Our 2nd annual Trunk or Treat in the church parking lot will be on Tuesday, October 31st from 6 to 7:30 PM. Sign-up sheets will start coming around the first Sunday in October to sign up to decorate a vehicle, donate candy, and to help with set up, traffic control, etc. Last year was very successful with hundreds of children coming by so start making your plans to participate in all the fun!!!
On October 7, 2023, we will have a Lutheran Men Monthly breakfast. Breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. We will have a hot breakfast, devotion, and a Bible study. Please come and feel free to invite a friend or neighbor.
We will hold a congregation meeting on Sunday, October 15 after the worship service to elect our new council members that will take office in January 2024. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Koehne.
We will celebrate the Reformation on October 29th.in worship. Please plan to wear red on this special day that we celebrate how God used Martin Luther and the Reformation to bless the church that we are saved by God’s grace alone!
The Bluebonnet Conference of the TX District LCMC invites to them for a Reformation Rally Worship Service!
The Rally will be held on
October 29, 2023, at 4:00 p.m.
Hosted by St. John Lutheran Church
409 S. Main St. Thrall, TX 76578
A pot-luck meal will be provided by our congregation following the Rally Worship Service.
We will be hosting a distribution for Shepherd's Heart ministry on October 9, 2023
from 8-10 a.m. Please plan to help if you can. We will get started about 7:30 a.m.
The youth of St. John are planning a monthly activity between September and April. In October, they are planning a Mercy Me Concert at the HEB center in Cedar Park.
Watch the bulletin and emails for more details.
Camp Meeting for Summer 2024
There will be a meeting to discuss upcoming fundraising opportunities for those attending 2024 Camp Eagle on Sunday, October 22nd following the church service.
From the desk of Pastor Geske….
Greetings in the name of Christ! This month, we celebrate the 506th anniversary of the Reformation. It was on October 31, 1517 that Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses to begin a theological discussion. God used Martin Luther to renew again the great truth that we are saved by grace, not by our works. God’s amazing grace is that He has saved us from sin, death, and the devil. Just think about those words of Paul, where he wrote, “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:22-24 NIV) And a few verses later, we read, “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.” (Romans 3:28 NIV) It is central to us that God has freely saved us by the life, death, and resurrection our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
In defining who we are as the Lutheran Church—One Lutheran denomination had this to say on their website. “Grace alone ~ God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly. Faith alone ~ By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him. Scripture alone ~ The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.” (--LCMS Website)
I believe their understanding is our understanding of God’s work through grace alone, faith alone, and Scripture alone. We strive as Lutheran Christians to help the world understand our need for forgiveness and the love and forgiveness that God gives in and through Jesus Christ alone. The world needs our witness therefore we need to be prepared to give a reason for our faith. It is good to be in worship, in Bible study, in prayer, and in fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ. Our community needs what God is offering through St. John Lutheran Church. I pray that you would join me in inviting family, friends, and neighbors to join us in what God is doing through our ministry at St. John Lutheran Church.
Pastor. Jeffrey Geske
Living for the Gospel
September 24, 2023
St. John Lutheran Church Thrall Tx
Sunday School wants You!
Our Sunday school would love to have you and your child or grandchild to be apart of learning more about the love and forgiveness of Jesus.
Please make the study of God’s Word a priority for you and your family. A church that is growing is a church that is in God’s Word.
We love our congregation, so feel free to visit us anytime.
409 Main St, P.O. Bx 265, Thrall, Texas 76578, United States
Sunday School 9:00 am
Worship 10:15 am