Lenten services this year are using the theme: “Repent: Turn to Jesus!”
Apr 5: Repent: Turn to Jesus; He Longs to Forgive You — Pastor Mischke
Apr 13: Repent: Turn to Jesus and Receive a Special Assurance of Your Forgiveness
Apr 14: Repent: Turn to Jesus; He and He Alone Finished Your Salvation
Apr 16: Repent: Turn to Jesus for Resurrection and Life
Please note that each of our services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday are at special times. We will have a worship service at noon on Good Friday. The Tenebrae service begins at 8:00 PM. Our Easter SONrise worship service is at 7:00 AM. The Easter breakfast follows that service. Our Easter festival service is at 9:30 AM. This is a different service in which we can again gather to worship our risen Lord and Savior.
The Women’s Guild will be holding a bake sale in conjunction with the Easter breakfast. If you would be willing to donate baked goods, please bring them to church that Sunday.
Lenten cards and boxes are available to make a special offering during this season of the year. They have not yet been designated.
The trustees reported that the security camera system had been installed, as well as the solar motion lights outside. The new toilets at school have been installed. A new washer and dryer was purchased by daycare for their use at school. The boilers were inspected (done annually).
The Board of Education reported that an audit still needs to be done. Due to special circumstances, Erin Keese’s name will be used on Call lists for next year. The council and BOE will meet on March 30 to set responsibilities of our next director.
The flooring in fellowship room was discussed, and a bid was sought to have vinyl laminate to be installed.
Church cleaning was set for April 1. The date for the spring work bee will be on Saturday, April 29.
The Spring voters’ meeting will be on April 30 at 10:15 AM.
The spring voters’ meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, April 30, at 10:15 AM.
If you have not yet become a voting member, now would be a good time to sign the constitution. Besides the normal reports, there will be other items on the agenda.
On Saturday, April 1, we will gather to clean the church. All of the wood surfaces need to be washed and cleaned. Things need to be straightened up and put away. Also, work can be done outside to make our property neat and clean. Since this belongs to all of the members, we look forward to everyone coming to help keep our property in good order as a way in which we honor our Lord and Savior.
Invitations for our Easter worship services will be available on the table in the entry of the church. Please pick up as many as you can use, and give them to those who do not have a church home to celebrate the resurrection of the Savior of the world. Many people want to worship on Easter, and they will join us if we will take the time to invite them.
Spring Work Bee
A spring work bee to take care of our outside work projects is being scheduled for Saturday morning, April 29. A list of projects for raking, cleaning, repairing will be posted before that day.
We are looking into new flooring for the Fellowship Hall. We hope to have it installed before Easter Breakfast.
Start cleaning out your closets! Women’s Guild garage sale will be held May 19 & 20. Items can be brought to the Fellowship Hall after Easter.
We are planning a “Ladies’ Night Out” sometime in the future. Look for sign-up on the bulletin board within the next couple of months.
Easter Breakfast will again be a Pot-luck this year. A menu will be posted for you to sign up for what you could bring for this. We had a wonderful variety last year and hope for the same this year.
As usual, we are still seeking volunteers to help with taking care of the altar on a weekly or monthly basis. No one has yet to sign up for April, August, October or December. If you are interested in helping but don’t know what is involved, please talk to Linda Wanberg.
We will be meeting in April to clean up the areas around the church. Watch for dates in the bulletin. We would also like to plant out some spring plants. Bring your trowels and rakes and kneeling pads and join us! This is not just a Women’s Guild organization. It is open to anyone – men or women – who enjoys gardening.
Pre-School Open House
On Sunday, April 30, from 3 to 5 PM, and Monday, May 1, from 4:30 to 6 PM, there will be an open house at the school for all interested in our Pre-School and Noah’s Ark programs this Fall. Both parents and children are invited to learn what a Christ preschool has to offer, meet the teacher, and have fun! (a $30 deposit will reserve a seat)
If you know of anyone who might be interested in this program, please let them know about these dates and encourage them to attend.
We have an email prayer chain for our congregation, alerting our members about those who could use our prayers. To do that even better, we need everyone’s email address. If you have not been receiving email prayer requests, we do not have your correct email address. Please use the address section of the friendship register to record your email address (or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include the email address for both spouses (and children, if you know their email address). If you have an email address, please let us know what it is.
This is a reminder that our congregation has an endowment fund that can receive gifts that will continue to benefit St. John’s through the years. Only the proceeds (not the principal) from the money designated for this fund can be used for its specified purposes. The fund has four areas: Church (capital) improvements, Missions, Christian Education (Tuition Assistance), and General Operating. You might even consider designating a gift for this in your will.
LWMS Spring Rally
The spring rally is scheduled for Saturday, April 29th, at Grace in Eau Claire, Michigan. Rev. Ryan Kolander accompanied by his wife Sarah, from Palabra De Vida (Word of Life) mission church in Detroit.
Registration begins at 9AM, with devotion starting at 9:30AM. They will be voting on missions that our circuit wants to support in the next year, as well as two circuit officers. We need people willing to serve in these offices.
We will be Calling for a new day care director for next year. Watch the service folder for times when we will do this.
We are again looking for more workers. If you know of anyone who might be interested, have them contact the school office.
The next paper drive is scheduled for Saturday, May 27, from 8:00 AM to noon.
The Sophomore class is scheduling work days on Saturdays in April! Please call MLHS and let us know your job, how large of a crew you'd like, the location of the job, how long you think the job will take, and if we need to bring tools (yard waste bags NOT included). CALL MLHS to REQUEST a CREW!
MLHS Drama Department will present their play later this month. Watch the service folder for more information.