Wednesday, November 21, 2018


November 25, 2018


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


Advent/Christmas Cards – There are special notes on the back table for our newer members and members we haven’t seen in a while inviting them to our Advent and Christmas services.  Please consider delivering some of these letters to family and friends to add a personal touch to the invitation.  There are also some un-addressed letters on the table if you’d like to send one out to someone who isn’t a member at St. John’s.


Lessons and Carols Service – Our service on Sunday, December 30th will feature a long list of Christmas hymns.  We want to make sure your favorite hymn is included!  There is a sign-up sheet in the back along with hymnals for you to write down your favorite Christmas hymn. 


A Special Voter’s Meeting will be held on Sunday, December 9th following the service to review and vote on the 2019 budget and nomination of officers.


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 p.m.  We’ll begin with a brief Advent devotion and then get right into decorating, snacks, and activities for the kids.


Flocknote – If you haven’t already, please be sure to sign up for Flocknote using the flier in back. As winter arrives we want to make sure you receive your cancellation announcements in the most convenient way for you.  After our first few weeks of Flocknote many members have especially enjoyed the announcements, prayer chain, and “text on the text” features as well.  Remember that you can update your preferences at any time.




Adopted Family – We have adopted a family again this year.  One Adult and 4 children

·         Child one Age 17-  Female : Top XL Women and Pants size 16/17 women

·         Child Two: Age 13- Female:  Top - L Women and Pants size 14 Jr.

·         Child three – Age 9 – Male: Top size 10 Boys and Pants size 10/12 pants

·         Child four – Age 6 – Male: Top size – 12 boys and Pants size 12 pants.


Gift Cards:   Gas and Groceries

Deadline:    December 16, 2018

Cash donations and Gift Cards can be left in the church office or given to Deb Steven or Doris Blocker.

A box will be available in the back of the church for you to put your wrapped and marked gifts.

A list of all the above is on the back table in more detail.  Be sure to pick up one before you go shopping.


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 Christ’s Return for Judgment

Here’s what Article XVII of our Augsburg Confession says about the Last Day:

Our churches teach that at the end of the world Christ will appear for judgment and will raise all the dead.  He will give the godly and elect eternal life and everlasting joys, but He will condemn ungodly people and the devils to be tormented without end.  Our churches condemn the Anabaptists, who think that there will be an end to the punishments of condemned men and devils.  Our churches also condemn those who are spreading certain Jewish opinions, that before the resurrection of the dead the godly shall take possession of the kingdom of the world, the ungodly being everywhere suppressed.

These are harsh words indeed, but they are words of supreme comfort for the “godly and elect” who have been chosen by God in Baptism and look to Christ alone as their righteousness before the Father in heaven.


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


This Week at St. John’s  – (November 25, 2018 – December 2, 2018)

Today              8:00  am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                        9:00  am       Divine Service                                                                                       

Wednesday   6:00   pm       Religion School

Saturday         9:00  am       Children’s Program Practice

Sunday            8:00  am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                        9:00  am       Divine Service (Holy Communion)

                        10:00 am       LWML Christmas Coffee/Cookies following service.


Greeters Next Week:           Duane and Linda Peter

Acolytes:                             Jordan Blocker

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

Elder for November:         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.

·         Women’s Bible Study Monday’s: 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.