INDULGE IN LENT? Rather than sacrificing something for Lent — especially something easy and spiritually insignificant, such as chocolate — Patty Kirk, in Guideposts magazine, suggests finding new ways to indulge in God’s presence. Surely one can do this by having extra devotions or attending Lenten worship services. But Kirk offers these ideas:
Spend time outdoors, sensing God’s magnificence.
Spend time with others, extending generosity and compassion. Remember Jesus’ promise that when you care for others, you care for him (Matthew 25:31-46).
Pray for the “little things,” coming before God in childlike trust and feeling peace.
Watch attentively for God’s answers to prayer, and receive them as reminders of his presence.
Turn anxiety into prayer. As you frame concerns as prayers and entrust them to God, you “sacrifice” the tendency to wallow in worry.
The Waiting Game Life involves lots of waiting. We wait in groups, in lines, in cars. We wait for packages, for the bus, for the sun to rise. We wait in doctors’ offices, at the post office, at the DMV. Waiting implies we’re at someone else’s mercy, but it’s also usually linked to hope. Perhaps that’s why Paul Tillich called waiting a metaphor for faith. Why would one wait if there weren’t the firm belief that the object of one’s wait will eventually materialize?
Waiting can be enervating, which is why Isaiah 40:31 is so promising: “They who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” Yet waiting is tough if you have nothing to do while waiting. That’s why Jesus, when talking about waiting, also talked about working — work for the night is coming. Sometimes it’s less tiring to work than it is to wait.
There’s a lot of waiting during Lent. You’re waiting for a payoff. You’re waiting for the Resurrection. You’re waiting for spiritual growth. And then you realize this isn’t waiting at all. It’s life. It’s joy. It’s opportunity. It’s blessing.
HAT AND SCARF DRIVE For the month of March, Social Ministry is collecting headdress scarves and hats to be donated to local oncology offices for them to pass along to their patients. Needed are various sizes for both cold weather and warm weather. If you know how to knit, crochet or sew, you can also make homemade scarfs and hats too. Please drop off donations in the hamper bins located in the hallway outside the Church Office.
Midweek Lenten Services Wednesdays
Church Library Bible Study will be held from 7:30-8:00 p.m. if you would like to stay following the Lenten Service.
to Cub Pack 3325, Boy Scout Troop 325, and the Venture Crew here at St. John’s for assisting with Sunday service on February 8th.
TAB COLLECTION Save those tabs from your favorite beverage or food item! We are collecting tabs to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Danville.
This will be an on-going project.
There is a plastic tote container located in the hallway outside the Church Office for you to drop tabs off. This is a great easy inexpensive way to help others!
PINK ENVELOPES Each month Social Ministries collects donations through the pink envelopes in the pews. These donations are then passed along to the designated recipients. Below is a list of the monthly designations for the remainder of this year. In addition, there will be on occasion a few months where we will also be collecting specific items to be donated. We will let you know the month and items being collected. We thank everyone who donates to these causes.
March – American Cancer Society
April - Kathryn’s Kloset
May – Camp Mt. Luther
June – Ronald McDonald House
July – Haven Ministries
August – Women in Transition
September – SUN Home Health
October – Harvest Home
November – Mitten Tree
December – Birthright
CAMPBELL PRODUCTS LABELS Just a reminder that we are still collecting soup and food labels from Campbell’s products. There is a basket on top of the mailboxes across from the Church Office to place labels. These labels will be forwarded to the Rocky Boy Navajo Indian Mission for their school.
PALM SUNDAY BREAKFAST Sunday, March 29
7 AM – Noon Sponsored by the Cub Pack, Scout Troop and Venture Crew of St. John’s.
Look for more information on menu and prices in next month’s Messenger.
HIS LIGHTHOUSE CAFÉ
Thursday, February 26
This month’s menu – turkey with gravy, homemade waffles, mashed potatoes, vegetable, dessert and drinks.
Any one in need of a warm meal or who would like mealtime fellowship is invited to join us. This is a free meal; donations are gladly accepted to help keep this ministry ongoing.
It’s not too early to think about Spring housecleaning! Remember to keep your unwanted items for our Spring Rummage, Soup, and Bake Sale coming up in April. Look for more information in next month’s Messenger for the soup orders and rummage sale dates.
A BIG SHOUT OUT !!
To SrA Logan Brouse for attaining 2014 AMC Military Firefighter of the Year. Congratulations!!
Logan is the son of Lisa and Gary Brouse and the grandson of Barb Kiger and the late Jim Kiger.
LIFE LINE SCREENING Evangelical Community Hospital is sponsoring a Life Line Screening event here at St. John’s on Friday, March 6th. Pre-registration is required. Call: 1-888-653-6450.
Stroke/Carotid Artery - $70.00
Heart Rhythm (Atrial Fibrillation) $70.00
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm - $70.00
Peripheral Arterial Disease - $60.00
Osteoporosis Risk Assessment - $60.00
Package 1 – Stroke, Vascular Disease & Heart Rhythm 4 tests - $139.00
Package 2 – Add Osteoporosis on for $10 more 5 tests for $149.00
Easter flowers may be ordered by completing this order form.
The form, along with payment may be placed in the offering plate
(please mark envelope - “Easter Flowers”), dropped off at the church office, or mailed to the church.
Please make checks payable to: St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Flowers may be picked up any time after the 10:15 AM Easter Service. ALL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY
Sunday, March 22, 2015 ____ Pansy, 4 ½ ” …….…………………………………..$2.50/each ____ Hyacinth (1 Bloom – growers choice of color)……. $4.00/each
____ Hyacinth (3 Blooms) ……………………………….$8.50/each
Pink _____ Blue _____ White ________ ____ Tulips (6 bloom) …………………………………….$8.50/each
____ Senetti (6 ½ “ pots – assorted colors)……………. $10.50/each
(Pictured in pink above, and bi-colored below) ____ Martha Washington…………………………..…….$11.50/each Amt. Paid _______ Check #________ Date _______________
Given By: _____________________________________ In Memory of: ________________________________________________________ In Honor of: _________________________________________________________ To the Glory of God _____
MEMBERS: Trish Long, Nicholas Chiarkas; Arlet Hummel; Diane Hoffman; Margaret Smith
PRAYER REQUEST: Drew Rodkey and family; Helen Shock; Marcia Esquibel; Joan Breon; Harry Harter; Keith Phelps; Louis Schultz; Edward Hock; Kyle Hobbel; Ronald Miller; Esther Persing; Carrie Jones; Wally Kerstetter; Ben Metzger; Don Propst; Gary and Rita Lenig; Misi Lucas; William Wagner; Karen Gerst; Joan Rebuck; Tina Reichenbach; Daniel Lyons; Beverly Windus; Betty Leitzel; Marlyn Deihl; Steve and Rose Brungard; Darvin Straub.
HOMEBOUND AND SPECIAL PRAYERS: Joanne Lynch; Andrew Nathan Kerchoff
Lorraine Weaver; Judy Hoffman; Esther Bartholomew; Phyllis Gordon; Ruth Ramer; Nancy Hendricks; Fietta Osman; Sally Mayer; Helen Snyder; Mike Payne; Kate Billman; Shirley Wolfe; Frances Rohrbach; Carol Diehl; Betty Yerg; Elaine Kohl; Robyn Snyder; Dave Roush; Franklin Hoffman; Catherine Broome; Harold Billman; Sally Diehl; Julia Tiedman; Tina Pontius; Jan Albertson; June Seebold; John Kistner; Margaret Rantz; Joshua Gordon; Harold Reid; Joyce Shearer; Connie Lahr; Steve Lahr; Zachery Baker; Carol Wilks; Pauline Spigelmeyer; Jodi Graybill; Brittany Graybill.
Pray for our military Logan Brouse; Colton Brouse; Kale Gallo; Wyatt Kohl.
February 18 Joel 2:12-19
February 19 Psalm 51
February 20 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10
February 21 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
February 22 Genesis 22:1-8
February 23 Psalm 25:1-10
February 24 James 1:12-18
February 25 Mark 1:9-15
February 26 Mark 4:21-41
February 27 Mark 5:1-20
February 28 Mark 5:21-43
March 1 Luke 18:13-14
March 2 1 Peter 2:22-25
March 3 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
March 4 Song of Solomon 8:6-7
March 5 Philippians 2:8-11
March 6 John 19:1-6
March 7 Galatians 2:19-21
March 8 Isaiah 53:10-11
March 9 Matthew 27:15-16
March 10 Philippians 2:5-11
March 11 Matthew 11:25-30
March 12 Zechariah 10:6-12
March 13 Mark 10:46-52
March 14 Matthew 17:1-3
March 15 Romans 5:6-12
March 16 Revelation 7:9-14
March 17 John 10:11-18
March 18 March 14:46-52
March 19 Ephesians 2:1-10
March 20 Matthew 9:35-36
No matter who you are or where you are in life, you are never alone. The Lord God keeps on coming to you, to be by your side, to live inside of you, to strengthen you, forever. “Little Church Mouse”
Wednesday, February 18 Messenger folding, 9:30 a.m.