Michael Kearney in recital Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 7 pm.
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VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION – During the month of April we always celebrate and thank our volunteers on National Appreciation Day. Right now, there are many volunteers that we need to thank and remember in our prayers for all that they are doing to help because of this virus. May God bless and keep them safe. But here at St. John’s, your Thrivent Financial team has always honored our volunteers with a special cake at our coffee hour. Last year and this year we were unable to hold this event due to the virus that has not allowed us to come together. So how can we make mention of this special group of people here at our church? Maybe we can thank them by a telephone call or may be a note to tell them they are appreciated. May be if you need to go out, you can leave a flower on their doorstep. These are just some ideas that you might think of. Think about some of those that you would like to thank – may be the Altar Guild members, the Ushers, the Communion Stewards, the Readers, even the people who provide the video each Sunday. There are others who take care of the food pantry, our council members, and our webmaster. We have many that work hard to see that all things go smoothly each Sunday and there are others who work behind the scene we do not always know who they are or what they do. There are people who just do things especially now. Finally, we thank our Pastor who goes above and beyond for us. So, from the Thrivent Financial team here, thank you for doing what you do and for using the gifts God has given you.
MARY MARTHA CHRISTIAN SERVICE AWARD – each year the Mary Martha Guild presents a Christian Service Award to a graduating high school senior. We are thankful for the many young people who have received this award in the past and look forward to the many who will be recipients in the future. Applications are now available in the church office. The completed application must be received in the church office NO LATER than June 6TH. For more information contact Pam Kennard, President of Mary Martha at 631-678-3246
The MARY MARTHA GUILD thanks you for your support of our mites on LWML Sunday. We are happy to report that $360 was received and will go towards our mission goal for this biennium. Please look for updates on the bulletin board in the Narthex as we continue to pay each of the grants listed. Please join us in prayer for these grants and the blessing they will be to many.
MARY MARTHA GUILD IS FOR THE BIRDS…. who would have thought that?
On Sunday, April 11, we will be handing out kits for you to make your own bird feeder with a pinecone, a string, peanut butter, bird seed and instructions. If you have children, you might want a couple of these kits. Make your bird feeder, hang it in your tree or give it to someone else. Make their day! MAKE MY DAY by taking a picture of your finished bird feeder or photograph birds eating from it. Send it to me and I will make a collage of all the pictures I receive and post it in the Narthex as you enter church. Our thanks to Thrivent Financial for the Action Team Card that allowed us to create a fun project for our church family.
Pam Kennard, President, Mary Martha Guild
THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLAR MEETING
On February 23, 2021 Thrivent members came together and voted yes to purchasing a new computer system along with the editing component, new lighting in the area of the pulpit and lectern, and the purchase of the crosses for the confirmands. As more funds come into our account, we will revisit other items that were considered. Please check on the Thrivent website every so often to see if you have any Choice Dollars that can be donated to the organization of your choice. You can still donate for 2020 if you do so by March 31, 2021. If you need more information about Choice Dollars, contact Honey Pabst at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
MARY MARTHA GUILD – PORTALS OF PRAYER MINISTRY - A CHANGE - We are sorry to tell you that our collection of the Portals of Prayer will be on hold until further notice. Our contact at the local facility has told us that they are unable to receive our donations at this time. We have hope of finding another outreach for this ministry and will let you know when we are able to resume this collection. We thank you for helping to spread God’s Word with your donation.
We have been collecting the tabs from soda and other beverage cans since 1995. In years past we have been able to help send children with kidney disease to a summer camp for two weeks.
Since this program is no longer in existence, we are now donating all funds from the recycling of these tabs to the Social Ministries/Human Care Board here at St. John’s. These funds add to what is needed to help people with food baskets during the year and at the holidays. Please remove all tabs from your cans before you recycle them and bring the tabs to the church. Tabs are normally left in the cloak room as you enter the church. For more information please contact Donna Meier, Social Ministry Chairman.
ATLANTIC DISTRICT LUTHERAN WOMEN'S MINISTRY LEAGUE
A Mustard Seed Devotion............
In the Word
Praise God in his sanctuary…
Of the Word
What can you expect when you enter church for worship? It’s a fair question, and God answers it.
In God’s House, you can expect God to minister to your deepest needs. In the reading of His Word, He speaks to you of His Law and His Gospel. In the preaching of His Word, He instructs, inspires, and encourages you in your Christian walk. In the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, you witness another person whose name is added to the Book of Life. In the Sacrament of Holy Communion, you touch and taste His presence and grace.
In God’s house, you can expect other believers to minister to you. One look tells you you’re not alone in discipleship. The sound of voices raised in song proclaims that you’re part of a living, joyful, and worshipful community. Hands reaching out to you in times of sorrow and in times of celebration express the unity of faith and oneness in heart of all believers.
Yes, God expects to see you in His house…and you can expect with certainty to find Him and His people there.
Walking with My Lord
Lord, thank You for the gift of worship and community;
Accept my praises, Lord, both here and in eternity.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
ATTENTION!!! PLEASE READ!!!
Good News has moved to an electronic format which will be emailed out at the end of each month.
You may view Good News monthly online by clicking "Newsletter"
What does this mean? A very Lutheran question you ask. Well, if you are currently on our email distribution list, then you needn’t do anything at all except look in your inbox towards the end of September for an email from the church with the newsletter attached, open the email, open the attachment, and enjoy the new and improved Good News.
If you are not currently on our email list, then please fill out the bottom of this slip and please make sure to print legibly. Another alternative is to email the church office at email@example.com and let us know that you’d like to be added to our email list for the purposes of receiving our newsletter. Don’t worry, we don’t send out a lot of emails and we don’t really have any deals or specials to try and entice you to come in, save the precious and free Gospel of Jesus given out each week in the Divine Service!
If you are not on our email list and do not do email, have no fear. We will make a few hard copies and make them available in the narthex on the way out of church. Live too far away? Don’t worry…we will mail you a copy, but since we will no longer be getting the bulk price for postage, we would simply ask you for a small donation of $10 to cover the costs of shipping for one year. Either way, just check the appropriate box on link below.
If you have any questions, let us know in the church office. Thanks, and look out next month for the new Good News still filled with all the great things happening at St. John’s, and more!
SIMPLY GIVING PROGRAM: Our church offers electronic giving on a scheduled, automatic basis. If you are writing checks and preparing envelopes every week, you will especially appreciate electronic giving. It is convenient for you and provides much-needed donation consistency for our church.
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What is this QR code and why use it?
When you scan this barcode-like QR code image with a smartphone's QR decoder, it will instantly connect you to the mobile version of your web page. Try it yourself! To individuals who are familiar with QR codes, it will provide a quick and easy way to access the web page without having to type out a long web address or locate our link.
If you would like to put live flowers on the altar in memory of or in honor of someone, please contact the church office.
The Neighborhood House of Sayville
The Neighborhood House is a non-profit grief center that provides support
to people learning to live with loss.
8-week support groups are now forming for children, families and individuals grieving the loss of a family member to suicide. Groups will meet Tuesday evenings beginning this fall at New Life Community Church. There is no cost for participating. Registration is open. For more information and to set up a registration appointment, please call Michelle at (631) 589-0055.
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