2nd Edition: Daily Email: Friday, August 12, 2016

DEVOTION: Hebrews 11:17-40 (ESV)
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, 18 of whom it was said, "Through Isaac shall your offspring be named." 19 He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. 20 By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau. 21 By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones.
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king's edict. 24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.
29 By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. 31 By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.
32 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— 38 of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40 since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.
Hebrews 12:1-3

"Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith"

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
(Note: Since I was gone Wednesday, I am using Sunday's Epistle lesson for today's devotion.  This lesson is also the basis for the sermon this weekend.)
When you spend time with someone who is a great witness to Christ, and who seems to have a strong faith, what is it that sticks out to you about that person?  Is it the words they say?  Is it their demeanor?  Is it the peace that they seem to have despite their circumstances?  Or is it just the way they live life in general? 
The people in our Epistle reading for today all are examples of great witnesses.  They are witnesses, not because they were anything great in and of themselves, but because God gave them the strength they needed when times got tough. 
You have the same opportunity to be an example of a great witness.  To be that witness do what the writer of Hebrews says.  lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely and run with endurance the race that is set before you LOOKING TO JESUS! 
Prayer: Lord, give us the strength to lay aside and throw off the sin that is clinging so closely to us so that we can run with perseverance and endurance the race marked out for us.  Most importantly make us fix our eyes on you, the author and perfecter of our faith.  Amen.
Sat- Gun Club Outing at Whetstone Conservation Area 9-noon; Worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11; Elders meeting noon


Acolyte- 8:30- John Pezold  11- Dawn Sherman

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

Altar-  Set up- Don Hance; Clean Up- Joanne Hachtel

Elders-  Sat- Dave Winter;  8:30- Don Turnure;  11- Jim Rahn
Greeters-  8:30- Dave and Hope Tinnin;  11- Joan Sexton

Lay Readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier  8:30- Lois Boeger; 11- Jim Rahn

Piano- Sat- Barb Dreyer
Organist- Rachel Fisher

Projectionists: Sat- Fisher; 8:30- Schaumberg


YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: Who was Zedekiah? (no one answered yesterday so I'll leave it up for the weekend.)

The long-awaited master plan was presented to the building planning committee last night.  After some discussion it was approved unanimously by them.  It will be presented to the voters assembly next Sunday for approval. 
The master plan involves three "bite size" projects.  The first of those projects( a new fellowship hall, expanded narthex, offices and kitchen) built on to the front of the church, is much more affordable and will be accomplished with the money that has already been collected over the past eight years.  It is very important to understand that this is only a master plan.   Square footage and other details will be determined by the building committee and finance committee based on what we can afford.  Once all of those details get worked out and finalized those committees will again come back to the voters for approval. 
Once the plan is approved, a building committee (different than the building planning committee) and a finance committee will be appointed by President McDowell.  If you have experience on building committees or building finance committees, or have a desire for this project to finally come to fruition, we'd love it if you would volunteer to be on the committee that best fits your talents and abilities. 
Please make every effort to attend and see the new master plan. 
ON A SEPARATE BUT RELATED NOTE:  To answer a question that has been asked several times, "Why we don't use the building money for something else like salaries and raises?"  The short answer is that the money that has been amassed over the past eight years for the building fund cannot be used for anything else.  It is literally against the law.  


The DCE fund was to be a three year fund which was to transition to the general budget at the end of three years. Unfortunately neither the DCE fund nor the general budget have kept pace with what is needed. 

In November we will be at the end of the three years.  The DCE Fund has dwindled down to near nothing and will be just about gone in December,  and the regular offerings have not increased enough to increase the regular budget.  

To make it clear, there is not enough money in the budget to pay Kelsey. (We cannot use special gifts, trusts or memorials or money designated for the building fund to pay Kelsey.  We have never used those types off funds for salaries.)
So where does this money come from? IT COMES FROM THE MEMBERS OF ST.JOHN'S WHO GIVE THEIR OFFERINGS.  It is up to you AS MEMBERS OF ST.JOHN'S  to give as you are able IN YOUR WEEKLY OFFERINGS so that our budget can go up enough to be able to support her.  
 Our next Gun Club outing will be at Whetstone Creek Conservation Area Gun Range on Saturday, August 13, from 9am-Noon.  You can either bring your own guns and ammo to shoot at the range or we will have a whole range set up for a special "fam fire" (armed forces code for familiarization fire) on a separate range for those who don't own a gun but would like to learn to shoot and learn about various types of firearms.  Paul Brockfeld and others will have several different firearms and ammo to use for $20 per person.  Please sign up on the sheet on the counter in the narthex so we know how many are coming and who is or is not bringing their own guns and ammo. 
Directions to the range: DO NOT follow the signs to Whetstone Creek.  If you follow the signs, you will not go to the firearms range.  From Warrenton take I-70 to the Williamsburg exit.  At the top of the ramp turn right and head north into Williamsburg.  At the first stop sign go straight (Sign will tell you to turn left to go to Whetstone Creek CA - do not turn left).  At the second stop sign go straight.  Road will turn to gravel as you leave Williamsburg.  Once road turns to gravel it is approximately 2.3 miles to the range on the right.  Parking lot is before the range.
St. John's members have been asked by leaders of the Big Red Boosters to help with concessions at the home football game on Friday, August 26. 
When? 5:45-9pm
Where? Warrenton Football Concession stand
What?  Selling all sorts of concession stand food and drink.  (No previous experience necessary)
Who?  Any member of St. John's (Don't have to have a kid at the high school to help)
Please reply to this email or call/text me at 636-359-1061 to volunteer! 
Would you like a relaxing and peaceful day on the river in God's creation?  Do you want to grow in fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ?  Come and join us!
Here are the details:
1. Meet at 9:30am at Ozark Outdoors www.ozarkoutdoors.net
canoes $20 per person
kayaks- $28 per person
rafts- $29 per person
tubes are $25 per person
If you have your own equipment it is $30 per craft to ride the bus.
Children ages 7-12 are $15 and 7 and under are free
3. What you will need:
sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, food, beverages, a good attitude. 
4. Contact Teresa Scott to sign up
cell- 636-359-0274
work- (Schraer HVAC) 456-5041
Remember, this is a float, not a race.  It is a leisurely float down the river with lots of stops along the way!
If you choose to spend the weekend, please make camping, motel, or cabin arrangements through Ozark Outdoors or with Onondaga State Park www.mostateparks.com.  Hiking and cave tours are also available in Onondaga State Park. 
Go to www.t3mensretreat.org for details or give me a call at 636-359-1061.
Stephen ministry is a one on one caring ministry in which a person goes through 50 hours off training to be a better listener and care giver.  Even if you don't become an active Stephen Minister, this training is beneficial just for your daily life! 
Please consider going through the training!  It is very beneficial. 
And please consider becoming a Stephen Minister.  It has been a huge help and benefit to our congregation for the last 13 years, and I would love to see it grow! 
Call me at 636-359-1061 to let me know you're interested.  Or go to www.stephenministry.org to learn more about it.
Here's how it works:
1. Pick up an order form from the counter in the narthex or from Marilyn in the office.
2. Mark how many cards you would like to order from each retailer you use, and fill in the totals.  (If you need help, stop by the office or talk to Marilyn or ask me after worship.)
3. Attach a check to your order form made out to St.John's.
4. Marilyn will place the order on a certain date each month.
5. Pick up your cards from your church mailbox.
6. Use your cards just like money at the various stores.
Please use this program!  It is an easy way for you to help YOUR church raise money for its ministries!
For SANDRA PERRICONE'S SISTER KAREN PRATT who is having heart issues and will see a specialist on Monday.
For the FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND COWORKERS OF TONI MAUCH'S BOSS, JOHN CROAK,  as he passed away last week.  He had a double lung transplant and was doing well with it until be developed a fungal infection which overtook him.
For LENA OWENS as she recovers from knee replacement surgery at home.
For BOB RUHL, who is recovering from heart surgery and infections at New Florence Care Center for the next month.
For CAL TAMELER as he recovers from heart surgery.
For DON BRAZEE as he is in failing health and is now confined to a bed on hospice care.   
For the HARGROVE FAMILY as they mourn the loss of Dave's dad Charles.  (His memorial visitation and service will be Saturday, August 20, 1-3pm.
For LAW ENFORCEMENT EVERYWHERE, that we would keep the 4th commandment and honor those who serve and protect us from evildoers. 
For BRIAN TAMPOW, a friend of Steve and Toni Mauch, who has an inoperable tumor near his carotid artery and will need to go through extensive chemo and radiation treatment.
For CHERYL, a cousin of Tony and Sandra Perricone, who is going through breast cancer treatment right now. 
For DENISE SCHLESSELMANN as she begins her work as a teacher of English as a second language in the Czech Republic and transitions to regular life there. 

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