Bulletin for the weekend of May 15 & 16, 2021



“Dying for the Faith”

John 17:11b-19


THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given by Gerry & Jenny George in memory of Grace & Bob George.

WELCOME TO PASTOR PAUL HOPKINS who will be leading us in worship and bringing us the gift of God’s Word and Sacrament.  His message is “Dying for The Faith,” based upon John 17:11b-19.  We thank God that God will work through him this weekend. Brief bio: Born into a United States Marine Corp family, which began with the first infant baptism at a mission church (St. Mark, Kaneohe HI). Growing up across the nation, until settling down in Buffalo Grove IL. Prior to entering into the seminary, worked in Law Enforcement in the Chicago area, from 1978- 1998, primarily as a Special Agent with the Rock Island Railroad, and Conrail Railroad. While serving as a Police Sargent, enrolled at Lewis University, Romeoville IL, graduating with a B.A. in Criminal- Social Justice. Enrolled into CTSFW in 2000, graduating in May 2005. Called to St. Michael Lutheran (Belknap) until 2012, and St. Paul Lutheran, Mattoon (Dorans) IL. Has been an Advancement officer at Concordia Theological Seminary since May 2018.

Married to Joan Hopkins, (nee Soucy) for 37 years. Proud Father of three, Rev. James Hopkins (Caroline) Mr. Michael Hopkins(Sarah), and Mrs. Megan O’Brien (Joseph). Proud grandfather to Sophia, Fiona, Cecelia, Lucia, Cristoph, and Ambrose.
PASTOR MEWS WILL BE ON VACATION THIS WEEK, visiting his daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter in Illinois, then visiting with his family in Northeast Ohio.  He will be on vacation from May 14 and will be back in the office on Saturday, May 22, and preach that weekend.  
PASTOR MEWS BIBLE STUDIES for this week, May 17 through May 20, are cancelled as he is out of the office for vacation.
DCE CASSIDY UPDATE Thank you for all the support that has been given to me over this past year.  I appreciate the kindness and generosity that flows from this congregation – it has been a blessing.  With that being said, I have accepted the Call to serve here at St. John as the Director of Christian Education.  I hope to provide a positive contribution to the youth program, the church, and other areas that I will be responsible for.  Thank you!
WE REJOICE with our DCE Intern, Miss Cassidy Holeso as last week she announced the acceptance of our call.  We are working on dates for her installation and celebration and look forward to her ministry to, with and for the children, youth and families of our congregation!
EXODUS Thursday morning Bible class beginning soon.  Watch for details!  Same time, location and date, it’s really an extension of “Genesis!”
NEW DESK FOR PASTOR MEWS Pastor will be moving into the Senior Pastor office soon.  A new desk will be purchased for the office.  If you would like to contribute to the desk, please place your contribution in the offering basket or into the deposit box located right outside the church office in the envelope marked “Desk.”
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who supported St. John Lutheran School and the Annual Fund Event, “A Night at the Kentucky Derby”. We had a fantastic night! The food was delicious, the activities were fun, and the fellowship was incredible! We are pleased to report that we were able to meet our goal and raise the funds needed for next year. Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the event through your presence, your donations, and your giving. You have truly blessed us and the lives of the students in our school. Your gifts and sacrifice are allowing the ministry here at St. John Lutheran School to continue to proclaim the message of Jesus’ love and salvation to all who enter the building. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
TIGERS’ DEN is looking for a School-Age Classroom Aide/Facilitator to work with children in grades K-6 for the summer.  If you are interested, please contact Debbie Wagner at 419.782.1751 or email her at debbie.wagner@stjohntigers.com.
LIFE WITH GOD For those interested in becoming communicant members or just refreshing your faith, a new Spring/Summer Life with God class begins on Monday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m.  See the May Epistle, the church office or Pastor Mews to sign up.  Our hope and prayer is that all members attend Life with God once every five years.
ASSOCIATE PASTOR CALL COMMITTEE St. John Lutheran Church, at the last congregational meeting voted to begin to replace the office of Associate Pastor.  If you are interested in serving on this committee, contact Pastor Mews or the church office at 419.782.5766.
STRUMMERS AND HUMMERS Are you looking for a new and fun activity that will spread your faith?  St. John is starting a ukulele class on Wednesdays starting in June and July at 11:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Room.  Find yourself a ukulele (alto, concert, or tenor). Come join us as we learn to play some hymns and songs.  Beginners are welcome.  Our goal is to lead worship the end of August and to provide entertainment for shut-ins.  Any questions call Connie Warncke 419.956.2283.
CAN RECYCLING NOTICE We only accept pop cans (aluminum) to recycle.  Please do not drop off soup cans, cat food cans, plastic bottles, or any other materials as they will not be accepted at the recycling center.  Thank you.
RAVEN’S CARE The Tuesdays at 10 Bible Study Group is pleased to announce that we were able to raise $2,918.18 for Raven’s Care through our Drive-Through Dinner.   


May 8, 5:30 p.m.       40                                  

May 9, 8:00 a.m.       56                                 

             9:30 a.m.        71                                    

           11:00 a.m.        55

                  TOTAL     222


– Worship Services –
Traditional Services
Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Sunday, 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Service