May 18, 2018
Buildings and Grounds spring clean up Saturday  9 a.m. 

         Sunday Services 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. 
May 19        Building and Grounds Spring Clean up
May 21        Book Club  The Grapes of Wrath by F. Scott Fitzgerald
May 22        Women's Bible Study with Lunch afterward
May 23        Newsletter deadline 
May 24        Do Day Quilters
May 27        8 a.m. Graduation Service 
                    Church Historical items on display
May 28        Memorial Day, office closed
June 3         Meeting for the youth going to Houston.   
                      5:30 p.m. 

Building & Grounds Spring Clean-Up!
May 19th at 9:00 a.m.
Bring a rake (or just your "muscle") & come help the Building & Grounds board spruce up the outdoor space at St. John!
 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.  
Women's Bible Study will be going to the Lucky Dragon for a group lunch Tuesday after the study.  Put that on your calendar, ladies.   
Message from the Finance Board   
The Finance Board's mission is to keep the congregation aware of the church's financial situation.
As of March 31, our church's financial situation is:
Income = $96,379
Expenses = $119,074
Offering needed per week to meet budget = $9,613
If you have any questions, feel free to contact a member of the Finance Board or Linda Hughes, the Business Manager.  
Sunday, May 27   

After all the sorting and reviewing, we have some interesting historical items we'd like to share with you.  Some are in the library now and many others will be on display in the Narthex on Memorial Sunday.  Make some time that day to look through some books, photos, old official documents, etc.  You may see yourself or someone that you remember.  These items will be then organized into albums that can be viewed in the future.   
 Meet and Greet opportunities: 
Signup sheets are available in the Narthex. Please check your calendars and get your names on a list! There are a few dates still open, so if you were considering hosting, please check things out.
                                            There is always room for more .
The youth going to Houston will have a meeting  
Sunday, June 3rd at 5:30 p.m.
Middle School Mission Trip 2018 - We will be going to Wisconsin July 5-8, 2018. This trip is open to St. John 6th-8th grade students and their friends. Get these days on your calendar now and be watching for additional information in upcoming newsletters, bulletins, etc.

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.
As you begin switching out your children's winter clothing for spring and summer, remember any gently used coats can be donated to Coats for Kids.  Coats can be brought to the church office.  Thank you!
TLC in Charles City, is collecting plastic bags to cover used diapers.  This is apparently required.  As you can imagine they go through a lot in a day. If you could save them and drop them off there, they would be grateful.   
CCCares, an organization in Charles City, is collecting bicycles to donate to kids in need at the Bike Rodeo on June 2nd. If you have a bike that is just sitting around you can call Carol at 563-379-4290 or Kim at 641-330-5441 to donate them. CCCares will clean them up and fix them before donating them.

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church
Editor:  Janet Petefish