(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!



You are invited to attend our next bible study and business meeting on Friday, November 22 at 1:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
Theme: ALWAYS THANKFUL…Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  1 Thessalonians 5:18
Devotions: Mary Reed Spencer;  Bible Study: Pastor Grimm;  Hostess: Mary Reed Spencer
CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR SEMINARY STUDENTS: Concordia Theological Seminary at Fort Wayne, Indiana is requesting gift cards for their students for the Christmas season. Gift cards in increments of $10, $20, or $25 that can be utilized by the students at local Fort Wayne merchants. Noted stores such as Walmart, Target, Old Navy, J.C.Penney’s or, restaurants such as Outback, Olive Garden, Wendy’s McDonalds, Pizza Hut, etc. Many of these gifts card ideas are available through LPTL, if you would like to help this organization out while furnishing a gift card for a seminary student/family. Cash gifts are also appreciated. These gifts will need to be ready to send by November 15th.  Please contact our Treasurer, Ruth Tracy or our Gospel Outreach Chairman, Gayle Grimm with any gift you would like to send to our seminary students.
POINSETTIA SALES: Friendship Circle will be taking orders for poinsettias again this year.  Prices will be $8.50 for 6 ½”; $15 for 8”; and $20 for 10” potted plants.  Order blanks will be available that will advise you of the colors.
Save this date:  December 7th: Friendship Circle Christmas Brunch at 9 a.m. Memorial Hall. We are trying something new this year.  Instead of a Christmas lunch we have decided to have a Christmas Brunch. You are invited to attend this event at St. John’s Memorial Hall. We will begin these festivities at 9:00 a.m.  Make plans to attend this new Christmas event.
Submitted by: Paula Moege, Christian Life Chrmn.

REV. JOHN FRIES has been invited to preach at the November 10th service to help us celebrate our 150th Anniversary. A basket meal will follow worship.

2020 DIRECTORY: There are still a few slots open on the December 10th date to have your photograph taken for the 2020 Directory! We invite all member and school families to be included. For participating, you will receive a complimentary free 8 X 10 photograph and printed directory. Please allow up to an hour to check-in, be professionally photographed, view and select your photographs. You are not obligated to make any purchases. To see what time slots are available, contact the church office or you may signup online from the church’s website, Just click on the link on the home page to be directed to the scheduling site. If out of town family will be back for Thanksgiving and you would be interested in having a picture taken then, contact the church office so we can schedule a time and find someone to take your picture (sorry, no free 8 X 10 if you do this). If you have additional questions, contact the Church Office at 765-3632.

ST. JOHN TEENS FOR CHRIST met after church service on Sunday, October 13th at Tim Songs’ barn.  The group enjoyed a pizza lunch followed by refreshing the paint on the bible verse on the barn along I-70. A short meeting followed the service project. Advent meal menus were decided to include Chicken Enchilada Casserole on December 4th, Ham & Cheesy Potatoes on December 11th and Soup meal on December 18th. Thrivent Action Cards will be used to help with expenses for the meals. Youth will be available to help moving tables for the upcoming bell choir event as well as babysitting for the upcoming Circuit Reformation Service. Teens for Christ plan to adopt a family for Christmas thru the Alma Santa Express utilizing additional Thrivent Action card funds as well as small donations from the youth group. 
Submitted by Brayden Meseke, Secretary

THRIVENT REPRESENTATIVE, Dean Straub, will be at church this month on the 2nd Thursday only. You may meet with him or contact him to make an appointment. He will be here from 1:00-3:00pm on November 14th.

HEALTH CHECK: Parish nursing (PN) offers tips on living healthy, and ties this to our spiritual well-being. This month there will be a health check after church on November 10th. You may have blood pressure checked for free, and ask other questions about health.

NEED A CHRISTMAS OR BIRTHDAY GIFT? St. John LPTL is once again placing orders for Scrips Gift Cards during the month of November and December. You will find the order form included in this newsletter, on the table outside the church office or from Gayle Grimm. If you don’t see a particular business on the form, check with Gayle to see if it is available. They will also have many different cards on hand that may be purchased.  Orders will be placed on Nov. 11, Nov. 25, and Dec. 9. Thank you for supporting St. John Lutheran School with your purchases!

CHURCH CHRISTMAS DECORATING will take place on December 1st after the worship service. Also, help will be needed after the Thanksgiving Worship Service on Wednesday, November 27th, to bring the decorations up from the basement. Lots of help would be appreciated for either or both of these dates. We could especially use some help from taller individuals and those not afraid of heights or climbing ladders to decorate the higher places.) If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Cox at 

ATTENTION LADIES: Many events are being planned for the Church’s 150th Anniversary.  A Ladies Event will be scheduled for 2021.  I am reaching out to anyone that may have access to Wedding Gowns/Sunday (Going to Church) Ladies clothing from 150 years ago to current. So look in your attics, closets and/or trunks and we will see what treasures we can find! If you find some treasures (even accessories such as hats, gloves, purses), please contact me after church, by phone, 785-317-6113 (please leave your name & number) or email, I look forward hearing from you – God Bless & thank you for your help!  - Cindy Smith

MEMORIAL TRIBUTE SERVICE: Campanella Family Funeral Homes will be holding their annual Memorial Tribute Service on Saturday, December 7, 2019. It will be held at Campanella-Evans Mortuary, 612 E. Hwy 24, Wamego, KS. Reception & Hors d’oeuvres are at 5:30pm and the Memorial Tribute Service begins at 6:30pm. To include a loved one in our slideshow presentation we will need a Picture, their Full Name, Date of Birth and Date of Death. We would also like to know if they served in the military. To submit pictures, or for additional details, see the church bulletin board.

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