Thursday, March 15, 2018


March 18, 2018



Adult Class:  March 25, 2018 - Topic:  Return from Exile Lenten Series:  The Lord Provides


Special Music: The choir will be practicing for Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday on Wednesdays after services.  All are welcome!


Lenten Service will be held Wednesday March 21st 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.


Movie:  St. John's will be carpooling to the movie Paul, Apostle of Christ, showing on Sunday, March 25th at 3:40 p.m. in Mankato, MN.  We will leave from St. John's at 1:30 p.m., eat supper after the movie, and be back to St. John's around 8:30 p.m.  Cost is $7.75 for the movie ($7.00 children and seniors), plus supper.  Please sign the sign-up sheet (recommended, but not required) in back if you would like to go, and note if you are willing to drive. 


Holy Week services - Holy Thursday: 6:30 p.m. with communion.; Good Friday: 6:30 p.m.; Easter Resurrection Service (Holy Communion at 8:00 a.m. with coffee and rolls following served by LYF group. 


Thank You! Kids of the Kingdom would like to sincerely thank everyone that helped make the recent bake sale another successful fundraiser. We genuinely appreciate your continued support and couldn't do it without you all!  Blessings!  Kids of the Kingdom Staff and Board

Easter Flowers:  If you would like to purchase an Easter Lily for the church to use at Easter morning service, there is a sign-up sheet at the back of the church. The price is $14 per lily and please pay Cheryl Batt by Sunday, March 25th.  


Lessons on the Liturgy:  The Litany

The following is an excerpt from President Matthew Harrison encouraging us to pray the Litany:

“I've long enjoyed praying the Litany. Luther did too. The prayer has an amazing longevity in the church, having found its form by the 6th century (Gregory the Great regularized it). [...] Left to ourselves, bereft of texts as the foundation of our prayers, we are often left praying "Dear God, give me a mini-bike," as I was wont to pray as a 12 year old - and am prone to pray even today! Texts of the scriptures (Lord's Prayer, Ten Commandments) and scriptural texts (Creed, Litany!) lay down God's thoughts as the foundation of prayer, the tarmac if you will, from which our meditations may gently or quickly rise, aided by the Holy Spirit. The fulsome petitions of the Litany take us out of ourselves, to pray for the church, pastors and teachers, our enemies, women with children, the poor, the imprisoned and much much more. And all for mercy, growing out of the great petitions of the blind, the lame and the ill who comes to Jesus in the New Testament, "Lord have mercy!" "Kyrie eleison!" The Lord loves to have mercy. The Lord came to have mercy. The Lord continues to have mercy.” - taken from


Easter Vigil Liturgy: St. John's has been invited to attend the Easter Vigil Liturgy on Holy Saturday (March 31) at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Emmetsburg at 6:00 p.m.  Pastor Cowell is planning on attending, and he would love to explain the Vigil service to you if you are interested.  

Update on Our Almsgiving Project: After five Wednesday Lenten services St. John's has given $2,026. toward the confirmation students' almsgiving project.  Good work! 


Camp Okoboji  is pleased to announce that Kirk Wanke has been hired to serve as its new Executive Director. Kirk has begun his duties as of February 12, 2018.  (Picture and information on him is posted on bulletin board along the ramp).


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.  Call 1-800-THRIVENT (1-800-847-4836)


Quilt Show at Trinity: The Kossuth County CARE Team is hosting a Quilt Show on Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Trinity Life Center. There will be a $10 admittance charge with all proceeds going to the Kossuth C.A.R.E. team.  


Concert – The Algona Cornbelt Barbershop Chorus will be held On Saturday, March 24th at the Wilcox Performing Arts Center in Algona.  Show times are 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased from Ken McFarland or Browns Shoe store in Algona.


A Retirement Open House for Rev. Dr. S. Glenn Wilson will be held at the Burt Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 2-4 p.m.  Come Celebrate with Us!


Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser at Burt Activity Complex on Saturday March 24, 2018.  All proceed go to raise Walleyes for our river System.  Sponsored by East Fork Walleye Club


This Week at St. John’s  – (March 18, 2018-March 25, 2018)

Today            8:00     am       Sunday School/Adult Bible Class

                     9:00     am       Service (Holy Communion)                                                                     

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                                                                                                           

Sunday           8:00     am       Sunday School /Adult Bible Class

                      9:00    am       Palm Sunday Service  (Holy Communion)

                     1:30    pm       Paul, Apostle of Christ Movie in Mankato


Greeters Next Week:           Joel Smith

Head Usher:                       Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for March:             *Lucas Parsons, Roger Evans & Duane Peter

Elder for March:                  Boyd Shipler