November 5 
       Fall schedule:  Church 8 & 10:15 a.m.
Sunday School at 9:05 a.m.

  November 5 All Saints Sunday and Time Change.
Set your clocks back and get that extra hour of sleep and then come to church on Standard Time.  
    November 7  Bibles before Books begins
                        Communication Board 7:30 (Day change) 
November 8   Dart Ball begins  
November 9  Do Day Quilters 
November 12  Last day to bring back Christmas child boxes  
                         Give Thanks dinner hosted by the youth 11:30  
November 13  Card Making  
November 14  Women's Bible Study
                         Council Meeting 6 p.m.    
November 16  Prayer Shawl 9 a.m.  
                         Women's Ministry 1 p.m.  
November 19  Angel Tree Sunday  
November 22  No Records Group  
                         No Wednesday night activities
November 23  Happy Thanksgiving
November 24  Office closed.   
November 27  St John Book Club The Art of Racing in the Rain.  
November 28  No Sunday School 
December 3   Christmas Crafts and Kids Gift Store  
December 6   Hospice Tree of Life lighting  
December 10 Christmas Program          
                       Homemade Candy Sale
                       Youth Soup Dinner Fundraiser  
November is Food Month.  Sunday School Students are asked to bring non-perishable food items to Sunday School throughout November.  
A Christmas Break Chicago Trip is being planned by Erik and Sue Hoefer.  Keep your eye on bulletins and the newsletter for dates and more information. 
November will be "Wear Your Nametag" month!
The Stewardship board will be providing stick-on tags each Sunday for you to stop and put on as you enter worship. Look in the November newsletter (available October 31) for the top 10 reasons to wear your name tags!
Wednesday night supper, November 8 
Spaghetti, lettuce salad, garlic bread and bread pudding  
Successful Fall Festival  
 The Stewardship Committee would like to thank everyone involved in making the Fall Festival another successful event!  Whether you donated an item, bid on an item, helped in the kitchen, made food, decorated tables, grilled, brought desserts, painted faces, or played wonderful music (just to name a few) ....it was all appreciated!  We were able to raise an estimated $3,200 to support the General Fund.  Again, thank you very much!
*** Confirmation pictures can be picked up in the office. 
Bibles Before Books meets the first Tuesday of each month. Arrive at 6:00 to 6:30 a.m., Bible Study: 6:30 - 7:15 a.m.,
Breakfast: 7:15- 7:35 a.m., to School: 7:35 - 7:45 a.m.
If school is delayed or canceled, BBB will not be held! All students & their friends, 5th grade & above are welcome. Mr. & Mrs. Erik Hoefer's house:
2985 Wedgewood Estates, Cell: 330-4456

Operation Christmas Child

It's Operation Christmas Child gift time! 
Please prayerfully consider participating in this ministry benefiting children around the world.  Boxes are available in the Narthex. You may designate your box for a girl or boy for one of the following age groups:  2-4 years, 5-10 years, or 10-14 years.  Fill the box with gifts, fun toys, school supplies--a list of gift suggestions is available at:   samaritanspurse.org/occ     A recommended donation of $9 is to be placed in the designated envelope inside the box to cover shipping.  Note: the information in some boxes says $10, but these are Australian forms.  $9 is correct for the US. Also please check the prohibited items on the form.
            Return to St John by Sunday, Nov 12 
Youth "Give Thanks" Dinner  
November 12th!
The youth of St. John would like to thank the congregation homemade_turkey_dinner.jpg
for their support by hosting a dinner at 11:30 a.m. on November 12th. The menu will be pork loin, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, dinner rolls & dessert.   
This will be a great dinner, it is free and is a wonderful opportunity for the congregation to come together for fellowship and good food. 
Sunday School for Adults & Seniors     
Time: 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
     Location: Chapel.     
11/05: Praying for Rain by Dr. Greig     
11/12: Teach us to Pray by Dr. David  
11/19:  Following by Eric Hoefer  
12/3:    Prayer by Kathy Rogotzke 
Women's Ministry is rebooting. 
Any woman in the congregation can take part in this
ministry. This is a loosely knit group of women with an interest in coming together in fellowship, fun and hopefully some spiritual fulfillment. We are hoping to stir some interest and get some input from anyone with an idea for an event (spa day, chocolate festival, craft-a-thon or maybe a fun motivational speaker). The more people we can get involved, the less work it is for any one person. We would like to see women of all ages join. We are trying a new day and time; the third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. November 16 will be the first get-together (meeting is too limited a term). Anyone can come, the more input and ideas that we have, the more possibilities we have. If this works out we could also start an evening group and coordinate our efforts. The possibilities are only limited by our imagination. Let's Do Something  
We are planning a Homemade Candy Sale for December 10.  Find your recipes and please plan on sharing a batch with us for this Fund Raiser.   It is the only planned  Fund Raiser by Women's Ministry. 
The sale will start in the Narthex before and between services and move to the Parish Hall during the Soup Dinner. 

Angel Tree Sunday
The Angel Gift Tags will be available for pick-up in church on November 19th. The gifts should be returned to church on or before December 11th. The participating families will come to pick up their gifts on Saturday morning, December 16th. Thanks, Jean & Shirley 

Stewardshi p and Thanksgiving:
In this season of thanksgiving, a sincere 'thank you' is in order to everyone who supports our congregation throughout the year with their attendance, service and regular financial contributions. For those of you who are interested,
 the church offers electronic giving options for making donations on a scheduled, automated basis. It's convenient for you, there are no fees and it provides much-needed financial consistency for the church.  Please read the November Newsletter for more information.  It is available in printed form and on the church website. 
Below is a link to a printable page if you wish to do Simply Giving.  
Simply Giving Form 
December 3rd from 10:00 a.m. - Noon
What:   The Youth Board is holding a $.25 gift store for kids! This is a fun  
           and easy way for kids to shop for gifts for their family members:     
           mom and dad, grandparents and siblings.
Who:   All children accompanied by an adult can shop. Open to the public.
How: Children can bring their quarters and shop for as many gifts as they
           like. (Gift wrap options available.)
Profits: Will go to Lutheran Disaster Relief
Donations of gently used Christmas themed items, craft items, or toys that would be nice for the children to purchase as gift at the
Are needed! You can bring your donated items to the St John office by Friday, December 1st. Thank you!
Hospice Tree of Life christmas_tree_red_gold.jpg
Hospice of North Iowa invites you to remember your loved ones or honor those living with a light on the Tree of Life. With your special gift to Hospice, a light will be placed on the Tree of Life. Names of those you wish to remember and honor will be listed at each tree lighting service you specify. Your contributions to the Tree of Life will help extend hospice care to others, so they can live the last months of their lives with dignity, often in the comfort of their own home.
The tree lighting ceremony in Charles City will be at St. John on
December 6th at 6:00 p.m.
Dartball at St. John
Dartball is a team activity at St. John. Matches are played at St. John and other participating churches. For more information call Dennis Sande at 228-4113. A full schedule can be picked up in the St. John office.
Match start at 7:30 p.m. & dates are:
November        8th at St. John vs. Baptist
November       15th at Nashua Methodist
November       29th at St. John vs. Clarksville Lutheran
December         6th at Pleasant Hill
December        13th at St. John vs. Pleasant Valley
January             3rd at Nashua Lutheran
January            10th at St. John vs. Immanuel
January            21st Tournament at St. John


St. John Lutheran Church
Editor:  Janet Petefish