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!

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS


LWML FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE:

Next meeting date:  Friday, January 24 at 1:30, Memorial Hall.
THEME: BALANCING ACT – “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  1 Corinthians 10:13
Keeping you balance: Think of changes you had to make to your calendar to balance your schedule.
There will be a Devotion, Bible Study, and Installation of new officers, meeting, and closing Responsive Reading. Make plans to attend.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Sunday, January 5:  Meeting after church to assist with planning the meal for the upcoming Coop Supper on January 13. We will appreciate donations of deserts and some service time. Thank you for your help.
Friday, January 24:  The first meeting of the New Year at 1:30 at Memorial Hall.

January 2020 – Mission Grant
Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Grant #6 — God’s Healing Power and Grace
Lutheran Church of Guatemala and Child Beyond International — $100,000

Guatemala, although a beautiful country, has many people who suffer in extreme poverty. Over 50 percent of the children are malnourished and have no access to any form of medical or dental care. Most have no pre- or post-natal care and often die from preventable diseases. Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hood River, Oregon, and the Lutheran Church of Guatemala have partnered to share God’s physical and spiritual healing with as many souls as possible in the decades to come. They have developed a network of LCMS partner churches to send health professionals and mission teams to Guatemala on short-term medical mission trips. And, in order to reach these isolated villages, they need the right tool, namely, a Mobile Medical Mercy Mission Bus. Once the funds from the

LWML grant are received, a bus will be purchased and retrofitted with medical and Bible school equipment which will enable the teams to share the healing love of Jesus both physically and spiritually. While the physicians tend to the physical needs of their patients, the ministers and lay leaders will go into the villages and set up Bible classes, VBS, and worship services for the spiritual needs of the patients — all because of one bus.

Paula Moege, Christian Life Chairman

“YOUR HOUSE, OUR HOME” Pastor and Gayle invite you to join them at the Parsonage for an open house on January 5th from 1:30pm – 3:30pm to celebrate Epiphany. It remains a privilege to serve you with the love and gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.


2019 ANNUAL REPORT: All Chairmen, Secretaries, and Treasurers of their respective Boards & Groups need to have their reports for the Annual Report to the Church Office no later than January 15th.

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 January 12th. You may have blood pressure checked for free, and ask other questions about health.

THRIVENT REPRESENTATIVE, Dean Straub, will be at church this month on the 2nd & 4th Thursday. You may meet with him or contact him to make an appointment. He will be here from 1:00-3:00pm on January 9th and 23rd.

CHURCH CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS will be left up till after the Children’s Christmas Service on the evening of January 5th. After that, those who donated poinsettias to decorate the church can take them home. Help will be needed to take down the decorations that next week.  Exact date & time still being determined.  

CHRISTMAS CAROLING: Thanks to the 16 carolers who visited the Alma Manor and 9 homes while caroling songs of joy of the Savior’s birth and redemption.

ST. JOHN TEENS FOR CHRIST YOUTH GROUP: December activities for Teens for Christ included the meal and dessert fundraisers, an afternoon of lunch and games and adopting a Wabaunsee County family for Christmas. On December 8th, we enjoyed lunch and games between church and the concert. It was a great time to get to know each other in a fun way. Teens for Christ and their families also adopted a family of seven for Christmas. With funds from a Thrivent Action Card, Trinity Church Youth donation, and a Santa Express donation our Teens for Christ provided a Christmas meal and gifts to bless another family.
Thank you for your support during the Three Season Concert and Advent. Giving thanks to God for all your support.

Merry Christmas and many blessings for 2020!!
Brayden Meseke, Secretary

YOU ARE INVITED: Evelyn Zeckser will be turning 100 on January 13th. To help her celebrate, everyone is invited to an open house in Memorial Hall, hosted by her Family. It will be held on January 12th from 11:00am to 2:00pm. A meal will be provided.

SAVE THE DATE: The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod invites you to “Walk with us” on January 24th. Form a group to go to Washington, D.C., for the March for Life. Help us make 2020 the year with the largest contingent of Lutherans marching together in this life-affirming event. Save the date and watch for more information, including pre-march activities and where to meet other LCMS marchers on the National Mall. For more information, go to lcms.org/march-for-life.

EPIPHANY! LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE – a Hymnfest will be held on Sunday, January 26th at 3:00pm at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2021 SW 29th St., Topeka.

GATHERING OF THE TALENTS will be held Saturday, March 28th, 2020 so save the date! This is held at Concordia University, Seward Nebraska.


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