THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Katherine Harry 2/5; Chad Lockwood 2/6; Kristopher Wardin 2/6; Sue Triantaflos 2/7; MaKenzie Kindel 2/8; Michele Welch 2/11
ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: George and Carol Seidel-51yrs 2/6
Budgeted/Regular (including mortgage interest) $6,175
Budgeted/Mortgage Principal $982
Total Weekly Budgeted: $7,157
Received/Designated Mortgage Principal: $320.
Total Weekly Received $8,704.50 Over/Under: $1,547.50
2023 Budgeted Year to Date: $35,785
2023 Year to Date: $4,470.50 under budget
MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITY: Week of 1/29: Worship - 81; Live Stream – 29 (Year to Date: 209); YouTube – 76 (Year to Date: 217); Sunday School – 2; Adult Bible Class – 16
GOOD NEWS KITCHEN MINISTRY: FREE lunches served on 1/31–136, 2/2-25; Year to date served: 788
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Sunday, Feb 5: 8:00 a.m. Worship Service - Communion
9:15 Education Hour, including Confirmation Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service – Communion
Monday, Feb 6: 9:00 a.m. – Quilting (No Guild Meeting until 3/14)
Tuesday, Feb 7: 10:00 a.m. – Women’s Bible Study
Thursday, Feb 8: 8:30 a.m. Big Boy Fellowship Breakfast! All Welcome!
February 12: 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:15 Education Hour, including
10:30 a.m. Worship Service – Installation of Governing Board Members
God’s Love Potluck after 10:30 service
February 19: 9:15 Confirmation Class
GREETER SCHEDULE: February: 8:00 Judy Korte; 10:30 Liz Webster March: 8:00 Judy and Barry Boettger; 10:30 Lynn and Joann Webster
NOTE: We are in need of Greeters for our 8:00 a.m. Service. If you are interested, please see signup sheet in Narthex.
USHER SCHEDULE: February 5: 8:00 Charles Reed; 10:30 John Triantaflos February 12: 8:00 Dave Z; 10:30 Mike M
READERS: February 5: 8:00 Lynn W; 10:30 Samantha P February 12: 8:00 A. Park; 10:30 Ryan R
ALTAR GUILD: February: Jan and Sally March: Becky and Barb
GOD’S LOVE POTLUCK: What greater love is there than the love of Jesus? There isn’t!! So, we ask that you join us on February
12th for a potluck dinner following the 10:30 service. Let’s continue to get to know each other better & share the love of Jesus with one another. We pray that our congregation here at St. John’s will grow abundantly in our love for each another & then share our Lord’s awesome love with those whom God’s places in our lives. There is a sign-up sheet out in the Narthex to let us know what you’ll be bringing. See you there!
FLOWERS BEDS: First, a HUGE shout out and thank you to Sue and John Triantaflos for maintaining our beautiful flowers for so many years! It is always a pleasure to drive in and see the flowers and greenery in such fine condition.
But the time has come for Sue and John to retire. This provides an opportunity for someone else to share their green thumb talents with us all. So, we are putting out the HELP WANTED sign! We need a few volunteers (this is a great couple’s activity!) to do basic care of annual plants, trimming and weed control. See Lynn Webster for more info or questions. Or contact the office and we will put you in touch with him.
MITE COLLECTION: January’s Mite Collection total was $254.24! Thank you so much for your generous contributions! Every penny DOES count! Thank you from the Women’s Guild!
MITTEN TREE: This year we collected 134 items, including scarves, hats, gloves/mittens and other warm woolies for our local children. Giving warms our hearts while warming the little bodies of others! Thank you for caring.
CABIN FEVER BREAKOUT BAZAAR: Shirley Huguelet is sponsoring a “Bazaar” on March 18 from 10a.m. to 4p.m. Arts & crafts, jams & jellies, estate items & collectibles, jewelry, and so much more! Space and tables are being rented, with proceeds going towards 2024 Mission Trip! The Women’s Guild will be selling lunch items.
CAPITAL AREA COMMUNITY SERVICES: For 32 years, CACS hosted Walk for Warmth to raise fund to assist households in danger of losing their heat. This year, CACS has decided not to have a walk, but still solicit funds for the cause. If you can help, please make checks payable to Capital Area Community Services and mail to: 1001 S. Oakland St, St. Johns, MI 48879.
RIGHT TO LIFE ORATORY CONTEST: National RTL is hosting its 34th annual High School Oratory Contest. Local Coordinator is Mary Beth Elstro with Clinton County RTL. Entry deadline is April 8, 2023. Please see bulletin board for more information.
MEMBER OFFERING ENVELOPES: 2023 member offering envelopes are in the cabinet drawer in the Narthex. Please use 2023 envelopes only for 2023, as your member number may have changed.
BATTERY RECYCLING: Battery Recycling is BACK! You can drop off your used/expired household batteries (including lithium) to the office. PLEASE REMEMBER TO TAPE THE TOP OF ALL 9V BATTERIES.
WOMEN’S TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY: Women’s Bible Study meets every Tuesday at 10:00 in the Acts Room. All are welcome!
THURSDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY: The Thursday Evening Women's Bible Study continues with season 2 of The Chosen. New members are always welcome! See Liz Webster with questions. Please join us if you like to Learn, Laugh and Love! 6:30 p.m.
JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH GATHERING: Michigan District Junior High Youth Gathering is June 2-4, 2023 at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth. Watch for more details in the near future.
CONFESSING CHRIST IN THE CULTURE: ART, LITERATURE, MUSIC: February 25, 8:00 – 2:00 p.m. Hope Lutheran Church in DeWitt is presenting Confessing Christ in the Culture; Art, Literature, Music. Cost is $25 per person ($15 for students) and includes lunch. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 517-669-3930. The church is located at 1180 W Herbison Rd, DeWitt, MI.
CHURCH EXTENSION FUND: Our representative is Matt Nobis. There are materials available in the Narthex. For questions, you can contact him at email@example.com.
February 2023 Newsletter Article
Dan was talking with his friend, Gary, about his estate plans.
Dan said, “My children are always prying, asking about my plans, but I don’t want to tell them. I want to leave it a surprise.”
Gary responded, “I am not sure that is a good idea.”
Dan snorted, “Why is that?”
“This is going to be the biggest gift you have ever given them and by far the biggest gift they have ever received. Don’t you want them to be prepared? Beyond that, I know you are leaving a gift to our Church in your estate. You told me about it. Don’t you want them to join with you in your plan, to celebrate what God is doing?”
“You seem to know a lot about this. What made you so smart, Gary?”
“I’m not smart. Diane and I worked through our plan with the LCMS Gift Planning Counselor and she helped us think about these things. I think you should give her a call. The last thing you want to do is ruin your great relationship with your children and grandchildren.”
Your LCMS Foundation Gift Planning Counselor can help.
February 5, 2023
It is important to involve family in your gifting plan from your estate. It is true that most often, the biggest gifts from an estate are aimed at the family, blessing with inheritance. However, families often grant inheritance without any conversation about how to use it well. Your LCMS Foundation Gift Planning Counselor can help you articulate your family plan. Contact… Julie Burgess, Gift Planning Counselor Church Extension Fund Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org | 713-822-5284
OUR WORSHIP OPTIONS: In addition to our 8:00 and 10:30 am services in the Sanctuary, we will continue to offer the drive in option (on 93.1 FM) will be at both services and we are offering live-steaming of the 10:30 service on YouTube. We will also continue to pre-record the readings and sermons each week and post them online so those members who are not yet comfortable coming out to service may still join in worship.