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November 28th, 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,

 

How was your Thanksgiving?  I hope you had a great time of restfulness, time with family, and plenty of food.  I had this.  Both of my daughter’s families were here along with some extended family.  Plenty of leftovers.  And a couple of games of UNO. 

 

But to be honest mine was a little of a rollercoaster of emotions.  It was great to be with family.  I don’t have to tell some of you this.  I get that families are messy at times, but they are family.  We certainly don’t all agree on many items.  We even needed some clarification on the rules of UNO.  But they are still family that I love.  I think of Jesus’ disciples who were his family for three years. Then they abandon him at his greatest time of need.  But Jesus would later seek them out behind locked doors.  And even some members of his own flesh and blood, who didn’t understand his mission on earth, later would play an important part in his mission after he left earth to be with his heavenly Father.  Both of these groups are the poster-child for messy.  Still, Jesus loved them all. 

 

Patty and I also celebrated our 38th Wedding Anniversary on Thanksgiving.  That was a tough one to explain to our grandchildren.  “Grandpa, you were married on Thanksgiving?” My explanation of days and calendar and such did not clear things up.  So, I said “Yep.”  Charlee and Xavier thought that was pretty cool.

 

The truth was I had to wait for Patty to finish her high school coaching season in Madison, WI.  When the girl’s season was over, we pretty much got married the next weekend on the 24th.  I think that year, Thanksgiving was late.  38-years later, we are still working on it.  I really believe that marriages, no matter how long, need to always be worked on.

 

A great day – Yes?  Then I got a call from my Dad.  He is 92-years old and doing well.  He has recently moved from his house of 30+ years to an assisted living center.  In 2013, he buried my mother.  They had been married for over 50-years.  He loved marriage so much that in his 80’s he got married again.  He buried her less than two years  later.  During our call, we started talking about past Thanksgivings and he commented that those days are gone.  He then said these words, “He has no family around.”  He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.  His statement is true.

 

At Trick or Treat, a member of our church said “this “sucks.” She recently had to make a decision to put her husband in an assisted care facility.  In my visits, I hear pain in voices of the reality of having to make tough decisions.  This was not what they were thinking when they were young and planning their future.  Then we have members who are divorced or have lost their loved ones.  We also have members who are consumed with health problems – either their own or another family member. Life is messy for a lot of people.

 

So, after this phone call, I felt down.  I also didn’t know how to fix it. The reality is the reality.  Sometimes it sucks.  And you know what?  Holidays bring out the worst in these times.  Please be aware of this.  This time of joy and happiness is sometimes a very depressing time for some.

 

And this is why I love church.  Not the building but the members of this congregation.  We are a messy group.  We don’t all agree with each other.  I know some of you don’t agree with me.  But, what our church does is rally around our family of members.  Let me share with you what happened on Thanksgiving.  One of our members' daughter-in-law is undergoing treatments for cancer.  His family has rallied around her and her family with support.  But all of them are running out of gas.  Thanksgiving Day is just another day of recovering from the effects of the treatment.  Certainly, no one is up to doing a traditional dinner.  One of our members said, “St. John’s will do it.” They put something out and St. John’s responded.  I think there were something like ten spots to volunteer. We had over that to help.  Can you believe this?  The person organizing it had to turn away volunteers.  What a great problem.  A meal with all the fixings, was delivered to this family on Thanksgiving.  Yay, St. John’s!

 

I know Gerlyn, who organizes the PADS dinner, also says, “Yay St. John’s.”  After Stewardship Sunday, her list was completely filled and she now has people to fill in, in case of emergencies.

 

Don’t worry, we will give you plenty more opportunities to help others.  Opportunities to bring a little joy and happiness to some special people in our congregation and community.

 

1)      Our Holiday Food Basket Drive for our elementary students will come to completion Monday December 5th.  Will you please consider bringing in some of the food items requested?  You can donate money and the church will go shopping for you.  The cost is 50 dollars. If you cannot afford the whole amount, please consider a portion of a basket.  Any amount would be greatly appreciated.

2)      We have 22 homebound members.  On Sunday, December 4th, we are going to be making and decorating cookies in the Fellowship Hall at 9:00 a.m. (before church service).  Can you help us out.  I already asked the Sunday Schoolers.  You can also bring in cookies that you made at home.  We also will be making cards and hopefully a Christmas ornament for each one of our homebound members.  Can you and your family help?

3)      Then we need people to deliver these treats.  Can you help out?

4)      We have a manger and a tree in the Narthex.  They need decorating.  If you have any extra ornaments at home, would you consider bringing them to the church?  The manger needs straw, but there is a rule:  You need to do something above and beyond to place ONE piece of straw in the manger. The more things you and your family do, the more straw you can add. 

 

Schedule:

            Advent Services - Wednesday November 30th, December 7th, 14th, & 21st. All at 6:30 p.m.

            Choir Music Program - Saturday & Sunday, December 10th & 11th – during service

            Children’s Musical Program – Sunday, December 18th – during service

            Christmas Eve Service – Saturday, December 24th, at 5:30 p.m.

            Christmas Service – Sunday, December 25th, 10:15 a.m.

 

May the peace of the Lord be with you always,

 

Pastor Tom

630-334-1771

pandtredig@gmail.com

 

Readings for the week of November 28th   – 2nd  Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 11:1-10                        Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19               Romans 15:4-13                     Matthew 3:1-12

 


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November 21st, 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,

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all.  I hope you have a great holiday weekend.  Wear elastic.

 

Thank you to all who worked at Stewardship Sunday.  I hope all of you found something you can do for your church.  We need all of you.  Thank you to all who worked at the event.  A special thanks to members of our Stewardship Committee – Stacy Newell, Kay Raineri and Chris Westphal.  Chris and his wife Crystal made all the chili for the event.  Thank you to all. 

 

"Don't forget that waking up each day is the first thing we should be grateful for" (Wonders Diary)

How many of us have a grateful heart?  I don’t think it is based on circumstances but to be honest, it sure does help.  I can’t help but focus on the word “first.”  I think of this as the very first thing to do, but not the only time we give thanks.  But I think it helps us set up our day.  If we are thankful first thing in the morning, I believe it will carry on throughout the day.  Why don’t we give it a try this season of Advent.

 

We have a gratitude board in the Narthex.  It has been pretty quiet for a long time.  Please, share with the church the things you are grateful for.  If you don’t come to church, physically, send me an email or a text and I will make sure it goes on the board. 

 

I also know many of you do things where you are not looking for a thank you.  During the season of Advent, Evangelism will set up a table that has a creche seen.  The one thing that is missing (besides the baby Jesus) is straw.  This is where you come in.  Anytime you go above and beyond what you normally do for others, we would like you to place one piece of straw (found near the table) in the manger.  Our hope, by the time of Christmas, it should look like what a manger should look like.  (If you remember, we sort of did a similar thing with marbles last year.)  All ages are welcome to add straw to the manger.  Could be a neat family event.

 

Sunday, December 4th is an all-hands on deck type of Sunday.  St. John’s currently has 22-homebound people in our congregation.  What we would like to do for them is to bake and deliver Christmas cookies, write Christmas cards and possibly make ornaments for them.  If you walk into church that day, hopefully you smell fresh baked cookies in Fellowship Hall.  I am going to ask Sunday School to help decorate but they may be working on their musical on the 18th.  If you normally drop off your children for Sunday school could you consider staying and helping out?  Can some of the congregation come early to church and help out also?  You can also bake cookies at home and either bring them to church or I can come pick them up.  Even the homebound can make cookies and I will pick them up. 

 

We will also have card making materials and ornament making materials.  Could you help us out with this activity?

 

We will also need people to deliver the cookies and other items.  Would you consider helping with this?

 

As you can see we need a lot of help on this day. 

 

 

Schedule wise:  Thanksgiving Eve Service – Wednesday November 23rd at 6:30 p.m.

            Advent Services:  Wednesday November 30th, December 7th, 14th, & 21st. All at 6:30 p.m.

            Christmas Eve Service – Saturday, December 24th, at 5:30 p.m.

            Christmas Service – Sunday, December 25th, 10:15 a.m.

 

Again, Happy Thanksgiving. May the peace of the Lord be with you always.

 

Pastor Tom

630-334-1771

pandtredig@gmail.com

 

Readings for the week of November 27th   – 1st Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 2:1-5                 Psalm 122                   Romans 13:11-14                    Matthew 24:36-44

 



November 14th, 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 excited about next weekend.  It is Stewardship Sunday.  The misconception of this day is we are only asking you for money.  I am not going to lie to you.  It is a time where we ask you to look at your giving to the church.  But you know what, I firmly believe that is between you and God.  As your pastor, I try to stay out of that business.  You know, just like your home, there is a cost to maintain your church.  There are salaries that need to be paid.  Etc.

 

But this is not what I am excited about.  I am excited about having one service.  It will be on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. (normal time). I seriously hope that the members of the congregation that come on Saturday will change their routine for a day.  Here is what I see the problem with having two services (No! There are no plans on changing it).  The Saturday people know the Saturday people and the Sunday people know the Sunday people.  The two don’t usually mix.  I am excited about the opportunity to mix this Sunday.

 

I am also excited about the “nuts and bolts” of that day.  The first thing is the service.  On page 92-93 of the ELW (red book) there is a list of everything that goes on in a worship service.  If you look at this page, some of these items are in normal print while others are in bold print.  The ones in bold are called essentials.  It does NOT mean that one is more important than the other.  What it does mean is these are the items that should be in a regular service.  On. This Sunday, we will only be doing the Essentials. 

 

After the service you will pick up your Time and Talent sheet and go out to the Narthex to explore what goes on at the church.  At last count, we have 15 tables (most of them shared) of programs/ministries that go on here at St. John’s.  One, it is their time to show off.  Two, it is a chance to recruit new members.  I have been honest in my preaching.  We need more volunteers. We need you.  I would really like you to prayerfully consider this week how you can participate in your church programming.  We need your help.  We really need your help. 

 

You will be given a “passport” which is a piece of paper with all the ministries present.  As you go visit the tables, they will stamp your passport.  After finishing your visits, you will place your name in the container and we will have a drawing for three Hy-Vee gift cards. 

 

Finally, we would love you to stay and share a bowl of chili with us.  In Lutheran fashion, fellowship and food.  We haven’t done this in a long time.  All of this is put on by the Stewardship Committee.  We hope you stay.

 

On other news:

  • -          Make sure you welcome Eloide back from her vacation.  There is no one that works harder in our church.  Finally, she took a vacation with Mark to Las Vegas.  You can ask her if she is a little lighter or heavier in her pockets.
  • -          Members are already bringing food items for the holiday baskets.  This is something we have done for the last couple of years to help our elementary students who suffer food insecurity over the holidays.  Thank you to those who have already brought food in.  We can also do the shopping for you.  If you want to write a check to St. John’s, please make it out for 50.00 dollars and mark in the memo “Holiday Food Basket”.  Monday, December 5th is the last day to contribute.
  • -          It is with a sad heart that I inform you that Dallas Saferite lost his battle with his illness the past week.  I was able to perform the funeral service as well as having Marilyn and Wally performing the music.  He was surrounded by family during his final days. 
  • -          For those who plan ahead, we will have a Thanksgiving Eve service at 6:30 p.m. Love to see you there. 
  • -          Make sure you look at the church calendar for everything that is happening at church this week.  Council meets Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.  New guidelines were sent out to all of you. 
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May the peace of the Lord be with you always.

 

Pastor Tom

630-334-1771

pandtredig@gmail.com

 

Readings for the week of November 20th   – Stewardship Sunday & Christ the King Sunday

1st Reading:  Jeremiah 23:1-6             Psalm 46         2nd Reading:  Colossians 1:11-20       Luke 23:33-43



November 7th, 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 know that none of us are promised tomorrow, not even our last breath, but I would never have guessed how close the words came to fruition this past week.  As some of you know, my son-in-law Alan, got seriously hurt at his place of work.  There was an explosion, and he was thrown off a ladder.  I am very thankfully he was wearing all the necessary safety equipment.  Still, the bones on the left side are shattered.  However, his eye is good.  They are waiting for the swelling to go down a little before they do surgery.  He will have plates put in to replace the bones on the left side.  It could have been a lot worse.  It still is pretty bad.  Please continue to pray for him, his family and the doctors who will be doing the surgery. 

 

Sort of an interesting observation.  Alan literally looks like someone beat him up big-time.  He has over 80- stitches on the left side of his face.  Their two-year old thinks nothing of it.  Continues to want to be in his lap and have a book read to him. The five-year-old is a little more cautious, a little more wary.  Not sure what to make of his dad. Sounds like him, but certainly doesn’t look like him.  I am sure there is a lesson in there somewhere.

 

This whole episode ties into what I preached on last weekend and next weekend.  Bottom line:  We should live every moment to the fullest. As a follower of Jesus Christ, that means loving him and loving neighbor as if they were Jesus Christ.  When you leave for work, do you tell your spouse and children that you love them or do you rely on them knowing it?  Why don’t you tell them? 

 

We are in our second week of November.  That must mean meetings.  We have Music and Worship coming up on Tuesday.  We have already implemented some of the changes that we discussed last month.  We decided to move the Passing of the Peace right after announcements. We are also going to try to stand instead of stand-sit-knee-stand-sit during the beginning part of our service.  Both of these changes hopefully will help with the flow. 

 

We also have a Stewardship Meeting, Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.  We will be doing our last-minute planning for our Stewardship Sunday on November 20th.  We will only have one service this weekend (no Saturday).  It is called Passport to Stewardship.  We will have a number of tables set up in the Narthex for you to walk around and talk to a member of many of the activities/committees that we provide at the church.  They will “stamp” your “passport” which you will be given at the end of service.  For those who visit all the activities/committees your passport will be placed in a drawing for three-HyVee gift cards.  Chili will also be made available for your eating pleasure afterwards

 

Finally, at the bottom of this letter, you will find the proposed agenda for our Church Council meetings.  They are always on the third-Tuesday of the month starting at 6:30 p.m. The last couple of meetings we have had members of our church visiting the meeting.  Personally, it threw me a little because we never had any visitors before.  We didn’t even know if it was possible. The answer is, it is possible and even encouraged.  It is a great way to get to know what is happening in the church.  There is two opportunities for non-council members to speak.  If we have a guest come in and give us further detail or direction, non-council members can ask questions of them, only after the council members are done with their questioning. If there are no special guests, then non-council members can ask questions after the old business of the council has been discussed.

 

We are not trying to hide anything from you.  Many things need to be discussed by the council and approved or disapproved by them before they are even brought to your knowledge.  If it was disapproved, most likely you would never know about it except by reading the notes from the last meeting.  These notes are made available for you to read but they need council approval which occurs at the next meeting.  They are also your representatives, your voice at the council meetings.  Remember, you voted for them as council members.  If you feel you are not being heard or represented (I am sorry), please consider running for council.  New positions are available every year beginning in January.

 

May the peace of the Lord be with you always.

 

Pastor Tom

630-334-1771

pandtredig@gmail.com

 

Readings for the week of November 12th & 13th   – 23 Week after Pentecost

Malachi 4:1-2a                        Psalm 98                     2 Thessalonians 3:6-13                       Luke 21:5-19

 

St. John’s Lutheran Church

Proposed Council Meeting Agenda Format

 

Call to Order and Prayer

 

Special Invited Guests – Presentation

Questions from Council Members

Questions from Visitors

Review & Acceptance of Minutes

Correspondence & Announcements

Treasurer

 

Ministry Reports: (10 minutes maximum)

-          Long Term Goals

-          Pastoral Report

-          Buildings & Grounds

-          Endowment Ministry

-          Worship & Music

-          Children’s Spiritual Life & Education

-          Stewardship

-          Youth Spiritual Life & Education

-          Evangelism

*Council representative need to decide if part of their report needs to be in Executive Session

 

Old Business

 

Questions from Visitors

 

Executive Session – (All visitors are excused at this time)

-          Further Ministry Report

-          Personnel Committee

-          New Business

 

Adjournment (8:30 p.m.)

Lord’s Prayer.