Thursday, May 16, 2019



May 19, 2019

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Collect of the Day – O God, You make the minds of Your faithful to be of one will. Grant that we may love what You have commanded and desire what You promise, that among the many changes of this world our hearts may be fixed where true joys are found; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


Welcome New Members - We welcome Ben, Breckin, and Brayton Borchardt as members of St. John’s.  The Borchardts have transferred from St. John’s Lutheran in Fenton.    


Farewell Reception – We will have a farewell reception for Pastor Hauan and his family in the basement after service to thank him for his service and wish him God's blessings on his new call to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Wausau, Wisconsin..  Pastor Hauan's final Sunday at Trinity is June 9th.    


A Church Roof Fund has been set up for anyone wishing to donate.  Just designate “church roof fund” on your offering envelope.  A down payment of $25,000 has been sent to Jaeger Associates so we are currently on their list.   We helped them hit a milestone of 250 church roofs!!!  That is incredible!!  Work will begin later this year. 


Partnership Ascension Day Service and Social - Join us Thursday, May 30th at 6:00 p.m. at Trinity, Algona as we celebrate the Ascension of Our Lord.  Stay for ice cream and desserts in the Trinity Life Center following the service. 


Sunday Morning Bible Study – This summer our Sunday morning Bible study will be studying our favorite stories of the Pentateuch (Genesis-Deuteronomy).  We’ll announce each story in the preceding week’s announcements.  There will be no children’s Sunday School June-August, but all ages are welcome to join us for this study.  


Teacher and Students Needed – Kids of the Kingdom Preschool is accepting applications for a preschool teacher for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please send or email application letter and resume to: St John’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 98, Burt, Iowa 50522 or  Kids of the Kingdom is also accepting student registrations for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please call the St. John's Lutheran church office at 515-924-3344 for information or email,


VBS at St. John’s – St. John’s VBS, “The Salvation Story,” will be the Sundays of June 30, July 7, and July 14 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. There is a volunteer sign-up sheet on the back table. The Board of Ed. and Pastor can answer any questions and let you know ways you can help.


Partnership Event Planning Representative Needed - St. John's is in need of one or two people to help coordinate volunteers and materials for partnership events.  This doesn't mean you would have to participate in all the events, but simply be the contact person between Trinity and St. John's for when partnership events are being planned.  Basically, if you are good at hosting parties, then this is the job for you!  Contact Pastor Cowell if you are interesting or would like more information. 

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 – There are still plenty of handouts on the side table in back of the sanctuary from our “Blessings of Weekly Communion” Bible study.  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 Quilt Auction will be held on Saturday, June 15th at 12:30 p.m. You may view the quilts Friday, June 14th 5-7 p.m., before the auction or online at


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:  


Burt Memorial Day Service will be held on Monday, May 27th at the Burt Activity Complex at 10 a.m.  We will then march to the Burt Township Cemetery for Military honors.  A light lunch will be served at the Complex following.


Memorial Service – The Lone Rock Kerr-Hammerstrom Legion Post #557 is holding a Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 27th at the Legion hall in Lone Rock. Coffee and rolls at 8 a.m. Service begins at 9 a.m.


Handicap Van – Jeff Doss of Burt is selling his repairable drop-floor handicap-accessible van at a very reasonable price to someone in need.  Call Jeff at 515-320-6212 for more information.


Lessons on the Liturgy The Distinction of Meats

The Church of the New Testament is no longer bound to the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament.  Article XXVI of the Augsburg Confession says this concerning the distinction of foods and other such human ceremonies that were required and commanded by the papacy:

     Our churches have taught that we cannot merit grace or be justified by observing human traditions.  We must

     not think that such observances are necessary acts of worship.  Here we add testimonies of Scripture [Matthew

     15:3, 9, 11; Romans 14:17; Colossians 2:16, 20-21; Acts 15:10-11; 1 Timothy 4:1-3]. [...] We do not condemn fasting

     in itself, but the traditions that require certain days and certain meats, with peril of conscience, as though such 

     works were a necessary service.  Nevertheless, we keep many traditions that are leading to good order in the

     Church, such as the order of Scripture lessons in the Mass and the chief holy days.  At the same time, we warn

     people that such observances do not justify us before God, and that it is not sinful if we omit such things, without

     causing offense.


This Week at St. John’s – (May 19, 2019-May 26, 2019)

Today (19th)               8:00  am       Sunday School/Bible Class

                                 9:00  am       Divine Service (Holy Communion)

                              10:00  am       Farewell Reception for Pastor Hauan and family

                                 1:30  pm       Graduation at North Union High School

                                  2:00  pm       Graduation at Algona High School

Sunday (26th)             8:00  am       Sunday School/Adult Class

                                 9:00  am       Divine Service

Monday (27th )         10:00  am       Memorial Service at Burt Activity Complex/March to Cemetery


Greeters Next Week:     Wendell Sr. and Esther Christensen

Acolyte for Today:        Ushers

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.