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The Great Commission

“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”” Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)

As the month of May comes to a close, I want to reflect on the good things that have happened here at St. John’s in the last month.

On May 1 four young adults and I finished a ten-hour intense conversation on what it means to believe in Jesus Christ our Lord in their world. Trusting in the Holy Spirit to guide me, my entire view of confirmation has changed. In addition, on May 1 we had our second “First Sunday” gathering where 28 people came together for an hour, to eat, sing and learn more about the bible.

On May 8 the congregation was blessed with another inspirational worship led by TC Plexico, 86 years young, on Mother’s day as Jan and I vacationed in the Great Pacific Northwest.

On May 15 I had the honor of affirming the Baptism of Silvia Nunez, Sandor McSwain, and Jacob Murphy. It was a special day for all of us involved in their faith journeys over the years.

Last Friday and Saturday, Jan and I went to the Carolina’s Mission District (CMD) convocation at Holy Trinity, Little Mountain, South Carolina. We heard messages from Bishop John Bradosky, Dean Nathan Yoder, Pastor Brett Collins, and NALC Assistant to the Bishop Pastor Gemechis Buba. The theme for the convocation was Mission Driven. On Friday, Pastor Stephane Kalonji, chair of the CMD mission committee gave a keynote address Building the Church in the City. St. John’s work with Grace, Advance NC was recognized by Pastor Kalonji multiple times. In his report, Dean Yoder lifted up St. John’s and their work with Grace Lutheran Church. On Saturday, the Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba gave a presentation on Congregational Renewal through Disciple-Making. Jan and I attended a work shop on the Nine Arts of Spiritual Conversation. You will have a chance to learn these nine arts during our Summer Celebration in July (more details soon).

Summer is almost here and what a great season it is for St. John’s. Celebrations begin on June 5 when we recognize our high school graduates, Andrew Wilson and Kobe Campbell in worship. After worship, we are all invited to travel to Tanglewood Park in Clemmons to worship with our mission plant Grace Lutheran. The day will end with our third “First Sunday” back here at St. John’s. This will be a busy day, but a day of great joy for our congregation.

On June 18, WINGS is having their 8th Annual Spa Day event—see page 4 for details.

We will have our first “Munchin’ for Mission” (congregational covered dish) on June 19. Our calendar for July is very busy. First Sunday continues on the July 3. A Summer Celebration is planned for July 12-14 and the youth mission trip to Atlanta is July 24-29.

Summer is here and before we know it “One Big Sunday” will be here on September 11.

May God Bless you and your family and keep you safe in all you do this summer. And may God continue to bless St. John’s in all that we are doing to fulfill the Great Commission.

In Christ,

Pastor Ernie

news & events

July 3 First Sunday

First Sunday is July 3rd. We will gather in fellowship hall from 5 to 6 pm for a casual, relaxed hour of eating, singing, reading scripture and praying to connect and grow as a community. Bring your favorite bible, sandwiches for your family and a few to spare. St. John’s is providing chips and soft drinks.

July 9Community Breakfast

8 AM—10 AM in St. John's Fellowship Hall. Come & bring your neighbor—Donations to benefit local charities.

July 14Men’s Breakfast

Thursday, July 14th at 7:00 AM at Gregg’s BBQ in Statesville.

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Sunday, June 26

9:30 am Luther & Von Bora Classes
10:30 am Worship

Tuesday, June 28

7:00 pm Yokefellow Meeting

Wednesday, June 29

7:00 pm Chancel Choir

Thursday, June 30

12:00 pm Lunch, Scripture & Prayer

Sunday, July 3

9:30 am Luther & Von Bora Classes
10:30 am Worship
5:00 pm First Sunday!

Monday, July 4—Happy Independence Day

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