Wednesday, January 10, 2018


January 14, 2018


Flowers on the Altar were given in celebration of Don and Pam Madsen’s 50th Wedding Anniversary by their children and grandchildren. 


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


Adult Class – January 21, 2018 - Topic:  “Lutheran Family Services Presentation by Mick Wolfram.”


Card Shower – Don and Pam Madsen will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Sunday, January 14th.  In honor of this celebration their children is hosting a card shower for them.  Congratulations and best wishes can reach them at 110 Wood Acres, PO Box 663, Algona, Iowa 50511.


Address Change – Helen Smith is now a resident of Windsor Manor in Algona.  Her new address is: Helen Smith, 512 Finn Drive, Box 413, Algona, Iowa 50511.


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 until I am able to visit every family.   


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


Thrivent Action Card - Kids of the Kingdom is looking for anyone who is a Thrivent member and would like to donate an Action Card to the preschool.  The Action Cards are in place of the matching funds we used to get and we have been using the cards to purchase ingredients for our soup dinner and bake sales.  We have been very successful with these fund raisers and they have enabled us to continue to provide a Christian preschool here at St. John’s.  Please contact Allison Christensen and she can give you the information how you can apply.  It does take some time to process and our next bake sale is in March.  Thank you for your continued support.


Lessons on the Liturgy:   House Blessings

There has long been a custom in many Christian traditions to bless houses during the season of Epiphany.  This custom is in connection with the celebration of the Magi entering the house of the Holy Family to bless Jesus and present to him gifts.  One custom is to write with chalk +C+M+B surrounded by the year on the entrance of the door of each house.  So for this year: 20+C+M+B 18.  One tradition says these letters stand for the supposed names of the Magi (Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar).  Another says they stand for Christus mansionem benedicat (Christ bless this house).  In any case, a cross drawn or crucifix hung in your entryway by Pastor or the head of the household would be just fine!


Annual Report Articles:   Remember to get your 2017 Annual Report articles in. You can email them to me at  Also, changes in addresses, phone numbers etc. get those to me also.  Rosann


Thank You to St. John’s for remembering our family this Christmas with such a kind & generous gift. We really appreciate your kindness.  It is a pleasure being in partnership with you and a privilege serving as your pastor.  God’s blessings!      Pastor Eric, Jill, Julia, Cal & Hazel Hauan

Church Cancellation:   St John's will be initiating a call-em-all service that will call everyone on the list if we have a cancellation of Church services due to weather or schedule changes in the church service.  This system can also be used for Church reminders of special events or upcoming meetings.   The phone number listed in the Annual Report for 2016 were the numbers used.  If you would like your cell phone number used instead of your home phone, please let the church office know.   With this system we hope to get everyone informed in a timely manner in case the radio does not announce it soon enough.    Church Council

This Week at St. John’s  – (January 14, 2018- January 21, 2018)

Today           8:00     am       Sunday School/Adult Bible Class

                     9:00     am       Service              

                  10:00     am       First Quarter Council Meeting

Monday                               Pastor at Classes in Indiana all week

Tuesday        9:00     am       Preschool

Wednesday  9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                                          

                      6:00     pm       Religion School

Thursday       9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                  

Sunday         8:00     am       Sunday School and Adult Bible Class

                      9:00    am       Service  (Holy Communion)

                     10:00   am       Voter’s Meeting


Greeters Next Week:         Ervin and Pat Eimers

Head Usher:                      Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for January:         *David Haase & Michael Bierstedt

Elder for January:             Jeff Schutjer


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