St Johnís History Ė 1997
Children and adults gathered at Shiloh Baptist Church in January to be baptized through submersion by Pastor Paul. + Unanimously passing the 1997 budget at the congregational meeting in January showed priorities were placed on Christian education and youth ministry. + A nursery supervisor was hired for Sunday mornings. + The Caring & Sharing committee held a dessert potluck with a Crazy Bridge mixer to help people get to know each other. + A noontime support group for women, ďLetís have LunchĒ was begun in February meeting in the conference room of Ambassador Title Agency. + Pastor Paul, as Regional Pastor of the Eastern Great Lakes Region and Wendell Shelly, Board Member attended the AALC Joint Council meeting in Minneapolis in February. + Final drawings of the proposed fellowship hall were completed and submitted for bids. + The food pantry ministry continues each Tuesday & Thursday morning.
The American Association of Lutheran Churches (AALC) celebrated its 10th anniversary. Finding that many of the doctrines of scripture and Lutheran teachings were being compromised in the ELCA, St. Johnís congregation unanimously decided in 1991 to withdraw from the ELCA and join the AALC with our common adherence to the authority of Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions, believing that the Word of God is inspired, inerrant (without error), and infallible (of highest authority)
In February John Shumate and Don Paynter were commissioned as Lay Pastors for St. Johnís Church. Donís special calling is to the Via de Cristo ministry and Johnís is to the menís ministry within St. Johnís. A new ministry called the Breaker Chapel was begun in the lounge of the 79 Truckstop as a weekly Sunday worship service.
1997 MINISTRIES & ACTIVITIES OF ST. JOHNíS: Day of prayer & fasting-1st Saturday of the month 7 a.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday for those who wanted to participate. Prayer requests and needs were gathered the previous Sunday as well as given to the prayer line. The church was kept open the entire 24 hours, and people could sign up for an hour or more. + Wednesday night Ultreyas for Via de Cristo or Kairos 4th day participants providing a time of worship, testimony, bible study, prayer, praise and singing. + Wednesday night support groups for those who desired small group bible study and encouragement in their walk as men and women of God. + ďAll Things ConsideredĒ held Thursday evenings at Frisches for Christian men seeking deeper discussion of issues facing Christians in the world today. + Social Ministry Committee is sponsoring the Buckeye Lake Youth Outreach in cooperation with the Buckeye Lake Youth Association, a summer program at Ryan Park on Monday evenings providing companionship, Bible School activities, and supper for all who wish to attend. + St. Johnís Coffee Stop fund raiser on 2nd and 4th Saturday mornings 7 Ė 10 a.m. served from the small shed at the SW corner of the church property, with donations accepted toward the construction and operation of our fellowship/youth center.
Sharing Committee meets monthly to plan social events and held the Mother/Child
Banquet on May 10th. + The Youth Council met Sunday afternoons and All Committee Night was held on Sunday evenings. + A Billy Graham Crusade featuring Ralph Bell was held at Don Edwards Field in May with more than 80 Licking County congregations participating and a 400 voice combined choir. Two nights out of the 4 night crusade were set aside for reaching out to teens and a mass teen rally was held on the square with teams going to all elementary and Jr. High schools to pray for the students. + A mensí Via de Cristo weekend was held in April and a Womensí weekend in May. + A new believers class, taught by Lew Hildreth and Pastor Paul was offered in June. + A Father/Child campout was held at the Lazy R Campground. + Pastor Paul preached a 5 Sunday sermon series on ďYour Money or Your LifeĒ to ground us in what Godís Word has to say about our ďstuffĒ Either God is the owner of all that we have or all that we have owns us and our priorities. On one of those Sundays, guest speaker Dr. Fred Hall from the AALC Seminary preached on the same theme. + Rally in the Valley featured an outstanding menu of Christian artists from the surrounding area for an evening of outdoor praise and worship. People sat on lawn chairs and blankets while listening to the music and eating brats and other goodies. Face painting was provided for the children. + Members of St. Paulís, Holy Trinity, St. Johnís and Christ Lutheran Churches gathered for a hog roast at the Three-Church Farm property on Ballou Road in August. + St. Johnís now has 5 lay ministers participating in ministry; Don Paynter, John Schumate, Mark Van Winkle, Doug Scheck, and Ron Howell. + Pastor Paul recorded daily devotions where people can receive strength and encouragement in their Christian walk by calling a special phone number. + Pastor Paul was called to be Chairman of the Seminary Board of the AALC in St. Paul, MN and is in awe of what God is doing within the AALC Seminary. + Enlargement committee finished developing plans for the fellowship hall, received bids and presented plans to the congregation for the new building. At a cost of $280,000.00, the congregation voted to have $150,000.00 on hand before taking out a mortgage for the balance. Fund raising continues.