Daily Email: Monday, August 31, 2015

DEVOTION: Jeremiah 43:1-3
43 When Jeremiah finished speaking to all the people all these words of the Lord their God, with which the Lord their God had sent him to them, Azariah the son of Hoshaiah and Johanan the son of Kareah and all the insolent men said to Jeremiah, "You are telling a lie. The Lord our God did not send you to say, 'Do not go to Egypt to live there,' but Baruch the son of Neriah has set you against us, to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they may kill us or take us into exile in Babylon."
Just because you don't believe it doesn't mean it's not true.  Just because you don't like what a person says, doesn't mean he isn't telling the truth. 
You would think that the problems people have with the Scriptures are new problems.   There are unbelievers and people who reject God's Word just because they don't like what it says.  They could be given all the historical evidence in the world and they would still reject on the basis of simple disagreement. 
It's not a new problem though.  It is even older than the text for today.  The Jews were already well versed in rejecting God's prophets before they rejected what Jeremiah said to them today.  Their oldest ancestors, Adam and Eve, rejected it in the very beginning.  They didn't like that God gave them the restriction of what they could and couldn't eat.  They didn't like that he had authority over them, nor did Satan, and so Satan tempted them to disobey God, and things have been unraveling ever since. 
So the Father sent His  perfectly obedient Son, our Savior, Jesus.  He knew that we couldn't obey as we must.  He knew that our very nature is one of disobedience and rejection of his will.   So He came down to do it for us.  He restored the connection between us and our perfect Father as we live in Him and He in us.  We can, once again, have the same relationship that Adam and Eve had with God before the fall.  Even though it is a long distance relationship in that we can see God face to face, and even though it is still imperfect on this side of heaven, and even though we long for the day when it will be fully restored, we can have peace that passes all understanding today because of His life in us!
Let us pray:  Keep us from rejecting your will, O Lord.  Help me to rest in your grace and to love you with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength.  Amen.
LAST TIME'S QUIZ:      What did Nebuchadnezzar do to the temple in Jerusalem? burned it to the ground
TODAY'S QUIZ: Who was Gedaliah?
Mon- Family night 6pm
Tues- Quilters 9-2; Bible study 11:30-12:15
Wed- Choir practice 7pm
Thurs- Alzheimer's support group
Sat-  Worship 5
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45


Acolyte-  8:30- Devin Miller; 11- George Pezold

Ushers-  Allan Dreyer, Lew Feldkamp, Kent Jacobsmeyer, Paul Klover

Altar- Set up- Lucille Luebke; Clean Up- Pam Linke

Communion Assistants- Sat- Randy Sweet; 8:30- John Hachtel; 11- Steve Robine

Greeters- 8:30- Don and Donna Sherman; 11- Joan Sexton

Lay readers- Sat- Judy Koprowski 8:30- Lois Boeger 11- Steve Robine

Sat. Pianist- Kathy Barrow

Organist-  Rachel Fisher

Projectionists: Sat- Pam Bueltmann; Sun- 8:30- Terry McKenzie


FAMILY NIGHT TONIGHT AT 6PM!!  Please join us for Turkey dinner!!!.

The turkey, the stuffing, mashed potatoes, and sweet potatoes are all spoken for.


If you are coming please bring a dish to share, (salad, rolls, dessert, vegetable!!)   

Kelsey Overbeck will have a FUN group activity after we eat. 
Choir is open to all people who love to sing from high school age on up.  We welcome old and new faces!!  Please prayerfully consider serving our Lord and Savior by singing His praises with us. 
No one is signed up to bring donuts this coming weekend. 
Who'd like to do it?  Please reply to this message.
The carnival committee is in need of the following items to make our first annual carnival the best it can be. 
Pop up canopies for stations
Coolers for ice and drinks
Your email address--  Send it to me and I will pass it on to Marcia Sevier.  She will send you an invitation to the carnival that you can in turn send to as many people as you want to invite.  You will also receive a coupon that you can share with friends as well.  Your email will not be used for any other purpose. 
Many children in our community are very poor.  They are able to get some of their meals at school during the week, but often go hungry on weekends.  Operation backpack is a way that our community has decided to help these kids. 
Every month throughout the school year, each church participating will take one food item and collect just that food item.  At the end of the month the food will be delivered to school.  The school officials along with volunteers will distribute the food to kids backpacks to take home.   
Throughout the month of September we will be collecting canned fruit . All size cans and even individual portions will be accepted.  The fruit will be delivered to the schools October 1.   We will have a box in the narthex for deposits.
A new fundraiser was unveiled at our last voter's meeting!!  You may purchase gift cards from church to be used as you would any other gift card.  The only difference is that you purchase it from church and St. John's gets a percentage of the sale.  Order forms are on the counter in the narthex.  The first order will be place next Sunday, August 30.  Place your order for, along with your check, made payable to St. Johns, in the "Bob the Builder" box.  For additional information or to get your questions answered, call the church office.  456-2888.
Do you enjoy the outdoors?  Do you like to float down lazy rivers with friends?  Do you enjoy rafts and coolers filled with all sorts of beverages and snacks?  Then sign up and join us for the fourth annual Labor Day float trip! 



1. We will once again go through Ozark Outdoors. 

A. Canoe rental is $20 per person.  A child can ride for free as the THIRD person in the canoe. 

B. Single person kayaks are available at $28 per person. 

C. Rafts are available at $29 per person.  Children 7-12 yrs old can ride for $15 and children under 7 are free if raft minimums are met. 

D. Tubes are $25 per person

E. Rides on the bus are $30 a person if you have your own equipment. 


2. ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT IS IT IS A FLOAT AND NOT A RACE!  Float a little, stop, have a snakcc and a drink, wait for the rest of the group and then move on. 


3. What will you need?  Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, cooler, drinks, lunch, and a positive attitude. 


4. Contact Teresa Scott to sign up
tscott@usmo.com , 359-5041, or Schraer Heating and Cooling at 456-5041.  When signing up please provide your email address and BEST contact number.

5. If you choose to spend the weekend down there, please make camping, hotel, or cabin arrangements through Ozark Outdoors,
www.ozarkoutdoors.net or with Onondaga State Park.  Currently there are reservable basic sites available for the weekend at Onandaga. 

If you'd like it to go to the DCE fund you need to mark it for that!  Please make sure you mark the ENVELOPE clearly for the DCE PROGRAM!

Register it online www.krogercommunityrewards.com and have it swiped each time you shop to earn money for Little Lambs. 

For SANDY ROBINE as she continues to recover from her knee replacement.
For JOYCE PIETZSCHKE who is recovering well from illness and has moved to Whispering Pines.
For DENISE SCHLESSELMANN as she is back int he Czech Republic to continue her mission work.
 For CORA CLUVER'S DAD, who may get to go home soon after spending a couple months in the hospital and rehab after a severe motorcycle accident and becoming  paralyzed from the waist down.
For DAVE AND CAROL KOHRS, who are BOTH on hospice care.
For WILMA WEIGLE as she continues to deal with the after effects of a severe stroke almost two years ago.  

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