The primary focus of the Board of Evangelism is bringing the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the congregation and our community.
The Board of Evangelism is currently meeting on a monthly basis to explore new ideas and activities in which to share the faith we all have in our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Updates on the progress of those board activates will be share as they develop.
This Board also makes visitations to shut-ins, the ill and the recuperating. They also provide 'packets' to visitors at our services that introduce them to St. John. They will also inform the membership of developing Evangelism programs through articles in the monthly newsletter and here on our church website.
June 7, 2019 - The Evangelism Committee will hold a work-night at the church on Wednesday, June 19th beginning at 6:30 p.m. to stuff envelopes for a membership mailing to help encourage members to donate family or self photos for an in-house photo directory this fall.
The Evangelism Committee will meet again for its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 2nd at 7:00 p.m. Members of St. John are equally invited to join our topical discussions based upon the Concordia Mission Society “Good News” periodical. Our regular meeting will follow.
May 22, 2019 - As the Evangelism Committee works in conjunction with the Church office to develop, publish and distribute an updated Membership Photo Directory this Fall, there is practicality in the use of the very same photo’s recently placed on the narthex family photo board to be used within the printed directory itself; albeit, in thumbnail form. If we’ve failed to take your, or your family’s, photo as of yet, please reach out to one of the Evangelism Committee members (Tim McDermott, Bonnie Bleich, Deb Walker or Carol Brinkmeyer) and they will happily capture your image on a Sunday morning to be used for both these purposes.
Members are equally invited to send their digital photo’s (or replacement photo’s – if you’d like to use another) for use in the 2019 Photo Directory via email to Tim at email@example.com. The Evangelism Committee has set July 31st as their target date to obtain as many member photo’s as hoped.
For those unaware of the pragmatic approach to the development of an in-house directory at this time, the committee would like to point attention further down the road in celebration of St. John’s 150th Anniversary. This would be an ideal place in time to plan a professional publication, using a company such as “Lifetouch” to schedule professional sittings for family photos, while incorporating valued historical data and images into this special Anniversary Edition in 2024.
August 18, 2018 - The Evangelism Committee made representation of St. John today at the Doane University "Downtown Tour" event held each year for incoming freshman. Our church was able to set up a table in the City Park as students walked by visiting with various other groups also having a table or booth.
The event is designed to acclimate newly arriving students to Crete as they begin their college life away from home. Inviting these youngsters to our church is all about community, and is about as neighborly as one can be when meeting for the first time!
October 3, 2018 - The October Evangelism Committee meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Members of St. John are also invited to be a part of a new topic of discussion based upon a Concordia Mission Society “Good News” periodical entitled, “Baptize & Teach: Curriculum #1” from this an earlier Publication. More information will be shared at the meeting. Please join us if you can.
The Evangelism Committee has also begun the introduction of the “Every One His Witness” workshop. This multi-week, lessoned group environment began on Wednesday, September 26th and is designed to equip disciples of Jesus Christ in sharing the Gospel within their everyday lives. Lesson context modules are built on the core module of applying the LASSIE approach (Listen, Ask, Seek, Share, Invite and Encourage) to specific witnessing contexts. The previous Voters meeting allowed members to designate themselves as being interested in participating in this workshop.
September 1, 2017 - The St. John Evangelism Committee would like to invite each member of our congregation to fill out the available “Time & Talent Survey” found here, or received along with an earlier newsletter. Members are asked to return them to the Evangelism Committee mailbox in the church narthex. If you missed the opportunity following the Worship Service on September 24th in which to complete and submit them, please pick one up and return it as soon as possible. The hope is to reach as many members as possible during the next couple months and collect as much information about your desire and ability to assist in congregational functions in the future. Please help make this endeavor a success. –Board of Evangelism