Please pray for the Perricone family as Tony's 46 year old cousin died suddenly yesterday afternoon.
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2 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body[a] and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.[b] 4 But[c] God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
"Live" video devotion for today. Even if you aren't on Facebook you should still be able to watch it.
Wed- Supper 5:30; Worship 6:30; Choir 7:15
Thurs- Confirmation make up 6-7; Karate 6:15-7:45
Fri- Set up for Steak Dinner/Auction
Sat- Set up for Steak Dinner/Auction 10-5pm; worship 5pm; Steak dinner/auction 6-9
Sun- worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45; Elder's meeting noon
Acolyte- Wed- Addie Hoelscher; 8:30- Dulci Rahn 11- Cameron Faerber
Ushers- Wed- Doug Walters, Dave Callies, Kevin Luebke, Dick Petersen; Sat- Marv Hendershot Sun- Don Turnure, Don Nolte, Brent Davis, Larry Schulze ; 11- Gary Scott
Altar- Wednesday candles- Don Hance; Sun- set up- Terry McKenzie; Clean Up- Sandy Robine
Communion assistant- Sat- Steve Robine; 8:30- Don Turnure, 11- Al Benton
Greeters- 8:30- Don and Wanda Turnure; 11- Karen and Al Benton
Projectionists- Sat- Mauch; 8:30- McKenzie 11- Rausch
Lay Readers- Sat- Robine; 8:30- Yoder 11- Ben Hoelscher
Organist- Wed, Sat, and Sun- Barb Dreyer
TODAY'S QUIZ: What would, and eventually did, happen to the Israelites if they forsook God after entering the Promised Land?
LENTEN MIDWEEK SUPPER TONIGHT at 5:30 AND WORSHIP AT 6:30
Supper- Taco and burrito bar, desserts
Worship--This year during our Lenten worship we're going to do something different. We will be doing an interactive message time in which we will all formulate our own versions of the "Gospel in seven words".
If someone were to come to you and ask you to tell them what you believe in seven words or less, what would you say? In this fast paced, information age, you may not have much more than that to get the Gospel out to someone. How would you respond to that request?
I am very excited to see how we come up with our conclusions and what our extremely concise profession and confessions of faith will look like! You'll have to join us on Wednesday to find out what it's all about!!
YOUTH GROUP STEAK DINNER AND AUCTION IS THIS SATURDAY!!
There are about 10 tickets left!! Call pastor to get yours TODAY!! After that we'll only let you come if someone else cancels.
AUCTION ITEMS ARE STILL NEEEDED!!
If you have any good items that the youth could use for the auction, please bring them by church by FRIDAY MORNING! If you leave something when pastor isn't there just put a note on it saying it was from you! Thank you in advance!
PREGNANCY OPTIONS CENTER BANQUET HELP NEEDED
If you want to help out the Pregnancy Option Center but don't have the funds to do so, there is another way to help. Their major fundraising banquet is Thursday, April 5 and they are in need of servers and others to help in all different sorts of ways. There will be a training the day before if you can make it and I can get you the info on that after you volunteer. You'll need to be there about 5 on Thursday, and we'd like you to wear black pants or skirt and white shirt/blouse so that you can be identified as a helper that night.
Thanks in advance for being the great Christian folks you are!
ORDER YOUR EASTER LILLIES!!!
Easter is just three weeks away! Order your Easter lilies by signing up on the sheet in the narthex or calling Terry in the office at 456-2888.
LITTLE LAMBS ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR!!!
Call the church office to get registration forms. Any questions, talk to Lisa Rausch or Karin Klaustermeier.
WE ARE CHANGING THE WAY WE EDUCATE OUR KIDS AND GROW THEM IN THE FAITH AT ST.JOHN'S!!
THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT FACTORS TO GROW CHILDREN IN THE FAITH
To help parents in their duties as the primary growers of the faith of their children we are going to start two new programs at St. John's.
1. The first is called Faith5. This is a very simple yet profound thing that families will learn to do together in their own homes each night/day. The basics are very simple. It can be done whenever the family can all get together. The example I'm going to use is right before bed, so the first one to want to go to sleep calls the huddle. The family then gets together in the bedroom of the person who called the huddle, at the kitchen table, or wherever, and they do these five things
1. Share- Each person shares the highs and Lows of the day
2. Read- Bible reading or Story
3. Talk- Application of reading to the day
4. Pray- Pray about the day
5. Blessing- A kiss, a hug, a benediction
Although this sounds simple, we want to get the most out of the very short amount of time we have with our kids. We also always want to be better parents, especially when it comes to the faith upbringing of our kids, so we will have a Faith5 Training for parents beginning on Sunday, April 15 during Sunday school time at 9:45. PLEASE SIGN UP WITH PASTOR FOR THIS TRAINING!!!! It will be done on Sunday, May 27.
2.The second is called Bible Song Cross Gen. It is called this, because every lesson revolves around a Bible song that coincides with the lesson for the week. It will begin on WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 AND WILL BE EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM 6pm-7pm. Parents are strongly encouraged to stay with their children.
Here is the schedule:
6:00-6:20-- Bible Song, Skit, and Story
6:20-6:50—Family Group Time (Practicing Faith5 in a church family setting)
As with any good church program volunteers are key! We need people to step up and take ownership of this program to make it successful! Here are somethings we will need:
1. Parents stay with kids!!
2. Skit Group (3 or 4) (Sign Up to volunteer to help)
3. Art attack coordinators (2 or 3) (Sign Up with Pastor to volunteer to help)
4. Group Leaders (2 or 3) (Sign Up with Pastor to volunteer to help)
3.What are we gonna do with Sunday school?
For the most part, it is going to go away, but For parents who still want some adult Bible study time, or just want to get out and do grocery shopping without kids, we'll have a very unstructured and informal time on Sunday mornings. (Play time, videos, Bible story book.) Like all the rest of this stuff, it will only be as good as those who take ownership. Right now, Karin Klaustermeier and Naomi Johnson are the only ones who lead your kids on Sunday mornings. It would be good to get two or three more trusted adults to lead this, and then each person would only have to do it once a month. (A big shout out should also go to Torre Statler and Taryn Linke for doing a Bible study with the high school kids when they show up.)
RETIREMENT SEMINARS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 3 AND TUESDAY APRIL 24 AT 6PM!!
Denny Hagan from Eldercare Associates will be here on April 3 to talk about Identity protection and Asset preservation. And then again on April 24 to talk about Social Security. ICE CREAM WILL BE SERVED!!
Please sign up on the counter in the narthex or call the church office to let us know you will be there.
OFFERING ENVELOPES ARE ON THE SHELVES UNDERNEATH THE CHURCH MAILBOXES IN THE NARTHEX IF YOU HAVEN'T PICKED THEM UP YET!
OUR LAST DIRECTORY (Last updated in August of 2016) has a lot of outdated phone numbers. If your number has changed, please call the office 456-2888 and let Terry know!
DUE TO SOME TROUBLES WITH OUR CHURCH EMAIL ADDRESS WE HAVE HAD TO GET A NEW ONE
Our new email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please change it in your address books!!
Pastor's email, email@example.com will remain the same.
LITTLE LAMBS IS STILL SELLING CANDY BARS AND COULD USE YOUR HELP!
If you'd like to help sell a box or two of candy bars as a fundraiser for Little Lambs preschool. Let Terry or one of the preschool ladies know. They'll hook you up right quick!
DO YOU HAVE A THRIVENT FINANCIAL ACCOUNT OR POLICY?
OPERATION BACKPACK DONATIONS FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY IS CANNED VEGETABLES.
For BOB LINKE who came home from the hospital yesterday.
For TONI MAUCH who is having her other hip replaced on Monday, March 12.
For BILL MCKENZIE, (Terry McKenzie's father in law), who is home from the hospital and has been placed on hospice.
A prayer of thanksgiving For LIL WINTER as her a-fib is now under control. It was due to extremely low potassium levels.
For DENISE HOOKER (Betty Tameler's daughter), GEORGE HOESCHER, GINA BOHNING (Roy Bohning's wife), and BUCK HAMPTON, as they continue to deal with cancer.
PRAYERS FOR OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL:
For COLTON FIGURA deployed to Turkey, 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, 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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