Wednesday, July 03, 2019



July 7, 2019

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Collect of the Day Almighty God, You have built Your Church on the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. Continue to send Your messengers to preserve Your people in true peace that, by the preaching of Your Word, Your Church may be kept free from all harm and danger; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


Sunday Morning Bible Study – This summer our Sunday morning Bible study (8 a.m.) will be studying our favorite stories of the Pentateuch (Genesis-Deuteronomy). The title of next week’s study from Exodus 7-14 is: “Showing Pharaoh Who’s Boss: The Ten Plagues.”


Summer Midweek Divine Services are back! - Would you like to receive God's Word and Sacrament during the week? Whether you couldn't make it Sunday, or you've got a weekend camping trip planned, or you just enjoy receiving God's gifts: we've got what you need!  St. John's is offering a summer Wednesday spoken Divine Service at 7:00 p.m. on these Wednesdays: July 10, July 17, Aug. 7, and Aug. 21.  Plan on the service lasting around a half hour. 


VBS at St. John’s – St. John’s VBS, “The Salvation Story,” continues today (July 7) from 3:00-6:00 p.m. and will conclude next Sunday (July 14) with the closing program and picnic beginning at 5:30. Here are some ways you can help:

·         Invite children to attend.

·         Post the 3rd set of fliers around the area.  Sign up in back to let us know where you are hanging them.

·         Come help during the VBS in any way you’d like.


New Flocknote Group at St. John's - We've added a new group to our Flocknote text/email system called "St. John's Volunteers."  This group will receive a message any time St. John's is in need of volunteers (such as for VBS, Burt Day church coffee, a Sunday School sub, Christmas decorating, bringing cookies for an event, etc.).  Subscribing to this group doesn't obligate you to help out with every event.  We would simply send out a message requesting help and you would have the opportunity to respond with "yes, I can help," or "no, I can't help."  This specific Flocknote group was created so that only people who are interested in volunteer opportunities are receiving these messages and not the entire congregation.  

- If you're interested, ask Pastor Cowell to sign you up.

- These requests for volunteers will also always be posted in our weekly announcements.  

- If you are interested in signing up for any other Flocknote groups or updating your preferences, see the information sheet on the side table in the back of church or talk to Pastor Cowell.


Burt Summer Celebration Community Coffee - St. John's and Burt Presbyterian will be co-hosting the Burt Summer Celebration community coffee at the Activity Complex on July 13th at 8:00 a.m.  We're looking for a few people from St. John's to help at the event.  If you are interested in helping, please contact the church office or Pastor Cowell.  

Daily Prayer Cards Available - Feel free to take a daily prayer card on the back table for your personal or family devotions.  These cards include prayer suggestions for each day of the week as well as short prayer services for morning, noon, evening, and night.  These prayer cards are a great tool for forming a habit of prayer in your own life, and for starting a daily prayer routine with your family. 


Church Roof Fund – Our church roof has been completed and it looks beautiful!  We thank God for the work of Jaeger Associates and ask God to bless our updated house of worship for many years to come.  We are also thankful that we didn’t have to borrow any money to pay for this project.  However, we did pull about $8,000 out of our savings account in addition to using money from our Milts Farm Endowment.  We encourage you to consider designating a gift toward the church roof fund in addition to your weekly giving in order to replenish our savings account for the future ministry of St. John’s. Just designate “church roof fund” on your offering envelope.  


Stained Glass Window Books of Trinity, Algona are available on the back table for you to purchase for $5 each.  These books include all of the stained glass windows at Trinity along with descriptions and the Scriptural references associated with each window.  You may leave your money in the church office.


Jesus Saves the World at VBS 2019!   Lift off for an intergalactic adventure and learn about God’s plan of salvation from creation to the cross! Just as the earth revolves around the sun, our faith revolves around God’s Word. Keep Jesus and His Gospel at the center of your children’s VBS experience with Miraculous Mission. Registration is open for (potty trained) 3-yr-olds – grade 4 (completed) who will attend VBS from July 21-25, 5:30-8 pm (meal served 5-5:30). Closing Program will be July 25 at 8 pm. Volunteers (grade 5 – adult) are also needed. There are many ways to be involved to suit your schedule and interests. Participants and Volunteers may register online at  Contact Tami Hankins at or 341-2309 with questions.


This Week in the Church Year - 

   Feast Days: None this week.

   Commemorations: None this week.

Biographies of the saints we commemorate throughout the year as well as prayers and readings for special feast days in the Church Year are available on the back table.  This information is also available in the Treasury of Daily Prayer, the PrayNow iPhone app by CPH, or the LCMS Eurasia Facebook page.  Talk with Pastor Cowell if you have any questions about these resources.    


Burt Summer Celebration is being held on Saturday, July 13th with many activities happening on that day. Parade will begin this year at 10: 30 a.m.  The Steak/Hot Dog Meal will be served at noon with the Kids of the Kingdom Ice Cream Social at 1:00 p.m.  Many activities are planned for the afternoon and evening. We will conclude with the fireworks at 10:00 p.m. and a street dance will follow.  Come join us for the day!


This Week at St. John’s – (July 7, 2019-July 14, 2019)

Today (7th)                 8:00   am        Adult Bible Class

                                 9:00   am        Divine Service (Holy Communion)                                                                    

                              3-6:00   pm       Vacation Bible School

Wednesday (10th )       9:30   am        NO Bible Study at Trinity

                                 7:00   pm       Service (Holy Communion)

Saturday (13th)             8:00   am        Burt Churches Community Coffee at Burt Complex

                                                      Burt Summer Celebration (Parade, Meal, Ice Cream Social, etc.)

Sunday (July 14th)        8:00   am        Adult Bible Class

                                 9:00   am        Divine Service   

                               10:00   am        Quarterly Council Meeting

                              3-5:30   pm       Vacation Bible School

                                 5:30   pm       VBS Program/Picnic


Ushers for July:    *Larry Behnkendorf & Darrel Schmidt       Elder for July:   Jeff Schutjer