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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, Jackie Czernik, Laurie Eichenauer, Don Bird Julie Hone, and David List.
ALTAR FLOWERS
Altar Flowers are given by Jerry & Joan Sielschott in Honor of our 63 Blessed years of marriage.
W.O.W  MENU 9/29/2021
Hot Dogs/Grilled Chicken, Green Beans, Premade Salads, Rice Krispies.
W.O.W  SHIRTS
The last day to order W.O.W shirts is October 3rd
ADULT W.O.W  
We are planning for an adult W.O.W class to begin in the next few weeks. Are there particular topics of interest to you? Let Pastor Jeff know.
SEALING OF THE PARKING LOT
Delayed due to weather. They will be closing off different sections of the parking lot as work continues. Please avoid the areas that are marked off when parking. The work is going slowly and may extend into next week.
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?
ANNOUNCEMENTS
The best way to keep up with announcements and news is now with the app. Click "Announcements" on our App. Those announcements will always be up-to-date.
CHANCEL CHOIR
Our adult choir had a great new start on Sunday. This choir sings regularly during the 10:45 service. Choir practice will be at 9:30 on Sunday in the sanctuary.
HELP THE VICAR
Vicar Andrea is ready to get out there and learn about the places where you farm and work and live. Please invite her to your home for dinner. Invite her for a tour of your farm. Invite her to check out the place where you work.
HIKING AT KUENNIG-DICKIE, OH  -  OCTOBER 3, 2021
Common Ground will be heading to  Kuennig-Dickie, OH  on Sunday October 3, at 1.30 p.m.  Come join us!   All are welcome!
DIVORCE CARE MINISTRY
We are considering starting a divorce care group at St John Lutheran Church to serve not only the church members but the community as well. Divorce Care Ministry is a life-changing support group that welcomes people and guides them on the path of recovery after separation or divorce. The program runs for 13 weeks and many people have found comfort and hope through this ministry. We are looking for facilitators for this program who will go through training before start of the program. We are typically looking for leaders who have personal experience with separation or divorce; it could be their own or that of a family member or friend. Please contact Romana at r.kieti@purpledoorchurch.org for more information.
PUB THEOLOGY
Pub Theology will be moving to the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month at Brew Nation in Celina.
LIBRAY 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.
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
FALL FEST
All are welcome to join us, Wednesday, October 27 for our Fall Festival. We will have a free will soup supper, Reverse Trick or Treat, Purple Door Trick or Treat, and Illusionist Jim Barron. Come join the fun!
LOOK AHEAD
This Advent, we will be putting together a daily devotional—written by you! St. John and St. Paul will team up to reflect and write for the upcoming Christmas season. Look for more info and a sign-up soon! If you would like to write for the devotional, or have any questions, please let Vicar Andrea know. a.mcdonough@purpledoorchurch.org.
PURPLE DOOR PACERS CLUB
The Purple Door Pacers will continue to meet in September at 10:00 am on Monday and Thursday at different locations.  Below is the schedule ; it also be found in your September Tower or on the bulletin board outside of the office. All are welcome and encouraged to come to walk.
September 27 - Canal, St. Marys
September 30 - East Bank Parks Off 364 St. Marys

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.

Quilters are back

Our quilting ministry is back (thanks to vaccinations).  They will be meeting on the second  and fourth Tuesdays of the month starting at 9:00 am in the Sewing Room. You don’t need to know how to sew to join in the fun. They would love to see you there! 

Hiking Club

Come hike with us . Let's keep fit, socialize, share God's word and his goodness as we hike and enjoy the nature.  Below is a schedule of upcoming hikes:
Kuennig-Dickie, OH - Sunday October 3, at 1.30 p.m.
Ouabache State Park, Bluffton, IN -  Sunday,  October 24,  at 1.30 p.m. - Entry Fee:  $9 per car
 For more info, please contact Romana at r.kieti@purpledoorchurch.org. 

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