Dear Friends,

 

We are still limiting attendance to 80 per service to maintain social distancing.  In order to do that in an organized way without having to turn anyone away, we’re asking our members to sign up on a first come, first served basis.  Please notice that there will be NO congregational singing at the Saturday night service, but there WILL be congregational singing on Sunday.  Finally, per the governor's executive order, face masks are now required in public gatherings, churches included.  Thanks for your patience as we navigate through these unprecedented times!

Sending Offerings through Bill Pay ~ Several members of St. John’s have asked if there is a way for them to make their weekly offerings automatically either online or by an automatic bank transaction.  St. John’s is investigating our online giving options, but are not yet ready to receive online gifts.  For the time being, we suggest that our members consider using your bank’s online Bill Pay service to make weekly or monthly gifts to St. John’s.  If you have questions about using Bill Pay to make donations, please contact Financial Secretary Mike Thom at 507-217-7671. 

 

You may also send your offerings by mail to:  St. John's Church

                                                                                 627 South Washington St.

                                                                                 New Ulm, MN 56073

In-Person Bible Classes ~ will resume Thursday,  January 7th.  Pastor Bovee will have the topic of Angels at 10:30 am.

Pastor Guenther will lead a study of the book of Revelation at 7 pm.  Sunday morning Bible class will resume on Sunday, January 10th.  The First 1,000 Years of Christianity will be taught by Prof. Keith Wessel.  The in-person classes will be held in the church basement or join online by clicking  HERE

Charity Donations through Amazon ~ Support St. John’s at no extra cost when you shop smile.amazon.com. In the Account tab, go to Your AmazonSmile. You will find St. John’s Lutheran Church, New Ulm as an option when you do a search. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchases to St. John’s!

   St. John's Fortress Newsletter  

Satisfied in 2021

About this time of the year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions. We make them
because there is some area of our lives that we would like to change. We want to stop doing
something (overeating, smoking, drinking) and start doing something else (being a better parent,
doing a better job at work, living a healthier lifestyle). Can we find satisfaction in keeping our
resolutions? Maybe, at least we can for awhile. ..

Making the Proper Preparations

How are your Christmas preparations coming? Maybe you have fewer preparations to make this
year with COVID restrictions changing your travel plans or the plans of those who might have been
coming to visit you. But there’s still a lot to prepare, isn’t there? Do you have your tree up? How
about the lights? Have you purchased gifts for everyone on your list? Have the meals planned? The
Zoom chats with family all scheduled?

Remember the Lord and Be Thankful

The COVID-19 crisis has been hard on everybody. It is so easy to focus on all the negative things – masks, shut-downs, distance learning and home-schooling, social distancing, the politicizing of the pandemic, etc., etc. We are all wondering whether it will ever end. But perhaps one of the blessings of this virus is that it teaches us not to take things for granted, whether things we deem of great importance or simple everyday things. Hopefully, it will make us more acutely aware of God’s blessings all around us...

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627 S. Washington Street | New Ulm, Minnesota |  (507) 354-6744

 

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