When children are baptized, promises are made. The parents, with the help of the sponsors, promise to bring their children to live among God's faithful people to hear the word of God and participate in the Holy Supper; they promise to teach them the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments, and place in their hands the Holy Scriptures; and they promise to nurture them in faith and prayer. The people of God, as represented by our congregation, promise to support them and pray for them in their new life in Christ.
Excitement is certainly in the air this month at St. John's as these promises are being honored.
Parents and sponsors assisted 70 students by 'bringing them' to attend Sunday School on Rally Sunday.
Over 20 teacher and helpers from our congregation of St. John's have made a commitment to help teach classes and lead studies, as a way to 'nurture our young people in faith.'
Bibles are being 'placed in the hands' of the 3rd and 7th graders, as provided by the congregation and handed to each student by parents or sponsors.
Confirmation students are beginning 'to learn the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments' as presented in the Small Catechism.
'Prayers are being prayed' each week in support of our youth and children during worship.
These children have all been placed within our care as members of the Body of Christ, sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever. Together, let us pray for them.
Almighty God, with a mother's love and a father's care you have blessed us with the joy and responsibility of children. As we bring them up, give us gracious love, calm strength and patient wisdom, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
... live free ... "... do good. Be rich in good works, generous and ready to share..."
St. John's Stewardship theme this year is Live Free and is based on Galatians 5:1 and 1 Timothy 6:17-19. During October we will be hearing Temple Talks from a number of individuals in the congregation and we will be reminded how rich we already are and increasingly can be in good works, in generosity, and in being ready to share. We will encourage one another to let go of the uncertainty of living based on our financial lacks or means and commit ourselves to God, who gives us the grace to Live Free. We know that generosity is synonymous with St. John's as we extend goodness and generosity in our community and around the world so let's join together to follow Jesus and Live Free.
Join us for Worship
St. John’s Church Council has decided that we will continue with two services each weekend, 5pm worship in the Chapel on Saturday evening and 9am worship in the Sanctuary on Sunday morning followed by a hospitality time in the Fellowship Hall. Holy Communion will be offered each weekend
Please note that the Council intends to survey church members toward the end of the year to evaluate if there is a need for additional service times.Pastor Lepp, members of the staff, and members of the Council look forward to hearing from you with suggestions for how our worship together can best carry the message of God’s love for all people, while transforming us into caring disciples of Jesus Christ.
JOIN US FOR WORSHIP! Saturday at 5pm in our Chapel Sunday at 9am in the Sanctuary Adult fellowship and small groups following worship in the Fellowship Hall Sunday School for all ages (3 yrs to High School) at 10:15am