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From Pastor Luhring
……

1.

Joyful in hope



even when things go wrong
,

hang on to your
hope in God and it will give you joy.

2.

Patient in affliction



remain patient because you know God
will use whatever you are going through for your good.

3.

Faithful in prayer



when tough times,
come
you have a
choice: you can either pray continually or you can panic. You
can either be on your knees giving it all to God, or you can give
up.


PASTOR LUHRING’S

SERMON SCHEDULE


February 12/13

Intimacy With God



Jn 15:12
-
16


February 19/20

Spiritual Reproduction Matt 28:20


February 26/27

A Love For People




Jn 13:34
-
35


IN
VI
TE FRIENDS TO CHURCH

PASTORS’ SERMONS
: Please extend an invitation to
your unchurched family members and friends to attend
services with you. Many people say that they did not attend
a church service “Because nobody invited me”. So invite
your friends to hear God’s Word and to become a member

of God’s Family. Your pastors’ sermons are designed to be
contemporary and aimed for bringing God’s Word to bear on our most
significant struggles and challenges of life. Because of Jesus we have
hope

for
tomorrow,
confidence

in the future,
light

in our d
arkness,
victory

in each trial,
rest

when we are weary and
love

for a life time


for Jesus is the Light of the
world. Our worship services focus on God’s story and how it can still impact
lives with stronger faith today and with hope for tomorrow. Bring a

friend to
worship.


THE FRIDAY’S IRON MEN BREAKFAST BIBLE STUDY


This We Believe
” is a new study of our Lutheran Church’s
position on selected topics of faith and practice. We will study
information on over 50 topics: abortion,
anti
-
Semitism,
assisted suicide, charismatic teaching, participating in civic
events, cloning, cohabitation, cremation, end
-
of
-
life issues,
fertility treatment, gambling, immigration, intinction, lay reading of scripture,
organ donation, pornography, reproducti
ve technology, undocumented aliens,
unity within the synod, etc.

“Iron Men” meet at 6:30 each Friday in the Lunch
Room with donuts and coffee. All men are invited to join this one
-
hour study
Friday mornings from 6:30
-
7:30. You are invited! See you next Fri
day!



Page 16


February 2011
The Epistle


Vol. 63 #2


St. John Lutheran Church and School

Defiance, Ohio









From Pastor Luhring. . .
. .


Ralph Waldo Emerson

once said, “
Nothing great is ever accomplished in life
without enthusiasm.


You have to have a love, a passion to see something great
happen. That is why you need to nurture your enthusiasm if you want to change
things in your life
, your fami
ly
or your job.


If you say,


Well, I kind of, I sort of, maybe, I want to change,




it is no
t going
to happen. If you say, “W
ell, I would like to change in my spare time
,
" it isn't
going to happen. But if you are passionate about your goals
,

i
t will then become
a reality.


Unfortunately
,

it is easy to lose your enthusiasm. So
,

how do you maintain your
love and your enthusiasm? Speaking from personal experience
,

it takes more
than positive thinking or site call Cybernetics. It takes God in your heart and
your life.


The word enthusiasm

com
e
s from two Greek words. The word

en
” which
means “in,”

and the word theos which is the Greek word for

God

. To be
enthusiastic then means to be in God. And when you get in God and when God
gets in you, you have love and enthusiasm deep in your heart.


The Apostle Paul tells us

how to be enthusiastic in Romans 12:11
-
12
, “N
ever
be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritua
l fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in
hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.



Continues on back page

16
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


Donald L. Luhring, Pastor

Joshua Schmidt, Pastor

655 Wayne Avenue

Defiance, Ohio 43512

419
-
782
-
5766

Fax: 419
-
782
-
0954

E
-
mail:
sjl@defnet.com

Web Site: www.stjohndefiance.com



PURPOSE

STATEMENT


W
orshipping God’s Name…

T
eaching God’s Word…

L
iving with Christian Values…

C
aring with God’s Love




Page 2




P
ASTORAL

ACTS






B
APTISMS:


Payton Elizabeth Bockelman

January 22, 2011


DEATHS:


Marvin Kemp who died

January 9

Memorial Service pending


Floyd Nicely who died January 3

Received Christian funeral
January 7


Larry Wagner who died January

12

Received Christian funeral January 17


JANUARY

FOOD PANTRY STATISTICS



98
Families Served


335
People Served


386
Bags of Food Given

$
3,850 App.

Worth






GREETERS AND USHERS NEEDED



There are several positions available at
all services to serve as a greeter or an
usher. Husband and wife teams, father
and children, mother and children are
encouraged to pa
rticipate.


If you are interested in serving in this
very important ministry, please call the
church office at 419
-
782
-
5766.







Page 1
5




St. John


Staff


Directory




Pastor

Rev. Donald Luhring

782
-
5766



Pastor

Rev. Joshua Schmidt

782
-
5766


Christian
Day School

Principal

Mike Saxton

782
-
1751


Director of Youth

Zech Teasdale


DCE Intern

782
-
5766



Senior Choir Director

Jan Kaiser

784
-
0706



Stephen Leaders

and

Ministers


STEPHEN LEADERS



Pastor Donald Luhring


419
-
782
-
5766


Penny Mueller


419
-
784
-
3299


Rita Bergman


419
-
782
-
4213


Faith Smith


419
-
782
-
2073


Sheryl Frederick


419
-
784
-
3104


Sandy Joost


419
-
542
-
8564



STEPHEN MINISTERS


Ruth Benien

Dawn Grant

Brian Grant

Deb Hastedt

Larry Joost

Sharon Lynn

Marilyn Reeb

Wendy Hulbert

Jeanette Tingle

Kristina Baxter

Brenda Gary

Jeff Pruitt

Dolena Bergman

Cathy Heyman

Lisa Buntain

Lauren Pruitt

Bill Phlipot

Mary Ann Hurst





VOLU
NTEERS NEEDED FOR PROJECTS


1.) “The Men’s Project Team”

will meet on Friday,



February 4
,

9:00 A.M.

Friday
. Come to the Lunch Room


for a l
ight breakfast and fellowship. Dur
ing this time


current projects
will be discussed. Call Nancy Schatz if



you are interested.


2.)“Phone Calling of Members”
Phon
e calls to make caring contacts


with members, listen to shut
-
ins, share in their struggles with illness


and loneliness, etc. Calling will be done on Tuesday evenings. Call


Phil Rohlf 784
-
0495 or the church office 782
-
5766.


3.)“First Impressions”

Our ministry of ushering and greeting has a


purpose

statement: “Guests should know they matter to God and to us


in the first ten minutes!” The first impression given by our greeters


and by our ushe
rs is the most important feeling a visitor or a potential


new member carries out with them when they leave our services.


Before they hear the message of God’s Word that every child matters


to God, each visitor must know that they tr
uly do matter to us! Call


Mike

Saxton
, 393
-
2513, Jim

Schatz
, 784
-
3122,

or Dr. Bill Lorenz,


782
-
7951
for more information!


4.)“PowerPoint Preparers”

are needed to prepare the weekly orders of


worship for projecting at worship servic
es. Call the church office (782
-


5766) or Rita Bergman (419
-
782
-
4213) if you want more information.


5.)“Clickers”
for the weekend worship services. Must be dependable and


have good attention span during all parts of the worship service. Call

Jim


Gary 395
-
2192 or the church office 782
-
5766 for more information.


6.)“Sound”
people are needed to help with monitoring the sound controls


in all worship services. Are you interested?


7.)“Video Taping of 11:00 service”
This ministry nee
ds someone who can


learn to use a video camera and do some editing. Call the church office


or Carroll Bergman 782
-
9086.


8.)“Receptionists”
are needed who can help for four hours either in the


morning or

in the afternoon at the recepti
on desk. Please call Nancy


Schatz for a job description or for more information.


9.)

“Clothes Closet Helpers”

are needed. For more information call



Sharon Keller at 419
-
782
-
2639.
This ministry directly helps many of our


financial struggling families in Defiance.


10.)


Cross Training Guides


are needed to help a small group of four or five


boys or girls to share their weekly highs and lows and to develop a positive


mentoring

relationship with them. Call Zech Teasdale at
419
-
782
-
5766.

Page 14

FROM PASTOR SCHMIDT


Psalm 51:14
-
15 “Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my
salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.

O Lord, open
my lips, and my mouth

will declare your praise.”

In Psalm 51, David is confessing his sins of adultery and murder to God. David
throws himself at the mercy of God, asking for forgiveness. David also
promises God that if God does deliver him from his guilt, he will sing praises

and declare God’s righteousness with his mouth. God did forgive David just as
He forgives each of us because of Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross and His
resurrection. We have no trouble remembering that Good News. We hear it
every week in worship. We

even sing aloud in praise and thanksgiving during
worship. What we find difficult is declaring our praise to God outside of the
church walls. We need help and strength when it comes to opening our lips to
share that Good News with others.




On February
26
th
, St. John will be hosting a free workshop called “Equipping
to Share: Everyday Evangelism.” This workshop features a guest instructor
from Lutheran Hour Ministries. They will provide practical tips and helpful
advice for you in the area of witnessing

for your Savior. You will grow in
confidence and be more willing and able to open your lips and declare God’s
greatness to others. Please sign up for this wonderful opportunity for growth.
Once again, this will take place Saturday, February 26, from 9 a.m
.
-
2 p.m.
Lunch is provided. See you there! In the meantime, pray the prayer that David
prayed in Psalm 51. Ask God to open your lips so that your mouth will declare
His praise.


SHUT
-
IN?

If you have a family member
, friend, or know of someone who
would
like
a
monthly home visit by Pastor Luhring
o
r Pastor Schmidt
, please call the church
office at 419
-
782
-
5766.






Page 3


FI
NANCIAL AND ATTENDANCE

FOR
JANUARY

$21,938.46 Needed Weekly to Meet Our Budget


Jan. 2


Service






Offering






Attendance


6:30 PM

$
1,771.00


78


8:00 AM


$
3,969.00 104

9:30 AM


$
3,866.00 139

11:00 A
M


$
1,943.00

134

11:00 AM

BRIDGE

$
1,049.00

110

DEBT REDUCTION

$

653.00

DIRECT
DEPOSIT

$

60.00

SCHOOL TUITION

$

875.00

TIGERS’ DEN FEES

$
1,216.80

TOTALS


$
15,402.80

565

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Jan. 8 & 9


Service






Offering







Attendance

6:30 PM

$
2,280.18


72


8:00 AM


$
2,140.00

79

9:30 AM


$
3,274.00 155

11:00 A
M


$
1,714.00

106

11:00 AM BRIDGE

$
2,544.00

85

DEBT REDUCTION

$
5,326.90

DIRECT DEPOSIT

$

1.00

SCHOOL TUITION

$

-
0
-

TIGERS’ DEN FEES

$
1,719.75

TOTALS


$
18,999.83

497

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Jan. 15 & 16
Service






Offering






Attendance

6:30 PM

$
2,386.06


97


8:00 AM


$
1,631.00

81

9:30 AM


$
2,678.00 135

11:00 A
M


$
1,628.00

98

11:00 AM BRIDGE

$1,537.00

101

DEBT REDUCTION

$
1,448.00

DIRECT DEPOSIT

$

30.00

SCHOOL TUITION

$
1,020.00

TIGERS’ DEN FEES

$
1,465.75

TOTALS


$
13,823.81

512

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Jan. 22 & 23

Service






Offering






Attendance

6:30 PM

$
1,499.00


95


8:00 AM


$
3,352.00

76

9:30 AM


$
2,609.06

128

11:00 A
M


$
1,587.00

89

11:00 AM BRIDGE

$
1.068.00


104

DEBT REDUCTION

$

41.00

DIRECT DEPOSIT

$

170.00

SCHOOL TUITION

$
1,426.00

TIGERS’ DEN FEES

$
1,760.10

TOTALS


$
13,512.1
6

492

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



Page 10


Teacher In
-
Service

-

No school was held for students on Monday,
January 17, but teachers attended an In
-
Service Training.


The Early
Childhood teachers participated in a training by Sandy Berlin on
“Handwriting Without Tears”, while first through eighth
grade teachers
were
involved wi
th a training regarding child abuse (“Stewards of
Children”) by Cheryl Robbins of the Child and Family Advocacy Center.


Preschool and School Age Program Licensing

-

The Ohio
Department of Education, Office of Early Learning, had a representativ
e
at St. John on Thursday, January 13
,


for a visitation for the purpose of re
-
licensing the Tigers’ Den and our Pres
c
hool.


The visitation was very
positive and St. John was re
-
licensed.


Kindergarten/Preschool/Tigers’ Den Open House

-

On T
hursday, February 24, an Open House will be held
for all those interested in Kindergarten, Preschool or the
Tigers’ Den for the 2011
-
2012 school year.


This will
allow parents a chance to start thinking about their child’s
placement for a particular class
or days next year.


Children of a parent or parents of St. John as well as children
that are currently enrolled at St. John will have first
priority in the enrollment process.


2011
-
12 Registration

-

Registration for the 2011
-
12 school year will begin
on T
uesday, March 1
,

for members and families with students currently
attending St. John.


Open registration will begin on Monday, March 14.


Registration packets will be sent home in mid
-
February.


Presidents’ Day

-

There will be
no school on Monday, February

21
.


Children’s Christmas Program DVD

-

DVD’s for each of the three
Children’s Christmas Programs (both early childhood and grades 1
-
8) on
December 19

can now be ordered in the church office.


The cost is $5.00 each.


FATHER
-

DAUGHTER DANCE


The PTL is
sponsoring a Father & Daughter
Dance on February 12
th

in the gym from 6:00


8:00 p.m. This is open to girls in Kindergarten
thru 8
th

grade. Show

her how special she really is

fathers, uncles, grandfathers, or anyone with a
special girl is invited to spend a semi
-
formal
evening full of music, dancing, refreshments, and photos!


The cost is $10.00 per child. Make checks payable to St. John Lutheran PTL.
Registration forms are av
ailable in the school office.



Page 7

ST
EPHEN MINISTRY


A Great Way You Can Help a Hurting Friend

Do you have a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative who has suffered


a loss or is going through a difficult time? Here's a great way you can help
them
--
tell them about our Stephen Ministry! Stephen Ministers are members



of St. John Lutheran Church who have received special training to provide high

quality, confidential, one
-
to
-
one, Christian care to hurting people.

Stephen Ministers meet weekly with their care receivers to listen, care, encourage, and
provide emotional and spiritual support. (Males are matched with males, and females are
matched with females.) The caring relationship lasts for as long as the person n
eeds care.

It's free, and it's a powerful way you can help a hurting friend.


To learn how to connect someone you know with a Stephen Minister,

talk with one of our Stephen Ministry Leaders: Pastor Luhring,


Penny Mueller, Rita Bergman, Faith Smith, Sher
yl Frederick and

Sandy Joost or call the church office 419
-
782
-
5766. Our Stephen Ministers

are there to care!


February 8, 2011


Dear Friend In Christ:

You’re invited to attend a special presentation at St. John Lutheran Church on
ministering to those coping with financial difficulties by Cecily Rohrs,
-

on Tuesday,
March 8
th

from 6:30
p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Cecily Rohrs, Ridgeville Corners, has been involved

in social service, in one form or
another, for more than 25 years. Today, she is director of Shepherd's Circle, a
volunteer group providing support and life
-
skills training to the needy.


Her insight on poverty and how people are coping with loss of inco
me in these tough
economic times will be very helpful for all of us to understand how we can minister to
the less fortunate.


Ms Rohrs states, “Many individuals and groups want to help those who live in poverty.
The task seems almost overwhelming. So conce
rned people raise money, offer their
best, and make suggestions all in the hope of making life better for those on the edge.
Sometimes it seems nothing changes. Frustration builds and it’s easy to think our
services will never make a difference. They

can!
They will! But we have to understand
the culture. It’s only then that we can make great strides to serve those in poverty more
effectively”.


Come join us on March 8
th

from 6:30

p.m. to 9:00

p.m.

in the Fellowship Room at St.
John Lutheran Church,


655 Way
ne Ave, Defiance, OH.


Please call 419
-
782
-
5766 and
sign
-
up to attend

this continuing education presentation by the Stephen Ministry of St.
John.

In His Service,

St. John Lutheran Stephen Ministry

P
age
12


National Lutheran Schools Week

-

Plans for National Lutheran Schools
Week (March 6
-

12) activities are currently underway, including the Scholastic
Book Fair.


The National Lutheran Schools Worship Service will be on
Sunday, March 6, with St. John students singing in all of the Sunday

services.
This year’s theme is “Securing Each Child’s Future
-

Making Disciples” and is
based on John 8:31b
-
32.




Springfest

-

The annual Springfest an
d
Carnival and Silent Auction will be held
on Saturday, March 12.


Plan on
attending and enjoying the fun, food,
prizes, games and more.


Sponsored by
the St. John PTL, Springfest is an
important fundraiser for that group.


Thank You for Box Tops

-

St. Joh
n recently recei
ved a check in the amount of
$919.40 for its participation in the Box Tops for Education Program, which
supports the computer fund.


Thanks for all of your help in making this
program such a success!!


TerraCycle Program
-

St. John recently

received a check in the amount of
$74.34 for its participation in the TerraCycle Program.


This
recycling

program
not only keeps trash out of the landfill but
also
generates cash for the school as
well.


Collection boxes are located in the school lunchroo
m for a variety of the
products that can be recycled.



Chief Good Neighbor Program

-

St. John recently received a
check in the amount of $49.29 for its participation in the Chief
Good Neighbor Program.


Thanks to all that place their C
hief
receipts in the collection box in the cafeteria.


Your help in
providing support to the school in this way is truly appreciated!!







Gift Card Update

-

Great Lakes Scrip Center announced that Target is the
newest retailer to join their scrip progr
am.


Target is available in $25 and $100
cards with a 1.74% discount.


Great Lakes also announced that they have
discontinued the Borders/Walden Books Gift Cards.




Page 5


Chief Gift Cards

-

Although there have been numerous requests regarding the
purchase of Chief Gift Cards, St. John currently participates in the Chief Good
Neighbor Program whereby sales receipts that are turned in at the school collection
box can be redeemed for cash.


I
n that Chief will allow partici
pa
tion in only one of
the two programs, the Board of Christian Day School has researched and
determined that it is more beneficial at this time to stay with the Good Neighbor
Program.


Since January 2005 the school has receiv
ed $4634.01 through Good
Neighbor.


School Spelling Bee

-

Sixth grader Nolan Lantz, St. John’s Spelling Bee
champion, and fifth grader Lexi Elwood, our runner
-
up, advanced to the Defiance
County Spelling Bee at the Ayersville

Auditorium on Tuesday, January 25.


Thanks to Mandy Schmidt, our Spelling Bee Coordinator, who has spent a great
deal of her time in helping these students prepare.



DIBELS Testing

-

Kindergarten through sixth grade students were engaged in
DIBELS testin
g, the second in a sequence of three testing sessions this year, on
January 25.


DIBELS is a standardized, individual test of accuracy and fluency as
a student reads a connected text.


Results of each of the three testing sessions (one
in the fall, one in

the winter and one in the spring) for each student allows for
tracking improvement in reading skills.


Iowa Tests

-

Iowa Tests of Basic Skills will be given to all Kindergarten, first and
second grade students during the week of February 28.



Ohio Achie
vement
Assessments

-

All students in grades 3 through 8 will be
taking the Ohio Achievement
Assessments

during the week of April 25.


Awards Assembly/Grade Cards

-

An Awards Assembly was held on Monday,
January 24.


This assembly served to recognize studen
ts for outstanding
accomplishments, including perfect attendanc
e at school, church and Sunday
s
chool, Honor Roll, and participation in the Spelling Bee during the second
quarter.


Students with Baptismal Birthdays during the months of December,
January and

February were also acknowledged.



Science Fair

-

The St. John Science Fair was held on Friday,
January 28.


Kindergarten through fourth grade students did class
projects, but fifth through eighth grade students focused on
individual projects
.


Judging was done during the afternoon, with
an open house for all students and parents to view the projects
Friday evening
,

at which time the results of the judging were
announced.


Those fifth through eighth students who earned
superior ratings will ha
ve an opportunity to move on to the District Science Fair
that will be held in March.




Page 6





CARE NOTES




Take One


Take Heart

Give One


Give Hope


Working Your Way

Through Crisis


New Care Notes have been placed in the rack in the entrance of
Church. Please take one for you or give to a friend.


Notes Now available:




When Your Grown Child Gives Up on Church



Giving Your Worries to God



Living Alone Without Being Lonely



Praying When You’re Worried



How Forgiveness can Heal Our Lives



How Faith Can Help When Bad Things Happen



Living With a Problem You Can’t Solve



When You
Can’t Stop Worrying



Finding Hope When Times Are Tough



Sad Isn’t Bad When Someone You Love Dies (For Kids)



When Mom and Dad Divorce
-
A Kid’s Resource







Page 11


WINTER LUTHERAN INFORMATION CLASS


The Winter Lutheran Information Class begins Febr
uary 13
,

Sunday evening,
6:30
-
8:30PM. In the weeks of February through April
,

Pastor Luhring and
Pastor Schmidt will teach this Lutheran Information Class to review our
Lutheran doctrines and the basic teachings of the Bible. Consider joining this
class
,

for personal growth in your faith and understanding of the Bible. Upon
completing the class non
-
members are offered the opportunity to join St. John
Lutheran Church and participate in the Sacrament of Holy Communion.


ADULT MEN’S BASKETBALL


Our youth intern, DCE Zech Teasdale, and a number
of college age young men are playing basketball each
week

schedule permitting. If you are interested in
joining for a good workout, full cour
t
-
fast break basketball,
call the churc
h office and ask for Zech, or we can just see you
on Tuesdays 7:00PM


9:00PM! It has been revealed that
Pastor Joshua Schmidt has an NBA three
-
point shot and excellent rebounding
hands to intimidate the competition!!


VOLLEYBALL


Our youth intern, DCE Zech Teasdale, and other eager volleyball
players are playing each Thursday f
rom

7:00

PM


9:00

PM in
the gym. Several of our members are extending an open
invitation for those who would like to exercise with them!



WOMEN
’S BIBLE STUDY

Breaking Free: The Journey, The Stories
by Beth Moore
is the women’s Bible study for
Sisters in Christ: A
Women Supporting Women Bible Study.

In this

DVD

series, Beth leads women to discover the transforming
power of freedom in Jesus Christ and to identify personal
obstacles in their lives. Our group meets on the second
Monday evening of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Our
next
m
eeting is Monday, Februar
y 14, and we invite you to come for this very
interesting study. Please join us in Penny Mueller’s home at 3117 Sandlewood
Drive. At 6:00 we share a meal of pizza and salad provided each time. If you
prefer, you may come at 7:00 for the Bible study only.

We would love to see
new faces. Feel free to call Penny Mueller (419
-
784
-
3299) or Judy Detter (419
-
393
-
2054) for more information.



Page 4


BENEFIT FOR GREG ULASZEWSKI

A benefit is planned on Sunday, February 20, for Greg Ulaszewski, one of
our St.
John custodian
s
, who does not have health insurance and needs to
help with medical bills resulting from heart surgery. The Benefit will
include breakfast
, l
unch and a silent auction.


In August of 2010, Greg had two heart attacks and
was rushed by helicopt
er to Toledo for emergency
insertion of cardiovascular stents. He needs
financial assistance with bills from this procedure
as well as help with the expensive medications he
now needs to take.


The benefit will include breakfast/lunch, served in the St. John lunch
room from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for a free will donation. The
menu will include breakfast casserole, coffee cake, fruit, hot beef
sandwiches, hot chicken sandwiches, cheesy potatoes
, a variety of
salads and desserts, and beverages.


Also from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., there will be a silent auction of
numerous items in the Fellowship Room. High bidders will be
announced at 1:30 p.m.


The benefit committee is seeking volunteers
to
provide salads and desserts; to help
with serving the meal; and to provide an
item or gift certificate for the silent
auction. Anyone who would like to help is
asked to call one of the committee
members: Jim Gary, 419
-
395
-
2192;
Jenny George, 419
-
784
-
4008;

Nancy
Schatz, 419
-
782
-
5766; and Faith Smith,
419
-
419
-
782
-
2073.

The deadline for auction items is February 12 and can be brought to
the Church Office. Salads and desserts need to be in the Lunch Room
by 9:30 Sunday, February 20. Thank you!


Supplemental fi
nancial support for the benefit of up to $1,500 is being
provided by the Defiance
-
Paulding Chapter of Thrivent Financial for
Lutherans. Greg needs our help, and this is a great opportunity as a
congregation to reach out to him. Thank you.







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e 13


SPRINGFEST

St. John’s annual Springfest Carnival and Silent Auction is
coming up on March 12 from 3:00
-
6:00 p.m.


Volunteers are needed to help: donations of auction
items, baked goods, and gently used stuffed animals
for prizes are requested.
Cakes and other baked
goods are needed for the Cake Walk. Sign up in the
school office! Thank you.


WE CARE CARD MINISTRY

You
are invited to attend a meeting of the
We Care Card Ministry

of St.
John on Thursday, February 10, from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M. Current card
senders will discuss this ministry. They will also share their experiences
with sending cards and notes to people they e
ncourage and support.
Please join us if you are interested in learning more about this ministry.


TIME FOR A FINANCIAL CHECKUP

To encourage people to examine their finances regularly

When was the last time you had a financial checkup?


When you hear the w
ord checkup, what comes to mind?


Most likely it’s your physical health. But checkups are just as critical to
your financial health

which may be equally important.


Most financial professionals recommend you get a financial checkup at
least once a year. Th
e experienced and knowledgeable financial
representatives at Thrivent
F
inancial for Lutherans can help.


Thrivent Financial offers simple ways to deal with changes in your life
that naturally lead to changes in your financial needs. For example, if you
hav
e a new grandchild, money you invested in a CD two years ago may
now make more sense in a college savings plan. Or a recent job
promotion may mean it’s finally time to start saving for retirement.


With regular financial checkups, you can ensure you’re doi
ng what’s
necessary today to
he
lp you achieve your long
-
term financial goals.


For a financial checkup or to discuss how Thrivent Financial can
he
lp you
achieve your financial goals, contact Bob

Heyman, F
inancial
Representative, at 419
-
782
-
0228 or
bob.heyman@thrivent.com

today.


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TEN WAYS TO LEAVE A LEGACY

We all seem to like top
-
ten lists. Here’s one that has ideas for you to consider as it
relates to your possible legacy to St. John Lutheran Endowment
F
und (SJLEF).


1.

Prepare a will, or amend your will, to leave a gift to SJLEF in the form of a
specific doll
ar amount or a percentage of assets.


2.

Use securities, real estate or other assets for your charitable gift to SJLEF.


3.

Name SHLEF as the beneficiary of your IRA or pension plan.


4.

Purchase a charitable gift annuity naming SJLEF as beneficiary.


5.

Name SJLEF as

the beneficiary on an existing life insurance policy.


6.

Purchase a new life insurance policy naming SJLEF as beneficiary.


7.

Us
e

a life estate agreement to leave your home, farm or vacation home to
SJLEF.


8.

Remember deceased loved ones with memorial gifts to
SJLEF.


9.

Encourage family members and friends to leave

a
gift to SJLEF in their
wills.


10.

Ask your financial advisor, accountant and attorney to include charitable
giving as part of their counsel to other clients.


You could probably come up with additional l
egacy items. For more information
on
B
iblical stewardship and charitable gift planning, call the church office at 419
-
782
-
5766.

Dave Memmer, CFP

For St. John Lutheran Endowment Committee



Grief Support Group Starting ….

Have you lost a loved one in the
recent past?

HUG


Helping Us Grieve


will be starting a group session Tuesday,
February 1, 2011. The group will meet for 4 weeks: February 1, February 8,
February 15, and February 22. Sessions begin at 7:00 pm and last about 1½
hours. The focus of the

group is to provide support and understanding for
the grieving process. For questions or to register, please call the church
office at 419
-
782
-
5766 or Penny Mueller at 419
-
784
-
3299. Please register
by Monday, January 31, 2011.


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St. John
Lutheran Clothes Closet

2010 Highlights


St. John Lutheran Clothes Closet continues to be a valuable ministry
outreach of our congregation. During the year, about 250 bags of
clothing were given out free of charge to area families in need.


Many St
. John Lutheran and community volunteers helped to sort,
organize and sell clothing, spending about 70 hours per week at the
Clothes Closet performing these various tasks. Thanks to these workers
including: Leola Zachrich, Deb Walters, Dave Boehm, Sharon
Boehm,
Laurie Ryan, Jo Luderman, Marilyn Reeb, Donna Swary, Marianne
Baldwin, Elaine Harris, Diane Salisbury, Wilma Beaverson, Susie
Curl, Diane Moser, Sue Boesling, Lolita Wagner, Maggie Mack,
Delora Duerk, Sharon Keller, Marilyn Burke, Carol Schuette, Ma
rilyn
Guilliam, Vicki Vogel, Dolena Bergman, Lucy Schaffer and Gretchen
Duerk.


Additional thanks go to Fred Schuette, St. John Building Fund
Treasurer for his help and the St. John Lutheran Board of Trustees for
their continued maintaining of the property

at 646 Wayne, where the
Clothes Closet is located. Also, the Men’s Project Team at St. John did
numerous work projects at the Clothes Closet.


Approximately $19,350 was earned this year from the sale of good
quality, reasonably priced merchandise. Money

raised from the
Clothes Closet, about $19,850, was used to help pay for various church
and community projects. Here is a list of the major projects:


-
$500 to the ‘My Gift for Kids” project

-
$12,500 to St. John Lutheran missions commitment


-
$500 for R
AVEN’s ‘Back
-
to
-
School Supplies’ project


-
$250 for St. John Lutheran ‘Card Ministry’ program


-
$3500 for the new Handicapped Access


-
$1800 for cabinets in the church offices


-
$650 for playground mulch


-
$170 for a computer printer


Thanks to all those
who helped in any way to
support the Clothes Closet.


St. John Lutheran Clothes Closet

2010 Highlights


St. John Lutheran Clothes Closet continues to be a valuable ministry
outreach of our congregation. During the year, about 250 bags of
clothing were given out free of charge to area families in need.


Many St. John Lutheran and community volunteers help
ed to sort,
organize and sell clothing, spending about 70 hours per week at the
Clothes Closet performing these various tasks. Thanks to these
workers including: Leola Zachrich, Deb Walters, Dave Boehm,
Sharon Boehm, Laurie Ryan, Jo Luderman, Marilyn Reeb
, Donna
Swary, Marianne Baldwin, Elaine Harris, Diane Salisbury, Wilma
Beaverson, Susie Curl, Diane Moser, Sue Boesling, Lolita Wagner,
Maggie Mack, Delora Duerk, Sharon Keller, Marilyn Burke, Carol
Schuette, Marilyn Guilliam, Vicki Vogel, Dolena Bergman,
Lucy
Schaffer and Gretchen Duerk.


Additional thanks go to Fred Schuette, St. John Building Fund
Treasurer for his help and the St. John Lutheran Board of Trustees for
their continued maintaining of the property at 646 Wayne, where the
Clothes Closet is lo
cated. Also, the Men’s Project Team at St. John
did numerous work projects at the Clothes Closet.


Approximately $19,350 was earned this year from the sale of good
quality, reasonably priced merchandise. Money raised from the
Clothes Closet, about $19,85
0, was used to help pay for various
church and community projects. Here is a list of the major projects:


-
$500 to the ‘My Gift for Kids” project

-
$12,500 to St. John Lutheran missions commitment


-
$500 for RAVEN’s ‘Back
-
to
-
School Supplies’ project


-
$2
50 for St. John Lutheran ‘Card Ministry’ program


-
$3500 for the new Handicapped Access


-
$1800 for cabinets in the church offices


-
$650 for playground mulch


-
$170 for a computer printer


Thanks to all those who helped in any way to
support the Clothes
Closet.





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