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)

From the Elders - "...pray for the spread of the Gospel..."

August 1, 2022 - Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We want to give a heart felt “Thank You!” to all who volunteered their time and talents to make this years VBS a successful ministry outreach for our children. An immense amount of time and effort goes into making these events happen, and while it’s done to help strengthen the children’s faith, and not for recognition, know that your efforts are very much appreciated. Again, Thank You! We have faith that VBS will transpire and trust that the above statement will be true when it is read. We trust that those who assisted with VBS, were equally blessed.

Our trust in God allows us to believe in the evidence of things not seen. Just as those of you who have given your time to the children may never personally witness their spiritual growth, you have faith that it will. Through trust in Gods word, you rely on your faith. Faith without trust is not faith. Belief in God’s word without reliance ON God’s word is hollow. As we struggle with everything from life’s everyday challenges to the conflicts and strife of the world as a whole, let us not forget to celebrate our many blessings. The birth of a child (congratulations Bryan and Erin!). A faithful spouse. The promise of the rainbow. Pray. Trust in God’s word. Rely on God’s word. Have faith in Him. Rejoice! In Christ's Love, The Elders of St. John  - The Elders