Godspeed for Maria Bonine
Maria, our St. John’s Youth Director these past 5 years, has entered the process of becoming an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the ELCA. Therefore, she has resigned from her position at St. John’s in order to more fully focus upon her studies at Wartburg Seminary.
Sunday, August 20th will be Maria’s last day as our Youth Director. On that day, we will be offering a Godspeed Prayer for Maria during worship. Following worship, there will be a reception for her in our Fellowship Hall.
We have been blessed with Maria’s ministry and her faithfulness to the youth of our congregation and their families. As she wrote in her letter of resignation, “I trust that God will continue to bless us as we walk by faith and not by sight.” Please join with us that day in thanking her.
Why Sunday Fellowship?
The Merriam–Webster online dictionary defines a fellowship as a “community of interest, activity, feeling, or experience,” and “a company of equals or friends.”
God designed His church to be a fellowship, not just a community, but a family of brothers and sisters who share God’s ideals and beliefs, and who can help us improve ourselves.
The importance of fellowship in our lives is part of the reason that the people of God are commanded to consider one another in order to stir up love and good works. Every week, on Sunday, Christians gather both to hear the Word of God taught and to strengthen each other through fellowship.
Sunday Fellowship at St. John’s requires your participation. We are the Church. Please consider signing up for one Sunday during the year to make coffee and serve donuts to your fellow members so that we can meet, get to know each other and focus on God’s desires and goals for us.
There is a calendar in the Church kitchen, pick a Sunday to do your part as a member of the St. John’s community.
Our quilting ladies have been working on “Walker Bags” for residents of area nursing homes. They are also making them available to members of our congregation. You will find a basket full of these colorful and handy fabric bags in the Narthex. Please feel free to take one for yourself or someone you know.