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St.

Johns Lutheran Church ELCA


1300 W. Benjamin Avenue
Norfolk, NE 68701
(402) 371-1985
stjohn@cableone.net
www.stjohnsnorfolk.com

Our Mission: Loving God . . . Loving People . . . Reaching Out!


PRAYER CONCERNS AND JOYS:
Iris Doolittle
Mary Kay Esser
Cole Esser
Dode Hair
Duane Noelle
Pr. Justin & Jillian Wiese as they mourn the loss of Pastors grandfather, Leonard Wiese
LONG TERM PRAYER CONCERNS:
Dennis & Sara Fegley
Lt. Col. Darin Huss (deployed)
Rosemary Westerhold
Karen Widhalm

Norma Hunter
Keagan Sullivan
Harlin Westerhold

Carol Severa
Scott Leader
Warren Monson

Names will be listed in the bulletin for 2 weeks for immediate prayers and 3 months for long
term prayers. Those who wish names to remain on the list longer should contact the church
office @ 402-371-1985. If you know someone who is in need of prayer but whose name is not
listed, it may be that they have asked not to be included in the printed bulletin. Please
remember them in your personal prayers.
Flowers on the altar this weekend are sponsored by Rollie & Linda Downs in celebration of
Rollies birthday on January 6; and by Dan & Barb Pecka in celebration of their wedding
anniversary. An additional arrangement is sponsored by Carolyn Wilcox in loving memory of
Jim.
THIS WEEKEND: Financial Forum between services (10 AM) Sunday.
St. John's 2017 Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at 1 PM in the
St. John's Fellowship Hall. Prior to the meeting, a Noon Potluck will be held. All voting members
of St. John's are requested to attend this meeting to elect council members, Benefaction Board
members, Legacy Board members, and 2017 Nebraska Synod Assembly Voting Members, as
well as vote to approve the proposed 2017 General Budget. A fifty voting member quorum is
required for the meeting.

Armchairs are available if you are in need of an armed chair during worship.
Just ask an usher!
Dr. David E. Cox Interim Senior Pastor
Justin Wiese Assistant Pastor, NeLCM-Norfolk Campus Pastor
Jacquie Samway PMA, Coordinator of Congregational Care
Jolene Ziebell Coordinator of Youth Ministries
Gail Ermels Office Manager
Jim Carter Custodian/Grounds Keeper
Midge Hedrick Office Assistant

SUNDAY, JAN 8
8:30 am ........................................................ Worship
9:45 am ........................................... Fellowship Hour
10:00 am .......................................... Financial Forum
11:00 am ...................................................... Worship
MONDAY, JAN 9
10:00 am ............................................. Staff Meeting
7:00 pm ............................... Parish Fellowship Team
8:30 pm ..................................................... Solid Rock
TUESDAY, JAN 10
7:00 am ................................ Mens Prayer Breakfast
2:00 pm ............................................... WELCA Board
5:15 pm ............................................... Finance Team
5:30 pm ........................ NeLCM Governance Council
6:00 pm ........................................Temple ChristCare
Pat Monson, 402-371-8803
7:00 pm ....................................... Beloved ChristCare
Tracy Meister, 402-379-2484
WEDNESDAY, JAN 11
12:30 pm ...................................... Mission Life Team
1:30 pm .................................... Searchers ChristCare
Connie Hagstrom, 402-649-4862
2:30 pm ....................... 5th & 6th Grade Confirmation
5:00 pm ....................... 5th & 6th Grade Confirmation
THURSDAY, JAN 12
7:00 pm ................................. Majesty Choir Practice
FRIDAY, JAN 13
10:00 pm ..........................Shocked Extreme Bowling
Kings Lanes
SATURDAY, JAN 14
5:00 pm ........................................................ Worship

SHOP FOR MINISTRY


JAN 8
JAN 15

8:30 AM
11 AM
8:30 AM
11 AM

Doris McMahon
Beth Bonderson
Alice Gentzler
Jeanne Timperley

ST. JOHNS ANNUAL MEETING


SUNDAY, JANUARY 22
1 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL
Be sure to bring your potluck to share for
the noon meal preceding the Annual
Meeting. Drinks and table settings will be
provided.

OFFERINGS
Mission Emphasis (DEC) ................. Good Neighbors
Greenfiber Funds for DEC .............................. Mosaic
General offering for 12/31/2016 ...............$3,607.00
General offering for 1/1/2017 ...................$3,247.45
Dedicated Funds spent to cover
General Fund expenses .....................$26,582.44
End of NOV General Fund Deficit .......... $2,810.58
Year-to-Date General Fund Deficit ....... $30,930.55
Attendance 12/31/16-1/1/17 ................ 46, 75 (121)
Good Gifts Total for 2016 ...............................$1,200

Work is beginning on a new Worship


Stewards Schedule for February through
May, 2017. If you have always wanted to
help, but didnt know how now is the
time! If you would like to greet, usher, read,
commune, operate the powerpoint, help
with coffee hour, or assist with worship, just
let the office know and we can work with
your schedule! The more that sign up, the
lighter the load for all. Contact the office @
402-371-1985 or email
midgehe@cableone.net. Thank you!

All family wreaths may be


picked up at the church at your
earliest convenience. The
wreaths will be available in the
Fellowship Hall.

Give a donation that could save a life!


Stop in before or after services

Red Cross Blood Drive


Sunday, January 29
7:30 am to 12:00 pm
In the Community Room
Contact Michelle Dagerman for appointments
Drop ins Welcome!

frolic
Little Steps. Big Faith.

A new way to help children


take their first steps of faith.

We are excited to announce a new


program at St. Johns which will begin on
Sunday, January 15, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.
in the nursery for children ages 0-3. This
program offers classes for parents or
caregivers and their children. Caregivers
may be any caring adult who is
committed to the childs faith formation.
A caregiver must attend with the child.
The class will include a Bible Story,
songs, and then play time in any of the
learning centers that enhance the Bible
Story of the Day. If you would be
interested in being a class leader, please
contact Jolene by checking the church
register slip, email
jziebell55.cableone.com, or call 402371-1985.

Shocked

Youth Grades 7 12

KINGS LANES
1000 Riverside Blvd
in nORFOLK

Friday, January 13th,


10pm midnight
Cost: $5 per person

EXTREME

Be someones hero! AseraCare Hospice will be


having an informational gathering on
volunteering Thursday, February 2ndat 6:30 p.m. to
8:00 p.m. at the Norfolk Office, which is located
across the street from Faith Regional Hospital, next
to Vital Care Pharmacy. The address is 120 N
27th Street, Norfolk. Refreshments will be served.
AseraCare Hospice needs volunteers to help in
YOUR area to provide support to our terminally ill
patients and their families. Volunteers can visit,
read to someone or just sit along side the patients
on their journey. Also, Veterans are needed to
present certificates during pinning ceremonies. Did
you know that one in every four patients now in
hospice are veterans?
Online and individualized training are provided. To
sign up or find out more, please contact: Jean
Hughes, Volunteer Coordinator, at the AseraCare
Hospice Office at 1-866-300-3479 or email
at jeanette.hughes@aseracare.com.
AseraCare Hospice
120 N 27th Street
Norfolk NE 68701
Telephone: 402-379-4158
Toll Free 1-866-300-3479

BOWLING

From Lisa Kramme, Director of Faith


Formation, NE Synod ELCA:
"Thanks to a generous grant from the
Immanuel Vision Foundation in early 2016, the
Nebraska Synod launched a new ministry
called the LYON Leadership Team. LYON,
which stands for Lutheran Youth of Nebraska,
has a long history in our synod. With Immanuel
grant funds, we intentionally invited, gathered
and equipped youth for the sake of faith
formation and leadership development. In
addition, the Team planned the 2016 LYON
Assembly, an annual gathering of high school
youth and their adult leaders in our synod."
The letter goes on to request identification of
youth who could be part of the LYON
Leadership Team in 2017. Young people
currently in grades 8-11 are welcome to apply
for the LYON Leadership Team by completing
an application. Up to three youth may apply
from any one congregation. The application
must be sent and received no later
than January 27, 2017. The youth must be
available in Lincoln on Sun., March 19, 2017, in
Omaha on the weekend of September 30 October 1, 2017, and in Hastings from
November 17-19, 2017. The youth must be
willing to attend gatherings of the Team in April
(online), July (face-to face), August (online) and
October (online). The face-to-face gathering will
take place at a location that is a geographically
central location for Team members. If
interested, please request a 2017 LYON
Leadership Team application from the church
office.

CALL COMMITTEE REPORT


In November the Nebraska Synod office
submitted the names of two candidates for us to
review. The call committee felt the one candidate
did not meet the needs of St. John's and we
decided to not continue the call process.
After reviewing the other candidate's profile it
was agreed to proceed with a Skype interview.
After the interview and after prayerfully
considering St. John's this candidate did not sense
the call of the Holy Spirit to continue in our Senior
Pastor call process.
We ask the congregation to keep the search of a
new Senior Pastor in their prayers as we await
information on new candidates.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7
5 PM
COUNCIL PERSON OF THE WEEK
CATHY ERWIN
WORSHIP ASSISTANT
ROLLIE DOWNS
GREETERS/USHERS Leroy & Tony Uttecht
READER Rollie Downs

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14
5 PM
COUNCIL PERSON OF THE WEEK
JOHN SKOGSTOE
WORSHIP ASSISTANT
CONNIE HAGSTROM
GREETERS/USHERS Leroy & Tony Uttecht
READER Connie Hagstrom

SUNDAY, JANUARY 8
8:30 AM
COUNCIL PERSON OF THE WEEK
CATHY ERWIN
WORSHIP ASSISTANT
ROLLIE DOWNS
GREETERS Richard & Leona Pfeifer, Tom &
Midge Hedrick
USHERS Mark Polenske, Mike Frank,
Mike Kai
READER Carol Waggoner
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS Duane & Barb
Timperley, Rick & Diana Uhlir
POWERPOINT John Skogstoe
SOUND Spencer Dagerman
FELLOWSHIP HOUR Jim & Elenore Merritt

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15
8:30 AM
COUNCIL PERSON OF THE WEEK
JOHN SKOGSTOE
WORSHIP ASSISTANT
CONNIE HAGSTROM
GREETERS Donna Short, Doris McMahon
USHERS Merlin Milander, Gayle Short, Jim
McMahon
READER Maureen Bivens
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS Duane & Cindy
Nelson, Tom & Midge Hedrick
POWERPOINT Janet Erickson
SOUND Mark Nelson
FELLOWSHIP HOUR Del & Jeanie Fuelberth

SUNDAY, JANUARY 8
8:30 AM
COUNCIL PERSON OF THE WEEK
CATHY ERWIN
WORSHIP ASSISTANT
ROLLIE DOWNS
GREETERS Ken Wragge, Terry Hall
USHERS Dennis & Brenda Smith, Echtenkamp
Family
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS Ken Wragge,
Terry Hall, Carol Timperley, __________
POWERPOINT Claire Thompson
SOUND Spencer Dagerman

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15
8:30 AM
COUNCIL PERSON OF THE WEEK
JOHN SKOGSTOE
WORSHIP ASSISTANT
CONNIE HAGSTROM
GREETERS Kristi Johnson, Jeann Granstra
USHERS Greg & Sandra Korth, Del Johnson,
Ken Wragge, Terry Hall
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS Jeann Granstra,
Laurel Moore, Kristi Johnson, Brenda
Carhart
POWERPOINT Rachel Carhart
SOUND Mark Nelson

LECTIONARY READINGS:
Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 29
Acts 1034-43
Matthew 3:13-17

LECTIONARY READINGS:
Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 40:1-11
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John 1:29-42