- Written by Tom Miles Tom Miles
- Created: 25 September 2019 25 September 2019
There's always something happening at Saint John's! Read on to keep on top of activities, signups and other opportunities.
Fall Cleanup Day
Please come lend a hand as we tidy up the exterior of the church before winter. Saturday, November 2, 8:00 AM to Noon.
All Saints Sunday (Divine Service)
Every year, the church sets aside a special day to remember the saints of the church not commemorated with special holidays. For 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. Sunday, November 3, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.
First Sunday “Eat and Greet” Potluck
Bring a dish to share and come enjoy good company at this monthly potluck lunch. Sunday, November 3, at 11:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.
Mission Guild (LWML) Meeting
All ladies of the congregation are invited to join us for devotions, a business meeting and a presentation by Christie Peebles, Northern Zone President, on the LWML National Convention that was held in Mobile, Alabama, in June. Tuesday, November 5, at 10:30 AM in Room 301. Members, please bring 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 missions abroad. Friday, November 8, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Saturday, November 9, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the Large and Small Fellowship Halls. Booth fees and the proceeds from the Heseder’s sales will go to the Heseder fund to support future mission work.
Christmas Gift Packing at Serve 6.8
The Heseders (Saint John’s mission team) are putting together a group to help local service organization Serve 6.8 sort toys, make labels and otherwise assemble Christmas gift bags for the children of area families in need. Saturday, November 16, 9:00 AM to Noon at Serve 6.8 (1239 E Drake Rd). If you are interested in joining us, please call the church office.
Fall Congregation Meeting
Elections and approval of the 2020 budget are on the agenda for the annual autumn meeting. Sunday, November 17, at 10:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall. A light breakfast will be served (free-will offering). Active members eighteen and older who have signed the constitution are eligible to vote. Child care will be provided.
All men are invited to gather with their brothers in Christ to support and encourage (and pray for) one another in their God-given vocations. Tuesday, November 19, at 6:30 PM.
Christ the King (Divine Service)
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 24, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.
Thanksgiving Eve (Service of the Word)
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 27, at 6:30 PM in the Worship Center. The offering from this service will go to support the work of LCMS Disaster Relief.
The Board of Human Needs is asking all who are able to bring a bag of nonperishable food items to share with the needy in the Fort Collins community through Saint John’s Food and Clothing Bank. Please turn in your food donations at or before the Wednesday evening Thanksgiving service on November 27.
In preparation for our Thanksgiving Eve food offering for the Food and Clothing Bank, the Board of Human Needs is seeking donations of brown paper grocery bags—drop yours off at the Welcome Center.
Church Office Closed
We will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. Normal hours resume Monday, December 2.
Christmas Decorating Event
Have some fun and help “deck the halls” of Saint John’s for Advent and Christmas. Sunday, December 1, at 10:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.
Midweek Advent Services
Advent is a season of reflection and expectation. Each Wednesday we gather to share prayer and meditation on the Word. Wednesdays beginning December 4 at 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM. Meals at Noon and 5:45 PM.
Food and Clothing Bank
Volunteers serve those in need of food or clothing; we appreciate donations 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.
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.
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
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 < 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!