Text Box: “News from the Pews”

The Newsletter of St. John’s Lutheran Church

What’s New(s) and Upcoming Events

St. John’s Values: Preach, teach, and live the Gospel; Welcoming church for all ages; Shared leadership

Mission: Where Christ meets community           St. John’s Vision: Continue to grow in our faith

Annual Congregational Meeting


January 21, 2018 was our annual congregational meeting. In addition to approving all the

committee reports and the 2018 church budget, we thanked out going council members Sharon Pohlman and Deb Sorensen for their 6 years of service. Laura Leedle and Diane Behrens were elected as our new council members.


We also discussed the recent survey regarding our Sunday service.  The results are printed in the annual report. We had several requests for quiet time once you leave the narthex and enter the sanctuary. One member wrote:  Before service talk to God, during the service listen to God, after the service talk to one another. Let’s try to respect others requests by keeping our sanctuary quiet.


We also discussed the call process for a new pastor for St. John’s. The synod office presents the church with one candidate at a time. If we decide against the synod nominee we will be presented with another candidate for consideration until we find the right person for the position. Once we have denied a candidate we cannot return to that candidate at a later time. A calling committee has been formed to interview and decide if they and the prospective pastor both feel they are a good fit for one another. Then the calling committee will make a recommendation to the church council to proceed. If approved by the church council, a congregational meeting is needed to call the new pastor.  Our interim pastor, Debbie Kelly, is our current candidate. Please pray for the calling committee as they have an important decision to make for the future of St. John’s.


Don Gritmacker, President

Lent 2018


Lent, the 40 days leading to Easter Sunday, starts on February 14 with Ash Wednesday. Here are some events to look forward to.


Lenten Study will begin on Wednesday, February 7, at 5:30pm. We’ll be using a DVD and book by Pastor Adam Hamilton entitled 24 Hours that Changed the World, an in-depth study of what Jesus experienced in the 24 hours before he was crucified. Please let Dennis Bischke know as soon

as possible if you’re interested in being a part of this study so he can have enough materials for



Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday, February 14, at 6:00pm. This is a somber, reflective service to get us ready for the Lenten season. As always, we’ll offer the imposition of ashes at the beginning of worship. We use ashes to remind us that we will all die; that through Jesus’ resurrection, we will also be resurrected; and that Jesus cleanses us from our sins (ash used is used in making soap).


Confirmation Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, February 11, directly after worship. This is an

annual event that helps the confirmation class raise money for their retreat to Lutherdale Bible

Camp in March.