Daily Email: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

DEVOTION:  Galatians 1:1-12English Standard Version (ESV)

Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers[a] who are with me,

To the churches of Galatia:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
"No Other Gospel"
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.
10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant[b] of Christ.
"Paul Called by God"
11 For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man's gospel.[c] 12 For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
There were some people in Galatia at Paul's time who were Christians, but they were mistaken Christians.  These Christians had the mistaken belief that the people still had to fulfill the Jewish regulations and laws.  They were mistaken because Jesus had fulfilled those laws all by himself and made them obsolete.  They were no longer necessary for salvation, or for that matter anything else.  In essence, these people were saying that belief in the salvation of Jesus through his life, suffering, death, and resurrection was not enough. 
Do you know anyone, or even a whole church body that teaches this?  I bet you do.  There are many confused and mistaken Christian churches who put other stipulations on the Gospel.  They teach that a person must be good, or that he has to fulfill the law of ...... whatever. 
I tell you the truth!  There is no other Gospel!  Later on in this letter Paul exclaims, once again, that "we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Jesus Christ, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. 
This is the Gospel!  Listen up!  Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day He rose from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and sits at the right handoff God the Father Almighty!  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.  He did this all for you!  He suffered died and rose again for you!  You will live forever if you believe this! 
That's it!  No more! No less!  Believe it and you will be saved!
Have a blessed day y'all!
Prayer: Lord, don't let me listen to anyone who will distort, change, add to, or take away from the Gospel.  Give me the wisdom to know the Gospel and to believe it and only it wholeheartedly so I can be with you forever.  Amen.
Wed- Worship at Oak Pointe 10; Choir 7
Thurs- Lutheranism 101 7pm
Fri- Assemble Newsletter 9am
Sat-  Worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11

Mon- Memorial Day- Church office closed

Acolyte- 8:30- Jacob Cluver   11- Alaina Heitgerd

Ushers- Alan Hofeldt, Rich Talbert, Tim Linke, Don Turnure

Altar-  Set up- Dane and Jodi Baldwin; Clean Up- John and Anna Hoenig

Elders-  Sat- Randy Fischer;  8:30- Jason Cluver;  11- Charlie Figura
Greeters-  8:30- Lew and Dianne Feldkamp;  11- Joan Sexton

Lay Readers- Sat- Marci Sevier  8:30- Jacob Nagel; 11- Kailyn Blechle

Organist- Rachel Fisher
Piano- Kathy Barrow

Projectionists:  Sat- Toni Mauch; 8:30- ???? (Erv Yoder is scheduled, but he is out of town for work.) 11- Cameron Faerber

YESTERDAY'S QUIZ  What does Solomon say about grandchildren in Proverbs?  Children's children are a crown to the aged.
TODAY'S QUIZ:  Who was Agur son of Jakeh?  (Hey Pat... where ya at?)
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!
Come and join us!  It doesn't matter if you have tons of Bible and theology knowledge or none at all!  It's a fun, light hearted and yet extremely beneficial time!
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.
Place your order online at www.tributetoveteransmemorial.org  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: http://www.leadachild.org/bike


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.

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 PAT JAEGER, who has had her knee replacement surgery postponed. 
For BRIAN TAMPOW, a friend of Steve and Toni Mauch, who will be having cancer surgery soon, and chemo and radiation afterwards on a tumor just behind his tonsils.
For JIM HUSTER who is recovering at home from pneumonia.
For BARB PERRICONE as she continues to recover from pneumonia in the hospital.
For CARA KLAUSTERMEIER as she recovers at home and is doing well.
 For CHERYL, a cousin of Tony and Sandra Perricone, who is going through breast cancer treatment right now. 
For DENISE SCHLESSELMANN as she finishes up her current mission work in the Czech Republic and makes her decisions for her future.