Thursday, September 05, 2019


Announcements and NOTICES

September 8, 2019

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Collect of the Day – O merciful Lord, You did not spare Your only Son but delivered Him up for us all. Grant us courage and strength to take up the cross and follow Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Adult Bible Study - Our Sunday morning adult Bible study class is discussing the God-given character of man and woman as described in the Bible.  We'll also occasionally reference Pastor Jeffrey Hemmer's book, Man Up! The Quest for Masculinity.  Talk to Pastor Cowell if you are interested in purchasing a copy of the book.  


Partnership Rally Day - Join us at 10:30 a.m. at Smith Lake for our 2nd Annual Partnership Rally Day today!  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). 


Membership Updates - There is a letter on the back table with a list of out-of-the-area members who we are going to vote to remove at our October 20th Voters meeting.  Ask Pastor or an Elder if you have any further questions after reading the letter.  Keep in mind that our removal of these people from our membership does not say anything about their faith.  Rather, their removal communicates our congregation's inability to claim responsibility for caring for their faith.  Any of these removed members who continue to confess the faith of our Lutheran Confessions are welcome to receive the Lord's Supper with us when they visit. 


Large Print Bibles - Do you have a hard time reading the small print in your Bible at home?  Take a look at the two large print Bibles on the back table.  If you would like purchase one of these Bibles talk with Pastor and he can help you order it. 


The LWML Iowa West District Fall Rally will be at Trinity Lutheran, Algona on Thursday, September 19th with registration at 4:30 p.m. and the Rally beginning at 5 p.m. Pastor Steve and Kathy Struecker will present their mission trip to the Dominican Republic. 


The Great St. John's Tidy-Up - St. John's is filled with a treasury of Sunday school materials, VBS materials, posters, decorations, and the like.  The trouble is that our resources are so spread out across the church that we're not entirely sure what all we have. It's with this in mind that we are going to embark on the great St. John's tidy-up!  On Saturday, September 21 starting at 9:00 a.m. we are going to collect all of our Christian education materials in the church, bring them upstairs, and organize them in a useful way.  This will also free up room to organize Christmas decorations and office materials in the process.  We'll work until the job is done, but even if you can only come for an hour or two we'd love your help!  


College Students: We need your new college address for our church records. Please, send that to or bring it to the church office.  Have a great year!!


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.


The Kossuth CARE team Quilt Show will be Saturday, September 28th from 9:30-2:30 p.m. at the Trinity Life Center . If you are interested in displaying a quilt or if you would like to help, please contact Brenda Bormann- or text her at 515-341-6982 or Jane Dreyer - or text her at 515-320-0490.  WE hope you can join us, share a quilted item, and help those in need.  All proceeds from the $10 admission charge go to the CARE Team.


Trinity After School For Kids  - Volunteers are needed to help with our TASK Program after school. No experience needed. Volunteer as much or as little as your schedule allows - volunteering even once a month would be a great help! High school students can earn silver cord hours. Contact Shannon Struecker at 341-3117 for more information.


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!  


Attention St. John's Women - Check out this opportunity to beautify Burt!  Talk to Pastor Cowell if you're interested in creating a fellowship event out of this project: 

Burt Woman’s Club Fall Decorating Contest!  Sign up now to decorate one of the flower pots along Walnut Street. The Women’s Club is sponsoring “Festive Fall on Walnut Street”! Anyone can choose one of the flower pots to decorate for fall. Let Kelly at City Hall know which pot you will decorate and then begin creating. Judging will be the last week in October. First, Second and third place ribbons will be awarded. Come join the fun and help decorate Burt for fall!   


Creation Museum and Ark Encounter Bus Trip - This will be a weeklong bus trip to the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter.  The bus will leave from Camp Okoboji at 7:00 AM on Monday, September 23, 2019 and return late on Friday, September 27, 2019.  Pick up stops are being arranged in Fort Dodge and Ames.  Cost includes travel, hotel, and tickets to the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter.  Single Occupancy: $975.00 or Multiple Occupancy:  $675.00 per person.  Interested persons should contact Camp Okoboji by Sept 10. 


Pancake Breakfast The City of Burt will be holding a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, September 14th beginning at 8:00 a.m. through 12 noon.  We will be serving: pancakes, sausages, eggs and drink at the Burt Activity Complex. Proceeds will go toward the up keep on the Activity Center.


This Week in the Church Year  

Feast Days:   09/14: Holy Cross Day

Commemorations:   (none for the week)


This Week at St. John’s – (September 8, 2019-September 15, 2019)

Today (Sept. 8th)         8:00   am        Adult Bible Study/Sunday School                                          

                                 9:00   am        Divine Service

                                10:30   am        Rally Day Service and Picnic at Smith Lake with Trinity

Monday-Tuesday (9-10th )                Pastor at IDW Pastor’s Conference in Fort Dodge

Monday (9th)              9:30   am        Women’s Bible Study at Trinity

Wednesday (11th)        9:30   am        Bible Study at Trinity

                                 6:00   pm       Midweek Religion School                                                                

Sunday (Sept. 15th)      8:00   am        Adult Bible Study/Sunday School

                                 9:00   am        Divine Service (Holy Communion)


Ushers for September:     *Terry Teiman and Mike Marlow        Elder for July:   Boyd Shipler