Thursday, December 07, 2017



December 10, 2017


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.  


Adult Class – December 17, 2017:   Topic:  “Praying the “O Antiphons”: O King of the Nations and O Emmanuel”


Adopted Family – Deadline for the Adopted family is today.  Gifts will be delivered immediately. If you need more time contact Deb or KarlaAny money/gift cards etc. give to Deb Steven or Karla Schutter.


A Special Offering Plate has been placed in the back of the church for a special free will donation to help defray the expenses of the Christmas Committee. (Decorations, candy bags, tree etc.)


A Special Voter’s Meeting will be held today to view and vote on the 2018 Budget and Slate of Officers.


Devotional – “This Week in the Church Year “ devotional resource sheets are available on the back table for you to pick up.


Children’s Christmas Program Practices  will be today December 10th from 3-4 p.m. and December 17th Dress Rehearsal from 3-5 p.m. ; Wednesday, December 20th Walk through for First Grade-LYF and Religion School, 6 p.m. Supper and 6:30 Advent Services. It is important to be sure to have children here for these practices.


Amazon Reminder - When you are shopping on Amazon be sure to use first and choose the church so St. John’s will get a percentage credit back from amazon as charitable giving.


Lessons on the Liturgy:   The Advent Wreath

The Advent wreath originated in eastern Germany prior to the Reformation. In its present form traditional Advent wreaths have three purple candles and one pink candle.  The purple candles match the paraments on the altar (which were traditionally purple during Advent).  The purple signifies the royalty of the coming King.  The pink candle is lit on the third Sunday of Advent: Gaudete Sunday. "Gaudete" means "Rejoice!" in Latin.  This Sunday features the Philippians 4 text: “Rejoice! [...] the Lord is near.”  The white candle is lit during the 12 days of Christmas (Dec. 25 to Jan. 5) to celebrate Jesus’ arrival in human flesh at his birth.  


Christmas Celebration in Lone Rock will be held on Saturday, December 16 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lone Rock Fire Station.    Come celebrate with us!!


Building Healthy Families: You have heard the saying, the family that prays together, stays together? A survey by the Barna Research Group indicates that this old saying is still true, not just for families but also for married couples. Research documents that couples who hold a shared belief system (including prayer and attending church regularly) have a significantly lower divorce rate than the general population. So just a little reminder in case you didn’t already know: growing in your faith is not only good for you and for your children, it’s good for your marriage! Lutheran Family Service

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

Today           8:00    am       Sunday School/Adult Bible Class

                      9:00    am       Advent Service                                                                           

                    10:00     am       Voter’s Meeting

                  2-5:00    pm       Open House at Pastor, Hannah & Penny’s Home in Algona

                  3-4:00    pm       Children’s Program Practice

Tuesday        9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                                                      

Wednesday  9:00     am       Preschool

                 6-6:30     pm       Religion School

                      6:30     pm       Advent Service

Thursday       9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                                                      

Sunday         8:00     am       Sunday School and Adult Bible Class

                     9:00     am       Advent Service  (Holy Communion)

                  3-5:00     pm       Children’s Program Dress Rehearsal Practice


Greeters Next Week:         Karla, John and Christie Schutter

Acolyte This Week:           Gabby Kelly and Jacob Haase

Head Usher:                      Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for December      *Vern Koestler, Gordon Oleson & Joe Heyes

Elder for December:         Boyd Shipler


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