Wednesday, August 14, 2019



August 18, 2019

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Collect of the Day – Merciful Lord, cleanse and defend Your Church by the sacrifice of Christ. United with Him in Holy Baptism, give us grace to receive with thanksgiving the fruits of His redeeming work and daily follow in His way; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Greeters Today:       Bruce and Dawn Heetland     Greeters Next Week:   Craig and Deb Steven

Prayer Requests:   …  Healing Prayers:  Duane Lieb, Red Madsen, Pam Madsen, Jacob Thilges, & Eunice Meyer

                             …  Recovering from surgery:  Laura Knoll       

                             …  Nursing Home & Shut-ins: Ruth Nerem, Esther Christensen, Karen Karels & Janice Schealler

                             …  50th Wedding Anniversary of Terry and Wanda Tieman on August 23, 2019.

                             …  Jacob and Britni Fox who will be celebrating their marriage on Saturday, August 24th.

                             …  The Schlund family and their unborn child.

                             …  Trinity and their call process for an associate pastor.


Birthdays for the Week:  Pam Crosser (19th); Denise Shipler (20th); Randy Reimers (21st); JoHanna Boyle, Micah Lavrenz,

                                       Vickie Madsen & Kendra Ridenour (23rd).  

                                                            (Please notify the church office of any corrections)                            


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 the book of Deuteronomy is: “History 101 with Professor Moses.”


Burt Church Social - Join us Sunday, August 25, starting at 4:45 p.m. for our summer church social with Burt Presbyterian!  This event will help us get to know our brothers and sisters in Christ at Burt Presbyterian as we begin to look into ways to show Christ's love and mercy to our community together with them.  See the handout on the back table and sign the sheet in back so we can get an idea of how much food/drink to prepare. 


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 our final summer Wednesday spoken Divine Service on Aug. 21 at 7:00 p.m.  Plan on the service lasting around a half hour. 


Partnership Rally Day - Join us Sunday, September 8th at 10:30 a.m. at Smith Lake for our 2nd Annual Partnership Rally Day!  Bring your lawn chair as we join with Trinity to pray God's blessing on a new year of Christian education at our churches.  We'll begin with a short prayer service including the presenting of Bibles and Catechisms, followed by lunch and games.  The service and lunch will be on the east side of the lake (the same location as last year).  We will still also have our regularly scheduled worship service at St. John's at 9:00 a.m. that morning. 


50th Anniversary Terry and Wanda Tieman are celebrating 50 years of marriage. They were married August 23, 1969 at St. John’s. Their family invites you to celebrate with them at an Open House and Dance at the (old) Burt Community Center on Saturday, August 24th from 4 to 9 p.m. with the dance beginning at 6 p.m.


To the Congregation of St. John’s:  Thank you so much for the scholarship you gave me for my seminary education! I’m continually amazed that God uses so many people to support the mission of His church! Whenever I start to worry about how I will support my family during my time at seminary God shows me that He will take care of everything with generous people such as yourselves!  Thank-you again!    Soli Deo Gloria!   Nick, Vanessa, Avery and Vince Palmer


Education Meeting – Our Sunday School/Religion School meeting for parents, students, and teachers will be Wednesday, September 4th at 6:30 p.m.  The first day of Sunday School is September 8th and the first day of Religion School is September 11th.


Altar Flowers – If you would like to donate Altar Flowers in celebration of a special event or in memory of a loved one, please contact Cheryl Batt. 


Thrivent Action Teams - Do you receive your insurance or other services through Thrivent Financial? If you do, you are eligible to apply for two $250 gift cards per year to go toward service projects for your church or community.  If you would like for St. John's to utilize your Thrivent Action Card toward a service project, please talk to Pastor Cowell.


Parish Messenger Articles for the September/October edition is due to Linda Kerkove on August 25th.


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.


Save the Date!  The Kossuth County CARE Team is hosting a Quilt Show on Saturday, September 28th.  It will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Trinity Life Center, Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona, IA. If you are interested in displaying a quilt or if you would like to help, please contact Brenda Bormann- or text her at 515-341-6982chu or Jane Dreyer - or text her at 515-320-0490.  We hope you can join us.  All monies will be given to the CARE Team.


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!  


This Week in the Church Year  

  Feast Days:   8/24: St. Bartholomew, Apostle

  Commemorations:  8/19: Bernard of Clairvaux, Hymn writer and Theologian: 8/20: Samuel


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 – (August 18, 2019-August 25, 2019)

Today (18th)                8:00   am        Adult Bible Class                                                                 

                                 9:00   am        Divine Service (Holy Communion)

Wednesday (21st)        9:30   am        Bible Study at Trinity

                                 7:00   pm       Midweek Service (Holy Communion)

Sunday (25th)              8:00    am       Adult Bible Study

                                 9:00   am        Divine Service

                                 4:45   pm       Burt Church Social – Games and food/drink at St. John’s

                                 6:30   pm       Glen Henricksen Concert at Burt Presbyterian Church


Ushers for August:    *Clark Christensen & Jesse Fitzgerald              Elder for July:   Jerry Koestler