Please thank the Lord for the safe return of Sam Hargrove and Dan Dreyer from serving in Kuwait and Afghanistan.
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Throughout this season of Lent we've been working together during our worship services to compile words and ideas to formulate our seven word "Confessions of Faith" or "Gospel message".
We came at it from the angle that someone comes up to you and says something like. "I know you are a Christian, and I've been wondering about it lately. In seven words or less tell me what you believe."
Below are the words that we came up with the last four weeks in worship. Use these. Come up with your own words. Be creative. Use colorful words. Express as much as you can in as few words as possible. You can come at it from all different angles. Keep in mind that this is a phrase or sentence that will clearly share the law (the need for the Gospel), and then the Gospel (Jesus suffered, crucified and risen).
When you get your sentences or phrases put together, send them to me. You can email them, text them, write them down on a piece of paper Facebook message them, whatever. Don't just tell them to me, because I won't remember them when I need to write them down.
Next Wednesday I will share all of them with you. Don't worry, I won't use your name unless you want me to.
Thanks for playing along everyone! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
Words for our seven word Gospels
"Captive by Sin" "Death"
"Free in Christ" Doomed
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DEVOTION: Mark 10:32-45 English Standard Version (ESV)
32 And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, 33 saying, "See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. 34 And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise."
35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you."36 And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" 37 And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." 38 Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?" 39 And they said to him, "We are able." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized, 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared." 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,[a] 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave[b] of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
Enjoy this devotion:
Thurs- Karate 6:15-7:45
Fri- April newsletter deadline, Bible study/fellowship at Hendershots 7pm
Sat- Men's breakfast 8am; worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45
Acolyte- 8:30- Nick Schulze 11- Cierra Figura
Ushers- Sat- Charlie Figura; Sun- Lew Feldkamp, Rich Boeger, Brett Nordwald, Scott Schulze ; 11- Erv Yoder
Altar- Wed candles- Don Hance; Sun- set up- Ruth Walters; Clean Up- Paul and Teresa Brockfeld
Communion assistant- Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- John Hachtel, 11- Dave Winter
Greeters- 8:30- Doug and Ruth Walters; 11- Marv and Molly Hendershot
Projectionists- Sat- Fischer; 8:30- Schaumberg 11- Cierra Figura
Lay Readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier; 8:30- John Hachtel 11- ????? (Anyone wanna volunteer?)
Sun 11am Pianist- Doug Walters
Organist- Wed, Sat, and Sun- Barb Dreyer
How did Joshua choose which land went to which tribe? He cast lots (Thanks Don)
What is casting lots you ask, well, let me tell you…. It is not much different than rolling dice or flipping a coin. Whoever called heads or whoever got the highest number got first pick. It happened a lot in the Bible. Not much is known about the lots, whether it was some form of dice, or sticks, or coins. All we do know is that it was used often in the Bible to decide some pretty important things.
TODAY'S QUIZ: Why did the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the ½ tribe of Manasseh build a huge altar to the Lord at the bank of the Jordan river?
MEN'S BREAKFAST THIS SATURDAY AT 8AM!! ALL MEN AND BOYS ARE INVITED REGARDLESS OF AGE!!
If you haven't ever been or haven't with us in a while, just let me know so I can make enough food! PLEASE COME!l;n
Menu: French toast bake, bacon, sausage, egg bake (quiche)
Bible study—We're gonna take a closer look at Joseph the father of Jesus, and what he means to history and to us.
ALL OF OUR PARENTS AND KIDS WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO CAME TO THE STEAK DINNER/AUCTION!!!
We are very close to 10,000 raised through our Steak Dinner/Auction!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!! Youth will be going to Corpus Christi, TX July 8-13 and we are already gearing up for our triannual National Youth Gathering that will be in Minneapolis, MN in July 2019.
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.
LENTEN MIDWEEK SUPPER WEDNESDAY at 5:30 AND WORSHIP AT 6:30
Supper- Mostaccioli (one with meat and one without), salad, garlic bread, dessert
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?
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!
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 email@example.com. Please change it in your address books!!
Pastor's email, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 TERESA SCOTT, as she remains hospitalized with severe fevers. The cause remains unknown. She's undergoing tests.
For LIL WINTER who now has the flu.
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.
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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