AS WE GATHER
(This section is placed at the beginning of our bulletin to use as a pre-service meditation)
It was still dark when the women headed to Jesus’ tomb with their carefully prepared spices to anoint His hastily buried body. The darkness of that morning was great, more than just the darkness of the passing night. It was the darkness of sin, crucifixion, the finality of death, and burial. The women, the disciples, the believers did not understand the meaning of it all. Yet, it was not over….
Share the Blessings of Jesus’ Resurrection!
THIS WEEK’S NOTES
BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES – He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Consider taking some time today to read the historic account of Christ’s Resurrection. Take turns sharing with your family what He has done for you and how His resurrection has impacted your life. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). This is a message from Lutheran Family Service (712) 276-9000; 4301 Sergeant Rd, Ste 203 Sioux City, IA 51106.
EASTER BREAKFAST - Please join us for an Easter breakfast which will be held upstairs in the Assembly room between the two services this morning. We will be serving fresh fruit and baked goods. A free will donation will be accepted.
WE’LL BE CLOSED on Monday, April 22nd.
NEWSLETTER ITEMS are due on Tuesday, April 23rd. The newsletters will be folded on Friday morning, April 26th.
POTLUCK AND BIBLE STUDY will be held at noon on Thursday, April 25th.
NEW POINTS TO PONDER
UPDATES NEEDED – Have you noticed any errors in the directory portion of the 2018 Annual Report (beginning on p. 27)? (It’s ok to point them out because I’ve already noticed a few). I’m working on a list of corrections, but I need your help. If you notice something that’s not correct (wrong address, no phone number, people missing from your family, etc), please turn the updated information in to Celeste by this Wednesday, April 24th.
CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP SOCIETY meets Sunday, April 28th at 7:00 pm at the church. The program for the evening will be the showing of the Mickey Mouse field art done by BVU students under the guidance of Jerry Johnson. We invite you to come and see this part of Iowa history. Barb Haynes will serve.
MAIN STREET LIVING BROADCAST – This is the Life will feature the episode “The Big Little Lie” on May 5th. Following that, Rev. Randall Cormeny (St. John’s – Battle Creek) delivers the message “No One’s Beyond Redemption” based on Acts 9:1-22. The program is broadcast on KCAU, the ABC network affiliate in Sioux City on Sunday morning, starting at 10:00 AM.
PREVIOUS POINTS OF INTEREST
THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS – Last week, St. John received a donation of $989.00 from members who have selected St. John as the recipient of their Thrivent Choice Dollars. Thanks so much for choosing St. John! Remember, you can designate your Choice Dollars any time by calling Thrivent (800) 847-4836.
GRADUATION RECEPTION – Parish Relations will be honoring this year’s graduates with a Graduation Reception during Coffee Hour on Sunday, May 19th. If you are graduating, please attend this celebration in honor of you. If you know of someone who is graduating (from H.S. or college), let Celeste know so we make sure to include them – and also encourage them to attend.
CIRCUIT FORUM – Mark your calendars for June 30th at 4:00 pm. That’s the date that St. Paul – Alta will host a “Circuit Forum” to prepare for the Synodical Convention in Tampa at the end of July 2019. This is your chance to gather information pertinent to resolutions that are presented in the “LCMS Convention Workbook” and find out more about the election of individuals to positions of leadership within our church body. Anyone may join us!
PIZZA RANCH FUNDRAISER: Visit the Storm Lake Pizza Ranch on Wednesday, May 8 between 4:30pm & 8:00pm! Ten percent of your total food purchase will be donated to benefit the Grace/St. John youth group. The funds raised will support the youth’s travel to the National Youth Gathering this summer in Minneapolis plus other mission projects. Thank you for your support of the youth activities and missions!
FLOWER AND VEGETABLE SALES TIME: Once again we are selling Gehling Flowers and Vegetable plants for the support of St. John's Youth. Sheets are available. Why not support your church's youth programs? If you want 12 inch Geraniums as part of your order, we will need those orders early this year. Consider a Geranium for a Mother’s Day treat. Pickup will be in May (watch for date). Steve Frank, coordinator
WE NEED YOU ON THE ST. JOHN VBS COOL CREW! The Youth Ed Board is looking for a VBS Director for this summer’s Vacation Bible School at St. John. We are preparing to learn about a “Real. Present. God.” this summer with the 2019 Vacation Bible School. If you get excited about kids experiencing the Bible through videos, games, crafts and small group discussion, then being the VBS Director is for you. You can also do with another person too. Twice the fun! AND…we also need helpers and leaders for preparation, organization and sharing crews! If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact Jerry Johnson 732-2775 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We specifically need leaders for Kid Bible Group Leaders, Registration, Snacks, Games and Tech. If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Johnson at 732-2775 or Johnson@bvu.edu. You just might have as much fun as the kids!
Schedule for the Week of April 21 - 28
Sun. April 21 7:00 am Sunrise Service
7:45 am – 8:45 am Easter Breakfast
9:00 am Worship w/H.C.
2:00 pm Ethiopian Gathering
Mon. April 22 Office Closed
Tue. April 23 Newsletter Items Due
Wed. April 24 4:30 pm Midweek
7:00 pm Choir
8:30 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
Thur. April 25 12:00 pm Potluck and Bible Study
Fri. April 26 9:15 am Fold Newsletters
4:00 – 6:00 pm Supervised Visit
Sat. April 27 6:00 pm Worship
8:00 pm AA/Al-Anon
Sun. April 28 Take Easter Lilies Home Today
9:00 am Worship
10:00 am Sunday Morning Coffee
10:15 am Faithbuilders
10:30 am Bible Class
2:00 pm Ethiopian Gathering
7:00 pm CFS