Baptism of our Lord
“Why Be Good?”
January 9, 2022
Please CLICK HERE to download the service notes.
As We Gather
There’s a saying that goes like this: “God likes to forgive. I like to sin. Sounds like a good combination.” It’s possible to look at the free forgiveness in Christ, which is given not on the basis of our good deeds, and wonder, “What’s the point of being good?” In light of Christ’s mercy, why should we be good? In Romans 6, Paul points to an answer that is not rooted in God’s law or fear of punishment, but rather to the identity what we have in Christ through baptism.
On Sunday, we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus. As is our custom, we will also celebrate the Baptisms of all who were baptized at St. John’s in 2021.
Live-stream and in-person worship begin at 9:30 AM. Please CLICK HERE to download the link to the live-stream itself.
We will be streaming on our Facebook Page as well: CLICK HERE
The JANUARY 2022 monthly Vine is available on our website.
To keep up-to-date with what is happening at St. John’s, CLICK HERE
Sunday Bible Class: The Gospel of Matthew
Pastor Mike will be leading a study of the Gospel of Matthew on Sundays after Worship beginning this Sunday, January 9. This is a continuation of the study that he was leading for “Wednesday Night Worship.” In this week’s session, Pastor Mike will present an overview of Matthew 1-10 (the structure and themes), and then begin Matthew chapter 11. You are encouraged to bring a Bible. All are welcome!
Sunday Bible Class: Psalm 23
Joel Wahlers will be leading a Bible Study after the Sunday worship service on Psalm 23 starting January 9. Many people are familiar with Psalm 23. But because we all know it, we often breeze through the psalm without slowing down long enough to rest in the assurance it offers. This is a six -week study using materials from Rightnow Media, which includes short videos from pastor Matt Chandler who introduces us to the Great Shepherd, the Lord, who promises to provide for every need of His flock. This psalm teaches us profound truths about our loving and protective God. By studying Psalm 23, we’ll encounter a life-transforming question: Do you trust the Lord to care for your needs?
Workshop: Joining Jesus On His Mission February 5
Rev. Greg Finke, author of Joining Jesus on His Mission, will be leading a workshop at St. John’s on February 5, 2022. Rev Finke, founder of Dwelling 114 Ministries (dwelling114.org) will be with us that weekend to help us grow in being the everyday missionaries that God has called us to be.
The workshop on Saturday morning, February 5, will take place in the Sanctuary from 9:00 – 12:00. Rev. Finke will also be preaching at St. John’s on Sunday, February 6 and will be leading a Bible class in the sanctuary after worship.
Janis King Retirement
We give thanks to God for the ministry of Janis King as she enters retirement at the end of this month. We are thankful for her dedication as our Preschool Director and also as the director of our Children’s Ministry. We will be recognizing and celebrating her retirement on January 23, 2022 during Worship.
St. John’s Mission Farm News
We wanted to share with the record breaking number of pounds produced at the Farm this year: 28, 976.5 lbs. WOW! What an amazing record. Special thanks go out to our dedicated Mission Farm Crew!
2022 Offering Envelopes are coming
– Please dispose of your 2021 envelopes
Our 2022 offering envelopes are available in the Narthex. If you currently don’t have an envelope box and would like one for 2022, please contact Christy in the church office ASAP.
Solar Panel Project
“The Rising of the Sun”
We are happy to announce that we are installing a solar panel system–often referred to as photovoltaic, or PV, system—on campus. Once completed, this system will provide most of the congregation’s electrical needs.
For more information, please click here: https://stjohnslutheran.net/the-rising-of-the-sun/
Dine and Donate
Heritage Eats (Bel Aire Plaza) dine & donate Tuesday, January 11, 2022 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 20% of your purchase will be donated to 4th & 5th grade Coloma trip.
For required flyer, CLICK HERE. Thank you for your support!
Happy New Year from St. John’s Youth Ministry! We are taking a few weeks off from events, but will be ready to get back at it in the new year! May God bless each one of your families this Christmas. The Savior is born!!
Save the Date – Ladies’ Tea March 5, 2022 from 11:00 AM – 2 PM.
Details to follow!
Best Practices for Ministry Conference
BPM is back! BPM 2022 will take place on February 17-19 at Christ Church Lutheran in Phoenix, Arizona. Best Practice for Ministry is a free conference for pastors, church workers and lay people. The purpose is to learn and share ideas and practices to help us grow in living God’s Mission. For more information, please click here: https://cclphoenix.org/bpm/
As we have done in the past, St. John’s will be covering lodging for all participants from St. John’s, but not transportation. The conference itself is free. If you are interested, in addition to registering at the link above, please notify the church office ASAP. Hotel rooms area at a premium so don’t delay!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.