“Flock or Flocked!”

John 10:10-18

THE ALTAR FLOWERS are given by Mike & Nancy Kemper.


5:30 p.m.             Damon Strohpaul

9:30 a.m.             Logan Hutcheson

11:00 a.m.           Harmony Gerken
THE LORD BLESS RITA BERGMAN as she retires after 14 years of dedicated and tireless service.  There will be a cookie and card reception for her in the lunchroom before and after the 9:30 service.
BAPTISM “Baptized into Your name most holy, O Father, Son and Holy Ghost!”  The Lord bless Ada Mariya Lucas as she joins God’s family in the gift of Baptism this weekend on Saturday, before the worship service.  Parents are Dustin & Janelle Lucas.  Sponsors are Sara Schudel and Desiree Clark.
2021 JR CONFIRMATION REHEARSAL this Friday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary for our 13 – 8th grade confirmands.  Refreshments will follow in the lunch room.  Confirmation will take place during a private service so the maximum number of family members and sponsors can be involved on Sunday, May 2 at 12:00.  Confirmands will be introduced to worshippers during the 11:00 a.m. service on that day.
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 17.  See the April 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.
LADIES AID The Ladies Aid will meet on this Thursday, April 29 at 2pm.  The Hostess will be Judie Zachrich and the food pantry item is Detergent. Hope to see you at the meeting.  We will be Social Distancing.
MOTHER’S DAY FLOWER SALE Please turn in your pre-order forms to the church office no later than Monday, April 26.  We will be placing the orders to Kirchers on that day.  Pick-up and Cash-n-carry will be offered on May 9 between the church services.
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.
ANNUAL FUND BANQUET AND AUCTION Mark your calendars for May 1 for an Evening at the Kentucky Derby! St. John Lutheran School presents our Annual Fund Banquet and Auction at the Eagles, Defiance. The proceeds from the evening are used to cover the cost of our Care grants, making sure that everyone has access to a Christian Education, technology and school needs/supplies. We are currently looking for donations for our auction. If you have any monetary donations or donations of items for the event, please contact Lorrie March at the school office 419. 782.1751 or at Thank you so much for your generosity.
BARINGER/WATCHMAN SCHOLARSHIP’S AVAILABLE Members of St. John Lutheran wishing to pursue a career in the LCMS attending one of the Synodical schools must apply by May 1.  Applications are available in the church office.
CAROL FONT SCHOLARSHIP Applicants for this scholarship must be a communicant member of St. John Lutheran Church, Defiance and a freshman student enrolled and accepted into a college undergraduate program studying education.  Applications are available in the church office.  The deadline is May 3.
THANK YOU to the Endowment Fund for purchasing new carpet for the church.
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 “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57
THANK YOU for prayers for Cassidy, our DCE intern as she deliberates the Call.  The Call paperwork has to be processed through both the Ohio District and Concordia University in Chicago before she receives a Formal Call.  At this time she is awaiting to have the Call documents in order to make a Godly decision.

CROSS TRAINING   Our last class of this season will be on Wednesday, April 28 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  We will be wrapping up lessons and celebrating our students as they move forward in their faith.  It has been a joy to watch everyone grow over these past eight months.  Thank you to all students and parents in the program for making this a great year!  See below for a quick schedule.

                                April 28 – Final Cross Training Class/ Mini-Celebration

8th/9th grade students only

                                April 30 – Confirmation rehearsal from 7-8:30 p.m. at  St. John

                                May 2 – Private Confirmation service at 12:15 p.m.
THANK YOU The Tuesdays at 10 Bible Study Group would like the thank everyone who helped us in any way with our Drive-Through Dinner on April 20.  The proceeds from the dinner will go to Ravens Care to help people in need in our community.  We also want to give a big thank you to Thrivent for our Community Grants.

HELPING OUT We recently helped a family with a new electric stove.  This person is raising grandchildren and the stove recently quit.  St. John Lutheran Social Welfare account is supplying the funds to help this family.



April 17, 5:30 p.m.               70                     

April 18, 8:00 a.m.              54                     

                        9:30 a.m.       72                      

                        11:00 a.m.      76

                             TOTAL     272


– 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