February 2013 - St. John's Lutheran Church of East Moline, IL


February 2013 - St. John's Lutheran Church of East Moline, IL

February 2013 St. John’s Lutheran Church of East Moline, IL Volume 55, Issue 6

Special points of interest:

Letters from the Pastor,

Vicar, and CEL Director.

February Birthdays.

All the latest news from

inside the church walls

about the groups of your


In this issue:

Pastor’s Letter 1

Director’s Cut/

Vicar’s Letter

Serving the Lord This


Church News 4-5

Coloring Page 6

Financial Secretary’s Report 7

Treasurer Report 8

Calendar 9



From Pastor’s Desk:

“And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit,

returned from the Jordan and was led

by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty

days, being tempted by the devil. And

he ate nothing during those days. And

when they were ended, he was hun-

gry.... And when the devil had ended

every temptation, he departed from

him until an opportune time. And Je-

sus returned in the power of the Spirit

to Galilee, and a report about him

went out through all the surrounding

country.” (Luke 4:1-2, 13-14)


Why Lent? Why forty-days? Why self-denial

or fasting?

The answers to these questions are made

evident in the temptation of Jesus that followed

His baptism. Through the 40 days of temptation

our Lord was Spirit filled and led to deny himself

to the point of great hunger. He took up God’s

Word as a weapon to defend against and gain

victory over Satan. And then He returned again

in the power of the Holy Spirit so that a report

went out about Him through the surrounding


In its wisdom the Early Church used the time

of Lent especially for the preparation of those

who would cross over from death to life through

Holy Baptism during the Easter Vigil. During this

time they underwent intense instruction in God’s

Word, so that they may be fully armed to do

battle against the demonic forces they would

face. During those 40 days they would consider

all that Christ suffered for them and all their

sinfulness which made His suffering and death

necessary. They would be questioned regarding

their sins and admit to the unholy desires that

continued to trouble them. During this time of

repentance they would be Spirit-led to deny

themselves and to turn away from the desires of

their flesh and the ways of their unbelieving past.

At the conclusion of this time of devotion to God’s

Word, self-denial, and repentance they would be

baptized. At their baptism they would put on a

new white robe, indicating that they were clothed

with Christ and His righteousness. The last thing

that would happen was an annointing with

perfumed oil, as a little Christ. With this beautiful

fragrance, symbolizing their anointing with the

Holy Spirit, they would go to the waiting

congregation to celebrate the resurrection and

then out to the whole world as a living report of

what God had done for them and was doing

through them.

My prayer for you this Lent is that you will walk

with Christ and with the saints of old for these 40

days as you prepare for the celebration of your

own Passover from death to life by sharing in the

resurrection of Jesus through Holy Baptism. Use

this time to contemplate Christ’s suffering for you

and your own sin as the reason for that suffering.

Devote yourself to God’s Word so that you may

be fully equipped to share in Christ’s victory over

sin, death and the power of the devil. Repent and

deny yourself to be renewed in your baptism, to

put on Christ and to become a beautiful fragrance

in the congregation and in the world as a positive

report of the Holy Spirit’s work.

This year join your fellow saints as we consider

Jesus’ names of wondrous love. Our services,

being led by various pastors of the Rock Island

circuit, will be held at Noon and 6:30pm every

Wednesday beginning February 13 th with a meal

preceding each evening service.

Tempted Yet Victorious In Christ,

I Timothy 4:13-16

February 2013

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A C.E.L. Production

Valentine’s Day is a special time for our little ones as they delight in the treats and play silly games, but it is also the best time to share

the love God has for us with others. We are getting closer to the season of spring which means this school year is going by way too fast! We have

so many exciting activities this month that include our special Valentine’s parties and a dance, a trip to the QC Botanical Center, a visit from a local

dental hygienist, and new ways to fundraise through scrapbooking & eating out at Buffalo Wild Wings!

You and your family are cordially invited to our Valentine’s Dance on February 8 th from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Enjoy some refreshments and a

night of dancing! Don’t forget to get a picture by our great photographer! You are also invited to our Scrapbooking and Card-Making Crop (CEL

Fundraiser) on February 23 rd ! See the insert in your bulletin and posters around the building for more information. Don’t forget to register soon!

*ENROLLMENT HAS BEGUN FOR THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR! Call Morgan for more information and/or schedule a tour!

Upcoming Events:

Valentine’s Dance 8th 6:30-8pm

Valentine’s Parties 13th & 14th

NO SCHOOL18th & 19th

St. John’s Buffalo Wild Wings Day—Feb 18th ALL DAY

Vision & Hearing Screening 20th &21 st

Scrapbooking & Card-Making Crop 23 rd 9am-11pm

“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” ~Romans 5:8

In Christ,

Morgan DeBlieck

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

When was the last time you shared your faith with someone

who wasn’t a Christian? I have found that people all too often consider

themselves inadequately prepared to share their Christian faith with the

world around them. When asked why people don’t talk about the things

which they believe you hear the excuses:

“I am too busy to share my faith with other people.”

“I don’t know anyone I can talk to about my faith.”

“I don’t have enough of a command of the Scriptures to talk

about what being a Christian means.”

“I don’t want to be confrontational with people who disagree

with me about faith.”

“Sharing faith and growing the church is something that Pastors

and Church Workers are called to do; I don’t need to do

that since that is their job.”

Perhaps when you have been asked to consider this task you

too have used some of these excuses. Where we would make excuses

for why we don’t share our faith St. Peter tells us that we ought to think

differently, “[You are] a holy nation, a people for his own possession,

that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of

darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). In this passage Peter

reminds believers first who they are; he says, “You are a holy nation.”

God has redeemed you and made you to become holy in spite of your

From Vicar

sinfulness. And these words are for you too; as a Christian you already

are a holy nation. And yet, while being a holy nation has a lot of perks,

that is not the end of the road.

St. Peter continues with the purpose of being a holy nation,

“So that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of

darkness into his marvelous light.” Now proclaiming the excellencies of

the God who has redeemed you doesn’t have to be big and gaudy experience:

most of us have not had a big conversion experience. Proclaiming

your faith can be something as simple as just having a conversation

or living as a Christian in the world by the way you act publicly.

It can be scary to do something that you’ve never intentionally

done before, especially in a world that is becoming more hostile to

Christians. Therefore, I, as a vicar, want to encourage and help you

consider how to share your faith in what you say and do, as well as how

you act. It is for this reason and purpose that in the past few months I

have set up “office hours” at Panera in Moline. I want to help you consider

how to both live your faith actively and talk to people about it wherever

you may be. So as a holy nation called to share the excellencies of

Him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light come and

visit me on Mondays between 7:30 and 9:30 AM or Thursdays between

3:30 and 5:30 PM so that together we might learn how to share our faith

and likewise encourage each other to be a light to a world darkened by


In Christ,

Vicar Holman

The Informer

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Serving the Lord This Month:


February 2: Bill Byles, Norm Antolik &

Fred Bonow

February 3:Kevin Verschoore, Hank

VanDamme, Dennis Hurley, Keith Verschoore

, Jeff Belan & Alex Verschoore

February 9:Bill Byles, Norm Antolik &

Fred Bonow

February 10:Kevin Verschoore, Hank

VanDamme, Dennis Hurley, Keith Verschoore

, Jeff Belan & Alex Verschoore

February 16:Bill Byles, Norm Antolik

& Fred Bonow

February 17:Kevin Verschoore, Hank

VanDamme, Dennis Hurley, Keith Verschoore

, Jeff Belan & Alex Verschoore

February 23:Bill Byles, Norm Antolik

& Fred Bonow

February 24:Kevin Verschoore, Hank

VanDamme, Dennis Hurley, Keith Verschoore

, Jeff Belan & Alex Verschoore


Noon Service: Esther Cashion,

Dennis Hurley, and Jim Stonehouse

Evening Service: Kevin Verschoore,

Vern Sletten, Tanner McAnally, Keith

Verschoore & Alex Verschoore


Noon Services: Esther Cashion

Evening Services: Kevin Verschoore,

Keith Verschoore, Vern Sletten, and

Hank Van Damme


February 2: Bill & Becky Johnson & Gail


February 3: Margie & Dennis Schaefer &

Dorothy Tribbett

February 9: Fred & Patty Krack & LouAnn


February 10: Marsha Boarts & Dennis

Boarts & Dorothy Tribbett

February 16: George & Marlene Fellows &

Gail Massey

February 17:Joy Fauser, Darlene Dopson

& Beth Stimes

February 23:Carole Krouth, Bill Byles &

Joanne Wilson

February 24:Joy Fauser, Lynn Suess &

Dorothy Tribbett

Fellowship Callers

February 2 & 3:

February 9 & 10:

February 16 & 17:

February 23 & 24:

Altar Guild

Ramona Oltmann & Elaine Newman

Thank you for

your service!!

“But I say to you, Love your enemies

and pray for those who persecute you,

so that you may be sons of your Father

who is in heaven. For he makes his

sun rise on the evil and on the good,

and sends rain on the just and on the

unjust. You therefore must be perfect,

as your heavenly Father is perfect.

(Matt. 5:44-45, 48)


February 2:Karly Borkgren

February 3:Nathanael Weber

February 9:James Hinman

February 10:Alyssa McAnally

February 13:Caleb Engebrecht

February 16:Colin Antolik

February 17:Zachary Antolik

February 20:Hannah Rossmiller

February 23:Ronnie Wilson

February 24:Madison Streeter

February 27:Heather Hartvigsen

Eternal Candle

Feb. 26—Available

Flower Chart

No Openings

Sunday Morning

Coffee & Donuts

All Available

February 2013


February 1: Leah Weber & Stacie


February 3: Elliot Dyer & Brian Overmire

February 4: Chad Gosa, Aaron

Homann, Devon Hurley, Carole

Krouth, Ryan MacDonald & K. D. Williams

February 5: Lois Deal & Steven


February 6: Shari Hess, Doris Park, &

Sydney Wuelgert

February 7: Margo Blaser, Diana

Caldwell, Cynthia Christopher

February 8: Ralph Grotelueschen,

Larry Ripka, Tyler Rusk

February 9: Karen Linnenkamp &

Membership Report


Robert Shaw on December 20, 2012

Funeral December 24, 2012

Loretta Nielsen

Church News

February 10: Marcella Anderson, Jeremy

Kern & Cora Whipple

February 12: Lucille Perley

February 14: Sam Kupresin, Alyssa

McAnally, & Alyssa Whitmire

February 15: Nile Pena, & Alena


February 16: Ethan Sountris

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February 17: Barbara Veskauf

February 18: Betty Streeter

February 19: Macey Patterson

February 21: Patty Krack & Virginia


February 22: Sandy Beuster, Zachery

Chellew, Charlotte Geis, Brian Nielsen,

& Isaac Stone

February 24: Ryan Dosch

February 25: Taryn Kosche

February 26: Jamie Cruse & Caleb


February 27: Fred Krack

February 28: Larry Oltmann & Dennis


Weekly Attendance & Offerings


12/30/12 217 191 NO S.S. $5,945

12/31/112 110 (New Years) 191 NO S.S. $1,562

1/6/13 254 267 14 $6,261

1/13/12 184 240 31 $4,596

1/20/13 239 240 24 $7,994

Simply giving Dec. 2012 $1,860 Average monthly attendance of St. John’s Membership 28%

Lenten Schedule

Names Of Wondrous Love

February 13th / Noon & 6:30 pm - Mid-week 1: Jesus (22:39-46) - Pastor Umbarger

February 20th / Noon & 6:30 pm - Mid-week 2: The Truth (John 18:37, 38) - Vicar Holman

February 27th / Noon & 6:30 pm - Mid-week 3: Christ Crucified (John 19:16-18) - Pastor Wright

March 6th / Noon & 6:30 pm - Mid-week 4: The Way (Luke 23:39-43) - Pastor Umbarger

March 13th / Noon & 6:30 pm - Mid-week 5: King (John 18:33-37) - Pastor Gallo

March 20th / Noon & 6:30 pm - Mid-week 6: Immanuel (John 18:3-12) - Vicar DeBlieck

The Informer

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Church News


St. John's LWML will meet on February

28th at 6:30 p.m. Hostesses will be Susan

Bowman and Ramona Oltmann. Devotions

will be given by Libby Dreier. The program

will be given by Vicar Holman. He will share his

"life story" and how he came to enter the Seminary. Come

and share an enjoyable evening with your sisters in Christ.

Youth News

Friday, February 8th at 7:00pm- CYF & LYF Mallards game!!

Tickets are $9

Saturday , February 23rd from 7:00pm - 11:00pm- CYF &

LYF Skate City Laser Tag. $10 unlimited laser tag, treats provided;

bring extra money for drinks.

Wednesday, February 25th from 5:30pm - 6:30pm—CYF

Come before confirmation to have dinner with your fellow classmates.

Stewardship Notes

February is the month when “Valentine’s Day” is

celebrated and thus a month in which we think of

“love.” A few short weeks ago we celebrated Christmas—the

occasion that marked God’s great love

gift to the world, His only-begotten Son. Jesus

came into our world as a servant and took upon

Himself our human flesh and form, as well as our

sin, guilt and shame, and then offered His life as

the perfect sacrifice for our sins and the sins of the

whole world. This act of sacrificial love caused the

hymn writer to pen these words: “What wondrous

love is this, O my soul, O my soul! What wondrous

love is this, O my soul! What wondrous love is this

that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful

curse for my soul, for my soul, to bear the dreadful

curse for my soul!” (LSB, 543).

The truth is that the love of Jesus is far more wondrous

than we can ever describe or imagine, much

less imitate and practice. The best that we can do

is respond to that wondrous love with our free and

joyous stewardship. True Christian stewardship is

not something that we do because of laws, rules

and commands. True Christian stewardship is always

a response to the love of God for us. The

Ladies Aid

St. John's Ladies Aid will meet February 7 at 1:00

p.m. Ann Engebrecht will be the leader. Hostesses will

be Gloria Burke and Ramona Oltmann. Devotions will be

given by Ramona Oltmann. Come join your Christian

sisters in fellowship.

Year-end Statements

2012 year-end statements are now available to be

picked up in the Concourse. Please take yours, along

with your 2013 offering envelopes. (Don’t forget to throw

away your 2012 envelopes).

Bible Studies

Sunday’s at 10:15 AM:

Wednesday’s 10:00 AM:

Thursday’s 9:00 AM:

Saturday’s 8:00 AM:

Bible 101 & Galatians


Minor Prophets

Men Discovering Truth

Apostle John said it so well: “We love because He

first loved us.”

So, during this month of February when

“Valentine’s Day” reminds us of human love, we do

well to pause and reflect on the divine love of Jesus.

By the power and presence of the Holy Spirit

we are equipped to show our love through deeds

and words that support and encourage.

Christian stewardship is the free and joyous activity

of the child of God and God’s family, the church, in

managing all of life and life’s resources for God’s

purposes. Let your love show in your giving of time,

talent and financial resources to God’s glory and

the expansion of His kingdom.

The Informer

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The Informer

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Financial Secretary’s Report

February 2013

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Treasurer’s Report

1450-30th Avenue

East Moline, IL 61244

St. John’s

Lutheran Church

of East Moline,

Tel: 309-792-0755

Fax: 309-792-0776

E-mail: stjohnsem@sbcglobal.net

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Worship Times

WORSHIP SERVICES: Saturday — 6:30 p.m.

Sunday— 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday— Noon & 6:30 p.m. (Lent)

SUNDAY SCHOOL & BIBLE CLASS: Sunday — 10:15 a.m.

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