Thursday, September 07, 2017


September 10, 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:  next Sunday, September 17th:    Topic:  “An Introduction of the Smalcald Articles”


Fellowship time – The Board of Education will be hosting a coffee and bars following the service today.  Please, stay and join us for refreshments. 


Up-Coming 500th Anniversary of the Reformation -  I am looking for singers to sing at our Reformation Sunday  Service on October 29th.  If you would be interested, please contact Pastor Cowell.

Pastor Chats 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.  

Lessons on the Liturgy:   Elevation of the Host and Chalice

After the bread and wine is consecrated during the Communion Liturgy Pastor holds them above his head for the congregation to see. He does this so that we can all adore and worship the Body and Blood of Jesus who is now present in the bread and wine. This adoration is a great moment of faith. Our eyes see bread and wine lifted up, but our hearts see Body and blood. This adoration lasts only a few seconds so that we can move on to the most important part: the eating and rinking for the forgiveness of sins.


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. 


Concert - Blake & Jenna Bolerjack in Concert at the Burt Presbyterian Church this evening at 6:30 p.m.  Free Will Donation  


This Week at St. John’s  – (September 10, 2017-September 17, 2017)

Today           8:00    am       Sunday School/Bible Class & Blessing Education Rooms

                     9:00    am       Rally Sunday Service

                    10:00     am       Coffee/Bars by Board Education                                             

Tuesday        9:00     am       Preschool

Wednesday  9:00     am       Preschool

Thursday       9:00     am       Preschool

Sunday         8:00     am       Sunday School and Adult Bible Class

                      9:00     am       Service   ( Holy Communion)


Greeters Next Week:         Lucas & Jessie Parsons

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 October 29, 2017:

      Sunday, Day 316           Ezekiel 1-3; Hebrews 9                         

      Monday, Day 317:         Ezekiel 4-6; Hebrews 10:1-23               

      Tuesday, Day 318:         Ezekiel 7-9; Hebrews 10:24-39

      Wednesday, Day 319:    Ezekiel 10-12; Hebrews 11:1-19           

      Thursday, Day 320:        Ezekiel 13-15; Hebrews 11:20-40                     

      Friday, Day 321:             Ezekiel 16: Hebrews 12

      Friday, Day 322:             Ezekiel 17-19; Hebrews 13