Thursday, September 19, 2019



September 22, 2019

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Collect of the Day – O Lord, keep Your Church in Your perpetual mercy; and because without You we cannot but fall, preserve us from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, 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.  


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. 


A Simple Explanation of Holy Communion - Have you ever struggled to answer questions about Holy Communion such as: How are the bread and wine the body and blood of Christ? What is the benefit of receiving the Lord's Supper? Why should we receive it frequently? How should we prepare to receive it? With whom should and shouldn't we receive Communion?  The answer to these questions and more can be found in A Simple Explanation of Holy Communion available for free on the back table.  These short, simply written answers to important questions about the Lord's Supper are a great resource for you as you consider them for yourself or in conversation with family and friends.  Feel free to take extra copies to give to family and friends as well. 


Algona Circuit Reformation Hymn-Sing – Join the congregations of the Algona Circuit of Iowa District West for our Reformation hymn-sing! The event will be held Sunday, October 27th at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona.  During the hymn-sing you’ll get the chance to hear some of the history and theology behind the great hymns of the Lutheran Reformation as well as enjoy singing them with our brothers and sisters in Christ from around the area.  We will enjoy refreshments and social time in the Trinity Life Center following the hymn-sing.


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.


Task Director NeededTASK (Trinity After School for Kids) is an after-school program at Trinity, Algona. Shannon Struecker, the current director, has had a change in her job responsibilities, so they are in need of a new director. Hours are 3:30-5:30 on normal school days and 1:30-5:30 on early out Wednesdays. This is a paid position. For more information or to apply, please contact the church office at Trinity. 


Trinity After School For Kids  - Volunteers are needed to help with Trinity’s 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 515-341-3117 for more information.


Burt Trunk or Treat - Join us Halloween night for Trunk or Treat in Burt! The event will be held at the Burt Presbyterian parking lot from 5:00-6:30. We’ll have trunks full of candy, games, pumpkin painting, popcorn, cider, and hot chocolate. This event is hosted by the churches of Burt.

- If you, your family, business or organization would like to host a car (decorate your car/trunk/tailgate

and  hand out candy), please contact Hannah Cowell (call/text: 712-294-4962; email:


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!   


This Week in the Church Year  

Feast Days:   none assigned this week

Commemorations:  09/22: Jonah


This Week at St. John’s – (September 22, 2019-September 29, 2019)

Today (Sept. 22nd)      8:00  am       Adult Bible Study/Sunday School                                       

                                 9:00  am       Divine Service                                                                                            

Monday (23rd)     7 & 9:30  am       Women’s Bible Study at Trinity

Wednesday (24th)      9:30  am       Bible Study at Trinity

                                 6:00  pm       Midweek Religion School                                                               

Sunday (29th)             8:00  am       Adult Bible Study/Sunday School

                                 9:00  am       Divine Service (Holy Communion)  

                                 2:30  pm       Accura Nursing Home Service


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