We invite you to join us each week as we worship together, learn together, serve together for the sake of our Lord and His eternal glory.
Worship Times: September-May
7:45 am Traditional Service
9:00 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Study
10:15 am Traditional & NewSong Contemporary
Summer Schedule: Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day weekend
7:45 am Traditional Service
9:00 am NewSong Contemporary Service
10:15 am Traditional Service
No Sunday school during summer schedule
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Hanging of the Greens
This year’s Hanging of the Greens service is on Sunday, December 9th, at 6:00 p.m. Prepare your hearts for this Christmas season. Awake your soul with beautiful and familiar melodies. Awe your spirit, and hear the stories of individuals witnessing the arrival of a Baby who would save the world. Invite your family and friends to this special service. Refreshments will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us!
Sunday School Christmas Program
Please join us on Sunday, December 16th at 9:00 a.m. in the sanctuary for our annual Sunday School Christmas program. Following the program, please join us for some light refreshments.
MYFROG Christmas Party
MYFROG will be holding their Christmas Party Friday, December 7, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the home of Chrissy VanEvery.
Dress festive, ugly sweaters are encouraged (prize awarded). Bring an appetizer to share and a wrapped white elephant gift “something silly” ($5 or less). Please RSVP to Chrissy.
The Kids Club Christmas event is Friday, December 14 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Dinner will be served. Bring a wrapped Christmas ornament suitable for any person for an exchange. Senior friends will join us at 7:00 p.m. Youth helpers needed. Please RSVP to Chrissy.
Thank you to everyone who signed up to purchase items for the Christmas families.
Another way you can help is by donating money. To do this, mark “other” on your church envelope, write in “Christmas Family” and the amount or place money in the Helping Hands box by the sign up board. This money is used to buy one Bible per family and perishable food items.
Just a reminder the annual meeting will be January 27, 2019. All committee reports will need to be turned in by Sunday, January 13. Those persons responsible to turn in a report are the 2018 chairpersons of each committee, treasurer of the committee and heads and treasurer of the different groups such as Sunday School, WNALC, Kids Club, etc. If you have any questions please call the church office.
The Elders are still looking for vice-chairs for: Worship, Stewardship and Outreach Committees for 2019 contact Tammy Kuehnert if willing to help.
Serve Our Servants “S.O.S”
Saturday December 8, 2018 at the Acme bar and grill, 1105 E. State Blvd. from 2p.m.- 6p.m. Join the Biblical counseling ministry of Cross Connections for our annual S.O.S. event! Enjoy an ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT pizza and wings, salad and dessert buffet for $20 per person. A percentage of the proceeds from this event will go directly towards providing FREE Biblical counseling for all active duty military, police, fire and EMT personnel referred to Cross Connections by our 91 ministry partners.
As an added bonus the festivities will take place during the Army-Navy football game. All former and current military personnel are encouraged to attend and take part in the friendly rivalry that exists between the two branches of our armed forces.
LMVFM Christmas Ornament
Pick up a form on the table in the narthex, make a donation to LMVFM between 1 November – 31 January and an ornament made by a veteran or their family member will be named for you or someone you want to honor and hung on our Christmas tree. It will then be photographed and posted to our Facebook page and website for you and your family and friends to see.
Church Directory App is Here!
Yes we have an App for our church directory. This gives you access to our directory on your phone or home computer. It’s free and easy to use. The App works on Apple devices and Android devices. There are copies of the instructions to download the App on the table in the narthex. If you have any questions contact the church office.
Women’s Bible Study Group
The Women’s Friday Morning Bible Study Group (sorry, we don’t have a snazzy name) will start up again September 7, 9:00 a.m. at church with a study by Max Lucado called, “Anxious for Nothing”. It is a six session study that focuses on the worries we often carry and how we can exchange it for true peace that only God can give. We would LOVE to have you join this fun group of women who love Jesus and enjoy learning from one another! Please see Melanie Crapser or Susie Groeling with any questions you may have.
WNALC Bible Study
Our NALC Bible study class will not meet in September. We will start a new book on Thursday, October 5th. It is “Forgotten God” by Francis Chan. We will have a workbook to help us through it. It is a book about the Holy Spirit. We would like to invite anyone who has not attended a Bible Study to join us. We meet at 9:30 on the first Thursday of each month. I have extra books so if you would like to join us see me, Penny Heggen, and I will get you a book. My cell number is 415-3796.
We are a non-threating group. If you don’t like to read we won’t make you read. If you don’t like to talk, we won’t insist on it. If you talk too much ask the Holy Spirit to hold his hand over your mouth, and to give you courage when He wants you to speak!
December Youth Events
Sunday, Dec. 2, 9, & 16 Confirmation / H2H – MYFROG
- 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 5, MYFROG, TCC & LINK,
- Meet at the church at 6:00 p to carol
Friday, December 7, TCC Lock-In & Christmas Party
- 6:00 p.m. Friday to 10:00 a.m. Saturday
Friday, December 7, MYFROG Christmas Party
- 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Chrissy VanEvery’s (Youth should bring a dish to share and a white elephant gift $5 or less)
Sunday, December 9, Sunday School Christmas Program
- 9:00 a.m.in the sanctuary
Sunday, December 9, Hanging of the Greens
- 6:00 p.m. Church Wide Event
Wednesday, December 12, Youth Bells
- 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 12, GROUP, MYFROG & TCC
- 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, December 14, Kids Club Christmas Event
- 6:00-8:30 p.m. Senior Friends at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 15, Link Christmas Party
- 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Niman’s
Sunday, December 16, Sunday School Christmas Program
- 9:00 a.m. in the sanctuary, all youth
Wednesday, December 12, Youth Bells
- 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 19, Discipleship Study Group
- 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at church
Wednesday, December 19, GROUP, MYFROG
- 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 23 & 30, All Youth
- No Sunday School
Sunday, December 23 & 30, Confirmation Class
- No Confirmation Class
2018 & 2019 Committee Chairs – Keys
If you are a 2018 Committee Chair, be sure to turn in your church key to the office before the end of the year. Remember, your security code will also be discontinued at that time. All incoming Committee Chairs, remember to give Julie your security code (this is a 4 digit number you can remember) before the end of the year and to pick up your key the first week of January.
Pending Council approval, we are planning the 4th annual ski trip. MY FROG and TCC will pay for 1/2 of each skier’s expenses (lift ticket, rentals, pizza on way home). 4th and 5th graders are invited but Education Committer has not yet been asked to cover 1/2 of their expenses (TBD). Each skier to bring a sack lunch or money. Everyone is invited just please let me know OK? Myself and other adults will watch over the group. If you don’t know how to ski we will teach you! On December 27th everyone is to be at St. John’s at 7:00 AM SHARP to load the vans. Thanks, Mike Doseck.
WANTED – People between 14 and 100 that want to have fun. Male or female. Know – baseball or softball? Can you throw underhand like cornhole? You already know most of the rules and can do it. Like to laugh and have fun? Looking for an activity with friends? Try dartball! The Fort Wayne Lutheran Dartball League plays weekly October 1 to March 1. We’ll help you get started! No entry fee for new teams! Contact Rich Greener email@example.com or 437-4933. Deadline to get in this year is Sept. 15. Don’t wait too long!
2019 Committee Positions
The Elders Committee is about to start the process of gathering names and candidates for next year’s Church Council positions. If you know of a member who would make an excellent candidate, please contact Barry Gynn or Lowell Felger or the church office. We thank you in advance for your input.
Opportunities for Service
Soon we will be asking everyone to fill out Opportunities for Service sheets. We need everyone’s help on this! As a family and community of believers, we need everyone to participate! You may think I’m too old, too young, or too busy to help but everyone can do something, even if it is to volunteer to make phone calls, or pray for our congregation. If you can’t commit to a whole month of service put down what you would be available for, include your phone number and return the call when someone from the church calls!
Discipleship Study Group
The Discipleship Study Group (D.S.G.) is for those in high school on up. It is intended to be “multigenerational” so that we can build off of each other’s experiences and points of view. It is primarily focused on Bible study and discussion relating to the themes and lessons taken from the scripture, and offering life applications to help us grow as Disciples of Christ. The link to the Discipleship Study Group Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/groups/1362852013859281/They meet every other Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Next Meeting November 7th.
Funeral Information Sheet
At the time of death it is often difficult and stressful for families to gather information and to make all the decisions that need to be made. As a help to your family, you are invited to fill out the Funeral Information Sheet that is included in this newsletter and return it to the church office to be kept on file. Having this information on file may help to insure that your desires are taken into consideration in planning your funeral arrangements.
What is Discovery Group?
Discovery Group is a young adult small group focused on Bible study, relationship building, and personal growth. It’s specifically targeted towards those in their 20’s – mid 30’s, but all are welcome. Join our facebook group page, at www.facebook.com/groups/357303071299032 or contact Rob Niman for more information (ph/txt 260-443-6759 | email firstname.lastname@example.org).
How About LINK?
Link is a group for young adults of “college age” and high school seniors. Link’s focus is on helping each other stay connected to our faith through relationship building, service, and spiritual growth. Join our fa-cebook group page www.facebook.com/groups/1773200429634003
Keep Church Records Up To Date
Just a reminder, please keep your church information up to date. Let us know if you have moved, changed your phone number, e-mail address or if you have done away with your land phone line. During the winter months there may be times when services need to be canceled due to weather, if we do not have current information we are not able to relay these messages.
Women of the WNALC
Bible Study — Thursday, December 6 — 9:30 a.m.
Sewing Work Day — Tuesday, December 11 — 9:00 a.m.
Bible Study — Thursday, January 3 — 9:30 a.m.
Sewing Work Day — Tuesday, January 8 — 9:00 a.m.
St. John’s is on Facebook!
Facebook can be not only a way for our members to stay connected with what’s happening at St. John’s, it can also be a valuable outreach tool. And you can help! Just “like” and “follow” our page at St. Johns Lutheran Church of Lake Township, then when you see a new post, “like” or “share” the post to help it reach more people. This will allow others to see our service information, upcoming events, and groups. If you would like your event or group highlighted on our Facebook page, or if you have any comments or suggestions, please call Melanie Crapser.
In the back of the sanctuary, fellowship hall and in the narthex are paperback editions of the New Testament. Please take one and keep it if you need it, or give it to someone you think may want it – a neighbor, friend, co-worker, or even a stranger. This would be an easy way to share Christ’s message, love, and redeeming grace.
2019 Flower Chart
The 2019 flower chart is now in the binder in the library. Two or more families can sign up per Sunday. The cost of the flowers is $15.00 per family. You can place your donation for the flowers in the offering plate on Sunday. If you do so, please be sure to designate that in the appropriate box on your offering envelope.
7914 West Cook Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46818
260-489-5031 | email@example.com