This Week’s Memory Verse
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. ~Psalm 139:13
As We Gather
Our guest preacher on Sunday will be Rev. Getabicha Dirasse. He is the ministry consultant for Bethesda Lutheran Communities in Northern California. Bethesda Lutheran Communities is a leading provider of person-centered and community-based supports that enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information about Bethesda Lutheran Communities, please go to www.BethesdaLC.org.
First Reading Genesis 18:1-10a
Psalm Psalm 27:7-14
Second Reading Colossians 1:21-29
Gospel Luke 10:38-42
Children’s Church: Danielle Irwin
The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod will be in convention on July 20-25 in Tampa, Florida. Pastor Mike will be attending as the pastoral delegate for the North Bay circuit of the California-Nevada-Hawaii District. Please keep the delegates and the convention in your prayers, that the discussions and decisions give glory to God and follow His leading.
Prayerfully Consider Being a Stephen Minister…Stephen Ministers bring distinctively Christian care to those in need. They use both words and deeds to express Christ’s care for others – listening and comforting, calling on the training they have received, and employing the tools of faith. If this job description fits your personal goals for ministry, consider becoming a Stephen Minister. The next training session begins September 19. Learn more about Stephen Ministry and what Stephen Ministers do at the Stephen Ministry Information Meeting on Sunday, August 18 at 6:30 PM in Room 10. Unable to attend, contact Pastor Mark for information – firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are three parts to the Red Letter Challenge series
- Sunday Worship (September 22 – October 27)
- Red Letter Challenge Devotion Book
- Red Letter Challenge Growth Group
Red Letter Challenge Books
This small group worship series is based on the Discipleship Devotion book “The Red Letter Challenge” by Pastor Zach Zehnder. This book contains the challenges for each day as we go through this growth series together. We will have copies available for you before the end of August. Our goal is have one of these books in the hands of all who worship at St. John’s. Our cost for each book is $15, but we will be make them available to anyone. We are only asking a suggested donation of $5. We truly want each person to have one of these books. Watch for more information regarding when the books will be available.
Red Letter Challenge Growth Groups
We are also inviting all to become part of a growth group (small group) for this series, similar to what we did last fall for the “I Am” series. This will provide an opportunity to grow in fellowship, grow in discipleship, as well as providing encouragement as we work through the challenges. Watch for more information on the formation of groups in the coming weeks.
We are looking for people to serve as a H.O.S.T. for these groups. This is a great way to start a growth group without having to worry about being a good enough teacher or Bible Scholar. We are looking for people who are hospitable to host groups in their homes.
What is a H.O.S.T.?
- Have a Heart for people
- Open your home (or other place to meet), providing a welcoming environment
- Serve them something to drink
- Turn on the DVD/Video player and facilitate discussion with provided questions based on the video teachings
Training will be provided at an upcoming training event.
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.
St. John’s Lutheran School’s PE teacher, Julie Thom, is not returning next year, so we are looking for a new PE teacher. If you know of someone who might be interested in this position, please have them contact the school office. The PE teacher teaches grades K-4 three days a week (approximately 12 hours per week). c
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 (email@example.com) or Dawn Wahlers (firstname.lastname@example.org )
YOUTH NEWS: Confirmation Ministry There will be an information meeting on August 28th at 7:00 PM in the 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.
Children’s Church Needs Teachers!! IMPORTANT: WE CURRENTLY ARE IN NEED OF SOME ADDITIONAL TEACHERS FOR CHILDREN’S CHURCH!!! VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!!! You do not have to have children in the program to volunteer! Do you like to share the word of God with children, but not quite sure how to do it? The lessons are all laid out for you and most likely you would only be teaching once a month. This position would begin in September. Please consider if God is nudging you to serve in this way and helping to grow our youngest disciples! We need at least 3 new people in order for us to continue to offer Children’s Church.
SUMMER CHILDREN’S CHURCH WILL BE A COMBINED CLASS WITH ALL AGES TOGETHER! WE HAD TO DO THIS BECAUSE WE HAVE FEWER TEACHERS ABLE TO LEAD DURING THE SUMMER THIS YEAR! THEY WILL ALL MEET IN THE PRESCHOOL BUILDING!
You may contact Janis King for more information! Thank you and God bless!
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.)
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 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 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. http://stjohnslutheran.net/abide-devotion/