655 Wayne Avenue, Defiance, Ohio 43512

January 18 & 19, 2020

Second Sunday after the Epiphany



Miracles and Marriages, God’s Glory on Display

John 2: 1-11


COMMUNION DISTRIBUTION when taking communion, the tan-colored wine cups are alcohol and the purple-filled cups are non-alcoholic. 


FLOWERS are placed on the altar to the glory of God by Phil Rohlf in memory of his daughter Tina.   The flowers on the piano are in honor of Lori Froelich and Tracy Green’s birthday’s by mom and Jerry Call.      


SATURDAY CHURCH SERVICE TIME CHANGE – Our Saturday Worship service now begins at 5:30 p.m.  Please share with others!  This will be for a 6-month trial period so we are able to assess its change across the seasons.  This is based upon your vote, comments and recommendations. Thank you for your concern as we seek to improve our ministries to grow God’s Kingdom.      


ALTAR FLOWERS – If you are interested in providing altar flowers there are open dates for all of 2020.  Please call the church office to schedule.     


YEAR END STATEMENTS are in your church mailboxes.



BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES – see calendar for schedule of times

  1. IN-DEPTH BIBLE STUDY 1 “Law and Gospel– Class meets Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Room. This week’s class, the blessings of faith for all believers of all time. 
  2. “GENESIS” BIBLE STUDY Class gathers each Thursday morning from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship RoomAll ARE WELCOME!  The next class will be Thursday, January 23.    
  3. WINTER “LIFE WITH GOD” (LWG) has begun!! Classes gather on Mondays through March 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Classes are team-taught by Pastor Luhring and Pastor Mews and are for anyone who desires to become a new member, is interested to learn more about the Christian faith or just renew their faith.  We ask each member to attend once every 5 years.

THE BIBLE STUDY – “Are You a Worry Wart?” will begin this Tuesday, January 21, at 10:00 a.m. in the Adult Ed Room.  Tuesdays at 10 Bible Study invites you (men and women) to join us. The study is led by Janet Koch.  Check us out.


“BUILT ON THE ROCK” SEMINAR – “Built on the Rock: The Healthy Congregation” is presented by Ted Korber, renowned author and leader who has years of experience in church consultation.  Real life stories from actual case work inspires and encourages.  The ideas are not just great theory, but practical and fruit bearing.  The workshop is presented in 5 one-hour sessions.  It will take place Saturday, February 8 from 8:30-3:00 p.m. 

ALL ARE WELCOME!  We have over 30 people currently signed to participate.  Please sign up in the fellowship area outside of the church office. 


HELP NEEDED – We need an adult willing to help teach 6th grade Cross Training class from February 19 to March 11.  Please contact Angie Morris if you are interested in helping. 


CROSS TRAINING– looking for an adult to click and open videos for cross training January 29 to February 19.  Please reach out to Angie Morris if interested. 


FOOD PANTRY MAINTENANCE scheduled Wednesday, January 29, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Your help in the food pantry would be appreciated. We will be looking at expiration dates on food items and dusting off the shelves.  Please call the church office if you can help.  Thank you.


SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR – The school’s second Book Fair is January 26 – February 2. It will be in the Adult Ed A Room.  Please make plans to visit the Fair!  Your support helps us reach our $3000 goal of books sold. 


CUPCAKE WARS – Do you like to bake?  Passion for competition?  Join us for the fifth annual Cupcake Wars on February 22.  The event begins at 2:00 p.m. and will be completed by 4:00 p.m. with the first and second place winners being awarded at 4:00 p.m.  Entry forms are outside the school office.  Register Today!  Cost is $20.00.  Contact the school office at 419.782.1751 if you have questions. 


ANNUAL EVENT NEWS – Tickets are ready and plans are set!  The annual fund event “An Evening with Friends” is set for March 7 at the VFW.  The dinner will be prepared by Bill Phlipot and his Moose friends. Purchase your tickets through the school or contact Mrs. Kosmerchock at 419.782.1751.


AUCTION ITEMS/ SPONSORS NEEDED – The school is in need of auction items to make the event a success!  Please consider donating an item or contributing monetarily.  Our goal is to raise $40,000 through the event!  Forms are outside the school office for an auction item or to become a sponsor.


SCHOOL REGISTRATION – The 2020-2021 school year registration opens January 17.  Registration information will be available outside the school office.  If you know a family that would benefit from a strong Christian education, please let the school know and they will contact the family.  Together we can make great things happen.    


NO SCHOOL on January 20.  Tigers Den will be open. 


NATIONAL LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK – The school is celebrating this special week January 26-31.  The teachers have planned exciting things for the students to participate in to celebrate attending St. John Lutheran School.  Please help us collect for the Ohio District Hearts for Jesus Project this year.  We are collecting items for Phil’s Friends.  Please see the insert in the bulletin. 

5:30 p.m. 58
8:00 a.m. 51
9:30 a.m. 110
11:00 a.m. 108
Total 327
– Worship Services –
Traditional Services
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
(starting in January, Saturday night will be at 5:30 p.m.)
Sunday, 8:00 and 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Service