SERMON: “Opinions Are Just That!” by Pastor Mews
based on the text: Mark 3:20-35

ALTAR FLOWERS
The altar flowers are given by Elijah & Marissa (Rohlf) Wagner in celebration of their wedding on June 8th.

The Gospel In Life
This Bible study by the acclaimed Rev. Timothy Keller and led by Pastor Mews meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30–7:45 p.m. Learn how the Gospel CHANGES your heart, life and community, and how to live as a disciple in Christ, as we look forward to the promise of eternal life. We are asking for a $5 book donation.

SUMMER LIFE WITH GOD
Pastor Mews has begun a new summer “Life with God” class, and it meets on Monday evenings at 6:30. Does God exist? What happens after death? Why are there so many different religions? Can the Bible be trusted? Why do bad things happen to me? I want to learn more about Lutheranism and become a member of a Christian Church. St. John’s “Life with God” explores and answers these questions and more in an informal, enjoyable, yet beneficial way through a 12 session/week course called “Life with God.” (LWG 1). We ask that participants attend 10-12 classes and there are videos over each class that can be viewed for missed classes. Those who complete this course can become communicant members if they desire. St. John members are asked to attend a “Life with God,” class once every five years to renew and refresh their faith! LWG 1 is offered three times a year, in January, May and September!

KAITLYN’S COTTAGE DRIVE-THROUGH REPORT
We served 265 adult meals and 26 kid’s meals. We were able to give Kaitlyn’s Cottage $2,860.52. The Tuesdays at Ten Bible Study group appreciates all the support given to our May 7th drive-through dinner.
 
GREETERS NEEDED
We are currently working on the greeter schedule for the next six months. If you would like to be a greeter before the church service begins, please call the church office at 419-782-5766.

YOUTH GARAGE SALE
Do you have items you’d like to get rid of? Bring them into the school
gymnasium June 17 – 20. Do you enjoy browsing for deals? Come and shop! Early shopping open to church members June 20, 4:00-7:00. Open to the public Friday, June 21, 9:00 – 6:00 and Saturday, June 22 9:00 – 12:00. We will need help sorting and displaying items early in the week and also working the garage sale Thursday thru Saturday. If you have a few hours to help we would really appreciate any help we can get. This garage sale is to help defray cost for the National Youth Gathering in 2025. Calling all youth grades 6 thru 12. Please come and help to show your support of this fund raiser for your benefit! We are only accepting children’s clothing, not adult clothing for your donations.

BUYERS (i.e., DONORS BEWARE!)
Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) can be a good way to facilitate charitable giving over time. A donor contributes to the DAF sponsoring organization and receives an immediate charitable deduction. Donors can then “advise” that charitable grants be made from those funds to 501 (c )(3) nonprofits (such as St. John Lutheran Church). However, just as it’s important to investigate nonprofits you support, it is critical to thoroughly investigate an DAFs and supporting organization you consider using – especially considering our current culture and the attacks on ministries holding true to God’s Word. Some secular DAFs, charitable giving funds and community foundations (often DAF-sponsoring organizations) review donor-recommended nonprofits against so-called “hate-group” lists. These lists are prepared by certain organizations that are biased against conservative and Christian nonprofits, which has led to the denial of donor-advised grant requests to otherwise eligible nonprofits. Notably, once a gift is made to a DAF, the charity administering the DAF can deny a donor’s recommended grant. If you choose to utilize secular community foundation, charitable giving funds, or DAFs, please do your due diligence and understand the potential pitfalls. The Endowment Committee of St. John Lutheran Church would be blessed to help with your financial planning. Dave Memmer, Chairman/Endowment Committee.
 
ATTENDANCE         CHURCH SERVICES             SUNDAY SCHOOL               
June 8                             5:30 PM                                   

June 9                           8:00 AM                                          

                                       11:00 AM                                                          

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– Worship Services –
Traditional Services
Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Sunday, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Service
 
THE 5:30 P.M. SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT 11:00 A.M. ARE LIVE STREAMED 
 
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