Thursday, July 21, 2016


July 24, 2016


Pastoral Care If you are in need of Pastoral Care during the time Rev. Reimers is on vacation, please call an Elder: Boyd Shipler, Jerry Koestler, Jeff Schutjer or Wendell Christensen, the church office at 515-924-3344 or  Rev. Steve Struecker (515-320-2014) who will be covering for Pastor Reimers .

A Special Congregational Meeting will be held with District President Steven Turner and Circuit Counselor, Rev. Kozisek of on Monday, August 8th at 7:00 p.m. This meeting is to discuss the direction St. John’s wishes to take for the next year and beyond.

DISCOVER CAMPaign OKOBOJI  is a fundraiser to help maintain quality facilities and programs at Camp Okoboji. We are in the middle of stage 1 Campaign to update the Crafts building with a state of the art activity center that will provide experimental and interactive opportunities for campers and guest.  Stage 2  of the building will provide well-equipped and comfortable housing for summer camp staff as well a retreat for medium sized groups.  We are getting very close to our goal but have a Matching gift challenge of $250,000 and have nearly $90,000 of that raised but still need more to reach this goal to receive this gift.  This is where you can help by your gifts to  meet this challenge.  We will break ground on September 3rd for the first phase of the project.   Information and donation envelopes are on the table in the back.  You may put those envelopes  in the collection plate with your gift and at the end of the 4 weeks we will send your donations to camp.  Help us make this vision a reality!    Thanks!   Doug Kading, Camp Okoboji Director

Installation/Ordination of Candidate John Koopman will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg and Peace Lutheran West Bend on Sunday, July 31st  at 4 p.m.  A reception will follow.

Burt Bubble Run – You can pre-register for the Bubble Run that will be held on Saturday, July 30th . Registration  will be $30.  Get signed  up now to make sure you get a special t-shirt. Applications are available at City Hall. Run/walk will begin at 5 p.m. with registration that day at 4 p.m.  The Burt Fire Dept. will serve beverages and Summer Celebration will serve Hot Dogs and chips. Music provided by Brian Carlson.   Tell your friends and join the fun!!

Building Healthy Families Iowa now has at least 22 options for gambling in a casino and a seemingly infinite number of places to play the lottery and purchase scratch tickets. Online gambling options are infinite and a law to allow online fantasy sports betting in Iowa is being considered. While some consider gambling a form of entertainment, it’s addictive and life-consuming for others. For all, it can undermine reliance on God as the provider of all our needs. Keep an eye out for signs of gambling addiction among those you love and call an LFS counselor for support and resources.  Lutheran Family Services

THANK YOU for your generous donation toward Project Hope. Your donation is a great addition to Project Hope and its success in continuing to help Kossuth and Palo Alto Counties.  With your support we are able to give hope to children, teens and adults that are in need. We truly appreciate your continuous support to the Intern Program and Project Hope.  Maureen Elbert, Advisory Committee   

    * Thanks to Deb Steven for bringing this project to our attention at St. John’s.

Benefit  for Tony Trunkhill - There will be a fundraiser for Tony Trunkhill, (cancer victim) today, July 24th at the Burt Complex from 4-8 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.

Save the Date  -  In Concert at the Burt Presbyterian Church on September 11th a husband and wife, Blake and Jenna from Oklahoma will communicate their faith through music with gentleness and a testimony of love and commitment.  More information will come at a later time.


Exceptional Opportunities is hosting a Community Coffee on Wednesday, July 27th from 2-3 p.m. at the Administration Building at 705 First St. in Burt.  Exceptional Opportunities staff will explain the changes occurring at Exceptional Opportunities. Please join us for a free coffee and treat on July 27th at 2 p.m.


This Week at St. John’s  – (July 24, 2016- July 31, 2016)

Today              8:00   am       Service              

Next Sunday   8:00   am       Service 


Greeters Next Week:         Ellen and Craig Hutchinson

Acolyte This Week:           Ushers

Head Usher:                      Roger Lavrenz 

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

Elder for July:                    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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