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,

February 1, 2019 - First of all, a large offer of thanks goes out to those who volunteered to run for a church office for the current year. It was very nice to see several positions had multiple people willing to serve in the same position. Thanks also to those who are completing their terms of service. It's also nice to see the number of members attending the voters meetings after church on Sundays and the plan is to continuing that in the future.

There is always an ongoing need for Sunday school teachers. Please consider volunteering your time. One of the most important tasks we are given is as parents and as a church is instruction of our youth. Talk with pastor or one of the board of education members if you'd serve, even temporarily, in that role.

Also please consider supporting the congregational youth at the Valentine's dinner on the 24th of February. They always do an excellent job of serving.

Lastly we would encourage all to be reading their Bible on a regular basis. We take for granted how available the word of God is here in this time and in this country. It's tough to imagine there are still many places in the world where Bibles are scarce and people risk being arrested, and worse, for having, or attempting to have a personal Bible. In the name of Jesus, the Christ, the elders. -The Elders