e-Skinny July6, 2018
Thank you to all who helped promote Bible School during the parade. 
         Sunday Services 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. 
July 7         Group to Stained Glass shop 9:30 
July  9        8:00 service:  Houston trip participants to speak about  
                    their experiences. 
July 10       Women's Bible Study  
July 11       Records Group 
July 12       Do Day Quilters
                   Council 6 p.m.  Date change 
July 24       Women's Bible Study
July 26       Do Day Quilters 
July 31       Vacation Bible School begins 
August 8    Golf Outing 
 If you have a specific hymn or praise song
that you would like to suggest singing during the summer months, please write the hymn number or song title on the back of your attendance slip. Melanie will work your favorites songs into the worship service.   
Looking for the highest bidder...
Somebody purchased "Brunch at the Parsonage" in our Fall Festival last October. Unfortunately, we've misplaced the sheet and don't know who the high bidder is. Pastor Russ & Susan would like to make good on their offer. So, if you were the high bidder, please let the church office know.
Looks like a good idea, maybe we should all "remember" it was our bid.  How big is your table, Pastor?   
                                  At the 9:30 service we celebrate the baptism of
Emma Thomas Wolf
Emma is the child of
  Levi & Mercedes 'Tynan' Wolf
Sponsors are
Sara Shook, Ashley Chatfield,
Nick Harrold, Mason Laube
(I will try to include Baptisms when I am informed of them.  I do not want to leave anyone out on this special occasion.) 
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church
Golf Tournament August 8
All Proceeds to Benefit:
Floyd County Cancer Fund
Who: Open to Everyone and Anyone
What: Fun, Food, and Fellowship
                                    When: Wednesday, August 8th at 5:30 PM.
                                    Where: Wildwood Golf Course
The tournament will be a 4-person, 9-hole best shot tournament. The cost is $25.00 per person, which covers green fees and a light meal. Golf cart fees and drinks will be at your own expense. Event will be held rain or shine. Please contact Wildwood at 257-6322 to make arrangements for a cart. 
Sign up by calling Kathy at St. John  228-3397.
You don't want to miss out!

 History and Records
Linda Klemesrud and I have taken on the project to preserve newspaper clippings, photos and other documents so that they will be here for another 100 years.  We will be there every other Wednesday this summer to preserve these items and we welcome some more help with that.   
The next Wednesday will be July 11 9-11 a.m. 
Houston travelers will talk about their experiences Sunday at the 8:00 service.
St. John Middle School Mission Trip to
Prairie du Chien, WI, July 5th - 8th.  Please keep them in your prayers. 
    VBS - Shipwrecked - Rescued by Jesus!
St. John VBS will be July 31-August 3, 2018 from 5:30-8pm and we will sing during the 9:30am worship service on August 5th.
VBS is for kids in Preschool through 5th grade.
Free registration.   
Soon there will be a list of "Survival" items that they will need.  Watch for posts on this.
Exciting news!
Rosie Baldus will be attending the Augsburg Youth Theology
Institute (AYTI) at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, July 8-13!
This is a week-long immersion experience where high school students get to study theological questions relevant in today's world while also learning more about community leadership for the common good. Please hold Rosie and all the other participants and staff in prayer for a meaningful week. Stay tuned for opportunities to hear about Rosie's learning when she gets back! For more information, you can visit the AYTI website: http://www.augsburg.edu/ayti/ or follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/augsburgYTI/
Those students who have finished the third year of our confirmation program are required to write personal faith statements to put on their display board for the Confirmation Fair on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. The writing of these faith statements will hopefully give the students an opportunity to reflect on what they have learned, what they believe, and how their faith will affect the way they live their daily life following Confirmation Sunday. The display boards will also contain some other information such as, reflections on their baptism, and their favorite service project. These faith statements are due Wednesday, September 26th in the Youth and Family office, but will require some work over the summer. So, parents - don't let your student wait until school starts in August to get started! Confirmation Sunday is October 14, 2018.
  The St. John Needy Fund has a new name,  
Unexpected repairs, medical bills or just life can add burdens to individuals and families and sometimes there is nowhere for them to turn. This is an area where St. John can, and does, make a difference in our community. Thank you to all who support this ministry in any way! We are so blessed to have such caring, sharing individuals in our congregation that keep this ministry funded and staffed. Without this support we couldn't accomplish what we do. We are called to be compassionate to those who struggle, and we want our name to reflect that - not put emphasis on what is already a difficult situation. This decision was as simple as that! So, when you see Compassion Fund in the future, remember it is the "old" Needy Fund still doing what it does but with a new, updated name!
Change Your Life...Volunteer!
Bridging the generations for 46 years
The Foster Grandparent Program may be a perfect fit for you! FGPS is for
men and women age 55 years or better, who would like to volunteer to spend time with children. Volunteers are assigned to classrooms, preschool and daycare programs. There are volunteer opportunities in the counties of Chickasaw, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, and Mitchell. The program volunteers have great satisfaction knowing they are helping our local children and teachers/care givers by changing not only a child's life, but the FGPs as well.
If you would like more information on volunteering as a Foster Grandparent or have a group interested in learning more, please call Sarah Merrifield at 641-257-6327, or stop by the office at 624 North Main St. Charles City, IA and change your life forever!

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church
Editor:  Janet Petefish