The E-Vine: A Weekly News Update from St. John’s December 20, 2019
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This Week’s Memory Verse
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel”
(which means “God with us”).
As We Gather
Mary’s song points to God’s gracious love for the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things and has sent the rich away empty. God’s compassion and love for the lowly continues today. But how does He express and incarnate this love? Through the compassion and love of His people. Advent calls us to love all, especially the lowly.
First Reading Isaiah 7:10-17
Second Reading Romans 1:1-7
Holy Gospel Luke 1:39-56
Children’s Church: No Children’s Church this week or next week, 12/29.
- December 24 4:00 PM Children and Family service
- This Christmas celebration is designed for children.
- December 24 7:00 PM Communion Service
- This celebration of the Savior’s birth will be a communion service. The Worship Band will be leading the singing.
- December 24 9:00 PM Communion Service
- This celebration of the Savior’s birth will be a communion service with traditional hymns and carols. The Sanctuary Choir will be singing at this service.
December 25 9:30 AM Communion Service
The Sanctuary Choir will also be singing at the Christmas Day Service.
Your Input Invited: Ministry Plan 2020-21. We are beginning the process of developing our ministry plan for 2020-2021 and beyond. We would like your input and involvement as we seek the Lord’s guidance regarding the ministry and mission we share. The following survey is structured in terms of the St. John’s mission statement: “Leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, His followers, and His world. (Up-In-Out) ” The results of the survey will be shared with the congregation and will be discussed in upcoming ministry forums. Thank you for your participation.
Please click on this link to provide your input: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DGGLHBP
Buy your Gift Cards at St. John’s! If you plan on purchasing gift cards this year, why not stop by the school office anytime during normal school hours to purchase them. There are no loading fees and you can purchase many of your cards at one location. No more driving all over town. Also, gift cards can be used to purchase many of your daily items; groceries, gas, coffee, clothing etc. All cards sold at SJLS receive a discount through the vendors and that profit goes to benefit our students and their families through tuition and the APT program. We sell cards for Amazon, Cinemark Theater, CVS, Home Depot, Food Shed, Hop Creek, Tarla Bar and Grill, Kohls, Michaels, Staples, Starbucks, Peets, Wal-Mart, Visa cards and so much more. Pick up the 2019 Holiday Gift Guide from the school office and see everything available. If we do not have what you need in stock, and are able to get it, we will order it and have it to you in just a couple of days.
Oklahoma Musical CD’s… If you would like to order a copy of the musical CD from our St. John’s performances, please go to this link https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?retail=sjlt
Best Practices for Ministry: A gathering of people, coming together to be encouraged for God’s mission, and to learn more about ministry. This conference is for church workers and for lay people. February 20-22, 2020, at Christ Church Lutheran in Phoenix, AZ. For more information, contact the church office. To register, go to http://www.cclphoenix.org/bpm-resources
Social Media at St. John’s… St. John’s and its ministries stay in contact with the community in many ways, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our own websites. It takes a lot of effort to keep the websites up to date and to keep the communication current and flowing on social media. The social media team is all volunteer and we could use a few more tech-savvy people to help us out. If you are a fan of social media and would like to help us communicate to our members, parents, students, and community, we could use your help. Contact us by email: email@example.com
Also, if you have something you’d like to see us talk about or promote on social media, please use the same contact info.
School Campus Security – As part of our Campus Security Plan, we have implemented a security sign-in procedure during the school day. If you are here at St. John’s during the school day (8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday), you need to sign-in and be issued a Visitor or Volunteer ID badge to wear while on campus. You can sign in either in the church or school office.
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 )
That’s a wrap on Surge & Crew for 2019! It was a fantastic year of fun, faith growth, and fellowship. Last week was a super awesome way to go into the break! We were able to serve our community this Christmas with donated gifts from our Surge & Crew Christmas parties. Thank you to everyone who participated in that! We will be back with more events in the New Year.
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.
NBC Los Angeles Comfort Dog Deployment… https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Therapy-Dogs-Santa-Clarita-mass-shooting-565080472.html
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 on the link below:
We thank you for your service. Your time and your talents are greatly appreciated.
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.