e-Skinny June 8, 2018
Above are pictures from last year: meeting a new friend in Haiti and loading a shipping container before the trip. 
         Sunday Services 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. 
June 10      Synod Assembly  
                    Haiti group will be sharing their Haiti experience.  
June 11      Card Making Ministry 1 p.m.
June 12      Bible Study 9:30 a.m
                   Council 6 p.m.
June 14      Do Day Quilters
June 20      Newsletter deadline
June 26      Women's Bible Study
                   Youth trip to Houston begins
June 28      Do Day Quilters 
 If you have a specific hymn or praise song
that you would like to suggest singing during the summer months, please write the hymn number or song title on the back of your attendance slip. Melanie will work your favorites songs into the worship service.  
Members of the Homes for Haiti Mission trip will be sharing their experiences Sunday.
Homes for Haiti is a local mission team that assembled following the devastating 2010 Haitian earthquake in which an estimated 220,000 people died.  The team operates with a dual purpose, medical missions, and construction with each trip.  Medical conducts local and travelling clinics to reach those that have not had care in years.  Construction focuses on building Safe-T-Homes, as well as various other projects that will help maintain the long-term sustainability of the Loyal Oaks Orphanage and school.  Three trips have been completed in 2013, 2016, and 2018 with additional planning underway to increase the frequency to an annual basis.  
Susan Ayers and Jeremy Heyer are your contacts for additional questions or interest in joining the team.

Welcome to Pastor Bauer, Visitation Pastor  
It is with great excitement that I enter into a                     ministry agreement as a visitation pastor with                 the community of faith at St. John Lutheran                     Church in Charles City Iowa.
First-a little bit about me; I am a second-career                 pastor. In my first life, when I have a life, I was self-employed in the accounting field. I owned and operated Norman L. Bauer Company in West Union, Iowa as an enrolled agent for 24 years until God thought that I should be accountable for more things than numbers.
            So, at the age of 45, I sold my accounting business and began the 4 year-long-journey toward ordination by enrolling at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA. I was ordained on October 12, 1997. My first call was to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ostrander, Minnesota. Since then, I have served as an installed minister at Springfield Lutheran Church rural Decorah, IA and Calmar Lutheran Church in Calmar, IA. Interim ministry calls include Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church rural LaPorte City, IA, Trinity Lutheran Church and Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church both of rural Kiester, MN, First Lutheran Church in Britt, Iowa, St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner, Iowa and First Lutheran Church on Algona, Iowa prior to ordination, I served as interim lay leader at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Denver, IA.
            I have been married to my lovely wife Carol for 48 years and we have 2 children: David [Chris] who resides in Charles City; IA. and Sarah and her son Tyler who resides in rural Charles City, IA.
            Last-I am a Vietnam Veteran with service connected diseases from exposure to Agent Orange while patrolling in the South China Sea. One of these diseases is destroying the glands that produce saliva and tears [dry mouth and dry eye syndrome]. The effect from this disease will be very obvious to you when I am visiting with you or leading worship. I am hoping that my need to stay hydrated will not become a distraction for you as we walk this journey of faith together in Jesus' name.
In Christian Love,  
Pastor Norm
If you see Pastor Norm, give him a hearty hello and welcome.  His services will be a valuable addition to our outreach.
 History and Records
All of the required financial information, minutes and documents that require permanent preservation are cataloged and returned to storage in plastic totes.  
60 boxes of material were shredded.  Historical items are still in process. 
We had a fairly successful time identifying people in old pictures the last 2 Wednesdays.  Thank you to those ladies who showed up to take a look.  I think they were surprised at the memories the pictures stirred up, but we have more to go through.  
Linda Klemesrud and I have taken on this project to preserve newspaper clippings, photos and other documents so that they will be here for another 100 years.  We still need your help with photos.  Linda and I will be there on Wednesdays to preserve these items and we welcome some more help with that, too. I can come at other times if you are willing to look through some pictures that are still unidentified.   Let Kathy know or me at petefishj@mchsi.com so I can make arrangements. Thank you,  Janet Petefish 
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church
Golf Tournament August 8
All Proceeds to Benefit:
Floyd County Cancer Fund
Who: Open to Everyone and Anyone
What: Fun, Food, and Fellowship
                                    When: Wednesday, August 8th at 5:30 PM.
                                    Where: Wildwood Golf Course
The tournament will be a 4-person, 9-hole best shot tournament. The cost is $25.00 per person, which covers green fees and a light meal. Golf cart fees and drinks will be at your own expense. Event will be held rain or shine. Please contact Wildwood at 257-6322 to make arrangements for a cart. 
Sign up by calling Kathy at St. John  228-3397.
You don't want to miss out!

  Houston Trip leaves June 26.
St. John Middle School Mission Trip to
Prairie du Chien, WI, July 5th - 8th
    VBS - Shipwrecked - Rescued by Jesus!
St. John VBS will be July 31-August 3, 2018 from 5:30-8pm and we will sing during the 9:30am worship service on August 5th.
VBS is for kids in Preschool through 5th grade.
Free registration.  
Those students who have finished the third year of our confirmation program are required to write personal faith statements to put on their display board for the Confirmation Fair on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. The writing of these faith statements will hopefully give the students an opportunity to reflect on what they have learned, what they believe, and how their faith will affect the way they live their daily life following Confirmation Sunday. The display boards will also contain some other information such as, reflections on their baptism, and their favorite service project. These faith statements are due Wednesday, September 26th in the Youth and Family office, but will require some work over the summer. So, parents - don't let your student wait until school starts in August to get started! Confirmation Sunday is October 14, 2018.

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church
Editor:  Janet Petefish