Thursday, September 06, 2018


September 9, 2018


3rd Grade Students receiving their Bibles and Catechisms today are:  Kenna Hatten and Taylor Parsons.


Adult Bible Class For the next few weeks we will be studying our Synod’s Explanation of the Small Catechism published in 2017.  These are the 374 questions in the back of Luther’s Small Catechism which help us apply the six chief parts of the Catechism to issues of our current church and culture.


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 is being held today 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 a.m.  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. 


LWML Fall Rally will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lotts Creek on Thursday, September 20th beginning at 4:30 p.m.  


Lessons on the Liturgy – What is the Small Catechism?

For Centuries, Christians have used three important texts as a basic summary for teaching the Christian faith and life: the Ten Commandments, Creed, and Lord’s Prayer.  Martin Luther helpfully included biblical passages on Baptism, Confession, and the Lord’s Supper. The Small Catechism, written by Luther in 1529, includes these texts along with brief explanations. - An Explanation of the Small Catechism (2017), p. 50


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.


Building Healthy Families: I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…. Remember this repeating line from the children’s book The Little Engine That Could? Yesterday and still today the story lines and themes of popular books, songs, movies or TV shows give ample opportunity to begin a conversation with a young person that will influence their thinking and faith development. I think I can… provides a great opening for sharing how many times I can’t, but that all things are possible with God. One episode of The Bachelorette provides multiple opportunities to talk with your teen about how to choose a spouse and what’s really important to look for in a marriage partner. Keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities to share Biblical truths and God’s good design for life and marriage with those in your family this week! Lutheran Family Service - Learn more at


This Week at St. John’s  – (September 9, 2018-September 16, 2018)

Today            8:00     am       Adult Class

                      9:00     am       Divine Service                                                                           

                    10:30     am       Rally Day Prayer Service at Smith Lake with Trinity, picnic and games to follow

Tuesday        6:00     pm       Preschool Board Meeting

Wednesday  6:00     pm       Religion/Confirmation Classes begin

Thursday                              Pastor Cowell will be on vacation thru Sunday September 16th.      

Sunday         8:00     am       Adult Class

                      9:00     am       Divine Service   (Holy Communion)


Greeters Next Week:     Tony and Stefanie Hatten

Acolytes:                        Ushers/Acolytes

Ushers for September:  *Mike Marlow, Lyle Karels and Terry Tieman

Elder for September:     Boyd Shipler


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.