Thursday, February 22, 2018


February 25, 2018


Adult Class – March 4, 2018 - Topic:  Return from Exile Lenten Series: The Mountain


Welcome new member John Thompson to St. John’s. John has completed the new member class with Pastor and has confessed his faith to the Elders.   


LWML Invites you to come to the church dining room the first Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m.  Pastor Cowell is leading us in a study of Martin Luther's book "A Simple Way to Pray", translated by Mathew C. Harrison. We enjoy a time of fellowship later. Please consider joining us for a time of prayer and fun.

*LWML Meeting is this Thursday March 1st at 1:30 p.m.


Special Music:  We are looking for a soloist or group of singers to sing on Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday.  If you are interested please let Pastor Cowell know.  We will try to meet Wednesdays after church for practice.


Lenten Service will be held Wednesday February 28, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  Remember the offering for these services will go to the 8th grade students to use as a service project they are each doing.


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.   


Lenten Devotionals are available on the back table.  Please, feel free to take one home.


Lessons on the Liturgy:  Prayer, Fasting, and Alms

Our repentance during the Lenten season takes shape in the form of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Prayer is the primary discipline of Lent.  We pray that God forgive us of our sins and conform our lives to Christ’s life.  Fasting encourages us toward prayer as we seek not to live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.  Almsgiving gives us opportunity to share the fruits which a repentant faith produce within us by helping our neighbors in need.  Practically speaking we fast during Lent so that we have more time for prayer and more money to share with our neighbor.


Under Thrivent’s Choice Program, members who meet minimum requirements are given Choice Dollars to allocate to the organization of their choice.  These dollars are given at no cost to the member.  Thrivent members who have Choice Dollars available have until March 31, 2018 to allocate dollars from 2017. Choice dollars that are not allocated by that date will be lost.  Please consider allocating your Choice Dollars to St. John’s or to the Kids of the Kingdom Preschool.  Both are registered as eligible recipient for Choice Dollars.  In order to see if you have Choice Dollars available and to allocate those dollars, call 1-800-THRIVENT (1-800-847-4836) or access your account through  Your Choice dollars need to be allocated each year or they will be lost.


Chili Dinner Fundraiser featuring Good Samaritan Society’s Famous Chili Recipe on Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Trinity Life Center, Algona.  Cost of this event will be a “free-will offering” with proceeds going towards a blanket warmer for the Special Care Unit and other nursing equipment.  Good Samaritan management and staff members will be hosting this fundraiser. Come join us!!

Lock-In for 6-8th graders will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 9 p.m. till 6 a.m.  Contact Trinity at 295-3518 to reserve your spot.   Lots of fun things planned for the evening!!

The Kossuth County CARE Team is hosting a Quilt Show on Saturday, March 24.   It will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Trinity Life Center, Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona, IA. There will be a $10 admittance charge with all proceeds going to the Kossuth C.A.R.E. team.  We are limiting ONE quilted item per person in an effort to showcase more talent.  If you are interested in displaying a quilt or if you would like to help, please contact Brenda Bormann - or text her at 515-341-6982 or Jane Dreyer - or text her at 515-320-0490. Please notify Jane or Brenda by Wednesday, March 14th, if you plan on sharing an item.  We would also like the size of the quilted item to be displayed; this will help us plan the display venue. We hope you can join us, share a quilted item, and help us help those in need!! 

This Week at St. John’s  – (February 25, 2018- March 4, 2018)

Today           8:00     am       Sunday School/Adult Bible Class

                     9:00     am       Service                                                                                      

Tuesday        9:00     am       Preschool          

Wednesday  9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                                          

              6:00-6:30     pm       Religion School

                     6:30     pm      Lenten Service

Thursday       9:00     am       Preschool          

                      1:30     pm       LWML Meeting                                                                        

Sunday         8:00     am       Sunday School and Adult Bible Class

                      9:00    am       Service  (Holy Communion)


Greeters Next Week:         Cheryl Batt & Lavonne Boderius

Acolyte:                             Christian Bierstedt

Head Usher:                      Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for February:        *John Smith

Elder for February:            Jerry Koestler