Weekly Update May 23, 2019
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May 25 - Habitat Lutheran Home Build - 8 a.m. - Noon, 519 Tampico
May 26—Nolte Island, Confirmation Service with Emanuel’s Lutheran, 10:30 a.m.
Jun 9-14—Confirmation Camp, Camp Chrysalis
Jun. 17-21, Vacation Bible School, Emanuel’s Lutheran

Jun. 23-28 - Youth Service Trip to the Rio Grand Valley
                        Oct. 5—“Blessing of the Animals” with St. Andrew’s Episcopal and Emanuel’s Lutheran,                                       Central Park, 10 a.m., Saturday
Oct. 20 —Outdoor Worship, Seguin Outdoor Learning Center, 10 a.m., Potluck
Jan. 24-26, 2020  - Spirit of Joy Retreat at HEB Foundation Camp
Council Corner

Welcome to Council Corner! Each month, council will give a brief overview of our meeting held that month. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask a Council Member for more information.
·       Juan Seguin Task Force is continuing to work hard with due diligence
·      Conversations on potential staffing needs if Juan Seguin is purchased   
·        April general offering was $3,501 below budget 


  • Tuesday, June 4th, 11am: We will meet at the SOJ offices, 1090 Oestreich Dr., Seguin, to put together lunches for the bus station ministry in San Antonio
  • Wednesday, June 5th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm: We will meet at the home of Nancy and Arlynn Hartfeil (314 Montwood, Seguin).
  • Wednesday, June 12th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm: We will meet at the home of Craig and Lorna Wagner (802 Elm St., Seguin).
  • Saturday, June 15th, 9am - 3pm: Work Day to build our lending libraries (to be installed on the trip) and put together our VBS programming for the kiddos in the Colonias. Location TBA.
  • Wednesday, June 19th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm: We will meet at the home of Marj and Mike Peters (225 Montwood, Seguin).
  • Saturday, June 22, 9am - 3pm: Back-up Work Day if we don't get everything completed on the 15th.
  • Sunday, June 23, 12:30pm: We will meet in Emanuel's Lutheran Church's parking lot to load up and head out on our trip!!
  • Friday, June 28th, mid-afternoon: We will return from the trip and head back to Emanuel's parking lot for pick-up.
  • Sunday, June 30th: Spirit of Joy will be having a worship service led by the students who went on the trip.
What Does A Spirit of Joy Mean?
We welcome comments concerning the above.  An article detailing these comments will   appear in the next Welcome Word.  Dig deep and send me your musings.  You might hit on a meaning that others have or a new insight that reaches others.  Be insightful!!  Please respond to Cynthia Points.

The last physical donations that will be needed for the youth mission trip will be board and card games.  The youth will be hosting a party at Proyecto Desarrollo Humano's children's summer program.  We will bring board games of all kinds to play, then to give away to each of the families represented at the party.  They will also get refreshments. It was a big hit the last time the youth went on this trip.  Please bring gently used or new games for preschool to elementary aged children.  If it is used, please make sure all the pieces are in place.  Thanks for all your support.

The 2019 Goat Project Quilt is now complete. This is a joint project with Faith and Spirit of Joy Lutheran Churches.   It is a queen size quilt that has been named "Confetti Stars".  We plan to sell tickets starting Sunday, May 5th - Wednesday, June 12th.  The winner will be contacted on Saturday, June 15th.  The tickets are $5.00 each or 6 for $25.00.  You may purchase them on Sunday mornings or through the church offices during the week.  We would like to thank LouAnne Fisher for quilting, binding and naming our quilt for this year.  The quilt was assembled by Vicki Bierstedt, Nancy Hartfiel, Mary Petrosky and Janet Wolber.  This quilt was a joy to put together.


 Mental Health First Aid gives you the tools to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a metal health crisis.  Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course with instruction on how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.  Topics include depression, anxiety disorders, suicide, panic attacks, traumatic events and psychosis.  This class is highly interactive. This class is offered at no charge, thanks to a grant.  Saturday, June 8 at the   Advocacy Center, 8:30 am-6:00 pm. I will gladly answer your questions. Box lunch provided.
Register at EVENTBRITE or see Alfrieda Leiter.



May 26
Joint Confirmation Service with Emanuel’s Lutheran
Nolte Island 10:30 a.m.
Potluck to follow

June 2

Assisting Minister: Grace Mueller
Readers: Pam Sagebiel, Patti Buckley
Communion Assistants: Cynthia Points, Calvin Points,   Kathy Yandell

Communion Assistants – Youth: Nollan Shao, Kaden Legore
Children’s Sermon: Pastor Megan Elliott
Ushers: Jim Germann, Karen Sturm
Setup/Takedown: Marvel Maddox, David Legore
Host: Joyce Scarlett
Children’s Corner: Karen Wallock
Flowers: Calvin and Cynthia Points 
Refreshments: Bobbie and Marvel Maddox

Altar Setup: Grace Mueller, Kathy Yandell



Christian Cupboard Donations 

(Both monetary and grocery)
Dixie Grill Receipts
Missional River Experiment Items

(socks, water, water bottles, and gift cards in $10 increments
 Walmart, HEB, King Ranger, ZDT, Pin Twist.)

Wayfarers—Sundays, 12 pm.—1:30 p.m. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Youth House
Prayer Group - May - Marvel and Bobbie Maddox
Tuesday Morning Bible Study—6:00 a.m.—El Olvido Hacienda Restaurant
Habitat for Humanity Home Build—May 25, 8:30—Noon- 519 Tampico
Christian Cupboard—1st & 3rd Saturday, 8:45 a.m.—Noon
Women’s Bible Study
Evening—June 11, 7 p.m., Home of Lynna Kraus, 196 Middletowne
Afternoon—June 19, 2 p.m., Location to be announced
Choir Practice—Wednesdays 7 p.m., Synod Office
Madrigal Practice—TBA
Hymn Selection—June 4, 7p.m. - Synod Office
Pastor Megan’s Sermons are available at


Nancy Kempf, Dee Pickelman, Katy Wallace, Thomas and Linda Snooks, Linda Canet, Wilbert and Jeanette Doerr, Elaine Cordes, Brenda Engelmann, Lynna Kraus

Charlie White (Brother-in-Law of Susie Winterhalter), Don Moline (Brother of Jon Moline), Hilda Zamora (Niece of Sharon and Armando Villalpando), Amie Calhoun (Niece of Nancy Kempf and Lynna Kraus), Judy Semmler,(Sister of Chris Frels and step-sister of Rhonda Behal), Randy Hill (Brother of Rhonda Behal and Chris Frels), Rob Gordon (Brother-In-Law of the Frels/Behals), Dusty Jones ( Brother-in-Law of Karen Jones), Amber Jendrusch (Daughter of Janene Jendrusch), Albert and Ruby Gallas (Uncle and Aunt of Helen Mycue), Jennifer Bulgerin (Niece of Bobbie Maddox), Emily Eastwood (Sister of Sharon Villalpando), Robert and Martha Eastwood (Parents of Sharon Villalpando), Lisa and Ron Vertuyft (Sister and Brother-in-law of Martha Rinn), Mike Hartfiel (Son of Arlynn and Nancy Hartfiel), Judy Saunders (Mother of Kim Saunders/Denise Crettenden, Grandmother of Eleanor/Abigail Crettenden/Cameron Saunders), Lauren Knight (Niece of Katie Dickey)

Doug Bierstedt (Friend of Kathy Yandell), Esther Beck Family (Friends of the Molines and so many others), Nellie Robinson (Friend of Mary Ruby), Michelle Faith (Friend of Kristin Moum), TC McCoy (Friend of Calvin Points), Rachel Keller (Friend of Denise Crettenden), Emma Wolter (Friend of Sharon Frels), Mike Taft (Friend of Karen Wallock), Mark Keddal (Friend of Karen Wallock), Heath Hartung (Friend of Sharon Villalpando), Jessica Sauceda (Friend of Sharon Villalpando), Connie Hendricks (Friend of Diana Ball), Jackie Mueller (Friend of Mary Ruby), Clay Hollub (Friend of Karen Wallock), Ethan Bundick (Friend of the Behal and Frels Families), Ramon Salazar (Friend of Denise Crettenden), Donna Boelter (Friend of Kathy Yandell), Amanda Simmons (Friend of Mary Petrosky)

Please contact the church office to have a name added to this list.  We will add all individuals with health, emotional or family/work issues.  We will edit all names for continued inclusion at the end of each month. Please let the Office know if an individual has returned to good health and can be removed from the List.  Thank you.

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Announcements to Pastor Megan before Service starts
DEADLINE for Bulletin/Weekly Update Entries is Thursday at 10:30 AM

1st Sunday of each month - Wear your SOJ T-Shirts
Offerings - Simply Giving Automated Bank Deposits - see Cynthia  
Personal Information Changes  - keep church office updated
Dixie Grill Receipts  - we get 10% back in donations to Offerings


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