St. John Norrona Newsletter

February 2020

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Pastor Carlton Larsen

Office – (306) 725-3113

Email – stjohn.norrona_pastor@sasktel.net

Website: stjohnnorrona.com

If you have a loved one in hospital and want a pastoral visit, please call Pastor Carlton @ (639) 590-6400 or Chaplaincy @ (639) 560-4773.

Scripture Lessons

February 2, 2020:

Micah 6:1-8 Psalm 15

1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Matthew 5:1-12

February 9, 2020:

Isaiah 58:1-12 Psalm 112:1-10

1 Corinthians 2:1-16 Matthew 5:13-20

February 16, 2020:

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Psalm 119:1-8

1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Matthew 5:21-37

February 23, 2020:

Exodus 24:12-18 Psalm 2

2 Peter 1:16-21 Matthew 17:1-9

Old Time Hymn Sing

Everyone is welcome to come out and sing along to some good old hymns – Eastshore Wildlife Hall, Strasbourg @ 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 23, 2020. Coffee, juice & cookies served.  Special guests will perform a few gospel songs.  Free will offering to cover expenses.  For more information please call Greg (306-391-9016), Lloyd (306-725-4869) or Brenda (306-731-2857).

Norrona News

Hi all, I just want to let you all know that Carol is doing well. She came through her surgery really good and hopefully will be all mended and back to us soon, hopefully this fall.

For the month of February we’re going to have Sunday School on February 9th and 23rd.

Our Scandinavian supper is going to be on April 18th this year. We have not had our first meeting yet but once we do we will discuss entertainment, I will get a hold of the parents as we are hoping the kids will do something.

Hope to see lots of you at Sunday school.

Corri & Sheyanne

Norrona Lutheran Church

Financial Report – December 2019

Norrona Revenue

*Regular Sunday Offering (envelopes,

benevolence/missions (including CLWR),

loose, and other Norrona regular offering) $3,919.00

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

fundraising, and other Norrona-specific

revenue) $ 24.70

Total Revenue $3,943.70

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 $2,094.15

*Norrona Congregational Expenses (e.g.

maintenance, insurance, utilities, fundraising,

worship & office supplies, organist) $ 493.64

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

CLWR, and other Norrona specific mission

projects) $ 280.00

Total Expenses $2,867.79

Net Income $1,075.91

Worship Service at the Last Mountain Pioneer Home

Pastor Carlton will be leading worship at the Last Mountain Pioneer Home on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. on the following days:

February 19th August 12th

March 25th September 16th

April 29th October 21st

June 3rd November 25th

July 8th December 30th

Kinasao Events

Kinasao Events (if you have any questions please feel free to talk with Bev Decker)

Weekend Retreats: 2020

*** If you are 7-11 years old, and are missing camp, we have good news for you! Kinasao’s Jr Youth Retreat will take place February 7-9, and will be all the fun of camp, just in the winter! Join us for a weekend of wide games, campfires, worship, and more! Cost is $105/person. Register now by visiting www.kinasao.ca/camp-kinasao/weekend-retreats, or email faith@kinasao.ca for more information.

Adult & Family Retreat/Events 2020

*** Men’s Retreat, March 27-29 cost: $ 105.00 each +GST

***Women’s Retreat April 17-19 Cost $ 105.00 Message by Pastor Fran Schmidt + GST

Mt Olive Lodge, is a large house that can sleep 10-13 people costing $25.00 person per night with minimum charge of $ 150.00 per night.  Visit kinasao.ca/facility-rentals for more information.

5% GST added to all costs

St. John Lutheran Church

Monthly Financial Summary

December 2019

Revenue

Total regular offering (includes for

our church CLWR, Benevolence, and

preauthorized monthly giving) 12,584.75

Total other revenue (e.g. church use,

rental property, donations, interest, etc.) 1,090.75

Total revenue $13,675.50

Expenses

Pastor Payroll (e.g. salary, benefits, EI,

mileage, etc.) 5,201.62

Missions (e.g. Benevolence, Sask. Synod,

etc.) 1,491.91

Worship and services (e.g. Pulpit Supply,

travel time, mileage, worship and office

supplies, Organist, Secretary, Treasurer,

Envelope Secretary, etc.) 1,146.45

Church properties (e.g. power, telephone,

natural gas, bank service charges, line of

credit, insurance, church maintenance, etc.) 844.36

Total expenses $8,684.34

Net Income $4,991.16

December revenues exceeded expenses.

If you have any questions or comments related to this financial summary report, please contact a St. John Council member.

Food Hamper Program

James Schulz, Manager of the Strasbourg Co-op, would like to continue promoting a food hamper program though out the year. He is bothered by the amount of food that gets thrown out at the store, and would much rather give it to someone in need. The food hamper barrel will be left up in the store all year and with support from the community and the Co-op, James hopes to help those in need all year, not just at Christmas.

He is asking the churches to support this program by providing names of people who WANT to receive a hamper. If you know of someone who is in need, at any time of the year, please ask them first and then provide their name to Pastor Carlton. The names will be given to the Co-op and they will look after packing and delivering the hampers.

If you have any questions, please speak to the members of the Shared Ministry Committee:

Carol Schultz, Margot Biller, Corri Gorrill and Brenda Small.

Pastor’s Report

I am excited and I am nervous as I write this. The last week of January starts this coming Monday and that is the day I get on an airplane bound for Jamaica. This is my first international flight. This is my first time going to the tropics. This is my first winter vacation to a warm destination. So many firsts! I am grateful and I have a lot of mixed feelings.

I know that flying uses a lot of fossil fuels and that putting greenhouse gasses in the upper atmosphere is not good for climate change. I know that my carbon footprint is already large, as a person from a wealthy country with heating bills all my life. I’ve burned a lot of diesel fuel during my truck driving years. All this and more makes me a culprit in the age of global climate change. I feel complicit in what is happening to our world.

At the same time I try to be responsible and to do what I can to minimize my consumption. When my vehicle had to be replaced, I looked for one with good fuel economy that could also do all the tasks needed. Peggy and I recently had solar panels installed on our roof and we now produce more electricity than we consume. We purchase used and recycled items whenever possible and we eat local as much as we can to reduce transportation of our food.

These are all spiritual issues. Right from the first chapter of Genesis to the end of John’s Revelation our bible tells us that we are to care for our precious world, to nurture and tend it, to be good stewards of this beautiful creation. We are to tend the garden and to pray for the renewal of all things. All good flows from our generous creator and we are to love and appreciate it and never take it for granted. Therefore it is appropriate to search one’s soul and to consider carefully how to live in a way that is not destructive.

So I struggled with this choice; to fly to Jamaica. It would be less of a climate impact if we took a boat. Unfortunately that would take quite a while. Like most of us I don’t have that many weeks of holiday per year! But there is the other side too.

I am very excited to see another part of the planet. I have never been to a country other than Canada and the USA. We have plenty of “third world” conditions here on Indian reserves, and I have seen some of that. I have never however had an experience of “The Global South” where the majority of human beings live. Photos and movies can communicate a lot, but not smells and tastes and a real sense of a place. Jamaica will be an adventure and a time of not just relaxing, but of learning and of mind and heart expansion. I am going with a desire to learn and to be challenged. I am going to listen, to taste, to experience a different part of this wildly varied world.

I am going with a desire to experience God in a new place and a new way. We are going to the home of Reggae music, a music of liberation. We go to see a society which struggled for freedom. We go to learn about different ways of life, different perspectives on “the good life.” We go with open hearts and we go to be renewed.

It looks like the weather will be mild while we are away. That should reduce the resentment! We should be back in time for the next cold snap and we can get through that together as we did the last one. Whatever your next week holds, and whatever we experience over this coming year, I hope and pray we continue to wrestle with our decisions and consider them well. May we all be responsible citizens of the world and caring custodians of our planet. It is God’s gift to us to share, to appreciate and to love.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is on Tuesday, February 25th at St. John Lutheran Church from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Everyone Welcome.

Lenten Study

Lenten study “Words from the Cross” begins Ash Wednesday, February 26th at 7:00 pm at St. John Lutheran Church, followed by Wednesdays, March 4 – April 1 at 2:00 pm at St John. Everyone welcome.