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         Sunday Services 8:00 and 10:15 a.m.
September 9    "Rally Sunday"
                          Services at 8:00 and 10:15 a.m.
                          Blessing of the Backpacks 
                          Sign up for Sunday School / After-school program
                                 at Rally Day Activities
September 10  Card Making 
                          Stained Glass Workshop 6 p.m.  music office  
September 11   Women's bible Study 9:30 a.m. 
                           Council 6 p.m. 
September 12  Confirmation Orientation
September 13  Do Day Quilters 
September 16  First day of Sunday School 9:05 a.m.
                          Installation of Teachers both services
                          Entering Sunday School Milestone for 3 year olds   
September 19  5 p.m. Wednesday night Suppers
                          5:30 p.m. Carol Choir
                          6:00 Confirmation
                          7:00 Trinity Choir   
September 23   Entering Confirmation Milestone both services  
September 24   Book Club  A Man Named Ove by Fredrik Backman 
September 25   Wind Ensemble begins  5:30 p.m.  
September 26   Do Day Quilters 
October 3          After school program begins  3:30-5 p.m.
                          Confirmation Fair
October 7         Confirmation Parents meet with Pastor 11:20 a.m. 
October 13        Coats for Kids 
October 14       Confirmation
Sunday, September 9th!
Both Worship services:  8:00 & 10:15 a.m.
All students, teachers and support staff are encouraged to participate by bringing your backpacks to be blessed!
Sunday, September 9th!
Picnic lunch & registration for Sunday School/After School program
in Parish Hall at 11:30 a.m. Games will be set up in the blue
parking lot.
Begins October 3rd at 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. for Preschool through 5th grade students.Registration will be during Rally Day activities or you can stop in the office!
The St. John bus will be available to pick up kids at the schools.
Cost is $10.00/Registration
Wednesday Night Supper
September 19: Maid Rites, French Fries, Corn, apple crisp
September 26: Chicken Rice Casserole, Basil Green Beans, Cottage Cheese, Cake
Adults are $4.00/Students $2.00
This meal is for everyone!
(Take out is available)
Stained Glass Information and Workshops   
This week I am sharing my flooded back yard as well as a few sun-catchers and a necklace.  Things are progressing and items will be ready for October.  I have received many inquires and a lot of encouragement about the project, but I realize people need more information.  I plan on sharing some more about this project in church, possibly next week, and maybe have a few pieces to share.  
There is an account for anyone wishing to contribute to this project as a designated memorial or support of the project. Thank you to those that have contributed.  The account could use a boost since the restored panels will need to be paid for as they are delivered. This is a mighty project as you probably realize and that's a lot of jewelry to make that $3000 restoration estimate. We plan on having a silent auction throughout the month of October for the small restored panels as well as the sale of jewelry, small ornaments and sun-catchers. We hope you can take home a bit of St. John history as we try to cover the cost of the Ascension Window restoration.
If you have an interest in making stained glass items or if you have expertise in stained glass art to share, we will meet:   
Monday, September 10,  6 p.m.  Choir Room Office  
Monday, September 17,  6 p.m.  Choir Room Office 
Monday, September 24, 6 p.m.  Choir Room Office 
Monday, October 1, 6 p.m. Choir Room Office  
Other sessions to follow.  Come at these times or contact Janet Petefish at petefishj@mchsi.com    
Seeking Children's Clothing Donations  
The Family Board is putting on a Clothing Swap & Sale in the fall to allow families in hats-scarves-hanging.jpg our congregation and community to have affordable back-to-school clothing.
We need YOUR help!   Please consider donating any new or gently used children's clothing, outerwear or shoes.  these can be dropped off at the Church Office.   
Seeking donations of size newborn to 14/16.
For more information contact Laurie Heidebrink.  
Those who donate will receive 10 tickets for 10 free items.
For details, please contact Laurie Heidebrink
Children's Clothing Swap and Sale
Do your kids need affordable back to school clothing? Don't forget to mark your calendars for this great event!
When: Saturday, September 22nd from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Where: St. John Parish Hall
Cost: All items will be 50 cents
(Those who donate will get in early to shop at 11:30 a.m.)
For details, please contact Laurie Heidebrink
CONFIRMATION ORIENTATION will be September 12, 2018 at 6pm
      Registration fee is $10. This helps cover the cost of curricula and      
CONFIRMATION CLASSES begin on September 19, 2018
ENTERING CONFIRMATION MILESTONE will be celebrated on September       23rd at both services. We will be recognizing the milestone of starting our      confirmation program with the 7th grade students at both services.
CONFIRMATION FAIR will be October 3, 2018
       We are inviting the congregation to come and visit with our 10th  
       grade confirmands about their "Faith Boards" in the Parish Hall at 6pm
CONFIRMATION SUNDAY will be October 14, 2018
       10th Grade students being confirmed, and their parents, will be meeting
       with the   pastor at 11:20am in the Sanctuary on October 7th.
Coats for Kids will be coming October 13th  
As you ready your children for the coming cold winter please consider donating new or gently used coats, snow pants, boots, mittens or hats. There are many children in Charles City who will love getting a "new" coat for winter!
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.

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church
Editor:  Janet Petefish