Thursday, July 11, 2019



July 14, 2019

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Collect of the Day – Lord Jesus Christ, in Your deep compassion You rescue us from whatever may hurt us. Teach us to love You above all things and to love our neighbors as ourselves; for You live and reign with the Father 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 19-23, 32 is: “Breaking the Law: Mount Sinai and the Golden Calf”.


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 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 (July14) from 3:00-6:00 p.m. and will conclude tonight with the closing program and picnic beginning at 5:30. Come join us and see what we have learned in VBS!


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, please sign up on the sheet on the back table.

- 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.


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.  


Volunteers Needed - My sincere thanks to each of you who have helped financially or physically with the clean-up in Pacific Junction and Hamburg IA following the flooding!! The recovery/rebuilding stage is now starting in Pacific Junction.  The need for help is great!!  One family being helped is a family of five who are living in a fifth wheel trailer.  The Mom is in the later stages of MS and the Dad is the sole caregiver for his wife.  In addition, he has a full time job, does household responsibilities and is trying to rebuild their house. If you can help for a day or more, please contact me.  Details change as the work continues. More information to help on August 4-9 with the Immanuel, Spirit Lake group headed by Duane Tracy or at a different time as your schedule allows is on the back table.    God's blessings, Ellie Menz  


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 provided jar or 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:  July 16th: Ruth; July 20: Elijah

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.    


This Week at St. John’s – (July 14, 2019-July 21, 2019)

Today (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

Wednesday (17th)        9:30   am        NO Bible Study at Trinity

                                 7:00   pm       Midweek Divine Service (Holy Communion)

Sunday (July 21st)        8:00   am        Adult Bible Class

                                 9:00   am        Divine Service    (Holy Communion)

                              10:00   am        Voter’s Meeting

                                 5:30   pm       VBS at Trinity begins


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