Also Blessing of the backpacks.

This is the Sunday! Make sure you teachers and students bring your school backpacks.

Click the image above or the link below to be directed to the live-stream Sunday service on September 18 at 9 a.m. or to watch it later.


Sundays:   9:00 a.m. Worship in Sanctuary

                    Communion is the 1st & 3rd Sunday each month

Sept 18 Rally Day with blessing of the backpacks.

Sept 21 Confirmation orientation

      Newsletter deadline

      Do Day Quilters

Sept 25 Sunday School begins

Sept 28 Confirmation begins

October 5 Confirmation fair / After school program begins/ 10th grade

    confirmands meet with pastor

October 9 Confirmation Sunday

October 15 Coats for Kids

October 30 150th Anniversary Celebration

Blessing of the Backpacks & Rally Day, September 18th!

All students, teachers and support staff are encouraged to participate

 by bringing your backpacks to be blessed!

Join the Family Board in the Narthex after worship to sign up for

Sunday School & After School!


9/25/22: 1st day of Sunday School, 10:05 a.m.

9/28/22: Confirmation class, 6:00 p.m.

9/28/22: Trinity Choir, 7:00 p.m.

10/5/22: After School, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

10/5/22: Wednesday Night Supper, 5 – 6 p.m.


Please keep the following in prayer.

Sue Ayers

BJ Gifford

Brandie McDonald

Shirley Ripley

Calvin Shultz

Edna Stott

Marilu Wohlers

Bill Wohlers, Jr.

Carmen Wolf

The family of Kathleen Kay Scharnhorst Ebert

Pray for our military family

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


Items are starting to come in!

Crafters and Gardeners!

Part of our 150th celebration on October 30th will be a craft show with donated items to sell. Get your “creative” on & bring crafts, jams, jellies, baked goods, etc. to help make the event a success!

There will also be a silent auction portion of the craft fair so if you have a talent to sell or a larger / desirable item (pies, leaf raking, a dinner for 4, etc.) that can be donated, please let us know so we can start a list. Non-baked items can be brought to the church anytime starting this month, but need to be at the church by Sunday, October 16th and baked items need to be brought in by noon on Saturday, October 29th.

Please fill out this form when bringing a craft fair item in to help us with a description and to price your item:


The Council has approved the "Lift / elevator" account as the designated recipient of the craft fair funds. More information can be found in the September newsletter.



Trinity Choir will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, September 28 at 7:00 pm. We will meet in the Sanctuary. Trinity Choir is open to anyone 7th grade and older. Youth may use singing in choir as Silver Cord hours. We will be working on a couple of special selections for the Sesquicentennial Celebration Service on October 30. We would like to invite anyone who has ever sung in Trinity Choir to join us to sing for this special celebration. Please come join us for our first rehearsal on Wednesday, September 28 at 7:00 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Johanningmeier at 641-330-0963.

If there is anyone interested in directing a children’s choir, please let Melanie know.


There is a table in the Narthex for you to share your extra produce with the congregation!
Veggie lovers…when there is produce on the table feel free to take as much as you want!


Confirmation Orientation for those students (& their parents) in 7th, 8th & 9th grade is September 21st at 6:00 p.m.

Registration fee paid by Kans for Kids

Confirmation classes start September 28th.

The Confirmation Fair for the 10th grade Confirmands will be October 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The congregation is invited to come visit with the Confirmands about their “Faith Boards”

The 10th grade Confirmands and their parents will meet with Pastor Russ on October 5th at 6:30 p.m. after the Confirmation Fair


St. John Christian Preschool needs to provide all snacks/drinks for our afternoon friends, as part of the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program guidelines. If you are felt led to help donate snacks for our preschoolers or even donate gift cards to Fareway or Hy-Vee, please contact us for a list of State/DHS approved foods/drinks


After Worship Social Time

Coffee & a treat are served outside the Narthex doors each Sunday! If you would like to volunteer to bring the treats let Kathy know in the office.

What you choose to bring for a treat is entirely up to you!
Coffee & napkins are provided by St. John.


Altar Flower & Radio Sign-up: If you would like to sign up to sponsor the Altar flowers &/or the radio broadcast contact Kathy 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!

Coats for Kids will be coming October 15th As you ready your children for the coming cold winter, please consider donating new or gently used coats, snow pants, boots, mittens, or hats. There are many children in Charles City who will love getting a “new” coat for winter!


Our 150th Anniversary is NOW!

To commemorate our 150 years, we are planning on having “something” every month through this year.

Notes from the 150th Anniversary Committee

Part of our Anniversary celebration will be a craft fair. Our craft fair will feature hand crafted and donated heritage and modern crafts, home baked goods, jams, salsa, and a silent auction.

Great news about our Anniversary celebration! The assistant to the Bishop, The Rev. Liz Albertson will be joining us for our celebration. We look forward to a wonderful day in worship and then fellowship during the meal. This is a good time to think about all that has gone on in the last 150 years as well as in just the last year. I think we have celebrated in unique and interesting ways. We hope you have enjoyed the events and historical items that have been displayed so far.

We are taking reservations for the free Anniversary dinner on October 30, because it will be catered by U2 BBQ and we will need an accurate count of adults and children.

 Menu: a catered dinner by U2BBQ featuring roast beef & roast turkey, whipped potatoes & gravy, corn, Oreo fluff salad, carrot cake, fresh rolls with butter, coffee & lemonade.

Click her for a Reservation slip for the October 30 dinner


Click below for the

September 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

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Other emails are available on the website.

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Editor: Janet Petefish
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