Thursday, August 31, 2017


September 3, 2017


Hurricane Harvey Relief Offering - We will be taking a door offering today for Hurricane Harvey relief.  100% of the money will be sent to the Texas and Southern Districts of the LCMS who can use it where it is needed most.  Checks should be made payable to St. John’s Lutheran Church and the Treasurer will send to Iowa District West Disaster Relief.  You may also give directly to LCMS World Relief at


Sunday School/Adult Classes:

·         Adult Bible Class  will begin on September 10th at 8:00 a.m.  We will be doing short weekly studies:

   Sunday, September 10th:    Topic:  “What Does a Pastor Do, and Why Does He Do It?”

·         Blessing of the Classrooms:  We will begin Sunday School and Adult Bible study next Sunday (Sept.       10) at 8:00 by blessing the classrooms which we will be using for the year.  Children and adults are       both welcome to participate.  Classes will meet after the blessing is complete, at around 8:10 p.m.


Fellowship time – The Board of Education will be hosting a coffee and bars on Rally Sunday September 10th.  Please, join us in the church basement for refreshments and fellowship following the service. 

Pastor Chats begin this week - I have come to realize that I am having a hard time getting to know you all in the hand shake line on Sunday morning (let alone remembering your names!).  With that in mind, I would like to try to visit each family of the church individually for a casual “pastor chat”. It is my hope that through these visits I can get to know you all better and learn how I and the church can best bring Christ and all of his gifts to you.

I want to make these visits as convenient and comfortable as possible.  I will gladly come out to your house or you are welcome to stop in at church.  Each week I will put a few times that I am available to meet with you.  If the times fill up or don’t work for your schedule don’t worry!  I plan on posting a few times each week through the fall and winter until I visit every family.  Plan on fifteen minutes to an hour for our visit, depending on how “chatty” we are.  

Corrections on September -  A few new copies of the September calendar are available as you come in today.  Please be sure to pick one up as we have changes to that.


Lessons on the Liturgy:   Kneeling at Communion

In the old days people would kneel when a king entered his throne room.  We do the same when Christ our King comes to us at the Lord’s Supper.  Pastor kneels to one knee as the Body and Blood of Jesus enter the room in the Words of Institution (the congregation can also bow at this time).  Then as we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus we show our greatest reverence to our king and kneel with both knees.


Thank You!   The family of Marjorie Lavrenz would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to her St. John’s family! She loved her church family and always talked lovingly about you all. Thank you for all the years you have been there for her. Thank you for the prayers, memorials, food, and any assistance you gave in making her celebration of life service on Saturday August 26th go so smoothly. God truly is Good!

 The Family of Marjorie M Lavrenz

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 Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. 

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


New Devotional Book in Library- Faith on the Farm is a devotional book written by Duane C Miesner (father of Hannah).  We have a copy in the Library for you to check out.   If you wish to have your own copy, please speak with Pastor Cowell and he will get you one. 


Clay Co. Fair, 100th Anniversary ,Sept. 9-17:   Traveling to the World’s Greatest County Fair? Need a place to stay when in the area? Camp Okoboji is a convenient, affordable and beautiful place to stay.  The first 100 people making 2 night min. stays will receive complimentary tickets. Call the Camp Office for availability


Concert - Blake & Jenna Bolerjack in Concert at the Burt Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 10th  at 6:30 p.m.  Free Will Donation  


This Week at St. John’s  – (September 3, 2017-September 10, 2017)

Today           9:00    am       Service              

Tuesday        9:00     am       Preschool Begins

Wednesday  9:00     am       Preschool

Thursday       9:00     am       Preschool

                      1:30     pm       Ladies Aid Meeting

Sunday         8:00     am       Sunday School and Adult Bible Class & Blessing Education Rooms

                      9:00     am       Service   ( Holy Communion)

                    10:00     am       Coffee/Bars in church basement


Greeters Next Week:         Tony and Stefanie Hatten

Acolyte This Week:           Ushers

Head Usher:                      Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for September:        * Mike Marlow, Lyle Karels & Terry Tieman

Elder for September:        Boyd Shipler


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

      Sunday, Day 309           Jeremiah 40-42; Hebrews 2                             

      Monday, Day 310:         Jeremiah 43-45; Hebrews 3                 

      Tuesday, Day 311:         Jeremiah 46-48; Hebrews 4

      Wednesday, Day 312:    Jeremiah 49-50; Hebrews 5     

      Thursday, Day 313:        Jeremiah 51-52; Hebrews 6                 

      Friday, Day 314:             Lamentations 1-2; Hebrews 7

      Friday, Day 315:             Lamentations 3-5; Hebrews 8