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St.

John’s Lutheran Church ELCA
1300 W. Benjamin Avenue
Norfolk, NE 68701
(402) 371-1985
stjohn@cableone.net
www.stjohnsnorfolk.com

Our Mission: Loving God . . . Loving People . . . Reaching Out!
Please remember in prayer:
Janet Jundt
Roy Kai
Nancy Jacobs
Glenda Hansen
Jana Kramer
Rosemary Westerhold
Harlan Westerhold
Naoma Ronnfeldt
Dennis & Sara Fegley
Jo Schaefer
Connie Stauffer
Carolyn Wilcox
Todd Sohl
Barb Timperley
Mary Frady
Alice Schultz
Connie Stauffer
Carol Severa
The family of Corey Jorgensen as they mourn his death

Thad Murren
Britany Sandles
Mary Leone
Boston DeWald
Dale Tomka
Lee Stingley
Shirley Mastny
Lynn Wattier

If you know someone who is in need of prayer but whose name is not listed, it may be that they
have asked not to be included in the printed bulletin. Please remember them in your personal
prayers.

Flowers on the altar this weekend are sponsored by Don & Tracy Meister in
celebration of granddaughter Lorelei’s 2nd birthday; and by Vicki & Elvon Suhr in
loving memory of Michael Taylor. An additional arrangement is sponsored by
Scott & Brenda Carhart in honor of the 2016 Confirmands.
The Life of Christ Bible study will start up again on May 8 @ 9:45 am in the lower
level -- Hoppe Community Room. Pastor David is looking forward to getting back
to class!
Congratulations to our Confirmation Class of 2016:
Emily Ames
Ellie Boyer
Berkly Brummond
Rachel Carhart
Aaron Dittmer
Abbey Dittmer
Rylie Krueger
Kealan Kucera
Josie Miller
Morgan Murren
Seth Sanders
Camie Sothan
Claire Thompson
Dr. David E. Cox – Interim Senior Pastor
Justin Wiese – Assistant Pastor, NeLCM-Norfolk Campus Pastor
Jacquie Samway – PMA, Coordinator of Congregational Care
Jolene Ziebell – Coordinator of Youth Ministries
Gail Ermels – Office Manager
Jim Carter – Custodian/Grounds Keeper
Midge Hedrick – Office Assistant

SUNDAY, MAY 1
CONFIRMATION
8:30 am ....................................................... Worship
9:45 am .................................................... Fellowship
9:45 am .............................................. Sunday School
11:00 am ..................................................... Worship
Confirmation
MONDAY, MAY 2
9:00 am ...... Fellowship Hall Kitchen Spring Cleaning
10:00 am ............................................. Staff Meeting
2:00 pm ........................................ Chosen ChristCare
Carol Waggoner, 402-371-7642
6:30 pm ......Stephen Ministry @ Home For Funerals
7:00 pm ............................................. Praise Forever
7:00 pm ............................... Parish Fellowship Team
8:30 pm………… .......................................... Solid Rock
TUESDAY, MAY 3
7:00 am ................................ Men’s Prayer Breakfast
7:00 pm ....................................... Beloved ChristCare
Tracy Meister, 402-379-2484
7:00 pm .................................................... SEA Group
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
1:30 pm .................................... Searchers ChristCare
Connie Hagstrom, 402-649-4862
2:30 pm .................................... 1st Communion Class
5:00 pm ................................... 1st Communion Class
7:00 pm ......................................... Evangelism Team
THURSDAY, MAY 5
7:00 pm ............................................... Majesty Choir
SATURDAY, MAY 7
9:00 am .................................................. Walk ‘n Talk
Skyview Lake
5:00 pm ........................................................ Worship

SHOP FOR MINISTRY
MAY 1
MAY 8

8:30 am
11 am
8:30 am
11 am

Donna Short
Pat Strom
Elenore Merritt
Michelle Dagerman

OFFERINGS
Mission Emphasis (MAY) ............... Automatic Doors
Greenfiber Funds for MAY ............... Rescue Mission
General offering for 4/24/16 .................... $5,374.50
End of MARCH Net Profit / (Loss) ............. $6,143.06
Year-to-Date Net Profit / (Loss) ..............($5,474.48)
Attendance 4/24/16 ......................... (48, 82, 60) 190

SOUND OPERATORS NEEDED!

It’s time again for Meals on Wheels!
Volunteers are needed (young or old) to help
deliver meals to shut-ins from May 9 through
June 3. More information will follow – or
contact Carol Sorsen if you have questions.
402-371-7482. Sign up on today’s
Registration Slip to volunteer!

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF
SEWING KITS
Teach a person to sew and you’ve given
them tools they can use to earn an income,
support their family, and break out of
poverty. Many of the Fabric Kits Lutheran
World Relief distributes are used to teach
young men and women useful and
marketable sewing skills.

Please give new items only

Please do not donate items with any
religious symbols, any items decorated
with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military
symbols, or references to the armed
forces, including camouflage.

Fabric should have no stains or holes.
Pieces do not need to match in size or
color/pattern. Fold thread and one piece
of fabric inside second fabric piece and
tie with yarn, sturdy string, ribbon or a
strip of fabric.
Include in your kit:
* 2 spools of neutral-colored thread
* 2 pieces of cotton fabric (no knits or
100% polyester) measuring:
2 1/4 yds (60”) or
3 yds (44”) or
4 yds (36”)

Now that we have our new audio console installed,
we need volunteer sound operators to run it. Our
hired heroes – Justin Murphy and Spencer
Dagerman – have learned the new system and are
eager to teach you how great it is. By mid-May, we
will need volunteers at all three services ready to
take over. If you are interested, contact John
Skogstoe or the church office, or visit with John,
Justin, or Spencer.

If you are a
graduating senior,
we’d like to celebrate
with you!
Please mail,
email (midgehe@cableone.net), or bring a
picture of yourself to the church office and
we’ll celebrate with you on May 15 @ the
8:30 am worship (No cap or gown necessary).

Annual Clean the Fellowhsip
Kitchen Day –
Monday, May 2nd @ 9 AM.
ALL HELP APPRECIATED!

Beginning this week,
four First Communion
classes will be made
available for any
baptized youth whose
parents have discerned
that their children are ready to receive the
Lord’s Supper for the first time.
Class times:
Wednesday, May 4, 2:30-3:30pm
5-6pm
May 11, 2:30-3:30pm
5-6 pm.
All classes will be held in the sanctuary.
These classes are open to children and adults
of any age. Attendance is required at only one
class. Families must RSVP their intent on
attending a class no later than noon of the day
of the class by calling the church office (402371-1985) or by registering online. If no RSVPs
are receive, that class will not be held. If these
times do not work for a family, Pastor Justin
will help schedule a personalized time as
scheduling allows. In each hour-long class, we
will review how God loves us and that God
feeds us, using stories from the Spark Story
Bible. Students will also practice and learn how
communion is received at St. John’s and other
churches. It is strongly preferred that children
attend the class with their parent(s).
Baptized children of God at St. John's who
attend a May 2016 First Communion Class will
be invited to receive First Communion on May
14 or 15 as we celebrate Pentecost. If this
weekend does not work for a family, please be
in conversation with Pastor Justin or Pastor
David to discuss other options.
We look forward to celebrating First
Communion with the families of those
baptized young people who will be taking part
in the Lord's Supper for the first time.

Thank you so
very, very much
for all the
prayers and
concerns after
our fire. Thanks to the Men’s ChristCare
and Ron Benson who came out on a very
cold morning to get things ready for
restoration. Thanks for all the delicious
meals, cash and gift cards. We feel so very
blessed to be a part of a very loving and
caring congregation.
Roger & Alice Gentzler
ADDED NOTE: We have perennials to give
away. Just give us a call @ 371-7105

Shortly after we set and
approved our budgets for
this year, St. John's Council
learned of two urgent needs.
The wireless microphones
used by the pastors and
worship assistants are 10
years old and in bad
shape. In addition, the pipe
organ needs strengthened
supports for the larger pipes
to prevent sagging and
eventual failure. The council acted on faith to
immediately commit to both projects which saves
a considerable amount of money.
Now it is time to fund both projects which total
$7,200.

The Memorial Committee has
set aside $2,000 for a fifty
cents on the dollar match.
Please choose one of three
ways to make a gift to our
“Mikes & Pipes” fund as you
are able: 1) Make your gift
through your regular offering
envelope, noting it on your
check or envelope. 2) Grab a
special “Mikes & Pipes”
envelope from the back of the
sanctuary and put your gift in it to put in the
offering plate. 3) Go online to
stjohnsnorfolk.com, click on the Donate Now
button, and give an e-gift on the “Mikes & Pipes”
line. Thank you for giving as generously as you
are able toward these projects.

Enjoy the ease
and convenience of giving online! Online
giving allows you at any time to set up an
automatic donation plan, change your
donation plan, or make a one-time donation.
Contributions can be debited automatically
from your checking or savings account or
processed using your credit or debit card.
Simply follow these easy steps:
1) Visit the church website at
www.stjohnsnorfolk.com
2) Click on the “Donate Now” button
3) Follow the onscreen instructions to
make a one-time donation or to create
an online profile and to schedule your
recurring contributions
Your automatic donation plan can also be
set up through the office. Please contact
Gail for an authorization form and a
“Frequently Asked Questions” flyer!

The Evangelism Team is thinking
ahead to the July 4 festivities
and the hopes of having a
St. John’s float in the parade.
If you would be interested in
helping design the float or would have a
trailer suitable for the task, please contact
Kristy Booras @ 402-371-6218
or sign today’s Registration Slip to be
contacted. Thank you!

I would like to thank all my church friends
for their prayers, cards, visits & phone
calls. So nice to know others are thinking
of you and wishing you well. God has
blessed me with some kind and very
talented Doctors, and given me great hope
that all will be well. Right now I am
regaining strength and getting ready for the
next step. Hope to see you in church
soon. God Bless you all,
Carol Severa

REMINDER:
The late service will be moving into it’s
summer home of 10:15 AM on May 29
(Memorial Day Sunday). Mark your
calendars so you don’t miss out!

SATURDAY, APRIL 30
5 PM
COUNCIL PERSON OF THE WEEK –
MARLA MUEHLMEIER
WORSHIP ASSISTANT
JACQUIE SAMWAY
GREETERS/USHERS – Lonnie & Clare
Kleensang
READER – Amanda Brasch
SUNDAY, MAY 1
8:30 AM
COUNCIL PERSON OF THE WEEK –
MARLA MUEHLMEIER
WORSHIP ASSISTANT
JACQUIE SAMWAY
GREETERS –Wendell & Ethelyn Fossum, Marla
Muehlmeier
USHERS –Mike Frank, Phil Sykes
READER – Diane Hansen
FELLOWSHIP HOUR – Mission Life Team
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS – Rollie & Linda
Downs, Sherri Kuk, __________
POWERPOINT – John Skogstoe

SUNDAY, MAY 1
11 AM
COUNCIL PERSON OF THE WEEK –
MARLA MUEHLMEIER
WORSHIP ASSISTANT
JACQUIE SAMWAY
GREETERS—Michelle Dagerman, Martha
Thompson
USHERS – Kevin Bonderson, Don Meister
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS – Beth Bonderson,
Tracy Meister, Kristy Booras, __________
POWERPOINT – Emma Dagerman
LECTIONARY READINGS:
Acts 16:9-15
Psalm 67
Revelation 21:10, 22 – 22:5
John 14:23-29

SATURDAY, MAY 7
5 PM
COUNCIL PERSON OF THE WEEK –
JOHN SKOGSTOE
WORSHIP ASSISTANT
TRACY MEISTER
GREETERS/USHERS – __________
READER –Shirley Hughes
SUNDAY, MAY 8
8:30 AM
COUNCIL PERSON OF THE WEEK –
JOHN SKOGSTOE
WORSHIP ASSISTANT
TRACY MEISTER
GREETERS – Richard & Leona Pfeifer, Jack &
Audrey Prater
USHERS –Mark Polenske, Mike Frank,
Mike Kai
READER – Richard Pfeifer
FELLOWSHIP HOUR – Carol Sorsen, Carolyn
Wilcox
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS – Rick & Diana
Uhlir, __________, __________
POWERPOINT – Midge Hedrick

SUNDAY, MAY 8
11 AM
COUNCIL PERSON OF THE WEEK –
JOHN SKOGSTOE
WORSHIP ASSISTANT
TRACY MEISTER
GREETERS—Ken Wragge, Terry Hall
USHERS – Dennis & Brenda Smith,
Echtenkamp Family
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS – Carol Timperley,
Ken Wragge, Terry Hall, __________
POWERPOINT – Claire Thompson
LECTIONARY READINGS:
Acts 16:16-34
Psalm 97
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
John 17:20-26