Nothing hurts more than when a loved one strays from God. In the Scripture above the Israelites are mourning because the whole tribe of Benjamin was pretty much destroyed by the other tribes of Israel. They were destroyed because they had completely turned away from God and now they were suffering the consequences of their sins. They had done some awful and terrible things against the other tribes and so the other tribes took vengeance on them.
If you have a loved one, a family member, or even a beloved church member that has turned away from god, I feel your pain. Every day I think of folks who no longer come to church, family members who have turned away from God, and people who because of bitterness, anger or guilt cannot bring themselves to repentance and to turning back to the Lord. It hurts my heart, and I'm sure it hurts God's heart even more. it is heartbreaking.
I want to urge you to not give up hope. Keep praying. Keep caring for and loving that person. Keep doing all that you can do to bring them back into the fold and into faith.
Remember what Jesus has done for you to bring you back, to buy you back! He went all the way to the cross for you! He died for you!
The good news is that He rose from the dead for you too, so at the end of the day, after all the heartbreak is done, you can fall into Jesus' arms and rest in His grace forever!
Let us pray: Lord, bring back those we love that have fallen from the faith and those who are slipping away. Give us the courage, strength and will to love them and pray for them. Help us all, as a whole church family, to care for those who are on the fringes and those who have fallen away that they may see Your love and live. 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 the city that was renamed Dan called before the Danites conquered it and settled there?
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.
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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 DAVE KOHRS who may be stopping chemo treatment today.
For BONNIE FRENZIA who fell several times last Friday and will be spending some time in Delmar Gardens for rehab.
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 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. .
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