SPECIALEVENTS






There is always something good going on here at St. John's! We strive to offer plenty of opportunities for fellowship, outreach, and service as ways of Pointing to Jesus. Plan to attend, get involved, and bring a friend or two!

Matthew 25:37-40:

37"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' 40"The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'

    OCTOBER EVENTS

    • Staff Appreciation Month

      Pastor would like to rename Pastor Appreciation Month to Staff Appreciation Month. "You all made me feel very appreciated in August for the celebration of my 30 years in ministry. Now I'd like you to help our staff feel that same appreciation." Please make an effort to support our great staff: Eric, Kathy, Karmen, John, and Jen. Cards, words of encouragement, gift cards, take-a-staff-member-to-lunch or other acts of kindness would go a long way! #dontappreciatethepastor!

    • LERT Training - Saturday, October 20, 2018     8:30-3:00 pm

      The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod responds to disasters throughout the world. You can be a part of the Michigan District Disaster Response by participating in this training through LERT (Lutheran Early Response Teams). This training will equip you to handle disasters in your own home, locally, nationally and internationally.

      Adults of all ages are encouraged to attend. The cost is $35, which includes training materials, an LCMS volunteer vest, and lunch. Make checks payable to St. John's Church. For more information, talk with or email Darcel Shankle or Candi Sandera

    • Applesauce Making - Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018     9am-12pm

      We'll be meeting at a member's house to slice up the apples and make it into our delicious home-made applesauce for the Sauerkraut Supper. Please wear a baseball cap, hair net, or visor and bring an apple slicer or sharp knife, and a smile! Please contact JoAnne Tressler for details.

    NOVEMBER EVENTS

    • Turkey Trot - Thursday, November 22, 2018

      9 a.m. at the pavilion entrance to the trail

      Also known as the Hands & Feet 5K, this run is every Thanksgiving morning. Come and run off some calories before stuffing yourself! All proceeds go to the Living Water Mission to provide healthy water in Kenya. Early pre-registration is $25; registration is $30 the day of the race. All registrants receive a t-shirt, free beverages at the race, a bonfire, and an authentic gift from Kenya will be awarded to all finishers. Registration form can be found by clicking here.

    • Sauerkraut Supper - Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018

      4:30-7 pm dine-in upstairs; 3:30-6:30 take-outs downstairs

      This event is open to the public and is the longest running tradition we have here at St. John's (for an event, that is). No one is really quite certain of the date of the first supper, but it has been going on for over 150 years. Join us for this quality meal and fellowship. Seating is upstairs in the Narthex and Mary Martha rooms, or you can pick up to-go orders from the lower level. Dinner includes (all homemade!): roasted pork, sauerkraut, applesauce, baked beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, and a variety of pies for dessert! All proceeds go to Tabea, which supports many missions and events here at St. John's. There is also a bake and craft sale in the Apostle's Room, hosted by Ladies Aid. This is a non-licensed event.

    • Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes! Nov. 12-19, 2018

      St. John's is once again the Drop-off Center for all the shoeboxes in Lenawee County. Please help in any of the following 3 ways:

      1. Pray for these shoeboxes to reach children and families open to hearing about God's love and ultimate forgiveness and mercy.

      2. Fill a shoebox and bring it in!

      3. Help in the Relay Center.

      The Relay Center is open during the following days and times and will be found in the lower level of the church.

       

      Day   Date                

      Time

      Monday

      Nov. 12

      2pm - 6pm

      Tuesday

      Nov. 13

      2pm – 6pm

      Wednesday

      Nov. 14

      2pm – 6pm

      Thursday

      Nov. 15

      2pm – 6pm

      Friday

      Nov. 16

      2pm - 6pm

      Saturday

      Nov. 17

      12pm - 2pm

      Sunday

      Nov. 18

      12pm – 4pm

      Monday

      Nov. 19

      8am - 10am


      Find a Shoebox -

      average-size cardboard or plastic shoebox.


      Decide if you are packing for Girl or Boy - ages: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14.

      Fill with Gifts - include a quality “wow” toy such as a doll, soccer ball with pump, or stuffed animal; add other toys, school supplies, hygiene items & accessories.

      Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.  School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.  Non-liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.  Accessories: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.

       

      NOTE: New in 2017 … no candy, no toothpaste allowed in the shoebox!!

       

      2016 Results:  2,630 shoe boxes, 39 volunteers, 176.5 hours served (St. John’s boxes: 143)


    • Bake Sale - Sunday, November 18, 2018

      The Hostesses for Advent Aglow will be selling home-made baked goods to raise money for their outreach event. This event will offer fellowship, inspiration, and raise funds for a local chari. Pick up some yummy snacks, or a homemade pie for Thanksgiving!

    • AMen Breakfast - Saturday, Dec. 1st    7:30-9:30am

      The AMen guys are cooking up some delicious goods! Scones, pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee will be available throughout the morning, enticing you to come and help decorate for the Christmas holiday season! 

    • Christmas Decorating - Saturday, Dec. 1st     7:30-9:30am

      Join us as we decorate the church for Christmas! Many hands make light work, so please plan to pitch in for an hour or so when you can! Wednesday night (11/28), immediately following the Advent services, we'll carry boxes up from the storage room. Friday we can use help putting up the trees. On Saturday, AMen will serve breakfast at 7:30, then we decorate!

    • Poinsettia Sale - through December 3rd

      The Board of Outreach is offering you the opportunity to purchase beautiful foil-wrapped poinsettias for your home or the sanctuary. Those purchased for the sanctuary can be purchased in honor or in memory of a loved one. Honorariums and Memorial messages will be printed in the bulletin for Sunday, December 23rd. For more information, please contact Karmen Wilharms, Director of Outreach and Assimilation.

    • Advent Aglow - Tuesday, December 4, 2018  6:30-8:30pm

      This ladies-only event is always the first Tuesday in December. We have about 22 ladies who serve as hosts and decorate a table, invite 7 guests, and serve dessert. We offer musical entertainment, an inspirational speaker, and take a free will offering for a local charity, all to get our hearts prepared for the true meaning of Christmas. 

    • Children's Christmas Program - Sunday, Dec. 9th at 11:00 am

      EVERYONE is involved in this program, though it is led entirely by our youth. From preschoolers to high schoolers, everyone plays a part, reads a line, or sings. The Handbells, Adult Choir and Adult Praise Band will also be involved.

    • Christmas Caroling - TBA

      Join us for caroling around town to our shut-ins, followed by a potluck back at church. Meet at church at 4 p.m. and bring a dish to pass for the potluck dinner.