- Written by Tom Miles Tom Miles
- Created: 05 December 2018 05 December 2018
There's always something happening at Saint John's. Read on to keep on top of activities, signups and other opportunities!
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.
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 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.
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!