The theme for Lent this year has been: “Jesus Is Our Great High Priest.” Apr 1: Jesus Is Our Eternal High Priest.
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 been designated for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.
The trustees reported that lights were changed at church, the panic bar at school was lubricated, and the hand railing on a stoop at school is being repaired.
Daycare is watching to see how finances are with the minimum wage increase. Inspection for license renewal is coming soon.
Catherine Hamilton (Joshua) were granted a transfer to Grace, St. Joseph. Those whose addresses have been lost will be recommended to be removed from the membership roll since we cannot contact them.
The date for the spring work bee was set for Saturday, April 21.
The date for the spring voters’ meeting was set for Sunday, April 29, after the worship service.
Easter Breakfast will again be a Pot-luck meal with the Women’s Guild providing beverages and additional food. All are welcome. Invite family and friends! A Bake Sale will be held also at this time. This is a good opportunity to get your desserts for your Easter Dinners.
Beginning in April, Women’s Guild is going to hold its monthly meeting on the fourth Thursday of the month, beginning at 10:30 AM. Please note the special time of the meeting.
Please keep in mind that we will be hosting the Spring Rally for our Lighthouse Circuit of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society. Our speaker will be Rev. Daniel Simons, pastor at Ascension Lutheran Church, Macomb, MI. He will be speaking on “The Blessings of an Old Congregation Becoming a New Mission”. We will need many helpers for this event – Rally workers (registration, handing out materials and collecting offerings); serving Continental breakfast and a luncheon. If you are willing to help with this important event, please contact Linda Wanberg. Men are always welcome to help too! Later in April, there will be a sign-up sheet for providing food for the luncheon.
A divine Call has been sent to Rev. James Roecker, from Plover, WI, to be your new pastor. Please keep him in your prayers as he deliberates where to serve the Lord in the year to come.
The spring voters’ meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, April 29, at 11:15 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.
Spring Work Bee
A spring work bee to take care of our outside work projects is being scheduled for Saturday morning, April 21. A list of projects for raking, cleaning, repairing will be posted before that day.
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.
This year, the theme of our retreat is from John 16:33 “But take heart! I have overcome the world!” With each passing year, Christians of all ages continue to take comfort from Jesus’ promise that he has overcome the world. Jesus’ words right before our theme state it so clearly, “In this world you will have trouble.” Trouble is a result of sin and takes so many forms in our lives. Trouble raises its ugly head in personal relationships; economic hardships; physical challenges; raising Christian children; defending our faith in public, academic and professional settings. The list goes on and on. Yes, we are surrounded by trouble on every turn, but there’s reason to rejoice: Jesus has overcome the world. No other solution is necessary, Jesus has done it all – for us! What a powerful message we’ll be sharing throughout this special time together!
You can get registration forms at the church, or register online at www.tcwr.org
LEARNING CENTER NEWS
Good News—State Inspection Every few years the Learning Center’s License comes up for renewal from the State of Michigan. The state licensing gals were here in March and we did very well with just a few things that need to be “tweeked.” St. John’s Learning Center has a good reputation with the State of Michigan Bureau of Licensing and we will continue to do so. Again, a big thank you to the St. John’s Congregation for their care and support of the Learning Center!
Friendship Sunday Thank you for extending your hand of friendship to the families that came to the worship service on Friendship Sunday so that their children could sing in our worship service.
Meet the Staff Melissa Hatter-Waldschmidt has been working at the Learning Center for 17 years. She is currently a Teacher’s Assistant in the Toddler Room. Melissa and her husband have two children and are members at St. John’s. Her hobbies include reading, collecting junk and going to auctions. Melissa says she really loves St. John’s and is looking forward to the next chapter of the church and Learning Center.
EASTER BLESSINGS TO ALL!
The next paper drive is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, 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.
After much prayer and counsel, I decided to accept the Divine Call to Redeemer of Big Rapids, MI. My last service will be April 8, and we will move on April 10.
While I will be absent from you physically, you will always be in my thoughts and prayers. We pray that the Lord will continue to bless you as you continue to grow in faith through His Word.
My family and I truly appreciate everything that you have done for us through all of these years.