(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!
St. John’s Lutheran Church
Voters’ Assembly Meeting
Sunday, October 28, 2018

A Voters’ Meeting was called to order by Chairman Ken Smith. Roll Call recorded 40 members and 3 guests in attendance.
Minutes from the July 29, 2018 Quarterly Meeting were published in the newsletter.  No changes were noted.  Richard Orton made a motion to approve the minutes, motion was seconded and approved.


Pastor’s Report - Pastor’s Report for the Third Quarter reflected Church/Sunday School attendance, visitations, funerals, baptisms and marriages for the third quarter.  Membership changes were noted along with Activities Pastor participated in during the last quarter.  Pastor reminded voters of the School Silent Auction and bell choir workshop/concert coming up the next weekend. Pastor will attend the LWML National Assembly of Leaders in St. Louis in November.

Reports of Officers and Boards:

Elders – Brad Becker reported the Elders continue to work on the 150th celebration plans and they are looking for others to work with them.  The Elders worked on removing names off the voters membership list that have not attended a Voters Meeting for over a year.
Treasurer –  Diana Rubottom referred voters to the report (pink sheets) for the third quarter. 
Financial Secretary – Ryan Theel presented the Financial report (green sheet).   
Trustees – Richard Orton the Carpet Fund exceeded the $15,000 for the new carpet installation.  The Trustees continue to work on maintenance projects.  The Fire Marshal had noted the school entry doors needed repair.  New doors are on order to replace the old doors since they were unable to repair the doors.  The recent heavy rains caused leak spots in the school roof.  The hard wood floors will be refinished in the church before the new carpet is installed.  Outside stone work is needed to prevent further damage.  The Trustees will secure bids for the work.
Christian Education – Linda Orton reported the Board continues to research LOGOs.  The LOGOs breakfast had around 40 attending.  A suggestion was made to do an additional survey with more specific questions about who would attend.  The Board of Christian Ed said they will look at if a LOGOs part-time director paid position would be possible.   
Sunday School Superintendent – Phillip Theel reports Sunday School attendance has increased.
School Board – Jonathan Ringel reports a work day is needed at school to clean out the boiler room so Trustees can make repairs.  The School had an inspection and repairs have been made.  The Board is searching for a part time Teacher/Principal.  They are looking at candidates to have someone in place by the end of the school year.
Principal’s Report  - Angie Messer reported the school had leak issues during the heavy rains – she thanked Phillip Theel and Richard Orton for their help during that time.  She also thanked Orville for always being on-call.  The parent-teacher conferences are finished.  Angie reported according to regulations, the van cannot be used to transport students nor can parents use their own vehicles to transport on behalf of the school.
Board of Youth – Pastor reports Randy and Jennifer Meseke have volunteered to work with the youth group.  Eleven are going to the youth gathering this summer in Minnesota.
Stewardship -Ryan Theel  referred to the proposed budget (orange paper) of the first 7 months of 2019.  Changes in the school staff cause the budget to be fluid.  Ryan noted there is a rise in medical insurance and they will revisit the budget if staff changes as a principal is hired. 


Constitution Committee - Nothing
Nominations Committee – Ken Smith thanked Cheryl Buttenhoff for helping on the committee.  They still need to fill in with extra candidates for President & Secretary.  The Financial Secretary will run again, the Board of Elders has two positions to fill and the Trustees need a position to fill.  Stewardship will be filled by Financial Secretary and Board of Christian Ed has 3 positions to fill.
Old Business – None
New Business –
Need to set meeting in November for budget meeting.  Richard Orton made a motion to set the budget and election meeting for November 18, 2018.  Motion was seconded and carried.
Membership changes – James, Deborah, James, and Abigail MacGregor transferred from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Davie, Florida .  Carol White moved to accept membership changes.  Motion carried. 
The meeting adjourned with singing the Doxology.

Respectfully submitted,
Cindy Smith



THEME: The Perfect Gift – Romans 3:23, 24 “For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard.  Yet now God in his gracious kindness declared us not guilty.  He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins.” …NLT
December meeting
  • Date:  December 14, 2018
  • Time:  12 Noon
  • What:  Christmas Covered Dish Luncheon
  • Special guests:  St. John Lutheran School Children will present a preview of their Sunday, December 16th Christmas program.
  • Christmas Stocking Project:  Offering will be sent to the Christian Schultz family.
All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend our special Christmas season lunch.
The November meeting news:
  • Election of officers—Ruth Wille, President; Mary Reed Spencer, Vice President; Joyce Diehl, Secretary; Ruth Tracy, Treasurer; Paula Moege, Christian Life; Karen Ringel, Special Focus Ministry; Gayle Grimm, Gospel Outreach.
  • Cheer Gifts of Poinsettia’s will be presented to shut-ins and those in nursing home care.
  • A monetary gift was given to our school lunch program for their Thanksgiving lunch.
  • We will be assisting the Teens for Christ at the Advent pre-service suppers by donating desserts.
!!!  Save your coins !!! For the next NOISY SUNDAY --  December 30th Mites for LWML Mission Grants

Submitted by Paula Moege,
Christian Life Chairman

POINSETTIA ORDERS: Poinsettia orders may be picked up on Saturday morning, December 1st from 9:00 to 11:00am in Memorial Hall. 

THRIVENT REPRESENTATIVE, Dean Straub, will be at church this month on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays. You may meet with him or contact him to make an appointment. He will be here from 1:00-3:00pm on December 13th & 27th.

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 December 9th. You may have blood pressure checked for free, and ask other questions about health.

Ready, Set, Go: Thanks to the Lutheran Emergency Response Team (LERT), Trinity Lutheran Church McFarland, and Pastor Chris Vossler for setting up the emergency warming shelter on November 25, 2018.  The blizzard had many travelers stranded on I-70 and the McFarland community offered a nearby location to pull off the highway for a brief time to get warm and seek safety from the hazardous conditions. May our hearts likewise be ready for the time when Jesus comes and takes us to heaven.  The time is near!
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  I say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”  Ps. 91:1,2
Blue Christmas: Many of us remember an Elvis Presley song from 1957 entitled “Blue Christmas”.  The lyrics were written by Billy Hays and Jay Johnson.  They go:
I’ll have a blue Christmas without you,
I’ll be so blue just thinking about you,
Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree,
Won’t be the same dear,
if you’re not here with me.
And when those blue snowflakes start falling,
That’s when those blue memories start calling,
You’ll be doin’ all right
with your Christmas of white,
But I’ll have a blue, blue, blue, blue Christmas.
At this time of year when many people are celebrating in red, green, gold and silver, others can only see and feel “blue”, sad, depressed, lonely, isolated, and forgotten.
Blue Christmas symptoms are similar to those of depression, grief and mourning.  There is a fatigue not relieved by rest, low energy and flat affect, maybe a craving for sweets and the subsequent weight gain, feelings of isolation, helplessness and hopelessness.  There may also be a heartfelt longing for people, relationships and times all passed.  The fact that there is decreased sunlight, and thus less vitamin D assimilation, contributes to the depressed feelings.  This is also the same time of year as an increase in SAD ̶ Seasonal Affective Disorder ̶ which has a similar type of physiological and psychological response in individuals.
Some churches conduct a Blue Christmas service, this is usually done on the evening of December 21st.  This day is selected because, in the northern hemisphere, it is the shortest day and longest night of the year, which further contributes to dark feelings. When individuals and families have lost loved ones during the year, the joyful and glorious spirit of Christmas is muted because of the loss. The service provides people with an opportunity to worship with others who share their same feelings. Generally there is a candle lighting ceremony as well as a prayer component and hymn sing which brings some light to the body, joy in the heart and peace to the soul of the survivors.
If you are interested in this kind of service, please contact Pastor Grimm, a church elder, or myself.  We are here for you.  Where there are two or three gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.  Matt. 18:20

In Christ’s Mercy
Janet Wertzberger, Parish Nurse

REPAIR PROJECT: A big “THANK YOU” to the congregation for your donations to the Carpet Fund / Repair Project. Together we have exceeded our goal of $15,000 which will allow us to replace the existing carpet in the sanctuary along with repairing some ceilings and exterior trim. Work will begin in January 2019.

CHURCH CHRISTMAS DECORATING: Thank you to Sherri Hensley, Heather Pfannenstiel, Cindy Smith and Traci Songs for the assistance in Christmas decoration prep work. Also, thank you to Chris & Eric Cox, Sherry Hensley, Heather & Elli Pfannenstiel, Judy Peddicord, Phillip Theel, Russell, Darcy, & Ashton Torrey and Ken & Cindy Smith with their help in decorating. This could not have been accomplished without all of your help. It is greatly appreciated. – Kathy Cox.

THE THREE SEASONS CONCERT will be held December 2nd at St. John Lutheran Church at 3:00pm. It will be the 16th annual concert of local church choirs. A door offering (either canned goods or cash) will be taken to support Community Health Ministries. Teens for Christ will host a soup supper immediately following the service. See below.

TEENS FOR CHRIST SOUP SUPPER will host a soup supper following the Three Seasons Concert on December 2nd from 4:30-6:30pm. Choice of potato, chili, or chicken noodle soup - served with carrots, celery, dessert, tea, coffee, water. A free-will donation will be accepted. The donation will help defer the cost for their trip in July to the 2019 LCMS Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, MN.

TEENS FOR CHRIST ADVENT MEALS: They will host advent meals before each of the advent worship services, serving from 5:30-6:45pm. Menus for the meals are:
December 5th - Sloppy Joes, assorted chips, carrots, celery, dessert, tea, coffee or water.
December 12th  -  Meatballs, cheesy potatoes, assorted salads, dessert, tea, coffee, water.
December 19th – Choice of Chili, Potato, or Chicken Noodle Soup. Served with carrots, celery, dessert, tea, coffee, water. 
A free will donation will be accepted to help defer the cost for the 2019 LCMS Youth Gathering  in Minneapolis, MN.

SANTA’S WORKSHOP: Teens for Christ will also host a Santa’s Workshop on December 9th for children ages 3 & up. Santa’s Workshop will be from 3:30-5:00pm in the St. John Lutheran School gym. Children are invited to join us to “shop” for a special Christmas gift for mom and dad. Santa’s helpers will be available to help pick out gifts and also help shoppers wrap the gifts. Games, activities, and a snack will also be provided. The workshop fee is $10, which includes two gifts, snack and activity. RSVP’s are encouraged but not required. Space will be limited to the number of gifts we are able to secure. If you have questions or would like to donate gift items, please contact Jennifer Mumpower at or 785-456-4811. Proceeds will also be used for the 2019 LCMS Youth Gathering.

MEMORIAL TRIBUTE SERVICE: Campanella Family Funeral Homes will be holding their annual Memorial Tribute Service on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Anyone is welcome to join, no matter where your loved ones services were held, or how much time has passed, we will include them in our tribute service. Pictures may be submitted through our website or mailed/dropped off at our Wamego Office. The service will be held at 612 E Hwy 24, Wamego, KS. Reception and Hors d’oeuvres are at 5:30pm and the Memorial Tribute Service begins at 6:30pm. See the bulletin board for more information.

CREATION MUSEUM AND ARK ENCOUNTER TRIP: St. Luke’s in Manhattan is planning a trip to the Creation Museum & Ark Encounter on February 15th - 18th (President’s day weekend). They are inviting all districts to join them. Registration for the trip is due January 15th.  For more information go to St. Lukes website at or contact Charity Smith at 785-539-2604.

SAVE THE DATE: The 75th Annual Gathering of the Talents will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska.

LCMS LIFE CONFERENCE: “Joy:fully Alive — Body & Soul” Jan. 17–19, 2019; Arlington, Va.
“The enemies of life give the illusion of having overwhelming power and resources. We all ask, ‘Is there anything I can do that will really make a difference?’” said the Rev. Robert Zagore, executive director of the LCMS Office of National Mission.
“The answer is, come. Come ‘learn to live Christ’s love amidst a culture of death.’ Come learn, come march, come pray. Come and see. The Lord is working through His people.”
You are invited to attend the 2019 LCMS Life Conference, Jan. 17–19, 2019, at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel in Arlington, Va., to learn to live in Christ’s love amidst a culture of death. The conference is open to Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod members and guests. Register online by Dec. 6, 2018 at
The death and resurrection of Jesus reveals that God loves His creation and grants life as a gift. As His people, we learn to have the same perspective. Even in a culture that does not share this view, we live and witness to the love of God through our advocacy of life, as we are “Joy:fully Alive — Body & Soul.”
Featured speakers and sessions will encourage participants in their desire to advocate for life in their congregations and communities, and provide resources and information about how to serve those facing life issues. The conference will also provide opportunities for devotion and worship, with a Divine Service Friday morning before the march.
LCMS Life Ministry will also participate in the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 18. Even if you cannot attend the Life Conference, you are invited to join the LCMS at the march.

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