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					Volume 64, Issue 06                                           The Saint John Courier :
June-July 2009                    The Monthly Publication of Saint John Lutheran Church and School, Ocala, Florida


                         VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2009
                                                                               WHEN: Monday – Friday
                                                                                     June 15-19
                                                                                     9:00am – 12:15pm




        Plans are progressing nicely for our upcoming Vacation Bible School. Registrations are starting to
come in and we are excited to see how many robots will be entered in the Build-A Bot Robot Competition
(registrations are due in by May 17th and the robots need to be turned in by May 30th).
        Our mission is to reach 150+ children in our community and introduce them to Jesus
in a fun and exciting way by showing them that God Always Does Great and Exciting Things
(G.A.D.G.E.T.)
        It’s going to be a great week and we can still use your help to reach our goal. The fol-
lowing people have already volunteered their time for the leadership roles: Build-a-Bot Bible
Challenge-Debby Heath; Invent-a-Snack-Kim Van Gorp; Imagine That! Craft-Debbie
Scherschel; Robot Rhythms Music-Christy Asleson; Power-Up! Opening/Eureka! Closing-John
Westol; Transform Me! Bible Stories-Ruth Westol; G.A.D.G.E.T. Games-Sarah Westol;
G.A.D.G.E.T. Group Leaders-Arlene Biggers/Brenda Williams & K3/K4 Coordinator-Melissa
Condon. We also have Bill Howson-Publicity, Chris Deines-Registration, and Mary Benning-
ton-Nursery. Most of the hard jobs have already been taken but you can still help.
        K3/K4 Rotation Leaders and G.A.D.G.E.T Guides for all groups. (G.A.D.G.E.T. Guides participate in
                                       G.A.D.G.E.T.                         G.A.D.G.E.T.
activities while supervising and interacting with their kids. Guides have no responsibilities for preparing les-
sons. They welcome, befriend and tend to the children in their groups.)
        Please add your name to the volunteer sign-up forms in the Narthex or call either Debbie Scherschel @
401-9790 or Arlene Biggers @ 629-3378 and let us know where you feel God is leading you to help. If you
would like to help by bringing in supplies the following are needed (watch for more information in the Narthex
and News & Notes):
                                              Snack Items Needed:

    Day 1 (The World In My Hands) 230 – 6‖ Tortillas, Cream Cheese, 5-12oz. boxes vanilla wafers, Bags of
    Red Apples, 10 bags of white mini-marshmallows, 20-29oz. cans mandarin oranges, 1 bottle lemon juice,
    5 boxes cinnamon sugar, 1 lg jar blue food coloring & 220 small Dark Blue plates.
    Day 2 (Snack Bots) 6-16 oz. bags 2‖ pretzel sticks, 15 bags Lg White Marshmallows, 20-10.5 oz. bags
    mini colored marshmallows & 13-5.8 oz. pkgs. small cubed yellow cheese.
    Day 3 (A Pear of Ears) 460 pear halves, 230 peach halves, 3-24oz. raisins, 10-29 oz. cans mandarin or-
    anges, & 220 small GREEN plates.
    Day 4 (Eyc C U) 7-5 Qt containers vanilla ice cream, 20-7.25oz bottles Magic Shell, red string licorice and
    220 Large LIGHT BLUE plates.
    Day 5 (Burning Hearts) 220 slices white bread, 10-32oz. strawberry preserves, 5 heart shaped cookie
    cutters and 220 small RED plates. Contact Kim VanGorp @ 687-8271 with questions.
   We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we
        Please call the Church office at 629-1794, #2 to volunteer or to register early. Help us share Jesus
with the children in our community. should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
                                                                             Submitted by Publicity Committee:
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                                               Saint John Lutheran Church and School Activities:
                                                                         June 2009
               Location of the Colored Coded Events: BLUE—Rm. 24—COC, BLACK—Sanctuary, ORANGE—Classrooms,
            PURPLE— GYMNASIUM, GREEN—Off Campus; Red Events are Special or Seasonal for the Church or School


        SUN                    MON                         TUE                  WED                     THU                   FRI                SAT
                        1                          2                     3    PRAYER VIGIL      4                     5                  6      RWL
                        0930 Ch/Sch. Staff Mtg.-   0630 PK’s A B Class   0630 Men’s A B Class   1830 EE Trng. Cycle                      1700 Bible Study
                        1100 Bible Study           1830 LLL Meeting      1300 EE Training                                                1800 Contemp. Svc.
                        1830 Elders Mtg.           1900 Choir Practice   1800 ABC– Witness!




7 RWL—Confirmation      8                          9                     10                     11                    12                 13       RWL
0830 Contemp. Svc.      0930 Ch/Sch. Devo’s-       0630 PK’s A B Class   0630 Men’s A B Class   1830 EE Trng. Cycle                      0800 FL-GA Dist.
0845 KIDS WORSHIP       1100 Bible Study           1900 Choir Practice   1300 EE Training                                                Convention
0945 KBF/ABC Hour       1600 Fin. Committee                              1800 ABC– Witness!                                              1700 Bible Study
1100 Traditional Svc.                                                                                                 1300 FL-GA Dist.   1800 Contemp. Svc.
1830 B Moore                                                                                                          Convention



14 RWL—LS               15                         16                    17                     18                    19                 20         RWL
0830 Contemp. Svc.                                 0630 PK’s A B Class   0630 Men’s A B Class                                            1700 Bible Study
0845 KIDS WORSHIP       0900 VBS –WEEK             0900 VBS –WEEK        0900 VBS –WEEK         0900 VBS –WEEK        0900 VBS –WEEK     1800 Contemp. Svc.
0945 KBF/ABC Hour       0930 Ch/Sch. Devo’s-       1900 Choir Practice   1300 EE Training       1830 EE Trng. Cycle
1100 Traditional Svc.   1100 Bible Study                                 1800 ABC– Witness!
1830 B Moore            1830 Directors Mtg.



21 RWL                  22                         23                    24                     25                    26                 27 RWL
0830 Contemp. Svc.      0930 Ch/Sch. Devo’s        0630 PK’s A B Class   0630 Men’s A B Class   1830 EE Trng. Cycle                      1700 Bible Study
0845 KIDS WORSHIP       1100 Bible Study           1900 Choir Practice   1300 EE Training                                                1800 Contemp. Svc.
0945 KBF/ABC Hour                                                        1800 ABC– Witness!
1100 Traditional Svc.
1700 IFES—Meal—??
1830 Beth Moore


28 RWL                  29                         30
0830 Contemp. Svc.      0930 Ch/Sch. Devo’s        0630 PK’s A B Class




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0845 KIDS WORSHIP       1100 Bible Study           1900 Choir Practice
0945 KBF/ABC Hour
1100 Traditional Svc.
1830 B Moore
Volume 64, Issue 06                           MONKEYS DON’T WORSHIP!                                          Page 3

                                      SANCTIFY THE HOLY DAY – Exodus 20:8
           Why have no monkeys—in the wild or in a zoo—ever been seen trying to worship God? No one has
    ever seen a monkey worship because God has only written His Law into the heart of man (Deuteronomy
    6:6-7). From this Law written in their hearts, all people have a vague feeling that they should worship a
    god.

                                 THE desire to worship COMES FROM GOD!
          God does not want you to have a vague (feelingly that you should worship Him. A third of His Ten
    Commandments God makes His holy will crystal clear: ―Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy‖
    (Exodus 20:8).

                                           GOD'S SURPRISE IN WORSHIP!
            Is God-pleasing worship a result of God's Law? Worship is certainly commended in the Law. How-
    ever, for a Christian to observe God's Third Commandment, ―Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it Holy,‖
    is the fruit of God's Gospel, which He proclaimed before giving the Commandments: ―I am the Lord your
    God, who brought you out . . .'' (Exodus 20:2).
            Martin Luther explains: 'At whatever time God's Word is taught, preached, heard, read, or pon-
    dered, there the person, the day, and the work are sanctified by it, not on account of the external work but
    on account of the Word which makes us all saints’ (Large Catechism, 1:87). ―I am the Lord who sanctities
    you'' (Leviticus 22:32).

                                     TRUE WORSHIP: WHAT GOD DOES FOR YOU
             Luther continues his explanation of the Third commandment: ''For the true meaning of the Third
    Commandment is that we, on that day, should teach and hear the Word of God, thereby sanctifying both
    the day and ourselves'' (Luther's Works', American Edition, vol. 47, p. 92). Again, the ―sanctifying'' that
    God speaks of in His Word is not a result of what we do on the Sabbath. It is the other way around. Sanc-
    tifying the Sabbath is what God does in us through His life-giving, proclaimed, taught, and living Word.
             Luther then speaks of a seeming contradiction in understanding worship: Wherever God's Word is
    preached it follows naturally that one must necessarily celebrate at the same hour or time and be quiet,
    and without any other preoccupation, only speak and hear what God declares, what He teaches us and
    tells us. Therefore everything depends completely on this, that we sanctify the day. This is more impor-
    tant than celebrating it.
             For God does not say: You shall celebrate the holy day or make it a Sabbath--that will take care of
    itself. No, you shall sanctify the holy day or the Sabbath. He is far more concerned about the sanctifying
    than about the celebrating of it. And where one or the other might be or must be neglected, it would be
    far better to neglect the celebrating than the sanctifying, since the commandment places the greater em-
    phasis on the sanctifying and does not institute the Sabbath for its own sake, but for the sake of its being
    sanctified (Luther's Works, vol. 47, p. 92).
             In a world where most people assume worshiping, or ―sanctifying the Holy day,‖ is something man
    does, Luther's explanation may be difficult to accept. However, worship is like everything else in which
    God is involved with you, ―It is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure''
    (Philippians 2: 13).
             Dear Lord, help me to understand that worship is the fruit of Your Gospel Word at work in me. Give
    me the faith to understand that the Sabbath is sanctified and kept holy not by our actions, but by Your liv-
    ing Word. Blessed Lord, sanctify Your Holy Day, and sanctify us (John 17: l 7) by Your Word, the Lord Jesus
    Christ. Amen.
                                                                                            Submitted by Jim Webb
                                                                                         From Good News, Issue 27
Page 4                           SANCTIFICATION: A GIFT FROM GOD!                                         The Saint John Courier

          Many people, including sincere Christians,           say, Jesus took all your sins upon Himself, wearing
   wrongly believe sanctification is a process they must       your sins ''like a filthy garment'' (Isaiah 64:6). In ex-
   spend their lives completing. Thus they might feel          change, He clothes you with His own perfection, pu-
   confused and uncertain when they hear God say in            rity and holiness, that is God's gift of sanctification!
   His powerful Word that His sinful children ―have                    Stated another way, God DECLARES you sanc-
   BEEN SANCTIFIED in Christ Jesus'' (1 Corinthians            tified when you are baptized (1 Corinthians 6:11).
   1:2). Notice the past tense.                                Augustine's sinful past did not suddenly disappear
          Even many Lutheran Christians who have a             in his Baptism. All of his friends and neighbors
   correct understanding of justification fall into the        could still remember it. After he was baptized,
   trap of thinking sanctification is a process they must      Augustine's sinful flesh also caused him to sin again
   undergo. They too become confused when they                 and again. His friends and neighbors were all able
   hear God say to them, ―You were sanctified'' (1 Co-         to see Augustine's sin, just as your friends and
   rinthians 6:11). Notice again the past tense.               neighbors can see your sin. Nevertheless, God DE-
          For His glory, God speaks about sanctification       CLARED Augustine sanctified-sinless and pure al-
   in two ways. God says you are already sanctified', He       though Holy Baptism.
   also urges you to live a sanctified life.                           This is Good News also for you! Though you
          Augustine of Hippo was guilty of many sins,          may be a sincere Christian, you still struggle daily
   including false teachings and fathering a child out-        with temptation and sin. Despite this struggle, God
   side of marriage. You might say: How is it possible         regards you as perfectly holy! Even though your
   for someone like Augustine to be sanctified, that is,       friends and neighbors see many sins they hold
   completely holy and pure in God's sight? You might          against you, God sees none of these. God says to
   also ask: How is it possible for ME to be completely        you, ―I am the Lord, who sanctifies you'' (Exodus
   sanctified in God's sight? Have not all sinned and          31:13). He also says that you ―have been sanctified
   fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)? The         by faith in Me'' (Acts 26:18). God has ―chosen you
   answer is clear. SANCTIFICATION IS GOD'S GIFT.              from the beginning for salvation through sanctifica-
   ''Though your sins are (like) scarlet'' (Isaiah 1:18), in   tion'' (2 Thessalonians 2:13).
   Christ, God DECLARES you sanctified. That is to say,                Right now you may be thinking, ''Wait a min-
   God DECLARES you completely holy and pure and               ute! Many Bible verses make sanctification sound
   washed clean of all sins in Jesus' blood!                   like a command we must perform, not a gift God
          Since He knows the devil will try to confuse         gives to us! For example, what does it mean when
   people in their thinking about His gift of sanctifica-      God says, ‘This is the will of God, your sanctification;
   tion, God defines this doctrine clearly:                    that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality' (1
       God says, ―I am the Lord who sanctifies you''           Thessalonians 4:3)?‖
       (Exodus 31:13). Who sanctifies? God does! You                   Here is the answer: Bible verses that make
       can read this also in Leviticus 20:8; 21:8; and         sanctification sound like a command or a process
       22:32.                                                  do not speak about your sanctification, which is al-
       The book of Hebrews states that God is ―He who          ready perfect and complete in God's eyes. Instead,
       sanctifies'' (Hebrews 2:11).                            these verses speak about the way you look in your
       The apostle Paul adds, ―[God] has now recon-            neighbor's eyes!
       ciled you . . . to present you before him holy                  Even as you fail each day, God declares you
       (sanctified]'' (Colossians 1:22). (note:                sanctified in His eyes, but still requires you to live a
       ''Sanctified'' and ―holy'' have the same meaning        life of sanctification. Why? So that your neighbors
       in the original Greek text of the New Testament.)       will see your life and give all the glory to God, not to
          God also describes your sanctification as fully      you. Thus your sanctification is for God's glory on
   completed for you by Jesus on the cross:                    both counts.
       ―We have been sanctified through the offering of                Now, think again about Augustine's many
       the body of Jesus Christ once and for all‖              sins, God fully and completely sanctified him in Bap-
       (Hebrews 10:10). Again, notice the past tense.          tism (1 Corinthians 6: 11). Even so, Augustine's
       ―Jesus . . . that He might sanctify the people          friends and neighbors could still see that he was
       through His own blood, suffered out- side the           sinful!
       gate'' (Hebrews 13: 12).                                     For example, everyone knew about Augustine's
       ―Christ also loved the church and gave Himself               previous sins of adultery. After his Baptism,
       up for her . . . that He might sanctify her''                though, Augustine began to live a sanctified life
       (Ephesians 5:25-26).                                         publicly. That is to say, he abstained from sex-
          In each of these verses, God's Word teaches               ual immorality (1 Thessalonians 4:3). He did not
   you about sanctification by pointing you to Christ on            do this to improve his standing before God, but
   the cross! God ―made Him who knew no sin to be                   so that those who saw his life would give glory to
   sin on our behalf ― (2 Corinthians 5:21). That is to             God (Matthew 5:16). (Continued on page 5.)
Volume 64, Issue 06                            SANCTIFICATION: CONTINUED                                                      Page 5

       Although Augustine previously was a false teacher,           give glory to God?
       he began to work hard to appear sanctified and                            NOW MAY THE GOD OF PEACE
       holy in all he did (1 Peter 1: 15-16), especially in                         SANCTIFY YOU ENTIRELY
       what he taught concerning God. He did this for his                            1 THESSXONIANS 5:23
       neighbor's benefit, remembering Jesus' words: 'let                  Your sanctification is not to improve your stand-
       your light shine before men in such a way that they          ing before God, as many Christians and church bodies
       may see your good works, and glorify your Father             mistakenly believe and teach. Always bear in mind
       who is in heaven'' (Matthew 5:16). The only light            that any horribly sinful person if DECLARED SANCTI-
       that is truly ours is the light God gives. It shines         FIED through Baptism, should know that sanctification
       into our darkness, and the darkness does not over-           is NOT something God demands from us, as if we
       power it (John 1:5). There are germs that perish             must produce it by your own power to guarantee our
       when exposed do the light; so does our sin when              salvation. You are already ―sealed in Him with the
       God's light shines into and through us.                      Holy Spirit of promise'' (Ephesians 1:13). SANCTIFICA-
          Whenever you read Bible verses that make                  TION IS GOD'S GIFT TO YOU, SOMETHING HE DE-
   sanctification sound like a command or process, im-              CLARES TO YOU. ―Christ Jesus . . . became for us wis-
   mediately remind yourself that God's Word clearly                dom from God, and righteousness and SANCTIFICA-
   states the opposite: sanctification is NOT a process.            TION'' (1 Corinthians 1:30). Because of Jesus, God
   SANCTIFICATION IS A GIFT FROM GOD! HE DECLARES                   now sees you as completely holy and perfect in His
   YOU COMPLETELY AND PERFECTLY HOLY IN HIS                         sight.
   SIGHT!                                                                  So what are you waiting for? Now that you are
          With this Good News firmly rooted in your mind,           sanctified (made perfect), It is time to live our lives as
   examine carefully the Bible verses that make sanctifi-           co-workers with Christ motivated by love for Him out of
   cation soundest command.           Ask yourself, ―Even           thanks and gratitude for everything He has done for
   though I am fully sanctified in God's eyes, what is this         us.                              Submitted by Jim Webb
   verse telling me to do that will help my neighbor and                                              From Good News, Issue 27


                      Children in Church                                     Ms. Terri asked her Sunday School class to draw
                                                                   pictures of their favorite Bible stories. She was puzzled by
           A little boy was attending his first wedding. After
                                                                   Kyle's picture, which showed four people on an airplane,
  the service, his cousin asked him, "How many women can
                                                                   so she asked him which story it was meant to represent.
  a man marry? ""Sixteen," the boy responded. His cousin
                                                                   "The Flight to Egypt," was his reply pointing at each figure,
  was amazed that he had an answer so quickly. "How do
                                                                   Ms. Terri said, "That must be Mary, Joseph, and Baby Je-
  you know that?" "Easy," the little boy said. "All you have
                                                                   sus. But who's the fourth person?" "Oh, that's Pontius -
  to do is add it up, like the pastor said, 4 better, 4 worse, 4
                                                                   the pilot!"
  richer, 4 poorer."
                                                                             The Sunday School Teacher asks, "Now, Johnny,
           After a church service on Sunday morning, a young
                                                                   tell me frankly do you say prayers before eating?" "No sir,"
  boy suddenly announced to his mother, "Mom, I've decided
                                                                   little Johnny replies, I don't have to. My mom is a good
  to become a minister when I grow up." "That's okay with
                                                                   cook."
  us, but what made you decide that?" "Well," said the little
                                                                                            This is the best one.
  boy, "I have to go to church on Sunday anyway, and I figure
                                                                             A little girl was sitting on her grandfather's lap as
  it will be more fun to stand up and yell, than to sit and lis-
                                                                   he read her a bedtime story. From time to time, she would
  ten."
                                                                   take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrin-
           A boy was watching his father, a pastor, write a
                                                                   kled cheek. She was alternately stroking her own cheek,
  sermon. "How do you know what to say?" he asked. "Why,
                                                                   then his again. Finally she spoke up, "Grandpa, did God
  God tells me." "Oh, then why do you keep crossing things
                                                                   make you?""Yes, sweetheart," he answered, "God made
  out?"
                                                                   me a long time ago." "Oh," she paused, "Grandpa, did God
           A little girl became restless as the preacher's ser-
                                                                   make me too?" "Yes, indeed, honey," he said, "God made
  mon dragged on and on. Finally, she leaned over to her
                                                                   you just a little while ago." Feeling their respective faces
  mother and whispered, "Mommy, if we give him the money
                                                                   again, she observed, "God's getting better at it, isn't he?"
  now, will he let us go?"                                                           Submitted by Jim Webb, (anonymous source)

                                                      KIDS WORSHIP
         Our next level of KIDS WORSHIP ministry is sched-
 uled to begin on Sunday, July 19th and will meet & wor-                                               KIDS WORSHIP
 ship in our newly remodeled K-4 House on the south end
 of our church property during the 8:30 am worship hour.                                                    NEWS:
 This new level is designed for students in grades 2—5                                                    LEVEL I & II
         If you have any questions, please contact Gray or
 Melissa Koltz for more details. 352-291-2511.
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If you are not able to serve on the date (s) scheduled, please call the church office (352) 629-1794 and leave a message. Thank you for your willingness to serve.                 Altar Guild:                 Officers & Directors:                              Elders:
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bill Reese        732-4129        Pres.    Brett Higginbotham           351-3320
                                                                                                                                                                                      JUNE              Eric Williams     622-8013    V. Pres.
                                                                                                                                                                              Mary Jane Turner                                                     Ed Todd                      629-5434
                                                                                                                                                                                Meta Reese              Lenia Coates      274-2706        Sec.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Gary Koltz                   291-2511
                                                                                                                                                                                Lilly Yocum             Marty Gray        732-8606        Tres.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Chris Reese                  236-0847
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mark Asleson      624-0372    Director
                                                                                                                                                                                      JULY                                                         David Singh                  732-8834
                                                                                                                                                                               Shelby Putansu           Joan Cibock       591-1925    Director
                                                                                                                                                                              Sherrill Danielson        Dennis Meunier    732-8429    Director     John Westol                  629-5769
                                                                                                                                                                               Gerda Schroder           Russ Bier         694-5529    Director     Henry Alberts                854-5507

                                                                                                                                                                          Ushers & Nursery Assistants   Roger Danielson   591-2299    Director     Don Kaufman—Chair.           624-3728
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sue Dean          351-9656    Director     Marty Lockley                622-8983
                                                                                                                                                                     During the Summer months (June Patty Kull-Hertz      489-0957    Director     Steve Mennicke               690-1623
                                                                                                                                                                     and July) we will be contacting
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Liz Weiss         368-4096    Director
                                                                                                                                                                     those individuals who have been                                               Randy Priem                  489-4838
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gren Condon       671-7931    Director     Karl Raabe—V. Chair.         732-6180
                                                                                                                                                                     scheduled to serve each weekend
                                                                                                                                                                     by Reminder Postcards.      Please                                            Jeff Reines—Sec.             622-7092
                                                                                                                                                                     call the church office if you are                                             Jeff Spaeth                  629-3374
                                                                                                                                                                     unable to serve as scheduled.                                                 Scott Zellak                 691-1361


                                                                                                                                                                             Happy Birthday!            4
                                                                                                                                                                                                        4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mr. Dennis Meunier
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reagan Cutich                            Happy Anniversary!
                                                                                                                                                                      June           Names              5       Mr. Timothy Schmidt
                                                                                                                                                                     1       Mrs. Maxine Rubin          7       Mr. Andrew Rehkop                 June            Names
                                                                                                                                                                     1       Mr. Cameron Rivas          8       Mr. Charles Bickart               2        Mr./Mrs. William Adams
                                                                                                                                                                     2       Mrs. Mary Ann Ergle        8       Mrs. Kelly Wise                   3        Mr./Mrs. Lee Moreland
                                                                                                                                                                     3       Mr. Marty Gray             9       Mr. Mark Asleson                  4        Mr./Mrs. Henry Alberts
                                                                                                                                                                     4       Mr. Andrew Miller          10      Mrs. Dianne Wakeland              7        Mr./Mrs. Clifford Kapilla
                                                                                                                                                                     6       Mr. Karl Oltz              10      Matthew Westol                    8        Mr./Mrs. Earl Otting
                                                                                                                                                                     7       Mrs. Sheri Higginbotham    11      Miss Ashley Asleson               8        Mr./Mrs. Paul Kana
                                                                                                                                                                     8       Ava Coates                 12      Miss Donna Owen                   9        Mr./Mrs. Steven Coates
                                                                                                                                                                     10      Mrs. Kathy Theus           14      Mr. Eric Williams IV              11       Mr./Mrs. Russell Bier
                                                                                                                                                                     10      Roy Stokes III             16      Miss Rebeccah Westol              12       Mr./Mrs. Michael Wilkinson
                                                                                                                                                                     11      Carson Porter              16      Mrs. Sharon Cooper                16       Mr./Mrs. Roger Danielson
                                                                                                                                                                     13      Mrs. Helena Bier           17      Mr. Larry Turner                  16       Mr./Mrs. Henry Evans
                                                                                                                                                                     13      Ryan Reese                 17      Mrs. Marion Walker                16       Mr./Mrs. Stephen Rhodes
                                                                                                                                                                     15      Ms. Audrey Blom            17      Hannah Coates                     16       Dr./Mrs. Frank Fraunfelter
                                                                                                                                                                     15      Mr. Jon Dean               19      Mrs. Shelby Putansu               21       Mr./Mrs. Robert Lanier
                                                                                                                                                                     15      Mr. Erik Higginbotham      19      Drake Zellak                      22       Mr./Mrs. Adrian Howell
                                                                                                                                                                     15      Mr. James Cato             20      Mrs. Geraldine Olson              22       Mr./Mrs. Wilbert Chynoweth Jr.
                                                                                                                                                                     16      Mrs. Britta Foster         21      Mr. Ray Putansu                   25       Mr./Mrs. John Scherschel
                                                                                                                                                                     16      Mrs. Cleo Kapilla          21      Mrs. Elizabeth Weiss              26       Mr./Mrs. Scott Zellak
                                                                                                                                                                     16      Mr. Byrd Wilcox Jr.        22      Mrs. Tevis Fitzpatrick            27       Mr./Mrs. Richard Rath
                                                                                                                                                                     16      Mrs. Shawn Eberly          23      Mrs. Kari Harms                   28       Mr./Mrs. Robert Eary
                                                                                                                                                                     19      Miss Celeste Wilcox        23      Mr. Michael Durovchik             29       Mr./Mrs. John Crowder
                                                                                                                                                                     21      Miss Bailey Fye            23      Mrs. Jayma Bezzy                  30       Mr./Mrs. Donald Lieske
                                                                                                                                                                     22      Mr. Jeff Spaeth            24      Mrs. Mary Bennington
                                                                                                                                                                     23      Mr. James Fischer          25      AnnMarie Singh                    July          Names
                                                                                                                                                                     23      Mr. Richard Bennett        25      Mr. Stephen Rhodes                 3       Mr./Mrs. Gren Condon
                                                                                                                                                                     24      Mrs. Doreen Singh          26      Mrs. Ellen Todd                   11       Mr./Mrs. Jeff Sauey
                                                                                                                                                                     24      Mrs. Ruth Westol           27      Mrs. Delores Richardson           16       Mr./Mrs. Douglas Strouse
                                                                                                                                                                     24      Joshua Friberg             27      Austin Gimenez                    18       Mr./Mrs. Mark Asleson
                                                                                                                                                                     25      Mrs. Pauline Evans         29      Miss Jennifer Koch                20       Mr./Mrs. Charles Sanders
                                                                                                                                                                     29      Mrs. Kelly Andersen        29      Mr. David Wright                  21       Dr./Mrs. Borys Loza
                                                                                                                                                                                                        29      Mrs. Deborah Heath                25       Mr./Mrs. David Wright
                                                                                                                                                                     July          Names                30      Mr. Russell Bier                  25       Mr./Mrs. Donald Buth Sr.
                                                                                                                                                                     1       Mr. Curtis Mock            31      Miss Lauren Faw                   28       Mr./Mrs. Dennis Meunier
                                                                                                                                                                     2       Mr. Greg Williams          31      Mrs. Phyllis Wall                 29       Mr./Mrs. David Goheen
                                                                                                                                                                     3       Deanna Foster              31      Ms. Greta Gieske
                                                                                                                                                                     3       Mrs. Patricia Kull-Hertz                                               NOTE: Please, call the church office to
                                                                                                                                                                     3       Mrs. Janice Martin                                                     update your special dates (629-1794).
Volume 64, Issue 06                                                                                                 Page 7
                                             New & Continuing Activities
                      Script Gift Cards Report:                          Adult Bible Class Options:
          Just where to the profits from the sale of Script                             Sunday:
 Cards go? All profits from the sale of Script have been going
                                                                     Bill Reese’s class is studying New Testament
 into the Concordia Student Fund to help our students at-
                                                                     books of the Bible — High School Rm. 4.
 tending Lutheran college/seminary.
          How much have we earned? We’ve earned close to
                                                                     Randy Priem’s class is studying Luther’s Large
 $2000.00 over the last 12 months and that is with very few          Catechism— High School Rm. 6.
 people participating! Just imagine how much could be                Steve & Sally Mennicke’s class is studying topical
 raised if even 50% of our church and school parents partici-        issues in High School Rm. 5
 pated!                                                              Jim Webb leads a Guest-Visitor [Adult Information
          Are we required to put the profits into the same min-      Class] in High School Rm. 11. It is open to all
 istry area? No, we can use our Scrip profits for any number         guests, visitors, members or anyone interested in
 of ministry projects, like a new organ fund.                        learning more about the Scriptural doctrines of
          So what’s stopping you from participating in this ex-      the Christian Faith.
 cellent fund raising program? Nothing! However, it is frus-         Dianne Wakeland finishes the Beth Moore series
 trating to have such an easy money-maker and to not have            Breaking Free on June 28.
 people support it.                                                                     Monday:
          Just about everyone eats out sometime even if it’s         Pastor Lineberger continues a study of God’s
 Burger King or Wendy’s. Plus there are hundreds of stores           Word throughout the Scriptures as to what we are
 that participate. Simply call or stop by the Business office        told concerning the End Times and the 2nd Com-
 and speak to Janice Martin about all the available Script           ing of Jesus Christ; in the Church Annex (K-4
 cards.                                                              house) from 11:00 - 12:00 noon.
                                     Submitted by Janice Martin
                                                                                        Tuesday:
                                                                     Bill Reese leads the Promise Keepers Bible study
                        PRAISE BE TO GOD                             @ The Development office (Church annex; K-4
          The Lord God Almighty is alive and well here at St.        Bldg); 6:30—7:30 am. All men are invited to at-
  John. I can testify to that. As how does one thank all of          tend .
  God's people for the outpouring of cards, thoughts and                              Wednesday:
  prayers? My strength came from all of you. God is in con-          Bill Reese leads an Adult Bible Class off-campus
  trol. He guided the tree to miss my house by inches on             each Wednesday morning 6:30—7:30 am. Contact
  Tuesday, April 14th. And yes, it had to have been a tor-
                                                                     Bill for directions.
  nado as I found broken window glass where the tree fell
                                                                     Liz Weiss continues the W-4 Bible study and exer-
  across the driveway. Several feet away it splintered 24
  feet of wood fencing.
                                                                     cise at 4:30 pm behind the Gym and in the COC,
          My husband passed away 2 years ago on Thanks-              Rm. 24.
  giving morning making me thankful for all the years we             Jim Webb continues the study of Lutheran Spiritu-
  had together. Now my daughter Andy passing away Holy               ality series—Witnessing, at 6:00 pm in the COC—
  week which has to remind me of Christ’s suffering on the           Rm. 24.
  cross.                                                                                Thursday:
          I am so grateful she didn't have to suffer the whole       Jim Webb & Pastor Lineberger continue the EE
  week. How blessed I was to have her spend her last 2               Outreach Training ministry from 6:30 — 8:30 pm.
  years with me. We planned and built a chicken coop, gar-           This course will equip you to effectively share your
  dened, worked in the flower beds, and yes, even pulled             personal faith with anyone.
  weeds in the paddocks. Plus she was my reason for join-                               Saturday:
  ing choir.                                                         Fran Spaeth will host the Saturday evening ABC
          Oh Lord God, lead us in your ways and help us              study of the Book of ―Job‖ from 5:00 — 5:50 pm in
  make right choices.                                                the COC. Attending this Bible class is a good way
                                                                     to prepare for the Saturday evening worship.
  God's blessings to all of you.
  Joan Cibock
                                                                          Please select a course of study and join us as
                                                                  we explore God’s plan for our lives. If you would like
   Our next Congregational meeting is sched-                      to study a particular topic or Book of the Bible, con-
   uled for Sunday, July 19th, to discuss a pro-                  tact the church office @ 629-1794.
                                                                                               Jim Webb, Church Growth
   posed new Constitution and By-Laws.
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         A GIFT FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS EVERYTHING!               pact on someone who is lost or hurting. You can
                                                              share in the Lord's work today.
          In this tough economy, you can give a lasting
                                                                  In the LHM memorial card rack at the narthex
   gift that won't fade like clothes, wilt like flowers, or
   go straight to someone's hips like chocolate. A gift       information desk are cards suitable for honoring an
                                                              event, or you may visit www.lhmgift,org or call 1-
   to Lutheran Hour Ministries helps further the Gospel
                                                              800-876-9880 to donate now. Or, you may mail
   message through The Lutheran Hour and Woman to
   Woman radio broadcasts, the interactive LHM                your donation to; Lutheran Hour Ministries, 550 Ma-
                                                              son Ridge Center Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63141
   Men's Network Web site and our International Min-
                                                                  Thank you for your consideration!
   istries.What better way to celebrate than to help Lu-
                                                                  The next business meeting of St. John LLL will
   theran Hour Ministries share the Gospel?
                                                              be held on Tuesday, June 2,2009 in the COC room
        Whether you honor someone's good
   deeds, anniversary, or birthday, a gift to share           at 6:00 PM.
                                                                  ALL men of the congregation are welcome
   Christ's message of hope is always appropriate.
                                                              and invited to attend.
        Your gift, great or small, can have a lasting im-
                                                                                     Submitted by: Bill Schwochow


                                        LUTHERAN WOMEN IN MISSION:
           Recently our LWML met for breakfast at Tea         to stop what you are doing for a moment and pray
    with Lee for a beautiful time of fellowship, as well      with all the LWML-ers across the country for our
    as a delicious breakfast. Our devotion focused on         mission projects.
    Anna, the 84 year old prayer warrior in Luke 2:36-               Both the afternoon and the evening groups
    38.                                                       will not be meeting during the summer, (June, July
           We, as a group and individually, are commit-       & August) but we will continue to support the mis-
    ted to being prayer warriors by praying not only for      sion projects by saving our mite money and de-
    our families, each other, St. John Lutheran Church        positing it in the large mite box in the Narthex by
    and School, but also for others inside and outside        the Cry Room. You are welcome to participate.
    the church. Every Monday at noon, we invite you

                                                                                                Prayer:
                                                                                          Father in heaven,
                                                                                    we thank and praise
                                                                                    You that You encourage
                                                                                    us to talk to You in
                                                                                    prayer. Help us to use
                                                                                    that privilege often.
                                                                                    Help us to understand
                                                                                    the power that prayer
                                                                                    has. Give us faith to
                                                                                    trust You in all that we
                                                                                    do, knowing that You
                                                                                    love us so much that
                                                                                    You sent Your Son to be
                                                                                    our Savior. In Jesus’
                                                                                    Name we pray. Amen.
                                                                                          Submitted by Carol Alberts.
Volume 64, Issue 06                         St John Cares                                            Page 9



         St John Cares Ministry is pleased to announce that, thanks to our new
   Bereavement Coordinator Ms. Dawn Rogers, we now can provide help with
   bereavement services, such as planning a reception, providing home meals
   for the family after a loss, and caring phone calls to check on loved ones.
         We also are happy to provide assistance with meals, transportation
   and shopping, pet-sitting and pet-walking, laundry and housecleaning,
   books and puzzles, phone calls, and home visits to those who are recovering
   from surgery or illness.
        If you know anyone who needs assistance or prayer, or if you would like
   to be on our list of caregivers, please contact us or the Church Office.
             Donations also accepted. Thank you and God bless!
                                      Church Office 629-1794,
                                 Melissa Condon at 671-7931, or
                                    mecondon@stjohnocala.org


                                   THE SAINTS NETWORK
          We pride ourselves at St. John in being like a family: supporting each other, helping each
   other, caring for each other. In these tough economic times, St. John also wants to ensure that we
   are doing all we can to support the professions and businesses of our families.
          Therefore, we are compiling a new directory, The Saints Network, that will be distributed
   this fall to all our church and school members, letting you know what resources and talents are
   available among our St. John families. Please take a moment to fill out and return the sur-
   vey below to the church or school office so that your enterprise may be included in this
   new directory. God Bless!
               Name:
               Business Name/Profession:
               Business Location:
               Business Phone:                              email:
               Please classify my business/profession under the following headings:
               (1)                                      (2)
               Brief description of product or services available (50 words max):



               Discount available to other St John families? No    Yes        %
                     PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR BUSINESS INFORMATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
                                      Submitted by Melissa Condon...671-7931 or mecondon@stjohnocala.org
Page 10                                                                                                The Saint John Courier

                                       From Seminarian — Rev. Matt Priem
   Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
   It is a wonderful blessing to see the fruits of our labor, and so I wanted to write to you as soon as possible
   to share with you the news of the call I received at last night's call service. By God's grace, I have received a
   call as Associate Pastor to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Raymore, Missouri. Raymore is a small city just
   a few miles southeast of Kansas City in a very rapidly growing part of the state. Bethlehem is a young con-
   gregation with a communicant membership of about 600 souls, and is also growing. I will share with the
   senior pastor all the duties of the pastoral office, but my primary focus will be in ministry to, for, and with
   youth and young adults. Tessa and l are very excited to be sent out into the Lord's harvest, and incredibly
   thankful for all your help and support over the years. It truly is a wonderful joy to share with you, who have
   so faithfully partnered with me in my education, this good news. As l look forward to the monumental task
   ahead of me, l am very aware that it is only by God's strength that I will accomplish anything. I would ask
   that you continue to partner with me in your prayers, asking God to be my close companion, to bless and to
   build tip His church through me to the glory of His name. Until the time of His glorious return, may our com-
   mon Lord, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit bless and preserve us all.
   Your Fellow Servant,
   Rev. Matthew Priem


                      So, How Can I Help Our Congregation and Community?
           As an individual and/or a member of a small group, you can always volunteer to assist our congre-
    gation in one or more of the following ministry areas by:
    1. Completing the back side of one of our Prayer Request forms in the Pew racks.
    2. Or, you can call the church office at 629-1794 and give us your name and the area of ministry you pre-
        fer to assist with;
    3. And, you can e-mail us at churchoffice2@stjohnocala.org to give us your information.
           I GLADLY OFFER MYSELF TO BE A SPECIAL ASSISTANT WHEN I ATTEND WORSHIP SERVICES, TO PRAISE
    AND CELEBRATE THE ETERNAL INHERITANCE I HAVE RECEIVED, THROUGH THE SACRIFICE OF JESUS CHRIST
    WHO IS NOW, THE LORD OF MY LIFE. I HUMBLY AND SINCERELY ACCEPT MY ROLE AS GOD’S CO-WORKER,
    AND, I WANT TO SERVE WITH JOY IN ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING MINISTRY AREAS:
                                             (Please check all boxes that apply)
          [   ] USHER: (Anyone confirmed)                      [ ] GREETER: (Anyone that smiles)
          [   ] ALTAR GUILD: (Anyone confirmed)                [ ] ACOLYTE: (children 4’ tall)
          [   ] ADULT CHOIR                                    [ ] MUSICIAN
          [   ] COFFEE SERVER/ASSISTANT                        [ ] FRIENDLY ENCOURAGER
          [   ] PROVIDE A RIDE TO CHURCH ON:    Sat [ ], Sun 8:30 [ ], or 11:00 [ ].
          [   ] NURSERY ASSISTANT:              Sat 5:45 PM [ ]; Sun 8:15 [ ], or 10:15 [ ]
          [   ] OTHER MINISTRY AREAS:
          [   ] Church Office Volunteer on:     Mon. [ ], Tue. [ ], Wed. [ ], Thu. [ ], Fri. [ ](check one or more)
          [   ] St. John Cares Volunteer                       [ ] Bereavement Committee
          [   ] Interfaith Emergency Service (Third Sunday of the Month) Evening Meal server for one of the
                     REMAINING DATES IN 2009: Jun 21st [ ]; Sep 20th [ ]; Oct 18th [ ]; Dec 20th [ ];
                                                                                                 Submitted by Jim Webb



                                       CANCER RECOVERY MINISTRY:
       The Cancer Recovery Ministry will not meet during the months of June, July and August. Interest in con-
tinuing this ministry beginning September 2009 will be evaluated over the summer months. Please keep this
ministry in your prayers. Individuals seeking information about this Ministry over the summer months are
urged to contact Bob or Barbara Lineback at 352-694-5994 or Liz Weiss at 352-368-4096.
                                                                                                                                                                   Volume 64, Issue 06
                                               Saint John Lutheran Church and School Activities:
                                                                         July 2009
              Location of the Colored Coded Events: BLUE—Rm. 24—COC, BLACK—Sanctuary, ORANGE—Classrooms,
           PURPLE— GYMNASIUM, GREEN—Off Campus; Red Events are Special or Seasonal for the Church or School


         Sun                    Mon                         Tue                  Wed                    Thu                   Fri                     Sat
                                                                         1 PRAYER VIGIL         2                     3 INDEPENDENCE DAY      4     RWL
                                                                         0630 Men’s A B Class   1830 EE Trng. Cycle         HOLIDAY           1700 Bible Study
                                                                         1300 EE Training                              CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED   1800 Contemp. Svc.
                                                                         1800 ABC– Witness!




5 RWL                   6                          7                     8                      9                     10                      11    RWL—LS
0830 Contemp. Svc.      0930 Ch/Sch. Staff Mtg.-   0630 PK’s A B Class   0630 Men’s A B Class   1830 EE Trng. Cycle                           1700 Bible Study
0845 KIDS WORSHIP       1100 Bible Study           1830 LLL Meeting      1300 EE Training                                                     1800 Contemp. Svc.
0945 KBF/ABC Hour       1830 Elders Mtg.           1900 Choir Practice   1800 ABC– Witness!
1100 Traditional Svc.




12 RWL—LS               13                         14                    15                     16                    17                      18    RWL
0830 Contemp. Svc.      0930 Ch/Sch. Devo’s-       0630 PK’s A B Class   0630 Men’s A B Class   1830 EE Trng. Cycle                           1700 Bible Study
0845 KIDS WORSHIP       1100 Bible Study           1900 Choir Practice   1300 EE Training                                                     1800 Contemp. Svc.
0945 KBF/ABC Hour       1600 Fin. Committee                              1800 ABC– Witness!
1100 Traditional Svc.




19 RWL                  20                         21                    22                     23                    24                      25 RWL—LS
0830 Contemp. Svc.      0930 Ch/Sch. Devo’s        0630 PK’s A B Class   0630 Men’s A B Class   1830 EE Trng. Cycle                           1700 Bible Study
0845 KIDS WORSHIP       1100 Bible Study           1900 Choir Practice   1300 EE Training                                                     1800 Contemp. Svc.
0945 KBF/ABC Hour       1830 Directors Mtg.                              1800 ABC– Witness!
1100 Traditional Svc.
1300 Congreg. Mtg.
1700 IFES—Meal—Reese


28 RWL—LS               27                         28                    29                     30                    31
0830 Contemp. Svc.      0930 Ch/Sch. Devo’s-       0630 PK’s A B Class   0630 Men’s A B Class   1830 EE Trng. Cycle
0845 KIDS WORSHIP       1100 Bible Study           1900 Choir Practice   1300 EE Training
0945 KBF/ABC Hour                                                        1800 ABC– Witness!
1100 Traditional Svc.




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                                       Rev. Richard W. Lineberger – Senior Pastor
Deborah Heath—School Executive Director                                     Jim Webb—Church Growth & Assimilation Director
Christina Asleson– Music Director                                           Richard Rath—Director Development
  ―And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him , who have been called according to His purpose!‖ (Romans 8:28)

          Inside This Issue:                                                                 Prayer Needs:
VBS –GADGET Garage                       Front Cover
                                                                  Serving in the Military: Steven Jones [M/M Koch’s son, Na-
Calendar—June                            page     2
Monkeys Don’t Worship                    page     3           tional Guard @ home]; Dale Schoolcraft [M/M Halabrin’s son @
Sanctification                           page     4           Osan AFB, Korea]; Bradley Wildman @ Camp LeJune, NC; Robert
KIDS WORSHIP                             page     5           Capazzi [Patti Kull-Hertz’s son @ Camp Carroll, S. Korea]; Jason
Volunteer Schedule                       page     6           Vaughn [M/M Don Asleson’s grandson @ Iraq];
Birthdays/Anniversaries                  page     6               Special needs: Griffin Anderson [M/M Buckner’s grandson],
New & Continuing Activities              page     7
Lutheran Hour Ministry                   page     8           Beth Biggers, Kylie Collins [Don Kaufman’s granddaughter], Rich-
LWML News                                page     8           ard Johnston [M/M Behrmann’s son], John Landon Capazzi [Patty
St. John Cares/Saints Network            page     9           Kull Hertz’s grandson], Madison Pearsall [M/M Taylor’s grand-
Miscellaneous News                       page    10           daughter], Anne Marie Singh,
Calendar—July                            page    11               Pray for Shut-ins: J.J. Adcock, Hildegard Heger, Dolly Kisler,
                                                              Carol Maurer, M/M David Miller, Gladys Weinspach, Art Magamoll
Monthly News-Letter deadline is 4:00 pm on the 15th of
                                                              and Paul Behrmann [Ocala Health & Rehab], Adrian Howell
each month in the church office. Please submit all articles   [Superior House], Walter Weiss [Marion House], Jerry Koch
in WORD DOCUMENT FORMAT on a 3.5― Disc, CD, E-mail or
media stick along with a printed copy.
                                                              [Scott’s Dad]

                                                              Prayer Vigils:
           We will be holding our monthly Prayer Vigil in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, June 3rd & July 1st ]. Please stop by and help
 us lift up to the Lord the needs we and others have here at St. John. In June we pray for the members and mission of our sister
 congregation Forest Lutheran Church, Silver Springs, FL. In July we pray for the church family of Trinity Lutheran, Summerfield, FL.

				
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