Thursday, August 04, 2016


August 7, 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

A Board of Education and Elders Meeting has been set for Wednesday, 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

Parish Messenger Articles for September/October Edition is due to Linda Kerkove on August 21st.

Building Healthy Families     What are the best memories you have from your childhood? Best-selling author and psychologist Mary Pipher from Lincoln, Nebraska says there are three things that we usually remember with great happiness from our childhood -- time spent outdoors, vacations and family meals. In the midst of these long summer days, be sure to relax with your children outdoors with unplanned time together. Take some time off work… you don’t even have to leave home to vacation.  Lutheran Family Services


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.


Lone Rock Day will be held on Saturday, August 27th with many activities all day long. Lawn games, garage sales, bingo and a Dinner from 5-7 p.m. , a dance in the Park with Galaxy Bank performing, fireworks with help from But/Bancroft Fire Dept. and an Ecumenical Service at Blakjer with Walt Reemtsma speaking on Sunday.  Come have fun in Lone Rock!


Burt Community Blood Drive – Thursday, August 11th from 2- to 6 p.m. at Exceptional Opportunities, Inc. in the Board room. To make an appointment, contact Stephanie Giddings 515-924-4125 or visit


Stewardship Corner - On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the absolute best, how would you rate what you are doing as a steward?   On God’s grading scale, we all rate a zero without Him.  Fortunately, God knows that we are not perfect.  In spite of our imperfections and frailties, God wants to use us as His hands and feet to feed the hungry, house the homeless, build His Church, and seek the lost with His Gospel.  God has made us His stewards, and He equips us for the task.  The Apostle Paul wrote, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).  The good news for us is that, in Christ, our “0” becomes a “10.”


This Week at St. John’s  – (August 7, 2016 – August 14, 2016)

Today              8:00   am       Service  (Holy Communion)

Monday          7:00  pm      Congregational Meeting with IDW President Steve Turner

Wednesday    7:00   pm       Education Meeting with Elders                                               

Next Sunday   8:00   am       Service 


Greeters Next Week:         Boyd and Rosann Shipler

Acolyte This Week:           Ushers

Head Usher:                      Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for July:               * Clark Christensen, Harold Lavrenz & Bob Simmons

Elder for August:              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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