BUILDING PROGRAM!!
For OUR DCE, KELSEY OVERBECK, that the Lord moves a congregation in need of her abilities to call her into full time DCE ministry.
For DAVE KOHRS who began chemo treatment last Tuesday.
For DAVE TINNIN'S MOM, JANE, as she continues to recover from several strokes and seizures.
For WILMA WEIGLE as she is having a lot of difficulty with congestion and possible pneumonia. .
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. .