The E-Vine: A Weekly News Update from St. John’s January 9, 2020
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This Week’s Memory Verse
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.”
As We Gather
Our worship series during Epiphany will focus on the identity of Jesus as revealed in the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark. The Gospel begins with these words: “The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.” Who is this Jesus? What does that mean for us today? We will dig into Mark 1, seeking in God’s Word His call to us today.
On Sunday, we focus on the words of the Father to Jesus at His Baptism. The Father declares Jesus to be His beloved Son. This defines the identity of Jesus as He begins His ministry. The Father similarly declares His love for us in our Baptism. What does that mean for our lives?
Today we are also observing “The Baptism of Our Lord Sunday.” On this Sunday we recall the names of those who were baptized among us during the preceding year. We pray that the remembrance of these Baptisms plus our own Baptism will nourish and nurture our faith for the living of the Christ-life.
We will also be welcoming new members to our St. John’s family. We rejoice as we welcome them to St. John’s, praying that they will be a blessing and will be blessed as part of our community.
First Reading Genesis 1:1-5
Second Reading Romans 6:1-11
Holy Gospel Mark 1:1-11
Children’s Church: Ramona Kaufmann, Savannah Austin, Kristi Carey, Danielle Irwin
H.I.T. Basketball Tournament… The Hauch Invitational Tournament is an annual tournament we host at St. John’s that brings together 16 local middle school basketball teams to play in a four-day tournament January 16-19. Please come by and support our teams and enjoy our outstanding snack bar. The brackets for the tournament can be found on the school website’s home page (www.stjohnsnapa.org).
Gift Cards… Needing ideas on how to budget your spending in 2020? Many people use gift cards (Scrip) to help achieve their goals! Whether you budget weekly or monthly, gift cards could be the answer. Pick up your grocery cards (Safeway, Lucky, Raley’s/Nob Hill, Target or WalMart) gas cards (Arco, Chevron, Shell) Starbucks, Visa etc. and use these instead of cash. Stop by the school office during regular school hours, and purchase your gift cards with the money you have budgeted for these expenses. This may help prevent impulse buying. A listing of cards we have available are attached. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!!
Oklahoma Musical DVDs… If you would like to order a copy of the musical DVD 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 )
Welcome to 2020! We kicked things off with a great event in Surge and we look to build on that throughout the year. We have Crew coming up on the 23rd and our next Surge on the 28th.
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.