DEVOTION: Acts 2:42-47 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Fellowship of the Believers
If you want to know what the church is supposed to be about, look above. This is the church. We are one big family. When one hurts, we all hurt. When one is excluding himself or herself we all suffer. When one person or one family suffers we are all able to gather together around that person or family and take care of them. When one person rejoices, we all rejoice!! We attend worship TOGETHER! We break bread in each other's homes TOGETHER! We praise God TOGETHER! We have favor with all the people TOGETHER!!
When this happens, when we are unity like the first church was, good things happen. The number of those being saved increases daily. We grow in our own faith as the body of Christ more. We love more, forgive more, and have a whole lot more peace.
On the other hand, if we fail to see the benefits of the GOD GIVEN church, the church suffers, it decreases, strife happens, ministries decrease, and peace becomes a thing of the past.
I encourage you to look at your own life, especially as it pertains to your church. How are you treating it? Is it just a place you go to on Saturday nights or Sunday mornings once in a while? Is it a place and a people that you only expect to get something out of but never feel the need to contribute to it? Are you proud of your church or would you be just fine if it went away? Would you miss it, or would you be thankful that you don't have it to deal with anymore?
My prayer for you is that if you are being faithful in worship and in service to the church that you would continue, and if you have been negligent in these areas, that the Holy Spirit would renew your interest and your fervor for the church and you would come back to the family!
Wherever you are on the spectrum, rejoice that God ha given you St. John's Lutheran Church. It is a bunch of sinners gathered together by God to hear his Word, receive his sacraments, and grow together as brothers and sisters. Rejoice that Christ is risen for the church and that he loves us all!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for St. John's. It is a wonderful body of believers gathered together by you, for you, and through you so that through us you can bring the Gospel to this community and the world and add daily to the numbers of those being saved. Amen.
Tues- Quilting 9-2
Wed- Choir 7pm
Thurs- NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER BREAKFAST AND WORSHIP 6:30-7:30; Alzheimer's Support group 1pm; Lutheranism 101 6:30pm; No karate
Sat- TAILGATE SALE 7am-1pm; Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11am
______________________________________________________________________WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS WEEK:
Acolyte- 8:30- Dawn Sherman; 11- Lydia Miller
Ushers- Alan Hofeldt, Tim Linke, Rich Talbert, Don Turnure
Altar- Set up- Jodi Baldwin; Clean Up- Terry McKenzie
Elders- Sat- Dave Winter; 8:30- John Hachtel, 11- Jim Rahn
Greeters- 8:30- Dave and Linda Callies; 11- Mike and Naomi Johnson
Lay Readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier; 8:30- John Hachtel; 11- Jim Rahn
Organist- Rachel Fisher 8:30 and 11
Sat Pianist- Barb Dreyer
Projectionists: No projectionists this week
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ : What tune is Psalm 75 set to?
The tune was called "Do Not Destroy"
TODAY'S QUIZ: What does the word "Hallelujah" or "Alleluia" mean?
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER BREAKFAST AND WORSHIP IS THURSDAY, MAY 4!!
Breakfast- 6:30-7am (biscuits and gravy, sausage, and scrambled eggs)
Prayer service- 7am (Prayer, praise, and singing)
Please join us!!
TAILGATE SALE AND FLEA MARKET THIS SATURDAY 7am-1pm!!!
Still plenty of spaces available and I am sure there will be plenty of deals to be had that day!!
Make plans to get out and get some deals and support your church at the same time!!
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 MAY IS CANNED FRUIT!!
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 RANDY SWEET AND HIS FAMILY as they mourn the loss of his mother Rose, who passed from death to life.
For CAROL BRAZEE recovering from sinus surgery at home.
For KEN FOSTER recovering from back surgery at home.
For PAT KING, as she is recovering from knee replacement surgery at home.
For MARILYN FOSTER as she prepares for her retirement.
For PATTY SWEET'S MOTHER, Virginia, who is on hospice care and is nearing the end of her life.
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.