Pastor Bruening's Message
Fall Kick Off
On Sunday, September 13, we will have our Fall Kick- Off (Rally
Day). Activities on that day will include the following:
8:00 a.m.—Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
10:45 a.m.—Celebration Worship in Waiola Park followed by a picnic
(chicken will be provided), fellowship and games. Please bring lawn
chairs and a side dish to share.
This is a wonderful opportunity for
our members and friends to get to know one another better and a
great opportunity to invite friends and neighbors, especially if
they are unchurched to join us. We will be placing door hangers on
the doors of the people in the neighborhood to join us for this
celebration. In our Worship we will focus on the response of the
father in Mark’s Gospel to Jesus, “Lord I believe; help my
unbelief!” as we look at how we all struggle in different ways with
our faith journey.
Because you responded so well to our appeal for extra funds at the
end of the last fiscal year, we were able to end the year with a
surplus. Personally I am very appreciative that the members of St.
John’s have responded so favorably whenever there has been a request
for money or volunteers.
St. John’s Family Theater 2015
I was overwhelmed when I was able to attend the dress rehearsal last
year for the Family Theater production. I am amazed at how many
people give of their time and talent to make this wonderful program
for the Church. Activities such as these help build relationships
and strengthen ties within a congregation. Thanks to Marnie Smith
for organizing and directing this production and to all the
Council Retreat and a Vision Statement
The Council is in the process of evaluating the goals previously
set. We will then work on setting new goals at a Council retreat,
tentatively scheduled for October 24. The next step would be to cast
a vision based on our mission statement. The vision statement will
take our Mission Statement and put a vision with it showing what we
want to see happening in Jerusalem (our congregational and school)
as well as what we want to see happening in Judea, Samaria and to
the ends of the earth.
In His Service,