WEEKLY BULLETIN FOR Feb. 20  & Feb. 21, 2021
 
PASTOR MEWS’S SERMON
“Being Challenge – Commit to Community”
Proverbs 13:20

THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given by Dick & Diane Bonin in honor of their Wedding Anniversary on February 2.

ALTAR FLOWERS
Our 2021 Flower Calendar is available, please contact the church office to sign up. There are many dates still available. The next date available is April 10/11.

COMMUNION RAIL
As this is a sacred place in our church, we ask that all conscientiously avoid placing any items on it for your ministry and personal use. Thank you for your cooperation, Pastor Mews and the Elders.

LONG TERM PLANNING COMMITTEE forming, if you would like to join please contact the church office 419.782.5766.

SIMPLY GIVE Meijer of Defiance is featuring St. John Lutheran Food Pantry. Please pick-up a $10.00 scan card in the church office and take it to the Defiance Meijer store to be scanned and add $10.00 to your receipt to be given to St. John Food Pantry as Meijer gift cards at the end of the campaign. Double Days are on March 13 and April 3.

LADIES AID MEETING will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2:00 p.m. Linda Friedricksen is the hostess chairman. The Food Pantry item is toilet paper. Hope to see everyone at the meeting. We will be distance socializing. Mark your calendars for noodle making on March 16.
 
LENTEN WORSHIP 2021
Lent/Easter is based upon the Parables of Lent. Our Ash Wednesday and Midweek services are based upon our Lord’s parables will help us focus on this season of repentance. Our Lord’s parables will ultimately help us fix our eyes on the cross of Jesus and the victor of Easter. Due to COVID, there will be only one Ash Wednesday and Midweek Service at 7:30 p.m. There will be NO 1:00 p.m. service. Self-denial coin folders are available in the sanctuary and church office. Here is an overview of February’s Midweek services:

 Midweek Service 1, February 24, 7:30 p.m.: RECEIVE THE WORD: “The Parable of the Sower and the Word.”

 Midweek Service 2, March 3, 7:30 p.m.: RECEIVE THE TREASURE: “The Parable of the hidden Treasure and the Priceless Pearl.”
 
MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE
The church confesses to Christ, “You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). The church is encouraged to “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” (Col. 3:16). Psalm 1 teaches us to meditate on God’s Word day and night. It is our great opportunity and joy to read and study God’s Word. This week’s verse is “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.” 1 Peter 5:8-9

KNITTING BIBLE STUDY NEWS
The knitting Bible study has changed their time and day to the second and fourth TUESDAY of the month at 1:00 p.m. You are invited to come knit (or learn to knit), have a little coffee or tea and Bible study mixed in! We would also like to invite you to our Lenten Bible Study “Being Challenge” beginning February 23. Please sign our sheet in the lower hallway if you would like a book!

PAYROLL PROTECTION LOAN FORGIVEN
We can officially announce that our Payroll Protection Loan of $175,100.00 has been completely forgiven by the SBA. We would like to thank Krystle Adams for all the research and extra time that was put in to accomplish this for our church.

GENESIS BIBLE STUDY Meets regularly on Thursdays in the Fellowship Hall. We are on Genesis 37, Joseph’s dreams and his captivity in Egypt. The class gathers from 10:00-11:30 a.m. We will be practicing social distancing and taking safety measures.

SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDIES: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
 
Sandy Gyurnek Fellowship Room A
Jeff Rohlf Fellowship Room B
Faye Luhring Lunchroom
Phil Rohlf Lunchroom
Cassidy Holeso Youth Room
 
THE SPIRITUALITY OF THE CROSS an in-depth Bible study, focuses on subjectivism or mysticism and focuses on truth; “God in the Flesh” and “God on the Cross.” It takes a look at real Spirituality that is the way of the first evangelicals. This class subject was decided by you, the participants. This acclaimed study/book written by Gene Edward Veith, Jr. will be taught by Pastor Mews. All is included! All are welcome! Classes are as follows and have started meeting:

Tuesdays, LIVE, IN PERSON CLASS, 2:00-3:00 P.M. Fellowship Room
Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15 P.M., ZOOM Class
Wednesday, LIVE, IN PERSON CLASS 2:00-3:00 P.M. Fellowship Room
 
CROSS TRAINING
February is soon coming to a close, which means we can look ahead to March (and for Spring weather!). Students will continue participating in the Lenten services each Wednesday, and we are still on pause for our BLAST events due to COVID. To 8th/9th grade parents, March 3 is the due date for the first draft of your child’s youth confession of faith. March 17 is when the final draft of your child’s youth confession of faith and the parent promises are officially due. If you have any questions about this or anything else, send a quick note to DCE Intern Cassidy at holeso-sjl@defnet.com.

DEBORAH S. MAXEY SCHOLARSHIP
The Maxey family has created a memorial scholarship to support a high school senior preferably entering the field of education. The applicant must be accepted into college this fall. To be eligible for the scholarship, the applicant must have attended St. John Lutheran School at least 4 years from kindergarten through eighth grade. Please stop by the church or school office to pick up an application for the scholarship. The application is also available for download on the church website or your high school website. The application deadline for the scholarship is April 6.

FINANCIAL REVIEWS
Starting in April a Financial Review Committee, led by Krystle Adams, Business Administrator, will begin a yearly financial review on all bank accounts that are associated to our churches Federal Tax ID. We know that the Youth Board and Fellowship Board have at least one checkbook each, as well as, Ladies Aid, PTL, Food Pantry, BookNook and Senior Choir also have accounts. If you are a signer on one of these accounts or believe that you are a signer on an account that was not named, please contact Krystle Adams at 419-782-5766 ext 112 by March 5, 2021.
 
YOUTH ACTIVITIES
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Jr./Sr. High Youth night at St. John! We will be continuing our Being Challenge series for the season of Lent. Join us for fun games, snacks and fellowship!
 
Jr. High Gathering: CANCELLED
 
This event was to be held on March 14 and has been cancelled by the LCMS Ohio District due to COVID. We hope to attend this event in 2022!
 
 
 

ATTENDANCE                                           

February 6     5:30 p.m.   33                   

February 7     8:00 a.m.   56                 

                          9:30 a.m.  71                  

                         11:00 a.m.   45

                          TOTAL      205

 

– 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 AS WELL AS THE CHURCH IS OPEN TO MEMBERS AND GUESTS.
MASKS ARE REQUIRED. 
 
 
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