News and Notices


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God is good … all the time. And all the time … God is good!
Confirmation Classes
Confirmation starts this Sunday, October 6 at 9:00 a.m. Charlene Barrett, Roger Bokano and Enoch Carlton will be teaching this year. Please call the church office if you would like to enroll your child in Confirmation Class or would like to be contacted about the program.

Sunday School
Sunday School will be starting up Sunday, October 6. We welcome Stephanie Lindsay as the new director for the 2019-20 school year. Sunday School teachers and students will be using the Spark Lectionary Curriculum this year. Sunday School will take place during the 10:15 a.m. church service and is geared from Preschool aged children through 5th grade. If you would like to be a Sunday School teacher, please contact Stephanie Lindsay.



You all have been very generous, donating blankets to kids who have been in Children’s Hospital for one thing or other. As of Sept. 22, we have 46 beautiful blankets of all kinds.

Before we take them to St. Peters Lutheran Church in Warren, we will display them and bless them on their way to Children’s. St. Peters collects from many churches and delivers them at the end of October so that only one or two vehicles drive down there. All donations due Sunday, Oct. 20th.

There is one box for donations in the Parlor and one in the Education Bldg.



There is now a link to our online directory in our e-news. Click the link at the bottom of the newsletter to be directed to


Please submit items for Sunday Bulletins and/or Announcements to Brenda in the church office by 12 Noon on Wednesday!

If your contact information changes, including phone number, email or home address, please let Brenda know in the church office. Thank you!


Hopefully, you've noticed some new things at St. John's this past year. Our coffee hours are busy and delicious, our bulletin boards are full of fun memories, and our St. John's family has grown. The Member Care team has been working hard to help all of us feel more connected and we are ready to do even more, but we need some help. We need someone willing to send personalized cards to our members. This is a beautiful way to let others know that we're praying for them or that we appreciate something they've done. This could be 1 to 2 cards per week. We will supply the names, cards, and postage. 

If you're not comfortable writing, how about making some phone calls? We'd like someone to reach out to members who have been on our prayer list. Or, maybe reach out to new members to make sure they're feeling comfortable. 

Perhaps, you feel inspired spending time with our youth. Our Sunday School teachers need a break. Last year, we provided Children's church in July and August during the second service. Children's church provides our young people a chance to build relationships with each other and participate in worship in a way that makes sense to kids. We have lots of people willing to cover some weeks of the summer, but we need a coordinator to help put it together. 

These opportunities to serve do not have to be long term, do not have any cost, and do not require attendance at meetings. We believe that we are all members of Member Care. We are the family of St. John's. We're asking our members to prayerfully consider sharing their time. 

If you are interested in more information or have ideas that you would like to share, please contact Gayle LeClair or Debb Carlton via the church office. Or, feel free to stop by a Member Care meeting on the third Sunday of the month, between services in the education building.




Rehearsals will be the first Sunday of each month, at 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. in the Educational Building. Performances will be that same day at the 10:15 a.m. Service. Please have your child arrive a few minutes early as the rehearsals will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Please contact Roger Bokano via the church office with any questions. Registration forms are at church also.


Calling all men, women and families! There is a sign-up sheet in the back of the church to help with altar guild! It really is easy and it’s a great way to pair up with other members of the congregation and get to know one another. There is training available and a “How to set up the Altar” book available too. Please contact Alison White via the church office if you have any questions.


We want your smile and we still NEED YOUR PHOTO!!! 

As you know, Melissa Westrick has been working very hard with the photo company since December 2017. Unfortunately, they have had a significant turnover and they just did not follow through on their part of the bargain. They finally informed us that they no longer have access to any of the photos that were to be included in the pictorial directory they promised.

While we're disappointed, we already have a NEW IN-HOUSE DIRECTORY underway. Member Care has been assembling a directory for all of us to use- we just need you to Re-submit your photo. 


You can bring the photo you had professionally taken for the Pictorial Directory and we'll take a quick picture of it. Or, you can submit any photo that you would like. Or, we'll take your picture any Sunday at church after service. Or, you can text or email a photo to us. Whatever is easiest for you. 

Please contact Krista Teschler or Debb Carlton via the church office to make arrangements.

The Member Care has been established by the Church Council as part of its 2 year plan.  Some of the areas of responsibility for this group are Church Prayer Circle, Coffee Hour, Member Directory, New member orientation and shepherding, member recognition activities and many more.  Our goal is that this committee will allow the people of St. John's an opportunity to recognize and celebrate wonderful moments and offer support to our members in need, all which will strengthen the bond of our church family.  Meetings will be brief, held monthly on the second Sunday of each month between services. 

If you would like to become part of this most worthwhile group, please see, or call, either of the co-chairs, Debbie Carlton or Gayle LeClair via the church office.  Thank You.

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Council Minutes - January 2019
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Council Minutes - July 2019
Council Minutes - August 2019

News from the Prayer Shawl Ministry

St. John’s new Prayer Shawl Ministry members have been busy knitting and crocheting prayer shawls for members (and non-members) of our congregation who need to know someone cares about them.  This group has now presented shawls at three baptisms.  One reason we make these shawls is for anyone who is undergoing any type of crisis in their life.  Another reason is for happy occasions such as a baptism. 

If you like to knit or crochet please consider joining our group.  We meet occasionally on a Sunday between services.  If you would like any further information, or if you know of someone who is need of a prayer shawl, please contact one of the co-coordinators, Gayle LeClair or Kathi Bokano via the church office.



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New Baltimore MI 48047


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