This Week’s Memory Verse
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” ~Acts 1:8
As We Gather
Sunday, we celebrate the fulfillment of Christ’s promise that the Holy Spirit would be sent to be with His followers after His Ascension. The Holy Spirit is also called Paraclete based on the Greek word used in chapters 14, 15, and 16 of John. This word is most often translated Counselor, Advocate, Helper, or Comforter. The literal translation is “one who is called to and stands by one’s side.” We give thanks to God for the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and lives.
First Reading Genesis 11:1-9
Second Reading Acts 2:1-21
Gospel John 14:23-31
Children’s Church Teacher: Diane Barbosa, Lisa Thornton, Sarah Santora, Scott Zimmerman
Debbie Stanhope Retirement… After 43 years of ministry, all at St. John’s, 6th grade teacher Debbie Stanhope will be retiring in June. Debbie has been an incredible blessing to our church and school and has helped influence the lives of many students and families over the years. We will be recognizing her retirement and praising God for her service during the services on June 9. There will be a cake reception between services for you to greet her and thank her for her 43 years of dedicated service. We will have a basket for any cards or notes you may want to share with her.
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 )
Congregational Meeting . . . At last Sunday’s congregational meeting, the proposed Ministry Plan and Budget for 2019-2020 was adopted with no changes. The following people were elected to the Board of Directors for a two year term: Danielle Irwin, Judi Rock, Paula Schweiger, and Karen Wall.
Children’s Church Needs Teachers!! 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. Currently we have two classes every Sunday. The first is a group of 2nd through 4th graders and the second group is preschool- 1st grade. All of the lessons are provided for you. There is a teacher’s guide which gives you plenty of options on how to teach the main point for the week. Please call and ask questions if you’re interested! I am more than happy to walk you through the process! It would be so sad if we weren’t able to offer this important ministry to our children and families. Our precious children need you!!
Summer Children’s Church leaders needed!! Some of our Children’s Church leaders are going to be taking a much deserved break from teaching this summer. We are in great need of some church members to step up and teach one or two Sundays this summer. (June, July and August) Husband & wife teams are great! Parents and older children in the family make a great combination as well! Grab a friend from church and jump in together! Please think about serving in this way, pray about it and then call or email Janis King. (firstname.lastname@example.org) The rewards are great!
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 Please note: We are full and have begun a waiting list. Contact Janis King for info.
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
We had a blast this school year! I am so sad to say that we are done with our regular events for the year, but good news!! The summer schedule will be out soon with ways to stay involved and engaged with St. John’s Youth Ministry. In the meantime, please be praying for the continued spiritual growth of each student that is involved or will be involved with our ministry.
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: “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 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.