Week of August 18, 2019
“Truth Creates Division” Luke 12:49-53


COMMUNION DISTRIBUTION – When taking communion, the tanned colored cups are alcohol and the purple filled cups are non-alcoholic.


THE FLOWERS are placed on the altar in honor of Kevin & Lori Froelich’s wedding anniversary by Mom & Jerry Call.


ALTAR FLOWERS dates are open for September 7 & 8, October 12 & 13 and December 21 & 22, 24 & 25, 31. Please call the church office if you are interested in providing flowers.
CLEVELAND @ DETROIT BALLGAME – A block of 25 tickets have been reserved for the Thursday, August 29, 1:10 p.m. ballgame at Detroit. Tickets are $22.00 which includes a free hot dog, bag of chips and pop. Call the church office to reserve your ticket(s), first come, first served or contact Mike Elchinger 419.658.2686. We plan on leaving at 10:00 sharp! We will carpool from the back parking lot by the Clothes Closet. Mike and Bruce Hefflinger will be there at 9:30 to receive your ticket money.
BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES – see calendar for schedule of times
  1. IN-DEPTH BIBLE STUDY 1, “Law and Gospel,” This week’s focus is “To What Should the Repentant Sinner be Directed to? Word and Sacrament!”
  2. IN-DEPTH BIBLE STUDY 2, “The Case for Christ,” This week’s focus is “Did Jesus know he was the Son of God?” **Last class is August 28.
  3. “GENESIS” BIBLE STUDY The topic is Genesis 5, “From Adam to Noah.”
  4. FALL “LIFE WITH GOD” Classes begin Monday, September 9, through Monday, December 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Adult Education Room. BLUE forms will be available in the September Epistle or the Church office. Our hope and prayer is that each member attends at least one every 5 years. We hope to have “Life with God,” team taught by Pastors Luhring and Mews at least 3 times each year.


RED LETTER CHALLENGE will begin the week of September 8! Have you ever read a Bible where Jesus’s own words are written in red? SJL is beginning a new small group Bible Study based upon the acclaimed book, “Red Letter Challenge.” The ‘Red’ letters refer to Jesus’s sayings and this study enables us to put those sayings into everyday action. To build the body of Christ up and to further fellowship and friendship, we are beginning this study through small groups this September.


LEADERS NEEDED! Small groups are forming for the “Red Letter Challenge.” Sign up for a small group: Current leaders are as follows: Kristina Phipps, Sandy Joost, Jeff Rohlf, Kate Webb, Candy Leal, Dave & Ruth Memmer, Penny Mueller, Lonnie & Connie Warncke, Angie & Tim Morris, Pastor Mews. More groups are forming. If you want to lead a group, please contact Angie Morris 419- 956-1171 or Pastor Mews 419- 782-5766.


RED LETTER CHALLENGE INVITE CARDS Your input is needed! Please fill out the cards and return them to Pastor Mews, Angie Morris or the church office, as we begin the process of planning specific small groups. If you need one, please see Pastor Mews or Angie Morris or call the church office.


THE TREASURER position is open. If you feel led by God to fill this position, contact the church office or Dave Martin, congregation president.


BBQ CHICKEN Sunday, August 25, we will be dedicating the new school year, installing two new teachers, welcoming new members and launching the new fall program. Lunch will be prepared by our Trustees and Fellowship Board. The meal will be served in the lunchroom after the 11:00 a.m. service. RSVP by filling out the insert or indicate on the attendance pad and indicate the number attending. Free will offering.


GIFTS OF LOVE FOR OUR NEW TEACHERS: On Sunday morning, August 25, members of St. John are asked to welcome our 2 new Lutheran Teachers with gifts of LOVE; Gift boxes for each teacher will be placed in the cafeteria and we suggest the following gifts of care: Alexis Acomb: Gift cards, canned good/household item with dollar bill attached with note of encouragement.
Kaitlynn Mews: Gift cards and notes of encouragement. Thank you.
SJL VOLLEYBALL- All girls in grades 4-6 that are SJL members who regularly attend church and are interested in playing volleyball, please notify Mrs. K. at 419-782-1751. Open gym practice will begin the week of August 19.


THE ATHLETIC MEETING for all SJL sports will be on August 20 at 6:00 p.m.


BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT – will begin in the gym on Wednesday, August 21, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Each family will complete the necessary paperwork for the year.
SCRIP NEWS – Check out the scrip order forms outside the school office. There are many new bonuses available. This program benefits the school. Begin using SCRIP today!!!!
THE PIE PAN – We hope you stop by the Pie Pan at the Defiance County Fair. We are there today from 10:00-9:00p.m. and Monday through Friday 4:00-9:00 p.m. It is sponsored by our youth. Enjoy the Fair and good food by our youth! There are still several openings available to come help. Please consider coming to volunteer to help our youth.


ST JOHN LUTHERAN SCHOOL classes begin on Monday, August 26.
6:30 a.m. 58
8:00 a.m. 64
9:30 a.m. 96
11:00 a.m. 98
Total 316
– Worship Services –
Traditional Services
Saturday, 6:30 p.m., Sunday, 8:00 and 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Service