Thursday, August 23, 2018


August 26, 2018


Summer Midweek Divine Services are finished for the year.  We look forward to doing this again in 2019.


Adult Bible Class - Next week we are going to have an "ask the pastor" version of adult Bible study.  I will be answering a couple questions from members that have been sitting on my desk for a while, and I encourage you to bring new questions to discuss as well.  Questions can range from the interpretation of a Bible verse, a Christian interpretation of current events, matters of the Christian life, the liturgy, what Lutherans believe about [fill in the blank]. Anything goes!


A Religion School/Confirmation Students and Parents Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5th at 6:30 p.m.  If you and your child are not able to attend, please let Pastor know ahead of time.


Rally Day Partnership Picnic - Trinity and St. John's are co-hosting a prayer service and picnic to kick off the new year of Sunday School and midweek Christian education.  The event will be held Sunday, September 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Smith Lake near the East shelter (that's the one near the entrance).  We will begin with a brief service at 10:30 which will include the installation of Sunday School teachers and presentation of Bibles and Catechisms, followed by a picnic lunch and games.  Food and drink will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring a dessert to share and lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.  The offering collected during the service will go toward the missions that the Trinity and St. John's Sunday Schools will be sending their offerings for the year.  We will introduce these missions during the service.  Keep in mind that this would be a great event to invite friends or family that aren't already connected with a church!  (Flyers available on the back table)

* St. John’s will have our regularly scheduled service at 9:00 a.m. at the church on Sep. 9th.


Lessons on the Liturgy – The Stole

Like many of the vestments of the church, the origins and original purpose of the stole is complicated.  However there is much that we can learn from its use among pastors today. The stole distinguishes its wearer as one called to the office of the holy ministry.  When a pastor wears a stole he gives you confidence that he is the man who has been called by God to deliver God’s gifts to you. Also, the stole happens to look like a yoke.  Your pastor has been yoked by Christ for service to his people. Therefore the words and actions of the pastor are never his own, but Christ’s words and deeds which the pastor delivers to you.


Birthday – On Sunday, September 2nd Helen Smith will be celebrating her 91st Birthday.  Cards and Birthday wishes can reach her at Windsor Manor #413, 521 Finn Drive, Algona, Iowa 50511.


Breakfast – Saturday,  September 8th  from 8 a.m. to noon at the Burt Activity Complex. Menu: Pancakes, Eggs, Sausages and Drink.  A Free Will donation will be taken with the proceeds to the Burt Activity Complex.  Sponsored by Burt City Council.


Financial Peace University – Coming Soon!

This fall we will be hosting Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey.  Through Financial Peace University we learn Biblical ways of taking care of the money that God has entrusted to us. Through video teaching, class discussions, and interactive small group activities, FPU presents Biblical, practical steps to take control of your finances.  We’ll learn how to get rid of debt, manage money, spend and save wisely, and live generously. Class starts on Monday, September 10th and will include a light meal and baby-sitting. Cost for materials is $109.  You can find more information and register at or by calling the Trinity Church Office – 295-3518.


What is Operation Barnabas?  In Scripture, Barnabas is known as the “the encourager.” This is what Operation Barnabas strives to do by encouraging our military and their families.  Come to the sixth annual Iowa District West Operation Barnabas Conference on Saturday, October 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Carroll Iowa to learn more on how you can be involved and “Called to Serve.”   This conference is to inform you on how you can care for the veterans in our congregation or community.  Join us as we work together to serve our military families. Registration information is in the church office.


Concert - Everyone is invited to this great family night concert on Sunday, August 26th at 6:30 p.m. at Burt Presbyterian Church, Burt, Iowa.  Glenn Henriksen is an accomplished pianist with a wonderful mix of music.  A free-will love offering will be taken.  We hope you will join us in Burt!   


This Week at St. John’s  – (August 26, 2018-September 2, 2018)

Today            8:00     am       Adult Class

                      9:00     am       Divine Service                                                                           

                      2:30     pm       Service at Accura Nursing Home -Pastor

Tuesday        2:30     pm       Bible Study at Good Samaritan Home                                   

Sunday         8:00     am       Adult Class

                      9:00     am       Divine Service  (Holy Communion)


Greeters Next Week:     Larry Behnkendorf  

Acolytes:                       Ushers/Acolytes

Ushers for August:      *Clark Christensen, Harold Lavrenz & Jesse Fitzgerald

Elder for August:          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.

·         BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible) – Tuesday Evenings Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. at parsonage.