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,

May 1, 2019 - Another Easter has been celebrated. Thanks to Pastor for a very good Lenten Service series. The sound effects added so much to the meaning of the service. Also, thank you to the choir, pianist, organist, and all the special groups that added to the Lenten and Easter Services.

The Sunrise Breakfast was great—good food and fellowship. Thanks to our youth group and all the volunteers that helped put it together—what helps the church is a lot of people doing and adding things to assist and add value to the church and services.

But the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior is something we should celebrate each and every day—not just once a year at Easter.

With all the issues that are happening in the world...building “the wall”, the abortion issues, the flooding in our state, the loss of loved ones, health and family concerns and many more not listed, it may seem like things are out of control! But our God has a plan—sometimes it is hard for us to understand all that is going on, but we need to stay strong in our faith to God and our Savior Jesus Christ.

There is found a list of sayings from Abraham Lincoln, and they can be applied to our current life.

Food for Thought:

  • You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
  • You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  • You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
  • You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  • You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
  • You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

Just some “food for thought”! God’s Blessings, The Elders