e-Skinny February 15, 2019   
Bean Bags for Bible Camps is Sunday at 11:30 a.m.  A free will donation lunch will be provided.   Come and help us make some money to send our kids to camp next summer. 
         Sunday Services 8:00 and 10:15 a.m. 
Sunday School  9:05 a.m.

February 17   Bean Bags for Bible Camp
February 19    Women's Bible Study (Rescheduled date).
                        Preschool registration for current students
February 20   Newsletter deadline
February 24   Milestone 10:15 service  New drivers license
                        First Communion instruction parents/5th graders
February 25   Book Club
                       Preschool registration for new students
February 26   Women's Bible Study
March 3          Lent Event for youth
March 6          Ash Wednesday
March 12        New Session for Women's Bible Study
April 21          Easter    
Altar Flower & Radio signup sheets are on the glass case in the Narthex. Sign up early to get your preferred dates!
Wednesday Night Supper
February 20 Menu:
Spaghetti, lettuce salad, garlic bread, fruit, "Pokie" cake
The Family Board is looking for donations of empty, rectangular Kleenex boxes. The boxes should have an oval opening at the top.  They will be using the boxes for a project at the Lent Event on March 3rd.

REMINDER: Those students attending a Lutheran college who would like to receive an EPIC grant must notify the church by May 1st.
St. John scholarship applications for non-Lutheran colleges can be emailed to you and should be emailed to the office by April 1st.   
Dates to remember...
As h Wednesday is March 6th.  4:30 and 6:15 p.m. worship and Communion. 5th Grade 1st Communion. 
Easter is April 21st.
Vacation Bible School will be July 30-August 2 & VBS will sing at St. John on August 4th.

Bean Bags for Bible Camp
The Stewardship Committee would like to invite you to the 3rd Annual Bean Bags for Bible Camp event on Sunday, February 17th at 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall.  Entry fee will be $10.00 for a 2-person team.  Free-will donation lunch will be provided of hot dogs, chips, dessert, and a drink.  We are also looking for individuals to bring in bean bag boards to use for our event.  If you would be willing to let us use your bean bag boards or to sign up, please let Kathy know as we  look forward to this fun event for all ages.

2019 Sound & Video Pledge Drive
Pledge sheets are available on the glass case in the Narthex. We need your help to reach our goal! Fill out the sheet & drop it in the Stereo Speaker in the Narthex!  
We have made good progress on this and since the majority of the funding is received or pledged, the project is beginning. What a wonderfully faithful and forward thinking congregation you are to move this project along so quickly!  
If you haven't put your pledge in the box, please help us finish the funding end of the project as the physical part will begin soon. 

Youth Information
 Attention: 5th Grade Parents! The 1st Communion parent/student/ pastor instructional class, part 2, will be  February 24th at 9:15 a.m. Please put this  date reminder on your calendar.
Sunday School Reminder: February is Soap Month!
All Sunday School students are asked to bring individually wrapped bars of soap to be donated to the women's & men's shelter in  
Mason City!   
Milestone Ministries 
On February 24th at the 10:15 worship service,
we will celebrate the milestone of receiving a
 Driver's License in the past year! Parents and their new drivers will be asked to come forward.
Family Board's Lent Event will be March 3rd from 9:05 - 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall. We will be learning about Lent & doing a craft for Lent. Parents are invited to attend with their Sunday School students!
St. John Christian Preschool registration for the 2019-2020 school year will begin February 19 for current families and February 25 for new families. Registration will run from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Children who will be 3 on or before September 15 and all children 4 and 5 years old are welcome. A minimum registration fee of $25 is due at time of registration.  Scholarships are available. Please call 228-7274 for more information.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Now is a good time to be working on those shawls, whether you want to quilt, knit or crochet.  We sent out about 12 in December and could use some to  
replenish our stock and be ready for those in need of one.  I just finished a shawl and lap robe during these cold wintry days and I heard that we got some quilted items in, too.  I put out the challenge to make something for this worthwhile ministry. There are many more blustery days ahead to nestle down and work on one.  
If you think of someone in a trying circumstance, then please come check one out and give that person a visit. They are available through the office during office hours.

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church
Editor:  Janet Petefish