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THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:

                      11-28-2021  

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THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Today, Nov. 28:         8:00 a.m. Worship Service 

                                    9:15 a.m. Children’s Sunday School – in the Sanctuary       

                                    9:15 a.m. Adult Sunday School in John Room

                                   10:30 a.m. Worship Service 

                                                        

                                    6:30 p.m. The Forge Youth Group – Luke/Gymnasium

Monday, Nov. 29:      10:00 a.m. Walking Club in the Gymnasium

                                    10:00 a.m. Quilting Group 

Tuesday, Nov. 30:     10:00 a.m. Women’s Morning Bible Study in Acts Room

Wed., Dec. 1:           10:00 a.m. Walking Club in the Gymnasium

                                   

Friday, Dec. 3:         9:45 a.m. Walking Club

    

UPCOMING EVENTS:  

Wednesday Dec. 1:   Advent Service 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Saturday Dec. 4:        Hanging of the Greens: 10:00 a.m. 

Sunday Dec. 5:          Voter Assembly Meeting 11:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary 

Sunday Dec. 12:        Children’s Program 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Monday Dec. 13:       Governing Board Meeting 6:30 p.m. in John Room

 

 

DOBBS V JACKSON WOMEN’S HEALTH ORGANIZATION: On Dec. 1, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The case, which stems from a legal challenge to a Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, is being closely monitored by people on all sides of the abortion debate for its potential impact on current and future abortion law.

On Nov. 30 at 6 p.m., The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) will host a Prayer Service for Life at the LCMS International Center (IC) in St. Louis. Those who value the preservation of life at all its stages, from conception to natural death, are invited to take part by joining together and watching via livestream here at St. John's Lutheran.

“In a society that does not cherish all human life, Christians thank and praise our God for the precious gift of life,” said Deaconess Tiffany Manor, director of LCMS Life Ministry. “Christ Jesus gave His life as a ransom, that all who believe in Him may have eternal life. Because we have been given the gift of life, forgiveness and salvation, we seek to share God’s great love and mercy. We lament the tragedy of abortion, and we mourn the many lives lost. We pray that those who make, carry out and judge our laws would do so according to the will of God. We pray that hearts may be changed and that all people would come to a knowledge of the truth found only in Christ Jesus.”

 

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 churchadmin@stjohns1869.org or call Becky at 989-224-6796

 

THE LUTHERAN WITNESS is published 11 times a year and provides laypeople with stories and information that complement congregational life, foster personal growth in faith and help interpret the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective. If you are interested in receiving a copy of The Lutheran Witness, subscriptions are $11.60 a year if you place your order through the church office or use sign-up sheet in Narthex. You may simply drop your check for $11.60, made payable to St. John’s Lutheran Church, in the offering plate, with a notation that it is for The Lutheran Witness. You may also send in or bring a check to the Church office with the same notation. Deadline for placing the order is November 30th.  

 

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIA ORDER: An order form for Christmas poinsettias are in the Narthex. Checks can be dropped in the offering plate or taken to the Church Office. Make checks payable to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Deadline to order is Wednesday, December 1st.

 

RIGHTNOW MEDIA: Don’t forget to sign up for RightNow Media! RightNow Media is a streaming library of more than 20,000 Bible study videos for leaders to share with their people. If you misplaced the email, you can still sign up by going to: https://bit.ly/STJOHNS1869 or from your phone, you can textSTJOHNS1869 to 49775 and follow directions from there.

 

CONFIRMATION: Confirmation classes will begin January 9, 2022 and meet every other Sunday through the end of May, with the Confirmation Ceremony on June 5.

 

LUTHERAN SUMMER MUSIC ACADEMY & FESTIVAL: 2022 Academy & Festival June 26 – July 24 at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN. This faith-based music program is for high school students. Contact church office for more information.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: Children grades K-6 will meet at 9:00 a.m. starting in the Sanctuary. Children are encouraged to attend and bring their friends! This year’s presentation is: 

A Christmas to Believe In. Weekly practice concluding with the program at the 10:30 service on December 12, 2021. Volunteers still needed. Contact Rebecca Parks at drdairy@yahoo.com or call at 517-243-0777

 

LWML: The MITTEN TREE is waiting to be filled with new handmade or bought mittens, gloves, hats or scarfs. It will be up for a month and then we will distribute to our local schools. Thank you in advance for your warm donations! 

COAT DRIVE: We are collecting new coats for St. Johns Public Schools, K-12. Please help keep our youth warm this winter! Drop off in the Narthex.

 ST. PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH:  Ladies, you are invited to the St. Peter Lutheran Church Advent Brunch on Tuesday, December 7th at 9:30 a.m. There will be delicious food, interesting speakers, singing carols & fellowship. Free will offering to help defray costs with the remainder going to LWML Mites. Ladies Aid will be selling RADA cutlery and miscellaneous crafts. 

THE FORGE YOUTH GROUP: The Forge Youth Group meets every Sunday from 6:30-8:30 pm. Youth group activities for middle and high school students in our gym and the Luke Room.  These evenings consist of worship, scripture study, and plenty of fun and games.  We encourage our youth to give this a try. We also encourage our parents to encourage your sons and daughters to attend. 

WOMEN’S TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY: The women’s Bible Study is held on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am. They are studying the book, Old Testament Characters.  If you have any questions, please contact Judy Korte or the church office.

NEW SPEAKER’S SERIES: Postponed until after the New Year

ST. JOHN’S WALKING CLUB:  We walk every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 am in our gymnasium. Please join in the activity and church family fun! No need to sign up, just show up in comfortable walking shoes and clothing. Everyone will get a lap counter to keep track of each mile=23 laps. There is also an optional walking video available in the Acts Room.

ST. PETER LUTHERAN SCHOOL IS LOOKING FOR HELP! The day school is collecting caps from Pepsi and Coke bottles. There is a 10 number/letter in the Pepsi caps which are worth 19 cents each. Coke products will give the school 5 cents per cap, 15 cents from the 12 can pack and 30 cents for the 24 can pack. There is a 12 or 14 number/letter code on the cardboard part of the box and is perforated so it can be ripped off easily to get the cans out. There is a small box in the Narthex to collect the caps. Thank you for supporting St. Peter Christian Day School. Pam Mohr 989 224-4206.

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

November 28, 2021

In a complex world, each of us need trusty advisers to lead us to proper decisions and actions. Some of the longest relationships adults may have may very well be with their financial planners who see them through opening their first investment account, planning for college, and implementing a retirement strategy. It is important to communicate your estate gifting plans to your financial planner so they can help you manage those gifts toward your goals until the Lord calls you home.  Your LCMS Foundation Gift Planning counselor can help you communicate those goals. Contact Julie BurgessGift Planning Counselor Church Extension Fund Julie.burgess@lfnd.org | 713-822-5284

 

 

BAND PARENTS: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BUSY WEEKEND – FRIDAY (10/26); SATURDAY  (10/27)!!! – North Andover Music Association

 

DO YOU WANT TO GET INVOLVED AND HELP OUT IN OUR CHURCH FAMILY, BUT NOT SURE WHERE?  PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING: 

Hanging of the Greens – December 4, 10:00 a.m. Many hands make light work! Snacks provided!

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

Nursery Roll Coordinator-contact the church office.

Greeter’s needed at both services-contact the church office.

Outdoor Service Help-Contact the church office.

Handy Man Help-Contact the church office.

Music Worship Team-Contact the church office.

Readers during services-Contact the church office.

Elders- Contact John Triantaflos

 

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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