Church Bell From Pastor Disney St. John’s Lutheran Church

St. John’s Lutheran Church
March 2013
Church Bell
possessed no spiritual or
otherworldly power; he was
simply fooling our eye in some
As the season of Lent got
convincing way. This enabled
started on Ash Wednesday,
him to rejoice with us that there
something interesting
is a true and living God who
happened here at church. A
does have real power to
magician showed up. Brett
perform the miraculous,
Myers brought his illusions to
especially shown in Jesus
the stage in the Family Life
escape from the grave alive.
Center. As I watched his act a
Brett’s magic got me thinking
part of my mind was still
about Jesus’ temptation in a
working on putting the sermon
new way. The devil was telling
together for that weekend. The
Jesus to demand that God
sermon was about Jesus’
become a worker of magic and
temptation in the wilderness.
perform feats that dazzle the
The devil throws three traps out
eye. We each can be tempted
for Jesus. Perhaps the most
to withhold our trust of
dangerous is when the
devil coaxed Jesus up
There is a true God until he does
onto a high tower in
and living God something spectacular
Jerusalem and
who does have enough to get our
challenged him to throw
real power to attention. When we do
that it’s as if we are
perform the
himself off so that God’s
miraculous
saying to God that all
angels could swoop in
that he has done thus
and save him from harm.
far is not impressive enough.
As I watched Brett do his
I think we can concede that
illusions I was enjoying the
by the time anyone gets to the
surprise as much as the
end of a Minnesota winter they
children in the audience who
deserve to see something
would hoot and holler with
magical and miraculous. No
delight. What made Brett’s act
matter what time of year we
unique is that throughout his
can all go through seasons of
performance he reminded us
life when we just can not see
that he was performing
illusions. He told us that he
the splendor and majesty of
From Pastor Disney
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St. John’s Lutheran Church
Sharing a changeless Christ in a changing world
302 NE 2nd Street
PO Box 238
Buffalo, MN 55313
Phone: 763-682-1883
Youth Line: 763-684-0460
Fax: 763-682-1936
Noah’s Ark Pre-School: 763-682-1368
[email protected]
Staff:
Chairman of the Congregation
Rev. James Disney, Senior Pastor
[email protected]
August Mussell
Board of Elders
Rev. Philip Meyer, Associate Pastor
[email protected]
763-229-7101 (Available 24/7)
[email protected]
Dave Haggerty, Head Elder
Aaron Beckman
Gregg Beckman
Gary Bonk
Greg Buttenhoff
Nyles Gentz
Jack Harlan
Jory Louisiana
Richard Marquette
Ryan Rutten
Kelly Thole, DCE, Youth Director
[email protected]
Carla Myhre-Vogt, Office Assistant
[email protected]
Dan & Jackie Korbel, Custodians
[email protected]
Nicky Haskins, Noah’s Ark Preschool
[email protected]
Board Chairs
Altar Guild: Dorothy Bowman
Education: Open
Evangelism: Roger Strege
Fellowship: Marti & Lee Ryan
Kid’s Club: Ken and Amy Hill
Library: Shala Holm
Memorial Endowment/Investment:
Janice Marschel
Project Compassion: Sandi Baert
Sanctuary Decorating: Shala Holm
Stewardship: Open
Trustees: Brad Hoseck
Women in Mission: Chris Husom
Worship: Pastor Disney
Youth & Family Ministry: Open
Kyle & Elizabeth Bjork, Treasurers
Mary Peterson, Financial Secretary
Cheryl Olsen, Board Secretary
Gary Schillinger, Music Director
Worship Times:
Saturday 5:00pm
Sunday 8:00 & 10:30am
Sunday’s Service Radio Broadcast on
KRWC 1360 AM at 8:00am
Office Hours:
M-F 8:30-4:30
Newsletter Deadline:
Deadline for the March newsletter is Monday, March 18 th.
Join the Newsletter Mailing Crew on Tuesday, March 26th at 9:00am.
Bulletin Deadline: Tuesday at midnight
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God that is always on display.
But we must not give in to the
temptation to doubt God’s
consistency. We must not
arrogantly demand that God
answer and pass whatever test
we issue him. Got is not a
traveling magician with a bag of
tricks who shows up at a kid’s
birthday party to perform on
demand. God is sovereign and
independent of any need to
prove himself. He has no need of
our applause at some conjured
illusion. He is the Great I AM,
author of all that is. He does not
need to perform a more obvious
trick just because we are a dull
and inattentive audience.
Amazingly God is incredibly
gracious and has written into the
history books a moment of magic
that can still get the most
skeptical spectator stirred up.
On Easter we celebrate the
wonder of it. Jesus left his
grave alive. In the forty days
that followed Jesus proved
that it was not an illusion. God
really has the power and
ability to raise the dead. The
question we each face is
whether we are clear-headed
enough to give up the demand
for more signs, wonders and
amusements and accept that
this seals it. Easter brings the
question to your front door,
are you going to lay down the
demand for more tricks and
join the celebration? God has
shown for all time that He is
beyond tests and demands of
his power. The cry, “He is
Risen” ends our blindness to
all that God is.
Your Elders are here for you, whether to assist with your spiritual needs
or discuss a concern. Feel free to contact
any of them at any time :
Head Elder: Dave Haggerty
612-309-6609
[email protected]
Aaron Beckman 763-232-4416
[email protected]
Gregg Beckman 952-261-8192
[email protected]
Gary Bonk 763-682-3449
Greg Buttenhoff 763-682-3657
[email protected]
Nyles Gentz 612-240-3980
[email protected]
Jack Harlan 763-242-8708
[email protected]
Jory Louisiana 763-286-6537
[email protected]
Richard Marquette
763-682-3011
[email protected]
Ryan Rutten 651-283-2552
[email protected]
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From the desk of Pastor Meyer
become more
intentional in
“reaching out”
and visiting
those who are
“vacant” more
often. You
may get a phone call (again, if
you missed the chance to let us
know you are here).
In this friendship register
there are places to indicate
special needs and special
prayer requests. Using this
booklet is very helpful in
communicating such things.
Now, to be fair, we realize
that we could do a much better
job of reminding all who are in
worship each week to take the
time to indicate their presence
in this booklet. I would like to
apologize for that, and ask for
your assistance in assisting us.
It is difficult to always know all
of the needs of our family here
at St. John’s, and this is one
simple and easy way to
continue to weave together the
fabric of our family.
Every Monday, Pastor
Disney and I are given a
summary from the information
provided over the weekend in
this “friendship register.” It
helps us greatly, not only with
identifying those who are
visiting with us, but also in
identifying the special needs
Part II of Series:
Why Do We Do It?
“The Friendship Register”
Perhaps you have seen a
small binder that looks like this
when you come to worship. If
you haven’t, I would invite you
to search for it. You should be
able to find it on one end of the
pew in which you are sitting.
What is it? Why do we have it
in our church? What is it used
for? These are good questions.
And, often, regular attendees of
worship take this approach: “I
am here every week. They
should know that. Why do I
have to fill this thing out? It’s a
tedious endeavor.”
Well, did you know? This
“Friendship Register” is the
method that is used by the
office, the pastoral staff and the
elders to ascertain the
regularity of our members &
friends in worship. What that
means is if you are present, and
do not let us know by indicating
so in this booklet, it would
appear that you have not been
regular in your worship
attendance.
One of the goals of the
pastoral staff and elders is to
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good time to pickup this booklet
and pass it down the pew to the
people sitting next to you. (I
suppose you could do this
during the sermon, but I’d
rather you didn’t!)
In His Service,
Pastor Phil Meyer
within our family. This method,
while it may seem tedious at
times, is a very helpful tool, and
I would like to encourage you to
consider taking the
responsibility upon yourself to
use this method. During the
gathering of the offering is a
Book Club Opportunity
Beginning Sunday, March 3th, Pastor
Meyer will lead a new Book/Bible Study
that will both challenge and reward
you!
Date:
Time:
Place:
Topic:
Begins Sunday, March 3rd
9:10, during Education Hour
Fellowship Hall
3:16 - The Numbers of Hope
Please preregister so we can be sure to order plenty of books! Signup boards are placed throughout the church or you can call the
church at 763-682-1883.
In addition, Pastor Meyer will offer an additional "section" during the
week, for those who desire to meet in a more relaxed setting.
Sunday mornings will be in a teaching format, and midweek will be
more casual with book discussion. The day/time for the midweek
section will be determined.
We will be working through
Max Lucado’s book,
3:16 - The Numbers of Hope.
This book, based on John 3:16,
is a faith-builder for those who
are new in their faith journey, as
well for those who have been on
their journey for a time.
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Serving in March
Some PEP
for Your
Bible Study
Ushers
8:00
Don Lardy
Eldon & Mary
Peterson
Greg Buttenhoff
10:30 Gene Lambert
Ron Girard
Confirmation Kids
Audiovisual
The
Team
Tim Berteau
Matt Chapa
Ron Girard
Jennifer Green
Dan Green
Suzie Meier
Colin Meier
Bill Morris
Coffee Servers
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(Open)
3/10
Priscilla McKenzie
Enjoy a casual study of the Bible with PEP (People Enjoying
People). PEP meets on the first
and third Tuesdays of every
month in Room 110 across
from Noah’s Ark Preschool. We
begin with a brief Bible study
led by Pastor Klemz followed
by a variety of activities which
may include joke telling, cards
and games. In March we meet
on the 5th and 19th from
9-11:30am. Bring your own
beverage; come whenever you
can; stay as long as you want.
There is no regular commitment. The more the merrier.
(Girl Scout Sunday)
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3/24
3/31
(Easter)
(Open)
(Open)
Youth
E-News
If you would like to
receive this newsletter by email
rather than snail mail, send an
email to [email protected]
You’ll get the news faster plus
save the church some money in
postage and printing. We’ll send
the newsletter as a PDF
Document which downloads
quicker and opens automatically
in Adobe Reader. Most computers already have Adobe Reader,
but if you do not, call the church
office.
Please sign up
to take a turn.
Do you use the
church nursery?
If so, please take a turn
watching over the nursery on a
Sunday morning. We need more
volunteers to help care for our
little angels during the
Education Hour and 10:30
service. If you can help, please
call Morynn Marx at 320-2862230 or the church office.
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St. John’s Lutheran
Mission $ at Work
Along with your March Church Bell, you
are receiving an envelope supporting our
2013 Lenten Gift Program.
As our economy continues to struggle,
many Buffalo and Wright County families
are still in need of assistance for their food.
Being mindful of the needs of others is one of the most gracious
things we can do.
Each March, Minnesota Food Share directs the March Campaign,
the largest food drive in the state and restocks 300 food shelves
across Minnesota. It recruits thousands of congregations, companies, schools and civic groups to run local food and fund drives to aid
in the effort. Our donations will stay with our local Buffalo Food
Shelf.
Over the years our congregation has been generous with offerings
of food items and the monthly requested items. It is known, however, that cash donations go a lot further when it comes to buying food.
The volunteers at the Food Shelf have access to purchasing food in
larger quantities at better pricing than we as individuals can purchase at the grocery store. For example, with as little as $1.50 the
Food Shelf can buy a case of green beans from Second Harvest.
Some months when food donations are down, the money is used to
purchase food locally.
Please drop your Gold Gift envelope in the offering plate by Sunday, March 31st. Make checks payable to St. John’s Lutheran
Church with a memo for the Buffalo Food Shelf. This way you will receive credit on your year-end Offering Statement.
May God continue to bless each of you for your generosity and love
given toward this mission outreach.
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Youth & Family Ministry
Lenten
Supper
Menu
Enjoy a good meal and good
company! Served 5-6:30 pm.
Adults $5; children $2.
March 6-Chili Cook-off
March 13-Open
March 20-Hotdish
We also need cookies, bars
or any other treat that you
might be interested in
donating for each supper.
If you can help, please
bring them to the kitchen.
Mark your calendars for July 1st - 5th for the 2013
LCMS National Youth Gathering in San Antonio. This
event is open to youth grades 9th - 12th, college
students and adults.
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Youth & Family Ministry
Attention
8th-12th graders!
March 8
Come and join fellow youth at St.
Johns for a High school Fun Night
with a twist! You try to go without food for 30 Hours! Plus
you’re encouraged to challenge friends and family to sponsor
you For every hour you go without food, . All the money
raised will go to help feed hungry children through World Vision!
Students will be breaking the fast on Friday at midnight.
This event includes…
 Live Music
 Games
 Open GYM
 Service projects and devotion focused around
how children each day go without food!
Want to know more? Have questions?
Contact Kelly and yet your fundraiser packet
@ 763-684-0460.
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Youth & Family Ministry
Family Bowling
@ Huikko’s
March 17th
1-3 PM
$5.00 per person
$20 maximum per family
Join the St. Johns
Youth and Family Ministry Board
for bowling and a good time with
family and friends.
We will meet at Huikko’s
at 1:00 PM.
We’ve reserved ALL the lanes
so there’s room
for everyone!
Invite a friend,
bring the family!
For more information
contact Kelly @
763-684-0460.
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Youth & Family Ministry
Easter
Breakfast
When: March 31st
Time:
Servings at 6:30 AM & 9:00 AM
Menu: Pancakes, Bacon, Eggs,
Fruit, Juice & Coffee
Cost:
Adults: $6.00
Kids 10 and under: $3.00
All proceeds from this event
help our youth attend the
2013 National Youth Gathering in San Antonio
For information contact Kelly
@ 763-684-0460.
Thank You for your support of
the Youth of St. John’s Lutheran Church!
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In Concert:
The Ball Brothers
Saturday, April 20
7:00 pm
St. John’s
Family Life Center
We are delighted to announce that national recording artists The Ball
Brothers will be returning to St. John's for a Spring concert of Gospel
and Christian music on Saturday, April 20th, at 7:00pm in our Family
Life Center.
The Ball Brothers were an absolute smash when they were here
last year, and people have been asking about their return. They will
delight you with their energetic style, as well as their fresh sound and
wonderful harmonies. If you like The Gaither Vocal Band and fourpart harmony you will love the Ball Brothers. If you were not at their
previous concert, you will not want to miss this one! You won't be
disappointed! The two-hour concert will have a brief intermission
with time to visit with the guys and purchase their latest CD.
So start your Spring with the exciting sounds of The Ball Brothers. General seating tickets for the concert are $10.00 in advance or
$15.00 at the door, and can be purchased at Setterberg Jewelers in
downtown Buffalo and at the St. John's Church Office. More information can be found at www.stjohnsbuffalo.org/ or
www.theballbrothers.com/ or by calling the Church Office at
763-682-1883.
Generate money for
St. John’s Youth without
spending a dime.
Search the web with www.goodsearch.com and every time you do,
St. John’s Youth will receive a penny. GoodSearch gives 50% of
their earnings from advertising to charities. Just go to
www.goodsearch.com and enter “St. Johns Buffalo Church.”
Then add GoodSearch to your toolbar. Thanks!
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KRWC broadcast sponsors needed for most of
March and all of April!
Our 8:00 worship services are broadcast
on radio station KRWC AM1360 for the
benefit of those unable to attend church.
Each broadcast costs us $150.00.
There are three ways you keep this important ministry
going:
1. Contribute $150.00 to sponsor an entire broadcast for an
available date of your choosing with a personal dedication.
2. Contribute $75.00 for a 1/2 sponsorship of a Sunday that we
pick. Your name will be mentioned.
3. Contribute any amount of money toward the Broadcast Ministry
Fund and we will use it as needed.
To be sure you get the date you want, call the church office now at
763-682-1883.
Leftover Key?
Readers Needed
The Trustees ask
that those who have
a church key or fob who no
longer hold a board position or no longer require a
church key turn them in to
the church
office.
Would you like to serve
as a reader for a Saturday night or Sunday
morning service? Your participation would be welcomed. If
interested, please email the
Elders at [email protected] or call
the church office at 682-1883.
Welcome, Teresa!
Teresa Berg is our new office administrator,
working Wednesday to Friday each week.
She and her family are long-time members of
our church, and are active in the community.
Please join us in congratulating her!
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“Lutheran Hour”
broadcast sponsors
needed
The “Lutheran Hour” is broadcast each Sunday at 12:30 pm
on KDUZ AM-1260. The cost of
each broadcast is $93. Sponsors are needed for March, and
continuing through 2013. If you
would like to sponsor a broadcast, call Charles Jensen at
320-864-3579 for specific
dates. Checks should be made
out to Men’s Club LH Broadcast
and mailed to Charles at 404
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55336. Thank you for your support in helping the Lutheran
Hour “Bring Christ to the nations—and the nations to the
Church.”
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when you
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wife attend
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visit GodLovesMarriage.org, or
contact Peter & Phyllis McMahon at [email protected]
or call 763-5611575. Weekends fill fast and
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Women In Mission
"And a voice came out
of the cloud, saying, 'This
is my Son, my Chosen
One; listen to him!'" Luke
9:35
St. John’s will host the Litchfield Zone Rally this year, but
the date hasn’t been set yet.
Stay tuned!
The 35th Biennial LWML Convention will be held June 27-30,
2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The theme is "Quenched! by
the Water" and is based on the Scripture Verse: [Jesus said:]
“… but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never
be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him
a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14).
According to the invitation, “You will have the opportunity to: participate in the “Servant Connections”; worship with thousands of
your sisters and brothers in Christ; visit the exhibits in “The
LWML Neighborhood”; join the “Mission in Motion” fundraiser;
study God’s Word with Donna Pyle, author of the Your Strong
Suit Bible study; meet new friends and renew old friendships;
and praise God through song.” Check out www.lwml.org, or call
Chris at 763-682-3997 for more information or to let us know if
you are interested in going.
Parents, as you plan your summer activities, you may want to
check out all the fun offerings at Camp Omega. Our group pays
half the campership fees for our youth who attend. Take a look at
their website: www.campomega.org
We are looking for a team to head the 45th Annual Country Fair
for Missions in November. We have experienced people, and detailed records to help you every step of the way. Prayerfully consider being part of this important project. The funds we raise benefits many missions and other worthy projects.
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Please fill a Mite Box for missions. Pick up and read The Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly and Women on a Mission. Attend our
meetings and Bible studies. Join us for activities, such as quilting in the sewing room every Tuesday afternoon. We welcome
your ideas and input. Thank you!
Our Motto: Serve the Lord With Gladness!
Upcoming Events:
Thursday, February 7th: Business Meeting at 6:00, Bible Study
at 6:45. We meet in the upper level boardroom in the Family Life
Center.
Monday, February 25th: Zone Board meeting at 6:30.
March: No business meeting or Bible Study.
April 4th: Board Meeting at 6:00, Bible Study at 6:45, in the upper
level boardroom of the Family Life Center.
June 27-30: 35th Biennial LWML Convention in Pittsburg, PA
Prayer
The Prayer Shawl is given to
someone who is suffering or in
crisis as a loving reminder of
God’s comfort and presence, and
that His unending love can bring
healing to their heart. The knitter
prays as the needles create a prayer shawl that will bring physical
warmth and spiritual comfort.
In the past week we have given out 7 prayer shawls. We need
knitters and those who can crochet to help out with the
ministry. Patterns for knit, crochet, and fleece fringed shawls are
available in the east narthex, along with yarn. We also have folders and crosses to be given to those people who need prayers and
support. This is truly a rewarding ministry.
For more information: Pat Norine 763-682-3606
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Board Meeting Minutes—2/11/2013
Call to Order: August Mussell
Opening Prayer: Pastor Meyer
Review Agenda: Agenda approved
as printed.
Secretary’s Report: Report approved on a motion from Roger
Strege seconded by
Janice Marschel, motion carried.
REPORTS:
Pastor’s Reports: Pastor Disney reported that Teresa Berg has been
hired as the Office Administrator.
She is a member of St John’s and
comes to us with lots of varied experience. Under Worship, he is excited
to comment on the Lenten services
being more casual and kid friendly.
There will be a marriage milestone
blessing and Feb. 24th will be the
start of a bible study called Sacred
Marriage.
Pastor Meyer gave an overview of
his written report which covered from
1/1/13 through today. He is working
with Elders, completed a lot of visitations, performed a baptism, participating in the 72 Partner program, he
too is excited about the Lenten services being a somewhat different
format. The whole family is now here
and his wife is currently looking for
work.
Youth & Family Ministry – Education:
Kelly Thole said Feb. and March are
extremely busy months for the youth.
They will work at the Lenten Suppers; have fundraisers for the Mission trip which are vital as this is a
big endeavor with approximately 30
people going. The illusionist Brett
Myers is performing on Feb. 15
which is one of the fundraisers. The
30 Hour Famine is coming up on
April 8th and several other Church’s
will be participating in this. The seniors have started a program called
Transitions of which their parents
also attend. It is a how to make their
faith stick after High School, program. The youth will again be participating in a Kick Ball tournament
March 26th. The Sunday school children are using their offerings to create Baby Bundles, which they will
also put together and then give to
for mothers and children in need.
After Easter a program called First
Faith Steps will start for children from
baptism on into Sunday school
times.
Treasurer’s Report: Kyle Bjork gave
an overview of his written report noting that Jan. came in under budget
which is typical after the holiday season. It also is a combination of timing
of insurance payments, snow plowing, Easter music and some items
not budgeted for such as the new
pastor’s moving expenses. Financial
report was forthcoming from Kathryn
Elsen. Report was approved on a
motion from Janice Marschel seconded by Dave Haggerty.
General Fund Contributions and
Expenses for January
Contributions
$27,063
Expenses
47,876
Net Increase (Decrease) (20,814)
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New Business: Kyle Bjork asked if
more people should have access to
Shepherds Staff on the computer
and August Mussell will fill that position.
Discussion on Noah’s Ark and
ways to help them out followed.
Old Business: Pastor Disney reported on the hiring of the Office Administrator.
Janice Marschel gave a report on
where we were at with the 72 Partner
program. The Board agreed to continue with the next portion – training
for small group leadership – after
Easter when we will also learn how
to and do a special canvassing.
The phone and internet service are
still being worked on with the issue
being the line from the outside to in
the building.
BOARD & COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Elder: Dave Haggerty reported the
Board did not meet in January but
along with the Pastor’s attended
classes for Elders at Concordia. The
Board will provide a Lenten supper.
Trustees: Brad Hoseck gave an
overview of his written report with
comments on normal repairs and the
never ending extra items such as the
Life Center door which was thought
to be fixed but will have to be looked
at again.
Worship: (covered under Pastor
Disney)
Evangelism: Roger Strege has purchased a template for the website as
work on it had been temporarily
stopped but now continues. The
church’s membership with the Chamber of Commerce was renewed and
it was noted that the Buffalo Days
parade will be June 15th. This year
we will combine the Family Fun Fest
with our Rally Sunday which will be
Sept 8th.
Stewardship: No report at this time.
Fellowship: Thank you Marti for putting together the great Pot Luck for
the Meyers Family. The church picnic will be July 28th.
Education: (covered under Youth)
Lutheran Women in Mission: A written report with Chris Husom also
commenting we will host the Spring
Rally in April.
Library: We have a new and exciting
type of book review coming up in
March. The book is 316 and Pastor
Meyer will do a type of book review /
bible study between services and on
one other day of the week to discuss
this book. There are sign ups in the
Narthex by the Library and by the
Life Center.
Noah’s Ark: Held their Open House.
Project Compassion / Health Cabinet: Mailed out Valentines and continue their visiting.
Missions: Janice Marschel reported
that the Food Shelf envelope will
again go out during Lent.
Decorating: Shala is still looking for
volunteers in this area.
No Other Business at this time.
Closing Prayer: Pastor Disney
On a motion from Dave Haggerty
seconded by Brad Hoseck the meeting adjourned.
Respectfully submitted, Cheryl Olsen
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