2020 December Newsletter

2020 December Newsletter 
“The Bell”

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

View the December 2020 “The Bell” Newsletter from Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Dime Box by selecting the link below:
2020 12 Bell Newsletter December SJLCDB PDF

Merry Christmas!  Attached is the latest Bell newsletter for St John’s LC.  This electronic version includes 2.5 extra pages of content compared to the printed and mailed version.  As I explain in my column, we are trying to save ink, which is getting scarce in the pandemic. 

Puzzles and Lists.  Some members have told me they like to print out just the crossword and word search, and this month they can do so by specifying pages 6 and 8 respectively.  If you want to print out and save the prayer list and calendar, print pages 5 and 7 respectively.  I will continue to provide the prayer list and calendar in the newsletter each month, but from now on will only put it in the printed worship bulletins once a month, on the third Sunday.

Bulletins. If you would like to receive the weekly Sunday worship bulletin as well via e-mail, respond to this message saying so, and I will add you to that e-mailing list.  This will include articles meant to go out with bulletins that come from Sola Publishing, from the Texas District of the LCMC, and sometimes from elsewhere.  It will also include an updated calendar and updated prayer list.

To summarize:

Going out in print each month by postal mail:

An 8-page newsletter with columns, calendar, prayers, crossword, wordsearch, reports, etc.

Going out in print each week only to those in Sunday worship:

1st Sunday: The order of worship + Focus on the Family newsletter          [This is usually a Communion Sunday]

2nd Sunday: The order of worship + Texas LCMC District monthly article     

3rd Sunday: The order of worship + calendar and prayer updates          [This is usually a Communion Sunday where we use LBW Setting II, so e-bulletin versions will be shorter.] 

4th and 5th Sundays: The order of worship + Sola articles, 1517 articles, and anything else that should be added.         [In the future, I hope to use other settings here from time to time, such as Marty Haugen’s “Now The Fest and Celebration” and the Country Gospel “A Celebration of Grace,” depending on the availability of musicians, post pandemic.  The look of the e-bulletins may thus vary.] 

Going out electronically each month by e-mail:

The 8-page newsletter + 2 or more pages of additional content

Going out electronically each week:

The order of worship + readings, commentaries, calendar, prayer list, Sola, 1517, and Texas District articles.  I sometimes receive electronic messages and reports  from ministries that we support which I can include here.  The Focus on the Family newsletters come to us pre-printed and I cannot scan them and send them out electronically.  Spare copies of these are always available on the sign up table in the Fellowship Hall.

Please let me know what and how you want to subscribe!

Speaking of publications, each quarter we receive daily readings devotionals in regular and large print versions.  Members insist that they be placed in the Narthex instead of with other publications in the Fellowship Hall.  We also have a great and growing church library, and lots of free Bibles, including audio versions.

Thanks and Godspeed,
– PJ

Joe Leavengood, MDiv, JD, MBA, MA
Pastor, St John’s LC-DB, LCMC
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Librarian, Writer, Bus Driver, Coach, Musician
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Upcoming Events

Jan
17
Sun
9:00 am Church Service, No Comm/Fellowship
Church Service, No Comm/Fellowship
Jan 17 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Church Service, Non Communion Fellowship & Snacks after Service
Jan
19
Tue
9:30 am Helpings Hands @ Church Anex Building
Helpings Hands @ Church Anex Building
Jan 19 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Make quilts, fill school bags with supplies and ship to the Lutheran World Relief.   Make and deliver welcome baskets to people in the community.
Jan
20
Wed
9:30 am Women’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
Jan 20 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Bible Study for Women, Everyone in the community is invited. Location: Church (unless otherwise scheduled) , Light lunch afterwards.
6:30 pm Men’s Bible Study
Men’s Bible Study
Jan 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Bible Study for Men.  Everyone in the community is invited.  Location:  Church.
Jan
21
Thu
6:30 pm Church Council Meeting
Church Council Meeting
Jan 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Meeting will include: Old Business, New Business and a review and approval of the Monthly Treasury Report.
Jan
24
Sun
9:00 am Church Service Comm
Church Service Comm
Jan 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Church Service with Communion, Fellowship & Snacks after Service
Jan
27
Wed
9:30 am Women’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
Jan 27 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Bible Study for Women, Everyone in the community is invited. Location: Church (unless otherwise scheduled) , Light lunch afterwards.
6:30 pm Men’s Bible Study
Men’s Bible Study
Jan 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Bible Study for Men.  Everyone in the community is invited.  Location:  Church.