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St.

Johns 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
Thad Murren
Nancy Jacobs
Glenda Hansen
Britany Sandles
Jana Kramer
Rosemary Westerhold
Mary Leone
Harlan Westerhold
Naoma Ronnfeldt
Boston DeWald
Dennis & Sara Fegley
Jo Schaefer
Dale Tomka
Connie Stauffer
Carolyn Wilcox
Lee Stingley
Todd Sohl
Barb Timperley
Shirley Mastny
Mary Frady
Alice Schultz
Lynn Wattier
Connie Stauffer
Carol Severa
Keagan Sullivan
Harlan Krebs
Laurel Moore and family as they mourn the death of her mother, Victoria Plambeck
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 Mothers Day weekend are sponsored by Diane Sobotka
in honor of family here and before; and by Karmon Lienemann in loving memory
of her husband, Duane. Thank you to the family of Corey Jorgensen for the
donation of the beautiful flowers last weekend.
The Life of Christ Bible study will continue again TODAY @ 9:45 am in the lower
level -- Hoppe Community Room. See you there!
Next Sunday, May 15, is Pentecost -- wear red if the spirit moves you!
REMINDER:
The late service will be moving into its summer home of 10:15 AM on May 29
(Memorial Day Sunday). Mark your calendars so you dont miss out!
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 8
MOTHERS DAY
8:30 am ....................................................... Worship
9:45 am .................................................... Fellowship
9:45 am .............................................. Sunday School
9:45 am ........................................ Life of Christ Class
Lower Level Hoppe Community Room
11:00 am ..................................................... Worship
MONDAY, MAY 9
10:00 am ............................................. Staff Meeting
7:00 pm ............................... Parish Fellowship Team
8:30 pm .......................................... Solid Rock
TUESDAY, MAY 10
ELECTION DAY
7:00 am ................................ Mens Prayer Breakfast
2:00 pm ............................................... WELCA Board
5:15 pm ............................................... Finance Team
5:30 pm ...........................NeLCM Governance Board
6:00 pm ........................................Temple ChristCare
Pat Monson, 402-371-8803
7:00 pm ....................................... Benefaction Board
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11
12:30 pm ...................................... Mission Life Team
1:30 pm .................................... Searchers ChristCare
Connie Hagstrom, 402-649-4862
2:30 pm .................................... 1st Communion Class
5:00 pm ................................... 1st Communion Class
6:00 pm ....................................... Worship Life Team
SATURDAY, MAY 14
9:00 am .................................................. Walk n Talk
Skyview Lake
5:00 pm ........................................................ Worship
First Communions

SHOP FOR MINISTRY


MAY 8
MAY 15

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

Elenore Merritt
Michelle Dagerman
Doris McMahon
Beth Bonderson

OFFERINGS
Mission Emphasis (MAY) ............... Automatic Doors
Greenfiber Funds for MAY ............... Rescue Mission
General offering for 5/1/16 ...................... $6,026.21
End of MARCH Net Profit / (Loss) ............. $6,143.06
Year-to-Date Net Profit / (Loss) ..............($5,474.48)
Attendance 5/1/16 ......................... (51, 78, 263) 392

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF


SEWING KITS
Teach a person to sew and youve 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)

NeLCM Update
The Nebraska Synod World Hunger Committee has
announced its Spring 2016 One Another for Hunger
grant recipients. Nebraska Lutheran Campus
Ministries has received $500 for the development of
new pantry items (Healpful Hygiene Hut) for students
of Northeast Nebraska Community College.

If you are a
graduating senior,
wed like to celebrate
with you!
Please mail,
email (midgehe@cableone.net), or bring a
picture of yourself to the church office and
well celebrate with you on May 15 @ the
8:30 am worship (No cap or gown necessary).
Photos must be received by Wed., May 11.

CHURCH WOMEN UNITED OF NORFOLK


celebrates
May Friendship Day
Friday, May 13
@ Sacred Heart Parish Hall
1:30 PM
2300 Madison Ave.
(across from St. Marys Catholic Church)
Program: Finding Grace at the Table
Bible Study by Rec. Donna Goltry
Information: 402-371-8164

NEBRASKA SYNOD HOLY LAND


ACCOMPANIMENT JOURNEY
Bishop Brian Maas and the Rev. Megan
Morrow of the Nebraska Synod ELCA
invite you to join them on an unforgettable
visit to the Holy Land. Visit schools in
Jordan, the Mount of Olives, see olives
harvested, and visit with those who work
for peace in the land of Jesus. Departure
is from Omaha on Oct. 23, arriving in Tel
Aviv on Oct. 24, returning to Omaha on
Nov. 3. Cost is $3,850 per person. For
registration or more information, contact
Stephanie Lusienski @ 402-896-5311.

Its still not to late to


sign up for a First
Communion class which
will be made available
for any baptized youth
whose parents have
discerned that their children are ready to
receive the Lords Supper for the first time.
Class times:
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. Johns 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.

The Evangelism Team is thinking


ahead to the July 4 festivities
and the hopes of having a
St. Johns 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 todays Registration Slip to be
contacted. Thank you!

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.

Honoring All Women for Mothers Day


At Baptism, all the people of God promise to
support and pray for the newly baptized in their
new life in Christ. The congregation is
responsible for the Christian education of all
children. In appreciation of the support of St.
Johns ministry to all children, the Sunday
school wishes to honor those who support
their Christian education. This weekend on
May 11th and 12th, the Sunday school wishes
to honor all women at all three services for
Mothers Day. Please accept a pen in honor of
your support of this ministry or take a pen to
give to someone who has been an influence in
your faith formation.

Thank you to all who baked cakes and helped


prepare and serve the funeral luncheon for
Corey Jorgensen. I appreciate all of you!
Carol Timperley

APRIL COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS


The St. Johns Council spent considerable time
meeting and interviewing a candidate for Senior
Pastor at the monthly meeting and a special
meeting. The call committee recommended a
candidate to the council for consideration on
Tuesday night, April 19th. The next night the
council met the candidate and spouse informally
and then engaged in a conversation at the monthly
meeting. After the candidate and spouse left, the
council and call committee discussed the
recommendation and the call process in some
detail. The council requested a Skype interview to
ask more questions and that was held Monday,
April 25th. After another hour long conversation
the Skype call ended and the council subsequently
voted not to forward the candidate to the
congregation for consideration.
The council will be working on refining and
updating criteria for the ideal Senior Pastor for St.
Johns and also reviewing the call process.
The council was informed at the end of the regular
meeting of the generous contributions coming in
for the Mikes & Pipes campaign.
The next regular council meeting is May 18th, 2016.
A complete copy of the minutes is available by
mail or email by contacting the church office.

MOMENT OF GRATITUDE TO
THE MAJESTY CHOIR
As another Majesty Choir season draws to a
close, we would like to take this opportunity to
recognize some of our long-term choir
members. Last time we did a choir recognition,
the names of some very important people were
lost in transition. At this time we would like to
recognize Connie Hagstrom, Carol Sorsen and
Carolyn Wilcox. Each of these ladies has given
20+ years to the music ministry of the choir.
Connie still sings with us during cantatas.
Some of our members have been with the choir
so long that the picture would not seem like the
Majesty Choir without them in their standard
spot. Please recognize and thank our longest
reigning member Diane Hansen with 37 years;
John Skogstoe with 31 years; Ken Hansen with
30 years; Margie Frank with 27 years; and
Susan Hansen with 24 years.
A very special part of this choir is the
accompanist. He makes us sound good when
we may not. He keeps us on track, in tune, and
in rhythm. Thank the best pianist in northeast
Nebraska for his time and talent he shares with
St. Johns: Steve Reinke 19 years. Ron
Lofgren has been the choir director from 2002
to present, that would be 14 years at the helm!
When you see any of the Majesty Choir
members, thank them for their commitment to
this long-standing ministry. Well see you
again in the fall.

Current Majesty Choir Members:


Leslie Eisenmann
2 years
Sara Fegley
9 years
Jan Good
8 years
Jim Merritt
10 years
Diane Sobotka
5 years
Diana Uhlir
16 years
Rick Uhlir
11 years
Karen Widhalm
5 years
Jolene Ziebell
3 years

SATURDAY, MAY 7
5 PM
COUNCIL PERSON OF THE WEEK
JOHN SKOGSTOE
WORSHIP ASSISTANT
TRACY MEISTER
GREETERS/USHERS Warren & Pat Monson
READER Pat Monson

SATURDAY, MAY 14
5 PM
COUNCIL PERSON OF THE WEEK
CINDY NELSON
WORSHIP ASSISTANT
BRENDA CARHART
GREETERS/USHERS -- Warren & Pat Monson
READER Pat Monson

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 15
8:30 AM
COUNCIL PERSON OF THE WEEK
CINDY NELSON
WORSHIP ASSISTANT
BRENDA CARHART
GREETERS Lynn Milander, Doris McMahon
USHERS Merlin Milander, Gayle Short, Jim
McMahon
READER Maureen Bivens
FELLOWSHIP HOUR Richard & Mary Ann
Jenson
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS Tom & Midge
Hedrick, Duane & Cindy Nelson
POWERPOINT Jacquie Samway

SUNDAY, MAY 8
11 AM
COUNCIL PERSON OF THE WEEK
JOHN SKOGSTOE
WORSHIP ASSISTANT
TRACY MEISTER
GREETERSKen 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

SUNDAY, MAY 15
11 AM
COUNCIL PERSON OF THE WEEK
JOHN SKOGSTOE
WORSHIP ASSISTANT
TRACY MEISTER
GREETERSKristi Johnson, Jeann Granstra
USHERS Greg & Sandra Korth, Del Johnson,
Ken Wragge, Terry Hall
COMMUNION ASSISTANTS Jeann Granstra,
Laurel Moore, Kristi Johnson, Brenda
Carhart
POWERPOINT Rachel Carhart
LECTIONARY READINGS:
Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:24-35
Romans 8:14-17
John 14:8-17