Wednesday, June 27, 2012

July Sabbatical Month

Following the custom we began last year, we are designating July as Sabbatical Month. As much as possible we will shift our congregational energy away from being busy with programs and meetings to experienceing God's gift of rest and renewal through congregational worship, personal prayer and reflection, and the celebration of our life together as the Body of Christ. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

St. John's Garage Sale

Start your spring cleaning early! St. John's will host it's 2nd Annual Garage Sale on July 20. Donations of everything and almost anything (no adult clothing, please) will be received, marked and sold to benefit Bright Horizons. Help make this effort a success -- bring us your unwanted and your unneeded!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Carol Joy Holling Camp

Carol Joy Holling Camp Late-Bird Discounts Week 5, July 1-3: Camp Carol Joy Holling still has quite a few openings in the mini-week...perfect for first-time campers, which runs July 1-3, 2012 at TrailHead & Tipi. TrailHead - 1251 - 1st - 3rd & 4th-6th - $155 (with discount) Tipi Village - 1253 - 4th-6th - $155 (with discount) Registration deadline is Thursday, 6/28 at midnight. The discount off of mini-week sessions is $50. Full payment is due at the time of registration and discount is only good on new registrations. Use coupon code "Late Bird." Questions, contact Mary Bower, toll free at 1-888-656-6254 or e-mail 27416 Ranch Road, Ashland, Nebraska 68003

Communion Kits

Communion kits will be distributed during the worship services on June 30 and July 1 due to the Independence Day holiday.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Ministry Reel: Stephen Ministry

 Karen Widhalm & Linda Walter share a bit about their Stephen Ministry training in Orlando, Florida.

Ministry Reel: Minot

Susan Skogstoe tells us highlights of her mission trip to Minot, North Dakota, in June 2012.

Monday, June 11, 2012

DayCamp Finale

DayCamp's over, but what a week!  We spent our last day together learning

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Bark-B-Q at St. John's: Video Recap

Bark-B-Q Raffle Winners

Take a look at the winners list and see if you won a raffle prize at Sunday afternoon's Bark-B-Q! Thank you to everyone who contributed & enjoyed the afternoon at St. John's. After expenses, around $3000 was raised for the Animal Shelter of Northeast Nebraska!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Mission DayCamp--Day 2!

Here's all the news from our second day at Mission DayCamp!

Celebrations of Ordination

We are truly blessed to be celebrating with several Pastors from our church family who are being recognized for their years of ministry. Among those who we rejoice with are:
  • Pastor Justin Wiese, 5 years
  • Pastor Scot McCluskey, 25 years
  • Pastor Bill Koeber, 45 years
  • Pastor Rollin Olesen, 50 years

If you would like to send a card to Pastor Scot, mail can be send to Galilean Lutheran Church, 4454 - 255th St. Hwy 18 West, Clear Lake, IA 50428.

New Bishop Elected

The Rev. Brian Maas was selected Saturday by the 2012 Nebraska Synod Assembly as its new Bishop. Maas was selected on the fourth ballot, receiving 432 of the 702 votes cast. Maas was elected to a six-year term, succeeding Bishop David deFreese who was first elected in 2000. Maas currently serves as Lead Pastor at First Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. Prior to that, Maas served in calls in Tekamah, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri. Following his election, Maas humbly told the assembly he was overcome by three overwhelming feelings - the first, gratitude for the support of the assembly; the second, an abiding concern for their judgment; and third, a profound confidence "God will take care of us anyway." "Everything I have, I will give to the best of my ability. The rest God will provide," Maas said. Maas will officially begin his term as Bishop on Sept. 1 and will be formally installed on Sept. 22 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grand Island. Click here to see video of the announcement.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Pastor Justin Updates From Confirmation Camp

Pastor Justin & some St. John's confirmation students & friends are down at confirmation camp at Carol Joy Holling Camp this week.  Be sure to check out pictures both on St. John's facebook page and on The Springs Photo Album on Camp's webpage.

Mission DayCamp Day #1!

 We're off to a GREAT start at Mission Adventure DayCamp!

Dine Out For Campus Ministry TODAY @ Applebee's

Be sure to eat out at Applebee's TODAY anytime, lunch or dinner, carside-to-go or dine-in. Use the NeLCM Certificate from church or print this one out, hand it to your server, and 15% of your total receipt will be donated to Nebraska Lutheran Campus Ministry in Norfolk! $10.99 for all you can eat wings or ribs (dine-in only)!

Send Camp Mail to Confirmation Campers This Week

Send our confirmation campers & Pastor Justin some camp mail this week! It must be received by 9 a.m. for delivery that day.  The email MUST be addressed to and in the “subject” field be sure to put the camper's first and last name AND The Springs (our camp site).

Put any of the following in the subject line to drop us a message:

Autumn Hardin The Springs
Shayla Kramer The Springs
Mariah Yagow The Springs
Pastor Justin Wiese The Springs

No fancy art or lengthy forwardings, please. Due to the number of campers each week and the availability of computer equipment, campers are not be able to reply to e-mail while at camp. We look forward to hearing from you! ~~Pastor Justin