Thursday, December 13, 2018


December 16, 2018

Third Sunday in Advent

Collect of the Day Lord Jesus Christ, we implore You to hear our prayers and to lighten the darkness of our hearts by Your gracious visitation; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lutherans In Africa Fund is still available now and in future years.  If you mark your envelope for an amount to be given to Pastor May the money will still be sent there.  Sorry I forgot to announce that at the Budget Meeting last week.  Thanks, Pam Reimers


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.


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.


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 - Saturday, December 22nd at 9:00 a.m. is our final Dress Rehearsal practice for all Preschool-High School Students.




January/February Parish Messenger articles are due to Linda Kerkove by December 30th.


Lessons on the Liturgy  - The Great O Antiphons

The beloved Advent hymn O Come, O Come, Emmanuel finds its origins in a seven-day prayer dating back to at least the 8th century. The prayer begins on Dec. 17th and ends on Dec. 23rd. Each day has a different “O antiphon” which features a particular name of Jesus and a prayer focusing on the salvific attributes of each name.  The antiphons include O Wisdom, Adonai, Root of Jesse, Key of David, Dayspring, King of the Nations, and Emmanuel. The prayer is printed in the hymnal following O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (LSB 357).  Take a picture with your phone or ask Pastor to make a copy for you and pray these prayers with the Church of all ages in the week ahead.


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.   


“A Musical Christmas” – The Algona Cornbelt Chorus and Glen Henriksen will hold a Christmas Concert at the Wilcox Performing Arts Center today  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 16, 2018 – December 25, 2018)

Today              8:00  am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                        9:00  am       Divine Service (Holy Communion)

                     2-5:00  pm       Cowell Advent Open House

Wednesday     6:00  pm       Religion School                                                                        

                         6:30  pm       Advent Service                                                                            

Saturday         9:00 am       Children’s Christmas Dress Rehearsal Practice

Sunday            8:00 am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                        9:00 am       Divine Service

Monday          4:30  pm       Children’s Christmas Eve Program

Tuesday          9:00  am       Christmas Day Service (Holy Communion)


Greeters Next Week:           Karla and John Schutter    

Acolytes:                            *none assigned

Ushers for December:     *Tony Hatten and Joey Heyes

Elder for December:          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.

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