Thanksgiving is next Thursday. Let us give thanks for all we have received this year and pray for God's blessings in the next.

Service November 19

Click the above video link to be transferred to the Sunday Service, November 12 at 9 a.m. to watch the live stream service, or it can be watched later.


Sunday 9 a.m. Worship Service

Sunday School / Youth Hour 10:05 a.m.

Adult Catechism Class 10:15 a.m. (last class)

November 21 Council

November 22 No Wednesday night activities

***********Newsletter deadline

November 23 Community Thanksgiving dinner 11am -1 pm

*********Office closed

November 24 Office closed

November 26 No Sunday School

December 3 $.25 Store

December 10 Sunday School Christmas program

December 11 Angel tree presents due back

December 17 Music Sunday

December 21 Blue Christmas

December 24 Christmas Eve

If any kids are interested in providing prelude music, please contact Melanie by Dec. 3. We would love to feature the kids on piano or other instruments.

Join us December 10th as the St. John's Youth present The ABC's of Christmas & Twases of Christmas.

Music Sunday:

 Sunday, December 17, 2023

 Come and join us for a service of music and word.

 "Rejoice, Your Light Has Come"

featuring: Trinity Choir, Kids Choir, Tone Chime Choir, and other special music.

Blue Christmas Service

December 21st at 5:30pm

Gentle service of expression and reflection

for those who are grieving,

experiencing loneliness or

loss this holiday season.


November is food month 

Sunday School youth can bring non-perishable food items to class to be donated to the Blessing box or Food Pantry


Wednesday night Schedule

3:30-5 p.m.After School program

5:00 p.m. Supper

5:30 p.m. Kids choir

6:00 p.m. Confirmation

6:00 Tone Chime Choir

7:00 p.m. Trinity choir


The Family board will be hosting our 25 Cent Store on Sunday, December 3rd. This is an opportunity for parents to bring children to purchase gifts for siblings, parents and grandparents. We are asking the congregation for donations of Christmas items, crafts, and gently used toys that might be fun gifts for children to purchase.

Please bring donations to the church office.

On Sunday, November 12th, Angel Tree tags were available. They are due back by December 11. Angel Tree provides gifts for children of incarcerated parents, food and religious materials for their families, and Bibles for the prisoners. Please support the program again this year.


Sunday Bulletin

Requests for adding information into the Sunday Bulletin need to be in the Secretary’s Office no later than Wednesday at 11am.


Please keep the following in prayer.

Ruth Farmer

Linda Girken

Bill Hollar

Don Knowlton

Noa Mulholland

Colleen Ortmayer

Imani Sande

Lou Streich

Skip Ward

Deb Watkins

Marilu Wohlers

Bill Wohlers, Jr.

Prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Bobby Wolff upon his passing.

Prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Mary Ann Townsend upon her passing.


Pray for all serving in the military and their families:

Kaleb Bilharz, Mackenzy Bilharz,Tanner Evans, Kaylie Fox, Hannah Fox, Kim Hall, Daniel Jacobs, Cameron Kakac, Drew Roethler and Robson Shankland.


After Worship Social Time

Coffee & a treat are served in the Parish Hall or outside each Sunday! If you would like to volunteer to bring the treats let Toni know in the office.

What you choose to bring for a treat is entirely up to you!

Coffee & napkins are provided by St. John.

**Special note: We do need people to sign up for bringing treats. There is a sign up sheet by the narthex door.


Altar Flower & Radio Sign-up: If you would like to sign up to sponsor the Altar flowers &/or the radio broadcast contact Toni in the office at 641-228-3397! We will continue to have flowers as they are on the online service & the radio broadcast reaches many of our at home congregation!


No Wednesday Night Supper, November 22.

$5 for adults

Children through 12 grade eat free

thanks to Kans for Kids.

Volunteers Needed

We would like to form multiple teams of four (4) to prepare and serve the meals on Wednesday night.

We currently need teams for February.

For questions or to volunteer contact Shirley Holm or Sandie Quade.


7 p.m. runs through January 24th

Contact Dennis Sande at 319-389-7998


Blessing Box

Donations are always needed for the Blessing Box! Items should be weather appropriate, nonperishable food and personal items. You can put your items in the Blessing Box outside the East door or bring to the office.


Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 23, 2023

11 am – 1 pm

St John Lutheran Church

200 S Main Street

Charles City, Iowa

Come for food and fellowship.

Questions: Call Kim at 641-220-6241

For deliveries call 641-220-6241 by 3 pm Tuesday, November 20 (No Exceptions)

Deliveries will begin at 10:30 am Thursday, November 23

There is a limit of five (5) dinners per family—if need more, pick up is required.


Turkey & Ham, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Dressing. Green Beans, Dinner Roll

and Dessert

Volunteers Are Welcome!




Stephen Ministry

We all go through tough times. In the midst of these times, it can be extremely

helpful to have someone come alongside us to give understanding and

encouragement – to provide stability, hope, and Biblical principles to help us get

through the storm. That’s what a Stephen Minister is able to provide. Here at St.

John, we have compassionate individuals who are trained to help us when

encountering loss, grief, relationship challenges, and many other challenges that

can throw our lives into a tailspin. A Stephen Minister is a caring individual who

can confidentially help us navigate these times. If you’re interested in becoming a

Stephen Minister, contact the church office and a Stephen Leader will get in touch

with you to provide more information. We’re planning Stephen Minister training

starting after the first of the year.


St. John Christian Preschool would like to remind everyone that we sell Kwik Star gift cards. Please stop in the church preschool if you are interested in purchasing a gift card. We do not have many on-hand, so if we are out when you come to order, we’ll just put you down for the next order. We will also try to have an in-person order day after worship once a month. Please leave your name and phone number so we can let you know when the cards are in! We would prefer payment at the time the order is placed, but payment when they come is fine, too. The preschool receives 5% of the gift card’s face value.


click below for the

November Good Newsletter


To get to the church website, click at the top of this page on the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church logo.

You can pick up the Sunday bulletin as well as the Taking Faith Home reading sheets on the website. will get you to the Facebook page

Our intern, Beth Hurt's email

Email address you can use to get a message to the church office

Other emails are available on the website.

To call the church (641)228-3397

Editor: Janet Petefish

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