End Times 1: Reformation Sunday
November 4, 2012
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. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 203:1)
Worship Focus: Reformation freedom
Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 26
Hymns: 201, 204, 377, 293
Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156
First Lesson: Jeremiah 18:1-11
It's not too late to turn from evil, reform our ways, and follow the Lord with all our heart.
Psalm 46, p. 84
Always find your refuge in the word of your God.
Second Lesson: Revelation 14:6, 7
This vision pictures God's promise that his messengers will proclaim the true Gospel throughout the world, whether that messenger is Martin Luther or you and me.
Gospel: Mark 13:5-11
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is attacked by false teachings and by persecution. But hold on to that Gospel as your life and salvation no matter what the opposition.
Catechism Student Questions:
The Lord's Supper
At St. John’s we observe the biblical practice of close communion. Communing together is an outward sign of the inner closeness of faith that seeks to agree on all that the Bible teaches. So we ask that only those commune who are confirmed members of churches which have declared fellowship with the WELS. If you have further questions, please talk with the pastor.
Finances: 1 Oct balance: -($140.23)
Oct offerings: $7329.35
Sept expenses: $5340.16
30 Sept balance: $1848.96
Sept. CMO: $1449.00; CMO YTD $6499.00;
Annual Commitment: $8000
We give thanks to our God for continuing to move your hearts both to support his work here at St. John's and around the world through our WELS mission offering. Not only is our General Fund no longer in the red but we're almost back on track to meeting our mission commitment for 2012. Thank you.
Improvement Fund: Members are encouraged to think about giving a special gift to the improvement fund. Although the insurance paid out over $12,000 toward the hail damage, that is not enough to cover all the recommended repairs. As the trustees and voters decide how best to proceed, the amount in the Improvement Fund will influence what decisions are made.
Copy Machine: The copy machine has been serving us well for over four years, making over 100,000 copies. But now it's in need of a little maintenance, since it has begun leaving lines and smudges. We bought it refurbished out of Minneapolis at a great price, but to have it serviced from that distance could be costly. If you know of a local company offering cost effective maintenance for a Konica 7020 copier, please let Pastor Bitter know.
October Ushers: Justin Flaten (capt.), Jeff Flaten, Chuck Nelson, Evan Nelson, Kevin Zeltwanger
October Cleaners: Dick & Judy Lubenow, Tom & Elaine Mohr
Today's Greeters: Jeff and Christa Flaten