October 19 & 20, 2019

PASTOR MEWS’S SERMON “Pardoned or Paroled”

John 8: 31-36
REMINDER: Saturday, October 26 worship is at 5:30 p.m. due to the Halloween parade this night and finding a parking space for our members. 


QUARTERLY OFFERING STATEMENTS have been placed in your church mailbox. Thank you for continuing to be faithful stewards of your time, treasures and talents.
FREE PIANO AVAILABLE — contact the church office.


COMMUNION DISTRIBUTION–The tan-colored wine cups are alcohol and the purple-filled cups are non-alcoholic.


THE FLOWERS are placed on the altar to the glory of God in celebration of the 15th wedding anniversary of Derek and Cassie George.
“Father welcomes all His Children to His family through His Son. Father giving his salvation, life forever has been won.” We rejoice that Hailey Lucille Buchhop, daughter of Jeff and Katie Buchhop will be baptized into the family of God on Saturday.
BARINGER/WACHTMAN SCHOLARSHIP A special offering envelope is included in the bulletin. Each year we ask our church to support seminarians, teachers and leaders as they pursue careers in Christian education and ministry. Their commitment to their chosen fields allows our church families to grow in knowledge and faith through their leadership. The scholarship committee thanks you for your support.
BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES – see calendar for schedule of times
  1. IN-DEPTH BIBLE STUDY 1 “Law and Gospel” This week’s focus is “Faith is not dependent upon getting rid of vices and performing acts of goodness.”
  2. “GENESIS” BIBLE STUDY- This week’s focus will be on
Genesis 9, “God’s Covenant with Noah!” FALL “LIFE WITH GOD” is being taught by Pastor Luhring and Pastor Mews. This class will be offered at least three times each calendar year. This week’s focus will be The Ten Commandments, “Commandments of Life”.
RED LETTER CHALLENGE WEEKLY VERSE “My words are of spirit and they are of life.” John 6:63 RED LETTER CHALLENGE is beginning WEEK 7. Please pray for your RED LETTER CHALLENGE small group leaders and participants.
ANNOUNCING RLC CELEBRATION POTLUCK for all RLC small group participants and their families will be held Sunday, November 3, 12:30-2:00 p.m. in the lunchroom. Chicken, red velvet cake, silverware, plates and beverages will be provided. Each family please plan to bring 2 of the 3 of the following: side dish, salad or dessert and servings utensil for your dishes. Hope to see you there.
YOUTH TRIVIA NIGHT is Saturday, November 9, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Watch for details for a fun night for a very good cause….our YOUTH.
TRUNK OR TREAT/REFORMATION PARTY/FAMILY MEAL plans are being made for St. John Lutheran Church’s first Trunk or Treat/Reformation Party and Family Meal on Wednesday, October 30, from 6:30-8:00. This is a Cross Training Ministry event geared for all children of our church, school and community. Letters are being sent out for members to serve and assist with this.
THE CANDY BOX for “TRUNK OR TREAT,” is located in the church office. Return completed forms to the church office.
BEST PRACTICES CONFERENCE was attended by six members of our congregation. The conference had key note speakers and timely hands on topics that will bless our church’s maturity and outreach. Next year’s conference will be held September 23-25 at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church in Frankenmuth, MI. More details in the weeks to come.
ATHLETIC MEETING will be held on October 29, 6:00 p.m. for 4-6 grade students who wish to play basketball for St. John Lutheran School.
VETERAN’S DAY RECOGNITION–We will be honoring veterans who have served our country on November 9 & 10. A list of names with the branches they have served will be listed on an insert. If you have a person you want to be listed, please let the church office know or send an email to sjl@defnet.com.
LADIES AID will meet October 31 at 2:00 p.m. Please plan to bring a piece of Ohio Pottery to share during Nancy Kemper’s program. On an index card offer the story behind the ownership of your pottery or provide a picture. We would love to have you join. Kleenex is the suggest item for donations to our food pantry.
ATTENTION HOSTESSES The Ladies Aid would like to welcome you to attend the “The Colors of Christmas” Advent Celebration on Sunday, December 8, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Please prayerfully consider being a hostess or attending this event as we prepare for Christmas. Hostesses need to sign up by November 15. Contact the church office to sign up.
FINANCE BOARD has 3-4 open positions to count weekly offerings every other week on Monday, 6:30 p.m., for 1.5 hours. If you feel led by God to fill this position, contact the church office.
RADIO BROADCAST HELP-We are looking for help at the 9:30 a.m. service in the radio room. You would work alongside another person. The schedule rotates every three weeks. Please call the church office at 419.782.5766 if you are interested.
PASTOR MEWS and Lisa will be traveling to Illinois on Thursday, October 24. Pastor Mews will be attending the Alabama football game. He will return to the office on Monday, October 28.
6:30 a.m. 48
8:00 a.m. 68
9:30 a.m.126
11:00 a.m. 73
Total 315
– Worship Services –
Traditional Services
Saturday, 6:30 p.m., Sunday, 8:00 and 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Service