A SALT (Step Ahead Learning and Tutoring) family supper was held on Wednesday, January 29. Over 50 people enjoyed a delicious spaghetti supper. The meal was held in celebration of the end of the first half of the school year. SALT is our Wednesday tutoring program for students in first and second grade. We are grateful to all the tutors who make it possible for us to offer this community program. The program focuses not only on academics but on friendship and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Chili Cook-Off, Bean Bag Tournament and Lunch held on Sunday, January 26 was a great success. About eighty people attended the lunch with forty participating in the bean bag tournament and seven entries in the chili-cook off. Special thanks to the Elders and Christian Service Committee for organizing this event. It was enjoyed by all!
Mugs & Muffins social event, hosted by the Ladies Aid, on Saturday, January 11 was enjoyed by 48 women from St. John’s and the surrounding churches. It was an opportunity for women to get together, share with one another and make new friends. It was a delightful time!
During Advent the Sunday School students proclaimed Jesus! On December 11 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. 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.
Songs of the Season
Our annual Songs of the Season celebration was held on December 4. 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.
Advent by Candlelight Tea
Thank you to everyone who attended the Advent by Candlelight event on December 1. 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!
Table or Treat 2019
Table or Treat was held on Saturday, October 26. 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!
Welcome and Pantry Shower
A Welcome and Pantry Shower for Katrina Kumfer was hosted by the Ladies Aid on September 14 A delicious brunch and fellowship was enjoyed as the women of St. John’s got to know Katrina and welcome her to our community.
JOY Group to Glad Farm
The JOY Group made a trip to Meyer’s Gladiolus Farm on Sunday, August 18. 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!
Pastor Justin’s Installation
Pastor Justin Kumfer was installed as our Associate Pastor on Sunday, July 21. 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.
Vacation Bible School 2019
VBS 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!