This Week’s Memory Verse
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. ~Ephesians 4:1-2
This Sunday: We are called to live “godly” lives, to be more like Jesus in our thoughts, words, and deeds. But what does this mean? What is God like? What is the godly, “Jesus” character to which we aspire? We continue with our series on the attributes of God, focusing primarily on those character attributes that God would work in us, so that, as Paul wrote to the Corinthians, we might be “Transformed into His Image Our final attribute in our series is a tough one. Our God is a suffering God. We worship a God who entered into the brokenness of this world, who took on himself the consequences of the fall and our sin. And He suffered. For the world. For us. This has been a week where the brokenness of our fallen world has been staring us in the face, and shifting under our feet. But our God is with us, our suffering God, suffering alongside us. To God alone be all the glory!
• 1 Timothy 1:12-17
• 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
• Matthew 11:25-30
• LCC Comfort Dog Team is Coming to Napa: A team of 6 handlers and 4 Comfort Dogs will arrive this afternoon from their headquarters in the Chicago area. The dogs will be available to anyone who needs the comfort and compassion of Christ after the trauma of the earthquake. They will be at St. John’s during the day on Friday (29th) and Tuesday (2nd). The team will be visiting hospitals, the Red Cross Shelter, first responders, nursing homes, etc. in the community. They will also worship with us on Sunday. If you would like to visit with the dogs, or know of someone who would benefit from the dogs, please call the church office with the information.
• First Confirmation Learning Event: Wednesday, September 3, at 7:00 PM in the parish hall. This first event is for students and parents. We will be selecting the small groups for the years and students and parents will have a chance to meet with the small group guides. Please remember to bring back your forms.
• Wednesday Morning Bible Class: This class, led by Pastor Mark, will begin again on Wednesday, September 3rd. This year we will be studying the book of Galatians. This is a detailed study as we work our way through this book verse by verse. All who are available on Wednesday mornings are welcome to join us. Class meets each Wednesday morning in Room 10 from 10:30 – 11:30.
• Thrivent Earthquake Relief Info Meeting: Please plan to come to an open informational meeting at St. John’s Lutheran Church Wednesday, September 3rd, at 1:30 PM. Thrivent is currently trying to help coordinate disaster relief efforts for those affected by the earthquake. They will be discussing a new program for member engagement called Action Teams and also be reviewing the Choice Dollars program and how those charitable dollars can be directed to help with disaster relief. All are welcome to attend.
• Understanding and Preventing Suicide: The St. John’s Disability Ministry Task force is presenting a two-part presentation on suicide on September 9 and 16 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The September 9th presentation will focus on understanding how people become at risk for suicide, with the September 16th presentation focusing on suicide prevention. The presenter is a clinical psychologist, suicidological researcher, and a member of the American Association of Suicidology, who is also a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. These presentations are free to the public.
• Sanctuary Choir practice: Wednesdays, 7:30 PM in the Sanctuary. All are welcome!
• Youth Events: [Abide] Sr. High meets this week at 3:00 PM on Sunday; Ablaze Jr. High will meet on September 19th at 5:00 PM for “summer camp” and Club 56 for 5th and 6th graders will meet September 10th at 5:00 PM for “Spy Night”.
• Parents with young children: We are looking to form a group that will allow us to fellowship and grow in our relationship with Christ. We would like to meet as a group to brainstorm how to move forward with this exciting new opportunity. Please join us for our first, casual meeting on Sunday, September 14 from 5-7 PM at the home of Thane and Sarah Knutson (2074 Aragon Court) with childcare and food provided. RSVP to Thane and Sarah Knutson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-501-8484.
• St. John’s Lutheran School proudly presents: Disney’s Peter Pan, Jr. is an adaptation of the classic 1953 animated feature film based on J. M. Barrie’s timeless story! Please join us November 5th-8th, 2014, in the SJL Parish Hall at 7pm. A potential Preview Performance is still TBD. Mark your calendars! Seating is limited. More information about purchasing tickets will come in the near future. Questions? Please contact Sarah Kramer. email@example.com or 226.7970. We can’t wait to see you there!
• Dine and Donate: for Peter Pan Jr. at Mary’s Pizza Shack on Wednesday, September 3rd, to raise money for Peter Pan Jr.! Look for the attached flyer and at St. John’s. Please bring your family and friends! Thanks in advance for supporting our school’s theatre department!
• Usher Teams needed: We are in need of ushers for the 10:15 AM service. Usher teams serve approximately once a month, making this a convenient way to serve our Lord and His people. Please contact Gary Virkus or the church office if you can help with this ministry.
• Communion Wine Donations: We are welcoming wine donations. One to two bottles of wine are typically used for a service. Donations should be a minimum of two bottles. If you would like to donate wine, please make arrangements with Bob or Doris Klein before bringing the wine to the church. They can be reached at (707) 253-8625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.