DAILY DEVOTION AND CHURCH NEWS: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2018

DEVOTION:  Luke 4:16-30 English Standard Version (ESV)

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
    and recovering of sight to the blind,
    to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." 22 And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, "Is not this Joseph's son?" 23 And he said to them, "Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, '"Physician, heal yourself." What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.'" 24 And he said, "Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, 26 and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.27 And there were many lepers[a] in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian."28 When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29 And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. 30 But passing through their midst, he went away.





Wed- Oak Point Worship 10am

Thurs- Karate 6:15-7:45

Sat- Men's breakfast 8am (rescheduled from this past Saturday)

Sun- Adult Bible Class 8am; Traditional Worship 9; Fellowship, Sunday school and adult Bible class 10:15; Chapel 10:45; NEW MEMBER LUNCH NOON; Leave for snow tubing 2:30    



Sunday, 9am—

Acolyte- Dulci Rahn

Ushers- Rich Talbert, Tom Linke, Don Hance, Kent Jacobsmeyer

Communion assistant- Rich Talbert

Lay reader- Don Nolte

Projectionist- Tammy Miller

Altar- Cheri Hofeldt

Tellers- Team #4


Sunday 10:45

Acolyte-  Jared Cluver

Worship assistant- Jason Cluver

Projectionist- Sarah Cluver


Monday, 6:30-

Acolyte- Loren Howard

Worship assistant- ????

Projectionist- Terry McKenzie

Altar clean up- Steve and Sandy Robine





YESTERDAY'S QUIZ:  Who was Moses' wife? Zipporah



TODAY'S QUIZ:  List the plagues of Egypt in order.





Biscuits and gravy


scrambled eggs

Bible study!


We need more guys to come!  Get there!  (Let me know if you're coming!)


If you became a member in 2018, we would like to honor you and get to know you a bit better, and would like to give you the opportunity to get to know other members and each other as well! 

All members are welcome to join us for lunch and fellowship!  It'll be a great time!  Just call the church office to let us know you'll be there. 456-2888


If you like to go own hills fast and enjoy fun, please join us!  It is $20 a person and it is a ton of fun!


We'll leave from church at about 2:30!!!  I may need a driver or two!  Let me know if you can drive! 


1. The Pregnancy Options Center is in need of Table Hosts for their Annual Banquet on Thursday, March 21.  Below are the duties:

  1. Come to a prayer meeting with dessert on Tuesday, February 5 at St. John's, at 6:30pm to understand more about what a table host does.
  2. Get seven people who are in support of our Pregnancy Option Center to come to the banquet, and sit at your table.  They will be asked to pledge to donate to this very worthy cause.
  3. Be the host of your table that evening.  Make sure everyone has everything they need, feels welcome and takes care of things that evening. 


If you are willing to be a table host, or have questions about it, please reply to this email.



2. Warren County Literacy Inc has begun its bookcase campaign for 2019.  We are in need of bookcase sponsors.  It is $50 to sponsor a bookcase for one child.  If you'd like to be a sponsor, simply write a check out to Warren County Literacy Inc., or you can give cash, and bring it to me at church.  Don't put it in the offering plate.  Give it directly to me.  The awards ceremony where the kids receive their bookcases is in April, and if you are a donor you will be invited to attend. 



Thank you!



Even if you went to the 9am service, you won't be disappointed if you stay for the 10:45 service.  You can stay for the first part which includes a few songs, confession and absolution, and Bible readings/study; and then leave after the study/sermon time is done because you've already had communion. 

Just a thought, especially if you aren't currently attending the Bible study on angels.


  1. We talked about our Mission Statement and made a few minor adjustments to it.  It is a work in progress. 
  2. We talked about our strengths and weakness.  Our main strength is that we are founded and centered on God's Word and Sacraments.  That's what sets us apart and makes us different than most other churches.
  3. Then we made some goals.  These are SMART goals meaning they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. 
    1. A 5% increase in Bible study attendance by the end of the year.
    2. Add two more adult Bible studies on Sunday morning or during the week by the end of the year.
    3. 10% increase in worship attendance from 2018 to 2019.
    4. Two additional community outreach events. 

These are some great goals to shoot for!  The only way these things are going to happen and be done well is if the members of St. John's family get excited about their church family, get out and participate in them and do them. 

All that being said, here are some steps to take to fulfill these goals as set forth: 

  1. If anyone is willing to be a host, facilitator, or leader for a Bible study please contact me and we can talk about it.  I will give you all the tools and support you need!
  2. Get to worship and invite people to come with you.  It's as simple as that. 
  3. If there is something you'd like to do in the community; whether it be outreach, evangelism, or fellowship please contact me to talk about it and, once again, I will give you all the tools, resources, and support you need. 

We do, indeed, have a wonderful church family!  I am so proud of my family!  We do a lot of things in the community, at our jobs, and throughout the world.  We do have our faults, everyone does, but we can certainly tell that God is present in, with, and among us!  Go out and brag on your church family and get to work accomplishing these goals! 


For MOLLY HENDERSHOT as she is still dealing with shortness off breath and weakness.  She will be going for more tests next week.


For those dealing with cancer and treatments JOHN MORRIS, father in law of Elise Morris; GEORGE HOELSCHER, PASTOR RON LEHENBAUER, MARY BREUER, MARI GILB, TONI MAUCH'S BROTHER RAY, and hundreds off others who are dealing with this dreaded disease. .


For BETTY SUTOR who is in the nursing home but is dealing with severe weakness.


For FAITH, a baby of one of Karin's bus driving friends who has kidney failure.


For DIANNE FELDKAMP'S SISTER, DONNA MAYES, who has been diagnosed with ALS, and her other sister, DEBBIE BURGER, who has been diagnosed with Grave's disease. 





For COLTON FIGURA AND DANNY DREYER who are both home but remain on active duty in the military.


For CONNER FIGURA going through tech training for the Air Force. .


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




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