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FEBRUARY 11, 2018
2/11 "Sweets & Treats" Bake Sale
2/11 9th-12th Grade Game Night, 6:00pm
2/13 Men's Huddle, in the Worship Center, 8:15-9:15am
2/13 Fat Tuesday Pancake Party with the CREW
2/14 Ash Wednesday, Services at 11:00am and 6:30pm
2/14 Women's Bible Study, Community Room, 8:45-10:00am
2/14 7th-8th Grade Confirmation/Youth Group, 6:00pm
2/14 5th-8th Grade Youth Grade, 6:00pm
2/15 Women's Huddle, Worship Center, 8:15-9:15am
2/17 Women's Saturday Morning Bible Study, 9:00-10:30am

Go to the St. John's  website calendar
for a complete listing of events!
Sermon Notes

Highly Valued, Deeply Fallen, Greatly Loved

Genesis 1:26-28
2 Cor. 3:12-18
Matthew 22:15-22

Sanctity of Life - Feb. 11 Sermon Message
The Bible tells us that we are created and purposed from our mother's womb, but the dignity of life goes far beyond that. We are called to be voices and advocates for all life, and especially for those who cannot speak for themselves. When we choose to see people as God does, we are moved to love others in a way that honors our creator. Being pro-life is a world-view - a life view - that should transcend culture, class, race, age and opinion. From the formation of a child's first tiny cell, to life's final breath, all life has inherent dignity and value.

Join us in celebration of life!
In the Wilderness with Jesus
Sermon Series Feb 18 - March 24
Our Lenten Journey explores the Temptations that confronted Jesus and which stalk us today. This embracing of God’s Word in Matthew 4 will serve as a guide and support as we wrestle with similar trials and traps as Followers of Jesus.
Signs of Lent
The season of Lent is a time of reflection and soul searching. It has been a time of preparation for the celebration of Easter since the earliest days of the church. This tradition with ancient roots is designed as a personal call to repentance, an invitation to reorder our lives and a time to be intentional about our Christian walk.

Our Lenten theme this year is of “Road Signs” and how their messages apply to our life as Jesus Followers. Each Wed., beginning Feb.14 , until Resurrection Sunday pm April 1 will focus on the following signs: U-Turn, Stop, Merge, Yield, One Way, Dead End, Road Narrows, Food, Cross Road, Road Work Ahead.
Music @ SJ

Songs for the classic service on Feb. 11, 8:00am -
“Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”
“God, You Spin the Whirling Planets”
“O God, We Bear the Imprint of Your Face”
“Joyful, Joyful”

Songs for the modern service on Feb. 11, 9:45am - 
"Love Never Fails"
"Forever Reign"
"How Deep the Father's Love for Us"
"Yes and Amen"
"On Our Side"
August - November Financial Update

Income - $447,623
Expense - $462,210

Total - ($14,587)
THIS SUNDAY is the "Sweets & Treats" Bake Sale!
Please stop by the Community Room and purchase something for your favorite Valentine. The Welcome Ministry appreciates your support, as do the youth and our guests!
Thanks, Jim!
A big, hearty thank you to Jim Higley! We are so thankful for him and his baking skills, as he has provided our unleavened bread for communion this Lent season. What a way to serve your community!
Fat Tuesday = Pancake Party with the CREW - Feb. 13
Who doesn't love pancakes!?! All the pancakes (buttermilk, gluten-free, and Swedish) will be provided along with the classic toppings of butter and syrup. Please bring your favorite pancake topping (no matter how crazy!) to share with the group! Orange juice will also be provided. Hope everyone can make it! If you have questions, feel free to send Amy a text at  815-543-6538 .

Tuesday, Feb. 13 6:30-8:30pm 
Movie Suggestion from Pastor Michael
Attention Movie Goers! Pastor Michael gives two thumbs up for the family movie " WONDER. " Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.
Classic Service Worship Leader Needed
Rich Nemeth, our amazing Classic Service Worship Leader, is forging new adventures. After 10 years of service at St. John’s he is looking for more flexibility in his schedule. If you know someone who is qualified to help develop the choir and lead special music in this part-time position at our 8:00am Classic Service, please have them send a resume to Pastor.Michael@SJDenver.org.
Buy a Coffee ... Support Missions!
Espresso Bar is open! Stop on by and enjoy your favorite latte, mocha or americano and help support SJ missions!
Lenten Suppers
Lenten Suppers will begin on Feb. 21 with dinner at 5:30pm and service at 6:30pm. Supper will be provided by our Youth Ministry to benefit their summer mission trip. There will be NO supper provided on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14.
Lenten Offerings for “Love India”
The beneficiary of this year’s Lenten offerings will again be “Love India”. This
effort undertaken, by St. John’s School, provides the funding to sponsor nine
needy children (one per grade) in the Bangalore Community-based Childcare
program of India Transformed! With this sponsorship, each child receives
nourishing meals, health care, a Christian education and encouragement by caring
adults who share the love of Jesus. In addition, at your option, you may take a
special collection can home with you to use for spare change throughout the
Lenten season. Pick up a can on Ash Wednesday, and return it when they are
gathered on March 21. The nickels, dimes and quarters that may seem like
small change to us can make a huge difference in the life of a child in India. Thank
you for your support!
Bagels with Bernardine (BWB)
"Connecting parents with Resources, Tools and Community for Parenting"
You are invited to join us.

Feb 20 - Raising Our Children to be Caring

Sessions are in the St. John's Community Room and begin at 8:15am.
CREW Bible Study
Join the CREW (20s and 30s) as we learn how to pray, meditate, and contemplate the Psalms during the season of Lent. Sundays at 5:30pm starting  Feb. 25 . Please contact Julie.Lemke@SJDenver.org with any questions or for the location. 
Soaring Seniors Luncheon - Feb. 28
The next seniors luncheon will be Wed., Feb. 28 , 12:30pm in the Community Room. If you are able, please bring a dish to share and $5. Program: 3 musical groups from St. John's School. RSVP to Jolene,  303-777-4033 , by Thursday, Feb. 22.
Men Who Cook

The St. Johns School
“Men Who Cook”
event is   March 10 at 6:30pm at
Tickets will be on sale
starting Monday, Feb. 12 .  
Watch for more exciting information VERY SOON!

WANTED:
Do your kids always say, “can Dad cook tonight!"? Dads, show off your culinary skills and serve up your specialty at the St. Johns School Men Who Cook event! We have space for six more cooks! Bring your dream of being a chef to life! Contact Lynn Lawson at  720-545-6330 or  Llawson@eventprep.com. Chef info can be found in the Community Room at the event display!
 
St. Johns Men Who Cook Auction Items Needed!  
We are looking for donations from local businesses and our church family members in the form of baskets or specialty items. Items to consider donating include: travel vouchers, hotel stays, ski tickets or packages, prepared catered meals, country club memberships or golf packages, vehicles, professional sports tickets. Use your imagination of what can bring the most excitement to this event!
 
Other items that have brought in money for this exciting event include art/local artisans, jewelry and luxury, entertainment, food and dining, etc.
 
It can be simple and unique or creative and humorous. The ideas are limitless! The best donations range in retail price from $50 to $150.
 
Contact Lynn Lawson at  720-545-6330  or  Llawson@eventprep.com . Donation forms can be found in the Community Room at the event display.
Youth Group News
5th-8th Grade Youth Group
Wed., Feb. 14 Yes, we do have Youth Group this evening. Please be ready for a study in the Word and an amazing game time. We love you guys!

7th-8th Grade Confirmation/Youth Group
Wed.,  Feb. 14  Yes, we do have Confirmation and Youth Group this evening. Please be ready for a study in the Word and an amazing game time. We love you guys!

W.H.A.T. (9th-12th grades)
Sunday,  Feb. 11  ... GAME NIGHT! Please show up at 6:00pm with a guest and be ready to MOVE!

Wednesday Night Soup Suppers
Help out the Youth by volunteering to bring a crock pot full of soup, some bread 'n butter, or a salad for one of our Soup Suppers! These meals are a great way to come together as a community and support our youth program. Sign up in the community room after the service.

Check out the  Youth Page  on the website for more youth stuff
or contact Matt at  Youth@SJDenver.org  or call
Children's Church

February Theme in Children's Church - Kindness

Nursery available during Lenten services for ages 0 to 3 years. No Nursery available on Ash Wednesday.  

Milestones!
Parents help your kids with their Milestones in Children's Church by...
Preschoolers: 
Read with me Bible stories - Find out what the story is that week in Children's Church for preschool and read it with your kids before bed.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade: 
The Lord's Prayer - Start saying the Lord's Prayer together as a family before bedtime. Talk about its meaning and why we say it.
2nd-4th Grades: 
Praying from the heart - Let your kids take turns praying out loud at dinner or ask them "What should we pray about tonight?

The next Milestone celebration will be  Feb.18  for K and 1st. Parents come and hear your kids lead us in the Lord's Prayer and celebrate that with them!
Join the Discussion ...

Can the St. John’s/Renewal Communities be more intentional in forming relationships as we work together to Connect/Neighbor/Serve?
 
Based on the book  Why Nobody Wants To Go To Church Anymore  by Thom and Joani Schultz, we'll discuss ways we can help change this trend through simple acts of love.
 
Why?   To make the church an irresistible place to be for ALL people!
 
How?  By discussing ways to show:

  • Radical Hospitality
  • Openness in discussing important topics of today in an atmosphere of Christian love
  • Show genuine humility
  • Recognize how God is Working
 
When?   Six evenings 6:00-7:30pm, Thursday evenings  March 15 and 22 and April 5, 12, 19 and 26. We'll be meeting in the Community Room.
 
Contact Becky Loptien for information or to sign up Queenbee9267@gmail.com  or call  720-940-1780 .
LuHi Musical, March 16-18 - Tickets Available
Tickets are now available for LuHi's  March 16-18  production of  Fiddler on the Roof . Order tickets online at  parkerarts.org . To learn more about this well-known and popular musical check out Your Guide to Everything Fiddler on the Roof  at  www.lhsparker.org/blog/fiddler-on-the-roof-musical .
NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP!

Coffee Help Wanted!
Do you love coffee? Do you love serving others? Volunteers are needed to help prepare coffee on Sunday mornings. We supply the coffee, supplies, training and support. You supply the time! Sign-up today at the coffee bar in the Community Room. Questions? Call Craig Loving at  303-349-7398 .

Help Needed at Christ's Body
Can you help prepare and serve a meal for Christ's Body Ministry? This is an important St. John's local missions project that feeds people in Denver impacted by homelessness. You will purchase the food (with your own funds), prepare & deliver it, then serve it up! St. John's is responsible for serving twice a month: the second Saturday and second Sunday of the month. Saturdays are the hot dog feed at Church in the City, 16th & Gaylord. Sunday is the dinner at Christ’s Body, 850 Lincoln.

Call or email Gerry Bodine with questions or to signup gerrybodine658@gmail.com or 720-255-7363. You may also sign up by clicking HERE.

ALSO: Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated so that anyone who wants to prepare and serve is able to do so!!
Women's Saturday Morning Bible Study
The Women's Saturday Morning Bible Study meets in the Chapel, 9:00-10:30am.  Join us as we study the Gospel of Matthew. One lesson does not hinge on the other, so you can join anytime. The teacher is Bev Morrow. For more information contact Bev at 303-941-7901. 

Sunday Morning Bible Study
The Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study enjoys a variety of teachings by strong traditional Christian scholars from both the LCMS and other reformed Christian theologians with whom we share faith. This is complimented by lively and vigorous discussion within our group. Please j oin us at 9:45am in the Cafeteria. 

Women's Wednesday Morning
All women are invited to join this group from 8:45 -10:00am in the Community Room. We will be studying Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. If you have questions contact Mary Lou Kaelberer 303-750-7541.

Women's Huddle
This group is for all women of school age children. The group meets on Thursday's from 8:15-9:15am in the Worship Center. We will be studying QBQ by John Miller. No childcare is provided. For more information contact  Carolyn.Otte@SJDenver.org .

Men's Huddle
All men are welcome to attend this group on Tuesday's from 8:15-9:15am.

Please visit our  LIFEGroups  page for many more groups!
Feb. 18 - Next Children's Church Milestones event

Feb. 20 - Bagels with Bernardine "Raising Our Children to be Caring"

Feb. 21 - Lenten Services and Suppers begin

Feb. 25 - CREW Bible Study

Feb. 28 - Soaring Seniors Luncheon

March 10  - Men Who Cook

March 16-18 - LuHi Musical

March 29 - Maundy Thursday, First Communion Class receives Lord's Supper

April 1 - Easter Sunday

June 2-9  - Youth Trip to Texas
Click below for more information about both our campuses & our school!
St. Johns Church & School
700 S. Franklin St
Denver, CO, 80209
303-733-3777