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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:
Mary Kay Esser

Richard Pfeifer

Roger Gentzler

LONG TERM PRAYER CONCERNS:


Dennis & Sara Fegley
Lt. Col. Darin Huss (deployed)
Rosemary Westerhold
Karen Widhalm

Norma Hunter
Keagan Sullivan
Harlin Westerhold
Iris Doolittle

Carol Severa
Scott Leader
Warren Monson
Cole Esser

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 Leona Bargstradt in loving memory of
Lester; and by Gayle & Donna Short in honor of Kimberlys & Kevins birthdays. An additional
arrangement is sponsored by David & Penny Pedersen in honor of Marys and Jacobs
birthdays.
St. John's 2017 Annual Meeting will be held next Sunday, January 22, 2017, at 1 PM in the
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 15
8:30 am ........................................................ Worship
9:45 am ........................................... Fellowship Hour
9:45 am .............................................. Sunday School
Lower Level
10:00 am ........................................................... Frolic
Nursery
11:00 am ...................................................... Worship
MONDAY, JAN 16
10:00 am ............................................. Staff Meeting
10:00 am ...................................... Friends ChristCare
Pat Monson, 402-371-8803
1:15 pm ........................................ Chosen ChristCare
Carol Waggoner, 402-371-7642
5:30 pm ........................................... Executive Board
6:30 pm ...................... Stephen Ministry Supervision
8:30 pm ..................................................... Solid Rock
TUESDAY, JAN 17
7:00 am ................................ Mens Prayer Breakfast
WEDNESDAY, JAN 18
1:30 pm .................................... Searchers ChristCare
Connie Hagstrom, 402-649-4862
2:30 pm ....................... 5th & 6th Grade Confirmation
5:00 pm ....................... 5th & 6th Grade Confirmation
7:00 pm ............................................. Church Council
7:30 pm .......................................... Mens ChristCare
Rollie Downs, 402-649-0256
THURSDAY, JAN 19
9:00 am ............................................. Rebekah Circle
7:00 pm ................................. Majesty Choir Practice
FRIDAY, JAN 20
All Day ................................................... PMA Retreat
SATURDAY, JAN 21
All Day ................................................... PMA Retreat
5:00 pm ........................................................ Worship
Adyline Gaunt baptism

SHOP FOR MINISTRY


JAN 15
JAN 22

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

Alice Gentzler
Jeanne Timperley
Linda Downs
Terri Denkinger

ST. JOHNS ANNUAL MEETING


SUNDAY, JANUARY 22
1 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

OFFERINGS
Mission Emphasis (DEC) ................. Good Neighbors
Greenfiber Funds for DEC .............................. Mosaic
General offering for 1/8/2017 ...................$5,466.50
Dedicated Funds spent to cover
General Fund expenses .....................$26,582.44
End of DEC General Fund Deficit ........... $2,810.58
Year-to-Date General Fund Deficit ....... $30,930.55
Attendance 1/8/2017 ...................... 39, 89, 75 (203)
Good Gifts Total for 2016 ...............................$1,200

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
TODAY, 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.

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

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.

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.

St. Johns
Thank you for all
of the snacks!
Your donation
contributed to
excellent meals
from Papa
Murphys, Subway and McDonalds as well as
some games! We appreciate your
dedication to our youth! Please keep
praying for us!
Jesse @ Madison County
Juvenile Detention Center

2017 ALTAR GUILD


BOOKLETS ARE NOW
AVAILABLE IN THE WEST
HALLWAY. PLEASE CHECK
THE TABLE FOR YOUR
NAME!

Get Together

PARISH FELLOWSHIP MEAL


SOUP, SANDWICH, DESSERT
Saturday, January 28
6 PM
Come for worship Stay for dinner!

Wednesday, Feb. 1st for St. Johns Bingo night.

Come hungry!

Free meal at 6 p.m. followed by


Bingo with prizes.

All ages welcome!!

Jerry & Bev Schwede will be celebrating


their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan.14.
We are told they were the first couple
married in the NEW St. Johns on the hill,
even delaying the wedding so they could be
married here! Share your congratulations
with them. If you would like to send a card,
their home address is:
Jerry & Bev Schwede
84675 560th Ave.
Hoskins, NE 68740

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21
5 PM
COUNCIL PERSON OF THE WEEK
CINDY NELSON
WORSHIP ASSISTANT
TRACY MEISTER
GREETERS/USHERS Leroy & Tony Uttecht
READER Dale Stephenson
SOUND Brenda Carhart

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 22
8:30 AM
COUNCIL PERSON OF THE WEEK
CINDY NELSON
WORSHIP ASSISTANT
TRACY MEISTER
GREETERS Alice Gentzler, Carol Sorsen
USHERS Richard Uhlir, Linda Downs
READER Sara Fegley
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS Jim & Elenore
Merritt, Carol Waggoner, Sara Fegley
POWERPOINT John Skogstoe
SOUND Brenda Carhart
FELLOWSHIP HOUR Temple ChristCare
(Pat Monson)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15
11 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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22
11 AM
COUNCIL PERSON OF THE WEEK
CINDY NELSON
WORSHIP ASSISTANT
TRACY MEISTER
GREETERS Jana Kuhlman, Ron Lofgren
USHERS Jeff & Cathy Erwin, Mark Nelson
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS Lon & Jeanne
Timperley, Jeff & Cathy Erwin
POWERPOINT Marcus / Adam Echtenkamp
SOUND Brenda Carhart

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

LECTIONARY READINGS:
Isaiah 9:1-4
Psalm 27
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Matthew 4:12-23