Thursday, November 15, 2018


November 18, 2018


Flowers on the Altar today were given in celebration of Wendell and Esther Christensen’s 62nd Anniversary on November 23rd by their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Special Offering is being taken today for the Kossuth County Food Pantry.  Place your donation in the plate at the back of the church.


Adult Bible Study – Our theme for adult Bible study for the rest of the year will be prayer. Feel free to join us at any time!


Funeral Services for EuClaire Meyer will be held Monday, November 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.  Visitation will be held before the service from 9:30 till 11:00 a.m.   Lunch will be served following in the church basement with the committal at East Lawn Cemetery in Algona.


Thanksgiving Service will be held Wednesday, November 21st at 6:30 p.m. with Holy Communion.


Council Meeting will be held immediately following the service today. This meeting is to review and vote on the 2019 Budget and Nomination of 2019 Officers.


A Heartfelt Thank You to my church family for all get well wishes, cards and the flowers I received from the congregation during my knee replacement.  Special thanks to Pastor for the visit to the hospital!  Also, big thanks to Ann Heyes who picked up the slack at the office while I was gone.  God bless you all!  Rosann Shipler


LWML Christmas Coffee will be held on Sunday, December 2nd following the service.

*  All LWML members are to bring 2 dozen cookies for the coffee and to share with our shut-ins.


Children’s Christmas Program Practice will be held on Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m.  We will be practicing on December 1st, 8, 15th and Dress Rehearsal on the 22nd.  Be sure you are at all practices!


Church Decorating – The congregation is invited to come and spend an evening of fellowship and fun as we decorate the Church for Christmas on Wednesday, December 5th at 6:30 pm.  See you there!


The Blessings of Every Sunday Communion I’d like to schedule a special Bible study and time of discussion about the blessings of Every Sunday Communion some time other than Sunday morning.  If you are interested in attending please suggest to me a day and time that works best for you.   


Lessons on the Liturgy – The Antichrist

One sign that we are living in the end times is the appearance of antichrists among us.  Antichrists are not the devilish creatures with flames and pitchforks that we often imagine them to be.  An antichrist is anyone who lives in direct opposition of Christ (hence “anti” Christ). The Power and Primacy of the Pope of our Lutheran Confessions identifies the pope as an antichrist among us:

      It is clear that the Roman pontiffs, with their followers, defend godless doctrines and godless services.  And the marks of Antichrist plainly agree with the kingdom of the pope and his followers.  For Paul, in describing Antichrist to the Thessalonians, calls him an enemy of Christ, “Who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4).  He is not speaking about heathen kings,  but about someone ruling in the Church.  He calls him the enemy of Christ, because he will invent doctrine conflicting with the Gospel and will claim for himself divine authority.

Therefore beware of teachers in the church who may appear outwardly pious and charitable, but who seek to replace Christ and His saving work with their own authority and unbiblical teachings.


FlockNote – is an email and text message service that will allow St. John’s to send you announcements and other resources all from one place.  Please pick up the Flocknote flier on the back table for more information and instructions on how to sign up.  Feel free to sign up for as many or as few options for communication as you would like, but we ask that all members sign up for the “St. John’s Cancellations” option.  Please indicate on the sign-up sheet if the phone number listed is a landline.  Feel free to ask Pastor any questions about this new tool, or to have him help you with the sign-up process.    


Burt Summer Celebration Fall Festival Luncheon – We will be serving a Vegetable Beef Soup Meal today, November 18th from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Burt Activity Complex.   Free Will Donation. 


Gift of Life Fundraiser for Organ Donor Abbie Buscher and Organ Recipient Charlie Murphy will be held on Saturday, November 24th from 8-2 p.m. at the Algona Senior Center in Algona. Come get some Christmas shopping done and snack o some bake sale goodies while supporting a good cause!!


Burt Lions Club Santa Day will be held on Saturday, December 1st at 1 p.m. at the Burt Community Center.  Fire Engine Rides, see Santa, coffee and cookies will be served.


This Week at St. John’s  – (November 18, 2018 – November 25, 2018)

Today               8:00  am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                        9:00  am       Divine Service (Holy Communion)

                       10:00  am       Council Meeting  - Review Budget and Nominations

Wednesday       6:00  pm       No Religion School

                         6:30  pm       Thanksgiving Service  (Holy Communion)

Friday               9:00  am       Pastor at Algona Nursing Homes

Sunday             8:00  am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                        9:00  am       Divine Service 


Greeters Next Week:             Wade and Devyn Briggs

Acolytes:                             Peyton Marlow

Ushers for November:        *Lynn Bierstedt, Darrel Schmidt & Dave Kerkove

Elder for November:            Jerry Koestler