NEXT MEETING DATE: Friday, March 27, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. – St. John Memorial Hall
THEME: WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY! “Serve the Lord with gladness!” Psalm 100:2a
Name a new way to serve the Lord during Lent, instead of giving up something. This season can be an opportunity to consider what good things we can add to our lives. You could take the time to use a different Psalm each day as a prayer during Lent. You could collect an item a day for 40 days to give to an organization that helps those who are in need. Ask the Holy Spirit to prepare your heart for Easter in a way that deepens your relationship with God.
Our meeting will include a devotion and Bible study prepared by Ruth Wille. Make plans to attend and share with others. Our Service Activity is collecting bars of soap for Lutheran World Relief.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
March 21, 2020 – Manhattan Zone Spring Event at St. John, Alma. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The speaker for this event is Pastor Crane from the Wichita Orphan Grain Train. The theme is “I am the Vine, You are the Branches.” John 15:5. Ingathering is collecting new or gently used clothing and shoes for the Orphan Grain Train. Place items in plastic bags for transporting to Wichita.
March 27, 2020 – Friendship Circle meeting
March 29, 2020 – NOISY SUNDAY – Mite Collection for Mission Grants
April 17-19 – “Be Thou My Vision” – Kansas District LWML Convention – Topeka
March 2020 – Mission Grant # 8
Lights for Christ Scholarships for Divine Savior Lutheran Church, Zacapa, Guatemala - $95,000
This mission grant will provide funding to expand the Lights for Christ Program, enabling children to continue their Christian education in grades seven through twelve and rise above poverty of their families. This program provides spiritual, physical, and educational support for children and their families who are economically dependent on the municipal landfill. With your mites, this program will continue to expand and share Christ’s blessings.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).
News submitted by Paula Moege,
CHILI COOK-OFF AND LUTHERAN BASEMENT APRON CONTEST: We’re looking for some pretty spectacular chili chefs to conjure up their prize-winning chili recipe for the St. John Chili Cook-off on March 8th from 11:30am to 1:00pm. The community will purchase tokens at the door that will be used to vote on favorite chilies and the Lutheran Basement Apron Contest. More tokens for additional voting can be purchased.
We ask Chili chefs to each bring 3 gallons of chili where they can win prizes, including categories such as “Best chili”, “Hottest chili”, “Most exotic chili”, and “Best Presentation”. Voters will consider taste, theme and presentation in their judgements, so be creative! We ask the chili chefs and the congregation / community to join in the fun of a “Lutheran Basement Apron Contest” at the Chili Cook-off. Bring in your oldest, fanciest, dirtiest, or most creative apron to model or display with a story to go along with it. The fashion show will be held at 1:00 pm and awards will be given at 1:30pm along with the chili awards. The community will be able to vote on chilies and aprons throughout the evening just prior to the awards presentation. Please call the church office by March 1st at 765-3632 to register for the chili cook-off. You can also register for the Lutheran Basement Apron Contest, however “walk-ins” will gladly be welcomed! This event is sponsored by the St. John Anniversary Committee.
ORGANIST NEEDED: We are still in need of an organist. If you know of anyone, please let the church office know.
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 March 8th. You may have blood pressure checked for free, and ask other questions about health.
FROM THE PARISH NURSE:
On behalf of the parish nurses and the Community Care Ministry, we would like to thank everyone who contributed to over 50 lbs. of food and supplies, and monetary donations to support that needy in Wabaunsee County. Your generosity is evidence of God's grace among his people and is being well received. Thank you for participating in this mission.
Walking with Jesus
As daylight lengthens and warmer weather in springtime approaches, the choir's anthem “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me” reminds me of the power of health that we have in walking daily with Jesus. What a promising time of year to make good on those New Year's resolutions to pray more, exercise more and walk closer with Jesus! The Lenten season causes us to look at our sins to rediscover the need to seek Jesus and his forgiveness. Repentance requires a change in thoughts and behaviors. Realizing our forgiveness can energize the mind and body to make changes for better health.
There are so many advantages to walking daily with Jesus by our side. Prayer can be the most powerful walk and talk. Prayer is direct communication with Jesus about all the concerns that burden the mind and body. Walking allows us to free our minds and to give the burden to Jesus for his forgiveness and purpose. When we physically walk 20-30 minutes a day we increase cardiovascular fitness to increase blood flow to the brain. As a result, walking improves your mood, and your mind becomes sharper. That light bulb effect helps you to find solutions to problems as you realize that Jesus is listening to you. Picture yourself walking at the beach, the football field, or down the street talking to Jesus. Think about how he might react to your conversation as he offers you forgiveness, hope, and comfort. Think about the positive energy that relationship provides and how good that makes you feel. The physical act of walking with the imagery I've just described can help to improve your blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, balance, and coordination. Walking can help strengthen bones and muscles, and help you maintain a healthy weight if done daily. People who walk 30 minutes a day can reduce their risk of stroke by 20% and by 40% when they stepped up the pace.
My health message for March is this: get up and move every day; walk 20-30 minutes and walk with your friend Jesus in your heart. Join the choir of believers in saying “I want to walk with Jesus every day.”
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7
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 March 12th and 26th.
THRIVENT FINANCIAL will be hosting a complimentary workshop on “Taxes and Your Retirement: What you need to know.” There are several opportunities to attend this workshop on Wednesday, March 11th at 10:00am, 2:00pm, or 7:00pm at the Topeka Civic Theatre – Archive Room, 3028 SW 8th Ave, Topeka. It will also be held on Thrusday, March 12th at 10:00am and 7:00pm at the Topeka Country Club. Please call 785-478-2806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place for yourself and a guest. Refreshements will be served. See bulletin board for more information.
A HUGE THANK YOU from Ray, myself, and the girls to everyone who came and showered us with blessings and prayers this last Sunday. It is truly humbling to be part of such a generous, caring church family!
FLINT HILLS LUTHERANS FOR LIFE: March 1st, Rev. Michael W. Salemink, Executive Director of Lutherans For Life, will be giving a presentation at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Wamego - 2:00 p.m. Here is an opportunity to learn how to respond with Christian faith. Rev. Salemink's topic is: Speaking the Truth in Love: Engaging Abortion Advocates' Arguments and Objections.
VBS IN 2020 will be held on Thursday and Friday May 28th and 29th. St. John needs volunteers to help tell and live the Gospel of Christ, as we build connections to God and His Word. If you are willing to help, please contact Rita Zeller at church or via email at email@example.com.
QUILTING MATERIALS NEEDED: The quilting ladies are in need of material to continue to make quilts. They can also use any old sheets or blankets (anything that could be used for backings or fillers). Please contact any LWML member or the church office if you have any donations to make.
OUR CHURCH SECRETARY, Marilyn Garrison, is retiring at the end of April. We are seeking a clerical worker with office skills to work 20 – 25 hours per week. Applications are available in the church office, or by contacting Pastor Grimm.
HARVESTER’S DISTRIBUTION: St. John is in charge of the March Harvester’s distribution. Anyone who would like to help should be at the Community Care Ministry in Alma by 9:10am on Friday, March 27th.
SAVE THE DATE for the “Ladies Tea” honoring the 150th Church Anniversary at St. John on Saturday, May 9th, 2:00-4:00pm. Ladies, make your reservations now to join friends and family for a “Trip Down Memory Lane.” There are many fun activities planned, such as a Fashion Show. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited so be sure to RSVP. To assist you there will be a sign up table available in Memorial Hall after Church on March 15th & the 29th or you may call 785-317-6113. Please where your Sunday best – Hats & Pearls are Encouraged!