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"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart 
to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God
loves a cheerful giver." 2 Corintihians 9:7          

New Consecration Sunday is November 10.
Worship at 9 a.m. and 10:15 Brunch
Sunday Worship Service
9:00 a.m.

November is food month at Sunday School. Bring 
non-perishable items each Sunday during the month.
November 10        New Consecration Sunday 1 service at 9 a.m.
                               Brunch to follow
November 11         Card Ministry
November 11 and 18 Meals on Wheels these weeks
November 12        Women's Bible Study
                               Church Council
November 13        No Wednesday night activities or meal
November 14        Do Day Quilters
November 17        Quilt Sunday
                              Christmas Child box return deadline
November 19        All-a-Board meeting night
November 20        First Dartball Game 7 p.m.
                               High School Youth Group 7-8 p.m.
                               Newsletter deadline
November 24        $.25 Children Christmas Store           
                               Angel Tree Tags available
November 25        Book Club, The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
November 26        Women's Bible Study
November 28        Thanksgiving Day: office closed 28th and 29th
December 2           Decorate the Christmas Tree and church 5:30 p.m.
December 8          Sunday School Christmas Program during 
                                        the 10:15 service.
December 15         Music Sunday

The office will be closed November 28th and 29th.

There will be no Sunday School Dec. 1
No Wednesday Night Supper, November 13
Music with Messiah
Rehearsals on  Wednesdays at 7 p.m. have begun  for the  Joint Music Sunday with Messiah.  Even if you don't normally sing in choir and would like to join us you are welcome.

Everyone come on Decamber 15th at 9 a.m. to enjoy the combined St.John and Messiah adult and kids choirs for a service filled with Christmas and Advent music.

Meals on Wheels Drivers needed for the weeks of November 11th and 18th.  Sign up sheets will be in the Narthex Sunday.


If you would like to donate toward the poinsettias for Christmas, please notify the church office at 228-3397

christmas_tree_red_gold.jpg The Board of Deacons invites everyone to St. John on December 2nd starting at 5:30 p.m. to help trim the tree and decorate the church for Christmas!

****Very important information from your church leadership.***

New Consecration Sunday  
 Click on the above link to view the document presented to you by the Leadership of this Congregation concerning the upcoming Stewardship program.

All are invited to attend church and the following brunch on November 10th.  This is an important effort to enrich our biblical understanding of Christian stewardship. 

Operation Christmas Child

Boxes are available in the Narthex. You may designate your box for a boy or girl 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 17, 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.   


November 17 is Quilt Sunday 

The Do Day Quilters will be displaying their quilts on the back of the pews during worship. The quilts will be going to the Women's Shelter in Mason City.
You are invited to help the quilters on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month at 9 a.m.
You do not need to be a skilled quilter, there are jobs for ALL skill levels. 


Dartball at St. John
Dartball is a team activity at St. John.  Matches are played at St. John and other participating churches.  For more information, call Dennis Sande at 228-4113. A full schedule can be picked up in the St. John office.

Matches start at 7 p.m. Dates are:
November 20th      at St. John vs. Baptist
December 4th        at Methodist
December 11th      at St. John vs. Clarksville Lutheran
December 18th      at Pleasant Hill
January 8th            at Immanuel
January 15th          at St. John vs. Nashua Lutheran
January 22nd         at Pleasant Valley

There will once again be daycare and some treats. 
Save the Date!

The Children's Christmas Gift store will be 
November 24th 10:30 a.m.-noon
St. John Sunday School children can start at 10 a.m. 

What: The Family Board is holding a $.25 gift store for kids! This is a fun and easy way for kids to shop for gifts for their family members: mom and dad, grandparents and siblings.
Who: All children accompanied by an adult can shop. Open to the public.
How: Children can bring their quarters and shop for as many gifts as they like. (Gift wrap options available.)
*** Donations of gently used Christmas themed items, craft items,  toys and adult gift items that would be nice for the children to purchase as gifts at the CHRISTMAS, CRAFTS, & KIDS GIFT STORE are needed! You can bring your donated items to the St John office. Thank you.

On Sunday, November 24, Angel Tree tags will be available in the Narthex before and after both services.  Angel Tree provides gifts for children of incarcerated parents, food and religious materials for their families, and Bibles for the prisoners.  Please support the program again this year.  Angel gifts should be returned by December 8th.                                                    
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 November Newsletter.

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church
Editor:  Janet Petefish