Thursday, January 18, 2018


January 21, 2018



Flowers on the Altar today were given in celebration of Short Eimers’ 90th birthday by his family. Short will celebrate his birthday on Monday the 22nd.


Special Thank You to Rev. Mike Wolfram, Director of Congregational Services and Ministry Support from Lutheran Family Services of Iowa will be preaching and leading our Adult Bible Class this morning.


Quarterly Voter’s Meeting will be held today following the service.


Adult Class – January 28, 2018 - Topic:  “The Season of Epiphany” – Pastor Tom Schlund


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.


Lutheran Witness Subscriptions are coming due soon.  The cost for a year subscription is $22.70. If you receive the witness and want to keep getting it, leave your money in the church office.  If you no longer wish to receive the witness, please contact the office to have your name removed.  Make checks to St. John’s Lutheran Church.


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.


Lessons on the Liturgy:   The Apostles Simon, Andrew, James, and John

In today’s Gospel lesson we hear of Jesus calling Simon, Andrew, James, and John to be his disciples.  Simon-Peter is remembered by a pair of keys because he was given the office of the keys by Jesus, as well as an upside-down cross because he was martyred in that way.  Andrew is remembered by a fish because he was called to be a fisher of men, and an X-shaped cross for his martyrdom.  James is remembered by a shell to symbolize baptism and a sword for his martyrdom.  John is remembered by a book and a pen as the author of several New Testament books.


Thank you for the recent gift of $800.00. Be assured that we will use it to serve Iowa families who come to us for help in this New Year who don’t have the ability to pay for the full cost of the help that they need. In these days where marriages and families are stressed in so many ways, your partnership with us in this ministry is needed, valued and appreciated.  On behalf of those we serve, our staff and Board of Directors, thank you and God bless you!  Pastor Max Phillips, Executive Director


Okoboji News;

·         Family Ice Fishing Retreat at Camp Okoboji on January 26-28, 2018.  This is the 8th Annual Family Ice Fishing Retreat. Come any time after lunch on Friday, January 26, stay through lunch on Sunday.  Cost: Adults $135 children 3-9: $85 & 2 under free. Call Noel at 712-337-3325 or email

·         Winter Family Fun, Saturday January 27, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Games: Inflatables, Carnival Games, Foosball, Air Hockey, Sleigh Rides, Bingo and Craft will be available to do.  Light Lunch served. Free Will Offering. Sunday, January 28, 2018 we will also have an Omelet Brunch 9:30a.m. -1:00 p.m. with Worship Service at 9:45 a.m.


Right to Life Rally will be held today (Jan. 21) at 1:30 p.m. at the Algona KC Hall.  Our goal is to educate the public about life issues and also provide and event to pray for better life out comes.  This year we will be focusing on end-o-life issues like euthanasia.


A Breakfast Brunch will be held at the Lone Rock American Legion on Sunday, February 4th from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Serving French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee.  Free Will donation.  Supporting funds from Thrivent.


This Week at St. John’s  – (January 21, 2018- January 28, 2018)

Today           8:00     am       Sunday School/Adult Bible Class

                     9:00     am       Service              

                  10:00     am       First Quarter Voter’s Meeting

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  (Pastor Schlund)


Greeters Next Week:         Lyle and Karen Karels

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