- Written by Tom Miles Tom Miles
- Created: 21 March 2019 21 March 2019
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!