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October 2020

Three Good Things That Will Happen in November

1. We will begin a new Bible study on Sunday, November 1. Taught by Pastor Leyrer, this six-week study will focus on "One-Chapter Wonders": books of the Bible that are short in length (only one chapter each) but long in truthClick here for class materials and video.

2. We will begin a new church year on Sunday, November 29. As we transition from the season of End Times (October 24 - November 22) to the season of Advent, may we echo the church's centuries-old refrain: Come, Lord Jesus, come.

 

 


3. Our school children will begin preparing for their Christmas service. The service will be pre-recorded and will look different this year. But nothing can change the timeless truths shared by our students in word and song: a Savior has been born, he is Christ the Lord!



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Two Good Things That Happened in October

1. We welcomed six new members through adult confirmation or profession of faith. What a privilege it is to worship and receive the Lord's Supper together with these new members of the St. John's family.

2. Several of our school sports teams finished out their seasons. Our girls' cross country team won the Lutheran Grade School state championship for the second year in a row, and our volleyball and soccer teams also wrapped up their seasons with strong showings. Congratulations, Crusaders!



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One Good Thing That You Might Not Know About

1. This fall, we've been working through the details of a new comprehensive early childhood program for children ages 2-5. We are planning to present a proposal for approval at the voters' meeting on Sunday, December 6 (following the 10:30 a.m. service), and are hoping to begin advertising the program shortly after Christmas. Please keep this program in your prayers as we finalize our plans and proposal. 



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"One-Chapter Wonders"

Beginning Sunday, November 1
Singers or musical groups who’ve recorded only one recognizable song in their career are sometimes referred to as “one-hit wonders.” In the Bible we might adjust and apply that phrase to those books of Scripture that consist of only a single chapter. There are five of them: Obadiah in the Old Testament, and Philemon, 2nd John, 3rd John, and Jude in the New Testament. While they may be short in length, like all of God’s Word, they are long in truth, and there is much we can learn from them. In this six-week Bible study we will examine what God has to teach us through each of these “one-chapter wonders.”



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By Scripture Alone

Since beginning By Scripture Alone in 2017, we've read through the entire Bible chronologically, have spent a year in the New Testament, and are working through the basic truths of the Lutheran faith as taught and explained in Martin Luther's Small Catechism. Next year, we're going back to reading through the entire Bible - but in a slightly different way. In 2021, By Scripture Alone will feature three daily readings: one from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament, and one from Psalms or another book of Wisdom Literature. Click here for more information and a reading schedule. 



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Council Project of the Month

"Equipping Christian Witnesses"
The “Equipping Christian Witnesses” capital campaign gratefully recognizes 150+ years of ministerial training in our synod and, more specifically, 25 years of training at Martin Luther College. “Equipping Christian Witnesses” reflects the mission of MLC: to train a corps of Christian witnesses to meet WELS ministry needs. Click here to donate.



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Call for Nominations

We are accepting nominations from the congregation for a variety of open Board positions. Positions include Executive Board (Vice President; Treasurer), Board of Elders (Shepherding/Visiting Elder), Board of Discipleship (Board Chair; Adult Discipleship; Youth Discipleship; Home Discipleship; Fellowship & Service), Board of Outreach (Go Events; Welcome Events; Come Events), Board of Stewardship (Time and Talents), and Board of Finance (Board Chair). Click here to submit nominations online, or e-mail nominations to church president Jeff Scheibe or one of the pastors. Elections will take place at the annual voters' meeting in late November or early December (exact date coming soon).



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Soles for Jesus

Through Sunday, October 18
Please save your gently used shoes to impact the lives of people in Africa through our annual fall shoe collection. We are looking for shoes for men, women, and children. Watch for collection boxes at church and school, and please bring shoes in bags rather than in boxes. If you wish to make a monetary donation to defray the cost of shipping to Africa, mark your checks “Soles for Jesus” and make them payable to St. John’s. Questions can be directed to Yvonne Quint.



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Mission Festival

Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11
This weekend, we will celebrate Mission Festival by welcoming the president of Martin Luther College, Rev. Rich Gurgel, as our guest preacher and Bible study presenter. Please join us for this special service as we hear more about MLC's campaign of Equipping Christian Witnesses.



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Call for Nominations

We are accepting nominations from the congregation for a variety of open Board positions. Positions include Executive Board (Vice President; Treasurer), Board of Elders (Shepherding/Visiting Elder), Board of Discipleship (Board Chair; Adult Discipleship; Youth Discipleship; Home Discipleship; Fellowship & Service), Board of Outreach (Go Events; Welcome Events; Come Events), and Board of Finance (Board Chair). Click here to submit nominations online, or e-mail nominations to church president Jeff Scheibe or one of the pastors. Elections will take place at the annual voters' meeting in late November or early December (exact date coming soon).



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