Lent 2017 We are entering the Season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1st, and ends with Easter Sunday, April 16th. Lent is a time for us to prepare our hearts and minds for the mystery and joy of Easter. I invite you to participate in these times of worship and fellowship as we grow in faith together. Be sure to tell your family and friends and invite them, too. All are Welcome!
Sundays during Lent
Worship at 9am - Our worship services will include songs of praise, Holy Communion, a reflection of Scripture, and presentations of Bible readings by our members.
Fellowship at 10am - This is a time to greet both those you know and visitors.
Education at 10:10am - There is Sunday School for all ages, and three classes for adults.
Wednesdays during Lent
Supper at 5:30pm - The suppers will be hosted by various groups within the congregation. A great opportunity for fellowship!
Worship at 7pm - Six area ELCA Pastors are rotating through the congregations starting on March 8th to preach on topics within The Small Catechism. Be sure to attend each week to welcome these neighbors.
Ash Wednesday – March 1st - Lent begins with this service of repentance where we experience the Imposition of Ashes as a sign of our human frailty, and Holy Communion which reminds us of God’s love and mercy through Jesus Christ.
Free Indeed: Devotions for Lent - We are providing this Devotional to assist in our Lenten journey through the reading of Scripture, prayer, and reflection upon the Small Catechism. Please pick up your copy at church.
Looking Ahead to Holy Week
We follow Jesus during the week of his crucifixion, death, and resurrection.
Sunday of Passion/Palm Sunday – April 9th at 9am
Maundy Thursday – April 13th at 7pm
Ecumenical Good Friday – April 14th at 7pm
Easter Sunday – April 16th at 9am
* * * * * Small Catechism - Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton calls Luther’s Small Catechism a ‘great treasure’ and is encouraging the whole Church to read and study it during Lent. We are making The Small Catechism available for everyone.
1. Phone app - Go to your App Store and type in Small Catechism Augsburg Fortress. It’s a free download. 2. Hymnal - The Small Catechism is located in the back of the ELW hymnal on pages 1160-1167. 3. Small Booklets - These are available from the church office or Pastor Lepp. Please ask.
Kids Against Hunger Mobile Food Pack Event
On Saturday, March 25th from 1pm to 4pm, we will participate in a Kids Against Hunger mobile food pack event right here in our Fellowship Hall. The mission of Kids Against Hunger is to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the USA and to feed starving children throughout the world. Meals are shipped to starving children and their families in over 60 countries through partnerships with humanitarian organizations worldwide. We need your help to end world hunger.
Please make plans to participate in the Kids Against Hunger mobile food pack event which will be held in our Fellowship Hall on Saturday, March 25th from 1pm to 4pm. Sign-up before March 13th by contacting the office or by adding your name to the sign-up sheets in the Fellowship Hall.
2017 Church Council Appointments
Our newly-elected Church Council met recently and made the following appointments:
Eric Anderson -- President, Benevolence/Ministry Enhancement, Finance Lauren Anderson -- Educational Ministry Karyn Bock -- Treasurer, Finance Kevin Champlin Gary Duttlinger -- Educational Ministry Steve Florschuetz -- Vice President, Stewardship Bill Garthe -- Property, Scholarship Dawn Kendall Becky Lowers -- Memorial & Remembrance, Stewardship Melissa Nosalik -- Secretary, Children’s Worship, Worship Planning, Youth Huddle Lori Simonton -- Food Service Shylah Ward -- Member Care, Stewardship
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.
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.
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 10:10am.