e-Skinny January 4, 2018  
         Sunday Services 8:00 and 10:15 a.m.
Sunday School 9:05 a.m. 
January 6       Sunday Schedule resumes
                         Adult Sunday School resumes  
January 8       Women's Bible Study
January 9       Wednesday Schedule resumes  
January 10     Do Day Quilters
January 13     Finance Board to explain budget in Chapel 9 a.m.  
January 14     Card Making Ministry
January 20      One service at 9 a.m.  
                        *No Sunday School*  
                        Annual Meeting  10 a.m.  
                        Youth board breakfast during Annual Meeting
January 21     Book Club The Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult  
January 22     Women's bible Study 
2019 Giving Envelopes are available in the Narthex.  
Altar Flower & Radio signup sheets are on the glass case in the Narthex. Sign up early to get your preferred dates!
Wednesday Night Supper
January 9: Pulled pork sandwich, macaroni & cheese, baked beans, applesauce, doughnuts.

From Laurie 
Winter is in full swing and while the days ARE getting longer - the weather sometimes doesn't cooperate with us. If school is cancelled or dismissed early on a Wednesday (due to weather) we will NOT hold the After-School Program or Confirmation classes or have ANY of our Wednesday night activities.
Signup sheets for Meals on Wheels are on the glass case in the Narthex. St. John drives the weeks of January 21 - 25th & January 28th - February 1st.
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.
Adult Sunday School: 9:05 a.m.
January 6: Erik Hoefer
January 13: Greig Grimm  Topic - Purpose Driven Life   

JANUARY 20, 2019
Copies of the 2019 Ministry Support Plan can be found in the Narthex. The Finance Board will be meeting January 13th at 9:00 a.m. in the Chapel. If you have any questions about the budget you are welcome to attend the meeting

The Youth Board is hosting a breakfast on January 20th in the Parish Hall at 10:00 a.m. during the Annual Meeting. Come support the youth of St. John while enjoying eggs, tortillas, sausage, ham, cheese, pancakes, and cinnamon rolls!

Is God Calling You to Be a Stephen Minister?
Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide one-to-one, confidential, Christian care to individuals in their church family who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. It's God's Love in Action to provide emotional and spiritual care for those in some type of crisis, such as: loss of a loved one, illness, divorce or separation, loneliness, or discouragement. Over the last couple of months, the Church Council has been prayerfully considering if God is calling us to be a Stephen Ministry congregation. We would provide 50 hours of training at St. John and ongoing support. Being a Stephen Minister would be a commitment of 1-2 hours per week. In order to help the Council and Pastor Russ make a decision about this program, if you feel that God might be calling you to be a Stephen Ministry, please let us know. There are sign-up sheets on the glass case in the narthex, on the bulletin board in the hallway, or in the church office. You can also call or email the office. For more info on Stephen Ministry, check out www.stephenministries.org  

Greetings St. John!  
I want to take this moment to update everyone on where we stand with the sound and video system upgrade.  As of mid-December, donations have begun coming in and we are just now getting commitment cards out to everyone.  I'm encouraged by the support we've received already and look forward to getting this project started soon!
Our goal is to have this system installed and operational by Easter 2019, which falls on April 21.  In talking with Lifeline Audio, in order to meet equipment ordering lead times and their installation schedule, our commitment campaign will have a short window.  It is estimated that in order to meet an April date, we will have to sign contracts for equipment by mid/late January.  This is a short window, but it would be phenomenal if we can rally together to pull this off.
As a reminder, pledges of support are just as important as cash donations.  Once the combination of the two reach 100% of the cost of the project, we will contract with Lifeline.  While only God knows what will come to pass in the future, I implore you to pray for this project and our congregation.  We are God's love in action!  Any support that you can commit to is greatly appreciated!
Jeremy Heyer,
Congregation President
click below to get the form

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.  Thank you for all that took one to deliver in December. 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.

Worship Podcasts are now available on the St. John website.  Click the icon below to be transferred to the webpage to listen to the available services.

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church
Editor:  Janet Petefish