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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Sunday Night L.I.T.E.
January 6th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Love. Inspire. Testify. Enlighten.
People of all ages are invited to participate in Sunday Night L.I.T.E. at the church next Sunday January 6th. Sing a song, read a poem, show your art, or share a special story of God working in your life. Whatever it is God has given you to glorify Him and bring joy to others; we want you to share it. If you have not yet been to one of these inspirational, gatherings join us and bring a friend. Refreshments and fellowship from 7:30-8:00 p. If you would like to share that evening contact Rob Niman to let him know.
Polar Blast Winter VBS
Sled into an icy way to spend the weekend. At Polar Blast, kids chill with new friends and warm up to Jesus—the coolest friend of all. Open to ALL children age 4-5th grade! Bring your friends!
Friday, January 11, 6:00-8:30 PM, Saturday, January 12, 1:00-3:30 PM, Sunday, January 13, 9:00 AM. Registration forms in the Narthex, we could still use helpers! We will have a work night January 4 to set up for VBS many hands make light work 7:00.
MYFROG Ice Skating
MY FROG Sunday January 20 after confirmation class, pick up at church at 4:00 ice-skating @ Headwaters Park bring $5. Drivers needed.
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.
Installation of Officers
All persons who will be on the Church Council in 2019, plus others elected at the December Congregational Meeting will be installed during Sunday Services on January 13. All out-going Council members will also be recognized at that time. Please e-mail the church office with which service you will be attending and if you cannot be present for this, please contact Pr. Barnes.
These 3 positions need filled: Worship vice-chair; Stewardship vice-chair and Outreach vice-chair. Please contact Tammy Kuehnert or Barry Gynn if you have questions or you think you may be interested. Pray about it maybe God is putting one of these committees on your heart.
Youth/Young Adult Director
We are seeking all those interested in filling the Youth/Young Adult Director position to send a resume to the church office or contact Barry Gynn at 260-750-0701. The responsibilities include work with high school, post-high and young adults, create Bible studies, fellowship activities and service opportunities.
Bring Your Own Bible (to church!)
This January the Outreach Committee asks that everyone brings their own Bible to services and activities. Having a habit of opening your Bible is so important to us as Believers and we want to encourage this habit as a new year begins. Why should we read the Bible?
We should read and study the Bible because it is God’s Word to us. The Bible is literally “God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). In other words, it is God’s very words to us. There are so many questions that philosophers have asked that God answers for us in Scripture. What is the purpose to life? Where did I come from? Is there life after death? How do I get to heaven? Why is the world full of evil? Why do I struggle to do good? In addition to these “big” questions, the Bible gives much practical advice in everyday areas of our life. Bringing your Bible to church can also give you a new perspective on a passage when read in a different version. Extra time will be given during service before each lesson is read.
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!
January Youth Events
Sunday, Jan. 13, 20, 27 Confirmation / H2H – MYFROG
- 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 6, Sunday Night L.I.T.E.
- 6:00 –8:00 p.m. TCC & Young Adult
Wednesday, January 9, Youth Leadership Council, TCC
- 6:00-6:30 p.m. at Church
Wednesday, January 9, GROUP, TCC & MYFROG
- 6:30–8:00 p.m. at Church
Friday, January 11, Polar Blast – Winter VBS, Age 4-5th grade
- 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Church
Sat., January 12, Polar Blast – Winter VBS, Age 4-5th grade
- 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. at Church
Sunday, January 13, Polar Blast – Winter VBS Program
- 9:00 a.m. at Church
Wednesday, January 16, Discipleship Study Group, D.S.G.
- 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Church
Wednesday, January 16 GROUP, MYFROG
- 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, January 18, Discovery Group
- 6:00–8:00 p.m. at Nathan & Sarah Kuehnert’s
Sunday, January 20, Link Lunch
- 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 20, Ice Skating, MYFROG
- 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Headwaters Park, bring $5, drivers needed
Wednesday, January 23, GROUP, TCC & MYFROG
- 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 27, Annual Meeting
- No Sunday School
Wednesday, January 30, Discipleship Study Group
- 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at church
Wednesday, January 30, GROUP, MYFROG
2019 Offering Envelopes
2019 Offering envelopes are available today to pick up on the table in the narthex. Pick yours up today so that you are ready for the new year.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
2019 Everlasting Word Calendars
Sheets & Childs Funeral Home has again graciously provided us with complimentary 2019 calendars. These calendars have the churches name, service times and other pertinent information on the bottom. Please take one for your home or workplace and take a few to share with friends you would like to invite to church. Use these great outreach tools to grow God’s family.
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 email@example.com).
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, January 3 — 9:30 a.m.
Sewing Work Day — Tuesday, January 8 — 9:00 a.m.
Bible Study — Thursday, February 7— 9:30 a.m.
Sewing Work Day — Tuesday, February 12 — 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
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