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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!

Ash Wednesday

We begin the holy season of Lent by reflecting on our sin and mortality, but also rejoicing in our hope: that Jesus, our Savior, suffered and died to rescue us from sin and save us from the finality of death. Wednesday, March 6, at 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM with meals at Noon and 5:45 PM.

“_” Midweek Lent Services

As Christians, we embark upon a daily movement from exile—life under the burden of sin—to the joy of the Gospel that is ours in Christ Jesus. We enter this Lenten season contemplating the reality of our earthly journey, but with eyes fixed on the destination: the empty tomb and the open gates of everlasting life. Wednesdays from March 13 to April 10 at 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM (meals at Noon and 6:30 PM).

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! Missionaries, at 12:00 AM in . 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..

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..