e-Skinny May 17, 2019  

May 18,  8:30 a.m.
Come help clean the winter trash from around the outside of the church.  Many hands make short work and it looks so nice when it's done.
Sunday Worship Services
 8:00 & 9:30 a.m.  

May 18       Clean up day around St. John
May 20       Book Club:  Winter Garden  by Kristin Hannah
May 22       Newsletter deadline
May 23       Do Day Quilters
May 26       Graduation Sunday
May 27       Happy Memorial Day,  office will be closed
May 28       Women's Bible Study
May 30       Stained Glass Group
June 2        Youth bake sale

If you are interested in joining Altar Guild or being a part of the Prayer Chain, please let Kathy in the office know.

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.
Clean up Day
Building & Grounds will be holding a "clean-up" day for the outside areas of St. John on May 18th at 8:30 a.m.! Anyone wishing to help spruce up the St. John grounds for Spring are welcome to come help out!

Full time position

Stained Glass Ministry

We met Thursday & will meet again May 30 at 1:00 p.m. in the choir room and will add afternoons at 1:00 p.m. and evenings at 6:00 p.m. on June 6 and 20. 
We took some time to learn how to make small crosses to send with Stephen Ministry. Now that we have the ground work we will make more of them and expand into jewelry and sun-catchers. There will be a minimal cost for some supplies if you make something for yourself. Money raised on items we make for the Fall Festival will go into the 150th Anniversary Fund. We are glad to give those of you that didn't get a piece of our historical glass another chance.  Please contact Janet at petefishj@mchsi.com or call the office at 641-228-3397 if you are interested in being involved with this project! 
Anyone can try, no previous experience needed and we will show you what to do whenever you join us.


May 26 will be Graduation Sunday
   Anastasia Dawn Baldus                       Mariah Ann McKenzie
Colton Francis Baldus                         Cole Stephen Reams
                       Wolfgang Allen Baldus                         Madison Paige Ross
                          Cora Rae Crooks                       Cassandra Leigh Schiesher                 Samantha Lyn Heyer                           Amy Jo Titus
                  Carter Jon Johanningmeier                 Kelly Dylan Ward
                 Christian Michael Kreger                     Abbie Lane Wilts
            Jack Clarence Litterer
Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (NIV)

Summer Youth Activities
Summer Mission Trip 2019 - We will be going to the Black Hills of South Dakota 
July 8-13, 2019. This trip is open to St. John students that have completed 6th-12th grades and their friends. Get these days on your calendar now and be watching for additional information in upcoming newsletters, bulletins, etc.
The Youth Board would welcome any donations toward the cost of fuel for the bus. If you feel called to donate stop in and see Linda in the Business Office, or put Sunday, June 2nd on your calendar to attend our bake sale in the Narthex. The youth participating in the mission trip will again be baking pies and other goodies to sell between and after worship services.

SAVE THE DATES: July 30-August 2 will be Vacation Bible School! Registration will begin at 5:15 pm on the 30th.
  • Plan on having your kids attend from 5:30 pm-8:00 pm on Tuesday-Friday!
  • We will serve a light supper for the kids each evening.
  • VBS is open to kids in Preschool-5th grades.
  • Our theme this year is "Roar - Life is Wild*God is Good"
  • The cost for VBS will be $5 per child with a maximum family fee of $15. Look for registration forms in the bulletins coming soon.
  • If you are interested in volunteering at VBS, please contact Laurie.

An Opportunity for You 

We are going to have a Praise in the Park worship service, potluck picnic with meat provided and "hopefully" activities on June 30. More information will follow, but we would really like to make this a celebration in our congregation and outreach to the community.   We are hoping we can get some donations or a sponsorship of the event to rent some things like a bounce house and other large and fun lawn games, but we need help with the funding.  We are looking for between $1100 and $1800 to get a nice array for various ages. If you could help with this please  leave your donation in the office or designate it in an envelope in the offering.  This could be a really great family day, an outreach for our congregation into the community and a good start to the 4th of July week.  Thank you for anything you can donate and it you would like to help with it, that would be great.
Another Opportunity for You 

2019 is the year of the Photo Directory.  The plan is to have slots August 6-8, September 19-21 and October 24-26.  The Communications Board would like some help with this: to sign people up after services, to be there to sign people in on those days and to give guidance to us if you have done this before.  This is not hard work, just a bit time consuming and a lot for a few people to do; less if we have help. 
If you  can help us please let Kathy know in the office and we will get a list going and will contact people later. 
And last but not least, an Opportunity for this fall

We will be having a Fall Festival (It may have a different name later, but this is a heads up) on October 27, Reformation Sunday.  This is a joint effort between Stewardship and the Communications Board.  There will be a special Service of Stewardship on that day and then a meal, maybe some talent, a silent auction and some stained glass items will be for sale. Things are still in the planning stage, but the silent auction funds are designated for a Preschool Sign on the doors that face Gilbert Street. That is a $3500 project.  The stained glass will go to the Anniversary Fund and will be priced like last fall.
We will be looking for silent auction items, hand-made or new items, no used or rummage type things.  Think about this as you are doing your hand work (quilting, knitting, carpentry, etc,), gardening, taking that hog to the locker, putting together a gift basket, making pies or whatever is your "thing". It's time to be planning for this and Thank You in advance for your hard work and talent.

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St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church
Editor:  Janet Petefish