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Daily Email: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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DEVOTION: Luke 9:51-62English Standard Version (ESV)
"A Samaritan Village Rejects Jesus"
51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. 53 But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, "Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?"[a] 55 But he turned and rebuked them.[b] 56 And they went on to another village.
"The Cost of Following Jesus"
57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." 58 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." 59 To another he said, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." 60 And Jesus[c] said to him, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." 61 Yet another said, "I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home." 62 Jesus said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."
Lots of harsh things going on in this passage.  Life was harsh for Jesus, especially as he set his face toward Jerusalem.  Once he did that, it was all business.  It was all business, because that's what He had truly come to do.  His face was set toward Jerusalem, because that is where he would suffer and die for the sins of the world.  It would be where he would feel the whips, the crown of thorns, the beating so bad that people couldn't recognize him, the nails in his hands and feet, and finally where he would take his last breath.  It wasn't a fun trip.
Notice how it says that many rejected him, and many quit following him.  It still happens in our day.  It is most certainly happening in our United States, in our society.  In place of God's Word, people want tolerance and acceptance.  In place of confession and absolution, people want acceptance and even recognition and pride in all things sinful.  The people rejected Jesus once he stopped giving them what they wanted and turned his face toward to Jerusalem to give them what they needed. 
My prayer for you is that you set your face toward Jerusalem with Jesus so that you may see what the Lord's will is no matter how opposed the world is to it.  Stand firm in God's Word!  Speak the truth in love!  Keep preaching, teaching, and living love ad forgiveness.  Live in Christ and know that your reward awaits you in paradise! 
Prayer: Lord, make me to know your will, to surrender to it, and to live in it.  Amen.



Wed- Worship at Oak Pointe 10am
Thurs- Pastor leaves for vacation and is gone till July 2
Sat- Worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11


Acolyte- 8:30- John Pezold   11- Jacob Winn

Ushers- George, Gary, and Ben Hoelscher, and Brent Davis

Altar-  Set up- Linda Callies; Clean Up- Lois Boeger

Elders-  Sat- Roy Bohning;  8:30- Randy Sweet;  11- Jim Rahn
Greeters-  8:30- Jim and Vickie McRae;  11- Steve and Sandy Robine

Lay Readers- Sat- Roy Bohning  8:30- Derek Ebert; 11- Jim Rahn

Organist- Rachel Fisher
Piano- Kathy Barrow

Projectionists:  No projection this week


Acolytes- 8:30- Dawn Sherman              11- Hailey Blechle


Ushers- Marvin hendershot, Don Luebke, Dave Callies, Don Nolte


Altar--   Set up- Marilyn Foster and Sue Ruhl;   Clean up- Sandy Robine


Elder-  ??????


Greeters- 8:30- Don Nolte; 11- Joan Sexton


Lay Readers- Sat- Judy Koprowski; 8:30- Tim Linke; 11- Steve Robine


Pianist- Barb Dreyer


Projectionist- Sat- Toni Mauch; 8:30- Erv Yoder; 11- Gus


YESTERDAY'S QUIZ How many nations does Amos speak against? Eight including Judah and Israel

TODAY'S QUIZ: What happened to Uzziah because of his sin?
Each week the children will play different board games which will be coordinated with the Bible lesson. Bring your kids to have some fun and to learn the Scriptures at the same time.
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 to learn more about it.
VBS, "CHRISTMAS IN JULY", will be held Monday, July 25-Thursday, July 28!!!  WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!!!
We need adults or at least high school kids to lead groups of kids from activity to activity.  Depending on the numbers, you would be in charge of anywhere between 5 and 15 kids.  You should plan on being there from 5-8 every evening.
We also need kitchen workers to make, serve, and clean up meals.  You should plan on being there from 4:30-6:30 every evening.
Please volunteer!  We need you!
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!
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 MANNESS, who is recovering from hip replacement and pelvic reconstruction surgery at St. Mary's Hospital.  
For DON NOLTE'S BROTHER, GERALD, who is recovering from very serious heart surgery and will go home later this week.
For MOLLY HENDERSHOT, who is recovering from a  broken shoulder at home.
For PAT JAEGER, who is going home from the nursing home tomorrow (Thursday).
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 finishes up her current mission work in the Czech Republic and makes her decisions for her future.

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