"Lose to Gain" (Pastor will be losing pounds to gain funds for worthwhile causes)

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,


As many of you know I am involved with three very worthwhile causes that are all very near and dear to my heart.  All three of them require an almost constant need to raise funds.  Therefore, I'm always looking for new and interesting ways to help these causes with the limited amount of time I have. 


Last year I biked 1,000 miles between May 1 and August 1.  I was able to accomplish my goal with the help of some dear friends, Steve Robine and Lee Walters, who biked a lot with me.  Thanks guys! 


As man of you also know, I've acquired a few too many extra pounds on my body the last few years.  I need to get rid of it so I am healthier and can better serve you as a pastor.  So I've decided to change it up a bit this year.  Here's what I'm going to do:


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 am doing this solely by exercising a lot and eating right.  Biking is still going to be a big part of it.


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 have lost 2 lbs already.  Please pray for me and for this endeavor!  Keep me accountable! 


Thanks everyone!

Pastor Klaustermeier






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Men's breakfast on Saturday, April 15

We will still have men's breakfast on April 15. 


We'll have a short devotion, but instead of having Bible study afterward, we will help set up for the Easter breakfast.  Please spread the word! 


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Bible Study at Hendershot's cancelled for April 21

Since the Confirmation questioning is that night, and the LWML Zone rally is the next morning, the monthly Bible study at the Hendershot's house will be canceled.  It will resume on Friday, May 19. 


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That last invitation I sent out is for everyone.  I just forgot to take the names off of it. 


I still need two people to fill our table!!


Please consider going! 


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Invitation to the Pregnancy Options Center Banquet

Hey Steve and Sandy,


Would you two like to join Karin and I, Al and Karen Benton, and Randy and Kathy Fischer at our table at the POC banquet on Thursday, April 20?  The banquet is free.  All that we ask is that you consider making a donation to the Center. 


I'd love it if you could join us!


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Daily Email: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

DEVOTION:  Philippians 2:5-11  English Standard Version (ESV)

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a]who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[b] but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


I recently heard about the unwritten "law" of living in Scandinavian countries.  It is called the "Law of Jante".  It comes from a a book written in 1933 from Aksel Sandermose called A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks.  Here are the ten "laws"

The ten rules state:

1.   You're not to think you are anything special.

2.   You're not to think you are as good as we are.

3.   You're not to think you are smarter than we are.

4.   You're not to convince yourself that you are better than we are.

5.   You're not to think you know more than we do.

6.   You're not to think you are more important than we are.

7.   You're not to think you are good at anything.

8.   You're not to laugh at us.

9.   You're not to think anyone cares about you.

10. You're not to think you can teach us anything.

These ten principles or commandments are often claimed to form the "Jante's Shield" of the Scandinavian people.


While it does seem sort of extreme, I do like the emphasis on humility. I do believe that too much emphasis in our society is placed on self esteem.  We can't say or do something that will offend someone or hurt someone's feelings.  While we should always speak the truth in love, we should still speak the truth.  


We should also have the same attitude as that of Jesus, who, even though he was God incarnate, didn't "lord" it over us, but instead became a servant to all humanity to the point of dying on a cross for us. 

If we think we are the most intelligent, or that we have some sort of new understanding, as a lot of people seem to do these days, we need to take a step back and listen to those who are older and wiser than we are.  They may have some knowledge that we don't.  We need to be as willing to hear as we are willing to talk.  We need to be as willing to learn as we are willing to teach. 


We need to be able to think of others as better, more important, more intelligent, and more deserving than we are. 

Let us pray: Lord, humble me so that you may be exalted and so that others may know your love through my service.  Amen.



Wed- Supper 5:30; Worship 6:30; Choir 7:15

Thurs- Alzheimer's support group 1pm; Karate 6:15-7:45; Lutheranism 101 6:30-7:30

Sat- Worship 5pm

Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45; Elder's meeting at noon


Acolyte- Wed- ????  8:30- Addie Hoelscher 11- Cierra Figura


Ushers- Wed- Rich Boeger, Don Hance, Don Tate, Doug Walters; 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- Wed and Sun- Rachel Fisher

Projectionists: Sat- Kathy Fischer' 8:30- Schaumberg; 11- ????


Who was Abigail?

Answer from Don Nolte:   Abigail was the wife of Nabal of Carmel and afterwards the wife of David.  Noted for her beauty and wisdom.  Also a sister of David married to Jether the Ishmaelite.



TODAY'S QUIZ: Who was Ish-Bosheth?





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!!!



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. 




Menu: FRIED CHICKEN, potatoes, corn, rolls, dessert 


Worship: Come and learn the "The Art of War Against Unbelief"





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.



 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. 



Soup and Ramen Noodles.  Place them in the receptacle marked "Backpack Blessings" in the narthex.



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.



Go to www.kroger.com/communityawards and register your card today!!


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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Director, Deana Tucker Dothage

(573) 884-3463

YOU ARE INVITED!! May 2, 2017

Missouri teens are dying in traffic crashes…but they don't have to.

First Impact can help!!

First Impact is a traffic safety program that educates parents about Missouri's Graduated Driver License (GDL) law.

The goal of First Impact is to reduce the number of motor vehicle fatalities, injuries and crashes among teen drivers by increasing parental awareness and enforcement of Missouri's Graduated Driver License (GDL) law.

First Impact will help parents understand teen driving risks, enforcement & monitoring of GDL law, and serving as a positive role model.

A First Impact parent presentation will be held on May 2, 2017 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Your new driver is welcome to attend with you.

GDL Coaches: Gary Ruebling and James Baker


Elks Lodge #2662

1101 E. Veterans Memorial Parkway

Warrenton, MO 63383

Come learn how to keep your teen safe while driving.

Supported by federal funds from MoDOT Traffic & Highway Safety Division


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