The E-Vine: A Weekly News Update from St. John’s November 15, 2019
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This Week’s Memory Verse
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
As We Gather
What are you thankful for? What are you thanking God for today? This is the theme of our worship series for the month of November. For four Sundays in November, we will be focusing on gratitude to the Lord for His gifts. Think of this series as “advent” for Thanksgiving. Each Sunday, we will focus on a different biblical character who is a model of thankfulness. We will see in that person’s story a call to be thankful to God in our own lives.
On Sunday, we focus on giving “thanks to God in all circumstances.” This is what Paul wrote to the Thessalonians. Because of the great promises that we have in Christ, we can be thankful even in the most challenging times. We do not necessarily give thanks for all circumstances, but because of Christ we can give thanks in all circumstances.
First Reading 2 Chronicles 20:1-30
Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Gospel Matthew 6:25-34
Children’s Church: Teresa Schmid, Erika Boudreaux, Jenny; Gass
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’s Church Lutheran in Phoenix, AZ. For more information, contact the church office. To register, go to http://www.cclphoenix.org/bpm-resources
Thanksgiving Living – Our new worship series begins this Sunday. Welcome to “Advent” for Thanksgiving! The four week series focusing on living in thankfulness for God’s Gifts. Similar to Red Letter Challenge, this series involves worship, a daily devotion and a daily challenge
- Worship: Each Sunday will focus on a bible character who illustrates thanksgiving living. Our major themes will be thanksgiving for salvation, for God’s provision, for people, for answered prayer, and being able to be thankful in all circumstances.
- Daily Thanksgiving Living Devotion – The Abide Devotion will focus each day on thanksgiving for God’s gifts, following the Sunday themes. Click here to sign up to receive the Abide devotion each day by email.
- Daily Thanksgiving Living Challenge – What are you thankful for? Identify each day at least one new thing to be thankful to God for. Write it down on a calendar or journal, share with your family and friends, or post on social media.
November 20-24, 2019
Tickets for the SJLS musical Oklahoma! are now on sale! Limited seating available. Please visit this website to order tickets. If you don’t have Internet access, contact the church office.
Wednesday, Preview performance 1:00 PM
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 7:00 PM
Sunday, 2:00 PM
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.
2019 Lutherans For Life Regional Conference – “Did God Really Say…?” November 16, 2019 at West Portal Lutheran Church, 200 Sloat Blvd., San Francisco. Registration – 8:30-9 AM Conference – 9:00 AM-3:30 PM. Go to www.lutheransforlife.org/conference for more information.
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 )
Hello from St. John’s Youth Ministry! We are slowing down for the next couple of weeks as the Musical gears up for their show and Thanksgiving break approaches. We have had quite the start to the year in both Surge & Crew 34 and are working on building the High School ministry. High School parents and students be on the look out for a survey from Kevin regarding your families & the ministry.
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.
Aaron Comfort Dog’s Information
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.