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SJ COVID-19 UPDATE

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St. John’s Lutheran Church & School

3607 45th, Two Rivers, WI 54241                                            (920) 794-7300

www.sjtworivers.org                                                office@sjtworivers.org

 

With the day by day, hour by hour, and minute by minute changes/updates regarding the Coronavirus, the question has been raised whether regular worship will be held at St. John’s. Sadly, due to recommendations from both our governor and the CDC, worship in the sanctuary at this time will NOT take place until further notice.  BUT, members of St. John’s, along with anyone else who wants and needs the Word of God will still be able to worship – just in different ways.

Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” So, St. John’s encourages you to worship in small groups at home and/or invite others to worship with you.

St. John’s will still prepare, present and celebrate worship as scheduled. A preacher will preach and an accompanist will accompany. We will record, stream, and also publish those services to DVDs in order that our congregation can continue to be in the Word, even while staying home.  We would encourage each family to commit with another family, neighbor or household, to set a time weekly and meet together to worship using the live stream, rebroadcast or DVD.

Within the recommended size for gatherings, this temporary return to “house churches” would provide accountability, mutual encouragement and structure that would leave our congregation stronger for the “inconvenience.”  Members who have strayed away from our family will receive invitations to rejoin our fellowship, one invitation and one “house church” at a time.  Please invite one of the pastors to drop by your gathering and we will be pleased to bring you the sacrament.

These streams and rebroadcasts will begin already this Wednesday and Thursday, with our midweek Lenten services and regular Thursday night services. DVDs of this week’s worship will be available in the church office already this Friday, and continue to be available according to the same schedule.

With regard to other challenges at St. John’s in the light of this pandemic, soup suppers, hospitality treats and Easter breakfast have all been cancelled. Choir, Sunday School, and confirmation class will not meet until further notice. Confirmation Day and classes in preparation for it will be rescheduled.

Finally, the work of the church continues to need your monetary support.  You can continue to support St. John’s with your offerings by using the Givelify app, electronic bill pay from your bank, or mailing/dropping off offerings to the church office.

Please contact the church office, pastors, or Church Council members with any questions.

Jesus keep you all!
St. John’s Pastors and Church Council

2019 Outdoor Worship & Church Picnic

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Make plans to gather for our Church Picnic and Outdoor Worship Service, Sunday, July 21st on the St. John’s Church and School grounds!  In this inaugural year of church and school at the same location, we’ll worship outdoors at 10:00 am, serve a potluck meal from the school commons and then head back outside to enjoy the food and fellowship.

The theme of our worship and fellowship this year will be “Welcome Home,” in line with our Synod’s emphasis on inviting and welcoming back those who have grown distant from our church family, worship, fellowship and ministries.  Please make an effort to personally invite a friend, relative, neighbor or someone who hasn’t joined us for a while to come with you or meet you for this special event.  In order to assure that every member receives a personal invitation, just as we did several years ago, for the next several weekends you will find a list of members who haven’t been active in our congregation the past year on the table in the fireside room.  Prayerfully consider signing your name behind theirs, and in doing so, noting them as your special guest and “invitee .”  Again, we’ll pray that every name is claimed and everyone receives a heartfelt and personal invitation to “come home” and celebrate with us the Lord who binds us together in our brokenness.

As mentioned above, there will be other changes this year as well.  With no park pavilion to shelter us, we’re looking for several members with 10×20 or 10×10 foot shelters to provide shade for those who need it.  Bring a dish to pass for the potluck meal, and if you like, a cake for the desert table.  Hot dogs, both skinned and skinless, and buns will be donated.  Water and lemonade will also be provided.  Bring your own soda or non-alcoholic beverages if you wish.  A free will offering will cover any additional expenses.  We’re excited to offer a family style picnic that everyone can afford!!

After the meal there will be a photo booth set up to record the day.  We’re looking for members to organize a kickball or blind man’s volleyball tournament.  If you’re into beanbag toss, ladder golf, horseshoes, croquet, whatever, bring them all along and enjoy each other’s company!  Our goal is to replicate a family picnic – just on a much larger scale!

But most important, this special weekend is about taking a moment to be reminded that in Christ, we are family – a family that will last for eternity.  We notice, care about and make time for each other.  So mark your calendar, put your name and prayers behind a church family brother or sister, and look forward and work toward the day Jesus will welcome all of us “home.”

Worship Videos Now Available

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Worship Service video are now available by way our church facebook page.  You can expect weekly sermons to be posted to the page by Tuesday of the week following each weekly worship space.  Or contact the church office and if you’re local, we’ll get you a dvd of the entire worship service and a hymnal you can use at home to follow along and participate!

Men’s “Bread & Breakfast” Bible Study Takes on Giants!

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St. John’s men’s “Bread & Breakfast” Saturday morning Breakfast and Bible Study will be turning their attention the next several months to Max Lucado’s study of David’s life, “Facing Your Giants.”  With only Jesus’ life covered in more detail in the Bible, David’s life is a deep study into human and male brokenness, the ebb and tide of arrogance and humility, and a reminder of the power and peace of God’s presence and promises.  The group meets the first and last Saturdays of the month at Two Rivers Family Restaurant, from 7:30-8:30 am.  We order off the menu, enjoy God’s Word over our food, and are officially done in about an hour – although the fellowship often carries over into the parking lot long after.  You do not need to read ahead or even have a copy of the book to join us, or benefit from the study – but we think a copy of the book would be a blessing to you.  While we do have about 20 copies available in the church office for 11.50 a piece, you can also find them on amazon, google, barnes and noble, or even kindle and audio versions even cheaper.

Join us – and bring a friend.  Its a great way to start the weekend – and a great reminder that while we are all broken, God holds us together and helps us celebrate his strength together as Christian men!