Thursday, October 17, 2019



October 20, 2019

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost


Collect of the Day – O Lord, almighty and everlasting God, You have commanded us to pray and have promised to hear us. Mercifully grant that Your Holy Spirit may direct and govern our hearts in all things that we may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of Your name; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Quarterly Voter’s Meeting will be held immediately following the service today. 


Baptism – We rejoice to witness the Baptism of Lola Nicole Bierstedt following the voter’s meeting today.  Lola is the daughter of Kaitlyn Bierstedt and William Kersten. 


Thank You Coffee – Kids of the Kingdom Preschool Board is having a thank-you coffee in the church basement today after the voters meeting and Baptism.  Please join us as we thank all of you for all of your years of support and reminisce about all of the fun times we had.


Celebrate Life Sunday – Today has been designated Life Sunday.  Included in your bulletin is information on the work of Lutheran Family Service in the field of protecting and caring for life at all stages. In addition to praying for and supporting LFS, here are several other ways you can celebrate life today and throughout the year:

- Give thanks to God for your own life and the lives of those around you.

- Be a good neighbor, especially to the very young, the very old, and anyone experiencing difficulty in life. 

- Pray for an end to abortion, abuse, neglect, and suicide. 

- Stay informed on life issues and resources at:






Share the Blessing Letters were placed in your bulletin boxes last week.


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.  


The Giving Pew - The TLC Quilters have set up the "giving pew" at St. John's!  The pew near the east doors will be stocked with a quilt and other items made by the quilters for the purpose of our members taking them in a time of need or delivering them to someone they know who is in need of warmth, comfort, support, or love.  There is no need to tell anyone who the quilt is going to, the quilters are just happy to know someone is getting the care they need.  A favorite practice of the quilters is when a quilt is finished to pray that whoever ends up with their quilt would know the love of God in Christ Jesus who motivates their many works of mercy. 


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.  Local musician Glenn Henriksen will be our organist for the event.  We will enjoy refreshments and social time in the Trinity Life Center following the hymn-sing.


Funeral Planning Workshop - I know you are all dying to attend a funeral planning workshop, but let me tell you why you should attend!  Your funeral is an opportunity to leave your family with a confident and comforting confession of your faith in Jesus and your hope in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.  This is why we encourage you to work with your pastor to choose your own Scripture readings and hymns for your funeral service.  For obvious reasons these selections must be made before the day of your funeral... so what better time than our Partnership Funeral Planning Workshop!  The event will be Saturday, Nov. 16th at the Trinity Life Center with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and the workshop beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Pastors Cowell and Schlund will lead us in examining our Christian understanding of life, death, and resurrection and offer advice on Scripture and hymn choices for the funeral service.  Jayme Lentz will also be there to provide some practical advice on pre-planning funeral details with a funeral home.  All ages are encouraged to attend. 


Burt Trunk or Treat - Join us Halloween night (Oct. 31st) for Trunk or Treat in Burt! The event will be held at the Burt Presbyterian parking lot from 5:00-6:30 p.m. 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:


Bake Sale Delicious Donations are needed for a bake sale.  The Burt Pool Committee is asking for donations of baked items to be sold during the Burt Lions Club Breakfast on Sunday November 3rd. Please bring your food items to the Burt Activity Complex before 8:30 a.m. on that Sunday.  Contact the Burt City Hall for other arrangements at


Burt Lions Omelet Breakfast will be held on Sunday, November 3rd from 8-12 noon at the Burt Activity Complex.


Lakota Annual Soup Dinner will be held on Sunday, November 3rd from 10 -1 p.m. at the Lakota Eagle Center. Menu: Chili and Chicken Noodle Soup, Grilled Cheese or Egg Salad Sandwiches, Bars, Drink. Free Will Offering.


This Week in the Church Year  

Feast Days:   10/23: St. James, Brother of Jesus

Commemorations:  10/25: Dorcas, Lydia, and Phoebe, Faithful Women; 10/26: Philipp Nocolai, Johann Heermann, and Paul Gerhardt, Hymnwriters.


This Week at St. John’s – (October 20, 2019-October 27, 2019)

Today (20th)                8:00   am        Adult Bible Study/Sunday School                                          

                                 9:00   am        Divine Service (Holy Communion)                                                                 

                                10:00  am        Quarterly Voter’s Meeting

                                10:15  am        Baptism of Lola Nicole Bierstedt

                              10:30   am        Preschool “Thank You” Coffee

Monday (21st)       7 & 9:30   am        Women’s Bible Study at Trinity

Wednesday (23rd)        6:00   pm       Midweek Religion School                                                                

Sunday (27th)              8:00   am        Adult Bible Study/Sunday School

                                 9:00   am        Divine Service

                                 2:00   pm       Reformation Hymn Sing at Trinity


Ushers for October:       Randy Reimers & Terry Briggs       Elder for October:   Jeff Schutjer 

Acolyte for Today:           Breckin Borchardt and Tysen Wickman