Thank you!

Yesterday at our voters' meeting I was recognized by the Missouri District and by St. John's for 15 years in ministry.  All 15 years have been spent in Warrenton, Missouri. 

I want to first thank St. John's for sticking with me.  You've had your opportunities to get rid of me when I did and said the wrong things. Thank you for being forgiving of my many faults and mess ups.

I also want to thank Karin for putting up with me.  I can honestly say that most of my good points as a pastor are because of her.  When I don't run things past her first, they usually don't go right.  She is my grounding and my wisdom sent directly by God for me.  I love you honey!

Most importantly I thank God for calling me to this ministry despite my inadequacies.  He has most certainly been the one doing the work.  I'm just his hands, feet, and mouth.  Thank you Lord!

To God be ALL the glory!

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Daily Email: Monday, May 16, 2016

Sorry this is so late.  The internet was off for a while here.
DEVOTION:  Psalm 8
O Lord, Our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.  Out of the mouths of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?  Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.  You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.  O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!
What is in a name?  How about everything?  When God told Moses to call Him "Yahweh", which means "I am" there is tons of meaning in those two little words.  When He is called Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, there is all the meaning in the world in it.  In fact, there is so much meaning that we can never fathom or comprehend all of it. 
This coming weekend we celebrate the Trinity.  To even try to explain the Trinity is to go beyond our bounds.  There is no human explanation for it that will suffice or will adequately say all that needs to be said.  Even the extra long Athanasian Creed doesn't even begin to do it justice. 
That's why when David says what He does here, it is a wonderful exposition of everything that God is about.  We can say that He goes above and beyond all explanation.  He is way above the heavens.  He is love!   
We are nothing compared to God.  David asks, "What is man that you are mindful of him?"  Answer?  Nothing but dust. 
The other answer is EVERYTHING.  We are everything to Him only because He loves us.  He has chosen us.  We are His!  That's why He reveals Himself to us, to little children.  He reveals Himself to us so that we can know Him and love Him!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for loving us enough to reveal yourself to us and show us that you love us.  Help us to keep from trying to put our will or understanding on you!  Instead, give us the will to surrender to you.  Amen.

Mon- Last day of school in WRIGHT CITY
Tues- Quilters 9-2; Board of Outreach meeting 6pm; Gun Club Fun 7pm
Wed- Last day of school in WARRENTON; Ladies Aid noon; Choir 7
Thurs-  Social Security seminar 6:30
Fri- Bible study at Hendershots 7pm
Sat-  Men's breakfast 8am; Worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11; Gross Out Challenge Day


Acolyte- 8:30- Hailey Blechle   11- Jack Bunge

Ushers- Don Hance, Rich Boeger, Doug Walters, Don Tate

Altar-  Set up- Lucille Luebke; Clean Up- Lynn Russell, and Elaine Schauer

Elders-  Sat- Roy Bohning;  8:30- John Hachtel;  11- Steve Robine
Greeters-  8:30- Dave and Linda Callies;  11- Dan and Lisa Rausch

Lay Readers- Sat- Roy Bohning  8:30- Amber Vossen; 11- Steve Robine

Organist- Rachel Fisher 
Piano- Kathy Barrow

Projectionists:  Sat- Pam Bueltmann; 8:30- George Pezold  11- Luke Rausch

YESTERDAY'S QUIZ  Who was Adonijah?
 Oh! I remember this from that whole "Let's all read the Bible together!" thing we did last year. (Yes! My memory is that good! Senility has not kicked in yet, despite the rumors going around town.)
He was one of David's sons – number 4 on the hit list, to be exact. And when his older brothers kicked the can, he decided he would be the next king – after David bit the dust. So, he started building up a support group. Guessing that even though he knew he deserved to be the next king, he was smart enough to realize other folk might have different ideas. And even though David was aware of what he was doing, he did nothing to stop it. Despite the fat that he had already promised Bathsheba that her son would be the next king. (Again with the lame parenting skills.)
Because of David turning a blind eye with regards to Adonijah's planned coup – David had a history of doing that - he helped set the stage for the problems Solomon would immediately inherit, after he was anointed king. Luckily for Solomon, he had a feisty mother – Bathsheba – and a prophet – Nathan – who were looking out for his interests. Not to mention God, who knew all along who He wanted.
And that's the facts. And you heard it first here! Or maybe, last year, when you read those chapters in our Bible study thingie.
TODY'S QUIZ:   What is Sheol?
1. The voters assembly decided to not move Kelsey's salary to the general budget due to budget restraints and a lack of money in the special fund that was developed for her. 
2. The compensation committee decided that, although both Pastor and Marilyn deserve a substantial raise in pay, there isn't enough money in the budget to do so. 
The bottom line is that giving needs to increase for St. John's to be able to do the things that need to be done.  A committee has volunteered to look into how St. John's can increase giving among members.
Paul Brockfeld and Jason Cluver will bring a wide variety of guns (shotguns, rifles, and handguns) for us to look at and learn how to operate.  We will all get to handle the guns.  No shooting. 
This will be a great opportunity check out all sorts of guns so you can be more confident and sure of your ability and knowledge, and even learn which one would best fit you!
Come learn how a little planning could help you avoid making a mistake.  You may save thousands over the rest of your life.  Our government has made Social Security a moving target.  Know how the new rules may affect you.  The workshop will be sponsored by the Senior Services Resources Group!  Drinks and Sandwiches will follow!  Please call Marilyn at 456-2888 to reserve your seat.   
Pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, fruit
We will finish our video study of other religions by looking at "New Age" religions, the Unification Church (Moonies), and Scientology (L. Ron Hubbard, Tom Cruise)
You may have noticed the big red dumpster on the parking lot.  That is for you to dump your used paper!!
Any kind and color of paper is acceptable.  No cardboard. 
Church will get money per pound.
If you want to see Kelsey or Pastor covered in all sorts of gross stuff, get your money in the jugs by this Sunday!!  Whoever gets the most money in their jug will get dumped on.  So get that money into Kelsey's jug asap!!
Place your order online at  or get an application from the office.

We have been blessed beyond measure in the United States haven't we?  I want you to join me in making a global difference by releasing children from poverty through Christian education.


Instead of taking a week off and joining my fellow Lead a Child bikers who are riding the Fault Line across four states this year,  I have decided to go solo and bike 1,000 miles locally and while on vacation by August 1 to raise funds for LeadaChild. Would you sponsor me so that I can raise funds to support this most worthy organization?  In my opinion, there is no more worthy organization to support than LeadaChild!


LeadaChild  provides educational assistance to over 26,000 children and shares the love of Jesus Christ with the students and their families! LeadaChild supports the poorest of the poor children through Christian education in the following countries:

Guatemala                    Chad                       Honduras               Palestine               Haiti             Uganda

Gambia                          Ivory Coast            El Salvador            Nigeria                   Panama       Nicaragua

Burma                            Ghana                     Chile                       Venezuela             Bolivia         Mexico

Liberia                            Uruguay                Sri Lanka                India                       Guinea        Sierra Leone   

Bangladesh                   Cambodia              South Africa         Togo                       Thailand

 These students need your help to find a way out of poverty through Christian education and learn of the hope of Christ our Savior.


Please fill out your information below and send it with your check or donate online through the LeadaChild website:


Every dollar makes a difference. Please give generously.  Please remember all of the riders in your prayers!  Thank you much for your support!


Biking For Kids Together,

Pastor Jeremy Klaustermeier


LeadaChild  is a 501 C-3 non-profit organization and is a Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

Order some Avon "Skin So Soft"  from Little Lambs to help them raise money for new playground equipment!  Call Karin at 314-691-7283 to place your order!
Remember this is for the poor and needy children of our community and county that often receive two breakfast and lunch at school, and have very little or no food at home.
For OUR CONGREGATION, that monetary giving would increase so that we can afford the ministries that we are currently doing and can increase in the ministries that are needed.
 For CHERYL, a cousin of Tony and Sandra Perricone, who is going through breast cancer treatment right now. 
For DONNA HEITGERD'S SON , DAVID, who has cancer and is going through chemo and radiation treatment.
For DON AND CAROL BRAZEE who were both in church on Saturday night and are doing better. 
For DENISE SCHLESSELMANN as she finishes up her current mission work in the Czech Republic and makes her decisions for her future.