Sunday, September 512, 2021  Pentecost 16
Attendance  –  49   Offering  –  $2,002.00 Offering needed: $2,500.00

We have removed our limitation to which pews may be used during our worship service. You may sit wherever you like but if someone near asks you to observe social distancing, please comply. Also, the wearing of masks is now optional. If you prefer to wear a mask, please do so. if you do not want to wear a mask, that is perfectly acceptable. Please be tolerant of others’ choices. 

We broadcast our service on FM 87.9 and if you live close enough to the church, you may be able to listen to the service from your home. We post the bulletin on our website. On the menu, go to the Worship page and a link will be there for a Word Document file. Please call the church office or Pastor Lou Ann if you have any questions. 

We have one remaining outdoor worship services this year.  September 5th is our last outdoor service for this year. Please bring a lawn chair and sit out under the trees or under the pavilion roof. You may sit at the picnic tables as well. We loved being outdoors last summer and are opting to keep this as part of our worship experience.


OKCOBERFEST – Saturday, October 2.  The local German band, DOCKENSPIELERS will provide music for our Fest. We will have German type foods available for a meal:  Brats with Sauerkraut; Hot German Potato Salad, and Pretzel nuggets will be available for $5.00. We will also have Root Beer and other drinks available. The meals will be available at 4:00 and the Band will begin to play at 5:00. There will be lots of opportunities for dancing and Oktoberfest FUN!!!!!

Our CHURCH DIRECTORY is being updated this summer. PLEASE, let us know if any of your information has changed! The updated directory will be available on the Welcome table later this year!

NEWSLETTERS are now available to be picked up at the Welcome Center in the Gathering Room or to be downloaded from our website,

HAND OF HOPE FUND:  On the first Sunday of each month there will be a basket passed around during the welcome and announcement time to receive pocket change and small bills for the SJB Hand of Hope Fund. The offering for September was $63.00. There is a balance of  $318.64 in this fund. Please, if you are in need or know anyone we can help, contact the church office!

WOMEN’S BOOK CLUB: The club meets every other Tuesday. They are changing their format in that they will meet at 11:00 at the Lion’s Pride restaurant in Red Lion.  They choose and will discuss the books while enjoying lunch. Call the church office to confirm meeting date and place  or contact Ginny Weber: 209-549-4358.

S.O.S. will be meeting in September. They are in the process of planning fund raisers for the fall. At this point, they will be having an activity on November 13th. They are discussing doing a “Mini” Bazaar. More details to come.

MEN’S GROUP – The next meeting of our Men’s Fellowship group will the second Tuesday in September.  Come out for a time of FELLOWship!

FUNERAL INFORMATION FILE: We now have the forms available if you would like to compile your information for your family and for the church. This form will have your biographical information compiled so that family members will not have to worry about remembering these facts in their time of grief. See Pastor Lou Ann for more information.

SPONSORS: If you would like to become a sponsor for the Bulletin and/or Altar Flowers in memory of a loved one or in honor of an occasion, please fill in your information in the book located on the podium in the Gathering Room. The cost of sponsoring the bulletins for a week is $10.00. We are using a new server for our Altar flowers and the prices are $25.00 for a half set and $35.00 for a full set. You may place your payment in an envelope marked “Altar Flowers” or “Bulletin” in the offering plate or mail it to the church office. You may also sponsor a choir anthem in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special occasion. The cost is $50 for each anthem.

GIFT CARDS: Would you like to help your church without spending any extra money? You can do this by buying gift cards to use for everyday purchases. For every card sold we earn a profit from 1½% all the way to 16%, depending on the merchant. To get your cards, just fill out an order form and attach a check or cash. Checks should be made payable to St. John’s Blymire’s UCC. You may drop the orders in the offering plate, place them on Wanda’s desk in the office or mail them to the church. Payment must be included with your order. Orders will be sent to the Great Lakes Scrip Center each Monday morning. You may pick up your gift cards from Sandy Innerst at church the following Sunday. For more information about the program, you may call Wanda at the church office or check out the website

COUPONS WANTED: We are asking the congregation to donate any unwanted store coupons, manufacturer’s coupons, and Catalina coupons (those printed out at the register) in the coupon box so that we can give them to the Kaltreider/Benfer Library in Red Lion.

SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS: The Called to Care Team would like to offer “Showers of Blessings” to those who are sick or in need of comfort or support. This card shower of prayers, inspirational notes and cards may be sent to anyone, not just members of SJB. To initiate this outreach, put the name and address on a prayer request in the collection plate or call Wanda at the church office.