Thursday, October 12, 2017


October 15, 2017


Share the Blessing GivingHarvest is a time of thanksgiving and joy for all. It is a time to count our blessings, to remember who has provided these blessings, and to share these blessings with others.  Our special offering letter and envelope for “Share the Blessing” has been placed in the bulletin boxes.  Be sure to stop and pick yours up! 

Quarterly Voter’s Meeting will be held following the service today.

Preschool Soup Luncheon – Don’t forget to attend the Kids of Kingdom Soup Luncheon from 11-1:00 p.m. today.    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


Adult Classes  – October 22, 2017:    Topic:  An Introduction to the Small Catechism


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


Kids of the Kingdom will be holding a Bake Sale at the Annual Lions Club Omelet Breakfast on Sunday October 29th. We are asking for donation for the sale.  Items can be brought to the complex by 9:00 a.m. on the October 29th.


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:   Chanting

Chanting is strange, and it’s supposed to be!  Chanting the liturgy lets us know that something is happening at church that doesn’t happen anywhere else on earth.  These are the words of faith, the words of the Holy Spirit.  The liturgy, especially the Psalms, have been chanted from the moment they were written.  When St. Gregory the Great (around 600 A.D.) finally began to write down these ancient psalm tones he used the tones that had been passed down to him from the Jewish synagogue.  So when we use Gregorian chants in our liturgy we are likely singing the Psalms in a similar way to how King David, and how Christ himself, sang them.  


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 Monday, October 16th.    (Word has been received that we have enough participation for the show to be shown in Algona. Hurry and get your tickets, there is still room for more people.)


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.  Note:  Sample of book is on the table in the back of the church.


Serving the Lord by Serving Others’ - Trinity Lutheran Church Quilters Open House is being held today (October 15th)  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. 


Burt Lions Club will be holding an Omelet Breakfast Fund Raiser at the Burt Activity complex on Sunday October 29th from 9 to 1 p.m.   Free Will Donation   Kids Kingdom Bake Sale


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


Burt Fire Dept. will be holding a Pork Loin Dinner on Sunday, October 22nd from 11-1:00 p.m. at the Burt Activity Complex.  Raffle items will be on display.  Proceeds to go toward a new grass fire truck.  Free Will Donation


This Week at St. John’s  – (October 15, 2017- October 22, 2017)

Today            8:00     am        Sunday School/Adult Bible Class

                      9:00     am        Service                                                                                        

                     10:00     am        Quarterly Voter’s Meeting

                     10:15     am        Choir Practice

                11-1:00     pm       Preschool Soup Luncheon

Tuesday           9:00     am        Preschool

Wednesday      9:00     am        Preschool

Thursday         9:00     am        Preschool            

Friday              9:00     am        Algona Nursing Homes Services

Sunday            8:00     am        Sunday School and Adult Bible Class

                       9:00     am        Service  

                     10:15     am        Choir Practice


Greeters Next Week:            Steve and Vickie Madsen

Acolyte This Week:               Peyton Marlow

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 351:              Obadiah; Revelation 8      

      Monday, Day 352:             Jonah; Revelation 9          

      Tuesday, Day 353              Micah 1-3; Revelation 10

      Wednesday, Day 354:        Micah 4-5; Revelation 11

      Thursday, Day 355:            Micah 6-7; Revelation 12  

      Friday, Day 356:                Nahum; Revelation 13

      Saturday, Day 357:            Habakkuk; Revelation 14