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July 25th 2022

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples”

John 13:35

Proclaim the Gospel

Grow in Love

Serve One Another


St. Johns’ Mission Statement

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

 

I am proud to announce the winner of the Pastor’s walk-up song.  It is the theme song to Chariots of Fire from 1981.  The winner is Diane Podolak.  The reason why she picked this song is because she liked the music.  The judges (Eloide & Patty) felt the same way.  Congratulations to Diane and thank you to all those who entered.

 

Don’t forget next Sunday after worship service, it will be Doughnut Morning.  Even if you come on Saturday, you are welcome to come.  It will probably be around 10:00 a.m. We also have our Pistol Shrimp game that you are all invited to on Friday, August 5th at 7:00 p.m.  We will meet somewhere on the 3rd base side. 

 

I had a very relaxing and fun-filled week.  Charlee, Kayla and Jeff came to our lake house Monday night.  We pretty much swam in the lake in the morning and then the pool in the afternoon.  I feel pretty water logged.  Charlee loves the water and I love playing with her.  On Wednesday night we had my niece and two children as well as my sister-in-law stay overnight.  It was exactly why we bought the house – to be used.  They had to go home Thursday and my other daughter and her family came up that night.  We pretty much had enough time to vacuum and wash the sheets.  Both their children, Xavier and Nolan love the water also.  We pretty much kept the same schedule.  I feel like a prune.  It was a great week with my family.

 

Next Wednesday, we are going to have another meeting for the Long-Term Planning Committee.  It will be at 7:00 p.m.  Please bring your ideas.  The focus of the last meeting was not only to help our church but also our community.  Even if you have not made a meeting yet, please feel free to attend.

 

I have been talking about starting our Visitation Committee.  We will do so in September.  Currently, we have four members who have stepped-up to visit one or two members a month.  I have also allowed them to choose the member(s) who they want to visit.  One of the things they will be able to do is to bring communion to them.  We will have a meeting sometime in August to train the volunteers to do so.  Again, we have four.  I am looking for at least ten.  Please pray for this ministry and see if God wants you to help us out.

 

Thank you to all those who were involved with Vacation Bible School.  I heard it was a great success.  Special thanks goes out to Missy Pinter who organized everything.  Awesome job everyone.

 

The garden is producing.  Please feel free to come by and pick anything that you find.  We even have a couple of tomatoes beginning to turn.

 

I hope you are enjoying your summer.  Please, if you need anything, feel free to contact me. There is a reason why I put my email and phone on every letter.

 

May the peace of the Lord be with you always .

 

Pastor Tom

630-334-1771

pandtredig@gmail.com

 

 

Become familiar with the readings for July 23rd & 24th  7th  Weekend after Pentecost

Genesis 18:20-32        Psalm 138                    Colossians 2:6-19                    Luke 11:1-13



July 18th 2022

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples”

John 13:35

Proclaim the Gospel

Grow in Love

Serve One Another


St. Johns’ Mission Statement

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

 

One of our church members promised me no rain for Saturday at the beginning of the week.  As the week progressed, the chance of rain popped up.  But her promise held true.  We had a very good work day.  Many things were accomplished by a dedicated, but small, group of people.  I want to personally thank Don Anderson, Paul Piercy, Dave Hunt, Linda Parsons, Alice Mueller and Gregg Flaherty.  They worked their tails off.  Thank you all for your hard work.

 

I made the decision to move inside on Sunday.  This member promised Saturday but not Sunday.  It was raining at the YMCA early in the morning so I called it.  Of course, not a drop at church.  Thank you all for being flexible. 

 

The garden is producing.  Please come by and check it out.  Not only is it a place for food, but it is also a place for prayer and contemplation.  It is your garden.  Please feel free to pick anything you may find.  Herbs, cucumbers and yellow squash can be found most days.  Had to laugh at Linda and Merle Walter.  They both have been very involved in the garden.  They went on a trip and when they came back, they had to check out how much the garden had grown.  Pretty cool.

 

I am not able to announce the winner of Pastor’s drive-up scooter song yet.  Thank you all who entered the contest.  Hopefully in next week’s letter we will announce the winner.

 

Your church celebrated a baptism last Saturday.  Marlee Kaye Mitchell was baptized.  She did really well.  Big brother helped.  Marlee is the granddaughter of Bridget Wilmot who is one of our pianists. She was a very proud grandma!

 

S’more night was a success.  A huge thank you goes out to our Evangelism committee who made it all possible.  Our fire starters were fantastic. 

 

Here are a couple of things we are working on in the summer:

  • 1)      Long-term Planning Committee is coming back.  During the last meeting we discussed looking into opening our church to the needs of our community.  We already do this in a few cases.  The question is, can we do more?  First of all, we need to find out what the needs of the community are?  Working on this. If you are interested, please come join us.
  • 2)      At the end of Sunday School, I talked about opening up communion to all ages.  Currently, we instruct our children in 4th grade.  Some of you remember when it was 8th grade.  The thought is to make the communion table open to all ages.  That does NOT mean we just allow everyone without careful discernment and instruction.  Parents and children will have discussions together to see if they are ready.  Age-appropriate instruction will be given over a period of time.  Augsburg Fortress has materials for all ages.  And if they are ready, they will receive communion.
  • 3)      I am also bringing back the Visitation Committee.  This group will visit our homebound and be able to bring them communion.  Pastor will also continue his visits.  Still looking for many helpers.  We currently have three who have expressed an interest.  I am looking for at least ten.  You will visit one, or at the most two people, a month.  They will be the same people so you can develop a relationship with them. I will also train you to be able to give communion. Please consider this vital ministry. 

 

My granddaughter Charlee is coming to visit this week.  Oh yeah, the rest of the family is coming also.  They will be staying in the house at Lake Wildwood.  Therefore, I will be floating back and forth.  Please, if you need anything, please call or text me. 

 

The Church Council is meeting Tuesday, July 19th.  If you have any thoughts or concerns, please talk to a council member. 

 

May the peace of the Lord be with you always .

 

Pastor Tom

630-334-1771

pandtredig@gmail.com

 

Become familiar with the readings for July 23rd & 24th  7th  Weekend after Pentecost

Genesis 18:20-32        Psalm 138                    Colossians 2:6-19                    Luke 11:1-13

 



July 11th 2022

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples”

John 13:35

Proclaim the Gospel

Grow in Love

Serve One Another

St. Johns’ Mission Statement

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

 

I would like to share something with you.  Something that happened this week and it is because of you.  I hope you feel good about being part of St. John’s Lutheran Church.  We are not perfect.  We have many flaws.  But it doesn’t stop us from trying to do what God wants us to do.  Right now, it feels like God wants us to take care of the people in our community.  So here is what happened:

 

A person called me a couple of weeks ago.  She received the church’s number from someone who said St. John’s might be able to help.  This feels good in itself- that St. John’s is getting the reputation of being a place where one can find help. A few years ago, this woman went to IVCC but for many reasons, she could not continue.  But now, she feels she is ready to go.  Unfortunately, she has a bill from IVCC that she must pay before starting back up.  She asked if we could help.  In my experience, school is one of those things that could, potentially improve your lot in life.  She even offered to pay it back after she was done with school and working.  So, your church paid her bill.  She was very thankful.  In truth, weeks later, I sort of forgot about it. 

 

Last Thursday I received a text from her with her new student I.D. She even had fireworks going off in the caption.  She was super excited.  So, I became super excited.

 

I have no idea where this will end up.  However, I know God does.  I firmly believe that we are God’s hands and feet, and in this case – pocketbook.  I continue to be so proud of this church.  You all are amazing.  And you know what, I wouldn’t be surprised six months later, a year later, or maybe even two, we might even get our first installment on the pay back of her “loan.” 

 

Some of you have already heard this from me.  In my preparation of the “Good Samaritan” sermon, I felt like the Holy Spirit was driving some major concepts into me.  One, don’t ever walk away like the priest and the Levite did.  They were expected to help and they didn’t.  I really do believe that our church, St. John’s Lutheran Church, should never walk away from the needs of our community.  One of our long term plans for our church is to utilize our building more to help with the needs of our community.  This is where I can use your help.  What are the needs?  Can you please help me identify what they are?  Call me.  Text me.  If you have an idea where we can step up even more, please let me know.

 

The lawyer asked, “Who is my neighbor?”  Jesus responded with a parable, basically saying “everyone, including your enemy.”  Not only do we need to be better neighbors within our own congregation, but we need to be better within and outside of our community.  The Samaritan not only had “pity” on the stranger but then was moved to action.  We are doing great things.  I know some of you are working at food banks, sewing quilts, building ramps, being caretakers, etc., etc.  One, do you need help?  Two, can our church body do more? I don’t just want to pile more work on the few who volunteer for everything, but I want to mobilize our entire church body.  Three, it goes back to the above, what needs to be done?  Again, I would love to hear what you think.

 

I want to bring back our visitation committee.  I will continue to visit the homebound.  It is just getting a little harder for me.  I would like our members to step up and say, yes, I will visit one or two members a month.  I will also train you to give communion to the homebound.  Please let me know if you are interested.

 

DON’T FORGET! S’mores night this Saturday after service (July 16).  Come share a little treat and fellowship.  We will probably do it in the North parking lot.  If you usually come on Sunday, just show up around 6:45 or so.

 

We will also attempt another work day on Saturday, July 16th.  Let’s start at around 10:00.  A couple of goals:

-          Paint the outside of the screened-in-porch.  The inside is done.  Hopefully(maybe) we will have the prep work done on the outside.  If anyone wants to come over and help scrape and sand, beforehand, that would be wonderful.

-          A few screens need to be replaced or repaired on the porch.

-          All of the bushes around the church need to be trimmed.  I have an electric trimmer. Does anyone else? 

 

Lunch will be provided. 

 

May the peace of the Lord be with you always .

 

Pastor Tom

630-334-1771

pandtredig@gmail.com

 

Become familiar with the readings for July 9th & 10th -  5th Weekend after Pentecost

Genesis 18:1-10a        Psalm 15                      Colossians 1:15-28                  Luke 10:38-42


July 5th 2022

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples”

John 13:35

Proclaim the Gospel

Grow in Love

Serve One Another

St. Johns’ Mission Statement

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope you all had a joyful 4 th of July weekend. I think we sort of needed this break. I know I did. We had fun

with my oldest daughter’s family, swimming and paddle boarding at the lake house. Always fun to be with the

grandchildren.

A gold star goes to Eloide and Missy. They rescued us from the 1 st base side of the Pistol Shrimp game. I told

everyone to meet on the 3 rd base side and there, Paul Baker and I were sitting on the 1 st base side wondering

where everyone was? It never dawned on me that we were on the wrong side. Eloide gave me a lesson on

geography and there was a number of people from St. Johns sitting where they were supposed to be. Go figure

(What is a Pistol Shrimp game without getting a group shot with the mascot.).

While watching the game, I got an idea. Now, let me say first of all that not all my ideas are good ones. It is up

for all of you to decide. So, when a Pistol Shrimp batters walks up to the plate, their theme song is blasted on

the speakers. It made me think, what would be my theme song. It sounds like another contest. Here goes: For

a ten-dollar gift certificate from Burger King/McDonalds come up with a theme song for Pastor and he rides his

scooter up the aisle (or maybe before the sermon?). You also have to state why you picked the song. Email

me/text me/ call me your choice and explanation. Paul Baker is on the board first with an AC/DC song

Thunderstruck (Had to look that one up on YouTube). I still need an explanation from you Paul. Contest geos

to July 15 th . My wife Patty and Eloide will be in charge of picking the winners. Will we use it at church? One

never knows.

Not sure if we should schedule another work day? There is still a lot of work to do around the parsonage and

the church. The shed is done, thanks to Paul Piercy, Dave Hunt and Steve Ferguson. Hopefully, the inside of

the screen-in porch will be done this week. Carol Wenzel is painting the ceiling. The outside needs a lot of

scraping and painting. Then the bushes around the church need to be trimmed. Let’s schedule July 16 th as

another word day. If some of you want to work ahead of that day then we can adjust. I will let you know if we

truly need that day in the July 11 th letter.

The garden is ready to explode. The strawberries are done but the raspberries are beginning to ripen. Probably

another week for peppers and cucumbers. Make sure you check it out. If you need something, pick it. I know

the herbs are also ready to go. One of our members last Sunday had a handful of basil from the garden to take

home. Don’t forget to look at the two gardens over on the parsonage grounds near the shed. That is where you

will find the raspberries.

A short letter this week. If you ever have any question or if the church can help in anyway, please don’t hesitate

to call or visit.

May the peace of the Lord be with you always .

Pastor Tom

630-334-1771

pandtredig@gmail.com

Become familiar with the readings for July 9 th & 10 th - 5th Weekend after Pentecost

Deuteronomy 30:9-14 Psalm 25:1-10 Colossians 1:1-14 Luke 10:25-37