On Thanksgiving Day, we will gather in the Lord’s house at 9 AM to offer Him our thanks and praise for the many blessings which He has showered upon us throughout the year.
Even as the world pauses to give thanks for their many blessings, we who are God’s dearly loved children will want to come to His house to offer Him our thanks and praise for both our spiritual and physical blessings which He lavishes on us each and every day. After we have done that, we can enjoy the splendid feast from His gracious hand.
Fall Work Bee
Fall work bee was not held on Saturday, October 28. We will try again on November 4. There are still projects left to be done to get our property ready for the winter, such as repairs, raking leaves, as well as other miscellaneous jobs. These jobs are posted so that anyone who would like to do one may do so and then cross it off the list. Please help us care for the Lord’s property.
Voters’ Meeting Notes
At the fall voters’ meeting, the treasurer reported that he has been able to keep current on all of the bills.
The Board of Education reported that the daycare finances are doing fine. Some maintenance improvements have been done. The new director, Mrs. Lynn Johnston, was settling in well.
A float will be placed in the Dowagiac Christmas parade. Suggestions for a theme are welcome.
Nominating and budget committee members were appointed. Budget/Election meeting will be on December 3.
There is a Sunday morning Bible Study following our worship service each week. After worshiping, you are invited to remain to dig deeper into God’s Word. This can be done without a special trip back to church. Martin Luther sparked the Reformation when he nailed his protest to the door of the Castle Church in 1517. That protest had the one goal: bring the church back to the foundation of the Bible. To be a Lutheran Christian means to base our teaching and practice on the Bible alone. Our study: “Reformation: Grace, Faith, Scripture,” presents important biblical principles that are still important to us and all Bible-believing Christians today. Join us as we explore these important and enduring truths.
Thrivent Choice Program
Thrivent has a program called “Choice.” If you have a Thrivent policy, you can log onto their web site (or phone the main office) and designate a sum of money (the amount depends on the value of your policies) to our congregation (or any other charitable organization). So far this year, we have received $1,386 from this program.
Since the children’s Christmas service is fast approaching, we need to know how many of our children will be participating in the service this year. Once that is known, a service will be designed that will accommodate that number of children. Please let Pastor Weber know as soon as possible.
The Learning Center is inviting the congregation to join them for a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, November 16, beginning at 6 PM in the church basement.
Each family is asked to bring a dish to pass. Turkey will be provided.
This is an excellent opportunity to get to know our learning center families.
The Women’s Guild will meet on Wednesday, November 15, at 10 AM, to make cheese balls to sell. Even if you have not attended in a while, or if you have never attended, please mark this date on your calendar and join us. It is a fun time with fellowship during the activity.
If there is enough interest, our Senior Choir will sing for our Thanksgiving worship service. Please consider joining your voice to adorn our worship of the God Who has given us so many gifts.
We will put a float in the Dowagiac Christmas parade once again this year. If you have an idea for a theme for the float, please share that with Pastor Weber. Once we have an idea for the float, we will need helpers willing to build it. We usually begin construction shortly after Thanksgiving. Watch the service folder for days and times.
Christmas Ornaments with a picture of our church building are available from the Women’s Guild. Not only are they a wonderful keepsake, they could also be used as gifts. They are available each week in the entry of the church. They could be considered collector’s items now that our bell tower has been changed to a steeple.
You’re Invited: The Learning Center would like to invite the St. John’s congregation to our Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday evening, November 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the church basement. A sign-up sheet is located by the Guest Registry. Turkey, drinks and tableware will be provided. Please bring a dish to share. We look forward to seeing you there!
Thank You for the awesome hospitality shown to our Learning Center Families on Fall Festival Sunday!
Meet the Staff: Felicia Williams is an assistant caregiver in our Infant Room. However, when needed, she helps in all of our other rooms. She has worked at St. John’s for just over a year. Felicia is married and is the mother of three active daughters. Her family is a member at the Church of Cassopolis. When Felicia is not at work, she keeps busy doing things with her church and family.
Angel Parker is an assistant caregiver in our Big Room with the 3’s, 4’s and 5 year old children. She also is very flexible and will help anywhere that she is needed. Angel was born in Niles, Michigan and has grown up here in Dowagiac. She is a graduate of Dowagiac High School and would like to study veterinarian science. Angel is a part of a big family with several brothers and sisters. In her spare time she likes to sing, dance and write music. She loves to participate in basketball and loves all kinds of other sports.
HAVE A BLESSED THANKSGIVING!
It's time to mobilize the singing forces of the Titan Nation for another exciting season of our annual Adult Christmas Chorale! Rehearsals will take place on November 12, 19, and 26 from 6:00-8:00 PM, with a dress rehearsal in the afternoon on December 2. The Christmas Concert is on Sunday, December 3, at 7:00 PM. I hope to see (and hear) you in the Christmas Chorale this year!
The MLHS Football Boosters need donations for their Football Fundraiser. We are looking for donations to auction off. You can donate an individual item, a few items for a basket or create your own theme basket to donate. Any donations can be brought to the school office and left with Mrs. Sievert by Friday, November 14, 2016. Please attach your name to the item so we know who to give credit for the donation and also put on that it is for the Football Auction. We appreciate your support.
The next paper drive will be December 2. Please note that they can lo longer accept bulk cardboard.