Thursday, May 17, 2018


May 20, 2018


Adult Bible Class – May 27, 2018 - Topic:  The Holy Trinity    (Pastor Tom Schlund)


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.


Retirement Coffee will be held for Donna Haase  on Sunday, June 3, 2018 following the 9:00 a.m. service.  Be sure to come and help us thank Donna for her many years of service as Preschool Assistant!!  Preschool Bd.


A Simple Explanation of the Church Service: Have you ever had questions about the Divine Service?  Have you ever wondered what certain words in our service mean or from where in Scripture parts of the service originate?  If so, feel free to pick up a copy of A Simple Explanation of the Church Service on the back table.  This little book is just what its title describes: a brief explanation of each part of our Divine Service in simple language that is easy to understand.  This book is especially useful because it spells out specific Scriptural references associated with each part of the service, showing us that our worship is not our own invention but a gift of God from His Word. 


Wednesday Summer Divine Service: Summer is a fun and busy season, and it's also a season in which we're often away from home and away from St. John's.  From visiting relatives to camping, we often find ourselves too far from any LCMS church on a Sunday morning to receive God's Word and Sacrament.  Rather than scold you for missing church on Sunday (which is a reasonable option!), the elders and I have decided to make it easier for you to receive God's gifts on a regular basis.  Therefore, starting Wednesday June 6th at 6:30 p.m. we will start a trial run of offering a midweek Divine Service for those not able to make it on Sunday.  Please keep in mind that this service is intended for those who can't make it on Sunday, NOT for those who want to sleep in on Sunday!  The fellowship and encouragement that we receive as the one body of Christ all together on Sunday morning is a special gift that we don't want to sacrifice to catch a couple extra winks in the morning.  However, if you wish to receive God's gifts on Wednesday AND Sunday you are more than welcome to do so!  The readings, sermon, and prayers will all be different in each service so you would not be hearing the same thing twice.  


Vacation Bible School at St. John’s will be held August 5-8th.  That is Sunday through Wednesday from 6-8:00 p.m. Mark this on your calendars and invite all children 3 years- 6th grade to attend. 


Installation Service – St. Luke’s Lutheran, Fairville and Immanuel Lutheran, Lotts Creek, would like to invite you to share in our joy at the Installation of our new pastor, Pastor Duane Miesner. The Service of Installation will be held on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at Immanuel. A brief reception and lunch will follow the service.


Lost and Found – The church has accumulated several serving bowls and pans. We have set them out on the counter in the church basement.  Please, check to see if any of them belong to you!  Special thanks to Linda and Dave Kerkove for cleaning the kitchen.


Adult Bible Class will continue thru the summer months at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.  Sunday School’s  last session for summer break will be next Sunday, May 27th.


Lessons on the Liturgy:   The Circuit Winkel

The LCMS has a long tradition of calling the periodic gathering of all the pastors in a circuit a “winkel”.  Winkel is a German word that means “corner.” So, picture around ten pastors gathered in a corner of the church discussing theology and current news and issues concerning their circuit and the synod as a whole.  The Algona Circuit of Iowa District West consists of 14 area churches. The 11 pastors of these 14 churches gather monthly for our circuit winkel.


Quilt Auction – Note that the Camp Okoboji Quilt Auction will be held this year on July 7th.  Unless a special arrangement has been made, quilts should be received at the Camp Office by May 28th in order to be photographed, processed, and posted in the on-line Quilt Catalog. 


Memorial Service

·         The Burt VFW Memorial Day Service will be held on Monday, May 28th at 10:00 a.m. in the Burt Activity Complex followed by a retreat to the Burt Township Cemetery for the traditional laying of the flags for the veterans. Following those services, the City of Burt will be hosting a luncheon back at the Activity Complex from 11:00 -12:30 p.m.

·         The Lone Rock Kerr-Hammerstrom Legion Post #557 will be holding a Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 28, 2018 at the Legion Hall in Lone Rock. Coffee and rolls at 8:00 a.m. Service begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Legion Hall. We will then proceed to the Fenton Township and Lotts Creek Cemeteries for a short program.


This Week at St. John’s  – (May 20, 2018-May 27, 2018)

Today            8:00     am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                      9:00     am       Divine Service   (Holy Communion)

                      1:30     pm       Graduation at North Union High School

                      2:30     pm       Service at Accura Healthcare in Bancroft

Sunday         8:00     am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                      9:00     am       Holy Trinity Divine Service (Holy Communion)  - Pastor Tom Schlund                   


Greeters Next Week:        Lynn and Kitty Bierstedt

Acolytes:                           Jordan and Caelum Blocker

Head Usher:                      Roger Lavrenz 

Ushers for May:               *Jeff Madsen & Joel Smith

Elder for May:                   Jerry Koestler