13 Let brotherly love continue. 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. 4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. 5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." 6 So we can confidently say,
"The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear;
what can man do to me?"
7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 9 Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. 10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. 11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. 12 So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. 13 Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. 14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
As a pastor, verse 17 stuck out to me. It is a great privilege to be a pastor. I get to be the one who brings the Gospel to people when and where they need it. I get to speak God's Words all day every day. What a wonderful privilege it is. I get to be there at the most important moments in people's lives, in times of great joy and times of great sorrow. I get to distribute God's gifts through preaching His Word, through baptizing his children, and through handing out his body and blood in the Lord's Supper. There is nothing more satisfying for me than being able to do these things.
At the same time, it can also be a great burden, especially when the members of the church do not respond to God's Word and the Sacraments as they should.
It give me great heart burn and causes me grief when the members of God's church keep themselves away from Him. When a person stays away from worship he or she is in grave danger of losing faith. The longer they stay away the more chance there is of it.
It gives me sleepless nights when brothers and sisters in the church are in conflict with one another, and special grief when a person is in conflict with me.
Please understand, I'm not complaining. God chose me for this calling and I have accepted it. I love it! Even after 15 years I still love almost everything I get to do every week. But it would give me great joy to see those in worship who have been neglecting it. It would give me great joy if those who were in conflict reconciled with each other. It would give me great joy to know that there is no one in the church who is against the church and that we are all moving forward in faith to build up God's kingdom!
If you want to make me happy there are three things you can do:
1. Come to worship.
2. Be reconciled to each other (Forgive and be forgiven)
3. Get on board with the mission of St. John's which is to "make disciples of all focusing on the next generation.)
Thank you and God bless your day with peace!
Prayer: Lord, bless my church with peace, growth and forgiveness and help me to be an agent of all three of these. Amen.
Wed- Worship at Oak Pointe 10am
Thurs- Lutheranism 101
Fri- Newsletter assembly 9am; Wedding rehearsal 5pm; Concessions at football game 6-10pm
Sat- Peery/Polston wedding 2pm; Worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Kids Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11; High School Youth Night 6-7:30
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Jack Bunge 11- Jacob Cluver
Ushers- Marv Hendershot, Don Luebke, Dave Callies, Don Nolte
Altar- Set up- Terry McKenzie; Clean Up- John and Anna Hoenig
Elders- Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- Jason Cluver; 11- Charlie Figura
Greeters- 8:30- Doug and Ruth Walters; 11- Charlie and Lynn Figura
Lay Readers- Sat- Sandra Perricone 8:30- Allan Dreyer; 11- Stephanie Owenby
Piano- Sat- Molly Hendershot
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat- Perricone; 8:30- Yoder
BUILDING COMMITTEE AND BUILDING FINANCE COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!
We have accepted the Master Plan for the building program, now what?
We need to properly staff the Building and Finance Committees. Here are some of the expectations and tasks these committee members will be responsible for.
Please look over these job descriptions, pray about it, and volunteer if you are interested and are excited about seeing this project to fruition!
Our next meeting will be next Monday, August 29 at 7pm!
Building Committee requirements:
· Good communication and listening skills, ability to be the liaison between the building process and other St. John's members.
· Understanding of project management, (not necessarily construction experience), but have the ability to understand all phases and processes needed to complete building project.
· First task will be research, evaluation and selection of the architect for the building project.
· Much of the task will be less about solving the specific problems of construction, but rather communication with others in the church so concerns / ideas are explored and information is shared.
· Require 1 to 2 year time commitment and 100% attendance at meetings
We are looking for 4 to 6 members to serve.
Finance committee requirements:
· Good communication and listening skills, ability to be the liaison between the finance / fund raising process and St. John's` members.
· Working knowledge of finance, accounting, or banking is a great plus.
· Task will include working with fund raising campaign, working with concerns of congregation as well as making sure building project stays on budget.
· Require 1 to 2 year time commitment, 100% attendance at meetings
We are looking for 2 to 4 members to serve.
Peanut butter crackers
Finger food snacks
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!
Here's how it works: