Thursday, December 28, 2017


December 31, 2017


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


New Years Eve Services will be held at Trinity, Algona on Sunday, December 31st at 7:00 p.m. and also at Immanuel Lutheran, Lotts Creek at 6:30 p.m. 


Special thanks to Karla Schutter for all the hard work she put in to the Christmas Eve Program.  Also, we wish to thank the students for such a great job of telling of Jesus’ birth, to the parents for bringing your children to practice, the Sunday School Teachers for their help with practice, the Board of Education as support and Marcia, Kitty and the choir for the special music. A big thank you to the Christmas Committee for the decorations and candy bags. 


Parish Messenger Articles are due to Linda Kerkove for the January/February edition due today.


Installation of all Officers will be held during the service on Sunday, January 7, 2018.


Pastor Chats will continue after the first of the year. 


First Quarterly Council Meeting will be held Sunday, January 14th following the service. The Voter’s Meeting will be on Sunday, January 21, 2018.


Annual Report Articles I am beginning work on the Annual Report now so 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:   Evergreen Decorations

Churches and homes are filled with evergreen garlands, trees, and wreaths during the Christmas season.  Evergreen wreaths have long been a symbol of peace, joy, and victory.  Evergreens, obviously, stay green even throughout the winter.  In this way they symbolize the unchanging nature of God and the everlasting life that is ours through Jesus Christ.


Did You Know: It’s not too late! Your partnership in LFS’ life ministry of pregnancy counseling and adoption, as well as marriage, family and mental health counseling for families and all pro-family, pro-marriage and pro-life efforts throughout Iowa is still needed - and still possible! Make a gift online TODAY, or any time before midnight TONIGHT and your gift will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $1000)! It’s easy to make a secure gift online through the LFS web site at Look for the red button and the words “Today’s the Last Day”. Clicking that link will take you to the secure donation page. Thank you for your partnership all year, and especially today as we wrap up 2017 and look forward to what the New Year holds. From your brothers and sisters in Christ at LFS, a Blessed and Happy New Year!  Lutheran Family Service


This Week at St. John’s  – (December 31, 2017-January 7, 2018)

Today           8:00     am       Sunday School/Adult Bible Class

                     9:00     am       Service (Holy Communion – 5th Sunday)                               

Wednesday  9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                                          

                                             No Religion School

Thursday       9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                  

Sunday         8:00     am       Sunday School and Adult Bible Class

                      9:00    am       Service  (Holy Communion)  Installation of Officers


Greeters Next Week:         Melvin and Donna 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