(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
Special Voter’s Assembly Meeting
Sunday, March 3, 2019

A Voter’s Meeting was called to order with 24 members in attendance.
A motion was made and seconded to extend a call to Harmon Butler for the principal position with a salary of $56.000.00.  Motion carried.
A motion was made and seconded to offer Mr. Butler $10,000.00 in moving expenses.  Motion carried. 
The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Elaine Becker

St. John’s Lutheran Church
Voter’s Assembly Meeting
Sunday, April 28, 2019

A Voter’s Meeting was called to order by Chairman Ervan Stuewe.  Roll Call recorded 31 members in attendance.
Minutes from the January 27, 2019 Quarterly Meeting were published in the newsletter.  No changes were noted.  Minutes were approved.

Pastor’s Report – Pastor’s report for the First Quarter is printed on the back side of the agenda.  He noted it has been an unremarkable quarter with attendance much as usual.  Pastor will be taking vacation time in June to attend LWML National Conference with Gayle who will be a delegate and later to attend the National Youth Gathering with the St. John’s group.  He expressed thanks for supporting the youth as the Easter Breakfast raised over $1000.00 in donations.

Reports of Officers and Boards:
Elders – Brad Becker reported they have been working on the 150TH anniversary activities.  Committees are now formed/being formed for various events.  They are working to secure guest pastors. 
Treasurer – Diana Rubottom’s report is on the pink sheets.  There were no comments or questions.  A motion was made by Don Frank to accept the treasurer’s report, motion was seconded and carried.
Financial Secretary – Ryan Theel gave the Financial Secretary Report (white sheets).  He noted the funds designated for repairs behind the altar are labeled Carpet Fund in his report and Restoration in the Treasurer’s report ($2340.00).  Question was asked if there was a deadline for this project.  There is no deadline but Pastor noted it is preferred that this be completed before July 1.
Trustees – Pastor reported trustees submitted a report but copy is not available at this time.  A work day is scheduled for June 8 to work on the play area and planting areas.  It is anticipated funds for this will be received from Thrivent.
Board of Christian Education – Cheryl Buttenhoff reported that they have met twice since the beginning of the year.  Rita Zeller is VBS director for this year and is working up a program for Thursday and Friday, May 30 and 31.  The plans are for the older children to attend all day and the preschoolers to finish around noon.  There will be a program on June 2.  A question was asked about a picnic that day and Cheryl indicated that was the plan.
Sunday School Superintendent – Phillip Theel reported Sunday School attendance is better than a couple years ago.  On Easter Sunday last week there were 28 students and 30 adults in attendance.  Discussion is being held about other activities.  He noted that the children singing during service is appreciated and the hope is to continue this, maybe on a monthly basis. 
School Board – Perry Piper reported for the school board expressing Angie Messer has been doing great.  Harmon Butler, principal for next year, is searching for a rental house and has pets.  If anyone is aware of a potential rental please let them know. 
Principal’s Report – Angie Messer noted this will be her last voter’s meeting and thanked everyone for their support.  She said it was great to be able to relate to Mr. Butler about all the support extended to the principal of the school and she is looking forward to the transition.  The school will be tying their theme for next year into the 150th anniversary celebration.  The school passed the fire marshal inspection with only a couple of minor changes that are not expected to cost anything. 
Board of Youth – No report.
Stewardship – No report.

Committee Reports:
Audit Committee – Larry Ringel reported Richard Orton, Diana Rubottom and he met.  They followed the Kansas District procedure recommendations and compared budget to expenses for 2018.  There were two items to mention that were over budget.  One was school door repairs at $5400 but $3500 of the amount was reimbursed from the school endowment fund.  The other over budget item was postage due to advance purchase of stamps in anticipation of a price increase.  They recommend that a new general expense category be added for the bus.  A detailed written review was submitted to be filed with the minutes.  Concern was expressed for finances coming up due to full time principal salary.
Constitution Committee – Phillip Theel reported review of the constituion is a work in progress.
Anniversary Committee – Whitney Holle reported the congregation interest forms have been tallied and committees are starting to form.  The first event will be Memorial Day weekend including a dinner and guest speaker. More details will be forthcoming. 

Old Business – None.

New Business –
Membership Changes:
1.On behalf of the Board of Elders, Brad Becker submitted the following membership changes:
a)Thomas Levandoski transfer to St. Paul, Gifford, IN.
b)Lindsey Pontious transfer to Trinity, Winfield.
c)Seth Shepard release to Topeka Bible Fellowship.
Motion made by Judy Peddicord and seconded by Paula Moege to accept the membership changes, motion carried.
2.Ron Schultz expressed concerns about references to Santa Claus in church activities.  Whitney Holle related some of the children wore/brought from home Santa hats during Christmas caroling downtown when they were allowed to dress ‘festive’ for the occasion, noting only Christian songs and We Wish You a Merry Christmas were sung.
Motion made by Angie Messer and seconded by Perry Piper for adjournment, motion carried.
The meeting was closed with singing the Doxology.

Respectfully submitted,
Elaine Becker


EVERY THREE YEARS, our Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod meets in convention to determine mission and ministry priorities for the coming three years. This year, we will gather in Tampa under the theme “Joy:fully Lutheran.” As part of the preparation for the triennial convention, LCMS households, congregations and organizations are invited and encouraged to participate in a Synod-wide gathering of special gifts called the National Offering. The 2019 National Offering theme is “Joy to the World.” Gifts to the 2019 LCMS National Offering — which will be gathered as a door offering on July 7 — will empower the work God has given us to do in His name to bring joy to the world, as we vigorously make known the Good News of Jesus Christ, that all might rejoice and give thanks to God our heavenly Father. Our circuit delegates will be Dr. Bruce Schultz, who will carry the offering and present it at the convention worship service, and Rev. Chris Vossler, of Trinity, McFarland.

WILL YOU BE JOINING US? Lutherans For Life (LFL) of Kansas will hold their Annual Program and Meeting on Sunday, June 30, 2-3:30pm at Faith Lutheran Church, 1716 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66604. A special presentation will be made by Pr. Matthew Durance, on "Begotten in the Brave New World: A Christian Approach to Embryo Adoption". Pr. Durance will discuss the topic from God's Word and the Lutheran Confessions, along with an engaging discussion of how embryo adoption works and is viewed in our legal system." For Adults and High School teens. Refreshments  served. Also, a brief talk on what is Lutherans For Life. This includes projects and programs of the National, State Federations, Local Life Chapters, and Life Teams, how one can become involved, and info on current and new activity in Kansas. Please email if you are coming! The Mission Statement for LFL is "Equipping Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices For Life."

The heart represents the love and giving nature of the members; the drop symbolizes the blood of Christ and a tear of compassion.  The cross, above all else, proudly shows the purpose behind the efforts of the LWML.

July News: “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!!

July meeting: Friday, July 26 at 1:30 p.m. in St. John’s Memorial Hall.
THEME:  Peaceful Rest.  Psalm 62:5 “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him.”
HYMN: “When Peace Like a River” LSB 763, vv. 1, 3.
ROLL CALL: What relaxing activity do you enjoy after a long and stressful day?
SERVICE ACTIVITY: Mite Box Offering & Devotion
HOSTESS: Rose Debler

The June 2019 LWML Convention in Mobile, Alabama is history. It was our societies turn to choose a delegate representative for the Manhattan Zone and we selected Gayle Grimm to serve in this capacity with Carol White serving as the alternate.
The theme for this convention was “In Praise to the Lord!” 1 Chronicles 16:23-24a was the convention bible verse. “Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations.” We look forward to hearing more about all of the wonderful events that took place at the convention.
“How many smiles and hugs will you share today? A simple gesture can make a huge difference for and to someone. May you be a blessing to someone as you consider the opportunities God gives to each one of you. “In Praise to the Lord!”

Submitted by Paula Moege,
Christian Life Chairman

THE TEENS FOR CHRIST members are excited for their upcoming trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Eleven youth members and five adult leaders will leave Manhattan the morning of July 9th, the 2019 LCMS Youth Gathering will begin Thursday, July 11th.  We are waiting details of our mission for Wednesday.  Our bus will begin the trip back to Kansas after the Worship Service, Monday, July 15th around noon. 
The Teens look forward to sharing their Youth Gathering experience with you and the community.  Thank you for the support and prayers given to the youth and leaders for this growing opportunity. 

Growing in faith,
St. John Teens for Christ

JUBELLATION INVITATION: The bell choir invites you to join us this summer as we learn some new music for the fall. There are a lot of new notes, wrong notes, missed notes, and improvised notes in our rehearsals - especially at the beginning. Come and hear the music transition from mystery to mastery over the course of the summer. You can attend any, or all of the rehearsals in St. John's Memorial Hall at 7:00 pm, on July 10th, 24th, August 7th & 21st. For those who are interested in learning more about playing, our ringers will be available at 6:30 pm before our rehearsals to teach you some basics about the bells and answer questions you may have. We look forward to sharing our love of bells with you! Refreshments will be provided.

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 July 11th & 25th.

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 July 14th. You may have blood pressure checked for free, and ask other questions about health.

FROM THE PARISH NURSE: Summer has arrived and so have the miniature pests that have multiplied with recent rain showers and leafy foliage. The ticks and mosquitoes are most active in the warm months of April through September. Since people are usually more active outdoors in greater numbers during those months, we are exposed more often to these pests.  Our pets are also plagued by these pests.
While mosquitoes carry diseases such as West Nile Virus, ticks found in Kansas can carry a host of diseases including Lyme disease, Tularemia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis, Powassan disease, and Tick borne relapsing fever.  Different ticks transmit different diseases.   For example, Lyme disease and Powassan disease are transmitted by the blacklegged tick while Tularemia is transmitted to humans by the dog tick, the wood tick, and lone star tick.  Many tick borne illnesses can have similar signs and symptoms such as fever with chills, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, and rash.  These symptoms may be experienced at varying degrees and at different times of onset.  If you have been bitten by a tick and develop these symptoms within a few weeks, a health care provider should evaluate the symptoms, the geographic region in which you were bitten, and perform diagnostic tests before deciding on a course of treatment.
There are several tactics you and your family can use to prevent disease from ticks and mosquitoes.   
1.Perform daily tick checks and check your body for ticks after being outdoors.  This includes checking your pets and your clothing which could carry ticks into your house.
2.Use a repellent with 20% or more DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) on skin and clothing.  Always follow product instructions and avoid applications to hands, eyes, and mouth.  (Some essential oil preparations work well without fear of toxicity to the skin.)
3.Remove ticks quickly and correctly.  Remove an attached tick using fine-tipped tweezers as soon as you notice it.  If tick is attached to your skin for less than 24 hours, your chance of getting Lyme disease is extremely small.
4.Be alert for fever or rash.  These could be the first signs of a tick borne disease.
5.Avoid wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.  Walk in the center of trails.  When necessary, wear a long-sleeved shirt and trousers with legs tucked into boots to hike in wooded areas to reduce the opportunity of exposure to ticks.
6.Eliminate standing water in old tires, basins, buckets, and containers not used to water pets.  Provide fresh water daily for pets.  Standing water in ditches is a good breeding ground for mosquitoes.
7.Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors to wash off and more easily find ticks.
Prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure!  For more information on how to prevent tick borne diseases, visit 
VACATION: Do you have a planned vacation for this year?  Research has proven that getting away from your normal routine is good for your health.  If you think planning a vacation is too much work or too expensive, consider some of these benefits that can seriously impact your health.  In an article in the American Heart Association, taking time away from your work routine can make you a happier person and might even make you feel more supported at work.  The time off can mean a staycation, getting out of your routine, balancing your life with outdoor activities, and not being tied to your electronic devices.  Long working hours might increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.  The benefits of time away will give your life a good balance, physically and mentally.  Reference: and search: taking time off.  Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Matt. 11:28

Nursing Continuing Education Opportunity:  Parkinson Symposium
SAVE the DATE—September 13, 2019  Parkinson’s disease affects more than one million people in America.  It is a common degenerative neurological disease that does or will affect someone in your life.  As nurses, we can gain more knowledge and understanding of the disease and what the identified patient and family may encounter.  In conjunction with KU AHEC, Eileen Rohrberg, RN and Parish Nurse Mary Hume, RN are developing a symposium on Parkinson’s disease with noted speakers to discuss the updates of Parkinson’s disease, the psycho-social aspects of the disease, exercise and the role of the health care professional in the treatment regimen.  This will be a continuing education offering and will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Topeka from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.  Registration information with be forthcoming.  Mark the date on your calendar!

Janet Wertzberger, RN
Parish Nurse

KansaSEED: KansaSeed is the Deaf Ministry of the Kansas District of LCMS Churches. Every two years the International Deaf Lutheran Association (ILDA) gathers for convention activities in different sites throughout the United States. For the first time in ILDA history, this convention will occur in Kansas, with KansaSEED acting as host. ILDA is comprised of Deaf Churches and Ministries throughout the United States and around the world. We expect 200 to 300 individuals to attend the ILDA convention, in Topeka, from July 18-21, 2019. The theme for the 2019 ILDA convention is “God Above Gold”, focusing on Psalm 119:127.
There are a number of ways that congregations can assist us in the planning and execution of the 2019 conference. First and foremost, we ask that you pray for the success of our planning committee and the volunteers who are assisting with the conference, and the safety of all those traveling to Topeka and then returning home.
For servant events that will occur during the conference we have the following supply needs:
  • Toiletry items, snacks, socks, and other care items for care packages to be distributed to the homeless community.
  • Supplies for fleece tie blankets and scarves to distribute to community organization for use during cold winter months.
Your financial support is always welcome and will be used to offset costs of hosting the convention and purchasing supplies needed for servant events. Donations can be sent to KansaSEED Deaf Ministry, c/o Faith Lutheran Church, 1716 SW Gage Blvd, Topeka, KS 66604

God’s Blessings!
Sara Hale, Planning Committee Co-Chair

SAVE THE DATE: The PTL will be hosting their popular Pork Chop Supper on Saturday, November 2, 2019.  It is going to be a great event, and one you won’t want to miss, so please mark your calendars!!  

LAKEWOOD APARTMENTS: Management for Lakewood Apartments has requested that we share information for anyone that may have housing needs. For complexes with an elderly/senior designation, occupancy is limited to applicants who are 62 years of age or older; or have a disability regardless of age.
This apartment community is comprised of 4 one bedroom apartments, 4 two bedroom apartments, and also apartments with special design features for individuals with a disability.
The rental policies adhere to all fair housing laws and there is no discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, color, marital or familial status, religion or national origin, sexual orientation, political beliefs, physical or mental handicap. Occupancy rules for the benefit of all tenants are strictly enforced to create a comfortable and enjoyable living atmosphere.
Applicants eligible for occupancy are on a first come, first served and income priority basis. If no apartments are available at the time an approved application is received, the name of the applicant will be placed on a waiting list.
Interested persons may contact the Manager at 785-765-3736. Individuals who are hearing or speech impaired may contact the Manager by telephone through the TDD/TYY system by dialing 800-766-3777 or 711.

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.

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.

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