- Written by Tom Miles Tom Miles
- Created: 19 October 2017 19 October 2017
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. November 5 at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.
Daylight Savings Begins
Remember that it’s time to “spring forward” Saturday night/Sunday morning, November 4/5!
Mission Guild Meeting
All ladies of the congregation are invited to join us to hear highlights from this year’s national LWML Convention by guest speaker Christie Peebles and share a devotion, business meeting and dessert. Tuesday, November 7, at 7:00 PM in Room 301. Members, don’t forget your Mite Box!
Artisan Fair and Bazaar
Start your holiday shopping at Saint John’s Lutheran, where the work of thirty artists and craftspeople, including woodcrafts, pottery, jewelry, textiles and fine cuisine, will be available for sale, along with crafts our teams have collected from Haiti, Peru and eastern Africa. Friday, November 10, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Saturday, November 11, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, in the Large and Small Fellowship Halls.
The money raised—including booth fees and the proceeds from the Heseder’s booth, silent auction, bake sale and kraut burger sale—will go to the Heseder fund to support future mission work.
Visitors will enjoy live music, door prizes, a bake sale and a silent auction. Concessions (breakfast and lunch) will be available all day.
Fall Congregation Meeting
Elections and approval of the 2018 budget are on the agenda for the annual autumn meeting. Sunday, November 12, at 10:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall. A light breakfast will be served (free-will offering).
Active members who are eighteen or older and 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 16, 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.
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 22, at 6:30 PM in the Worship Center. The offering from this service will go to support the work of LCMS Disaster Relief.
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 26, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.
Help Make Blankets for LWR
Anyone with sewing skills is invited to come 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.
“Growing in Worship” Children’s Worship Bulletins
The “Growing in Worship” worship folders coordinate with the lectionary to highlight each Sunday’s theme and message, helping children learn, follow and participate in the order of worship. Pick one up each Sunday from an usher or the children’s activity shelf at the back of the sanctuary.
The Garden Fundraising
Cards for financial commitments to this project, building a garden on the northwest side of the church, are available at the Welcome Center and in the pews. For more information on the project, be that details about the plan, more about the columbarium or to make a commitment to support this project, please contact the church office.
The care and compassion of congregation members across the LCMS is bringing relief to so many suffering from the devastation of hurricanes, floods and fires. You can help by making a donation online at lcms.org/disaster-response, over the phone at 888-930-4438 or by mail, with checks payable to “LCMS” with “Disaster Response/Relief” in the memo line, to LCMS, P.O. Box 66861, St. Louis, MO, 63166-6861.
Join the Prayer Chain
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!
Pizza Palz Cards 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.
Give to Open Arms through “Amazon Smile”
Amazon shoppers, log in to your Amazon account 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. Search for “Open Arms Christian Preschool, Fort Collins” or just go straight to < http://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-0450786 > to set up giving.
Direct Your Thrivent Choice Dollars
Eligible members of Thrivent Financial, don't forget to direct your Choice Dollars for last quarter 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!
Food and Clothing Bank
Our volunteers serve those in need of food or clothing; we are always seeking donations of non-perishable food items, new or gently-used clothing and small household items to stock the shelves. Tuesdays from 9:00 to 11:30 AM in the Small Fellowship Hall. Drop off donations in the basket by the Welcome Center.
Newsletter Publishing/Article Submission Schedule
This newsletter is published ten times per year.
- The first issue of the year is the late-January/February issue, published January 15 (articles due by January 1). The cover theme is “Love” (unless Lent begins early).
- The second issue of the year is the March issue, published March 1 (articles due by February 16). Cover theme is “Lent” unless Easter is in March.
- The April issue is published April 1 (articles due by March 16). The cover theme is “Easter” (if Easter is in March, the theme will be “Spring”).
- We publish the May issue on May 1 (articles due by April 16). The cover theme is “Pentecost.”
- The June issue comes out June 1 (articles due by May 16). The cover theme is “Missions.”
- For the late summer, we run a combo July/August issue published July 1 (articles due by June 16) with a cover theme of “Summer.”
- The September issue is published September 1 (articles due by August 16). It’s back-to-school time, so the cover theme is “Christian Education.”
- We publish the October issue October 1 (articles due by September 16). The cover theme is “Reformation.”
- The November issue covers the end of the ordinary church year and the beginning of Advent. It is published November 1 (articles due by October 16). The cover theme is “Thanksgiving.”
- The December/Early January issue is the last issue of the year, and covers Christmas celebrations and the new year. It is published December 1 (articles due by November 16). The cover theme is “Christmas.”
We’re always interested in using members’ photography for our newsletter covers. Please submit any picture you think would fit these themes!