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BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sandra Cory 8/16; Kyle Kolka 8/16; Allison Park 8/16; Chelsea Clark 8/17; Ronalee Welch 8/18

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Daniel and Sally Harry-34 yrs 8/20.



Today, Aug. 15: 8:00 a.m. Worship Service 

9:15 a.m. Education Hour - Adult Bible Study-John Room

10:30 a.m. Worship Service

Monday, Aug. 16: 10:00 a.m. Quilting Club

6:30 p.m. Governing Board Meeting-John Room

Thursday, Aug. 18: 8:00 a.m. Men’s Bible Study at Big Boy of St. Johns - 

In-person and via “zoom”. Contact Dave Zimmerman at 989-224-6602.

6:30 p.m. Women’s Bible Study-Acts Room


Friday, August 19: Family Night Out – Lugnuts game!


Wed, August 24: 6:30 GriefShare

Friday, August 26: Movie Night!

Sunday, Sept. 11: Bible Translation Sunday!

Monday, Sept. 12: 10:00 Women’s Guild Meeting

GREETER SCHEDULE: August 14: 8:00 Becky DeWitt; 10:30 Mike and Natalie Longoria August 21: 8:00 Barry and Judy Boettger; 10:30 Mike and Natalie Longoria

USHER SCHEDULE: August 14: 8:00 Scott DeWitt; 10:30 John Triantaflos August 21: 8:00 Jerry Roberts; 10:30 John Triantaflos

READERS: August 14: 8:00 A Park; 10:30 Toni Z August 21: 8:00 Lynn W; 10:30 Pat R

ALTAR GUILD: August: Sally and Barb September: Jan and Cindy

GOOD NEWS KITCHEN MINISTRY: FREE lunches on 8/4: 90; 8/9: 169!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY! The Good News Kitchen is in need of a delivery driver every Tuesday to deliver lunches to shut-ins that have requested meals. There are currently about 20 local deliveries. Meals would be picked up here at the church and then delivered to the individual addresses anytime between 11 – 1. If interested, please contact the Church office at 989-224-6796.

MATTHEW 25:35 for I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.

MUM SALE!: The St. John’s Lutheran Women’s Guild is selling mums this fall as a fundraiser.

See order form at the end of this newsletter. Mums are $12 each or 2 for $20. Orders due by September 7. Drop in offering plate or at the office along with your payment.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY NEEDS HELP!: On August 15, Habitat for Humanity-Clinton County is building a ramp for a disabled citizen. They could use helpers for the build, or food/snacks/beverages for the workers. If you can help, please reach out to Sid Lounds at 989- 640-6981.

COMING SOON!: Join us on September 11 for Bible Translation Sunday. Special Guest Tiffany Smith will share information about her upcoming missionary work with Lutheran Bible Translators in Tanzania.

GRIEFSHARE: Our next GriefShare series starts August 24, 2022, 6:30 p.m. here at the church. This series is open to everyone in the community. For more details, 
please contact the Church office at 989-224-6796.

Reason #2 to find a GriefShare group:

“Aha” moments

Sometimes a new perspective can give you a sense of relief and a boost of strength. Especially when you’re wrestling with difficult emotions after the death of a loved one.

GriefShare offers insights from leading experts on grief recovery topics. You’ll also connect with other people who get what you’re going through because they’ve been there too.

You can expect a lot of “aha” moments as you ...

… discover answers to tough questions

… get practical support to help you take steps toward healing

Bring some light in your darkness with these light-bulb moments.

DO YOU HAVE A COLLEGE STUDENT?: Help us stay connected with them! Please provide us with the student’s contact information. We will get them connected to the campus ministries for their school. Please use Connect Cards or contact office to provide the information.

WOMEN’S TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY: On Summer Break! Please watch here for additional details on restart dates.

THURSDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY: The Thursday Evening Womens Bible Study is studying the books Galatians, Philippians and Colossians. New members are always welcome!  See Liz  Webster or Jan Motz with questions.  Please join us if you like to Learn, Laugh and Love! 6:30 p.m.

MISSION TRIP: Tentative Mission Trip scheduled for March 25-April 2, 2023 to Guatemala with MOST ministries. Contact Liz Webster or the church office if you are interested. If you’d like more information, please contact Liz Webster at 517-282-3518.

SPEAKER SERIES: We are looking for ideas of what you would like to hear during our Speaker Series. If you have an idea or even know of a speaker, please contact Dale Malewska at 989- 834-2281.

OKTOBERFEST:  This years Oktoberfest will take place on Friday, Oct. 14th from 6:00-9:00pm.

We are in need of volunteers! If interested in helping, please contact Kris Wardin 989-640-9284 or Kellie Thelen at 989-640-3071. You can contact Carol Malewska 989-834-2281 if you have questions on the Silent Auction, (donations or wanting to help with the Auction specifically). Tickets for the Oktoberfest event will go on sale August 21!

SEEKING BOARD MEMBER: The Governing Board is seeking a church member to complete the term of a board member who resigned due to health reasons. The term would conclude on December 31, 2022.  If you would like to be considered for this position by the Governing Board, please email Becky DeWitt at or call Becky at 989-224-6796.

CHURCH EXTENSION FUND: Our representative is Matt Nobis. There are materials available in the Narthex. For questions, you can contact him at

August 14, 2022

For your estate plan and the gift plan within it to work, it takes coordination of all your professional advisors to make sure you are creating the best plan. There can be tax implications circling your estate gift plans. Your LCMS Foundation Gift Planning Counselor can point out some of the potential issues you might be facing. But only your accountant or tax preparer will be able to reliably calculate those taxes based on your income and circumstances. To get this conversation going, contact…Julie Burgess, Gift Planning Counselor Church Extension Fund | 713-822-5284


 Good News Kitchen delivery driver needed! Please contact the office for details.

 Sunday School Teachers needed! Please contact Jan Motz or the Church office.

 Drivers needed to pick up church family for worship services -contact the church office.

 Outdoor Service Help-Contact the church office.

 Handy Man Help-Contact the church office.

 Readers during services-Contact the church office.

 Elders- Contact John Triantaflos

 Oktoberfest Volunteers! We need YOU!
 Contact Kris Wardin 989-640-9284 or
 Kellie Thelen 989-640-3256


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.

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