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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 2007
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church Newsletter


Mission Statement

We are called by God to be the light of the world. We are to go forth and show Jesus’ love and forgiveness through loving care for all God’s creation.

Notice Of Annual Meeting

The annual meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 25 at 7 PM in the church sanctuary.

Adult Study

“I Have Good News for You” an adult study of the Christian faith from a Lutheran perspective will begin January 8 from 7:30-9:00 PM in the church basement. This course will be helpful for anyone who would like to know more about the basic teachings of Christianity or simply would like a refresher. Pastor Ader will be the leader. Cost for student materials will be $7.00.

Bible Study

The Bible Study at Doug and Karen Ross’ will resume on January 9 at 7 PM. We will be continuing with the study “The Story of Angels.” New members are welcome to join us.

Everyday Evangelism Workshop

Lutheran Hour Ministries is offering a workshop “Equipping to Share” on February 3 from 8:30-2:00 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Stevens Point. Cost is $15 a person. Pick up a form in the narthex for more information.

Thank You Service Readers/Would You Like To Be A Reader in 2007?

Thank you to all the people that volunteered to read in 2006. We currently have 16 people who have volunteered to be readers. If you would like your name added to the list for 2007, please contact Pastor Ader or Doug Ross.

Pastoral Visits

If you have surgery or any other concern and you would like the Pastor to call please let the church office know so a visit can be made.

Elevator and Roof Donations

If you would like to make a donation toward the elevator and roof repair loans please enclose your donation in an envelope marked “Elevator” or “Roof” and place in the offering plate.

Fellowship Coffee

We would like to have fellowship after church service the 2 nd Sunday of each month. There will be a sign up sheet on the north bulletin board for people that would like to bring bars or cookies and serve coffee. -Evangelism Board

Human Care Ministry Board

During the month of January members of the congregation are asked to make donations to the South Wood County Food Pantry. Donations of nonperishable food and personal hygiene items can be placed in the basket in the narthex. These items will help restock the Food Pantry shelves and provide basics to get needy families through difficult times until more long term assistance is available. Thank you for any help you can provide for this much needed mission in our community.

Jesus the Hope of Romania

Please take a moment and read the letter about Anna Gruen and her mission trip to Romania. Her letter is in your newsletter mailing or can be obtained by calling the church office. Please support Anna in your prayers. Anna Gruen is a niece of Marg Bratcher. If you would like to support her financially fill out the attached pledge form, make out your check to Christian Life School and place it in a sealed envelope marked “Anna.” Donations may be placed in the offering plate or mailed to the church office. Deadline is January 15.

Thank You

The “Sweetest Event of the Year” took place on Saturday, December 2 at St. John Lutheran Church right here in Kellner!!! For the 12 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 Blessed New Year!

Thank You

The Board of Education would like to thank the Children and Adult Choir for the wonderful job they did in presenting “A Shepherd’s Christmas.” Thank you for supporting the Children’s Christmas Service with your attendance.

Bulletin Chart

If you would like to donate $15 for the cost of printing the weekly bulletin please sign up on the new 2007 chart on the north bulletin board. You may make your donation in honor of a birthday, anniversary or memorial. More than one person can be signed up for the same date. Please enclose payment in an envelope marked “Bulletin” and place in the offering plate or give to an elder. You may also mail or drop it off at the office. If you would like it published enclose your name and personal message.

Flower Chart

The new 2007 Altar Flower Chart is on the north bulletin board. If your flowers are for a special occasion please note that beside your name or call the church office by the Wednesday before the weekend you have chosen. Then your special occasion can be noted in the bulletin.

Get Ready For Camp Luther's Arrival

Camp Luther will arrive Wednesday Evening, January 24 at 5:30 PM for a Camp Fire Visit. All congregation members, children of Weekday School and their families are invited to attend supper in the church basement from 5:30-6:20 PM. Come when it works the best for your family & then stay for Camp Luther Fun Night Activities. Please RSVP by signing your family's name and how many will attend the supper or call Sandra Sweeney by January 19. Sign up sheet is in the back of church. Please accompany your child or chldren to supper. Don't send them unattended. Supper will include hot dogs, beans, chips, applesauce, and a campstove Smor'. A free will donation will be taken at the start of the food line. Call Sandra Sweeney for more information 886-4864.

Hearts For Jesus

Deal or No Deal is coming to St. John in the month of February. We will display 25 suitcases and a list of 25 prizes. Next to each suitcase will be a can to place your tickets in. Tickets will sell for $1.00 for 1 or $5.00 for 6. Nobody will know who will win what prize until March 7 after the Lenten Service. We will have our own Weekday School chldren be the openers of the suitcases to reveal the contents, as the persons name is drawn from the can for that particular numbered suitcase. We wish for the congregation members to participate along with our Weekday School children. Our charity this year that we picked is CARING CLOSET founded by Carrie Siler. It is local in Wisconsin Rapids and surrounding schools including Port Edwards & Nekoosa--helping children in K-12th grades. All proceeds will go to this charity to help our local students. More information about the charity will be included in the February Newsletter.

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