Pastor Justin Kumfer was installed as our Associate Pastor on Sunday, July 21, 2019. After the service everyone enjoyed a delicious pork chop supper amid the fellowship of new and old friends. We thank God for the blessings of the day and for bringing the Kumfer family to our community.
VBS 2019 was held July 29 to August 2. It was a great success! A total of 121 students attended our One of a Kind Zoo. By focusing on various animals who did miraculous things as recorded in the Bible (a snake and a donkey that talked, a great fish who swallowed a man, hungry lions that did not eat, and a Lamb who died and rose again) the children learned the precious Gospel of Jesus—which is their life and their salvation!
The JOY Group made a trip to Meyer’s Gladiolus Farm on Sunday, August 18, 2019. The group learned about hybridizing, growing, and showing gladiolus. We also were amazed at how many places and patients the Meyers give free gladiolus each week. It was a most enjoyable day!
A Welcome and Pantry Shower for Katrina Kumfer was hosted by the Ladies Aid on September 14, 2019. A delicious brunch and fellowship was enjoyed as the women of St. John’s got to know Katrina and welcome her to our community.
Table or Treat was held on Saturday, October 26, 2019. About 170 children plus parents and grandparents attended. They thoroughly enjoyed the treats, crafts and the opportunity to visit. Special thanks to the members of the Christian Outreach committee for organizing this event and to all the members who decorated tables and gave out treats!
Thank you to everyone who attended the Advent by Candlelight event on December 1, 2019. Sixty-five women had a delightful time enjoying delicious food on beautifully decorated tables with entertainment from Marette Jorgenson an amazing pianist / humorist. Special appreciation goes to Dave & Monica Erickson and Gary Betcher who decorated and helped serve and to our table hosts: Arleen, Charlotte, Myrna, Kim, Diane, Marlys, Emily, Kathy and April!
Our annual Songs of the Season celebration was held on December 4, 2019. We thank the many members who sang or played instrumental songs of the Advent/Christmas season. It was a wonderful way to focus this holiday season on Christ the Lord born in Bethlehem.
During Advent the Sunday School students proclaimed Jesus! On December 11, 2019 the 7/8 grade students participated in the service titled Happy Holidays. On December 18 the Preschool – 6th grade students joined in the service called, To Christ, Creator, Savior, King.
The Men’s Group, JOY Group (those 60 and over) and other St. John’s members went Christmas caroling on Sunday, December 15, 2019. They visited the Stewartville Care Center as well as a number of homes in Stewartville. After caroling, the group returned to church for chili and desserts. It was an enjoyable evening for everyone.