LWML FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE:
We meet this month on April 26 at 1:30 p.m. We will be celebrating our Lord’s resurrection. He is Alive!! Make plans to join us!!
Theme: Resurrection Joy - “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!” 1 Peter 1:3
Devotions: Carole Moege
Roll Call: Share an Easter tradition that focuses on Christ.
Bible Study: Sandy Altevogt
Business: Planning the Manor Birthday Party for May and Manhattan Zone Spring Fling report
Service Activity: Mite Box Collection and Devotion
Hostess: Sandy Altevogt
The 2017-2019 Mites Mission Goal cutoff date was March 29, 2019. As of March 22, 2019, there was $70,362.76 remaining of the $2,075,000 National LWML Mission Goal to be collected. This two year event is awesome and we praise our God and Savior for all of the wonderful people who contributed to the chosen mission projects through mite offerings! Just a short report on another of the mission grants that received $97,000 through Mite Box offerings. Raising Pastors and Deaconesses: The purpose of the fund is to train pastors, deaconesses and other church leaders for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia.
- $30,000 to LeadaChild for establishment of teacher training “hubs” in West Africa/Asia.
- $40,000 to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, for education costs of the Graduate School’s student who are from African countries with special consideration given for Liberian students.
- $7,000 for Grace Rao, Office of Deaconess Ministry for Liberian Deaconess training.
- $20,000 for the seminary in Sierra Leone where Liberian students attend.
Don’t forget the 5th Sunday at St. John is noisy Sunday. Bring your change to add to these Mites for Missions. Submitted by Paula Moege,
CHURCH RESTORATION OPPORTUNITY: An anonymous donor will provide $4000 of support to repair the plaster behind the altar and repaint it, if others will match the donation. If we receive $8000, we should be able to complete the project. So far we have collected $1690.00. Designate an offering to “matching repair fund” for those dollars to be matched.
CHURCH DIRECTORY: We could still use some volunteers willing to participate in the scheduling and building of the directory. If interested, please contact the church office. Photography dates have been set for November 6th -9th, so please keep these dates in mind. We will be calling to schedule appointments in the September timeframe.
20 20 VISION – IT’S STILL ALL ABOUT JESUS: In the year of our Lord 2020, St. John Lutheran Church will celebrate its 150th anniversary as an LCMS congregation worshiping in and serving the Alma area. This is a celebration of the whole body of Christ at St. John. Many people within the church have talents and gifts that can be used to showcase the history and direction of the congregation. The anniversary committee would like to know what activities would be of interest and are also looking for volunteers to help with those activities. On the table outside the church office are lists of activities. Talk to Ken Smith, Kathy Schultz, or Pastor Grimm to learn how to help.
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 April 11th & 25th.
LPTL FLOWER SALE: The LPTL will be having their annual flower sale again this year on May 4th, 8:00am-noon in the school gym. An order blank is included in this newsletter. Orders need to be turned in to the school or church by April 9th. They always order extras, so if you don’t get your order in, stop by and see what’s available.
FROM THE PARISH NURSE: April is alcohol and addiction awareness month. We have recently been hearing in the news about the opioid crisis and the powerful prescription drugs that carry a risk of dependence, addiction, and overdose. Although opioids have their place in treating some chronic medical conditions, they can easily become addictive when someone feels like they need more pills to feel normal or to get more pain relief. Pain management can often be satisfactorily achieved when just using NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anit-inflammatory drugs) or other alternative therapies instead of addicting opioids.
You can do your part to help reduce access to prescription drugs for misuse by simply giving your closets, drawers, and medicine cabinets a spring cleaning. Remove any outdated and unused prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. (Please don’t flush them down the toilet or pour them down the sink drain!) There are two ways to properly dispose of them:
1.Remove prescription labels and place bottled or packaged medications into a zip-lock type bag. Dispose of your collection on Saturday, April 27, 2019 Drug Take Back Day at either the Wabaunsee County Courthouse from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm or at the Maple Hill Senior Center. The drugs will be disposed of by law enforcement under the supervision of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Note: The Sheriff’s office will accept medications for disposal any time, if someone is available, Mondays through Fridays. 2.The Wabaunsee County Health Department in Alma has FREE- that’s right, just for the asking—Deterra bags in small, medium, and large sizes. The Deterra bags are used as a drug deactivation system that is environmentally friendly and neutralizes pills, liquids and patches. All you have to do is add warm water and the medication to the pouch, seal it, and knead the bag for 30-60 seconds. (Directions are on the back of the bag.) Once the drugs are neutralized, the bag can be disposed of in normal trash. As with all prescriptions being disposed, you should remove the label from the medication container before disposing the empty container in the trash or recycle bin. Labels with patient identifiers such as the prescription number, patient name or address should always be removed and shredded or burned for privacy purposes. Access to such patient identifiers could benefit someone in illegally accessing a refill to that medication. To learn more about treatment programs that are available call Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at 1-800-622-HELP or visit www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov.
A Prayer for Inner Strength: Precious Savior, Please give me the strength to face the day and to see the many blessings that it contains. Give me the courage to walk on, no matter how long the path and how many turns the road may hold. Guide my thoughts so that I walk in love and peace, and with gratitude stamped on my heart. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Janet Wertzberger, Parish Nurse
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 April 14th. You may have blood pressure checked for free, and ask other questions about health.
TEENS FOR CHRIST: The Teens for Christ continue to meet on the second Sunday each month following Sunday church service. All St. John Lutheran teens are welcome to attend, we look forward to seeing you. They will be offering the following meals during the Lent season. The meals will be served starting at 5:30 p.m. It is a free will offering which will be used to offset costs for the National Youth Gathering this summer.
April 3rd: Baked Ham, Cheesy Potato, Green Beans, assorted desserts. April 10th: Bake Potato Bar, assorted toppings, assorted salads, assorted desserts.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN AREA CHURCH HISTORY? Rev. Kevin Larson will speak on “Churches that were affected by the building of Tuttle Creek Reservoir” at the Lutheran Laymen’s League Zone 8 Spring Rally. It will be on May 5, 2019 starting at 3:00pm at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Manhattan, KS. There will be election of officers and lunch will be served after the meeting.
A LUTHERANS FOR LIFE WORKSHOP will be held at St. Lukes in Manhattan on April 28th at 2:00pm. We hear about Life, from God’s perspective, and what Lutherans for Life is, what it does, and how to get started. After we finish listening, we will decide how we want to proceed, and whether to organize a chapter in our area. Jeanne Mackay, Kansas LFL president will help us explore how to become a circuit for life.
MUSIC AND THE ARTS: A church musician workshop and hymn festival will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5601 West 62nd Street, Mission, KS 66202. Trinity Lutheran Church Music and the Arts in collaboration with the Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents a series of workshops for the 21st century church musician and a community hymn festival led by Tom Trenney, (Speaker, Organist, Guest Conductor) and Ben A. Spalding, (Speaker & conductor). The event is free and open to all. Go to https://tlcms.org/ponder-anew/ for more information.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: volunteers are needed to help with a summer food program at the Alma Branch Library this summer. The dates are between June 3 and July 26, (8 weeks) and we are looking for a once a week commitment to help serve food at the library. The lunch provided is called a lunch snack, and it contains a prepackaged lunch and milk to every child that is able to attend. We want to offer this 4 days a week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday as these are the days the library is open. We plan to serve between 11:00 - 12:00 noon each day. Right now the Tuesday commitment is filled, but the other days are still open. The Library is hoping to have each of the community churches serve on the same day each week. If you are willing to help, please contact Lorelei at the Alma Library at 765-3647.