This Week’s Memory Verse
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing. ~John 15:5
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.
On Sunday, we conclude our series today as we focus on Jesus’ claim that He is the gate for the sheep. Whoever enters through Him will be saved. They will have life and have it to the full. What is that life? What does it mean to live within the gate?
1st Reading Isaiah 65:17-25
Psalm Psalm 27:1-5
2nd Reading Romans 10:5-15
Gospel John 10:1-10
Children’s Church Teachers: Diane Barbosa, Lisa Thornton, Jenny Gass
Fire Relief. . . We encourage your prayers for those who are affected by the fires, as well as those who are bravely fighting them. If you would like to make a donation for fire relief, we encourage you to consider these two options.
- California Nevada Hawaii District (LCMS): 100% of funds donated go to relief in our district. Click here for an update and to donate
- Thrivent Financial. Thrivent is matching up to $250,000 dollar for dollar. To give through Thrivent, Go to this link to donate.
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.
Best Practices for Ministry 2019. Registration is open for this free conference on mission and ministry at Christ Church Lutheran in Phoenix, AZ, February 21-23, 2019. The conference is for lay people and church workers. It is a gathering of people to encourage one another for mission and ministry, and to share ideas and resources to help us grow as the people of God. Bible-based. Gospel-Centered. Mission Drive. Future-oriented. To register, go to www.cclphoenix.org and click on “BPM.” If you are interested in attending, please let the church office know so that we can coordinate transportation and lodging. We have funds from our endowment fund for hotel lodging for the conference.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM ST. JOHN’S YOUTH MINISTRY! We will not have any events this week due to the holiday, but will be getting back into the action next week with ABLAZE & ABIDE events.
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!
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.
Christmas Tree Decorating… The Worship Preparation Team will be putting up Christmas trees and decorating the church on Saturday, December 15 beginning at 9:00 AM. If you would care to lend a hand and be a part of this joyful activity, please join us! Let us know if you are planning to come by contacting Betsy Gewirz at firstname.lastname@example.org or Doris Klein at email@example.com . Please consider a gift to help defray the cost for the beautiful trees, flowers, and decorations for the church during the Advent and Christmas season by using the envelopes provided in the chair pockets. 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
Love and Logic… Beginning January 9th, we will be offering a parenting class called “Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun: Creating Happy Families and Responsible Kids” This is a video/discussion type class for parents of young children. “When parents start Love & Logic in their children’s early lives, they dramatically up the odds that the teenage years will be fun instead of frantic. Parents will learn a practical set of tools to help raise super kids!” Pre-Registration is necessary because we have to order a workbook for each parent/couple participating. The cost is $15 payable to St. John’s Lutheran School. We would like to limit the class to 12 people so space is available to the first 12 to pre-register with Janis King. You can call, email or do this in person.
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
If you have an income, you have the ability to give. Be glad and give thanks to God for His provision.
“The Macedonian churches . . . urgently pleaded . . . for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints” (2 Corinthians 8:2, 4).
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. http://stjohnslutheran.net/abide-devotion/