Sunday, December 27, 2015

This Week @ St.John

•Mon-Sat Dec 27-Jan 2- 6:25am Pastor Merrill hosts ' Thy Strong Word' on KDSN
•Thurs Dec 31- Pastor returns from vacation
•Fri Jan 1- Happy New Year! Office closed.
•Sun Jan 3- 8:45am Sunday School (no adult Bible study)
10:00am Worship with Communion (Mite Box Sun)
Installation of 2016 & recognition of 2015 officers

Sunday, December 20, 2015

This Week @ St.John

TONIGHT- 6:30pm Children's Christmas Service
WED 2/23- No Confirmation This Week
THRS 2/24- 6:30pm Chistmas Eve Worship
FRI 2/25- 9:00am Christmas Day Worship
SUN 2/27- 8:30am Pastor preaching at Hanover
•8:45am Sunday School & Bible Study
•10:00am Worship

Sunday, December 13, 2015

This Week @ St.John


•WED DEC 16- 3:30pm Confirmation
•5:00-6:30pm Children's Christmas Service Practice, grades 3-8
•6:45pm Preservice Carolling
•7:00pm Midweek Advent Worship
•8:00pm Elder's Meeting
•SAT DEC 19- 9:00-11:00am Children's Christmas Service Practice, all grades
•7:00pm LYF Christmas Party at Parsonage
•SUN DEC 20- 8:45am Sunday School & Bible Class
•10:00am Worship with Communion
•6:30pm Children's Christmas Service

Sunday, December 06, 2015

This Week @ St. John


  • TUES 12/8- 8:45AM Pastor at Pastors' Conference
  • WED 12/9- 3:30PM Confirmation
    • 5:00PM-6:30PM Children's Christmas Service Practice; Grades 3-8
    • 6:45PM Carol Singing
    • 7:00PM Advent Worship
  • SUN 12/13- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Study
    • 10:00AM Worship
    • 11:00AM Finance Board Meeting


POINSETTIAS- $12 each. Sign up on the counter in the walkway & mark if you want your poinsettia after Christmas.

LYF CHRISTMAS PARTY- 7:00PM Saturday, December 19 at the parsonage. Taco Bar & beverages provided- Members bring deserts! Consider bringing new or used gloves for an IDW service project for the homeless in Omaha this Christmas.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

PRACTICES for SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

  • DEC 9- 5:00PM-6:30PM Practice for 3rd-8th Grades
  • DEC 16- 5:00PM-6:30PM Practice for 3rd-8th Grades
  • DEC 19- 9:00AM-11:00AM Practice for ALL ages, PK-8
  • DEC 20- 8:45AM Practice during Sunday School for ALL Children
6:30PM, December 20
Children's Christmas Service


First Week in Advent @ St.John


  • TUES DEC.1- 6:30AM Men's Bible Study
  • WED DEC.2- 3:30PM Confirmation
    • 6:45PM Carol Sing
    • 7:00PM Midweek Advent Worship
  • THUR DEC.4- 1:30PM LWML Meeting
  • SUN DEC.6- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Class
    • 10:00AM Worship with Communion (Mite Box Sunday)
    • 11:00AM LWML Christmas Cookie & Candy Bazaar
  • NEEDED- Volunteer(s) to remove snow from Church sidewalks & steps.
  • CHRISTMAS CAROLING AT NURSING HOMES & RETIREMENT CENTERS- With Triple Parish members, Sunday, December 13
    • 2:30PM Meer & coordinate rides at Church
    • 3:00PM Denison Care Center
    • 3:30PM Eventide
    • 4:15PM Real Life
    • 5:00PM Silveridge
    • 6:15PM Supper at Pizza Ranch

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Advent Midweek Worship


Advent services begin on Wednseday, December 2nd at 7:00PM. We will sing carols before worship; 6:45PM-7:00PM

Midweek Advent Services:
WED. DEC 2
WED. DEC 9
WED. DEC.16

Advent Resources for Family or Personal Devotions at Home:

This Week @ St.John

•WED 11/25- No Ladies Bible Study, No Confirmation, 7:00PM Thanksgiving Eve Worship
•THRS 11/26- Office Closed
•SUN 11/29- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Study, 10:00AM Worship

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Lutheran Youth Fellowship (LYF)


The high school youth of St.John, Charter Oak would like to thank you all for your support of our annual Thanksgiving Dinner, held Sunday, November 15, 2015. We served 231 dinners and sent home 36 to-go boxes!


REGULAR MEETINGS ARE HELD AT 7:00PM ON THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH
ALL high school students in the Charter Oak area are always welcome to join St.John's LYF for fun and fellowship, for ministry and service to the community and for study of God's Word.

 Our next meeting will be Saturday, December 19 at 7:00PM at Pastor Merrill's house ("the parsonage") across the street from St.John's. Pastor will serve drinks and have a taco-bar set up. Members are invited to bring snacks to share. We're planning on some ping pong!


This February we will be selling ready-to-bake pizzas for Super Bowl Sunday- So please watch this Website and the church bulletins for details.

2015-16 LYF COUNCIL: This year, in lieu of traditional officers like President, Secretary, or Treasurer, we elected a leadership council made up of representatives of each class They are Senior Tristan Kunze, Junior Travis Pautsch, Sophomore Connor Beeck, and Freshman Lizzie Jepsen.

ADULT LEADERS: While Velita Pautsch remains our parent "coordinator," we don't have any one Director of Youth Ministry or Youth Counselor, all high school parents are asked to help with their youth throughout the year. Pastor Merrill is always available for advise and counselling and will generally lead devotions at most LYF activities. Bethany Mallory is the contact person this year for those planning to attend the LCMS National Youth Gathering in New Orleans, next July. Leon Meseck leads weekly High School Bible Study in the church library every Sunday.

Please keep our Youth in your prayers, that God would open their hearts to His Word and that He would draw them into deeper fellowship with Himself, service for His church and greater unity with one another. May the Holy Spirit work in our LYF to make it a light which will draw more and more youth from our area into meaningful relationships with God and each other.

2015-16 St.John LYF Membership: Connor Beeck, Rielly Ellwell, Krista Gierstorf, Colton and Lizzie Jepsen, Skyler Kelm, Tristan Kunze, Allison Maack, Grace Mallory, Alyha McCartney, Hallie and Nolan Neddermeyer, Emily Steffen, and Travis Pautsch. (We apologize for anyone we missed or any misspellings, please report additions or corrections to Ted Mallory, our Webmaster).


ONLINE: Search this Website with the keywords "lyf" or "youth" or the tag "#LYF" for more news or announcements about our youth group activities. LYF members are invited to like and follow St.John's Facebook page or communicate with each other on Twitter with the tag "#LYFstjohnCO."

YOUTH LINKS:


This Week @ St.John



  • WED 11/18- 9:00AM Ladies' Bible Study
    • 3:30PM Confirmation
    • 7:00PM Elders' Meeting
  • SUN 11/22- 8:45AM Sunday School and Bible Class
    • 9:30 AM Donuts & Coffee
    • 10:00AM Contemporary Worship in the Fellowship Hall

Sunday, November 08, 2015

This Week @ St.John


  • MON 11/9- 7:00PM Playground Committee Meeting
  • TUES 11/10- Pastors' Conference, St. John, Kiron
  • WED 11/11- 9:00AM Ladies Bible Study
    • 3:00PM Confirmation
  • SAT 11/14- 9:00AM LYF Decorating for Thanksgiving Dinner
  • SUN 11/15- 10:00AM Worship with Communion
    • 11:00AM Annual LYF Thanksgiving Dinner

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Annual LYF Thanksgiving Dinner

St.Johns' LYF
Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
Sunday, November 15, 2015
11:00Am-12:30PM

Menu: turkey, potatoes & gravy, dressing,
corn, cranberry sauce, desserts, rolls & drinks.
FREE WILL OFFERING
 in the Fellowship Hall

This Week @ St.John

Pastor Merrill will be hosting the 'Thy Strong Word' program on KDSN radio this week Mon- Sat, November 1-7, at 6:25AM. Start your day off with this devotion on God's Word.http://www.kdsnradio.com

  • TUES NOV 3- 6:30AM Men's Bible Study
  • WED NOV 4- 9:00AM Ladies' Bible Study
    • 3:30PM Confirmation
  • THURS NOV 5-  1:30PM LWML Meeting
  • SUN NOV 8- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Study
    • 10:00AM Worship
    • 11:00AM Finance Board Meeting
  • NOV 4-10- Concordia Publishing House (CPH)- Warehouse Sale- Visit http://www.cph.org/t-warehouse-sale.aspx Held once a year, up to 75% off professional/academic books, Arch Books, sheet music, teaching resources, Bibles & Bible studies.
  • NEXT WEEK We will be celebrating Veterans' Day. We will collect a door offering for Military Bible Sticks. These are flash drives containing the entire New Testament. Each donation of $25 purchases a Bible Stick for one soldier plus a devotion book for their family. Over 500,000 Bible Sticks have been requested so far. For more information, visit https://militarybiblestick.com
  • We are collecting for Temporary Aid Program (TAP) all November- Please bring items which families aren't able to purchase with Food Stamps such as paper towels, toilet paper, disposable diapers, & personal care items like shampoo & toothpaste. But of course, non-perishable food items are always needed. Thank you.
  • St.John Quilting Program- Thank you to all the ladies who gave so much of their time & talents to make & tie quilts this year. 130 quilts were dedicated in church on Sunday, November 1. they will be given to the Homeless Veterans in Omaha, the Iowa Homeless Veterans in Perry, Hope Ministries in Des Moines, the Gospel Mission in Sioux City and Lutheran World Relieve in Ida Grove.
  • The Iowa Lutheran School Tuition Organization exists to assist families who desire a Lutheran education for their children. Explore our website to see if the STO can help you, or to see how your generous donation can help bring the benefits of a Lutheran education to as many children as possible. Donations are eligible for 65% credit on state taxes in Iowa. For more information, visit http://www.iowalutheransto.org

Sunday, October 25, 2015

This Week @ St.John

TUES 10/27- 1:00pm Quilting
WED 10/28- 9:00am Ladies Boble Study
3:30pm Confirmation
8:00pm Elders Meeting
SUN 11/1- 8:45am Sunday School & Bible Study
10:00am Worship with Communion- All Saints Day (Mite Box Sunday)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

2016 Church Officers

The following members were elected last Wednesday (Oct. 21) at the Quarterly Voters' Meeting to these offices for next year.  Thank you for your service & may God use you for His purposes. Please keep these servants in your prayers in the coming year, that God might guide them and guard them as they seek to serve and lead us.
  • President- Kevin Clausen
  • Vice President- Kyle Schultz
  • Secretary- Linda Nepper
  • Treasurer- Becky Dorale
  • Financial Secretary- Otto & Jane Kunze
  • Assistant Finance Sec.- Roger & Patty Kunze
  • Board of Elders- Ted Mallory
  • Board of Finance- Melvin Goslar and  Alex Dorale
  • Trustees- Adam Dorale
  • Board of Christian Education- Dave Galvin
  • Mission Secretary- Roger Jepsen
  • Stewardship Secretary- Byron Weiss

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Ballot for 2016 Officers

PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND THEQUARTERLY VOTERS' MEETING THIS WED. OCT.21 at 7:30PM
We will be voting on the 2016 Bubget and on new officers.

2016 BALLOT:
President- KEVIN Clausen or BRADY Goslar
Vice President- Kyle Schultz
Secretary- Linda Nepper
Treasurer- Becky Dorale
Financial Secretary- Otto & Jane Kunze
Assistant Finance Sec.- Roger & Patty Kunze
Board of Elders- Ted Mallory
Board of Finance- Melvin Goslar or Alex Dorale
Trustees- Adam Dorale or Brad Bramley
Board of Christian Education- Ted Butler or Dave Galvin
Mission Secretary- Roger Jepsen
Stewardship Secretary- Byron Weiss

This Week @ St.John

TUES 10/20- 1:00pm Quilting
WED 10/21- 9:00am Ladies' Bible Study
3:30pm Confirmation
5:00pm meeting re: JrHi Youth Gathering
7:30pm Voters Meeting
SAT-SUN 10/24-25- JrHi District Youth Gathering, Des Moines
SUN 10/25- 8:45am Sunday School & Bible classes
10:00am Worship

Sunday, October 11, 2015

This Week @ St.John




  • TUES 10/13- Pastor returns from vacation
    • 8:45AM Pastors' Conference, Battle Creek
    • 1:00PM Quilting
  • WED 10/14- 9:00AM Ladies' Bible Study
    • 3:30PM Confirmation
    • 7:30PM Council Meeting
  • SUN 10/18- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Study
    • 10:00AM Worship with Communion
    • 7:00PM LYF Meeting at church
  • CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS- You're invited to join the High School Bible Class. We meet at 8:45AM on Sunday's in the library downstairs. ALL youth are encouraged & welcome to attend!
  • CONCORDIA PUBLISHING HOUSE- Is having their annual CPH Warehouse Sale, November 4-10. You can save up to 75% off list prices on professional and academic books, Arch Books, Bibles, sheet music, bulletins, teaching materials and Bible studies.
  • LWML COLLECTION- We are collecting laser & ink jet cartridges, cell phones, GPS systems, papers, PDA's, iPods, MP3s, digital cameras, DVDs, video games, laptops, tablets, eReaders & iPads; and cancelled stamps. ALL stamps are wanted- including 'Forever' stamps. Please leave a 1/4 inch trim around it. Please leave them in the STAMP basket in the bottom drawer in the church entrance.
  • ANNUAL REPORTS ARE DUE- For the Quarterly Voter's Meeting. Church organization  club, & committee presidents, chairpersons, or secretaries, please get your reports in to the church office as soon as possible. Thank you.
    • REMINDER: Church Council Meeting Wed Oct. 14 at 7:30PM, all Organization Presidents or Committee Chairpersons are welcome to attend.
    • Quarterly Voters' Meeting Wednesday, October 21 at 7:30PM. ALL confirmed members are welcome. Please plan to attend. We will be voting on the 2016 Budget and 2016 Church Officers. Have your voice heard, participate in the life and planning of our congregation. See you there.
  • THE JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH GATHERING SERVICE PROJECT- is to bring new toys with them with a value of $5-10 for children from newborn through age 14. Their goal is to collect 500 toys. The toys will be given to children at one of the "Nehemiah" churches in inner-city Los Angeles. Our you leave on October 24th, so please bring toys in as soon as possible. Thank you.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

LWML Sunday 2015 Litany- Seek First the Kingdom of God

Pastor: Holy God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, As we gather to worship You this day, we are worried!

People: May our hearts be opened to trust You!

Pastor: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6).

Holy God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, As we gather to sing praises to You this day, we are distracted!

People: May our eyes be opened to be focused on You!

Pastor: Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

Holy God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, As we gather to hear Your Word today, we are clinging to so many things!

People: May our hands be opened to let go of the things of this world while clinging to You and Your Word!

Pastor: Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:26)

Holy God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, As we gather to receive Your forgiveness, our minds are racing!

People: May our mouths be opened to shout hallelujahs to You for Your mercy and grace!

Pastor: Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all (Matthew 6:31-32).

Holy God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, As we gather to receive Your body and blood today, our lives are cluttered!

People: May our hands be folded in prayers of thanksgiving to You for Your forgiveness!

Pastor: But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33).

People: Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy,
Lord have mercy!
Guide us, through the power of Your Holy Spirit, as we seek to put You and Your eternal Kingdom work first in our lives! Amen

This Week @ St.John


  • TUES 10/6- 6:30AM Men's Bible Study
    • 1:00PM Quilting
  • WED 10/7- 9:00AM Ladies Bible Study
    • 3:30PM Confirmation
    • 6:30PM LWML Mtg.
    • 7:30PM Budget Meeting
  • FRI 10/9-MON 10/12 Pastor on Vacation
  • SUN 10/11- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Study
    • •10:00AM Worship, Rev. Bill Caughy preaching
    • •11:00AM Finance Board Mtg.
  • OCTOBER LWML MTG- Wed. Oct. 7 at 6:30PM. A representative from the Charter Oak Community Cupboard will speak to our group. Please bring food items to help replenish the Community Cupboard. We welcome visitors and new members at any time. Please join us.
  • YOUTH IN GRADES 8-12- The LCMS National Lutheran Youth Gathering will be held in New Orleans July 16-21, 2016. All youth now in grades 8-12 are eligible to attend. Registration opens Oct. 21, 2015. The LYF will be having an informational meeting for youth & their parents on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 7:00pm at the church, please plan to attend.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

A Mighty Fortress

A Mighty Fortress 7
We were standing on the corner, watching the homecoming parade, when I glanced over my shoulder and the sunset behind the old Lutheran Church on the edge of town was amazing. Here it was the last day of September, but it may as well have been the last day of October. I couldn't help myself. I just stood there shooting. Happy "Lutheran Heritage Month!" (I just made that up)

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Giving Quilt Rack

(in loving memory of our past Quilters)
Beginning October 1st we are beginning a new quilting projects. This new journey features a quilt hung over the Quilt Rack in the back of the church by the elevator door. This quilt can be taken by any member of our church family to be given to someone they feel is in need. One does not have to tell where it goes. It is our prayer and hope that the quilts are given from out church family from this "Giving Quilt Rack" will touch the lives and hearts of each and every recipient.
If the Quilt Rack is empty do not dismay, that just means that one has been given to someone in need and another will soon be in it's place. Please join us in this new mission as we share with those around us and may those recipients feel the blessings of our love and prayers within each and every quilt.


This Week @ St.John


  • WED 9/30- 9:00AM Ladies Bible Study
    • 3:00PM- Confirmation
  • SUN 10/4- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Study
    • 10:00AM Worship with Communion LWML Sunday (& Mite Box Sunday)
  • Quilt Tying begins each Tuesday in October, 1:00PM-4:00PM, beginning on Tues Oct. 6.
  • Annual IDW Youth Gathering-  November 20-22, 2015 in Des Moines. Interested high school youth should see Pastor soon for registration materials.

The Temporary Assistance Program (TAP)  Needs Our Help!
St.John collects non-perishable food items for TAP every November, but in the wake of plant closings in Denison, need in our area is greater than usual. TAP not only needs food & clothing items, but is also looking for volunteers.

CALL 712-263-4733
210 S. 25th Street. Denison, IA 51442
HOURS 9:00AM-Noon Mondays & Thursdays

"TAP" is a program for families in need of food and clothing.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

This Week @ St.John


  • MON 9/21- 7:00PM Playground Committee Mtg.
  • TUES 9/22- Linda at Secretaries' Mtg.
  • WED 9/23- First Dayof Autumn
    • 9:00AM Women's Bible Study
    • 3:00PM Confirmation
  • THR 9/24- Orphan Grain train loading a container in Ida Grove, volunteers welcome
  • SUN 9/27- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Stidies
    • 10:00AM Worship with Communion
    • 1:00PM Pastor preaching at Denison Care Center
    • 2:00PM Pastor preaching at Eventide Lutheran Home
    • 2:45PM Pastor preaching at Silveridge
  • SUN Oct 4- LWML Sunday; "Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God," Matt 6:26, 32b & 33
    Featuring a "Noisy Colletion

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Christian Education Staff

"Beloved in the Lord, you have heard the promises of faithfulness spoken by these men and women. Do you promise to support them in their work, to remember them in your prayers, and to work with them to the best of the abilities that God has given you, so that He may be glorified and His work be done in our midst?" 
~Rally Day Liturgy

"Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight." 
~Proverbs 9:9-10

Please Pray for these volunteer Confirmation & Sunday School Teachers in out Congregation:
  • 7/8th Grade Confirmation- Pastor Merrill
  • 5/6th Grade Confirmation- Marjorie Neddermeyer
  • Sunday School Superintendent- Peggy Sue Henschen
  • PreSchool/Kindegarten- Sandy Bramley
  • 1/2nd Grade- Jessie Jepsen
  • 3/4th Grade- Jaci Elwell & Annette Stoltze
  • 5/6th Grade- Peggy Sue Henshen
  • 7/8th Grade- Bethany & Ted Mallory
  • High School Bible Study- Leon Meseck
  • Sunday School Music Leader/Vacation Bible School (VBS) Director- Bethany Mallory
  • Adult Bible Studies & Adult Confirmation Instruction- Pastor Merrill
  • Board of Christian Education: Jaci Elwell, Bethany Mallory, & Leon Meseck
  • LYF Coordinators- Velita Pautsch & Karleen Beeck
Sunday School PK-8 Music Begins at 8:45AM in the Sanctuary, Sunday School Class Follow in basement classrooms. HS & Adult Bible Class begin at 8:45AM, Adults in Room 101 off the Fellowship Hall and HS in the Church Library in the basement. EVERYONE IS WELCOME! Come join us as we dig into God's Word so that we can learn more about Him and grow in our faith in Him and our love toward others!

If you would like to help serve as a Sunday School Co-Teacher for either 5/6 or 1/2 Grades, please let Pastor or Peggy Sue know. Thank you.

Results of Sun. Sept. 13 Special Voters' Meeting

It was moved by Byron Weiss and seconded by Otto Kunze to nominate Brent Friedrichs for service as Lay Delegate from the Mapleton Circuit to the Synodical Convention next Summer. Friedrichs volunteered to be Lay Delegate before receiving the nomination. No other names were placed into nomination.

The Lay Delegate to the Synodical Convention will be decided on by the Circuit Forum next Sunday, Sept. 20. Kevin Clausen is St.John's Lay Delegate to the Circuit Forum.

Brent works for Global Lutheran Outreach (GLO) managing financial and missionary support and logistics. Brent now does his work from home here in Charter Oak, but he and his wife Eugenie served as GLO Missionaries in Nigeria. Before that he served as a business manager with LCMS World Mission in Nigeria and West Africa.

St.John supports the Friedrichs as Missionaries. If he is confirmed as the Lay Delegate, please keep him in your prayers as he represents our Circuit at Convention next Summer. Whether he winds up being the Lay Delegate or not, please continue to support he & his family with your prayers as they continue their work supporting missions in Africa and around the world.

Visit their Webpage here: http://globallutheranoutreach.com/blog/friedrichs

This Week @ St.John


  • TONIGHT (SUN 9/13)- 6:30PM LYF MTG @ Charter Oak City Park
  • MON-TUES, 9/14-15- Pastor at District Pastor's Conference
  • WED 9/16- 9:00AM Ladies bible Study
    • 3:30PM Confirmation
    • 8:00PM Elders Meeting
  • THURS 9/17- 9:00AM Zone Rally at St.John, Battle Creek
    • 6:00PM LCEF Retirement Workshop at Boulders, Denison
  • SAT 9/19- 6:00PM Worship with Communion
  • SUN 9/20- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Class
    • 10:00AM Worship with Communion
    • 2:00PM Lutherans for Life Conference, St. Paul, Ida Grove
    • 5:30PM Circuit Forum, St.Paul, Ida Grove
  • STILL NEEDED: 1st & 2nd grade Sunday School Teacher
  • THY STRONG WORD: The Fund for paying fees to keep this radio program on the air is running low, please consider making a contribution. If you can help, let Pastor, Linda Kuhlman or Becky Dorale know.
  • HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS- are invited to join Leon Meseck for HS Bible Study in the Church Library downstairs Sunday mornings at 8:45AM. All high school and early college youth are invited to come dig into God's work and current issues of faith.
  • JUNIOR HIGH DISTRICT YOUTH GATHERING OCT 24&25 at the Sheridan Hotel in West Des Moines. Intersted 6th-8th Graders should see Pastor about registration forms, fees & deposit by/before this Wednesday Sept.16.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Special Voters Meeting

We need to have a special voters meeting this Sunday in advance of the circuit forum Sept. 20. The purpose is to nominate a lay delegate from the circuit to the Synodical convention next summer. Lay delegate names have to be submitted to me before the Circuit forum so I can have them on the ballot. So we need to nominate in advance.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

St.John Sunday School


COME DIG INTO GOD'S WORD!
  • PK-Junior High Opens with music in the Sanctuary, then breaks into age groups in basement classrooms
  • Adult Bible Study with Pastor Merrill in Rm.101 off the Fellowship Hall
  • High School Bible Study with Leon Meseck in the Church Library in the basement
Celebrate the beginning of a new year of learning
  • Sunday, September 13 at 10:00AM
  • Installation of Sunday School & Confirmation Teachers 
  • Presentation of Bibles to First Graders

This Week @ St.John


  • Mon-Sat. SEP 7-13- 6:25AM Pastor Merrill hosts 'Thy Strong Word' (for Triple Parish) on KDSN 107.1FM/1530AM, FYI-We need funding to help pay KDSN for this program. If you would like to make a donation toward 'Thy Strong Word,' please let either the office know. Thank You.
  • Mon Sep 7- Office Closed in honor of labor Day
  • Tues Sep.8- Happy Birthday, Pastor Merrill!
  • Wed Sep.9- 9:00AM Women's Bible Study Resumes
    • 3:30PM Confirmation
  • Sun Sep.10- RALLY SUNDAY
    • 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Class
    • 10:00AM Worship
      All Teachers, Helpers, Elders & all involved in Christian Education at St. John please attend, Teachers will be installed. Sunday School children will sing. & These First Graders will receive Bibles: Becca Butler, Megan Kragel, Micah Friedrichs, Tajel jepsen, Vincent Reynolds, & Sam Bonsall.
    • 11:00AM Finance Board Meeting

Sunday, August 30, 2015

This Week @ St.John


  • TAKE NOTE: Next Sunday, Sept. 6, our schedule changes. Sunday School & Bible Study will begin at 8:45AM & Worship will begin at 10:00AM
  • TUES 9/1- 6:30AM Men's Bible Study
  • WED 9/2- 3:30PM Confirmation Classes Resume
    • 6:30PM LWML Meeting
  • SUN 9/6- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Class
    • 10:00AM Worship with Communion- Mite Box Sunday
  • NEEDED- Sunday School Co-Teachers for 1st & 2nd Grade and for 5th&6th Grade.

Breakfast is Served


Sunday, August 23, 2015

This Week @ St.John


  • WED 8/26- 7:00pm Confirmation Orientation Meeting
  • THUR 8/27- Linda out of office most of day
  • SUN 8/30- 7:30am Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Playground Renovation
    • 9:00am Worship

  • SUN AUG 30- Playground Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast, Bountiful Harvest Produce & Bake Sale: 7:30-8:30AM before the Contemporary Worship Service in the St. John Fellowship Hall.
  • BOUNTIFUL HARVEST produce can be brought in each Sunday during August to share with our church family. Free-Will Donations can be made in exchange for tomatoes, cucumbers and other garden fresh produce which will go toward the playground renovation fund.
  • NEEDED- Sunday School Co-Teachers for 1st & 2nd Grades and for 5th & 6th Grades this Fall. Please talk to Peggy Sue Henschen, Pastor or the Office if you are able to help.

  • Saturday, August 15, 2015

    This Week @ St.John


    • MON Aug 17- 7:00PM Playground Committee Meeting
    • WED Aug 19- 6:00PM Elders' Meeting at Pasonage
    • SUN Aug 23- 9:00AM Worship (No Bible Study)
    • WED Aug 26- 7:00PM Confirmation Orientation for all 5th-8th Graders and their parents in the Fellowship Hall. We will be handing out schedules and materials at this time. This is a mandatory meeting for all students and their parents.

    Tuesday, August 11, 2015

    Helpers for August 2015

    Head Elder- Steve Kuhlmann
    Head Usher- Lee Kuhlmann

    USHERS- Ted Butler, Jason French, Brian Gossage, Brady Goslar, Norman Klinker, Joell Kuhlmann, Travis Pautsch, & Dalton Smith

    ACOLYTES-
    Aug 15-23 MaKenzie Smith & Ellen Mallory
    Aug 16 & 30 Tanner Hoffman & Erin Hansen

    ALTAR COMMITTEE
    JoAnn Elwell & Leanna Hopp


    Sunday, August 09, 2015

    This Week @ St.John


    • WED AUG 12- 6:30PM LWML Meeting
    • THR AUG 13- 6:00PM Thrivent Member Meeting
    • FRI AUG 14- Pastor Merrill returns from vacation; Until them, Rev. Manley at St.Paul Ute is available for any pastoral needs.
    • SAT AUG 15- 6:00PM Summer Saturday Evening Worship with Communion
    • SUN AUG 16- 9:00AM Worship with Communion
      • Free Will Door Offering for Rev. Vogel & the new Spanish-Language Lutheran Church in Denison
    • NEEDED- Sunday School Co-Teachers for 1st & 2nd Grades and for 5th & 6th Grades this Fall.
    • Son of former St. John Pastor, Rev. Paul Schroeder is retiring. His retirement party and farewell sermon after 49 years at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church will be Sunday, September 13. Send cards to Our Shepherd Lutheran Church 5901 Westway, Greendale, Wisconsin. If you plan to attend in person, please RSVP to Beth at 1 (414) 421-2060 or send an email to bethb@ourshepherdlutheran.org
    • BOUNTIFUL HARVEST produce can be brought in each Sunday during August to share with our church family. Free-Will Donations can be made in exchange for tomatoes, cucumbers and other garden fresh produce which will go toward the playground renovation fund.
    • SUN AUG 30- Playground Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast, Bountiful Harvest Produce & Bake Sale: 7:30-8:30AM before the Contemporary Worship Service in the St. John Fellowship Hall.


    Tuesday, July 28, 2015

    Camp Discovery VBS

     Almost 95 children have been learning this week that "God has a plan for you. Right Now. Right where you are." Come join us at their closing program at 8:00PM on Thursday, July 30, 2015.

    Thank you to ALL the adult and youth volunteers, from meals to group leaders, to station leaders to crafts! God is using you right here, right now to share with open arms, the love of Jesus at St. John's in Charter Oak!

    Sunday, July 26, 2015

    This Week @ St.John

    • Mon-Sat July 27-31  Listen to Pastor Merrill host the 'Thy Strong Word' program each morning at 6:25AM on http://www.kdsnradio.com or KDSN 1530AM
    • Mon- Thur July 27-31
      • 5:30PM VBS Evening Meal
      • 6:00PM Camp Discovery Vacation Bible School
    • Thurs July 31, 8:00PM VBS Closing Program
    • Sun Aug 2- No Adult Bible Class
      • 9:00AM Worship with Communion
    • JULY 27-AUG 7- 11:30AM-12:30PM St.John Summer Youth Lunch Ministry
      All Children are Welcome & will receive a FREE lunch

    Sunday, July 19, 2015

    This Week @ St.John


    • WED JULY 22- 8:00PM Elders Meeting
    • THRS JULY 23- 6:30PM Thrivent Informational Meeting
    • SUN JULY 26- 8:00AM Bible Class
      • 9:00AM Worship
      • 1:00PM Pastor at Denison Care Center
      • 2:00PM Pastor at Eventide
      • 2:45PM Pastor at Silveridge
      • 5:30PM VBS Evening Meal
      • 6:00PM Camp Discovery VBS Begins!
    • JULY 27-31- 11:30AM-12:30PM St.John Summer Youth Lunch Ministry
      See Pastor if you're interested in volunteering- help is especially needed Friday


    Sunday, July 12, 2015

    This Week @ St.John

    Mon-Sat July 13-18 Listen to Pastor Merrill host the 'Thy Strong Word' program each morning at 6:25AM on http://www.kdsnradio.com or KDSN 1530AM

    Sun-Sat July 12-18, Pastor Merrill will be at Concordia Cubs Week at Camp Okoboji. Rev. Jensen at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Mapleton will be on call for your pastoral needs. Please call one of the elders or Linda Kuhlmann in the church office and they will give you his number.

    • SUN-WED July 12-15- Charter Oak Achievement Days, Come support members of the 4-H Achievers and Boosters.
    • SAT July 18- 6:00PM Contemporary/Informal Worship with Communion
    • SUN July 19- 8:00AM Bible Class
      • 9:00AM Worship with Communion
      • 7:00PM VBS Staff Meeting
    RESULTS OF THE Wed. July 8 Quarterly Voters Meeting-
    • The Trustees will hire R.L.Kraft to repair the gravel guards on the bell tower to redirect drainage of collected rain on the roof, eliminating further stain on the North side.
    • A bid was accepted from Warren Andrew for tuck-pointing the church. It was decided to pay for this work from the Anonymous Fund.
    • Kevin Clausen volunteered to serve as St.John's representative to the Mapleton Circuit Forum later this Fall.
    • Steve Beeck, Ralph Dorale and Brian Pautsch volunteered to serve as the Nominating Committee for next year's church officers
    • Discussion tabled until the October meeting: whether to offer the Fellowship Hall as a polling place in future elections.

    Monday, July 06, 2015

    Playground Improvement Plans


    • ABOVE: See Diagram of the Playground & Court Areas
    • Next Playground Committee Meeting
      7:00PM Monday, August 17
    • FUNDRAISING PANCAKE BREAKFAST-
      Sun. Aug.30 7:30AM Before Contemporary Worship
    • COMING IN JULY 2015-
      • Green Stain/Treatment of Lumber on Existing Playground Equipment
      • New Wood Chipped Mulch
      • Power-Washing Concrete Slab
      • 10:00AM Mon. July 20- LYF Painting Basketball Court, Hopscotch & Foursquare
    • IN THE WORKS-
      • New Sign
      • New Park Bench
    • OTHER POSSIBLE IDEAS-
      • Giant Floater Tire Sculpture
      • Hand-Built Monkey Bars &/or other Equipment
      • Swings?
      • New/Bigger Slide?
      • Climbing Dome?
      • Shade Trees?


    Follow Ted's board CHURCH PLAYGROUND REHAB IDEAS on Pinterest.

    July Helpers in the Church

    July Elder in Charge: Brian Pautsch
    Head Usher: Kevinn Clausen

    July Usher Team: Josh Maack, Ted Mallory, Keith Stoltze, Austin Hansen, Ryan Vogt, Nolan Neddermeyer, Jesse Hupp, & Quinton Conto

    July Greeters:

    • 5-19 Judy Bockelmann
    • 12-26 Elaine Nemitz
    • 12-19 Janice Thockmorton
    • 18-26 Rachel Wight
    • 5-18 Marilyn Pirwitz


    July Acolytes:

    • July 5 Kaitlyn Conto & Crysta Gierstorf
    • July 12 & 18 Loryn Schultz & Carson Schultz
    • July 19 & 26 Chase Pester & Justice McCartney
    July Altar Committee:
    Patti Vogt & Marilyn Pirwitz


    Sunday, July 05, 2015

    'Camp Discovery' Vacation Bible School 2015

    Discover God's Plan! Discover His Purpose!

    At Camp Discovery VBS, your children learn that Jesus works inn and through us. They'll look into the Bible, God's Holy Word, and explore five tree-mendous Bible accounts where God works in His people to save them and through His people to serve! Jesus saves us, gives us faith, courage and wisdom to serve Him and share His Good News with our neighbor. God has a plan and a purpose for each of His beloved children!

    Registration is open for ages Preschool through Sixth grade who will attend VBS from Sunday, July 26 to Thursday, July 30, 6:00pm-8:30pm. Again this year, we will have a free brown bag lunch for children at 5:30pm. Come along with us as we sing fun songs, do crazy crafts, eat yummy snacks, play awesome games and more. Plus, you'll learn about Jesus our Savior and how He is at work through us! We can't wait to see you there. To register, call Linda in the Church Office at 678-3312 or VBS Director Bethany Mallory at 3397.

    We Need Helpers for VBS

    If you would be willing to "host" a group of children by moving them from station to station during VBS, please consider volunteering during this week of adventure as a 'Team Leader.' We also need Kitchen help for the prep and serving of lunches, served from 5:30-6:00pm each evening. The kids also like a simple snack and drink during the evening. We need a team that would be willing to arrange and provide a snack during VBS time.

    We also need able hands to help with the Craft Time. Some craft work can be done prior to VBS, some is hands-on during the evenings of VBS. Talk to Bethany Mallory if you can help with kids or kitchen. Please talk with Peggy Sue Henschen if you can help with craft preparation or craft time during VBS.

    Campy Decorations Needed

    Out theme this year is all about camping. If you would be willing to share your camp supplies for the week, please contact Bethany or bring them to the Sunday School: Tents (small), fishing tools, tree stump seats, small logs for seating, artificial Christmas trees (without lights), and miscellaneous camping gear like backpacks, beach towels, flashlights, lanterns, etc.

    Thank You for your time, supplies, offerings, and especially for your prayer-support!

    This Week @ St.John


    • MON JULY 6- 7:00PM Playground Committee Meeting
    • TUES 7/7- 6:30AM Men's Bible Study
    • WED 7/8- 7:30PM Quarterly Voters' Meeting
    • SUN 7/12- 8:00AM Bible Class
      • 9:00AM Worship
    • Pastor at Cubs' Week @ Camp Okoboji SUN after Worship until Sat. 7/18

    Sunday, June 28, 2015

    This Week @ St.John

    WED 7/1- 6:30pm LWML MTG.
    •7:30pm Church Council MTG.
    FRI 7/3- office closed for Independence Day weekend
    SUN 7/5- 8:00am Bible class
    •9:00am Worship w/ Communion (Mite box Sun.)
    July 5-11, JrHi Camp @ Okoboji

    Thursday, June 25, 2015

    LWML Convention Opening Worship- Live Streamed!

    Come join us in the Fellowship Hall to watch the opening worship at the LWML National Convention anytime between now and tonight at 7:00PM Or- watch it here on the Website live in the comfort of your own home!

    Saturday, June 20, 2015

    This Week 2 St.John


    • June 21-23- Pastor at District Convention in Okoboji
    • WED June 24- Pastor back in office | Lutheran Day at Adventureland
    • June 25-28- LWML Convention in Des Moines
    • THURS June 25- LWML Opening Worship "Live-Streamed" in the St.John Fellowship Hall
    • SUN June 28- 8:00AM Bible Class
      • 9:00AM Worship Service

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

    This Week @ St.John

    •Mon 6/15- 7:00pm Playground Committee Mtg.
    •Wed 6/16- 8:00pm Elders Mtg.
    •Sat 6/20- 6:00pm Contemporary Worship with Communion
    •Sun 6/21- 8:00am Bible Study, 9:00am Worship; free will offering for Rev.Vogel
    •6/21-23 Pastor at Iowa District West (IDW) Convention at Lake Okoboji

    Sunday, June 07, 2015

    This Week @ St.John

    SUN JUNE 14- 8:00AM Bible Class
    •9:00AM Worship
    •10:00AM Finance Board Mtg.
    •IDW JOY in Ministry Banquet, Boulders in Denison,
    5:30PM Registration, 6:00PM Banquet

    Wednesday, June 03, 2015

    The New Church Directories Have Arrived

    Pictorial Directories are now available to St. John members in the church office.


    Monday, June 01, 2015

    This Week @ St.John


    • TUES JUNE 2- 6:30AM Men's Bible Study
    • WED JUNE 3- 6:30PM LWML MTG.
    • SUN JUNE 7- 8:00AM Adult Bible Class
      • 9:00AM Worship with Communion (Mite Box Sunday)

    Sunday, May 31, 2015

    Thursday, May 28, 2015

    Playground Committee Report

    Here are some of the plans & goals being considered by the Church Playground Committee. If you are interested in investing some of your time talents or monetary gifts to any of these projects, please contact Pastor, Memorial Secretary Karleen Beeck, one of the Trustees or Ted or Bethany Mallory. The Committee will be meeting again June 15.


    SHORT RANGE
    “To Do” List
    June 2015
    MID-RANGE
    Goals
    2015
    LONG RANGE
    Hopes
    As Funding Permits
    ●Member Gift ●Concrete Bench
    ●Straighten, clean, repair basketball hoop
    ●LYF to paint games like 4 Square & Hopscotch on basketball court
    ●Possible donated concrete tables
    ●Stain wood on current playground equipment
    ●Begin designing a sign
    ●Fabricate/Install Sign

    ●Monkey Bars

    ●Mulch

    ●Slide

    ●Trash/Recycle Bins

    ●Climbing “Dome?”
    ●Stencil for painted U.S. Map on basketball court?

    ●Member offer of gift for new playground equipment, such as “Rainbow” brand

    ●“Ark,” slides, swings?

    Sunday, May 24, 2015

    This Week @ St.John


    • WED 5/27- 7:00PM Playground Committee Meeting
    • THR 5/28- 6:00PM Wedding Rehearsal
    • FRI 5/29- 4:00PM Khael Rosburg & Breanna Corbett Wedding
    • SUN 5/31- 8:45AM Adult Bible Class
      • 9:30AM Refreshments in the Fellowship Hall
      • 10:00AM Contemporary Worship in Fellowship Hall
        (St. John has a service with contemporary Christian praise music & liturgy every 5th Sunday)


    Sunday, May 10, 2015

    This Week @ St.John

    •TUES 5/12- Pastor at conference in Correctionwville
    •WED 5/13- Pastor presenting about Cub Week in Sioux City
    •SUN 5/17- 8:45am Sunday School & Bible Class
    10:45am Baccalaureate Worship with Communion
    (Offering taken for Pastor Vogel)

    Sunday, May 03, 2015

    This Week @ St.John

    CONFIRMATION DAY MAY 3, 2015
    •MON-FRI-
    Pastor gone this week due to family concerns
    WED 5/6- 3:30PM Confirmation classes to Mission Central
    •6:30PM LWML Meeting
    THRS 5/7- Pastor scheduled to present camp programs in Spencer
    SUN 5/7- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Class
    •10:00AM Worship

    Sunday, April 26, 2015

    This Week @ St.John

    TUES 4/28- Pastor presenting Cub Week program in Fort Dodge
        •6:00pm Western Iowa Mission Committee, Our Savior, Denison
        •7:00pm Crawford County Right to Life, Our Savior, Denison
    WED 4/29- 6:00pm Confirmation Banquet
        •7:00pm Confirmation Questioning
    SAT 5/2- 10:00am Confirmation pictures & rehersal
    SUN 5/3- 8:45am Sunday School & Bible Class
       •10:00am Worship with Communion/Confirmation (also Mite Box Sun.)
       •4:30pm LYF Dodgeball Tournament

    Sunday, April 19, 2015

    This Week @ St.John

    •TUES 4/21- Pastor gone giving Cubs Week presentations in Boone & Des Moines
    •WED 4/22- 9:00AM Ladies' Bible Study
    3:30PM Confirmation (8th grade only)
    8:00PM Elders' Meeting
    •SUN 2/26- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Study
    10:00AM Worship

    Sunday, April 12, 2015

    This Week @ St.John

    MON APR 13- 9:00am-11:00am Volunteer Appreciation Coffee
    TUE APR 14- Pastor. At Preaching Workshop in West Des Moines
    WED APR 15- 9:00am Ladies' Bible Study
    •3:30pm Confirmation
    7:30pm Quarterly Voter's Meeting
    THR APR 16- 9:00am LWML Spring Rally in Anthon
    SUN APR 19- 8:45am Sunday School & Bible Study
    10:00am Worship with Communnion
    7:00pm LYF meeting

    Sunday, April 05, 2015

    HE IS RISEN INDEED!

    TUES 4/7- 6:25AM Men's Bible Study
    WED 4/8- 9:00AM Ladies Bible Study
    3:30PM Confirmation
    7:30PM Church Council Meetinh
    SUN 4/12- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Class
    10:00AM Worship
    11:00AM Finance Board Mtg.

    Sunday, March 29, 2015

    Holy Week Worship Schedule

    MAR 29- 10:00AM Palm Sunday; Palm Procession, Sunday School Singing
    APR 2- 7:00PM Maundy Thursday Worship with Communion
    APR 3- 7:00PM Good Friday Tenebrae Service
    APR 4- EASTER SUNDAY
    • 6:30AM Easter Son-Rise Worship with Communion
    • 7:30AM Annual LYF Easter Breakfast
    • 10:00AM Easter Festival Worship with Communion


    LYF Easter Son-Rise Breakfast

    St.John's Lutheran Youth Fellowship
    Invites You to Their
    Annual Easter Breakfast

    Please Join Us at 7:30AM In the St. John Fellowship HallSt. John Lutheran Church in Charter Oak, IA

    Serving Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Ham, Apple Sauce,
    Coffee, and Orange Drink.

    Free Will Donation, Proceeds to Fund our Youth Group,
    including attendance of the

    2016 LCMS National Youth Gathering in New Orleans, LA

    www.lcmsgathering.com



    This Week @ St.John

    • WED 4/1- 9:00Am Ladies Lenten Retreat
      • 3:30PM Confirmation
      • 6:30PM LWML Meeting
    • THR 4//2- 7:00PM Maundy Thursday Worship with Communion
    • FRI 4/3-  7:00PM Good Friday Tenebrae Worship
    • SAT 4/4- 9:00AM LYF Decorates for Easter Breakfast
    • SUN 4/5- 6:30AM Easter "Son-Rise" Worship
      • 7:30AM Annual LYF Breakfast
      • 8:45AM Sunday School (No Adult or Youth Bible Classes)
      • 10:00AM Worship with Communion


    Sunday, March 22, 2015

    This Week @ St.John

    MON-SAT MAR 22-29- Pastor Merrill hosts 'Thy Strong Word' on KDSN at 6:25AM
    •WED MAR 25- 9:00AM Ladies' Lenten Retreat
    3:30PM Confirmation
    7:00PM Lentem Midweek Worship
    •SUN MAR 29- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Class
    10:00AM Palm Sunday Worship
    1:00PM Pastor preaches at Denison Care Center
    2:00PM Pastor preaches at Eventide
    2:45PM Pastor preaches at Silveridge
    7:00PM Lenten Bible Study

    Friday, March 20, 2015

    This Week @ St.John


    SUNDAY, March 22-
    • 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Study
    • 9:30AM Coffee & Donuts in the Fellowship Hall
    • 10:00AM Contemporary Worship
    • 2:00-5:00PM Family Bowling at Lucky Lanes in Denison
    • 7:00PM Lenten Bible Study

    Sunday, March 08, 2015

    This Week @ St.John


    • TUES 3/10- 8:45AM PAstors' Conference | Our Savior, Denison
    • WED 3/11- 9:00AM Ladies Lenten Retreat
      • 3:00PM Confirmation
      • 7:00PM Midweek Lenten Worship
    • SAT 3/14- 9:00AM-2:00PM Elders Training Event | Newell, IA
    • SUN 3/15- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Class
      • 10:00AM Worship
      • 5:00PM Lenten Bible Study
      • 6:00PM LYF Pizza & Movie at Pastor's House
    • SUN 3/22- Family Bowling @ Lucky Lanes in Denison. $3.50/game (+$1.50 shoe rental), Please sign up in the church lobby.

    Sunday, March 01, 2015

    This Week @ St.John

    •TUES 3/3- 6:30AM Men's Bible Class
    •WED 3/4- 9:00AM Ladies' Lenten Retreat
    •3:30PM Confirmation
    •7:00PM Lenten Midweek Worship
    •THURS 3/5- 1:30PM LWML mtg
    •SUN turn clocks ahead 1 hour for Daylight Savings
    •3/8- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Class
    •10:00AM Worship
    11:00AM Finance Board Mtg.
    7:00PM Lenten Bible Study

    Sunday, February 22, 2015

    This Week @ St.John

    •WED 2/25- 9:00AM Ladies' Lenten Retreat
    •3:30PM Confirmation
    •7:00PM Midweek Lenten Worship
    •SUN March 1- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Class
    •10:00AM Worship with Communion 

    This Week @ St.John

    •WED 2/17- 9:00am Ladies' Lenten Retreat
    •3:30pm Confirmation
    •5:30pm Sunday School Lenten Supper
    •7:00pm Ash Wednesday Worship with Communion
    •8:00pm Elders Mtg.
    •SUN 2/22- 8:45am SundaySchool & Bible Study
    10:00am Worship
    6:00pm Family Movie Night

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    Midweek Lenten Worship Schedule

    Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18. Midweek services will be held every Wednesday during Lent beginning at 7:00PM. The Ash Wednesday service will include Holy Communion. The Sunday School will serve supper before the Ash Wed. service at 5:30PM. A free will offering will be collected with proceeds going toward scholarships for children attending Camp Okoboji this Summer.

    The theme of this year's Lenten Midweek series is "The Parables of Lent." Once again St. John will be participating in a rotation with other congregations in the Mapleton Circuit. Each week on of the neighboring pastors will bring a different message in the series.

    The Lenten Midweek Schedule for St. John

    • FEB 18 (ASH WED)- Pastor Merrill, "Receive Mercy; The Good Samaritan"
    • FEB 25- Pastor Manley, St. Paul Ute, "Receive the Treasure; The Hidden Treasure and the Priceless Pearl"
    • MAR 4- Pastor Cormeny, St. John Battle Creek, "Receive the Word; The Sower and the Seed"
    • MAR 11- Pastor Jensen, St. Matthew Mapleton, "Receive Justification; The Pharisee and the Tax Collector"
    • MAR 18- Pastor Salcido, St.Paul Ida Grove, "Receive Forgiveness; The Prodigal Son"
    • MAR 25- Pastor Frank, Triple Parish Ricketts, "Receive Grace; The Workers in the Vineyard"

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    This Week @ St.John


    • WED FEB 11- 6:30PM Tuck Point Meeting
    • SUN FEB 15- Transfiguration Sunday
      • 8:45AM Sunday School/Bible Study
      • 10:00AM Worship with Communion
      • 11:00AM LWML Winter Brunch
      • 7:00PM LYF Mtg.

    Wednesday, February 04, 2015

    This Week @ St.John

    •TUES 2/3- 6:30AM Men's Bible Study
    2:00PM BINGO at Eventide
    •WED 2/4- 3:30PM Confirmation
    •1:30PM LWML Mtg.
    •SUN 2/8- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Class
    10:00AM Worship with Communion
    11:00AM Finance Board Mtg.

    Sunday, February 01, 2015

    No church this morning

    Services cancelled due to snow

    No Sunday School Today

    No Sunday School due to weather.

    Sunday, January 25, 2015

    We Need Your Help

    The 'Thy Strong Word' radio program is in need of money. Help keep this ministry on the air. Consider making a donation toward programming costs. Ask Pastor or the Linda in the office how. Thank you.

    The following opportunities to serve came up at the Voter's Meeting, last Wednesday, January 21:

    LAY DELEGATE NEEDED to the Iowa District West Convention this Summer at Camp Okoboji, June 21-23. This delegate will participate in the election of District Officials, including a new IDW President. as well as voting on resolutions which will set District goals for the next 3 years. The congregation pays the fees so meals and accommodations will be provided. Please speak to Pastor or Ted Mallory if you would be interested in serving as our Lay Delegate.

    MEMORIAL FUND OPPORTUNITY- St.John would like to invest in a set of compact discs of hymns & liturgical music in the even that we ever find ourselves without organists for an extended period of time. If any families have undesignated memorial money and would like to help make this purchase possible, please contact either Karleen Beeck or the church office know.

    ST.JOHN PLAYGROUND RESTORATION/IMPROVEMENT- We are establishing a committee to look into ideas for brightening and restoring the old Lutheran School playground. Many children and families use the playground and we also see it as an outreach to the community. Benches, signs, artwork, and new equipment are all ideas being considered. If you have any ideas for the playground or would like to be part of our new "Playground Outreach Committee" please contact Pastor or Ted Mallory.

    LWML Winter Brunch

    Sunday, February 15th
    11:00Am-12:30PM
    St.John's Fellowship Hall
    Menu:
    Pancakes, French Toast, Scrambled Eggs & Ham, Applesauce, Pastries & Beverages

    Free Will Donation

    Sponsored by
    St.John Lutheran's 
    Lutheran Womens' Missionary League (LWML)
    Charter Oak, IA

    ALl proceeds will go toward LWML Projects

    LCEF Scholarship Fund

    Iowa District West has $1,000 College Scholarships available for students from LCMS congregations. The application deadline is February 28. Visit http://lcefuppermidwest.org/scholarships for details and application forms.

    CHAOS Junior High Retreat

    The Christians Hyped About Our Savior (CHAOS) Retreat for 6th-8th Graders will be held at Camp Okaboji Friday & Saturday, February 27-28. Registration forms are due back to Pastor by Sunday, February 1st.

    3 Things to pick up if you haven't yet...


    1. Directory Photos- if you have not received your photos from Lifetouch yet or if there was an error in your order, please let Linda Kuhlmann in the church office know.
    2. Offering Envelope Boxes are on a table in the back of the sanctuary.
    3. Year-End Giving Statements for your 2014 Taxes are in a pink box on the counter, unnder the bulletin boards, in the entryway near Pastor's office.

    This Week @ St.John

    Mon-Sat Jan 26-Feb 1: Hear Pastor Merrill host 'Thy Strong Word' at 6:25am on KDSN 1530AM/107.1FM. You can even listen online at http://www.kdsnradio.com
    •WED 1/28- 3:30pm Confirmation
    •7:00pm Elders Meeting
    •SUN 2/1- 8:45am Sunday School & Bible Study
    •10:00am- Worship (Mite BoxSun)
    •2:00pm-4:00pm Open House for Art & Lortaine Beeck

    Sunday, January 18, 2015

    This Week @ St.John

    •WED 1/21- 3:30pm Confirmation
    7:30pm Annual Voters' Meeting
    •SAT 1/24- 9:00am LYF Soup Spreparation
    •SUN 1/25- 8:45am Sunday School & Bible Class
    10:020am Worship
    LYF Soup-to-Go orders available after worship

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

    This Week @ St.John


    • MON JAN 12- 7:00PM Board of Education Meeting
    • TUE JAN 13- 8:45Am Pastor at Circuit Pastors' Conference at Zion, Luth. in Denison
    • WED JAN 14- 3:30PM Confirmation
      • 7:30PM Council Meeting
    • SUN JAN 18- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Class
      • 10:00AM Worship with Communion, Life Sunday, Free Will Offering for Hispanic Mission ministry of Rev.Vogel
      • 1:00PM Pastor Merrill at Denison Care Center
      • 2:00PM Pastor at Eventide
      • 2:45PM Pastor at Silveridge
      • 7:00PM LYF Meeting
    • WED JAN 21- 7:30PM Annual Voter's Meeting
    OFFICERS & COMMITTEES, Please get your 4th Quarter & Annual Reports to Linda in the Office as soon as possible.

    SCHEDULES- Please let Linda know if you'd be open to serving as an usher or greeter this year.


    Sunday, January 04, 2015

    This Week @ St.John: Happy Epiphany!


    MON Jan 5- 7:00PM Board of Education Mtg.
    TUES Jan 6- 6:30AM Men's Bible Study
    WED Jan 7- 3:30PM Confirmation
    THURS Jan 8- 1:30PM LWML Mtg.
    SUN Jan 9- 8:45AM Sunday School & Bible Class
    10:00AM Worship
    11:00AM Finance Board Mtg.

    Coming up...
    WED Jan 14- 7:30PM Church Council Mtg.
    WED Jan 21- 7:30PM Annual Voters' Mtg.
    SUN Jan 25- LYF Soup-to-Go