Thursday, December 05, 2019

Announcements

St. John’s Lutheran Church

       109 Maple St. Burt, Iowa|Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

                Pastor: Rev. Thomas Cowell             Secretary: Rosann Shipler

                Pastor’s Cell: 319-464-5548                 Church Office: 515-924-3344  stjohnsburt.org               

                Pastor’s Email: pastor@stjohnsburt.org          Church Email: churchoffice@stjohnsburt.org               

THE SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT

December 8, 2019

 

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

THIS WEEK AT ST. JOHN’S

Today, December 8                                                             

   8:00 a.m.           Bible Study/Sunday School

   9:00 a.m.           Divine Service (Advent 2)  (C)

  10:00 a.m.          Voter’s Meeting

                              Children’s Program Practice

                              LWML Christmas Coffee

 

Monday, December  9                                 

   7 & 9:30 a.m.   Women’s Bible Study at Trinity

 

Tuesday, December 10

   Pastor Circuit Meeting at St. Paul, Whittemore

 

Wednesday, December 11  

   6:00 p.m.          Advent Midweek Service 

   6:30 p.m.          Religion School

Sunday, December 15        

   8:00 a.m.          Bible Study/Sunday School 

   9:00 a.m.          Divine Service (Advent 3)  (C)   

  10:00 a.m.         Children’s Program Practice                  

 

 THIS WEEK IN THE CHURCH YEAR

  Friday, December 13

    Commemoration  of Lucia, Martyr

 

  

 

 

ST. JOHN’S NEWS

 

Organist Today: Kitty Bierstedt       Ushers for December: Tony Hatten & Joe Heyes

Acolytes Today: none-assigned        Elder for December:    Boyd Shipler

Greeters Today: Doris Blocker         Greeters Next Week:   Daune & Linda Peter        

                              Mary Steven     

 

Baptism Today - St. John’s welcomes Cora LuMae, daughter of Jacob and Natalie Christensen, into the family of God through Holy Baptism today.  Cora’s baptismal sponsor is Brooke Kelley.

 

Adult Bible Study - Our Sunday morning adult Bible study class is discussing the benefits of meditating on the six chief parts of the Catechism through Scripture and prayer.  We’ll be using the book The Lord Will Answer: A Daily Prayer Catechism.  A copy of the book will be provided for everyone to use.

 

Poinsettias – If you would like to purchase a poinsettia for the church to use during Advent and Christmas services, there is a sign-up sheet on the table in the back of the church. Make sure you specify which of the 3 color choices you want and please pay Cheryl Batt by Sunday, December 8th. You may take your poinsettia home after Christmas Day.

 

LWML Christmas Coffee - The congregation is invited to the LWML Christmas Coffee following the Voter’s meeting today in the church basement. 

 

Adopted Family - St. John’s has applied for the Adopt a Family program again this year. We received 3 families that are in need of help.  Information on each family and their needs are on the back table for you to take with you as you shop.  There are 3 boxes in the church library for you to bring your items.  Be sure to state which family, which child and what the item is in each package. Cash donation or gift cards are accepted.  Monetary donations and gift cards can be left with Rosann in the church office or given to Doris Blocker or Debra Steven.  The deadline on bringing all items is December 8th at noon.  

 

Advent Services are Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. on December 11 and 18, 2019. Religion School will follow at 6:30 p.m.

 

St. John’s Flocknote - As a new Church Year begins now would be a good time to review your St. John’s text message and email options!  See the Flocknote information sheet on the back table for the types of communication you can receive through text or email.  You can sign up or change your options yourself from the instructions provided, or if you fill out the sheet and leave it at the church office we are happy to sign you up or make changes for you. 

- Also note that there is a new Flocknote option this year called “St. John’s Volunteers.               

  Sign up for this option if you would like to receive messages from St. John’s about 

  volunteer opportunities within our congregation, partnership, or community. 

 

Christmas Eve Children’s Service Practice will immediately follow the church service on the Sundays of December 8, 15, and 22.  The program is Christmas Eve at 4:30 p.m.

 

SYNOD, DISTRICT, & PARTNERSHIP NEWS

 

Strengthening Marriage Workshop - The Iowa District West Education and Family Life Committee is hosting a marriage strengthening workshop for all married couples on Saturday, February 8th from 9:00-2:00 at Trinity, Algona. This workshop will benefit both those who are recently married to those who have been married for many years. Toni Larson, Licensed Counselor from Lutheran Family Service will lead us through a time to grow in communication skills, understand how God has uniquely designed man and woman, and lead you in focusing on your relationship. Morning refreshments and lunch are provided, as well as childcare if needed.  The cost is $40 per couple (paid the morning of the workshop). Register by Feb. 3rd at:

www.surveymonkey.com/r/Strengthening_Marriages_Workshop.   

 

Building Healthy Families: A plate of warm cookies, a simmering pot of soup, a homecooked meal, or simply a warm conversation are blessings to those around you who are alone or lonely. How can you share the love of Christ this Christmas season? Begin looking for opportunities to make a difference and share Jesus in your sphere of influence! Lutheran Family Service is Iowa’s only Recognized Service Organization (RSO) by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) for Pregnancy Support, Adoption Services, Family Wellness, Mental Health & Marriage Counseling. Find help at LutheranFamilyService.org

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Hospice of the Heartland – You are invited to attend The Hospice of the Heartland’s 2019 Lights of Life Program that will be held today, December 8 at 2 p.m. at the Kossuth Regional Health Center. A gift of $10 will light a bulb in memory/honor of your loved one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LECTIONARY SUMMARY (Advent 2)

 

Isaiah 11:1–10; Romans 15:4–13; Matthew 3:1–12

 

By the Preaching of Repentance, We Are Prepared for the Coming of the Lord 

“John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, ‘Repent’” (Matt. 3:1–2). His preaching of repentance for the forgiveness of sins prepared people for the coming of Christ into the world. St. John’s work was historically complete with the incarnate Advent of Jesus; but his vital ministry continues in preaching Law and Gospel. The Son of God has come in the flesh, “a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots” (Is. 11:1), and continues to bear the fruits of righteousness. His good tree of the cross is “a signal for the peoples” (Is. 11:10), by which He calls the nations to repentance. “With the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips” (Is. 11:4), He slays the wicked and brings the dead to life, making sons of Abraham out of lifeless stones. So also the “root of Jesse” comes to us, “even he who arises to rule the Gentiles” (Rom. 15:12), that “we might have hope” and be filled “with all joy and peace in believing” (Rom. 15:4, 13).

 

FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD

 

Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article IV: Justification, paragraphs 57-60

Even though the Law does not teach the free forgiveness of sins, the Old Testament Fathers knew the promise about Christ, that Christ would be the price for our sins. They knew that our works are not a price for so great a matter. So they received mercy and forgiveness of sins by faith, just as the saints in the New Testament. To this point belong those frequent repetitions about mercy and faith that appear in the Psalms and the Prophets. For example, Psalm 130:3 says, "If You, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?" Here David confesses his sins and does not list his merits. He adds, "But with You there is forgiveness" (v. 4). Here he comforts himself by his trust in God's mercy, and he refers to the promise, "I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope" (v. 5). This means, "Because You have promised the forgiveness of sins, I am sustained by Your promise." Therefore, the Fathers also were justified, not by the Law, but by the promise and faith. It is amazing that the adversaries diminish faith, even though they see that it is everywhere praised as a great service. For example, Psalm 50:15 says, "Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you." God wants Himself to be known so that we receive benefits from Him and receive them because of His mercy, not because of our merits. This is the richest consolation in all afflictions.



Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Announcements

St. John’s Lutheran Church

 109 Maple St. Burt, Iowa|Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

 

Pastor: Rev. Thomas Cowell                             Secretary: Rosann Shipler

Pastor’s Cell: 319-464-5548                                 Church Office: 515-924-3344  stjohnsburt.org               

Pastor’s Email: pastor@stjohnsburt.org          Church Email: churchoffice@stjohnsburt.org               


THE FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT

December 1, 2019

 

Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

 

 

THIS WEEK AT ST. JOHN’S

Today, December 1                                                             

   8:00 a.m.           Bible Study/Sunday School

   9:00 a.m.           Divine Service (Advent 1)  (C)

  10:00 a.m.          Children’s Program Practice

 

Monday, December 2                                  

   7 & 9:30 a.m.   Women’s Bible Study at Trinity

 

Wednesday, December 4    

   6:00 p.m.          Advent Midweek Service 

   6:30 p.m.          Religion School

 

Sunday, December 8                       

   8:00 a.m.          Bible Study/Sunday School 

   9:00 a.m.          Divine Service (Advent 2)  (C)   

  10:00 a.m.         Voter’s Meeting

                            Children’s Program Practice

                            LWML Christmas Coffee

 THIS WEEK IN THE CHURCH YEAR

  Wednesday, December 4

    Commemoration of John of Damascus,

      Theologian and Hymnwriter

 

  Friday, December 6

    Commemoration of Nicholas of Myra, Pastor

 

  December 7

    Commemoration of Ambrose of Milan,   

      Pastor and Hymnwriter

 

ST. JOHN’S NEWS

 

Organist Today: Marcia Hanna       Ushers for December: Tony Hatten & Joe Heyes

Acolytes Today: Breckin Borchardt Elder for December:    Boyd Shipler

Greeters Today: Boyd & Rosann Shipler    Greeters Next Week:   Doris Blocker & Mary Steven             

 

Adult Bible Study - Our Sunday morning adult Bible study class is discussing the benefits of meditating on the six chief parts of the Catechism through Scripture and prayer.  We’ll be using the book The Lord Will Answer: A Daily Prayer Catechism.  A copy of the book will be provided for everyone to use.

 

The Giving Pew - The TLC Quilters have set up the "giving pew" at St. John's!  The pew near the east doors will be stocked with a quilt and other items made by the quilters, for the purpose of our members taking them in a time of need or delivering them to someone they know who is in need of warmth, comfort, support, or love.  There is no need to tell anyone who the quilt is going to, the quilters are just happy to know someone is getting the care they need.  A favorite practice of the quilters is when a quilt is finished to pray that whoever ends up with their quilt would know the love of God in Christ Jesus who motivates their many works of mercy. 

 

Poinsettias – If you would like to purchase a poinsettia for the church to use during Advent and Christmas services, there is a sign-up sheet on the table in the back of the church. Make sure you specify which of the 3 color choices you want and please pay Cheryl Batt by Sunday, December 8th. You may take your poinsettia home after Christmas Day.

 

LWML Christmas Coffee will be held on Sunday, December 8th following the Voter’s Meeting in the church basement. LWML members, please bring 2 dozen cookies for the coffee and also for the Christmas Giving Plates to the shut-ins.

 

Advent Services are Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. on December 4,11,18, 2019. Religion School will follow at 6:30 p.m.

 

St. John’s Flocknote - As a new Church Year begins now would be a good time to review your St. John’s text message and email options!  See the Flocknote information sheet on the back table for the types of communication you can receive through text or email.  You can sign up or change your options yourself from the instructions provided, or if you fill out the sheet and leave it at the church office we are happy to sign you up or make changes for you. 

- Also note that there is a new Flocknote option this year called “St. John’s Volunteers.               

  Sign up for this option if you would like to receive messages from St. John’s about 

  volunteer opportunities within our congregation, partnership, or community. 

 

Christmas Eve Children’s Service Practice will immediately follow the church service on the Sundays of December 1, 8, 15, and 22.  The program is Christmas Eve at 4:30 p.m.

Adopted Family - St. John’s has applied for the Adopt a Family program again this year. We received 3 families that are in need of help.  Information on each family and their needs are on the back table for you to take with you as you shop.  There are 3 boxes in the church library for you to bring your items.  Be sure to state which family, which child and what the item is in each package. Cash donation or gift cards are accepted.  Monetary donations and gift cards can be left with Rosann in the church office or given to Doris Blocker or Debra Steven.  The deadline on bringing all items is December 8th at noon.  

 

 

 

SYNOD, DISTRICT, & PARTNERSHIP NEWS

 

Trinity Live Nativity - Trinity Algona’s Live Nativity will be part of the Live Greeting Card Windows again on Monday December 2 from 6:30-8pm.  They will be on South Dodge Street with the Trinity float, and will be serving cookies and hot chocolate! 

 

Building Healthy Families: What traditions does your family keep which make Christmas all about Christ? For practical ideas to help you put the emphasis back on the presence of our Savior rather than the presents, check out the blog post, “Meaningful Christmas” on the LFS website. Lutheran Family Service is Iowa’s only Recognized Service Organization (RSO) by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) for Pregnancy Support, Adoption Services, Family Wellness, Mental Health & Marriage Counseling. Find help at LutheranFamilyService.org



COMMUNITY NEWS

Lions Club Santa Day is December 7, 2019 from 1-3:00 p.m. at the Burt Activity Complex. Come and enjoy pictures with Santa, a cake walk with proceeds to the swimming pool, coloring for the children, fire truck rides, drawing for prizes and cookies and coffee/hot chocolate. Come spend the afternoon!!

Hospice of the Heartland – You are invited to attend The Hospice of the Heartland’s 2019 Lights of Life Program that will be held on Sunday, December 8 at 2 p.m. at the Kossuth Regional Health Center. A gift of $10 will light a bulb in memory/honor of your loved one. Please call us at 515-295-4430. 

LECTIONARY SUMMARY (Advent 1)

 

Isaiah 2:1–5; Romans 13:8–14; Matthew 21:1–11 or Matthew 24:36–44

 

The Lord Comes in Meekness and Humility to Save Us Now

The Lord Jesus enters Jerusalem “humble, and mounted on a donkey,” riding on “a beast of burden” (Matt. 21:5), as He Himself bears the sins of the world in His body. Now He comes by the Ministry of the Gospel to save us from sin, death, the devil, and hell. Therefore, we sing, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Matt. 21:9). For we are called “to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob,” His holy Church, “that He may teach us His ways and that we may walk in His paths” (Is. 2:3). By His Word, we “walk in the light of the Lord” (Is. 2:5). That is to live in love, which “does no wrong to a neighbor” (Rom. 13:10). We “cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light,” for “salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed” (Rom. 13:11, 12). Hence, the entire Christian life is a time to wake and watch, “for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming” (Matt. 24:42).

 

FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD

 

Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration: Article IV, Good Works, paragraphs 7-9

It is God's will that believers should walk in good works. Truly good works are not those that everyone does from a good intention, or are done according to human traditions, but those that God Himself has commanded in His Word. Also, truly good works are done not by our own natural powers, but in this way: when a person is reconciled with God and renewed by the Holy Spirit. Paul says, a person is "created in Christ Jesus for good works."

 

The good works of believers are pleasing and acceptable to God (although in this flesh they are impure and incomplete). They are acceptable for the sake of the Lord Christ, through faith, because the person is acceptable to God. There are works that apply to maintaining of external discipline and required of the unbelieving and unconverted. These works are commendable before the world and rewarded by God in this world with temporal blessings. Nevertheless, they are regarded by God as impure because of the corrupt nature and because the person is not reconciled with God. "A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit." It is also written, "for whatever does not proceed from faith is sin" (Romans 14:23). A person must be accepted by God, for the sake of Christ, if that person's works are to please Him. This is why St. Paul calls them true fruit of the Spirit. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Announcements

ANNOUNCEMENTS and NOTICES

November 24, 2019

Last Sunday of the Church Year

 

Collect of the Day – Lord Jesus Christ, You reign among us by the preaching of Your cross. Forgive Your people their offenses that we, being governed by Your bountiful goodness, may enter at last into Your eternal paradise; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Food Pantry - Today and at our Thanksgiving service we will be taking a special offering for the Kossuth County Food Pantry. You may place your food pantry offering in the offering plate at the end of the pews.

 

Church Decorating for Christmas – We will be decorating the church for the Advent and Christmas season following the service today (November 24th).  We’ll enjoy refreshments in the basement after the decorating is finished.  We hope you can join in on the fun! – St. John’s Christmas Committee: Wendell & Teresa Christensen, Terry & Vicki Briggs, Allison & Clark Christensen, and Joe & Tina Heyes.

 

Adult Bible Study - Our Sunday morning adult Bible study class is discussing the benefit of meditating on the six chief parts of the Catechism through Scripture and prayer.  We’ll be using the book The Lord Will Answer: A Daily Prayer Catechism.  A copy of the book will be provided for everyone to use.

 

Advent-Christmas Invites - We are going to try to make everyone feel welcomed and loved at St. John's again this year with our Advent-Christmas invites!  Consider personally delivering a card to a neighbor, friend, or family member on the table in back of church.  Let them know that you would love to worship with them this Advent and Christmas season, and that you are happy to be their brother or sister in Christ.  Also, tell us on the sign-up sheet in back who you delivered cards to so that we can get a better sense of who is well connected with some of our less active members.  There are also a few blank cards that you can deliver to non-members.  Any remaining cards will be mailed on Monday, November 25th.  

 

Thanksgiving Service at St. John’s is Wednesday, November 27th at 6:30 p.m. with Holy Communion. Trinity, Algona’s Thanksgiving service is Thursday, November 28th at 9:00 a.m.

 

Poinsettias – If you would like to purchase a poinsettia for the church to use during Advent and Christmas services, there is a sign-up sheet on the table in the back of the church. Make sure you specify which of the 3 color choices you want and please pay Cheryl Batt by Sunday, December 8th. You may take your poinsettia home after Christmas Day.

 

Old Bibles – Today is the last day we will be collecting old Bibles in the back of church. These Bibles will go to IOWAY of Iowa District West who will transport them to the Takin' it to the Streets charity in Omaha.

LWML Christmas Coffee will be held on Sunday, December 8th following the Voter’s Meeting in the church basement. LWML members, please bring 2 dozen cookies for the coffee and also for the Christmas giving plates to the shut-ins.

 

The Giving Pew - The TLC Quilters have set up the "giving pew" at St. John's!  The pew near the east doors will be stocked with a quilt and other items made by the quilters for the purpose of our members taking them in a time of need or delivering them to someone they know who is in need of warmth, comfort, support, or love.  There is no need to tell anyone who the quilt is going to, the quilters are just happy to know someone is getting the care they need.  A favorite practice of the quilters is when a quilt is finished to pray that whoever ends up with their quilt would know the love of God in Christ Jesus who motivates their many works of mercy. 

 

Thank You!  On behalf of St. Paul Lutheran Church and School we humbly thank you for the memorial of $200.00 in memory of Pastor Henderson. We thank you for your prayers and comfort! Pastor Henderson is truly missed but as he would say often “Carry On”. We have been blessed with a new pastor helping us to continue the work of the Lord. God’s Blessings, Members of St. Paul Lutheran, Fort Dodge.

 

Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner - The Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28th in the St. Cecelia’s Parish Center at noon (11:30 for carry outs). You MUST call in advance (295-3435) for home deliveries. Free will donations accepted. For questions, call Scott Curtis at 341-0000.

 

Fall Craft and Vendor Show is being held today (November 24th) at the Burt Activity Complex from 10:30-1:00 p.m.  Come hungry and also enjoy the Vegetable Beef Soup Luncheon sponsored by the Burt Summer Celebration Committee.

 

Lion's Club Santa Day! is December 7, 2019 from 1-3:00 p.m. at the Burt Activity Complex.  Come and enjoy pictures with Santa, a cake walk with proceeds to the Swimming Pool, coloring for the children, fire truck rides, drawing for prizes and cookies and coffee/hot chocolate. Come spend the afternoon!!

Hospice of the HeartlandYou are invited to attend The Hospice of the Heartland’s 2019 Lights of Life Program that will be held on Sunday, December 8 at 2 p.m. at the Kossuth Regional Health Center. A gift of $10 will light a bulb in memory/honor of your loved one. Please call us at 515-295-4430.

 

This Week in the Church Year  

Feast Days:   11/30: St. Andrew, Apostle

Commemorations:  11/29: Noah

 

This Week at St. John’s – (November 24, 2019- December 1, 2019)

Today (24th)             8:00  am       Adult Bible Study/Sunday School                                 

                                 9:00  am       Divine Service (Holy Communion)

                                10:00  am       Church Decorating

Monday (25th)   7 & 9:30  am       Women’s Bible Study at Trinity

Wednesday (27th)    6:30 pm      Thanksgiving Service (Holy Communion)                              

Thursday                  9:00  am       Thanksgiving Service at Trinity

Sunday (Dec. 1st)     8:00  am       Adult Bible Study/Sunday School

                                 9:00  am       Advent Divine Service (Holy Communion)

                                10:00  am       Children’s Christmas Eve Service Practice

 

Ushers for November:   Lynn Bierstedt & Darrel Schmidt     Elder for November:   Jerry Koestler

Acolyte:  Thanksgiving:  Tysen Wickman

 

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Announcements

ANNOUNCEMENTS and NOTICES

November 17, 2019

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

 

Collect of the Day – O Lord, almighty and ever-living God, You have given exceedingly great and precious promises to those who trust in You.  Rule and govern our hearts and minds by Your Holy Spirit that we may live and abide forever in Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Adult Bible Study - Our Sunday morning adult Bible study class is discussing the benefit of meditating on the six chief parts of the Catechism through Scripture and prayer.  We’ll be using the book The Lord Will Answer: A Daily Prayer Catechism.  A copy of the book will be provided for everyone to use.

 

Advent-Christmas Invites - We are going to try to make everyone feel welcomed and loved at St. John's again this year with our Advent-Christmas invites!  Consider personally delivering a card to a neighbor, friend, or family member on the table in back of church.  Let them know that you would love to worship with them this Advent and Christmas season, and that you are happy to be their brother or sister in Christ.  Also, tell us on the sign-up sheet in back who you delivered cards to so that we can get a better sense of who is well connected with some of our less active members.  There are also a few blank cards that you can deliver to non-members.  Any remaining cards will be mailed on November 25th.  

 

Thanksgiving Service at St. John’s is Wednesday, November 27th at 6:30 p.m. with Holy Communion.  Trinity, Algona’s Thanksgiving service is Thursday, November 28th at 9:00 a.m.

 

Church Decorating for Christmas – We will be decorating the church for the Advent and Christmas season following the service on Sunday, November 24th.  We’ll enjoy refreshments in the basement after the decorating is finished.  We hope you can join in on the fun! – St. John’s Christmas committee: Wendell & Teresa Christensen, Terry & Vicki Briggs, Allison & Clark Christensen, and Joe & Tina Heyes.

 

The Giving Pew - The TLC Quilters have set up the "giving pew" at St. John's!  The pew near the east doors will be stocked with a quilt and other items made by the quilters for the purpose of our members taking them in a time of need or delivering them to someone they know who is in need of warmth, comfort, support, or love.  There is no need to tell anyone who the quilt is going to, the quilters are just happy to know someone is getting the care they need.  A favorite practice of the quilters is when a quilt is finished to pray that whoever ends up with their quilt would know the love of God in Christ Jesus who motivates their many works of mercy. 

 

Donate Your Old Bibles - Do you have old Bibles at home that you no longer read (hopefully because you have newer Bibles that you do read!)?  We are collecting old Bibles at St. John's to share with people who have no Bible of their own.  The Bibles will go to IOWAY of Iowa District West who will transport them to the Takin' it to the Streets charity in Omaha.  This organization provides food, clothes, skills, and Christ's love to those who need it in the Omaha area.  You can drop your Bibles off at the gray box in the back of church through November 24th.

 

Building Healthy Families: Over the coming holidays many will spend more time together than usual with their families. As you gather, keep a watchful eye out for excessive negative talk including complaining, fault-finding, and passing on gossip. Sharing gossip and negative messages of gloom and doom is not only sinful and dishonoring to our Father, it also fosters a depressing atmosphere in the home (…and in the church). Instead, look hard for the positive and talk about it often! “Whatever is pure, whatever is lovely…think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 Lutheran Family Service is Iowa’s only Recognized Service Organization (RSO) by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) for Pregnancy Support, Adoption Services, Family Wellness, Mental Health & Marriage Counseling. Find help at LutheranFamilyService.org

 

The Lone Rock American Legion will be having their annual “Feather Party” on Saturday, November 23 at 7 p.m. in the Lone Rock Legion Hall. Come and join us!

 

Fall Craft and Vendor Show is being held on Sunday, November 24th at the Burt Activity Complex from 10:30-1:00 p.m.  Come hungry and also enjoy the Vegetable Beef Soup Luncheon sponsored by the Burt Summer Celebration Committee.

 

Lectionary Summary - Malachi 4:1–6, 2 Thessalonians 3:(1–5) 6–13, Luke 21:5–28 (29–36)

God’s Plan of Redemption Trumps Earthly Destruction and Violence

There are signs of the Lord’s coming all around: the cross that marks His Church, the violence and death of the sinful world, and the shaking of the natural order. “There will be great distress upon the earth” (Luke 21:23), but the faithful know that “the kingdom of God is near” (Luke 21:31). Therefore, “straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28). Be awake and alert, and heed the words of Christ, which “will not pass away” (Luke 21:33). For you, “the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings” (Mal. 4:2). He sends His preachers of repentance in the spirit and power of Elijah “before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes” (Mal. 4:5), in order to “direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” (2 Thess. 3:5). Although you are often faithless, “the Lord is faithful,” and by the preaching of His Word “he will establish you and guard you against the evil one” (2 Thess. 3:3). Therefore, “do not grow weary in doing good” (2 Thess. 3:13). In the midst of calamity, believe upon the Lord, Jesus Christ. 

 

This Week in the Church Year  

Feast Days:   None

Commemorations:  11/19: Elizabeth of Hungary; 11/23: Clement of Rome, Pastor

 

This Week at St. John’s – (November 17, 2019- November 24, 2019)

Today (17th)             8:00  am       Adult Bible Study/Sunday School                                 

                                 9:00  am       Divine Service (Holy Communion)

                                10:00  am       Council Meeting to Review the Budget and Slate of New Officers

Monday (18th)       7 & 9:30          am Women’s Bible Study at Trinity

Wednesday (20th)    6:00  pm       Midweek Religion School                                                          

Sunday (Nov. 24th)  8:00  am       Adult Bible Study/Sunday School

                                 9:00  am       Divine Service

                                10:00  am       Church Decorating

                               

Ushers for November:   Lynn Bierstedt & Darrel Schmidt     Elder for November:   Jerry Koestler