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God Loves a Cheerful Giver

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” 2 Cor 9:6-9 (ESV)

These are good times for St. John’s. With great spirit and enthusiasm, we have gone beyond our norm and given freely to help the victims of hurricane Matthew. We gathered over $2,500 that created 34 flood buckets, 34 health kits, and 27 twenty dollar Walmart gift cards for distribution to our neighbors down east suffering from the devastating effects of the recent flooding. Your response makes me proud to say I am your pastor.

You have given above your normal giving in recent weeks to purchase a new commercial refrigerator for the kitchen. This refrigerator is a key component for our community breakfasts, fundraising dinners, covered dish meals, and on a selfish note, keeping my bottled water cold.

In the next week, you should receive a copy of our 2017 budget. In my opinion, it is a frugal budget that is dependent on the benevolent giving of all who participate in the many ministries of St. John’s. Paul reminds us as he reminded the Corinthians “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

As you consider how much you can support the financial needs of the congregation, consider also your gifts and talents. Get involved in a ministry where you can use your gifts and talents to glorify God and give thanks for all God has blessed you with.

In a world with so many distractions, attending worship on a regular basis takes commitment. We gather 52 Sundays at 10:30 for worship and Holy Communion. We gather on the first Sunday of every month, and every Wednesday during Lent for food, song, the word, and prayer. This is not a service we are providing as a church, but opportunities for you to grow closer to your Lord as we gather by the grace of God and through our faith alone, with other disciples, strengthening each other to face the world in which we live.
It takes commitment to continue in your spiritual growth through never ending biblical studies. We have available for your use Portals of Prayer- a daily devotional. You can find one in the Luther class, on tables near the entrances to the nave and in the office. The NALC offers a daily devotion on their web page and we share it to our Facebook page, and I share it on my personal Facebook page. There are hundreds of devotions. Just pick one and commit to doing it daily and experience the transformational difference it will make in your life.

You should receive a commitment form by mail/e-mail next week. During our offering at the November 13 worship those who desire may come forward and place their commitment forms in the offering plate on the altar (We will have forms available before worship and during the offering). You may also place your commitment form in the offering plates as they are passed around. Your commitment is between you and God, but we will look at them for planning purposes.

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

In Christ,

Pastor Ernie

news & events

Please note NEW OFFICE HOURS

Note: Office hours are 12 - 3 PM, Monday through Thursday. Pastor is available in an emergency anytime (828-612-6439), and is usually in the office from 8 am - 4 pm, Monday through Thursday. If you need to meet with him, call to schedule a time.

December 24Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve: musical prelude - 8:30 PM, Candlelight worship - 9:00 PM

January 1First Sunday

First Sunday is January 1st. 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.

January 12Men’s Breakfast

Thursday, January 12th at 7:00 AM at Greg's BBQ in Statesville. (Please note change!)

January 14Community Breakfast

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

services

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Saturday, December 10

8:00 am Community Breakfast
10:00 am Hanging of the Greens
3:30 pm Fellowship Hall & Kitchen reserved

Sunday, December 11 - ICM Collection Day

9:30 am Bible Studies
10:30 am Worship / Children’s Worship

Monday, December 12

5:30 pm Civitan Christmas Party

Wednesday, December 14

7:00 pm Chancel Choir

Thursday, December 15

12:00 pm Special Lunch, Scripture & Prayer

Sunday, December 18

9:30 am Bible Studies
10:30 am Worship / Children’s Worship
After worship Congregational Christmas Gathering
2:00 pm Luther Hall reserved

Monday, December 19

6:30 pm Communication Team Meeting


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