Thursday, March 29, 2018


April 1, 2018



The Lilies on the Altar today were given in celebration of Short and Pat Eimers’ 65th Wedding Anniversary by their family.


The LYF Group will be serving Coffee and Rolls following today’s service.  Please join us!


Lessons on the Liturgy:  The Paschal Greeting

The Paschal Greeting, or Easter Acclamation, is a liturgical rubric as well as a common greeting among Christians in the Easter season.  As one person says: “Christ is risen” the other responds: “He is risen indeed, Alleluia.”  These words, recorded in Luke 24:34, were first spoken by the eleven disciples and it is thought that the phrase immediately became a common greeting among Christians.  Thus when we use this Paschal Greeting in church and among ourselves we are joining the apostles and 2,000 years of saints before us in proclaiming the great joy that the good news of our resurrected Lord brings to us.  


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.  


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


Update on Our Almsgiving Project: During the season of Lent St. John’s gave $2,440 toward the Confirmation students’ almsgiving project.  This means that each student will be giving $305 to their chosen cause.  Thank you for your generous support in showing mercy to the needy in our area and beyond, and for helping our students learn the virtue of almsgiving through hands-on experience. Look for information on who our students chose to help in the next couple weeks.

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


Summer Celebration Chicken and Biscuit Dinner will be held at the Burt Activity Complex on Sunday April 15th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Adults: $10,   children  under 10 is $3;  3 years and under free.   A Silent Auction will be held from 11-12:30 p.m.   Help us keep our Summer Celebration a free event.

St. Cecelia Presents “Music of the Heart” This benefit concert will be held Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. at the Wilcox Performing Arts Center in Algona.  The concert features Dr. Richard Steinbach, renowned Pianist and Professor of Piano at Briar Cliff University, along with Jonathon Chambers, Carter Nath, and the Bishop Garrigan Choir.  100% of your free will donation will go toward Haiti relief efforts.


This Week at St. John’s  – (April 1, 2018- April 8, 2018)

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

                      9:00     am       LYF Serving Coffee and Rolls in basement

Tuesday        9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                  

Wednesday  9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                  

                      6:00     pm       Religion School

Thursday       9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                                          

                      1:30     pm       LWML World Day of Prayer

Saturday     10:00     am       Annual Meeting at Camp Okoboji

Sunday         8:00     am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                      9:00     am       Service 

                    10:00     am       Quarterly Council Meting


Greeters Next Week:          Duane and Ann Heyes

Acolyte:                             Nick Christensen

Head Usher:                      Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for April:              *Don Madsen, Ken McFarland & Wendell Christensen Jr.

Elder for April:                  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