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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.

Rite of Confirmation and First Communion

We celebrate the Rite of Confirmation and receive catechumens Blake Bohlender, Emily Nettleton and Micah Robertson into full membership. Sunday, May 5, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center. A reception for the confirmands will follow the service in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Alpha Center Baby Bottle Fundraiser

On Mother’s Day (May 12) we will hand out empty baby bottles for you to fill with change (or cash, or checks) to support our community sexual and pregnancy resource center. Please return the bottles to the Welcome Center by Father’s Day (June 16).

Open Arms Christian Preschool Spring Program

The preschool classes will be showing off the songs and talents they’ve been practicing through the spring semester—come see the fun! Thursday, May 16, at 6:30 PM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Men’s Night

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, May 21, at 6:30 PM. Watch the bulletin for the location.

Preschool Graduation and Picnic

You are invited to come see our four- and five-year-old class graduate from preschool in a special ceremony and presentation, followed by a picnic lunch. Friday, May 24, at 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Church Office Closed

We will be closed Memorial Day, May 27. Normal hours resume May 28.

Heseder Yard Sale

Our annual Yard Sale allows the Heseders (Saint John's mission group) to turn your “stuff” into someone else's “treasure” while generating money for outreach missions at home and abroad. All day Friday and Saturday, May 31–June 1, on the front lawn and in the Large Fellowship Hall. If you can lend a hand with setup or with the sale, please sign up at the Welcome Center!

Food and Clothing Bank

Volunteers serve those in need of food or clothing; we appreciate donations 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.

Direct Your Thrivent Choice Dollars

Eligible members of Thrivent Financial, don't forget to direct your Choice Dollars for the last quarter (or year) to Saint John's or the organization of your choice. Stop by the Welcome Center for a form, call Thrivent or visit www.Thrivent.com to make sure that this money doesn't just disappear!

Join the Prayer Chain

Join the chain and commit to praying for our congregation members facing illness or hardship; messages are passed by phone from person to person or via email. To join the phone list, contact Ruth Besel (484-0221); to join the email list, contact Trudi Geilenkirchen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Missing a Dish? It’s Probably in the Kitchen

Come downstairs and see if you’ve left behind a pan, dish or container after a recent potluck or event; we always seem to have quite a collection!

Open Arms Fundraisers

Pizza Palz cards are available in the Church Office. For just $11, you can purchase a card good for an Old Chicago pizza of up to $25 while supporting the preschool! Call or stop by the church office to purchase.

Direct a portion of your Amazon purchases through “Amazon Smile.” Set up giving and then update your bookmarks/favorites to Amazon to < smile.amazon.com > to give 0.5% of every Amazon purchase you make to Open Arms Christian Preschool. Go to < http://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-0450786 > to set up giving.

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! Also: eligible members of Thrivent Financial, don't forget to direct your Choice Dollars for last quarter to Saint John's, the Foundation, the Preschool or the organization of your choice. Stop by the Welcome Center for a form, call Thrivent or visit www.Thrivent.com to make sure that this money doesn't just disappear!

Bulletin Deadline

Announcements for the weekly worship bulletins are due by Wednesday at Noon. Submit items to the church office (482-5316; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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.

“Behold the Man” Midweek Lent Services

We contemplate the most important fact in the course of human history: that God became man, with a body just like ours, though unspoiled by sin. We each confess that with this human body He “redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death.” Wednesdays at 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM, with meals at Noon and 6:30 PM.

Mission Guild (LWML) Meeting

All ladies of the congregation are invited to join us for Bible Study, Mites for Mission Grants updates/devotion and a business meeting. Tuesday, April 2, at 10:30 AM in Room 301. Members don’t forget to bring your Mite Box.

An Invitation from the Chavez Girls (Savannah, Eva and Lola)

Hello, Saint John’s! We wanted to invite all of you to a play that we are in next month. “The Mouse that Roared” is set in the late 1960s and is about a small nation, Fenwick, that declares war on the United States to secure aid money and rehabilitate their slumping wine-based economy. Many antics ensue! It’s good, clean, fun entertainment for all ages. Friday, April 5, at 7:00 PM and Saturday, April 6, at 2:00 and 7:00 PM, the Rialto Theater (Loveland). $13 tickets are are available at the Rialto (970-962-2120 or RialtoTheaterCenter.org).

Eva’s character is Jane, a diva tourist who takes a trip to Grand Fenwick with a group of friends.

Savannah’s character is a stern-faced army WAC named Debbie, who is one of the general’s daughters.

Lola’s characters are Mrs. Reiner, the maid to a nutty professor, and a New York City street performer’s assistant.

We hope to see you at the show!

Early Childhood Parenting Class

Member Erica Loptien will be leading a one-day Love and Logic parenting class, with five modules designed to create happy families and responsible kids—putting an end to misbehavior in public, smoothing out mornings and bedtimes, calming sibling bickering and taking the battle out of meal times, toothbrushing, bathing, and more. Saturday, April 6, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (with an hour break for lunch) in Room 302. $100 registration fee (bring a spouse for free); more information at < tinyurl.com/focolandl > or contact Erica (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Baby/Housewarming Shower for Sam Gardner

All ladies of Saint John’s are invited to a baby and housewarming shower for Sam Gardner, whose baby boy, Corwin, is due May 12, and who is soon after heading to Maine to start Med School. Saturday, April 6, at 11:00 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall. Join us in helping Sam welcome her baby and wishing Sam well in this new chapter of her life.

Sam has registries at Amazon and Target (find under This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Gift cards are also appreciated. Instead of a card with your gift, please consider giving a book with a note to Corwin.

First Sunday “Eat and Greet” Potluck

Bring a dish to share and stick around after the Bible Study Hour to enjoy good food and fellowship at this potluck lunch hosted by the Board of Fellowship. Sunday, April 7, at 11:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Palm Sunday

Jesus' grand entrance into Jerusalem, which we celebrate with waving palms and shouts of “Hosanna,” sets the scene for His final acts and words before the crucifixion, which we will meditate upon in our Holy Week services. Sunday, April 14, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.

Holy (Maundy) Thursday

At the heart of the Holy (Maundy) Thursday liturgy are Jesus’ commands—“love one another” and “do this in remembrance of Me”—which we honor as we celebrate the holy meal, given and shed for us, and remember His sacrifice for us. Thursday, April 18, at 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM in the Worship Center. There will be a ham dinner after the 11:00 AM service (freewill offering).

Good Friday Tenebrae Service

Good Friday is the second part of the three-day service called the Triduum. It is a time of somber reflection on the mystery of the cross, that from a death should flow forgiveness and life. We may be separated from the actual events of the crucifixion by two thousand years, but it was for our sins that our Lord suffered and died and to us that He gives the fruit of His suffering and death. Friday, April 19, at 7:00 PM in the Worship Center.

New Life Festival

Families, come celebrate the resurrection at Saint John's at the New Life Festival, featuring live animals, face painting, egg coloring, crafts, games, a bouncy house and—throughout—the great Easter message! Saturday, April 20, at 10:00 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall. Registration is requested: please sign up at the table by the Welcome Center.

Please bring an Easter basket for the 11:45 AM egg hunt.

We need donations and volunteers! Please sign up at the table by the Welcome Center if you can help.

Easter Sunrise

In a special service at the break of dawn we remember God's saving grace throughout human history, which culminated in the sacrificial gift of Christ Jesus and His resurrection from the grave. Sunday, April 21, at 6:30 AM in the Worship Center.

Easter Breakfast

The Heseders will serve breakfast for a freewill offering to support missions. Sunday, April 21, at 7:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

We could use your help! Please sign up at the Welcome Center if you can bake and bring an egg casserole or sweet bread for the meal. Please bring your items by 7:30 AM Easter morning.

Easter Day

Christ is risen—this fact informs all of our lives, for if God can raise Jesus from the dead, He can bring life to any situation; He can take away the fear of death. Sunday, April 21, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.

Catechism Trivia Sunday

How well do you know your Catechism? In game show fashion, participants of our Adult Bible Study will break up into teams to answer questions from the Bible and Small Catechism. As part of their “final exam,” second year catechumens preparing for the Rite of Confirmation will lead and be the spokesperson for each team. Sunday, April 28, at 10:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Spring Congregation Meeting

A finance review, board reports and other mid-year business are on the agenda. Sunday, April 28, at 11:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall. A light lunch will be provided. Active members eighteen and older who have signed the constitution are eligible to vote. Child care will be provided.

Seeking Softball Players

We’re looking for players, especially women, for our summer softball team, the Eagles; contact Tom Miles in the church office if you’re interested! Games are Sunday afternoons or evenings, May 12 through August 11.

Registration is Open

Please invite your family and friends with three- to five-year olds (three years old by September 15) to consider Open Arms Christian Preschool for next school year. More information and a registration form are available at the Welcome Center, or call Kandy Wise at 482-1357.

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 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. Thursday, 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. Thursday, at 12:00 AM in . Contact Tom Miles for more information and a rehearsal schedule.

Direct Your Thrivent Choice Dollars

Eligible members of Thrivent Financial, don't forget to direct your Choice Dollars for the last quarter (or year) to Saint John's or the organization of your choice. Stop by the Welcome Center for a form, call Thrivent or visit www.Thrivent.com to make sure that this money doesn't just disappear!

Join the Prayer Chain

Join the chain and commit to praying for our congregation members facing illness or hardship; messages are passed by phone from person to person or via email. To join the phone list, contact Ruth Besel (484-0221); to join the email list, contact Trudi Geilenkirchen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Missing a Dish? It’s Probably in the Kitchen

Come downstairs and see if you’ve left behind a pan, dish or container after a recent potluck or event; we always seem to have quite a collection!

Open Arms Fundraisers

Pizza Palz cards are available in the Church Office. For just $11, you can purchase a card good for an Old Chicago pizza of up to $25 while supporting the preschool! Call or stop by the church office to purchase.

Direct a portion of your Amazon purchases through “Amazon Smile.” Set up giving and then update your bookmarks/favorites to Amazon to < smile.amazon.com > to give 0.5% of every Amazon purchase you make to Open Arms Christian Preschool. Go to < http://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-0450786 > to set up giving.

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! Also: eligible members of Thrivent Financial, don't forget to direct your Choice Dollars for last quarter to Saint John's, the Foundation, the Preschool or the organization of your choice. Stop by the Welcome Center for a form, call Thrivent or visit www.Thrivent.com to make sure that this money doesn't just disappear!

Bulletin Deadline

Announcements for the weekly worship bulletins are due by Wednesday at Noon. Submit items to the church office (482-5316; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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!

Early Childhood Parenting Class

Member Erica Loptien will be leading a one-day parenting class utilizing the Love and Logic approach, giving parents insight into how to put an end to misbehavior in public, smooth out mornings and bedtimes, calm sibling bickering, take the battle out of meal times, tooth brushing, bathing, etc … and more! Saturday, April 6, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (with an hour break for lunch) in Room 302. $100 registration fee (bring a spouse for free); more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Erica at 559-970-9752.

Men’s Night

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, March 19, at 6:30 PM.

Heseder Yard Sale

Our annual Yard Sale allows the Heseders (Saint John's mission group) to turn your “stuff” into someone else's “treasure” while generating money for outreach missions at home and abroad. All day Friday and Saturday, May 31–June 1 on the front lawn and in the Large Fellowship Hall. We will be looking for lots of help—there will be a volunteer signup sheet at the Welcome Center as the sale gets closer—and lots of donations! Drop off donations on the stage in the Large Fellowship Hall starting May 26 or contact the church office to schedule a pick-up. We will not accept old TVs/monitors (flat screens are ok) or other bulky electronics. We could also use donations of newspaper and boxes to pack items for customers.

Registration is Open

Please invite your family and friends with three- to five-year olds (three years old by September 15) to consider Open Arms Christian Preschool for next school year. More information and a registration form are available at the Welcome Center, or call Kandy Wise at 482-1357.

A Note from Karissa Calvo

I am the daughter of Chuck and Kathi Calvano. I wanted to thank Saint John's for the many prayers for my recovery from the propane explosion right before Christmas. When I was released from the hospital, my mom flew out to Virginia to take care of me, and kept me informed of the many church members who were praying for me and inquiring about my recovery. Many of you took care of my dad while he remained in Fort Collins, making sure that he had companionship and comfort while my mom was gone. I know, without a doubt, that the many continued prayers for my recovery made all the difference in my complete and speedy healing. My recovery within the first month alone was quite astounding and for all intents and purposes, I am fully healed.

My husband and I thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for the many prayers dedicated to us. I am grateful that my parents are part of such a prayerful church family at Saint John's.

Opportunity to Serve in Tanzania

After seven years of service, our missionaries to Tanzania, Eric and Linda Funke, have prayerfully decided to move back to the US, and are looking for new missionaries to live in their furnished house in Tanzania and work at their school (in any capacity—teacher, nurse, chaplain, social worker, DCE, deaconess, IT person). Please help us spread the word about this opportunity! If you are interested in this opportunity or know someone who might be interested, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can find and download a one-page description of this opportunity at www.globallutheranoutreach.com/blog/funke/newsletters. Eric and Linda would love to have potential new missionaries come out to visit them in Tanzania in the next few months. Global Lutheran Outreach can front the money for this trip. Then the future missionaries can begin fundraising and hopefully begin Swahili language school in Tanzania in the fall or winter of this year.

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.

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.

Direct Your Thrivent Choice Dollars

Eligible members of Thrivent Financial, don't forget to direct your Choice Dollars for the last quarter (or year) to Saint John's or the organization of your choice. Dollars directed to Saint John’s or the Saint John’s Foundation will be used to help pay for the heating system (“boiler”) replacement project. Dollars directed to the preschool help with special projects like improving the classroom and playground and purchasing toys and other enrichment materials. Stop by the Welcome Center for a form, call Thrivent or visit www.Thrivent.com to make sure that this money doesn't just disappear!

Join the Prayer Chain

Join the chain and commit to praying for our congregation members facing illness or hardship; messages are passed by phone from person to person or via email. To join the phone list, contact Ruth Besel (484-0221); to join the email list, contact Trudi Geilenkirchen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Missing a Dish? It’s Probably in the Kitchen

Come downstairs and see if you’ve left behind a pan, dish or container after a recent potluck or event; we always seem to have quite a collection!

Open Arms Fundraisers

Pizza Palz cards are available in the Church Office. For just $11, you can purchase a card good for an Old Chicago pizza of up to $25 while supporting the preschool! Call or stop by the church office to purchase.

Direct a portion of your Amazon purchases through “Amazon Smile.” Set up giving and then update your bookmarks/favorites to Amazon to < smile.amazon.com > to give 0.5% of every Amazon purchase you make to Open Arms Christian Preschool. Go to < http://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-0450786 > to set up giving.

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! Also: eligible members of Thrivent Financial, don't forget to direct your Choice Dollars for last quarter to Saint John's, the Foundation, the Preschool or the organization of your choice. Stop by the Welcome Center for a form, call Thrivent or visit www.Thrivent.com to make sure that this money doesn't just disappear!

Bulletin Deadline

Announcements for the weekly worship bulletins are due by Wednesday at Noon. Submit items to the church office (482-5316; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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!

Open Arms Christian Preschool Early Registration is Open

Registration is open for current families and Saint John’s members until January 26 before it opens to the general public. Please invite your family and friends with three- to five-year olds (three years old by September 15) to consider Open Arms Christian Preschool for the school year beginning this fall. More information and a registration form are available at the Welcome Center, or call Kandy Wise at 482-1357.

Missionary Presentation

Missionaries Jonathan and Carrie Federwitz, who serve in Papua New Guinea with Lutheran Bible Translators, will join the Bread of Life Bible Study to discuss the work Jonathon does as a pilot delivering translators and other missionaries to remote areas throughout the South Pacific island. Wednesday, January 16, at 9:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.

Open Arms Christian Preschool Open House

Anyone interested in learning more about Open Arms Christian Preschool is invited to come meet director Kandy Wise, our teacher aides and current parents at our upcoming Open House. Thursday, February 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in the Preschool Classroom. Children are encouraged to come along and play!

Feed My Starving Children Volunteer Event

Sign up at the Welcome Center to join the Saint John’s group that will be assembling packages of food to be sent to starving children around the world—or donate to the cause! Saturday, February 15, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. We will arrange carpooling from the church. Donations should be made to Saint John’s with a note that they are for “Feed My Starving Children.”

Seeking Office Help!

Do you have a few hours a week you can dedicate to helping out in the church office? We are seeking volunteers who can work a three-hour shift once a week, helping with answering phones, greeting visitors and other office projects. Comfort with computers is helpful, but by no means necessary. Our current volunteers would attest that it’s always interesting, usually fun and that the time goes by very quickly!

We have a 9:00 AM to Noon shift available Wednesdays and 1:00 to 4:00 pm shifts available Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays. Please contact Tom (482-5316 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you’re interested in helping or would like more information!

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.

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.

Join the Prayer Chain

Join the chain and commit to praying for our congregation members facing illness or hardship; messages are passed by phone from person to person or via email. To join the phone list, contact Ruth Besel (484-0221); to join the email list, contact Trudi Geilenkirchen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Missing a Dish? It’s Probably in the Kitchen

Come downstairs and see if you’ve left behind a pan, dish or container after a recent potluck or event; we always seem to have quite a collection!

Open Arms Fundraisers

Pizza Palz cards are available in the Church Office. For just $11, you can purchase a card good for an Old Chicago pizza of up to $25 while supporting the preschool! Call or stop by the church office to purchase.

Direct a portion of your Amazon purchases through “Amazon Smile.” Set up giving and then update your bookmarks/favorites to Amazon to < smile.amazon.com > to give 0.5% of every Amazon purchase you make to Open Arms Christian Preschool. Go to < http://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-0450786 > to set up giving.

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! Also: eligible members of Thrivent Financial, don't forget to direct your Choice Dollars for last quarter to Saint John's, the Foundation, the Preschool or the organization of your choice. Stop by the Welcome Center for a form, call Thrivent or visit www.Thrivent.com to make sure that this money doesn't just disappear!

Bulletin Deadline

Announcements for the weekly worship bulletins are due by Wednesday at Noon. Submit items to the church office (482-5316; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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!

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..