This Week’s Memory Verse
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. ~1 Corinthians 10:13
As We Gather
Paul concludes his discussion of idolatry with very practical guidance for the Corinthians. Cutting through it all is his call that in navigating this tricky issue, their goal is to glorify God, then to look to the good of others. He calls them away from self-serving and self-interest, and instead to imitate Christ, who glorified the Father by laying down His life for all.
Old Testament Isaiah 44:9-23
New Testament 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1
Gospel Matthew 19:16-26
Children’s Church Teachers: Janet Gates, Ramona Kaufmann, Kristi Carey, Danielle Irwin
When We Need God’s Love Most: When do we need God’s love most? Of course we need that love every second of our lives. But at times God’s love is especially precious to us, times when: we lose a loved one; life becomes so confusing that we do not know where to turn; we are dealing with a chronic illness; or life just becomes meaningless and depression sets in. At times like these, it is very important to have someone who cares. Our congregation has trained seven lay people, Stephen Ministers who offer a ministry of Christian caring for those in need. To request the ministry of a Stephen Minister, contact Pastor Mark firstname.lastname@example.org
Communion Learning Event Instruction for preparing to receive Holy Communion for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders with their parents will be held on three Tuesday evenings, February 19, 26, and March 5, 2019 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. A letter and registration form was sent out to those in the 6th – 8th grades who have not yet participated in this learning event. If you did not receive this letter, please contact Pastor Mark at email@example.com so that one can be sent to you. First Communion will be on Maundy Thursday, April 18th in the 7:00 PM service.
Ministry Trends Forum 3 (Or “The State of the Church”) . . . We will have an open forum on Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 in the Sanctuary. The purpose of this forum is to talk and receive input regarding our church and its ministry. Topics include our changing mission context, financial situation, call processes, facility improvements and more. All are invited!
Worship: Let’s Talk About It 2 … There will be two open forums on Sunday, January 27th in the gym after each of the services. The forum after the 8:30 service will focus on that service. The forum after the 10:15 service will focus on the 10:15 service.
The purpose of these forums is to talk about the changes we made after the last forums as well as other ideas for improving worship at St. John’s, especially regarding making worship more accessible for guests and those unfamiliar with the way we worship.
Hauch Invitational Tournament (HIT) Our annual HIT Basketball Tournament will be this coming Thursday through Sunday (January 17-20). This tournament brings together local private and other Lutheran 7th & 8th grade basketball teams for a four-day event. Please come by and support our St. John’s basketball teams. The Bracket and Round Robin schedule can be found on the school website. www.stjohnsnapa.org
Women’s Ministry Bible Study: Thursday afternoon Bible Study has resumed for our Spring session, Join us Thursdays 1:00 PM in the Sanctuary. We will be studying the book of James using a Nav Press Study guide.
Ladies’ Tea…Save the date! The 10th annual SJLC Ladies’ Tea will be on Saturday March 2, 2019 from 11 AM to 2 PM in the Parish Hall. This year’s topic will be Mission Possible~Making a Difference Around the World and our speaker will be our very own Caitlin Newton. Please RSVP to Larraine Ewing firstname.lastname@example.org or Lois Johnson email@example.com. If you would like to “set a table” please contact Gail Vandeburgt firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be raffling off some lovely items with all proceeds supporting the Camp Fire Relief effort. Stay tuned for more info!
Anne Goodrich and Pastor Mark Heine joyfully invite the St. John’s community to their wedding on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 1:30 PM in the sanctuary. A cake and sparkling wine reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Please RSVP by February 17, 2019 by sending an email to email@example.com or by calling the church office. No gifts please.
6th Grade Teacher Search – Debbie Stanhope has announced that she will retire from the teaching ministry at the end of this school year after 43 years – all of it at St. John’s. While we are thankful to God for Debbie’s service and ministry, we are also excited about following God’s direction in selecting a new 6th grade teacher. If you would like more information or have any names you would like to submit as potential candidates, please contact Joel Wahlers in the school office – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday Morning Bible Class…This class, led by Pastor Mark, is studying 1 Samuel on Wednesday mornings. This will be a detailed study of Samuel the last judge and Saul the first king of the Israelites 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.
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.
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.
ATTENTION ALL HIGH SCHOOLERS! We are taking a trip this summer to Rock-N-Water! The dates for this trip are July 9th-12th. We will be hosting an interest meeting Thursday January 24th at 7:30 pm in the Library.
Mark your calendars folks! We’re having a Chili Cook-off! On March 3rd at 4:00pm the SJL Youth will host a Chili Cook-off as a fundraiser for their summer trip. We hope to have everybody come on out and enjoy the great food and fellowship! If you would like to bring a chili please contact Kevin Mathison.
This Tuesday we have CLUB 56! Come on out as we grow deeper with one another and our relationship with Christ! 6-7:30 in Room 10.
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 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
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 on the link 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.