Author Archives: Julie Cavil

Booyah This Sunday

St. John’s will hold is semi-annual Booyah sale this Sunday, November 2. Booyah will be served from 10:15 am until it’s gone. Adults are $6.00, children aged 7-12 are $3.00, children 6 and under are free. Carryouts are available for $7.00.

Tay Wilson in Concert!!!

Brand New PeopleJoin us for a fun filled evening of music and real life down to earth people. Tay loves to meet people and be with them where they are, no matter the joys, no matter the flaws.

Concert 6:30 – 8:30 Wednesday April 30

Admission is free; a free will offering will be accepted to help cover the costs of getting Tay to us.

What are you giving up for Lent?

Today marks the beginning of Lent, with the imposition of ashes…

In the traditions of years past it has been an option for people to give up something for Lent near and dear to them. For instance, one year I gave up coffee for Lent, while we were worshiping at a church that was also a coffee shop. I love coffee, so it was a sacrifice for me. I grew closer to God and on Easter morning that cup of coffee tasted oh so good!

But Lent is not about giving up. It is about growing closer to God. It is about understanding what Jesus went through for you!

One of the things I have done in the past and am doing again this year is taking something on. I am doing an additional spiritual discipline for Lent to help me know who I am in Christ.  This year as I did last year I am doing a picture a day for the season of Lent. Last evening I created the matrix for this and if you would like to join me, here is a link to the blog post I did for the challenge. The hashtag for this challenge is #stjls40days.

And remember whether you give something up or take something on, it is about growing closer to Jesus and learning who you are in Him!

Prayer Cubes for Sale!

VFPrayer cubesHave you been looking for a Lenten devotional for your family this year?

St John’s LYO has the answer for you! We are selling Prayer Cubes for your devotional times with your families. There is one for meal times, one for friendship and one is for nighttime prayers.

There are a limited number of cubes available. We can order more if we run out of items on hand.

The cubes are $5.00 each or all 3 for $12.00! All proceeds help support our LYO!

St. John’s Live Nativity, Dec. 21

Join us on Saturday, December 21 at 6:00 pm for St. John’s Live Nativity. Members of St. John’s will perform the story if the birth of Our Savior, Jesus Christ. Visit the town of Bethlehem, meet the people who witnessed Christ’s birth. Experience the wonder and awe of this holy occasion along with the shepherds and wise men. Join in the singing of the special hymns and music of this blessed season. The performance will be followed by a fellowship hour with refreshments.

We are in need of people to fill many non-speaking roles and assist with behind-the-scenes tasks. If you are interested in helping, please contact the church office.

Saints and Sinners Simultaneously

On November 3, we celebrate All Saints’ Sunday. In many Christian congregations, we give particular attention to those friends and members who have died since last year. For us that is two people: Donna Ferron, who died last December 2, and Richard Micoliczyk, who died August 22. May God be with their friends and families, and comfort them in their grief.

Another practice around All Saints’ Sunday is a reminder that in baptism, we are all made saints. So, God’s saints are the believers of every time and every place. Being a saint does not mean that we are perfect or better than others or always improving. One insight of Martin Luther was that we are saints and sinners simultaneously. That is, as created human beings, we are fallible even as we are claimed by God’s love and saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ Jesus.

St. Paul noted this phenomenon while contrasting his intentions with his behavior in the letter to the Romans, chapter 7, saying,…For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.

Paul goes on to wonder should he – and we – therefore give up, stuck in sin? No, he declares. Jesus delivers us. we gather every week to give thanks and praise to the God who is with us, for us, and delivers us, day in, day out.

Join us this Sunday. Come as you are. Leave changed by Jesus.

Fall Bazaar, Saturday, November 9

St. John’s will host it’s annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, November 9 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Bazaar features many items for sale, including jams and jellies, homemade canned goods, rummage items, crafts, gently used Christmas items and  baked goods. Muffins and coffee will be served from 9:00-10:00 am and lunch will be served beginning late morning. The Fall Bazaar is a fundraiser for the church women’s group, WELCA, and the proceeds are used to support various church and mission projects. Questions? Contact the church office at 920-826-7785.