Considering the current climate, the 125th Anniversary Committee has decided to postpone our brunch. The new date will be March 27, and details will come out about that as we get closer. The next event planned is our Family Bingo Night on February 26. Details on that will be forthcoming in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!
AD LUTHERAN WOMEN’S MISSIONARY LEAGUE
Beginning in January, the Mary Martha Guild will be knitting or crocheting scarves as part of the “SCARF SISTERS” project of the Suffolk Zone for 2022. See the flyer on the bulletin board in the gym foyer. The scarves can also be sewn. The scarves will be given out in December, so we have lots of time to do this. The scarves can be made in a simple pattern in colors that would work for either men or women. The size of the adult scarf can be 55-60 inches long and approximately 6-7 inches wide. There is also a need for scarves for children. In the Bible we hear about how our works are an example of our faith in action. This is an opportunity to use our actions as a blessing for those less fortunate. For more information and a copy of the tag to attach to the scarf, contact Honey Pabst at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, our Prayer Shawl Committee is asking if anyone would like to help with the making of shawls or lap robes. This past year there were several requests for prayer shawls and lap robes, so our current supply is low. All donations would be appreciated. Thank you and God Bless.
SOUPER BOWL OF CARING – The weekend of February 13th the Mary Martha ladies will be holding a “SOUP POT” to collect money for our local soup kitchen in Sayville – Sharing a Meal. Sharing a Meal serves a hot meal and provides some extra bags of sandwiches to help those who are their guests. Our collection will help with their expenses and enable them to continue to do what they can to benefit those in our community. Our blessings and thanks for whatever you can give. If donating by check, please make the check out to Mary Martha Guild. For more information contact Pam Kennard, President of the Mary Martha Guild at 631-678-3246
THRIVENT is not only helping us with our Action Team projects and Choice Dollars, but Thrivent is also providing us with events that are for our enjoyment. Coming up on Tuesday, November 16 from 7:00-8:00pm, is “The Happiness Lab” with Dr. Laurie Santos. Dr. Santos, a Yale professor, uncovers the science behind how to live a happy life. RSVP bit.ly/HappinessLabNortheast to register. Following that in December will be a virtual concert – “Christmas with Amy Grant” – on December 3-5. RSVP bit/ly/AmyGrantNortheast to register. If you have any questions especially about doing an Action Team or about directing your Choice Dollars, contact me, Honey Pabst at email@example.com.
LUTHERAN WOMEN’S MISSIONARY LEAGUE (AD LWML)
The MARY MARTHA GUILD thanks you for your support of our LWML Mites Collection. We are happy to report that $350 was received and will go towards our mission goal for this biennium. Please look for updates on the bulletin board in the gym foyer as we continue to pay each of the grants listed. We are almost there. Please join us in prayer for these grants and the blessing they will be to many.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR PARISH EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES IN 2021/2022!
Kindly sign up online by August 15 so that we may make plans for teachers, classroom space, and materials for all our students. All classes will be in person, and we will follow guidance from the CDC, as well as keeping an eye on how schools are doing things, to ensure the safety of our students and staff. For the online signup sheets, please indicate the student’s name and grade in the box at the top of the sheet, along with the other information requested.
Our programs are as follows:
Sunday School – children from 3-years-old up to 6th grade meet on Sundays during the 9:30am service. Each week, the students will work through a Bible story, engage in a craft or game, and enjoy fellowship with other students. Classes begin on September 19. Sign up here.
We are also in need of teachers and assistants. If you’d like to help, please sign up here.
First Communion – typically for students in 6th grade, this class begins in January and runs up to Holy Week. Students are given an introduction to the Small Catechism, combined with a Biblical understanding of the faith, in preparation to receive communion for the first time on the Sunday after Easter. Classes have usually been held on Tuesdays from 6-7pm. Sign up here.
Confirmation – this class takes a deeper look at the Catechism and the Biblical narrative surrounding each of the six chief parts. This class is typically for 7th and 8th grade students and runs from September through the end of April. Both grades meet together on Wednesdays from 6-7pm. Sign up here.
Questions? Please contact Pastor in the Church Office (631-589-3202, or firstname.lastname@example.org).
PRAYER CHAIN – If you are interested in being part of the Prayer Chain, please contact Bobbie Harris or Deanna Suckow and they will be happy to include you. If there are prayers needed for anyone whether it is of thanksgiving, health reasons or just concerns, let them know and they will let everyone know to pray for those requests. Their information is listed here:
Bobbi Harris 631-589-3791 (email@example.com) or
Deanna 631-750-3740 (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.
Look for our Quick Response (QR) code image on flyers and inserts.
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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