Holy Yoga Workshop this Sunday 3-5pm

If you are new to yoga, or are a seasoned veteran, this workshop will bless you!  Come and see what Holy Yoga is all about!  Learn poses and praises from Yogi Amanda Nordwald and grow in your faith at the same time!

Daily Email: Monday, September 26, 2016

DEVOTION:  Psalm 62 (ESV)

62 For God alone my soul waits in silence;
    from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

How long will all of you attack a man
    to batter him,
    like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
They only plan to thrust him down from his high position.
    They take pleasure in falsehood.
They bless with their mouths,
    but inwardly they curse. Selah

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
    for my hope is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my salvation and my glory;
    my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

Trust in him at all times, O people;
    pour out your heart before him;
    God is a refuge for us. Selah

Those of low estate are but a breath;
    those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
    they are together lighter than a breath.
10 Put no trust in extortion;
    set no vain hopes on robbery;
    if riches increase, set not your heart on them.

11 Once God has spoken;
    twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
12     and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.
For you will render to a man
    according to his work.

I want to focus on these verses today
"3 How long will all of you attack a man
    to batter him,
    like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
They only plan to thrust him down from his high position.
    They take pleasure in falsehood.
They bless with their mouths,
    but inwardly they curse."

In every church there are those who are like the very people that David describes in the verses above.  They are passive aggressive.  They are those who will be nice to you to your face but will talk about you behind your back.  They are those who will put little seeds of trouble in places where there was none before, who will stir stuff up to get their way.  They gossip.  They tear down.  They ruin relationships.  They use their positions of authority to bring down others.  They cause all sorts of trouble. 
Are you one of these people?  Have you been gossiping?  have you been calling all off your friends about someone instead of talking to the person yourself just the two of you?  Matthew 18:15 has this to say to you.  "If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault just between the two of you.  If he listens to you, you've won your brother over."
Another passage from Matthew 5:23 says, "If your offering your gift at the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you.  Leave  your gift there at the altar.  First go and be reconciled to your brother and then come and offer your gift." 
I am praying that God's Word convicts some of you reading this today to stop breaking the 8th commandment.  Stop cutting others down.  Stop talking badly about the plans of others in the congregation.  Stop trying to find every reason to not do something and everything wrong with everything. 
Instead, speak well of your brothers and sisters in Christ!  Build each other up!  Confess your sins to each other!  Forgive each other!  Stop only trying to get what you want for yourself and work towards the goal of getting what the Lord wants for His people.
And to those who  have been victims of this kind of trouble, do what David did.  Put your hope in the Lord alone!  Wait for him in silence.  Don't retaliate.  Don't seek revenge.  If you do, you'll be no better than they other person.  Trust in the Lord for your peace and your joy, and He will give it to you.
Let us pray:  Lord God, forgive me for breaking the 8th commandment by tearing down the efforts of others, for talking about people with whom I disagree instead of talking to them, and for tearing down instead of building up.  Help me to build up my brothers and sisters in Christ with my words and actions and to deal with conflict the way You want me to by giving and receiving forgiveness freely.  Amen.


Mon- Confirmation 5-6:15; Holy Yoga 7pm
Tues- Quilting 9-2
Wed- Worship at Oak Pointe 10am; Choir 7pm
Thurs- Karate 6-7:30; Lutheranism 101 6pm
Sat- Oktoberfest 4-10pm; Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Chapel 11; Holy Yoga Workshop 3-5pm

Acolyte- 8:30- Loren Howard  11- Savannah Masters

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

Altar-  Set up- Don Hance; Clean Up- Sandy Robine

Elders-  Sat- Randy Sweet;  8:30- Jason Cluver;  11- Charlie Figura
Greeters-  8:30- Lew and Dianne Feldkamp;  11- Mike and Naomi Johnson

Lay Readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier;  8:30- Tim Linke; 11- Sandy Robine

Piano- Sat and Sun 8:30- Barb Dreyer

Organist- (No organ this weekend)

Projectionists: Sat- Toni Mauch; 8:30- Terry McKenzie
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ:    Who interpreted the writing on the wall and what did the writing on the wall mean?
(Thanks for the answer Pat King!)
It was interpreted by Daniel, who was living their in captivity.
The actual words were: מנא, מנא, תקל, ופרסין
Daniel reads the words, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN, and interprets them for the king: MENE, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; TEKEL, you have been weighed and found wanting; and PERES, the kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians. The king died that night and the kingdom was given to Darius the Mede.
TODAY'S QUIZ:  In what year did Haggai receive the Word of the Lord and begin writing his prophecy?
Where?  St. John's
What? a genuine Oktoberfest with real German food, bier, polka, games, bounce houses, and lots of fun!!
When?  4-10pm
What is needed?  There are a lot of supplies and volunteers that are STILL needed to make this happen!  Call or text Kelsey @ 573-803-7826 to volunteer or to find out what is still needed.  
The Oktoberfest committee is still looking for some help on October 1st from 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. We need people to help with food, games, set up, and tear down.
If you can help with any of these call Kelsey at 573-803-7826 or reply to this email, and I will forward the info to her.
We will recognize and pray for our Ladies Aid this weekend at all three services!  All Ladies Aid members are strongly encouraged to attend. 
Vendors should reserve their table through the church office 456-2888.  Tables rent for $25 and checks should be madde payable to St. John's Ladies Aid.
For BOB RUHL as he continues to struggle greatly to get better.  He is still in New Florence Care Center.
For PAM BUELTMANN as she recovers from a broken hip at Cedar Crest Nursing and Rehab in Washington.
For JOYCE PIETZSCHKE as she is recovering from pneumonia and intestinal issues.  She Is now in Parklane Rehab in Wentzville.
For PAUL TOEDEBUSCH who is recovering from a severe kidney infection at home.
For LOIS BOEGER'S MOM, who has been placed on hospice care due to cancer.  She is at home.
For DENNIS PERREY, who is recovering at home from a very serious tractor and brush hog accident.  He has 6 broken ribs, both lungs were punctured and, 2 vertebrae were cracked.