St. John/Norrona News

January 2020

Please have any reports or information to be included in the newsletter, submitted by the 24th of each month. Thank you.

Pastor Carlton Larsen

Office – (306) 725-3113

Email –


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.

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Scripture Lessons

January 5, 2020:

Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14

Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12

January 12, 2020:

Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm 29

Acts 10:34-43 Matthew 3:13-17

January 19, 2020:

Isaiah 49:1-7 Psalm 40:1-11

1 Corinthians 1:1-9 John 1:29-42

January 26, 2020:

Isaiah 9:1-4 Psalm 27:1, 4-9

1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Matthew 4:12-23

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:

January 15th July 8th

February 19th August 12th

March 25th September 16th

April 29th October 21st

June 3rd November 25th

December 30th

Norrona News

As expected December was a very busy month, we had our family Christmas concert on December 15th, it was a really nice turnout, it was standing room only. It also helped that we had our church choir and the wonderful choir that Renee Sheraton is leading from Silton come out to sing for us.

Also Carol Nordal, my partner-in-crime with Sunday school, finally was able to get her knee surgery so she’s going to be out of commission for a little while so it’ll be me and the kids learning together, looking forward to it. For January’s Sunday school I’ve picked January 12th and 26th.

Also on the 26th we are having our annual meeting and potluck, we are hoping to have a great turnout for this. We may try to run our meeting the way Strasbourg does theirs; they have their meeting following directly after the church service THEN we eat lunch so that everybody’s out of there in good time and we are not spending the hole afternoon discussing everything to death.

For those of you who haven’t heard Raymond Johnson passed away in December, his celebration of life will be on January 11th held at the Bulyea hall.


Prayers for Christian Unity Lunches, 2020

The Shared Ministry Committee would like to know if people who attend these lunches would like to see them continue. Please share your thoughts with our committee members – Carol Schultz, Margot Biller, Jennifer Tamlin, Rose Erhardt, Corri Gorrill & Brenda Small.

Kinasao Events

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

New Years at the Lake

(Kinasao Lutheran Bible Camp on Christopher Lake)

December 31, 2019, Potluck, games, worship and free accommodations!

Weekend Retreats: 2020

***Teen Retreat January 2-4 (ages 13-18) $105.00 + GST

*** Young Adult Retreat January 17-19 2020 Cost $155.00 +GST

***Jr. Youth Retreat  February 7-9 Ages 7-9) Cost $105.00 + GST

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 for more information.

5% GST added to all costs

Norrona Lutheran Church

Financial Report – November 2019

Norrona Revenue

*Regular Sunday Offering (envelopes,

benevolence/missions (including CLWR),

loose, and other Norrona regular offering) $2,120.00

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

fundraising, and other Norrona-specific

revenue) $ 23.89

Total Revenue $2,143.89

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 $2,059.30

*Norrona Congregational Expenses (e.g.

maintenance, insurance, utilities, fundraising,

worship & office supplies, organist) $ 502.11

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

CLWR, and other Norrona specific mission

projects) $ 180.00

Total Expenses $2,741.41

Net Income -($597.52)

Inter-Congregational Conversations

(Quinton, Govan, Duval, Strasbourg, Earl Grey, Norrona, Markinch, Lumsden, Davin, Vibank, Edenwold and Francis)

On December 5, 2018, representatives from the above mentioned Lutheran congregations, Bishop Sid and Pastors Lueck, Larsen, Dut, Kuglin-Alyea,Borkowsky and Hordern met at St. John to start conversations on ways our faith communities can help support each other. Some topics discussed were our vitality and viability, what we want as congregations and what might we need help with. Throughout the conversations it was obvious we are all experiencing the same problems…declining memberships, aging congregations, loss of income, same core group of members ‘doing everything’, no young families coming, and the need to compete with sporting events. However, there were also some very positive conversations about shared pastoral leadership with two churches in Regina, the designated lay ministry pilot project in the Quad Parish just north of us, and the forming of larger parishes consisting of as many as 6 congregations in Manitoba (Brokenhead and Inter-Lake Parish).

At our last meeting held in Edenwold in November, 2019 we heard from Rev Erik Parker about the forming of the Inter-Lake Parish in Manitoba. He spoke at great length on the struggles they went through and the successes they are now experiencing.

Bishop Sid emphasized that what ‘used to be’ is gone but that does not mean we need to adopted a defeatist attitude. With shared ministry opportunities, we can ‘get our eyes out of the rear view mirror’ and look to the future with much optimism. Christ Lutheran in Earl Grey had to let Pastor Dut go due to financial struggles they are experiencing and will be actively seeking shared ministry options. Pastor Carlton is currently serving as their Vice-Pastor.

Our next meeting is scheduled for March 12, 2020 and Bishop Sid has asked us to go to our annual meetings and discuss whether or not we are interested in pursuing the idea of shared ministry with another congregation(s). Nothing will happen overnight. In fact we may be looking at several years of discussions and planning, so we need to be visionary in where we picture ourselves in 5 years from now and how our needs might be met.

This will be discussed at our annual meetings. Representatives from St. John and Norrona who have been attending these meetings are Anne Switzer, Peter Barry, Brenda Small and Pastor Carlton.

St. John Lutheran Church

Monthly Financial Summary – November 2019


Total weekly regular offering (includes for

our church CLWR, Benevolence, and

preauthorized monthly giving) 6,107.35

Total other revenue (e.g. church use,

rental property, donations, interest, etc.) 4,157.99

Total revenue $10,265.34


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

mileage, etc.) 5,229.73

Missions (e.g. Benevolence, Sask. Synod, etc.) 1,373.36

Worship and services (e.g. Pulpit Supply,

travel time, mileage, worship and office supplies, Organist, Secretary, Treasurer, Envelope

Secretary, etc.) 1,015.77

Church properties (e.g. power, telephone,

natural gas, bank service charges, line of

credit, insurance, church maintenance, etc.) __ 1,721.11

Total expenses $9,339.97

Net Income $ 925.37

November revenues exceeded expenses.

Approximately $3,130.05 was raised from the sale of cabbage rolls and from lunch counter sales at the November Farmer’s Market. Expenses associated with the fundraising totalled approximately $638.36.

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

Sunday, January 5, 2020 – Joint Service at St. John @ 10:30 followed by potluck lunch and annual dessert auction.  The funds raised at the auction will be split 50/50 between the Food Grains Bank and Regina Hospital Chaplaincy.