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Notes from the Flock

There's always something happening at Saint John's. Read on to keep on top of activities, signups and other opportunities!

Election Results

At the November congregation meeting, Dale Walters was re-elected President, Eric Gardner was elected Treasurer, and June Donaldson, Zach Stephens and Jeremy Stueven were elected/re-elected to Council. Many thanks to Nancy Behm, whose term will be complete at the end of the year.

“What Child is This” Midweek Advent Services

The birth of a certain uncommon child two thousand years ago in Bethlehem prompted a poet in the nineteenth century to ask a very uncommon question in a hymn: “What Child is This?” The angel who announced this child’s birth answered the question this way: “a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” The hymnwriter answered it this way: “This, this is Christ the king.” Confronted and comforted by this reality, with penitent and hope-filled hearts, we join to sing: “Haste, haste to bring Him laud,” “Hail, hail the Word made flesh” and “Joy, joy, for Christ is born, the babe, the son of Mary!” Wednesdays, December 5, 12 and 19, at 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM; meals at Noon and 5:45 PM.

Children’s Program Rehearsal

The children of the Sunday School will meet to rehearse their December 16 Christmas program. Saturday, December 15, at 10:00 AM in the Worship Center. The rehearsal will be about an hour-and-a-half long.

Family Christmas Celebration

The children of the Sunday School proclaim the Christmas story, the birth of Jesus. Sunday, December 16, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.

Open Arms Christian Preschool Bake Sale

The preschool parents will be providing delicious snacks for the fellowship time and a few special items to take home. Sunday, December 16, at 10:00 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall. The freewill offerings and a gift from Thrivent Financial will be used to support our preschool ministry.

Saint John’s Giving Tree

The tree is up by the Welcome Center with opportunities for giving—please return wrapped gifts by Sunday, December 16. If you took an ornament and did not leave your name on the signup sheet, please stop by the tree this morning to get signed up.

Church Office Closed

We will be closed for Christmas on Monday and Tuesday, December 24 and 25, and for New Year’s on Monday, December 31 and Tuesday, January 1. We’ll have our normal office hours December 27–30 and from January 2.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

We gather in the light of candles to hear the great Christmas story, witnessing once again the birth of our Savior and the proclamation of the angels: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you!” Monday, December 24, at 6:00 PM in the Worship Center. Holy Communion will be celebrated.

Christmas Day

Christ, the Savior, is born, and we proclaim the wondrous birth with word and sacrament. Tuesday, December 25, at 10:00 AM in the Worship Center. Holy Communion will be celebrated.

Offerings Cutoff December 31

A reminder that offerings given later than December 31 must be recorded to next year; they cannot be credited to your current-year giving.

Next Year’s Offering Envelopes Available

Members, pick up your envelopes at the table by the Welcome Center. If your envelopes are missing, please notify the church office.

Next Year’s Sunday Chancel Flowers Sign-Up

Recognize a loved one or remember a special occasion with flowers on the altar—the flowers are $40 for the week, and are yours to take home after the worship service. Sign up at the Welcome Center.

Epiphany Sunday

Epiphany is from a Greek word meaning to “reveal” or “make manifest,” and the season of Epiphany is our time to focus on the revelation of “who” Jesus is: true God and true man. We celebrate the Festival of Epiphany with readings of the visit of the magi (Matthew 2:11). Through these foreigners, who acknowledged that this infant was the Son of God, God was showing us that Jesus was the Messiah and Savior of not just the Jewish people, but of all people, around the world. Sunday, January 6, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.

Christmas Cleanup

Epiphany Sunday marks the end of the Christmas season, so it’s time for us to gather to take down the decorations of the season—but don’t worry: we get to enjoy each others’ company at the Eat and Greet potluck lunch, and many hands mean the work goes very quickly! Sunday, January 6, at 11:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Baptism of Our Lord

In the waters of the Jordan, Jesus takes His place among sinners and takes all the sins of the world upon Himself. Though He has no sin, He undergoes the Baptism of repentance in order to fulfill all righteousness for us. He submits Himself to the curse of sin and death in order to redeem us! As we share His Baptism and are “united with Him in a death like His,” we also share His resurrection unto newness of life. Sunday, January 13, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.

Subscribe to “The Lutheran Witness”

The magazine of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (including updates from the churches of the Rocky Mountain District) is just $22.56 for the year: start or renew your subscription this year! You will find the signup sheet at the Welcome Center; new subscriptions will begin with the March issue.

Food and Clothing Bank

Volunteers serve those in need of food or clothing; we are always in need of non-perishable food and new or gently-used clothing and household items. Tuesdays at 9:00 AM in the Small Fellowship Hall.

Help Make Blankets for LWR

Anyone with sewing skills is invited to help make blankets and quilts for Lutheran World Relief and other community and international needs. Thursdays at 9:00 AM in the Small Fellowship Hall. Join us any time!

Choir, Bell Choir and Band Rehearsals

Share your musical gifts with the congregation by adding your voice to the choir, bell choir or band. Contact Tom Miles for more information and a rehearsal schedule.

Newsletter Publishing/Article Submission Schedule

This newsletter is published ten times per year.

  • The first issue of the year is the late-January/February issue, published January 15 (articles due by January 1). The cover theme is “Love” (unless Lent begins early).
  • The second issue of the year is the March issue, published March 1 (articles due by February 16). Cover theme is “Lent” unless Easter is in March.
  • The April issue is published April 1 (articles due by March 16). The cover theme is “Easter” (if Easter is in March, the theme will be “Spring”).
  • We publish the May issue on May 1 (articles due by April 16). The cover theme is “Pentecost.”
  • The June issue comes out June 1 (articles due by May 16). The cover theme is “Missions.”
  • For the late summer, we run a combo July/August issue published July 1 (articles due by June 16) with a cover theme of “Summer.”
  • The September issue is published September 1 (articles due by August 16). It’s back-to-school time, so the cover theme is “Christian Education.”
  • We publish the October issue October 1 (articles due by September 16). The cover theme is “Reformation.”
  • The November issue covers the end of the ordinary church year and the beginning of Advent. It is published November 1 (articles due by October 16). The cover theme is “Thanksgiving.”
  • The December/Early January issue is the last issue of the year, and covers Christmas celebrations and the new year. It is published December 1 (articles due by November 16). The cover theme is “Christmas.”

We’re always interested in using members’ photography for our newsletter covers. Please submit any picture you think would fit these themes!

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 482-5316 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Christmas Comes to Home and a Danish Lutheran Church

Decembers in Michigan are anything but pleasant. Heavy clouds with promise of snow are common. One arises in the dark and cold of impending winter and returns from school or work in the same dark bone-chilling dusk. Into such a dreary time comes the promise of Christmas, with the warmth of home, of joy and of lights and love. Mothers have been busy for a month with preparations for this most happy day. The delicious smells of cakes and cookies or favorite meats and sausage await children and fathers alike as they enter the home from outside. Handmade gifts have been sewn or knitted and secreted in favorite hiding places. Final preparations for the big day culminate in the cutting or selection of the evergreen tree soon to be hung with ornaments, some hand-made, in the evenings of mid-December. All is in readiness for the coming, once more, of the blessed Christ child.

In the week before Christmas the elders of our congregation would set a large spruce tree, carefully selected from the forest, in the chancel area of the church. On its very tip would be placed a silver star. Red bows were tied strategically to outer branches and candlesticks firmly attached to other carefully chosen locations, making sure the area immediately above was clear of needles. Fire was an ever-present danger when the candles were lit on Christmas Eve. Each candlestick had a short section of wire and weighted ball on the lower end to assure that the candle would be absolutely upright. Pure white wax candles were then inserted into their sockets. No other decorations were placed on the tree. The altar rail was draped in a garland of evergreen boughs and red bows and on the end of each pew was attached a bit of the same greenery and a red bow.

Our Christmas Eve service began at five in the afternoon. Stores, businesses and shops in Manistee closed at three that day, allowing personnel to prepare for the holy event. Snows came early in Michigan, so the ground normally had its mantle of white by the end of November. Often snowflakes would fall as we trudged through the snow in the half-light of December 24. As we approached the church we could see the multi-colored glow of light escaping through the stained glass windows. It was a welcome and warming sight.

The service was not a long one. Waiting back in each Danish home was the already-prepared Christmas Eve dinner featuring roast goose and rice pudding. We sat quietly in the pews—contemplation of the holy birth was as important as the short sermonette prepared and delivered by the pastor. An opening hymn, the brief liturgy and sermon, a second carol sung and the service neared its close. One highlight remained. The church was darkened and the elders lit the snow-white candles. All attention focused on the tree with its flickering candle light. The organist softly played the introduction to our most beloved Christmas hymn. Then as we sang the familiar words to “Silent Night”, the dying candles, one-by-one, would be snuffed out. When the last one had been extinguished, the church lights would come on, the pastor would extend the blessing and we would quietly file out of church. Once out of church, Christmas greetings would be exchanged. Then each family would depart for home to the festivities awaiting them there.

+ Carl Jens Christian Jorgensen was born in Manistee, Michigan, in 1914. Carl was a member of Saint John's from 1970 until his death earlier this year.

Notes from the Flock

There's always something happening at Saint John's. Read on to keep on top of activities, signups and other opportunities!

All Saints Sunday

Every year, the church sets aside a special day to remember the saints of the church not commemorated with special holidays. To Lutherans, who believe that all sinners are made God’s holy saints in the cleansing waters of Holy Baptism, All Saints Sunday is a celebration of the entire priesthood of believers, especially those whose funerals and memorials were held at Saint John’s in the preceding year. Sunday, November 4, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.

Servant Event

Join a crew of service-minded Saint John’s members helping Serve 6.8, a local outreach ministry, pack Christmas packages—toys and other items—for local children in need. Saturday, November 3, 9:00 AM to Noon at Serve 6.8 (Southeast corner of Drake and Lemay). RSVP to the church office (482-5316) by October 29.

Church Cleanup Day

Bring rakes and anything else that could be used to cleanup leaves and tidy up the exterior of the church before winter. Saturday, November 3, at 8:00 AM. Meet in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Presentation by Eric and Linda Funke

Eric (grandson of Bill and Lola Funke) and Linda are missionaries in Tanzania, and will join us to speak about the work they have been doing in the African nation. Sunday, November 4, at 10:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Artisan Fair and Bazaar

Start your holiday shopping at Saint John’s Lutheran, where the work of thirty artists and craftspeople, including woodcrafts, pottery, jewelry, textiles and fine cuisine, will be available for sale, along with crafts our teams have collected from missions abroad. Friday, November 9, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Saturday, November 10, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the Large and Small Fellowship Halls. Booth fees and the proceeds from the Heseder’s sales will go to the Heseder fund to support future mission work.

Fall Congregation Meeting

Elections and approval of the 2018 budget are on the agenda for the annual autumn meeting. Sunday, November 11, at 10:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall. A light breakfast will be served (free-will offering). Active members eighteen and older who have signed the constitution are eligible to vote. Child care will be provided.

Elderberries Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner

The Elderberries invite you to their free annual Pre-Thanksgiving meal of turkey and all the fixings; no need to RSVP or to bring anything but your appetite and the desire to fellowship with fellow Lutherans! Thursday, November 15, at Noon in the Large Fellowship Hall. In the spirit of thankfulness, please bring a non-perishable food item for Saint John’s Food and Clothing Bank; Special thanks to Thrivent Financial for its financial support.

CSU Football Gameday Parking

$15 (cash exact-change only) the day of the event; members who reserve in advance can park for free (donations gladly accepted!). Saturday, November 17. The lot opens from two hours before kickoff to two hours after the game ends. Contact the office (970-482-5316 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to make a reservation.

Men's Night

Support, encourage, pray—all men are invited to gather with their brothers in Christ to support and encourage (and pray for) one another in their God-given vocations. Tuesday, November 20, 6:30 PM at Ron Young’s home. Refreshments and dinner will be provided; RSVP appreciated.

Thanksgiving Eve

We gather every year on the evening before Thanksgiving to reflect on the many blessings that God has given us and acknowledge the true source of our bounty. Wednesday, November 21, at 6:30 PM in the Worship Center. The offering from this service will go to support the work of LCMS Disaster Relief.

    The Board of Human Needs is asking all who are able to bring a bag of nonperishable food items to share with the needy in the Fort Collins community through Saint John’s Food and Clothing Bank. Please turn in your food donations at or before the Wednesday evening Thanksgiving service on November 21.

Christ the King

On the last Sunday of the church year, we look forward to Jesus' return in glory while celebrating His reign over a kingdom of love. Sunday, November 25, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.

Christmas Decorating Event

Come enjoy a free meal and have some fun as we “deck the halls” of Saint John’s for Advent and Christmas. Sunday, November 25, at 11:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Food and Clothing Bank

Volunteers serve those in need of food or clothing; we are always in need of non-perishable food and new or gently-used clothing and household items. Tuesday, at 9:00 to 11:30 AM in the Small Fellowship Hall.

Help Make Blankets for LWR

Anyone with sewing skills is invited to help make blankets and quilts for Lutheran World Relief and other community and international needs. Thursdays at 9:00 AM in the Small Fellowship Hall.

Choir, Bell Choir and Band Rehearsals

Share your musical gifts with the congregation by adding your voice to the choir, bell choir or band. Contact Tom Miles for more information and a rehearsal schedule.

Newsletter Publishing/Article Submission Schedule

This newsletter is published ten times per year.

  • The first issue of the year is the late-January/February issue, published January 15 (articles due by January 1). The cover theme is “Love” (unless Lent begins early).
  • The second issue of the year is the March issue, published March 1 (articles due by February 16). Cover theme is “Lent” unless Easter is in March.
  • The April issue is published April 1 (articles due by March 16). The cover theme is “Easter” (if Easter is in March, the theme will be “Spring”).
  • We publish the May issue on May 1 (articles due by April 16). The cover theme is “Pentecost.”
  • The June issue comes out June 1 (articles due by May 16). The cover theme is “Missions.”
  • For the late summer, we run a combo July/August issue published July 1 (articles due by June 16) with a cover theme of “Summer.”
  • The September issue is published September 1 (articles due by August 16). It’s back-to-school time, so the cover theme is “Christian Education.”
  • We publish the October issue October 1 (articles due by September 16). The cover theme is “Reformation.”
  • The November issue covers the end of the ordinary church year and the beginning of Advent. It is published November 1 (articles due by October 16). The cover theme is “Thanksgiving.”
  • The December/Early January issue is the last issue of the year, and covers Christmas celebrations and the new year. It is published December 1 (articles due by November 16). The cover theme is “Christmas.”

We’re always interested in using members’ photography for our newsletter covers. Please submit any picture you think would fit these themes!

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 482-5316 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Notes from the Flock

There's always something happening at Saint John's. Read on to keep on top of activities, signups and other opportunities!

Fall Lutheran Men’s Retreat

All high school age and older men are invited to enjoy “Fellowship, Liturgy and Formation at 7,500 Feet.” Guided by our retreat pastors, we will be formed by the Holy Scriptures to embrace our vocations as men and the challenges we face. Friday, October 5 (4:45 PM registration), to Saturday, October 6 (ends at 5:00 PM), at Mt. Calvary Lutheran (Estes Park; lodge in Estes Park or commute). $15 per person, checks payable to Faith Lutheran, will cover the retreat.

Pour Brothers Community Night for Open Arms Preschool

Come enjoy a meal and a drink at Pour Brothers Community Tavern on October 10 and your tips will go to support Saint John’s preschool program! Wednesday, October 10, 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Pour Brothers Community Tavern (220 Linden St). The Community Night recipient with the most participants will get a matching donation up to $500 from Pour Brothers!

Annual Women’s Retreat

All women, including congregation members and their friends and family, are invited to come slow down and savor time with God at the beautiful Primrose Studio in Northwest Fort Collins; come to rest, laugh, share and grow closer to each other and God. Saturday, October 13, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at Primrose Studio (Michaud Ln off of Overland Trail). Contact Sharon Gibbons (635-9683) or the church office (482-5316) for more information.

CSU Football Gameday Parking

Saint John’s is offering parking in the church lot. Spots will be $15 (cash exact-change only) the day of the event, but members who reserve in advance can park for free (donations gladly accepted!). The lot opens two hours before kickoff and stays open until two hours after the game ends. Contact the office (970-482-5316 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to make a reservation.

LWML Sunday

We celebrate the work of our Mission Guild and of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML), who give their mites and tireless service to mission and ministry around the world. Sunday, October 14. The Mission Guild meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM and all women are invited to join them for fellowship and service.

LWML Brunch, Plant and Bake Sale

We hope everyone will reserve October 14 to participate and help support the LWML fundraising efforts for this year’s fundraising recipients, Ben Vanderhyde, who will be serving his vicarage in Sri Lanka, and family. Sunday, October 14. We would appreciate your donations of bake sale items and/or plants for the sale.

Men's Night

Support, Encourage, Pray. All men are invited to gather with their brothers in Christ to support, encourage and pray for one another in their God-given vocations. Tuesday, October 23, at 6:30 PM in Pastor Nettleton’s home (3139 Bryce Dr). Dinner and drinks will be provided; RSVP appreciated, but not necessary.

Reformation Sunday

When Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Chapel door in 1517, he set in motion a reform of the church through the rediscovery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a reform that brought the truth of Jesus’ redemptive sacrifice on the cross to all people. Sunday, October 28, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center. It’s traditional to wear red on Reformation Sunday, to symbolize the renewing fire of the Holy Spirit and the martyrdom of Luther’s contemporaries who called for the reformation of the church.

All Saints Sunday

Every year, the church sets aside a special day to remember the saints of the church not commemorated with special holidays. To Lutherans, who believe that all sinners are made God’s holy saints in the cleansing waters of Holy Baptism, All Saints Sunday is a celebration of the entire priesthood of believers, especially those whose funerals and memorials were held at Saint John’s in the preceding year. Sunday, November 4, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.

Artisan Fair and Bazaar

Start your holiday shopping at Saint John’s Lutheran, where the work of thirty artists and craftspeople, including woodcrafts, pottery, jewelry, textiles and fine cuisine, will be available for sale, along with crafts our teams have collected from Haiti, Peru and eastern Africa. Friday, November 9, at Friday, November 9, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Saturday, November 10, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Large and Small Fellowship Halls. The money raised—including booth fees and the proceeds from the Heseder’s booth, silent auction, bake sale and kraut burger sale—will go to the Heseder fund to support future mission work.

  • Visitors will enjoy live music, door prizes, a bake sale and a silent auction. Concessions (breakfast and lunch) will be available all day.
  • We would very much appreciate help from the congregation providing donations for the silent auction. You can donate as an individual, of course, but we’re also looking for local businesses that might be interested in promoting themselves by providing a donation. If you are aware of a business you think we should contact, please call or email Tom at the church office or leave a message for Joyce at 970−204−1159.
  • Bakers are needed to provide baked goods for bake sale portion of the Bazaar. If you are able to bake or to man the tables for a shift, please contact Kathi Calvano at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 286-4584.

Help Make Blankets for LWR

Anyone with sewing skills is invited to help make blankets and quilts for Lutheran World Relief and other community and international needs. Thursdays at 9:00 AM in the Small Fellowship Hall. Join us any time!

Food and Clothing Bank

Our volunteers serve those in need of food or clothing; we are always seeking donations of non-perishable food items, new or gently-used clothing and small household items. Tuesdays from 9:00 to 11:30 AM in the Small Fellowship Hall. Drop off donations in the basket by the Welcome Center.

Newsletter Publishing/Article Submission Schedule

This newsletter is published ten times per year.

  • The first issue of the year is the late-January/February issue, published January 15 (articles due by January 1). The cover theme is “Love” (unless Lent begins early).
  • The second issue of the year is the March issue, published March 1 (articles due by February 16). Cover theme is “Lent” unless Easter is in March.
  • The April issue is published April 1 (articles due by March 16). The cover theme is “Easter” (if Easter is in March, the theme will be “Spring”).
  • We publish the May issue on May 1 (articles due by April 16). The cover theme is “Pentecost.”
  • The June issue comes out June 1 (articles due by May 16). The cover theme is “Missions.”
  • For the late summer, we run a combo July/August issue published July 1 (articles due by June 16) with a cover theme of “Summer.”
  • The September issue is published September 1 (articles due by August 16). It’s back-to-school time, so the cover theme is “Christian Education.”
  • We publish the October issue October 1 (articles due by September 16). The cover theme is “Reformation.”
  • The November issue covers the end of the ordinary church year and the beginning of Advent. It is published November 1 (articles due by October 16). The cover theme is “Thanksgiving.”
  • The December/Early January issue is the last issue of the year, and covers Christmas celebrations and the new year. It is published December 1 (articles due by November 16). The cover theme is “Christmas.”

We’re always interested in using members’ photography for our newsletter covers. Please submit any picture you think would fit these themes!

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 482-5316 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Notes from the Flock

There's always something happening at Saint John's. Read on to keep on top of activities, signups and other opportunities!

2018 Concordia Publishing Bible Sale

Save up to 33% on select Bibles and companion books using the code YFL when ordering at Concordia Publishing House. See what’s on sale at CPH.org/biblesale, call 800-325-3040 or visit the church office for help.

Church Office Closed

We will be closed Labor Day. Normal hours resume Tuesday, September 4.

Christian Education Sunday

As Sunday School and confirmation classes resume, it is a good time to reflect on our study of God's word. We kick off the new season with a special celebration of Christian Education for students of all ages. Sunday, September 9.

Teacher and Staff Installation

Many thanks to our returning and new Sunday School teachers and staff; we appreciate the time and effort that you put into educating the children of the congregation!

This year’s Sunday volunteers are Jill Hudak, Department Coordinator; Sue Gardner, Lise Harwell, Wendy Nettleton, Coleen Nicholas and Jessica Stephens, Elementary; and Diana Fields, Chris Fields and Matthew Harwell, Middle School.

Our preschool staff is Kandy Wise (director), Lani Long (aide) and Jessica Stephens (aide).

Church Picnic

This year we will host the church picnic here at Saint John’s, with lots of time for fellowship, good food and fun games. Sunday, September 9, at Noon on the Front Lawn. The Board of Fellowship will provide the main course, and invite attendees to bring a side or dessert.

Adult Catechesis Class

This ten-week 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. If you’re interested in attending, contact the church office to RSVP.

No Elderberries Third-Thursday Event in September

There will not be a Third-Thursday Elderberries event in September. Watch here and in the bulletin for information on future events!

Attic Cleaning Day

We’re looking for a group of people to help clean up the attic—the plan is to carry out trash, reorganize and label the various sections so we can get the storage space clean and keep it that way! Anyone interested in helping out, whether you’re more comfortable sorting, hauling or sweeping, will find something to do. Saturday, September 22, from 8:30 AM to Noon, starting in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Is There Good Reason to Believe that God Exists

Why do people believe in God? On what do most religions base their truth claims about God? Is Christianity any different? Dr. Adam Francisco, professor of history and chair of the History and Political Thought department at Concordia University, Irvine, California, will address these questions in this free presentation. Friday, September 28, at 7:00 PM in the Worship Center. A reception will follow.

Confessing the Faith in an Unbelieving World

St. Peter calls us to give a reason, a defense, for the hope that we have in Christ. How do Christians engage with modern skeptics? How do Christians give a witness to an unbelieving world? Join us for a one-day conference led by Dr. Adam Francisco, professor of history and chair of the History and Political Thought department at Concordia University, Irvine, California. Saturday, September 29, at 8:15 AM to 2:15 PM, registration begins at 8:00 AM in the Worship Center. Registration appreciated—please sign up by calling the church office (482-5316) by September 26; free ($10 lunch available).

Puerto Rico Mission Supply Collection

The seven people from Saint John’s who will be working in Puerto Rico October 13–20 will have an opportunity to provide supplies like building materials, toiletries, food, clothes and toys while they’re there. While we usually do a supply collection for our mission teams, this time we have been encouraged to instead collect money and gift cards so that the purchases can support the Puerto Rico economy. You can help by making a donation of cash (checks to Saint John’s Lutheran with “PR Supplies” in the memo line) or gift cards for Home Depot or Walmart.

The Garden Fundraising

Cards for financial commitments to this project, building a garden on the northwest side of the church, are available at the Welcome Center and in the pews. For more information on the project, be that details about the plan, more about the columbarium or to make a commitment to support this project, please contact the church office.

Food and Clothing Bank

Our volunteers serve those in need of food or clothing; we are always seeking donations of non-perishable food items, new or gently-used clothing and small household items. Tuesday, at 9:00 to 11:30 AM in the Small Fellowship Hall. Drop off donations in the basket by the Welcome Center.

Help Make Blankets for LWR

Anyone with sewing skills is invited to help make blankets and quilts for Lutheran World Relief and other community and international needs. Thursdays at 9:00 AM in the Small Fellowship Hall. Join us any Thursday!

Thrivent Members Needed

If you are a Thrivent member and have not been involved in an Action Team project, please contact Jeannie or Tom in the church office for information on how to get involved. We have a lot of project ideas and want to put your Thrivent membership to work!

Newsletter Publishing/Article Submission Schedule

This newsletter is published ten times per year.

  • The first issue of the year is the late-January/February issue, published January 15 (articles due by January 1). The cover theme is “Love” (unless Lent begins early).
  • The second issue of the year is the March issue, published March 1 (articles due by February 16). Cover theme is “Lent” unless Easter is in March.
  • The April issue is published April 1 (articles due by March 16). The cover theme is “Easter” (if Easter is in March, the theme will be “Spring”).
  • We publish the May issue on May 1 (articles due by April 16). The cover theme is “Pentecost.”
  • The June issue comes out June 1 (articles due by May 16). The cover theme is “Missions.”
  • For the late summer, we run a combo July/August issue published July 1 (articles due by June 16) with a cover theme of “Summer.”
  • The September issue is published September 1 (articles due by August 16). It’s back-to-school time, so the cover theme is “Christian Education.”
  • We publish the October issue October 1 (articles due by September 16). The cover theme is “Reformation.”
  • The November issue covers the end of the ordinary church year and the beginning of Advent. It is published November 1 (articles due by October 16). The cover theme is “Thanksgiving.”
  • The December/Early January issue is the last issue of the year, and covers Christmas celebrations and the new year. It is published December 1 (articles due by November 16). The cover theme is “Christmas.”

We’re always interested in using members’ photography for our newsletter covers. Please submit any picture you think would fit these themes!

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 482-5316 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..