Thursday, November 07, 2019



November 10, 2019

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost


Collect of the Day – O Lord, stir up the hearts of Your faithful people to welcome and joyfully receive Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, that He may find in us a fit dwelling place; who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

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.


Advent-Christmas Invites - We are going to try to make everyone feel welcomed and loved at St. John's again this year with our Advent-Christmas invites!  Consider personally delivering a card to a neighbor, friend, or family member on the table in back of church.  Let them know that you would love to worship with them this Advent and Christmas season, and that you are happy to be their brother or sister in Christ.  Also, tell us on the sign-up sheet in back who you delivered cards to so that we can get a better sense of who is well connected with some of our less active members.  There are also a few blank cards that you can deliver to non-members.  Any remaining cards will be mailed on November 25th.  


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. 


Funeral Planning Workshop – Our partnership funeral planning workshop 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. 


Thanksgiving Service at St. John’s is Wednesday, November 27th at 6:30 p.m. with Holy Communion.  Trinity, Algona’s Thanksgiving service is Thursday, November 28th at 9:00 a.m.



Church Decorating for Christmas – We will be decorating the church for the Advent and Christmas season following the service on Sunday, November 24th.  We’ll enjoy refreshments in the basement after the decorating is finished.  We hope you can join in on the fun! – St. John’s Christmas committee: Wendell & Teresa Christensen, Terry & Vicki Briggs, Allison & Clark Christensen, and Joe & Tina Heyes.


Donate Your Old Bibles - Do you have old Bibles at home that you no longer read (hopefully because you have newer Bibles that you do read!)?  We are collecting old Bibles at St. John's to share with people who have no Bible of their own.  The Bibles will go to IOWAY of Iowa District West who will transport them to the Takin' it to the Streets charity in Omaha.  This organization provides food, clothes, skills, and Christ's love to those who need it in the Omaha area.  You can drop your Bibles off at the gray box in the back of church through November 24th.


The Lone Rock American Legion will be having their annual “Feather Party” on Saturday, November 23 at 7 p.m. at the Legion Hall. Come and join us!


Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Support Group will meet on November 14th from 3-4 p.m. at Van Buren Terrace, Algona in the VBT Activity Room.  Look forward to seeing you!


Soup Fundraiser for the Sentral Area Ambulance/Fenton EMS will be held today (November 10th) from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Serving:  chili & chicken Noodle soups, cinnamon rolls & drink.


Burt Veterans Day Breakfast will be held today (November 10th) from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Burt Community Center.  Menu: pancakes, eggs and sausage & drink.


Lectionary Summary - Isaiah 1:10–18; 2 Thessalonians 1:1–12; Luke 19:1–10

The Lord Comes to Save and Call Us to Himself by the Tree of His Cross

God will judge “those who do not obey the gospel” (2 Thess. 1:8), but “when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven” (2 Thess. 1:7), He will “be glorified in his saints” (2 Thess. 1:10). For by His cross, you are “considered worthy of the kingdom of God” (2 Thess. 1:5). Therefore, “give ear to the teaching of our God” (Is. 1:10), and “let us reason together” by faith in His Gospel (Is. 1:18). “Make yourselves clean” (Is. 1:16), not by “the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats” (Is. 1:11), but by the blood of Christ. His salvation comes to you by grace, as it came to Zacchaeus. That man sought “to see who Jesus was,” but he could not “because he was small in stature” (Luke 19:3). It is by way of a tree that Zacchaeus is found by the One he sought, for Jesus Himself “was about to pass that way” (Luke 19:4). The Lord calls Zacchaeus down and goes “in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner” (Luke 19:7). So also, He visits us as sinners, securing eternal redemption for us through the tree of His holy cross.


This Week in the Church Year  

Feast Days:   None

Commemorations: 11/11: Martin of Tours, Pastor: 11/14: Emperor Justinian, Christian Ruler


This Week at St. John’s – (November 10, 2019- November 17, 2019)

Today (10th)               8:00  am       Adult Bible Study/Sunday School                                       

                                 9:00  am       Divine Service

Monday (11th)    7 & 9:30   am       Women’s Bible Study at Trinity

Tuesday (12th)            8:45  pm       Circuit Pastor’s Conference at St. Paul’s, Garner

Wednesday (13th)      6:00  pm       Midweek Religion School                                                               

Saturday (16th)           8:30  am       Funeral Planning Workshop at Trinity

Sunday (Nov. 17th)     8:00  am       Adult Bible Study/Sunday School

                                 9:00  am       Divine Service (Holy Communion)

                                10:00 am       Council Meeting to Review the Budget and Slate of New Officers


Ushers for November:   Lynn Bierstedt & Darrel Schmidt     Elder for November:   Jerry Koestler

Acolytes:  none assigned this week