Thursday, May 03, 2018


May 6, 2018


Ascension Service - St. John's is invited to attend the Divine Service of the Ascension of Our Lord on Thursday, May 10th, 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Mallard (311 N Hwy 4).


Adult Bible Class – May 13, 2018 - Topic:  1 John 4


Preschool Registration - Kids of the Kingdom Preschool is now accepting registration for the 2018-2019 school year for 3 and 4 year olds.  Please contact the church office at 924-3344 or Jessie Parsons at 320-0501.


Benefit for Baby Charlie Murphy the 2 month old son of Jared & Alyssa (Wood) Murphy is being held today 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 begin at 11 a.m. , 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.


Alzheimer’s Association and Related Support Group will be held on May 10th at 3 p.m. at Van Buren Terrace.  The meeting will be held in the VBT Activity Room.


Lessons on the Liturgy The Age Requirement of the Lord’s Supper

Contrary to popular belief, there is technically no age requirement for the Lord’s Supper.  The only requirement is that a Christian ought be capable of acknowledging who they are (a sinner), who Jesus is (by way of the catechism), and what they are eating at the Holy Supper (Jesus’ body and blood for the forgiveness of sins).  In fact Luther encourages parents to bring their children who are capable of discerning these things to the Supper. Johannes Bugenhagen, Luther’s pastor, says: “After this confession is made, also the little children of about eight years or less should be admitted to the table of Him who says: “Suffer the little children to come unto Me.”  If you feel your child is capable of discerning the criteria above, regardless of age, feel free to speak with Pastor Cowell about enrolling in a brief period of instruction on the Sacrament and having them admitted to the Table of our Lord.


Building Healthy Families: Since President Kennedy first declared it so in 1953, May has been recognized as Older Americans’ Month. Older Iowans provide strong and valuable leadership in our church, community, and family life with their wealth of knowledge, life experience, work ethic, faith, and generosity. Others who are not able to be so active still provide priceless hours of prayer and lots of love. Join with Lutheran Family Service today to celebrate and thank God for the older members in our congregational family! Lutheran Family Service


This Week at St. John’s  – (May 6, 2018-May 13, 2018)

Today            8:00     am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                      9:00     am       Divine Service   (Holy Communion)  

Tuesday        9:00     am       Preschool

                      6:00     pm       Preschool Board Meeting                                                        

Wednesday  9:00     am       Preschool                                                                                  

                      6:00     pm       Religion School

                      6:30     pm       Board of Education Meeting

Thursday       9:00     am       Preschool  (Last Session)

                      7:00     pm       Ascension Service at Trinity, Mallard                                      

Sunday         8:00     am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                      9:00     am       Divine Service


Greeters Next Week:        Rolland and Joan Peymann

Acolyte:                             Cameron Haase

Head Usher:                      Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for May:               *Jeff Madsen & Joel Smith

Elder for May:                   Jerry Koestler



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) – Tuesday Evenings Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. at parsonage. We will be studying The Book of Amos