Bulletin for the weekend of December 11 & 12, 2021

 

PASTOR MEWS’S SERMON

“Expectations of Jesus?”

Luke 7:18-28
 
THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given by Jerry & Nancy Call in honor of their wedding anniversary.
 

2022 Stewardship Ministry
12/11-12/12 Stewardship Dedication Weekend #1, reception of dedication cards

12/18-12/19 Stewardship Dedication Weekend #2, reception of dedication cards
 
“BAPTIZED INTO YOUR NAME most holy, O Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I Claim a place, though weak and lowly, among Your saints, Your chosen hosts.”  We welcome, Harris Diane Buchhop, the daughter of Jeffrey and Katie Buchhop into the family of God through the gift of baptism at the Saturday, 5:30 service.  
 
“A STRAND OF THREE IS NOT EASILY BROKEN,” God’s blessings to Lincoln and Nichole (Wood) Cereghin as they were united in holy matrimony on Saturday, December 11 at SJL!  
 
CONGREGATIONAL ASSEMBLY TODAY, 12/12 at 2:00 in the gymnasium.  The agenda includes calling an associate Pastor and 2022 Housing Allowance for called church staff. 
 
OFFERING ENVELOPES The 2022 offering envelopes are in your church mailbox.  If you did not receive a box and wish to have one, please email church.secretary@stjohntigers.com.   
 
THE SCHOOL is looking for a part time aide covering approximately 4 hours per school day in the Kdg/1st Grade classrooms. Person needs to be able to work with special needs children. Please submit a resume to the school office. If you have any questions please contact Mr. March at 419.782.1751.
 

“BEHOLD THE CHILD,” 2021 Advent services held at 1:00 and 7:30 each Wednesday in Advent.

Wednesday, December 15, “For You to Bear Your Flesh in Weakness.”  Luke 1:46-55

Wednesday, December 22, “All the World with His Free Grace Supplying.”  John 1:1-14 (7:30 p.m. service will be the Cantata Service)
 

CROSS TRAINING Quick reminder that we will not meet for Cross Training classes on Wednesday December 22nd and the 29th due to Christmas break. Our last class of 2021 will be on December 15th, and we will still be participating in Advent service #3 that evening. St. John school students may be picked up around 7:25pm since they will have already attended the service during the school day. Lastly, please be on the lookout for a Cross Training letter that will be sent in the mail during this month. It will contain information for the Jr. High Gathering, upcoming events, and Confirmation day details (for our 8th grade students only). 

We hope our students and families have a wonderful Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ! Will see everyone in the new year! See below for December schedule:

Dec. 15 – CT Classes / Advent Service #3

Dec. 22 & 29 – NO CROSS TRAINING – Christmas Break
 
ANGEL TREE Thank you to all who grabbed an angel off of the Angel Tree – Your gift will brighten up Christmas for many kids and families in our community! If you haven’t already, please return your Angel Tree gifts to the church office by Sunday December 12th with the angel card attached to the outside of the gift. Thank you!
 
YOUTH ACTIVITIES Sunday, December 12, at 6:30 p.m. Jr./Sr. High Youth Night at St. John! Bring a friend and join us as we continue watching “The Chosen” and focusing on the birth of Christ during this Christmas season. Popcorn, soda, and other snacks will be provided. Sunday, December 18, at 10:00 a.m. Angel Tree Drive Thru and Youth Christmas Party at St. John! We will begin with passing out Angel Tree gifts and packing food baskets for families. Lunch will be provided as well. After the drive-thru ends, our youth will celebrate with our annual Christmas party! We will be doing fun games, activities, a white elephant gift exchange, a ‘nailed it’ challenge, and much more! Let DCE Cassidy know if you and your youth can attend to help with Angel Tree (517.769.5084). 
 
EVANGELISM BOARD We are approaching Christmas season and it is a great time to tell others about our services here at St. John’s. We are mostly aware, but a reminder that most new members and new persons come to church by an invitation of a family member or friend! We encourage you to be that family member or friend by picking up some of the Good News cards with St. John’s beliefs and service times printed on them. We also have a brochure of “making certain you can be in Heaven with your friends”. These are available on the kiosk in the back of the church and the school desk by the doors. We are assured of Heaven because of What Jesus has done for us by dying on the cross for our sins and then the resurrection from the dead for us to share His story so others can share in Heaven too. May the Lord Bless and keep you and your family in His Hands this Christmas.
 
PORTALS OF PRAYER The January – March Portals of Prayer are now available.
 
OPEN ENROLLMENT to St. John Christian Day School begins January 14, 2022 for the 2022-2023 school year. Reach out to your friends and family with school age children and invite them to consider our school. A parent’s greatest gift to their child is to introduce them to the Word of God through a Christian Education. Please see the bulletin insert with our invitation which highlights 5 Benefits of Going to A Christian School. There are also many financial assistance programs available including paid tuition through the state for many families. As an added incentive we are offering a $250 1st year credit to all new students to assist with school fees. Write your envelope number at the bottom of the invitation. When the family visits and attends the first day of school, we will also send you a $250 check in thanks for helping us reinforce Godly values to the next generation of Christians. Together we can grow our school and forge Christian morals and values to our young people that will shape the rest of their lives. 
 
THE LADIES AID meeting for December is Thursday 12/16/2021 at 2p.m.  The officers will be the hostesses.  There will be a cookie exchange for those who wish to participate.  Bring 2 dozen cookies and take home 2 dozen cookies.  The Food Pantry item is disposable razors.  Hope to see you at the meeting.
 

ATTENDANCE                                              

Dec 1, 1:00 p.m.                   91

            7:30 p.m.                  58

Dec 4, 5:30 p.m.                 42            

Dec 5, 8:00 a.m.                 55                    

                        9:30 a.m.       74                         

                        11:00 a.m.      73

                              TOTAL    393

 
– 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
 
THE 5:30 P.M. SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT 11:00 A.M. IS LIVE STREAMED
 
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