The Ascension of Our Lord - Graduate Sunday
May 16, 2010
Jesus, lead us on
Till our rest is won;
And although the way be cheerless,
We will follow, calm and fearless.
Guide us by your hand
To our fatherland. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 422:1)
Worship Focus: Jesus Leads Us Heavenward
Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15
Hymns: 341, 34 (LAPPY), 171, 332
First Lesson: Acts 1:1-11
The events of Jesus' ascension assure us that he has completed his mission on earth, his mission to pay for our sins. Now he leaves us with a mission: to be his witnesses. Carry out that mission boldly, for Jesus is coming again to take us to be with him in heaven.
Psalm 47, p. 85
Praise to our ascended King!
Second Lesson: Ephesians 1:16-23
Take heart through the dreary wildernesses of life. For your ascended Lord reigns over all things for the good of you his people, his Church. All power belongs to him.
Gospel: Luke 24:44-53
The risen Jesus instructs his disciples before his ascension.
At St. John’s we observe the biblical practice of “close communion,” since the Bible teaches that communing together is an outward sign of the inner closeness of faith that seeks to agree in all that the Bible teaches. Therefore, we ask that only those commune who are confirmed members of our church body and of those churches which have declared fellowship with the WELS. If you have further questions about this, please talk with the pastor.
Graduate Sunday: Our high school seniors this year are Ryan Flaten, Kelsey Jepma, and Cory Schroeder. We give thanks to our Savior for bringing them to this point in life and pray for him to continue to lead them.
Kelsey Jepma invites you to celebrate her graduation at her home on Saturday, May 22, from 2:00 to 5:00pm. 520 2nd St., Hancock.
Cory Schroeder invites you to celebrate his graduation at his home on Saturday, May 22, from 1:00 to 5:00pm. 375 Hancock Ave., Hancock.
Vacation Bible School: Round up your friends and neighbors and bring them to the Circle J Ranch. Vacation Bible School this year will be from Tuesday, June 1, to Friday, June 4, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, for ages 3 to those entering 6th grade.
We're looking for ranch hands to help with teaching, music, crafts, and activities. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex if you're available for one or more days.
If you'd like to whip up some grub for the children to snack on, there's a sign up sheet as well.
Finally, if anyone has a ranch-related idea or a demonstration they could share on one of the nights, please talk to Pastor.
Church Council Notes: The church council met on May 10 with three members present. We opened with prayer and a Bible study on Romans 13, noting that one way God protects our bodies is through the law and order the government enforces.
We're still looking for a delegate for the MN District Convention in New Ulm, June 14-17. One of the council members is seeing if his schedule allows him to attend.
The Pastor's report is available in the narthex. The Elders had recently discussed several of the members who had not attended recently. The Treasurer's report showed a deficit of $-316.28 in the General Fund. There was discussion that we cannot dig ourselves too far into debt without planning significant changes in the ministry here at St. John's. The council felt that our own members do have the resources to support our congregation and pastor. So we need to keep the members informed and encourage each other in supporting the Lord's work here at St. John's.
The Trustees reported the following projects finished: Motion sensor for the inside light by the back church door installed, gutters on the parsonage replaced, outside basline finishing along south side of the church completed, light switch installed in parsonage upstairs bathroom. In the near future the outside cross above the entrance will be repainted and whatever repair work the flat roof needs will be done.
Under new business, Barry Nelson agreed to organize refreshments for after church on May 23 to recognize the last day of Sunday school and thank the teachers.
Pastor Bitter introduced the WELS Shepherd Plan Solution. This is a 403b retirement plan that would allow him to save for retirement at a tax advantage (somewhat similar to a 401K). In order for him to participate, the congregation must sign on, but it would not cost the congregation extra. The council did not make a decision at that time. If you want more information, please talk with Pastor.
The next council meeting will be Sunday June 13 at 10:00am after divine service. The meeting adjourned with the Lord's Prayer.
Schedule Change: In two weeks, starting May 30, we move to the summer schedule. Divine service is at 9:00am. Due to VBS there will be no Wednesday service that week. The first Wednesday service will be June 9 at 7:00pm. Be sure to watch the calander, since there may be other times the Wednesday service is cancelled if Pastor has to be out of town.
Ladies' Society Notes: The Ladies' Society met on May 12 at West Central Christian Homes with Norma Osterman hosting. Four ladies attended. We opened with prayer and Bible study on the Sixth Commandment, noting how God protects his gift of marriage.
The ladies were pleased with the new banners that had been made for the Pentecost Season. Having a bake sale or other fund raising activity was discussed. But it was decided that the Ladies' Society funds were sufficient at this time. Spring cleaning was set for the month of June after VBS has finished.
May ushers: Dick Smith (capt.), Justin Flaten, Dick Lubenow, Chad Rohloff, Sam Roth
May cleaners: Delroy & Jane Theilke; Jolene Greiner, Jiana Thielke
Today's Greeter: Allowesse Becker