The Pastor’s Page December

This year’s Christmas sermon will focus on the poverty of Christmas. It may sound like a peculiar theme given the excess of the season. Lights are everywhere taxing our overburdened electrical grid. Decorations are evermore elegant and elaborate and come with an ever increasing price tag. And don’t get me started on the trees—no seriously,

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Hymn Spotlight: Silent Night

Hymn Spotlight: Silent Night—celebrating 200 yearsAuthor – Joseph Mohr, 1792-1848English Translation – John F. Young, 1820-1885Composer – Franz Grűber, 1787-1863Tune Name – “Stille Nacht” Christmas Eve, 1818….a song was born that would wing its way into the hearts of people throughout the world. Joseph Mohr was born in the lovely city of Salzburg, Austria, in

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Preaching Series – Advent

We have a lot to look forward to in worship in the weeks ahead. December will bring Advent and Christmas Eve.               02 December Scripture: Jeremiah 33:14-16 Luke 21:25-36 Sermon:  Still…Waiting… 09 December Scripture: Malachi 3:1-12 Luke 3:1-6 Sermon:  Still…Preparing… 16 December Scripture: Isaiah 12:2-6 Luke 3:7-18 Sermon:  Still…Repenting… 23

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Hat and Mitten Tree

A tree will be placed in the back of the sanctuary for donations of items to be shared with local children in need at the elementary school. Items being collected include: hats, mittens, gloves, socks, underwear, and scarves. These items will be collected through Dec. 24.

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Hymn Spotlight: Now Thank We All Our God

Hymn Spotlight: Now Thank We All Our God Author – Martin Rinkart, 1586-1649 English Translation – Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878 Music – Joann Crűger, 1598-1662 Scripture Reference – Psalm 147 Upon hearing the hymn, we would never realize that this paean of praise was forged during times of tragic experiences. From some of the most severe

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Decorating the Church

We will be decorating the church on November 25, following BOTH services. Some areas outside of the sanctuary can be decorated following the first service. Plan to stay and adorn the church in preparation for the birth of Christ. Luncheon to follow decorating after the second service. Come out for a great time of fellowship

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Piano Concert

A Taste of the Seasons   On Sunday, November 18, we’ll be having a piano concert at 3:00 PM. The program will last approximately 1 hour with several types of music being performed by Teresa (Secord) Broseke. Styles of music to be shared include patriotic, secular music, arrangements of hymns, blues/jazz, as well as Thanksgiving

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Community Thanksgiving Meal

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner, sponsored by Helping Hands Outreach will be held Thanksgiving Day, November 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Church Fellowship Hall. Anyone is welcome to come eat at no charge. Help is needed for people to cook and debone turkeys that have been donated (turkey can be picked up at

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Christmas Adopt-a-Family

We are still waiting for information from Helping Hands. Please watch the bulletin for deadlines. As soon as we do, we will place the lists at the back of the sanctuary. St. John’s is partnering once again with Helping Hands to make sure that the children of our community have a nice Christmas. If you

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Poinsettia Orders

The youth are selling poinsettias for Christmas at a table in the lobby before and after services for Christmas. Poinsettias available this year are: 4.5”pot for $5, 6.5”pot for $8, and 8” pot for $15. Colors available are red, white, and pink. Deadline to order is November 18. Money due at time of order. Please

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