Thursday, December 14, 2017

Announcements

December 17, 2017

 

Our Christmas Schedule:   Christmas Eve Sunday Service is at 9:00 a.m. with Sunday School/Adult Class at 8:00 a.m.; Christmas Eve Children’s Program will be at 4:30 p.m. and Christmas Day Service with Holy Communion is at 9:00 a.m.

 

Children’s Christmas Program Practices  will be today December 17th Dress Rehearsal from 3-5 p.m.; Wednesday, December 20th walk through for First Grade-LYF and Religion School will be from 5-6 p.m. Then we will eat and have Religion School until the 6:30 p.m. Advent Service.

 

Adult Class – December 24, 2017:   Topic:  “Artwork of the Nativity”

 

Devotional – “This Week in the Church Year “devotional resource sheets are available on the back table for you to pick up.

 

Parish Messenger Articles are due to Linda Kerkove for the January/February edition on December 31st.

 

Pastor Chats will continue after the first of the year.  If you wish to have him come before, please feel free to call and set up a time.   

 

Amazon Reminder - When you are shopping on Amazon be sure to use   www.smileamazon.com first and choose the church so St. John’s will get a percentage credit back from amazon as charitable giving.

 

Christmas Cards are available at the back of the church for purchase.  They are marked.  Please, leave your money with Mary Gifford or the church office.  There is also individual cards in the rack for $.50 each.

 

Annual Report Articles I will be starting to work on the Annual Report at the beginning of the new year. Please start working on your articles and submit them to me as soon as possible.   You can email them to me at churchoffice@stjohnsburt.org.  Also, changes in addresses, phone numbers etc. get those to me also. Rosann

 

Christmas Committee is still taking donations for the new tree, decorations and candy bags. You may donate by  marking an envelope and placing it in the offering plate.

 

Lessons on the Liturgy:   Christmas Trees

The origins of the Christmas Tree is the source of an interesting scholarly debate.  Several reputable scholars credit Martin Luther with decorating the first Christmas tree in his home.  Lights represent the starry sky, the star on top is the star that led the Magi, or an angel on top is Gabriel who announced Jesus’ birth.  One old tradition was to decorate the tree with red baubles to represent the fruit on the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, showing that Jesus’ birth began to reintroduce Paradise to creation.  

 

Building Healthy Families: Over the coming Christmas season we will spend more time together than usual with our 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

 

This Week at St. John’s  – (December 17, 2017-December 24, 2017)

Today           8:00    am       Sunday School/Adult Bible Class

                      9:00    am       Advent Service                                          (Holy Communion)                       

                  3-5:00    pm       Children’s Program Practice

Tuesday        9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                                                      

Wednesday  9:00     am       Preschool

                 6-6:30     pm       Religion School

                      6:30     pm       Advent Service

Thursday       9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                                                      

Sunday         8:00     am       Sunday School and Adult Bible Class

                     9:00     am       Christmas Eve Day Service 

                      4:30     pm       Christmas Eve Children’s Program

Monday        9:00     am       Christmas Day Service (Holy Communion)

 

Greeters Next Week:         Roger Lavrenz

Acolyte This Week:           Jordan Blocker

Head Usher:                      Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for December      *Vern Koestler, Gordon Oleson & Joe Heyes

Elder for December:         Boyd Shipler

 

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.

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

·         BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible) - Sunday Evening Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. in Fireside Room. We will be studying The Book of Hebrews

 

 

 

 

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Announcement

 

December 10, 2017

 

Advent Open House – Pastor Thomas, Hannah and Penny wish to invite you to an Advent Open House at their home at 609 E Kennedy St. Algona on Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 2-5 p.m.  

 

Adult Class – December 17, 2017:   Topic:  “Praying the “O Antiphons”: O King of the Nations and O Emmanuel”

 

Adopted Family – Deadline for the Adopted family is today.  Gifts will be delivered immediately. If you need more time contact Deb or KarlaAny money/gift cards etc. give to Deb Steven or Karla Schutter.

 

A Special Offering Plate has been placed in the back of the church for a special free will donation to help defray the expenses of the Christmas Committee. (Decorations, candy bags, tree etc.)

 

A Special Voter’s Meeting will be held today to view and vote on the 2018 Budget and Slate of Officers.

 

Devotional – “This Week in the Church Year “ devotional resource sheets are available on the back table for you to pick up.

 

Children’s Christmas Program Practices  will be today December 10th from 3-4 p.m. and December 17th Dress Rehearsal from 3-5 p.m. ; Wednesday, December 20th Walk through for First Grade-LYF and Religion School, 6 p.m. Supper and 6:30 Advent Services. It is important to be sure to have children here for these practices.

 

Amazon Reminder - When you are shopping on Amazon be sure to use   www.smileamazon.com first and choose the church so St. John’s will get a percentage credit back from amazon as charitable giving.

 

Lessons on the Liturgy:   The Advent Wreath

The Advent wreath originated in eastern Germany prior to the Reformation. In its present form traditional Advent wreaths have three purple candles and one pink candle.  The purple candles match the paraments on the altar (which were traditionally purple during Advent).  The purple signifies the royalty of the coming King.  The pink candle is lit on the third Sunday of Advent: Gaudete Sunday. "Gaudete" means "Rejoice!" in Latin.  This Sunday features the Philippians 4 text: “Rejoice! [...] the Lord is near.”  The white candle is lit during the 12 days of Christmas (Dec. 25 to Jan. 5) to celebrate Jesus’ arrival in human flesh at his birth.  

 

Christmas Celebration in Lone Rock will be held on Saturday, December 16 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lone Rock Fire Station.    Come celebrate with us!!

 

Building Healthy Families: You have heard the saying, the family that prays together, stays together? A survey by the Barna Research Group indicates that this old saying is still true, not just for families but also for married couples. Research documents that couples who hold a shared belief system (including prayer and attending church regularly) have a significantly lower divorce rate than the general population. So just a little reminder in case you didn’t already know: growing in your faith is not only good for you and for your children, it’s good for your marriage! Lutheran Family Service

This Week at St. John’s  – ( December 10, 2017-December 17, 2017)

Today           8:00    am       Sunday School/Adult Bible Class

                      9:00    am       Advent Service                                                                           

                    10:00     am       Voter’s Meeting

                  2-5:00    pm       Open House at Pastor, Hannah & Penny’s Home in Algona

                  3-4:00    pm       Children’s Program Practice

Tuesday        9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                                                      

Wednesday  9:00     am       Preschool

                 6-6:30     pm       Religion School

                      6:30     pm       Advent Service

Thursday       9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                                                      

Sunday         8:00     am       Sunday School and Adult Bible Class

                     9:00     am       Advent Service  (Holy Communion)

                  3-5:00     pm       Children’s Program Dress Rehearsal Practice

 

Greeters Next Week:         Karla, John and Christie Schutter

Acolyte This Week:           Gabby Kelly and Jacob Haase

Head Usher:                      Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for December      *Vern Koestler, Gordon Oleson & Joe Heyes

Elder for December:         Boyd Shipler

 

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.

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

·         BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible) - Sunday Evening Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. in Fireside Room. We will be studying The Book of Hebrews

 

 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Announcements

December 3, 2017

 

LWML Ladies Christmas Coffee will be held today following the service.   Please stay and help us celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season. 

 

Adult Class   – December 10, 2017:   Topic:  “Praying the O Antiphons”: O Key of David and O Dayspring”

 

Adopted Family Information about the Adopted Family is included in your bulletin this morning as an insert (green).   Any money/gift cards etc. give to Deb Steven or Karla Schutter. Box will be provided in the back for the gifts. Deadline: December 10th.

 

A Special Offering Plate has been placed in the back of the church for a special free will donation to help defray the expenses of the Christmas Committee. (Decorations, candy bags, tree etc.)

 

Voter’s Meeting to view and vote on the 2018 Budget and Slate of Officers will be held following the service on Sunday, December 10th.

 

Children’s Christmas Program Practices  will be today (Dec. 3rd )  from 3-4 p.m., December 10th from 3-4 p.m. and December 17th Dress Rehearsal from 3-5 p.m.  ; Wednesday, December 20th Walk through for First Grade-LYF and Religion School, 6 p.m. Supper and 6:30 Advent Services. It is important to be sure to have children here for these practices.

 

Advent Open House – Pastor Thomas, Hannah and Penny wish to invite you to an Advent Open House at their home at 609 E Kennedy St. Algona on Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 2-5 p.m.  Mark your calendars!

 

Amazon Reminder - When you are shopping on Amazon be sure to use   www.smileamazon.com first and choose the church so St. John’s will get a percentage credit back from amazon as charitable giving.

Thank You!   Dear Members of St. John’s Lutheran, I would like to thank you for your prayers, cards, and calls that you made these past few weeks as I have been recovering from double knee surgery.  Your love and support has been overwhelming.  Truly as a family of God you have walked along aside me and others as together we have proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Christ.  May God bless each of you as you take up His Work in your lives.   Pastor Reimers

 

Lessons on the Liturgy:   Advent

“Advent” is a Latin word that means “coming.”  During Advent we prepare to celebrate the past coming of our Lord into human flesh and the future coming of Jesus on the Last Day, even as we prepare for Jesus to come to us in the present at the Lord’s Supper.  Thus the season of Advent is not only a time of preparation for Christmas, but it is a time to prepare our hearts for all the ways in which Christ has come, comes, and will come to be our Savior.

Christmas Harmony – The Cornbelt Barbershop Chorus will hold its annual Christmas Concert with the United Methodist Chancel Choir today  at 2 p.m. at the Algona United Methodist Church. The proceeds will be going to help support the Algona Ambulance Service.  Come and enjoy beautiful Christmas songs in harmony and help support our local ambulance service with a free will offering

 

Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Support Group will meet on Thursday, December 7th at 3:00 p.m. at Van Buren Terrace, Algona.

 

This Week at St. John’s  – ( December 3, 2017-December 10, 2017)

Today           8:00    am       Sunday School/Adult Bible Class

                      9:00    am       Service  (Holy Communion)

                    10:00    am       LWML Christmas Coffee

                  3-4:00    pm       Children’s Program Practice

Tuesday        9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                                                      

Wednesday  9:00     am       Preschool

              6:00-6:30     pm       Religion School

                      6:30     pm       Advent Service

Thursday       9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                                                      

Sunday         8:00     am       Sunday School and Adult Bible Class

                     9:00     am       Advent Service 

                     10:00    am       Voter’s Meeting

                    2-5:00   pm       Open House at Pastor, Hannah & Penny’s Home in Algona

                    3-4:00   pm       Children’s Program Practice

                            

Greeters Next Week:         Larry Manus and Harold Lavrenz

Acolyte This Week:           Nick Christensen and Cameron Haase

Head Usher:                      Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for December      *Vern Koestler, Gordon Oleson & Joe Heyes

Elder for December:         Boyd Shipler

 

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.

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

·         BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible) - Sunday Evening Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. in Fireside Room. We will be studying The Book of Hebrews

 

 

 

 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Announcements

November 26, 2017

 

Advent/Christmas Decorating - Our Advent "Service" on Wednesday, November 29th will be a "service" of a different sort!  You're invited to help decorate the church for the Advent and Christmas season.  We will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a very brief prayer and dedication of our new Christmas tree before we start decorating.  We will enjoy a light supper and Advent music while we work.  There will also be decorating activities for children.  We hope to see you there!  

 

Adult Class   – December 3, 2017:   Topic:  “Praying the Antiphons”: O Wisdom, O Adonai, and O Root of Jesse

 

Advent Open House – Pastor Thomas, Hannah and Penny wish to invite you to an Advent Open House at their home at 609 E Kennedy St. Algona on Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 2-5 p.m.  Mark your calendars!

 

Adopted FamilyInformation about the Adopted Family is included in your bulletin this morning as an insert (green).   Any money/gift cards etc. give to Deb Steven or Karla Schutter. Box will be provided in the back for the gifts. Deadline: December 10th.

 

Poinsettias – If you would like to provide a poinsettia for the church to use during the Advent and Christmas seasons, there is a sign-up sheet at the back of the church. Please sign your name and indicate the color you would like to order and pay Cheryl Batt for your plant by Sunday, December 3rd. The poinsettias will be put up for worship services beginning Sunday, December 10th. Feel free to take your plant home to enjoy after Christmas Day Services.

 

Voter’s Meeting to view and vote on the 2018 Budget and Slate of Officers will be held following the service on Sunday, December 10th.

 

Children’s Christmas Program Practices  will be Sunday December 3rd from 3-4 p.m., December 10th from 3-4 p.m. and December 17th Dress Rehearsal from 3-5 p.m.  It is important to be sure to have children here for these practices.

 

LWML Ladies Christmas Coffee will be held following the service on Sunday, December 3rd.   Please stay and help us celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season.  LWML members are to bring cookies for the coffee and for the shut-in plates.

 

Pastor Chats - I will continue to post my available times on the back table for the week ahead for a visit with me.  I will continue to post times through the fall and winter until I am able to visit every family.   

 

Lessons on the Liturgy:   Matins

The service of Matins originated as one of the monastic “hours” or prayer services that were sung seven times a day.  The Lutheran church has historically retained Matins as a prayer service to be used Monday through Saturday in the morning, with the Divine Service being held every Sunday.  The chief functions of Matins are meditation on the Word, morning praise of our Creator and Redeemer, and prayer for the day which we are about to begin.     

 

Building Healthy Families: Our culture encourages us to see the world and our relationships through a lens of individualism, in which we make decisions based on this question: “How will this effect ME?”  How would our world be different if we returned to a faith, family, and community-centered lens, in which decisions are instead based on this question: “How will my actions effect my children, my spouse, my parents, my congregational family, my community?” Lutheran Family Service

 

Christmas Harmony – The Cornbelt Barbershop Chorus will hold its annual Christmas Concert with the United Methodist Chancel Choir on Sunday December 3 at 2 p.m. at the Algona United Methodist Church. The proceeds will be going to help support the Algona Ambulance Service.  Come and enjoy beautiful Christmas songs in harmony and help support our local ambulance service with a free will offering

 

Burt Christmas Day  Celebration will be held at the Burt Complex on Saturday December 2nd beginning with a Coffee and Goodies and Fire Truck Rides from 3-5p.m., from 5-6:30 p.m. Emma Elsbecker will be singing before and during the Chili and Chicken Noodle Soup Supper.  Free Will Donation. Come and enjoy Christmas in Burt!

 

Lights of Life – Hospice of Heartland – Tree Lighting ceremony at the Kossuth Regional Health Center is being held on December 3, at 2 p.m.  A $10 donation will light a bulb in memory/honor of a loved one. Donation sheets eat table in the back of the church.

 

This Week at St. John’s  – (November 26, 2017- December 3, 2017)

Today            8:00    am       Sunday School/Adult Bible Class

                      9:00    am       Service 

Tuesday         9:00     am       Preschool           

                      5:00     pm       Elder’s Meeting                                                                                       

Wednesday    9:00     am       Preschool

              6:00-6:30     pm       Religion School

                      6:30     pm       Advent/Christmas Decorating and a Light Supper

Thursday        9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                               

Sunday           8:00     am       Sunday School and Adult Bible Class

                      9:00    am       Advent Service  - Holy Communion

                    10:00    am       LWML Christmas Coffee

                    3-4:00   pm       Children’s Program Practice

                            

Greeters Next Week:           Janice Schealler

Acolyte This Week:             Peyton Marlow

Head Usher:                       Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for November:       *Lynn Bierstedt, Darrel Schmidt & Dave Kerkove

Elder for November:           Jerry Koestler

 

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.

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

·         BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible) - Sunday Evening Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. in Fireside Room. We will be studying The Book of Hebrews

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Adopted Family Information

Child 1: Age 15 male pants size 34/32 shirt size Men’s Large 

suggestions: magic cards, I Tunes cards, business cards { Kmart }, cards for buying books [ Harder to find clothes that fit due to height, please include gift receipt if purchasing clothes] socks, underwear boxers

Child 2: Age 13 Male pants size 32/30 shirt size M

Suggestions: clothing Algona Shirt { Algona Bulldogs clothing}, Air-hogs, I Tunes card, Iowa State fan ; underwear boxer briefs

Child 3: Age 11 Male pants size 12 shirt 10-12

Suggestions: Legos, Nerf guns and ammo, Algona Bulldogs clothing socks and underwear

 

Child 4: age 9 Male pants size 8-10 shirt size 8-10

Suggestions: legos, slime, minions socks and underwear

 

Child 5: age 7 Female pants size 7 shirt size 7

Suggestions: Shopkins, Barbie, pierced earrings she is a girly girl

All 5 kids like Chocolate

Mom and Dad/ gas or food cards

Cash donations can be left in the office or given to 

Debra Steven or Karla Schutter

All items need to be at the church no later than December 10th , 2017 

*Please note child age and clothing or toy

Please place gifts in box provided in the back of the church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Announcements

November 19, 2017

 

Greeters Today:     Barb Harms

Prayer Requests:    …  Continual Prayers:  Karen Karels & Charles Christensen, Ruth Nerem and Don Behnkendorf

                                 ...  Thankfulness and praise for a Bountiful Harvest

                                 …  61st Wedding Anniversary of Wendell and Esther Christensen

 

Special Senior Birthday – Donna Haase – November 24, 2017   (Seniors 80+)        

 

Birthdays for the Week:   Brynetta Lavrenz  (19th); D.J. Harlan (22nd ); & Gabby Kelly (23rd).

                                                Please notify the church office of any corrections                                      

 

Flowers on the Altar this morning were given in celebration of Wendell and Esther Christensen’s 61st Wedding Anniversary on November 23rd  by their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Adult Class   – November 26, 2017:    Topic:  “Preparing for Christ’s Advents with the New Testament”

 

Poinsettias – If you would like to provide a poinsettia for the church to use during the Advent and Christmas seasons, there is a sign-up sheet at the back of the church. Please sign your name and indicate the color you would like to order and pay Cheryl Batt for your plant by Sunday, December 3rd. The poinsettias will be put up for worship services beginning Sunday, December 10th. Feel free to take your plant home to enjoy after Christmas Day Services.

 

Thanksgiving Service  with Holy Communion will be celebrated on Wednesday evening November 22nd at 6:30 p.m.  This is a change from previous years.

 

Advent/Christmas Decorating - Our Advent "Service" on Wednesday, November 29th will be a "service" of a different sort!  You're invited to help decorate the church for the Advent and Christmas season.  We will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a very brief prayer and dedication of our new Christmas tree before we start decorating.  We will enjoy refreshments and Advent music while we work.  There will also be decorating activities for children.  We hope to see you there!  

 

Children’s Christmas Program Practices  will be Sunday December 3rd from 3-4 p.m., December 10th from 3-4 p.m. and December 17th Dress Rehearsal from 3-5 p.m.  It is important to be sure to have children here for these practices.

 

LWML Ladies Christmas Coffee will be held following the service on Sunday, December 3rd.   Please stay and help us celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season.  LWML members are to bring cookies for the coffee and for the shut-in plates.

 

New Office Desk – Stop by Pastor Cowell’s office and see his new hand built office desk that was donated by a member of our congregation. Special thanks for this wonderful gift!

 

Advent Open House – Pastor Thomas, Hannah and Penny wish to invite you to an Advent Open House at their home at 609 E Kennedy St. Algona on Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 2-5 p.m.  Mark your calendars!

Pastor Chats - I will continue to post my available times on the back table for the week ahead for a visit with me.  I will continue to post times through the fall and winter until I am able to visit every family.   

 

 

Lessons on the Liturgy:   Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei is Latin for “Lamb of God.”  This hymn became part of the liturgy around 700 A.D.  The hymn sings the word of John 1:29, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”  The Agnus Dei also brings to mind the Lamb who was slain who sits victoriously on the throne of God in the book of Revelation.  We sing this hymn as we approach the altar to recall Christ’s sacrificial death for us and the forgiveness and peace which his sacrificed blood now brings to us.

 

Christmas Harmony – The Cornbelt Barbershop Chorus will hold its annual Christmas Concert with the United Methodist Chancel Choir on Sunday December 3 at 2 p.m. at the Algona United Methodist Church. The proceeds will be going to help support the Algona Ambulance Service.  Come and enjoy beautiful Christmas songs in harmony and help support our local ambulance service with a free will offering

 

Doug Kading Retiring: Doug has announced his retirement as Director of Camp Okoboji to be no later than September 30, 2018. The position opening has been posted and the application form is available on the Camp Okoboji website, www.campokoboji.org. All applications are to be mailed to the Chairman of the Camp Board by December 6, 2017.

 

Burt Christmas Day  Celebration will be held at the Burt Complex on Saturday December 2nd beginning with a Coffee and Goodies and Fire Truck Rides from 3-5p.m., from 5-6:30 p.m. Emma Elsbecker will be singing before and during the Chili and Chicken Noodle Soup Supper.  Free Will Donation. Come and enjoy Christmas in Burt!

 

This Week at St. John’s  – (November 19, 2017- November 26, 2017)

Today           8:00    am       Sunday School/Adult Bible Class

                      9:00    am       Service  - Holy Communion

Tuesday        9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                                                      

Wednesday  9:00     am       Preschool

                      6:30     pm       Thanksgiving Service (Holy Communion)

Thursday                              Thanksgiving Day                                                                                

Sunday         8:00     am       Sunday School and Adult Bible Class

                      9:00     am       Service  

                            

Greeters Next Week:         Duane and Linda Peter

Acolyte This Week:           Peyton Marlow

Head Usher:                      Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for November:    *Lynn Bierstedt, Darrel Schmidt & Dave Kerkove

Elder for November:         Jerry Koestler

 

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.

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

·         BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible) - Sunday Evening Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. in Fireside Room. We will be studying The Book of Hebrews