CONNECT NEIGHBOR SERVE 
JANUARY 7, 2018
1/7 Budgeting Workshop, 9:00-9:45am, Multi-purpose Room
1/7 First Sunday Food Donation Day, Community Room
1/7 9th-12th Grade Youth Group, 6:00pm
1/9 Men's Huddle, in the Worship Center, 8:15-9:15am
1/10 Women's Bible Study, Community Room, 8:45-10:00am
1/10 7th-8th Grade Confirmation/Youth Group, 6:00pm
1/10 5th-8th Grade Youth Grade, 6:00pm
1/11 Women's Huddle, Worship Center, 8:15-9:15am
1/13 Women's Saturday Morning Bible Study, 9:00-10:30am
1/13 Celebrate Life March, 1:00pm Rally, 2:00pm March, State Capitol

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

Proverbs 4:1-9
James 4:1-10
Luke 2:41-52
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 Jan. 7, 8:00am -
“O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright”
“Within the Father’s House”
“I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”

Songs for the modern service on Jan. 7, 9:45am - 
"Open to the Heavens"
"You Have Won Me"
"Waiting Here for You"
"Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)"
"In Christ Alone"
First Sunday Food Donations - THIS SUNDAY!
Bring your nonperishable food items to the Community Room on Sunday morning. Help stock SJ's food pantry and also help other community food programs. Thank you!
Budgeting Workshop - THIS SUNDAY!
9:00-9:45am, Multi-purpose Room  
Join Wally and Pam Erbes, retired professionals in the financial planning industry, as they guide us through the budgeting process and provide tools on the following topics:
  • Identifying, prioritizing and saving for goals
  • Tracking current income and expenses
  • Setting up an emergency fund
  • Earning more and spending less
  • Planning to give with joy
This workshop is appropriate for those just starting the budgeting process as well as those that would like some new and fresh ideas.
Financial Update
July - October - YTD

Income = $360,382
Expenses = $380,219

YTD =  - $19,838
Please pray for Andrew Farhat and his family as they consider the call of Pastor for the Wash Park Campus. Ask God to give them wisdom and clarity as they listen to God speaking in their lives and in their ministry.
Children's Church

January Theme in Children's Church - Commitment

SJ Parent Event - Jan. 14 
Our January Parent Event will be about "Tools for Using Emotional Intelligence in the Home." Our Guest Speaker is Marriage and Family Counselor, Wendy Leu. Join us  Jan. 14,  11:45am in the Multi-Purpose Room. Childcare and a pizza lunch will be provided.

For more information, click  HERE   to see our awesome video!
School News
Registration for the 2018-2019 school year has begun. Please check with the school office with any questions. There is a $275 registration fee, which goes up on  Feb. 1 . Many of our classes are close to being full, so please make sure to register early. Contact Sara Ness in the school office at 303-733-3777, Ext. 119 or Sara.Ness@SJDenver.org.
SJ Winter Abiding Prayer Workshop - Jan. 20
Jesus said, "I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing."

Prayer is essential for abiding in Jesus. Prayer is essential for abundant and effective life in Jesus. In prayer we open our hearts to him. In prayer we listen to his heart for us. Join us for a Winter Abiding Prayer Workshop, led by Kevin Navarro and Roy Graham from the ministry of Imago Christi.
When: Saturday,  Jan. 20 , 2018, 9:00am - 11:00am
Where: The Chapel at St. John's Church
Registration available in the Community Room.
Next Seniors Luncheon
Join us on Wed., Jan. 24 at 12:30pm in the Community Room for our next luncheon. Cost is $5.00. Please also bring a covered dish to share. Dr. Craig Loving will tell us about their trip to Germany and "Luther-land". Please RSVP to Jolene at 303-777-4033 by Thursday, Jan.18 .
Portals of Prayer
Stop by the Information Center in the Community Room to pick up the next quarterly Portals of Prayer.
Congratulations, Virgean!
Virgean Hazel is now a published author! Her article "Mother and Daughter Formed a Triple Word Threat" is in the magazine "Reminisce Extra" on page 27. We are proud of you, Virgean!
Youth Group News

5th-8th Grade Youth Group
Wed., Jan. 10 ...GAME NIGHT! 6:00-8:00pm will be non-stop games! Invite someone new.

7th-8th Grade Confirmation/Youth Group
Wed., Jan. 10 ... GAME NIGHT! 6:00-8:00pm will be non-stop games! Invite someone new.

W.H.A.T. (9th-12th gra des)
Sunday,  Jan. 7 ... GAME NIGHT 6:00-8:00pm! It's that time again. We'll kick off the New Year with some awesome games and fellowship. Make sure to invite someone new this week!

ATTENTION HS YOUTH!
We're going on a mission trip this summer to Texas, June 2-9. We need 20 people total so room is limited. Contact Matt Walton ASAP for details and how to commit to the trip.

Check out the  Youth Page  on the website for more youth stuff
or contact Matt at  Youth@SJDenver.org  or call
CREW Bible Study
Join the CREW (20s and 30s) as we begin a 4-week study called  Adulting  as we look at how to navigate adulthood while honoring God in the process. Study topics will include career and identity, seeking God's will, making commitments and having an adult faith. Study will begin on Jan. 10. Contact Eric  E.Hahn@yahoo.com  or Julie   Julie.Lemke@SJDenver.org  with questions or for more information! 
SOAR One-Day Seminar for Active Adults - Feb. 10
This event is sponsored by the Rocky Mountain District's Active Adult Ministry Committee. The theme is "Enhancing One's Quality of Life." There will be three topics and musical entertainment.  The keynote speaker is Pastor Drew Ross who will talk about Delivering Dignity to the Homeless Community, a ministry at Bethlehem in Lakewood. This outreach ministry provides a meal and worship service at Bethlehem and also showers with its mobile shower trailer. Jolene Webb-Hammond will share information on back and neck pain. Next Virginia Ortiz from Mile High Ministries will describe some of the issues surrounding their ministry to the homeless. A brass quintet will be provided by Golden Brass from the University of Northern Colorado. For details and fee information, call Harriet Oehlkers 303-619-7839 or Stan 303-665-4289.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2100 Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood
Saturday  Feb.10 , 9:00am - 3:00pm
Celebrate Life March - Jan. 13, 2018
The Celebrate Life March is a celebration of life at every age and every stage. Join the Celebrate Life March on Saturday,  Jan. 13 . There will be a rally on the west steps of the Capitol building at 1:00pm followed by a march at 2:00pm.
For more information, contact:
Alexa Forster
720-799-9299
LuHi Open House
The Lutheran High School's January Open House will be on Thursday, Jan.18 , from 6:30-8:00pm.   Faculty representatives, coaches, parents, and current students will be available to answer your questions and provide information pertaining to LuHi's departments and programs.   Go to   www.lhsparker.org/openhouse  to see the evening's schedule and to RSVP.
SAVE THE DATE!! Men Who Cook!
Come support St. John's K-8 School and ELC during an exciting, lively and fun-filled evening of fabulous food, exciting auction and community networking. Men Who Cook will be on Sat.  March 10  at Overland Crossings. If you would like to be part of this exciting team or would like to show off your cooking skills, please contact Lynn Lawson at  llawson@eventprep.com  or call her directly at 720-545-6330.

Live Auction items are now also being accepted! Consider your end of year taxes by donating towards this exciting event. Items being accepted at this time for our LIVE AUCTION include travel vouchers, hotel stays, ski tickets or packages, prepared catered meals, country club memberships or golf packages, vehicles (!) and more. Use your imagination of what brings the most excitement to this event! SILENT AUCTION items will be collected after the first of the year. Items to consider include art from local artisans, jewelry and luxury entertainment, food and dining, sports, and more! 
NEW WAYS TO HELP!

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!!

Cashier Jobs for Those in Need
Eclectic Activation is a local marketing company looking to help out the less fortunate, college students/young adults or someone just needing extra funds in the community. They are hiring for cashier positions at the Pepsi Center and have some really great perks too. For more information contact Alli Miskell at Alli@eclecticactivation.com or 815-275-0806.

Foster Families Needed
Sample Supports Youth Services is looking for loving families to provide foster homes for needy children and youth! No experience is needed and we provide trainings and support for all of our foster homes. The most important thing we're looking for is that you are motivated and want to help children in need of loving homes! 

Click  HERE for more detail or contact Gretchen Smith at  gsmith@samplesupports.com or 720-295-0347.

We will also be hosting a casual coffee get-together for anyone interested on Thursday,  Jan. 25 at 9:30am at Hunter Bay Coffee Roasters in Arvada.
Women's Saturday Morning Bible Study
The Women's Saturday Morning Bible Study meets in the Chapel (9:00-10:30am). The teacher is Bev Morrow. For more information contact Bev at 303-941-7901. The group will start up again after the first of the year. 

Sunday Morning Bible Study
The Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study will be focusing on the Book of the Acts of the Apostles through the Month of November. Join 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!
Jan. 13  - Celebrate Life March, 1:00pm Rally, 2:00pm March, State Capitol

Jan. 14  - SJ Parent Event, 11:45am, Multi-purpose Room

Jan. 18 - LuHi Open House

Jan. 20  - SJ Prayer Workshop

Jan. 24 - Soaring Seniors Luncheon

Jan. 25  - Info Coffee for Sample Supports Youth Services

Feb. 1 - School registration fee increases

Feb. 10  - One-day Active Adult Seminar

Feb. 14 - Lent Begins

March 10  - Men Who Cook

April 1 - Easter Sunday

June 2-9  - Youth Mission 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