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The New Love Center
St. John is hosting the Jersey Shore Community Vacation Bible School this year! Get involved to help make it an awesome summer retreat for our kids.
Mark your calendar for June 25-29, 6PM-8PM.
Registration will be Sunday, June 25, at 5:30.
If you are interested in helping contact Molly. Updated information will be available on Facebook at: Jersey Shore Community VBS
Congratulations to Hoyt, Clayton, Dominic, Nathan, Abby, Ella, and Trenton who have received their First Communion.
Congratulations to Harris, Beatrice, Dylan, and Gabrielle on their upcoming graduations.
Congratulations to Alexander and Julia, recipients of the Trinity Endowment Fund Scholarship.
Fellowship at Restless Oaks
You are invited to join us on the third Wednesday of each month at the Restless Oaks for a time of fellowship. No reservations needed. Just show up at 11:30 AM in the back room and order from the menu.
The members of Garman Lutheran, Grace Lutheran, St. James Lutheran, and St. John Lutheran are invited to a Joint Picnic on Sunday, July 23 at noon at the St. James Pavilion. Bring a covered dish to share and your own plate, cup and silverware. Hot dogs and burgers are usually provided.
2018 Philly Flower Show
Joyce has already begun planning a bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show, which will be held on March 9, 2018. If interested contact Joyce Braucht. More details to come.
Drive-Through Burger Burn
Thank you to all who supported the Burger Burn event! As a result, St. John will be donating $2,828 to the Jersey Shore Summer Recreation Program!
Healthy Congregations Initiative
The next Healthy Congregations Workshop will be held at St. John on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. This workshop will deal with anxiety. Everyone is invited! Please contact Molly to register.
St. John Cookbook
The Women of St. John are organizing and creating a St. John cookbook full of our favorite recipes! Please drop off a copy of your favorite recipes that can be included in our new Cookbook. Let us know who submitted the recipe. You can drop them in the offering plate or in the Church office. Thank you!
Rising Anew Campaign
We thank everyone for your support in paying down the loan and your continued commitment to the ministries of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church.
For those who wish to contribute to the Rising Anew Campaign: make check payable to: "St. John Lutheran" with "Rising Anew" on the memo line. Place check in an envelope with your name on it, and then place in the offering plate.
Our goal is to pay off the loan by October 31, 2017.
ELCA National Youth Gathering
Keep June 27-July 1, 2018 open! The ELCA National Youth Gathering’s next triennial gathering is to be held in Houston, Texas. 30,000+ High School youth from Lutheran congregations all across the United States will descend upon Houston for four days of speakers, group gatherings, work projects, bands, dancing, worship, and educational experiences. So if you will be a High School student in 2018, please consider going. It is Pastor’s hope that “every” High School youth attends as it is an experience you will not forget. The ELCA National Youth Gathering is the largest Protestant youth gathering in the world. But to travel to Houston takes money and planning. Youth groups raise funds and meet often to work out the details for the trip. This takes a year of advanced planning so we need to start gathering and planning soon. Please speak to Molly if you will be of High School age and interested in going.
The New Love Center Food Pantry
is run by Jersey Shore Ministerium and hosted at St. John Lutheran Church
Jersey Shore Area Ministerium
Our Jersey Shore Area Ministerium recently formed a committee to begin planning a 5-day, multi-church, evangelistic crusade for our town and area with my good friend, visiting international evangelist Pastor Richard Nyakaana from Uganda (see accompanying letter for more information about Pastor Richard and his ministry). We are calling it “JERSEY SHORE for JESUS 2017” and it will be held, the Lord willing, Sunday – Thursday evenings, July 9-13, the week immediately following our Town Meeting festival. We are praying and hoping that God will use these five evenings to draw many in our area into a relationship with Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord! Anyone who has ever participated in a large evangelistic crusade knows that they require a lot of prayer and a lot of planning. Both have already begun, but we are asking that you and other “prayer warriors” in your church or prayer team would join us in praying for this crusade, and for the following elements in particular:
God to be glorified: Above all we pray that God would be glorified in this crusade by all that we do and say, as we represent Christ as His ambassadors of reconciliation. (John 15:8, 2 Cor. 5:20)
Sinners to be saved: We pray that many who have not believed and received Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord would do so, receiving eternal life and having their lives transformed. In addition, we pray that many who struggle with various problems (sins, addictions, relationship struggles, etc.) would find Jesus as their answer. (John 3:16, Luke 19:10, Romans 12:1-2)
Satan to be defeated: Knowing that the enemy of our souls does not want God to be glorified nor sinners to be saved nor people to pray, we put on the full armor of God and pray that Satan would be defeated in his efforts to attack God’s people and purposes. (1 John 3:8, Eph. 6:10-20)
Pastors and Churches to be involved: As divided as we sometimes are, we pray that all the pastors and churches in our area would be united in this crusade, so that the world might believe in Christ. We pray we would together focus not on what divides us, but on our common faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection, and God’s salvation for sinners by grace through faith in Him. (John 17:21, Eph. 4:1-6, Col. 3:1-2, 1 John 5:10-13, 1 Cor. 2:2, Eph. 2:8-9)
Practical arrangements: We pray for: Prayer Efforts: a good response to this letter, and also opportunities for people of prayer to come and pray together for the crusade. Location: we are currently hoping to rent Jersey Shore High School’s football stadium, but would also like a back-up in case of storms. Publicity: Once a location is secured, we need to get the word out to many! Music: We are hoping musicians from a number of churches will bless us with their talents. Equipment: For sound, a platform, etc. Counseling/Follow-up: We need volunteer counselors from the churches to be trained and help those who respond receive follow-up from the churches. Funding: All these efforts need funding, which we pray God will provide through the churches.
Thank you for praying for these things, both individually and with others. Please copy and pass this along to others who will join us in prayer!
In Jesus’ love,
Charlie Winkelman, President,
J.S. Area Ministerium 570-398-1909 Cell phone: (570) 337-0211 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Upper Susquehanna Synod invites all steward leaders to a gathering on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Steward leaders may include council members, Stewardship Committee members, pastors, or anyone in the congregation interested in caring for what God has given to us. Our gathering will provide an opportunity to network and to share best practices in Stewardship. Through Bible study and conversation, we will learn about how stewardship happens in our synod. Lunch is included.
RSVP by June 2 to Brenda Krouse (email@example.com or 570-524-9778)
This event will be held at Christ's United (4 Bells) Lutheran Church, 13765 Old Turnpike Road, Millmont, PA.
“Grab-a-Tab” The youth of St. John would like to ask for donations of little tabs from beverage, soup and dessert cans. It doesn’t matter what color the tab, just grab them and deliver them to the church office. This project will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Danville. “Grab-a-Tab” program allows people of all ages to join in the effort of providing a “Home-away-from-Home” to children with cancer or other serious illnesses and their families.
As a special fundraiser for church projects we are selling Weis Markets gift certificates each Sunday after worship or from Molly Tuesday–Thursday during office hours. You can buy $10, $20, $50, $100 certificates. You pay $10, take them to the store and use them like cash to buy $10 worth of groceries. The church earns 5% from Weis Markets. While that may not seem like much, if 100 families in the congregation spend $100 per week on groceries that 5% would add up to $26,000 per year with very little effort other than buying and reselling them. It is a great way to support the youth ministries of St. John.
Recent Youth Achievements
Jersey Shore FBLA is proud to announce that Max Ferguson campaigned and was elected to the PA FBLA State Officer position of Vice President at Large and his term of office continues throughout the 2017-2018 school year.
Congratulations to the following National Qualifiers:
•Beatrice Ferguson – 1st in Electronic Career Portfolio
•Gabrielle Moore and Kendra White – 1st in the State for their Local Chapter Annual Business Report
We are very pleased to announce those who made top 10:
•Max Ferguson – 5th in Public Speaking 1
•Beatrice Ferguson – 5th in Who’s Who in PA FBLA (Beatrice also receives a $500 scholarship with this award).
*Hannah Wool – 1st Place in Business Computation
*Arrabella Fiedler – 2nd Place in Business Computation
Each year PA FBLA selects a State Project that all chapters across the state can participate in to provide community service hours and raise money throughout the school year. The 2016-2017 project was the National Kidney Foundation with PA FBLA raising $55,190. Jersey Shore received 7th place in the state raising $1,973 for this project, in addition to our awareness activities for the cause.
Beatrice Ferguson received recognition as a member of the National Business Honor Society and was officially induced at the State Leadership Conference (held on April 30, 2017).
Congratulations to St. John members: Beatrice and Max Ferguson, Arrabella Fiedler, Gabrielle Moore, Hannah Wool and Olivia Anne Eisner, who placed 5th in photography at the Technical Student Association (TSA) Competition.
Attention Married Couples
Have you signed up for your fall Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend? Both of our spring Weekends had waiting lists, so sign up now for a fall Weekend to avoid disappointment! Couples overwhelmingly report that the Weekend is the best thing they have ever done for their marriage.
The fall Weekends are:
We are looking for sponsors for the costs of making our Anniversary Booklet. Contact Bill Ely if interested, thank you. If you did not get one or would like another for a family member please pick one up at the church office.
Lutheran Church in Liberia (LCL), Liberia
The Rev. Brian and Christine Palmer - Brian serves as Instructor/Educator at the "Lutheran Center for Biblical Studies" at Totota; Gbarnga School of Theology, (Ecumenical Seminary) at Gbarnga
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria, Ansbach Region, Germany
Our Sister Church: St. Wunibald Evangelical Lutheran Church at Heidenheim, Bavaria - Pastors Annette and Klaus Kuhn