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From the President's Desk: Suffering Is Not a Surprise

According to 1 Peter 3:15, Christians are called to be prepared to give an answer or defense (Greek word for apology, as in apologetics) for the hope that we have. But in this age of shrill voices and all CAPS and exclamation points (!!!) on Twitter and Facebook, we are reminded that our defense should be offered with gentleness and respect. Read more.


Blessings and Challenges of Professional Church Work

Assertion: it is possible to love the work we do AND to be overwhelmed by the stress that it brings to us. That's not easy for many church workers to admit. An experienced mid-career pastor left my office with the words: "I think of getting out of this work at least once a week. Yet, I would sign up for this gig again, in a minute." Read more.

Ambassadors of Reconciliation(AoR): A Resource for Pastors

What's the one most difficult outcome for a pastor to achieve in the congregation? Agreeing on the color of the new sanctuary carpet? Sort of, yes. Even small decisions can be influenced with that agony of broken or strained relationships. Read more.

Missouri District Early Childhood Conference Celebrates and Supports Educators

The Early Childhood Conference (March 2, 2019) strives to provide spiritual enrichment and continuing education for early childhood educators throughout the Missouri District. We believe that early childhood educators must be affirmed, valued and challenged in their work with young children. Read more.
Simple Ways to Build Your Faith as a Family

While I want my children to know my earthly love for them, I desperately want them to know Jesus's love, so one day they'll see my love for them as we stand before the King of all Kings, Jesus Himself. So, in our house, we use the phrase "I will love you to heaven." Read more.

Mission Grant Application Process Now Open

My "10:02 Prayers" this week have been for the Holy Spirit to stir up surprises in new mission initiatives among our congregations. In fact, I'm challenging all of us to use the month of February to pray daily at 10:02 (mindful Jesus' call to prayer in Luke 10:02) for new beginnings and new starts in missions. Read more.

LCEF Church Improvement Loan Brings Long-Dreamed-For Accessibility to Zion Lutheran Church in Maryland Heights

It's been almost six years since Joyce Hicks entered the fellowship hall of Zion Lutheran Church in Maryland Heights in St. Louis county. Joyce relies on a wheel chair for mobility, and until recently, the fellowship hall was only accessible through a set of stairs. Read more.
Mission Advancement Snapshot

Many loving and forward-thinking individuals and congregations give generously so the Gospel of Jesus Christ can be shared throughout the Missouri District. If you're excited about these plans and want to get involved through financial gifts or prayer, please contact Leah at (314) 590-6211 or leah.sieveking@mo.lcms.org.
Events and Announcements
Save the Date: March 9, 2019
Tell the Next Generation: A Conference on Ministry to Families with Young Children
The LYF leadership program is now accepting nominations. Click here for details.
National Youth Gathering MO Event T-Shirts Avaialble!
Peer Ministry Registration is open!
Peer Ministry Training (PMT) is a two-party training for high school students and youth counselors who want to build relationships to serve in their congregation, school, community and family. Click here to learn more.

Minnesota Lumberjack Experience, July 11th from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Join groups from across the Missouri District at a one-of-a-kind event Minnesota Lumberjack Experience at Concordia University – St. Paul Wednesday, July 11th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Located on the Concordia University – St. Paul campus, this event is all about food, fellowship & fun – lumberjack style!

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DAILY DEVOTION AND CHURCH NEWS: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019

DEVOTION: Luke 4:31-44 English Standard Version (ESV)

Jesus Heals a Man with an Unclean Demon

31 And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, 32 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 "Ha![a] What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God." 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent and come out of him!" And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 36 And they were all amazed and said to one another, "What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!" 37 And reports about him went out into every place in the surrounding region.

Jesus Heals Many

38 And he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon's house. Now Simon's mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they appealed to him on her behalf. 39 And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them.

40 Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. 41 And demons also came out of many, crying, "You are the Son of God!" But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.

Jesus Preaches in Synagogues

42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, 43 but he said to them, "I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose." 44 And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.






Wed- Choir 7

Thurs- Karate 6:15-7:45

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




Sunday, 9am—

Acolyte- Addie Hoelscher

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

Communion assistant- Dave Tinnin

Lay reader- Lois Boeger

Projectionist- Perricones

Altar Set Up- Marilyn Foster

Tellers- Team #1


Sunday 10:45

Acolyte-  Isabel Benke

Worship assistant- Marv Hendershot

Projectionist- Terry McKenzie


Monday, 6:30-

Acolyte- Nick Schulze

Worship assistant- Steve Mauch

Projectionist- Toni Mauch

Altar clean up- Don Nolte





YESTERDAY'S QUIZ:  What was the Mercy Seat?


TODAY'S QUIZ:  A little tougher question that may require you to do some digging and even thinking on your own…


Why was it called the Mercy Seat?



A 10% increase in worship attendance.

A 5% increase in Bible study attendance

Add two new Bible study opportunities during the week

Add two new outreach events to reach out to the community. 


If you are a member of St. John's and you think these goals are good ones, then I encourage you to do your part to make them a reality!! 



You read that right!  The women of our congregation will be able to gather for breakfast along with the men once a month and then we will separate and each of us will have our own Bible studies. 


Lois Boeger will be leading the women's Bible study, and pastor will be leading the men's. 


LADIES, PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS TO START THIS EFFORT OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT!!! Please rsvp to let me know whether or not you will be there so I can prepare enough food for everyone!! 



This Sunday, February 3 or Monday, February 4 are the days to bring back your baby bottles filled with cash, coins, or checks!!  Let's beat last year's donation of $1200!!!!



Are you working on your taxes yet?  Get to work and don't forget to claim your church offerings!!



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!



For MOLLY HENDERSHOT as she is doing well and should be going home from the hospital today around noon, according to Marv. .


For the family of ESTER CIESLAR, good friends of Denise Schlesselman, as she passed away at the young age of 42.


For Sandra Perricone's sister KAREN PRATT, who is dealing with severe blood sugar and diabetes issues.


For the family of JANE EGGERING, (Brett's aunt) who passed away tis morning from cancer.


For JOHN NORDWALD, Brett's dad, who is having a heart procedure done on Wednesday to get his heartbeat regulated.


For Doug Nordwald who was admitted to St Joseph Hospital in St. Charles with congestive heart problems and is having trouble breathing well.


For HAROLD ANDERSON, who is awaiting word on biopsies he had on his esophagus this past Friday.



For those dealing with cancer and treatments JOHN MORRIS, father in law of Elise Morris; GEORGE HOELSCHER, PASTOR RON LEHENBAUER, MARY BREUER, MARI GILB, both friends of Sandy Robine, Toni Mauch's brother RAY, and hundreds of others who are dealing with this dreaded disease. .


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


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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