Thursday, April 05, 2018


April 8, 2018


The Congregation is Invited to attend the Public Examination of the Confirmands to be held on Wednesday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m. 


Lessons on the LiturgyThe New Sabbath Rest

In the Old Testament Saturday was the day of rest and worship.  On Saturday, or the “Sabbath Day”, people would rest with God and celebrate the goodness of his creation just as he rested after the six days of creation.  In the New Testament Sunday has become the day of rest and worship.  This is because Jesus completed the Sabbath rest for all mankind as he rested dead in the tomb after his crucifixion.  We now rest with Jesus on Sunday as we celebrate his resurrection at the Lord’s Supper, which is a new creation that restores and perfects the old.  Coming to the Lord’s Supper is the best way to rest with God from his labors of creating, especially of the new creation of his Son’s crucified and resurrected body and blood.  It would therefore be appropriate and of the utmost joy for Christians to celebrate the Lord’s Supper every Sunday in order to rest with God in his new and perfect creation.     


Thank You to the Confirmation Students, Brenda Schutjer, Stefanie Hatten, Shirlee Alt and Barb Thilges for organizing and serving the coffee and rolls on Easter morning.

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.


Benefit for Baby Charlie Murphy the 2 month old son of Jared & Alyssa (Wood) Murphy will be held Sunday, May 6th at the Burt Activity Complex.  Charlie has Type II Biliary Atresia, serious liver condition that requires on-going medical care and a possible liver transplant.   The meal will be at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and a Silent Auction from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. with the Live Auction at 1 p.m.   For more information contact Kelly Fitzgerald at 515-320-5762 or check out the poster on the ramp bulletin board.


This Week at St. John’s  – (April 8, 2018- April 15, 2018)

Today            8:00     am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                      9:00     am       Service              

                    10:00     am       Quarterly Council Meeting

Tuesday        8:30     am       Pastor at Circuit Winkel

                      9:00     am       Preschool

                      6:00     pm       Preschool Board Meeting                                                                    

Wednesday  9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                  

                      6:00     pm       Religion School

Thursday       9:00     am       Preschool          

Sunday         8:00     am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                      9:00     am       Service  (Holy Communion)

                    10:00     am       Voter’s Meeting


Greeters Next Week:        Bud and Mary Lou Marlow 

Acolyte:                             Cameron and Jacob Haase

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