- Written by Tom Miles Tom Miles
- Created: 15 January 2020 15 January 2020
There's always something happening at Saint John's! Read on to keep on top of activities, signups and other opportunities.
Early Registration is Open (Current Students and Saint John's Members Until January 26)
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.
All youth Confirmation age and older are welcome to join us for an afternoon of bowling. Sunday, January 26, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at Chippers Lanes (217 W Horsetooth Rd). $10 a person.
First Sunday “Eat and Greet” Potluck
Bring a dish to share and come enjoy good company at this monthly potluck lunch. Sunday, February 2, at 11:30 AM in the Large Fellowship Hall.
Matthews House Meal Recruiting
The Board of Human Needs is coordinating a meal for about 120 people—families that have been served by The Matthews House, either directly with staff (improving parenting skills, a housing situation or employment) or through involvement in a Community Life Center. Tuesday, February 11, at 12:00 am in . We hope that you will consider helping us support this great organization: check the sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center to see our volunteer needs!
Reconciliation in Eastern Africa
Dwight Schettler from Ambassadors of Reconciliation will join us again to speak about the impact Saint John’s helped make for pastors and pastors’ wives of a small Lutheran church body in Rwanda. Dwight will talk about how the Gospel transformed lives before their eyes, and about the doors God is opening for AoR in East Africa, with work planned in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda this year and Ethiopia, Sudan, Congo, Burundi and Tanzania in the future. Sunday, February 9, at 10:30 am in the Large Fellowship Hall. Join us and be inspired by God’s great grace!
Register today for this workshop on funeral planning, wills/trusts/powers of attorney, gift planning, advanced health care directives and other end-of-life planning topics featuring presentations by Goes Funeral Care, McKnight Legal, Jason Jones (Saint John’s Gift Planning Counselor), Pastor Nettleton and Ron Young (Saint John’s Foundation). Saturday, February 15, from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM in the Large Fellowship Hall. Free event: call the church office (482-5316) today to register!
Feed My Starving Children Volunteer Event
Sign up at the Welcome Center by February 2 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 22, at Shifts are 8:00 to 10:00 AM and/or 2:00 to 4:00 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.”
Transfiguration of Our Lord (Divine Service)
In the Transfiguration, Jesus is revealed to His disciples as the Son of God. It is the culmination of the season of Epiphany, in which the character of Jesus is revealed to us in numerous ways. Now, just before the beginning of Lent, we see Jesus in His glory, “as bright as a flash of lightning,” a timely reminder that the man who walks the path to the cross is at the same time Almighty God, sacrificing Himself for us. Sunday, February 23, at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center.
We begin the holy season of Lent by reflecting on our sin and mortality, but also rejoicing in our hope: that Jesus, our Savior, suffered and died to rescue us from sin and save us from the finality of death. Wednesday, February 26, at 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM in the Worship Center. Meals served at Noon and 5:45 PM.
Read the Entire Bible in 2020
It takes just fifteen minutes of reading a day! There are many reading plans and audio Bibles on the internet or your phone’s app store. Or you can stop by the church office, where the Board of Education has copies of five different Bible reading plans waiting for you. Choose from chronological (timeline order from Creation to Christ’s return), five-day (daily reading during the work week, with weekends for catch-up), historical (in the order the books were written), 52-week (each day of the week is a different genre—epistle, law, history, psalm, poetry, prophecy, gospel), M’Cheyne (read the New Testament and Psalms twice, interspersed with Old Testament readings) and straight-through (Genesis 1 through Revelation 22).
Now Hiring Part-Time (Four Hours a Week) Cleaner
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.
Egg Carton Fundraiser
Don’t throw away your old egg cartons, donate them! The Woman-to-Woman Bible study is collecting clean used egg cartons of any size or material to sell online. Money raised will be used for special congregation needs or missions. Drop donations off at the Welcome Center.
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 (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!