This Week’s Memory Verse
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart!I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:3
As We Gather
We have been richly blessed by our saving God with gifts beyond comprehension. Everything from life itself to salvation to talents, treasure and time – all of these are gifts of God’s grace. But just as Jesus came to serve, we are called to serve as well. Scripture teaches us that God has gifted us so richly so that we can serve Him and others. Our lives are not about ourselves, but are about who we are in Christ. As He came to serve, so we are gifted to serve.
“Gifted to Serve” is our school’s theme for the 2019-2020 school year, based on 1 Peter 4:10. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” Our School staff will be rededicated during the service today.
We are also remembering and blessing the work of those who teach and serve in education throughout our community. During the service we will be inviting all who are involved in education to come forward to be blessed and prayed for.
First Reading 1 Peter 4:7-11
Psalm Psalm 100
Gospel Matthew 20:20-28
Children’s Church: Lisa Thornton & Diane Barbosa
Red Letter Challenge Growth Group Hosts: Wednesday, August 21 at 7:00 in Room 10. We are looking for people to serve as a H.O.S.T. for the Red Letter Challenge Growth Groups. The teaching is video based. Your role would be to host and facilitate the discussion and prayer. 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. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Pastor Mike (firstname.lastname@example.org).
“Immigrants Among Us” This is the document Pastor Mark referenced in the sermon on August 4th on the immigration and refugee crisis. It is a study also written by CTCR. You can download it here. https://blogs.lcms.org/2018/ctcr-bible-study-immigrants-among-us-a-lutheran-framework-for-addressing-immigration-issues/
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.
Attention Ladies! Mark your calendars! Women’s Thursday afternoon Bible Study will resume on Thursday, September 19, 2019 in the Sanctuary. Study materials will be announced at a later date. Looking forward to seeing you all! Contact Womensminsitry@stjohnslutheran.net!
Stephen Ministers Care…When was the last time someone really listened to you? We’re talking about undistracted, full-attention kind of listening. That’s one of the ways Stephen Ministers care for others. We need Stephen Ministers to care for those who are making that long journey through the valley of a life crisis. Will you consider serving as 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 tonight at 6:30 PM in Room 10. Unable to attend, contact Pastor Mark for information – email@example.com .
Join the Comfort Dog Ministry!…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.