The Second Sunday after Epiphany

January 18, 2015


Speak, O Savior; I am list’ning, As a servant to his lord. Let me show respect and honor to your holy, precious Word, That each day, my whole life through, I may serve and follow you. Let your Word e’er be my pleasure And my heart’s most precious treasure. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 283:1)

The Second Sunday after Epiphany

January 18, 2015

Worship Focus: God’s Word calls us to follow Jesus

Order of Worship: Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 26

Hymns: 94, 86, 399, 318

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion, p. 156

God's Word

First Lesson: 1 Samuel 3:1-10

Like Samuel, we want to be ready to humbly listen to and accept whatever our Lord says to us in his Word.

Psalm 67, p. 91

As God’s word is spread, his ways are made known, bringing joy to all who believe.

Second Lesson 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

We follow our Lord and serve him with our bodies, as we obey his will in regard to sex and marriage. For he has purchased us with his lifeblood. We are his servants.

Gospel: John 1:43-51

Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael to follow him.

Sermon: John 1:43-51

Recapture Genuine Joy in Jesus

  1. Separation?
  2. Contemplation

The Lord's Supper: At St. John’s we observe the biblical practice of close communion. 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.

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of January 18, 2015

  • Wednesday
    • No Catechism Class
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Class
    • 9:30am Bible Class
    • 10:30am Divine Service

News and Notes

Ski Trip: The youth ski-trip has been postponed.

Ladies Meeting: The Ladies Meeting went well last Sunday with many thoughts and ideas shared. The first project they are focusing on is a church cookbook. Please see the next note for more details.

Cookbook: Some of the St. Johns ladies are organizing a church cookbook. Some recipes have been submitted previously and do not need to be submitted again. We are asking for more recipes from those who did not originally submit any or for those who would like to submit additional recipes.

Please send by email or give individually to either Karen Hoffman or Mona Roth.

We are asking that all recipes be turned in by Feb. 15.

A meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 22, after church to organize the cookbook. All interested ladies are invited to attend. A light lunch will be served.

Parsonage Windows: The voters decided to replace the rest of the parsonage windows for a cost of about $7300. This includes material and labors for two double windows, four individual windows, and one picture window. They felt that this was a good price and would be cheaper to finish them all rather than do it piecemeal over the next several years.

There is currently about $3000 available in the Maintenance Fund and the undesignated Memorial Fund. Please consider making a special offering to help cover the remainder of the cost.

Annual Meeting: The annual voters meeting opened with prayer on January 11, 2015. The minutes were read and approved.

The reports are included in the Annual Report available in the narthex.

The trustees are working on the disposal of the old copy machine, repairing the inside door handle in the narthex, purchasing and installing two whiteboards for the Sunday school teachers, and installing sheet rock beneath the stairs to meet the insurance company’s requirements. Some more work will need to be done to stop the leaking of the narthex roof. It’s still under warranty by the company that seal coated it. In the spring the trustees will look into residing some or all of the south side of the church.

A bid of $7288.96 from Mr. Evink to replace the remainder of the parsonage windows was approved.

Justin Flaten was reelected as chairman.

The cost of a handicap ramp would be over $10,000, which is not feasible at this time.

Lawn maintenance was discussed. The trustees will look into the cost of a shed in case we purchase our own mower.

The voters moved, seconded, and passed having communion once a month. Starting in February there will no longer be communion on the third Sunday. It will be offered only on the first Sundays of the month, Ash Wednesday, and Maundy Thursday.

The bundle subscription for Forward in Christ was renewed for one year for thirty copies for $330.

The service time for midweek Lenten services, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday was set at 7:00pm. (Lent starts Feb. 18). Easter service (Apr. 5) is at 9:00am with Easter breakfast at 7:30am.

The interest ($160.36) from the Scholarship Fund was distributed to Great Plains Lutheran High School on behalf of Abigail and Caleb Bitter.

The Congregational Mission Offering (CMO) for 2015 was set at $8000.

The Lutheran Institutional Ministry Association (LIMA) offering was set at $500.

Organist’s salary was set at $3240 and an additional $100 was designated for her to spend on music as she sees fit.

The guest preacher stipend was set at $80 plus mileage with a total maximum of $200 ($80 stipend + $120 mileage).

Mileage reimbursement for pastor and guest preachers was set at $0.50/mile.

Pastor’s salary was set at $54,000 of which $3000 had already been designated as parsonage allowance. (As in 2014 the pastor is responsible for his own health insurance, since the congregation no longer provides it.)

The next quarterly voters meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 12, 2015, after the service. The next council meeting is February 8 after the service.

The meeting closed with the Lord’s Prayer.

January Ushers: Doug Nelson (capt.), Jason Brown, Collin Brown, Cody Greiner, Seth Nelson, Delroy Thielke

January Cleaners: Don & Janet Spencer, Bridget Joos

Today’s Greeter: Mary Bitter


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