Thursday, March 08, 2018


March 11, 2018


Adult Class:  March 18, 2018 - Topic:  Return from Exile Lenten Series:  The Tree


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 14th 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.


Picture HistoryWe thank Bev Skadburg, Shirlee Alt, and Vern Koestler for their work on the pictorial history of our church and pastors displayed in the back of the church.  This project was initiated by our LWML and matches the pastors with the church building in which they served.  The picture will be hung somewhere in the church. 


Update on Our Almsgiving Project: After four Wednesday Lenten services St. John's has given $1,586 toward the confirmation students' almsgiving project.  Good work!  This means that so far each of our eight students has $200 to give toward the need of their choice.  The students will give us a brief description of who our alms are going to help shortly after Easter.  On the list is area fire departments, the food bank, St. Jude's, aid for a family whose house burned down, an Iowa Hispanic mission church, and an Iowa music ministry for children.  I'm excited about the wide range of causes that the students chose to help and I'm proud of the gifts St. John's has provides so far for this project.  You have two more Wednesday services to give toward the project (Mar. 14 and 21), or if you are unable to attend on Wednesday you can designate money toward this project on your Sunday envelope in addition to your regular weekly tithe.  


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 Word “Lent”

Our word “Lent” derives from a Germanic word meaning “springtime.” As the earth comes to life again after its long winter sleep, so Christ bursts from the tomb radiating the promise of eternal life. He reveals what we are called to be. During Lent we clear the debris of our lives in order to allow the mercy of God to fall upon them. Christ hallows the dust of our humanity with his own blood. What I am to be is presented in the wounded body of the glorified Christ. Lent begins with ashes and ends with the fire, the Paschal fire of the Resurrection-the assurance of what we shall be. - Father Allan James White, Magnificat (Wed., February 18th, 2015), p. 274

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!!

Chili Dinner Fundraiser featuring Good Samaritan Society’s famous chili recipe is being held today (March 11) 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!!


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).


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.  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. 


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!


This Week at St. John’s  – (March 11, 2018-March 18, 2018)

Today            8:00     am       Sunday School/Adult Bible Class

                     9:00     am       Service                                                                                       

Tuesday         9:00     am       Preschool           

                      8:30     pm       Pastor at Circuit Winkel

                      6:00     pm       Preschool Board Meeting

Wednesday    9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                                           

              6:00-6:30     pm       Religion School

                      6:30     pm       Lenten Service

Thursday        9:00     am       Preschool           

Friday    6:00-9:00     pm       Lock-In for 6-8th graders at Trinity                                                                      

Sunday           8:00     am       Sunday School /Adult Bible Class

                      9:00    am       Service  (Holy Communion)


Greeters Next Week:           Gene and Marcia Hanna

Acolyte:                              Cameron Haase

Head Usher:                       Roger Lavrenz 

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

Elder for March:                  Boyd Shipler