Friday, August 19, 2016


August 21, 2016

Kids of the Kingdom Open House will be held on August 24th from 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.  Children of the ages of 3-4 years of age are eligible to attend preschool.  We still have room.  Contact: Jessie Parsons at 515-320-0501 or the church office 515-924-3344 to pick up registration forms.

Teachers – The Sunday School and Religion School is in need of teachers for the 2016-2017 school year.  If you are willing to help out, please contact Karla Schutter, Board of Education Member or Rev. Reimers.  Volunteer help is needed more than ever during the vacancy. Please consider helping!

Religion School Parents/Students Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 31st at 7:00 p.m. All students/parents are asked to attend.  During the vacancy information needs to be shared and discussed.   Rev. Reimers will attend and those Elders who can should also attend.

Parish Messenger Articles are due to Linda Kerkove today for the September/October edition.

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 still asking for donations to make this a reality.  Envelopes and more information are on the table in the back of the church.  Place your contribution in the offering plate.

Building Healthy Families:  Parenting has never been an easy job, but it is arguably harder today than ever before. Getting kids back into school routines after taking the summer off is also challenging. Is there a young family God has put in your path through your work, school, church, neighborhood or family? Take some time this week to connect with them to see how they are doing. Offer to help. With your parenting experience and a bit of your time, you may be their answer to prayer!  Lutheran Family Services


Thank You - It is an honor to accept the gift we recently received that was designated toward the Discover Campaign Okoboji building expansion.  I continue to be amazed by the generosity of God’s people as they willingly share His love and kindness with others. Your acts of kindness are a true testimony to the love of God, which dwells in your heart and works to serve others.    

*Personal Note – “It was my pleasure to be with you on July 17. Thank you for your support of the Discover CAMPaign”   -- Doug Kading


People’s Choice BBQ Cook-Off will be held at Camp Okoboji in conjunction with the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the new Discover Activity Center (Stage1).  Come join us for a fun day of Family Activities, music and games on Saturday, September 3 from 11 a.m. to 3:0 p.m.   Vote for your favorite BBQ. 


The Burt Fire Dept. will host a Pork Lion Lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Burt Fire Station on Sunday, September 11th.  The proceeds will go toward “Bunker Gear”.

Baton Rouge Floods - As you know, there has been a LOT of rain in the Baton Rouge area recently.  I was told by a Baton Rouge contact. –Ellie Menz, IDW

  1. some places had 30" of rain
  2. estimated that 12,000 - 15,000 houses were effected
  3. 30,000 evacuations by boat from their home were needed
  4. 200 LCMS members lost their homes

First of all, today, the Board of Directors of Iowa District West approved a gift of $10,000 to the Southern District.  If you would like to make a donation for the flood relief, you may make your check payable to Iowa District West--Baton Rouge and send to: Iowa District West  % Roger Curtis 409 Kenyon Rd Suite B  Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Save the Date - The Burt Presbyterian Church will host a concert of a husband and wife team of Blake and Jenna Bolerjack. They will be singing a modern gospel style, and mix of classic and new gospel music with gentle testimonies of love. The Concert will be held on Sunday September 11th at 6:30 p.m.

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!


Happening at Camp – A great weekend get-away at the 2016 Adult Retreat on August 26-28th.  Retreat featuring Reverend Kurt Klaus as the Bible Study Leader and Sunday Morning Worship.  Kathy Troccoli is the special entertainment on Saturday, August 27th at 7:00 p.m.  Come for all or just a night.   The Kathy Troccoli Concert tickets are $35 per person in advance, $50 at the door.  Call Camp Office 1-866-449-3326.  Flyer on ramp bulletin board with more information.


This Week at St. John’s  – (August 21, 2016 – August 28, 2016)

Today              8:00   am       Service  (Holy Communion)

Wednesday    6:30   pm       Preschool Open House

Next Sunday   8:00   am       Service 


Greeters Next Week:         Wendell Jr. and Teresa Christensen

Acolyte This Week:           Ushers

Head Usher:                      Roger Lavrenz 

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

Elder for August:              Jerry Koestler


Note: 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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