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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.

Church Office Closed

We will be closed Labor Day (Monday, September 2). Normal hours resume September 3.

Mission Guild (LWML) Meeting

All ladies of the congregation are invited to join us for a Bible Study from the Summer 2019 Quarterly, Mite devotion and business meeting. Tuesday, September 3, at 10:30 AM in Room 301. Members, please bring your Mite Box and suggestions for a recipient for the Fall Brunch.

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 8.

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, September 17, at 6:30 PM.

Third Thursday Event

Join us for a potluck lunch and a presentation by Del and Jeannie Benson on their most recent trip to Africa. Thursday, September 19; Noon lunch, with presentation to follow in the Small Fellowship Hall. Please bring a favorite dish to share!

Attic Cleaning Day

It’s time for round two of attic cleaning! Please come lend a hand as we continue the process of organizing our big storage area, with a particular focus this year on the areas set aside for children’s programs like Sunday School and VBS. Anyone interested in helping out, whether you’re more comfortable sorting, hauling or sweeping, will find something to do. Families in particular are invited to come join the cleanup fun this year! Saturday, September 28, at 9:00 Am to Noon in Meet in the Large Fellowship Hall for snacks, orientation and assignments!.

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 8, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Saturday, November 9, 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.

  • We would appreciate help from the congregation finding items for the silent auction—donations from individuals or local businesses interested in promoting themselves. 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 204−1159.
  • Bakers are needed to provide baked goods for the 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.

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 Marge Griffin (498-0717); 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.

Church Office Closed

We will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 4 and 5, for the Independence Day holiday.

Support Your Saint John’s Eagles Softball Team

It’s always great having a supportive crowd! Here’s this year’s schedule:

  • July 7: 5:20 PM at Fossil Creek Park West
  • July 14: 6:15 PM at Fossil Creek Park West
  • July 21: 6:15 PM at Fossil Creek Park West
  • July 28: 7:10 PM at Fossil Creek Park West

The playoffs begin August 4 at Fossil Creek Park West and continue August 11 and 18, as long as we keep winning!

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, July 16, at 6:30 PM. Location TBA.

Colorado Rockies Faith Day

Sign up at the Welcome Center today for this summer Rockies game (versus the Marlins), talk by players (Charlie Blackmon, Jon Gray and Ian Desmond) and concert by Kari Jobe for just $20. Sunday, August 18. Game at 1:10 PM, concert follows. We will carpool from the church.

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.

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.

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 Marge Griffin (498-0717); 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.

Church 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. Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1 in the Large Fellowship Hall. If you can lend a hand with setup or with the sale, please sign up at the Welcome Center.

  • Cookies needed! We will be holding a bake sale alongside the Yard Sale, and could use donations of cookies, brownies or bars. If you can help, sign up at the Welcome Center and plan to drop off your goodies by the evening of Thursday, May 30.
  • 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 use donations of newspaper and boxes to pack items for customers.

Ascension Sunday

Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples one last time to tell them to expect the coming Holy Spirit before ascending into heaven to take His heavenly throne. Sunday, June 2, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.

Support Your Saint John’s Eagles Softball Team

It’s always great having a supportive crowd! Here’s this year’s schedule:

  • June 2: 8:05 PM at Rolland Moore Park #2
  • June 9: 8:05 PM at Lee Martinez Park East
  • June 16: 5:20 PM at Lee Martinez Park East
  • June 23: 7:10 PM at Fossil Creek Park West
  • July 7: 5:20 PM at Fossil Creek Park West
  • July 14: 6:15 PM at Fossil Creek Park West
  • July 21: 6:15 PM at Fossil Creek Park West
  • July 28: 7:10 PM at Fossil Creek Park West

The playoffs begin August 4 at Fossil Creek Park West and continue August 11 and 18, as long as we keep winning!

Pentecost

The church celebrates its birthday on Pentecost, recalling the drama of Acts, as the Spirit came to the disciples in rushing wind and tongues of flame and enabled them to go out and preach the Good News. Sunday, June 9, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center. It's traditional to wear red on Pentecost, as a symbol of the renewing fire of the Holy Spirit.

Lift Off with VBS 2019

At Miraculous Mission VBS, your children will learn about God’s great plan of salvation, from creation to the cross. It’s free, but pre-registration is appreciated—sign up your three-year-old through sixth grade children today, and invite your family and friends! Visit the table by the Welcome Center, call the church office (482-5316) or visit www.StJohnsFC.org to sign up. 9:00 AM to Noon, June 10 through June 13. We can’t wait to see you there!

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. June 18 at 6:30 PM; watch the bulletin for the location.

Alpha Center Baby Bottle Fundraiser

On Mother’s Day we handed out empty baby bottles for you to fill with change (or cash, or checks) to support our community sexual and pregnancy resource center; if you missed it, you can pick up a bottle at the Welcome Center! Please return the bottles to the Welcome Center by Father’s Day (June 16).

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, June 22, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (with an hour break for lunch) in Room 302. $75 for the day or $30 per session (workbook included; bring a spouse for free); more information at < tinyurl.com/FortCollinsLoveandLogic > or contact Erica (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Dedication of The Garden

We will gather in the completed Garden (northwest corner of the church) after the worship service to dedicate the beautiful new gathering space and columbarium. Sunday, June 30, at 10:15 AM in The Garden.

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.

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.

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 Marge Griffin (498-0717); 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.

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 Marge Griffin (498-0717); 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..