This Week’s Memory Verse
Let anyone who is thirsty come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. ~John 7:37b-38
As We Gather
This Sunday is Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday, two celebrations in one service. We begin with a commemoration of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Then we look forward to the events of the coming week, and the Passion of our Lord, culminating with His atoning sacrifice on the cross.
We have been focusing on the humanity of Jesus this Lenten Season, and the tremendous blessings that are ours because our Savior is both completely God and completely human. Today as we commemorate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the path that would take Him to the cross, we reflect on the suffering that lies before Him. Our God is not remote and detached from the suffering of this fallen world. He entered into it and took it upon himself. As we face suffering in our lives, we do so in the strength of the Savior who suffered for us.
First Reading Philippians 2:5-11
Gospel Luke 22:1-23:56
Children’s Church Teachers: Janet Gates, Ramona Kaufmann, Jenny Gass
One Service on Confirmation Sunday, April 28th… We will join together at 9:30 AM for a combined service as we celebrate Confirmation Sunday. Eight young people will be confessing their faith, committing their lives, and being blessed for their walk with Christ. This will be a Communion service.
Sing the Hallelujah Chorus on Easter! The Sanctuary Choir will be singing the “Hallelujah Chorus this Easter at the 8:30 service. If you would like to join the choir for this piece, there is a special practice this Sunday after the 8:30 service in Room 5.
Holy Week Worship Times:
Maundy Thursday (18th) 1 & 7 PM
Good Friday (19th) 1 & 7 PM
Easter Vigil (20th ) 8 PM
Easter Sunday (21st ) 8:30 & 10:15 AM
Easter Breakfast is being served from 9-10:30 AM in the Parish Hall.
Easter Flowers… If you wish to donate toward our Easter flowers, please use the envelope provided in the back flap of the sanctuary chairs.
New Church Directory…The 2019 Church Directory is available in the Narthex.
What Happens When You Ask for Help from a Stephen Minister?…When you ask for help from a Stephen Minister, a Stephen Leader will contact you to talk more about Stephen Ministry and what it can mean to you. If your needs can be best served by a Stephen Minister, you will be matched with someone who will support you through this tough time. Confidentiality is a top priority for Stephen Ministers. You do not need to be concerned that other people will discover what you talk about with your Stephen Minister. To find out more about Stephen Ministry or to request the ministry of a Stephen Minister, contact Penni Cremen email@example.com or Pastor Mark firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please do not report a friend’s need without first asking his or her permission to do so.)
Vacation Bible School… “Escape to Athens” with Paul! Learn the jaw-dropping story of the Apostle Paul, who will inspire kids to share the truth of God’s immeasurable love! June 17-21, 9am-12pm. Register at: Registration:https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/5785c3_beca573aff994119a85a6eccf067ad54.pdf
We need a lot of volunteers to make VBS happen. Go to this link to sign up as a volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d4faaaa2bab9-gotta
CLUB 56 is back in action this Tuesday from 6-7:30pm in Room 10. Come join us for an evening of fellowship and spiritual food and regular food!
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS! We are heading on a rafting trip July 9-13th! Contact Kevin Mathison if you are interested in going.
Use of Bathrooms: When adults are on the church and school grounds during the school day (7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), please only use the adult bathrooms located in the school library or church offices. Thank you!
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 Costco/Trader Joes Shoppers? We carry Visa cards in $50’s and $100’s. Costco only takes Visa cards, cash or checks. Stop by the school office before you head off to Costco or Trader Joes and purchase your Visa cards. While you are here check out everything that is available to you
- Returning Vendor~ Chevron
- Remember Scrip for your Thanksgiving Shopping
- Grocery Stores: Whole Foods, Safeway, Lucky, Target, Wal-Mart
- Best Percentage: Tarla Bar & Grill 20%, Hop Creek 20%, Filippi’s 15%, Food Shed 10%, Land’s End 16%, Chipotle 10%, Bath & Body Works 13%,
- Scrip gift cards are perfect for following a household budget
- You can pay your Kohl’s bill with Kohl’s Scrip 4%
- Families can shop both in-store or online with participating retailers
- Scrip gift cards are just like using a credit/debit card, but without the fraud risk
- Scrip gift cards are perfect for holiday gift giving and shopping
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: “Aaron returns to Las Vegas” Please click on this link http://napavalleycomfortdogs.org/2018/10/02/las-vegas-recovery/ to read about Team Aaron’s return to Las Vegas for the 1 year anniversary of the mass shooting.
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 at 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 on the link 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.
Campus Security: Please remember to check that doors are properly closed and locked as you leave the room you are using. Thanks for helping us take care of our campus.
Abide Daily Devotion… How do I let Scripture guide my prayer life? How can I let Jesus direct what I pray for each day? The Abide Devotion, written by Pastor Mike, is a daily devotion designed to address these concerns. You can click here for more information and to subscribe to receive the devotions in your email each morning.