“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.” – 1 Cor. 12:12-13 Brothers and sisters in Christ, Six years ago, I had never heard of Quincy, Illinois. I had eaten my share of sloppy joes, but had never eaten a Maid Rite. I had eaten plenty of tacos and pizza, but had never seen them being served up at the same restaurant. I’d never seen a high school student cheered for running around shirtless while carrying a flaming pitchfork, and I’d never been to a Dogwood Parade. Today, I’ve done all those things. (Well, other than the parade. I’m not a big fan of parades.) Over five and a half years, a town I had never heard of became my home. And while a part of that had to do with the simple passage of time, a much, much bigger part of it was because of the people of this congregation let me into their hearts and their lives. Being a part of this congregation, this body of believers, has been an incredible blessing. Toward the end of 1 Corinthians 12, Paul says that “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” During my time here at St. John, I have seen that truth demonstrated time and time again. I have been privileged to share in your tears as loved ones have been laid to rest in Christ. I have been privileged to rejoice with you as your families swelled through marriages and new births. We have celebrated together as our part of the body of Christ grew through God joining new members to Himself in the waters of Holy Baptism. And just as I have been blessed to rejoice with you, I have been blessed to have you rejoice with me. It was in this church that I got married. It was with you that I celebrated Isaac’s baptism. Those are things which I will never forget. In one of the most famous lines from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Juliet declares “Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I should say good night till it be morrow.” I find that I perhaps appreciate those words more now than I have before. Saying goodbye to people you love is hard. I will miss being involved in the workings of this part of the body of Christ. Yet, I also know that we still share a unity, because as Paul says, we continue to drink of the same Spirit. I may not be among you each Sunday, but St. John and St. Paul’s are joined to the same body. Different parts, but each a part of Christ. Each sharing in the same overflowing, saving grace that is ours in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. As I prepare to depart your presence and work among the people in Chenoa, I pray that you would continue to be united as one body. Pray for and support Pastor Steve as he takes on added responsibilities. Continue to pray for and support one another in both times of joy and times of sadness. Love and forgive each other as you are called to do by our heavenly Father. Live in the overflowing of God’s grace, so that others might know and share in that same grace, that they too might be joined to the one, holy, everlasting body of Christ. Pastor Jeremy
SERVING THE LORD IN MARCH 2015 AT LUTHERAN CHURCH OF ST. JOHN
ELDER LIST Our church has eight Elders, and each Elder is assigned a portion of the congregation. The elders assist the Pastors in the spiritual life of the congregation. If you have a spiritual need or issue anytime or when Pastor Steve and Pastor Jeremy are out of town, you can contact your Elder listed below.
USHERS: 8:00: 10:30: Please consider helping to usher, whether it is for one week or the whole month. The signup sheet is by the office or contact Paul Johnson, Doug Allen, Scott Baker or Rick Yates.
Elder Phone *Hugh Roderick 430-4120 Steve Barteau 660-349-8095 Bill Schlegl 228-8318 Dave Riutzel 577-5947 Greg Scott 223-6207 Tracy Hanlin 656-3010 Jim Marshall 228-1658 Aaron Clark 260-4512
ELDERS: 8:00: Tracy Hanlin 10:30: Steve Barteau ALTAR GUILD: Marilyn Humphrey Alison Tieman VAN DRIVERS: 1st Mike Flowerree 8th Jim Waack 15th Hugh Roderick nd 22 Bill Schlegl 29th John Schonarth
Member Name (A-B) (C-E) (F-Hi) (Ho-K) (L-M) (N-R) (S-T) (U-Z)
The Lutheran Church of St. John 440-7627 653-1593 430-4120 228-8318 224-3375
Phone number: 222-8579 Fax number 222-1182 Emails: Pastor Steve Hayden – [email protected]
Assoc. Pastor Jeremy Latzke – a[email protected]
Marilyn – [email protected]
Website: www.lcosj.org Church office hours: Mon.-Fri.: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Staff may be in the office before or after these hours; however you should call before coming. The church will be locked after the last staff person leaves for the day (unless there are evening activities.)
If you need to call to request a ride or cancel a ride for Sunday mornings, please call the church number, 222-8579 and leave a message at extension #408 for the Van Driver.
MARCH CHILDCARE: 10:30am - Melissa Baker and Tandi Turner
Treasurer’s Report as of January 31, 2015
Childcare is Available – during the 10:30am service for children 1-3 years old. Feel free to drop your children off.
Total Income through January $38,713.52 Total Expenses through January - $50,054.13 Income less expenses as of Jan. 31 ($11,340.61)
GREETERS: 8:00: Greg & Connie Scott 10:30: ____________________ 2
This recommendation will need to be voted on at a special voter’s meeting on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30pm. If this is God’s will for staffing our congregation then we should have a new pastor on staff this summer. If God has a different plan for us then this opportunity at the seminary will pass and we will investigate other options. Please keep this process in your prayers.
March Prayer Focus – Groundwork Guatemala serves some of the poorest of the poor in Guatemala by providing scholarships for children to attend school, operating basic medical clinics, and giving food and other resources to people in need. They also gather together children and adults to learn the stories of the Bible and encourage them in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray for the directors of this ministry, Kevin and Ginny Holmes that God would provide strength in all they do. Pray for the Guatemalan missionaries that they would share God’s grace in word and deed. And pray for the 12 members of St. John who will travel to Guatemala City this month to serve alongside them in reaching out to the people of Guatemala.
Congregational Boards BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION During Sunday School each week, 30 - 40 kids gather to learn about God’s grace overflowing and continue with our theme of CROSS Training (see acronym below). Not only will be doing these things together in Sunday School, but we hope to foster a lifestyle in our children for doing these throughout their lives. We hope your kids from 3 year old through 8th grade will join us on Sundays at 9:30 am. Remember that you need to sign out your children after 10:15am.
Farwell for Pastor Jeremy Latzke On Sunday, March 8 we will celebrate Pastor Jeremy’s ministry at the Lutheran Church of St. John and send him off to his new ministry. There will be one unified communion worship service on Sunday, March 8 at 10 am. Bible study and Sunday School will begin at 9 am, worship at 10 am and a luncheon to follow at 11:30 am. The church will provide meat and drinks, please bring a side dish to share. We hope you can join us for this special opportunity.
Our Pre-Kindergarten youngsters are following “Growing in Christ”. Together, they explore the Bible, draw connections to the Small Catechism, and learn the traditions of the Lutheran Church. C ome to Church and Sunday School R emember to Pray O pen your Bible S ing praises to God S erve the Lord
Moving Forward While we are saddened by the departure of Pastor Jeremy, we realize that as God calls him to new ventures, it means that God has already prepared new ventures for our congregation. Because of deadlines at the seminary the voter’s meeting already decided to begin moving forward with pursuing a new graduate from the seminary. The Board of Elders has appointed a call committee that has already met and is reviewing possible candidates. Within the next week they plan to interview several candidates and then make a recommendation to the congregation.
As followers of Christ, “I can trust God no matter what” is a phrase we all say. And for the most part we sincerely believe it and live it out. We trust God to provide for our basic needs, for our safety, even for our health and well-being. But there are certain moments when trusting God seems just a bit more difficult—often those are the times when we’re forced to wait. 3
Throughout our life, we will face times when we’re not where we once were, but we’re not yet at our final destination. Instead, we’re somewhere in between. Put simply: we’re waiting. And it’s in the waiting that our faith is tested. Which is why allowing God to develop patience in us is important. Not only is patience a Fruit of the Spirit, it is a foundational way that we can reflect God’s character. From the very beginning God has shown patience with people. When Adam and Eve broke God’s rule, He could have killed them on the spot. Rather, He showed them grace. Yes, there were consequences, but God had a plan for their rescue. All throughout the Bible we see God showing patience in order that more people could come to know and believe in Him. As followers of Christ, “I can trust God no matter what” is a phrase we all say. And for the most part we sincerely believe it and live it out. We trust God to provide for our basic needs, for our safety, even for our health and well-being. But there are certain moments when trusting God seems just a bit more difficult—often those are the times when we’re forced to wait. Throughout our life, we will face times when we’re not where we once were, but we’re not yet at our final destination. Instead, we’re somewhere in between. Put simply: we’re waiting. And it’s in the waiting that our faith is tested. Which is why allowing God to develop patience in us is important. Not only is patience a Fruit of the Spirit, it is a foundational way that we can reflect God’s character. From the very beginning God has shown patience with people. When Adam and Eve broke God’s rule, He could have killed them on the spot. Rather, He showed them grace. Yes, there were consequences, but God had a plan for their rescue. All throughout the Bible we see God showing patience in order that more people could come to know and believe in Him. God’s patience is continually focused on relationships with people. Even after we sinned, He still pursued us. He sent Jesus, His own Son to make a way for us to be with Him. He waited time after time for people to repent and make things right. Something He still does today.
When we demonstrate patience, we are less likely to hurt our relationships with others. We are more likely to trust that God has something better for us in the future. And when we trust God with our future, even when we’re “in-between” on life’s journey and asking Him “Are we there yet?” we can have patience knowing that His plan and His timing are always better than our own. We’ll start the month with one of the best examples of what happens when you’re not patient; you lose something of value. In Genesis 25:24-34, we discover the story of Esau sacrificing his birthright for a bowl of stew. Because Esau was impatient, he lost something he could never get back. Bottom Line: When you think you can’t wait, think twice. When you think you can’t wait, think about what’s true. When you think you can’t wait, don’t lose your cool. When you think you can’t wait, talk to God about it. Remember that God’s plan is bigger than yours.
The Sunday School Mission Project for the month of March is the Alaska Mission for Christ.
CRADLE ROLL There are sixteen children enrolled in the Cradle Roll. No March Birthdays: When a child is baptized, a Growing in Christ Nursery Roll packet is set aside especially for that child. Periodically - for the first three years of the child's life - materials from the packet are sent the family to nurture the child's spiritual, emotional, and physical development. The Cradle Roll Bulletin Board is across the hall from the Nursery/Toddler Rooms. --Wilma Tieman, Nursery Roll Coordinator 4
BOARD OF CHRISTIAN CAREGIVING
CHURCH COUNCIL Special Voter’s Meeting The church council has scheduled a special voter’s meeting for Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30pm. The purpose of this meeting is to extend a call to the seminary for a new associate pastor. Our deadline to apply is March 15 so we need to make sure we have a quorum at this meeting so please make every effort to attend.
FOOD PANTRY - Thank you to all helped in the Food Pantry, Clothing Pantry and with food deliveries in February. In January we served 435 households and those included a total of 1,742 individuals. Of those individuals, 707, almost 50%, were children. I have sign-up sheets on the bulletin boards for two months so that if you know you are able to volunteer next month, but not the current month, you will be able to put your name down. Also, if you know you can only help in the morning or the afternoon due to other commitments, please note that by your name. I will also have shipments dates, so that if you can help at those times, you will be able to sign-up for those as well. If you have any questions, please let me know. Jan Fritz
BOARD OF ELDERS Saturday Night Worship After much prayer and consideration the Board of elders has decided to discontinue the Saturday night worship after Easter. Due to a declining attendance at that service and the departure of Pastor Jeremy, they decided it was no longer feasible to continue that service. The goal will be to begin planning a third service once we are fully staffed. If you have questions or concerns please speak to your elder.
MANNA MEALS - If you or a loved one could benefit from having a couple of home cooked meals a week during a time of illness or after being hospitalized, please let Jim & Janet Totsch, Jan Fritz or Marilyn know and these can be arranged for 2 or 3 weeks. If you would consider taking meals to a church member in need, please let Jim & Janet know via email [email protected]
or call 7798603 or 779-3303. Each person usually makes 2-3 meals a year.
BOARD OF EVANGELISM Get the Word Out The board of evangelism recently had a short TV spot produced that will be airing on local channels in the month of March. They hope to make our congregation more visible in the community. But to really get the word out, we need your help! You are the best form of advertising we can ever do so don’t be shy about sharing with your friends the things that make our congregation great! Pray that this TV spot can help be a conversation starter or reconnect friends who have drifted away.
SERVICE OPPORTUNITY – We at St. John’s made a commitment to provide volunteers to help serve lunch at Horizons on the 2nd & 4th Mondays each month, from 11:30am-1pm. If you can help, you will find a sign-up sheet posted on the Servant bulletin board by the office. If you have any questions, see Marilyn in the office, or talk with Les Kaufman or Lynda Keller. Please prayerfully consider volunteering!
Family Night -
Everyone is invited to join us on Sunday, March 1 at 6 pm for a time of family fun and fellowship. Our Guatemala Mission Team will share the faith lesson that they will be using in Guatemala. Families will get a chance to sing some songs, hear a story from God’s Word, and help the team prepare for their trip by preparing crafts. Please help out our team and join us for an evening of fun. 5
Our next two sessions are at 7:00 p.m. on March 12 & April 16. All members of the Elected and Appointed Boards as well as the Church Officers and Staff are invited to attend. At the March 12th session, we will be discussing the preferred culture and developing goals to be pursued over the next couple of years to support the vision and values. At the April 16th session, we will build an action plan for implementing those goals in 2015 and beyond.
BOARD OF STEWARDSHIP Called to Serve? Stewardship is about giving to your church for the mission of God. We often coin the phrase “time, talent, and treasure.” There are openings for greeters and ushers throughout the year. These opportunities to serve your church require only 20 minutes per week. They require no special talent and they cost nothing. To be a greeter, all you need is a smile and a handshake. To be an usher, all you need is to pass out the Service Bulletins, the collection plate, and assist with communion. Some may say they are not comfortable in front of other people. Others may say they are not willing to commit a little time a few weeks out of the year. Jesus was not comfortable going to the cross but did so willingly to fulfill God’s plan for our salvation. After Adam committed the first sin, God did not just sit back and say “Well, man blew it, now he is doomed to eternal damnation.” God took the initiative to devise a plan to save His people at the expense of His only Son. With these examples of sacrifice to serve us, we all should be willing to serve the Church as God wants us to. If there is not a Greeter when you arrive at Church, take the initiative to put on that smile and shake hands with your fellow Christians. If you are not scheduled to usher, take the initiative to ask the Head Usher if your help is needed. There are many other opportunities in our Church to serve God and one another. As Galatians 6:10 teaches us: “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
BOARD OF YOUTH & FAMILY MINISTRIES
TEEN LYF High School Youth Bible Study – We are having a great time on Sunday morning at 9:30 hanging out and studying God’s Word. Come out and join us. HY-VEE SCRIP Members of the Teen LYF group sell scrip. You can use these cards at the Hy-Vee grocery store and at their gas stations. It’s just like cash—Hy-Vee donates 5% of each card to our Teen LYF group. You can also buy Scrip during regular church office hours from Marilyn.
Lenten Series – Restored in Christ -
The season of Lent is a time for us to reflect on the brokenness of our lives and our world, then turn that brokenness to Christ to be restored by Him. Each week we take a look at an event in the passion story of Christ and see how Christ brings restoration to those broken elements in our lives. All services begin at 7:00pm. Mar. 4 Pastor Hayden-“Broken Trust Restored” Mar.11 Pastor Hayden-“Broken Promises Restored” Mar.18 Pastor Fieberkorn-“Broken Bread Restored” Mar.25 Pastor Rempfer “Broken Justice Restored”
Leadership Retreat for 2015 The LCOSJ leadership has been participating in a 3-month Leadership Retreat that started on February 12th. At our first session, we reaffirmed our mission, vision, and values. The leaders then developed a list of our strengths as a congregation and areas for improvement. We also developed a list of traits that would define a preferred culture needed to achieve our vision of Grace Overflowing. 6
Holy Week Services
Lutheran Education Association of Parents L.E.A.P. is hosting a MEATLOAF DINNER on Sunday, March 1st, 11:30am to kick off Lutheran Education Week here at the Lutheran Church of St John. Menu includes Meatloaf, Potatoes, Green Beans & Corn, Bread, Desserts, and Beverages. A free-will offering will be collected.
March 29 Palm Sunday services, 8 am and 10:30 am – Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem April 2 Maundy Thursday Service, 7:00 pm – Jesus institutes Holy Communion on this night
Come enjoy fellowship with your Quincy LCMS family as we celebrate the blessing of Lutheran Education!
April 3 Good Friday Service, 7:00 pm – Jesus’ death on the cross April 4 Easter Vigil, Saturday 5:30 pm – Waiting and watching for the resurrection
T-SHIRTS & SWEATSHIRTS We are taking orders for t-shirts and sweatshirts, with our new logo on them. T-shirts - $8.00, Longsleeve t-shirts - $10.00 and Sweatshirts - $14.00. Contact Lynda Keller or Marilyn in the office to place your order by March 3rd.
April 5 Easter Sunrise Service, 6:30 am at St. John’s He is risen! The tomb is empty! Easter Services, Christ is Risen! Alleluia! 8:00 am – Traditional Service 10:30 am – Service of Praise
Lenten Season Suppers on Wednesday Suppers will be served before the Midweek Lenten Services and will begin at 5:30 pm in the Family Life Center. A free-will donation is taken at each supper. Stop in and enjoy a delicious home cooked meal instead of running through the drive-thru. Church Members March 4 Chili and Chicken Noodle Soup Supper Bd of Christian Caregiving March 11 Spaghetti with three different sauces to choose from (red sauce, chicken Alfredo sauce, Bolognese sauce), French bread, and a sundae bar.
CONGREGATIONAL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES Confirmation Class Schedule: Confirmation class time will continue 6:00pm – 6:45pm through the Lenten Season.
L.E.A.P. Soup Supper
Board of Christian Education Potato Bar with all the toppings
SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE CLASS begins at 9:30am in the Family Life Center. Pastor Steve and Pastor Jeremy will be leading a Bible study in the Family Life Center. Come early and have some coffee, tea or hot chocolate and a chance to fellowship with others. And don’t forget – the first Sunday of the month is Donut Sunday.
Mission Guatemala St. Johns has 12 members going to Guatemala to serve with the ministry of Groundwork Guatemala March 14-22. Those going are: Crystal Cummings, Maggie Flowerree, Rochelle Hayden, Bill & Lynda Keller, Cheryl Kestner Sharon Kuhlman, Katy Meuth, Bella Soltwedel, Norbert & Linda Soltwedel and Pastor Steve Hayden. While there we will serve God by visiting homes, leading children in learning about Jesus, assisting with medical clinics and supporting the work of the Guatemalan missionaries. We need your help! Hygiene Kits: Our goal is to take 100 hygiene kits. Please consider helping to fill our suitcase. There is a display in the church lobby that will has tags for you to take for needed items. Items should be returned to the church by March 8 and placed in the suitcase. Cash donations are also needed. We would like to give the Groundwork Guatemala Mission a cash donation to use in their ministry. 100% of your cash donation will be used to serve the poor of Guatemala. Donations can be placed in the offering plate or left in the church office. Any check donations should be made to the Lutheran Church of St. John with a notation for Groundwork Guatemala. Prayers Please pray for our trip and that God would give us opportunities both to share and receive His grace. Specific prayer requests are available at the display in the narthex. Let’s show our “grace overflowing” to our brothers and sisters in Guatemala.
KELLER MONDAY NIGHT STUDY GROUP This home Bible study group meets on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm in Bill & Lynda Keller’s home. However, they will not be meeting until the last Monday of the month. They will not meet on March 16th or 23rd. WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY The Woman's Bible Study group meets on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am in the Gathering Room. They just started a Beth Moore study titled “Jesus the One and Only”, the study of the life of Jesus based on the book of Luke. Travel through the hills of Galilee with the Teacher, across the lake with the Master, and finally, on the road toward the cross with the Savior. Let Lynda Keller or Marilyn know if you would like to join in this study and whether you will need the study guide. WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY Everyone is welcome. We meet at 9:30 each week with Pastor to study Word of God, finishing the book of Mark. Join your brothers and sisters to study God’s Word and fellowship. Several of the group go out for lunch following the Bible study. They would love to have any of our members join them, all ages are welcome. They will not meet on March 11 & 18.
Dios le bendiga “God Bless You” 8
SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES There are many opportunities to serve at St. John’s: you can usher, greet our fellow worshipers, help in the Nursery during worship, help in the Food Pantry or Clothing, and serve on the Altar Guild. These sign-up sheets are posted on the Servant bulletin board. Some things only take a few minutes out of a day, or week, or month. Please prayerfully consider volunteering! If you have questions about any area, please stop in the church office.
SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS MEN’S CLUB The Men’s Club will meet on March 16, at St. John’s at 7:00 pm. They will continue “Noah” along with devotions by Elder Hadler. Refreshments will be furnished by Dave Tieman. You can bring a new member or guest. “Noah” is a four-part Bible study from the Men's NetWork that looks at the biblical character of Noah, his life and times, and the remarkable vessel he built to escape the waters of the flood. Are you looking for a Men’s Bible study group and fellowship? Jump in and get your feet wet with Noah: The Man, The Ark, The Flood, from Lutheran Hour Ministries and the Men's NetWork and the Men’s Club.
Easter lily orders. Fill the altar area with Easter lilies! A form for ordering will be placed in your church mailbox in a couple weeks. If you would like to remember someone special or just to celebrate Easter, you can complete the form and leave in a basket in the office. The cost is $10 per lily. Orders will be due by Sunday, March 29.
MARY & MARTHA GUILD The Mary & Martha Guild will meet on Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30pm, in the Gathering Room. Lana Huber will be leading the program on Family. Mary Jo Roberts will lead the Mite Box devotions. All ladies are invited to join them. Hope to see you there!
If you have any questions, or would be willing to serve on the Altar Guild, see Mary Beth Woodward or Marilyn in the office.
MUSIC MINISTRY LADIES AID SOCIETY The Ladies Aid members will meet on Wednesday, March 4th with fellowship at 12:30pm. Pauline Allen & Marilyn Humphrey are on the Cheer & Social committee. The business meeting will begin at 1:00pm. We will have Mission devotions and collect Mites for LWML Mission projects. Bring a friend or an interested member. All ladies of the church are welcome to come and learn what the mission of our LWML group is all about.
Nursing Home Sing-a-long – A group of our members meet at Sycamore Healthcare Center on the third Tuesday of each month to sing and provide a little cheer to the day for the residents. They will be singing March 17. If you would like to join in please contact Denise Pearcy, at 223-0908 or [email protected]
SCHOOL SUPPLIES –St. James School would like to help them by supplying some school supplies to the children of Guatemala. The school items may be brought to school anytime between now and March 1st. Thank you for participating!
VOLUNTEER VOICES Ladies & Gentlemen – Volunteer Voices brightens up the days of our seniors at the Quincy Senior Center, local Nursing Homes, Retirement Homes and the Veteran’s Home by singing for the residents. They also sing for Service Clubs and Church groups. Volunteer Voices is always looking for more singers (and substitute pianist would be great, also). We practice at the Senior Center on Fridays at 10:00, then perform at area nursing homes each Friday at 2:00. We are off when schools are closed due to weather. If you have any questions, or would love to add your voice to their songs, please contact Marsha @ 885-3249, Mary at 223-9438 or Denise Pearcy, at 223-0908 or [email protected]
TUITION ASSISTANCE FUND – We have more students receiving free/reduced hot lunch than ever before which gives us an indication of the need for tuition assistance. Thank you for your response to the tuition assistance letter. DID YOU KNOW THAT…. since 2007, three St. James graduates have gone into high school and become the Valedictorian for their high school class? St. James consistently scores better than 70% of students nation-wide on achievement testing? St. James holds school-wide Fine Arts assemblies? St. James has a library with over 7000 volumes? Spelling and cursive handwriting is still taught at St. James?
NEWS & NOTES St. James Lutheran School News SPRING FLING is the first Saturday in March ….on Saturday, March 7th at the Quincy Senior Center we hope you will come and join us for an evening of fun and laughter as we celebrate together with a 1950’s Sock Hop along with a silent and live auction and great food! 1950’s attire is encouraged but not required. Doors open at 5:00 pm for the silent auction, dinner will be served at 6:30 pm and the live auction begins at 7:45 pm. For additional information on how you can be a part of this, contact the school office (222-8267). If you haven’t sent in your RSVP, please call the school office tomorrow, 222-8267. The proceeds will go toward the support of St. James Lutheran School. If you cannot attend but would like to contribute to the support of Lutheran Education, donations are accepted as well.
Wouldn’t you like your family to be part of the St. James Lutheran School family? Please consider meeting with our principal, Mr. Landskroener, to ask questions and discuss ways in which St. James Lutheran School can be of service to you and your family. LITTLE LAMBS is a program for children aged birth through 4 and the adult who brings them. Little Lambs will meet in the church basement the first and third Wednesday of each month. We will have a Bible lesson, songs, and some sort of craft and/or activity each day! We hope this will be a great chance for the youngest of our children to get to learn about our Lord and Savior! Please join us! Contact Sarah Gierstorf if you have questions or if you plan to attend (That way we can be sure to have enough supplies each day). 217-316-4863 or [email protected]
CHAPEL – Students and faculty at St. James attend chapel Wednesday mornings at 8:45 am throughout the year. Everyone is invited to attend. Come and worship with us! 10
Ladies Night Out – Bimonthly – Will meet in April after Easter. – They plan to get together on Friday, April 10th, beginning at 6:00pm at the Mi Jalapeno Restaurant, 3120 Broadway. All Ladies are welcome for an informal gathering of fellowship and fun conversation. Please contact Rhonda Johnson or the church office with any questions or RSVP.
The March Mission Grant focus for LWML is Christian Educational Support for Children-India. This grant will help to reach 20,000 elementaryaged children in India with the Gospel message through Christian educational resources, provided by Concordia Gospel Outreach. With the support of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League $85,000 grant, approximately 20,000 children will be reached, who in turn will share the Gospel message with their families and communities. For more information on this and other 2013-2015 Mission Grants go to www.lwml.org and scroll down to “Mission Grants.”
ATTENTION GARDENERS!! Have you received your weekly edition of seed catalogs? I'll bet you can't wait to get started. When you are ordering garden seeds, remember our Plant-A-Row Program which is simply bringing extra produce to the Food Pantry during the summer months to share with the families who do not have the opportunity to have a garden. If you have questions about sharing your produce, talk to Jan Fritz, Food Pantry Administrator or Marilyn in the office.
COMMUNITY EVENTS Steve Surratt will be in concert at Trinity Lutheran Church 1003 Hayes St. Golden, Il on Sunday March 1st at 6:00pm. The concert will feature songs from Steve’s four CD projects; Walking By Faith, The Mission, God, Country & Children, and his newest project Steppin’ Stones. Steve was one of the founding members of the Two By Two Quartet, singing baritone and tenor with the group for almost 20 years. Currently Steve is the Pastor of First Christian Church in Mt. Sterling and has a solo music ministry. If you have seen Steve in concert you can expect some humor and a funny story or two. A love offering will be taken to support his ministry. For more information call the church at 217-696-4837 or Steve at 217-7409234
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Clayton IL will be having their annual Soup Supper on Saturday, March 7th, beginning at 5:00 PM. They will have Oyster and Chili Soups, Hot Dogs and Barbecues, Homemade Pies & Cakes, Tea & Coffee. Free Will Offering.
Horizons Empty Bowls 2015 Fundraiser, March 22, 2015, 11:00 am- 2:00 pm, held at the Quincy Senior High Cafeteria. Lynda Keller will have tickets ($10.00) for sale on Sunday, March 1 for the meal of soup, bread, and dessert. Monetary donations are also being accepted to purchase items for a Gift Basket to be auctioned off. This is a fundraiser for Horizon’s, which serves food to the needy in our community. They are asking for volunteers to bake eight dozen brownies and there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside the office.
Gardner’s Palette – 20th Annual Gardening Conference Saturday, March 7 John Wood Community College - For all Gardeners – New or Experienced - 9:00am – 3:30pm (Sign-in at 8:30am) Q & A Session at 3:30pm -4:00pm $40.00 includes classes, lunch, class materials and vendor fair. Register at 223-8380 or web.extension.illinois.edu/abhps/ Spring is only 20 days away –beginning Mar. 20. 11
“Secrets to Parenting – Parenting is Heart Work” Sponsored by the Central IL District Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes in Your Children
Crab Fest – Friday, Mar. 13 Doors open at 5:30pm at the Ambiance. This is a fundraiser for Care Net Pregnancy Services. Tickets are $40.00 in advance and $50.00 at the door. Tickets are available at Mustard Seed, Quincy Hy-Vees, Quincy County Markets, and online at www.carenetquincy.org. Delicious Snow Crab (cleaned, cracked and succulent), Homemade Clam Chowder, Salad, Rolls & Dessert, Coffee, Tea & Soda. Upgrade to a Grilled Ribeye & Baked Potato (Limited number, additional $10.00). Raffle for great prizes and Table Decorating Contest!
Behavior Modification has been used by parents for decades, but its long-term effects are often damaging. That's the conclusion of Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, authors of the book, "Parenting is Heart Work." "Behavior Modification basically says 'I'll give you what you want if you do what I say,' says Dr. Scott Turansky, counselor and public speaker. "Controlling behavior may work for the short term but it breeds selfishness over time. Kids learn to ask, 'What's in it for me?' It's no wonder so many parents have trouble with their kids." Lavern Kruse, the DCE executive for the LCMS English District, is coming to our Central IL District to conduct the Parenting is Heart Work Seminar at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The seminar is open to congregations of our district as well as the community as a program to strengthen families. In their book, Turansky and Miller explain what the heart is and then help parents learn how to use that information in the day-to-day challenges of family life. Based on their book, this seminar will offer ways to teach children cooperation instead of resistance when following instructions, help children change bad attitudes, develop honesty, and nurture self control. "We know that for many this is a different way to think about parenting," says Joanne Miller, a pediatric nurse, author, and public speaker. "But the retraining has amazing ramifications for family life. Parents and children grow closer together and the work of family life moves forward much easier." The cost for this seminar is $20 per single and $30 per family. Yes, that means you may bring the children too, child care will be provided. Teens
The Women’s Mission Circles at Central Baptist Church, 321 N. 7th Street, would like to invite our women, young ladies & girls to join them for a hands-on mission project,Little Dresses for Africa, on Saturday, March 14, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. They will be sewing dresses in the Fellowship Hall (use door F). Little Dresses for Africa is a nonprofit Christian organization which provides relief to the children of Africa. Simple dresses made out of pillow cases and t-shirts. Volunteers are needed to cut patterns, iron fabric, fold dresses, etc. You don’t need to be a seamstress to help. Please bring a pair of scissors, a clothes iron, and a sack lunch. The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s 51st DRESS AN ANGEL Project is accepting donations of new clothing (children’s sizes infant to 16/18) or a financial donation to purchase new clothing, Bibles or personal care items. They ask that donations be in by March 13. They are taking applications Monday thru Thursday, now until March 12 at the Family Service Center at 501 Broadway from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Distribution Day will be Saturday, March 28, 9:00am – 1:00pm.
…Secrets to Parenting continued ..…. are encouraged to participate along with their parents. Lunch will be included in this cost. Please make checks payable to: Central Illinois District. For more information or to register for the seminar, please call (217) 546-4531 and ask for DCE Matt Winkelman. Our Savior’s is located at 2645 Old Jacksonville Road in Springfield, IL. To register online go to: http://www.oursaviorschurch.org/effectiveparenting . Dr. Turansky and Joanne Miller are the cofounders of Effective Parenting. They say, "We give parents a toolbox full of ideas so that moms and dads can look at problems like lying, annoying behavior, and defiance as opportunities for teaching instead of feeling like they’re in a torture chamber." For more information about their books or seminars you may visit their Website at www.effectiveparenting.org or go to the Parenting is Heart Work Website at http://www.biblicalparenting.org/heartwork/heartwo rk.asp
Thrivent Action Team - If you are a Thrivent Financial member or have a Thrivent Member in your group, you can apply for Thrivent funds to help with a fundraiser or to finance an event. You can lead a Thrivent Action Team to bring people together to coordinate an educational event, conduct a service activity, or organize a fundraiser for something you are passionate about. It’s easy and fun! Go to www.thrivent.com/actionteam and simply apply. Thrivent will provide resources to help you plan the event, promotional itemsincluding Thrivent T-shirts, and a Community Impact Debit Card loaded with $250 of seed money. For ideas or to learn more simply visit thrivent.com/actionteam or contact Mick Goslin at 314-452-0477.
Thrivent Choice Deadline Approaching for 2014 Choice Dollars – March 31st Eligible Thrivent members have until March 31, 2015 to direct their 2014 Choice Dollars. If the Choice Dollars haven't been directed by then and there are remaining funds in the program budget, Thrivent Financial may choose to use some of the funds to further promote participation in the program or for other purposes. The goal is to get the greatest amount of eligible members involved to recommend how Thrivent's charitable funds are distributed, and we are asking for your help in sharing this message.
Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) workshops scheduled for 2015. Saturday, April 18, 2015, Immanuel Lutheran Church (Student Center), Macomb
Dates to Remember: March 1 – LEAP Meatloaf Dinner March 4, 11, 18 & 25 – Lenten Services March 8 – Joint Worship Service 10AM and Reception for Pastor Jeremy, Ruth & Isaac March 11 – Special Voters Meeting – 7:30pm March 14 – Mission Team leaves for Guatemala March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day March 22 – Pastor Jeremy’s Installation at Chenoa, IL, 3:00pm March 29 – Palm Sunday
Saturday, May 2, 2015, Trinity Lutheran Church, Taylorville These workshops are led by Randy Wolf, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Altamont; and Stephen Born, St. John Lutheran Church, Decatur. Registration information are available on the CID Website www.cidlcms.org.
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Spring Forward: Set your clock ahead one hour on Sunday, March 8th. Daylight Savings Time Begins. 14