- Written by Tom Miles Tom Miles
- Created: January 15 2021 January 15 2021
There's always something happening at Saint John's! Read on to keep on top of activities, signups and other opportunities.
Wednesday Divine Services
The Divine Service is being offered on alternating Wednesdays for those who would like to worship in the Lord's house and receive the Lord’s Supper in a smaller setting. Wednesday, at Services at 1:00 PM in the Worship Center. For dates and registration (required), visit < www.StJohnsFC.org/registration > or call the church office (482-5316).
Holy (Maundy) Thursday (Divine Service)
We honor Jesus’ commands—to “love one another” and “do this in remembrance of Me”—as we celebrate the holy meal, given and shed for us, and remember His sacrifice for us. Thursday, April 1, at Services at 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM in the Worship Center. Dinner after the 11:00 AM service (freewill offering).
Good Friday Tenebrae Service (Service of the Word)
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 2, at 7:00 PM in the Worship Center.
Easter Day (Divine Service)
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 4, at 9:00 and 11:00 AM in the Worship Center. There will not be a sunrise service this year.
Volunteers serve those in need of food; we appreciate donations of non-perishable food. Tuesdays at 9:00 AM in the Small Fellowship Hall.
Help Make Blankets for Missions
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.
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, contact the church office.
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 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 with articles due January 1. The March, April, May and June issues are published the first day of the respective month, with articles due the fifteenth of the prior month. For the late summer, we run a combo July/August issue published July 1, with articles due June 16. The September, October, November and December issues are back to the normal publication scheduled of the first of the month with articles due by the 15th of the prior month. Photographers, we’re always interested in using members’ photos for our newsletter covers!