Happy Reformation Day Everyone!
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A blessed REFORMATION DAY to everyone! Today marks the 500th anniversary of the day Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany sparking a change in the world that would last till this very day and will most likely go till Jesus returns on judgment day. On that day we will see for ourselves the sight that is played out in our reading for today.
It is quite a sight! All of those who are saints, that is, all those who have believed in Jesus as their Lord and Savior, are before the throne of God rejoicing and praising him, giving him the glory for their salvation. They are in perfect peace, perfect joy, perfect forgiveness forever.
The other most wonderful truth is that those we love, who have died in the faith, are already there! They are already resting in the real presence of Almighty God! They are already enjoying the scene! Rejoice in this truth! Rejoice in this fact! It is a real thing!
I am personally so very thankful to God that he brought the Gospel to light through Martin Luther. That he got rid of the corruption that was so clouding and tainting the pure and real Gospel, and that the Lord provided for the great mind of Luther to have him translate the Bible into German from Greek so that the people could have God's Word in their own language! Praise the Lord!!
Here's the real truth of the Reformation today that I want to be sure you know: God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in him should not perish but shall have eternal life! Know, believe, and trust in the Gospel today! Trust in Jesus and rest in His grace!
Prayer: Lord God, thank you for Martin Luther, for the Reformation, and especially for the pure and real Gospel by which we are saved. Amen.
Tues- Quilting 9-2
Wed- ALL SAINTS DAY, Stephen Ministry 6; Choir 7
Thurs- Alzheimer's Support Group 1; Confirmation make up 6pm; Lutheranism 101 7pm; Karate 6:15-7:45
Fri- Vendor Fair Set up 2;30-4:30
Sat- Vendor Fair Set up- 7-9; Vendor Fair- 9am-1pm; Worship- 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school and Bible class 9:45
Acolyte- 8:30- Cierra Figura; 11- Addie Hoelscher
Ushers- Larry Schulze, Scott Schulze, Gary Scott, Dave Winter
Altar- Set up- Don Hance; Clean Up- Terry McKenzie
Elder- Sat- Roy Bohning; 8:30- Don Turnure; 11- Dave Winter
Greeters- 8:30- Jim and Vickie McRae; 11- Mike and Naomi Johnson
Lay Reader- Sat- Roy Bohning; 8:30- Tim Linke; 11- Karen Benton
Pianist 11- Molly Hendershot
Organist- Sat and 8:30- Barb Dreyer
Projectionist- Sat- Kathy Fischer; 8:30- Terry McKenzie; 11- Nova Luebke
In what region did the demon possessed man who could break chains and lived in caves live? The region of the Gerasenes (Thanks Don)
TODAY'S QUIZ: How was John the Baptist killed?
LADIES AID VENDOR FAIR AND BAKE SALE COMING UP THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Come and get some Christmas shopping done and enjoy some wonderful baked good!!
WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF NOMINATIONS FOR OUR CHURCH BOARD!!! Below is what we need:
Board of elders- 3 men of good standing in the church who are active: main duties include, worship and communion assistance, member care, developing of budget for salary and benefits for staff. They usually meet on the second Sunday of each month at noon. (Dave Winter is timed out and two of our other elders have resigned this year.)
Board of trustees- 3 people- main duties include taking care of St. John's property and approving budget for insurance and maintenance. They meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm and have several work days (usually on Saturday morning) throughout the year. (Teresa Scott and Gary Hoelscher are both timed out and Scott Heitgerd has transferred to Immanuel, Wentzville)
Board of education- 2 people needed- Main duties include planning, preparation and carrying out of Sunday school program, VBS, and other education programs. They usually meet on an as needed basis. (Naomi Johnson is unable to continue due to work and family responsibilities and Lisa Rausch's first term is up) We are in desperate need of a couple people who have the time and energy available to commit to this board.
Secretary- This is not the same as our office administrator, Terry; This person is responsible for taking minutes at voter's and council meetings, and for preparing agendas for the same. This person can also be a signer on checks and other official documents. (Patty Sweet has decided to go to a different church)
If you would like to nominate someone, including yourself, or have possible suggestions, please reply to this email, or call me at 636-359-1061
SUNDAY SCHOOL MEMORY VERSE IS: "God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1
NEW OUTREACH BOOKLET DISPLAY AT CHURCH
DO YOU HAVE A THRIVENT FINANCIAL ACCOUNT OR POLICY?
You may be eligible to receive money for Little Lambs or Good Shepherd!! Go to www.thrivent.com/choicedollars to check it out!
OPERATION BACKPACK DONATIONS FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER IS CANNED VEGETABLES. PLEASE BRING YOUR DONATIONS TO CHURCH AND PUT THEM IN THE TUB MARKED "BACKPACK BLESSINGS"!
Two prayers for MARILYN FOSTER, 1. thanksgiving I am free of melanoma & can heal now. 2. prayers for successful Retina surgery this Friday.
For JOYCE PIETZSCHKE who is recovering from surgery on her arm after a fall.
For IVY TINNIN as she has had to take a semester off of school for health reasons.
For GEORGE HOELSCHER as he awaits news on how his treatments and tests are working tomorrow (Wednesday).
For RON HEITGERD who is home from the hospital, but will have to get dialysis three days a week .
For BUCK HAMPTON who has moved to Lincoln County Nursing and Rehab in Troy to begin receiving chemotherapy treatments.
THANKSGIVING for HEALTH AND GROWTH for CAIDEN BALDWIN, infant son of Dane and Jodi Baldwin who is doing very well after being born three months early.
PRAYERS FOR OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL:
For SAM HARGROVE deployed in Kuwait and DAN DREYER deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, that the Lord would keep them safe from harm during their service and bring them home safely.
For DAVID TATE stationed in Japan, COLTON FIGURA stationed in California, and ALEX WALTERS, stationed in Tennessee. That God would bless their service to our country and keep them safe as they all await possible deployment.
For CALEB FIGURA AND VINCE MASTERS who are both serving our country in the National Guard and take time out of their lives, jobs, and families to go on duty several times a year.
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