Week of  February 17, 2019

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated this weekend with individual cups. Here at St. John Lutheran Church, we believe, teach and confess that the bread and wine we eat and drink at Holy Communion is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus. Jesus is truly present in this meal giving us the benefits He won for us on the cross: forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. Holy Communion is also a meal that expresses unity in faith and belief among those who partake in it. Because of this, and because those who eat and drink unworthily do so to their great harm, we ask those of you with us who are guests and visitors to this church to please speak to one of the pastors or elders before communing. Please leave the grape juice for those with special medical needs and have spoken to pastors. Thank you and God bless you in worship today!   PASTOR KURT MEWS has accepted our call as Associate Pastor.  Pastor and Lisa’s goal is to be in Defiance on or about March 1.  

THE ALTAR FLOWERS are placed on the altar by Charlie and Carol Edwards in memory  of the birthday of their son, Henry Lewis III.

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY! – It is time to purchase tickets for the school’s annual fund event, “An Evening with Friends.”  The date is March 2 and the cost is $25 per ticket. Ticket includes dinner catered by Slammin’ Sammies, music by DJ Dave Heller and lots of fun games and prizes.  The dinner is grilled chicken, red potatoes, green beans, salad and dessert.  Buy your ticket today, you won’t be disappointed! Have fun and support the school at the same time!     DONORS NEEDED – If you are unable to make the event on March 2, consider making a donation to your school. Our goal is $33,000.00.  To date we have raised $5,330.00. Donations may be dropped off in the school office or placed in the offering plate marked annual fund event.  Thank you for your consideration!     HOME AND GARDEN SHOW – The school will be having a booth at the Home and Garden show again this year.  The dates are March 8 and 9 at Defiance College.  Make sure to stop by and say hello!  

REGISTRATION  is open at the school for the 2019 – 2020 school year.  If you are considering a Christian based preschool or K-8 program, call the school office for more information and a tour! There is financial assistance available for everyone!    
WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? – If you are looking for a time and date of an event at St. John, you can find this information with any phone or computer at any time or place on the Google calendar. The calendar is found on our webpage, http://www.stjohndefiance.com/calendar/.  Save the link in your browser,  
THE ALTAR GUILD will meet on February 19, 6:30 p.m. in the Education Room A. 
CHURCH SECRETARY – Applications for a church secretary, four days/32 hours per week, are being accepted in the church office.  A resume should be included in applying for the job.  Applications are due April 1.  
NEVER ALONE, LOVED BY GOD, AND NOT FORGOTTEN – Many of us have loved ones who have gone from our lives. We would like to get together to connect with each other to share friendships and fellowship.  We will be meeting for the first time from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 21. We will get together at the home of Penny Mueller at 3117 Sandlewood Drive in Lake Christi Meadows. For questions feel free to call Brenda Gary at 419-439-1299 or Penny Mueller at 419-784-3299.

SCOUTING FOR PULL TABS – As a service project, Cub Scout Pack 75 has provided a barrel in the St. John lunchroom to collect pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Ohio.  The Ronald McDonald House provides a home-away-from-home for families who travel for children’s medical care.  Your help in supporting this mission is truly appreciated!     27 BOOKS OF NEW TESTAMENT IN 90 DAYS Begin each day’s reading with a prayer. This week’s readings are:        Feb 17      Acts 19-21:36           Feb 20      Romans 1-3      Feb 18      Acts 21:37-25:22     Feb 21      Romans 4-6      Feb 19      Acts 25:23-28:30     Feb 22      Romans 7-8           Feb 23   Romans 9-11 The 90-Day Challenge cards are available on the lectern at the rear of the sanctuary.   OPEN CHURCH WEDDING:  On Saturday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m. George Kaiser and Phyllis DeWeert will be united in marriage at St. John.  The congregation is invited to attend the ceremony.



Feb 9 & 10, 2019
6:30 p .m. 63
8:00 a.m. 69
9:30 a.m. 166
11:00 a.m. 73
        Total:  371