DEVOTION: Psalm 3
3 O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
2 many are saying of my soul,
there is no salvation for him in God. Selah[a]
3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
4 I cried aloud to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
5 I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
who have set themselves against me all around.
7 Arise, O Lord!
Save me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you break the teeth of the wicked.
8 Salvation belongs to the Lord;
your blessing be on your people! Selah
As I read the news on my Twitter feed yesterday about the mass shooting in Orlando, I was once again reminded of the power of the devil in this world. He is definitely moving people to do much evil.
Evil is all around us. We don't need to look far. We all have our enemies. David had A LOT of them too. His job was to conquer all of his enemies around Israel and Judah. He had tons of foreign enemies as well as enemies from within. Can you imagine how worn out he must've been at the end of his life? After all that he went through, the battles he faced, as well as the guilt of his own sin, he must've just been tired of it all.
When David says, "I lay down and slept. I woke again for the Lord sustained me." You can see how David had to totally rely on God for his strength and safety and for his very life and breath. He could've been destroyed at any moment. He was only alive by the Lord's will.
The same is true for you. You have enemies all around you. No matter how nice or wonderful you are, there will be people who don't like you. There'll be even more when you do something wrong or something that offends. But the biggest enemy will be from within. It will be yourself and your own sinful nature. There will be days where you will just be beaten down and tired, and you'll be the one who has beaten yourself up.
It's after these times that we have to exclaim with David that "Salvation belongs to the Lord". O Lord, have mercy!!
Prayer: Lord, we are too often beaten up and down by the devil, the world, and our sinful nature. When we are, remind us that salvation belongs to you. Amen.
Mon- Family Night 6pm; Carnival meeting 7pm
Tues- Quilting 9-2; Trustees meeting 7pm; National Youth Gathering Meeting 7pm
Wed- Ladies Aid meeting 10am
Thurs- L 101 @ 7
Fri- NO Bible study at Hendershots
Sat- Men's breakfast 8am; Worship 5pm; 18-35 year old BBQ 6pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11; Father's Day
Acolyte- 8:30- Lydia Miller 11- George Pezold
Ushers- Allan Dreyer, Lew Feldkamp, Kent Jacobsmeyer, Paul Klover
Altar- Set up- Cheri' Hofeldt; Clean Up- Pam Linke
Elders- Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- Jason Cluver; 11- Charlie Figura
Greeters- 8:30- Paul and Cindy Klover; 11- Doug and Ruth Walters
Lay Readers- Sat- Sandra Perricone 8:30- Allan Dreyer; 11- Kailyn Blechle
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Piano- Kathy Barrow
Projectionists: Sat- ????? (I need someone as Pam has requested to be taken off the scchedule) 8:30- Dawn Sherman 11- Masters
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FAMILY NIGHT IS TONIGHT AT 6PM! EVERYONE IS INVITED!
Bring something ITALIAN to share for the meal! And bring a heart that is ready to grow in Christ!
CARNIVAL MEETING IS TONIGHT AT 7PM! If you want to be a part of it, or just have some great ideas for it, please be at the meeting! If you can't be there, text or call Kelsey 573-8037826 to volunteer or to share your ideas.
CALLING ALL 18-40 YEAR OLDS!!
What? Barbecue Picnic
When? Saturday, June 18, at 6pm (after worship)
Where? Church Pavilion
Who? All 18-40 year olds and their friends
Why? 1. Fun and Fellowship (getting to know others)
2. Fact Finding and Future Planning (How can the congregation better serve this generation, and how can this generation be of service to, in and through the congregation?)
What will be provided? Hamburgers, hotdogs, pork steaks, buns, plates, napkins, cups, and plasticware, tea, and lemondade.
What should I bring? Bring your own adult beverages and a side dish or dessert to share.
Please RSVP by Sunday, June 12 if you can, but if you don't RSVP, please come! The Lord will provide.
WHAT IS STEPHEN MINISTRY?
Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry of caring for individuals on a one to one basis through listening and prayer.
WHO NEEDS A STEPHEN MINISTER
Basically anyone who has gone or is going through some type of struggle or loss could benefit from a visit from a Stephen Minister. People who are going through grief, divorce, loneliness, or a whole host of other circumstances are all good candidates for a Stephen Minister.
WHO LEADS AND DIRECTS IT?
It is led by lay people, under the supervision of Pastor, who have been trained to be Stephen Leaders at a special Stephen Leader training course. Molly Hendershot, Joanne Hachtel, and Chrissy Groeber are our current Stephen leaders.
HOW DOES ONE BECOME A STEPHEN MINISTER?
Stephen Ministers go through 50 hours of training to be the best active listeners and responsible caregivers that they can be.
WHAT DO STEPHEN MINISTERS DO ONCE THEY ARE TRAINED? Stephen Ministers are responsible to
Share Christ's love
Attend to the caregiver process and leave the results to God.
WHAT IS CONFIDENTIALITY
WHO CAN BE A STEPHEN MINISTER?
Anyone who has a heart for hurting souls can be a Stephen Minister. It does require a time commitment, so be sure that you have enough time to commit to the training and to being a Stephen Minister (About 1-2 hours a week.)
WHY DO WE NEED STEPHEN MINISTERS?
It's best to answer this one right from the Scriptures. In Acts 6 we see that the disciples were getting very busy as the church was growing exponentially. They needed some "helpers' to help take care of the needs of the people. So they chose seven people, one of whom was Stephen, to help take care of the physical and spiritual needs of the people.
To these seven, and then to billions after them in the millennia since, have been given the task of being the ears, hands, and hearts to care for the people.
St. John's is in need of such people! As our congregation grows and changes and as needs increase, the need for Stephen Ministers increases as well. We just need more people listening and praying and that's what Stephen Ministers do.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO EB ASSIGNED TO A STEPHEN MINISTER AS A CARE RECEIVER?
Contact one of the Stephen Leaders, Marilyn, or Pastor and we will get you set up. Church phone is 636-456-2888 or Pastor's cell is 636-359-1061
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BECOME A STEPHEN MINISTER?
1. Contact one of our Stephen Leaders, Pastor, or Marilyn to be put on a list of trainees. 636-456-2888 or Pastor's cell at 636-359-1061
2. Wait for enough people to fill out the list.
3. Attend and participate in training when it is scheduled. We have to wait till there are enough people willing to go through the Stephen Ministry training before we start.
Here's how it works:
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.