Daily Email: Monday, August 1, 2016

DEVOTION: Psalm 33:12-22 (ESV)

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
    the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

13 The Lord looks down from heaven;
    he sees all the children of man;
14 from where he sits enthroned he looks out
    on all the inhabitants of the earth,
15 he who fashions the hearts of them all
    and observes all their deeds.
16 The king is not saved by his great army;
    a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
17 The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
    and by its great might it cannot rescue.

18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
    on those who hope in his steadfast love,
19 that he may deliver their soul from death
    and keep them alive in famine.

20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart is glad in him,
    because we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
    even as we hope in you.

Tomorrow is primary election day in Missouri.  One thing I've noticed is that we place A LOT of hope and even pressure on our elected officials.  Many expect them to be our saviors.  We think that if we vote for the right one all of our problems will be solved and the United States, Warren County, Warrenton, or even our side of Warrenton will be great again. 
There is only one man who can make everything right again.  There is only one man who can defeat all evil and deliver us from it.  There is only one man who will make wrong things right, make bad things good, and give the whole earth peace.  It isn't Donald Trump, it isn't Hillary Clinton.  It isn't whoever gets elected as our governor, attorney general, or anything else. 
Hear what the Lord says through King David, "The king is not saved by his great army, a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.  The war horse is a false hope for salvation and by its great might it cannot be rescued."
The Lord is our only hope and our salvation!  The Lord is our "help and our shield".   
Or as Jesus says in our Gospel reading for yesterday  "So is the one who stores up treasures for himself on earth but is not rich toward God.
Say what you want about your 401K, your elected officials, your job security.  In the end, none of that can save you.  None of it will add a single hour to your life.  Only the Lord God can save, and he has through His Son, Jesus!  Trust in Him!
He created the earth and sustains it.  He gives you breath and takes it away.  He cares for you and loves you with an everlasting love.  He gives you all you need for this body and life!  TRUST ONLY IN HIM!!!
Prayer:  Lord, in the middle of all this uncertainty and political nonsense, give me peace, comfort, joy, and salvation in You.  Amen.

Mon- Holy Yoga 7pm
Tues- Election day; Quilting 9-2
Thurs- Alzheimers support group 1pm; Red Cross Blood Drive 3-7; L 101 7pm
Sat- Worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11; Preschool reserved noon; Fellowship Hall floor stripped and waxed noon


Acolyte- 8:30- Lydia Miller   11- George Pezold

Ushers- Dave Winter, Gary Scott, Larry Schulze, Scott Schulze

Altar-  Set up- Dane and Jodi Baldwin; Clean Up- Pam Linke

Elders-  Sat- Jason Cluver;  8:30- Randy Sweet;  11- Steve Robine
Greeters-  8:30- Rich and Peggy Talbert;  11- Steve and Sandy Robine

Lay Readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier  8:30- Randy Sweet; 11- Steve Robine

Piano- Sat- Kathy Barrow; Sun- Molly Hendershot

Projectionists: ?????  A new schedule will be put together this week


YESTERDAY'S QUIZ Where is Shiloh?

Depends. (No, not the diapers!)
If you're talking about 'Shiloh' from the Neil Diamond song heard here, in this rather dorky vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NngJPYZCtk4
it's where all imaginary friends are. Off in the land of la-la.
Now, if you're talking the Biblical Shiloh – which I'm guessing you are, since this is a Bible quiz – I have 2 options.
1)     It can refer to Christ. (Gen 49:10) It has been translated into meaning "the peaceful one" or "he who is sent," – an illusion to the Messiah. (See Isaiah 9:6 – where Christ is called the 'Prince of Peace.')
        So, in regards to His location, it is wherever Christ is found.
2)    If you are talking about a place, it is identified with Khirbet Seilun – the Arabic name for Shiloh – a Samarian city in the West Bank.
Here's an article about the name, if you guys want to learn more: https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/encyclopedia-of-the-bible/Shiloh
TODAY'S QUIZ: Where is the Valley of Ben Hinnom?
NEWS!!!!  (Lots of new news so make sure you read it all the way through!!)
Call 456-2888 to donate blood or to volunteer to help!!
Bring your kids, grandkids and backpacks to church this weekend so that the Lord can bless them and their school year! 
 Our next Gun Club outing will be at Whetstone Creek Conservation Area Gun Range on Saturday, August 13, from 9am-Noon.  You can either bring your own guns and ammo to shoot at the range or we will have a whole range set up for a special "fam fire" (armed forces code for familiarization fire) on a separate range for those who don't own a gun but would like to learn to shoot and learn about various types of firearms.  Paul Brockfeld and others will have several different firearms and ammo to use for $20 per person.  Please sign up on the sheet on the counter in the narthex so we know how many are coming and who is or is not bringing their own guns and ammo. 
Directions to the range: DO NOT follow the signs to Whetstone Creek.  If you follow the signs, you will not go to the firearms range.  From Warrenton take I-70 to the Williamsburg exit.  At the top of the ramp turn right and head north into Williamsburg.  At the first stop sign go straight (Sign will tell you to turn left to go to Whetstone Creek CA - do not turn left).  At the second stop sign go straight.  Road will turn to gravel as you leave Williamsburg.  Once road turns to gravel it is approximately 2.3 miles to the range on the right.  Parking lot is before the range.
Would you like a relaxing and peaceful day on the river in God's creation?  Do you want to grow in fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ?  Come and join us!
Here are the details:
1. Meet at 9:30am at Ozark Outdoors www.ozarkoutdoors.net
canoes $20 per person
kayaks- $28 per person
rafts- $29 per person
tubes are $25 per person
If you have your own equipment it is $30 per craft to ride the bus.
Children ages 7-12 are $15 and 7 and under are free
3. What you will need:
sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, food, beverages, a good attitude. 
4. Contact Teresa Scott to sign up
cell- 636-359-0274
work- (Schraer HVAC) 456-5041
Remember, this is a float, not a race.  It is a leisurely float down the river with lots of stops along the way!
If you choose to spend the weekend, please make camping, motel, or cabin arrangements through Ozark Outdoors or with Onondaga State Park www.mostateparks.com.  Hiking and cave tours are also available in Onondaga State Park. 
Go to www.t3mensretreat.org for details or give me a call at 636-359-1061.
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 www.stephenministry.org to learn more about it.
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!
For the TINNIN FAMILY at the loss of Dave's mom last night.
for LENA OWENS as she has knee replacement surgery this week.
For BOB RUHL, who is at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis as doctors try to find out what is causing his illness.
For DON BRAZEE as he is in failing health and is now confined to a bed on hospice care.
 For SHERRY BEASLEY as she recovers from gall bladder surgery.  
For Lead a Child, as they continue to provide much needed financial assistance for children in third world countries to go to school and get the care they need.
For the HARGROVE FAMILY as they mourn the loss of Dave's dad Charles.  (His memorial visitation and service will be Saturday, August 20, 1-3pm.
For LAW ENFORCEMENT EVERYWHERE, that we would keep the 4th commandment and honor those who serve and protect us from evildoers. 
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 begins her work as a teacher of English as a second language in the Czech Republic and transitions to regular life there.