Thursday, January 10, 2019



January 13, 2019

The Baptism of Our Lord


Collect of the Day – Father in heaven, at the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River You proclaimed Him Your beloved Son and anointed Him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized in His name faithful in their calling as Your children and inheritors with Him of everlasting life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Year End Articles for the Annual Report – Groups remember to get your year-end articles for the Annual Report in to me. I have started working on them and am waiting for several.  Please, send them to or hand them in to the office.  Rosann


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


Special Bible Study: Pastor Aaron Hannemann will be presenting to our Sunday morning Bible Study on January 27th at 8:00 a.m. about the mission efforts of The Gate Lutheran Church in Ankeny.  This will be a great opportunity to learn about Iowa District West's new church that St. John's is supporting this year.  


Offering Envelopes & Year End Statements- New offering envelopes and year-end Statements are in your box if you have not picked them up, please do so.  Remember to use the new envelopes starting today.  Your number may have changed so throw the old box away if you still have any envelopes left.  -- Thanks


Retirement – The congregation of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Horseshoe Bend, AR announce the retirement of Pastor David Tews as of December 31, 2018.  We rejoice with him in this next venture in his life with the Lord. The church will be having a retirement party for Pastor Tews today at the church.   If you would like to join the church in wishing him well you can send cards to his home at 1405 Oklahoma St., Horseshoe Bend, AR 72512.  Pastor Tews was Pastor here at St. John’s from 1972-1977.  (Article on ramp bulletin board)


Thank You!  Dear St. John’s Family,  We’d like to express our heartfelt thanks to all who remembered us during this Christmas season with a card, kind word, and gift.  Thank you! Your generosity is amazing and we thank God for the opportunity to serve him and you in such a wonderful place.  We pray that the good news of great joy that was born in Bethlehem will lighten your hearts and lives throughout the year.  In Christ, Pastor, Beth, and Abby Schlund


Worship By Phone - Did you know that you have the opportunity to listen to our Sunday and Wednesday services by phone?  St. John's has several phone lines available that broadcast when the church sound system is on. So, if you're sick, in the hospital, out of town, or otherwise unable to join us for worship dial 515-924-4444 and you can worship with us via your phone.  You can also listen to Sunday's Scripture readings and sermon at any time at


Lessons on the Liturgy  - Lessons on the Liturgy: The Eight-Sided Font

Many baptismal fonts, including ours at St. John’s, are an eight-sided structure.  The number eight represents resurrection and new creation. Ever since God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh, time has passed in seven day increments.  When Jesus came to save the world from sin He was crucified on the sixth day (Friday), rested in the tomb on the seventh day (Saturday), and by raising from the tomb on Sunday introduced a new eighth day into creation - the day of the new creation.  Our eight-sided baptismal font reminds us that all who are baptized into Christ are baptized into His resurrection and are made new creations in Him.


This Week at St. John’s  – (January 13, 2018-January 20, 2018)

Today              8:00  am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                        9:00  am       Divine Service

                        10:00 am       Quarterly Council Meeting

Wednesday     6:00  pm       Religion School

Sunday            8:00 am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                        9:00 am       Divine Service 

                       10:00 am       Voter’s Meeting

                       10:30 am       Altar Guild Meeting


Greeters Next Week:         Ervin and Pat Eimers

Acolytes:                             Breckin Borchardt

Ushers for January:           *David Haase and Mike Bierstedt

Elder for January:               Jeff Schutjer


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.