Wednesday, August 16, 2017


August 20, 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!   Rally Sunday will be September 10th.


Lessons on the Liturgy:   Hands at Prayer

The Church doesn’t know exactly how we came to fold our hands during prayer.  The important thing is that when we pray our hands are resting hands.  These resting hands are hands of faith.  As we fold our hands together and put them to rest we direct our eyes and hearts to the nail-marked hands of Jesus.  These crucified hands of Jesus are always the answer to our prayers.


A Great Big Thank You to all the volunteers who helped us with Treasure Trek VBS and made it such a success.  It was such a joy to share the stories of Jesus with all the children.  Special thanks to the students and their parents/grandparents who brought them, and the many many volunteers who helped organize, set up, take down, work on crafts, snacks, music, advertisement,  barbeque and those who served the picnic.  Heartfelt thanks to Pastor Cowell & Hannah for your support ! Working together has made this job a whole lot easier for us. Thank you also, to the congregation for their generosity in supporting us with your monetary donations and the many prayers said for us this week.  Our Offering went to Pastor James May:  $243.00 to help with to teach Pastors in Togo, Africa.                      Board of Education & Shirlee Alt

·         Also, a huge thank you to the committee who put this whole VBS on and stepped up big time to help. A heartfelt thanks to Sunday School Supt. Karla Schutter who wrote the curriculum and implemented it for this year’s VBS. 


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.  


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.



“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.


Building Healthy Families In addition to pervasive sadness, feeling hopeless and disconnected from others, another sign of depression is distorted thinking. Examples include overgeneralizing - “Things never go right for me,” after one thing goes wrong; exaggerated responsibility for others - “Why aren’t you happy? It must be because of something I did or didn’t do.”; and negative labeling – “I didn’t get up in time to exercise today – I’m lazy and a failure”. Unchallenged, these false negative messages to self only deepen the despair. Depression is not a lack of faith or a character flaw, but a serious illness which when left untreated can destroy a life, a marriage and a family. It is treatable and you can feel better. See your medical doctor first and remember that your pastor and LFS counselors are also here to help.  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’ from 8 to 11 p.m.


This Week at St. John’s  – ( August 20, 2017-August 27, 2017)

Today           9:00    am       Service (Holy Communion)                                                     

Sunday         9:00     am       Service


Greeters Next Week:         Wendell and Esther Christensen Sr.

Acolyte This Week:           Ushers

Head Usher:                       Roger Lavrenz 

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

Elder for August:              Jerry Koestler




VBS Offering-Pastor May



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

      Sunday, Day 295:              Jeremiah 7-8; 1 Timothy 2    

      Monday, Day 296:            Jeremiah 9-10; 1 Timothy 3              

      Tuesday, Day 297:            Jeremiah 11-13; 1 Timothy 4

      Wednesday, Day 298:       Jeremiah 14-16; 1 Timothy 5

      Thursday, Day 299:           Jeremiah 17-19; 1 Timothy 6            

      Friday, Day 300:                Jeremiah 20-22; 2 Timothy 1

      Friday, Day 301:                Jeremiah 23-24; 2 Timothy 2