Thursday, December 27, 2018


December 30, 2018

First Sunday After Christmas

Collect of the Day O God, our Maker and Redeemer, You wonderfully created us and in the incarnation of Your Son yet more wondrously restored our human nature. Grant that we may ever be alive in Him who made Himself to be like us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

New Year’s Eve Service at Trinity Lutheran, Algona will be held at 7:00 p.m.


Year End Articles for the Annual Report – Groups start working on your year-end articles for the Annual Report.   January is the month I will be working on them.  Please, send them to or hand them in to the office.  Rosann


January/February Parish Messenger articles are due to Linda Kerkove today.


Installation of Officers will be held next Sunday, January 6th during the service.


The First Quarterly Council Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 13th following the service. Voter’s Meeting on Sunday January 20th.


Thank You from the Hauan Family:   (Thank you card posted on bulletin board)

*Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, Thank you for the kind Christmas gift, and most especially for our partnership in God’s mission. It is my pleasure to be one of your pastor’s, and enjoy all the time I get to spend with you. God’s blessings this Christmas season.    Pastor Hauan

*Thank You so very much for the generous gift of money you gave us. We really appreciate your generosity and Kindness. We are thankful for your partnership and look forward to seeing what God has in store for us all. Thanks again for remembering us this holiday season.  Jill, Julia, Cal & Hazel Hauan


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.   


Stewardship Corner - The new year brings a new resolve, but so often that resolve fades before the first week is ended.  The Apostle Paul advised the Corinthians, “A year ago [you] started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it.  So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have” (2 Corinthians 8:10,11).  By ourselves, we grow tired or bored or just plain lazy.  Let us ask the Lord to give us the desire to give generously, to serve joyfully, and to expend our time eagerly in response to what God has given to us and done for us.


Lessons on the Liturgy  - The Incarnation

The moment of God becoming man begins the climax of salvation history.  While everyone has a favorite Christmas hymn, O Jesus Christ, Thy Manger Is (LSB 372) is among the best at communicating what the birth of Jesus means for us in beautiful poetic style fit for such an occasion.  Here are the first four verses:

  1        O Jesus Christ,/ Thy manger is/ My paradise at which my soul reclineth

For there, O Lord,/ Doth lie the Word/ Made flesh for us; here-in Thy grace forth shineth.

  2        He whom the sea/ And wind obey/ Doth come to serve the sinner in great meekness.

Thou, God’s own Son,/ With us art one,/ Dost join us and our children in our weakness.

  3        Thy light and grace/ Our guilt efface,/ Thy heav’nly riches all our loss retrieving.

Immanuel,/ Thy birth doth quell/ The pow’r of hell and Satan’s bold deceiving.

  4        Thou Christian heart,/ Who-e’er thou art,/ Be of good cheer and let no sorrow move thee!

For God’s own Child,/ In mercy mild,/ Joins thee to Him; how greatly God must love thee!


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.


This Week at St. John’s  – (December 30, 2018- January 6, 2018)

Today              8:00  am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                        9:00  am       Lessons and Carols Divine Service (Holy Communion)         

Monday                               New Year’s Eve – Service at Trinity at 7:00 p.m.                      

Sunday            8:00 am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                        9:00 am       Divine Service  (Holy Communion)    (Installation of Officers)


Greeters Next Week:         Melvin and Donna Haase

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.