Thursday, December 21, 2017



December 24, 2017


Christmas Eve Children’s Program will be at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon and Christmas Day Service with Holy Communion is at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow. 


Adult Class – December 31, 2017 -  Topic:  “The Theology of our Favorite Christmas Hymns”


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


Parish Messenger Articles are due to Linda Kerkove for the January/February edition on December 31st.


Funeral Service for Douglas Reimers will be held on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. here at St. John’s. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service.


Pastor Chats will continue after the first of the year.  If you wish to have Pastor come before, please feel free to call and set up a time.   


Thank You for all the donations received for our adopted family. We also were able to adopt a second family at the last minute. We appreciate the support for these families.  Deb Steven & Karla Schutter


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.


Annual Report Articles I will be starting to work on the Annual Report at the beginning of the new year. Please start working on your articles and submit them to me as soon as possible.   You can email them to me at  Also, changes in addresses, phone numbers etc. get those to me also. Rosann


Lessons on the Liturgy:   Poinsettias

Poinsettias came to be associated with Christmas in Mexico.  There they are called the “flower of the blessed night (Christmas Eve).”  Their star-like shape reminds us of the star of Bethlehem.  Their red color reminds us of the blood Christ would shed for the sins of the world.  White poinsettias remind us of the purity of the baby Jesus who, being true God and true Man, was born without sin.


Building Healthy Families: Memorize and quietly pray this Scripture as a part of your Christmas worship as you open Christmas presents this year: “Thanks be to God for His Gift that is too wonderful for words!” 2 Corinthians 9:15. Together with you, we are celebrating His Most Wonderful Gift. A blessed Christmas to you and your family from the staff and Board of Directors of Lutheran Family Service of Iowa. Merry Christmas! 

Lutheran Family Service



This Week at St. John’s  – (December 24, 2017-December 31, 2017)

Today           8:00     am       Sunday School/Adult Bible Class

                     9:00     am       Christmas Eve Service                                                                          

                      4:30     pm       Children’s Christmas Eve Program

Monday        9:00     am       Christmas Day Service (Holy Communion)

Wednesday 10:30     am       Funeral Service for Douglas Reimers

                                             No Religion School                                                                              

Sunday         8:00     am       Sunday School and Adult Bible Class

                      9:00    am       Service  (Holy Communion)


Greeters Next Week:         Melvin and Donna Haase

Acolyte This Week:           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