March 2019 NEWSLETTER
Spirit of Truth Lutheran, Church
PO Box 481, 112 E Annabelle St, Brandon, SD 57005 605-582-5030
FROM THE PASTOR:
Dear Spirit of Truth family;
As I write this final article for the church newsletter, I find myself reflecting on 35 plus years of experiences and learning moments in the ministry. Looking back on those years reminds me of the words in the preface to the wedding vows in the church’s marriage ceremony: “Joys and sorrows, and all that the years will bring.” I can recall many joys, and many sorrows as well as a plethora of events that helped shape and inform me in my calling to preach the Gospel. It does seem as my parents would often say, that “the years have flown by.” I am grateful to God for entrusting me with the opportunity to serve Him and His people in the context of the ordained ministry. I am grateful also for my wife of nearly 34 years who has stood by and supported me through thick and thin. I thank God also for the many faithful people and loving congregations who also entrusted me with the task of “rightly dividing the word of God” in their midst. I also thank God for the greatest gift of all, His Son, Jesus Christ our Risen Savior. He is the whole reason for our being the church.
Thank you, Spirit of Truth congregation for the 7 years of trust that you have placed in me as your pastor. You are a great congregation to be a part of, and I look forward to seeing and hearing of your future growth and vitality around the gospel of Jesus Christ. Always keep Christ and His word at the center of your mission. Continue the work of building a community of faith based on the foundation of the faith handed down by the Apostles. Strive to bring others to Christ, He alone is our help and our salvation.
My last day of official duty will be June 30th. Following that I will be using two weeks of vacation through July 15th. Effective July 16th, I will enter retirement, and will no longer be available for pastoral duties i.e. Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, Pastor visitation etc. The Board of Deacons are working to secure an Interim Pastor to assume Pastoral duties until the time that a permanent Pastor under Letter of Call is in place.
Thank you again for all of your kindnesses and prayerful support over the many years. Paula and I will continue to hold you in our hearts and more importantly in our prayers.
Pastor Jerry Merkouris
II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone be in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold, the new has come.”
Sundays, 9:30am, Worship, followed by coffee & fellowship time
Tuesdays, 9:30am, Women’s Bible study at Bethany Meadows, all welcome
Wednesdays, text study at church, 7:00am on the lessons for the upcoming Sunday
Thursdays, 10:30am, Men’s Bible study at church, all welcome
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:
Wednesday, June 12, 9:00 a.m. Quilting. We will have a potluck lunch at noon. Contact: Eleanor Burkman
Tuesday, June 18, 1:30 pm – Spirit Lifters meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1:30 at the church to make cards. Contact: Claudia Abraham
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS IN JUNE
(TEAM A, PLEASE FEEL IN “NEED” SPOTS AT WELCOME TABLE)
JUNE 9 – Lector: Connie Matsuda Children’s Sermon: NEED, Greeters: Jeff & Karla Arlt, Ushers: Jeff & Karla Arlt, Coffee:Deb Krumvieda, Video: Wayne Krumvieda
JUNE 16 – Lector: Kerry Ellis, Children’s Sermon: Jane Ellis, Greeters: Dave & Bonnie Lien, Ushers: Kerry & Jane Ellis, Liens, Coffee: Kerry & Jane Ellis, Video: NEED
JUNE 23 – Lector: Marcella Flier, Children’s Sermon: Paula Merkouris, Greeters:NEED, Ushers: NEED, Coffee: Megan Knutson, Video: NEED
JUNE 30 – Lector: Kerry Ellis, Children’s Sermon: Jane Ellis, Greeters: NEED, Ushers: NEED, Coffee:Church potluck for Pastor Jerry, Video: NEED
LAWN MOWING FOR JUNE
June 1: Kerry Ellis, June 8: Wayne Krumvieda, June 15: Jim Lere, June 22: Jay Lunstra, June 29: Ed Vermeer
FROM EVANGELISM TEAM:
The evangelism team would appreciate it if everyone would submit their favorite Bible verse to Diane Schroeder THIS SUNDAY, June 2. They can be emailed to her at: email@example.com They will be compiled in a book for Pastor Jerry & our church.
We are also in the process of putting together a simple picture directory for our congregation. We will be emailing you the pictures taken earlier to get your permission to use them or please submit your own to Paula Merkouris at firstname.lastname@example.org
CLEAN THE CHURCH DAY | JUNE 15 | 9 AM TO DONE | ALL WELCOME
All are welcome to join us for this day of cleaning the church, don’t have to be there exactly at 9 but come soon after that. We hope to have many hands to make little work and be done by noon. Thanks for helping!!
YOUTH: June Schedule
Hello Summer Gathering | June 1 | 6 pm – 9 pm
Our end of the year party will be hosted in the Petersen’s backyard. There will be food, games, and a short devotional. If it rains, the gathering will be held on Sunday the 2nd at the church. We welcome upcoming 6th graders and those graduating to join us during summer youth group!
Annual Paintball | June 22 |8:30 am – End time varies year to year
Our annual paintball trip to Paint the Farm is Saturday June 22! This trip no cost to middle and high school students, but we welcome any congregation members (10 yrs. old +) to join us at a cost between $25-$40 depending on equipment. A flyer with detailed info and the waivers can be found on the youth table. Everyone MUST RSVP by June 14th.
Youth Jamaica Team
Youth Jamaica Trip | June 11-19
Please keep our Jamaica team in your prayers! Youth going are: Dylan Paauw, Ellie Erickson, Gabriel Petersen, Hannah Sprecher, Kennedy Safar, Krista Bjorum, and Nichole Hansen.
Congratulations to our graduates!
High School Graduates: Savonne Grotewold, Cullen Helgeson, Allison Rief, Carly Scherb, Sylvia Swenson
College Graduates: Clayton Ebright, Kota Komatsubara
Congratulations to Ashley Burkman who recently received her Master’s degree & to Matt Larson who finished Medical School.
VBS 2019: Game On!
June 17th – 21st | 9 am – 11:30 am | Heritage Lutheran Church, 117 Sandstone Ave, Brandon SD
Registration on youth table, REGISTER NOW (info also on both churches’ websites)
Vacation Bible School takes place in June. Theme and registration are release a few weeks prior.
Spirit of Truth and Heritage Lutheran are teaming up for VBS to get your Game On, gearing up for life’s big game! See if you have what it takes to rise above and get put on the greatest team of all time! Please join us at Heritage to learn more about God’s Greatest Athletes!
June is Meals on Wheels month for our church to participate in. If you are willing to help over a noon hour, approximately 11:45 – 1:00 pm, please sign up on the sheet provided in the back. This is an easy way to get out and assist those who are less fortunate than us.
RETIREMENT PARTY FOR PASTOR JERRY
CHURCH POTLUCK FOLLOWING HIS LAST SUNDAY
JUNE 30TH, 2019
Please bring a hotdish, salad or dessert
It will be an early lunch after church starting around 10:45 to 11:00 am
followed by a brief program
HOPE TO SEE MANY THERE
COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE FOR PASTOR JERRY
SATURDAY, JUNE 22ND, 2 – 4 PM
AT THE CHURCH
We will be inviting the community and Pastor Jerry’s former congregations to this.
Church members welcome also.
BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES FOR JUNE, 2019
COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN CONCERT –
If you are interested in attending the Gaither Vocal Band concert, please contact Paula Merkouris at church email.
$22.50 for seniors and $26.50 for others. Tickets will be purchased the first week in June.
Bill Gaither Presents: THE GAITHER VOCAL BAND | Sunday, June 23, 2019 | 6 p.m.| Washington Pavilion
A full evening of entertainment and meaningful music is a rare treat anytime, but when the occasion includes the best-loved voices in gospel music … it’s a must-see celebration! It will leave you encouraged, grateful and most certainly smiling!
TWINS GAME TRIP WITH HERITAGE LUTHERAN
Heritage has invited us to attend a Twins day trip July 6th with them. The trip will include a ticket, meal (hotdog, fries, drink) and transportation. The bus will leave Heritage Lutheran the AM and return that night. The game is at 1PM. Price will be 50.00 per person. They have 40 tickets reserved for now and need to have final numbers by June 14th. Contact: Ronald Schwint, Cell: 605-366-6224, email@example.com