Very few of us have ever been involved in an earthquake or a tsunami, maybe you have and you know how scary it is. Even if you haven't, you can at least sort of imagine how harrowing and terrifying it may be. Imagine, as it says in this passage, mountains crumbling to the ground and falling into the sea. Imagine the tidal wave that such a thing would create by such a huge earthquake. Imagine how much your house would shake and how you would be terrified that it would all crumble around you.
Ok, enough of that. Now imagine how calm you would be in the middle of it all, because you know that whether you live or you die you belong to the Lord who is your refuge and strength and ever present help in trouble.
You may not have immediate life or death circumstances going on right now, but you may have things that are really bothering you. Maybe it is a health diagnosis. Maybe it is a relationship gone sour. Maybe it is a career decision. Whatever it is, you can know that the Lord God is an EVER PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE! He will help you through it. He will guide you! He will let you know that whether you change jobs or stay in the same one, he will bless it because it will be done in faith. He will guide you in the way of reconciliation in your troubled relationships. He will give you that peace that passes all understanding in knowing that whether that health diagnosis is a death sentence or not, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord, and he will take us to be with him forever!
One thing I do want you to know, as the Lord's representative for St. John's, I am here for you. When you are struggling with anything, I am here to pray with you, to give you God's grace, and His Words of comfort. It is my greatest pleasure to be able to do so. Please call, text, email, or Facebook Message any time you have a need! I want to remind you that the Lord is your refuge and strength and an ever present help in trouble!
Peace be with you!
Prayer: Lord God, remind us daily that you are present with us and for us wherever and whenever we go to help us through every situation and to give us your peace. Amen.
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: In our Gospel reading for yesterday what did Jesus do to show the people he was with that he was truly alive and not a ghost? He showed them his hands and feet and then he ate a piece of broiled fish in their presence.
Thurs- 8th grade questioning and reception 7pm
Sat- Worship 5
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45; 8thh grade confirmation service
Acolyte- 8:30- George Pezold; 11- Lydia Miller
Ushers- 8:30- Alan Hofeldt, Tim Linke, Rich Talbert, Don Turnure--- 11- Marv Hendershot, Dave Winter, Gary Scott, Charlie Figura
Altar- Set up- Ruth Walters; Clean up- Cheryl Bettlach and Betty Schirr
Communion Assistants- Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- Rich Talbert; 11- Randy Sweet
Greeters- 8:30- Dave and Linda Callies; 11- Randy and Patty Sweet
Lay readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier 8:30- Tim Linke 11- Randy Sweet
Organist: Melissa Pedersen
Projectionists: Sat- Perricone; 8:30- ????; 11- Terry McKenzie _________________________________________________________________________________________________________
National Day of Prayer Breakfast & Prayer Service Thursday - May 7, 2015
Breakfast: 6:30 AM - church overflow area
Prayer service: 7:00 AM in the sanctuary
If you have never been involved in one of our church activities (and even if you have), here is a new challenge for you!! There will be a cake/dessert booth at the carnival on September 12! The carnival will be open from 11am until dusk! Donations of baked good and workers to man the booth will be needed!! Desserts needing refrigeration cannot be accepted. Work shifts will be for two hours beginning at 10am and will go till closing time. To eliminate many, many phone calls, a sign up sheet has been placed on the narthex where you can volunteer!!
Apr. 26- Gary and Joanna Hoelscher
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.
For CAROL KOHRS who is recovering at home from an infection.
For DANIELLE MEINE who is home from the hospital recovering from chemo treatment.
For DAVE KOHRS who has stopped receiving chemo treatments and has placed himself on hospice care.
For BONNIE FRENZIA who is spending some time in Delmar Gardens for rehab.
For OUR CONGREGATION AS WE SLOWLY MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR BUILDING PROGRAM!!
For OUR DCE INTERN, 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 DENISE SCHLESSELMANN as she continues to work hard to bring the people of the Czech Republic to Christ. .
National Day of Prayer Breakfast & Prayer Service