St. John/Norrona News

January 2021

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Pastor Carlton Larsen

Parish Phone (306) 725-3113

Email –

Mailing Address: Box 505

Strasbourg, Sk. S0G 4V0


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

Scripture Lessons

January 3, 2021:

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

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

January 10, 2021:

Genesis 1:1-5 Psalm 29

Acts 19:1-7 Mark 1:4-11

January 17, 2021:

1 Samuel 3:1-20 Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

1 Corinthians 6:12-20 John 1:43-51

January 24, 2021:

Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Psalm 62:5-12

1 Corinthians 7:29-31 Mark 1:14-20

January 31, 2021:

Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Psalm 111

1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Mark 1:21-28

Thank You

Thank you to Donna & Rob Schulz and Rose & Larry Erhardt for decorating and setting up the tree for Advent.

Thank you to Anne Switzer for the new Advent Christmas banner.

Thank you to Alice Erickson and Margot Biller for the poinsettias.

Norrona Lutheran Church

Financial Report

November 2020

Norrona Revenue

*Regular Sunday Offering (envelopes,

benevolence/missions (including CLWR),

loose, and other Norrona regular offering) $3,245.00

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

fundraising, and other Norrona-specific

revenue) $ 106.01

Total Revenue $3,351.01

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 $3,184.70

*Norrona Congregational Expenses (e.g.

maintenance, insurance, utilities, fundraising,

worship & office supplies, organist) $ 719.00

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

CLWR, and other Norrona specific mission

projects) $ 330.00

Total Expenses $4,233.70

Net Income (-$882.69)

Norrona 2020 Financial Statement
January – November, 2020 2020 Budget
General Account Opening Balance 5155.87
Offering Income

Offering Envelops 23370.00
Loose Offering 179.00
Fundraising Income

Scandinavian Supper

Other Income

GST Income 208.18
Faith Life Grants

Easter Breakfast

Total Income 23757.18

Parish Expenses (Paid to St. John)
Pastoral Ministry

Pastor Salary 15472.39 16922.76
787.86 724.50
312.16 299.72
51.22 325.00
Health and Dental 1200.50 1338.00
Continuing Ed. Plan 168.75 150.00
1668.27 1353.82
611.39 676.91
Book Allowance 25.08 125.00
Worship and Services

Pulpit Supply
Supply Mileage
Supply Travel Time
Supply Honourariums
Supply Meetings
Parish Secretary 825.00 900.00
Secretary EI 18.30 20.41
Secretary CPP 1.21 1.28
Pastor’s Discretionary Fund
Worship Supplies (a/v equip) 1741.97 250.00
Confirmation/Baptism Supplies
Copier lease, paper, insurance 366.30 575.00
Office Supplies
Advertising 24.75 11.25
Copyright Licensing Fees 36.25 40.00
Miscellaneous 89.65 0.00

Parish Properties

Telephone 197.34 225.00
Internet Service 163.81 162.50
Website Hosting 59.66 150.00
Total Parish Expenses 23821.86 25351.15

Congregational Expense

1279.42 1300.00
Office/General Administrative 811.88 900.00
Organist (Designated Fees) 1080.00 1650.00
Treasurer (Designated Fees) 550.00 600.00
Repair and Maintenance 358.96 2000.00
SaskEnergy 714.24 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
CLWR Concert (entertainment)
GST Paid on Purchases 154.78 250.00
Total Congregations Expense 6477.69 12650.00
Total Expenses 30299.55 38001.15
Covid 19 subsidy 366.24
From Memorial Acc’t for Audio Equipment 487.69
Balance 30-Nov-20 -532.57

Missions 01-Jan-20

Benevolence Received 2115.00

From General account

Disbursed – Synod Benevolence 815.00 1900.00

Kinasao Bible Camp 250.00 250.00

Hospital Chaplaincy 250.00 250.00

Campus Ministry 50.00 50.00

Lutheran Seminary 250.00 250.00

Other (Christmas Hampers) 500.00 0.00
Total Disbursed 2115.00 2700.00

CLWR 01-Jan-20

Received (Benevolence) 765.00 780.00

From General Account

CLWR Raffle
Fundraiser (Equip a School & food security) 1575.00 1670.00
Total Disbursed 2340.00 2800.00

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

Balance 30-Nov-20 16237.87

Cemetery Fund – January 1, 2020 492.86
Grass Cutting 420.00
Balance 30-Nov-20 972.86

Youth Group – January 1, 2020 730.00

From General Account 700.00
Balance 30-Nov-20 1430.00

Investor Savings – January 1, 2020 29111.64
Balance 30-Nov-20 29247.51

Norrona News

As Synod has recommended no live services until at least the end of January, we will continue to gather online to worship and review the policy at the end of January. Provided recommended health measures allow, we will hold our annual meeting on January 31 at 1p.m. The meeting will be rescheduled if necessary. There will be no worship service preceding it, and we will forego our traditional pot luck. This year, terms are completed by Corri Gorrill, Merna Hanson and Corey Nordal. The nominating committee consists of George J. Flotre and Merna Hanson.

As a long and challenging year comes to an end, it is a good time to say thank you to:

Pastor Carlton, Peter Frostad, Carol Schulz, and all the musicians, readers and participants who made our parish online worship services and mid-week messages such a wonderful way to bind us together.

Chad, Teresa and Mathew Kuski for removing the dismal old sign from Highway 322 and replacing it with a bright new one.

Carol Gorrill, Merna Hanson and Carol Nordal for making Norrona lovely for Christmas.

All who helped decorate the “Christmas Tree for Warmth”. We received an abundance of toques, scarves, mittens and socks.

Strasbourg Building Supply, Merna Hanson and Corri Gorrill for serving as drop-off locations.

Kiel Gorrill for finding and cutting down a suitable tree with lots of branches and Verna Lynn Gorrill for making the poster.

Corey and Carol Nordal for offering to deliver the “decorations” to Carmichael Outreach.

God’s blessing on everyone in the new year, and may you and your family keep safe in these unusual times.

Pastor’s Report

We enjoyed meeting in person for a few weeks and then came the “second wave.” Now here we are again, awaiting our second re-opening. In our times of closed doors it has truly been a blessing to have people able and willing to make our on-line services work so well. Thank you especially to Peter and Carol. Thanks are also due for our musicians, and also for all those who have done scripture readings at the church and at home. Once more we are loving one another by NOT gathering as the numbers of COVID cases are high. This is not a surprise but it is of course disappointing. Once the vaccination program gets going and gathers speed there will be a huge sigh of relief. Praise God for all those who have been working so hard to put an end to this scourge.

I hope your Advent season was truly blessed.

To me this last year has felt like one long Advent. We are still in a kind of Advent season as we wait for the vaccines to be distributed. The Lenten song I wrote titled “We Wait” seems appropriate. We have two seasons in the church year, Advent and Lent, that are devoted to prayer and preparation. As we have prepared for the coming of the Christ child at Christmas we will soon be preparing for the coming of Holy Week and the Easter drama. Neither of these seasons have been co-opted by commercial interests. There are no Advent sales or Lenten specials. Well, maybe one…

Tim Horton’s invented “Rrrrrol up the Rrrrrim to win!” for Lent. They found that sales tended to dip during the season. This is at least in part because many devout Roman Catholics choose to include coffee in their Lenten fast. So if you win a new car at Tim’s this year, thank our Roman Catholic neighbours. Thank the traditions and the season of Lent!

But we did make it. We survived the COVID Christmas. It looks like a vaccine will arrive for all of us later this year. It is already being distributed to those who need it most. Next year should be closer to what we might call “normal.” It has been a strange and sometimes frightening year. But I have heard and read a few people say “a pandemic is a terrible thing to waste” so maybe there is something we can use out of this experience. It is hard when things are changing, when the world feels unstable, when everything is up for grabs. But it is also a time when things CAN change. It is a time when we can find a new stability. It is a time when we can find the courage to try something new.

Did you find any new gifts under the tree? Did you perhaps share a “Zoom meal” with someone too far away for a visit? Did you learn a new way to communicate over the phone or the internet? Did you try a new tradition that can add to your experience? This was certainly a year to experiment and to discover. Many of us have had to learn new skills and try new things. It has been a year filled with firsts.

Christmas this year looked very unusual. For our candlelight service Christmas Eve we invited everyone to send in pictures of themselves holding a candle. This gave us a chance to do our Silent Night candle lighting in at least a virtual way. I hope everyone got to participate in this experiment. I think Peter did an amazing job assembling that event.

We can continue through this challenging time caring for each other and loving one another. As we support and reach out to each other we express the love of Christ. We are one, even as we are in separate places. We pray earnestly for and look forward to the day, not far in the future, when we once more gather and share the handshakes and hugs we have been missing. May your January be safe and warm and cozy.


St. John Lutheran Church
Income Statement 11/01/2020 to 11/30/2020
Regular Offering
Benevolence 455.00
CLWR .00
Envelopes 5,205.00
Loose Offering 0.00
Total Regular Offering 5,660.00
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 380.00
Property Donations 0.00
Memorial Donations 5,500.00
Mosaic Fundraiser 0.00
Canada Lutheran 38.98
Miscellaneous Income 25.00
Parsonage Rent 850.00
Plan 24 Interest 3.11
Total Other Offerings 6,797.09
Pastor Payroll Expenses
Pastors Salary 4,230.69
CPP 67.20
EI 0.00
Mileage 0.00
Health & Dental 334.50
Church Pension 451.27
Continuing Education Plan 50.00
Long term Disability 169.23
Total Pastor Costs 5,302.89
Missions of the Church
Benevolence 455.00
CLWR 0.00
Hospital Ministry 0.00
Total Sask Synod 455.00
Fundraising Expenses 0.00
Strasbourg District Foodgrains Bank 0.00
Lutheran Theological Seminary 300.00
Clay Expenses 0.00
Parish Youth 0.00
Total Missions 755.00
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 110.25
Designated Fees 125.00
Copyright Licensing Fees 0.00
Copier Lease, Paper, Insurance 0.00
Pastor’s Book Allowance 168.88
Office Supplies 6.45
Office Equipment .00
Canada Lutheran 77.95
Total Worship & Services 918.84
Church Properties
Church Maintenance 41.85
Church Energy 161.61
Church Power 173.53
Website Hosting 0.00
Internet Service 0.00
Church Telephone 98.94
Church Water & Sewer 0.00
Total Church Costs 475.93
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 License 120.00
Elevator Maintenance 0.00
Groceries Purchased 0.00
Total Church Properties Expenses 635.41
NET INCOME 4,844.95
St. John Lutheran Church
Balance Sheet As at 11/30/2020
Current Assets
Affinity Credit Union Chequing 522.58
Youth Savings Bank Account 5,057.58
St. John Youth Savings 1,662.05
Memorial Account 11,370.19
Property Account 8,941.87
Insurance/Taxes Account 1,252.26
Total Current Assets 28,806.53
Flex Term 50,364.77
Escalator GIC 60 month 85,971.57
Total Investments 136,336.34
Receivable Accounts
Norrona Receivable 1,711.05
Total Norrona Receivable 1,711.05
50 % GST Receivable 10.10
Total Receivables 1,721.15
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 1,187,503.02
Current Liabilities

Damage Deposit 850.00
Total Current Liabilities 850.00
Member’s Equity
Equity – Previous Year 1,190,277.20
Current Earnings -3,624.18
Total Retained Earnings 1,186,653.02
TOTAL EQUITY 1,186,653.02

Happy New Year