Thank you to everyone who helped with the Advent and Christmas preparations and events at St. John’s. Our worship services were filled with beauty and inspiration, our times of fellowship were filled with warm hospitality and smiling faces, and our education classes and Christmas program were filled with a lively witness to the Lord Jesus. We also touched the lives of many, many people beyond our walls through our gifts to the Mendota Area Christian Food Pantry and local nursing home residents through the Angel Tree. It has truly been a memorable season!
Also, thank you for all the cards and calls and special greetings you have shared with Dan and I during these past weeks. We appreciate your kind and generous spirits.
God’s blessings to all of you,
Congregational Meeting -- January 29th
The annual meeting of St. John's Congregation will take place immediately following worship on Sunday, January 29th. We hope that you will make every effort to attend. (There will be no Saturday worship on January 28th.)
***Attention Team Leaders*** Your annual reports are now due. Please email your report to the church office. Thank you!
Several of 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.
Sunday School Resumes January 8th
Sunday School classes for all ages resumes on Sunday, January 8th at 10:10am. We hope you have enjoyed your Christmas break. We are very excited to have everyone back in the classrooms!
First Communion Instruction
First Communion classes will be held during the Sunday School hour on January 8th and January 15th. Parents of second grade students and older students who have not received Communion instruction are encouraged to attend the classes with their child. We will meet upstairs in the Children's Library. First Communion will be offered to these students during worship on Sunday, January 22nd.
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.