The Fifth Sunday of Easter: Graduate Sunday

May 22, 2011


O Holy Trinity, To whom I all things owe, Your presence graciously Within my heart bestow. Though I am weak and lowly, I am your temple holy. My praise shall rise unending For grace so condescending. Oh, heav'nly bliss, your own to be, O Holy Trinty! (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 598:4)

The Fifth Sunday of Easter: Graduate Sunday

May 22, 2011

Worship Focus: Build on the Cornerstone

Order of Worship: Divine Service II (handout)

Hymns: 277, 145, 528, 332

God's Word

First Lesson: Acts 17:1-12

How do we build on Christ, our Cornerstone? By daily examining the Scriptures, just as the Bereans did.

Psalm 66, p. 90

When we build on the true Cornerstone, our lives become an offering of praise.

Second Lesson: 1 Peter 2:4-10

Jesus is the Cornerstone. Built on him, we become living stones to offer spiritual sacrifices pleasing to God through Jesus Christ.

Gospel: John 14:1-12

Jesus is the only way to the Father. He is the only Cornerstone.

Sermon: 1 Peter 2:4-10

The Living Stone Calls You to Be His Own

  1. His own living stones through him alone
  2. His own believing people, who hold him as most precious
  3. His own royal priests to declare his praise

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of May 22, 2011

  • Sunday -- May 22, 2011
    • 11:30am Brief VBS meeting
      Ice Cream
  • Sunday -- May 29, 2011
    • 9:00am Divine Service
  • Wednesday -- June 1, 2011
    • 7:00pm Divine Service (same as May 29)

News & Notes

Graduation: Congratulation to the class of 2011: Chanc Nack, Lauren Nelson, and Sam Roth. We thank our God for the blessings that have brought them to this milestone. We pray that he continues to work in them through his Word and keep them as his very own.

Here are their Confirmation Verses from four years ago:

Chanc Nack: “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom” (2 Timothy 4:18 NIV).

Lauren Nelson: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5, 6 NIV).

Sam Roth: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV).

Graduation Open House:

The family of Sam Roth invites the congregation to a graduation open house in the fellowship hall downstairs from noon to 3:00pm today.

VBS: All parents and anyone interested in helping plan, teach, or supervise Vacation Bible School this summer are invited to meet briefly after the service today. We would like to discuss the best time for conducting VBS this year.

Thank you: Thank you to the Sunday school teachers for another year of training the next generation the wonders of our Savior-God. Judy Lubenow (Pre-K and Kindergarten); Mackensie Rohloff (1st & 2nd grade); Gloria Zeltwanger (3rd & 4th grade); Lisa Nelson (5th & 6th grade); Bridget Joos (youth group teacher); Leah Nelson (children's music & youth group leader).

Ice Cream: Please stay for a little ice cream as we mark the last day of Sunday school. The church council is serving the ice cream as a thank you to the Sunday school teachers.

Recipes: The Ladies Society is still looking for recipes for a cookbook. Please place them in the box in the narthex or email them to Gloria:

Summer Cleaning: The Ladies Society is organizing summer cleaning for the month of August. If you cannot serve as a cleaner or have limitations, please speak with Gloria as soon as possible. (This list is different than our monthly cleaning rotation. So even if you are not on the monthly rotation, please still speak with Gloria if you are unable to help out with the summer cleaning.) Also if you would like to have a certain job, please speak with her as well.

Confirmation Robe: We discovered that one of the white confirmation robes is missing. We are not sure which year it went missing. If you have had a child confirmed in the past five years, please make sure the robe didn't get stored away some place. If you find it, please return it to the church as soon as possible

Council Notes:

After the service on May 15, 2011, the church council meeting opened with prayer. Five members were present along with Pastor Bitter. The confirmands from May 8 (Abigail Bitter and Caleb Bitter) were added as communicant members of the congregation.

The Treasurer's Report showed a balance of $2083.03 in the General Fund as of April 30. That was almost $1400 lower than at the start of April. $1771 was given to Missions in April. That brought the year-to-date total to $3030.75 for the Congregational Mission Offering. This puts us back on track for meeting our annual commitment of $8000.

The new plant stands for the Al Tonn memorial have been finished and placed in the chancel.

The insurance company has sent us a Hazard Identification Report with a list of required corrections to be completed by September 3. The Trustees will be working on that. The council noted the ungoing need to replace the parsonage windows as funds become available. If anyone would like to make a special donation toward the windows, they may talk to the Treasurer, Gerald Hoffman.

The Council asked Bonnie Hausmann to reserve a date at the Pomme de Terre Park for the joint outdoor service with St. Paul's. The only date that worked for both congregations and was still open was August 21.

The Council authorized reimbursing Pastor Andrus $140 for a portion of the mileage to Pastor's Conference in Cedar Rapids, IA, since Pastor Bitter drove with him.

The Council authorized the cleaning out of the storage areas and library of items that are no longer used. Items that will be discarded will be placed on a table in the narthex for a short time in case anyone wants to take them home.

To recognize the last day of Sunday school, the Council plans to serve ice cream after service on May 22.

The Council authorized summer Bible class. On non-communion Sundays the service will be shortened and a short Bible class will be added at the end. He total time of service and Bible class together will not be more than an hour. At the close of the service, we will begin the Bible class without dismissing people. If anyone does need to leave, they are welcome to do so.

The next council meeting is set for June 12, 2011, after the service. The meeting closed with the Lord's Prayer.

Council Members: Don Spencer (Chairman); Doug Nelson (Secretary); Gerald Hoffman (Treasurer); Elders: David Paul, Dick Lubenow; Trustees: Dick Smith, Duane Hausmann.

May ushers: Dick Smith (capt.), Justin Flaten, Dick Lubenow, Chad Rohloff, Sam Roth

May cleaners: Deroy & Jane Theilke; Jolene Greiner, Jiana Thielke

Today's Greeter: John & Michelle Hickmann


St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
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Hancock, MN 56244
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