State of the Parish
2020 Vision: Still Looking to Jesus
“And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you.” Leviticus 25:10
Can you imagine a holiday that never was celebrated? The book of Leviticus describes the year of Jubilee, the year after the seventh year of sevens. It is the 50th year of reckoning according to Leviticus 25, and is mentioned almost exclusively in that chapter, with provision to carry out the mandate, but never showing the opportunity for carrying it out. For six years, the Israelites were to sow and work the fields, and for the seventh, it was to rest. After the seventh cycle of this six years sowing, one year rest, there was to be a jubilee, a celebration where the ownership of land would revert to its tribes and families according to the divisions made by Joshua. Slaves were to be set free. People were to rejoice in the mercies of God. God gave this command during the 40 years of wandering in the dessert, but when they entered the land, we hear no more about the Jubilee. Perhaps we should consider a Jubilee ourselves…
This year, we celebrate an historic milestone. For the third time now, St. John Lutheran Church has arrived at a year of Jubilee. We are at our sesquicentennial, and celebrating 150 years of confession, worship, instruction, and service in the name of Jesus Christ. We are in a community of mostly unchurched people, and we have the Gospel of Jesus Christ to share. Since nearly 2/3 of our citizens do not claim a church, we have plenty to do. Because of Christ we love them with the Gospel, and we seek to introduce and welcome them to His saving graces.
Our vision is clear, we look to Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. St. John is:
A family united in 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 those without Christ!
This year we celebrate the blessings of God, even as we share them. We have special speakers, special events, and special enthusiasm to serve, for God has allowed us to consecrate this year of Jubilee. We honor God, we pray to Him, we hear His Word, and we receive His blessings of life and eternal salvation. He is the power that unites us. Worship attendance, our devotional life, our prayers, and our obedience are the marks that reveal our faith. We rejoice to be His people.
This Annual Reports reveals God work among us. The celebrations of this coming year help us appreciate God’s blessings. God is among us, and we are blessed to know, honor and serve Him through the efforts of God’s people here at St. John Lutheran Church. Thank you for all you do in the name of Christ, and thank you for all we do together as His Church in this community of faith.
Includes: Baptisms, Received Into or Removed From Communicant Membership, Vital Statistics of our Congregation,
Attendance Record, Participation in the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
Includes: Cemetery Superintendent's Report, Memorial Gift Suggestions, and Highlights from Voter's Meetings and Activities