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150th Anniversary Committee this Sunday
We would like you to join us in the Parish Hall at 10:15 a.m.
We will be planning activities for next year and would like input.
We are planning for music, historical Sundays and special events. If you have ideas or connections to possible fun programs, please come and give us a heads up. We value your opinions and ideas.
One thing we would like to do is have a dinner and set our tables with natural things. With this in mind I would like to ask you to collect things like milk weed pods, pampas grass, cat-tails, dried flowers, and other items that you usually see in arrangements. We need to do it this year because we may run out of time to collect these (or they won't be dried by next year). I have been collecting corn husks (husks not the corn), but could use some more. If you can't dry them or store them yourself let me know and I can figure that out. You might also keep in mind, when starting your gardens next year, that straw flowers, gourds, pumpkins etc would be a great addition to the cause. Thank you for thinking ahead with me. Contact me at if you have questions.

***We are also planning a "Heritage Craft and Bountiful Harvest Fair", so if you make items that could have been made years ago (corn husk dolls are one of my things) then think about it during our upcoming winter and start making things or can a few extra jams, pickles? etc as those fruits, veggies ripen.

October Calendar
Sunday Church Service at 9 a.m.
Sunday School 10:05-11:00 a.m.
Coffee following church, outside the Narthex doors.
Communion 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.
Wednesday Night Schedule:
3:30 After School program
5:00 Wednesday night supper
6:00 Confirmation
7:00 Trinity choir

October 17: 10:15 a.m. Anniversary Committee
October 20: Newsletter Deadline
9:00 a.m. Do Day Quilters
Wednesday night schedule.
October 31 !st and 4th grade students receive Bibles
Reformation Sunday
Consecration Sunday
The Family board will be hosting our 25 Cent Store on Sunday, December 5th . 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.
October 17, 2021, from 10:20 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel
The theme will be “You know we are Christians by our love.”
“Preparing the Church”

Blessing Box Donations
We need items to fill the Box!
Suggested items are anything shelf-stable (non-perishable) food items that are sealed and able to handle current temperatures. Examples…
Food: peanut butter, dried fruit/fruit cups, canned vegetables, rice/pasta pouches, cereal, granola bars, crackers, popcorn, soup, mac & cheese, juice boxes.
Non-food items: socks, baby wipes, personal care items, feminine hygiene products, cleaning supplies, mini laundry detergent.
You can place items directly in the outside box or bring it into the church. Please make sure all items are within expiration date.
Funeral lunches at St. John Each of the ladies of St. John are included on a list of names that can be called on to provide salads, cakes or help serve at funeral lunches. Names are divided between the 12 months of the year. This is a service we provide families who are mourning the loss of a loved one. We will once again be calling each month if a funeral with a luncheon is held. We have callers who will contact you with what we could use. Contact the office at 641-228-3397 if you have questions or if you would like to be on a monthly list.
Wednesday Night Suppers in October:

Adults $4.00
Students – Preschool – Seniors
Free courtesy of Stewardship Board’s
Kans for Kids program

Oct 20: Chicken Noodle Soup, Pizza Burgers, Ice Cream
(Bring your own soup container for take out!)
Oct 27: Meat loaf, baked potatoes, corn, pea salad, strawberry pretzel dessert
Nov 10: Chicken noodle soup, B.B.Q sandwich, ice cream

1st & 4th grade students will be receiving a Bible/story book from St. John on Reformation Day, Sunday, October 31st.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM: Began October 6th. This is a fun program from 3:45pm-5pm on Wednesdays for 4year olds (that are attending preschool) through 5th grade students.  Older students are welcome as helpers. 
         The St. John bus will again be available to pick students up from school to bring them here.  The cost is paid for my Kans for Kids.

After Worship Fellowship!
Coffee & a treat will be served outside the Narthex doors (weather permitting). Enjoy a moment to reconnect with each other in fellowship!

****If you would like to volunteer to bring the treats, please sign up on the chart just inside the doors on the table or call Kathy 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! There are still quite a few opportunities to sponsor these items. Kathy can tell you the dates that are open.

Consecration Sunday Is Coming!
Congregations that approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. Rather, such congregations see financial contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by supporting their church’s mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.
Our congregation’s finance committee has selected the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program as a way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education emphasis this year.
New Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship.
New Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?” During morning worship on Consecration Sunday, we are asking our attendees and members to make their financial commitments to our church’s missionary, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and around the world. Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily by attending morning worship on Consecration Sunday.
We urge people to attend who feel strongly opposed to completing a card. The procedure is done in such a way that no one feels personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card.
We will do no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards. During morning worship our guest leader will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, climaxed by members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship.
We will encourage participation in Consecration Sunday events through the Consecration Sunday team and governing board members. Since we will make no followup visits to ask people to complete their cards, we will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit everyone to attend Consecration Sunday worship.
Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in Consecration Sunday events.
Greg Buenger, Council President

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