DEVOTION:  Matthew 2:1-12 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Visit of the Wise Men

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men[a] from the east came to Jerusalem,saying, "Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose[b] and have come to worship him." When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

"'And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.'"

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him." After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.







Thurs- Alzheimers Support Group 1pm

Sun- Adult Bible Class 8am; Traditional Worship 9; Fellowship, Sunday school and adult Bible class 10:15; Chapel 10:45;    

         Christmas clean up 11:45

Mon- Confirmation 5:15; Worship 6:30

Tues- Quilting 9-2

Wed- Choir 7

Thurs- Karate 6:15-7:45




Sunday, 9am—

Acolyte- Abby Vossen

Ushers- Alan Hofeldt, Tim Linke, Gary Hoelscher, Paul Brockfeld

Communion assistant- Dave Tinnin

Lay reader- Marcia Sevier

Projectionist- Kathy Fischer

Altar- Dave and Linda Callies

Tellers- Team #1


Sunday 10:45

Acolyte- Tyler Faerber

Communion assistant- Marv Hendershot

Projectionist- ?????


Monday, 6:30-

Acolyte- Grant Jacobsmeyer

Communion assistant- Roy Bohning

Projectionist- Terry McKenzie

Altar clean up- Bruce and Dani Richardson





YESTERDAY'S QUIZ:  Who was James (the one who write the Epistle of James.) The brother of Jesus, not an apostle, he didn't become a believer till after Jesus rose from the dead.


TODAY'S QUIZ: What were the measurements of the ark?





The Lord is going to make 2019 the best year yet for St. John's and its members!  He is going to make you more faithful in worship and Bible study!  He's going to bring families together and make faiths stronger!  He is going to do great things!


If you're going to ask the Lord to help you do anything better in 2019, ask him to make you more faithful in keeping the Sabbath, and growing in His knowledge!  Ask him to grow your faith!  Ask him to make you a more forgiving and loving person.  Ask him to make you more disciplined in those areas of your life where you lack self control.  Ask him to make you stop being so judgmental and more able to overlook and forgive the faults of others.  Ask him to make you a more faithful witness to his love! 



Here's the schedule hour by hour:



8am- Adult Bible Study on Genesis


9am- Traditional Worship


10:15- Fellowship (Donuts and coffee), Adult Bible Class on Angels (This Bible study will continue during the 10:45 service), and Kid's Sunday school (half hour long)


10:45- Chapel Worship (Small children will begin with their parents in the sanctuary and end with a kid friendly activity in the Sunday school area.)


Monday- 6:30- Chapel Worship (We don't have any volunteers to help with young children yet, but if we get volunteers, small children will begin with their parents in the sanctuary for worship and end with a kid friendly activity in the fellowship area/overflow)




Description of the differences in Chapel Worship as compared to Traditional Worship-

  1. The songs will mostly be from videos or easier songs that are led by pastor.
  2. Instead of having Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel readings, we will be learning the stories of the Bible.  On Jan. 6 we will start with the stories of the Wise men, Simeon and Anna, and the escape to Egypt.  If you go faithfully to this service every week you will eventually know all the major stories of the Bible. 
  3. After going through the first half of worship with their whole family and getting an overview of the stories for the day, the youngest children will go next door to the fellowship room/overflow to do an activity to help them learn the main story of the day a little better.  The rest of us will dig deeper a bit deeper into the stories of the day and have communion together. 



Please stay or come back to help us put away all the Christmas decorations!  The more people we have the faster it will get done!  Besides that, you'll get paid in pizza!!



Are you in a conflict with a brother, sister, parent, spouse, or friend? Do you want to end that conflict and gain back loved ones and friends?  Do you want to mend fences and rebuild bridges?  Do you want to get rid of all the bitterness, anger, and resentment that you have toward others or that someone might have toward you?  Do you want to do what GOD wants you to do in your broken relationships, but you don't know where or how to start? 


Ambassadors of Reconciliation has some great tools that will help to teach you and guide you through a process of doing just that at https://www.aorhope.org/ .


You can receive access to a free online course called "Conflict Resolution vs. Reconciliation"  at https://www.aorhope.org/aor-gift because I sponsored your scholarship. Simply go to that link to access this on-line course about biblical reconciliation. It is excellent.


I took a challenge to sponsor scholarships for several people at St. John's, because I want as many people as possible to take this course and learn to go and be reconciled to one another!  If you think it is helpful you can take the challenge yourself and nominate others!


Let me know if you take the course, so I can know how many people my donation has helped! 





Any plastic lid will do!  They need 300lbs total! There are boxes in the narthex and in Little Lambs.



There are hundreds of kids in need in Warrenton.  Many of them go to homes without food, especially on weekends.  The food that is collected from us gets put into kids backpacks discreetly on Fridays and sent home with them on Fridays.  This month's collection is canned fruit.



For TONI MAUCH'S BROTHER RAY, who is suffering with lymphoma for over a year and it keeps coming back despite the doctor's best efforts.


For TERESA BROCKFELD'S SISTER< MICHELE, she has an infection in her brain after surgery to remove a tumor and part of her skull. 


For MOLLY HENDERSHOT, as she is still awaiting word on whether or not she will receive a pacemaker, and when it will be.


For JIM GOLKEY SR. who is back home after being hospitalized with the flu.


For GEORGE HOELSCHER, For the past couple months George has been participating in a trial treatment at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.  The treatment was unsuccessful and the cancer has returned throughout several parts of his body, so he is going back to the chemotherapy that he was doing before.  It worked ok, but it was extremely hard on his body. 



For DIANNE FELDKAMP'S SISTER, DONNA MAYES, who has been diagnosed with ALS, and her other sister, DEBBIE BURGER, who has been sick for 7 weeks and the doctor's are unable to determine the cause.  She is in the hospital now. 

For FRANCIS ABBAN, pastor's sister Mary's boyfriend, as his brother, Mike, died in a house fire Sunday night in Nigeria.


For PASTOR RON LEHENBAUER who is dealing with a return of his cancer.


For HOWARD LINKE, brother of Bob Linke, as he has been moved to rehab after a very long hospital stay due to heart problems. . .




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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