The Third Sunday of Easter

April 19, 2015


Thanks to you, O Christ victorious! Thanks to you, O Lord of life! Death has now no power o’er us, You have conquered in the strife. Thanks because you did arise And have opened paradise! None can fully sing the glory Of the resurrection story. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 147:2)

The Third Sunday of Easter

April 19, 2015

Worship Focus: Easter brings bold confidence

Order of Worship: Service of the Word, p. 38

Hymns: 153, 160, 145, 162

God's Word

First Lesson: Acts 4:8-12

Peter boldly confesses Jesus before the Jewish ruling council. They had rejected Jesus, but God had made him the cornerstone of salvation.

Psalm 118, p. 108

Jesus has risen! Lean on him as your capstone and cornerstone.

Second Lesson: 1 John 1:1-2:2

God is light. In him is no darkness or evil at all. How can we sinners have fellowship with him? Only because of Jesus. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and as our risen Savior he is our advocate before the Father. Purified with his blood, we stand before God with the confidence of faith.

Gospel: Luke 24:36-49

Jesus assures his disciples of his resurrection so that they can boldly and confidently carry out their mission as his witnesses. He sends them out to all nations to preach repentance for the forgiveness of sins in his name.

Sermon: Luke 24:36-45

Jesus Cures Our Doubts

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of April 19, 2015

  • Wednesday
    • 3:30pm Catechism Class
  • Saturday
    • 11:00am LWMS Rally @ Immanuel, Hutchinson
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday school
    • 9:30am Youth Bible Class
    • 9:30am Bible class
    • 10:30am Divine Service

News and Notes

LWMS: Anyone interested in carpooling to the LWMS rally on Saturday (see insert), please let Pastor Bitter know.

Confirmation: Examination and confirmation will be May 3. Peyton Rohloff is the confirmand this year. May our Savior bless him as he prepares to publicly confess his faith.

Lord’s Supper: In May the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated on the second Sunday (May 10) rather than on the first Sunday due to Confirmation.

Cookbook Meeting: The ladies discussed the upcoming cookbook in their meeting on May 12. It was decided to involve the Sunday School children for the insert pages. Phyllis Joos volunteered to arrange a time to work with the children in drawing pictures for these pages.

Anyone who is interested in purchasing cookbooks can place their requests in Karen Hoffman's box. We will need an idea of a number when we reach the point of printing and binding the cookbooks.

We have received many recipes, but are still collecting more. We also want any historical information that you may have regarding your families. It does not have to be long, but we would appreciate any stories that can be shared.

Our next date has not been set, but we need helpers to help assemble the cookbook, and this meeting will take some time.

April Ushers: Chuck Nelson (capt.), Jeff Flaten, Evan Nelson, David Paul, Kevin Zeltwanger

April Cleaners: Kevin & Gloria Zeltwanger; Pastor and Mary Bitter

Today’s Greeters: Dale Kraft and David Kraft

Quarterly Meeting:

The Voters Meeting for the first quarter opened with prayer on April 12 after the service. Nine voters were present. The previous minutes were read and approved.

The voters approved the transfer of Kyle Roth back to St. John’s.

Since Clarence Lanus is retiring, the voters decided to have Mr. Hoberg mow the lawn for $40/hour. This is contingent on the proper insurance coverage and tax status being in place.

The Treasurer reported that at the end of the first quarter the General Fund had a balance of $290.18 and $1856 had been give for missions. The Improvement Fund had $2373. An additional $4000 to $5000 is needed to cover the cost of the parsonage windows.

Two whiteboards have been installed for the Sunday school teachers and the old copy machine has been disposed of. The Trustees are still working on a plate for the broken door handle, installing a water filter in the church kitchen, and items from the Hazard Identification Report from the insurance company.

The voters discussed residing the south entrance by the parking lot. It was decided to have the carpenter look at it and give an estimate when he does the parsonage windows and also to consider doing it ourselves.

The voters approved the summer schedule for one Sunday morning service at 9:00am, the same as last year.

It is our turn to arrange the joint outdoor service with St. Paul’s of Morris. Duane Hausman will look into reserving the park after we find out acceptable dates from St. Paul’s. Christian Service will be responsible for organizing the potluck.

The voters approved renewing the annual Meditation subscription. Since several of the booklets are not being picked up, we reduced the order from 18 copies down to 12 for a total cost of $173.88.

It was suggested that the communion rail be reinstalled in order to allow people to steady themselves when they come up for the Lord’s Supper. The placement and height of the rail was discussed. The issue was then tabled to allow the Trustees to look into it.

It was moved, seconded, and approved to thank Clarence Lanus for his many years of service in mowing the church lawn.

The next quarterly meeting is tentatively scheduled for July 12 after the service. The next council meeting is scheduled for May 10 after the service.

The meeting closed with the Lord’s Prayer.


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