Thursday, March 14, 2019


Announcements and Notices

March 17, 2019

The Second Sunday in Lent


Collect of the Day - O Lord God, You led Your ancient people through the wilderness and brought them to the promised land. Guide the people of Your Church that following our Savior we may walk through the wilderness of this world toward the glory of the world to come; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Baptism - We rejoice today to witness the baptism of Reid Alan Fox. Reid is the son of Jacob and Britni Fox. Sponsors for Reid are: Tad Reutzel and Kuleen Smith. Continue to keep Reid and his family in your prayers.

* The congregation is invited to attend a reception in the church basement for Reid following the service.


Lenten Service will be held Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.


Holy Week/Easter Choir - St. John's needs your voice!  We are planning for a choir to sing on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.  We'll be practicing in the balcony after church on March 17, 24, 31 and April 7 and 14.  All ages and experience levels are welcome to sing; the songs will be fairly simple to learn. 


Weekday Lenten Prayer Services - During Lent St. John's will be having a fifteen minute spoken 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!  Trinity will also be having a morning prayer service Mondays at 8:30 a.m. during Lent.


Special Lenten Bible Study - We'll be having a special Bible study following the midweek Lent services on March 20, 27, April 3 and 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.  If you can’t make it on Wednesday you can pick up a copy of each week’s study on the side table near the back of the sanctuary.   


Almsgiving Projects – St. John’s has the opportunity again this year to help our Confirmation students learn the value of showing mercy to those in need.  Each student has chosen an organization to which our offering from our Wednesday Lenten services will be given.  Pick up a sheet on the back table for more information on the students’ almsgiving project and the organizations they have chosen.


Lent Devotion Books Available - Feel free to pick up a Lenten daily devotion book on the back table for yourself or deliver one to a friend.  You can also read or listen to an audio version of these devotions online at:  Another daily devotion for Lent based on the Ten Commandments can be found at:  Don't be shy about taking the printed copies; we can always print more if needed.  


Trinity Bible Study on Facebook Live - Join Pastor Schlund at 7pm on Sunday nights during Lent on Trinity's Facebook page for a Bible study based on their Lent theme “Behold the Man”.  You’ll be able to ask questions and participate in the discussion if you’d like, but you won’t need to leave home. Visit on your computer or use the Facebook App on your smartphone or tablet on Sunday nights to join the study.

Thrivent Choice Dollars for 2018 will be expiring soon! If you are a Thrivent member, you may be eligible to participate and direct Thrivent Choice Dollars to St. John’s. Go to or call 800-THRIVENT (800-847-4836) before March 31 and say “Thrivent choice”. Reminder: $250 Community Impact Gift Cards are also available (2 per member per year).


Lessons on the LiturgySt. Patrick’s Day

March 17th is the day we remember St. Patrick, 5th century missionary to Ireland.  One of the great gifts that Patrick left the Church is his prayer known as St. Patrick’s Breastplate.  The hymn version of this prayer can be found in Lutheran Service Book #604.   Here are the final lines of the prayer:


Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

         I bind unto myself today,

         The strong name of the Trinity,

         By invocation of the same,

         The Three in One and One in Three.

         By whom all nature hath creation,

         Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:

         Salvation is of Christ the Lord.


Silent Quilt Auction is being held at Trinity during the Lenten season. Quilts can be viewed in the office lobby.  All proceeds go to Camp Okoboji’s 2019 quilt auction projects.  Winners will be announced on April 10th.  (Poster with more information is on the bulletin board along the ramp).


Chili Dinner Fundraiser – Good Samaritan Society of Algona will hold its 7th Annual Chili Dinner from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Trinity Life Center, Algona on Sunday, March 31st.  A Free will donation will be taken with the proceeds to go towards the purchase of Nu-Steps.


Algona Cornbelt Chorus Spring Show featuring Quartet “Boomtown” will be held on Friday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the Emmetsburg High School and on Saturday March 30th at 2:00 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Wilcox Performing Arts Center in Algona.  Can purchase show tickets at Browns Shoe, HyVee or a Chorus Member.


Chicken and Biscuit Meal will be held on Sunday, April 7th from 10:30-1:00 p.m. at Burt Complex.  Donations are being taken for the Silent Auction and a sign-up sheet is in the back for furnishing bars.  All proceeds go to Burt Summer Celebration to keep this a free day!


East Fork Walleye Supper is being held on Saturday, March 30th.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Burt Complex.


This Week at St. John’s  – (March 17, 2019-March 24, 2019)

Today               8:00  am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                        9:00  am       Divine Service  (Holy Communion)

Tuesday            8:30  am       Morning Prayer

Wednesday      6:00  pm       Religion School

                        6:30  pm       Lenten Service

                        7:00  pm       Bible Study on Communion

Thursday          8:30  am       Morning Prayer

Sunday             8:00 am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                         9:00 am       Divine Service 


Greeters Next Week:           Bev Skadburg and Lavonne Boderius

Acolyte Today:                     Jacob Haase

Ushers for March:               *Lucas Parsons & Chris Heyes

Elder for March:                   Boyd Shipler