e-Skinny October 12, 2018
Coats for Kids, Saturday 8-11 a.m. 

         Sunday Services 8:00 and 10:15 a.m.
Sunday School 9:05 a.m. 
October 13       Coats for Kids 8-11 a.m. 
October 14       RITE OF CONFIRMATION 10:15 a.m. 
                          Stained Glass Sale and Silent Auction
October 21       Final Stained Glass Sale and Silent Auction
                          Reverse Offering  
                          Operation Christmas Child   
October 23       Women's Bible Study  
October 24       Newsletter Deadline 
October 25       Do Day Quilters 
October 28       1st and 4th graders receive Bibles  
                          New Member Orientation 9:15 a.m. Parish Hall
October 29       Book Club: The Great Christmas Knit Off
                             by  Alexandra Brown  
October 30       Council Workshop for Capital Campaign project  
                              5:30 p.m. 
November 4     New Member Sunday  
                          Potluck for New Members and Congregation  
November 7     6 p.m. Congregational Informational Meeting 
November 11    Give Thanks Dinner 
                           Operation Christmas Child boxes return  
November 18   Congregational Meeting and Vote
December 2      Children's Christmas Craft Store  
                                                   Confirmation Class 2018 
Wednesday Night Supper
October 17:  Oven Fried Chicken, whipped potatoes & gravy, broccoli, applesauce and pudding. 
Adults are $4.00/Students $2.00
This meal is for everyone! (Take out is available)  

  Upcoming Adult Sunday School
Pastor Bauer will be leading a series on Christian Caregivers
            Date                            Title
            October 14                      "It's Not Easy"
                      October 21                  "Caregiver vs Curegiver"
            November 4               "God, You and Me"
       November 11             "Why We Care" 
There will NOT be flu shot clinics at St. John this year. Flu shots will be given at Floyd County Public Health. Call Public Health at 641-257-6111 for more information.
Coats for Kids, October 13th  
8-11 a.m.  
In need of coats, snow pants, hats, gloves or boots for your children?  Be sure to come to Coats for Kids for new or gently used winter gear.  This is for girls and boys of all ages, while supplies last!  Spread the word! Children must be present to receive the items.  
Ascension Window Reclamation Project   
Thank you to everyone that purchased stained glass items last Sunday and for bids on the Silent Auction.  We made enough that I was able to take a check to Eddie Heselroad to pay for the silent auction panels, $2,700.  With the auction of those panels ending on the 21st at 10:15 a.m. and the money from our small item sales we are in good shape to pay for the Ascension Window reclamation.  I will give an estimate of final sales on the 21st.   You can be proud of the support you've given this project.  
I have had some inquiries about ordering specific items.  I will do this if I have the pieces to do the job.  Lori Janssen is the other main church artist and you can ask her if she has time to do it.  I know some people were disappointed that we got down to just 6 larger pieces by the end of the sale.   
I made some more necklaces and a few sun-catchers for this Sunday, but when they are gone, they are gone; unless you contact me.   I really want you to have some of our history in your home in this form and will try to accommodate for a week or two and then I need a break.  Contact me at petefishj@mchsi.com 
There has also been interest in doing the stained glass workshops this winter now that you have seen what is possible. We have more stained glass so we should use it.  I would not consider a workshop until around February, but I would need actual commitments to do this because it is a lot of set-up and work.  Watch the e-Skinny, bulletin and newsletter for sign-up opportunities.   
It's Operation Christmas Child gift time!
            Please prayerfully consider participating in this ministry benefiting children around the world.  Boxes will be available in the Narthex October 21st.  You may designate your box for a girl or boy for one of the following age groups:  2-4 years, 5-10 years, or 10-14 years.  Fill the box with gifts, fun toys, school supplies--a list of gift suggestions is available at:   samaritanspurse.org/occ     A recommended donation of $9 is to be placed in the designated envelope inside the box to cover shipping.  
            Return to St John by Sunday, Nov 11, as that week our volunteers will be taking the boxes to our regional drop off.  Please remember there are custom regulations prohibiting candy, chocolate, food, or toothpaste.  Other items not allowed are:  liquids, lotions, toy guns, knives, military figures, medications, vitamins, aerosols, glass, or used or damaged items.
             "The Greatest Gift" Gospel booklets will be added.  You can be a part of this worldwide effort to grow the Kingdom of God even in places where the Gospel has never been heard.   
Sunday, October 21st
Before we worship with the regular offering on
September 21st, we will pass the offering plates around
filled with slips of paper with an item needed by the local Food Box. We are asking you to purchase the item that you have chosen and then bring that item to church on October 28th Participation in this Reverse Offering is certainly optional, but the Stewardship Board hopes that you prayerfully consider taking part.
Are You Ready to Join St. John?
 Here's what to do:
1. Let us know that you are ready to join by checking it on the attendance slip or contacting the Church Office. Be sure to give us your contact information so that we can get in touch with you!
2. Meet with Pastor Russ so that he can get to know you better and collect your information for our membership database. Once you let us know you're ready to join, Pastor Russ will contact you to arrange a meeting time.
3. Attend the New Member Orientation on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at  
                      9:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall.
4. Join us at either 8:00 or 10:15 worship on Sunday, November 4, 2018 so that we can officially welcome you to St. John!
Please contact the Church Office if you have any questions.
To welcome new members
November 4th - 11:30 a.m.
All are invited! Bring your favorite dish to pass & be
Prepared to eat wonderful food, meet new people, have great conversations & learn something new about the church!
(Tableware & drinks provided!)
Congregational Informational Meeting 
Wednesday, November 7th at 6:00 p.m. the church council will host an Informational Meeting for the Congregation. Information will be shared about proposed building maintenance and improvement projects and information about a possible new sound and video system. This information meeting is to help us get ready for a Congregational Vote on Sunday, November 18th at 9:15 a.m 
Youth "Give Thanks" Dinner 
November 11th, 11:30 a.m.
All are invited! The youth of St. John would like to thank the congregation for their support by hosting a dinner at 11:30 a.m. on November 11th. The menu will be pork loin, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, dinner rolls & dessert.
Children's Christmas Craft store will be December 2nd!
Donations of gently used Christmas themed items, craft items, or toys that would be nice for the children to purchase as gifts at the CHRISTMAS, CRAFTS, & KIDS GIFT STORE are needed! Also, tissue paper would be appreciated! You can bring your donated items to the St John office by Friday, November 30th. Thank you!

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church
Editor:  Janet Petefish