What is Membership? (2 of 3)
Commitment to Christ = Discipleship
What does a disciple look like?
Each of us is called to serve God and serve our neighbor (see Luke 10:27) as disciples. For many Christians, this is:
1. Service to others
2. Daily prayer
3. Daily Bible devotions
4. Group Bible Study
5. Weekly congregational worship
6. Tithing (working towards giving 10% of what you receive to God’s work in the world)
Service to others means intentionally looking for ways to help out at work, school, neighborhood, and church. There are many volunteer opportunities in our community (St. John’s Food Pantry, schools, hospitals, etc.)
At St. John’s, many people use Portals of Prayer as their Daily Prayer and Bible Reading guide. It can be found in the wooden racks at the back of the narthex, or by calling the church office.
We set aside one time a week for Congregational Worship so that our whole week will be renewed.
Choose which day:
Saturday evening at 5:30 P.M. in the chapel.
Sunday mornings in the sanctuary
8:30 A.M. (a traditional service)
11:00 A.M. (a contemporary service).
Group Bible Studies are offered September through May on Mondays at 6:30 P.M and Thursdays at 10:00 A.M. in the chapal. Women of the ELCA meet on the second Tuesday of each month for Bible studies and fellowship in the chapel. Each session meets at 1:30 P.M September through May. Bible studies are also scheduled periodically on Sunday mornings for adult education at 9:45 A.M. in the St. John's Manor Community Room.
Tithing is giving 10% of our money to God’s work as a small sign of our commit 100% to God. We encourage our members to not to be legalistic (“I must give exactly 10%!”) but to give freely and thankfully. Also, consider dividing up your 10% between this congregation and other Christian ministries (such as the Food Pantry, Lutheran World Relief, Habitat for Humanity, etc.). Remember: the point is showing our love of God through our finances!