Thursday, May 02, 2019



May 5, 2019

Third Sunday of Easter

Collect of the DayO God, through the humiliation of Your Son You raised up the fallen world. Grant to Your faithful people, rescued from the peril of everlasting death, perpetual gladness and eternal joys; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Confirmation Reception - Join us in the church basement following the service to congratulate our Confirmation students on their growth of faith thus far in their Christian lives.  Be sure to see their beautiful certificates, crosses given by Thrivent, and quilts and olive wood crosses from the Holy Land given by the TLC quilters on the back table.  


Teacher Needed - St. John’s Lutheran Church in Burt is accepting applications for a preschool teacher for the 2019-2020 school year for Kids of the Kingdom Preschool.  Please send or email application letter and resume to: St John’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 98, Burt, Iowa 50522 or


Registration for Preschool - Kids of the Kingdom Preschool in Burt, IA is accepting registrations for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please call the St. John's Lutheran church office at 515-924-3344 for information or email,


Partnership Adopt a Highway - Our Trinity/St. John’s partnership is participating in the Adopt a Highway program. The section we have adopted is six miles north of Algona on Highway 169.  Our first clean-up day is today at 2:00 p.m.  We will meet either at Trinity at 2:00 p.m. today or park on 300th St. (the gravel road just west of Burt) a bit after 2:15 p.m. and wait for the Trinity crew to arrive. Refreshments will be served at St. John’s afterward.


Flocknote Text Sender Wanted - I'm looking for a volunteer who would like to take over sending out our daily "text on the Text" or our daily prayer chain text (or both) on Flocknote.  Creating text messages on Flocknote is very easy to do and I will walk you through the process.  Messages can be created on your computer or cell phone, and they can be pre-scheduled as far in advance as you'd like.  I'm happy to continue sending these messages, I just thought this would be a good way to serve St. John's that can always work with your schedule. - Pastor Cowell  


The Blessings of Weekly Communion – If you weren’t able to attend our Lenten Bible study on the blessings of weekly Communion I encourage you to pick up the handout on the side table in back of the sanctuary that contains all five of the Bible study topics.  As we keep learning about and considering the blessings of weekly Communion I encourage you to continue to bring me your questions and comments.

Camp Okoboji Events - As summer gets closer, don't forget to check out the schedule of events at Camp Okoboji found at:  Camp Okoboji will also be hosting a volunteer day on Saturday, May 18 if you would like to help beautify the camp for the summer season.  Meals and lodging if needed are provided to volunteers at no cost.  Call the camp office at 712-337-3325 to let them know you're coming or to ask about what projects they have for you to help with.  


A Camp on Biblical Masculinity - Are you a man? Then this camp is for you.  The LCMS camp near Solon, IA is hosting an event for men of all ages 8 and up - single, married, with children or no children on June 9-12.  The camp will be focused on learning the characteristics of biblical masculinity and doing various "man stuff." There will be a 45 minute Bible study each day, and the rest of the day will consist of outdoor activity.  This would be a great father/son/grandfather outing or just an opportunity to enjoy time with other Christian men.  Pastor Cowell will be attending this event.  See the flier in back, and register at:  


Lessons on the Liturgy – Catechesis

The term catechism comes from the Greek word katecho, which literally means to “sound back and forth” (The word echo also comes from this Greek word).  Thus the “catechetical” method of teaching is rooted in classical Greek and Roman educational methods and was used throughout the Middle Ages down to Luther’s time: The teacher asks a question; the student responds with a fixed and set answer, and so it goes, echoing back and forth.  Repetition and recitation of the material is used to instill in the student the words, phrases, and concepts being taught. An explanation is also added, according to the student’s level of understanding.  In this way, the Christian Church taught, or catechized, the faith.  The students learning the faith are known as catechumens, and they receive careful and thorough catechesis (instruction) in the Christian faith. - Concordia, The Lutheran Confessions: A Reader’s Edition of the Book of Concord (2006), p. 309.   


This Week at St. John’s – (May 5, 2019-May 12, 2019)

Today (5th)                 8:00  am       Sunday School/Bible Class

                                 8:30  am       Confirmation Pictures

                                 9:00  am       Divine Service (Holy Communion) Confirmation

                                10:00  am       Reception for the Confirmands  

                                 2:00  pm       Adopt-A-Highway Clean-Up

Monday-Tuesday (6-7th )                Pastor’s Conference in Fort Dodge  

Wednesday (8th)        6:00   pm      Religion School

Sunday (12th)             8:00  am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                                 9:00  am       Divine Service (Mother’s Day)


Greeters Next Week:     Nicolle, Elyssa and Peyton Marlow

Acolyte for Today:        none-assigned

Ushers for May:            *Jeff Madsen and Dave Kerkove

Elder for May:               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.