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A Faith-Filled Step Forward

For 151 years, St. John Lutheran Church has been boldly “Making the Love of Christ Known.” We proclaim God’s Word through our words and actions, we shine light into the dark places of this world, we tear down barriers of division, we act boldly in faith and love, and we protect and provide for the most vulnerable in our communities. We make decisions that reflect God’s love for us and our love for one another.
Thirteen months later, this pandemic is not over. Some parts of the world are experiencing a vaccine shortage and record-breaking infection rates. In Mercer County, we have an abundance of safe vaccines available, and our infection rates, hospitalization rates, and death rates remain very low.
Yesterday the board decided that beginning Sunday, May 2, we will continue reopening. We will move to masks optional. We continue to encourage masks, safe-distancing, and hand-washing. But if you are comfortable worshiping without a mask, feel free. Throughout the week, in and out of the church, remain sensitive to the needs of others. In small group gatherings, bible studies, etc., if someone asks the group to wear masks, please love them enough to honor their request. As we continue to move out of this pandemic, look forward to the reopening of the nursery, passing offering plates, more frequent Holy Communion, and the reappearance of coffee and doughnuts. These will all return in time.
We are beginning to visit. If you would like us to visit, please let us know. We are fully vaccinated, but we will assume you prefer we wear masks unless you tell us otherwise.
PRAYER CONCERNS
Pat Maury, Jerry Linn, Laurie Eichenauer, Don Bird, and Bob Hare.
CHILDREN'S CHRISTMANS PROGRAM
This year’s Children’s Christmas Program is Sunday, December 12, at the 10:45 service. Children in grades 1-6 need to meet in the Sanctuary at 9:45 am for practice and children in Pre-K and Kindergarten, please meet in the octagon at 10:30 am.
NIGHT OF PROMISES
The Night of Promise Service is Tuesday, December 14th, at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary. This service is a gentle, thoughtful, candle-lit service open to anyone and especially to those who are carrying pain, loss, loneliness, or anxiety during this season of celebration. Please join us and invite anyone from the community. You are not alone. We hope to see you and God bless you.
PAJAMA PARTY/LAST W.O.W OF 2021  
On Wednesday, December 8 wear your favorite pajamas! As part of our pajama drive for foster children, we will be collecting PJs of all sizes newborn through adult, white socks, and underwear. Give as you are able
GIVING ENVELOPES  
Giving Envelopes will be available the first week of December in the Narthex and back of the FLC.
PORTALS OF PRAYER 
January-March Portals of Prayer are now available in the office, Narthex, or the back of the FLC.
POINSETTIAS FOR CHRISTMAS
Are you interested in purchasing a poinsettia to beautify our worship space for Christmas Eve. Orders are due by December 6th.
WERNLE FAMILY TREATMENT CENTER
We have a wonderful tradition of getting gift cards for all the children at Wernle each Christmas. If you have the name of a child, don't forget the card. If you don't have a name, but would like to participate, just let us know.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
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PUB THEOLOGY
Pub Theology is 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month at Brew Nation in Celina from 7:00pm-8:00pm.
LIBRARY NEWS
Our church librarians added a small bookshelf and a return box in the Family Life Center. When you bring your children to the 9:15 worship service, feel free to check out or drop off a book.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
Friday, December 24th – Christmas Eve
4:30 pm Contemporary Worship
(Family Life Center)
7:30 pm Traditional Worship
(Sanctuary)
11 pm Traditional Worship
(Sanctuary)
*Holy Communion will be celebrated at all Christmas Eve worship services and
each service has special music beginning 30 minutes prior
NURSERY DIRECTOR
We are still searching for someone to direct our nursery ministry. This is a 10 hour a week position for someone who loves children. Please lift this need in your prayers. Talk about it with your friends. Who is God leading to this position?
MEAL TRAIN
Meal Train team is now ready to deliver meals to those in need. Please let us know if you need a meal. You can contact the church office at 419-586-2332 or email Romana at r.kieti@purpledoorchurch.org.
PARTY AT THE BARN
College students and young adults are invited to a dinner at the barn (9050 Celina-Mendon Rd) on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month. Come eat, play some games, and meet new people! Contact Ingrid with any questions: i.miller@purpledoorchurch.org
DIVORCE CARE
The first Divorce Care meeting will start on January  11, 2022 and will be held every week on Tuesdays starting at 6  p,.m.  The meetings will be held at the Parlor.  Please share the information with members of the community.    Please register below,  but you are still encouraged to attend even if you have not registered.  We will assist you with the registration.  For more information, please contact  either, Pam Rasawer - prasawehr@bright.net , Joy Conner - joypageconner@gmail.com,  Vicar Andrea - a.mcdonough@purpledoorchurch.org, or Romana Kieti  - r.kieti@purpledoorchurch.org

REGISTER HERE
W.O.W MENU - 12/8/21
Hot Dog/Grilled Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Green Beans, Pre-made Salad, Rice Krispie Squares.
ADVENT DEVOTIONALS
Check them out online or grab a print copy at church!
COMMON GROUND HIKING CLUB
The hiking club is on hiatus until Spring 2022.
PURPLE DOOR PACERS
For the month of December, the Purple Door Pacers will be walking in the church unless otherwise stated.

Spanish Class

Our staff has decided to do some continuing education together.  And you are invited to join us. We will be learning Spanish on Thursday afternoons from 3:30 - 4:30.  Let us know if you are interested.

Foot STEPS  OF PAUL PILGRIMAGE - greece pilgrimage postponed

Currently looking for new dates. If you have any interest in this trip, please let Pastor Jeff know. No commitment right now.  New dates are coming.

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Join us on a life-changing pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and experience an amazing spiritual adventure of a lifetime. from January 28 - February  6, 2022. We will travel you to sacred Holy sites where Jesus Christ lived, walked, preached, and performed miracles.  You will connect with your faith physically and spiritually as you grow in first-hand knowledge of the scriptures. The tradition of taking a pilgrimage to the Holy Land dates back to the 300s.   As you travel through the Holy Land you will experience and explore the landscape and culture of our LORD and reflect on the spiritual and religious significance of the land where Jesus and His disciples lived, walked and ministered.   Israel continues to lead the world in fighting this pandemic. Also, this is a great time to go to the Holy Land—no crowds, no lines, extra personal service. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jeff at revgramza@purpledoorchurch.org