Thursday, May 26, 2016


May 29, 2016


5th Sunday Communion – During a special Council Meeting this week it was decided to drop the communion on the 5th Sunday during the vacancy.  We will not be celebrating communion today.


VBS - “Barnyard Roundup”  is the theme of Vacation Bible School this year.  The dates for VBS will be Sunday June 26th through Wed. June 29th from 5:30 p.m. till 8:15 p.m.  All students Preschool through 6th grade are invited to attend.   We need Volunteers in all areas.  Please contact the Board of Education.


VBS Contributions – We are accepting monetary contributions for VBS to help defray expenses.  If you wish to give a donation, please mark an envelope as VBS and place in the offering plate.  Thanks!!


Preschool Registration: We are now taking enrollment applications for the 2016-2017 school year.  If you have a student or know of a student who is 3-5 years of age and would like to attend preschool, contact me Jessie Parsons (515-320-0501) or the church office (515-924-3344) for all the information.     


Smile-Amazon – Just a reminder to those who shop on line at    The Church is signed up to receive 5% of your purchase as an extra donation.   We received our first payment this week $9.52.   Not a lot of money but as members buy hopefully this will increase.  If you are in charge of buying items for your office sign us up!   The ideal is for this account to help supplement our budget or use for special projects that we may not have the funds for.   It is really easy to set up.   Log onto and you will need to choose St. John’s Lutheran Church-Burt Iowa in the box provided.   Set that as your charity.   Every time you want to shop you will need to log onto the website and it will transfer you over to   Up on the top you will see St. John’s Lutheran Church listed.   You need to do nothing else.   Amazon will determine which items get the 5% and which ones do not – you won’t even notice it.    It does not raise the price of any item you are purchasing to compensate for this 5%.


Building Healthy Families Increasing a child’s self-esteem has become a goal of many child-rearing experts. While it is good for children to become confident, a more Biblical concept of childrearing is that a child be taught how to demonstrate humility. When learning a difficult lesson by failing or when receiving an honor or award at school, humility is a character trait that can be passed along to children that will help them to face both their challenges and successes with modesty. (Ephesians 4: 1-3). -Lutheran Family Service


Camp Okoboji Cub Week:  In the rack in the back of the church is information on the Camp Okoboji Cub Week.  This year’s theme is entitled “Pumped Up Cubs!” The dates for Cub Week is July 17-23rd  for Grades 3rd-6th (Completed).   For more information contact church office, check the table in the back of the church for flyer information or go to


Benefit for Randy Greinert of Fenton will be held on Sunday June 5, 2016 at the Fenton Legion Hall from 10:30 a.m. till after the auction.  Grilled Hamburgers, beans, chips, bars and drink will be served.  A live auction will be held at 12 noon.   Thrivent Financial will be providing Supplement Funds.


Burt Township Cemetery Offering Headstone Restoration – Is your family gravestone in need of repair? The Burt Township Cemetery is offering a rare opportunity to take advantage of now. We are bringing in a company to repair any broken monuments, or those that have tipped or fallen. Cost to family would be $50 per stone.  Contact John Thompson (515-341-3739) at PO Box 222 Burt, Iowa.   Project completed by August 1, 2016.  Information is on the table in the back of the church.


Hospice of the Heartland – A new month Grief Support Group is now being held at the Kossuth Region al Health Center the first Tuesday of every month. Group runs from 3-4:30 p.m. and second group that runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Flyer on the ramp bulletin board or call 515-295-4437 or email


Last Day to Order Cookbook Our Saviors Lutheran in Swea City are publishing a second cookbook that will be available.  This new cookbook also includes all the recipes from the first cookbook published in 1976 and recipes from the past 40 years.  We would like to get an estimate of how many cookbooks to order and there is a sign-up paper on the table in the back of the church if you are interested in purchasing one.   Please, pay in advance and give your money to Rosann in the church office. Due date is June 1.    Nina Harbaugh


Burt VFW Memorial Day Service will be held on Monday, May 30th at 10:00 a.m. in the Burt Activity Complex followed by a retreat to the Burt Township Cemetery for the traditional laying of the flags for the veterans. Following those services, the City of Burt will be hosting a Beefburger Luncheon back at the Activity Complex until 12:30 p.m.


This Week at St. John’s  – (May 29, 2016-June 5, 2016)

Today              8:00   am       Service 

Monday                               Memorial Day

                        9:15   am       Sunday School               (Last Sunday School till September)

Thursday         1:30   pm       LWML Ladies Aid

Next Sunday   8:00   am       Service  (Holy Communion)


Greeters Next Week:         Wendell and Esther Christensen

Acolyte This Week:           Elyssa and Peyton Marlow

Acolyte Next Week:          Elyssa and Peyton Marlow

Head Usher:                      Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for May:              * Jeff Madsen, John Person, and Joel Smith

Elder for May:                   Jerry Koestler



Pastor Russ Reimers cell number is 507-236-6659.  If you need Pastoral Care, please contact an Elder, the office (924-3344) or Rev. Reimers.




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