Ascension Sunday
Sun­day, May 28, 9:00 AM
Pentecost
Sun­day, June 4, 9:00 AM
Sunday Worship Service
Sin­gle ser­vice at 9:00 AM
Sunday Worship Service
Sin­gle ser­vice at 9:00 AM
Ascen­sion Sunday
Pen­te­cost
Sun­day Wor­ship Service
Sun­day Wor­ship Service
Open Arms Chris­t­ian Preschool
Spring Congregation Meeting
Sun­day, April 30, 10:30 AM
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Spring Yard Sale
Fri­day & Sat­ur­day April 28th & April 29th
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Spring Con­gre­ga­tion Meeting
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Sum­mer Ser­vant Event at Camp Restore Detroit
Spring Yard Sale
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Bible Stud­ies at Saint John’s

Here are the Bible stud­ies cur­rently held at or spon­sored by Saint John’s.

Sum­mer Break!

Sev­eral of our Bible stud­ies take a break from their weekly meet­ings over the sum­mer. The Bread of Life (Wednes­days at 9:30 AM) and Woman-​to-​Woman (Wednes­days, 9:00 AM) Bible stud­ies and Sun­day School (Sun­days, 10:30 AM) will resume in September.

Sun­day School

Our Sun­day School pro­grams focus on bib­li­cal lit­er­acy, help­ing kids learn about God’s plan of sal­va­tion as it unfolds in the Old Tes­ta­ment, in the life and min­istry of Jesus and the growth of the early church as recorded in the Gospel and Acts. Sun­days, 10:30 AM, Sun­day School Class­room Wing. Chil­dren should grab a snack from the Large Fel­low­ship Hall and then head right up to Class­room 201 for games and crafts before Sun­day School Open­ing (which begins at 10:30 AM).

Mid­dle School Bible Study

Our mid­dle school youth gather for Sun­day morn­ing Bible study. Sun­days, 10:30 AM, Senior Youth Room.

Adult Bible Study

Fur­ther dis­cus­sion of the day’s lec­tionary read­ings. Sun­days, 10:30 AM, Large Fel­low­ship Hall.

The Psalms

Each ses­sion of this study focuses on one Psalm as an exam­ple of the psalm types — wis­dom, ascent, pen­i­tence, praise, lament, his­tor­i­cal and royal — show­ing how they express per­sonal and con­gre­ga­tional prayers and, most impor­tantly, how they pro­claim Jesus Christ’s mis­sion and pas­sion, res­ur­rec­tion and return.. Sun­days, 10:30 AM, Large Fel­low­ship Hall.

ChristLife Fort Collins Cam­pus Min­istry

Col­lege stu­dents, you are invited to get involved in this group spon­sored by Saint John’s Lutheran and Peace With Christ Lutheran; among other activ­i­ties, we hold a weekly Bible study here at Saint John’s while school is in ses­sion. Tues­days, 6:30 PM, Senior Youth Room. Visit the ChristLife Fort Collins Face­book group page for more information.

The­ol­ogy on Tap

Gather with your fel­low LCMS Luther­ans on the first Tues­day of every month for “real top­ics and real beer” as guest speak­ers present var­i­ous top­ics on the­ol­ogy and cul­ture. First Tues­day of every month, 7:00 PM, Grimm Broth­ers Brew­house (Love­land).

Woman-​to-​Woman

All women are invited to join the Woman-​to-​Woman Bible group in a study on spir­i­tual ful­fill­ment using a book by Michael W. New­man, “The Life You Crave; It’s All About Grace.” Wednes­days, 9:00 AM, Room 301. Child­care provided.

Bread of Life

All are invited to join our dis­cus­sion of the Gospel of Matthew. Wednes­days, 9:30 AM, Small Fel­low­ship Hall.

Youth Con­fir­ma­tion

Two-​year con­fir­ma­tion instruc­tion, or cat­e­ch­esis, for stu­dents in sixth grade and above. This class pre­pares youth for the rite of Con­fir­ma­tion, the recep­tion of the Lord’s Sup­per and full mem­ber­ship of this con­gre­ga­tion. Wednes­days, 5:156:30 PM, Room 302. If you have any ques­tions about Youth Con­fir­ma­tion, please con­tact Pas­tor Nettleton.

Adult Instruc­tion Class

This course, taught by Pas­tor Net­tle­ton, cov­ers the basics of Chris­tian­ity and the Lutheran faith; any­one inter­ested in join­ing Saint John’s or look­ing for a “refresher” course is invited to attend. Wednes­days, 7:00 PM, Room 302.

Men’s Break­fast Bible Study

All men are invited to come enjoy break­fast and an inter­est­ing group Bible study on the Old Tes­ta­ment prophet Hosea. Fri­days, 6:30 AM, The Egg & I restau­rant (2809 S Col­lege Ave).

Con­nect

This women’s Bible study meets in mem­bers’ homes once a month for a book club-​style study; their cur­rent book is “Unan­swered: Last­ing Truth for Trend­ing Ques­tions” by Jere­miah John­ston. Monthly evening meet­ings at var­i­ous loca­tions. Call the church office for cur­rent con­tact information.

The Church Library

If you haven’t vis­ited the library lately, please plan a stop! We have a great col­lec­tion of resources: Bible study, inspi­ra­tion, his­tory, ref­er­ence and fic­tion, all avail­able to check out. Take an inter­est­ing book home for a while for study and con­tem­pla­tion. Room 302. Browse or search the library cat­a­log at www​.StJohnsFC​.org/​l​i​b​r​a​r​y.

Are you involved in a Bible study at Saint John’s? There are plenty of oppor­tu­ni­ties to study the word through the week. Join one of these groups!

Ref­or­ma­tion Cel­e­bra­tion: Bap­tism Saves

Ref­or­ma­tion His­tor­i­cal Reflec­tions: Luther and the Gospel

Luther report­edly dis­cov­ered the Gospel while read­ing the book of Romans in the tower of the Augus­tin­ian clois­ter. Luther expe­ri­enced the “true dis­cov­ery” of the Gospel after intently study­ing Romans 1:1617: “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for sal­va­tion to every­one who believes … as it is writ­ten: ‘The right­eous shall live by faith.’” His study of the scrip­tures brought him to the real­iza­tion of the dif­fer­ences between the Bible and the prac­tices and teach­ings of the Roman Catholic Church. And so, the story of the Ref­or­ma­tion began.

Luther wrote, “For a long time I went astray [in the monastery] and didn’t know what I was about. To be sure, I knew some­thing, but I didn’t know what it was until I came to the text in Romans 1:17, ‘The right­eous shall live by faith.’ That text helped me. But when I dis­cov­ered the proper dis­tinc­tion — namely, that the law is one thing and the gospel is another — I made myself free.”

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flow­ers and clouds and stars. A believer that has faith can­not be restrained. He betrays him­self. He breaks out. He con­fesses and teaches this Gospel to the peo­ple at the risk of life itself. You should not believe your con­science and your feel­ings more than the Word that the Lord who receives sin­ners preaches to you.

What Luther­ans Teach states that: “Luther­ans teach (and believe) that no human being can earn or obtain for­give­ness of sins or life with God by any human efforts or ‘good works.’ We believe, and the Gospel clearly teaches, that sal­va­tion is achieved by the Grace of God through faith in Him.” The Gospel is the joy­ful news that our Lord Jesus Christ has given us com­plete for­give­ness from our sins through His life, death and res­ur­rec­tion. The cen­tral and most impor­tant teach­ing in the Bible is the Gospel, the Good news of God’s gift of sal­va­tion through Jesus Christ.

We believe that the two chief doc­trines of Holy Scrip­ture, Law and Gospel, must be con­stantly and dili­gently pro­claimed. We believe, teach and con­fess that the Gospel is the heart and cen­ter of our Chris­t­ian faith. The Holy Spirit works through the Word of the Gospel to cre­ate and sus­tain faith in our heart. The Gospel’s mes­sage is that God for­gives us all our sins through Christ; accepts us for His sake as God’s chil­dren and — out of pure grace, with­out any merit of our own — saves us.

This year, 2017, is a year pre­cious to all Luther­ans: the 500th anniver­sary of Luther’s blessed dis­cov­ery of the Gospel and his rebel­lion related to the beliefs and cel­e­bra­tions of the Roman Catholic Church. This arti­cle is part of a monthly series cov­er­ing top­ics and his­tor­i­cal events lead­ing up to Octo­ber 31, 1517, the date of the post­ing of the 95 The­ses on the Cas­tle Church doors in Wit­ten­berg, Ger­many. It is repub­lished, with per­mis­sion, from the Rocky Moun­tain Dis­trict, LCMS.

Ref­or­ma­tion Cel­e­bra­tion: You Still Aren’t Good Enough for God’s Love

Saint John’s Library is Grow­ing in Time for Spring

Look­ing for a new book to read? In March, the library at Saint John’s will be adding 27 titles to its col­lec­tion. Take a moment and stop by to view the new books along with the books in the “Pastor’s Rec­om­men­da­tions” sec­tion of the library. Also, par­ents and grand­par­ents inter­ested in books per­tain­ing to Easter should take a look at the Easter books located in a tote on the top shelf of the bookcase.

Also grow­ing in the library is the cir­cu­la­tion count. Over fifty titles have been checked out since the library was inven­to­ried, cat­a­loged and orga­nized using spine clas­si­fi­ca­tion book labels.

To pique your inter­est, here are short reviews of two of the new new books found in the sec­tion marked “Pastor’s Recommendations”:

Luther the Reformer — The Story of the Man and His Career, Sec­ond Edi­tion

James M. Kit­tel­son and Hans H. Wiersma. For thirty years, Kittelson’s auto­bi­og­ra­phy on Luther (Luther the Reformer) pre­sented a “highly respected, com­plete chrono­log­i­cal pic­ture of Luther”. For this sec­ond edi­tion, Hans H. Wiersma “has made an out­stand­ing text even bet­ter. The research is updated and the text is revised through­out, with images, bib­li­ogra­phies and time­lines to enhance the expe­ri­ence. It’s a great vol­ume, greatly improved.”

Being Lutheran

A. Trevor Sut­ton. In an excerpt from the book cover, Rev. Tim Niek­erk (of Salem Lutheran Church) states, “Whether you are a life­long Lutheran, a Chris­t­ian strug­gling in a plu­ral­is­tic world or just some­one seek­ing answers about who Jesus is, this book is well worth the expe­ri­ence of reading.”

Both books are new addi­tions to Pas­tor Nettleton’s picks for the con­gre­ga­tion. You can find them on the shelf labeled “Pas­tor Recommendations.”

Joyce Hart vol­un­teers every Wednes­day in the church office and has been cat­a­loging and man­ag­ing the church library.