From the desk of Pastor Meyer - St. John`s Lutheran Buffalo, MN
St. John’s Lutheran Church
From the desk of Pastor Meyer
A CHALLENGE FOR NOVEMBER
At the time that this newsletter will hit your hands,
we will be between Sunday, October 25, when we
handed to our third graders their own copies of
God’s Word – the Bible; and November 2nd, which
begins a new month (obviously).
There are companies that will host a “bring your
child to work day.” There are schools that will host
a “bring your parent to lunch day.” November 2014, in your family
at St. John’s, is going to be “BRING YOUR BIBLE TO CHURCH”
month. In thinking about this theme, I can’t help but think of a couple of songs, one historical, and one relatively new. “God’s Word
Is Our Great Heritage,” and “Thy Word Is a Lamp Unto My Feet” are
the two that come to mind.
In a time when truth seems harder and harder to come by
and Satan continues to work – maybe even harder than ever in this
ever changing world of ours – it seems right that we focus where
we need to focus: in and on God’s Word. His Word is the foundation for our faith, as in His Word we are told of all that God has
done to make us right with Him through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, and we are taught what it means to live as His children – how to Be His Church!
While the details of what this means during our services are
still being worked out, what I can tell you is that you will be instructed each Sunday to “turn in your Bibles” to a specific section of
God’s Word that will be studied, taught, and applied on that day.
The logic or thought process behind this emphasis is this: as we
have just given our third graders God’s Word, ought we not model
to our young brothers and sisters in Christ just how important being
in God’s Word is for us as adults?
During October we looked at some difficult sections in
God’s Word. There are times in reading the Bible that teaching and
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St. John’s Lutheran Church
302 NE 2nd Street
Buffalo, MN 55313
Youth Line: 763-684-0460
Noah’s Ark Pre-School: 763-682-1368
Sharing a changeless Christ in a changing world.
Chairman of the Congregation
Rev. Philip Meyer, Pastor
Board of Elders
Rev. Roger Klemz, Visitation Pastor
Dave Haggerty, Head Elder
Rev. Norm Hanan, Visitation Pastor
Kelly Thole, DCE, Director of
Chris Ryan, DCE Intern
Carla Myhre-Vogt, Office Administrator
Beth Hane, Office Assistant
Altar Guild: Dorothy Bowman
Evangelism: Roger Strege
Fellowship: Marti & Lee Ryan
Kid’s Club: Ken and Amy Hill
Library: Shala Holm
Project Compassion: Sandi Baert
Sanctuary Decorating: Shala Holm
Stewardship: Tim Vergin
Trustees: Stan Meyer
Women in Mission: Open
Youth & Family Ministry: Kathryn Elsen
Nicky Haskins, Noah’s Ark Preschool
Kyle & Elizabeth Bjork, Treasurers
Kathryn Elsen, Financial Secretary
Cheryl Olsen, Board Secretary
Gary Schillinger, Music Director
Saturday 5:00 pm
Sunday 8:00 & 10:30 am
Sunday’s Service Broadcast on
KRWC 1360AM at 8:00 am
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Join the Newsletter Mailing Crew on Tuesday, November 25, at 9:00 am.
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learning is a good approach to take. This is what we plan to attempt
during November. I would like to invite you to consider joining in this
endeavor. Realizing that we most likely own different versions of the
Bible will be a good thing, as our messages will give us the opportunity to look at how God’s Word directly teaches us.
We do not stand on anything else in this place. We stand
with both feet firmly planted on this sure foundation, with Christ Jesus as our cornerstone! So…..bring your Bible to church this week.
Plan to open it, use it, and read from it. Together, we will let the Holy
Spirit lead us into His truth!
In His service and yours,
Mark your calendars…
Thanksgiving, Nov. 27—Worship 10:00 am
Christmas Choral Concert—Saturday,
Dec. 20, 7:00 pm
(No Saturday evening worship service)
Sunday School Christmas Program—
Sunday, Dec. 21, 10:30 am
Christmas Eve—Worship 5:00 (Family Service), 7:00 &
Christmas Day—Worship 10:00 am
(No services New Year’s Eve)
Fall In to Reading!
You are invited to visit the library at St. John’s.
We have a wide variety of books for children of
all ages and adults. Kids and adults will love to
have books to read as the weather is getting
cooler. Let’s curl up on the sofa to relax and enjoy a good
To check out a book, simply write your name, the date, and
the name of the book in the binder on the
desk in the library. Enjoy your books for a few
weeks and then return by putting them in the
book slot in the desk.
The library is open anytime the church is
open. Happy Reading!
December 6th, 13th & 20th
9:30 to 11:30am
Students 3 years through 4th grade will work
together with their class to practice their
parts, make props and help get ready for our
program on December 21st during the 10:30
service. Need more info? Contact Kelly at
New Bible Study Options
Beginning November 2
Women’s Bible Study
Beginning November 2nd,
join other women for a
journey through the Psalms
of the Ascent through a video
series by Beth Moore.
We will meet at 9:10am for a
seven-week series in the
large Sunday School room upstairs over the Family Life
Center. Call with questions to
Lib Larson at 612-201-5824.
A Walk Through the Book of John
Join Pastor Meyer on a walk through the
Book of John where you will
experience an in-depth look into the
life of Jesus.
In the process, you'll grow in your
faith, your relationship with God, and
your passion for reading God's
This is an ongoing study, and will meet in Fellowship
Hall during our Sunday School hour.
Also check out the new Children & Family Bible study,
“Sticky Faith,” beginning Nov. 2—see page 16!
You are invited to our annual
Date: Sunday, November 23trd
Place: Fellowship Hall
Come and enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner. There will be
turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green
beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, cupcakes, and
beverages. The dinner is free, but a free-will
offering will be taken to offset the cost of the
food. This dinner is also open to the community
so be sure to welcome visitors to our church.
SAVE THE DATE
♦ Fall Gala Dinner & Silent Auction—Friday, November 21,
Monticello Community Center
This event benefits the Community Health Foundation Lakeside Oasis
End-of-Life Care Facility. For more information or to register for an event,
call the Community Health Foundation of Wright County at 763-684-1477
or visit its website at www.chfwc.org
Wayne & Karen Rebischke’s winter address:
Wayne & Karen Rebischke
1385 W Willis Ct
Hanford, CA 93230
They’d love to hear from you!
better than spending time with
loving, Christian people and
that’s what we do in PEP
(People Enjoying People)! PEP
meets on the first and third
Tuesday of every month in
Room 104 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 November we meet on the
4th and 18th from 9-11:30 AM.
Bring your own beverage; come
whenever you can; stay as long
as you want. There is no regular commitment. The more the
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Acknowledging Memorials and Gifts
Recent memorials and gifts have been made toward the following:
In Memory/Honor Of
St. John’s Music Ministry
Wish List—Van with Lift
Wish List—Life Center Cross Project
St. John’s Building Fund
Grateful thanks to all of you who have contributed.
Reserve your 2015 Dates
for KRWC Broadcast
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:
• Contribute $150.00 to sponsor an entire broadcast for an
available date of your choosing with a personal dedication
announced on air.
• Contribute $75.00 for a 1/2 sponsorship of a Sunday that we
pick. Your name will be mentioned.
• 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 office at 763-682-1883.
Reinhardt Goerke Jr.
Mee Joo Wachter
Harold Clifton Jr.
Keith & Sally Lemke
Jill & Gary Marketon
Ralph & Marilyn Sotebeer
Doug & Judy Hanson
Gerald & Judy LaFave
Deann & Randy Shupe
Earl & Karen Uecker
Thomas & Pixie Elletson
Greg & Celeste Graham
Tony & Theresa Sabraski
Matthew & Bonnie Jeske
Nyles & Helane Gentz
Jean & Gene Kubu
Jodi & Steve Lachermeier 11/17
Mike & Tammy Bertsch
Woodrow & Kari Klatt
Steve & Carla Vogt
Christopher & Kara Froberg 11/21
James & Rosemarie Workman11/22
Cory & Jen Hilk
Marlene & Gregory Rudenick 11/26
Joe & Molly Schillinger
John & Toni Kock
Toni & John Kock
Robert & Judy Lacina Jr.
Anne & Matt Tscholl
Youth Fun Night!
Friday, November 14th
All 7th and 8th graders are invited to attend
a night of games, devotions, fun
What You Need To
Each Youth can bring one friend with
Medical Release form on file
Signed Permission Slip
Bottle of pop or a bag of chips to share.
Pick up your forms and
Sign Up today!
For more information contact
Chris @ 612-704-5255 or
Kelly @ 763-684-0460
A Youth Group
For the month of November, our
men’s and women’s nights will each
have their own Thanksgiving feast!
The women will gather at Sarah
Licht’s on Saturday, Nov. 22nd. The
men will get together on Sunday,
Nov. 23rd. We would love for each
attendee to bring a dish to pass so
that there will be plenty of food to go around. The
turkey will be provided. For more information on the
event, feel free to contact Chris Ryan at
2015 Mission Trip Info Meeting
On November 19 @ 6:00 pm in the youth room we will be
having our information meeting for the 2015 senior high mission trip. If you are currently in 8th-12th grade you are welcome to come to this meeting and on the mission trip! If you
are interested in more information feel free to join us. Parents are more than welcome to join this meeting as well. If
you have more questions, contact Chris Ryan at
Children & Family
Operation Christmas Child Drop-Off Site
We are looking for volunteers to help at the drop–off site during
the week. The job is simple and a short-term commitment.
Maybe your family wants to volunteer for a few hours; there is
no age limit. Maybe you are involved in a group that wants to do
its part, or maybe you are an individual with a heart for service.
Everyone is welcome!
As a volunteer, you are a host of St. John’s by welcoming those
who come through our doors to drop off boxes, keeping a count
of boxes collected, and more.
The shifts are listed below…. Come for a couple of hours or stay
for the day. All help is needed. If you want to know more or
want to sign up, contact Kelly at 763-684-0460.
4:00 pm-6:00 pm
4:00 pm-6:00 pm
4:00 pm-6:00 pm
4:00 pm-6:00 pm
4:00 pm-6:00 pm
9:00 am-1:30 pm
9:30 am-1:30 pm
Children & Family
Calling all Youth, Kids and Adults
Join in and be a part of our Congregation-wide Mission Project!
Operation Christmas Child! - November 2nd– 23rd
Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in
desperate situations around the world through gift-filled
shoeboxes and the Good News of God’s love.
Here’s how it works:
1. Pick up a shoebox at St. John’s or find one of your own (standard
size, please). You can also use a small plastic container. You can
wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required. Most
importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift.
2. Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl and the
child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Labels are available at
church with the shoeboxes. Mark your age category and tape the
label to the top of your box.
3. Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. A list
of items is also available to pick up. Here are a few suggestions:
* TOYS : small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, etc.
* SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons, etc.
* HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrush, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb
* OTHER: Hard candy (double bag all candy), T-shirts, sunglasses,
hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)
4. A PERSONAL NOTE: In a separate envelope, you may enclose a
note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. (If you include your name and address, the child may write back The
Sunday School Children’s offerings will be used to pay the shipping
costs. If you wish, you may donate $7 to cover the shipping of your
box. Write your check to “Samaritan’s Purse” (note “OCC” on
memo line) and place it in an envelope on top inside your box.
5. Place a rubber band around each closed shoe box and drop off at
church no later than November 17th.
Children & Family
New!! Kid Connection
Sundays 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Wednesdays 6:30-8:15 PM
Ages: Infant—4th Grade
Kid Connection Childcare is a safe, fun, faith-filled environment
for your kids while you are in Bible Study, Confirmation, or
volunteering here at church. Contact Kelly for more information.
Want to Help?
Kid Connection has a regular lead Child Care
Coordinator but is always in need of more helping
hands. Parents, grandparents, students and teens are welcome to
join us in the Church Nursery! Contact Kelly for more information
or to sign up to help! 763-684-0460.
What do duct tape, glue and Post-its
have in common? They are sticky!
What about your child's faith?
Will it stick through their teenage years,
college, and adulthood?
Almost half of high school seniors struggle deeply with
their faith. Need some good news? Check out the book “Sticky
Faith!” This book aims to help show parents how to encourage
their child's faith and help it stick with them into adulthood. Copies
of this book are available through Kelly Thole ( Children and Family Ministry Director) or in the church library. Read the book and/or
join us for our Sticky Faith Parent Study
beginning November 2nd at 9:30am.
No matter the age of your kids... It’s never too early
or too late to build Sticky Faith.
Children & Family
Family Faith Talk Night
6:00pm- Freewill Dinner
6:30pm Special Speaker
- Craig McCourt.
Join us for dinner or just come to
hear from our special speaker Craig
McCourt. For more than 25
years, Craig has ministered full
time to youth and their families,
using his remarkable teaching style
to present biblical truths in ways
that motivate change in believers’
lives. During this event Craig will
walk with students and adults
through the topic
“Living the Ten Commandments in an Online World.”
7th & 8th graders who bring themselves and a parent will receive a
Women In Mission
St. John’s celebrated LWML on
both Saturday, October 11, and
Sunday, October 12. In addition to
the eloquent sermon of Pastor
Klemz and assistance of Women in
Mission members, many others
played important behind-thescenes roles. Shala Holm did a
tremendous job decorating (as always), and Tim Berteau, Bill Morri,
and Dylan and Jesse Meyer shared
our PowerPoint presentation for
church attendees. People dedicate
time, talent, and money year-round
to missions. It’s often unrecognized, but it’s vital. By the time this
article is published, Women in Mission members will have attended a
Zone Rally, continued to sew quilts,
and spent countless hours getting
ready for the Country Fair. People
will be filling mite boxes. These
efforts encourage fellowship, support missions and help us “Be the
At LWML Sunday, we sang “Praise
to the Lord, the Almighty” written by
Joachim Neander in 1665. Almost
360 years later, this hymn still outlines a successful walk in faith and
fellowship, strong LWML principles.
From its verses: “Ponder anew,
what the Almighty can do, as with
His love He befriends you,” we have
a wonderful chance to re-think
ways God has blessed us. Then we
have a great opportunity to establish caring relationships at St.
John’s. Together we can help many.
“Have you not seen all that is needful has been, sent by His gracious
adorning?” As Christian women we
are witnesses to God’s goodness.
Through mission projects, we have
tremendous resources and clearly
see how He helps others. “Let all
who hear, now to His temple draw
near, joining in glad adoration.”
Developing warm and welcoming
activities and mission projects
brings us together. They are wonderful ways to live a life of positivity,
knowing God is always with us. “Let
the Amen, sound from His people
again, gladly forever adore Him.”
Amen is right. When we encourage
one another and dedicate time and
strengths to mission projects, people throughout the globe grow in
God’s love. It’s my prayer St. John’s
women seek out every opportunity
to be a friend and servant to God,
and ask for help whenever you
need it. Through Women in Mission,
we can build each other up, motivate one another, and support each
other in our walk in faith. We encourage everyone at St. John’s to
join and help whenever possible.
Respectfully submitted by Beth
“Therefore encourage one another and
build one another up, just as you are
doing.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11
46th Annual Country Fair
Saturday, Nov. 8
See you there!
Did you know….
Many of you order from Amazon
already. Did you know that with one
added keystroke, a kickback of your purchase will be donated back
to St. John’s? Simply start with smile.amazon.com. St. John’s will
receive 5 percent of your purchase price. There is no additional cost
to you, and we get no information about what you ordered. It’s a winwin—you get your stuff and St. John’s gets some free money!
Grief Support Group meets Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00pm at Buffalo
Covenant Church. For more information, call Dick and Lois Barth at
Divorce Support Group meets Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm at Buffalo Covenant Church. For more information, call the Covenant
church office at 763-682-1470.
Board Meeting Minutes—10/16/2014
Call to Order: August Mussell
Opening Prayer: Pastor Meyer
Review Agenda: Motion to approve
made by Dave Haggerty seconded
by Roger Strege, approved.
Secretary’s Report: Approved on
motion from Janice Marschel seconded by Dave Haggerty.
Pastor’s Report: Pastor Meyer presented written report touching on
the letter he had sent. As he says
only God knows when and where
things will change so Pastor has no
plan or date to make changes at
this time. He feels as we walk together in the path we are on
“BEING” the church with our excellent visitation team, youth staff, and
volunteer help we receive our
“vision for 2015” is great. Success
is a group effort!!! Pastor will be
out for a few days the first part of
Youth Ministry -- Child & Family Ministry: Youth – Chris Ryan reported
that Gabe and Sarah Licht are now
working with youth as leaders during group and are much appreciated. Valley Scare had 19 people attending and went extremely well.
The youth women and men’s
groups are now meeting and growing. Nov 14th will a night for the 7th
and 8th grades (not an overnighter).
There will be games and small
group devotionals etc.
Kathryn Elsen updated the board
on the Mission Trip for next year. It
will be in Waterloo Iowa in July,
there are 25 spots.
Kelly Thole clarified that she works
with children from Birth through Junior High and Families - Chris Ryan
works also in the Junior High area
through High School. Kelly commented on Operation Christmas
starting in Nov. and that we will
once again be the Drop Off location
the week of Nov. 16th through 24th.
Nov. 19th there will be a Parents
Night with a special speaker, Craig
McCourt, speaking on the topic
“Living the ten commandments in
an Online World”. With some family
conflict the nursery leader, Angela
Friedrich has had to resign so Kelly
is once again looking to fill that position. The children’s bags are being
changed and will now have clip
boards and there will be bins from
which the kids may choose what
they would like in their bag. Kelly
will teach the “Sticky Faith Parent
Class” starting Nov. 2nd and running
for 6 weeks. She commented this is
not just for parents but for any adult
interested in how to keep our youth
interested in their church after high
school. Parents will learn they are
not in this alone we are all here to
help – in it together. If you would
like a book contact Kelly or the
Financial Secretary’s Report:
Kathryn Elsen gave an overview of
written report and extended appreciation of all the response she received in asking for counters. The
counting and materials will be
moved to a different room.
Treasurer’s Report: Kyle Bjork said
that although contributions were
down for September we are still
good for the year. Noah’s Ark will be
using the Education envelope in
Nov. A motion to return $400 deposit money for the Holy Land to Bill
Cook was made by Janice Marschel
seconded by Roger Strege. Motion
carried. On a motion from Roger
Strege seconded by Dave Haggerty
the financial and treasurer’s reports
General Fund Contributions and
Expenses for September
Net Increase (Decrease) (2,303)
New Business: None at this time.
Old Business: Discussion on the
upcoming Forum and Quarterly
which August Mussell will conduct.
Kyle Bjork will do a power point.
Making a second permanent DCE
position and moving forward with
Pastor Meyer, were some of the
topics of discussion.
BOARD & COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Noah’s Ark: Kelly Thole reported
the staff will be going to Family of
Christ church in Ham Lake to observe. Chapel continues. December
the children will be doing the art
work for the Library Art Area. There
will be one Christmas program. The
kids will also decorate brown bags
requested by Project Compassion.
Elders: Dave Haggerty commented
that computer problems have interfered with keeping on track with the
membership program but is being
worked on. Dave Taylor has offered
to help and along with the other
Pastor’s have assured the Elders
they will help with transition if and
when the time comes. There will be
some Elders along with Pastor Hanan meeting with the Korbels.
Trustees: August Mussell gave an
overview of the written report in Stan
Meyer’s absence. The board is looking
for someone with a boilers license to
help with maintenance.
Evangelism: Roger Strege reported on
the Family Fun Fest results. They started with a balance of $3500 adding
approx. $1800 so now have a total of
close to $5400 and are looking at projects at which to apply these monies.
The board decided to move forward
with purchasing t-shirts – purple with
“Be the Church” logo on one side and
St John’s on the other. These will be
used for functions and possible sold.
Stewardship: no report at this time.
Fellowship: Marti Ryan absent. It was
commented that finger food will be
served on the 26th for the form.
Women In Mission (LWML): Pat Norine
said the report was written adding the
a basket was created for the Napper
fundraiser. WIM purchased the video
and 10 books for the Beth Moore
Library/Decorating: The Library people
are reading to the Sunday school children. The WIM and Library people presented the art work depicting the
Country Fair now showing in the Library Art Area.
Project Compassion / Health Cabinet:
The board is sending Thanksgiving
cards and will be creating gift bags for
Missions: Janice Marschel said list will
be forthcoming at Quarterly.
No Other Business, meeting adjourned
by August Mussell on motion from
Dave Haggerty seconded by Roger
Closed with prayer by Pastor Meyer
Respectfully submitted by Cheryl
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