The 2018 Winter Olympics have just wrapped up. For two weeks the world came together in friendly athletic competition, giving us highlights of sports at its best. Perhaps you enjoyed the pomp and celebration of the opening or closing ceremonies. Some enjoy the beauty of the skaters or the speed of the skiers. Of course, who couldn’t be excited about the improbably run of the men’s U.S. curling team! I still don’t fully understand that sport, but it was fun to watch. Many people enjoy watching those two weeks of competition, but seldom do we consider all the work that goes into training for the games. For most of those athletes, they have dedicated their life to their sport. To compete at the top levels they must spend countless hours in practice, endure rigorous physical training and adhere to a strict diet. Often times, that one race or performance in the Olympics is years in the making. Did you know the Bible actually uses the athletes of the Olympic Games as an analogy to our faith? In his letter to the Corinthians Paul writes, “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. The do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever” 1 Corinthians 9:25. The “games” that Paul refers to are the ancient Olympic Games in Greece. Of course, that was the summer version, so instead of skiing and skating they were running. Paul compares their training to our own, specifically that of our faith. The current Lenten season, is a time when the Church has traditionally focused on such faith training. It is a time of repentance in which we return to God and recognize that the disciplines of the faith are useful tools for our Christian walk. So training in those disciplines of prayer, devotion, worship, and others becomes an important part of our faith. When athletes go into strict training the reward is a “crown that will not last.” In the ancient Olympics, it was a wreath or crown made out of leaves that would wither and die. Today of course they use precious metals for the winners, which may last longer than a crown of leaves, but is still temporary. Our faith however leads to a “crown that will last forever.” The crown of life awarded to us because of the work of Jesus on the cross and in an empty tomb is our promised reward. This Lenten season as we reflect on the Ten Commandments, deepen our life of prayer, or spend time in devotion, we do so with an eye toward our eternal prize in Jesus. The TV ratings for this may not be as high as for curling, but the rewards are out of this world.
Bringing faith to life, Pastor Steve Hayden
SERVING THE LORD IN MARCH 2018 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 Kendall are out of town, you can contact your Elder listed below.
USHERS: 8:00: 10:30: GREETERS: 8:00: 10:30: Johnson Family
Elder Paul Johnson Steve Barteau Rustin Otney Matt Dietrich John Schonarth Jason Watkins Mike Happel Aaron Clark
ELDERS: 8:00: Paul Johnson 10:30: Jason Watkins ALTAR GUILD:
Melissa Baker Rhonda Johnson
Phone Member Name 217-577-3669 (A-B) 660-349-8095 (C-E) 785-766-9776 (F-Hi) 217-653-0944 (Ho-K) 217-224-3375 (L-M) 217-257-2345 (N-R) 217-222-2858 (S-T) 217-209-1830 (U-Z)
4 – Jim Waack 11 – Kim Rosevold 18 - John Schonarth 25 – Hugh Roderick
The Lutheran Church of St. John Phone number: 222-8579 Fax number 222-1182 Emails: Pastor Steve Hayden – [email protected]
Pastor Kendall Meyer – [email protected]
Marilyn – [email protected]
Jan – [email protected]
Website: www.lcosj.org Church office hours: Mon.-Fri.: 8:00am-4:00pm.
If you need to call to request a ride or cancel a ride for Sunday mornings, call 222-8579 and leave a message at extension #408 for the Van Driver.
March Prayer Focus – St. James Lutheran School Our congregation supports the ministry of St. James Lutheran School by providing tuition support to our families who send their kids to St. James. This month is National Lutheran Schools Week and so we take time to remember St. James and Lutheran education in our prayers. Pray for the preparations that are already underway for a new school year and St. James continues to look for ways to increase enrollment. Pray that they are successful in these efforts and build a thriving school that continues to see and share Jesus.
Lenten Series – Thy Will Be Done A Series of Services for the Season of Lent March 7 - March 21 “Not as I will, but as you will,” Jesus prayed to His Father the night before He went to the cross for our salvation. And that is our prayer as well this Lenten Season as we seek to do God’s will in our lives, as we draw near to the observance of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection during Holy Week. 2
Each service in the series focuses on a different aspect of God’s will at work among us. Biblical characters are used as insightful reference points each week to guide us in following our Lord more nearly day by day.
Make plans to join us in worship on Sunday, March 25. Not only is this the start of Holy Week as we celebrate Palm Sunday, but we will also welcome a special guest preacher. Kevin Bender, son of Pastor Bender, is currently completing his second year of study at the seminary in St. Louis. He will be with us that day to share God’s Word in worship and to update us on his studies during our Bible Study time.
Midweek 3: God’s Will and My Identity In this service we remember that, in humility, Mary dutifully accepted the role God had given her to become the mother of our Savior. That Son would later accept his role, faithfully following the path his Father had in mind for him to save us all. Pastor Steve Hayden
Holy Week Services
Midweek 4: God’s Will and My Worldview In this service we remember that, on the road to Damascus, Paul had his worldview turned upside down when God called him to preach the name of the Christ he had been persecuting. We follow God’s will by putting the crucified Christ at the center of our worldview. Pastor Mike Fieberkorn
March 25 - Palm Sunday services, 8am and 10:30am – Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem March 28–Midweek Service in the Oasis 6pm March 29-Maundy Thursday Service, 6pm Jesus institutes Holy Communion on this night
Midweek 5: God’s Will and My Response In this service we remember that Lydia followed the will of God by responding in faith and hospitality when the Gospel message of Christ’s sacrifice was preached to her. We follow the will of God by responding in love and service to one another in return for what Christ has done for us. Pastor Kendall Meyer
March 30-Good Friday Service, 6pm Jesus’ death on the cross
Midweek Lenten Services will be held on March 7, 14, & 21at 6:00 pm.
April 1 Easter Services, Christ is Risen! Alleluia! 8:00 am – Traditional Service 10:30 am – Service of Praise
The Oasis The Wednesday evening worship service begins at 6:00 pm in the Oasis. This is a casual worship about 40 minutes in length. Child care is available for younger kids and the coffee is always ready. This service is a great opportunity to introduce someone to our congregation or invite someone who doesn’t normally come to church. Services will be held in the Oasis on March 28th.
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Services Easter Vigil service on Saturday, March 31, 5:00pm Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30am, followed by breakfast served by Youth Group, Easter Service at 9:00am. St. James Lutheran Church Services Easter Services will be at regular times of 8:00am and 10:30am. 3
odds with God. God could have done anything He wanted, including wiping us out and starting over. But instead God decided to make peace with us. Ultimately God did this through His Son, Jesus.
Lenten Suppers be serving at 5:00pm – 5:45pm each Wednesday prior to the Lenten Worship Services. Meals or Desserts will also be served following the services on 6:45pm – 7:15pm. Free-will offering. Watch the announcements for more details.
When Jesus died and then rose from the dead, He paid the price for everything that was wrong and unfair in this world. Because of Jesus, we can have peace. We don’t have to get even. Instead, we can reflect the character of Christ by caring for others and making peace. WEEK 1: Why is it so hard to give up what you think is fair? Fairness is a big deal to preteens. It’s often their biggest complaint when something doesn’t go their way. As kids start with this question, they’ll discover how God thinks about fairness and how they can be more willing to let go of what they think is fair.
The Board of Christian Caregiving will serve their delicious spaghetti dinner with ice cream for dessert. The Board of Christian Education will serve a TACO Bar on March 14th. The St. James Pack 2 Scout Troop will serve Pulled Pork and Desserts on March 21st. Come in for a delicious meal after work, already prepared for you.
We start the month in Genesis 13:5-18, God blessed Abram and his nephew, Lot, with a large amount of flocks and herds, so many that the land they were on couldn’t sustain all of them. The workers on each side were not getting along. Abram and Lot knew it was time to separate. Although God had promised Abram the land of Canaan and had a right to take whatever he wanted, Abram allowed Lot to choose first. Abram let go of the best land in order to make peace with his family.
Congregational Boards TREASURER’S REPORT
For the month of January, 2018: Giving: $ 28,856.12 Total All Expenses: $ 43,291.06 Giving short of expense: ($ 14,130.87)
Bottom Line: Prove you care more about others by letting go of “what’s fair.” Sometimes choosing peace means letting go of what we want or our perception of ourselves. Preserving the relationship is more important that protecting our own sense of fairness.
BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
WEEK 2 - Key Question: How do you walk away from a fight? If you walk into a fifth-grade classroom, you’ll start to discover that even if fists aren’t flying, kids fight with each other. Walking away from a fight can be one of the hardest things a kid does because they feel like their entire reputation is at stake. We pray kids leave with a game plan for how they can make the wise choice and walk away from a fight.
When Adam and Eve decided that their way was better than God’s way and broke God’s rule, they changed the relationship between God and His creation. Where once everything and everyone could be in the presence of God, now we were at 4
Throughout Genesis 26, we find Abraham’s son, Isaac, settles in his father’s land and reopens some wells. When his new neighbors argue with him, he simply moves to a new place and digs new wells. Isaac had every right to fight for those wells, but he chose peace instead.
We finish out our month in the book of Colossians. In Colossians 1:20, Paul reminds us that us that peace originated with God’s love for us and Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. And as we’ll discover in Colossians 3:15, we should live at peace with those around us because of everything Christ did for us.
Bottom Line: Prove you care more about others by walking away from a fight. Sometimes creating peace with someone means walking away even if we’re not wrong. Often it takes a stronger person to have the self-control to walk away.
Bottom Line: We can make peace with others because God made peace with us. Jesus is our ultimate example of peace. Because He made peace between God and us, we should strive to make peace a part of how we work together as the Body of Christ.
WEEK 3 - Key Question: What are ways you can be a peacemaker? It’s one thing to say that peace is important, it’s another thing to actively work towards making peace. As kids go about their day, we hope they stop, look around, and see how they can help make peace between people they know who are experiencing an argument.
SUNDAY SCHOOL MISSION FOCUS FOR MARCH Alaska Mission for Christ
In 1 Samuel 25:1-35, Abigail intervenes when her husband picks a fight with David. Abigail immediately knew what was happening and made a plan to present gifts to David and calm his anger. Her quick actions promoted peace between the two men.
Alaska Mission for Christ is the mission arm of the 14 Alaskan congregations of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. We are working together to make a bold witness for Jesus in every community in Alaska. We believe in that every Christian is called to be a part of God's mission. Therefore, we encourage volunteers to be involved in sharing the Gospel as leaders of Vacation Bible School programs, Sports Camps, hammer and nails projects and other programs that share the love of Jesus. We recognize that the huge distances, small population, and varied cultures of Alaska bring special challenges. We believe in training lay people to be involved in all aspects of ministry to meet these needs. Eight lay people trained by Alaska Mission for Christ have gone on to be ordained as Pastors in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Five of Alaska's 14 LCMS Congregations have their roots in the work of Alaska Mission for Christ. Please join us as we work to make sure that every person in Alaska has the opportunity to know the Good News of Jesus.
Bottom Line: Prove you care more about others by being part of the solution. Peace is often about helping stop an argument before it can escalate into something worse. Acting as a peacemaker between others will take time and energy, but God can give us the strength to help others make peace. Sometimes our outside perspective is what someone might need to see a peaceful solution. WEEK 4 - Key Question: Who do you need to make peace with? Hopefully, the kids in our preteen environments aren’t experiencing fights with their friends, but more than likely a few of them are. As kids learn that God went to great lengths to make peace with us, they can pinpoint exactly whom they need to offer forgiveness and peace.
MOMMY & SON GAME NIGHT APRIL 7th - 5:00pm – 7:30pm
CRADLE ROLL There are twenty-nine children enrolled in the Cradle Roll. Children receive materials until age 3, that parents can share with them about God’s love. If you have a child in this age range that has been baptized at St. John’s, watch your church mailbox for materials that are brought for them. If you find a note, the corresponding materials will be placed on the shelf in the coat rack area, with your name on it.
Family Life Center -Angry Bird Theme
Cost: Canned Food Item Meal Cost: Free will donation. RSVP to Melissa Baker, 217-653-9963 or [email protected]
Watch for more details to follow in the announcements.
March Birthdays: Logan Lee Rakers 3 yr. old March 15 Alexis Renee Taylor 3 yr. old March 21 Dalton Ivan Taylor 3 yr. old March 21 London Ann Rakers 1 yr. old March 23
Orange Conference 2018 One Voice - We Can Do More Together
One Removed in February: Cassidy Michelle Altgilbers 3 years, Feb. 9, 2018
RE-IMAGINE THE POTENTIAL YOU CAN HAVE AS ONE VOICE Let’s be honest. Every ministry has the potential to get stuck. Every church can plateau in their growth. Every leader struggles with how to measure success. The stakes are high because the future of a generation is at risk. But if we combine our talents, perspectives, and gifts to lead with ONE VOICE, we have a different kind of influence with the next generation. When you lead as a team with ONE VOICE, what matters most matters more, Parents and volunteers move into the same direction, your core messages become clearer and louder and what you do every week makes a greater impact. The next generation wins. Four Sunday School teachers are given an opportunity to go to a convention in Atlanta, Ga to experience and discover how to build our church and learn how to increase our knowledge of our curriculum that we use. We will be spending 2 full days with some amazing speakers, and having breakout sessions on getting new ideas, and engaging with other leaders on how to make not only our children’s ministry better but the entire core of our church. IF you feel the need, please prayerfully consider helping by donating, and please pray that we will come back with some amazing ideas to help our church family. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Roderick. Thank you!
--Wilma Tieman, Nursery Roll Coordinator
BOARD OF CHRISTIAN CAREGIVING FOOD PANTRY - In the month of January, our food pantry served 339 households. These households were comprised of 1289 individuals and of those 525 were children. Thank you to all that generously share monetary donations and/or donate items for the Food Pantry. The funds enable Jan to purchase a variety of food at much lower than retail price through the Central IL Food Bank, which distributes food approved and under the guidelines of the USDA. A special thank you to everyone that helps each day the pantry is open and with the different shipments and food deliveries. We do appreciate your hard work. The Food Pantry is always looking for additional volunteers to help on a Monday or Thursday, even if for just a couple hours. Or, if you can help portion bulk items and restock shelves on other days. Sign up on the bulletin board by the office or stop in the office if you can even be a backup that we can call when shorthanded. If you have questions, see Jan or any of the members on the list.
Part Time FOOD PANTRY ADMINISTRATOR The Lutheran Church of St. John is accepting applications for a part time Food Pantry Administrator. This position provides a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the community by serving those who deal with food insecurity. This individual would oversee all aspects of operating the Food Pantry, including managing volunteers and ordering food. A complete job description can be obtained in the church office. The position is not limited to members of the Lutheran Church of St. John. This position is for up to 16 hours per week. Resumes should be submitted to the church office. If you have any questions about the position, see Pastor Steve.
Thank you so much for your continued support of the Hearts Overflowing Debt Reduction Campaign. Donations of almost $336,000 received through mid-February have enabled us to reduce our mortgage principal from over $666,000 at the end of May 2017 to under $339,000 at the end of February 2018. In March, we will have paid off half of our remaining mortgage through the Campaign in just 10 months! If you need more green Hearts Overflowing envelopes to assist you in regular giving to the campaign, additional envelopes may be found on the information desk in the Church Narthex. Using these envelopes will help the Board of Stewardship keep accurate giving records. Thank you for your sacrificial giving to the Campaign! Please continue to pray that God would bountifully bless the Lutheran Church of St. John through this Campaign.
CLOSET OF GRACE –Cleaning your closets? We always especially need clothes for babies, kids and teens. Spread the word to your family and friends too. We have also received donations from local resale shops; and we thank them all for the donations. 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, Pastor Steve 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 779-8603 or 779-3303. Each person usually makes 2-3 meals a year.
2018 Stewardship Events: The Board of Stewardship is planning the following events for 2018: June 3-17 - With the first anniversary of the Hearts Overflowing Debt Reduction Campaign, we will be conducting a 3-week sermon series called “Life to the Highest Power.” October 7-21 - We plan to combine the midpoint Recommitment and Re-Envisioning Event for the Hearts Overflowing Campaign with our fall stewardship emphasis. The sermon series and Bible studies will culminate with a single worship service at 10:00 a.m. on Consecration Sunday on October 21st followed by a catered luncheon.
BOARD OF STEWARDSHIP 2018 Contributions to the General Fund: Offerings for the General Fund through midFebruary were $5,000 under budget for 2018 and slightly behind where we were at the same time in 2017. Please continue to pray that our income will exceed expenses throughout 2018.
BOARD OF EVANGELISM HORIZON’S – Serve meals. Volunteers are needed to help serve meals on every 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month. The signup sheet is on the bulletin board by the office. Sign up for March and April. Hot meals are served 11:30am – 12:30pm. A couple of the regular volunteers are out of town so if we could use additional volunteers for a couple of months.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS APRIL 15th _ PAINT NIGHT in the Family Life Center
KING’S BANQUET - Saturday, March 10 at 5:30pm. Everyone is invited to enjoy a homecooked meal. This is our King's Banquet that we share with those families of our community who are served at our Food Pantry.
Connection Point Café in the OASIS Stay after worship, come early before Sunday School and Bible Class, or before worship and enjoy some coffee, tea, or hot chocolate along with some breakfast treats and a chance to meet and visit with fellow members and is a great opportunity to welcome visitors. A sign-up sheet is on the counter in the office if you would be willing to provide some breakfast treats one week.
There will be a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board if you would be able to help. We would like help - to set up tables on Saturday 1:00-? - to finish preparations Saturday afternoon - to serve meal Saturday evening (5:30-?) - to HOST a table, dine with our guests (5:30-?) - to clean up afterward (7:00-8:00?) - to drive van/bus for pickup and/or taking home If you are able to help in multiple positions, please feel free to sign up for more than one.
BOARD OF YOUTH & FAMILY MINISTRIES
SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE CLASS begins at 9:30am. Walk Where Jesus Walked Are you passionate about your walk with Jesus? Why is it often easier to be excited about hobbies, sports, homes, and occupations than about our faith? Walk As Jesus Walked: Making Disciples, presents teacher and historian Ray VanderLaan on location with faith lessons from the first disciples. This study will inspire and motivate as you learn what discipleship means, who can be a disciple, how to be a disciple, and what to expect as a disciple. Grab some coffee and/or donut/treat at the Connection Point Café and join us.
Senior High - join us on Sunday morning for Sunday school at 9:30am in the Youth Room with Aaron Clark as their leader Aaron has been known to stop by and pick up donuts every once in a while! HY-VEE SCRIP - Members of the Teen LYF group sell scrip. 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.
KELLER MONDAY NIGHT STUDY GROUP The Monday night Bible study group will meet at Bill & Lynda Keller’s home, beginning at 7:00pm, each Monday in March.
LADIES’ AID SOCIETY The Ladies Aid members will on Wednesday, March 7th at 12:30pm for fellowship & refreshments and their meeting will begin at 1pm, weather permitting. Wilma Tieman and Marilyn Humphrey will serve on the Cheer & Social Committee. The March LWML Mission devotions will be read and Mites will be collected.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY The Tuesday morning women’s group will continue a Beth Moore study on “DAVID” thru March. Join us one morning if you would like to check it out, we’d love to have you. They meet at 9:30am in the Oasis.
MEN’S CLUB The Men’s Club will meet on March 19th at 7:00pm at St. John’s. Dave Tieman will be the Devotional Leader. “A Man Named Martin” Part 2, #4 will be led by Pastor Steve Hayden. The John Schonarth and Paul Johnson will serve on the Social Committee. All men of the congregation are welcome to join them and learn how this men’s organization serves St. John’s and St. James’ and our community.
WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE CLASS Join us is a great way to try out our bible study. They will not meet on Wednesday, March 28th. MENS BIBLE BREAKFAST This group of men meets on Thursday mornings at 6:30am in the Family Life Center, for Bible study and breakfast, and some of the best coffee in Quincy. This group is usually finished around 7:30am to give you time to head to work or your todo list. If you would like to join this group, either every morning or just a few, enter through the kitchen on the south side of the building.
LLL ANNUAL MEETING ON TWO KINGDOMS ~ Reverend Gregory Seltz, Executive Director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty, and Congressman John Shimkus will team up to discuss “The Two Kingdoms and the role of a Christian in the Political Process” at the upcoming Lutheran Layman’s League Annual Meeting March 17th, 10:30 a.m. St John’s Lutheran in Champaign will host. Registration fee of $12/ per person should be sent to Bob Kassel, 20 Fairlane Drive, Altamont, IL 62411.
First Place 4 Health groups will continuing their program on Saturday mornings from 8:00am-9:00am and 9:00am-10am. First Place 4 Health, a Christ-centered total-wellness program, and will be offered again. If you have questions about this program, contact Melissa Baker at email [email protected]
or call her at 217-653-9963.
OASIS Wednesday Evening Nursery – Allison Hollenstine is coordinating the volunteers to supervise the nursery during the 6pm-7pm worship in the Oasis. The nursery is right next door and has lots of toys and things to entertain the young children while their parents are in worship. If you would be willing to help one or more evenings, please contact Allison at [email protected]
SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS MARY & MARTHA GUILD All ladies if St. John are invited to our Tuesday, March 6 meeting at 6:30. We will finish putting together hygiene kits for the homeless and send Easter greetings to our shut-ins. Pat Heineke, our Zone President plans to join us. Serving with gladness! See you there. 9
SAVE THE DATE & TIME –
ALTAR SERVICE VOLUNTEERS If you have any questions, or would be willing to serve on the Altar Guild, see Marilyn in the office.
MAY 6TH - Music Mayhem 6pm-8pm on Sunday evening A fun, festive, and entertaining evening. If you have a favorite song that One Voice sings, please give that selection to Denise Pearcy, ([email protected]
). Watch the announcements, www.lcosj.org and on Facebook for more details. Have you marked this on the calendar yet??
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 25.
St. James Lutheran School News
Guatemala Mission Registration Open
SCHOOL ENROLLMENT: We are in the process of enrolling students at St. James for the 2018-2019 schoolyear. Pass the word! Satisfied customers are our best advertisement for our school. If you are pleased with our school, please tell others. If not, please contact Principal Landskroener.
The next team is being formed for the group that will travel to serve with Groundwork Guatemala from September 1-8, 2018. Registration and deposits are now due and can be turned in to the church office. If you have questions contact Pastor Steve. Our first meeting will be Thursday, March 8th, at 7:00pm in the Oasis.
LUTHERAN SCHOOLS’ WEEK & SPRING FLING – Lutheran Schools’ Week begins tomorrow with many activities planned for the students. We are thankful that St. James Lutheran School has been a staple for Christian education in the Quincy community for 167 years. Celebrate with us and plan to attend our Spring Fling Celebration this coming Saturday, March 3rd. (Doors open and silent auction begin at 5:00 pm, dinner served at 6:30 pm and live auction begins at 7:45 pm. Good food, great auction items and (best of all) fantastic fellowship with each other as we celebrate the many ways God continues to bless our school. You are part of this tremendous school and we hope you will celebrate with us Saturday evening.
MUSIC MINISTRY NEED VOICES - St. John’s Choir and One Voice are always looking for additional Singers and Musicians for their next musical offerings. If you are interested, see Pastor Steve or Denise Pearcy with any questions, or stop in the church office. 10
PREKINDERGARTEN/KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE will be held Tuesday, March 20th. Come any time between 6:00 – 7:15 pm. Children who will turn 3, 4 or 5 before September 1st are eligible to enroll in the PreK3, PreK4 or Kindergarten class for the 2018-2019 schoolyear. Tell you friends, neighbors, relatives and enemies! We would love to see them all!
Summer Camp FAQ'S tab.
Our staff is trained to help first-timers make new friends quickly. Camp CILCA is open to everyone whether they go to church or not. Non-Christian friends will find that camp is a fun way to learn more about God and His love for everyone. If you and a friend wish to be in the same cabin you BOTH must put the other’s name down as a cabinmate request (for the same camp). Camp is a great place to make lots of new friends, so if you limit the number of your cabinmate requests, you will have more opportunities to make some great new friends from around the state!
“THERE IS A REDEEMER” – Our Kindergarten – 8th grade students will sing next at St. James at the 8:00 am service on March 11th.
NEWS & NOTES
The Chelsea Schofield Memorial Campership Fund has been established to assist those who cannot afford the full cost of camp. If you have needs be sure to request a campership during the registration process. We are grateful that many campers are able to attend because of the Campership Fund. Donations to this fund are welcome. It is our hope that everyone can attend camp, regardless of their ability to pay.
Women’s Scrapbooking Retreat The Spring 2018 Scrapbooking Retreat is coming up March 23-25. The cost is $80 for your room and meals. (Private rooms will be an additional fee.) Contact the office (217)-487-7497 / [email protected]
) to register.
The Camp CILCA
"Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice." (Isaiah 32:1)
THE LUTHERAN HOUR
Summer 2018 Camp CILCA is a great place to get away from the ordinary & experience God’s grace in His creation. Campers can get involved in a variety of activities like: hiking, games, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, archery, creek walking, crafts, basketball, volleyball, softball, disc golf, fishing, & more. Campers also have opportunities to grow in their Christian faith through Bible studies, campfire singing & devotions. Register by clicking on the logo above at http://www.cilca.org/. Find information about all CAMP CILCA summer programs by exploring the
Starting March 4 , Sunday, at 7:30 a.m., WTIM 870 am (Central Illinois), 96.1 FM (Christian County) & 107.5 (Shelbyville County) will begin broadcasting the Lutheran Hour. This broadcast is sponsored by congregations of the Springfield East & West Circuits and any other congregations or individuals who wish to give their support. Donations can be sent to: Trinity Lutheran Church, 1010 N. Webster St., Taylorville, Illinois, 62568. Checks made out to: Trinity Lutheran Church. In the Memo write: The Lutheran Hour on WTIM
GRANT - Christian Hope Through Mass Media in Egypt Lutheran Hour Ministries - $100,000
LERT (Lutheran Emergency Response Team) Volunteer Training Events
Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) has over 60 years of experience proclaiming the Gospel via mass media in the Middle East. Fortunately, the political climate in Egypt provides a new opportunity to expand ministry in the region. Other parts of the Middle East, however, are experiencing great turmoil with war and, as a result, refugees, mainly women and children, are fleeing to safety. There is urgency to expand their proclamation of the Gospel in these areas, especially refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. LHM will reach families, refugees, and citizens of the region through a new television program broadcast in Cairo, Egypt. This new television broadcast has the potential to reach millions of people throughout the Middle East, refugees and citizens alike, with the message of faith and the true love of Christ and to be a strong Christian voice and witness through Arabic satellite television programming. Lutheran Hour Ministries' satellite television programming will reach the Arabic-speaking refugees residing in camps in Lebanon. A satellite dish is placed on the roof of the tent in the refugee camps. For more information, go to www.lwml.org/2017-2019-mission-grant-6. “Serve the LORD with Gladness”
8:00am-4:30pm: Registration begins at 8:00 am Sessions begin at 8:30 am Saturday, March 3, 2018 Holy Cross Lutheran Church 4107 21st Avenue, Moline, Illinois 61265 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Saturday, May 5, 2018 Trinity Lutheran Church 1201 West Jackson Street, Auburn, Illinois 62615 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Saturday, July 28, 2018 Concordia Lutheran Church 316 South Oakwood Avenue, Geneseo, Illinois 61254 - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm The registration fee ($35.00) includes your disaster response training manual, disaster response vest, Certificate of Completion, I.D. badge, breakfast, and lunch. Please register at least one week before the event, if at all possible. Walk-ins are welcome. Please pay with check made out to the host church. Welcome to the Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) volunteer training program provided by the LCMS Office of National Mission. Together we will walk through a simple training program designed to help you serve as a trained Christian volunteer when a disaster strikes. This training is part of a Synod-wide disaster response program, facilitated by a network of District Disaster Response Coordinators and Teams, under the direction of LCMS Disaster Response. At the close of the program, you will receive a certificate of participation and a LERT volunteer credential issued by LCMS Disaster Response. 12
LERT Training Continued…….
Need Seed money for Projects?? Thrivent Action Teams may be able to help
In the chaos of disaster, it's important to stay focused on the task at hand. This training will help you focus on the most important thing to remember as you prepare for or respond to a disaster in your community or beyond. At the center of our LERT volunteer training is one thing— MERCY! Christ's mercy is the basis for everything we say and do.
your group or organization. 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. 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 items, and a Community Impact Debit Card loaded with $250 of seed money. To learn more you can speak to a member of the LCOSJ Thrivent Action Team Committee; Steve Barteau, Jan Fritz, Marilyn Humphrey, Denise Pearcy, Michelle Soltwedel, or Jim & Janet Totsch. It’s a great way to help financially many of the activities that we have here at the Lutheran Church of St. John, St. James Lutheran School, or other groups that you may be involved in. Gather your “Team” and hit APPLY.
This 6-hour training event will equip you to be an effective volunteer should a disaster strike your community. Download the Registration Forms at http://www.cidlcms.org/news.html
DESIGNATE YOUR CHOICE DOLLARS FOR YOUR FAVORITE CHARITABLE FUND
Dates to Remember:
By MARCH 31st
March 1-March 31 – Lenten Season March 3 – SPRING FLING March 7, 14, 21 – Lenten Service March 11 – Daylight Savings Time Begins March 20 – PreK & Kindergarten Open House At St. James Lutheran School March 20 – First day of Spring March 29 – Maundy Thursday March 30 – Good Friday
Eligible Thrivent members earn Choice Dollars and can choose how they are distributed. The Thrivent Choice® charitable grant program engages Thrivent Financial members in providing grants that support charitable activities, furthering Thrivent’s mission and its purposes under state law. Members become eligible based on insurance premiums and contract values. Eligible members are designated Choice Dollars that they can direct to enrolled charities. If your Choice Dollars haven't been directed to a particular fund, such as Lutheran Church of St. John, St. James Lutheran School, Lutheran Hour Ministries, etc. Choice Dollars are distributed monthly to the member’s selection. St. John’s have been blessed to receive $7.547.00 in Thrivent Choice so far in 2017. If you have any questions you can call Thrivent Financial Associates Josh Schenck at 217-257-0232 or Mick Goslin at 314452-0477, or ask Marilyn in the office.
March Anniversaries Wedding Date Years Arnold & Dolores Spielbauer 3/2/1952 66 Paul & Rhonda Johnson 3/10/2000 18 Hugh & Kathryn Roderick 3/10/2001 17 Josh & Danielle Hucklenbrick 3/23/2013 5 Gerad & Amanda Epperson 3/24/2007 11 John & Val Schonarth 3/25/1978 40
Norma Worrick Maggie Flowerree Ellie Hayden Dax Holthaus Hayley Lester Bill Humphrey Pat Lich Ben Meyer Emily Watkins Shane Brassfield Jestun Nutter Chip Woodward Jerry Boyer Robert Hanson Isabella Soltwedel Judy Garkie
March Birthdays Hal Broadwater Mary Kallner Taegan Hanlin Nicholas Johnson Cindy Duesdieker Leanne VanderMaiden Callie Altgilbers Christine Fisher Floyd Hernley Eli Rainbolt Jacob Barnes Hayden Clark Alma Duesdieker Doug Tenhouse Ken Kestner Sharon Kuhlman Jessica Wiley Natalie Perrine Diane Fisher Michelle Soltwedel Micah Schwarz Austin Brinkman Jennifer Breeden Peggy Christianer Brian Schenck Jim Waack Logan Rakers Stephanie Turnbaugh Ryan Houghton Melissa Clopper-Lord Abby Meyer Heather O’Hearn Grant Farmer Margaret Keppner Rhea Epping Travis Hoffman Danielle Hucklenbrick Janet Enroth Alexis Taylor Dalton Taylor Deanna Marshall Stacey Reichert London Rakers
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If your name is not on the Anniversary or Birthday list, or if you wish your name removed, please contact Marilyn at the church office. If a date is incorrect, please let me know. The deadline for submitting an article in the April Broadcaster is Friday, March 23.
Set your clock ahead one hour on Sunday, March 11th Daylight Savings Time Begins.
DON’T BE LATE!
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. 14
23th Annual Gardner’s Palette – Saturday, March 3, 2018; 9:00am-2:50pm COOK’S NIGHT OFF – MARCH 16, 4-6pm $7.00 Dinner includes choice of delicious Roast Beef with gravy or 3-pieces of Quincy’s best Fried Chicken; Mashed Potatoes with gravy, vegetable, dessert, and Dinner Roll with butter. All proceeds from the Dinner benefit Meals on Wheels. Quincy Senior & Family Resource Center. Dine in and receive coffee or tea with your meal. Or, try our Drive-thru service, conveniently located on the north side of the Senior Center.
John Wood Community College, Paul Heath Community Education & Fine Arts in Building D. For all Gardeners – New or Experienced - (Sign-in at 8:30am) Presented by the University of Illinois Extension Adams County Master Gardeners $40.00 includes classes, lunch and printedmaterials. Register at Extension Office at 330 S. 36th St. or if questions call 223-8380 web.extension.illinois.edu/abhps/ There will be several Great Speakers throughout the day and Classes Include: “Sensory and Enabling Gardens” “Who is That in My Garden” “Aeroponics: Support Your Healthy Lifestyle with Advanced Gardening Technology” “Planning Your Vegetable Garden” “Growing Lavender: From Field to Fragrance” “Living Walls” “You Want Me to Eat That? Herbs 101” “Fairy Gardens” “Identify & Attract Beneficial Insects to Your Garden” “Trees: Then Environment and Its Value”
SENIORS – Need help with your taxes? Volunteers from the Area Agency on Aging will begin income tax assistance beginning on Feb. 20 at the Quincy Senior & Family Resource Center, 639 York St., 8:00am – 4:00pm. This service is offered through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Electronic filing will be available for clients. Volunteers will be available 8am-4pm on Mar. 6, 7, 8, 20, 27, & 29 and April 3, 4, 10 & 11. Appointments are required, call 217-223-5700 or 1-800-252-9027. According to the Internal Revenue Service’s website, https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/2018-taxfiling-season-begins-jan-29-tax-returns-due-april17-help-available-for-taxpayers, the tax return deadline has been extended. The nation’s tax deadline will be April 17th this year – so taxpayers will have two additional days to file beyond April 15th.
The Great River Genealogical Society will gather on Thursday, March 8, 2017. Don McKinley will bring us a look into the “Evolution of Farm Equipment” and the program will begin at 7:00 pm in the Lutheran Church of St. John’s Family Life Center, 3340 State Street in Quincy. Refreshments will be served following the program. You do not need to be a member to attend. Go to www.grgs.org for more Society information and resources.
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About The Teen Zone Welcome to the Quincy Public Library Teen Zone! It’s all here for teens – books, movies, music and more! Find out what’s happening at the Quincy Public Library just for teens. Join the Teen Advisory Board, check out the Teen Book Group, drop in to a monthly Teen Program, and sign-up for the Teen Scene e-newsletter – a monthly publication produced with the help of local area teens and stay connected. Click here to view the current month's newsletter. Surf our site and discover what the Quincy Public Library can do for you! For more information, go to http://quincylibrary.org/teen-zone/
Muddy River Opera Company’s Opera Outreach will tour with Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel to 13 schools in Illinois and Missouri in early March. The troupe will also give two free public performances on March 1 and 3. This beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale appeals to audiences of all ages and the program aims to build the opera audience of the future. The organization has integrated the opera workshops with aspiring singers from Culver-Stockton College, John Wood Community College, and Quincy University. The public shows are Thursday, March 1 at 7 pm at Lewis Street Playhouse - Canton, MO and Saturday, March 3 at 3 pm in Quincy’s Christ Lutheran Church. For more visit http://bit.ly/2FubDd2
FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 6:00PM – 11:59PM THE AMBIANCE, 5225 KOCHS LANE
Quincy Public Library
Purchase tickets at www.cancercrush.org Admission: $35 in advance - $40 at the door Fantabulous Friday: Dance Party Friday, March 02, 2018, 10:15 AM Puppet Room - Age Group(s): Infant/Toddler, Child Put on your dancing shoes get ready to get moving at the library! Dancing helps promote gross motor skills and early literacy through music all while children are having fun! Children will dance to a variety of music while getting a chance to use musical instruments. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 217-223-1309 or online at quincylibrary.org.
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The Robins are back! How many are in your yard??
albums, he’s also given back to the global community. Michael has raised funds to battle AIDS in Africa alongside longtime friend Bono; started Rocketown, a safe haven for young people in Tennessee; and has helped more than 70,000 children’s lives through Compassion International. Nathan Tasker weaves his personal journey into songs that echo far beyond his life, compelling listeners to long for their one, true home and the One who will never leave them. The concert is called “Surrounded by a Million Lights World Tour”. Doors open at 6:15 pm. Concert starts at 7 pm. Ticket Information Per Person: · General Admission: $26 doors open at 6:15 pm · Fast Pass Admission: $25 get in early for great seats, doors open at 6:00 pm · VIP: $50 get the best seats, doors open at 5:20 pm; preshow Q&A with Michael and Nathan from 5:30-6:00 p.m.
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DON'T COOK - Take a night off from cooking! Come join us Monday, March 12th from 4:00 8:00 pm at Culvers (2442 Broadway). Culvers will donate 10% of sales to the St. James 7th/8th grade Marine Lab Trip to Florida this summer. You can DINE IN or DRIVE THRU! All sales during that time-frame will count! Tell you friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, etc! No flyer needed! Thank you for your help!
On Friday March 23, the "Singing Saints Choir" from Saint Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia, MO, will have a concert at St. James Lutheran Church at 6:30 pm as part of their Spring 2018 tour. Classical pieces of choral music, together with some contemporary anthems will be included in this year's repertoire. They will take a door offering to help offset the costs of their travel, etc...
Quincy, IL – March 2018: As part of the 30th anniversary celebration of WGCA 88.5 fm The Mix! We welcome Michael W. Smith, singersongwriter, and Nathan Tasker, Australian singersongwriter, to Quincy on Sunday, March 18th. Multi-Platinum artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith continues to live out his dream; he releases new music regularly and performs around the world to sold-out crowds of loyal and inspired fans. During Michael’s storied career, he’s not only been honored with three Grammy Awards, 45 Dove Awards, an American Music Award and has sold more than 15 million 17