The E-Vine: A Weekly News Update from St. John’s November 21, 2019
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This Week’s Memory Verse
Give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
As We Gather
What are you thankful for? What are you thanking God for today? This is the theme of our worship series for the month of November. For four Sundays in November, we will be focusing on gratitude to the Lord for His gifts. Think of this series as “advent” for Thanksgiving. Each Sunday, we will focus on a different biblical character who is a model of thankfulness. We will see in that person’s story a call to be thankful to God in our own lives.
Sunday, we focus on the people around us, our community, our family, our friends. These relationships are also gifts from God, and we rightly give Him thanks for them! Today we consider Paul and his attitude of gratitude regarding the people around him.
On Sunday, we also celebrate the last Sunday of the Church Year, Christ the King Sunday. We celebrate that Christ is King over all!
First Reading Isaiah 12:1-6
Second Reading Ephesians 1:15-16
Holy Gospel Mark 14:22-26
Children’s Church: Debbie Kirkpatrick, Kristi Carey, Danielle Irwin
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
Advent Midweek Services and Soup Suppers… The first Advent Wednesday service will be on December 4 at 7:00 PM. The ABC Advent service will be our traditional trip through the alphabet, celebrating Advent and Christmas. The Choraliers will be singing, and the Hand Bells will be ringing. There will be a soup supper in the Parish Hall at 6:00 PM.
Upcoming Advent Midweek Services… On December 11, we will have a Health and Healing Service. The “Service of Lessons and Carols” led by the Sanctuary Choir will be on December 18.
Thanksgiving Living – Our new worship series begins this Sunday. Welcome to “Advent” for Thanksgiving! The four week series focusing on living in thankfulness for God’s Gifts. Similar to Red Letter Challenge, this series involves worship, a daily devotion and a daily challenge
- Worship: Each Sunday will focus on a bible character who illustrates thanksgiving living. Our major themes will be thanksgiving for salvation, for God’s provision, for people, for answered prayer, and being able to be thankful in all circumstances.
- Daily Thanksgiving Living Devotion – The Abide Devotion will focus each day on thanksgiving for God’s gifts, following the Sunday themes. Click here to sign up to receive the Abide devotion each day by email.
- Daily Thanksgiving Living Challenge – What are you thankful for? Identify each day at least one new thing to be thankful to God for. Write it down on a calendar or journal, share with your family and friends, or post on social media.
November 20-24, 2019
There are still a few tickets available for the SJLS musical Oklahoma! are now on sale! Limited seating available. Please visit this website to order tickets. If you don’t have Internet access, contact the church office.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 7:00 PM
Sunday, 2:00 PM (Sold Out)
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 )
Happy Thanksgiving from SJL Youth Ministry! We pray that the holiday will be one for the books as you spend time with friends and family. See you after the break at Surge & Crew!
Surge: Dec. 3rd & 10th
Crew 34: Dec. 12th
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING ON AMAZON?
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.
Aaron Comfort Dog’s Information
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.