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“How Well Does Jesus Know Us?”
March 12, 2023
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As We Gather
In our Lent Sunday worship series, “Heart-to-Heart Talks,” we will look at six conversations with Jesus, and what is revealed that speaks to our relationship with Jesus today.
Jesus encounters a Samaritan woman at a well and begins a conversation with her. In the course of that conversation, He shows that He knows her and her life quite well. And this leads to her being offered and receiving living water. Jesus knows us as well. He knows the ups and downs, the good and the bad of our lives. Is this frightening? Or is this good news? How well does Jesus know us, and what does this mean?
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Sunday Bible Classes
“Digging Deeper: The Woman at the Well”
Pastor Mike’s Bible class will dig deeper into the Gospel reading for this Sunday, John 4, the account of Jesus’ encounter with a Samaritan woman at a well. What does this incident reveal about Jesus? We will look at Jesus’ relationship with women, with non-Jews, and how He draws people to the truth, and what that means for us today. We meet in Room 10 on Sunday at 11:00 AM.
“Romans: Part 2”
Joel Wahlers is leading a study on Paul’s letter to the Romans after worship in Room 8. He will be making use of Right Now Video teaching by J.D. Greear.
Lent Midweek Service March 15
Christ in the Passover We will have a special presentation as part of our midweek service on March 15 brought to us by Jews for Jesus ( CLICK HERE for more information.) Come and learn about the meaning of the Passover meal and how it points to Jesus and the cross. Worship is at 7:00 PM with a soup supper preceding at 6:00 PM in the Parish Hall.
All offerings received on March 15 will go to support the work of Jews for Jesus. If you would like to make an offering at another time, or online, please indicate on the memo line or in the “other” designation online that you intend for the offering to support Jews for Jesus.
Recording of School Theme Song
“Hand in Hand”
The St. John’s Lutheran School theme song for this year, Hand in Hand, focuses on the comfort of knowing that we are held in Jesus’ hands. We now have a recording of the song, sung by several of our sixth-grade students.
- YouTube Video with Lyrics: CLICK HERE
- Soundcloud Audio: CLICK HERE
- True Vine Music Website: CLICK HERE
(The True Vine Music is Pastor Mike’s website for making available his original songs, as well as the songs of Bob Hauch.)
Endowment Fund Application
The purpose of the St. John’s Endowment Fund is to receive, to manage and to distribute funding to support and implement the mission and vision of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Please refer to the Endowment Fund By-Laws for a complete description of what the funds may be used for, and how they are managed: Endowment Fund By-Laws
The Endowment Fund Committee is receiving applications for 2023 disbursements from the fund. Click on this link to download an application: Endowment Fund Application. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2023. Please send or drop off applications to the church office. The Endowment Fund Committee will review all applications and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.
Looking Ahead to Easter
Easter is April 9th! We will have two services on Easter Sunday, April 9th. Both services will be Communion services.
The first service will be at 8:30 AM in the sanctuary. The singing will be led by the organ and will include the Sanctuary Choir. One of their selections will be the Hallelujah Chorus by Handel. People who have sung it before are welcome to join the choir on Easter morning to share in the joy of singing this marvelous celebration of Christ’s victory. This service will also be streamed live.
The second service will be at 10:30 AM in the Faith Chapel (weather permitting). The singing for this service will be led by the worship band. This service will be recorded for later posting online.
Our traditional Easter breakfast will be from 9:00 – 10:30 AM in the Parish Hall.
You are invited to join the Large Print Ministries Group
You are invited to join the Large Print Ministries Group
We’ll be meeting in Room 10 on the following dates:
Monday/Tuesday: March 13/14 & 27/28 (9:00-11:30)
All Fridays: (9:00-12:00)
Ladies’ Tea – CLICK HERE for details
Women’s Bible Study (Tuesdays)
We are launching a new study on the book of Philippians, which will include some video, and a Bible study guide. We’re getting this via Right Now Media. Please join us on Tuesday, March 21st at 10 AM in the sanctuary.
Youth ministry at St. John’s has been flowing well so far in this new year! March will include much of the same as far as events go with Surge & Confirmation. Surge will be meeting on Tuesday the 7th, 14th, & 28th from 6-7:30pm. Confirmation will look a bit different during Lent due to the midweek services, but we will worship together and gather for small group time each Wednesday as well! Easter Breakfast will be a full go once again this Easter! You are invited to join us for our annual Easter Breakfast! We will post the times and details soon, but in the meantime, if you would like to get involved please contact Kevin Mathison.
Right Now Media
Right now media is an online resource providing Christian videos for all ages: Children’s resource, Bible Studies, lectures and more. As a congregation, we have subscribed to Right Now Media, so access is free for all in our St. John’s family. If you haven’t already signed up for Right Now Media, CLICK HERE.
Napa State Hospital Donation UPDATE
Napa State Hospital Volunteer Center is getting ready for the holidays and is seeking donations on behalf of their patients. Please CLICK HERE for a list of items needed. Or check the “Wish List” flyer attached to the donation box in the narthex to see what items are being requested.
As a Thrivent member, you are eligible for two Thrivent Action Teams per year. Thrivent Action Teams are a great way to make a positive impact in your community. Thrivent offers all the resources you need to get started, including up to $250 in seed money. Your team below provide the passion that brings your project to life. Here are some ideas on how you can help us here at St. John’s…
- Youth Events, VBS, Mission Farm, Large Print Ministry and LCC K9 Comfort Dog Ministry
Please call the church office if you are inspired to help with projects like these above and much more. Christy Kramer will be happy to help you apply for your Action Team Card.
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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.
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