Thursday, January 17, 2019


January 20, 2019


Second Sunday After The Epiphany


Collect of the Day – Almighty and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the prayers of Your people and grant us Your peace through all our days; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

The First Quarterly Voter’s Meeting  will be held today following the service.


Year End Articles for the Annual Report – Remember to get your year-end articles for the Annual Report in to me. Please, send them to or hand them in to the office as soon as possible. 


Altar Guild will meet following the Voter’s Meeting today.


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.  


Lutheran Witness Subscriptions Due - Those who are receiving the Lutheran Witness now and wish to continue, you may pay for those in the church office or mark an envelope and place it in the offering plate. The amount for a year subscription is $ 22.68.  If you would like to receive the Lutheran Witness or would like to cancel it you will need to let me know.  Rosann, Sec.


Change of Address/Email – Please, submit any of your changes of Address that you have or that of a family member to the church office or to  Also, we’d like your correct email address and cell phone number. 


Lessons on the Liturgy  - Red or White Wine at Communion?

Our Lord didn’t specify that we use a certain type of wine  for the Lord’s Supper, only that we use wine just as He did.  Whether we use red or white wine, merlot or zinfandel, is up to our own discretion.  Lutherans do, however, have an interesting history concerning our choice of wine. During the Reformation other Protestant churches required the use of red wine during the Lord’s Supper.  Since they believed the wine only represented Jesus’ blood as a metaphor then the wine should only be red because it more closely represents blood (they still used wine because unfermented grape juice didn’t exist until the 1900’s).  In reply many Lutherans resolved to use only white wine for the Lord’s Supper to confess that Christ can make His blood present in the wine of His Supper no matter the color of the wine.

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  


This Week at St. John’s  – (January 20, 2018-January 27, 2018)

Today              8:00  am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                        9:00  am       Divine Service (Holy Communion)

                     10:00  am       Voter’s Meeting

                     10:30  pm       Altar Guild Meeting

Wednesday     6:00  pm       Religion School

Sunday            8:00 am       Sunday School/Adult Class with Pastor Hannemann

                        9:00 am       Divine Service 


Greeters Next Week:         Lyle and Karen Karels

Acolytes:                            Taylor Parsons

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 Mondays: 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.