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									                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “ O N EAGLES WINGS”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             GRAPHIC DESIGNED BY NICHOLAS ROSS
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       April 1, 2011 Pittsburgh, PA

                                   Permit 125

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            from the dead, how can some of you say       GRAPHIC DESIGNED
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BY SCOTT BRYTE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             there is no resurrection of the dead? If
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               there is no resurrection of the dead,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             then Christ has not been raised; and if     Points of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   vain and your faith has been in vain. We are even found to be         Interest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised          Inside:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         News from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ        Choir Loft!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been      Home
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For       Fellowship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in          LENTEN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ.‖                 Worship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 Corinthians 15:12-21                            Schedule

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 As I sat down to write a Lenten/Easter greeting, this text              EASTER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 immediately came to mind. For while the whole church year is             Worship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 certainly important, Lent and Easter are at the heart of why we          Schedule

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 are Christians. The very reason that Christ came was to free us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 from our sins and to open the way to new life. These are the            Easter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 very things that we needed the most, and the very things that we         Flowers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 could not do on our own. Without Jesus’ death and resurrection,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the Gospel is not complete. Without Jesus’ death and                    Easter Sunrise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 resurrection, we would not have a greater understanding of the           Breakfast
                                                                                                                                                                                       ~ We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation~
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   If you are in need of a Stephen Minister, or feel a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   calling to care for another, please call Pastor Bill

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 depths of God’s love. Without Jesus’ death and resurrection,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 we would not have the hope of eternal life. Without Jesus’ death        WE NEED
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and resurrection, we would not have our understanding of the             Kids Corner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Or Pastor Kari 412-364-1606.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 communion of saints. Without Jesus’ death and resurrection,              & Sat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 there would be no Body of Christ.                                        Worship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 As we continue to journey through this Lenten season into Holy
  St. John’s Lutheran Church

  St. John’s Lutheran Church of

   "On Eagles’ Wings" is the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Get wired!
   Highland, published & sent

                                                                                                                                                          Services at 8 & 10:30 a.m.

                                                                                                                                                          Organist & Choir Director
                                                                                                                                                          Sunday Morning Worship

                                                                                                                                                          Summer at 8 & 9:30 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                           Pastor William Diehm &
                                                                                                                                                           Christian Ed at 9:15 a.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Week and Easter, may we be mindful of just how important this
     311 Cumberland Road

      Volume 42, Number 4
       Pittsburgh PA 15237

       Phone: 412-364-1606
       official newsletter of

        monthly to members

        APRIL 2011 Issue

                                                                                                                                                              Pastor Kari Smail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 time is to our life of faith. And as we remember its importance,
                                                                                                                                                                Ryan Murphy,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Save the date
            of Highland

            and friends.
             This is the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 may we have the courage to invite others to come and hear the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Good News of God in Christ Jesus our Lord!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Get ready to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          play some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Soli Deo Gloria! (To God alone be the glory!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pastor Kari Smail
                                 Greetings from                                                          ST. JOHN’S STAFF MEMBERS:
                    St. John's Literacy Mission to the World
                      Dr. Bill & Linda Kofmehl, Chris & Jennie Ebner, 412-364-3777                                       William B. Diehm & Kari B. Smail, Pastors
                         and a host of volunteers! www.christianliteracy.com and                                Donald D. Anderson, D. D., Assoc. in Pastoral Care
                                        www.literacyempowers.com                                                          Ron Baling, Dir. of Contemporary Music
                                                                                                                           Ryan Murphy, Organist /Choir Director
      World-wide Headquarters of the Salvation Army sent an email in
                                                                                                                               Mike Conti, Saturday Accompanist
  mid-February, “We held our Women's Forum Meeting on Tuesday of last week,
                                                                                                                                Debbie Sandherr, Office Manager
   and I am pleased to tell you that (your Christian literacy proposal) received a
                                                                                                                    Amy Beacha & Barb Eback, Office Volunteers
favorable response from the Commissioners from the 5 zones around the Salvation
Army world. Our next meeting is on Tuesday 15 March 2011, and I hope following
                                                                                                                         Pat Hartman, Dir. of St. John’s Preschool
 this we will be able to give you some idea of what will be considered best for the                                                           Gene Kesner, Sexton
  areas in which (the Commissioners) work." Major Lynn Gibbs We are praying                                           Dawn Andersson, Dir. of Volunteer Ministry
           that the meeting on March 15th provides CLA with good news.                                             Linda Meyerdierks, Youth Ministry Coordinator
                                                                                                                      Christina Huffmyer, Accounts Payable Clerk
      Using the new CLA “Bridge Techniques for English as a Second                                                          Laura Coombs, Chief Financial Officer
  Language" with a South Korean graduate student. Dr. Bill and Chris are
 working twice a week with a Pitt grad student who is here in the North Hills with
  his wife and two sons (ages ten and eleven). He is not a Christian, but is very                           STAFF COVENANT:
 interested in finding out more about Christianity since such a high percentage of           We will partner to enhance each other’s ministries,
 South Koreans have come to know Jesus. "Jack" asked us if some kind lady                    honor each person’s gifts, care for one another and
 would like to spend an hour twice a week in conversation with his wife,
             Jennie, so she can improve her spoken English.                                         communicate God’s word and love.
  “The Light is coming in Sunbury, PA” . A Baptist pastor recently contacted
  CLA to assist him and other pastors in his north-central PA town in establishing
                     a literacy program for adults and children.
                                                                                                            BIBLE         RECYCLE
  Helping Children learn to read in East Pittsburgh, by way of Kentucky
 and Ohio. Trinity Lutheran will hold another Summer Reading Camp this year,
                                                                                                              101         TO HELP
 making use of tutors from churches in Kentucky who will come to Pittsburgh for
 the Camp. The tutors will be trained by CLA prior to the Camp at a church near                              Have you     THE
                                 Columbus, OH.                                                                 always
                                                                                                             wanted to
    Training parents to work with their “children” Dr. K. recently trained a
   mother to work with her 35 year old daughter who had just completed “vision             study the Bible but did not    FUND
 training”. She was referred to CLA by the doctor who realized that improving the          know where to start? Were      The senior high youth group is
young woman’s vision only solved part of her problem. Dr. Bowen was part of the             you intimidated by it and     continuing to collect cell phones,
 “team” (with Dr. Bill and reading specialist Jean Lineburgh) that initially examined     wondered what relevance it
  the use of the “red on yellow print” technique that CLA has so successfully used
                                                                                                                          along with Inkjet and laser
                                                                                          had to your life? Come join     cartridges. So far we have earned
                               since the early 1980’s.
Please keep this ministry in mind if any of your young children or grandchildren are
                                                                                           us for a hands-on study of     over $800. This project will
   having trouble with basic reading skills (zero to 6th grade level). Call Dr. Bill at    John. Senior High students     continue as long as members of the
       412-364-377. Free training for parents is always available at our office.          are especially encouraged to    church bring in items. Any
                                                                                            come. All are welcome.        recyclable items can be brought to
       The RECYCLING FOR READING program continues to aid Christian                              Contact person:
       Literacy. Our thanks to those of you who are providing those ink jet                                               the youth room or church office.
                                                                                              Mary Pat Jackson at
                 cartridges, toner cartridges, and used cell phones                                                       Thank you for all of your support.
                                                                                          412-367-1969 for questions.
                   (drop them off at the church office, please.)
      North Hills Community Outreach APRIL 2011                                              Financially Speaking thru                 RECYCLE=READING
               NHCO is now on Facebook. Become a fan today!                                        APRIL 2011                          The Christian Literacy Associates
                                  Car Donations Needed                                      Income:                                     office at St. John’s is collecting
North Hills Community Outreach needs car donations for its Community Auto program           February Actual           $ 29,328.95         used cell phones, Laser Jet
that helps low-income individuals get to work. Cars can be donated in any condition;        February Budget           $ 43,837.75       Cartridges and Inkjet Cartridges.
donors may qualify for the maximum possible tax deduction. Call 724-443-8300.               Short Fall               ($14,508.80)         These will be recycled and a
            North Hills Community Outreach Holds 5th Annual Pasta Dinner
North Hills Community Outreach’s Millvale Satellite will host a Pasta Dinner on Friday,     YTD Actual                $ 89,552.28       donation will be obtained for our
April 15, from 4-7 PM, at the Millvale Community Center, 416 Lincoln Ave. Dine in or        YTD Budget                $ 87,675.50         Christian Literacy Ministry.
take out. Tickets are $7 in advance or $9 the day of the event, and include pasta with      Gain                      $ 1,876.78           Call 412-364-3777 if you
choice of sauce, bread, salad, beverages and desserts. For tickets, call 412-487-6316,       We would like to thank the congregation           have any questions.
option 2, or visit www.nhco.org for an order form.                                           for support in keeping pledges current.
              Food Donations through April Qualify for Feinstein Funds
All food and financial donations to North Hills Community Outreach’s two food pantries
made through April 30 will help NHCO earn its share of The Feinstein Foundation’s an-
nual million dollar campaign to fight hunger. To make a financial donation, mark             Greetings from your organist and choirmaster!
―Feinstein‖ on the memo line of your check and mail to 1975 Ferguson Road, Allison             I have been lucky enough to play four organ recitals in four
Park, PA 15101. For more information, contact Brandi at 412-487-6316, option 1.               states in the last six or so weeks. It's been a joy to share the
             Applications Being Accepted for Free Home Repair Projects
For the third consecutive year, North Hills Community Outreach is partnering with             music with people and to see how repeat performances affect
 Christ Lutheran Church in Millvale to provide minor home repairs to a limited number of     my playing and understanding of it. I also have been selected
qualified seniors and low-income adults with physical disabilities living in northern       as a semifinalist in the 2011 Rodgers North American Classical
Allegheny County. Applications are now being accepted for repair projects that will be
completed by supervised groups of youth from June 27-July 1. To apply, contact Cathy         Organ Competition and will be competing on April 8 in Jessup,
Pschirer at 412-307-0069.                                                                   Maryland. I'll be heading to France again in July, this time to play
                   Miniature Golf Tournament Registration Underway                               some of the organs over there and attend seminars and
North Hills Community Outreach’s 10th Annual Mini-Masters Miniature Golf Tournament
will take place on Thursday, May 12, at RMU Island Sports Center on Neville Island.           master-classes. I'll be able to play during Mass at the Sacre
Entry fee includes a round of miniature golf, buffet dinner, silent auction and prizes.      Coeur Basil-      ica and in a master-class with Notre Dame titu-
Vince Sims of WPXI-TV will serve as the event emcee. The registration deadline is May                           lar organist Olivier Latry. It's been a busy (yet
3. For more information, contact Nicole at 412-307-0069 or download a registration form
at www.nhco.org.                                                                                                 very good) time! Thanks to all of you for your
                                                                                                                       kind words and conversation.
                 North Hills Community Outreach’s April 2011 Calendar
April 7 – Young Widows/Widowers Support Group, 7 p.m., Kings in Wexford. Contact

                                                                                                  Cumberland Kids
     Harriet at 412-487-6316, option 2.
April 7 - North Hills Community Outreach will hold a one-hour orientation session for
     interested volunteers on April 7, 1:30 p.m. at NHCO North Boroughs, 100 S.
     Jackson Avenue, Bellevue. Contact Liza Walrath at 412-487-6316,                          Is an afterschool program for 2nd—6th graders at
      option 2, x3208 to sign up.                                                             3:45-5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays. This program is
April 13 - Ask the Attorney free legal consultations for qualifying individuals, 7-9 p.m.     open to all 2nd through 6th graders. The program
     NHCO Millvale, 416 Lincoln Ave. Appointments are required. Contact Harriet Gibbs        will consist of recreation and activities in our new
     at 412-487-6316, option 2.
April 16 – NHCO Allison Park, 1975 Ferguson Road, open 9:00 a.m. – Noon to                     gym and fellowship hall, help with homework,
     accept donations of nonperishable food, Spring Share donations and other ―wish         plus a meal. The suggested donation per student
     list‖ items. Donors should drive around back to the food pantry. For more               is $1 per week. Register your child now! If you would like to drive your
     information, call 412-487-6316 or visit www.nhco.org.                                    child to the program, students may be dropped off at St. John’s by car. Stu-
                                                                                             dents may also walk to St. John’s from McKnight with two volunteers from
          CONTACT: Wendy Gordon, Director of Communications, N.H.C.O.
   1975 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101—412-487-6316, option 1, ext. 3112
                                                                                            the church. In order for you to pick up your child at school or have your child
  www.nhco.org Please consider sharing your experience as a supporter, volun-                    walk from school, a note will need to be sent to your child’s homeroom
           teer or service recipient by posting a review about N.H.C.O.                         teacher giving permission for this to occur. Questions? call St. John’s at
                         on the Great Nonprofits website.                                                      412-364-1606. ALL ARE WELCOME!
   OPENING NEW DOORS           For your convenience, we have placed our                                 MEMORIAL GARDEN
                           "Opening New Doors" special offering envelope                     The work on the Memorial Garden in the Cemetery is
                             in the church pews. They replace the Step                       nearing completion. With the addition of landscaping by
                           Forward in Faith envelopes for the purpose of                     Ron Seidel, the Garden is taking shape. By the time this
                          contributing to our 2009 Capital Campaign. You                     Newsletter goes to press, we will have received the Cross and
                                                                                             Cenotaph base, which are the last of the granite pieces to be
                              will see that these envelopes are marked                        received. The benches and Cenotaph plaque are on hand. These items will be
                            specifically for mortgage contributions. Our                     installed when the weather permits. We have orders for 21 more memorial
   MAKING CHRIST KNOWN mortgage on the new addition is $11,000 per                           bricks for the walk and more can be ordered now. We will execute the order
                               month. If you have not made a pledge, and                     when the weather gets better so we can add these bricks. Donors are still needed
               would like to contribute, every gift matters!                                 for some of the Pastors’ bricks already in place. The only items remaining to be
                                                                                             purchased are the brass inserts with the internment niches for the Cremorial II.
          Thank you for your ongoing stewardship & generosity.                               To be able to do this, we need to complete the pre-death sale of the individual
                                                                                             niches. We have seen much interest in cremation, and now is the time to
                     Home Fellowship Time                                                    consider burial or cremation and make the necessary plans for whichever your
       “Worship and Witness” Spring 2011 Group discussion                                    family chooses. We now offer three alternatives for internment: burial in a plot
Statement of Identity: St. John’s Lutheran Church of Highland is a                           in the Cemetery, cremation with the ashes placed in an individual niche in the
Christ-centered, multi-generational community; welcoming and                                 Cremorial II, or cremation and the ashes scattered in a common vault known as
uniting diverse individuals; helping each to find their place; growing
                                                                                             an Ossuary. Those remains placed in the Ossuary will have their names
and strengthening one another’s faith; supporting each other in times
of need; and energizing all for service, witness, and benevolence in our
                                                                                             engraved on the Cenotaph Plaque. Additional stewardship opportunities exist
congregation, our community, the greater church, and the world at large.                     for donations for all or part of the cost of the Cross, Cenotaph plaque, and two
      This is a description of our ministry adopted by the congregation council in          of the benches. The cost of the cross is $3000, the Cenotaph Plaque and base is
          2009. What is your experience of who we are as a congregation and how does         $5000, and each bench is $500. If desired, there is the option of a memorial
          that relate to this statement?                                                     plaque to recognize the donor and/or memorialize a loved one. Contact a
      When you worship God at St. John’s what are your expectations for what takes          member of the Cemetery Committee regarding any matter relating to the
          place? How are those expectations realized or unmet?                               garden. The members are: Sam Baling, Chairperson, Walt Treser, Nancy
      In your opinion is our current schedule of worship meeting the needs of our           Swanhart, Mary Lynne Martin, Jim Maxwell and Ellen Fowkes.
          community? Why or why not? What are your desires for our worship format and
      It is observed that many members (adults and children) attend Christian Educa-
                                                                                                   THE FLOWERS THAT ADORN OUR ALTAR
          tion hour but not one of the worship services on a regular basis. How might our
          congregation encourage increased participation in our Sunday morning mission             on Sunday mornings are donated by our church
          of word and sacrament, while not sacrificing a demonstrated need for being ―in                  members. This is a terrific way to
          Sunday School‖ and vice versa?                                                         commemorate birthdays, anniversaries, or to give
      What events and activities take place at St. John’s to which you are comfortable         recognition to someone special in your life. Please
          inviting friends?                                                                      consider signing up for one of the vases this year.
      It is also observed that the number of ―only one time‖ worship visitors is grow-
          ing. Why are one-time- visitors a positive sign in the life of our congregation?
                                                                                               The arrangements are $15 per vase and are available
          What does the environment of a congregation look like if a person were to re-        to take home after the late service. Our 2011 Flower
          turn? If you joined this congregation in the last several years, how did you de-    Chart still has many open spaces and we would love to
          cide to return after your first visit?                                             have it filled for the year! The flower chart is hanging on
      Each year, the clergy of this congregation fill-out a form that includes the fol-     the wall next to the main sanctuary doors. Thank you for
          lowing question. ―As you look forward to this year, what will be the special                   your help in this giving opportunity.
          emphases of your ministry?‖ How would you answer that question for your
      And, this follow-up, what encouragement and support will you need?
St. John’s Stamper's                WE ARE ALWAYS
                                   UPDATING EMAIL
                                                                             Candle & Flower Openings for APRIL
                                                                      Please call the church office if you would like to have one of
                will be doing          ADDRESSES!                       these weeks. Remember: there are two openings for the
                our thing on       Do We have yours???                  flowers each week @$15 per vase AND, there are three
               Saturday, April   If not, please send it to                  openings for the candle each week @$2.50 each.
               9th from 9 a.m.     sjlutheran@verizon.net
                 until noon.
 We’ll be working on Easter                                                          Candle                    Flower
                                   Food Item-
     and ―spring things‖.                                                       April 3—3 openings       April 3—0 openings
    As usual there will be
                                                                                April 10—2 openings      April 10—0 openings
 pre-prepared projects and           Month
 lots of ideas and materials         The N.H.C.O.                               April 17—3 openings      April 17— 0 opening
for you to exercise your own      Fishes Food Pantry
                                                                                April 24—2 openings      April 24—0 openings
                                  & North Boroughs
  creativity. Cost is $5.00/
                                        Food Pantry need our
 person to cover the cost of
                                           food donations.
supplies. Come and join us!        April’s item of the month is
                                       Peanut Butter & Jelly.                            RECYCLE WITH ABITIBI: We have raised
  Questions? Betsy Fackler                                                                approximately $1,062 towards the building
                                      Toilet Paper, Toothpaste,
       724 935-1321 or                                                                 fund and saved over 87 cubic yards in our local
                                      Shampoo & Bar Soap are
  pdfeaf@zoominternet.net                                                               landfills! In June alone we recycled over 6,000
                                   always needed & appreciated.
                                  Containers are in the coat room                       lbs. Keep up the good work!! You never know
                                           in the Narthex.                                   what new life your recycled paper will
                                                                                         experience. Used newspapers can be turned
 Watch each Sunday’s                                                into recycled newsprint, paperboard and other recycled products.
church bulletin for good                                                            Just bring your newspapers to the
             news about                                                            green and yellow Abitibi Retriever®
             the growing                         STUDENTS!!         WE ACCEPT ALL: Newspaper, Magazines, Catalogs, Mail,
             stewardship                                            Envelopes, Folders, Fax & Copy Paper and Colored Paper.
                                                 We need your        NO ITEMS FROM THE BATHROOM or KITCHEN i.e., cereal
              life of our                                              boxes, cardboard, milk cartons, soda cartons or food cartons.
                                  contact information while you
            congregation,                                           NO CARDBOARD, PHONE BOOKS AND NO TRASH PLEASE!!
                                 are away at college. Please send     TRASH CAN CONTAMINATE THE WHOLE BIN! PLEASE
             as we share            addresses, email addresses,     REMOVE ANY PLASTIC BAGS THAT YOU MAY BRING THE
               our time,              phone numbers, etc. to:        PAPER IN; ANY TYPE OF PLASTIC BAG WILL RUIN THE
 talent and treasure to            St. John’s Lutheran Church,                            LOAD!! Thank you!
                                      311 Cumberland Road,               OUR ABITIBI PAPER RECYCLING DUMPSTER IS NOW
  “Make Christ                         Pittsburgh, PA 15237
                                                                        LOCATED IN THE BACK PARKING LOT OF THE CHURCH!
                                                                                     Thanks to all who donate!!
    Known”                                    email to
                                                                                                                             ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH

                         Preschool                                                                                                   OF HIGHLAND

                         Panorama                                                We are raising money to pay for a Memorial Walk in the Church’s Cemetery.
                                                                                 The walk will be in the new Memorial Garden being built in the Cemetery to
         Spring has arrived and we will learn about the wonders of               provide a place for disposition of cremated remains, and to honor the lives
spring. Flowers and spring animals will be made and talked about.                of our friends, families and the past and present Pastors of St. John’s. The
The children are anxiously awaiting playground weather so they can               bricks are priced at $50.00 for a 4x8 inch brick, and $100.00 for an 8x8 inch
enjoy being outside.                                                             brick. This includes all engraving and painting of the lettering. Engraving will
                                                                                 be done in capital letters unless otherwise specified. - - - - - - - - - - -
         The 2 l/2 year olds are continuing to have fun with each other           Yes, we’d like to reserve a permanent brick. Please engrave our brick as follows:
and making, plus, learning about storybook friends.                                             ANY SYMBOL IS CONSIDERED ONE SPACE (PERIOD, COMMA or DASH)
         The 3’s will be learning about different shapes and continuing                               ALL TEXT IS CENTERED UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED
                                                                                  4 x 8 Brick
letters of the alphabet and numbers to ten.
         The 4 year olds are continuing their study of the letters of the
alphabet. They are also practicing for their spring program.
         The prekindergarten classes are continuing their eagerness to be
ready for kindergarten and are getting prepared for spring activities.
         Thanks to everyone who participated in our Betsy Ann Candy
fund raiser.                                                                     8 x 8 Brick

 Enjoy spring and Thank God that we can enjoy the beautiful season.

 Time is running out to sign up for your spring
Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend. Sign up now
for the Apr. 29—May 1 Weekend at The Mountain
Laurel Resort, White Haven, PA (in the beautiful
Poconos just off Interstate 80 -- 2 hrs. north of                                 EXAMPLE
Philadelphia.) Weekends run from Friday night at 8                                 I        N          M     E     M     O      R     Y            O     F
p.m. to Sunday at 5 p.m. and are designed to enrich ALL MARRIAGES.
There is a $45 per couple registration fee, plus toward the end of the             J        O     H    N           W     .            S      M     I     T      H
weekend ,you will be given an opportunity to make a confidential                   1        9     4    2           -            2     0      0     8
contribution of whatever amount you wish toward continuation of the
 program. Two nights lodging, 5 meals for each of you, and all supplies are
included. We’re also taking reservations for the 2 fall PA Weekends:             Please return this form and your check payable to:
                                                                                 St. John’s Lutheran Church of Highland, 311 Cumberland Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
September 16-18--Olmsted Mansion and Retreat Center, Ludlow, PA, 20
                                                                                 Name:                                                             Phone:
miles southeast of Warren, PA, and November 4-6--Radisson Hotel Sharon,
West Middlesex, PA, an hour north of Pittsburgh. To sign up for a Weekend,       Address:
simply go to the website: Godlovesmarriage.org and register using your credit
                                                                                 City, State & Zip:
card, or for questions, or if you would like a brochure with registration form
mailed to you, contact PADirectors of Lutheran Marriage Encounter, Fred &        Email address:                                                    Amount Paid:
Julie Schamber, at 724-325-3166 or fjschamber@comcast.net.                       Donor Certificate $5.00                 Donor Brick $25                     Envelope #
                                                                                  If you have any questions, please call the Church Office or Jim Maxwell (412) 952-3891.
     OPPORTUNITIES FOR                            AS A               Senior High (9th-12th grade) Youth News
  SERVICE HERE AT ST. JOHNS                     REMINDER,
                                                WE HAVE MANY            No Ordinary Worship (N.O.W.)
 Corner on Sunday mornings. If anyone
                                                GROUPS USING       Offers Senior High Youth, 9th-12th graders, the
                                                                   opportunity to come and talk about their faith,
is interested, please call the church office     THE CHURCH,       life, and what it all means to them. There will
  at 412-364-1606 and let Debbie know.          PLEASE, KEEP IN      also be opportunities to play games, use the
                                                  MIND THE          Arena, complete homework or just hang out.
WE ARE IN NEED of some additional              SECURITY OF THE      Come join us, feel free to bring your friends.
communion deacon/lectors and ushers
                                                  BUILDING.            N.O.W. Is every Thursday evening 7-9 p.m.
   for our Saturday evening service.                              THURSDAY nights will never be the same again!!!!!
  Please call 412-364-1606 if you are          ALWAYS LOCK            questions or concerns? please feel free to
 interested. Thank you for considering          THE DOORS,        contact Vince at 412-225-0287 or vpie8282@gmail.com
          this call to ministry!                WHETHER OR        See our scrapbooking event page in
 WANTED: Projectionists for Sunday             NOT YOU THINK
Services. No Experience needed. Please         SOMEONE IS IN                this newsletter!
call 412-364-1606 and speak to Debbie          THE BUILDING!
   if you are interested. Thank you!            THANK YOU!
                                                                           Holy K.O.W.S. (6th-8th grade) Youth News

                 “QUOTE” of the Month                                           Watch bulletins
               “When you get to your wit’s end,
                 you’ll find God lives there!’                               for upcoming events!

                                         OPENING NEW DOORS
    OPENING NEW DOORS                                             God Squad (1st-5th grade) Youth News
  Utilization of Funds – Priority

1. Monthly Mortgage
                                                                   Board Games and Ice Cream Sundaes!
                                                                               Hosted by the Semke Family
2. Monthly Utilities – Maintenance                                      April 17th - 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
   & Insurance, $3,400.00                                              Play some of your favorite Board Games
3. Replenish Debt Service Fund                                      while eating Ice Cream Sundaes! We will meet
   Reserve to $65,000                                                  in Highland Hall following the 10:30 a.m.
4. Accelerate Payment of Mortgage                                    service. Bring a bag lunch and your favorite
                                        MAKING CHRIST KNOWN
                                                                         board game! Hope to see you there!
                                Schedule for Easter                                                        Stephen Ministers Are Ready to Care
                                                                                                                           Our Stephen ministers are:
                                  April 21- Maundy Thursday Services                                            People who will “be there” when someone has a need; Caring
                               At Noon & 7:30 p.m.                                                           Christian friends who listen, care, pray, support and encourage;
                         April 22 – Good Friday Services                                                 Lay persons who have been carefully selected and who have received
                                                                                                         special training in providing emotional and spiritual care; Children of
          Children’s Good Friday Program - 9:30 a.m.
                                                                                                             God who walk beside a person who is hurting. St. John’s has a
                St. John’s passion reading - Noon                                                        number of trained Stephen ministers available to provide one-to-one
                       Tenebrae - 7:30 p.m.                                                                    confidential care to people who are experiencing any of life’s
                     April 23 – Vigil of Easter                                                                   difficulties. Our Stephen ministers are: Dawn Andersson,
             With Candlelight Eucharist - 7:30 p.m.                                                        Dianne Barbin, Carol Celin, Nancy Danklefsen, Betsy Fackler, Kristin
       April 24 – Festival of the Resurrection of Our Lord                                                Falkner, Lee Fischer, Shirley McIlvried, Jan McQuaid, Dave Richards,
                    Sunrise Eucharist-6:30 a.m.                                                          Joyce Speckhals, and Jan Treser. Please talk to Pastor Diehm or Pastor
                     Easter breakfast-7:30 a.m.                                                                  Smail if you would like to know more about receiving care
                    Festive Eucharist 8:30 a.m.                                                                                    from a Stephen minister.
                                                                                                          Also, every Sunday morning, from 9:15 to 10:15, one of our Stephen
               Contemporary Eucharist 10:30 a.m.
                                                                                                           ministers will be available in the church balcony to listen, pray, and
                                                                                                              lend support for the coming week. If you are hurting, worried,
                                                                                                          stressed, or just in need of a special prayer you are welcome to take
                                                                                                                     advantage of this one-to-one confidential ministry.

Join us for breakfast in Highland Hall
Easter Morning.                                                                                                              St. John’s “Wired”
The Fellowship Committee will be serving                                                                       What’s new at www.stjohnslutheranchurch.com
egg casseroles, fresh fruit, pastries, cereal,                                                           Welcome to our monthly installment of ―St. John’s Wired‖! Here, we’ll
juice and hot beverages.                                                                                 highlight a new way in which you can connect with St. John’s online.
                                                                                                         This month we’ll talk about a way in which you can
Serving time will be from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.                                                      get up-to-date information about all the events hap-
The cost is $4.00 per person, children 2 and under free.                                                 ping at our church. This is through our calendar.
Please return your reservation to the church office by                                                   Once you find our calendar via the link on the
Thursday, April 21, 2011.                                                                                homepage, you will see all of our events in a month
                                                                                                         view. Clicking on any event gives you more infor-
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   mation about it. Also, Google powers our calendar.
EASTER BREAKFAST - R.S.V.P. DUE Thus., April 21, 2011                                                    This means that if you use Google Calendar, you can add all of our
                                                                                                         events to yours! We hope our calendar can help you keep up-to-date
NAME                                                                                                     with us. As always, if you have a suggestion or comment regarding our
AMOUNT ENCLOSED                                                                                          website, please feel free to e-mail Nick Ross at
 GARAGE                              "Save the Date"                    VACATION BIBLE
  NEWS!                                the somewhere
 Time to start                         Will Sponsor a         PANDA MANIA (WHERE GOD IS WILD ABOUT YOU)
 cleaning out                                                 IS COMING JULY 11—15TH! MARK YOUR CALENDER!
     that attic, basement or                                   VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
   Garage!! St. John’s 2011                                     Wild Bible Adventures (act out the day's Bible Story)
 Garage Sale is scheduled for                                   Treetop Treats (snack time prep and clean-up)
                                                                Chadder's Movie Mania (run the day's video & discussion)
        Saturday, June 4th                                      Bamboo Blast Games
     from 7 a.m. to Noon.                                             (not recommended if you want to stay dry)
Contributions of your unwanted                                 Crazy Crafts
but still useful items are needed.                             Crew Leader (take 5 kids to their stations -
  We need children’s toys and                                                  no prep work - lots of fun)
    accessories (no clothing),                                 Childcare (if any volunteers have kids under 3)
   household items, furniture,                                    Please email at lmmeyers@zoominternet.net
    vintage items, Christmas
                                       dinner on                    if you are able to volunteer for V.B.S. on
   decorations, crafts, jewelry,       Saturday,                     July 11th - 15th, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
 books, magazines, music, live        May 14, 2011.                Thank you! Linda Meyerdierks, Youth Ministry Coordinator

    plants, sports equipment,          We are looking

                                                                             5th Saturday worship with
 hardware and tools. Watch for         for volunteer
 announcements as to the date           host homes.
      items will be accepted            Thank you!
            for the sale.              Margie miller                               Prayers for Healing
                                                                            Join Us every “5th Saturday” in 2011!
                        ST. JOHN’S GOLF LEAGUE
                       We will begin play this season on          (April 30, July 13, October 29 & Dec. 31)
                              Monday April 11th.
                                                               We will include within our 5:30 p.m. liturgy, a service
                           First tee time is 5:00 p.m.
                                                               of healing which includes the option of laying on of
                               All are welcome.
                                                              hands and anointing with oil. The service will continue
                    You can get more information by talking
                       to any of the following members:
                                                              our usual format of song, word and Holy Communion,
                    Dave Bauer, Ellen Fowkes, Linda Falck,    and emphasis will be placed on God’s desire to make us
                   Harold Huffmyer, Bill Diehm, Rich Volpe,     whole as we gather and as we live our lives at home
                           Jan Treser or Walt Treser.                            and in the world.
                           STEWARDSHIP STEW                                  LENTEN MIDWEEK SCHEDULE
                  Some thoughts on the stewardship of our                        Wednesday, April 6th & Wednesday, April 13th
                actions…a message every adult should take to
                                                                               Wednesday mornings from 6:30 until 7:30 a.m.
                heart because children are watching you and
                                                                            there will be a Light Lenten Breakfast & Study entitled
                     doing as you do, not just as you say.                       ―Making Sense of Scripture‖ with Pastor Bill
                                                                   Wednesday afternoons at 11:00 a.m. we will begin with a Lenten worship
  When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you hang my first
                                                                      service which features dramas entitled ―Encounters before Dawn‖
  painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to                               followed by a Lenten Lunch
                      paint another one.                              Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. we will enjoy a Lenten Supper
                                                                                          followed by a study entitled
 When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you feed a stray cat,             ―The Teaching of the Twelve‖ – A look at the ―Didache‖
    and I learned that is was good to be kind to animals.              (an early catechism of the Christian communities). We will offer
                                                                           childcare for the study portion. At 7:30 p.m., we begin
 When you thought I wasn’t looking I heard you say a prayer,                 the Lenten dramas followed by Taize evening prayer.
   and I knew that there is a God I could always talk to,
              and I learned to trust in Him.                          Please come and join us for these special Lenten events!

  When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you make a meal
   and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that
                                                                                 EASTER FLOWERS
        we all have to help take care of each other.               The Priscilla Guild will decorate the church with
                                                                   flowers for Easter Sunday. These flowers are
   When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you take care of        donated to honor or memorialize loved ones.
    our house and everyone it in, and I learned we have to         The cost is $8.00. Please return the tear-off to
               take care of what we are given.                     the church office with a separate check.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw how you handled your       EASTER FLOWERS – due April 20, 2011
responsibilities, even when you didn’t feel good, and I learned
     that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.
                                                                   In honor of
 When you thought I wasn’t looking I learned most of life’s les-
sons that I need to know to be a good and productive person…
 and I wanted to say “thanks for all the things I saw when you     In memory of
                   thought I wasn’t looking.”

We often lead by example when we think nobody is watching –        Amount Enclosed $
       a heavy responsibility and a God-given privilege.
                   APRIL Assisting Schedule                                                              APRIL Assisting Schedule
ACOLYTES          8 a.m.          10:30 a.m.            5:30 p.m.                     GREETERS                      8 a.m.                         10:30 a.m.
April 3     Russell Ruffolo    Melody Hull        4/2 Mike Trauman                    April 3        Gail & Frank Bankowski            Millie Haas, Carol Sperandeo
April 10    Mike Trauman       Hunter McDermot    4/9 Johnny Martin
                                                                                      April 10       Dan & Rosina Maljak               C. Coudriet, Dottie Winner
April 17    Zach Gibson        Lauren Partridge   4/16 Mikey Emory
April 21    7:30 p.m.          April 23           7:30 p.m.                           April 17       Doris Hodgkiss, Tom Nardina       Matt Curran, Jim Cislon
Maundy      Sara Funderlich    Saturday Vigil     Joe Caulkins                        April 24,      6:30 a.m. Sam Falck, Ellen Fowkes Mary Ann Eppinger,
Thursday                                                                              Easter         8:30 a.m. Jane & Bob Robertson Doug Hull
April 24.   6:30 a.m.          Jake Pedersen      4/23 Katie Jones                    Sunday
Easter      Tucker Fowkes                                                             Alternates:    Mary Hague, Shirley Brunner       John & Andrea Miller
Sunday      8:30 a.m.
            Aaron Highton
                                                                                                                                      ASST. MIN.              8 a.m.
DEACONS               8 a.m.                  10:30 a.m.              5:30 p.m.
April 3     Matt Reiff, Curt Soergel   Chris Lindberg,           4/2 Stefen                                                           April 3            Barb Eback
                                       Pat Hartman                   Boehringer                                                       April 6            11 a.m.
April 10    Bob & Marge Miller         C. Coudriet, J. Miller    4/9 Mary Martin        LECTORS         8:00 a.m.     10:30 a.m.                         Bob Miller
April 17    Beth & Lee Fischer         Mac McIlvried,            4/16 Marcie Emory      April 3        Cindy Kelly Samantha Hanna     April 10           Sam Baling
                                       Mary Pat Jackson
                                                                                        April 10       Drew Leister T. Hershberger
April 21,   Noon                       7:30 p.m.                 4/23—7:30 p.m.                                                       April 13           11 a.m.
                                                                                        April 17       PASSION & PASSION &
Maundy      Howard McIlvried           Mary Pat Jackson,         Saturday Vigil                                                                          Linda Falck
                                                                                                       Heidi Miller Aaron Highton
Thursday                               Pat Hartman               Cathy Coudriet,
                                                                 Doug Hull              April 21       Noon         7:30 p.m.         April 17           Betsy Fackler
April 24,   6:30 a.m.                  8:30 a.m.                 10:30 a.m.             Maundy         Charlie Guca John Angel        April 24,          6:30 a.m.
Easter      Margie Miller,             Mike Guido,               Jeff Maltz,            Thursday                                      Easter             Sue Diehm
Sunday      Linda Falck                Lee Fischer               Cheri Heeter           April 24,      6:30 a.m.    10:30 a.m.        Sunday             8:30 a.m.
                                                                                        Easter         Curt Soergel Ryan Fisher                          Drew Leister
                                                                                        Sunday         8:30 a.m.
USHERS                8 a.m.                    10:30 a.m.              5:30 p.m.                      Doug Hull
                                                                                                                                                  Due to the lack of
April 3     Kent & Jim Bruggeman,        Mary & Wayne Haas           4/2                                                                        interest in Children’s
                                                                                                    KIDS                10:30 a.m.
            Tom Nardina, Sam Falck,                                  Curt Soergel
                                                                                                    CORNER                                         Church, we’ve
            Jeremy Fowkes
                                                                                                    April 3         Dawn Andersson,                  consolidated
April 10    Francine & Gail Polosky,     Mac & Paula McIlvried       4/9                                            Karen Bauer,                 Children’s Church
            Eric Kofmehl                                             Ted Oczypok                                    Kaitlyn Rukas                 with the Nursery.
April 17    Bill Danklefsen, Heather     Andrea & John Miller        4/16 Jennifer                  April 10        Jean Martz,                 This will be offered
            McElroy, Bill & Betty                                    Singleton                                      Gina Milcoff,                 at the 10:30 a.m.
            Jones, Mario DeIuliis                                                                                   Amanda Taylor                service on Sunday
                                                                                                    April 17        Nick & Laura                    mornings for
April 21    Noon B. Danklefsen           April 22 Good Friday        Good Friday                                    Lankes                      children up to First
Maundy                                   Noon                        4/22 7:30 p.m.
                                                                                                    April 24.     Dawn Andersson,                   Grade in the
Thursday    7:30 p.m. Gene Modic,        Bob & Margie Miller         Matt Reiff,
                                                                                                    Easter Sunday Karen Bauer                      daycare room.
                       Betty Jones                                   Ted Oczypok
April 24,   6:30 a.m.                    Mary Lynne Martin,          4/23 7:30 p.m.
Easter      Brian & Bob Miller           Roger McQuaid               Saturday Vigil                            “FRIDGE FACTS”
Sunday      8:30 a.m. Gene Modic,                                    Roger McQuaid
            Jerry Cronenweth
                                                                                       (This page made especially for placing on your refrigerator.)
     College Care Packages
           Order Form                                                                          Scrapbooking our

                                                                                               Way to New York
                                                                                When: Saturday, May 21, 2011 When: 10 a.m.—4 p.m.
Payment method:      church envelope        pay pal                             Where: St. John’s Lutheran church, 311 Cumberland
       Please make sure to have payment in at least one week before             road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
                            your shipping date                                  Cost: $20 per person or $30 for two People
Info about student:                                                             Registration includes: Pastries, hot and cold
Name                                 School
                                                                                beverages, a hot lunch, dessert, door prizes,
                                                                                supply unloading and loading
Shipping address
                                                                                service, and FUN!
                                                                                Also available: Childcare for
                                                                                kids under six years of age for an
Date (please check one)                      Message to be included             additional cost of $10 per child.
       April 18 (order by April 11)                                             The cost includes breakfast, lunch
       April 25 (order by April 18)                                             and snacks. Pre-registration is
       May 2 (order by April 25)                                                required for childcare.

     Package Content: All packages contain silly bands, two pens,               All donations benefit the youth of St. John’s mission
2 #2 mechanical pencils and one highlighter. Shipping costs are included.       trip to serve rural congregations in the Delaware
Choose Six items for $20 or 12 items for $25. If you would like more than one                 Water Gap in New York.
                  of any item, please mark the quantity.                           -------------------------------
         Rice Krispie Treat           Hot Chocolate packets (2)                           Name (s)
         Chex Mix                     Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal                           Contact number
         Cheez-it                     Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Pop-tart (2-pak)       Child care needed (please circle one) Y / N
         Andy Kapp’s Hot Fires        M& M’s                                     Child’s name                 Age      Gender
         Act II Popcorn               Peanut M & M’s                             Food allergies
         David’s Sunflower Seeds      Skittles                                   Pertinent Health info.
         Sour Patch Kids              Snickers
                                                                                 Child’s name                 Age      Gender
Add-on’s available (value of gift-card is the additional cost)                   Food allergies
      Starbuck’s $15                  iTunes $15              Subway $15
                                                                                 Pertinent Health info.
Visit the youth page of www.stjohnslutheranchurch.com, if you would
                                                                                                           Amount included
like to make your donation via Pay Pal. This form can be put into the
 offering plate, delivered to the church office, faxed to 412-364-8477
   or emailed to youth@stjohnslutheranchurch.com with the subject
                       heading “care package”.

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