Thursday, December 06, 2018



December 9, 2018

Second Sunday in Advent


Collect of the Day – Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

LWML Christmas Coffee will be held today following the Voter’s Meeting in the church basement.  


Advent Open House – The Cowell Family would like to invite St. John’s to their home on Sunday, December 16th from 2-5 p.m. for their annual Open House.  Address: 609 E Kennedy St. Algona, Iowa.


A Special Voter’s Meeting will be held following the service today to review and vote on the 2019 budget and nomination of officers.


Poinsettias – If you would like to purchase a poinsettia for the church to use during the Advent and Christmas season, there is a sign-up sheet on the table in the back of the church. Please sign your name and what color of poinsettia you would like to order. The colors are listed on the sheet. The cost is $18.00 per poinsettia. Please pay Cheryl Batt by today.  Thank You!


Christmas CDs Available - Last year the faculty and students of the St. Paul's Music Conservatory in Council Bluffs produced a professional Christmas album.  These CDs are available to you free of charge thanks to a Thrivent Action Team donation.  Take one for yourself and take as many as you'd like to share this beautiful, gospel-filled Christmas music with family and friends.  If you'd like to support this ministry of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs, feel free to make a donation on the back table.  Don't be shy about taking as many CDs as you'd like, we can always order more! 


Children’s Christmas Program Practice will be held on Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m.  We will be practicing on December 15th and Dress Rehearsal for Preschool-High School on the 22nd


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.

Food Pantry Offering – Collected $357.25.  Thanks to all who so generously gave!


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 sheet in the back for you to write down your favorite Christmas hymn. Please write down your favorites today; we’ll begin creating the service next week. Thanks!


Lessons on the Liturgy  - The Nunc Dimittis

The Nunc Dimittis, or, Song of Simeon makes a great bedtime prayer.  It also makes a great Advent prayer, especially as it is sung in Compline (LSB 258-9) with the additional antiphon:

            Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping

            that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep we may rest in peace.

            Lord, now You let Your servant go in peace; Your word has been fulfilled.  

            My own eyes have seen the salvation which You have prepared in the sight of every people:

a light to reveal You to the nations and the glory of Your people Israel.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping

that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep we may rest in peace.


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.


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.   


Celebrate the Season – The 2nd Little Foundation Christmas Celebration will be held at the Lone Rock Presbyterian Church tonight at 6:00 p.m. There will be special music, guest singers and a Sing Along.


“A Musical Christmas” – The Algona Cornbelt Chorus and Glen Henriksen will hold a Christmas Concert at the Wilcox Performing Arts Center on Sunday, December 16th at 3:00 p.m.   This concert will feature the Algona High School Chamber Singers; Bishop Garrigan High School Choir along with the Cornbelt Chorus.  Free Will Donation will be taken with proceeds to go to the Brushy Creek Honor Flight.


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

Today               8:00  am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                        9:00  am       Divine Service (Holy Communion)

                       10:00  am       Voter’s Meeting

                       10:15  am       LWML Christmas Coffee and Cookies

Tuesday            8:30  am       Circuit Winkel at Trinity, Mallard

                         6:00  pm       Preschool Board Meeting

Wednesday       6:00  pm       Religion School   

                         6:30  pm       Advent Service      

Saturday           9:00 am       Children’s Christmas Program Practice

Sunday             8:00 am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                        9:00 am       Divine Service (Holy Communion)

                     2-5:00 pm       Cowell Advent Open House


Greeters Next Week:             Larry Manus and Harold Lavrenz

Acolytes:                             Breckin Borchardt

Ushers for December:         *Tony Hatten and Joey Heyes

Elder for December:             Boyd Shipler