(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!
Reports from Auxiliary Organizations

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness…
Galatians 5:22

The parish nurse ministry is served by three registered nurses who were commissioned by Pastor Grimm for St. John to minister to those in need on behalf of the church.  Janet Wertzberger, RN is the certified parish nurse and is supported by Elaine Becker, RN and Sandra Wertzberger, RN.  This health ministry team is also supported by emergency first responder parishioner volunteers and the Lutheran Emergency Response Team (LERT).  Together with other licensed health service volunteers, St. John has a team health ministry in service to the Lord.
The parish nurse team offers a monthly blood pressure check clinic following the church service on the second Sunday of each month.  Participants may have their blood pressure and pulse taken and discuss health concerns and/or recommendations.  Current health education is also presented in the monthly church newsletter under Parish Nurse Ministry.
Parish nurses also serve the Lord humbly in a variety of settings and activities which include Bible study, LERT, music and missions.  In 2019 we will begin to focus on celebrating the health ministry in the church and the vision of helping others to see the Lord. 
No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong
in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what
he had promised.  That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”
But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but
for ours also.  It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the
dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our
justification.  Romans 4:20-25

Janet Wertzberger, RN,
Parish Nurse


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 baptisms, funerals, and weddings.  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.
We appreciate and thank the individuals and families who place flowers on the altar in memory of loved ones or in thanksgiving for special occasions.  There is an altar flower sign up sheet hanging on the pillar as you come into the church where you can enter the information on the date you would like to do this.   Thank you to Paula Moege who embroiders the baptismal napkin remembrances and to Karen Wright for her donation of communion wine.  A special thank you to Kathy Cox and the team of volunteers that spend many hours making the church beautiful for the Advent and Christmas season and to Suzanne Simon who adds special decorations to beautify the sanctuary for Easter. 
Thank you to all who served in 2018 and have willingly agreed to serve in the new year.  Those teams serving in 2019 will be:

January – Roxann Maike and Deanna Moege
February – Judy Peddicord and Cindy Smith
March – Gayle Grimm and Elaine Becker
Lent and Holy Week – Pam Stuewe and Whitney Holle
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 and Kaytlin Meseke
December – Kathy Cox and JoAnn Meyer

In His Service,
Ruth Wille, Chairwoman


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 served the Alma Co-op annual meeting meal and furnished desserts for Lenten and 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 gave gifts to the confirmands; donated to Wabaunsee High School after prom; purchased large print of Portals of Prayer; made a donation to the lunch program at St. John Lutheran School, and remembered our shut ins at Christmas with a poinsettia.  Noisy Sundays were started for mite collections being held on the 5th Sunday of a month.  We made and tied 280 quilts together with 170 school kits, 37 health kits and a box of soap which were sent to Lutheran World Relief.  Quilts were also donated to foster children, Lutheran school auction and several members in nursing homes.
The 2019 officers are:  President, Ruth Wille; Vice President, Mary Reed; Secretary, Joyce Diehl; Treasurer, Ruth Tracy; Christian Life, Paula Moege; Special Focus Ministry, Karen Ringel; and Gospel Outreach, Gayle Grimm.
All ladies of the congregation are invited to join LWML Friendship Circle and to “Serve the Lord with Gladness.”

Joyce Diehl, Secretary


The youth continue to meet on the second Sunday each month directly after church.  During this time they are taking turns sharing a devotion, reviewing their treasurer’s report, discussing past and upcoming fundraisers, discussing details for the 2019 LCMS Youth Gathering.
This year the youth reviewed the Super Bowl sub sandwich fundraiser cost per sandwich.  Once they reviewed the cost verses the profit they determined not to organize the fundraiser.
This spring the youth helped with Lenten meals and the Sonrise breakfast Easter morning. This winter they offered a soup supper following the Three Season Choir Concert. During the Advent season the teens served meals before each Advent church service.  The teens offered a Santa’s Workshop for area children during the Christmas season.
We are thankful for the continued support of our congregation. Thank you for your prayers as we prepare for the 2019 Gathering.  Thank you for the help and donations towards our fundraising. Please encourage any teen to join us on the second Sunday directly after church, all are welcome.

Teens for Christ and parents


2017 – 2018 Officers2018 - 2019 Officers
Erin Deblery      President Jessi Wertzberger
Jessi Wertzberger     Vice-President Erin Debler
Ashley Seematte      Secretary Ashley Seematter
Debbie Burch           Treasurer Debbie Burch
Jami Mayer      Member-at-Large     Jamie Mayer

St. John Lutheran School continues to be blessed with parents, teachers, staff and families who generously give of themselves. The 2017-2018 school year was marked with our theme of "Love the Lord!”
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 SJ.LS 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 is looking forward to our annual National Lutheran Schools Week, which will be at the end of January and will include a Family Fun Event at CATTS.  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