St. Johnís History Ė 1989

A 14 member task force, with Bishop Sauersí assistance, developed a motion for the ELCA Convention in June calling all leaders, congregations and agencies of the Southern Ohio Synod to uphold the biblical and Lutheran teachings calling homosexuality a sin. St. Johnís began to take a stand to uphold the biblical teachings of Holy Scripture as the inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God and to call on the ELCA to reaffirm biblical teachings on homosexuality. Homosexuality, as a behavior and lifestyle is contrary to Lutheran teachings and Godís created order. Over 600 letters were sent out to pastors and council presidents of the So. Ohio Synod asking them to stand with St. Johnís at the June Synodical Convention and calling them to return to the biblical stance on homosexuality.

St. Johnís Christian Education Committee started a nursery roll for babies to children aged 3. Suggestions and resources were provided to parents to aid in their childrenís spiritual development. + Favorite recipes were requested by the Jubilee committee for a St. Johnís cookbook. +

Fourteen Jr. High School confirmands studied 50 Christian questions and answers to be used by Council for their certification process at the May council meeting. All confirmands will travel to Luther Memorial Church in the heart of the poverty area in Washington DC

Franklin Art Glass removed and stored the 2 front stained glass windows so construction could begin on the new vestibule. Phil Gunther and Wendell Shelley are the general contractors. A way was found to set the 1897 cornerstone into the new section of the building so items could be added from the jubilee celebration.

The Worship & Music Committee experimented with artificial flowers on the altar in an effort to hold the line on the budget. The nursery is also provided at the direction of this committee, and they are playing a leading role in acquiring a new sound system. Although choir is in recess in the summer months, duets, quartets and ensemble will provide occasional music. + St. Johnís Choir participated with other church choirs in an Easter Choir Festival at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Buckeye Lake.

Council approved Pastor Paulís request to serve communion in the pews on Easter only. + Womenís softball practice began in April. + The Caring & Sharing Committee planned receptions for confirmands and graduates; also for the congregational Wild Billsí Campout at Dillon Dam. + Council voted to invest the Adnah Boring Memorial Fund and only allow the interest to be spent. + The Church picnic was held at the Ray Gardner home on Somerset Road. + Up to 83 children (daily) were taught the Word at Vacation Bible School led by De England. Included were exciting bible lessons, creative crafts, lively singing, delicious refreshments, new friends and committed teachers. + A personnel committee was formed. + The 35 week course called Divine Drama was a success. + A series on improving your marriage by Pastor Paul began in August on WHTH and WNKO radio stations.

The Jubilee Ice Cream Social was held in August with one outdoor service under the tent on Sunday. Guests came from far and wide to enjoy food and desserts from the ďbest cooks in the worldĒ, ice cream from a ďsecret recipeĒ, games and fun for the children and entertainment from Pastor Paul and the Cornerstone Quartet. St. Johnís 173 years of service to our Lord was celebrated by Godís people all working together to provide a successful event for the community.

The new sound system, new carpet and Amish-made pews were installed. The old pews were purchased by individuals in the congregation. + Confirmation class began in September. A new member class in October. Three adult bible classes were offered on Sunday mornings, a womenís bible study on Wednesdays. + Scholarships are available to those attending Technical School or College.

Thirty three acres of wooded land located on Ballou Road was donated to 3 churches: St. Johnís, Holy Trinity and St. Paulís. Pastor Paul has been appointed chair person. The first work day was September 1st and the 1st project was to clear the land of unwanted timber and junk.

Dedication of St. Johnís new narthex took place on October 15th. + The annual congregational hayride took place at the Walshes. + A tape ministry of cassette tapes of the Sunday sermons was provided for shut ins and others interested. + Another new members class was conducted on November 12th and 19th with the new member reception held on November 26th.