On Pentecost weekend, we will hear the Acts 2 story read, along with 1 Corinthians 12:1-13 and we will share in the Lord’s Supper. We will celebrate the power and presence of the Spirit as it descends upon us. And just as that community of 120 arose on that first Pentecost began to assume greater responsibility in the life and mission of the Church, so shall we be sent … empowered by the Spirit … into the world as witnesses of the Crucified and Risen Lord.
Come wearing red as we gather on Pentecost Weekend to celebrate the promised gift of the Holy Spirit!
Psalm 96 declares, “Sing a new song unto the LORD!”
On the Weekend of May 21 and 22 we will be we recognizing, celebrating and giving thanks to God, for the vast contributions to our worship life that have been offered by our Saturday Musician and Singer, our Senior Choir, Hand Bell Choir, Praise Team and DSQ Children’s Choir throughout this program year.
The vast gifts of Ethan Mandeville, Jessica Segaard, Craig Dieterich, Lisa Rider, Karen Roberts, Henry Kihlken, Linda Stauffer, Abi Frattaroli and Nate Frattaroli and all those who partner with them, have been offered over this past program year to deepen our worship of the Crucified and Risen Lord. And for their abiding commitment to our music ministry it is appropriate that we give thanks to God. Be present for worship on this weekend, and assist us as we give recognition and thanks to these faithful, dedicated and talented Music Ministry participants.
One of the values that is foundational for our ministry is … MAKING A JOYFUL NOISE: In gratitude and joy, we lift our praises to the LORD, so that through “our music God may be glorified.” This day provides us with to give thanks to God for the gift of music!
Sunday morning’s worship will feature songs of praise from all of our choirs. Their proclamation will replace the sermon for the day, (in the past some have told it was the best sermon they have heard! )
GRADUATE RECOGNITION SUNDAY
On Sunday, May 29 we will be recognizing all of our high school and college graduates during our 9:00 a.m. worship service. On this day we will come together to celebrate with these young persons as they have completed courses of study and are preparing to head-off into new adventures of faith and life.
A reception will be held in their honor during the Coffee Fellowship Hour immediately following worship. We have asked each of our young persons to share a little bit about their plans for the future with us at that time. And we will have some gifts to present to you upon this exciting occasion.
We give thanks to God for these young people for who they are, for how they have been participants and contributors to our ministry! We will offer prayers on their behalf as they embrace the future that awaits them.
If you know someone who should be included in this recognition, please notify the Church Office. asap.
Taking the Word into the Week.
Beginning on May 14 and 15 as we head into the season of Pentecost, and then continuing through June 4/5, we will once again be lifting up the partnership of those who have a vital role in preaching. We are launching another time for “Taking the Word into the Week.”
Surveys will be available in the bulletins each weekend so that you can report back on how the proclaimed Word leaks out of our worship through you into the midst of your daily lives and has an impact on family, friends and community. An e-mail blast will also be sent out each Monday.
Yet again I am excited about this opportunity to hear from all of you about how the proclamation continues. I always learn something significant about you who listen to sermons, as well as about my continuing efforts to proclaim Good News. You will also have the chance to be inspired by each other as survey responses are shared. These “postings” of how the sermon has continued will be found on the bulletin board half-way up the Parish Hall stairs and on the St. John Facebook page. A third benefit of this study is to help your pastor to continue to grow in his understanding of those realities that arise in your everyday lives, enabling better and more effective preaching by linking the Word with your worlds.
This time of listening is no longer a part of my education, so I would love to also hear from those who are under 18!
Yours in Christ,
SUMMER BIBLE CAMP
Off to Confirmation Camp/Summer Camp … June 19-24, 2016
Before we know it … spring will be in the air, school will be out … and will be time for us to head off for our week of Confirmation Camp at Lutheran Memorial Camp. The focus this year will be on the Lutheran Reformation. As we have shared with all of you parents and students, we expect that all our Confirmation Ministry participants WILL attend Camp at least once during the years they are in our Confirmation program. Please let me know a.s.a.p. if your youth will be attending camp this year, so we can plan accordingly!
ALL YOUTH … for all Programs (there a programs for all ages during this same week!) are encouraged to register online at www.lomocamps.org!
Families are asked to pay $100 toward the registration fee, with the Endowment Fund from St. John, Pancake Supper Proceeds and Midweek Lenten Meal offerings covering the remaining costs! I dare you to find a better deal!
Please note: when registering online, you will be asked to make a deposit that is greater than $100…The church will reimburse you for the difference! Let us know when you have registered and we will get you a check! The total cost of camp after March 30 is $455. When you go to the web site, you will see that there is something “new” called Tiered pricing … I would suggest you choose Tier 2.
The summer camp medical form can be found at www.lutheranmemorialcamp.org, which you will need to send to the camp or make sure to bring it with you on the day we head off to camp. EACH STUDENT MUST HAVE ONE OF THESE! Let us know if you have any questions about this.
HERE ARE THE OTHER THER CAMP PROGRAMS THAT ARE OFFERED THE WEEK OF JUNE 21-26:
Slippery Seals … Grades: K-2
Rising Stars … Grades: 3-5
Sr. High …Grades 9-12
Visitation Ministers Workshop
One of the most significant new ministries here at St. John that has unfolded over the past few years has been our Visitation Ministry. We have a truly fantastic team of dedicated everyday Christians who go out into our community to extend the reach of the Lord’s Table, but also to connect in meaningful ways with those who are not able to be present among us on a regular basis. Some amazing relationships have been established. Our ministry together has been truly strengthened through these efforts.
As time passes by, changes have come to both the body of persons who are need of visits and those who make these visits. At this time, we would like to extend an invitation to any of you who may want to be a part of this significant and worthwhile use of your time and talents. Come and learn about how you can make a difference in the life of someone else and your own!
So, on Wednesday, May 25, current Visitation Ministers and anyone who would like to explore what this ministry is all about is invited to a “working lunch.” Come at Noon and gather around the table with others for food, fellowship and conversation about how this ministry is going, as well, how we might make sure that all needs are being met. I promise that this time for conversation will be over by 1:30 pm.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with Pastor Jim Lehman.