Thursday, October 24, 2019



October 27, 2019

Reformation Day


Collect of the Day – Almighty and gracious Lord, pour out Your Holy Spirit on Your faithful people. Keep us steadfast in Your grace and truth, protect and deliver us in times of temptation, defend us against all enemies, and grant to Your Church Your saving peace; 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 benefit of meditating on the six chief parts of the Catechism through Scripture and prayer.  We’ll be using the book The Lord Will Answer: A Daily Prayer Catechism.  A copy of the book will be provided for everyone to use.


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 today (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:

Dear Members of St. John’s, Thank you so much for your continued support of the Gate! God keeps on doing amazing things among us. We had 5 baptisms this summer (1 adult, 2 kids & 2 babies) and I’ll be starting a new member course this week with a young couple who have not been baptized… yet!  Once again thank you for your support and please continue to keep us in your prayers. In Christ, Rev. Aaron Hannemann, The Gate Church


Bus Trip to the Holiday Grande at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines. Celebrate the holiday season in your special reserved seats at the all-new Christmas show of “Jim McDonough’s Holiday Grande” on Saturday, December 7th.  Reservations for this trip need to be in by November 7th and the cost is $119 per person. Contact: Bev Householder 515-925-3598.   (See the flyer posted on the ramp bulletin board for more information)


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 along with a Bake Sale will be held on Sunday, November 3rd from 8-12 noon at the Burt Activity Complex. Proceeds from the Bake Sale will go to the Burt Pool Fund.


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.


Soup Fundraiser for the Sentral Area Ambulance/Fenton EMS will be held on Sunday November 10th from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.   Serving: Chili & chicken Noodle, Cinnamon Rolls.


Burt Veterans Day Breakfast will be held on Sunday, November 10th from 8:00 a.m. till 12 noon .  Pancakes, eggs and sausage breakfast will be served at the Burt Community Center. 


Lectionary Summary:  Reformation Day Revelation 14:6-7; Romans 3:19-28; John 8:31-36 or Matthew 11:12-19

The Son of God Has Set Us Free from Sin and Death by His Grace

“Wisdom is justified by her deeds” (Matt. 11:19), and the true Wisdom of God, Christ Jesus the incarnate Son, justifies us by His deeds. He prepares His way by the preaching of repentance, but He has suffered the violence of the Law and voluntarily handed Himself over to violent men, that we might eat and drink with Him in His Kingdom and “remain in the house forever” (John 8:35).  For He is “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Matt. 11:19), and He has rescued us by His grace from the slavery of sin and death. By the proclamation of His eternal Gospel “to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people” (Rev. 14:6), “the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law” (Rom. 3:21), “that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26). And by hearing the Gospel of Christ Jesus, “whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith” (Rom. 3:25), “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31–32).


This Week in the Church Year  

Feast Days:   10/28: St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles; 10/31: Reformation Day; 11/1: All Saints Day

Commemorations:  None


This Week at St. John’s – (October 27, 2019-November 3, 2019)

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

                                 9:00   am        Reformation Divine Service (Holy Communion)                                              

                                 2:00   pm       Reformation Hymn Sing at Trinity

Monday (28th)       7 & 9:30   am        Women’s Bible Study at Trinity

Tuesday (29th)             7:30  pm       Band of Brothers Bible Study at Trinity

Wednesday (30th)        6:00   pm       Midweek Religion School                                                                

Thursday (31st)         5-6:30   pm       Trunk or Treat at the Burt Presbyterian Parking Lot

Sunday (Nov. 3rd)        8:00   am        Adult Bible Study/Sunday School

                                 9:00   am        All Saints Divine Service (Holy Communion)


Ushers for October:  Randy Reimers & Terry Briggs     Elder for October: Jeff Schutjer     Acolytes: none assigned