July 7, 2017
You can go to the St. John website by clicking on the picture  for more church information and links to Pastor Leeper's sermons  if you haven't already done so. 

JULY               No Card ministry in July
                        No Women's Ministry
                        No Parkinson's Support Group

July 9              Root Beer Floats after each service 
July 11            Women's Bible Study
July 13            Do Day Quilters
July 19            Newsletter Deadline
July 25            Women's Bible Study
July 26            RAGRAI Dinner  4 p.m.
July 27            Do Day Quilters
July 30            Pastor Odermann's last Sunday
August 16       Stewardship Golf Outing
August 20       Pastor Russell Leeper's first Sunday 
Scripture readers are still needed at each Church Service. A sign up sheet is on the glass case in the Narthex.   Kathy, in the office, can provide the scripture that will be read.

There are openings for sponsors for Altar Flowers and Radio Broadcasts.   There is a chart in the office that shows the available weeks.  Please support these ministries.  Thank you to those who already support either or both.

 If you have a specific hymn or praise song that you would like to suggest singing during the summer months, please write the number or song title on the back of your attendance slip. Melanie will work your favorite songs into the worship service.

  During Spring clean up, records were found that will need to be gone through. ELCA guidelines for record retention have been obtained and soon we will need to go through the boxes and boxes of material to see what we really do need to keep or can discard.  Historical and legal documents, of course, will be retained (and some very interesting items have been found).  We will share our historical discoveries with the congregation at a later date.  A few "found" items are an 1800's Bible, church constitution and a very old cross. If anyone is interested in going through the record boxes as a committee, please contact Janet Petefish and we will try to get a handle on these records.

Youth Mission Trip

The St. John Youth left on their trip to Kentucky this week.  Let's all keep them in our prayers as they continue on this journey.  
You can follow their trip on Facebook as they post along the way. Many pictures to come.



The St. John Youth and the Stewardship Board will be hosting a meal during RAGBRAI.
We are planning to feed about 700 people, so we will need a lot of volunteer help for this event! We will be serving from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Youth and parents - get this date on your calendars now. This is a Great opportunity to raise some money for St. John.

St. John gardeners
- if you have extra tomatoes or cucumbers when we have our RAGBRAI meal fundraiser on July 26th please consider donating the produce for the meal.

"Homes for Haiti is collecting children and adult glasses and sunglasses for its upcoming mission trip in December.  Please bring any glasses donations to the church office or give to Sue Ayers.  Thanks so much for your help."

"Homes for Haiti is doing a fund raiser that includes showers during the RABRAI overnight stop in Charles City on July 26 at the Chautauqua Guest Homes.  Please consider donating any extra or used towels you might have so we can use these that evening.  Towels can be left in the church office or given to Sue Ayers. Thanks!"

"Homes for Haiti is selling tickets to tour Tyden Farm No. 6, which is south of Mason City, IA. The tour is August 19th. Contact Sue Ayers for tickets or more information. 
A note from the Card Ministry
Card Ministry Procedures/Guidelines
Benchmark cards are 80, 85, 90 & older.
The congregation signs large cards. Small cards for in-between years are without congregation signatures.

Benchmark cards are 50, 55, 60 & longer years.
The congregation signs large cards. Small cards for in-between years are without congregation signatures.
Stewardship Board's Annual Golf Outing!
August 16th at Wildwood Golf Course 

Check-in at 5:00 p.m. Tee off at 5:30 p.m.
4 PERSON 9 HOLE BEST SHOT- $25.00/PERSON (Advance payment required)
Includes: Green fees & lunch (Drinks on your own).
Prizes will be awarded!
(Please make your own golf cart arrangements, limited number of carts)
This year's fundraiser will go to Floyd County Cancer Friends.
Sign up in the church office.

Will be coming AUGUST 7TH - 10TH
5:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
More information will be shared in upcoming newsletters.
The theme will be "A Mighty Fortress- In Jesus the Victory is Won".

Cost will be $5 per child or maximum of $15 per family. 


Our hope is that having VBS in the evenings will make it more accessible for those who work during the day, both parents AND volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering at VBS, please contact Laurie.


            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 4th. These faith statements are due Wednesday, September 27th 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 8, 2017.

St. John Lutheran Church
Editor:  Janet Petefish