Tuesday, February 19, 2019




February 24, 2019

Seventh Sunday After The Epiphany


Collect of the Day - O God, the strength of all who put their trust in You, mercifully grant that by Your power we may be defended against all adversity; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Shrove Tuesday - Join us at Trinity Lutheran Church Tuesday, March 5th for our first annual Shrove Tuesday Partnership Pancake Supper.  We'll begin at 6:00 p.m. with corporate Confession and Absolution in the sanctuary, followed by a pancake supper in the Life Center at 6:15.  Pick up a flier on the back table for more information about the history of the Shrove Tuesday celebration. 

* If you would like to help cook the pancakes, sausage, etc. for the supper, please sign up on the back table.


Ash Wednesday Service with Holy Communion will be March 6th at 6:30 p.m.


LWML Ladies Aid Group will meet on Thursday, March 7th at 1:30 p.m.   Barb Harms is in charge of Devotions and Pastor Cowell will lead the Bible Study.  Hostess for the day is Caradene Parsons.


Special Lenten Bible Study - We'll be having a special Bible study following the midweek Lent services (March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10) to further explore the blessings of every-Sunday Communion.  We'll begin the study in the sanctuary shortly after the service ends and go for about a half hour each night.  The study will be largely driven by your questions and comments on the topic, so if you have any lingering curiosities/concerns about the history, practice, and blessing of every-Sunday Communion this would be a great time to ask about them! 


Weekday Lenten Prayer Services - During Lent St. John's will be having a fifteen minute spoken Matins service along with prayers for those in need every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the sanctuary, followed by coffee for those who wish to stay.  I pray (and drink coffee) every morning during Lent anyway, so I figured you all could join me as well!  The first of these services will be Thursday, March 14 and every Tuesday and Thursday thereafter.  


Prayer for Unity - In addition to our Sunday prayers for our LCMS congregations, we will also begin to pray for the other Christian congregations in our area.  As we pray for these congregations we remember both our common love for our Triune God as well as our desire for the pure truth of the Word to create greater unity among us.  If you would like us to add a specific congregation to our list, please let Pastor Cowell or Rosann know. 

Lenten Schedule Cards – In your box is a note that lists our service schedule for Lent and Easter. Feel free to hand deliver a note from a friend’s box or from the cards on the back table and encourage them to join you in the pew this Lent. There are also some unaddressed cards on the back table if you would like to invite someone who is not a member to join us this Lent and Easter.


Lessons on the Liturgy  - The Feast of St. Matthias

While today in church we celebrate the Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, February 24th is also the day designated to celebrate St. Matthias, Apostle of Christ.  The Scriptural account of St. Matthias is found in Acts 1:15-26. After the ascension of Jesus, Matthias was chosen by lot to fill Judas Iscariot’s empty spot among the Twelve.  Several traditions exist as to where Matthias carried out his ministry. Some say Ethiopia, others Armenia, and others elsewhere in Asia Minor. Matthias was martyred for his faith around 50 AD, and is said to be buried at the Church of St. Matthias in Trier, Germany.


Chili Dinner Fundraiser – Good Samaritan Society of Algona will hold its 7th Annual Chili Dinner on March 10, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Trinity Life Center, Algona. A Free will donation will be taken with the proceeds to go towards the purchase of Nu-Steps.


As the Son of God Is Merciful and Forgives Your Sins, You Also Be Merciful and Forgive

Your inheritance as a child of Adam is sin and death, but in Christ you are made alive through His resurrection from the dead (1 Cor. 15:21–22). As you have died with Him in Holy Baptism, so are you raised with Him to newness of life. Therefore, “do not go on sinning” (1 Cor. 15:34). Instead of serving your desires and harming your neighbors, live as “sons of the Most High,” and “be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:35–36). Deal with others as you would have others deal with you (Luke 6:31, 37–38). As Christ loved you when you were at enmity with Him, as He blessed and prayed for those who abused Him, and as He did good to those who hated Him and hurt Him, so also “love your enemies, do good” (Luke 6:27–29, 35). For God sent His Son to bear the cross and suffer death, not to condemn the guilty, but “to preserve life.” So does He provide a place for you within His Church, where He is near and deals kindly with “you and your children and your children’s children” (Gen. 45:510).


This Week at St. John’s  – (February 24, 2019-March 3, 2019)

Today              8:00 am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                        9:00 am       Divine Service

Wednesday    6:00 pm      Religion School

Sunday           8:00 am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                         9:00            am    Transfiguration Divine Service 


Greeters Next Week: Cheryl Batt and Barb Harms

Acolyte:                              Jacob Haase

Ushers for February:         *Richard Knoll and Roger Evans

Elder for February:             Jerry Koestler


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.