Above is a picture of the day the blankets were delivered to the hospital. My grandchildren helped. I think it was a good lesson in giving, especially since they were so appreciative at the hospital. I have heard very positive feedback from the patients through my daughter, a nurse at the hospital. This is a ministry that I think we should continue. The emphasis probably should be shifted to the same people that prayer shawls are appropriate for, to put a stock in the clothing room for needy people and possibly as something the pastors could use for people that might be blessed by one at a visitation. I would like your feed back.
Along with this does come a cost, however. I would like an account set up for monetary donations for fleece, or you could make a donation of a 2 yard section of fleece, or if you want to make it yourself I will soon give instructions for how these single layer blankets can be simply sewn. I strive to make them for $7 or less, so we have to be on the lookout for sales. Again, please let me know your opinion on this. I am also interested in people willing to sew.
Note: a 2.5 yard piece of fleece can also make 2 youth size blankets if the pattern allows for a sideways print.

We can always use Prayer Shawls. So if you are a knitter, crocheter, sewer or quilter you can make a prayer shawl. You can drop a completed one off or pick one up by contacting Kathy Hoeft.

To get to this week's church service please click on the image above or use this link: St. John Worship

To get the bulletin and Taking Faith Home information click on the St. John banner at the very top of the e-Skinny.

The January Good Newsletter is available through this link:


or you can go to the church and pick up a physical copy in the church mailbox in the afternoon or go to the church website and access it online.

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Though the St. John building is closed to the public, you can call the office with any questions or concerns from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., otherwise leave a voicemail for Kathy. You can also reach her by emailing khoeft@stjohncharlescity.com. 

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Thank you to all of you that have been mailing in your offerings.
To keep up with your offerings: they can be mailed to St. John at 200 S. Main St, Charles City, IA 50616
or to sign up for Simply Giving, click on this link for a printable form:

On the St. John Website is a Digital Simply Giving tab which will allow you to manage your electronic giving from home! You can decide how much you would like to give, the frequency and which fund you would like your donation to go to.

You can use this option to set up your giving on a weekly, monthly or yearly plan. But it is also convenient if you want to use it for one-time transactions to give to specific funds, events, or memorials for instance. You can give through your personal accounts or credit cards. Just remember that if you use your credit card, unless you specifically indicate the service charge be taken from your account, St. John will be assessed that charge. This means of giving has seen some activity and we are really excited to be able to give you this option. Please keep in mind electronic giving as you plan your budgeting needs. At http://www.stjohncharlescity.org/, you will find Digital Simply Giving on the blue menu bar at the top of the page; that is your link to electronic convenience!

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

https://www.facebook.com/stjohncc will get you to the Facebook page

An email address you can use to get a message to the church khoeft@stjohncharlescity.com
Other emails are available on the website.

To call the church (641)228-3397

We extend a big thank you to Linda Klemesrud, Kay Tjaden, Mary Augustin, Judy Thornton, Judy and Kip Hauser, Diane Melrose, and Shirley Platte for making phone calls to check in with our St. John members. If you didn't receive a call, please contact the church office to update your phone number.


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!

Sound and Video Capital Campaign
It is hard to believe that it has been two years since we dreamed, planned, and installed our new sound and video system in the sanctuary. The congregation pledged and donated a total of $135,968.49. Of this amount $68,691.44 was given outright with $67,295 pledged. To date there is over $18,000 in outstanding pledges. Please consider fulfilling your pledge to bring this project to a close. Thank you for all your generous support over this two-year period.

Sunday School classes resume on Sunday, January 17th after a break for the holidays. Be watching for an announcement about when our Sunday School classes will start in-person. Sunday School lessons will continue to be available in an online format from January-May.This winter/spring we will be learning about the stories of Jesus and His disciples from the book of Luke.

From the Stewardship Board

MARK FEBRUARY 14, 2021 as a date to keep open for a special noon event at St. John. We don’t have the details all worked out but on this typical day of showing our love to the special people in ourlives, we want to share that love with each and every one of you. Your faithfulness to St. John, financially and by your actions, has been very heart-warming and we thank you for that!!

Stay tuned for more information coming soon...


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