This Week’s Memory Verse
And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because You were slain, and with Your blood You purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” ~Revelation 5:9-10
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.
In today’s vision John sees the whole people of God entering the Church triumphant after they each have experienced great tribulation. The crowd “from every nation, tribe, people, and language” represents the whole Church as if it were already triumphant, as if it were already complete, as it will be on the day of resurrection. There will be no more war, famine, persecution, hatred, sin, or tears. Instead, it will be the people of god “standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.”
First Reading Acts 20:17-35
Psalm Psalm 23
Second Reading Revelation 7:9-17
Gospel John 10:22-30
Children’s Church Teacher: Diane Barbosa, Lisa Thornton, Kristi Carey, Danielle Irwin
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.
Board of Directors Nomination Forms for 2019-2020 are available in the Narthex.
Dine and Donate ….Hop Creek will be hosting a Dine and Donate on Thursday, May 16 from 11am-9pm. Hop Creek is located at 3253 Browns Valley Road in Napa. Hop Creek is a casual dining destination aimed at providing an experience built around a welcoming warm atmosphere, where guests can enjoy a quality locally sourced menu, coupled with unique craft beers, spirits and wine. Simply mention you are here for the fundraiser, present the attached flyer or show the flyer on your phone to your server and Hop Creek will donate 20% of food and soft beverages sales to our 8th grade graduation fund.
Preparing for College Workshop….On Monday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m., we will be hosting a special workshop for parents on Preparing for College, led by Anne Heine. Anne has led this workshop over the past few years to help parents start the process of preparing for college. Even though your kids may be 6-8th graders, there are still some things you can do to start planning. Please RSVP to either the church office or the school office if you plan to attend. Attached is a flyer for this event.
LCC K9 Comfort Dog West Coast Regional Gathering… Team Aaron will be hosting the LCC Spring Regional Gathering this Saturday, May 11. We are expecting 70+ people from seven congregations and five K9 Comfort Dogs to attend. We invite you to stop by at any point of the day to join us as we continue to improve our skills and learn new ways to show the mercy, compassion presence and proclamation of Jesus. If you plan to come during breakfast, lunch or dinner, please RSVP to Christy Kramer. Otherwise, feel free to come any time!
Aaron Comfort Dog Note Cards… We have a new set of note cards for sale, 5 for $5.00. This is a fundraiser for our K9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Contact Christy in the church office if you would like a set. They make great Mothers’ Day gifts!
Team Aaron Celebrates National Police Week May 12-18, 2019… We will once again commemorate National Police Week by visiting with local law enforcement agencies to thank them for their service and support of our community. During the week of May 12-18, we hope to drop off some goodies for the officers. If you would like to help in this effort, donations of “treats” for the officers/dispatchers would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the church office. We try to provide pre-packaged snacks which are small and easy to grab while on patrol. Thank you for helping us thank our local heroes!
2019 High School and College Graduates… We would like to publish in the June Vine a list of our 2019 high school and college graduates. For our college graduates, please provide the student’s name, college name, and major. For our high school graduates, please provide the student’s name, and the name of the college they plan to attend. You can email this information to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 255-0119.
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. (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Pastor Mark email@example.com. (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
We have a severe shortage of volunteers for VBS this year. If we are unable to get the number we need we will have to cancel. Please sign up if you are interested. We will be making our decision about whether to cancel or not by June 1st. Sign up at the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d4faaaa2bab9-gotta
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY from SJL Youth 🙂
This week we have CLUB 56 on Tuesday from 6-7:30 at SJL. Come on and hang out, play games, eat snacks, and learn about Jesus! You do not want to miss it!!
ABIDE will meet on Thursday at the Hoff’s from 7-9pm. The sun is out so come hang out and play some yard games, eat snacks, and grow in faith! See you there!
Women’s Bible Study: The Thursday afternoon Women’s Bible Study is on hiatus for the Summer! We will resume our weekly study in the Fall. Actual date to be determined. Have a great Summer!
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.