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St. John Lutheran Church

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

“A Caring Congregation in a Growing Community”

8020 South Park Road
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
(715) 423-7788

January 2006 Newsletter

Adult Information Class

Pastor Ader will be starting a Tuesday evening adult information class on January 10 from 6:30-8:00 pm. “God’s Word To You” is a study of Christian Doctrine that invites you to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and to a life of Christian discipleship in the fellowship of the Lutheran Church. For more information and to sign up see the bulletin insert or call the church office.

Bible

Sunday Morning Bible Class

A stewardship emphasis in January? The thought of a stewardship emphasis in January may confuse some people who think that stewardship is just about money and budgets and so, naturally, a stewardship emphasis should take place around the time the congregational budget is being developed and approved. It is true that stewardship is about money, but it’s about a whole lot more than money. Stewardship has to do with all of life and life’s resources as we say in this definition: “Christian stewardship is the free and joyous activity of the child of God and God’s family, the church, in managing all of life and life’s resources for God’s purposes.”

Join Pastor Ader Sunday mornings at 8:00 AM as he leads us in considering these stewardship topics:

Jan. 8-Bible Study One-Corporate Stewardship

Jan. 15-Bible Study Two-Church Culture and Climate

Jan. 22-Bible Study Three-Compassion, Community, Challenge and Commitment

Jan. 29-Bible Study Four-Consistency and Celebration

Bible Class

Tuesday Morning Bible Study

A Tuesday morning Ladies Bible Study entitled “New Life in Christ” will begin on January 24 at 9:15 AM at the home of Marg Bratcher. The purpose of this study is to present the basic doctrines or teachings of the Bible as well as to introduce you to the rewarding life of Christian Discipleship. This study will run for 12 weeks and then continue in the fall. For more information call the church office.

Tuesday Evening Bible Study

The Bible Study entitled “A Time to Laugh…or Cry” will continue on Tuesday, January 3 at 7:00 PM at the home of Doug & Karen Ross. This study is an overview of the Old Testament. If you are interested in joining please call the church office.

Appointment Book

Annual Reports

Annual reports from all boards and organizations need to be brought or e-mailed to the church office by January 10.

Notice Of Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 26 at 7 PM in the church sanctuary.

Evening Guild Meeting Time Change

Due to the Annual Meeting Evening Guild will be at 7 PM on Thursday, January 19, not Thursday, January 26.

Reader

Lay Readers

The Elders and Church Council approved the use of lay readers in our worship services at their December meeting. Pastor Ader hopes to begin using the lay readers in our services beginning in January. If you have served as a lay reader in the past and would like to serve again, or would like to become one of our lay readers, please contact Doug Ross or Pastor Ader so that we can get your name on the list and get a schedule set up.

Flowers

2006 Flower Calendar

The new altar flower sign up calendar is on the bulletin board by the elevator. If your flowers are for a special occasion note that as well or call the church office by the Wednesday before the weekend you have chosen, so your special occasion can be noted in the bulletin.

Check Your Church Mailbox

Just a reminder to all members to pick up their mail. The boxes have been re-arranged so if you have trouble finding yours we apologize for the inconvenience.

Christmans Cookies

Thank You

The “Sweetest Event of the Year” took place on Saturday, December 3, 2005 at St. John Lutheran Church right here in Kellner!!! For the 11 th year in a row, the Cooks, Bakers and Candy Makers of St. John produced the best tasting, most beautiful and the tastiest sweet items possible! The church basement was turned into the best “Cookie and Candy Shoppe” in the area! This special holiday event could not have taken place without the generosity of the parishioners of St. John sharing their talents! Everyone involved in the project is to be thanked for sharing his or her time and talents. The ladies also wish to extend a special thank you to our “Auxiliary” members for the help to set-up and take down the tables. Taylor Funeral Home, Ritchay Funeral Home and Higgins Funeral Home donated the advertising. Country Tots Child Care Center donated marquee advertising. The profits from this “Sweet Event” will be used for several church projects. The sharing of talent and fellowship gives everyone at St. John the spirit of the holiday--giving and sharing in love. Thank you again, and we wish you all a Christ-centered Christmas Season!

Thank You

The Board of Education would like to thank the Children for the wonderful job they did on their presentation of “The Real 12 Days of Christmas.”

Dear Parents, Grandparents, Pastor Ader, Teachers, Group Guides, Superintendents, Susan Ader, Joline & Sarah Nordhaugen, Barbara Johnson, August & Emily Henke, Sharon Coley, and Mike Sweeney. Thank You for all your help in preparing the children for the Children’s Christmas Service. Your time and efforts show how much you care about the children in the congregation at St. John at this very special time of year.

Church

New Year’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, you have brought us safely through another 365 days in spite of our sinful shortcomings. We didn’t deserve a single blessing, yet your blessings were there daily for us. We don’t deserve your guidance through this year ahead, yet your rod and staff are here to comfort and guide. Knowing your blessings of the past, we can be confident of your care in the future. Guide us, dear Jesus, the whole year through! Amen.

A New Year-New Opportunities

Each new day brings promise of a new start. For many, the start of a new week is the time to begin that diet, get serious about exercising, or forego TV viewing. For a vast majority, though, there's something especially motivating and invigorating about seeing the JANUARY calendar on the wall. This is the year we'll accomplish great things.

God doesn't necessarily call us to do great things, however. He asks that we be trustworthy in small things (Luke 16:10-11). To that end He gives us gifts to use to build up the Body of Christ and to reach out to the lost.

Some of us have many gifts. People like Michelangelo-painter, sculptor, and poet-and Thomas Jefferson-architect, statesman, and scientific farmer-come to mind. God, the Giver of gifts, knows that the number of gifts each of us has varies. Jesus told the Parable of the Talents pointing up this fact and teaching us that success lies in using what we've been given, not in having the greatest amount.

Our gifts also differ in degree. There are many sculptors but few, if any, compare to Michelangelo. Yet their art can bring satisfaction and inspiration to others. You may not be able to sing opera, but you can sing God's praises. You may not be a great orator, but you can witness to the love and grace of God in Christ. You may not be a mechanic, but you can provide transportation for someone needing to get to an appointment or to church.

That's why God gives us gifts and abilities-that we may be equipped to serve others. The start of a new year offers us an opportune time to assess those gifts and see how we can use them for God's glory and the good of His people. The motivation to do this comes from the same One Who gave the gifts! Just as He was motivated by love for us to give us, not just our gifts, but His greatest gift, His Son, so we are motivated by love for Him to serve those He calls us to serve.

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