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St. Johannes Lutheran Church
August 4, 2019


  • Dr. Michael Kogan's Bible Study Tuesdays at 6pm 
  • Tricounty Family Ministries August Collection
  • See information below
  • Check out our service project for August

Today’s texts offer instruction and encouragement for all who are occasionally overwhelmed by the “unhappy business” of life. Jesus urges us to take care and be on guard against all kinds of greed. We who have died with Christ in holy baptism have also been raised with him and are encouraged to elevate our thinking, seeking the “things that are above.” To that end we seek the sustenance of the Lord’s supper and the encouragement of God’s word.

Sick and Recovering: Maude Hickman, John Fowlkes, Howard Walker, Andy Hogue, Diane Hogue, Marlene Barton, Amanda Long Robertson, Jeff Phillips, George Kornahrens, Elmore Marlow,  Anne Foster, Carol Drowota, Brad Wiedenman, Leslie Carpenter, Donald Foster, Jr., Billy Cornwell, Marilyn Stehmeier, Harry Kluttz, Leslie Carpenter, Pooh Kanapaux,and Ashley Byrd's daughter, Elizabeth and her unborn child
Heavenly Father, your Holy Spirit, like a wind from heaven, blows away all that is bad. May that holy wind blow away the sadness and the wickedness in our world, and bring calm and peace. Generous God pour out your love. • Your Holy Spirit burns up like fire, to cleanse and renew. May that cleansing fire make us clean on the inside, destroying sin, and changing us for good. Generous God pour out your love. • Your Holy Spirit is like a flame that enlightens human hearts. May that flame lighten our darkness, and guide us in the ways of peace and justice. Generous God pour out your love. • Your Holy Spirit hovered over the world at the beginning of creation. May that hovering Spirit descend on our world today, to mend and to heal, to restore all that is damaged, and bring about the fullness of your new creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Christian Music For Pentecost
Taizé Music For Pentecost

       7th Sunday After Pentecost

Worship Assistant:  Kirsten Hughes
Lector: Bob Mays 

Acolyte: Barbara Pace
Communion Assistant: Chuck Long

Council members of the Month:  Kirsten Hughes

Chuck Long will be our interim organist.

Special thanks to Alexis Singleton-our new Soprano section leader.

Thanks to all who have signed up for altar flower donations.  We currently have openings August 18th & 25th and beyond.  Please contact Amy Bifano in the office (843)722-8906 if you would like to donate flowers.

The volunteer position of "Flower Person" is currently available.  If you are interested in handling this job, please let the Pastor know!

Please welcome our
Guest Minister this Sunday!

Reverend Hartmut Fege

Special thanks to Aidan Anderson (Chuck and Judy's grandson) for singing "As a Deer" after the Psalm last Sunday and for Alexis singing "Jesus, Rose of Sharon!"

Outreach Project for St. Johannes for Month of July

We will be collecting supplies for Tricounty Family Ministries in the month of August.  Items in desperate need include:
Deodorant for men and women
Styrofoam plates with three compartments
Canned food with pop tops (i.e.: Vienna Sausage, Ravioli, tuna fish)

Thanks so much for supporting this wonderful ministry!

I am continuing to share pictures and information about how our members at St. Johannes spend their summer vacations or travels during the year!  Please email some pictures and info to me (,  or if you are in church and have an iphone you can airdrop the pictures directly to me.
Mary Lou and Lloyd Waitschies have been enjoying a trip to Gore and Lake Barron, Quebec.  Enjoy these beautiful pictures visiting with special friends.
The Parsonage at
St. Johannes

Call Manager, Barbara Pace, to schedule your wedding, reception, bridal luncheon, dinner party, including week's stay in this beautiful home!

Stay tuned for our planning session for FALL

Snippets of a Day
by Joanne Paolini Fronabarger
a beautiful story...
Four o’clock in the afternoon and I am mindlessly driving home from work while Pandora is set to my Beatles station and is blasting on my car radio.  I make the quick right turn merge from Paul Cantrell Blvd to Magwood and sit in a long line of stop and go traffic.  Pandora throws in some strange selections from artists I don’t quite remember so I hit the thumbs down icon and the next song start to play. 
“There are places I remember all my life though some have changed....”   I am daydreaming while sitting behind the wheel waiting for the light when I notice an older gentleman dressed in khaki Bermuda shorts  and a pale blue T struggling to walk with his by his side obediently, patiently and quite lovingly pacing himself to his master’s gait.  The human spirit never ceases to amaze me striving to keep moving forward even with a body which belies the will...
In the opposite direction a man comes into view  on what at  first appears to be a bicycle/carriage of sorts.  As he approaches I realize it’s just a bike but it is so burdened by the large number of filled plastic bags tied to it and hanging off of it it looks like a small Volkswagen Beetle.  He has the disheveled look of a homeless man sporting a rather long and bushy slightly yellowed gray beard.  As he nears the man with the cane he slows to a stop propping his bike on one leg while remaining on the seat. 
“Some forever not for better....Some have gone and some remain.”  The two men face each other and begin to exchange words.  I frown as I wonder if these two individuals know each other.  With such contrast in their appearances  they tell the  story of two very different paths their lives have taken.  The bearded man on the bike reaches down and starts to pet the dog as they chat.  The dog melts into the man’s rather large unkept hand.  The man pulls the dog into the side of his leg as he caresses the dog’s head and starts to stoke the pooch from the top of his head down the length of the pup to his tail.  The dog is putty and puppy eyed with love for this stranger as the man’s wrinkled face relaxes and his tense narrow brow and eyes widen with emotion.....the corners of his mouth inching upward.
“All these places have their moments with lovers and friends I still can recall...”   The gentlemen with the cane stands frozen with a soft smile on his face as he watches this lonely man so starved for any kind of contact, draw the energy of love and acceptance from his dog and pleased with the spot of comfort he is providing to this complete stranger.  I realize that as I am locked in this moment half daydreaming half lost in this exchange and with the Beatles providing the soundtrack,  I now have tears streaming down my cheeks.  I am rather surprised by this and then it hits me.  Two people.....two complete strangers from two very different worlds make a connection on the street and without knowing each other or what their belief’s are, they exchange pleasantries with one extending human kindness and the other seeking comforting contact from a dog ......this  moment....this snippet of a day wrapped in a time when the whole world is at odds and angry with itself and people with each other and the irony of the juxtaposition of these two occurrences was not lost to me resulting in a rush of emotion.  Human kindness shines through.....
The light changes and it is time for me to go.....”Some are dead and some are living.....In my life I’ve loved them all.”
In the end....only kindness matters.
E-Blast editor and designer:  Chuck Long
Assistant editor: Amy Bifano
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