This Week’s Memory Verse
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” ~Revelation 21:3-4
As We Gather
The book of Revelation contains powerful visions of hope. This Word of God was given to a Church facing hardship, opposition, and persecution. But it held out this message: God wins, therefore we have hope. Our worship series this Easter season focuses on four images from the book of Revelation. These four depictions of Christian hope are given to us to direct our thoughts and hearts to the strength, comfort, and peace that are ours through our victorious Lord Jesus.
What does God think of you? Does He value you? How do you appear in His eyes? In Sunday’s vision from Revelation, an angel invites John to behold the bride of Christ, the people of God, the Church, you and me. The picture shifts from a bride to a city, but one thing comes through clearly: It is beautiful, bedecked with jewels, stunning and resplendent. We see here a glimpse of God’s vision of His Church, of you and me. In Christ, He sees us as beautiful and loved, as a groom beholds his bride.
First Reading Acts 16:9-15
Second Reading Revelation 21:9-14, 21-27
Gospel John 16:23-33
Children’s Church Teacher: Joy Dahl, Lindsey Engelbracht, Jenny Gass
Open Forum… There will be an open forum on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary. The topics are the proposed Ministry Plan and Budget for 2019-2020, as well as a report on the audit by Capin Crouse.
Congregational Meeting… There will be a congregation meeting at 11:30 AM on June 2, 2019 in the Sanctuary. The agenda includes the adoption of the Ministry Plan and Budget and election of members of the Board of Directors. Copies of the Proposed Ministry Plan and Budget and the Information on the candidates for the Board of Directors may be found in the church entryway, the church office, and on the website on the Ministry Documents page
Children’s Church Needs Teachers!! 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. Currently we have two classes every Sunday. The first is a group of 2nd through 4th graders and the second group is preschool- 1st grade. All of the lessons are provided for you. There is a teacher’s guide which gives you plenty of options on how to teach the main point for the week. Please call and ask questions if you’re interested! I am more than happy to walk you through the process! It would be so sad if we weren’t able to offer this important ministry to our children and families. Our precious children need you!!
Summer Children’s Church leaders needed!! Some of our Children’s Church leaders are going to be taking a much deserved break from teaching this summer. We are in great need of some church members to step up and teach one or two Sundays this summer. (June, July and August) Husband & wife teams are great! Parents and older children in the family make a great combination as well! Grab a friend from church and jump in together! Please think about serving in this way, pray about it and then call or email Janis King. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The rewards are great!
What Happens When You Ask for Help from a Stephen Minister?…When you ask for help from a Stephen Minister, a Stephen Leader will contact you to talk more about Stephen Ministry and what it can mean to you. If your needs can be best served by a Stephen Minister, you will be matched with someone who will support you through this tough time. Confidentiality is a top priority for Stephen Ministers. You do not need to be concerned that other people will discover what you talk about with your Stephen Minister. To find out more about Stephen Ministry or to request the ministry of a Stephen Minister, contact Penni Cremen email@example.com or Pastor Mark firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please do not report a friend’s need without first asking his or her permission to do so.)
Vacation Bible School… “Escape to Athens” with Paul! Learn the jaw-dropping story of the Apostle Paul, who will inspire kids to share the truth of God’s immeasurable love! June 17-21, 9am-12pm. Register at: Registration:https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/5785c3_beca573aff994119a85a6eccf067ad54.pdf Please note: We are full and have begun a waiting list. Contact Janis King for info.
We need a lot of volunteers to make VBS happen. Go to this link to sign up as a volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d4faaaa2bab9-gotta
We have had one very fun and exciting school year in youth ministry. Launch of CREW 34 and the continuation of ministries: CLUB 56, ABLAZE, CONFIRMATION & ABIDE. We thank y’all for the support and the prayers of this ministry! We hope to continue the growth through the summer and into the future. Blessings!
This week we have our final ABLAZE & CLUB 56 on Tuesday from 6-7:30 at SJL. We want everybody to make it out to that one!
We will not meet for ABIDE this week.
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 below:
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.