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  1. 1. S t . J o h n Lut h e r a n Chur c h May 2010 Newsletter As a community of believers in Jesus Christ, inspired by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, the mission of St. John Lutheran Church is to: Worship, Witness, Learn, Serve and Support AFFIRMATION OF BAPTSIM RITE OF CONFIRMATION Sunday, May 16th 10:30 am Worship Service The following 11 young people have completed their studies and will become confirmed members of St. John Lutheran Church: Brandon Bachar Kaden Rohr Alex Baldwin Cassidy Ruggels Taylor Barlow Taten Tanner Krug Schlochtermeier Haley Michel Devin Thomas Chantel Rainey Preston Weigel
  2. 2. At St. John, we will shortly be raising the Pastoral issue about money and values. It will not, I repeat, will not be in the context of “giving Perceptions for more”. The opportunities will emphasize becoming more comfortable about talking May 2010 about money with family members, hearing stories, and learning how money by Pastor Roger Dennis communicates values. If a person is receiving 5,000 messages a day saying Several people from St. John recently spend here and now, where is the voice that attended an overnight event entitled says, “It is okay to spend, but know why you “Toward Financial Sanity” led by Nathan are spending and what are the Dungan. It provided some training and a consequences?” Where is the voice that program by the same name that will be says saving and sharing are important too? made available in the fall. A small group of people are going to “test” Money is the number one cause for a the course before it is offered to the people marriage to lead to divorce in our country. of St. John. If you and your family are The recent economic crisis revealed how interested (children middle school and older little is known about money, money is one of are very welcome) in being a part of this test the leading issues of conflict between group, then let me know. This is open to parents and children. Even those willing to people middle school and older. The cost talk about money often ask the question, will be $20 a person with middle school and “How can I start the conversation? Where high school youth free if a family member is can I learn to talk about money with my involved. As they say in the commercials, children or with my family?” there will be a limit to this first group. If you People are bombarded by more than have questions, ask! 5,000 messages a day saying “Spend more” or “You are not right unless you are like Mike”. How can you be like Mike? Buy our product! A two year old can recognize 50 Mother’s Morning name brand images, according to a recent study. No wonder parents have a difficult Out time when they go shopping with a child. It is estimated the number of these messages On Tuesday, May 11th, from 10:00 – 11:00 that say spend, spend, spend will increase am, St. John will be hosting a time for moms dramatically over the next few years. Who to come together for fellowship. We are is in control? currently in need of people that would be I have heard people say, “All the church willing to provide childcare during this time. ever does is talk about money.” If you would be willing to help, or would like Unfortunately, I agree to some extent. We more information, please contact Teresa at should be talking about money as a 785-324-1570 or lukeandteresa@gmail.com. reflection of our values and our faith instead All mothers are welcome to attend, of “give more.” I know many churches that regardless of the age of your children! do not even want their preachers ever talking about money, even though Jesus spoke about money often.
  3. 3. Children’s Busy busy bags to be available to children each Sunday. We will be asking for donations of things to fill these bags, as well as people to Bags help both make and maintain them. Please look for the list of items needed outside of In order to make church more fun for our the church office. youngest attendees, we would like to make that this process will go both quickly and From Our smoothly, but we should not discount the reality that good things sometimes take time! Vicar I want to thank you all for the tremendous role you have played in my formation as a Internship has flown by! I can hardly pastoral leader. I would not be entering believe that my time with you all will be these final steps of the process with such coming to an end in the middle of June. joy and excitement were it not for the As this date gets closer, many people encouragement, support, learning, and have asked what I will be doing next. constructive critique I have received from Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple or short you. As you uplifted me in prayer during answer, but I’d like to briefly explain the our ministry in this place, I invite your next steps in my journey. prayers as the Holy Spirit leads me in a As I already have my Master of Divinity new direction. degree, I will not be returning to Wartburg Seminary as a student. Instead, my focus will be on receiving the “green light” to be ordained by the various organizations that Church Office have overseen my formation as a pastoral leader. First, I must be given the go ahead by Wartburg. Achieving that requires some to be Closed Due to a new air conditioner being extensive writing and interviews. I must installed in the Church office, the office will also be approved by my Candidacy be closed on Monday, May 3rd, to allow for Committee. That process involves (you the installation. Pastor Dennis and Vicar guessed it!) more writing and interviews. Stephanie will be in their offices at various Provided both groups agree that I am ready times throughout the day. The answering for ordained ministry, I will be included in machine will also be on. However, if an the Fall Assignment that will occur when emergency arises on this day, please the Bishops meet in late September. After contact Pastor Dennis directly at being assigned to a region of the country, I 785-445-8065. will work with the local Bishop’s Office to start finding a match for First Call. Once I have a call, then I will be ordained. While all of this takes place, my mother has graciously offered to allow me to move Fellowship back home to Orion, Illinois. My plan in the interim is to take a break this summer, but come fall I will look for temporary Hour employment to help make ends meet while We would like to begin offering a the Holy Spirit is at work. We always hope fellowship time between services on
  4. 4. Sunday mornings. This will happen weekly, starting in June, and people are needed to volunteer to help set-up and take down. This will be done on a rotation, just like greeting and ushering, so nobody will have to do it every week. If you would be willing to help, please let the Church office know. Important Dates: May 9th – Last day of Sunday School (see you in September!!!) May 16th – Confirmation during 10:30 am Worship July 12th-16th – Vacation Bible School July 18th – Vacation Bible School program HIGH SEAS EXPEDITION, under the direction of Sarah Rhodes, will be the theme for this year’s Vacation Bible School. A couple of changes are being made to the traditional Vacation Bible School program this year. First, VBS will be held Monday, July 12th thru Friday, July 16th, with the closing program during the 10:30 am worship service on Sunday, July 18th. Secondly, VBS will be geared towards those youth who are entering Kindergarten in 2010 through those who just completed the 5th Grade. Donations will be needed for crafts, decorations and food. Please stay tuned to your weekly worship bulletins as well as your June newsletter for the list of needed donations. If you have assisted with Vacation Bible School in the past and wish to continue or would like to become involved, please contact Sarah at 785-324-2489 and leave a message if no answer or contact the church office. Nursery/Pre- School will be available for those volunteers assisting with VBS. Pre- registration is now being accepted. You may fill out the form found in this newsletter or contact the Church office to register your child or grandchild. Please watch your weekly bulletins and monthly newsletter for additional information. SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION: Applications for the Mai Family Scholarship and the Earlin Nuss Memorial Scholarship are now being accepted for the 2010 – 2011 school year.
  5. 5. Awards will be presented to those students who are in good standing at St. John. The application should be turned into the church office by July 1. An award presentation will be made at the 10:30 service on Sunday, July 25. The recipients or a representative must be in attendance at this service to receive the award. Applications can be picked up in the church office. Our Parish WORSHIP ATTENDANCE: Records OFFERINGS: Date 6:00 8:15 10:30 Total April 1 – Maundy Thursday $870.90 April 4 119 225 217 561 April 2 – Good Friday $634.00 April 11 71 50 106 227 April 4 $8,773.00 April 18 80 62 110 252 April 11 $3,547.14 April 25 49 49 124 222 April 18 $3,358.00 April 25 $4,347.00 Simply Giving $605.00 SUNDAY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE: Date Teachers Students Visitors Total ACTUAL INCOME/EXPENSES THRU April 4 13 43 -0- 56 MARCH 31ST April 11 14 54 2 70 Income...............................$67,300.37 April 18 12 47 6 65 Expenses............................$80,197.15 April 25 11 46 -0- 57 ($12,896.78) Upcoming major expenses: LENTEN WORSHIP: New Office Air Conditioning Unit Service Attendance Replacement of boiler water valves Maundy Thursday 118 Good Friday 80 SUNDAY SCHOOL OFFERINGS: Much appreciation to Date April 4 Offerings $24.91 everyone for assisting April 11 April 18 $31.11 $27.00 April 25 $22.50 with our mission!! “My Mother’s Garden” A mother is a gardener, Planting the seeds Of faith, truth and love That develop into the fairest flowers Of character, virtue and happiness
  6. 6. In the lives of her children. Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 9, 2010 Men’s Breakfast New Pictorial Directory Saturday, May 1, 2010 Pictures will be taken again during the 8:30 am month of May for the new Pictorial Directory. The May picture dates with Meridy’s Restaurant times in parenthesis are Sunday, May 2nd All St. John Lutheran Men (between services), Wednesday, May 5th are invited to attend. This is (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm), Thursday, May 6th a great time of fellowship (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm) and Saturday, May 8th for all men in the church. (4:00 pm – 5:30 pm). Pictures will be taken in the Sanctuary on the Sunday and Thursday dates and in the Chapel for the Summer Music Wednesday and Saturday dates. If you find after May 8th you missed getting your As the Choirs take the summer off, we picture taken for the new directory and you would like to be able to continue offering wish to have it included, please contact the special music to our worship services. We Church office at 785-483-5358. will accept any individual, duet, trio or The directory is being printed in house group that would be willing to share their and will be available for a nominal talents with our church members. Please donation. The pictures are being taken contact the Church office or Blaine Maier with a digital camera and will be e-mailed to reserve your date. as an e-mail attachment or provided on disc for the recipient to do with as they wish. Back-to-School Giveaway The time for spring cleaning is almost up! But before you throw out the rest of your outgrown clothes, remember that the Senior High Youth Group can use them! That’s right! This year the Youth Group will be having a “back-to-school giveaway” where those in need can come and replenish their wardrobe for a brand new Many congratulations to Vernon Maier year. This is a non-profit project and as he is the recipient of the April “Green clothes and supplies will be given to all Reward” drawing. Vernon’s name was who come at no cost! This project will only entered as he notified the office of doing work if you donate your gently used something green. During the month of clothing, shoes, etc and/or money now! May, if you do any of the items listed in this Youth through teen-sized clothing month’s “Going Green” column or continue will be accepted! something green, contact the office to get Thank you & your name in the drawing. The deadline to God Bless, receive your name into the “Green Peyton Weiss Rewards” drawing is the 20th of each month
  7. 7. as the name is drawn at the beginning of the work day on the 21st. Agape Choir May 5 – Practice at 8:00 pm Attention: Agape Choir May 12 – Practice at 8:00 pm Please return your packets to Ruth May 16 – Sing during the 10:30 am Worship or the Music Room as soon as possible after May 16th!!!! Thank St. John Ringers (Bell Choir) you for a wonderful year!!!! I am already looking forward to next May 5 – 6:45 pm practice year!!!! May 12 – 6:45 pm practice May 16 – Play during 10:30 am Worship Attention: Musicians Thank you to each and every one of you who have participated in some way during our worship services. Your talents are a treasure from God and are much appreciated. Keep up the hard work! Comings and Goings: follow the 10:30 am Godspeed service on Sunday, June 13th. Please bring either a Matters Pertaining salad or a dessert, as the meat, drinks, and table service will be provided. This to Vicars weekend will be the time for congregational members to provide cards, When St. John decided to enter into the best wishes, and cash offerings to express internship program in 2008, St. John appreciation for her work here and to became a teaching parish. The year of support her as she finalizes her candidacy internship is important in developing future requirements. pastors for the Lutheran Church. Yet, it is In July, St. John will welcome Vicar a time of learning for the congregation as it Andrew Kayes and his wife, Robyn. As is a time of learning and discernment for with previous years, we will invite people to the assigned intern. bring a “pound” of canned goods and Two of the joys are meeting these staples to restock the vicarage. Pastor is future pastors and developing seeking people who would like to serve on relationships. One of the sorrows is the advisory committee for the new vicar. having to say good-bye as the year comes A new committee is sought so that we can to an end. Please mark your calendars for plan for both the Godspeed and the June 12th and 13th as this is the weekend welcoming of our interns. If you would be that St. John will have a Godspeed service interested in serving on the intern at each worship service for Vicar supervision committee, please contact Stephanie Wherry. A potluck dinner will Pastor or the Church office.
  8. 8. Dear St. John Members, I want to start this month’s column with kudos to several of our members. It has been very exciting for me recently to hear back from some who are doing the “green thing” in their own way and sharing with me. I feel like this is becoming more of a dialogue than a monologue and it’s great to get that feedback. Several weeks ago, Carol Bennett talked to me about their use of rain barrels – something I was not acquainted with. She is also a consistent recycler, as is Marlene Krug. Irene Coffeen mentioned reading and using ideas I have offered, and Diane Waymaster says she is going to give the plant food recipe a try. Meanwhile, Kay Homewood just did a lot of home improvements, including new windows and appliances, and was intentional in finding energy efficient additions. Pat Radke entertained us for a barbecue and there were no paper products on her table. Instead, there were REAL plates and CLOTH napkins. Also, Sarah Rhodes had a great idea with the prom dress project. I’m sure these young ladies and their families were excited to save the money and still have a great look for the occasion. Way to go, everyone! And if you want to talk about green, get with Sheryl Krug! She has given me a tour of the new business in Russell called Encore. This place was built with serious consideration to ecology. She can even show you the materials the walls are made of, and I guarantee they are earth-friendly. Their recycling efforts are also really impressive. Plus, they are selling many items from Kansas merchants and fair trade markets, and the antique part certainly is testimony to the Reuse tenet of the three R’s. So looking ahead, please let me know if you are on to something green, either when you see me at church or by e-mailing me at njpiatt@ruraltel.net. We can make it our mission to share ideas and success stories. I am happy to report that my husband is becoming greener all the time. He has become a willing partner in the recycling efforts at our house and is on the lookout for ideas for me to write about, including this month’s suggestions. While online recently, he found an article about consumers’ use of detergent. Since reading it and trying the suggestions, I have found several more articles on the same subject. The more I see something written about, the more credibility I am apt to give it. So here goes: did you know that according to an appliance repairman/turned author most people us 10 – 15 times the amount of detergent needed in both washing machines and dishwashers? I had never thought about it. Our appliances today are designed to use less water and most detergents are more concentrated and so, we should adjust accordingly. This man, Vernon Schmidt, asserts that depending on how hard or soft your water is 1/8 to 1/2 of what is recommended is adequate. He also maintains that for most laundry and dishwasher loads, the shortest cycle is efficient. I have experimented with my dishwasher using the china cycle and my dishes come out great. Likewise with our new washing machine, I almost always use the gentle cycle, which is 33 minutes compared to the standard 47-minute cycle. I’m still very satisfied with the results. Over the long haul, those saved minutes can definitely make a difference, especially if lots of us are conserving together! That’s it for now. Again, thank you for reading and sharing and doing your part. God’s blessings to each of you. -- Nancy Piatt
  9. 9. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Pre-Registration Card (one child per card, please) July 12th – 16th Supper – 5:30 pm VBS – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm STUDENT’S NAME ______________________________________________________________________ Birth date ____________________________________________________ (month/day/year) 2010 Entering School Grade: Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade (Circle One) 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade Are you planning to attend the Closing Program Sunday, July 18th at 10:30 am? Yes _____ No ______ My Child will eat at Bible School all five evenings for $3.00: Yes ____ No ____ $3.00 paid ____ T-Shirt Size (please circle) Small Medium Large X-Large $7.00 paid ____ Known food allergies or medical concerns _____________________________________________________ Parent or Guardian _______________________________________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________________________________________ Home Phone # _______________ Work Phone # _______________ Emergency Phone # _______________ Parent’s Church affiliation _________________________________________________________________ VBS would not happen without the help of many volunteers. Please mark one of the following about helping with Vacation Bible School and return to the Church office. This will help the director when making telephone calls in asking for help. _____ Yes, I would like to volunteer to help during the week of Vacation Bible School (July 12th – 16th) _____ Nursery / Preschool provided for children of volunteers _____ Yes, I would be happy to supply some needed supplies (food or craft) for VBS _____ Yes, I would like to help but am unable to during the week of Vacation Bible School _____ No, I do not want to volunteer or provide any supplies for Vacation Bible School NAME ______________________________________________________________________________ TELEPHONE NUMBER _______________________________________________________________
  10. 10. ST JOHN WOMEN OF THE ELCA “SERVING GOD AND OTHERS” Martha Circle Priscilla Circle May 6, 2010 at 9:00 am May 12, 2010 at 7:00 pm Hostess: Betty Boxberger & Janice Stoppel Hostess: Doris Keller Leader: Jean Mai Leader: Vicar Stephanie Wherry Mary Circle Women in Fellowship May 6, 2010 at 1:30 pm Cinco de Mayo Prep Fiesta – May 1, 2010 Hostess: Lee Lundy 6:00 pm at the Dennis home, 505 N Brooks Leader: Hilda Dietz Please bring a Mexican theme food item; Margaritas will be provided Looking Ahead . . . The Central States Synodical Women of the ELCA will hold their 23rd annual convention July 23 – 25, 2010 in conjunction with the Arkansas – Oklahoma Women of the ELCA annual convention at the Lodge of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri. Delegates are needed to represent the St. John Lutheran Church Women of the ELCA. If you are interested, please contact Judy Holmes, 483-2551, or Susan Krug, 483-3317, for more information. Registrations need to returned by June 1, 2010. The Post Rock I-E Cluster of the Women of the ELCA, met at First Lutheran Church, Dorrance on Sunday afternoon, April 18, 2010 for their spring meeting Theme for the meeting was “Listen to the Whispers”. Carla Soukup, Coordinator of the WELCA of Dorrance gave the welcome. She shared that the angels that graced the serving tables were from a collection of a member that is suffering from colon cancer. Opening devotions were given by Susie Borgstrom. She also gave the Central States Synod report. The Central States Convention will be held in Branson, Missouri July 23 – 25, 2010. The Dorrance Church Choir sang “Whispering Hope.” Sharon Ringler, Sylan Grove, gave an interesting and inspiritual talk. She was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2007, but is now cancer free. She wants to help people learn to listen to the whispers as the angels speak. In-kind gifts were brought to give to the Family Connection in Ellsworth. They are a support group that serves the needs of visiting families of inmates at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility. The monetary offering went to the CAT Store in Wilson, a non- profit “Thrift Shop.” Kathy Ahlvers, Cluster coordinator, presided over the business meeting. Peace Lutheran Church women will make the basket that will be auctioned at the convention. Proceeds will go to the Barbara Nelson Foundation fund. Closing devotions were given by the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Hoisington who also extended the invitation to host the Fall Cluster Meeting on October 3, 2010. A delightful dessert was served to the seventy-three in attendance. Fourteen members of St. John Lutheran, Russell, attended.
  11. 11. The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a thriving ministry of St. John Lutheran Church. They appreciate any and all monetary donations no matter the amount. Donations may continue to be given through the church office with Prayer Shawl Ministry either in the payable to line or in the memo section. With the continual increase in the number of those needing prayers, the number of shawls keeps growing and a number of thank yous keep coming in. The committee has opted to list the names of those sending written and/or verbalized thank yous as many notes were personalized and due to space constraints this format was decided upon. Each recipient has immediately felt God’s loving presence upon being wrapped in the shawl and greatly appreciates the knitters/crocheters efforts. Brad Krug Mary Betts Maybelline Karst Craig & Joy Dassow Lhea Stilla Harold Beck Ann & Alex Dreher Agatha Hammersmith Dear St. John, I would like to thank everyone that Thank you so much for your generous helped make the Lenten Luncheon a donation, you all help sustain our success. There are too many of you to ministry here at KU. Also, thanks for name individually, but your time and effort being part of the March Madness meant a great deal to not only me, but tradition in raising this money. Sadly, also those who fellowshipped with us that the Hawks have seen better days. day. You are truly a blessing to this HAHA. congregation! Sincere thanks, --Teresa Brandenburg Lutheran Campus Ministry University of Kansas The Senior High Youth would like to thank everyone who attended and helped provide the Easter breakfast through both donations and assistance. They would also like to thank all of those who purchased cookie dough. As of the newsletter deadline there was still another week left to sell, so details on the amount we were able to provide for Haiti are not yet known. We will provide this information in next month’s newsletter. Your generosity is such a witness to the youth, and so very much appreciated! Thank you, Connie, Regis & Senior High Youth
  12. 12. For Hospitalized and Prayer Concerns – Please contact the Church office If you are unable to attend, greetings may March Madness be sent to him at 8701 North Riverton Road, The University of Kansas not only did not Nickerson, KS 67561. win the National Championship but came in a distant 3rd place finish in the St. John Lutheran’s version of “March Madness.” A lot of fun was had during our “March Relay for Life Madness” in supporting the Campus Ministries of the University of Kansas, June 11 – 12, 2010 Kansas State University and Bethany The Russell County Relay for Life will be College. St. John’s version of “March held June 11 – 12, 2010. St. John Lutheran Madness” will continue next year. has a team participating in an effort to raise The results of the “March Madness”: money for the American Cancer Society. Kansas State University - $125.94 Luminaries may be purchased for $10 each Bethany College - $65.81 and may be purchased in honor of or in University of Kansas - $44.82 memory of those who have had cancer. Please contact a team member if you wish to purchase a luminary or to make a donation. Team members are Heather Pohlman, Mary You are Invited! Nuss, Whitney Nuss, Brooklyn Sidebottom, Pastor Henry Hartman will turn 70 and Donna Vlcek, Rachelle Standley, Isetta celebrate his 40th Ordination Anniversary in Murphy, Joan Weigel and Barbara Krug. If June. A reception will be held at 8701 North you are unable to contact a team member, Riverton Road in Nickerson on Sunday, May please call Isetta Murphy at 785-483-3897 to 23rd, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, and all are purchase a luminary. welcome. NO GIFTS PLEASE. We Recognize Our Graduates!!
  13. 13. Congratulations to our High School Congratulations to our CLASS OF 2010 8th GRADE Graduates: Graduates: Brittni Brown Brandon Bachar Landon Cook Alex Baldwin On Sunday, May 2nd, St. Chelsea Dietz John Lutheran will honor Taylor Barlow Talyn Froelich its 8th Grade, High School Tanner Krug Taylor Funk and College graduates Haley Michel Dalton Ginther during the 10:30 am Brooklyn Paget Danika Ginther worship service. The Chantel Rainey Kristen Luder Graduates and their Kaden Rohr Chason Lueth families are encouraged Cassidy Ruggels to sit together. Ciarra Lytton Taten Schlochtermeier ZoAnn Mader Isaiah Stierlen Brittany Rohr Devin Thomas Bryce Sidebottom Preston Weigel Thomas Standley Tiffany Standley Brady Stoppel Alastair Strachan Tavin Ward Russell High School Graduation – May 15th Ruppenthal Middle School Graduation – May 15th Congratulations to our College Graduates: Tyler Boxberger (Fort Hays State University) Brenda Crossfield (Wartburg Theological Seminary) Lindsay Feil (University of Kansas) Alene Rageth (Fort Hays State University) Amanda Waymaster (Fort Hays State University) Senior High Youth
  14. 14. Senior High Youth will be heading to Welcome May! Can you believe that Colorado June 5th – 7th. A parent/youth school is almost over and summer is informational meeting will be held during approaching? the Sunday School hour May 2nd at 9:15 am Goodness this year went by fast! We where all pertinent information will be have had a wonderful school year and look given. Final payments are needed, and forward to the new members we will get forms will be filled out at this meeting. this coming fall. It will be sad to say good- Please bring a copy of your insurance card, bye to our 8th Graders, but we know the and any sponsors will also need to bring a Senior High Youth Group will be a great copy of their drivers license and insurance experience as well. card. This meeting is only for those The movie, “To Save A Life”, was a big attending the White Water Rafting trip. success. I even heard that a teenager that We will also be joining Otterbein United did not believe in God went to the movie Methodist Church in their efforts to collect and found it to be inspiring and thought supplies for their mission efforts at the provoking! That makes me feel so good Salina Rescue Mission. Any old sweatshirts that we might have helped plant a seed that or mens jeans, as well as toiletries (as listed God will continue to nourish! What a in April’s newsletter), are being accepted in blessing! a box in the Youth Room. We will help At our meeting in April, we discussed package these supplies, send letters of love, plans for the summer and activities we and some members of our group are also would like to try for the fall. We are really hoping to get the certification necessary to excited about some of the ideas the kids begin assisting at these shelters. had. Cookie dough will be delivered during the We have not given up on selling St. John second week in May. T-Shirts. I believe we decided to save this Although the last day of Sunday School for a summer/fall project. is May 9th, the Senior High Youth will Thank you so much for all of the support continue to meet periodically during the you have all given our youth group. It has summer due to a project they are pursuing been a wonderful year and a great to help those in need in Russell County. experience leading such an extraordinary The dates for summer meetings have not group of kids! I believe God will do great yet been established, but will be in each things through them! month’s newsletter. God’s Blessings and happy May! It has been a pleasure meeting with each --Bob & Sarah Rhodes and every one of you on a weekly basis this year! We love the time we spend with you and look forward to an incredible kick off in August and a great 2010 – 2011 year with all the new freshmen! --Connie & Regis Weiss Middle School Youth (MSYG) May Birthdays 1- Nick Augustine Janice Marshall Caleb Nuss Randy Boxberger Jeremy Northcutt Dustin Peck
  15. 15. 2- Oriana Parsons 20- Willy Ehrlich 3- Brittany Byers Angeleah Stierlen Don F. Krug Blaine Stoppel 4- Audrey Krug Gaylon Walter Robert Krug Colin Wasinger Mark Radke 21- Nathan Florian Cindy Sapp Clinton Long 5- Charlie Stinchcomb 22- Dorothy Bay 6- Janice Delgado DeAnna Carter Brandi Florian Addison Jennings Crisda Niedenthal Brian Standley 7- Dennis Albrecht Jenna Wann 8- Peggy Anschutz 23- Monty Mai Liz Barrett 24- Dax Ervin Maci Clark Brady Page Melanie Hamel Bailee Walter Ashtyn Hare 25- Lisa DeWald Steve Tittel Jennifer Funk 9- Steve Boxberger Jodie Radke Jay Keeler Bridgette Roddey Ruth Keil 26- Colton Lang Katherine Krauss Lizzy Rhodes ZoAnn Mader Robert Schmitt 2- Alec & Andrea Ruggels 10- Carol Boxberger Samantha Schwien 3- Kirk & Cathy Brown Vernon Krug 27- Kayla Acosta Fowler 4- James & Sharon Chase Larson Susan Lorenc 5- Curt & Vickie Counts 11- Brooke Bachar Brad Standley Joe & Tammy Weigel Gilbert Coffeen 28- Chelsea Dietz 7- Tom & Denise Guth Kristin Wagner Kenneth Nuss 12- Faith Billinger 8- Chuck & Pamela Gudenkauf Ray Olson Timothy Krug 11- Art IvyEvelyn Hachmeister & Strachan Phillip Laurie 13-29- Taelyr Blehm Paul & Shirley Mai Robert Rhodes 16- Dean & Betty Boxberger Alice Callahan Lillian Rusch 30- Craig Atkerson Brown Dennis & Wanda 13- Jill Brown 17- Ramon & Mai Laurie Joetta Judy Jarod Ford 18-30- ChrisJanice Delgado Juan & Noller Cassandra Lokken Chelsey Shaffer 21- Randy & Bonnie Neal 14- Gay Busker Wayne & Mary Ulrich Lindsay Feil 24- Ray Olson & Angelia Schaard Gloria Homeier 25- Tony & Kristen Bay Rita Krause Leon & Trina Feil 14- Taten Schlochtermeier Mike & Diane Waymaster Quinlan Weigel 26- John & Deb Kreutzer 15- Reba Flegler 16- Randy Baker 27- Casey & Audrey Rynerson Dominick Hernandez 28- Delmer & Maxine Ganske Chris Kilian Steven & Connie Krug Doug McAdoo 29- Jay & Kelly Bachar Daron Woelk Steven & Terri Middleton 18- Jim Barnes Brad & Theresa Wagner 19- Lane Hatcher Ken & Beth Walizer Jeanine Lytton 30- Marty & Meridith Clark Kristine Mader Travis & Lindsay Dinkel Fritz & Joan Waymaster
  16. 16. Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 8:30 am Men’s Breakfast at Meridy’s 8:30 am Secret Garden Clean-up 6:00 pm Women in Fellowship 6:00 pm Worship 2 KRSL 3 4 5 6 7 8 8:15 am Holy 10:00 am Prayer 7:00 pm Prayer 4:00 pm WELCA 9:00 am Martha 6:00 pm Worship Communion Shawl Ministry Shawl Ministry Retreat meeting Circle with Holy 9:15 am S.S.; 1:30 pm Sewing 5:30 pm St. 1:30 pm Mary Circle Communion Conf. & SHY Circle Elizabeth’s 10:30 am Holy 7:00 pm Monday 6:00 pm Home Communion Communion; Night Bible Study Emotional 10:30 am Wheatland Baptism; Support & 11:00 am Hospital Teachers & Prayer Graduates 6:45 pm St. John 11:30 am Teacher Ringers Luncheon 7:00 pm Healing Service 8:00 pm Agape Choir 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 8:15 am Worship 10:00 am Prayer 10:00 am 6:00 pm 6:30 pm RAOC 7:00 pm Buttons 6:00 pm Worship 9:15 am S.S.; Shawl Ministry Mother’s Day Emotional & Bows Support & Home Conf. & SHY 1:30 pm Sewing Out Preschool Prayer 10:30 am Circle 7:00 pm Prayer Communion Graduation 6:45 pm St. John Worship 7:00 pm Shawl Ministry Ringers All Day Monday Night 7:00 pm 7:00 pm Healing Bible Study Property Com. Service 7:00 pm Priscilla Circle 8:00 pm Agape Choir 16 KRSL 17 18 19 20 21 22 8:15 am Holy 10:00 am Prayer 9:00 am Area 2 6:00 pm Home 6:00 pm Worship Communion Shawl Ministry 7:00 pm Prayer Emotional Communion with Holy 10:30 am Holy 1:30 pm Sewing Shawl Ministry Support & All Day Communion Communion; Circle Prayer Confirmation 7:00 pm Monday 7:00 pm NEWSLETTE Pentecost & Special Night Bible Healing R Music Study Service DEADLINE!! 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 8:15 am Holy 10:00 am Prayer 7:00 pm Prayer 7:30 am Clergy 6:00 pm Worship Communion Shawl Ministry Shawl Ministry Comments 1:30 pm Sewing 6:00 pm 10:30 am Holy Circle Communion Emotional 7:00 pm Monday 11:30 am Night Bible Support & Council Study Prayer 7:00 pm Intern 7:00 pm Healing Pentecost Committee Service 30 KRSL 31 8:15 am Church Office Worship Closed 10:30 am Worship Memorial Day * Calendar subject to change
  17. 17. MAY WORSHIP ASSISTANTS – GREETERS: VISITATION: Malcolm Marshall, Chair 483-4912 1st 2 weeks – Helen Anschutz 2- Velma Beeman (N door) 2nd 2 weeks – Mona Hutchinson Vernon & Pat Radke (S door) Vintage & Wheatland – Melinda Olson 9- Robert & Judy Albrecht (N door) LECTOR: Rilla Dietz, 483-6039 Irene Coffeen (S door) 2- Judy Albrecht (8:15) 16- Glenna Hackerott (N door) Debbie Dumler (10:30) Wilmer & Estella Boxberger (S door) 9- Georganna McCrary (8:15) 23- Melvin & Juanita Flegler (N door) Deb Kreutzer (10:30) Frederick & Melva Boxberger (S door) 16- Connie Schinkus (8:15) 30- Ron Anschutz (N door) Confirmands (10:30) Morris & Barbara Krug (S door) 23- Janice Marshall (8:15) ACOLYTES: Gina Langhofer (10:30) 2- Haley Michel (early) 30- Cindy Ross (8:15) Tim Krug & Tanner Krug (late) Rilla Dietz (10:30) 9- Preston Weigel (early) LITURGIST: ORGANISTS: Chase Prester & Jacob Long (late) 2- Sarah Rhodes Sandy Krug 16- Blake Boxberger (early) 9- Deb Kreutzer Steve Lueth Confirmands (late) 16- Blaine Maier Steve Lueth 23- Brandon Bachar (early) 23- Miranda Rainey Sandy Krug Alex Baldwin & Taylor Barlow (late) 30- Meridith Clark Sandy Krug 30- Megan Boxberger (early) Kyleigh Kasper & Keller Krug (late) BULLETIN DELIVERY: 6- Tanner Krug & Devin Thomas (early) 7- Betty & Dean Boxberger #1 Garret Stoppel & Tim Krug (late) Peggy Olson #2 14- Marceline Bender #1 USHERS: Norm Nuss, Chair 483-5387 Malcolm & Janice Marshall #2 Gerald Bender, Worship Steward 21- Fred Boxberger #1 8:15 a.m. Dave and Jean Mai Juanita Granlund #2 10:30 a.m. 28- Karen Krug #1 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th – Gloria Waymaster #2 Norm & Romilda Nuss, Brad & Cheryl Prester, Gerald Stoppel SATURDAY EVENINGS: SOUND SYSTEM: MUSICIANS: READERS: 2 & 16- Jim Dumler 1- Margaret Walter Wayne Ulrich 9- Regis Weiss, III 8- Peggy Anschutz Renelle Mooney 23- Brennan Walter 15- Margaret Walter Mary Ulrich 30- Jordan Straub 22- Glenda Phillips Christine Maier 29- Thurlene Ruggels Doug Ulrich ALTAR GUILD: SONG LEADER: GREETER/USHER: Georganna McCrary, 483-3694, Chair 1- DJ Klema Dean & Betty Boxberger Molly Olsen Mary Ulrich Diane Kilian 8- Renelle Mooney Wayne & Mary Ulrich Melva Peirano Gina Langhofer 15- John Dumler Betty & Allen Funk CHILD CARE: (10:30 Service) 22- John Dumler Marjorie Mighell 2- Chantel Prester 29- DJ Klema John & Mary Boxberger 9- Regis Weiss III COMMUNION ASSISTANTS: 16- Kaitlynn Walker 8- Cassidy Ruggels, Pam Eickhoff & Mary Ulrich 23- Rachelle Standley & Brooklyn Sidebottom 22- 30- Kaci Nuss FRIENDSHIP FOLDERS: Marceline Bender NEWSLETTER DEADLINE: May 20 th
  18. 18. Join Us for NON PROFIT ORG. St. John Lutheran Worship! U.S. POSTAGE PAID 425 N Main St. Saturdays – 6:00 pm Russell, Kansas Sundays – 8:15 am PERMIT NO. 11 Russell, KS 67665 10:30 am Church: 785-483-5358 Sunday School – 9:15 am FAX: 785-483-6365 CHURCH OFFICE ADDRESS SERVICE E-mail: stjohn@ruraltel.net HOURS: REQUESTED Web Site: http://stjohnlutheran.rwisp.com 8:00 am – Noon 1:00 – 4:00 pm Pastor Roger Dennis Monday – Friday 785-445-4140 (home) 785-445-8065 (cell) E-mail: pastor@ruraltel.net Vicar Stephanie Wherry 785-445-8360 (cell) E-mail: vicar@ruraltel.net Church Administrative Assistant Terri Walker Custodian – Deb Kreutzer Church Council President – Norman Nuss; Vice President – Jay Keeler; Treasurer – Regis Weiss; Secretary – Nancy Piatt; Youth – Kaitlynn Walker; Evangelism – Carol Prester; Worship & Music – Blaine Maier; Property – Luke Brandenburg; Parish Fellowship – Teresa Brandenburg; Social Ministry – Mary Ulrich; Stewardship/Finance – Daniel Krug; Public Relations – Jordan Harrison; Education – Sarah Rhodes On Sunday, May 2nd, Sunday, May 16th and Sunday, May 30th the 10:30 am Worship Service will be broadcast on KRSL (990 AM) made possible by various memorial contributions.

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