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:

Theme:  Overflowing Love “And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all.” 
1 Thessalonians 3:12a
Meeting date:  The meeting scheduled for Friday, February 22 will not be held as the LWML will be at the Day of Prayer Service at Trinity. Everyone is welcome to attend this Day of Prayer service. See details below.
March Sunday Mite Collection notice!!!!
“NOISY SUNDAY” is scheduled for March 31st. Save those coins to contribute to the noise and the MISSION GRANTS for LWML.

Submitted by Paula Moege,
Christian Life Chairman

DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE: Trinity LWML, McFarland, invites you to join us for the 2019 Day of Prayer service on Friday, February 22nd, at 2:00pm. A time of fellowship will follow the service. We will be accepting offerings at the service for the LWML Kansas District “God’s Gracious Gift Fund.” In 1993, the LWML Kansas District received a gift from the estate of Hulda Peterman of Holyrood, KS. A special account was established and named “God’s Gracious Gift Fund.” From the time of receiving that first check, many other memorials, estate gifts and individual donations have been contributed to “GGGF.” GGGF grants are selected by delegates for the amount specified to be awarded immediately following each convention.  Please make plans to attend this prayer service. We look forward to worshipping with you!  

A SANCTUARY WORKDAY will be held on Saturday morning, Feb. 2 at 8:00am to move pews which will allow refinishing of our hardwood floors. We will also be setting up chairs in the sanctuary for the Worship Service on Sunday, February 3rd. Another workday is planned at 8:00am on February 9th to reinstall the pews. Lots of help will be needed if you are available. Please bring tools (Phillips & flat bladed screwdrivers.)
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 February 14th & 28th.

FROM OUR SCHOOL:

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Next month St. John Lutheran School will host back-to-back events!
SHADOW DAY will be February 20th and is intended for children ages 4 through 7th grade who are interested in our school. Kids and parents are warmly welcome to join our staff and students for weekly chapel at 8:40am. From there, they may join classes of his/her age group to experience what St. John is about. Students and parents are welcome to join us for lunch and will be dismissed at 12:00.
KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP is designed for children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2019 and will be held on the 21st. This is an opportunity for parents to gather information and meet the staff. Additionally, children will have a chance to interact with each other and establish friendships.
Both events are hosted at St. John Lutheran School at 206 W. 2nd Street in Alma. For more information, you may contact Miriam Murray at 785-250-6495 or mmurraystjohnalma@gmail.com.
We look forward to meeting you!

SJLS PTL SCRIP CARDS: The LTPL has scrip cards on hand if you need any for gifts! See Gayle Grimm for what is available. The LPTL appreciates your support.

THERE ARE GREETING CARDS and napkins in the tub outside of the church office in Memorial Hall. You choose what you need and leave your money in the tub. Thank you for supporting SJLS PTL. Also, don’t forget to save box top seals off of any General Mills product, Best Choice UPC labels and tops from any Coca Cola product. These items help pay for projects enjoyed by the students.

DILLONS COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM: SJLS PTL will get credit for every eligible purchase you make using your registered Plus card. To sign up, see the instructions on our website at stjohnalma.org.

FROM THE PARISH NURSE:  Heart Health
Limiting how much saturated and trans fats you eat is an important step to reduce your blood cholesterol and lower your risk of coronary artery disease. A high blood cholesterol level can lead to a buildup of plaques in your arteries, called atherosclerosis, which can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. Atherosclerosis is the accumulation of cholesterol-rich trash inside the arteries. These pockets of trash, called plaque, can limit blood flow through arteries that nourish the heart, brain and other vital organs. When the pockets of trash or plaques break apart, they can cause a heart attack or stroke by wedging into smaller arteries and blocking the necessary flow of blood to the heart or brain, causing death of the muscles and tissues supplied by that blood vessel.
The American Heart Association is promoting the use of “Life’s Simple 7” guidelines for all ages as a self-help to prevent atherosclerosis:
1.Manage blood pressure.
2.Control cholesterol.
3.Reduce blood sugar.
4.Get sufficient physical activity.
5.Eat better.
6.Maintain a healthy weight.
7.Quit smoking.
The approach is simple: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well. Each step or guideline can be targeted to your specific needs and life style. The younger a person is when they follow these guidelines, the lower the lifetime adverse effects on the heart and blood vessels.
There are no guarantees for a long length of life even if we follow these guidelines but God demands
that we practice good stewardship of our possessions which includes our own bodies. By adhering to these guidelines we can practice good stewardship.
This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. 1 Cor. 4:1-2.
If you have questions about how you can incorporate one or more of these guidelines to improve your heart health, visit with one of the parish nurses, and make it a habit to check your blood pressure after church the second Sunday of every month. We can offer reasonable approaches to following the “Life’s Simple 7” guidelines to help you improve your heart health.

Happy Heart Month to all.
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 February 10th. You may have blood pressure checked for free, and ask other questions about health.

PANCAKE FEED: A fundraiser for Sarah Reichart will be held on Saturday, February 9th, 8:00-10:30am at Calvary Lutheran Church, 715 E. Main, Council Grove, KS. Sarah is the wife of Pastor Adam Reichart of Calvary Lutheran and is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. A free will offering is appreciated.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Community Health Ministry in Alma is needing some help. We are needing someone to pick up our commodities in Manhattan and bring them to Alma. We get commodities every other month on the 2nd Wednesday (even Months), so that would mean we need someone by Feb. 13th. This person or persons would need a pickup and trailer as sometimes there are 3 pallets of food (heavy as in cans). For more information please call Carla or Jennifer at 785-321-9600 or 785-456-7872. Also, Community Health Ministry offers other services on a walk-in basis or by appointment. See their flyer on the bulletin board in church.

LUTHERAN SUMMER MUSIC (LSM) academy & Festival will be held at Valparaiso University June 23 - July 21.  LSM is for students grade 8 to 12. There are matching grants available. Learn more about LSM at www.lsmacademy.org. 


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