The E-Vine: A Weekly News Update from St. John’s February 6, 2020
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This Week’s Memory Verse
For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
As We Gather
Our worship series during Epiphany focuses 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.
This Sunday, we see Jesus making a point to spend time with His Father in prayer. After a long day of ministry and healing, He rises early for a time of private prayer. Our Father longs to have time with us that He might lead us in life as well.
First Reading Isaiah 40:21-31
Psalm Psalm 147:1-11
Second Reading Ephesians 3:14-21
Gospel Mark 1:29-39
Children’s Church: Ramona Kaufmann, Jenny Gass
Congregation Open Forum, February 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. You are invited to take part in discussing and planning the future ministry of St. John’s. We are seeking input as we develop the ministry plan for fiscal year 2020-2021, and beyond. The purpose of this forum is to gather input for the ministry plan and to discuss ministry priorities. We will be looking at responses to the input survey. We will also be considering the results of an analysis of our congregation’s health conducted by lay and staff leaders of our congregation. Child care will be provided.
It’s Tea-Time Again!
Join us for the 11th Annual St. John’s Lutheran Ladies’ Tea
When: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 11 am
Where: St. John’s Lutheran Parish Hall
3521 Linda Vista Avenue, Napa CA
Topic: Speaker Elaine Zimmerman will share GOOD NEWS with us: The Story of Stacie and Disabilities Ministry. Elaine will tell of her fascinating journey full of good news for all and will share helpful info about being inclusive and welcoming. For Elaine’s bio, please click on this link:
RSVP to attend or to host a table, to Gail Vandeburgt firstname.lastname@example.org
Tea is provided; please bring a finger food to share.
Tickets for a prize drawing will be for sale at the event. Prizes include wines, miscellaneous handmade items and a Grand Prize hand-made quilt donated by Focused on Him Quilters
Proceeds will benefit Disabilities Ministries of St. John’s.
This is a free event, hosted by SJL Women’s Ministry and sponsored in part by Thrivent Financial. For more information, please see attachment below.
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!!
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 )
Surge is meeting this Tuesday from 6-7:30 in Room 8. Come check out the Surge!
Crew 34 is back already this Thursday from 6-7:30 in the preschool. Come hang with the Crew this week! Thank you.
PRAYER NIGHT! Yes! We are hosting a family prayer night on February 25th from 6-8pm. We know the power of prayer and that our God is listening every time we call on His name so we will be creating a space for you and your family to pray together. This event will begin in the sanctuary and will include a time of worship along with the prayer stations around campus. We look forward to seeing you there. If you need any information please contact Kevin Mathison.
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: 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.