ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH
(The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod)
Alma, Kansas
A family united by faith in Christ gathering around God's Word and Sacraments.
To reach out in Christ-like concern and Christ-borne love to each other and to those without Christ!
ANNUAL REPORT 2017
Reports from Auxiliary Organizations
PARISH NURSE MINISTRY

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
                                                                    1 Chronicles 16:34

    Our St. John Lutheran Parish Nurse team has been blessed with good and faithful servants who are active in many facets of the congregation.  We are thankful to have served another year of commissioned ministry without the benefit of a budget allocation.  Registered nurses who served in this ministry were Elaine Becker, Janet Wertzberger and Sandra Wertzberger.  Tammy Heine assisted us in professional consultations.  Janet and Sandra participated in the parish nurse district workshop, “Blessings of Faith Community Nursing” on April 19.  Both nurses received the blessing of the hands to share Christ’s healing power with others.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.”     1 Peter 5:6
    The parish nurse team conducted a blood pressure clinic on the second Sunday of each month.  Topics such as diet, exercise, medication and treatments were discussed with positive recommendations for improved lifestyles. The blood pressure clinics have also served as a good opportunity for encouragement and reassurance for some participants.  A health-related article was shared in nine of the church’s monthly newsletters ranging in topics from human trafficking to poisons and first aid.
    The parish nurse must always serve in love to others.  For that reason Janet presented a prayer shawl to the Board of Elders to be blessed and shared with someone in need.  The shawl is available for anyone who may be experiencing a terminal illness or recent loss of a loved one.  The prayer shawl is handmade during prayer and is intended as a symbol of love toward the recipient who is to be wrapped in the love of Christ.
    Parish nurses participated in Vacation Bible School in June by leading the nutrition and snack sessions based on the Bible story of the day.  The school gym was decorated as the Great Hall in keeping with the theme of A Mighty Fortress.  A banner was also made to coincide with the VBS theme and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
“…so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”     Colossians 1:10
    The parish nurses are active in health education in the school and parent-teacher organization by providing brief presentations on timely health topics and specific advice on health issues.  We participate in Bible studies and the Stephen Ministry to strengthen our faith and increase the ministry.  We recognize and participate in other church organizations such as LWML, LERT, choir, and the ladies sewing group to support those caring missions in sharing Christ’s healing love.
    The parish nurse team welcomes opportunities to promote health and minister to those in need.  The church secretary is ready to assist you should you ever have need to connect with a parish nurse.
“In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame;  In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me!  Psalm 71: 1, 2

Janet Wertzberger, RN,
Parish Nurse



ALTAR GUILD

         Altar Guild members are an integral part of the St. John family who serve the Lord by making sure that the chancel and sacristy are in readiness for all who gather around the Word and Sacraments at all regular and special worship services. Duties include preparing the altar for the Lord's Supper and making ready for weddings, funerals, and baptisms. Other duties include keeping oil in all the candles, setting flowers out when they are available, changing the paraments, and hanging appropriate banners for the day or the season. 
         During the past year worship at St. John has been enhanced by many donations. We are especially thankful to the anonymous donor for the beautiful new ceiling and the newly painted walls in the sanctuary. We would also like to thank Pastor and Gayle Grimm for the gift of a crystal decanter in memory of Gayle's mother, Elna Bartley, and Pastor's uncle, Merle Grimm. This piece of communion ware aids in the distribution of the wine as communicants may now choose either the chalice or the individual cup as they partake in the Lord's supper. We were also blessed with a new banner that helped mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation of the Christian Church. Thank you to Janet Wertzberger for using her God-given talents to create this beautiful addition to our banner collection. A special thank you to Kathy Cox and her team of volunteers that spent many hours making the church beautiful for the Advent and Christmas season. We appreciate the individuals and families that place flowers on the altar in memory of loved ones or in honor of special occasions.  And thank you to Karen Wright for her donation of communion wine. 
Thank you to Stacy Dreibelbis and Lacy Dudek for their seven years of faithful service. Welcome to Elaine Becker who has agreed to serve on the Altar Guild. Thank you to all who served in 2017 and have willingly agreed to serve in the new year. Those teams serving in 2018 will be:
January - Roxanne Maike and Deanna Moege
February - Judy Peddicord and Cindy Smith
Lent and Holy Week - Pam Stuewe and Whitney Holle
March - Gayle Grimm and Elaine Becker
April – Barbara Theel and Ruth Wille
May – Carmen Altevogt and Sandra Altevogt
June - Paula Moege and Janet Wertzberger
July – Melissa Theel and Cindy Zeckser
August - Rose Debler and Helen Holenbeck
September - Erin Debler and Kara Mayer
October - Cheryl Buttenhoff and Becky Frank
November – Jennifer Meseke and Kaytlin Meseke
December - Kathy Cox and JoAnn Meyer

In His service,
Ruth Messer, Chairwoman




FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE

The mission of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) is to assist each woman of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod in affirming her relationship with the Triune God so that she is equipped to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the world!
St. John Lutheran Church has a LWML Friendship Circle organization that meets regularly on the fourth Friday of each month throughout the calendar year. Our purpose and goal each month is to connect with God our Savior and Maker and to follow the path of service as directed by our Lord.
Each meeting is opened by a devotion and singing of a hymn, a member led Bible Study followed by our business meeting and closing devotions. Friendship Circle members participate in our Kansas District LWML activities, including spring and fall Zone Rallies hosted by societies in our zone. We support Mite Box collections that support mission projects throughout the world and attend District and National LWML Conventions.
Each February we alternate hosting a Day of Prayer service with Trinity, McFarland. The ladies of our congregation continue to serve funeral luncheons when the need arises. We have catered several dinner events during the year, hosted meals before Lenten mid¬week services and furnished desserts for Advent midweek services. We also hosted a birthday party at the Alma Manor, passed out bottles of water at the Wabaunsee County 4-H fair, and took orders for poinsettias. We made and tied 208 quilts, put together 147 school kits, 34 care kits, which were all sent to Lutheran World Relief. We also sent quilts to Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne Seminary and Alma Manor.
We supported St. Louis Concordia Seminary student, Michael Apfel, and Fort Wayne Concordia Seminary student, Christian Schultz, with monetary donations to assist with expenses.
The 2018 officers are: President, Ruth Wille; Vice President, Mary Reed Spencer; Secretary, Joyce Diehl; and Treasurer, Ruth Tracy.
All ladies of the congregation are invited to join the LWML Friendship Circle and to "Serve the Lord with Gladness."

Joyce Diehl, Secretary



TEENS FOR CHRIST REPORT - 2017

The Youth began the year by helping with the school carnival. We then took in orders and made the sub-sandwiches on Super Bowl Sunday. We served the Lenten meals and also our Sunrise Easter Breakfast. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Orton invited the youth to come to their home at Lake Wabaunsee again this year but with conflicts of schedules we were not able to partake of their hospitality.
The youth helped sell T-Shirts at the Hot Alma Nights and we took in very generous donations for the Hwy 99 yard sales. We brought in over $1800 in donations from the sale and when we were done we donated the left over goods to the Topeka Rescue Mission. We also prepared and served Advent meals and were very blessed with a generous and hungry congregation.
We continue to meet the second Sunday after church and would love to see anyone interested in joining us. Thank you to the congregation and the parents who have helped us through another year. Thank you for your prayers and your support. God bless you all!

David & Jennifer Savage



ST. JOHN PARENT-TEACHER LEAGUE

2017 – 2018 Officers2016 - 2017 Officers
Erin Deblery      President Jessi Wertzberger
Jessi Wertzberger     Vice-President Erin Debler
Ashley Seematte      Secretary Christina Sievers
Debbie Burch           Treasurer Brenda Ridder
Jami Mayer      Member-at-Large      Dawn Yonke

St. John Lutheran School continues to be blessed with parents, teachers, staff and families who generously give of themselves. The 2016-2017 school year was marked with our theme of "Let Your Light Shine"'.
The Lutheran Parent-Teacher League (LPTL) funded many different activities during the school year, including Gathering of the Talents in Seward, Nebraska, class field trips, Spring Fling, Awards Night, and Graduation. In addition, the LPTL has continued to organize several fundraisers during the year, such as the pork chop supper, a live/silent auction, the school carnival, and flower sales. Money collected from fund raisers has allowed the completion of Phase III of the window replacement project with new soffit and fascia installed this past fall. The LPTL also generously supports other needs as identified by SJLS teachers and staff such as art supplies, music and science supplies, playground equipment and maintenance, transportation expenses, and technology upgrades.
The LPTL also collects Coke Reward points, General Mills Box Tops, and Best Choice UPC labels. Other fundraisers include gift certificate sales (Scrip cards) and greeting card sales.
The school Carnival has turned into a popular annual event, and serves to engage community members as well as SJLS families. It is held at the beginning of Lutheran Schools Week. The LPTL also sends out information packets to families in the area with children in the 0-3 year age range, and has organized a Shadow Day to give prospective families an inside look at SJLS.
We feel very blessed to have a Christian school in our community for our children. The LPTL would like to give a heartfelt thank you to St. John Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, the Board of Christian Education, the School Board, and members of our community for the generous support you give to our school.

Ashley Seematter, LPTL Secretary