WILL BE JUNE 13, 2021

From the Council President:
Hi everyone! The recent easing of Covid-19 restrictions by the CDC means that it is time to hold the 2021 St. John annual meeting. The annual meeting was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic preventive measures in place earlier this year. The agenda includes the ministry support plan, election of officers and board members, and discussion/vote of extending a 30% call to Pastor Anita Nuetzman. Pastor Brackett from the Northeast Iowa Synod will describe the process for making a partial call. Please attend the St. John annual meeting at 10:00 am on Sunday, June 13, 2021 in the sanctuary.
Greg Buenger, Congregation President
In Person Worship…
St. John’s in-person worship & communion on Sundays is at 9:00 a.m.
Following CDC guidance,
masks are NO longer required for fully vaccinated people in the building.
However, those who are not fully vaccinated or at high risk from the COVID-19 virus are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.
Everyone is welcome!

During the pandemic St. John has provided worship by video on our Website & YouTube. Attendance at in person worship has been rising and it has been decided to provide videos 2 times per month. Videos will be provided on June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 1 & August 15.
(Click the image above to be directed to the video for Sunday.)

The radio broadcast will continue EVERY Sunday at
9:00 a.m.

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!

St. John will be providing a worship service at 9th St  on the second Friday of the month at 10:15 a.m. We will need volunteers to play piano & to help distribute communion. Contact the office at 641-228-3397 if you would like to volunteer!
If you have a favorite hymn or song (including Praise songs from the radio) let Melanie know and she will include the song in summer worship services!
You can call 641-228-3397 with your favorites!

St. John & Messiah have a team in the church softball league! They play at Westwood Park & their next game will be June 15th at 6:00 p.m. on the West Diamond. Go cheer on our team & enjoy an evening of softball!
(Games are on Tuesday nights until August 31st at 6:00 and/or 7:30.}

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.

St. John Sesquicentennial 2022. The church we know today as St. John started forming 150 years ago. If you would like to be on a committee and help plan and organize activities for the St. John sesquicentennial, please contact the church office.

Anniversary of Marriage - Recognition & Blessing
When a couple marries, a wide community of family and friends typically celebrates the relationship. However, the anniversary of this special day tends to be marked only by the couple themselves (with the exception of the 25th or 50th).
What’s more, many wedding ceremonies are religiously affiliated, either through location in a church or by the presence of ordained clergy. But fewer and fewer couples are continuing to be part of a faith community beyond the wedding day.
This month at St. John, we want to lift up the gift of marriage within the worshiping community, recognizing God’s ongoing presence in the years after the vows are taken, in the midst of all the ups and downs, offering our love and support as a congregation. That’s why we’re inviting anyone who is celebrating a wedding anniversary in 2021 that ends in a “0” (10, 20, 30 years and so on) to come to worship on Sunday, June 27 for a special gift and blessing.
Please respond to Pastor Anita by Sunday, June 20 if you’re able to take part.
Do Day Quilters
St. John has a group called “Do Day Quilters”. They make tied quilts to donate to the local homeless shelters. They will begin meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month (June 16) from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). All are welcome to come! You don’t need to be an experienced quilter to help out! If you are interested in joining the quilters, call Kathy in the office at 641-228-3397 for more information!
Prayer Blanket/Shawl Ministry

Now that the church and community are more open, I hope that people will consider making the blankets, quilts and prayer shawls to continue this outreach. I know Pastor Anita has been distributing them, so we probably need to replenish the supply. I have some fleece on hand if you would like to try that project. Blanket instructions link
Contact for more information:

VBS - Monday through Thursday, July 26th-July 29th.

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Who: Preschool age – 5th grade
We will serve a light supper for the kids each evening.
Theme: “Rocky Railway – Jesus Loves to Pull Us Through
Cost: Free! Thanks to Stewardship Board’s Kans for Kids program!
Registration information will be available soon.
Be watching for our VBS donation requests coming this summer. I can’t thank this congregation enough for how supportive you are when we ask for supplies! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Bible Camp Scholarships
Just a reminder that St. John offers scholarships for all our youth members attending a Christian camp. Scholarships are offered in the amounts of $25 for a one-day camp, $50 for camps lasting 2-3 days, and $125 for camps lasting 4-7 days. Just bring in a copy of your registration to the Business Office for a reimbursement.
We are excited to welcome many of our preschool friends back for the afternoon MWF classes next year and are also anxious to meet many new friends. We do have openings in our program, but spots are filling up fast! Our morning class is open to any child who will be at least 3 on or before September 15, 2021. So please let us know if you or someone you know is looking for a preschool for his/her 3-year-old! Our afternoon classes (there is a 3-day and 5-day option) are open to any child who will be at least 4 on or before September 15, 2021. Please call the preschool (641-228-7274) if you would like more information.

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