The quilts on display are just some of the 602 quilts made by the Sewing Group this past year. They will be distributed to Lutheran World Relief and local charities.
We want to thank everyone in the Sewing Group for all their hard work. Our group is over 30 members strong and includes men and women, people who work on Tuesdays at the church and people who work at home, members of St. John’s and friends from the community. We all work together to help people in need.
Movie night has been postponed to Wednesday the 19th as Parish Education decided to take precautions and cancel due to the severe weather expected this past Wednesday. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone. We will still be showing the movie Spirit and we will have our concession as usual. This movie is licensed under CVLI #503773562.
The OWLS (Older, Wiser Lutheran Seniors) will get together on Thursday, June 27, at the Senica’s Oak Ridge Restaurant at 11:30 a.m for lunch and socializing. You don’t have to be a senior to join them,everyone is welcome. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex if you are planning to attend.
We would love to have special music during worship services in the summer. Please contact the church office if you have an instrumental arrangement or solo you would like to share. If you need a pianist for accompaniment, we always have either Pam Engels or Carol Eckwall scheduled for services.
I read a very good devotion this past week that has really stuck with me. It’s a story of a couple driving thru Idaho and stopped to see a flock of sheep bedding down. The author told of how it reminded him of Psalm 23. But where was the shepherd? asked the couple. The sheep appeared to be alone and a few had wandered away from the flock and were walking toward a deep gully. Then they heard a loud whistle, and saw the shepherd high on a hill, keeping watch on his flock. The shepherd’s border collies heard the whistle and sprung into action. They herded the drifting sheep back to the flock. Are you the flock of sheep, the wandering sheep or the shepherd? I am all three. Sometimes, in the same day. When we begin to wander, do we hear the “whistle” of our shepherd? Our Good Shepherd? Our shepherd is watching over us all the time. You may not see him, but he can see you! God promises he will seek out his sheep, feed them in good pasture, and bind up the broken.
Take 5 everyday!! Pray for a friend, a parent, a teacher, a bully. Pray for the one who needs it the most, but especially for the one who thinks they need it the least. Jeff
SWING CHOIR COMING TO ST. JOHN’S
You won’t want to miss hearing the “Swing Choir” perform at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Tuesday evening, July 23, 7:00 p.m. Each year the choir rehearses at camp LOMC in preparation for their tour to area churches. There is no charge for the concert, but a free will offering will be received to help cover their costs. The choir consists of 20-25 youth with 4-5 additional sponsors.
Would you be willing to house 2 youth in your home following their Tuesday evening concert? All they need is a bedroom/bed for sleeping and use of a bathroom/shower. Host families/individuals would select two youth (2 males or 2 females) as indicated on the signup sheet which will be made available in the near future in the narthex. Assigned youth choir members would then ride home with you following the concert. In the morning (Wednesday) we ask that host families return them to the church for a breakfast which will be served to all swing choir members and host families prior to their scheduled departure. The exact time for the breakfast is yet to be determined. Our thanks to our men and youth group for hosting the send off breakfast!
Watch the bulletin, newsletter and local newspapers for more information about camp LOMC’s youth swing choir. It promises to be a great evening!
If you have questions, please contact either Jeff Whalen (Director of Youth Ministries) or Pastor Kenyon.
We are in need of the following Sunday school teachers for next year: Adult Sunday school class and 7th grade. If you are interested in teaching either of these classes on Sunday mornings during the school year, please see Carol Ploch or call the church office. What a wonderful treasure our children are and what an honor to teach them about Christ’s love.
There is an opening on the Parish Education Board. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Carol Ploch.
High School Leadership Lab will be July 22-27 at Augustana University. This lab is designed to assist our youth in acquiring skills that will be useful in their home congregations, synodical and national youth ministry settings. See Jeff for a packet if you are interested.
The time is fast approaching for another week of Vacation Bible School! VBS will be July 15-19 from 6:00-8:15 p.m. (Please note that the wrong date was inadvertently put in the print version of the May Messenger). To register your child or to sign up to volunteer, please visit https://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/stjohnsperu2013. Watch the bulletin and June/July newsletter for more details!
Ninth Triennial Gathering
Start making plans now to attend the Ninth Triennial Gathering in Charlotte, NC in July 2014. If you have attended a Triennial Gathering previously, you know what an inspiring, informative, and fun event it is. If you are new to the Triennial Gathering, prepare to experience uplifting worship services, hear motivating speakers, and make new friends among the thousands of women from across the country and the globe who will also be attending. Plan time to explore the beautiful host city, Charlotte, NC, which offers dozens of restaurants, first class museums, and shopping all within walking distance of the convention center and conference hotels. Save the date now, July 24-27, 2014.