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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! 
In This Month's
St. John Witness
JANUARY WITNESS
Spiritual Growth
    CHRISTMAS AND EPIPHANY worship highlight the month of January. The gifts of God are greater than the gifts we give God, yet, He teaches us to bring of our own to honor Him. He wants us to be generous as He is. When we go past the celebration of Epiphany on January 8, we will focus upon God’s revelation to all mankind to know Him as Savior and Lord. This is a great time to grow in faith and prayer.

    CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS: We will take down the decorations in church on January 8, after our Epiphany service. Helpers are needed to remove, box, and store decorations for next year.

    21 DAYS OF PRAYER: CHALLENGE STARTS JANUARY 8. 
There is no greater opportunity in this world than to be in a real relationship with God! 
The truth is that there is no greater opportunity in this world than to be in a real relationship with God! Great relationships start with communication, and prayer is how we communicate with God. 
        Watch the daily videos.
        Read the daily guide.
        Don't do this alone.
    Bring your friends and family along with you for accountability and as a way to strengthen your prayer life together for 21 Days of Prayer!
    To enroll, you may subscribe at:  https://redletterchallenge.com/free-resources/21-days-of-prayer-challenge/

    BIBLE CLASS: We will continue to do a Live Stream (https://www.facebook.com/lutheran.church.1650) of our Thursday Bible Study. We will conclude Every One His Witness, and take on a Lifelight Class after we complete the current series. The class is held on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. Students should contact Pastor Grimm by January 12 in order to get materials for the new lessons.

    OUR CHURCH BUDGET IS A FAITH BUDGET. We have adopted a budget for 2023 which plans to spend $525,024 to carry out the ministries of St. John Lutheran Church and School next year. This will be a decrease of $18,034 from last year. As God has blessed you, please consider a special offering over and above your personal pledge. This will allow us to maintain and even expand our level of ministry in the Alma community and beyond.

   FLOCK NOTES are text messages or emails from the church to inform members of changes in worship or sending other announcements to our members. If you or a friend would like to be included on this list, please call the church office.

    LEADER’S RETREAT: On Saturday, January 7, the elected leaders of St. John will meet to plan ministry in our community. The first order of business will be prayer for each of our boards. We will review assigned duties. Then each board will establish desired outcomes for the year, and for the next five years, and share that with the others who serve at St. John Lutheran Church and School. 

    FLINT HILLS LUTHERANS FOR LIFE: thank you to all who helped with our LCMS Life Grant to provide Life Choice Ministries clients a bag of items that says, “you and your baby matter and are loved”. As you donated money, wrote notes or helped put together the gift bags – Thank You!!

    KANSAS DISTRICT LIFE CONFERENCE:  Monday, January 23, 2023 at St. John’s in Topeka. Rally For Life in downtown Topeka on Tuesday. See: 
  https://kslcms.org/caring-ministry/life-ministry/2023-life-conference/

Date        Bible Text                  Theme                                          Hymns                                                      Order of Worship
1/1/23      Luke 2:21                  Jesus, the name                            366 – 900 – 896-619-358 – 390                 DS4, page 203
1/8           Isaiah 60:1-6             A part in salvation                           397 – 399 – 395 – 370                               Matins, p. 219
1/15         I Cor. 1:1-9                Sanctified in Christ                          835 – 688 – 525-550-606-621 – 805         DS 3, 184
1/22         I Cor. 1:10-18            The Cross-Folly? (NLSW)               837 – 560 – 427 – 411                               P & P, page 260
1/29         Micah 6:1-8                He Told You                                    940 - 848 - 851 – 941 – 685                       Matins, p. 219