Reclaiming our St. John’s Community
Better Together: Into the World
Joining Jesus in our Everyday Lives
October 17, 2021
As We Gather
The church is better together, but not for the purpose of becoming an inward-focused club. We are better together not just for the sake of our own growth. We are better together for the world, for sake of the people beloved by Jesus who do not yet know Him as Savior. In John 17:21, Jesus prayed for all His followers, including us today, “that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.”
We are called to be missionaries, joining Jesus on His mission on the mission field in which He has placed us. What does this mean as we seek to join Jesus on His mission in our lives each day?
Please CLICK HERE to download the Sermon Notes Handout
We will be streaming on our Facebook Page as well: CLICK HERE
Family and Children Resources
- YOU TUBE: STAND AS A WITNESS CLICK HERE
Sunday Morning Bible Class: Worship
Both of these studies begin on October 17 after worship (approximately 11:00)
Do you know what you believe and why you believe it? Pastor Mike will be leading a seven-session overview of the foundational teachings of the Christian Faith. This class will help you to speak about your faith more confidently and to better understand the connection between these truths and the contemporary concerns. This class will meet in Room 10
Has it ever dawned on you that nothing has ever dawned on God? He knew before the world began that His people would face hardship, so He gave us His Word. The Book of Ephesians is a survival manual—it equips believers to thrive in a world that hates the message of Jesus Christ. Paul the Apostle writes to encourage believers to live well—we’ve been lifted from the graveyard of sin and called to shout the gospel into the darkened world. Joel Wahlers will be leading this nine session study, making use of Right Now Media teaching by pastor and author J.D. Greear. This group will meet at church, location to be determined.
Upcoming Small Groups
We are very excited about these new groups starting. Please contact the leaders for more information and to sign up.
“God’s Unbreakable Promises” Tuesdays at 1:00 PM, beginning October 26
This six-session study will focus some of the promises and covenants God made with His people. The goal of this study is to better understand the story of God and the big picture of His unfailing love for us. Sandee Schachner will lead this group, making use of Right Now Media teaching by Jennie Allen, Lauren Chandler, and Jada Edwards. This group will meet at church in the Sacristy.
“The Chosen” Wednesdays at 7:00 PM, beginning October 27
This group will view this unique series about the life of Christ, focusing on seeing Jesus through the eyes of those around Him. Each week we will view an episode and then engage in discussion and study of God’s Word. Pastor Mike and Teresa will be leading this group, meeting in their home (1701 Monarch Dr.) For more information about “The Chosen” go to https://watch.angelstudios.com/thechosen
“Master Your Money: A Step-by-Step Plan for Experiencing Financial Contentment.” Thursdays from 7:00, beginning October 28
Tom and Elaine Hoff will be leading a small group that will cover material that discusses the process of striving towards financial contentment. The group will be using Ron Blue’s book, “Master Your Money: A Step-by-Step Plan for Experiencing Financial Contentment,” in which the author applies a biblical perspective to personal finances. They will also be using Right Now Media videos from Crown Financial Ministries. This group will meet at Tom & Elaine’s home (10 Glen Court).
“The Prodigal God” Wednesdays at 2:00 PM, beginning November 3
This six-session small group Bible study will focus on one of Jesus’ best-loved parables- the Prodigal Son- to illustrate the depth of God’s love and how His grace extends into some very unexpected places. Bob and Doris Klein will lead this study, making use of Right Now Media teaching by pastor and author Tim Keller. This group will meet at their home (2516 Grove Ave) (Note: Room for 2 more for this group)
Give+ App is Changing…
The Give+ Mobile App from VANCO will shut down 1 Oct 21 and will no longer be available for download as a mobile app. The new app is called VANCO Mobile.
Giving through Vanco Moblie is easy! Just download the new app and create a new user profile in VANCO Mobile.
Do you wish to receive the E-Vine by text?
Signing up is simple. Just text “sjlctext” to 855-906-0515. When an e-vine is sent out, you will receive a text with a link which will take you to the current e-vine. If you currently receive the e-vine by email, you will continue to receive it that way as well, unless you request for it to stop.
The October 2021 monthly Vine is available on our website.
To keep up-to-date with what is happening at St. John’s, CLICK HERE
Sunday Morning Coffee Fellowship is back.
Looking for help with preparing coffee, refreshments, and set up for Sunday morning fellowship. Please contact Bill or Susan Clark at 707-253-2477 or email@example.com if you would like to help.
We have members that no longer drive and need a ride to and from church on Sunday mornings. If you can help, please contact the church office.
UPDATE: Sadly, we do not have enough leaders to offer Children’s Church every week. Please consider serving in this very important ministry! We need you! Please contact Janis King.
CHILDREN’S CHURCH IS COMING BACK!
We are happy to announce that Children’s Church will be starting up again! We have a new curriculum that will be used on Sunday mornings called GOSPEL LIGHT. These classes are for Preschool-1st Graders and 2nd through 4th Grade.
The children will be dismissed during the worship service with the teachers right before the Bible readings . They will be in the classrooms for approximately 30 minutes and then their teachers will bring them back to their parents in the church. The preschool through first graders will meet in the Preschool classroom and the 2nd-4th graders will meet in the school library.
We are hoping that this will continue to be a positive experience for the young children in our congregation and for their parents as well.
If you are interested in being blessed as a teacher and would like to teach once a month please let me know asap! I would like to get this going on Sunday, October 24, 2021.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Janis King.
SAVE THE DATE for TRUNK or TREAT! Friday, October 29th 5-7pm
St. John’s Lutheran Church 5:00-7:00 pm. Fun for all ages! Come in costume (please no little devils or scary creatures), play some fun Halloween games, win some prizes, do some crafts, eat some yummy food, and hear a great story! Decorate the trunk of your car and be ready to pass out treats and go “trunk or treating”!! Great time to meet other St. John’s families!!
There is also a link for volunteers to sign up to help with Trunk or Treat. CLICK HERE
Napa State Hospital Donation UPDATE
Napa State has changed their donation request list. Please note the following…
- greeting cards-no glitter
- construction paper
- water color paints
NO LONGER ACCEPTED:
Magazines and yarn
Where do I find sermons and services that I missed?
You can find previous sermons in three places. The full services are available on the YouTube channel.
- YouTube Channel:
- There are playlists for sermons, Sunday Services, Wednesday Night Worship and teaching on Matthew
- RightNow Media Channel
- Scroll down to find recommendations as well as sermon and Gospel of Matthew lessons
- The sermons are arranged by worship series
If you haven’t already signed up for Right Now Media, CLICK HERE.
Support SJLS through Scrip! Easiest Fundraiser Ever!!
See below for updated details (Ongoing News… ) Click here to watch a video on how easy Scrip is using the RaiseRight app. Remember there are always cards you can purchase in the school office especially our local vendors, Foodshed, Hop Creek and Tarla Bar and Grill, but using the RaiseRight app is so convenient for all of your everyday purchases.