Friday, November 24, 2017


November 26, 2017


Advent/Christmas Decorating - Our Advent "Service" on Wednesday, November 29th will be a "service" of a different sort!  You're invited to help decorate the church for the Advent and Christmas season.  We will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a very brief prayer and dedication of our new Christmas tree before we start decorating.  We will enjoy a light supper and Advent music while we work.  There will also be decorating activities for children.  We hope to see you there!  


Adult Class   – December 3, 2017:   Topic:  “Praying the Antiphons”: O Wisdom, O Adonai, and O Root of Jesse


Advent Open House – Pastor Thomas, Hannah and Penny wish to invite you to an Advent Open House at their home at 609 E Kennedy St. Algona on Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 2-5 p.m.  Mark your calendars!


Adopted FamilyInformation about the Adopted Family is included in your bulletin this morning as an insert (green).   Any money/gift cards etc. give to Deb Steven or Karla Schutter. Box will be provided in the back for the gifts. Deadline: December 10th.


Poinsettias – If you would like to provide a poinsettia for the church to use during the Advent and Christmas seasons, there is a sign-up sheet at the back of the church. Please sign your name and indicate the color you would like to order and pay Cheryl Batt for your plant by Sunday, December 3rd. The poinsettias will be put up for worship services beginning Sunday, December 10th. Feel free to take your plant home to enjoy after Christmas Day Services.


Voter’s Meeting to view and vote on the 2018 Budget and Slate of Officers will be held following the service on Sunday, December 10th.


Children’s Christmas Program Practices  will be Sunday December 3rd from 3-4 p.m., December 10th from 3-4 p.m. and December 17th Dress Rehearsal from 3-5 p.m.  It is important to be sure to have children here for these practices.


LWML Ladies Christmas Coffee will be held following the service on Sunday, December 3rd.   Please stay and help us celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season.  LWML members are to bring cookies for the coffee and for the shut-in plates.


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:   Matins

The service of Matins originated as one of the monastic “hours” or prayer services that were sung seven times a day.  The Lutheran church has historically retained Matins as a prayer service to be used Monday through Saturday in the morning, with the Divine Service being held every Sunday.  The chief functions of Matins are meditation on the Word, morning praise of our Creator and Redeemer, and prayer for the day which we are about to begin.     


Building Healthy Families: Our culture encourages us to see the world and our relationships through a lens of individualism, in which we make decisions based on this question: “How will this effect ME?”  How would our world be different if we returned to a faith, family, and community-centered lens, in which decisions are instead based on this question: “How will my actions effect my children, my spouse, my parents, my congregational family, my community?” Lutheran Family Service


Christmas Harmony – The Cornbelt Barbershop Chorus will hold its annual Christmas Concert with the United Methodist Chancel Choir on Sunday December 3 at 2 p.m. at the Algona United Methodist Church. The proceeds will be going to help support the Algona Ambulance Service.  Come and enjoy beautiful Christmas songs in harmony and help support our local ambulance service with a free will offering


Burt Christmas Day  Celebration will be held at the Burt Complex on Saturday December 2nd beginning with a Coffee and Goodies and Fire Truck Rides from 3-5p.m., from 5-6:30 p.m. Emma Elsbecker will be singing before and during the Chili and Chicken Noodle Soup Supper.  Free Will Donation. Come and enjoy Christmas in Burt!


Lights of Life – Hospice of Heartland – Tree Lighting ceremony at the Kossuth Regional Health Center is being held on December 3, at 2 p.m.  A $10 donation will light a bulb in memory/honor of a loved one. Donation sheets eat table in the back of the church.


This Week at St. John’s  – (November 26, 2017- December 3, 2017)

Today            8:00    am       Sunday School/Adult Bible Class

                      9:00    am       Service 

Tuesday         9:00     am       Preschool           

                      5:00     pm       Elder’s Meeting                                                                                       

Wednesday    9:00     am       Preschool

              6:00-6:30     pm       Religion School

                      6:30     pm       Advent/Christmas Decorating and a Light Supper

Thursday        9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                               

Sunday           8:00     am       Sunday School and Adult Bible Class

                      9:00    am       Advent Service  - Holy Communion

                    10:00    am       LWML Christmas Coffee

                    3-4:00   pm       Children’s Program Practice


Greeters Next Week:           Janice Schealler

Acolyte This Week:             Peyton Marlow

Head Usher:                       Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for November:       *Lynn Bierstedt, Darrel Schmidt & Dave Kerkove

Elder for November:           Jerry Koestler


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.

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

·         BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible) - Sunday Evening Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. in Fireside Room. We will be studying The Book of Hebrews


Adopted Family Information

Child 1: Age 15 male pants size 34/32 shirt size Men’s Large 

suggestions: magic cards, I Tunes cards, business cards { Kmart }, cards for buying books [ Harder to find clothes that fit due to height, please include gift receipt if purchasing clothes] socks, underwear boxers

Child 2: Age 13 Male pants size 32/30 shirt size M

Suggestions: clothing Algona Shirt { Algona Bulldogs clothing}, Air-hogs, I Tunes card, Iowa State fan ; underwear boxer briefs

Child 3: Age 11 Male pants size 12 shirt 10-12

Suggestions: Legos, Nerf guns and ammo, Algona Bulldogs clothing socks and underwear


Child 4: age 9 Male pants size 8-10 shirt size 8-10

Suggestions: legos, slime, minions socks and underwear


Child 5: age 7 Female pants size 7 shirt size 7

Suggestions: Shopkins, Barbie, pierced earrings she is a girly girl

All 5 kids like Chocolate

Mom and Dad/ gas or food cards

Cash donations can be left in the office or given to 

Debra Steven or Karla Schutter

All items need to be at the church no later than December 10th , 2017 

*Please note child age and clothing or toy

Please place gifts in box provided in the back of the church.