(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 Lutheran Church
Voter’s Assembly Meeting
Sunday, July 28, 2019

A Voter’s Meeting was called to order by Chairman Ervan Stuewe.  Roll Call recorded 36 members and 2 visitors in attendance.
Minutes from the April 28, 2019 Quarterly Meeting were published in the newsletter.  No changes were noted.  Minutes were approved.

Pastor’s Report – Pastor’s report for the Second Quarter is printed on the back side of the agenda.  He noted with the anniversary year coming up we continue proclaiming the name of Christ in this community. 

Reports of Officers and Boards:
Elders – Brad Becker reported they have been working on guest preachers for the anniversary activities.  Plans are for Pastors John Fries and Karl Yahr and Seminarian Christian Schultz to come. 
Treasurer – Diana Rubottom’s report is on the pink sheets.  She provided clarification on what monies are included in the Special Funds.  A motion was made by Ken Smith to accept the treasurer’s report, motion was seconded and carried.
Financial Secretary – Ryan Theel gave the Financial Secretary Report (white sheets).  A motion was made by Richard Orton to accept the financial secretary’s report, motion was seconded and carried.
Trustees – Richard Orton gave the trustees report.  The plaster and painting behind the altar have been completed and completion of the upholstery on the kneelers is anticipated to be done prior to the communion service August 14.  Brian Ochs is working on the lighting which will require a contractor for installation with the hope to have this completed by the end of August.   Plans are to use memorial funds to change the windows in the entry way from plain to stained glass.  A lot of stone work needs to be done on the church building and they anticipate looking at this in 2020.  The fill dirt for the school playground has been delivered.  A work day is scheduled for Saturday, September 7, 2019 to till, seed and set up sprinklers.  A wall needs to be built in the school boiler room to segregate the water heater and furnace from the storage according to the fire marshal.  Jared Schultz presented information about the bid (attached) for the parking lot repair.  The repair would be done this fall and includes cleaning, sealing the cracks, putting down a seal coat and then restrip the stalls.  He will also be checking with the city to see if there is a possibility of having the city do the work.  There was discussion about the area between the church and school.  It is believed this is a city alley.  The sanctuary repair is on track to be on budget or slightly over.  The overage can be covered from the trustees fund.
Board of Christian Education – No report.
Sunday School Superintendent – Phillip Theel reported Sunday School attendance is holding steady and there were several visitors this summer.  A Rally Day will be planned for the fall. 
School Board – Jonathan Ringel reported for the school board.  He noted school will be starting soon.  They recommended a half time teacher aide and noted there will not be a need for the lead teacher position with a full time principal.  Jared Schultz noted the kitchen upgrade is progressing and countertops should be in by this week but they are waiting on window replacement.
Principal’s Report – Mr. Butler said they were excited to be here and he is preparing for the upcoming year.  He clarified he will be teaching 4-8 math, assuming the home room duties.  Mrs. Bonnema will be doing ½ day language arts and social studies.  The first day of school is August 20th.  Preparations for accreditation will be made.  He would prefer to have the committee members selected by the end of August when Jim Bradshaw from KS District will be coming to discuss the process.
Board of Youth - Pastor relayed thanks for supporting the youth attending the National Youth Gathering.  The youth shared information about their experience last Sunday.
Stewardship – No report.
Constitution Committee – Phillip Theel indicated they had nothing to report.
Anniversary Committee – Nothing to report
Other – Reminder that there is a church council meeting 2 weeks before voters to set the agenda and members are requested to attend. 
Kathy Schultz updated on bell choir activities.  They have been invited to play at Calvary Council Grove.  They have a small bell choir there.  They are planning their 2nd annual workshop October 26, 2019.  Dr. Jessica Kite from Seward, Nebraska, will be doing the workshop and as part of that the Concordia College Bell choir will be doing their first tour. The college bell choir will also be in Topeka.  Plans to raise funds to pay for expenses of the Concordia Bell Choir are being made.
Bruce Schultz provided an update on the Synodical Convention including synodical and district office changes.  More information can be found on the Synod website.

Old Business – None.

New Business
Nominating committee members including Ken Smith, Jared Schultz, Don Frank, Tim Songs, Ervan Stuewe and Pastor Grimm were appointed by the President.  (The slate of candidates will be submitted to the elders for approval and presented to the November Voter’s Assembly.)
A motion was made by Jared Schultz (based on the school board resolution) that the congregation  pay half of the salary and SJLS paying the other half for up to 29 hours per week for the A.I.D.E. (Assistance is Desired Everyday) position at SJLS. 
Motion was seconded by Carol White.  Discussion included affects and needs of staffing changes from last year due to having a full time principal this year.  Motion approved.
Motion was made by Luke Schultz to grant the trustees up to $4000.00 from the special fund for parking lot repairs and that the trustees be allowed to select the bid/contractor.  Motion seconded by Ruth Tracy and carried by vote. 
It was noted the National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) representative will be here August 28, 2019 to discuss school accreditation.  Brief discussion was held about the approximate cost of accreditation. It was noted that the NLSA process includes the state accreditation.
Motion made by Don Frank and seconded by Carol White for adjournment, motion carried.
The meeting was closed with singing the Doxology.

Respectfully submitted,
Elaine Becker


“Serve the Lord with Gladness.”  We pray that ladies of the congregation will consider being a part of our LWML Mission and attend a meeting.  You are all invited!!

September meeting: Friday, September 27th at 1:30 p.m. in St. John’s Memorial Hall.
Theme:  LUTHERAN WOMEN IN MISSION – “For we are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”  Ephesians 2:10
Devotions and Bible Study: Paula Moege
Roll Call: Favorite Hymn
Service Activity: Collecting Dark towels for LWR (52 x 27)
Hostess: Carole Moege

Saturday, September 21st:  Manhattan Zone Fall meeting at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Wheaton, KS, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m.  Call to order at 9:15 a.m.  Cost is $5.00—includes lunch.
Theme:  “Bearing One Another’s Burdens”  Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 Bring your Bible for a Bible Study led by Rev. Jim Price, Zone Pastoral Counselor. Bring Lutheran World Relief School Kit items. Notebooks; unsharpened #2 pencils, blunt scissors; box of 16 or 24 crayons; black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink); 30-centimeter ruler. You may bring any of these items. There will be a mite offering that we use to share Jesus with the world.
September 29th – NOISY SUNDAY - Bring your coins and make some noise!!!
The Kansas District has three (3) more Mission Grants totaling $13,000 and two (2) $10,000 Student Financial Aid payments to make this 2018-2020 years. Note that the breakdown of Mite offerings that we send to the Kansas District are as follows: 75% for the Kansas District grants and financial aid and 25% is for the National LWML.

Submitted by:  Paula Moege, Christian Life Chrmn.


The Nurture of Nature
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
God called the dry ground ‘land’ and the gathered waters ‘seas’. And God saw that is was good. Then God said ‘Let the land produce vegetation; seed bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it according to their various kinds’. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:10,11)
Reading on in Genesis, after creating living creatures for the water, land and sky, and creating mankind in his own image, God saw that all he had created was very good, as stated in Genesis 1:31. God saw all that he had made and it was very good. God created the heavens and the earth, clean air, light, the sea, lakes, rivers, streams, mountains,  meadows, forests; sea creatures, birds and animals to inhabit the earth, and humans to enjoy and care for this world.
It seems only natural then that getting outdoors to experience and appreciate nature ... to pause to give God glory ... to pray and meditate in his creation ... to allow his created beauty to nurture us, has been proven to benefit us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually in many ways.
Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10)
Studies have found that getting into nature settings for relaxation and renewal decreases anxiety, stress, anger and depression. Levels of serotonin increase to help improve mood, focus, memory, self-esteem and energy levels. Quiet time in nature boosts creativity and increases problem-solving abilities. It can nudge our brains into new thoughts. The emotion of awe gives a mental boost and drives the benefits of physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being. Being around or with others in a natural setting adds a sense of community, sharing and social connection.
Physical benefits are numerous. Sunlight helps us produce Vitamin D, which is important for such things as bone health, a strong immune system, absorption of minerals such as calcium and phosphorous and other essential functions. Spending time outdoors can help in maintaining healthy weight. People are more likely to increase movement and exercise because it's easy and convenient to just walk out the door. Walking in the push of the wind and on uneven terrain, biking or gardening, all help to burn more calories. Exercise, along with light and dark cycles, help to adjust our internal clock, allowing for better sleep, adding even more health benefits to getting outdoors. Related and connected benefits to all of the above, are decreased inflammation, lowered blood sugar, cholesterol; lowered incidence of stroke, heart disease, cancer, asthma and improved management of pain,
He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul. (Psalm 23:2, 3)
The presence of water has been found to enhance the many positive effects of being in nature. In one study, students were found to have less near-sightedness. Also, stress hormones and blood pressure, lung and kidney disease were reduced. Memory and brain health were found improved. Healing took place faster and reported pain levels were lower.
Time spent outdoors can support health care and therapies, save costs, decrease the use of medications, and increase productivity at work & school. Wellness and reported overall health are improved. God rested at Creation, and Jesus took time to rest and renew. May we find peace, gratitude, joy and renewal as we take time and opportunity to be nurtured in God’s awesome creation!
Reprinted from the LPNI website, LPNI. Org
LPNI Health Topic – August 2019

Janet Wertzberger, RN
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 September 8th. You may have blood pressure checked for free, and ask other questions about health.

A SCHOOL WORKDAY has been planned by the Trustees. It is scheduled for Saturday, September 7th at 8:00am. The primary task will be to seed the playground. Any and all help will be appreciated.

ST. JOHN’S, ALMA will be in charge of the Harvester’s Distribution September 28th. If willing to help, please be at the Community Care Ministry at 9:10am. 

NATIONAL LUTHERAN SCHOOL ACCREDITATION (NLSA) is a five year process for improving the quality of education at Lutheran Schools across the nation. This national accreditation is also recognized as valid by the state of Kansas. St. John Lutheran School completed the accreditation process five years ago, and has been making improvements according to plan for improvements in all aspects of education, looking at eight individual areas. The renewal process began on August 29, but we could always use more individuals. Interested members are encouraged to join us as we plan committees to work through the coming year for the good of the school and our students. Next meeting dates are still being determined. Watch the bulletins for more information.

THE TEENS FOR CHRIST met Sunday, August 11th. Kaytlyn Meseke lead with devotion from 1 Corin. 9:24. The group shared how they were finishing up their summer. They also shared what they were looking forward to at the 2022 Youth Gathering. The group discussed ideas for the next meeting, including electing officers. Caden Yonke volunteered to visit with a member about a service project. Caden will share his findings during the September meeting. The next meeting will be September 8th following Sunday Church Service. Randy and Jennifer Meseke will be hosting a backyard lunch and games at their home.

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 September 12th & 26th.

THE JUBELLATION HANDBELL CHOIR will be hosting a Handbell Workshop & Concert on October 26th. The workshop is from 7:45am to 3:30pm in the Wabaunsee High School Gym. The concert will begin at 3:30pm. The Concordia University Handbell Choir will be participating in the workshop and concert. They will also play at St. John, Topeka on Sunday morning at the 8:15am Service and then here at St. John Alma for the Reformation Service starting at 2:00pm.

LCMS-U AT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY is comprised of an active group of college students who meet for weekly Bible studies and fellowship meals, while also getting together for fun activities. Their first big event is a Back-to-School BBQ on September 3, 2019 that begins at 6:00pm at the Blue House. (across the street from St. Luke’s, 330 Sunset Ave, Manhattan.) For information concerning Bible Study times & activities, see the bulletin board.

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