This Week’s Memory Verse
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. ~1 Peter 4:10
As We Gather
In Galatians 3:28, Paul points out that because of the Gospel, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” And yet there are places in the Bible that some view as devaluing women. What do we make of this? How do we apply the timeless truths of Scripture regarding men and women from one cultural context into our own?
We will also be welcoming new members this Sunday.
First Reading Judges 4:1-10
Second Reading Galatians 3:26-29
Gospel Matthew 28:1-10
Children’s Church: Danielle Irwin
Foundations: Basic Christianity… This class will be on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 in Room 8. Foundations is a study of the central teachings of the faith in order to deepen our understanding and living of the faith. This course also covers the core teachings for those interested in becoming members of St. John’s. If you have questions about Foundations or would like to sign up, please contact Pastor Mike or the church office.
Have you missed the coffee hour between services? We would like to offer it again, but we need at least 8 teams to do this. This is a hospitality ministry, welcoming to visitors and a time of fellowship for our members.
Please prayerfully consider volunteering (1) one time every two months so this ministry may continue. God Bless you to be a blessing to others.
Please contact Susan Clark @email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 253-2477.
School Campus Security – As part of our Campus Security Plan, we have implemented a security sign-in procedure during the school day. If you are here at St. John’s during the school day (8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday), you need to sign-in and be issued a Visitor or Volunteer ID badge to wear while on campus. You can sign in either in the church or school office.
Confirmation Ministry… There will be an information meeting on August 28th at 7:00 PM in Room 10 for all parents and students interested in confirmation ministry this year. We will present and discuss the goals of this ministry, the calendar for this year, as well as the costs that will be involved. Confirmation Ministry at St. John’s is a two-year program for those going into 7th or 8th grade. The purpose of the ministry is to disciple junior high students at this important time in their lives, and to prepare them for High School as Christian young men and women.
Stephen Ministers Grow in the Lord…The more you focus on the Lord and do God’s work, the more satisfaction you will find. It’s that simple! Are you looking for more satisfaction in your life? Consider serving our congregation as a Stephen Minister. By helping others, you will help God’s kingdom grow – and you will grow too! Did you miss the Stephen Ministry Information Meeting? Applications for the training session beginning September 19 are being accepted through September 1. Applications are available in the church office. For more information contact Pastor Mark – email@example.com.
Comfort Dog Ministers needed! Our congregation is so blessed to have the opportunity to serve our God with our LCC K9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Won’t you join us?
We encourage all of you to join us as we go out into our community to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who are hurting and in need. We invite you to come along on Aaron’s outings – they happen almost every day! Just call Christy at the church office to see what Aaron is doing during the time you are interested in helping.
Secondly, as we prepare for the arrival of our second Comfort Dog, we invite you to consider being involved as caregivers, handlers, or social media coordinators. If you are interested in these three ministry positions for our second Comfort Dog, please call the Kramers in the church office.
With the anticipation of the arrival of our second LCC K9 Comfort Dog next year, we will need additional team members. Please join us at our Open Forums on Sunday, September 8th at 9:30 AM in the Parish Hall and on Tuesday, September 10th at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary.
Needed: Projector Techs for 10:15. We are looking for several additional projector techs for the 10:15 service. Training and mentoring will be provided. If you are interested, contact Pastor Mike (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dawn Wahlers (email@example.com )
CLUB 56 & ABLAZE Welcome back from summer! Next week we will kick things off with our back to school event for 5th-8th grade youth. Our first event will be Tuesday, August 27th, from 6-7:30 at SJL. See you there!
CREW 34 was a huge hit last school year and we are excited to bring it back! We will kick it off in September. Stay tuned for more information on that.
Children’s Church Teachers Needed for the Fall… After serving faithfully for years, we have a couple of people who are not returning to teach this coming fall. We are looking for new volunteers to teach on a regular basis. Ideally, if you work with a partner you might only teach once a month. Please contact Janis King if you can help.
Scrip: Everyone is invited and encouraged to use SCRIP!! What is Scrip? Scrip are gift cards that the school purchases at discounts and sales to you at face value. The profit goes to APT to help our students. Scrip may be purchased in the school office during normal school hours.
Attention all AMAZON Users! Please consider using “Amazon Smile” when you place your orders, designating St. John’s Lutheran Church fund. (There is no additional cost to you!) Just click on the link below and place your order. It is that simple! https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-6001864
St. John’s Facilities Online Calendar: Looking for a room for a meeting or event? You can view this calendar online. Go to https://teamup.com/ks059311afd6a21c57 If you would like to book a room/location on campus for an event/meeting, please contact Christy Kramer at the church office to be added to the calendar. Please note: You may only use the facility if you have pre-reserved your requested room/location with Christy Kramer
Mission India: Please keep this year’s Mission India Literacy trainers in your prayers. To support this ministry financially, please make out your check to St. John’s. You can use the designated offering envelopes or write on your check that it is for Mission India. For more information about our partnership with Mission India and the opportunity to change lives and draw them to Christ, see www.missionindia.org.
Aaron’s Blog: If you’d like to follow along with Aaron’s summer road trip to the annual LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Conference in Northbrook, IL, you can sign up for his blog on our website: napavalleycomfortdogs.org . Look for “Keep up with Aaron’s Adventures” at the bottom of the site and sign up.
Aaron Comfort Dog… New team members are always welcome! Come join us and observe how this amazing ministry works. Please contact Tim or Christy Kramer if you would like to “shadow” during one of our events!
Aaron Comfort Dog Contact Info: If you would like to request a visit from Aaron, please contact Tim or Christy Kramer @ 255-0119. For an update on his activities, please check out his Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages: @AaronComfortDog.
Ministry Opportunity: St. John’s participates in The Table ministry (based at First Presbyterian Church, 1333 Third St. in Napa) by cooking/serving a meal every month on the 2nd Friday. If you would like to help, please sign up for a shift (or multiple shifts) by clicking here! We thank you for your service. Your time and your talents are greatly appreciated. Blessings, The Table Team
Recycle your Household Batteries at SJL: St. John’s Lutheran is working with Napa Recycling on collecting and disposing of any household batteries you may have; AAA, AA, C, D & 9 volt batteries. We will not accept automotive or drill batteries, only standard household batteries. Containers are available in the school office, church office, and Room 10.