Thursday, March 22, 2018


March 25, 2018



Lessons on the Liturgy:  The Palm Sunday Procession

In ancient days when a king rode into town the people would cover the dusty road with their coats or with branches from a tree in order to show their king the highest honor and respect: equivalent to rolling out the red carpet.  Today we process into church with palm branches not only to mimic our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem to conquer sin and death on the cross, but also to celebrate his triumphal entry among us as he enters our midst in Word and Sacrament to travel with us through our somber remembrance of his cross and passion and to the victorious joy of Easter.  


Movie:  New location and time for Paul, Apostle of Christ!  Cinema West Theatre in Mason City is now showing the new movie about St. Paul, which is great news for us!  Here are the new details: Leave from St. John's Sunday (Mar. 25) at 12:30 p.m., the movie begins at 1:55 p.m., we will be back to St. John's around 5:00 p.m.  Tickets are $8.50, and free for children ages high school and under.  Sign-up in the back on the table.


New Pastor: We give thanks with Immanuel, Lotts Creek and St. Luke’s, Fairville that the Rev. Duane Miesner has accepted the call to be their pastor.  His installation date is scheduled for June 3rd.  


Holy Week Services - Holy Thursday: 6:30 p.m. with Holy Communion; Good Friday: 6:30 p.m.; Easter Resurrection Service (Holy Communion) at 8:00 a.m. Coffee and rolls will be served by LYF group following. 


LWML Day of Prayer will be observed here on Thursday, April 5th at 1:30 p.m. with Mary Gifford and Pastor will lead the program. Lunch will be served by Mary Shipler-Oleson following the service. All ladies of the church are invited to attend.


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 today.  


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 six Lenten services St. John's has given $2371.00 toward the confirmation students' almsgiving project.  Good work! 


Camp Okoboji Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 7th.  Kitty and Lynn Bierstedt will represent St. John’s Burt at this meeting.  Special thanks to them!!


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


Easter In Lone Rock – Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Fire Station. There will be Egg Coloring and Games from 9-10 a.m. Refreshments will be served.


This Week at St. John’s  – (March 25, 2018-April 1, 2018)

Today           8:00     am       Sunday School/Adult Bible Class

                     9:00     am       Palm Sunday Service (Holy Communion)                                          

                      1:55     pm       Paul, Apostle of Christ Movie in Mason City

Tuesday        9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                  

Wednesday  9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                  

Thursday       9:00     am       Preschool

                      6:30     pm       Maundy Thursday Service (Holy Communion)

Friday            9:00     am       Algona Nursing Home Services

                      6:30     pm       Good Friday Tenebrae Service                                                                                    

Sunday        8:00     am       Easter Resurrection Service  (Holy Communion)

                                             (No Sunday School or Bible Class)


Greeters Next Week:         Jeff and  Brenda Schutjer

Head Usher:                      Roger Lavrenz 

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

Elder for March:               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