The E-Vine: A Weekly News Update from St. John’s December 6, 2019
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This Week’s Memory Verse
Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.
As We Gather
John the Baptist prepares for the coming of the Savior by calling the people to repentance. Some in the crowd asked for specifics regarding how they should live their lives in light of this news. John’s answers are a call to turn away from materialism and greed. What do his words mean for us as we prepare for Christmas?
First Reading Isaiah 11:1-10
Second Reading Romans 15:4-13
Holy Gospel Luke 3:1-14
Children’s Church: Megan Mathison, Georgia & Doug Marum
Advent Health and Healing Service… The Advent midweek service next Wednesday will be a “Health and Healing” service. This service will focus on the power of God’s Word to bring healing in the midst of physical ailments, strained relationships, and other difficulties and challenges in life. An extended period of time for community and personal prayers will be a part of the service, as well as anointing with oil. There will be a soup supper in the Parish Hall at 6:00 PM.
Upcoming Advent Midweek Services… The “Service of Lessons and Carols” led by the Sanctuary Choir will be on December 18.
The Cub Scouts of Pack 183 will be selling Christmas wreaths and other decorative items after both services on Sunday December 8. Please look for us outside the gym. (We accept cash and checks.)
Calling all Christmas Cookie Bakers! Again this year, Team Aaron will be providing home baked cookies for the students at Camille Creek Community School. We are looking for some help from our St. John’s family. If you would like to provide home baked cookies for the students, please contact Christy in the church office. (Please do not use recipes with nuts.) Please drop off cookies by Sunday, December 15th. This makes a great family project! Thank you for partnering with us to bring some Christmas joy to these students.
Our annual School Christmas Programs will be on Sunday, December 15. Our Choraliers, Handbell Choir, and 4-5th grade choir will perform at 2:00 p.m. This year, our lower grades (K-3) will be performing a Christmas Musical at 3:30 p.m. In addition, the APT will be having an ornament sale and small auction in the Parish Hall that afternoon during and between performances.
St. John’s Lutheran School will be having a Dine and Donate on Tuesday, December 10th at Habit Burger Grill, located at 1735 Trancas Street. Please join us from 4:00 pm -10:00 pm for a night off from cooking. The Habit Burger Grill will donate 20% of sales to our 4th grade Coloma field trip. Simply present the attached flyer, either printed or off of your smartphone, to the cashier upon ordering. Thank you for supporting SJLS.
Buy your Gift Cards at St. John’s! If you plan on purchasing gift cards this year, why not stop by the school office anytime during normal school hours to purchase them. There are no loading fees and you can purchase many of your cards at one location. No more driving all over town. Also, gift cards can be used to purchase many of your daily items; groceries, gas, coffee, clothing etc. All cards sold at SJLS receive a discount through the vendors and that profit goes to benefit our students and their families through tuition and the APT program. We sell cards for Amazon, Cinemark Theater, CVS, Home Depot, Food Shed, Hop Creek, Tarla Bar and Grill, Kohls, Michaels, Staples, Starbucks, Peets, Wal-Mart, Visa cards and so much more. Attached is a copy of our Gift Cards which we carry in house. Pick up the 2019 Holiday Gift Guide from the school office and see everything available. If we do not have what you need in stock, and are able to get it, we will order it and have it to you in just a couple of days.
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 )
This week St. John’s Youth Ministry has two Christmas Parties! On Tuesday we will have our final Surge of 2019 & Thursday we will have our final Crew 34. Come check these parties out if it is in your age group regardless of what school you go to. We want to celebrate the birth of our Savior with you! Both groups will be collecting items to donate rather than doing gift exchanges. It is just 1 way that we can serve our community this Christmas!
Surge: Tuesday, December 10th. 6-7:30 in Room 8. Pizza & Games. Bring an unwrapped toy for the CHP Toy Drive (nothing that resembles guns or knives please).
Crew 34: Thursday, December 12th. 6-7:30pm in the Preschool. Pizza & Games. Bring baby shower gifts that we can donate as we celebrate Jesus’ birth!
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. 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.