The Second Sunday after Pentecost

May 25, 2008


Lord, keep us steadfast in your Word;

Curb those who by deceit or sword

Would seek to overthrow your Son

And to destroy what he has done.

(CW 203:1)

The Second Sunday after Pentecost

May 25, 2008

Focus: Stand firm on the foundation of God's Word

Order of Worship: Service of the Word p. 38

Hymns: 619, 386, 416, 382

God's Word

First Lesson Deuteronomy 11:18-21, 26-28

Keep God's Word always before you. Pass it on to the next generation. For his Word brings us blessings. His Word is the only firm foundation.

Psalm 78, p. 95

From generation to generation speak God's Word

Second Lesson Romans 3:21-25, 27, 28

Here is the heart and core of what God's Word reveals to save us: God has freely justified sinners through the blood of his Son, Jesus Christ.

Gospel Matthew 7:15-29

These are the closing words from the Sermon on the Mount. Stay away from false teachers. Rather hear the words of Jesus and put them into practice. That's building on the rock-solid foundation.

There will be no Wed. service on June 4 & 11due to VBS and the MN District Convention

Matthew 7:15-29

Sand or Bedrock? What Are You Building on?

  1. Beware of false fruit
    1. What are false prophets and why are they dangerous?
    2. How do you recognize them?
  2. Believe in the firm foundation
    1. What does it mean to do the Father's will and put Jesus' words into practice?
    2. On what foundation is your faith built?

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of May 25, 2008

  • Wednesday
    • 7:00pm Worship (Same service as today)
  • Sunday
    • 9:30am Worship

News and Notes

VBS: Vacation Bible School is from Sunday, June 1, to Thursday, June 5, from 6:30 to 8:30pm for ages 3 through those entering sixth grade.

The theme, Jesus Plants His Word in You, is centered around farming. Like last year, we'll be showing Bible story videos for the lessons. We need volunteers to help with worksheets, crafts, music, snacks, activities. Since we are putting this together ourselves, if you have any ideas for artwork, promotion, skits, activities, crafts, etc., or have skills to share, please talk with pastor. Sign up in the narthex if you are interested.

VBS Snacks: If you can provide snacks for about thirty people for one of the nights of VBS, please sign up in the narthex. Snack time is 7:30pm.

News and Notes (cont.)

Family Fellowship Show: The Youth Group is hosting the “Family Fellowship Show” on Sunday, June 8 immediately following the worship service. Please contact Leah Nelson as soon as possible if you would be willing to share your God given talent (i.e. playing piano or an instrument; poetry reading; story telling; singing; telling clean, tasteful jokes etc.) We also welcome you to showcase your artwork in the narthex. Ice cream sundaes will be served following the show. Please join us!

Spring Cleaning: Spring cleaning will be from June 6 until the end of the month. If you aren't able to be on the cleaning list or would like a particular job, please contact Gloria Zeltwanger (392-5985) as soon as possible.

After Church Social: If you would like to serve refreshments after worship, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex. It's up to you to decide what you want to serve (for example: cookies or rolls or donuts, etc; coffee or juice or water, etc.) and whether you want to serve in the narthex or in the basement. You might want to sign up with a friend and divide the work (one providing the food and another serving it; or both sharing in providing and serving). It's all meant to be light and informal, a time to relax.

The freewill offering will go New Beginnings - A Home for Mothers with supplemental funds requested from Thrivent. New Beginnings is a Christ-centered home for single mothers and is affiliated with Christian Life Resources and the WELS.

Council Notes: The council opened the May 19 meeting with a Bible study on Luke 10. Membership changes for April were three youth confirmands (Shae Brown, Tara Flaten, Bryce Wilson) on April 27 and one death (Leonard Schaefer - April 14).

Reports: Pastor reported that April worship average was 84. He made one hospital visit and one home visit. He had one funeral and burial. He conducted youth examination and confirmation. Bible classes were held on Sunday morning (God of the Covenant) and Wednesday evening (Creeds and Confessions). The treasurers report showed the General Fund balance at the end of April at $3,134.50 and $3,611.50 had been sent to the WELS. Trustees talked about the need for some painting on the church.

New Business:

1) The council discussed a list of memorials for the Leonard Schaefer family to chose from. The approved list was: a portable musical keyboard; accompaniment edition & CD for the new hymnal supplement; electronic pew edition and one year license for the new hymnal supplement; interface to print directly from the computer to the copier; donation towards the replacement of the parsonage windows.

2) Duane Hausmann would look into reserving Pomme de Terre Park on September 7 for a joint outdoor service with St. Paul's.

3) We will work with St. Paul's in a fair booth at the Stevens County fair. Our portion of the cost is $60.

4) Pastor will be gone on June 29 for his father's 40th anniversary in the ministry. Andrew DeGier will be preaching here at 10:30am that day. (He is preaching at St. Paul's in Morris at 9:00am.) Andrew is from La Crosse, WI. He is the great-grandson of Pete & Ella DeGier. He has completed his second year at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary and has been assigned as a vicar to Beautiful Savior, Cincinnati, OH. The Wednesday service on July 2 will be canceled.

5) On June 29 the Ladies' Society will sponsor a lunch after 10:30 worship. The freewill offering with supplemental funds from Thrivent will be used to help defray Leah Nelson's cost in attending the WELS National Conference on Music, Worship, and Arts.

Next council meeting will be June 16 at 8:00pm.

May Ushers: Kerry Roth (capt.), Justin Flaten, David Osterman, Chad Rohloff, Dean Rohloff, Kevin Zeltwanger

May Cleaners: Duane & Bonnie Hausmann, Dennis & Karen Schroeder

June 1 Greeters: Dean & Moni Rohloff


St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
859 5th Street
Hancock, MN 56244
(320) 392-5313