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Why the Ref­or­ma­tion? Is it Still Rel­e­vant?

2017 marks the 500th anniver­sary of the begin­ning of the Protes­tant Ref­or­ma­tion. Saint John’s Lutheran Church began this anniver­sary year with a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion on Novem­ber 3, 2016: “Why the Ref­or­ma­tion? Is it Still Relevant?”

Rev. Dr. Rod Rosen­bladt (Ph.D. Uni­ver­sity of Stras­bourg), pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus of Sys­tem­atic The­ol­ogy and Apolo­get­ics (Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­sity, Irvine, Cal­i­for­nia), co-​host of the White Horse Inn radio pro­gram and author of works includ­ing Christ Alone and “The Gospel for those Bro­ken by the Church,” shed light on the rea­sons for the Protes­tant Ref­or­ma­tion and its ongo­ing sig­nif­i­cance for the Church today.

What started on the Eve of All Saints Day, 1517, with Luther’s post­ing of the 95 The­ses Against Indul­gences, would greatly impact West­ern cul­ture, affect­ing and chang­ing the eco­nomic, polit­i­cal and social land­scape of sixteenth-​century Europe. How­ever, the Reform­ers’ pri­mary con­cern was seek­ing the pure and clear teach­ing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, set­ting it free from the shack­les of medieval the­ol­ogy and prac­tices that had obscured and dis­torted Jesus’ per­son and work.

A New Church Brochure!

The Board of Out­reach is happy to finally have a new church brochure! This bright and col­or­ful piece shows Saint John’s in action and gives vis­i­tors and prospec­tive mem­bers a glimpse at our church family.

The brochures are avail­able at the Wel­come Cen­ter. Please take one if you’d like one for your­self or — espe­cially — if you have some­one to pass it along to. The brochures will also be placed at the Fort Collins Vis­i­tor Cen­ter and out at the State Wel­come Cen­ter (on Prospect Road) soon.

Pas­tor Nettleton’s mes­sage reads:

We are delighted and hon­ored to have you visit us! At Saint John’s we joy­fully believe, teach and con­fess the Bib­li­cal teach­ing that by His death and res­ur­rec­tion Jesus Christ has won for­give­ness, life and sal­va­tion for us and all people.

As the Holy Spirit has called and gath­ered us together to be His church in this place, God richly and abun­dantly strength­ens and nour­ishes our faith with His gifts of Word and Sacra­ment. Gath­ered around Christ’s life-​giving gifts, we serve one another and our neigh­bors near and far with the grace, love and mercy He has shown us. We hope and pray that God will move you to join us in this life we share together in Christ!

We hope you like this new pub­li­ca­tion piece. Please let a board mem­ber — Rox­Ann Karkhoff-​Schweizer, Pas­tor Net­tle­ton, Tom Miles or Tracy Young — know if you have any ideas about improve­ments or other places where we might be able to put the brochure to let our com­mu­nity know about Saint John’s!

The Board of Out­reach enlists God’s peo­ple at Saint John’s in the work of spread­ing the gospel to the unchurched and works to deepen the faith and activ­ity of the mem­bers of the congregation.

Web­site Updates

We’ve been work­ing hard on tidy­ing up and improv­ing this site, and would appre­ci­ate your feedback.

In Novem­ber and Decem­ber, Bob Gann updated the site to a newer frame­work that has made the site respon­sive, cleaner and a bit eas­ier to man­age. The look is mostly the same, but the under­ly­ing tech­nol­ogy is more up-​to-​date.

Mary Harp, one of our faith­ful office vol­un­teers, has been work­ing to keep the ban­ners at the top of the page cur­rent. She’s also been putting up fresh con­tent at our Face­book page every week. If you have a Face­book account, you really ought to “Like” Saint John’s. You’ll then see the pho­tos and event announce­ments that Mary puts up and be able to take part in the con­ver­sa­tions that hap­pen in the online Saint John’s community.

We con­tinue to offer the bul­letin and mes­sage from each wor­ship ser­vice for viewing/​listening and down­load right on the front page (with older ser­vices avail­able on the “Wor­ship” page). And you can now share Saint John’s wor­ship live with your friends and fam­ily from out of town or who may not be able to make it to Saint John’s! Look for the “Web­site UpdatesWor­ship Stream” link on the left side of the page (it’s under the Face­book link). All of our ser­vices are streamed live after a brief ad (which allows us to stream for free).

Tom Miles is the Parish Admin­is­tra­tor at Saint John’s. You can reach him at the church office Mon­day through Fri­day, 8:30 AM to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm, at 4825316 or at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Share the Cel­e­bra­tion

Here we are again. What a won­der­ful time for Chris­tians! Advent, Christ­mas — the cel­e­bra­tion of Jesus’ birth are times to rejoice. Are you mak­ing plans for all the fes­tiv­i­ties, and most impor­tantly, for shar­ing your faith? The Board of Out­reach would like to encour­age every­one to think, plan and pray for oppor­tu­ni­ties to invite some­one you know to share in the cel­e­bra­tion of Christmas.

There will be a Fam­ily Ser­vice on Sun­day, Decem­ber 18, a sin­gle ser­vice that is enjoyed by all. It is a pop­u­lar ser­vice that includes the chil­dren, youth and adults that brings bless­ings and a smile while wor­ship­ing our Lord. This year it will be a joy­ful ser­vice that will help us rejoice in our Savior’s birth.

On Christ­mas Eve, there will be two can­dle­light ser­vices with spe­cial music and a cel­e­bra­tion for any­one to enjoy.

The Christ­mas Day ser­vice is a joy­ful way to truly get our hearts focused on what Christ­mas means to Chris­tians every­where — the Christ com­ing to live among us.

The Out­reach Board has looked at how to best use avail­able funds toward adver­tis­ing and try to reach as many as pos­si­ble with infor­ma­tion about Saint John’s fes­ti­val ser­vices. We also think the most effec­tive way to bring peo­ple into Christ’s church over the hol­i­day sea­son is by a per­sonal invi­ta­tion. We are ask­ing you to be aware of the peo­ple in your per­sonal cir­cle out­side the church who don’t have a church home. These peo­ple could be neigh­bors, co-​workers, friends, fam­ily mem­bers, bank tellers, or even peo­ple who check your gro­ceries with whom you have a rela­tion­ship. If you have some­one spe­cific in mind, pray for the oppor­tu­nity to invite them. Pray for the words to say with love and shar­ing the good news of the gospel. Pray for courage that you may be bold in shar­ing Christ’s love with those who do not know the peace and com­fort that comes with a hum­ble Sav­ior, born in a manger some 2000 years ago.

There will be invi­ta­tions printed and handed out on Sun­day morn­ings with the infor­ma­tion detail­ing Saint John’s fes­ti­val ser­vices. We encour­age you to take them and get them into the hands of those who do not have plans for wor­ship around the Christ­mas sea­son. All you can do is invite, fol­low up with prayer, and let God work in their hearts. He can change hearts, we cannot.

My wife shared a devo­tion with me from Oswald Cham­bers. It focuses on this pas­sage, from John 7:38: “Who­ever believes in me, as Scrip­ture has said, rivers of liv­ing water will flow from within them.” Then Cham­bers goes on, “A river reaches places which its source never knows.” Jesus is the Source. “If we have received his full­ness, ‘rivers of liv­ing water’ will flow out of us, reach­ing in bless­ing ‘to the end of the earth.’” Cham­bers talks on about how the river moves around obsta­cles, obsta­cles that give us doubt, or fear, or inse­cu­ri­ties. But if we focus on the Source, he will take us around or remove the obsta­cle. “Never focus your eyes on the obsta­cle or the difficulty.”

Cham­bers fin­ishes the devo­tion with these words: “If you believe in Jesus, you will find that God has devel­oped and nour­ished in you mighty, rush­ing rivers of bless­ing for others.”

Be a bless­ing to oth­ers and give some­one the best Christ­mas gift that you may ever give — a sim­ple invi­ta­tion to join us in a Christ­mas Celebration.

The Board of Out­reach enlists God’s peo­ple at Saint John’s in the work of spread­ing the gospel to the unchurched and works to deepen the faith and activ­ity of the mem­bers of the congregation.

Final Sig­nage Project News

The Board of Out­reach joins the con­gre­ga­tion in cel­e­brat­ing the final com­ple­tion of the exte­rior sig­nage project. This past month, addi­tional funds were donated by a vari­ety of indi­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies to enable the light­ing to be com­pleted on the exte­rior signs. Our church is now a more vis­i­ble and friendly place to wor­ship and attend evening ser­vices, meet­ings, and pro­grams, espe­cially in these dark win­ter months.

Again, thank you to all who have made the sig­nage project a suc­cess. If you have ques­tions, please con­tact any mem­ber of the Board of Out­reach for addi­tional information.

This is the new sign on the Eliz­a­beth Street side of the church, point­ing guests to the lower office door.

This sign is attached to the flower bed in front of the old front doors fac­ing Eliz­a­beth Street. Note that we’re now call­ing the Sanc­tu­ary the “Wor­ship Cen­ter” in a move to make our churchy nomen­cla­ture a bit more visitor-​friendly.

We have three signs guid­ing guests to the park­ing lot behind the church, one at each entrance. This is the one on Eliz­a­beth Street.

This is the park­ing lot sign off of Garfield Street.

There is a new sign point­ing vis­i­tors to the church offices, the fel­l­low­ship halls and the preschool. It’s near the entrance by the Large Fel­low­ship Hall.

Finally, this placard-​type sign was added above the “new” main entrance on the south side of the church.

The Board of Out­reach enlists God’s peo­ple at Saint John’s in the work of spread­ing the gospel to the unchurched and works to deepen the faith and activ­ity of the mem­bers of the congregation.