Thursday, April 26, 2012

Youth Gathering Fundraising 7% Away From Goal

Four youth and two adult sponsors from St. John's Lutheran Church in Norfolk will be attending the 2012  ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 18-22, 2012.

Needing to acquire nearly $6000 for the cost of the entire trip, St. John's Director of Christian Education Tracy Nerem shares that only $450 is left to raise for the remainder of the cost to the six participants.

"Fundraising efforts have gone well over the past several months," tells Tracy.  "We hope that continued financial support from our prayer partners and members of St. John's will help us achieve our goal."

Faith Leader Retreat This Weekend

Benedictine Peace Center, Yankton, SD
This coming weekend, 15 Faith Leaders and 4 teachers will gather at the Benedictine Peace Center in Yankton for their spring retreat. The spring retreat marks the conclusion of a special journey that began last September. For our Faith Leaders, the spring retreat is a great celebration, but it is also bitter-sweet, because it marks the end of a very special time in their life.

One of my purest joys in ministry as pastor is leading Faith Leader. This year's class marks my fourth class at St. John's and my seventh year of leading Faith Leader since introducing this program to the Nebraska Synod.

Faith Leader is a unique faith formation program for adults. It invites people to discover their souls and experience God's presence in new ways. One of the nice things about Faith Leader is that it does not matter how much you know or do no know about God or the Bible. Everyone has the opportunity to take that journey inward and dig more deeply into such fundamental, lifelong questions.  Questions like...God, who am I in you? God, who are you in me? God, what is it that you seek in my life?

What makes Faith Leader such a joy for me is that I witness people change and grow in remarkable ways through the Faith Leader journey. Often the spiritual transformation I witness is profound, but this is no surprise, since this is the way of God in our life. Faith Leaders experience the presence of God in their everyday life in ways they had not experienced before. Their everyday life and their spiritual life merge more fully into one. A deep spiritual hunger for something more when it comes to God and the Church is satisfied.

Please remember in prayer our Faith Leaders this weekend. Soon they will share with you their stories. I invite you to speak to our Faith Leaders from this year and the past to learn more about how this journey can be your journey.

~~Pastor Edgar Schambach

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Confirmation Camp Registrations Due April 27

Hi Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth graders & their families! Did you get the letter from Pastor Justin (me) & Tracy in the mail about going to camp June 3-8? One registration has been turned in. Fourteen open spots remain. Who will be next to sign up?
To review Confirmation Camp Details:
Who: Your student with Pastor Justin and other St. John’s 6th, 7th, & 8th graders
What: Confirmation Camp
Where: Carol Joy Holling Camp near Ashland, NE
When: Sunday, June 3, to Friday, June 8
Cost: $100 deposit by April 27, total cost $360, scholarship funds available
Why: Time apart with God, Pastor Justin, friends, & new found friends as a bonus confirmation experience explores Christian themes in “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”

Monday, April 16, 2012

Garden Club

St. John's Garden Club will be gardening at the church each Tuesday and Thursday at 5 PM (weather permitting). Please join us at your schedule permits.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Choir Cantata

Be sure to join us this weekend at all worship services when the St. John's Majesty Choir presents the spring cantata "The Love of Jesus". Worship is on Saturdays at 6 PM and Sundays at 8:30 & 11 AM.

Invitation to Pastor Justin's Installation

An Easter message from the ELCA Presiding Bishop

"Because Christ is risen, we can embrace life's complexities and uncertainties with a living, daring confidence in God's grace," says Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A message for Easter 2012