Thursday, August 10, 2017


August 13, 2017


Religion School and Sunday School Students/Parents:  A meeting has been scheduled for August 30th at 6:30 p.m. to meet with the Board of Education and Pastor Cowell about the Christian Education of your children.  Mark your calendars and be sure attend!


Lessons on the Liturgy:   Do you notice during the Invocation, Absolution, and Benediction that Pastor’s fingers are bent in a strange way?  That’s because he is using his fingers to spell an abbreviation of “Jesus Christ.”  In the early Greek language common words were abbreviated with the first and last letter of the word.  So, “Jesus Christ” in Greek is “IC XC.”  Therefore you are literally blessed with the name of Jesus Christ during the Divine Liturgy!


Farewell Service – Members from St. John’s are invited to Pastor and Jane Bergquist’s Farewll Service on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lone rock. Our Joint Worship Service with St. Luke’s will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a meal to follow.  


“Nailed It”  is the theme of the Iowa District West Youth Gathering to be held in Des Moines at the Sheraton on Saturday, October 21-22, 2017.  All 6, 7th & 8th student member of a LCMS church are invited to attend.  Cost: $150.  Talk to Pastor Cowell or stop by the church office for more information.


Trinity Bible Studies – St. John’s members are welcome to attend any of the following Bible Studies at Trinity:

·         Wednesday AM Adult Bible Class – Mornings at 9:30 a.m.

·         BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible) Study – currently studying Revelation and meeting Wednesday evenings (not 8/16 due to council meeting) at 7:30 p.m.  Changing to Tuesday evenings in September.

·         Band of Brothers – Monthly men’s Bible study will meet Tuesday, August 22nd at 7:00 p.m. this month in Pastor Hauan’s garage. Will move to Sunday evening once school starts.

·         Women’s Bible Studies during the school year on Monday mornings at 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.


Building Healthy Families So often we slip into the habit of living for the approval of others, which leads to frustration, disappointment and disillusionment in life and relationships. In Matthew 6, Jesus tells us not to do things for the approval of men. He then goes on to assure us that our Father who sees and knows us inside out is the One who can and will meet all our needs, including our need to be recognized, valued and loved. Whew! What a relief! Life begins to look different (and much better) when seen through the eyes of faith in our loving, gracious, living and forgiving God. Fix your eyes on Jesus - not your boss, co-worker, spouse, child or neighbor - and live in the light of His great love this week!   Lutheran Family Service


Lone Rock  FUN DAY  is being held on Saturday, August 26th with Garage Sales to begin the day at 8:00 a.m. Kids games and Bingo in the afternoon and a Pork Loin Dinner will be served  from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Fire Station.  Dance in the park with “Galaxy’ 8 to 11 p.m.

This Week at St. John’s  – ( August 13, 2017-August 20, 2017)

Today           9:00    am       Service              

                                             New Pastor’s Orientation Camp Okoboji

Tuesday         6:00    pm       Preschool Board Meeting                                                                    

Sunday         9:00     am       Service (Holy Communion)


Greeters Next Week:         Craig and Deb Steven

Acolyte This Week:           Ushers

Head Usher:                       Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for August:          * Clark Christensen, Harold Lavrenz & Jesse Fitzgerald

Elder for August:              Jerry Koestler


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

      Sunday, Day 288:           Isaiah 56-58; 1 Thessalonians 3           

      Monday, Day 289:         Isaiah 59-61; 1 Thessalonians 4                                   

      Tuesday, Day 290:         Isaiah 62-64; 1 Thessalonians 5           

      Wednesday, Day 291:    Isaiah 65-66; 2 Thessalonians 1

      Thursday, Day 292:        Jeremiah 1-2; 2 Thessalonians 2                     

      Friday, Day 293:             Jeremiah 3-4; 2 Thessalonians 3         

      Friday, Day 294:             Jeremiah 5-6; 1 Timothy 1