Sunday, February 24, 2013

God loves me so much He sent His Son

Sunday School children sing "I want to be a believer!"

Attitude of Grattitude

This week Sunday School students learned about the healing of the 10 lepers in Luke 17:15-19

The materials for junior high ask poignant questions we can all ask ourselves:

What spiritual healing have you experienced in your life?

How can you respond with thanksgiving for your hearing?

How can you turn your thanksgiving to God into actions for others?

This Week @ St.John

•Wednesday Feb 26- 9:00am Ladies Lenten Retreat
•1:30pm Confirmation
•6:00pm Food Bank of Siouxland in Ricketts
•7:00pm Midweek Lenten Worship, Sun Schl serving treats afterward
•Sunday March 3- 8:45am Sunday School & Bible Study
•10:00am Worship with Communion

Sunday, February 17, 2013

This Week @ St.John


  • WED FEB 20- 9:00AM Ladies' Lenten Retreat
    • 1:30PM Confirmation
    • 7:00PM Lenten Worship (LYF serves bars)
      Psalm 143 "Teach Me Your Will, for You Are My God," Rev. Randall Cormeny, St. John Battle Creek
    • 8:00PM Elders' Meeting
  • THUR FEB 21- 6:00PM Cub Scoupts
  • FRI-SAT FEB 22-23- 6-8th Graders C.H.A.O.S. at Camp Okoboji
    Cars leave church on Friday at 5:00PM and will return on Saturday around 5:30PM
  • SUN FEB 24- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Study
    • 10:00 AM Worship
QUILT TOP KITS- are in the lobby. Choose which one(s) you would like to put together, take them home, sew them together and bring them back to be tied, Be sure to sign the paper to tell how many you are taking. Thank you for your help.

BASKETS OF PROMISE- This Lenten season, we are joining Lutheran World Relief's "Baskets of Promise" appeal. Each week during Lent we will be collecting a different item that we'll use to assemble Personal Care Kits that give people around the world tools to stay healthy in life's most challenging situations.
  • Week of 2/24- Bath towels (no larger than 52"x27")
  • Week of 3/3- Toothbrushes (in original packaging, please)
  • Week of 3/10- Large combs
  • Week of 3/17- Nail clippers
  • Week of 3/24 Bars of soap (again)


LWML Pancake Brunch






Sunday, February 10, 2013

Lent @ St.John 2013

LENTEN WORSHIP- Lent begins this year on February 13, Ash Wednesday. Midweek worship services will be held every Wednesday night at 7:00PM.

St. John is again participating in a rotation with other congregations in the Mapleton Circuit. Each week one of our neighboring pastors will present a different message in the series. This year's theme is "God's Gift of Forgiveness, " based on the "Penitential Psalms," (6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 130 143).

Each week, the Psalm and sermon will call us to repentance and also comfort us with the forgiveness Jesus earned for us by his crucifixion and death.


  • FEB 13- Psalm 130 "Divine Forgiveness," Rev. Merrill, St. John Charter Oak
  • FEB 20- Psalm 143 "Teach Me Your Will, for You Are My God," Rev. Randall Cormeny, St. John Battle Creek
  • FEB 27- Psalm 102 "God's Enduring Presence for You," Rev. Timothy Chase, ABC Triple Parish
  • MAR 6- Psalm 51 "Against You and For Me," Rev. Marcus Manley, St. Paul, Ute
  • MAR 13- Psalm 13 "Hiding from God or Hiding in God," Rev. Adam Pack, St. Paul Ida Grove
  • MAR 20- Psalm 6 "Save Me Because of Your Unfailing Love," Rev. Timothy Frank, Triple Parish Ricketts

RITE OF INDIVIDUAL CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION- One of the ways that the gift of God's forgiveness can come to us is through individual confession & absolution (the service found on page 292 of the Lutheran Service Book). Individual Confession is available to everyone, but no one is forced to go. It is a special blessing for those who are troubled by their sins and desire to hear God's personal words of forgiveness. Pastor will be available in his study for individual confession/absolution at various times during Lent:
  • Immediately following Ash Wednesday service
  • Saturday mornings before Communion Sundays (Feb. 16, Mar. 2 & 16)
  • Before worship on Maundy Thursday
  • Before worship on Good Friday

BASKETS OF PROMISE- This Lenten season, we are joining Lutheran World Relief's "Baskets of Promise" appeal. Each week during Lent we will be collecting a different item that we'll use to assemble Personal Care Kits that give people around the world tools to stay healthy in life's most challenging situations.
  • Week of 2/17- 4-5oz bars of soap (in its original wrapping)
  • Week of 2/24- light weight bath towels (no larger than 52"x27")
  • Week of 3/3- Toothbrushes (in original packaging, please)
  • Week of 3/10- Large combs
  • Week of 3/17- Nail clippers
  • Week of 3/24 Bars of soap (again)

This Week @ St.John


  • TUE 2/12- 8:45AM Pastors' Conference in Ute
  • WED 2/13- 9:00AM Ladies' Lenten Retreat
    • 1:30PM Confirmation
    • 5:30PM Sunday School Lenten Supper
    • 7:00PM Midweek Lenten Worship, with Communion
      • Individual Confession offered following the service
  • SAT 2/16- 10:30AM-Noon, Rite of Individual Confession offered
  • SUN 2/17- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Study
    • 10:00AM Worship with Communion
    • 11:00AM LWML Brunch
    • 1:00PM Pastor preaching at Denison Care Center
    • 2:00PM Pastor preaching at Eventide Lutheran Home in Denison
    • 4:00PM LYF MTG. 
LADIES LENTEN RETREAT- will begin on Ash Wednesday, Feb.13, The topics will follow the Lenten Services, the theme of which is "God's Gift of Forgiveness" based on the penitential Psalms in the Bible.

LENT BEGINS- with Ash Wednesday on Feb 13th with a Communion service at 7:00PM. The Sunday School will be serving supper at 5:30PM in the Fellowship Hall; Italian Pasta Bake, Ham & Cheese Bake, green beans, Jello, bread, lemonade & coffee. Following worship on the 20th, the LYF will serve bars and the Sunday School will serve bars after worship on the 27th.


Sunday, February 03, 2013

This Week @ St.John

•Tues Feb 5- 6:30am Mend Bible Class
•Wed Feb 6- 3:30pm Confirmation
•Thurs Feb 7- 1:30pm LWML
6:00pm Cub Scouts
•Sun Feb 10- 8:45am Sunday School/Bible Study
10:00am Worship
6:00pm Family Movie Night- "Fireproof," free admission, free popcorn & pop sponsored by the St.John Board of Education.
•LENT BEGINS- Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13th, Worship with Communion at 7:00pm, Sunday School Supper at 5:30pm
•Sun Feb 17- LWML Brunch & Bake Sale 11:00am-12:30pm