St. John’s Lutheran Church, Grinnell, IA
St. John’s Lutheran Church
1224 East Street
Grinnell, IA 50112 Food for the Journey
The Rev. Kathryn Roys, pastor
Associate in Ministry
Daily Midweek worship during Lent
firstname.lastname@example.org Bible readings
during Lent On Wednesday evenings, join us for a soup sup-
all from Psalms per at 6 p.m. followed by worship at 7 p.m. The
WORSHIP services use dramatic readings intended to high-
Saturday at 5:30 p.m. March 1 27:1-3
light the lives of those who encountered Jesus in
March 2 27:4-6
Sunday at 9:30 a.m. March 3 27:7-10 Jerusalem.
March 4 27:11-14
SUNDAY SCHOOL March 5 28:1-3 To put our faith into action, we are collecting
10:45 a.m. Sundays March 6 28:6-9 items for the MICA food pantry at the services.
March 7 63:1-8
ADULT FORUM March 8 103:1-5 The suggested items by week are:
11 a.m. Sundays March 9 103:6-14
March 10 103:15-18
March 3 — shampoo and conditioner
OFFICE HOURS March 11 103:19-22
March 10 — laundry soap, dishwashing soap
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday March 12 102:18-22
8 a.m. to noon. At other times, leave March 13 102:23-28 March 17 — toilet paper, diapers and wipes
March 14 2:1-5
a message at the office, 236-4946 March 15 32:6-11 March 24 — toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors
March 16 34:1-4
COUNCIL OF MINISTERS March 17 34:5-10
March 18 34:11-15
Nancy Heineman, president March 19 34:16-18 On Palm Sunday
Bob Larson, vice president March 20 34:19-22
Vicki Dillon, secretary March 21 Psalm 126 Worship on Palm Sunday will use a liturgy by
Rose Osland, treasurer
March 22 125 Walt Wangerin, Jr. titled “Cry of the Whole Con-
March 23 124
Dan Huebner, Properties March 24 123
gregation.” The words and music are designed to
Donna Beck, Stewardship March 25 121 encourage all worshippers to experience the
March 26 130 drama of Christ’s Passion through a re-enactment
Kelly Rose, Education March 27 31:9-16
Lisa Henderson, Worship March 28 118:19-22 of the last week of Jesus’ life. All the senses will
Bobbie Kahler, Fellowship March 29 36:5-11 be enlisted – through readings, music, dance, art.
March 30 71:1-14
Kathy Johnson, Service Walt Wangerin, Jr. is an award-winning Lutheran
March 31 70
Fred England and April 1 116:12-19 pastor and writer who is currently a professor and
Sue McDonough, Evangelism April 2 22 artist-in-residence at Valparaiso University. A
Chad Nath, Youth Note that Psalms is frequent contributor to The Lutheran, he is known
the topic at the Adult for his ability to make the power of God’s love
Forum in Lent. come alive. Please join us and bring a friend!
PAGE 2 LOVE LETTER
From Pastor Kathy
Reflectionsa cono Lentg
A Different Appro h t Fastin
Here are suggestions you may want to con-
H ere we are,
the middle of
sider. Pick one — and do it.
Fast from anger and hatred.
Lent: reflective Give your family an extra dose of love each day.
agement to con- Fast from judging others.
nect and draw Before making any judgments, recall how Jesus
closer to God, overlooks our faults.
and creating space for pondering God’s pres-
Fast from discouragement.
ence. Why do we do what we do in Lent?
Hold on to Jesus’ promise that he has a perfect plan
Lent is traditionally associated with penitence, for your life.
fasting, almsgiving and prayer. It is a time for
giving things up…balanced by giving to those Fast from complaining.
in need. Yet whatever else it should be, Lent When you find yourself about to complain, close
should never be morose — an annual ordeal your eyes and recall some of the little moments of
during which we begrudgingly forgo a handful joy Jesus has given you.
of pleasures. The 40 days of Lent have in its
Fast from resentment or bitterness.
midst, mini-Easters — each Sunday has us re-
Work on forgiving those who may have hurt you.
flect on the joy of life in Christ — while during
the week we face the reality of our broken lives Fast from spending too much money.
which desperately need God. Try to reduce your spending by 10% and give the
What if we approached Lent this time, inten- savings to the poor.
tionally, as an opportunity, not a requirement?
After all, it is meant to be the church’s spring- To observe Lent is to strike at the root of com-
time, a time when, out of the darkness of sin’s placency. Lent is a time of preparation, a time
winter, a repentant, empowered people emerge. to return to the desert where Jesus spent 40 try-
No wonder one liturgy refers to it as "this joyful ing days readying for his ministry. He allowed
season.” himself to be tested. If we are serious about fol-
lowing him, we will do the same.
Or put another way, Lent is the season in which
we ought to be suppressed by joy. Our self-
sacrifices serve no purpose unless, by laying
aside this or that desire, we are able to focus on
our heart’s deepest longing: unity with Christ.
In him — in his suffering on earth, his resurrec-
tion and triumph — we find our truest joy.
A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO FASTING
Fasts have a tendency to be oriented toward
things like giving up food or television. But
there are many other creative ways we can wel-
come Jesus’ healing touch.
LOVE LETTER PAGE 3
On April 25, the Fellowship
Committee is planning a
birthday party for
don’t need to be a
kid or have an
April birthday to
join in the fun.
The committee is looking for 12
Dishwasher a go! hosts or hostesses — one for each
month — to invite those who
With pledges in hand to cover the cost, the Church Council voted in Feb- share your birthday month (a list
ruary to purchase a commercial grade dishwasher for the will be provided) and decorate a
kitchen at St. John’s. A dishwasher will allow us to be table with a theme that matches
more green and clean by reducing the amount of paper the month.
products we use and making sure our dishes are thor-
oughly washed and sterilized. Ice cream, toppings and drinks
will be provided by the commit-
Those of you who made pledges will be contacted tee.
individually to collect the money.
If you can help, call Bobbie
In light of the dishwasher-to-come, the Memorial Committee has pur- Kahler at 236-5261 or 990-4741.
chased 100 Corelle dinner plates, salad plates and cups that match the
soup bowls we purchased earlier. The new dishes are non-breakable and
lighter in weight than the pottery-style dishes in the cupboards, making World Day of Prayer
them easier to carry and use.
The annual World Day of Prayer
Thank you to everyone who is making the dishwasher possible! service sponsored by Church
Women United will be held Fri-
day, March 5, at the United
Sundays in the Adult Education Church of Christ.
Baptized Room downstairs. Get a second cup
Maylee Jo and Shaeanna Lynn Lai, of coffee and join the discussion. World Day of Prayer is an annual
daughters of Paul and Tami Lai, ecumenical event that brings to-
were baptized at St. John’s on Feb- For the food pantry gether women of many faith tradi-
ruary 6. Their sponsors are Carol tions to observe a common day of
and Don Bauman. Suggested items for the MICA food prayer around the world.
pantry in March are canned soups The service will be followed by a
and boxed crackers. A collection
Adult Forum basket is located in the church en-
Join the Adult Forum during Lent tryway.
for a look at the Book of Psalms. Snapshot of church finances
The Psalms give voice to our Call Norm
prayers of thanksgiving, lament, Comparison of our offerings and
praise, sorrow. Above all, they ex- If you need a ride to a medical ap- our budget through January.
press a need for God’s presence in pointment or in an emergency, call Offerings to date: $16,474
our lives. Norm Erickson at 236-6902. He Expenses to date: $23,650
and a crew of volunteer drivers are Budget to date: $20,900
The Adult Forum meets at 11 a.m. able to provide transportation for Expenses vs. Offerings: ($7,176)
those in need of wheels.
PAGE 4 LOVE LETTER
Lutheran Services in Iowa NOTES OF THANKS
Responding in spirit, serving in love A SINCERE thank you to Deb and Lance Long-
One of a series of articles on ministries that St. John’s sup- man for covering the cost of a new Christ candle
ports through its budget. for the sanctuary.
Lutheran Services in Iowa is one of the state’s largest social
THE CONGREGATION is grateful to Kathy
service agencies. It serves
Johnson and Keith and Rose Osland for stepping
more than 40,000 each year forward to take the jobs of chair of the Service
with a variety of programs – Committee and treasurer, respectively.
residential treatment for young
people, home health care, early MANY THANKS to everyone who worked on
childhood education, adoptive the Community Meal at Davis School on Febru-
and foster care services, help for at-risk families, disaster ary 9. Typical of St. John’s: Several people vol-
response and service to people with disabilities. Its clients unteered to help and everyone who was asked to
are people of all ages, genders, religions, ethnicities and na- help said yes! Altogether, 16 people from the
tionalities. Its mission statement reads: “Lutheran Services congregation cooked, set up, served and cleaned
of Iowa responds to the love of Jesus Christ through acts of up at the meal, which is designed to bring the
service to all.” community together once a week for food and
LSI is affiliated with the three ELCA synods in the state. It
was formed in 2003 through the merger of Lutheran Social
Services of Iowa (LSS) and Bremwood Lutheran Services.
THANK YOU to the First Wednesday and Sun-
LSI currently operates two residential treatment centers –
day School children for making Valentine cards
Beloit Home in Ames and Bremwood Home in Waverly – for older people in our congregation and in our
and works through 17 offices throughout the state. community. Your love in Christ blesses them
Financial support for LSI comes from a combination of ser- and all of us.
vice contracts with the state Department of Human Services,
church contributions and individual giving. The contracts THANK YOU to Donna Beck for helping our
provide by far the largest amount of the funding. First Wednesday children make crosses and
cloths in liturgical colors to take home, and for
In recent years LSI has been squeezed financially by signifi- sharing crosses and colors with Pastor Kathy and
cant cutbacks in state funding for social services. In order to Muriel. We are grateful.
maintain as many existing programs as possible, mental Muriel
health services have been discontinued and support for the
ELCA chaplaincy program at the University of Iowa Hospi- Dear St. John's Lutheran Church Children,
tals and Clinics has been eliminated. Earlier this year, LSI Thank you so very much for remembering our
ended its involvement in refuge resettlement in Iowa. residents with the beautiful Valentines you made.
For 2010, St. John’s has budgeted $750 for LSI. We hung them on the doors for all to enjoy, and
they made Valentine's Day extra special. We
greatly appreciate your kindness.
Spring Fling Sincerely,
Mayflower Residents and Staff
The Second Saturday Fellowship will meet on the Third A BIG thank you to the volunteer drivers Norm,
Saturday in March (March 20) to mark the Bob and Sandy for their assistance in transport-
first day of spring. (Dare we hope the snow ing me to my appointment during the inclement
weather. It was greatly appreciated . Bless them
will be gone by then?) Watch the bulletin and the other volunteers as they continue this
and the eLove Letter for details. service.
LOVE LETTER PAGE 5
STEWARDSHIP OF SERVICE
Highlights of council meeting
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3
Acolyte: Eli Dunne The following is a summary of the Church Council meeting held
SATURDAY, MARCH 6
Welcome Team: Nicole Behrens, Norm Erickson Bob Larson and Nancy Locker will represent St. John’s at the
Reader: Ryan Dahlby Albright
Synod Assembly to be held May 21-22 at Lutheran Church of
SUNDAY, MARCH 7 Hope in West Des Moines.
Acolyte: Chance Winburn
Greeters: Duane and Mitzi Dufoe COUNCIL MEMBERS voted to purchase a commercial dish-
Reader: Gladys Booth washer for the kitchen, based on a successful pledge
Communion Assistants: Vic and Jean Frana
Fellowship: Luann and Rick Weigel, Becky Wilson drive. (See article on page 3 of this issue.)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10 SUNDAY SCHOOL will end May 2 with a musi-
Acolyte: Barrett Anderson cal presented by the children. A “Happy Birthday Party
SATURDAY, MARCH 13 for Everyone” is planned for April 25. The Fellowship Commit-
Welcome Team: Julie and Scott Beach tee will be looking for volunteers to help with the event.
Reader: Julie Beach
Communion Assistant: Nancy Beck IN LIGHT of the upcoming purchase of a commercial dish-
SUNDAY, MARCH 14 washer for the kitchen, memorial funds will be used to purchase
Acolyte: Sarah Reitz 100 new dinner plates, salad plates and cups.
Reader: THE WORSHIP COMMITTEE is considering the purchase
Fellowship: Dan, Bev Huebner; Mike, Erika Olson of pew Bibles for the sanctuary and will experiment with differ-
ent placements of the baptismal font in order to emphasize the
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17
Acolyte: Chance Winburn centrality of baptism in our faith.
SATURDAY, MARCH 20
Welcome Team: Sarah and Ryan Dahlby Albright
Reader: Sarah Dahlby Albright Community worship during Lent
SUNDAY, MARCH 21 The Grinnell Ministerial Association sponsors midweek Lenten
Acolyte: Chance Winburn services on Wednesdays at various Grinnell churches. This
Greeters: Irene Morrison
Reader: Verna Gerrish year’s theme is “Fasting and Feasting.” Special music, art and
Communion Assistants: Gaylen and Kathy Johnson readings will be part of the services, which begin at 12:10 p.m.,
Fellowship: Youth with lunch following. A freewill offering will be taken at the
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24 meal. On Good Friday, April 2, lunch will not be served.
Acolyte: Rachel Pinkerton
The schedule for the remaining services is:
SATURDAY, MARCH 27
Welcome Team: Marilyn and Larry Deppe March 3 — Grinnell United Methodist Church
Reader: Brian Heineman
Communion Assistant: Karen Ashby March 10 — St. Mary’s Catholic Church
SUNDAY, MARCH 28 March 17 — St. John’s Lutheran Church
Acolyte: Sarah Reitz
Greeters: Anita and Tom Ford March 24 — First Presbyterian Church
Reader: Lisa Henderson
Communion Assistants: Jim and Sara Dunne
April 2 (Good Friday) — United Church of Christ
Fellowship: Steve, Cindy Dudley, Don, Doris Sundell
USHERS ON SUNDAY: Terry Cline, Steve Dudley
(head ushers), Brian and Nancy Heineman, Zach Boeh-
mer, Zach Osland
MONEY COUNTERS: D., L. Longman; M., E. Olson
NURSERY (March 7) Laura Weigel; (14) Scott Bosse
(21) Dorothy Wade (28) Nicole Behrens
MARCH 1-MARCH 10 — Deb Benhart
MONTH OF MARCH — Addy Hanson
MARCH 10-APRIL 14 — Nancy Beck, Natalie Pavey
PAGE 6 LOVE LETTER
GETTING Happy Birthday!
ACQUAINTED to our baptized members who have birthdays in March
March 1 March 10 March 21
In nearly 40 years of membership at St. John’s, Breanna Sanders Troy Dillon
Fred England has served four terms on the Jena Sanders Steve Gustafson
Church Council, in- March 2 March 11 Dave Huth
cluding two terms as Mike Anderson Phil Frana
council president. In Lori Oltrogge March 22
his latest stint of ser- Justin Ringler
March 3 March 12
vice, he is co-chair of Bryan Cook March 23
the Evangelism Com- Charlene Knight Fred England
mittee. March 14 Ella Frana
Fred’s church involve- March 4 March 24
ment is an expression Roger Henderson Aimee Kramer
of his faith. “God has March 15
Becky Pinkerton March 25
been good to me,” he Aaron Wade
March 5 Farrah Deppe
Fred England says. He has had some March 18
Tyler Huebner Brittany Ringler
health problems over Alexander Reid
the years, he notes, “but God has always been March 6 March 26
Rose Frana March 19 Pat Larson
with me. I have great kids and grandchildren. Zen Masuku
It’s been a good life.” Cheryl Irland Brian Wilson
John Martinek Jr. March 20 March 27
Fred was born in 1931 in Atkins, Iowa, the Scott Beach
fourth of five children. He graduated from high March 7 Margaret Amo
Sarah Frischmeyer Brenda Crawford
school in Muscatine, then entered the U.S. Kelli Walter March 31
Ashley Mikel Gail Flagel
Army a year later. While stationed in the U.S.
Army in Atlanta, Ga., he met his first wife,
Kathy – “a Georgia girl,” he notes. After dis-
charge, they lived in Cedar Rapids and
Muscatine before moving to Grinnell in 1969 to Reaching out to others
open a Sears catalog store in the 900 block of Some ideas for creative and courageous faith-sharing
Main Street. They had four children — three
REFER to your faith and your church in casual conversa-
girls and a boy. Kathy died suddenly, shortly
tion with others.
before the couple’s 25th wedding anniversary.
Fred remarried in 1978 and, with Audrey, had a SAY “I will pray for you” when
son. Three of the five children live in Grinnell. someone shares with you a personal
Fred sold the Sears store in 1985 and bought concern or difficulty,
Godfather’s Pizza the next year. His youngest BE courteous and helpful in all
daughter now manages the business, but Fred public transactions; look for ways
typically works there a day or so a week. (His to give a verbal, positive witness to
favorite kind of pizza? “If I had to pick one, it the hope that is within you.
would be taco.”)
Fred’s hobby is older cars. He currently has 17. SPEAK UP against injustice, evil and verbal insult.
His collection is composed largely of cars he Evangelism Committee
has driven, then kept — not cars he bought to
restore. Among the most prized is a 1968 Cadil-
lac convertible – one of seven convertibles in
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“Now you are the body of Christ...”
1 Corinthians 12:27
The Evangelism Committee has begun a new out- Thank you to Nicole Behrens for designing the cards
reach, and hopes that everyone will get involved. As a and to Mike Schaeffer for creating skits to explain the
way of encouraging and honoring Christ-like actions project. The skits were performed at worship services
in daily life in our community, the committee has de- on February 20 and 21.
signed and printed small cards for us to give to people Those attending worship that weekend received a sup-
(yes, strangers!) who we see acting in ply of the cards. If you were not there
a positive, Christ-like manner. May the Lord reward you for your kindness.
and would like cards, you can find
One side of the bright-colored card This card is given to you by someone who cares some in a basket on the credenza in the
contains a Scripture passage of either from St. John’s Lutheran Church, ELCA front entryway to the sanctuary.
Worship Services 1224 East Street
encouragement, praise or appreciation. 5:30 pm Saturday
9:30 p.m. Sunday
Grinnell, Iowa 50112
641-236-4946 As a follow-up to our outreach, we
The other side of the card gives our 10:45 am Sunday School s email@example.com
www.stjohngrinnell.org hope on the weekend of March 20-21
church name, address and times of to present “feedback” in the form of
worship services. A card of praise — one of three
kinds of cards that are being used. reports of experiences of those who
A card might be given to a young have given out the cards. If you have an
mother in a grocery store who displays infinite pa- encounter to share, please contact Fred England (236-
tience with an unruly toddler. One might be handed to 3448, 3245 35th St., Grinnell) so he can compile them.
a store employee who goes out of his way to aid a cus-
tomer. Another could go to someone who helps you in We hope you will join with the Evangelism Commit-
some way. tee in this effort to be a witness to your faith and the
power of God’s love in the world.
In each case — encouragement, praise or appreciation
— the cards are meant to recognize and reinforce ac-
tions that make our world a better place — and to Sue McDonough and Fred England
spread the word that St. John’s is a church where peo- Evangelism Committee
ple believe in and strive to follow Christ’s teachings.