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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 < > to give 0.5% of every Amazon purchase you make to Open Arms Christian Preschool. Go to < > 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 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..