May 2015

Don’t Miss This Amazing Celebration!

You are invited to come join our St. John’s church family as we are blessed to participate in “Drawn to the Word” – an amazing worship and artistic experience where Artist and Pastor Paul Oman will paint a larger-than-life mural of John 15 before your eyes in our St. John’s sanctuary on Sunday, May 17th during worship! You won’t want to miss watching this story unfold artistically, musically, and scripturally during the event. Pastor Paul will create a unique, worship-driven painting that will be left to adorn St. John’s and inspire our congregation for years to come. Our St. John’s musicians as well as the children will provide special music to add to the message being shared and brought to life.

Artist and Pastor Paul Oman shares his “Drawn to the Word” artistic ministry with congregations, conventions, retreats, camps, seminaries, colleges and other ecumenical gatherings across the country. He served as Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church of Birchwood, WI from 2003 to May of 2011 when he took up work as an artistic pastor full-time. Paul seeks to give new vision to God’s Word by using the process of painting to captivate audiences in our visually-oriented culture. Receiving international recognition in 2010 and 2013 for his work in watercolor, Paul now uses this gift to proclaim the Gospel in a unique and powerful way that impacts lives and inspires mission. His larger-than-life sized murals are painted with acrylics.

Monies are now being collected to support this unique opportunity. If you would like to contribute, you may make your check payable to “St. John’s” with the notation “May 17th event” and bring any donations to the church office or place them in the offering basket before May 17th. Any monies collected beyond the cost of the event will be equally divided between St. John’s Good Samaritan Fund and Another Child Foundation Romanian Ministry to help support our mission to help families in need in our community as well as abroad.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime worship experience and make sure to let others know they are welcome as well. Just come and see!

Community Baby Shower

St. John’s Outreach Team is again sponsoring a Community Baby Shower to collect items for needy families in the Mendota area. Requested items include diapers, formula, new & gently used baby clothing, furniture, and blankets (we are unable to accept used cribs and car seats). Donations will be accepted during the month of May and can be dropped off in the collection boxes in our Fellowship Hall or outside the office. All donated items will be distributed through The Mendota Area Christian Food Pantry and Abigail Women’s Clinic. Thank you in advance for your continued support of our Community Baby Shower.

YOU’RE INVITED to join us in making
a difference through PROJECT RESPOND!

St. John’s has enthusiastically accepted an invitation to be one of the churches that collects humanitarian aid to be distributed this fall on a mission trip through Another Child Foundation to those in need in Romania. We are collecting NEW shoes (athletic shoes with a good sole are recommended), socks and underwear to be given to children ranging in age between 3 and 14. Collection boxes will be placed in the Narthex and in the Fellowship Hall throughout our collection period beginning Sunday, April 26th through Sunday, May 31st.

In addition to collecting shoes, socks, and underwear, we are asked to send a check of at least $200 to help cover the costs of shipping the collected items to Romania. If you feel called to contribute toward that, you may make your check payable to “St. John’s” with the notation “Another Child Foundation” and bring it to the church office. Monies collected beyond the needed amount for shipping will be used by the ministry to buy more items or meet another need they may have in serving the children at Point of Hope.

Representatives to deliver the collected aid are needed to drive items to Princeton on Wednesday, July 29th between 3pm and 7pm. A special prayer and mission moment will be observed at 6pm if we would like to time it to be there to support that part of our giving.

Tim Olaffson is still looking for those who may wish to join their mission trip group October 8th to 18th when items will be distributed to many children, families, and ministries throughout the Targu-Mures regions in Romania. Information about the trip will be posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex and on the Information Booth in the Fellowship Hall.

Tim Olaffson is still looking for those who may wish to join their mission trip group October 8th to 18th when items will be distributed to many children, families, and ministries throughout the Targu-Mures regions in Romania. Information about the trip will be posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex and on the Information Booth in the Fellowship Hall.

We hope you’ll prayerfully consider how God may be calling you to participate in this opportunity to be Christ in the world to those in need. If you have any questions, or would like to be a delivery person in July, please contact Karen Goy (538-2391 home or 228-2391 cell). Together we can make a difference!

St. John’s Mission Quilt Day

St. John’s Mission Quilt Day ladies continue to meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month to cut fabric and assemble quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Since the first of the year, this dedicated group has completed over 120 quilts! Additionally, there are 28 quilt kits ready to be picked up and prepared at home. Everyone is invited to join us in the Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, May 25th at 9am.

VBS Summer Camp — July 12th to July 16th

Vacation Bible School will be held at St. John’s from Monday, July 13th to Thursday, July 16th (9am to 2:30pm). On Sunday, July 12th, four camp leaders from Lutherdale Bible Camp in Elkhorn, Wisconsin will be at St. John’s for our 9am worship service. They will be introduced and will lead our congregation in some camp songs. Immediately after the service, parents, children and all congregation members are invited to the Fellowship Hall for light refreshments. VBS is open to all students who have completed Kindergarten through 5th grade during the 2014-2015 school year. Students will be asked to provide a sack lunch and drink each day. (A morning snack will be provided daily.) Registration forms were handed out to our Sunday School students recently. Although it seems early, we are asking you to fill out the registration form at this time and turn it in to the office along with the $10/camper or $20/family fee. Additional forms can be found in the office or on the Information Booth. Lutherdale would like the first list of campers by May 18th.

Call Committee Report

The Call Committee is diligently working and would ask for your continued prayers for the process.

St. John’s Youth News

"Growing Together in our Faith as we Serve Others"

Mark your calendars! Mission Trip Youth, chaperones, and parents are invited to a cookout at the Zimmerman house on Friday, June 19th at 6pm. We will complete the required paperwork from YouthWorks, hand out the packing list, answer any questions you might have, and just enjoy spending some time together. !

~ Current 5th through 7th Graders ~ Junior High Mission Trip
Friday, June 5th - Sunday, June 7th
We are excited to announce that St. John’s will be sending a great group of kids to Belvidere to participate in this year’s “Poured Out” Junior High Mission Trip! Please keep Hannah Ambler, Bailey Baird, Marley Bodine, Logan Brandner, Lizzie Bresley, Christian Dean, Matthew Grenter, Sophie Holland, Samantha Katschke, Shashawna Reger-Kendall, Ted Landgraf, Maya Martin, and Cole Zimmerman as well as chaperones Aimee Holland, Mitch Landgraf and Maria Bonine in your prayers as they prepare to spend this weekend serving others.

Baccalaureate Service
A Community Baccalaureate Service will be held on Sunday, May 17th at 4pm at Holy Cross Church, Mendota for all area high school seniors. This special service has been planned by the participating seniors, their families, and clergy members from area churches; and will include an individual blessing for each senior as these young adults move on to the next chapter of their lives. The Baccalaureate service is open to the public. Please spread the news and make plans to join us!

Please keep our 8th graders — Peyton Baird, Katie Beetz, Gabrielle Brown, Les Reed, Beau Wixom, and Katherine Wohrley in your prayers as they prepare for their day of Confirmation on Sunday, May 10th during the 9am worship service. Confirmands, please remember that you are needed after worship for a group picture! We will have practice during Sunday School on May 3rd and again on Wednesday, May 6th during our 6pm-8pm gathering.

High School Seniors
High School Seniors — On May 10th we will recognize our graduating seniors during 9am worship. Our seniors will be leading worship this day (ushers, greeters, readers). Please let Maria know how you would like to help. Also, we ask that you gather in the Fellowship Hall following worship for a group picture and a reception in your honor. God’s blessings on Brady Bonnell, Lukas Brandner, Amy Devitt, Jared Fritz, Paige Holmes, Joey Meyer, Paige Simonton, Brock Sutton, Bethany Wohrley, and Mark Zimmerman.

Easter Egg Hunt
St. John’s Easter Egg Hunt was a huge success again this year! Thank you to everyone who donated candies for the eggs. Thank you to the Confirmands and High School students who helped prepare the candy-filled eggs and then hide them! What a beautiful Easter morning!

Sunday School Opening for PreSchool through 6th grade will take place in the Chapel on May 10th.

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