Sunday, October 15, 2017

This Week @ St.John

  • MON 10/16- Pastor Returns
  • TUES 10/17- 1:00PM Quilting
  • WED 10/18- 3:30PM Confirmation
    • 7:30PM Quarterly Voters' Meeting

  • SAT-SUN 10/21-22- JrHi Youth Gathering in West Des Moines
  • SAT 10/21- 6:00PM Worship with Communion at St. Luke, Ricketts
  • SUN 10/22- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Class
    • 9:30 Coffee & Donuts
    • 10:00AM Contemporary Worshsip
    • 5:00-7:00PM St. Luke's Soup Supper:
      Vegetable Beef, Chili and their famous German Cherry Soup
      Egg salad & Cheese sandwiches on homemade buns and homemade rye
      Beverages & deserts; $8 Adults, Ages 5-10 $5, Under 5 eat free.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

This Week @ St.John

  • TUES 10/10- 8:45AM Pastor at Circuit Pastor's Conference at St.John, Battle Creek
  • WED 10/11- 3:30PM Confirmation
    • 7:30PM Church Council Meeting
  • FRI-MON 10/13-10/16- Pastor on Fall Break
  • SAT 10/14- 6:00PM Worship at St. Luke, Ricketts; Rev. Vogel, guest preacher
  • SUN 10/15- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Study (guest presenter, Brent Friedrichs)
    • 10:00AM Worship with Communion; Rev. Firby, guest preacher
  • ANNUAL REPORTS DUE- if you're a committee or church-organization officer, please prepare your reports for the October Quarterly Voters' Meeting to Linda Kuhlman in the office as soon as possible, thank you. 
  • SUN 10/29- 1:30pm "Martin Luther and the Bible" study, led by Rev. Jeff Kloha, former Seminary professor
    • 3:00pm Circuit Reformation Service. 
    • Schleswig German Band performing afterward
    • 5:00pm German Supper
  • CALLING ALL SINGERS- If you would like to be in the choir for the Oct 29 Reformation service, please go to a rehearsal on Thurs Oct 26 at 6:00PM at Our Savior in Denison. the choir hymn is "Built on the Rock." For more information, call Nancy Bielenberg at 676 - 3610 or 269 - 1815 or contact nteutb @
  • ARE YOU READY FOR SOME DART-BALL?! If we have enough entries, there will be a Dartball Tournament following the Circuit Reformation 500 service at St. John Oct.29. There's a sign-up sheet on the counter in the walkway for those interested in playing on a team,

Sunday, October 01, 2017

This Week @ St.John

  • MON-SAT. OCT 1-8- 6:25AM Pastor Merrill hosts 'Thy Strong Word' on KDSN 107.1FM/1530AM,
  • TUES 10/2- 6:30am Men's Bible Study
    • 4:00pm LWML meeting
  • WED 10/3- 1:30pm Quilting
    • 3:30pm Confirmation
    • 7:30pm Budget Meeting
  • SAT 10/7- 6:00pm Worship with Communion at St. Luke's Ricketts
  • SUN 10/8- 8:45am Sunday School & Bible Study
    • 10:00am Worship- LWML Sunday
    • 11:00am Finance Board Meeting
    • 1:00pm Pastor preaches at Denison Care Center
    • 2:00pm Pastor at Eventide
    • 2:45pm Pastor at Silveridge
  • SUN 10/29- 1:30pm "Martin Luther and the Bible" study, led by Rev. Jeff Kloha, former Seminary professor
    • 3:00pm Circuit Reformation Service. 
    • Schleswig German Band performing afterward
    • 5:00pm German Supper

Sunday, September 24, 2017

This Week @ St.John

  • MON/TUE SEP 25-26- Pastor Merrill at IDW Pastor's Conference in Urbandale
  • WED SEP 27- 3:30pm Confirmation
  • SAT SEP 30- 6:00pm Worship at St. Paul, Hannover
  • SUN OCT 1- 8:45am Bible Study & Sunday School
    • 10:00am Worship with Communion
  • TUES OCT 3- 1:00pm Quilting
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It's never too late! Don't think that you can't read the Bible daily just because you're starting in September or October. This challenge wasn't about proving that you could read the entire Bible in one year. It's always about digging in to God's Word so that He can work on you, in you and through you. Read at your own pace, But even if you've missed days or weeks or never even started until now- read. Meet God in His Scriptures and let it bless you.

September 24Song of Solomon 4-5, Galatians 3
September 25Song of Solomon 6-8, Galatians 4
September 26Isaiah 1-2, Galatians 5
September 27Isaiah 3-4, Galatians 6
September 28Isaiah 5-6, Ephesians 1
September 29Isaiah 7-8, Ephesians 2
September 30Isaiah 9-10, Ephesians 3

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

This Week @ St.John

  • TUES 9/19- Linda at Secretaries' Conference
  • WED 9/20- 3:30pm Confirmation
    • 7:00pm Nominating Committee Meeting
    • 8:00pm Elder's Meeting
  • THUR 9/21- 9:00am LWML Rally at St. Paul, Ida Grove
    'The God of all Comfort' (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)
  • SAT 9/23- 6:00pm Worship with Communion at St.Paul, Hanover (Triple Parish)
  • SUN 9/24- 8:45am Sunday School & Bible Class
    • 10:00am Worship
    • 4:00pm Soup Supper at Immanuel, Soldier (Triple Parish)
      $8 Adults, $5 Children 6-12, Kids under 6 are free. Offering Potato Soup, Chili, Vegetable Beef along with sandwiches and desserts.
  • TUES 10/3- Quilt tying begins at 1:00pm every Tuesday in October 1-4pm with coffee break at 2:30pm. 
Continue on the REFORMATION500 Challenge to Read

Sunday, September 10, 2017

This Week @ St.John

Rally Sunday, September 10, 2017 Sunday School children enjoyed donuts
before learning about God's gift of wisdom to King Solomon found in 1 Kings 1:3 and His offer of wisdom to us found in James 1:5

  • TUES 9/12- 6:30pm Rural Ministry Meeting
  • WED 9/13- 3:30pm Confirmation
    • 6:30pm Reformation Walk Dress-Rehearsal
  • SAT 9/16- 6:00pm Worship at St. Paul, Triple-Parish
  • SUN 9/17-  8:45am Sunday School & Bible Study
    • 10:00am Worship with Comminion
    • 11:00am Mission Dinner (Free Will Offering)
    • 1:00pm Reformation Walk

Many volunteers have decorated St. Johns' to resemble medieval Germany in preparation for the'Reformation Walk.' Come visit all ten stations to learn about the history of our denomination and how God used this humble monk to bring the church back to the Biblical truths of Grace Alone, Faith Alone, and Scripture Alone through Christ alone for God's Glory Alone.

One of the 'Reformation Walk' actors portrays Martin Luther nailing his '95 Theses' to the bulletin door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg, Germany in 1517.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

This Week @ St.John

The new slide at the St.John playground
  • MON 9/4- Offices Closed; Happy Labor Day
  • TUES 9/5- 6:30am Men's Bible Study
    • 4:00pm LWML 
  • WED 9/6- 3:30pm Confirmation Classes resume
    • MENTORS- Especially because we may be blessed with new students who come from non-member and un-churched families, we're seeking adults (couples or singles) who would take confirmation students under their wing, pray for them regularly and encourage them in their faith. See more details in the Sunday bulletin. If you would be interested, please let Pastor or the church office know. Thank you.
    • 7:00pm ReformationWalk cast rehearsal
  • SAT 9/9- 6:00pm Worship with Communion at St. Paul
  • SUN 9/10- "Rally Sunday" Sunday School resumes, teachers installed, 5th Graders will receive copies of Luther's Small Catechism which they can use in Confirmation classes and 1st Graders will receive Bibles.
    • 8:45am Adult Bible Class
    • 10:00am Worship
    • 11:00am Finance Board Mtg.
    • 1:00pm Pastor preaching at Denison Care Center
    • 2:00pm Pastor preaching at Eventide
    • 2:45pm Pastor preaching at Silveridge
  • TUES SEP 12- 6:30pm Rural Ministry Meeting  held here at St.John, The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the future of ministry in in this area, including small rural congregations like our neighbors in the Ricketts Triple Parish, as well as those like our own and St. Paul Ute.
  • SUN SEP 17- Mission Lunch & "Reformation Walk"

  • MEETING OUR NEEDS- Please notice in the weekly bulletin the "WEEKLY REPORT" on offering, The first amount is what was received in offerings the previous week ($1,863.09). The number in parentheses ($3,588.47) represents how much is needed to meet our budgeted needs including things like utilities, insurance, and maintenance. God wants us to be cheerful givers (2 Corinthians 9:6-7); this report isn't included in the weekly bulletin because our situation is dire or to create guilt, but to remind us that prayer, participation, attendance and giving are all part of "stewardship." We are all called to be stewards of God's church, and the time, talents, and resources He has blessed us with.

    We ARE the church, not just customers of the church. You ARE St.John, Charter Oak. Please attend regularly, invite your family and neighbors to too. Please ask God how He can use you as a more active participant. Would that be as simple as attending Bible class or serving as a greeter, usher or acolyte? Or something more involved like helping with Sunday School, Confirmation or VBS? Would you like to become a part of LWML, quilting or helping provide for funeral meals? Perhaps God can use you on the altar committee, church council or as a trustee or elder?

    Ask God how He can use your time, talents or treasure. See what God can do through you, how you can not merely attend church but BE the church and thereby help share the with open arms, the love of Christ.

    If you're open to serving on a committee or as an officer, please speak to Brian Pautsch or another member of the Nominating Committee. If you'd like to discuss ways in which you can contribute financially to the ministries of St.John beyond the offering plate on Sunday mornings, please speak with Treasurer Becky Dorale. Or talk with Pastor Merrill about anyways in which God can use you as a steward of the gifts He's given you.
  • HURRICANE HARVEY HELP- Sunday, September 10 we will be taking a free-will door offering for those affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. We will send the funds to the LCMS~IDW district office and 100% of the money will be sent to Texas and Southern LCMS districts. Checks should be made payable to "Iowa District West Disaster Relief." Let's remember our brothers and sisters whose lives have been uprooted by this storm. You may also give online to LCMS World Relief at