Thursday, December 08, 2016


December 11, 2016


Special Voter’s Meeting will be held immediately following the service today to approve and vote on the Budget and Slate of Officers.


Adopted Family Information -  St. John’s has adopted a family for Christmas. The information on the family’s needs is listed on sheets on the back table for you to pick up and take with you.   Monetary donations can be given to Debra Steven or Karla Schutter or left at the church office until today December 11th. A box is in the back of the church for donated items. Please attach note for which child you are giving to, especially if giving to child # 3 or #4 which I guess are twins.


Poinsettias for Christmas – If you would like to purchase a poinsettia for the church to use during the Advent and Christmas Season, please sign up on the sheet at the back of the church and pay Cheryl Batt by Sunday, December 11th.  Please, feel free to take your poinsettia home to enjoy after the Christmas Eve service. Thank You!


Schedule of Services Christmas Eve Children’s Program has been now set for 4:30 p.m.  on 24th . (Note change of time)  No Christmas Day Services (Trinity, Algona Christmas Day Service is at 9 a.m.).  Today at 2 p.m. at the Algona United Methodist Church.  This concert will feature the Algona Cornbelt Chorus, Algona High School Chamber Singers, Garrigan A Cappella Choir, United Methodist Bell Choir and their Chancel Choir.  Come and enjoy and afternoon of Christmas Music.  A Free will offering will benefit the Kossuth County Food Pantry.


The Christmas Committee is taking donations to defray expenses for the decorations, candy and tree for Christmas. Any donations of money can be placed in the offering plate or give it to Shirlee Alt or Clark and Allision Christensen. Thanks!


Hospice of the Heartland – Our annual Hospice of the Heartland “Lights of Life” will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Kossuth Regional Health Center.  Call 515-295-4430 to purchase a light.


Building Healthy Families – Someone once said, “Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.” What have you done lately to show your spouse how much you appreciate them? During these busy days of preparation for the coming Christmas celebrations, a handwritten note, an unexpected and gentle physical touch, affirming words, preparing a favorite meal or joyfully helping with household responsibilities are simple ways to let your spouse know just how much they mean to you. Lutheran Family Services


Your Charity's Unique Link to Amazon - Just a reminder to those who shop on line at    The Church is signed up to receive 0.5% of your purchase as an extra donation.  Remember to always use this link when promoting AmazonSmile in your email, social media, and on the website:

This Week at St. John’s  – (December 11, 2016-December 18, 2016)

Today               8:00   am       3rd   Sunday in Advent Service                                                    

                        9:00   am       Sunday School Christmas Program Practice

                        9:00   am       Voter’s Meeting

                        9:00   am       Council Meeting 

Tuesday           9:00   am       Preschool                                                                                                           

Wednesday      9:00   am       Preschool

                        4:15   pm       Religion School Snack

                        4:30   pm       Religion School   

Thursday          9:00   am       Preschool           

Next Sunday    8:00   am       4th  Sunday in Advent Service  (Holy Communion)

                        9:00   am       Sunday School Christmas Program Practice


Greeters Next Week:           Larry Manus and Harold Lavrenz

Acolyte This Week:             none

Head Usher:                       Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for December:      * Vern Koestler, Gordon Oleson and Joe Heyes

Elder for December:            Boyd Shipler


Bible Readings for the week in conjunction with the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation next year:

      Sunday, Day 43:             Leviticus 13; Matthew 26:55-75

      Monday, Day 44:          Leviticus 15-17; Matthew 27:1-31

      Tuesday, Day 45:          Leviticus 18-19; Matthew 27:32-66

      Wednesday, Day 46:    Leviticus 20-21: Matthew 28

      Thursday, Day 47:         Leviticus 22-23: Mark 1:1-22

      Friday, Day 48:             Leviticus 24-25; Matthew 1:23-45

      Saturday, Day 49:         Leviticus 26-27: Mark 2


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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