St. John/Norrona News

December 2020

Please have any reports or information to be included in the newsletter, please submit by the 24th of each month to stjohn.norrona@sasktel.net. Thank you.

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Pastor Carlton Larsen

Parish Phone (306) 725-3113

Email – stjohn.norrona_pastor@sasktel.net

Mailing Address: Box 505

Strasbourg, Sk. S0G 4V0

Website: stjohnnorrona.com

Online Services Only

As per the guidelines put forward by the Saskatchewan Synod as of Wednesday, November 25, 2020, live services have once again been suspended until further notice. Online services will continue. All St. John and Norrona Lutheran Church services may be viewed at http://stjohnnorrona.com

Scripture Lessons

December 6, 2020:

Isaiah 40:1-11 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

2 Peter 3:8-15a Mark 1:1-8

December 13, 2020:

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Psalm 126

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28

December 20, 2020:

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26

Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38

December 24, 2020:

Isaiah 9:2-7 Psalm 96

Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-20

December 25, 2020:

Isaiah 62:6-12 Psalm 97

Titus 3:4-7 Luke 2:1-20

December 27, 2020:

Isaiah 61:10-62:3 Psalm 148

Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:22-40

All Saints Day 

All Saints’ Day, also called All Hallows’ Day, Hallowmas, or Feast of All Saints, in the Christian church, a day commemorating all the saints of the church, both known and unknown, who have attained heaven. It is celebrated on November 1 in the Western churches and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in the Eastern churches. This year we remember the saints of this parish who passed away from Nov 1, 2019 – Oct 31, 2020. 

Raymond Johnson, Reta Galger, Doreen Hubick, Kay Nordal, Margaret Yeo 

Community Christmas Hampers

If you or you know of a friend or family in the community that would like to receive a Christmas Food Hamper, please call the church with their name and phone number so they can be contacted to approval to receive this gift.  All names must be in by December 13th.  

Norrona News

Regular services for December will be recorded and there will be no live services on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The new audio-visual equipment is working well and is saving a lot of time in the production of the services. Peter Frostad and Corey Nordal have installed a cell system booster in the church steeple. The signal seems to be adequate and Council hopes to offer livestreamed services soon. The church sign on Highway 322 has been badly damaged by weather. A replacement from the supplier is not available at this time, so a temporary sign will be put up for the winter. As we are not able to gather for our annual special birthday and anniversary celebration, congratulatory cards will be sent to those who are to be honoured this year. Since we had to cancel our annual Scandinavian Supper this year, Norrona has lost a significant source of income. Council has some alternatives in the works. Check out next month’s newsletter to find out how you can participate!

Have a blessed and a merry Christmas!

A thought: “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.”

C. S. Lewis

St. John Lutheran Church
Income Statement 10/01/2020 to 10/31/2020
REVENUE
Regular Offering
Benevolence 560.00
CLWR .00
Envelopes 6,245.00
Loose Offering 0.00
Total Regular Offering 6,805.00
Other Revenue
Church Use 0.00
Dividends 0.00
Church Directory 0.00
Fund Raising Income 0.00
Clay Revenue 0.00
Faithlife Grants 0.00
Hospital Ministry 0.00
Epiphany Dessert 0.00
Gifts Received 580.00
Property Donations 0.00
Memorial Donations 25.00
Mosaic Fundraiser 0.00
Parsonage Rent 850.00
Plan 24 Interest 2.13
Total Other Offerings 1,457.13
TOTAL REVENUE 8,262.13
EXPENSE
Pastor Payroll Expenses
Pastors Salary 4,195.75
CPP 210.63
EI 56.90
Mileage 0.00
Health & Dental 334.50
Church Pension 451.27
Continuing Education Plan 50.00
Long term Disability 169.23
Total Pastor Costs 5,468.28
Missions of the Church
Benevolence 560.00
CLWR 0.00
Hospital Ministry 0.00
Total Sask Synod 560.00
Fundraising Expenses 0.00
Strasbourg District Foodgrains Bank 0.00
Clay Expenses 0.00
Parish Youth 0.00
Total Missions 560.00
Worship & Services
Supply Travel Time 0.00
Parish Secretary 225.00
Employer share of EI 4.98
Employer share of CPP 0.33
Organist & Choir 200.00
Postage 0.00
Worship Supplies 1,250.00
Designated Fees 125.00
Copyright Licensing Fees 0.00
Copier Lease, Paper, Insurance 293.94
Office Equipment .00
Total Worship & Services 2,099.25
Church Properties
Church Maintenance 170.56
Church Energy 50.43
Church Power 0.00
Website Hosting 178.99
Internet Service 0.00
Church Telephone 98.94
Church Water & Sewer 183.00
Total Church Costs 681.92
Parsonage Energy 0.00
Parsonage Power 0.00
Parsonage Water & Sewer 0.00
Parsonage Maintenance 0.00
Total Parsonage Expenses 0.00
Insurance 0.00
Audit 0.00
Payroll Management 37.98
Service Charges .00
Line of Credit 1.50
Church Directory 0.00
Elevator Maintenance 0.00
Miscellaneous 34.94
Groceries Purchased 0.00
Total Church Properties Expenses 756.34
TOTAL EXPENSE 8,883.87
NET INCOME (-621.74)
St. John Lutheran Church
Balance Sheet As at 10/31/2020
ASSET
Current Assets
Affinity Credit Union Chequing -229.71
Youth Savings Bank Account 5,057.16
St. John Youth Savings 1,661.91
Memorial Account 5,868.53
Property Account 8,891.08
Insurance/Taxes Account 1,252.16
Total Current Assets 22,501.13
Investments
Flex Term 50,364.77
Escalator GIC 60 month 85,971.57
Total Investments 136,336.34
Receivable Accounts
Norrona Receivable 3,187.43
Total Norrona Receivable 3,187.43
50 % GST Receivable -5.83
Total Receivables 3,181.60
Capital Assets
Church & Property 675,339.00
Office Furniture & Equipment 116,800.00
Net-Church Building & Equipment 792,139.00
Parsonage 228,500.00
Total Capital Assets 1,020,639.00
TOTAL ASSET 1,182,658.07
LIABILITY
Current Liabilities

Damage Deposit 850.00
Total Current Liabilities 850.00
TOTAL LIABILITY 850.00
EQUITY
Member’s Equity
Equity – Previous Year 1,190,277.20
Current Earnings -8,469.13
Total Retained Earnings 1,181,808.07
TOTAL EQUITY 1,181,808.07
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY 1,182,658.07

Pastor’s Report

A blessed and sacred Advent to all! Once again we enter this season that is so out of step with the world around us. But this year, it is different. COVID numbers are on the rise and the intensive care units of our hospitals near their capacity. We are not sure what will happen at Christmas. It feels like uncertainty is the only thing that is certain.

This year Advent is strangely appropriate in its attitude of sober and eager anticipation. Most years this season is dominated by the world of commerce and profit and balance sheets. Most years the headlong plunge towards Christmas begins before American Thanksgiving. it seems to start earlier every time it comes around. The bells and candy canes and snowmen begin to invade Canadian Tire just after the back-to-school sales. They don’t even wait for Halloween anymore.

But this year the malls are strangely quiet. The Santa Claus chair by the food court will be empty. The streets are dotted with scurrying figures, many wearing masks. It all has a tinge of “zombie apocalypse” feeling to it. It is hard to get overwhelmed with Christmas excitement and spirit when we are not sure anybody is coming home this year. It could be depressing. But it does not have to be.

We as people of the Way of Jesus have an advantage. Our tradition holds riches for this year that have been over a thousand years in the making. Since before the middle ages this season has been a time of quiet contemplation and sober preparation for the coming of the Christ child. It has not been a season of shopping and decorating until very recently. What seems so normal, this over commercialization, is a novelty. It is a historic aberration. Advent is for prayer and self examination. It’s for considering what kind of world this Jesus enters. In many ways we are in a world very similar to the time of the nativity.

Rome was a stable great power. It was a relatively safe world in the first century CE. Of course there were hot spots and troubled places. It was to just such a backwater village that God came in the baby Jesus. But the empire of Rome was a perfect arena for power and riches. It was a glorious place to make money. Lots of money. Entrepreneurs were everywhere and commerce was exploding like never before. There had never been so many wealthy people in the world. The middle class was expanding explosively. Never in history had there been opportunities to rise so high in power and in riches. But there was a price to be paid for all that gold and glory. There had never been so many slaves. Never so many poor.

The provinces were the source of wealth. Little countries on the edge of the empire, far from the power and the majesty of Rome; there was the greatest opportunity. That is where the empire was growing and profiting. That was where there was cheap labor. There the resources were available to be seized and used. That is where the local economy could be squeezed for imperial taxes and where crooked deals and abusive practices would and could be overlooked.

In one of these exploited and abuse filled places a child was born to a peasant couple in questionable circumstances. The baby was born in the middle of a mass migration enforced by tax policies. The young family became refugees. A rumour reached a narcissistic and paranoid king about a potential rival born in Bethlehem. The father led his wife and child into exile in Egypt to escape death squads sent to slaughter innocent children.

This is a sober and a frightening story. It is centuries removed from the Coca Cola Santa Claus that we now see everywhere. It has nothing to do with spruce trees and glass balls reindeer and tinsel. This is the story of the birth of a new kind of king; an invasion into the world of greed and selfishness. A world in many ways familiar to Herod or Caesar if they saw it now. They would be completely comfortable with the commercialism. They would recognize and admire the power of advertising. They would understand and be excited about the commercial potential. But they would be utterly baffled by the power and the continued appeal of the Christ child. But we know more than they. We have Advent to prepare us…

Norrona 2020 Financial Statement
October, 2020 2020 Budget
General Account Opening Balance 5155.87
Offering Income

Offering Envelops 20565.00
Loose Offering 69.00
Fundraising Income

Scandinavian Supper

Other Income

GST Income 208.18
Faith Life Grants

Easter Breakfast

Total Income 20842.18
EXPENSES

Parish Expenses (Paid to St. John)
Pastoral Ministry

Pastor Salary 14062.16 16922.76
CPP
698.68 724.50
EI
312.16 299.72
Mileage
51.22 325.00
Health and Dental 1089.00 1338.00
Continuing Ed. Plan 168.75 150.00
Pension
1668.27 1353.82
LTD
554.98 676.91
Book Allowance 25.08 125.00
Worship and Services

Pulpit Supply
500.00
Supply Mileage
150.00
Supply Travel Time
62.50
Supply Honourariums
0.00
Supply Meetings
0.00
Parish Secretary 750.00 900.00
Secretary EI 16.64 20.41
Secretary CPP 1.10 1.28
Pastor’s Discretionary Fund
125.00
Worship Supplies (audio equipment included) 491.97 250.00
Confirmation/Baptism Supplies
12.50
Copier lease, paper, insurance 268.32 575.00
Office Supplies
250.00
Advertising 24.75 11.25
Copyright Licensing Fees 36.25 40.00
Miscellaneous 89.65 0.00




Parish Properties

Telephone 179.40 225.00
Internet Service 148.78 162.50
Website Hosting
150.00
Total Parish Expenses 20637.16 25351.15




Congregational Expense

Insurance
1279.42 1300.00
Office/General Administrative 774.78 900.00
Organist (Designated Fees) 930.00 1650.00
Treasurer (Designated Fees) 500.00 600.00
Repair and Maintenance 358.96 2000.00
SaskEnergy 652.34 1100.00
Sask Power 627.07 1200.00
Scandinavian Supper 20.67 1800.00
Youth Account 700.00 700.00
Supplies – Groceries 18.49 400.00
Worship Supplies 162.18 150.00
Conventions
200.00
Miscellaneous
100.00
CLWR Concert (entertainment)
300.00
GST Paid on Purchases 147.20 250.00
Total Congregations Expense 6171.11 12650.00
Total Expenses 26808.27 38001.15
Covid 19 subsidy 366.24
From Memorial Acc’t for Audio Equipment 487.69
Balance 31-Oct-20 43.71




Missions 01-Jan-20

Benevolence Received 1350.00

From General account

Disbursed – Benevolence Synod Benevolence 725.00 1900.00

Kinasao Bible Camp 115.00 250.00

Hospital Chaplaincy 250.00 250.00

Campus Ministry 50.00 50.00

Lutheran Seminary 210.00 250.00

Other

Total Disbursed 1350.00 2700.00




CLWR 01-Jan-20

Received (Benevolence) 700.00 780.00

From General Account

CLWR Raffle
350.00
Fundraiser (Equip a School & food security) 1575.00 1670.00
Total Disbursed 2275.00 2800.00








Memorial January 1, 2020 13045.11
Donations
3580.45
To General for audio/visual equipment 487.69
Transferred to Repairs & Maintenance

Balance 31-Oct-20 16137.87




Cemetery Fund – January 1, 2020 492.86
Donations
900.00
Grass Cutting

Balance 31-Oct-20 1392.86




Youth Group – January 1, 2020 730.00
Donations


From General Account 700.00
Balance 31-Oct-20 1430.00




Investor Savings – January 1, 2020 29111.64
Interest
129.86
Balance 31-Oct-20 29241.50

Norrona Lutheran Church

Financial Report – October 2020

Norrona Revenue

*Regular Sunday Offering (envelopes,

benevolence/missions (including CLWR),

loose, and other Norrona regular offering) $2,220.00

*Other revenue (e.g. bank interest, Norrona

fundraising, and other Norrona-specific

revenue) $ 6.21

Total Revenue $2,226.21

Norrona Expenses

*Norrona portion of Parish Expenses (e.g.

Pastor salary, benefits, EI, mileage, Pulpit

Supply, office & worship supplies, telephone

office secretary) – paid to St. John $1,899.71

*Norrona Congregational Expenses (e.g.

maintenance, insurance, utilities, fundraising,

worship & office supplies, organist) $ 543.39

*Missions of the Church (e.g. Sask. Synod,

CLWR, and other Norrona specific mission

projects) $ 305.00

Total Expenses $2,748.10

Net Income (-$ 521.89)