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When the Need is There Get to Know our Durable Equipment Check out System

By Gerrie Blackwelder Remember this: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not reluctantly or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 Thanks to new member, Lynn…

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Consider a Gift to the Dar al-Kalima Building Campaign

By Susan Shinn Turner During October, members of St. John’s will have the opportunity to raise money for Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem. Dr. Mitri Raheb, former pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, founded this institution (see accompanying note from Mitri). He and Christmas Lutheran are longstanding mission partners…

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Adult Discipleship Opportunities

Think Lutheran.For those new and those ready to renew their faith. On Wednesdays in October, we begin a new course on Lutheranism for adults. Pastor Laura says many of our members come from different church backgrounds and may not be familiar with some of the Lutheranism basics. And that’s okay. This course is designed to…

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Fall in Love with St. John’s CDC

By Barbara Corriher What’s not to love about St. John’s CDC? Here are some things that have happened at our CDC because someone fell in love! New Books:  Pastor Laura reads to children at the CDC once a month. Pastor Laura was able to get age appropriate Bibles and scripture-based books for each classroom through…

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Seasons Gifts is Ready for Autumn

By Gerrie Blackwelder Following what appears to have been a successful sale in August, Season’s Gift Shop has restocked with items that suit every member of the family. Like most, I am usually drawn to the sweet and wonderful children’s items or to women’s jewelry, but this month I have been most drawn to the…

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Want to make a BIG difference in the life of a kid in out community?

By Susan Shinn Turner In our local schools, Chuck Moll says, “You can never have too many volunteers.” He and his wife, Judy, are longtime volunteers for the Gator Reading Program at Isenberg. Here’s a round-up of the volunteer opportunities available in the schools with which St. John’s partners. Barnabas Connection with Knox Middle School…

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Stacey Shafer Joins Staff as Children’s Minister

By Susan Shinn Turner When Stacey Shafer learned the position of Children’s Minister was open, the idea to apply kept coming to her mind — and she kept pushing it away. But during VBS, a friend suggested she apply. Then her daughter suggested it. Then her husband suggested it. Finally, she says, “I stopped pushing…

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From the Pastor

Dear friends, I’m not sure what gives some people more courage than others, but it’s a character trait I’ve often envied. From the wide receiver who leaps for the perfect catch to the first responders rescuing folks stranded by Hurricane Florence, there’s something about risking it for the sake of the play — or for…

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Support St. John’s Ministries Through Thrivent

If you are a member of Thrivent Financial, you may have the opportunity to support ministries without any cost to you. If you aren’t a member you can still support ministry with Thrivent Financial grant funding. One option is a Thrivent Action Team project. Thrivent Action Team projects are charitable projects, which may include jumpstarting…

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“Thursday Mornings are the Best Mornings.”

By Susan Shinn Turner Each Thursday morning for the last seven years, a group of 20-25 men gathers for food, fellowship, and the opportunity to dive deep into the scripture lesson for the upcoming Sunday worship service.  Pastor Rhodes leads the study. Since May 2017, the group has been meeting in the dining room at…

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Welcome Back to School

By Barabara Corriher NC Pre-K:  Children playing, learning and growing never stops at St. John’s CDC, but at the end of August the number of little ones entering the CDC’s doors increases. On Monday, August 27, our facility welcomed 26 NC Pre-K students.  All of our NC Pre-K positions are filled. You may ask what…

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Be a Barnabas Friend

By Celia Jarrett Most of us, at some point in our childhood, have had an adult friend who listened to us and helped us get through the difficulties of growing up. It may have been a teacher, a pastor, a coach, or another adult to whom we could talk freely and who offered us support.…