Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Announcements

August 20, 2017

 

Religion School and Sunday School Students/Parents:  A meeting has been scheduled for August 30th at 6:30 p.m. to meet with the Board of Education and Pastor Cowell about the Christian Education of your children.  Mark your calendars and be sure attend!   Rally Sunday will be September 10th.

 

Lessons on the Liturgy:   Hands at Prayer

The Church doesn’t know exactly how we came to fold our hands during prayer.  The important thing is that when we pray our hands are resting hands.  These resting hands are hands of faith.  As we fold our hands together and put them to rest we direct our eyes and hearts to the nail-marked hands of Jesus.  These crucified hands of Jesus are always the answer to our prayers.

 

A Great Big Thank You to all the volunteers who helped us with Treasure Trek VBS and made it such a success.  It was such a joy to share the stories of Jesus with all the children.  Special thanks to the students and their parents/grandparents who brought them, and the many many volunteers who helped organize, set up, take down, work on crafts, snacks, music, advertisement,  barbeque and those who served the picnic.  Heartfelt thanks to Pastor Cowell & Hannah for your support ! Working together has made this job a whole lot easier for us. Thank you also, to the congregation for their generosity in supporting us with your monetary donations and the many prayers said for us this week.  Our Offering went to Pastor James May:  $243.00 to help with to teach Pastors in Togo, Africa.                      Board of Education & Shirlee Alt

·         Also, a huge thank you to the committee who put this whole VBS on and stepped up big time to help. A heartfelt thanks to Sunday School Supt. Karla Schutter who wrote the curriculum and implemented it for this year’s VBS. 

 

Farewell Service – Members from St. John’s are invited to Pastor and Jane Bergquist’s Farewll Service on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lone rock. Our Joint Worship Service with St. Luke’s will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a meal to follow.  

 

Trinity Bible Studies – St. John’s members are welcome to attend any of the following Bible Studies at Trinity:

·         Wednesday AM Adult Bible Class – Mornings at 9:30 a.m.

·         BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible) Study – currently studying Revelation and meeting Wednesday evenings (not 8/16 due to council meeting) at 7:30 p.m.  Changing to Tuesday evenings in September.

·         Band of Brothers – Monthly men’s Bible study will meet Tuesday, August 22nd at 7:00 p.m. this month in Pastor Hauan’s garage. Will move to Sunday evening once school starts.

·         Women’s Bible Studies during the school year on Monday mornings at 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

 

 

“Nailed It”  is the theme of the Iowa District West Youth Gathering to be held in Des Moines at the Sheraton on Saturday, October 21-22, 2017.  All 6, 7th & 8th student member of a LCMS church are invited to attend.  Cost: $150.  Talk to Pastor Cowell or stop by the church office for more information.

 

Building Healthy Families In addition to pervasive sadness, feeling hopeless and disconnected from others, another sign of depression is distorted thinking. Examples include overgeneralizing - “Things never go right for me,” after one thing goes wrong; exaggerated responsibility for others - “Why aren’t you happy? It must be because of something I did or didn’t do.”; and negative labeling – “I didn’t get up in time to exercise today – I’m lazy and a failure”. Unchallenged, these false negative messages to self only deepen the despair. Depression is not a lack of faith or a character flaw, but a serious illness which when left untreated can destroy a life, a marriage and a family. It is treatable and you can feel better. See your medical doctor first and remember that your pastor and LFS counselors are also here to help.  Lutheran Family Service

 

Lone Rock  FUN DAY  is being held on Saturday, August 26th with Garage Sales to begin the day at 8:00 a.m., Kids games and Bingo in the afternoon and a Pork Loin Dinner will be served  from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Fire Station.  Dance in the park with “Galaxy’ from 8 to 11 p.m.

 

This Week at St. John’s  – ( August 20, 2017-August 27, 2017)

Today           9:00    am       Service (Holy Communion)                                                     

Sunday         9:00     am       Service

                                

Greeters Next Week:         Wendell and Esther Christensen Sr.

Acolyte This Week:           Ushers

Head Usher:                       Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for August:          * Clark Christensen, Harold Lavrenz & Jesse Fitzgerald

Elder for August:              Jerry Koestler

 

 

 

VBS Offering-Pastor May

   $243.00

 

Bible Readings for the week in conjunction with the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation this year:

      Sunday, Day 295:              Jeremiah 7-8; 1 Timothy 2    

      Monday, Day 296:            Jeremiah 9-10; 1 Timothy 3              

      Tuesday, Day 297:            Jeremiah 11-13; 1 Timothy 4

      Wednesday, Day 298:       Jeremiah 14-16; 1 Timothy 5

      Thursday, Day 299:           Jeremiah 17-19; 1 Timothy 6            

      Friday, Day 300:                Jeremiah 20-22; 2 Timothy 1

      Friday, Day 301:                Jeremiah 23-24; 2 Timothy 2

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Announcements

August 13, 2017

 

Religion School and Sunday School Students/Parents:  A meeting has been scheduled for August 30th at 6:30 p.m. to meet with the Board of Education and Pastor Cowell about the Christian Education of your children.  Mark your calendars and be sure attend!

 

Lessons on the Liturgy:   Do you notice during the Invocation, Absolution, and Benediction that Pastor’s fingers are bent in a strange way?  That’s because he is using his fingers to spell an abbreviation of “Jesus Christ.”  In the early Greek language common words were abbreviated with the first and last letter of the word.  So, “Jesus Christ” in Greek is “IC XC.”  Therefore you are literally blessed with the name of Jesus Christ during the Divine Liturgy!

 

Farewell Service – Members from St. John’s are invited to Pastor and Jane Bergquist’s Farewll Service on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lone rock. Our Joint Worship Service with St. Luke’s will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a meal to follow.  

 

“Nailed It”  is the theme of the Iowa District West Youth Gathering to be held in Des Moines at the Sheraton on Saturday, October 21-22, 2017.  All 6, 7th & 8th student member of a LCMS church are invited to attend.  Cost: $150.  Talk to Pastor Cowell or stop by the church office for more information.

 

Trinity Bible Studies – St. John’s members are welcome to attend any of the following Bible Studies at Trinity:

·         Wednesday AM Adult Bible Class – Mornings at 9:30 a.m.

·         BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible) Study – currently studying Revelation and meeting Wednesday evenings (not 8/16 due to council meeting) at 7:30 p.m.  Changing to Tuesday evenings in September.

·         Band of Brothers – Monthly men’s Bible study will meet Tuesday, August 22nd at 7:00 p.m. this month in Pastor Hauan’s garage. Will move to Sunday evening once school starts.

·         Women’s Bible Studies during the school year on Monday mornings at 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

 

Building Healthy Families So often we slip into the habit of living for the approval of others, which leads to frustration, disappointment and disillusionment in life and relationships. In Matthew 6, Jesus tells us not to do things for the approval of men. He then goes on to assure us that our Father who sees and knows us inside out is the One who can and will meet all our needs, including our need to be recognized, valued and loved. Whew! What a relief! Life begins to look different (and much better) when seen through the eyes of faith in our loving, gracious, living and forgiving God. Fix your eyes on Jesus - not your boss, co-worker, spouse, child or neighbor - and live in the light of His great love this week!   Lutheran Family Service

 

Lone Rock  FUN DAY  is being held on Saturday, August 26th with Garage Sales to begin the day at 8:00 a.m. Kids games and Bingo in the afternoon and a Pork Loin Dinner will be served  from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Fire Station.  Dance in the park with “Galaxy’ 8 to 11 p.m.

This Week at St. John’s  – ( August 13, 2017-August 20, 2017)

Today           9:00    am       Service              

                                             New Pastor’s Orientation Camp Okoboji

Tuesday         6:00    pm       Preschool Board Meeting                                                                    

Sunday         9:00     am       Service (Holy Communion)

 

Greeters Next Week:         Craig and Deb Steven

Acolyte This Week:           Ushers

Head Usher:                       Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for August:          * Clark Christensen, Harold Lavrenz & Jesse Fitzgerald

Elder for August:              Jerry Koestler

 

Bible Readings for the week in conjunction with the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation this year:

      Sunday, Day 288:           Isaiah 56-58; 1 Thessalonians 3           

      Monday, Day 289:         Isaiah 59-61; 1 Thessalonians 4                                   

      Tuesday, Day 290:         Isaiah 62-64; 1 Thessalonians 5           

      Wednesday, Day 291:    Isaiah 65-66; 2 Thessalonians 1

      Thursday, Day 292:        Jeremiah 1-2; 2 Thessalonians 2                     

      Friday, Day 293:             Jeremiah 3-4; 2 Thessalonians 3         

      Friday, Day 294:             Jeremiah 5-6; 1 Timothy 1       

     

 

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Announcements

August 6, 2017

 

Vacation Bible School

·         “Treasure TrekVBS will begin this week so be sure and get signed up.  Come with us on a Treasure Trek Discovering the TRUTH about Jesus in the Bible!  Five fun-filled days learning Truth is a Treasure!  We will begin our treasure hunt on Monday, August 7 thru the 11th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Students 3 yrs-6th grade are invited to come along. You can register all children on our Webpage at stjohnsburt.org by clicking on the logo Treasure Trek and submitting an email or call church office 515-924-3344.

·         Needed -  Still looking for volunteers to fill the staff.  There is a sign-up sheet on the north table. Please consider helping us out this year. We would LOVE to have you join in on the FUN!   To also help with expenses we are taking monetary donations.  You may get those donations to Brenda Schutjer, Karla Schutter or place them in the offering plate marked VBS.

·         Picnic/Program will be held Friday, August 11th at 6:30 p.m.

 

Iowa District West Publishes a District newsletter “The Messenger” each month.  A Copy of the August Edition  is on the table in the back east wall for you to take .  If you wish to read this online go to the following website:  http://www.idwlcms.org/publications.php

 

Religion School and Sunday School Students/Parents:  A meeting has been scheduled for August 30th at 6:30 p.m. to meet with the Board of Education and Pastor Cowell for the Christian Education of your children  Mark your calendars and be sure to all be there!

 

Farewell Service – Members from St. John’s are invited to Pastor and Jane Bergquist’s Farewll Service on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lone rock. Our Joint Worship Service with St. Luke’s will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a meal to follow.  

 

“Nailed It”  is the theme of the Iowa District West Youth Gathering to be held in Des Moines at the Sheraton on Saturday, October 21-22, 2017.  All 6, 7th & 8th student member of a LCMS church are invited to attend.  Cost: $150.  Talk to Pastor Cowell or stop by the church office for more information.

 

Building Healthy Families “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can….” Remember this repeating line from the children’s book The Little Engine That Could? Yesterday and still today the story lines and themes of popular books, songs, movies or TV shows give us ample opportunity to begin a conversation with a young person that will influence their faith development. “I think I can…” provides a great opening for sharing how I can’t, but “All things are possible with God.” One episode of “The Bachelorette” provides plenty of opportunity to talk with your teen about how to choose a spouse and what’s really important in a marriage partner. Keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities to share faith and God’s good design for life and marriage with those in your family this week!   Lutheran Family Service

 

Serving IDW CongregationsCamp Okoboji  is committed to reaching out to and serving the congregations and members of Iowa District West. Camp Okoboji is your lake-front property in the beautiful and entertaining Okoboji area. Take advantage of it! Many programs are planned and organized so that all you have to do is sign-up. Afternoon events, weekend retreats, week-long camps offer something for everyone. Camp Okoboji hopes to see you soon!

 

This Week at St. John’s  – ( August 6, 2017-August 13, 2017)

Today           * 9:00   am       Service (Holy Communion)                                                                             

Monday       6-8:00  pm       Vacation Bible School

Tuesday         10:00 am       Pastor at IDW Orientation in Fort Dodge

                     6-8:00  pm       Vacation Bible School

Wednesday  6-8:00  pm       Vacation Bible School

Thursday      6-8:00  pm       Vacation Bible School

Friday           6-6:30  pm       Practice Program VBS

                        6:30  pm       Program and Picnic

Sunday            9:00  am       Service

                                             New Pastor’s Orientation Camp Okoboji

 

Greeters Next Week:         Paul and Bobbie Jahnke

Acolyte This Week:           Ushers

Head Usher:                       Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for August:          * Clark Christensen, Harold Lavrenz & Jesse Fitzgerald

Elder for August:              Jerry Koestler

                       

Bible Readings for the week in conjunction with the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation this year:

      Sunday, Day 281:           Isaiah 39-40; Philippians 4       

      Monday, Day 282:         Isaiah 41-42; Colossians 1                    

      Tuesday, Day 283:         Isaiah 43-44; Colossians 2        

      Wednesday, Day 284:    Isaiah 45-47; Colossians 3

      Thursday, Day 285:        Isaiah 48-49; Colossians 4                    

      Friday, Day 286:             Isaiah 50-52; I Thessalonians 1

      Friday, Day 287:             Isaiah 53-55: 1 Thessalonians 2           

     

 

 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Announcements

July 30, 2017

 

 

Special thanks to Pastor Schlund who will be leading our service this morning.

 

Vacation Bible School

·         “Treasure TrekVBS is getting closer so be sure and get signed up.  Come with us on a Treasure Trek Discovering the TRUTH about Jesus in the Bible!  Five fun-filled days learning Truth is a Treasure!  We will begin our treasure hunt on August 7 thru the 11th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Students 3 yrs-6th grade are invited to come along. You can register all children on our Webpage at stjohnsburt.org by clicking on the icon VBS and submitting an email or call church office 515-924-3344.

·         Needed -  We are also looking for volunteers for this year’s VBS.   There is a sign-up sheet on the north table.  If interested in a FUN filled week of activities, please sign up.  We would LOVE to have you join in on the FUN!   To also help with expenses we are taking monetary donations.  You may get those donations to Brenda Schutjer, Karla Schutter or place them in the offering plate marked VBS.

 

Stewardship Corner -The Apostle Paul tells us, “Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world” (1 Timothy 6:6-7).  Godliness is accompanied with contentment.  Contented people are those who are content in whatever state they are.  In order to be content, we do not need to accumulate more and more things.  In fact, the more we possess the more we will likely seek after excess things.  The more we fill our lives with stuff, the more we dull our sense of contentment with God.  Even with the necessities of food, clothing, and shelter, God makes it possible for us to be content.

 

Preschool Registration – We still have room for Children 3-5 years in Preschool.   If you know of a child who would like to come, please contact Jessie Parsons  515-320-0501

 

Iowa District West Publishes a District newsletter “The Messenger” each month.  A Copy of the August Edition  is on the table in the back east wall for you to take  If you wish to read this online go to the following website:  http://www.idwlcms.org/publications.php

 

Building Healthy Families We are busy people. We often live our lives day-to-day, referring to our calendars to remember what the next thing is on our agenda. It is not surprising that 18% of the Americans suffer from anxiety. If you know someone who is overwhelmed or anxious, Christ-centered counseling services at LFS can help put life back into perspective. Please share our information with anyone you feel may benefit.  Lutheran Family Service

 

This Week at St. John’s  – (July 30, 2017 – August 6, 2017)

Today           * 9:00   am       Service                                                                                                  

Sunday            9:00  am       Service (Holy Communion)

 

Greeters Next Week:         Boyd and Rosann Shipler

Acolyte This Week:           Ushers

Head Usher:                       Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for July:                * Larry Behnkendorf and Larry Manus

Elder for July:                     Jeff Schutjer/Boyd Shipler

                       

Bible Readings for the week in conjunction with the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation this year:

      Sunday, Day 274:           Isaiah 22-23; Ephesians 3

      Monday, Day 275:         Isaiah 24-26; Ephesians 4                    

      Tuesday, Day 276:         Isaiah 27-28; Ephesians 5        

      Wednesday, Day 277: Isaiah 29-30; Ephesians 6

      Thursday, Day 278:        Isaiah 31-33; Philippians 1                   

      Friday, Day 280:             Isaiah 34-36-Philippians 2       

      Friday, Day 281:             Isaiah 37-38; Philippians 3       

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Announcements

July 23, 2017

 

Vacation Bible School

·         “Treasure Trek” is the theme for VBS to be held August 7-11th here at St. John’s from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Students 3 yrs-6th grade are invited to attend. To help with expenses we will be taking monetary donations.  You may get those donations to Brenda Schutjer, Karla Schutter or place them in the offering plate marked VBS.

·         Needed -  We are also looking for volunteers for this year’s VBS.   There is a sign-up sheet on the north table.  If interested in a FUN filled week of activities, please sign up.  We would LOVE to have you join in on the FUN!   Any questions, contact Karla Schutter or Brenda Schutjer. 

 

Preschool Registration – We still have room for Children 3-5 years in Preschool.   If you know of a child who would like to come, please contact Jessie Parsons  515-320-0501

 

Building Healthy Families A beloved grandchild chooses for a time to walk a path that takes them away from their Christian faith. Though broken hearted and scared, don’t give up and don’t let natural emotions of disappointment, anger or fear direct your response. Instead, stay connected to them providing a living example of a life of love and faith, and take them to God daily in prayer, remembering and trusting that He loves them even more than you do and won’t let them go.  Lutheran Family Service

 

This Week at St. John’s  – (July 23, 2017 - July 30, 2017)

Today           * 9:00  am       Service

Tuesday       2-2:30  pm       Pastor Cowell Good Samaritan Home Bible Study                                        

Sunday            9:00  am       Service

 

Acolyte This Week:           Ushers

Head Usher:                       Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for July:                * Larry Behnkendorf and Larry Manus

Elder for July:                     Jeff Schutjer/Boyd Shipler

 

                       

Bible Readings for the week in conjunction with the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation this year:

      Sunday, Day 267:           Isaiah 1-3; Galatians 2

      Monday, Day 268:         Isaiah 4-6; Galatians 3              

      Tuesday, Day 269:         Isaiah 7-9; Galatians 4  

      Wednesday, Day 270: Isaiah 10-12; Galatians 5

      Thursday, Day 271:        Isaiah 13-15, Galatians 6                      

      Friday, Day 272:             Isaiah 16-18; Ephesians 1        

      Friday, Day 273:             Isaiah 19-21; Ephesians 2        

     

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Announcements

July 16, 2017

 

 

A Quarterly Voter’s Meeting will be held today following the service.

 

Thank You!!  Kids of the Kingdom Preschool Staff and Board give a heartfelt thank you to all for your  generous support given us for the Cobbler and Ice Cream Social at the Burt Summer Celebration.  If you donated monetary donations for supplies or stopped by to purchase cobbler – thank you so much for another very successful fundraiser day to help us continue our mission of teaching children about God’s love.  God’s blessing on all of you!!

 

Vacation Bible School

·         “Treasure Trek” is the theme for VBS to be held August 7-11th here at St. John’s from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Students 3 yrs-6th grade are invited to attend. To help with expenses we will be taking monetary donations.  You may get those donations to Brenda Schujter, Karla Schutter or place them in the offering plate marked VBS.

·         Supplies Needed -  We are looking for any NICE old/used Christmas cards for a VBS craft we will be making.  Please get them to Brenda Schutjer or Karla Schutter no later than Sunday, July 23rd.    We are also looking for volunteers for this year’s VBS.   There is a sign-up sheet on the north table.  If interested in a FUN filled week of activities, please sign up.  We would LOVE to have you join in on the FUN!   Any questions, contact Karla Schutter or Brenda Schutjer.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!

·         Volunteers are needed to help with VBS.  A sign-up sheet is available in the back of the church.

 

Preschool Registration – We still have room for Children 3-5 years in Preschool.   If you know of a child who would like to come, please contact Jessie Parsons  515-320 - 0501

 

Pastoral Care – When you are in need of Pastoral Care you can contact Pastor Cowell at the church office 515-924-3388 or his cell 319-464-5548.  His email address is pastor@stjohnsburt.org. Pastor’s Office Hours will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays

 

Building Healthy FamiliesA beloved grandchild chooses for a time to walk a path that takes them away from their Christian faith. Though broken hearted and scared, don’t give up and don’t let natural emotions of disappointment, anger or fear direct your response. Instead, stay connected to them providing a living example of a life of love and faith, and take them to God daily in prayer, remembering and trusting that He loves them even more than you do and won’t let them go.    Lutheran Family Service

 

Aquatic Center Moonlight Pool Party:  You are invited to a Pool Party to be held on Saturday July 22nd from 8-9:30 p.m. at the Algona Aquatic Center (106 W Overmeyer Drive).  This is Open and Free to all Trinity (Algona) Lutheran Members and all people of the surrounding LCMS churches.  Bring your kids and come and have a good time.

 

This Week at St. John’s  – (July 16, 2017 - July 23, 2017)

Today           * 9:00  am       Service (Holy Communion) 

                       10:00  am       Voter’s Meeting                                                                        

Tuesday       2-2:30  pm       Pastor Cowell at Bible Study – Good Samaritan Home                                             

Sunday            9:00  am       Service

 

Greeters Next Week:         Shirlee Alt and Barb Thilges

Acolyte This Week:           Ushers

Head Usher:                       Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for July:                * Larry Behnkendorf and Larry Manus

Elder for July:                     Jeff Schutjer/Boyd Shipler

                       

Bible Readings for the week in conjunction with the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation this year:

      Sunday, Day 260:           Ecclesiastes 1:3; 2 Corinthians 9

      Monday, Day 261:         Ecclesiastes 4-6; 2 Corinthians 10                   

      Tuesday, Day 262:         Ecclesiastes 7-9; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15           

      Wednesday, Day 263: Ecclesiastes 10-12; 2 Corinthians 11:16-33

      Thursday, Day 264:        Song of Solomon 1-3; 2 Corinthians 12                     

      Friday, Day 265:             Song of Solomon 4-5;  2 Corinthians 13        

      Friday, Day 266:             Song of Solomon 6-8; Galatians 1