Elders

"In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, "It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word."" - Acts 6:1-4

Therefore, in accord with Biblical precedent and Christian freedom and love, the constitution and bylaws of St. John describe the duties of the Board of Elders in this place:

  • To assist the Pastor in all matters pertaining to the spiritual welfare of the Congregation
  • To supervise Christian discipline in the Congregation according to Matthew 18:15-17
  • Make every effort to induce members who have been negligent in their attendance at worship, in the use of the Sacraments, and in their financial support of the church, to mend their sinful ways and fully enjoy the rights and privileges of membership
  • See to it that all worship services be conducted in an orderly manner and commanded by our Lord (1 Corinthians 14:40)
  • Be an example of Christian conduct and conversation, according to our Lord's command (1 Timothy 3:8-13)

Greetings from the Elders,

March 1, 2019 - Dear bothers and sisters in Christ, The Lenten season is upon us. Lenten services will begin next week with Ash Wednesday. We will hold morning services at 10:30 each Wednesday this month, evening services will begin at 7:30. Please join in these special services as we focus on the upcoming suffering, death, and resurrection of our living Lord and Savior. Take a moment also to thank our Pastor as the Lenten season is definitely a season of extra work for him.

Please keep in mind there are always volunteers needed to provide Sunday after-service snacks in the basement. The sign up sheet hangs in the kitchen. To those who have brought in the past we extend thanks. The fellowship that is shared over coffee, juice, cookies, brownies, etc is always enjoyed.

Lastly, let us reflect upon ourselves during lent. Isaiah writes, "And now, go, write it before them on a tablet and inscribe it in a book, that it may be for the time to come as a witness forever. For they are a rebellious people, lying children, children unwilling to hear the instruction of the Lord..." Isaiah 30:8 - 9 ESV. It's easy to forget we are the children living in a time to come that he references. We are a lying, rebellious people who are in desperate need of a Savior. Thank the LORD that he himself provided that Savior for us.

In the name of the Christ, our savior, from the elders