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St. John Fargo Herald Newsletter - November 2012


<ul><li><p>The HERALD </p><p> St . John Lutheran Church </p><p>Volume 112, Issue 9 Growing Community in Christ November/first half Dec. 2012 </p><p>These words from Psalm 119, the Psalm for All Saints Day, will be my prayer for November, the month that, in the church, begins this festival that reminds us that death does not have the last word, but Jesus does! Jesus who is our life, who gives us life, life in abundance, and Jesus, who says no to death. </p><p>All Saints Day is a marker in our liturgical year that brings all aching hearts together for a time of remembrance. While not every one has experienced a death of a friend, colleague or loved one in the last year, most have in a lifetime, and so this festival is a day when lighting a can-dle, tolling a bell, taking a moment of silence in worship, gathers us into the very heart of God to remember that death has lost its sting because Jesus Christ has over-come death for our sake. </p><p>Also, in November we celebrate as a nation. We say thank you. Thank you to our neighbors, to our friends, to the universe. We celebrate Thanksgiving. While as Chris-tian Lutherans, we say thank you to God for lifes abun-dance, not every person who celebrates Thanksgiving </p><p>does so with a sense of religious piety. Psalm 119, then is a fine psalm to begin and end this month with a shout of joy to God. </p><p>As we begin this month remembering those we love with a sense of sadness for their loss, we also give thanks for their lives, for what they have meant to us, and for a God who so graciously gathers us close to God, through the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. </p><p>One of the great blessings we share as brothers and sisters in Christ is the joy of stories. Stories told over dinner, a cup of coffee or tea, a glass of wine, or with family and friends who have gathered to reminisce. </p><p>As your associate pastor, it is my privilege to hear your sto-ries. I love this part of my call, indeed, it has come to be one of my favorite things. So whether we are together because I have come to visit you in your home, or to sit with you dur-ing a crisis, please know that your story is truly important and meaningful. I have learned from you already as you have opened your hearts to me in welcome, that you love your </p><p>(Continued on page 2) </p><p>From the Pastor: Meet Pastor Leslie Mahraun </p><p>CONGREGATIONAL MEETING: The decision was made by the church council to form a Call Committee and to charge </p><p>them with recommending a Pastor to be hired on a half-time basis. The Call Committee has unanimously endorsed a pastoral </p><p>candidate and the Church Council has approved their recommendation. The next step is for you, the members of St. John, to </p><p>vote on this candidate. A special congregational meeting has been called for Sunday, October 7 at 12:00 noon for the purpose of issuing </p><p>a Pastoral call. Please plan on attending this meeting. </p><p>Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord. Happy are those who keep his decrees, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways. You have commanded your pre-cepts to be kept diligently. O that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous ordinances. I will observe your statutes; do not utterly forsake me. Psalm 119:1-8 </p><p>Thanksgiving Eve Worship Tuesday, November 20, 7:00 pm </p><p>followed by the Annual Pie Festival Remember to bring your Food Drive donations! Please note the change of date for this service. </p><p>ADVENT FESTIVAL Saturday, December 1, 9-11 am </p><p>A Fun Family Event for everyone with games, crafts, and activities as we begin the season of Advent in preparation for Christs birth! </p><p>NEW MEMBER CLASSES: Sundays, Nov. 4, 11 &amp; 18 @ 10:00 am </p><p>New Member Sunday: Dec. 2 @ 11:00 am service Are you interested in joining St. John? Or just want to know more about St. John? Call the church office, 232-8521, for more information. </p><p>Change in Worship times: Sundays, November 25 at 9:30 am; December 23 &amp; 30 at 9:30 am </p><p>Service Saturday Salvation Army Bell Ringing: December 8, 9:30 am-12:30 pm </p><p>Sign up as an individual, family, group of friends to ring bells at one of 10 kettle sites this Advent Season! You are also welcome to recruit friends to split a shift and you can each ring for half the time. To sign up and for more information, contact Allan Peterson at 282-4644. Join us in serving this holiday season! </p></li><li><p>PARISH HEALTH MINISTRY! </p><p>Healthy Feet Are "Happy Feet" Our Foot Care Clinic provides foot care performed by vol-unteers and trained health personnel. It is particularly help-ful to those with foot health issues. It's also a social time to visit with friends and enjoy a cup of coffee. Next clinic is Tuesday, Nov. 13. Call Cathy Chatelain at 293-6772 or 261-2707 to schedule an appointment. Cost is $16 paid to Sanford Home Health Care-Fargo. Donations are appreci-ated and go to support this ministry. </p><p>For the "Young At Heart", join us for potluck luncheon on Thurs. Nov. 8 at 11:30 am in the parlor. We want to share Christian fellowship, conversation, and activities. All are welcome. Contact Marlene Ames, 235-0241, or Cathy Chatelain, 261-2707, if you have questions. Otherwise just come and join the fun. </p><p>SUNDAY NURSERY: Providing a supervised nursery for young children is an important need for young parents. We gratefully ask members to consider giving one hour of their time to provide for this ministry. To volunteer, contact Cathy Chatelain at 293-6772 or 261-2707 or the church office 232-8521. </p><p>Time of Remembrance-All Saints Sunday We invite St. John members and their families, who have lost a loved one in the past year, to attend a luncheon on All Saints Sunday, Nov. 4. Lunch will be served by the Parish Health committee in the Fellowship Hall follow-ing the 11 am worship. Please call the church office, 232-8521, or Cathy Chatelain, 293-6772, to RSVP. </p><p>MUSIC NOTES! Questions: call or text 388-4200 (Dawn) or email: </p><p> or </p><p>Choir Schedule: Nov. 4: All Saints Sunday &amp; time change 8:45 Childrens choir; Jay &amp; Marilyn Goos, guitars for prelude &amp; communion (both) 11:00 St. John choir </p><p>Nov. 11: Worship band </p><p>Nov. 18: 8:45 St. John choir 11:00 </p><p>THANKSGIVING WORSHIP SERVICE Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 pm </p><p>Adult Handbells! And maybe childrens choir </p><p>Nov. 25: Christ the King Sunday 9:30 Worship! NOTE THE TIME CHANGE. No choirs. </p><p> YOU ARE join the St. John Choir for the following short term commitments: 1. CHRISTMAS EVE choir. Rehearsal on Wed. Dec. 19, 7pm (you may also come to the Dec. 12 rehearsal) We will sing at the 5:30 pm Christmas Eve Service </p><p>2. CHRISTMAS MINI-CANTATA on Sun. Dec. 23, 9:30 am </p><p>3. And/or the EPIPHANY MINI-CANTATA on Sunday, Jan. 6, 8:45 and 11:00 am All the music is from the same composer and book, but we will save the portion on the kings for January 6. Join us as early as Wed., Nov 7 or as late as Wed., Dec. 5. We will rehearse this music the first 30 minutes of each rehearsal Email dawn: or call her 701-388-4200 with questions. </p><p>Sunday Morning Coffee/Fellowship Hour! Please consider serving coffee during our Fellowship Cof-fee Hour in the parlor on Sunday mornings! Sign up on the sheet located on the east wall of the parlor. A family can even sign up for both serving and bringing treats! </p><p>Please support this crucial ministry! </p><p>families, your children and parents, your friends and neighbors, your classmates and your colleagues, and you love your church. </p><p>I give thanks to God for your welcome, for your call to be one of your pastors, and I am ever grateful that together we will begin a new story together at St. John. As we get to know one another in worship, committees, small groups, Wednes-day night suppers, and other events, we will begin to see what God is up to in our lives together. </p><p> With a thankful heart, Pastor Leslie </p><p>(Continued from page 1) Other Faithful Ministries </p><p>Rest &amp; Rejuv Retreat (for Moms of Special Needs Kids) will be held on Saturday, November 18, 8:30-1:00 pm. Contact: Dawn Papenfuss (701-388-4200) or Karen (218-287-4448, </p><p>Church Women United: World Community Day! Fri., Nov. 2, 9:30 am at St. John Lutheran Church Program: We will look at diversity and at how we respond. Please bring a non-perishable food item. Everyone wel-come! Child care provided. </p><p>OPEN HOUSES: All members invited! </p><p>Bea Ihlenfeld will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 2-4 pm at Touchmark. All are invited! </p><p>Clarine Erickson will be celebrating her 90th birthday on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 2-4 pm at Touchmark. All are invited! (Touchmark, 1200 Harwood Drive, Fargo) </p><p>ADULT FORUM! Sundays at 10 am in room B-11. Sunday, Nov. 4: Matt Brunsvold will be leading a mission trip to Ecuador in May 13 with up to 5-6 St. John people. It is a follow-up trip from one he did with a group from Concordia last year. This experience made Matt feel the need to return and to lead a group. The presentation will go over the Mission as well as trip logistics, schedule, cost, and planning. Questions and answers to follow. Sunday, Nov. 18: Come to meet Pastor Leslie Mahraun dur-ing this Adult Forum! Pastor Leslie is St. Johns new pastor. </p></li><li><p>Memorials </p><p>St. John Foundation: In memory of Skip Shirley: Dave &amp; Gini Duval, Bob &amp; Suzanne Schultz Special Music Fund: In memory of Natalie J. Dygve: Winnifred &amp; Ferde Penfield </p><p>2012 Financial Status: (January 1-October 10, 2012) $ 9,615 Weekly amount needed for 500,000 Annual budget </p><p> 9,697 Average weekly receipts </p><p> 397,589 Income-to-Date (through 10-10) </p><p> 415,445 Budget-to-Date (through 10-10) </p><p>Ministerial Acts: Baptism-October 7: </p><p>Jaxson Carter Rasmusson, son of Travis Rasmusson and Tarah Poitra </p><p>45s LATE NIGHT, November 2, 7-9 p.m. A night of food, fun, friends and fellowship for all our 4 &amp; 5th graders. Grab a </p><p>friend and bring snacks to share! </p><p>Confirmation Ministry Confirmation Classes for Gr. 7 &amp; 8 </p><p>are held Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. </p><p>Confirmation Gathering for Gr. 9 and mentors </p><p>will be Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m. </p><p>If you are interested in participating in our Confirmation Ministries, </p><p>we welcome you to join us! Please contact Jessica Miller for more </p><p>information. </p><p>Weekly Youth Ministries </p><p>Traditions series for all our youth grades 6-12 Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Calling all Youth to Write 9.5 Theses, </p><p>Be Little Christ , and Use LOTS of Toilet Paper! On Reformation Sunday, October 28, we will kick off a 4-week </p><p>re-form Traditions series for all our youth grades 6-12, exploring our Lutheran traditions and beliefs. </p><p>Oct. 28: Did Martin Luther really call the Pope the Anti-Christ? </p><p>Nov.4: How can Lutherans believe in grace alone when they also believe in faith alone and scripture alone? Nov. 11: Do I have to memorize the Small Catechism to be </p><p> Lutheran? </p><p>Nov. 18: Whats a synod and why are there so many different ones? </p><p>Crossroads for youth in Grades 9-12 meets on Wednesdays, 7:30-</p><p>8:30 p.m. in the youth room. This is a great time of fun, fellowship, </p><p>and deep faith as we talk about life and pray for one another. All </p><p>high school youth are welcomeJoin us! </p><p>For more information on these weekly ministries, please see the </p><p>Youth Board or website. </p><p>Milestone Ministry Milestone Ministry engages the whole family in celebrating mile-</p><p>stones in your childs life. For each milestone, we have a Family Gathering to learn how God is at work in your life, and ways that </p><p>you can practice faith at home. We then celebrate the milestone </p><p>during worship so that our whole community can pray for and sup-</p><p>port you in your faith journey. Please see our Milestone Ministry </p><p>brochure or our website for a full outline of Milestones celebrated </p><p>at St. John. Look forward to joining us for your milestones, and </p><p>celebrating them this year! </p><p>These Milestones will coming soon: </p><p>Prayer: Talking to God for our 2 year olds, Nov. 4. </p><p> Family Gathering will be November 4, 10-10:45 a.m. </p><p> Milestone Celebration at 11:00 a.m. worship. </p><p>Imago Dei: Created in Gods Image, 6th Grade, December 2. Family Gatherings will be Nov. 11, 18, &amp; Dec. 2. </p><p> Milestone Celebration at 11:00 a.m. worship. </p><p>Baptismal Birthday Celebration, 1 year olds and all baptized in </p><p>2012! January 13. </p><p> A baptismal birthday party for all those baptized in 2012. </p><p>Lords Prayer, 2nd Grade, January 20. Family Gatherings will be January 6, 13, &amp; 20. </p><p> Milestone Celebration will be Jan. 20, 11:00 a.m. worship. </p><p>Sunday School News Sunday School Leadership Team: Lanelle Vasichek, </p><p>Heather Stephens, Bethany Grahn, Becca Sandell </p><p>ADVENT FESTIVAL, December 1st, 9-11 a.m. A Fun Fam-</p><p>ily Event for everyone with games, crafts, and activities as we </p><p>begin the season of Advent in preparation for Christs birth! Adult and older youth help is neededif interested, please con-tact Heather (Enderle) Stephens at 701.552.2839. </p><p>CHRISTMAS PROGRAM, December 16th. Rehearsal at </p><p>10 am and Program during the 11:00 am Worship Service. </p><p>REMINDER: There is NO Sunday School on Nov. 25, </p><p>and Dec. 23 &amp; 30. (classes will resume January 6) </p><p>Youth and Family Ministry Jessica Miller, Director of Youth and Family Ministry </p><p>701.232.8521, ext. 107 facebook group: St. John Youth Headquarters </p><p>Lutheran World Relief Fall Project Kit Shipment to Minneapolis </p><p>5 Health Kits; 45 Personal Care Kits; 42 School Kits and 10 Baby Care Kits A separate contribution of $204.30 was sent to Project Comfort Fund to help pay shipping costs for the kits to reach their international and national destinations. </p><p>Contents for mission kits have been received through dona-tions, garage sales, and thrift stores. Financial gifts have been received from St John Foundation and congregation members. We thank you for helping to make these projects possible and extending the ministry of St John Lutheran to worldwide smiles. Missions Committee: Submitted by Char Grant </p><p>Advent is a time of preparation. We prepare our hearts for </p><p>what the birth of the Christ child means in our lives. And this </p><p>year, the Miller family is also preparing for the arrival of a new </p><p>baby in January! We are making arrangements for all Youth &amp; </p><p>Family Ministry while I am on leave; please watch for more info </p><p>in the next Herald. We appreciate prayers for health and safety </p><p>of baby and the whole family! -Jessica M. </p></li><li><p>St. John Lutheran Church </p><p>1710 South 5th Street </p><p>Fargo, ND 58103 </p><p>THE HERALD Nov./first half Dec. 2012 </p><p>Published 10 times/year </p><p>Vol. #112, Issue...</p></li></ul>