Thursday, October 05, 2017


October 8, 2017


Sunday School/Adult Classes:

·         Adult Bible Class – October 15, 2017:    Topic:  “An Introduction to the Formula of Concord”

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

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


Reformation Day Choir – We will be rehearsing today after the Council Meeting. All are welcome to sing!


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.


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:   Church Ceilings

We all know that church ceilings often look like upside-down boats.  But have you also noticed how church ceilings (like St. John’s) often have “ribs” that, when standing in the back of the church, give the sense of a picture frame within a picture frame within a picture frame.  At the altar the rib typically narrows and is distinguished from the others (in our case by being white instead of brown).  This is meant to create the effect of walking into an entirely different realm, or dimension, as one approaches the altar.  That is exactly what happens as we come up for Communion.  We place one foot on earth and one foot into heaven and receive the mystery of the truly divine and truly human Christ.


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 Book 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!


Burt 1st Annual Costume Crawl 5K  will be held on October 28th at 6 p.m. Pre-Registration Fee: $20.  A meal will follow with all proceeds going towards keeping Burt Summer Celebration free!  A Bake Sale will also be held and the committee is asking for donations for that. 


Soup Dinner – The Sentral Area Ambulance Soup Dinner Fundraiser will be held on Sunday, October 22nd from 10:30-12:30 p.m. at the Fenton American Legion.  Carry Outs in town delivered.    Free Will Donation


This Week at St. John’s  – (October 8, 2017- October 15, 2017)

Today            8:00     am        Sunday School/Adult Bible Class

                      9:00     am        Service                                                                                        

                     10:00     am        Quarterly Council Meeting

                     10:15     am        Choir Practice

Tuesday           9:00     am        Preschool

                       6:00     pm       Preschool Board Meeting

Wednesday      9:00     am        Preschool

Thursday         9:00     am        Preschool            

Sunday            8:00     am        Sunday School and Adult Bible Class

                       9:00     am        Service  

                     10:00     am        Voter’s Meeting

                     10:15     am        Choir Practice

                  11-1:00     pm       Preschool Soup Luncheon


Greeters Next Week:            Doris Blocker and Mary Steven

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 344:              Hosea 5-8; Revelation 1    

      Monday, Day 345:             Hosea 9-11; Revelation 2  

      Tuesday, Day 346              Hosea 12-14; Revelation 3

      Wednesday, Day 347:        Joel; Revelation 4

      Thursday, Day 348:            Amos 1-3; Revelation 5     

      Friday, Day 349:                Amos 4-6; Revelation 6

      Saturday, Day 350:            Amos 7-9; Revelation 7


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.