DEVOTION: John 12:12-19 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Triumphal Entry
12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!" 14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,
16 His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. 17 The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. 18 The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, "You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him."
When Jesus rode into town on a young donkey, it showed that he wasn't coming in pomp and circumstance. He didn't ride into Jerusalem with thousands of soldiers and guards with majestic horses and camel. He rode into town by himself, with twelve lowly disciples walking with him, and the common folks waving palm branches and lawing them and their own coats on the road. He came in humility. He was humble.
In our Epistle reading yesterday Paul told the Philippians to have the same attitude as that of Jesus. BE HUMBLE!
So often I will think about conversations I have with people after I have talked to them, and I am ashamed because I have dominated the conversation or I have talked about myself too much. God gave me two ears and one mouth for a reason, so I listen twice as much as I talk. Lord, humble me.
In a world of self important people, be different. Think of everyone around you as more important than you. In so doing you will show Jesus to people! What better blessing is there than that?
Let us pray: Humble me, Lord of, so that you may be exalted in my life and I might diminish. Amen.
Thurs- Alzheimer's support group 1pm; Karate 6:15-7:45; Lutheranism 101 6:30-7:30
Sat- Worship 5pm
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Addie Hoelscher 11- Cierra Figura
Ushers- Sunday- Alan Hofeldt, Tim Linke, Rich Talbert, Don Turnure
Altar- Set up- Lucille Luebke; Clean Up- Joanne Hachtel
Elders- Sat- Steve Robine, 8:30- John Hachtel, 11- Randy Sweet
Greeters- 8:30- Don and Donna Sherman; 11- Steve and Sandy Robine???
Lay Readers- Sat- Steve Robine; 8:30- Roy Bohning; 11- Karen Benton
Piano- Molly Hendershot
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat- Kathy Fischer' 8:30- Schaumberg; 11- ????
Who was Ish-Bosheth? Ish-Bosheth was the son of and successor of King Saul. Reigned two years, then defeated by David and assassinated.--- Don Nolte
PASTOR IS LOSING TO GAIN
Between this past Monday, April 3 and Friday, September 1, I plan on losing as much weight as possible and as is healthy for me to lose. My goal, the Lord willing, is 100lbs. which averages out to about 2/3 of a pound a day.
I would like all of you to consider sponsoring me with a pledge of money per pound. It can be $100, $10, $1, .50, or whatever per pound. The amount is up to you.
You will also have your choice of three different causes to donate to.
Lead a Child-- An organization that raises money for Lutheran churches and schools in third world countries so that kids can go to school, get a quality education, and learn about Jesus. (Go to www.leadachild.org to learn more)
Warren County Literacy Inc.--- Helping children achieve and grow in literacy in Warren County. Our main emphasis is the bookcase project in which bookcases and books are donated to between 60-80 children from the Youth In Need and Headstart programs in Warren County. We also have several "Little Free Libraries" around the county. (Check it out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Warren-County-Literacy-Inc-1763714847229903/?ref=bookmarks or http://www.warrencountybookcaseproject.org/
Warren County Pregnancy Option Center--- This will be a place where expectant mothers and fathers can go and get counseling, coaching and referrals to medical services they need so that they can keep their child or give it up for adoption. Our first annual banquet is Thursday, April 20 at 7pm at Holy Rosary, and I still need two people to fill the table. More info will be coming soon about a Facebook page and websites.
Please reply to this email if you'd like to pledge, and I will record it for you!
I started out at 336lbs on Monday, and I am down to 332 as of yesterday afternoon. Please pray for me and for this endeavor! Keep me accountable!
BIBLE STUDY AT HENDERSHOTS CANCELED FOR APRIL 21
Due to confirmation questioning being the same evening and the LWML Zone Rally the next day, the Hendershots are going to cancel their monthly Bible study and fellowship. It will resume on Friday, May 19!
MEN'S BREAKFAST IS SATURDAY, APRIL 15!!
Come and join us for breakfast and devotions, and then stay to help set up for Easter breakfast!!
We'll have biscuits and gravy, sausage, and egg bake!!
As we do every year, we place lilies on and around the altar for Easter. You can donate one in memory or in honor of someone. Price is $14.50 each! You can take it home after the 10am service on Easter Day. If you pay for it with a check that you put in the offering plate, please mark it "Easter Lilly" in the memo line. Let's fill up the chancel with lilies this year!!!
OUR CHURCH OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR/SECRETARY, MARILYN FOSTER, IS RETIRING!!
After working faithfully for St. John's for the last 14 years, Marilyn Foster, has announced that she will be retiring on May 31. We are planning a retirement celebration for her on Sunday, May 21 after church. More information will be coming about this soon.
VENDORS NEEDED FOR OUR MAY 6 VENDOR FAIR AND FLEA MARKET!!
Inside vendors are $25 a table/space. Outside parking spots are $10 a piece. Donations for the youth's pavilion sale can be left in the shed or in pastor's office.
LITTLE LAMBS ENROLLMENT FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR IS OPEN!!!!
Student must be 3 for younger class or 4 for older class by August 1.
$45 nonrefundable registration fee required.
Registration packets can be picked up at Little Lambs during school hours and in the church office during non-school hours.
OPERATION BACKPACK ITEMS COLLECTED FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL IS
Soup and Ramen Noodles. Place them in the receptacle marked "Backpack Blessings" in the narthex.
AGAPE DONATIONS ALWAYS ACCEPTED!!
Any nonperishable food items, diapers, toiletries, etc.!!
Perishable food items can be taken directly to Agape at 713 Powell St. in Warrenton. Call 456-4645 to find out when they're open or for more info.
YOUR KROGER CARD CAN EARN MONEY FOR LITTLE LAMBS
For JENNIFER HOELSCHER, who is hospitalized with digestive problems.
For PAT KING, as she is recovering from knee replacement surgery at Progress West.
For MARILYN FOSTER as she prepares for her retirement.
For both RANDY AND PATTY SWEET'S MOTHERS, Virginia, Patty's mom, has just been diagnosed with lung cancer. Rose, Randy's mom, had a bad seizure two months ago, and although she is walking and talking fine, the seizure caused some dementia.
For DANIELLE MEINE KRAMER, whose leukemia is back after a brief respite from it. She had it for several years while in high school. (She grew up riding Karin's school bus to school.)
For Mim Dunn's nephew DAVID HAHN who is dealing with severe throat cancer.
For LOIS BOEGER'S MOM, EVELYN TOEDEBUSCH, who has been on hospice care for the last few months and slows down a little more every day, but is doing well.
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