4500 Buena Vista Road
4500 Buena Vista Road Bakersfield, CA 93311-9702
Bakersfield, CA 93311-9702 661-665-7815
JUNE/JULY 2011 Volume 25
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singing, craft, gam
t the year providing 6:00-8:30
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of activities 8:30 A.M.-12:00
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CELEBRATE! 1 JUNE/JULY 2011
Bethany, Benjamin, Cynthia and Dan Spiva
"So...why with set up, sound, computer,
do you still PowerPoints and other tech stuff,
help out as well as being the "up front" guy
with Vacation when needed.
Taking part in and helping out with the
Great question ...and we are asked it skits has been my role over the years.
every year. As a family, we have Working with lots of different people
either volunteered or attended VBS has been tons of fun, as well as find-
each year since we came to ing myself dressed in a princess cos-
St. John's in 2002. And there hasn't tume, playing the "wild" river woman,
been a dull moment yet. and turning cartwheels as a gymnast.
When they were younger, Bethany The great thing about VBS is that
and Benjamin looked forward to there are so many places to
attending as students and ever since serve...which means everyone can
they have been old enough, have find a way to be helpful and useful
volunteered. Bethany loves working according to their abilities and comfort
with children in any capacity and levels. And it takes all of us with all of
looks forward to the day she will have our different gifts to make it work. If
her own students to teach you haven't gotten involved yet, give it
and a room to prepare a try...you will not be disappointed.
and decorate. She
has also helped with So, back to the question, why do we
a couple of the skits participate? Simple--being able to
over the years. see kids coming day after day and
helping to bring the Gospel to those
Benjamin has found his niche in the who may have never heard it...
kitchen helping prepare snacks; he why not?
also helps around campus as needed.
Dan continues to take care of the
"behind the scenes" stuff...helping
Surf’s Up at VBS July 11-15 or July 18-22
8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Register online at
Pick which week in the office.
works best for you. Registration is open for
kids and volunteers.
CELEBRATE! 2 JUNE/JULY 2011
Celebrate! is a
monthly publication of June Project:
St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Get on the Bus!
Dennis Hilken … Senior Pastor
Early in the morning, the day
Stephen Dinger … Director of
Operations, Superintendent before Father's Day, a spe-
firstname.lastname@example.org cial bus will be rolling out of
Paul Tepker … Director, Bakersfield headed for
Worship & Fine Arts Ministries Soledad Prison. This year
email@example.com H.I.S. is again sponsoring a
Patric Caploe … bus taking children to cele-
Contemporary Worship brate Father's Day with their
firstname.lastname@example.org dads. What an exciting day
Christy Burke …
for these families!
Children’s Ministry Team Leader
email@example.com Because the prison is almost Scene from the 2010 Get on the Bus event
George Bruick … four hours away, many fami-
Student Ministry Team Leader lies cannot afford to go on their own. Most of the families going on our bus have not
Paige Burzlaff …
seen their father in months, sometimes years. Once they arrive at the prison, there will
Student Ministry Team be games, family pictures and a furnished, catered lunch. More important is the oppor-
firstname.lastname@example.org tunity for a hug from Dad and an important conversation. The prison is closed to other
Lorraine Davis … visitors that day. Following the visit, a church near the prison provides dinner and a
Children’s Ministry Team time for the children to talk about their day before heading home. This project is for
email@example.com the children. Although the fathers have made mistakes, it is important that the children
Janice Riese-O’Rourke … see their fathers. Research shows that children who are allowed regular visits with
Director, Children Center their incarcerated parent demonstrate better emotional and social adjustment. Re-
firstname.lastname@example.org search also shows that children's odds of delinquency decrease when they have visits
Jill Cawthon …
with their incarcerated parent.
email@example.com If you would like to bring something for the children on the bus, stop at the H.I.S.
Dwayne Clemans … booth to select a yellow bus with a item donation written on the bus. We are seeking
items such as small games, small pillows, fleeces, juice boxes, cards, etc. The dona-
Ron Bennett …
tion can be made by June 12.
Pastor/Spiritual Care We thank those who are going as chaperones. We ask for your prayers for a safe trip
firstname.lastname@example.org and that the time between families is a positive and bonding experience.
HOW TO REACH US July Project: Flood Ministry—Feeding the Homeless at Weill Park
4500 Buena Vista Road Come join us! On July 30, H.I.S. volunteers will be serving supper to the homeless.
Bakersfield, CA 93311-9702 Flood Bakersfield is a local ministry that provides a Saturday night outreach every
Phone: 661-665-7815 week. It consists of a hot meal, a bag of groceries and a message of Jesus to those who
Email: email@example.com have no home. We provide the servers and other volunteers for supper. If you cannot
Web page: www.sjlchurch.org work that evening, you can help by donating food items for the homeless. Recom-
SUBMITTING ARTICLES mended items are: boxed crackers, canned meats (pop tops), canned fruit or plastic
Articles may be submitted by mail, fruit cups, chili, ravioli, Top Ramen and Cup O Noodles. Please drop the items off any
email (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax or Sunday morning at the H.I.S. table. Sign-ups for this project will begin the first Sun-
delivery to the church office. The Cele- day in July. More information to follow!
brate! is published six times per year.
Contact the office for deadline informa-
tion. Submitted material may be edited Beautiful Bakersfield Nominiation
for space or content.
BUSINESS SPONSORSHIP St. John's Hearts In Service has been nominated for a Beautiful Bakersfield Award for
the 12 projects in 2010. The nomination is based on outstanding efforts to benefit the
Business card-sized ads are $25 per
month and are subject to space community during 2010. The Awards Banquet, sponsored by the Greater Bakersfield
availability and postal regulations. Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Saturday, June 4, at the Double Tree Hotel and
St. John’s is not promoting or endors- aired live by KGET-TV 17. In 2010, thousands of donations and hours of work were
ing the businesses advertised herein. given by members of St. John's. This nomination belongs to YOU, the donors and
volunteers, who participated. Congratulations!
St. John’s Mission…
Your H.I.S. Committee: Mickie Hawley, Jenny Ballard, Kristin Faure,
That All May Know Jesus
Chuck Willey, Debbie Wood, Nancy Dinger
CELEBRATE! 3 JUNE/JULY 2011
Beat the drums!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Sound the trumpets!
Crash the cymbals!
Report to the Congregation
St. John’s Boar’s Head Festival is sched-
April & May 2011 uled for its seventeenth performance to
usher in the Nativity season this year.
• Don Felts shared that he will be moving to Sparks, Ne- For those of you who have had the experi-
vada; he indicated his willingness to continue in his role ence, the return of the
as President until December. The board concurred that Boar’s Head Festival
Don continue in his role as President until December marks a special way to
2011. begin your Advent Sea-
son. For those of you
• Dave Warren distributed a draft of possible options re- new to the St. John’s
garding “tenure” for possible inclusion in our Bylaws; it family or to the area, the
was agreed that the BoD recommend to the congregation question of “What’s the
that tenure be allowed for pastoral positions. Boar’s Head?” will be
• Pastor Hilken reported that the worship schedule is con- answered as the excite-
tinually being examined. This is a complex issue with ment begins to mount for this very special
many ramifications; ongoing analysis is needed. There is event. Just start looking for our little blue
no schedule change at this time. Christmas Sprite in notices and articles in
the Celebrate!, the Sunday News & Notes
• Stephen Dinger reported that John Bianchi is concluding and special flyers. Mark your calendar now
his service as chairman of the School Advisory Board; to reserve time for this inspirational experi-
Matt Watkins will assume the position as chairman. ence during the first weekend in December.
John has served in this capacity for the past six years. Those of us on the production staff, Paul
We appreciate his faithful leadership and service. Tepker, June Gaede, Roxanne Campbell,
Leslie Taylor, and Georgia Perman, have
• At the April meeting, Stephen shared schematics for the
already started recruiting key volunteers to
addition of four classrooms to the Kidz Connection/
make this Boar’s Head the grand experi-
Kindergarten building. This would put the lower school
ence that our venue will permit. God has
(grades K-2) in one facility and free up classroom space
given us the facility, the means, and the
so that the modular classrooms (which we rent) can be
wherewithal to bring back this notable
vacated (a savings of $23,700). The source of funding for
mission gift to the community.
this addition would be school revenue, capital use fees,
and/or the savings accrued by eliminating modular class- For those of you who enjoy participating in
room rentals. The Board approved this project up to the historical, theatrical, and musical ex-
$730,000 and instructed Susan Hemme, Treasurer, and perience, formal notices of various audi-
Stephen Dinger, Director of Operations/Superintendent, tions will be forthcoming. For those of you
to finalize terms of a 15-year loan. who will paint banners, make paper mache
props, sew hats, and/or hammer set pieces,
• At the April meeting, Stephen distributed the proposed please start thinking about volunteering
2011-12 budget for review. The Board adopted the pro- now. (There’s no better time than this
posed budget at the May BoD meeting for recommenda- summer to create and help refurbish many
tion to the congregation (tentative congregational meet- of the artifacts necessary to this spectacle.
ing set for June 12, 11:15 a.m.). The more prep we can do now, the less
stress at production time.)
• The Board discussed holding an off-site strategic plan-
ning session led by Pastor Mike Lange (of the CNH- If you want to be part of it, start planning
LCMS District). Pr. Hilken will contact Pr. Lange for now, and contact us through a call to
possible dates. Georgia, 665-7815, or June, 399-7246.
CELEBRATE! 4 JUNE/JULY 2011
An opportunity to fellowship with
“Loving other women in a
Home” relaxing environment.
Women’s Hope to see you at the
Mon., July 18 9:00-11:00 a.m.
White Elephant Bunco Espresso Café
Come spend the day with Sheri Torreli and Join us for an evening of Bunco with a White 3601 Mount Vernon Ave.
fellow sisters in Christ Saturday, September Elephant twist on Wednesday, June 22.
17, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mon., Aug. 15 5:30-7:30 p.m.
We will be playing, socializing and snacking in Panera Bread
Sheri Torreli is a nationally-recognized con- the Kidz Connection.
ference speaker and director of More Hours • Wear PINK! Thurs., Sept. 15 9:00-11:00 a.m.
In My Day. She has been on radio talk Starbucks at the Marketplace
• Light snacks & refreshments provided.
shows, spoken for women’s groups, MOPS, • Don’t know how to play Bunco? Thurs., Oct. 20 5:30-7:30 p.m.
conferences, retreats and teas. She also
We will teach you how! Garden Spot
teaches seminars for churches and organi-
zations all over the country, giving women • Bring an UNWRAPPED White Elephant
Gift – (a NEW gift that you don’t want but Fri., Nov. 18 9:00-11:00 a.m.
guidance and hope. Solomon’s Porch
that someone else will cherish!).
Sheri will share how committing to God, • Sign up at the Women’s Ministry table or
giving Him our attitudes, behavior, stresses,
on Facebook (SJLC Women). Upcoming Events:
work, careers, and every other area of our
lives to Him, creates a loving, Christ- • Bring friends! The more women that
Saturday, September 17
centered home. Sheri’s message is practi- come, the better the White Elephant gift
“Loving Home” Women’s
cal for women of all ages and all walks of selection!
life. Single moms, students, working • For more information, call
women, and stay-at-home moms have all Nancy Acquaviva, 661- 599-3069. Saturday, November 5
benefited from her message of hope and
6:15-6:45 p.m. Annual Bus Shopping Trip
encouragement. By listening to Sheri, you
too, can find more hours in your day and
–Fellowship & Refreshments Saturday, December 10
simplify your life. This is a life-changing 6:45–8:30 p.m. Christmas Cookie Exchange
event you won’t want to miss! –Bunco! (Play will start promptly at 6:45)
“Her children stand and bless her. Her hus- Got a Suggestion for us?
band praises her. ‘There are many virtuous The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League
Bi-Annual Convention is being held in Peoria,
and capable women in the world, but you Do you have an idea for a Bible
Illinois, June 23-26. You can find more infor-
surpass them all.’” ~ Proverbs 31: 28-29 mation on www.lwml.org/conventions/. Study? Maybe you would like to
have a Prayer Group to meet
with before you go to work? Do
Summer Bible Studies you have a green thumb and
are willing to share with other
Julie Barnhill Video Bible Study for Moms is Sunday Morning 8:30 a.m. Bible Study women some tricks to growing
Thursday mornings 9:00-10:30, June 9, 16, & 23 in June 5-July 10 in ED-10. Bible Study book: beautiful blossoms?
the Kidz Connection. Child care provided! Topics: Living Like You Belong to God by Kay
One Tough Mother; She's Gonna Blow!; Motherhood, Arthur and David & BJ Lawson. Sign up at We would love to hear your
the Guilt that Keeps on Giving; and the Women’s Ministry table. Contact Karin ideas and suggestions; just
This I Know to Be True. Contact Lorraine Davis Urso for more information, 565-8377. drop us a note in the box at the
(email@example.com) for more information. Women’s Ministry table.
Women’s Ministry Board 2011 LWML Mite Box Sundays: May 29, July 31, & October 30
Fellowship Charlotte Brandt
Chair Debbie Wood firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com Spiritual Growth Mary Luter Find out about St. John’s Women’s Board Meetings are for you, too!
Vice Chair Cary Elliot firstname.lastname@example.org Ministry Upcoming Events on: All women are welcome to attend the
email@example.com Publicity Janet Rosen
Women’s Ministry Board Meetings.
Secretary Beth Arner firstname.lastname@example.org *Women’s Ministry page of St. John’s website
email@example.com Service Diane Dravis (www.sjlchurch.org) Meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. the
Financial Sec. Paula Hurd firstname.lastname@example.org *Facebook (SJLC Women) *Celebrate! first Monday of each month in the
email@example.com Service Sally Goossen *News & Notes *Women’s Ministry table Large Conference Room in the
firstname.lastname@example.org Admin Buillding.
CELEBRATE! 5 JUNE/JULY 2011
Kidz Connection News
Family Fun Summer Movie Nights
Movies will be shown inside Kidz Connection.
Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m.; movie starts at 6:30 p.m.
Bring blankets or lawn chairs and suggested food items.
Check Facebook for more details, type in search box
“St. John’s Kidz Connection (Children’s Ministry).”
Email email@example.com with any questions.
Saturday Saturday Saturday
June 18 July 30 August 20
Charlotte’s Web Finding Nemo Wall-E
Join the Fun!
Summer Sunday School offers many
ways for you to join Children’s Ministry
and take part in building up children in
Christ. Serve once a month or more.
We have opportunities in the classroom,
music, crafts, puppeteering and more.
If you are interested, contact Christy
Burke, firstname.lastname@example.org or
CELEBRATE! 6 JUNE/JULY 2011
Kidz Connection News
Fourth graders are buzzing with excitement because they have received “THE” invitation. Starting
in the fall, 4th, soon-to-be 5th, graders get to join Club 56. Clubbers meet on the fourth Saturday
of each month for prayer, snacks, crazy games, and small service projects as they become avail-
able. This is a fantastic way for them to get connected with each other and get involved in church
activities. The 4th graders got their first glimpse during Step Up Saturday and had a fantastic time.
There is no club in June or July. Club 56 will resume August 27 (location TBA) for a Back-to-
School Pool Party. For the latest information check out http://club56rocks.blogspot.com/.
2010-2011 AWANA came to a
Much anticipated construction on the nursery is under- close on Wednesday, May 18.
way. Moms and dads pass the construction site weekly Thank you to all the volunteers
watching the progress. With no doubt, the active fami- for faithfully serving all year. During the summer we will
lies at St. John’s will make the nursery one of the most be planning another wonderful year that will encourage
utilized buildings on campus. Groups such as MOPS, kids to learn more about Christ.
moms in weekly Bible studies, parent volunteers in
AWANA, and Sunday morning worshipers will all If you are interested in getting involved, contact
benefit from this new addition. Christy Burke, 665-7819 or email@example.com.
CELEBRATE! 7 JUNE/JULY 2011
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Juicy Fruit Fireworks 1 2 3 4
Groups meet Pre-Sales College Bible
weekly during Through Study
summer! Month of June
5 6 7 8 9 Junior High 10 Junior High 11
Jr. High Adv. Softball Wednesday Adventure Trip Adventure Trip
Trip Deadline Night Chill College Bible
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Utah Bible Softball Wednesday College Bible
Study Night Chill Study
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Happy Softball Wednesday College Bible
Father’s Day! Night Chill Study
26 27 28 29 30
Utah Bible Softball Wednesday College Bible
Study Night Chill Study
For more information about any of these events,
contact George or Paige at the SSM office: 665-7815. Booth Booth
3 4 5 6 7College Bible 8 9
Fireworks Fireworks Study
Booth Booth Utah Mission Utah Mission Utah Mission
10 11 12 13 14 College Bible 15 16
VBS VBS VBS Study VBS
Utah Mission Utah Mission Utah Mission Utah Mission VBS Utah Mission Utah Mission
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
Softball Wednesday College Bible
VBS VBS Night Chill Study VBS
Utah Mission VBS VBS
24 25 26 27 28 College 29 30 Visit the SSM
Softball Wednesday Bible Study booth for a full
Night Chill summer calendar.
CELEBRATE! 8 JUNE/JULY 2011
Trips hours, you and your friends will be a
College Bible Study will continue to
meet Thursday nights from 7:00-9:00
p.m. at Scott and Karen Garrison’s
The Junior High Adventure Trip is Volunteering for Vacation Bible home. Snacks and refreshments are
June 9-10 in Kernville. The first day School is open to Junior High provided. This Bible study is for
is spent completing fun team- through College-age youth. Contact students who have graduated from
building challenges. That night we’ll Christy Burke at 665-7815 for details high school in 2011 or earlier.
build a fire and make s’mores, and and to register as a volunteer.
the next day is spent whitewater raft- Utah Bible Studies on June 12 & 26
ing down the Kern River! Cost is are preparation for those participat-
$95 per Jr. Higher which includes ing in the Utah Mission Trip. Lunch
everything: camping, whitewater will be served in the Large Confer-
rafting, food & transportation. This ence Room at 12:30 p.m. and the
is the perfect “first trip” for incoming study will wrap up around 2:00 p.m.
7th graders. Students entering 9th
grade in the fall are welcome to
attend. Limited spots available.
Just For Fun
Deadline to sign up is June 5!
Sr. Highers from St. John’s, The
Bridge, Riverlakes, & Crossroads
will meet for Softball at 6:00 p.m.
every Monday night at the back field
Bible Studies of St. John's through August 8.
At SSM Kick-Off Night on August
Juicy Fruit Groups are part of the 27, we will (hopefully) celebrate the
Rooted Ministry for teen girls. Each official opening of the new youth
small group will meet at their building: “The Garage.” This night
leader’s house weekly for six weeks is for students and parents to enjoy a
during the summer. Jr. High will meal and sign up for upcoming SSM
The Utah Mission Trip, July 7-17, study Angela Thomas’ “Wild About opportunities including Small
is the spotlight trip of the year! You,” and Sr. High will study Groups and Hume Lake.
Twenty-five Senior Highers will Francis Chan’s “Forgotten God.”
travel to Navajo Mountain, Utah, to
join hundreds of other youth from
Meeting day and time vary from
group to group. Cost is $10 to cover
across the country to serve the your book. Call Paige for more info!
Navajo people with Group Work Coupon Books are available to sell
Camps. We will worship, serve, and for $20 each and make 50% in profit.
grow in faith and leadership. There For every five books you sell, you
are still a few spots available for this get a free book to sell and make
trip. Incoming freshman are 100% profit. Grab a stack from the
welcome. Cost is $680. SSM Office and start selling!
Opportunities to Serve Youth age 18 years and older are
allowed to work the Fireworks
Booth and credit their account for
On Garage Thursdays you are in- the amount of hours worked. Parents
vited to come work on the youth Wednesday Night Chill is replacing can also work the booth on behalf of
building (“The Garage”) between FUEL Worship for the summer. Join their child. Like last year, we are
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Whether you us Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:30 pre-selling coupons for the fireworks
stay the whole day or just a few p.m. around the Youth Building for booth through the month of June.
sand volleyball, open gym, hanging Pre-selling allows all youth to
out, and small group Bible study. participate in their own fundraising.
Some nights we’ll even break out the Shift sign-ups are coming soon!
grill or build a bonfire. Grab your
friends and chill with us!
CELEBRATE! 9 JUNE/JULY 2011
The Garage: A Place Where God Can Do His Work
The Garage… this word conjures up will have an amazing coffee-bar • Volunteer your time and energy
all kinds of different thoughts for atmosphere where they can hang out to help build, plant and paint on
most people. For some, it is the place with their friends. “Garage Thursdays” (as marked
that is stacked so full of stuff that a on the calendar). Also watch for
car could never dream of spending Though we are extremely pleased designated Saturday work days.
the night in there. For others, it is a with all that is taking place, we know
• Donate old and unique car parts
place where you fear to take your that there is still so much more to do.
or items that we can use to deco-
ailing vehicle knowing that the repair But knowing that we have the green
rate the Garage. Specifically, we
bill will be much higher than the light to move ahead, we have set a
are looking for an older car that
original estimate. But for us in Stu- Grand Opening date of August 27.
can be cut in half and part of an
dent Ministry, the Garage is a place This will be a night of worship and
old VW Bug for the girls’ rest-
where we anticipate God to work in celebration, giving praise to the One
the lives of teenagers for years to who gave His all for us. Until this
date, we will be working hard finish- • Consider donating other items
ing the skate park, cleaning and land- that we will need (3 wall-mount
Though the odd-shaped building has scaping the outside, hanging drywall 42” TVs, stainless fridge/freezer,
been standing on the front corner of and painting, building a stage and and a large gas grill for the patio
the St. John’s campus for some time, installing lighting and sound equip- to mention a few).
work has begun once again to finally ment, and making this a Garage like We look forward to seeing how God
move this project toward completion. no other. will have His way in using the
Over Spring Break nearly 20 youth Garage for His Kingdom!
and adults worked hard on a list of How can you be a part of this? Here
various things that still needed to be are a few ways: Student Ministry Team Leader
constructed. During the 4-day build
retreat, the sand volleyball court was
finished, decking and metal stud
work was accomplished inside, and
the major element of the skate park
was framed up and sheeted. But
there is still much work to be done!
The excitement continues to build
among the students, parents, and the
SSM staff as we already see God’s
hand at work in the process.
Neighborhood youth are constantly
stopping by to check on the progress
of the skate park; some have even
offered to come and volunteer to
help finish it! Stopping by the (now
closed) Borders bookstore brought us
blessings as we were able to pur-
chase everything to fill out the
kitchen area of the lounge with res-
Grand Opening Night
taurant-grade cabinets, counters and Saturday, August 27
equipment for a fraction of what was
originally budgeted. With a little
scrubbing and polishing, the students
CELEBRATE! 10 JUNE/JULY 2011
Worship Services Men’s Bible Study
6:00 a.m. Lorene’s (corner of
Classic Grace Ming & Ashe)
Worship Leader: Clete Harper, 832-0195 With great joy
8:30 a.m. we welcome
Women's Bible Study
Traditional Service Cole Durante
9:00-10:30 a.m., June 9, 16, 23
Kidz Connection Brody Gutierrez
Family Sarenna Haddad
Julie Barnhill Video
Worship Series for Moms. Childcare Sonnet Haddad
10:00 a.m. provided. For more information, Bella O’Rourke
Blended Service contact Lorraine Davis, Garrett Slayton
firstname.lastname@example.org. who have been received
Weekly Bible Golden Eagles (Seniors) into God’s Kingdom
Check the Sunday News & Notes through baptism.
Studies for Adults for summer meeting dates.
Famous Characters and Not So
Famous Characters of the Bible
study. Lunch follows. The bright colors on the
Bible Study front cover not only
Leader: Dan Spiva
10:00 a.m., Bride’s Room represent the Kidz Con-
Women's Bible Study nection building but
8:30 a.m., ED-10 St. John’s also the energy we exude in Chil-
Living Like You Belong to God dren’s Ministry. The programs
Karen Urso, 565-8377 Endowment Fund listed are foundational in our min-
istry, but are certainly not all we
Monday offer. We have special events
First Place 4 Health throughout the year as well.
3:30 p.m. or 6:00 p.m., LCR We offer an alternative event to
For more information, call Halloween called GAGS (Games
Dotty Mellor, 829-1068. And Goodies for Souls) and our
Women's Bible Study Easter Egg-Stravaganza as well as
There were two anonymous
7:00 p.m., Off Campus The Gift Of Christmas event,
donations in April.
Promised Land where we do crafts and see Santa
For more information, call Birthday Club who tells the children the real
Susan Pacheco, 589-8321. Donna Haberkern meaning of Christmas. We min-
Nathan Haberkern ister to about 90 children on Sun-
Wednesday day mornings, 75 attend Awana
Men’s Bible Study on Wednesday nights, and Club
6:00 a.m., Worship Center Lobby In memory of Gerald Clements
56 serves about 50 once a month.
M-42 Bible study and fellowship. by Bob Edwards
This summer we are praying for
For more information, call The growth each month provides God to bring to us 700+ children
Rodney Archer, 805-3308. for more outreach ministry for to learn about Him at Vacation
years to come. Keep up the good Bible School. Please bring your
work. little ones, their friends, and all
Leaders: If there is any type
of change regarding Bob Edwards the neighborhood children, too.
the study you are Chairman, Endowment Fund We want to spread the love of
leading, please contact email@example.com Jesus everywhere.
Pam at the church office 392-8989 Christy Burke
Children's Ministry Team Leader
CELEBRATE! 11 JUNE/JULY 2011
To all of the Families and Friends of
St. John’s Children Center:
A big THANK YOU
to everyone who
Summer at St. John’s Children Center
in this year’s
Relay for Life. A full program has again been planned for
the summer months for all of the children
Through gifts of time, raffle items who are enrolled in St. John’s Children
and monetary donations, Center. The Center offers a year‐round
Anastasia’s Angels raised $51,048 program with curriculum to match the
child’s developmental and academic needs.
for the American Cancer Society and
their fight to eradicate cancer. Our program includes:
The infant and toddler classes for
A special THANK YOU goes to
children six weeks to two years old
with the main goal to provide a
for their donation of a 2012 Honda Civic and
a percentage of their oil and lube services.
loving, nurturing environment
Their generosity is beyond compare. Classes for 3’s and young 4’s full of
fun learning activities
Through our goal of raising money, we had
hoped to increase awareness of the importance 4’s and 5’s will be combined to
of helping others. Part of the purpose of the encourage growth and readiness
Children Center is to help our little ones… Special summer opportunities for
and us older ones as well…to commit to look be-
children who have completed
yond ourselves and see what we can do for oth-
Kindergarten through 2nd grade.
ers. Many of our projects were too abstract…
too far away…to understand how what we do can
help others. However, because cancer has af- If you are interested in more information,
fected so many so closely, we can all understand contact the Center at 664‐9127.
the importance of “making it go away.” Partici-
pating in Relay for Life has brought a reality to
all of us. As a little one said while cheering for
the survivors during their walk, “The money we
give made these people feel better.” Yes, she
understands the concept and that made what
we do worth all the time and energy given.
Again…thank you and may
God’s blessings be showered on you mightily.
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St. John’s Lutheran School News
Two More Baptisms dering, candle-making, butter-
Fort Tejon Fun Facts:
churning, games, singing, march-
On May 5, Sarenna Haddad ing, raising the colors (huge, time • The fort was originally
(Sixth Grade) and her sister period flag) and much more! For built to help protect the
Sonnet (Third Grade) were 24 hours, they went without the Native Americans in the
welcomed into God’s kingdom luxuries of heat- area.
ing, air condi- • At one time, the fort
tioning, or elec- employed camels to
tricity. The bar- assist in transportation
racks that stu- of cargo.
dents slept in • There is no running
were lit at night water to any of the
by candles made original buildings.
by students ear- • The fort is open to the
lier in the day. It public, and there are
was heated by a hiking trails and camp
Sisters Sarenna (left) and Sonnet baptized by Pastor D. roaring fire. Stu- grounds nearby.
dents slept on tic
(straw) mattresses on the floor.
through baptism during the
The group teamed up to pull the
weekly Chapel service.
Howitzer cannon to the parade
Sarenna chose baptism by sprin- grounds and observed as it was
kling while Sonnet chose immer- fired across the Fort Tejon pass.
sion. We rejoice with both of Quite a sight!
them at this glorious time in their One fifth grader says this about
lives! his experience, “Fort Tejon is a
great place to learn about the life
Fifth Graders Experience of a Civil War soldier. But one
Fort Tejon of the best parts was sitting down
for breakfast and having hot
To accompany the Core Knowl-
edge 5th grade unit on the Civil
War (1861-1865), students spent
two days and one night at Fort
Tejon State Historic Park for its
Living History Program. Fort
Tejon was occupied during the
Civil War, though it did not see
While they were there, students
got a taste for what it would have
been like to be a soldier in the
1800s. They participated in a va-
riety of activities that went on at
the fort during that time, such as
adobe brick-making, cooking,
carpentry, blacksmithing, laun-
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Motel 6, Nike and Rice-A-Roni, but it tells the story Join our special session –
of Stephen Ministry in a nutshell. A Stephen Minis- “Healthy Summer Living.”
ter wants to be Jesus to you in the best way humanly We Kick Off with a Pot Luck
possible. I believe that most, if not all, Christians Supper on July 25. Meetings will
considering whether this be 3:30-5:00 or 6:00-7:30 p.m.
ministry is right for them every other Monday,
pray fervently about it. August 1, 15, and 29.
They seek guidance from
the Holy Spirit to help An Information/Orientation meeting will be
them make the decision to undertake the training to Tuesday, July 12, 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Admin
become a distinctively Christian caregiver. Building Large Conference Room. This meeting
Stephen Ministers make ten important promises is required for new members.
when they sign the Covenant to Care. These are: For more information and to RSVP, contact
glorify God with a grateful heart Dotty Mellor: 829-1068 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
depend on God for results in my caregiving
worship God regularly
promote respect among fellow ministers and
help my care receiver find needed care when
he or she needs more than I can give
guard the reputation of Stephen Ministry
serve without expecting or accepting
discipline myself to meet my care receiver’s
willingly receive direction and supervision.
Sounds like a big commitment, doesn’t it? Looks a
little daunting, to be honest. What would make
someone think that this Stephen Ministry thing is
calling them to serve?
I think it’s because they understand that they will not
be doing it alone. They will be serving in this minis-
try hand in hand with Christ. Just as Jesus says that
apart from Him, we can do nothing, so He tells us
that when we abide in Him, and He in us, so much
can be done.
If you believe a Stephen Minister could be a blessing
to you, please contact Debbie Travis in the church
office, 665-7815. Margaret Campbell
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For information and registration,
call 664-0264 or 900-8438.
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