Announcements

Here's what's going on

PRAYER CONVERNS

Jerry Linn, Don Bird, Carolyn Glock, Norma Gardner, and Luella Siebert

Congratulations and Thank You!

Our congregation has been named one of the most generous Lutheran Churches in America for our financial support of global missions! 

take out church

Take Out Church is a way for your family to bring your faith to life this summer on vacation or at home. We encourage each family to pick up their beach pail in the coat corner outside of the Fellowship Hall. Don’t forget to take pictures of your children doing the activities and share them with Jenelle at j.gross@purpledoorchurch.org.
We look forward to seeing all the amazing adventures that you get in this summer!

Worship Times

We are considering shifting some worship times by 15 minutes.
Our new contemporary worship leader has a bit of a time conflict moving from one church to another. Shifting our contemporary worship to 9:00 would allow him to be present for the whole worship service.
Changing the contemporary worship time would also allow the late traditional worship service to shift to 10:30.
What thoughts, concerns, or ideas do you have? Please let us know.

portals of prayer

July-September & October-December Portals of Prayer are now available in the church office, Narthex or back of the FLC.

SCHOOL DRIVE

Social Concerns will be collecting school supplies from July 31st-August 14th for needy students in Mercer County. Any cash donations will be used to offset fees and purchase supplies. Items may be put in the containers located in the Narthex and in the Family Life Center. These supplies will be taken to Our Home to help families in need. Thank you so much!
Items needed:
Backpacks (there is a major need for these!)
Glue bottles/Sticks
Colored Pencils
Wide Rule Loose Leaf Paper
Blue & Black Pens
Large Pink Erasers
Pointed Scissors 5” & 7”
Wide Black Expo Markers
Highlighters
Classic Crayola Markers
Ear Buds
Solid Color Pocket Folders
Crayola 24 Count Crayons
Zipper Pencil Pouches

ALTAR FLOWERS

Celebrating a special birthday, anniversary, or other important milestone? Consider a gift of flowers and let the church celebrate with you!

Spiritual Gift ASSESSMENT

How has God blessed you? What are your spiritual gifts? A few weeks ago a Spiritual Gifts Devotional was handed out. If you completed a paper spiritual gifts assessment, please place them in the  bins located at the Welcome Center or the table in the FLC. You can also access an online version through the app or at bit.ly/SG Assessment.

DIVORCE CARE

Our Divorce Care support group meeting will start on October 4, 2022 and run through December 27, 2022. (Held every week on Tuesdays starting at 6 PM at the Parlor.)
Please share the information with members of the community. All are welcome to join this group. Register below (still encouraged to attend even if you have not registered and child care will be provided upon request.) https://stjohnlutheranchurch.breezechms.com/form/912521
For more information, please contact:
Office@purpledoorchurch.org

PARDON OUR MESS


Most of the remaining lighting and electrical switches are finally in for the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary will remain open for worship, but crates and boxes may be staged for installation.

                                                        communion for the homebound

We are restarting our home communion team. If you'd like to help deliver communion to those unable to attend worship in person, let me know: revgramza@purpledoorchurch.org.

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 office@purpledoorchurch.org

 Common Ground hiking  SCHEDULE

August 13, 2022 @ 10 a.m. –Hiking:  Five Rivers Metro Park. 8300 S Brown School Rd, Vandalia, OH 45377
September 18, 2022 @ 2 p.m. - Hiking:  Ottawa Metro Park. 2632 Ada Rd, Lima, OH 45801
October 16, 2022 @ 2 p.m. – Hiking: Taylorsville Metro Park. 2000 US-40, Vandalia, OH 45377
November 12 -13, 2022 - Hiking/Overnight at Hocking Hills State Park. 19852 OH-664, Logan, OH 43138 (More information and sign up coming soon)

purple door pacers

Purple Door Pacers meet and walk every Monday and Thursday morning. We would love for you to come join us ! Our schedule can be found in the Tower or on the bulletin board outside of the office. All ages and all abilities are more than welcome to participate.
  • Thursday, August 4: Lake Shore Drive by Gazebo
  • Monday, August 8: Coldwater Park. 600 W Vine St., Coldwater OH
  • Thursday, August 11: Mercer Co Fairground
  • Monday, August 15: Aullwood Audubon Center, Dayton
  • Thursday, August 18: Bike Path, Schunk Rd. W of Main St./127
  • Monday, August 22: Windy Point
  • Thursday, August 25: Church
  • Monday, August 29: Montezuma Reserve on Karafit Rd.

Foot STEPS  OF PAUL PILGRIMAGE - greece pilgrimage 

NEW Dates:  July 26-August 6, 2022
A pilgrimage to Greece in the “Footsteps of St. Paul” will be an experience you will never forget. Christians have been going on pilgrimages from the very beginning of our faith. You will travel in the Journey of St. Paul while viewing some of the most historically significant sites and beautiful places in the world. You can strengthen your faith through visits to the House of the Virgin Mary, Ancient Ephesus, and Philippi, where St. Paul established the first church in Europe.
The main focus of this pilgrimage is a biblically based faith journey.  But, this is Greece, so it will also  include ancient Greek culture and FOOD.

Walk where Jesus walked

Join us on a life-changing pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and experience an amazing spiritual adventure of a lifetime. from January 20-January 30, 2023. 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