Thursday, September 28, 2017


October 1, 2017


LWML Sunday - The first Sunday in October is traditionally set aside for the observation of LWML Sunday, but it may be celebrated at any time.  Building on God’s promises, we know that this is our time to be distinctly Lutheran. Since 1942, the LWML has affirmed each woman’s identity as a child of God and her relationship with Jesus Christ, encouraging and equipping Christian women to live out their lives in active mission ministries, and to support missions around the world through their sacrificial gifts of mites, tithes, offerings, and tireless service. Now is our time to “Be Ready to Confess!” faithfully and boldly of Christ’s redemptive work for us and for all the world.

·   The St. John’s Ladies Aid invites all ladies to join us for our meetings on the 1st Thursday of each month.   Pastor Cowell will be giving a Bible Study each month before our meeting and we would like to invite you all to come. Next Meeting Thursday, October 5th at 1:30 p.m. 


Sunday School/Adult Classes:

·         Adult Bible Class - October 8, 2017:    Topic:  “An Introduction to the Apology of the Augsburg Confession”


Up-Coming 500th Anniversary of the Reformation - I am looking for singers to sing at our Reformation Sunday  Service on October 29th.  A sign-up sheet is on the table in the back or you may contact Pastor Cowell.


Quarterly Council Meeting will be held next Sunday, October 8th following the service.  The Voter’s Meeting will be held on Sunday, October 15th before the Preschool Soup Luncheon.


Pastor Chats - I will continue to post my available times on the back table for the week ahead for a visit with me.  I will continue to post times through the fall and winter until I am able to visit every family.   


Lessons on the Liturgy: Stained-Glass Windows

Stained-glass windows serve three functions in the church.  First, they give us pictures of the Scripture lessons we are hearing from the lectern.  In this way the windows give us an opportunity to meditate on the Word which these images illustrate.  Second, stained-glass windows are beautiful.  Filling the eyes with beautiful things at worship reminds us that God himself is the author of beauty, seen foremost in the beauty of his incarnation in Jesus Christ.  Third, light filtered through stained-glass provides a “heavenly” effect.  Thus the windows show church to be the place where heaven and earth meet in Christ’s Word and Sacrament.


Kids of the Kingdom is asking for donations of one dozen tea rolls for the soup dinner on October 15.  There is a sign-up sheet on the back table for anyone who would like to sign up.  Please have the rolls at the church before 11 on October 15.  Thank you again for your wonderful support.  Kids of the Kingdom board and staff.


College Student Addresses – If you have a college student new this year or returning, please be sure to leave their address in the church office.    Any other change of addresses, need to be given to the church office also.


Kids of the Kingdom Preschool Soup Luncheon will be held at St. John’s, Burt on Sunday October 15th from 11-1:00 p.m.   Once again we will be serving chili, chicken noodle and potato soups. Please come and support your preschool and get warmed by our wonderful soup. Bring your containers for carry outs if you are unable to stay.  See you there!!  Free Will Donation


You are invited to the Algona Circuit's 500th Anniversary Reformation Celebration on Sunday, October 29th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona.  This event includes a Reformation Day Divine Service at 3:00 p.m. with guest preacher President Steve Turner, a presentation on Reformation History at 4:15 p.m. by Pastor Tom Schlund (as well as activities for kids at this time), and an Oktoberfest-style meal at 5:00 p.m.  Join us for one, two, or all three of these events as we celebrate this monumental event in the history of Christendom.   

Movie “Martin Luther:  The Idea that Changed the World” - One night only – Monday, October 23, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Algona State 5 Theater.  Join us for a screening of the rousing adventure story that was Martin Luther's life, following his bold quest for truth – a journey that would reshape the church, and the world. This entertaining new film brings to life the dramatic moments that shaped Luther, and examines the universal questions he wrestled with, like "Who am I?" and "What is my purpose?" Get tickets ($9 plus $1 handling fee) at  Tickets must be ordered by October 16th.


The Reformation  by Dr. Cameron A. MacKenzie is a new illustrated history of the Reformation in honor of its 500th Anniversary.  A shortened sample of the book is available in the church library.  The book is available for purchase through the church for a discounted price of $22.49.  Contact Pastor, the church office, or write your name on the order poster in the library if you wish to purchase a copy. 


“Serving the Lord by Serving Others’ - Trinity Lutheran Church Quilters Open House is being held on Sunday, October 15, 2017, from 2-5:00 p.m.  Quilts, Dolls, Trucks and more will be on display with tours given as the quilters are working in the basement.  A Community working together with:  Kossuth County Care Team, Kossuth Cancer Support Foundation and Chips Off the Old Block  Come see what we have been doing!


This Week at St. John’s  – (October 1, 2017- October 8, 2017)

Today            8:00     am        Sunday School/Adult Bible Class

                      9:00     am        Service (Holy Communion)   LWML Sunday                                                

                     10:00     am        LWML Coffee/Cookies

Tuesday           9:00     am        Preschool

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

                       9:00     am        Service  

                     10:00     am        Quarterly Council Meeting


Greeters Next Week:            Kelly and Jesse Fitzgerald

Acolyte This Week:               Nick Christensen and Jacob Haase

Head Usher:                        Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for October:            * Randy Reimers, Terry Briggs & Chris Heyes

Elder for October:                Jeff Schutjer


Bible Readings for the week in conjunction with the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation October 29, 2017:

      Sunday, Day 337:              Daniel 1-2; 1 John 2                     

      Monday, Day 338:             Daniel 3-4; 1 John 3         

      Tuesday, Day 339              Daniel 5-6; 1 John 4

      Wednesday, Day 340:      Daniel 7-8; 1 John 5

      Thursday, Day 341:          Daniel 9-10; 2 John        

      Friday, Day 342:              Daniel 11-13; 3 John

      Saturday, Day 343:          Hosea 1-4; Jude