Thursday, September 20, 2018

Announcements

September 23, 2018

Benches – The new benches have been set out by the church Centennial Rock. We will have a short service of blessing of the benches following the service today.  They were given by the family of Douglas Reimers. 

Adult Bible Class For the next few weeks we will be studying our Synod’s Explanation of the Small Catechism published in 2017.  These are the 374 questions in the back of Luther’s Small Catechism which help us apply the six chief parts of the Catechism to issues of our current church and culture.

Thank You for the donation of $800 to Camp Okoboji’s Annual Fund. It is gratefully appreciated!

The Kossuth County C.A.R.E. Team Quilt Show that was to be held in March will now be held on Saturday, October 6th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Trinity Life Center, Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona, IA.  All quilters that were ready to show their quilts that day, please consider sharing your talents again.  If you are interested in displaying a quilt or if you would like to help, please contact Brenda Bormann-bormann@ncn.net or text her at 515-341-6982 or Jane Dreyer - janedreyer95@hotmail.com or text her at 515-320-0490.   We hope you can join us, share a quilted item, and help us help those in need!  All monies earned will be given to the C.A.R.E. Team.

Algona Circuit Reformation Celebration - You are invited to celebrate the Lutheran Reformation once again together with the congregations of the Algona Circuit.  The celebration will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 520 N. Garfield St. in Algona on Sunday, October 28th.  We'll begin at 4:00 p.m. with a Divine Service, followed by German-style food and fellowship at 5:30 p.m.    

 

Lessons on the Liturgy – May women serve in the pastoral office?

No. God’s Word prohibits women from serving in the pastoral office.  All Christians, both men and women, are gifted for service in Christ’s Church, but each according to God’s order, Word, and will.  See 1 Corinthians 14:33-36; 1 Timothy 2:11-14; 1 Peter 4:10. Women have always served and continue to serve the Church in many different lay and professional vocations.  As teachers or deaconesses, for instance, they often bring gifts that men cannot. - An Explanation of the Small Catechism (2017), p. 320-321

 

What is Operation Barnabas?  In Scripture, Barnabas is known as the “the encourager.” This is what Operation Barnabas strives to do by encouraging our military and their families.  Come to the sixth annual Iowa District West Operation Barnabas Conference on Saturday, October 6th, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Carroll Iowa to learn more on how you can be involved and “Called to Serve.”   This conference is to inform you on how you can care for the veterans in our congregation or community.  Join us as we work together to serve our military families. Registration information is in the church office.

 

Cornerstone Resource Center - St. John's has been asked to pray for Cornerstone for Life Pregnancy Resource Center in Algona.  Cornerstone provides pregnancy testing and ultrasounds as well as Christian counseling and support for pregnant moms.  They also provide things like help finding a job, housing, adoption options, a ride to appointments, and clothes, diapers and formula to those in need.  Pray for the staff and volunteers that they be strengthened to share the love of Christ with those in need, and pray for the clients of Cornerstone that they come to know the love Christ and His Church has for them and that every life is precious in the eyes of God.  St. John's will be exploring options for financial and volunteer support of Cornerstone in the coming weeks.  

 

Pork Loin Patty Meal will be held on Sunday, October 7th from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. at the Burt Fire Emergency Services Building.   Proceeds will go to purchase a new Grass Fire Truck.  Sponsored by Burt Fire Dept.

 

This Week at St. John’s  – (September 23, 2018-September 30, 2018)

Today              8:00  am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                        9:00  am       Divine Service   

Monday                               Pastor at Pastor Conference in Des Moines thru Tuesday.

Wednesday     6:00  pm       Religion/Confirmation Classes

Thursday         6:30  pm       Partnership Meeting with Trinity at St. John’s

Sunday            8:00  am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                        9:00  am       Divine Service  (Holy Communion)

                            

Greeters Next Week:        Pam and Randy Reimers

Acolytes:                          Jacob and Cameron Haase

Ushers for September:    *Mike Marlow, Lyle Karels and Terry Tieman

Elder for September:       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.

·         BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible) – Tuesday Evenings Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. at parsonage.

 

 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Announcements

September 16, 2018

 

Flowers on the Altar this morning are given in memory of Eugene, Leonard, Martha and Irene Drager by Lorraine Drager.

 

Adult Bible Class For the next few weeks we will be studying our Synod’s Explanation of the Small Catechism published in 2017.  These are the 374 questions in the back of Luther’s Small Catechism which help us apply the six chief parts of the Catechism to issues of our current church and culture.

 

LWML Fall Rally will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lotts Creek on Thursday, September 20th beginning at 5:00 p.m. The offering will go to Rev. Michael and Karen Schenaphf, who are Missionaries to Uganda. Ingathering offering for Ioway which will go for Underwear (new) for adult men and women. If you would like to furnish underwear, please bring to the church by Wednesday, September 19th. Speaker will be Rev. Miesner.

Benches – The new benches have been set out by the church Centennial Rock and you are invited to take some time and view them. They were given by the family of Douglas Reimers.  We will bless the benches following the September 23rd service. 

The Kossuth County C.A.R.E. Team Quilt Show that was to be held in March will now be held on Saturday, October 6th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Trinity Life Center, Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona, IA.  All quilters that were ready to show their quilts that day, please consider sharing your talents again.  If you are interested in displaying a quilt or if you would like to help, please contact Brenda Bormann-bormann@ncn.net or text her at 515-341-6982 or Jane Dreyer - janedreyer95@hotmail.com or text her at 515-320-0490.   We hope you can join us, share a quilted item, and help us help those in need!  All monies earned will be given to the C.A.R.E. Team.

Lessons on the Liturgy – How do I prepare for [private or corporate] Confession?

Consider how the Ten Commandments act as a mirror, showing us where we have sinned in our various places in life.  How have you - as a husband, wife, mother, father, daughter, son, teacher, student, employer, employee, and so forth - failed to fear love, and trust in God and love your neighbor? - An Explanation of the Small Catechism (2017), p. 311

 

What is Operation Barnabas?  In Scripture, Barnabas is known as the “the encourager.” This is what Operation Barnabas strives to do by encouraging our military and their families.  Come to the sixth annual Iowa District West Operation Barnabas Conference on Saturday, October 6th, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Carroll Iowa to learn more on how you can be involved and “Called to Serve.”   This conference is to inform you on how you can care for the veterans in our congregation or community.  Join us as we work together to serve our military families. Registration information is in the church office.

 

Building Healthy Families: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit . . . therefore honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Here’s another question: Do you not know that this Biblical instruction isn’t written just for young people? No matter your age, take time this week to do something that will make your body stronger or healthier. Fix a healthy snack, go for a walk, and invite a friend or neighbor to join you. Shared activity makes it more fun, and creates an open door for conversation about wellbeing, including the importance of faith, and spiritual wellness. Honor God with your body, no matter how many years it’s been around! Lutheran Family Service

 

This Week at St. John’s  – (September 16, 2018-September 23, 2018)

Today          8:00     am       Adult Class

                     9:00     am       Divine Service  (Holy Communion)                                      

Wednesday 6:00     pm      Religion/Confirmation Classes

Thursday     4:30     pm      LWML Fall Rally at Immanuel, Lotts Creek

Sunday        8:00     am       Adult Class

                     9:00     am       Divine Service  

                                

Greeters Next Week:        Lucas and Jessie Parsons

Acolytes:                              Jacob Haase

Ushers for September:    *Mike Marlow, Lyle Karels and Terry Tieman

Elder for September:     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.

·         BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible) – Tuesday Evenings Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. at parsonage.

 

 

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Announcements

September 9, 2018

 

3rd Grade Students receiving their Bibles and Catechisms today are:  Kenna Hatten and Taylor Parsons.

 

Adult Bible Class For the next few weeks we will be studying our Synod’s Explanation of the Small Catechism published in 2017.  These are the 374 questions in the back of Luther’s Small Catechism which help us apply the six chief parts of the Catechism to issues of our current church and culture.

 

Rally Day Partnership Picnic - Trinity and St. John's are co-hosting a prayer service and picnic to kick off the new year of Sunday School and midweek Christian education.  The event is being held today at 10:30 a.m. at Smith Lake near the East shelter (that's the one near the entrance).  We will begin with a brief service at 10:30 a.m.  which will include the installation of Sunday School teachers and presentation of Bibles and Catechisms, followed by a picnic lunch and games.  Food and drink will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring a dessert to share and lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.  The offering collected during the service will go toward the missions that the Trinity and St. John's Sunday Schools will be sending their offerings for the year. 

 

LWML Fall Rally will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lotts Creek on Thursday, September 20th beginning at 4:30 p.m.  

 

Lessons on the Liturgy – What is the Small Catechism?

For Centuries, Christians have used three important texts as a basic summary for teaching the Christian faith and life: the Ten Commandments, Creed, and Lord’s Prayer.  Martin Luther helpfully included biblical passages on Baptism, Confession, and the Lord’s Supper. The Small Catechism, written by Luther in 1529, includes these texts along with brief explanations. - An Explanation of the Small Catechism (2017), p. 50

 

Financial Peace University – Coming Soon!

This fall we will be hosting Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey.  Through Financial Peace University we learn Biblical ways of taking care of the money that God has entrusted to us. Through video teaching, class discussions, and interactive small group activities, FPU presents Biblical, practical steps to take control of your finances.  We’ll learn how to get rid of debt, manage money, spend and save wisely, and live generously. Class starts on Monday, September 10th and will include a light meal and baby-sitting. Cost for materials is $109.  You can find more information and register at www.trinityalgona.org/fpu or by calling the Trinity Church Office – 295-3518.

 

What is Operation Barnabas?  In Scripture, Barnabas is known as the “the encourager.” This is what Operation Barnabas strives to do by encouraging our military and their families.  Come to the sixth annual Iowa District West Operation Barnabas Conference on Saturday, October 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Carroll Iowa to learn more on how you can be involved and “Called to Serve.”   This conference is to inform you on how you can care for the veterans in our congregation or community.  Join us as we work together to serve our military families. Registration information is in the church office.

 

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 ample opportunity to begin a conversation with a young person that will influence their thinking and faith development. I think I can… provides a great opening for sharing how many times I can’t, but that all things are possible with God. One episode of The Bachelorette provides multiple opportunities to talk with your teen about how to choose a spouse and what’s really important to look for in a marriage partner. Keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities to share Biblical truths and God’s good design for life and marriage with those in your family this week! Lutheran Family Service - Learn more at LFSiowa.org

 

This Week at St. John’s  – (September 9, 2018-September 16, 2018)

Today            8:00     am       Adult Class

                      9:00     am       Divine Service                                                                           

                    10:30     am       Rally Day Prayer Service at Smith Lake with Trinity, picnic and games to follow

Tuesday        6:00     pm       Preschool Board Meeting

Wednesday  6:00     pm       Religion/Confirmation Classes begin

Thursday                              Pastor Cowell will be on vacation thru Sunday September 16th.      

Sunday         8:00     am       Adult Class

                      9:00     am       Divine Service   (Holy Communion)

                                

Greeters Next Week:     Tony and Stefanie Hatten

Acolytes:                        Ushers/Acolytes

Ushers for September:  *Mike Marlow, Lyle Karels and Terry Tieman

Elder for September:     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.

·         BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible) – Tuesday Evenings Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. at parsonage.

 

 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Announcements

September 2, 2018

 

Adult Bible Class For the next few weeks we will be studying our Synod’s Explanation of the Small Catechism published in 2017.  These are the 374 questions in the back of Luther’s Small Catechism which help us apply the six chief parts of the Catechism to issues of our current church and culture.

 

A Religion School/Confirmation Students and Parents Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5th at 6:30 p.m.  If you and your child are not able to attend, please let Pastor know ahead of time.

 

Rally Day Partnership Picnic - Trinity and St. John's are co-hosting a prayer service and picnic to kick off the new year of Sunday School and midweek Christian education.  The event will be held Sunday, September 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Smith Lake near the East shelter (that's the one near the entrance).  We will begin with a brief service at 10:30 which will include the installation of Sunday School teachers and presentation of Bibles and Catechisms, followed by a picnic lunch and games.  Food and drink will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring a dessert to share and lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.  The offering collected during the service will go toward the missions that the Trinity and St. John's Sunday Schools will be sending their offerings for the year.  We will introduce these missions during the service.  Keep in mind that this would be a great event to invite friends or family that aren't already connected with a church!  (Flyers available on the back table)

* St. John’s will have our regularly scheduled service at 9:00 a.m. at the church on Sep. 9th.

 

Ladies Aid will meet on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. September 6, 2018.  Barb Harms, Hostess, Bev Skadburg, devotions and Pastor Cowell the Bible Study.

 

Dear Friends at St. John's--   Wow!  We cannot fully express our sincere gratitude for your beautifully written cards and extremely generous gifts.  We are completely humbled and thankful for the kindness that you have shown to our family.  The gifts you have given to us will be put to good use, as we continue along this new path in life.  Cal's new diagnosis has truly changed our lives this past month, but having the support of this community and our church's partnership has truly helped ease our pain.  We so greatly appreciate your prayers for him as we continue to navigate through the possible twists and turns that this diagnosis brings.  Your generous financial support and prayers is something that we will never forget.  We are thankful that God has placed our family in your path at St. John's.  Thank you for loving us and thank you so very much for your kindness and generosity!        Sincerely,   Eric, Jill, Julia, Cal, and Hazel Hauan 

 

Birthday – Helen Smith is celebrating her 91st Birthday today.  Cards, and Birthday wishes can reach her at Windsor Manor #413, 521 Finn Drive, Algona, Iowa 50511.

 

Lessons on the Liturgy – Kneeling at Communion

In the old days people would kneel when a king entered his throne room.  We do the same when Christ our King comes to us at the Lord’s Supper.  Pastor kneels to one knee as the Body and Blood of Jesus enter the room in the Words of Institution (the congregation can also bow at this time).  Then as we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus we show our greatest reverence to our king and kneel with both knees.

 

Breakfast – The Burt City Council will be hosting a Breakfast on Saturday,  September 8th  from 8 a.m. to noon at the Burt Activity Complex. Menu: Pancakes, Eggs, Sausages and Drink.  A Free Will donation will be taken with the proceeds going to upkeep of the Burt Activity Complex. 

 

Financial Peace University – Coming Soon!

This fall we will be hosting Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey.  Through Financial Peace University we learn Biblical ways of taking care of the money that God has entrusted to us. Through video teaching, class discussions, and interactive small group activities, FPU presents Biblical, practical steps to take control of your finances.  We’ll learn how to get rid of debt, manage money, spend and save wisely, and live generously. Class starts on Monday, September 10th and will include a light meal and baby-sitting. Cost for materials is $109.  You can find more information and register at www.trinityalgona.org/fpu or by calling the Trinity Church Office – 295-3518.

 

What is Operation Barnabas?  In Scripture, Barnabas is known as the “the encourager.” This is what Operation Barnabas strives to do by encouraging our military and their families.  Come to the sixth annual Iowa District West Operation Barnabas Conference on Saturday, October 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Carroll Iowa to learn more on how you can be involved and “Called to Serve.”   This conference is to inform you on how you can care for the veterans in our congregation or community.  Join us as we work together to serve our military families. Registration information is in the church office.

 

This Week at St. John’s  – (September 2, 2018-September 9, 2018)

Today            8:00     am       Adult Class

                      9:00     am       Divine Service  (Holy Communion)                                                    

Monday                               Labor Day

Wednesday  6:30     pm       Religion/Confirmation Students and Parents Meeting

Thursday       1:30     pm       Ladies Aid         

Sunday         8:00     am       Adult Class

                      9:00     am       Divine Service 

                    10:30     am       Rally Day Prayer Service at Smith Lake with Trinity, picnic and games to follow

                            

Greeters Next Week:     Ken McFarland and Mary Gifford

Acolytes:                        Ushers/Acolytes

Ushers for September:  *Mike Marlow, Lyle Karels and Terry Tieman

Elder for September:     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.

·         BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible) – Tuesday Evenings Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. at parsonage.

 

 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Announcements

August 26, 2018

 

Summer Midweek Divine Services are finished for the year.  We look forward to doing this again in 2019.

 

Adult Bible Class - Next week we are going to have an "ask the pastor" version of adult Bible study.  I will be answering a couple questions from members that have been sitting on my desk for a while, and I encourage you to bring new questions to discuss as well.  Questions can range from the interpretation of a Bible verse, a Christian interpretation of current events, matters of the Christian life, the liturgy, what Lutherans believe about [fill in the blank]. Anything goes!

 

A Religion School/Confirmation Students and Parents Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5th at 6:30 p.m.  If you and your child are not able to attend, please let Pastor know ahead of time.

 

Rally Day Partnership Picnic - Trinity and St. John's are co-hosting a prayer service and picnic to kick off the new year of Sunday School and midweek Christian education.  The event will be held Sunday, September 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Smith Lake near the East shelter (that's the one near the entrance).  We will begin with a brief service at 10:30 which will include the installation of Sunday School teachers and presentation of Bibles and Catechisms, followed by a picnic lunch and games.  Food and drink will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring a dessert to share and lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.  The offering collected during the service will go toward the missions that the Trinity and St. John's Sunday Schools will be sending their offerings for the year.  We will introduce these missions during the service.  Keep in mind that this would be a great event to invite friends or family that aren't already connected with a church!  (Flyers available on the back table)

* St. John’s will have our regularly scheduled service at 9:00 a.m. at the church on Sep. 9th.

 

Lessons on the Liturgy – The Stole

Like many of the vestments of the church, the origins and original purpose of the stole is complicated.  However there is much that we can learn from its use among pastors today. The stole distinguishes its wearer as one called to the office of the holy ministry.  When a pastor wears a stole he gives you confidence that he is the man who has been called by God to deliver God’s gifts to you. Also, the stole happens to look like a yoke.  Your pastor has been yoked by Christ for service to his people. Therefore the words and actions of the pastor are never his own, but Christ’s words and deeds which the pastor delivers to you.

 

Birthday – On Sunday, September 2nd Helen Smith will be celebrating her 91st Birthday.  Cards and Birthday wishes can reach her at Windsor Manor #413, 521 Finn Drive, Algona, Iowa 50511.

 

Breakfast – Saturday,  September 8th  from 8 a.m. to noon at the Burt Activity Complex. Menu: Pancakes, Eggs, Sausages and Drink.  A Free Will donation will be taken with the proceeds to the Burt Activity Complex.  Sponsored by Burt City Council.

 

Financial Peace University – Coming Soon!

This fall we will be hosting Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey.  Through Financial Peace University we learn Biblical ways of taking care of the money that God has entrusted to us. Through video teaching, class discussions, and interactive small group activities, FPU presents Biblical, practical steps to take control of your finances.  We’ll learn how to get rid of debt, manage money, spend and save wisely, and live generously. Class starts on Monday, September 10th and will include a light meal and baby-sitting. Cost for materials is $109.  You can find more information and register at www.trinityalgona.org/fpu or by calling the Trinity Church Office – 295-3518.

 

What is Operation Barnabas?  In Scripture, Barnabas is known as the “the encourager.” This is what Operation Barnabas strives to do by encouraging our military and their families.  Come to the sixth annual Iowa District West Operation Barnabas Conference on Saturday, October 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Carroll Iowa to learn more on how you can be involved and “Called to Serve.”   This conference is to inform you on how you can care for the veterans in our congregation or community.  Join us as we work together to serve our military families. Registration information is in the church office.

 

Concert - Everyone is invited to this great family night concert on Sunday, August 26th at 6:30 p.m. at Burt Presbyterian Church, Burt, Iowa.  Glenn Henriksen is an accomplished pianist with a wonderful mix of music.  A free-will love offering will be taken.  We hope you will join us in Burt!   

 

This Week at St. John’s  – (August 26, 2018-September 2, 2018)

Today            8:00     am       Adult Class

                      9:00     am       Divine Service                                                                           

                      2:30     pm       Service at Accura Nursing Home -Pastor

Tuesday        2:30     pm       Bible Study at Good Samaritan Home                                   

Sunday         8:00     am       Adult Class

                      9:00     am       Divine Service  (Holy Communion)

                            

Greeters Next Week:     Larry Behnkendorf  

Acolytes:                       Ushers/Acolytes

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

Elder for August:          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.

·         BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible) – Tuesday Evenings Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. at parsonage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Announcements

August 19, 2018

 

Special Offering We praise God that Cal Hauan has received a favorable report concerning tests done for his adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) in that the disease has currently had no adverse effects on his brain.  This gives them great hope for being able to successfully manage the disease.  The next steps for Cal include another MRI in 3 months, a potential stem cell transplant, and an MRI every 6 months thereafter.  In order to ease the financial burden of these several unexpected trips to Mayo Clinic, St. John’s will take a door offering for the Hauan family for the next two weeks. Please make checks out to St. John’s Lutheran Church. 

 

Midweek Divine Service will be held on August 22, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Rally Day Partnership Picnic - Trinity and St. John's are co-hosting a prayer service and picnic to kick off the new year of Sunday School and midweek Christian education.  The event will be held Sunday, September 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Smith Lake near the East shelter (that's the one near the entrance).  We will begin with a brief service at 10:30 which will include the installation of Sunday School teachers and presentation of Bibles and Catechisms, followed by a picnic lunch and games.  Food and drink will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring a dessert to share and lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.  The offering collected during the service will go toward the missions that the Trinity and St. John's Sunday Schools will be sending their offerings for the year.  We will introduce these missions during the service.  Keep in mind that this would be a great event to invite friends or family that aren't already connected with a church!  (Flyers available on the back table)

* St. John’s will have our regularly scheduled service at 9:00 a.m. at the church on Sep. 9th.

 

Ladies Day at St. John's: You still have time to sign up for the Chipped Inscriptions event with the ladies of St. John’s on Saturday, August 25th at 1:30 p.m. at St. John's. Please sign up on the back table by August 20th.  If you have any questions feel free to ask Hannah Cowell.   

 

Lessons on the Liturgy – The Cassock and Surplice

The black gown that Pastor wears is called a cassock.  The white garment on top of it is a surplice. There is a long and complicated history as to how pastors came to wear the cassock and surplice, but these vestments also teach two simple lessons.  Notice how the white vestment covers the black, just as the righteousness of Christ covers our sin in Baptism. Notice also that when Pastor is wearing his vestments you can only see his head and his hands.  In this way you are drawn to focus on his head (particularly his mouth) which proclaims God’s Word to you and his hands which deliver God’s Sacraments and blessing to you.

 

Preschool Registration - Kids of the Kingdom Preschool is now accepting registration for the 2018-2019 school year for 3 and 4 year olds.  Please contact the church office at 924-3344 or Jessie Parsons at 320-0501.

Financial Peace University – Coming Soon!

This fall we will be hosting Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey.  Through Financial Peace University we learn Biblical ways of taking care of the money that God has entrusted to us. Through video teaching, class discussions, and interactive small group activities, FPU presents Biblical, practical steps to take control of your finances.  We’ll learn how to get rid of debt, manage money, spend and save wisely, and live generously. Class starts on Monday, September 10th and will include a light meal and baby-sitting. Cost for materials is $109.  You can find more information and register at www.trinityalgona.org/fpu or by calling the Trinity Church Office – 295-3518

 

Breakfast – Saturday,  September 8th from 8 a.m. to noon at the Burt Activity Complex. Menu: Pancakes, Eggs, Sausages and Drink.  A Free Will donation will be taken with the proceeds to the Burt Activity Complex.  Sponsored by Burt City Council.

 

Concert - Everyone is invited to this great family night concert on Sunday, August 26th at 6:30 p.m. at Burt Presbyterian Church, Burt, Iowa.  Glenn Henriksen is an accomplished pianist with a wonderful mix of music.  A free-will love offering will be taken.  We hope you will join us in Burt!   

 

Lone Rock Fun Days – Saturday, August 25 & 26,2018 : The festivities begin and at 1:00 p.m. Saturday with Kids Games and Bingo in the Park, and a Pork Loin Dinner will be served from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Fire Station. On Sunday there will be a Brunch at 9:30 a.m. at the Lone Rock Presbyterian Church and an Ecumenical Church Service at Blakjer Lutheran Church at 10:30 a.m.

 

This Week at St. John’s  – (August 19, 2018-August 26, 2018)

Today            8:00     am       Adult Class

                      9:00     am       Divine Service  (Holy Communion)                                        

Tuesday        2:30     pm       Bible Study at Good Samaritan Home                                   

Wednesday  6:30     pm       Midweek Divine Service

Sunday         8:00     am       Adult Class

                      9:00     am       Divine Service 

                      2:30     pm       Service at Accura Nursing Home -Pastor

                            

Greeters Next Week:     Wendell Jr.  and Teresa Christensen  

Acolytes:                       Ushers

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

Elder for August:          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.

·         BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible) – Tuesday Evenings Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. at parsonage.

 

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Announcements

August 12, 2018

 

Special Offering We praise God that Cal Hauan has received a favorable report concerning tests done for his adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) in that the disease has currently had no adverse effects on his brain.  This gives them great hope for being able to successfully manage the disease.  The next steps for Cal include another MRI in 3 months, a potential stem cell transplant, and an MRI every 6 months thereafter.  In order to ease the financial burden of these several unexpected trips to Mayo Clinic, St. John’s will take a door offering for the Hauan family for the next two weeks. Please make checks out to St. John’s Lutheran Church. 

 

Thank You – What an awesome VBS!  This would not be possible without so many hands working together to make this a success!  Many thanks to everyone who helped bring cookies, volunteers to help in the kitchen, during story and music time, setting up and taking down, photographer, and especially to the parents and grandparents for bringing the children each night.  Special thanks to the VBS Committee for all their hard work.

*VBS Offering will go to Lutherans in Africa - $216.25.

 

Adult Bible Study – We will continue our study of the joys and benefits of receiving the Lord's Supper on a regular basis.  The goal of this study is to inspire in us a desire to receive Christ's body and blood every Sunday here at St. John's.  Everyone welcome!!

 

Coffee/Conversation - I have been gifted a single cup/12 cup coffee maker for my St. John's office, so stop by my office some time for a cup of coffee with me!  I am typically in my office on Tuesdays and Thursdays by 7:30 a.m., Wednesdays by 9:00 a.m. or at any time by appointment.  Feel free to stop in at any time. I'm never too busy to enjoy a coffee and conversation with you.   

 

Midweek Divine Service will be held on August 15, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Rally Day Partnership Picnic - Trinity and St. John's are co-hosting a prayer service and picnic to kick off the new year of Sunday School and midweek Christian education.  The event will be held Sunday, September 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Smith Lake near the East shelter (that's the one near the entrance).  We will begin with a brief service at 10:30 which will include the installation of Sunday School teachers and presentation of Bibles and Catechisms, followed by a picnic lunch and games.  Food and drink will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring a dessert to share and lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.  The offering collected during the service will go toward the missions that the Trinity and St. John's Sunday Schools will be sending their offerings for the year.  We will introduce these missions during the service.  Keep in mind that this would be a great event to invite friends or family that aren't already connected with a church!  (Flyers available on the back table)

* St. John’s will have our regularly scheduled service at 9:00 a.m. at the church on Sep. 9th.

 

Ladies Day at St. John's: You still have time to sign up for the Chipped Inscriptions event with the ladies of St. John’s on Saturday, August 25th at 1:30 p.m. at St. John's. Please sign up on the back table by August 20th.  If you have any questions feel free to ask Hannah Cowell.   

 

Preschool Registration - Kids of the Kingdom Preschool is now accepting registration for the 2018-2019 school year for 3 and 4 year olds.  Please contact the church office at 924-3344 or Jessie Parsons at 320-0501.

 

Lessons on the Liturgy - INRI

Often times the letters INRI are hung above Christ on crucifixes and artwork.  These four letters are an abbreviation of the title in Latin that Pontius Pilate had posted on Jesus’ cross as he was crucified: Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum.  In English that’s: Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.  That title of which the Jews protested, is a title in which we rejoice.  Jesus is not only king of the Jews, but the king of all creation who reigns forgiveness and peace from the throne of the cross and the kingdom of his resurrection.   

 

Philippians Workshop: Pastor and People - Partners in the Gospel!  You all, and especially our church council members, are invited to a workshop on stewardship on Tuesday, August 14th at 5:30 p.m. at Trinity in Algona.  Please let Pastor Cowell know as soon as possible if you plan on attending so we can get a count for supper.

 

Financial Peace University- Trinity, Algona will be hosting Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University beginning Monday, September 10th at 6:00 p.m.  Financial Peace University is a money-management class taught with Christian principles.  The class is taught via video clips, a workbook, and discussion led by Pastor Schlund. The class length is nine classes, every Monday at 6:00 p.m. beginning on Sept. 10.  The cost is $100 for the class, workbook, and access to online materials.  The class is open to the public.  Please talk with Pastor Cowell if you are interested in attending. 

 

Concert - Everyone is invited to this great family night concert on Sunday, August 26th at 6:30 p.m. at Burt Presbyterian Church, Burt, Iowa.  Glenn Henriksen is an accomplished pianist with a wonderful mix of music.  A free-will love offering will be taken.  We hope you will join us in Burt!   

 

This Week at St. John’s  – (August 12, 2018-August 19, 2018)

Today            8:00     am       Adult Class

                      9:00     am       Divine Service     

                      2:30     pm       Service at Accura Nursing Home -Pastor

Tuesday        2:30     pm       Bible Study at Good Samaritan Home

                      6:00     pm       Preschool Board Meeting

Wednesday  6:30     pm       Midweek Divine Service

Sunday         8:00     am       Adult Class

                      9:00     am       Divine Service  (Holy Communion)

                                

Greeters Next Week:     Craig and Deb Steven  

Acolytes:                       Ushers

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

Elder for August:          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.

·         BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible) – Tuesday Evenings Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. at parsonage.