Thursday, June 30, 2016


July 3, 2016


Flowers on the Altar today were given by the Schealler Family in memory of Delbert and in celebration of birthdays and anniversary. 

Holy Communion will be celebrated only today in July due to Rev. Reimers being on vacation. 

Ladies Day Out – The Ladies Aid Group invites all ladies from the church to join them for dinner at the Wrangling Grace Cafe in Bancroft, Iowa on Thursday, July 7th at 12:30 p.m.  After lunch we will be going to Stonebridge Assistant living to visit with Ruth Nerem.  Contact Janice Schealler Join us for lunch!!


Tons of Thank You’s go out to all who made our VBS “Barnyard Roundup” a great success this past week. Special thanks to all the students, parents, and the many many volunteers who helped organize, set up, take down, work on crafts, snacks, music, advertise, cook & serve for the picnic etc. Working together has made this job a whole lot easier for us. A big thanks to the congregation for their generosity in supporting us with their donations and the many prayers said for us this week.  We were small in numbers but mighty in enthusiasm.   Special thanks to Rev. Reimers for making the trip down with us.  We really appreciated it!

* VBS Committee: Karla Schutter, Shirlee Alt, Brenda & Jeff Schutjer, and Barb Thilges. A tremendous thanks for all the time you gave organizing and displaying all the wonderful decorations to the theme “Barnyard Roundup”. 

Quarterly Council Meeting will be held following the church service next Sunday, July 10th at 9 a.m.  Minutes of the last meeting and Voter’s Meeting is in the rack in back of the church. All council members are encouraged to attend.  The Voter’s Meeting will be on Sunday, July 17th after the 9 a.m. service.

Kids of the Kingdom Preschool is once again sponsoring the Cobbler and Ice Cream Social at the Burt Summer Celebration, July 9.  We will not be asking you to bake anything, but would appreciate any monetary donations to off-set our  expenses for supplies.  We are looking forward to another terrific year of preschool and our fundraisers greatly help with our expenses.  Donations can be given to Jessie Parsons, Linda Kerkove, Vickie Madsen, Allison Christensen or Nicole Marlow.  We thank you in advance of your continued support of the preschool and hope to see you at the Summer Celebration.

Your Thrivent Dollars at work. - Thank you to the Thrivent members who designate their choice dollars to our church.  We have used some of those dollars to tune both pianos and have the organs looked at.  We appreciate your support of this project.  If you have any questions about designating your choice dollars, or want help with an Thrivent action team, or know of a need that could use help with a Thrivent action team, please contact one of our church Thrivent coordinators.   Debra Steven, Darrel Smidt, Doris Blocker, Vern Koestler and Clark or Allison Christiansen


Building Healthy Families - Many years ago our Lutheran forefathers came to the United States seeking the religious freedom guaranteed in our nation’s Constitution. We celebrate that freedom today, even as we recognize the growing challenges to religious liberty. Today, join us in praying for our leaders, both those in government and in our church, that freedom not just to have faith, but to live out that faith in the public square will be protected. Your prayers for the staff and leadership of LFS as they face these challenges are also appreciated.   Lutheran Family Services

Burt Summer CelebrationJoin us on Saturday July 9th for the special events happening in Burt.  The day begins with garage sales, the parade at 11 a.m. followed by a Steak/Hot Dog Sandwich luncheon at the complex.  Kids of the Kingdom Preschool will be serving cobbler and ice cream for dessert.  The afternoon is filled with music, bingo, free watermelon, kids games, toilet toss, fireworks at dusk, music and much more.

Burt Bubble Run – You can pre-register for the Bubble Run that will be held on Saturday, July 30th now through July 9th for $25. Registration  after July 9th will be $30 with no guarantee of t-shirt that day.  Run will begin at 5 p.m. with registration that day at 4 p.m.  Music provided by Brian Carlson.

Project Hope - The Blue Project Hope bucket is back again this year for two weeks.  Please donate personal care items to be used by those in need within our county.  Cash/checks can be left in the envelope, left at the church office, or given to Debra Steven.  The items will be picked up to be taken to the Kossuth County Economic Office on Monday July 11th.  Your support of this project is greatly appreciated.  - Debra Steven, KCEDC board member.

Benefit  for Tony Trunkhill - There will be a fundraiser for Tony Trunkhill, (cancer victim) on Sunday July 24th at the Burt Complex from 4-7 pm.  If anyone would like to donate items for the auction or make a financial donation for the fundraiser, please contact Debra Steven - 515-320-5010.  A flier is posted by the glass doors with more details.  Your support of Tony and his family is appreciated as he goes through this fight.   Tony is the son of Lana (Cunningham) Trunkhill and the late Richard Trunkhill former St. John’s members.

Goodwill Donation Drive – The Goodwill truck will be parked at the Burt Community Center from Tuesday, July 12th through Tues. July 19th.   Trailer delivery and pickup times may vary on above dates. Flier on the ramp bulletin board with more information on what they accept.


This Week at St. John’s  – (July 3, 2016- July 10, 2016)

Today              8:00   am       Service 

Thursday         12:30 pm       LWML Ladies Aid Day Out

Next Sunday   8:00   am       Service 

                        9:00   am       Council Meeting


Greeters Next Week:         John and Wilma Smith

Acolyte This Week:           Ushers

Head Usher:                      Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for July:               * Larry Behnkendorf, Thomas Schutter and Larry Manus

Elder for June:                  Jeff Schutjer



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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