Thursday, July 18, 2019



July 21, 2019

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Collect of the Day – O Lord, grant us the Spirit to hear Your Word and know the one thing needful that by Your Word and Spirit we may live according to Your will; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Pastoral Care Next Week - I (Pastor Cowell) will be out of town on vacation from Friday, July 26 through Saturday, August 3.  If you are in immediate need of pastoral care during that time, please call the Trinity pastoral care phone at 515-361-1269 which Pastor Schlund will have for the week. 


No Sunday Morning Bible Study next Sunday, July 28th – Pastor Jerry Raether, a retired pastor who lives in Humboldt, has graciously agreed to preach and lead worship for us while Pastor Cowell is away next Sunday, July 28th.  However due to the travel time from Humboldt to Burt we thought it best to cancel Sunday Bible study for the day.


Summer Midweek Divine Service - 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: Aug. 7, and Aug. 21.  Plan on the service lasting around a half hour. 


Cards of Condolence can be sent to Howard Batt and family, 1011 Plum Court, Kewaunee, Wisconsin 54216 as they mourn the loss of wife and mother, Marsha. Funeral services were held last Friday for Marsha.


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.


Members of St. Johns, Thank you so much for prayers and support!  Please, join us in celebration to God as we welcome 4 new families to the Gate this summer. We will have 3 kids baptized and one adult. Praise the Lord! Please, also keep praying that God would help our members to grow in their faith and love of Jesus. 

In Christ, Rev. Aaron Hannemann, Pastor at The Gate Lutheran Church, Ankeny.


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 – Due to your swift and generous contributions, our savings account has been replenished from the roof expenses.  However we continue to have a growing list of capital maintenance and improvement projects, which include cleaning and repairing the siding, painting the sanctuary, and others.  If you had planned on giving toward the roof and haven’t yet, we encourage you to give toward the repair and upkeep of the church by designating an amount on the “Capital Growth” line of your offering envelope.  With your help we can continue to make St. John’s a functional and beautiful place to share the gospel!  


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.  The books will remain here at St. John’s this Sunday and next Sunday (28th) for you to purchase.  After the 28th you will have to go to the Trinity office to buy a book.  You can leave your money in the jar on the back table or the church office.


Jesus Saves the World at VBS 2019! – Trinity, Algona’s VBS begins today!  Even if you haven’t registered yet, you’re welcome to register at the door.  The VBS is from July 21-25, 5:30-8:00 pm with a meal served at 5-5:30.  The closing program will be Thursday, July 25.  Volunteers are also welcome to come.  Contact Tami Hankins at or 341-2309 with questions.


This Week in the Church Year  

  Feast Days:                07/22: St. Mary Magdalene; 07/25: St. James the Elder, Apostle

  Commemorations:  07/28: Johann Sebastian Bach, Kantor; 07/29: Mary, Martha, and Lazarus of Bethany;

07/30: Robert Barnes, Confessor and Martyr; 07/31: Joseph of Arimathea; 08/03: Joanna, Mary, and Salome, Myrrhbearers

Biographies of the saints we commemorate throughout the year as well as prayers 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 21, 2019-July 28, 2019)

Today (21st)               8:00  am       Adult Bible Class

                                 9:00  am       Divine Service (Holy Communion)                                                  

                              10:00   am       Quarterly Voter’s Meeting

                        5:30-8:00   pm       VBS at Trinity begins

Monday (22nd)  5:30-8:00   pm       VBS at Trinity

Tuesday (23rd )  5:30-8:00  pm       VBS at Trinity

Wednesday (24th)      9:30  am       NO Bible Study at Trinity

                          5:30-8:00  pm       VBS at Trinity

Thursday (25th)   5:30 8:00  pm       VBS & Closing Program at Trinity

Friday (26th)                                    Pastor Begins Vacation

Sunday (July 28th)      8:00   am       NO Adult Bible Study

                                 9:00  am       Divine Service