This Week’s Memory Verse
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ~John 14:6
As We Gather
Jesus made radical claims regarding His identity and His mission. Jesus tells us who He is, making use of powerful images that point us toward who He is, and what it means to follow Him. Today we begin a series focusing on the “I Am” claims of Jesus in the Gospel of John. As we unpack these images in the coming weeks, may the Holy Spirit lead us not only to a deeper understanding of who Jesus is, but also who we are as His followers.
Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. This agricultural metaphor is one that we relate to quite well here in our valley. The only way the branches can be fruitful is to remain connected to the vine. What does it mean for us today to be connected to Jesus, the Vine, so that we might bear fruit?
1st Reading Isaiah 27:2-6
Psalm Psalm 1
2nd Reading Galatians 5:22-25
Gospel John 15:1-17
Children’s Church Teachers: Erika Boudreaux, Teresa Schmid, Scott Zimmerman
Thanksgiving Service… What are you thankful for this year? Let’s gather as the people of God to give God our thanks for His gifts to us. We will have a Communion worship service on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd, at 9:30 AM. Please bring non-perishable food items for the Napa Food Bank.
Stephen Ministry Training Continues… This coming week the Stephen Ministry training class at St. John’s will be considering the subject of Supervision: A Key to Quality Christian Care (Part 2). In this presentation they will be learning how to engage in the process of small group peer supervision so that they will be able to offer the highest-quality Christian care possible for their care receivers. As the Stephen Ministry training continues, we get closer to the commissioning (December 9) of these people for their ministry among us. Continue to keep them in your prayers. For more information about Stephen Ministry contact Pam Barker, Penni Cremen, or Pastor Mark.
CLUB 56! We will be getting together at SJL on Tuesday from 6-7:30 this week. Come on out to hang and grow in Christ!
ABIDE! We will be meeting at our usual time from 7:30-9 at the Hoff’s house on Thursday evening. We are continuing our I AM series. It is a great time for fellowship and spiritual growth.
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!
SJLS Theatre Department Proudly Presents…
“Mary Poppins Jr.”
November 14-18, 2018
|Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday (sold out)||7:00 PM|
|Sunday Matinee (sold out)||2:00 PM|
This year, the only way to purchase tickets is through our online system which will be available November 1st by clicking on https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=93574
or visit our theatre website for the link to purchase tickets. https://sites.google.com/site/sjlsmusicaltheater/.
Tickets are $12. We anticipate that the tickets will sell quickly. If you don’t have online access, please stop by the church office to obtain your tickets.
Thank you for supporting our St. John’s Theatre Department!
Mary Poppins Sewing/Craft Projects… If you sew or do crafts, then we ask you to consider helping with our production of Mary Poppins Jr.. Please look at the list below and let us know if you can help. We know you will find it a blessing to work with our school and be a part of this amazing production!
Thanks for your consideration!
Please contact Joanna Cucco at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Relatively simple skirts, from pattern. There are 16 of these, which could be shared between volunteers.
- Easy felt tunics for chorus kids, with stripe decoration (honeybees). 15 total, but if we can recruit 2 volunteers, shared between volunteers – girls (8) and boys (7).
- Honeybee antennae headbands (15).
- There may be a couple of hat decoration projects, too.
- And, finally, we’re still hoping not to make Mary Poppins’ base costume from scratch, but the pattern is on the way. So, a confident sewer would be helpful for that – it’s a jacket and skirt from pattern.
Attention all Quilters: We are going on a Quilt Quest, on Saturday the of 10th of November. We’ll be going to a shop in Danville, and Lafayette, leaving at 8:30am and return at 4:pm with a stop for lunch. Any interested let us know, 707 815-7037. Lois Johnson
Operation: With LOVE From HOME: Beginning this past week SJL School started collecting for the 2018 Holiday Care Package for our troops. Most needed items are, shampoo & conditioner (travel size) Q-tips (travel size), liquid hand sanitizer (travel size), Boot socks (dark colors), candy canes (5-6 inches), DVD’s (comedy preferred, gently used accepted) Candy (Halloween candy is perfect, chocolate too) We will be collecting items thru November 15th. On Saturday, December 8th, you are invited to the Napa College Gymnasium from 9:30am-2:00 pm to help with the assembly of the Care Packages. This is a great event to share with our kids and to help teach them about outreach within our community. The collection bin is located outside the school office during normal school hours.
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
Stewardship is going where God calls us to go, making disciples, baptizing,
and teaching keeping in mind that God promises to be with us.
“ ‘Come, follow Me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men’ ” (Mark 1:17).
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 below: volunteersignup.org/88F3X 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.