Thursday, July 28, 2016


July 31, 2016


A Special Congregational Meeting will be held with District President Steven Turner and Circuit Counselor, Rev. Kozisek of Garner 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.  All members are encouraged to attend.

Church Carpets will be cleaned Tuesday, August 9th.   We ask that you avoid using the church on that day and it would be best if we had a minimum amount of traffic during the rest of that week to give it time to dry. Thanks!  Trustees

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 Board of Education and Elders Meeting has been set for August 10th at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Reimers to discuss the upcoming Religion and Sunday School programs for the next year.  A Parents meeting will be held at a later date.

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

Thank You  Members of St. John’s , for your gift of backpacks and supplies for children in Des Moines. Your gift will bring smiles to the children (and their parents) who receive your kind gift.

      God Bless You, Ellie Menz, Ioway   ($162. Was sent to this project from Vacation Bible School Offering)

Building Healthy Families “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” During the coming week you will have the opportunity to choose how you will respond to at least one challenging situation. When you do, remember that you have a choice. Choose wisely.   Lutheran Family Services

Burt Library will present from the Science Center of Iowa a two back to back presentations beginning at 5 p.m. on August 1st.  Come join us for an exciting evening!


The Crafts Building Auction will be held on Sunday, August 14th at 3 p.m. at Camp Okoboji.  All building items, doors, windows, tables siding, knotty pine plywood etc. will be sold.  The crafts building will be torn down to make room for the new one that is going up September 3rd.


Headstone Restoration at Burt Township Cemetery deadline is on Monday, August 1, 2016.  Call John Thompson at 515-341-3739 if you would like to have any repairs done to any monuments. Cost: $50.


This Week at St. John’s  – (July 31, 2016- August 7, 2016)

Today              8:00   am       Service              

Next Sunday   8:00   am       Service  (Holy Communion)


Greeters Next Week:         Don and Janice Reimers

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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