DEVOTION: John 3:1-17English Standard Version (ESV)
You Must Be Born Again
For God So Loved the World
No one knows if Nicodemus actually wanted to know the truth or if he was trying to catch Jesus in his own words. Needless to say, he got the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
What about you? Are you seeking the truth, or just what you want to hear? Do you want to hear the truth, that you are a sinner in need of a Savior, or do you just want a Jesus who is going to show you how to make yourself better? Is Jesus just some sort of spiritual bank where you go to get your fill up so you can do what you want to, or is he the Lord and Savior of your whole life?
In Christ we are reborn each day through the faith that we received at our baptism and that remains with us. We are reborn when we daily drown the old sinful nature through contrition and repentance and rise to newness of life through the good news that Jesus has saved us. Then we go about our day living freely in His grace. What a wonderful gift this is!
The Gospel isn't "Jesus died for you, now go and do this and that and serve him and make your life better, and make sure you stay away from this, and……."
No! The Gospel is "God so loved you, that He sent His Son to die for you, that you may believe in Him and have eternal life." PERIOD. End of sentence! That's the Gospel. Live freely and fully in it! Do whatever God gives you to do today in joy and love! Let go of all the bitterness, anger, jealousy, selfish ambition, materialism, etc. and BELIEVE IN JESUS!
Prayer: Lord, help me to get rid of all my sin by placing it at your feet and trusting in You alone. Amen.
Thurs- Ed Kohrs visitation 11-12:30 and funeral 12:30, Burial at city cemetery to follow; Karate 6:15; Lutheranism 101 6:30
Fri- Barb Perricone visitation 10-11am; funeral 11; Luncheon to follow
Sat- Worship 5pm
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Addie Hoelscher 11- Cierra Figura
Ushers- ; Sun- Alan Hofeldt, Tim Linke, Rich Talbert, Don Turnure
Altar- Sun set up- Cheri' Hofeldt; Clean up- Joannne Hachtel
Elders- Sat- Roy Bohning, 8:30- Jim Rahn, 11- Al Benton
Greeters- 8:30- Don and Donna Sherman; 11- Steve and Sandy Robine
Lay Readers- Sat- Jim Rahn; 8:30- Roy Bohning; 11- Karen Benton
Piano- Barb Dreyer
Organist- Wed and Sun- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat- Fischer; 8:30- Schaumberg; 11- Savannah Masters
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: Who was the leader of the Israelites after Moses? Joshua
TODAY'S QUIZ: Where did Moses have to go to see the Promised Land before he died?
"It's not my fault." Please listen and share! https://youtu.be/NPb55CRpNDk
CHOIR IS IN NEED OF MORE VOICES TO SING AND TO BE NARRATORS FOR THEIR CANTATA FOR PALM SUNDAY, MAUNDY THURSDAY AND GOOD FRIDAY!! Please call Barb Dreyer at 636-359-1906. They meet for practice after Wednesday worship at 7:15.
WORSHIP CHANGES SURVEY ATTACHED
The elders have been discussing some possible changes to our worship times and days. A survey to get your thoughts about this is attached. Please note: The elders will not make any changes without approval of the voter's assembly. The reasons for the changes are all laid out in the questionnaire. Please read it and respond. You can either print it out, then fill it out, and bring it to church; or you can download it, fill it out and send it back to me via email. Thanks for your input.
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.
WEDNESDAY'S DURING LENT::: SUPPER AT 5:30 WORSHIP AT 6:30
Our next Wednesday midweek service will focus on "The Art of Expecting Nothing but Good from God" and we will look specifically at the first commandment.
All the fixin's
YOUTH STEAK DINNER AND AUCTION IS MARCH 25!!
Tickets are sold after every worship service TICKETS ARE $25 EACH!!
Our POT O' GOLD raffle tickets will be sold starting this weekend as well.
Bring in your items for the auction! We really like new, popular items that you know will sell well!
SUPPORT THE FUTURE OF OUR CHURCH!
FUNERAL LUNCHEON ITEMS NEEDED FOR MARCH 10!
Our Ladies Aid is providing a meal for the friends and family of Barb Perricone after her funeral on Friday, March 10. Funeral is at 11 and the luncheon will follow.
They are in need of salads, side dishes and desserts. If you'd like to bring food or help with the luncheon please email Linda Callies firstname.lastname@example.org.
LITTLE LAMBS ENROLLMENT FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR FOR MEMBERS AND CURRENT STUDENTS BEGINS WEDNESDAY!
March 1 for current students and St. John's members!
April 3 open to all!
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.
PREGNANCY OPTIONS CENTER FUNDRAISING BANQUET IS THURSDAY, APRIL 20!!
We need to fill up a couple tables with folks who are willing to support this ministry with their time and money. If you'd like to go to the banquet please let pastor know!! I have two seats left at my table and would like to fill up another one of I could.
TUURNING POINT IS HOSTING A FASHION SHOW FUNDRAISER ON THURRSDAY, MARCH 30 at the QUAIL RIDGE LODGE IN WENZTVILLE!! DOORS OPEN AT 5:30!
Enjoy stylish fashions for all women, great vendors, raffles, delicious hors d'oeuvres and signature cocktails. Tickets are $35 each! Go to www.turningpointdvs.com or call 636-456-1186 to get tickets.
VENDOR FAIR/FLEA MARKET WILL BE SATURDAY, MAY 6!!
Inside vendor areas are rented for $25 per space
Outside vendors are $10 per parking spot.
Donations for the youth groups sale under the pavilion can be left under the pavilion or in the shed.
STEPHEN MINISTRY IS LOOKING FOR SOME NEW STEPHEN LEADERS
If you love caring for others and consider yourself a leader, this is the perfect way for you to serve the Lord and your church family!
The Stephen Leader training is April 23-29 at the Renaissance Hotel by the airport this year and the cost of the training is covered by the church. If you choose to stay at the hotel you will have to pay for that yourself. It's only a 35 minute commute to the training from Warrenton.
OPERATION BACKPACK ITEMS COLLECTED FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH IS
Individually wrapped snack and packets of oatmeal. 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 LARRY SUMMERS, a friend of the Perricones who is in the hospital with pneumonia, heart aneurysm and colon cancer.
Please pray for both Randy and Patty Sweet's mothers as they are both in failing health. Virginia, Patty's mom, has just been diagnosed with lung cancer. Rose, Randy's mom, had a bad seizure a month ago, and although she is walking and talking fine, the seizure caused some dementia.
For HANNAH LINSTRUTH who is recovering from a broken leg due to a car accident.
For FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF ED KOHRS as he passed to eternal life Monday morning.
For CHARLIE, a good friend of Sandy Robine, who is nearing the end of her life due to cancer.
For MARIE HARVEY, a sister in law of CHERI VERME, and a friend of the Winters, who is near death from stage 4 cancer.
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 the FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF BARB PERRICONE, as they mourn her loss this week and get ready for a memorial service this Friday.
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.