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Food for the Poor

On Sunday, September 17, Pastor Gary Bauch, retired LCMS pastor currently living in Rochester, will be our guest preacher.  Pastor Bauch is a spokesperson of Food For The Poor, an international relief and development organization, providing housing, healthcare, education, fresh water, emergency relief and micro-enterprise assistance, in addition to feeding thousands of people each day in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America.  Founded in 1982, the interdenominational Christian ministry serves the poorest of the poor. Pastor Bauch will share with us their ministry and how we can help support their ministry.

Food for the Poor

Pastor Gary Bauch currently lives in the Rochester, NY area.  He is a graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN and was ordained a pastor in the LCMS in 1987.  Rev. Bauch has served parishes in Gary, IN, New Kensington, PA, West Henrietta, NY and Hamilin, NY.  In addition to parish service, he has also served as a chaplain in the Veteran's Administration, Monroe County Hospital, Rochester Presbyterian Home and Unity Health System.  Pastor Bauch is married to Jean and they have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren.

St John Weekly News

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August 6, 2017


Vacation Bible School 2017


Vacation Bible School August 14-18, 2017 5:30 pm - 7:45 pm

St John Lutheran Church & School 6950 Ward Rd, North Tonawanda Preschool - Fourth Grade

Click HERE to register your child(ren)

Volunteers Needed - Click HERE to register as a volunteer


How to Lead an Effective Meeting

Church ministry can lead to challenges and sometimes long, boring meetings. Yet it's possible to lead an effective meeting at church in just one hour! Learn how to run a one hour meeting, types of meetings, and the one question you should ask before any meeting.

Printable Handout

Part 1 - Introduction

Part 2 - Three Types of Meetings

Part 3 - Create an Action Plan


Outreach Task Force Update

This Spring, Outreach Task force worked on 4 objectives, each assigned to one of 4 different project groups. With God’s favor, each of these tasks was successful!                                                                                                                                                              

What We’ve Done

Outreach Training - April 22, 2017 we hosted an Outreach Training Session at St. John based on the book GodSpeaks.

Family Reunion Picnic - June 4, 2017 we hosted a Family Reunion Picnic and Outdoor worship, gathering family and friends.

Community Outreach with Pastor Hernandez – June 29-July 1, we hosted Pastor Carlos Hernandez with the Planting Gospel Seeds While Meeting Human Needs project from the LCMS Synod, in conjunction with the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Celebration. We hosted an open forum, Leadership Dinner, conducted 8 community agency interviews and 24 neighborhood interviews, and Pastor Hernandez preached on Sunday and led Bible class.

Improved Email Communication and Spiritual Gifts Assessment – We gathered member emails and invited members to participate in an online Spiritual Gifts Assessment. (You can take the Spiritual Gifts assessment here, or sign up for our email list here.)

What’s Next for Outreach

We are not slowing down! Building on what we’ve done so far and our overall goal to reach more people in the community with Jesus’ love, the Outreach Task Force has met and assigned new project groups for the next year.

New Project Groups are:

  1. Ministry to Community Seniors in Need
  2. Care & Communication with St John School Families from St. John Church
  3. Care for Visitors to St. John and St. John Members
  4. Community Events – Summer Fairs and Servant Events

How You Can Be Involved

  • Pray for St. John Outreach Ministry
  • Join a project group – we need additional volunteers! Contact Pastor Mike, 303-667-1350 for more information.
  • Watch for ways to help with specific events coming up soon.


The Great Deceiver Bible Study

Sunday Morning Bible Study


Join us this Sunday, July 9, as we begin a 4-part video based Bible study about Satan. Led by Pastor Mike in the Meeting Room at 10:15 am Sundays at St John.

Is Satan a real being, or is he just an outdated representation of evil? The Bible speaks of him as a rebel angel leading his minions against God, the holy angels, and all God's children. But recent surveys suggest a majority of Christians in the United States don't believe Satan really exists.

In this video based Bible study, Rev. Mike Newman explores what the Bible has to say about our ancient foe with the help of seminary professor Dr. Joel Biermann and Dr. John Pless, as well as pastors and individuals who have experienced the deadly guile of the great deceiver.


Schedule: Planting Gospel Seeds in Our Community

St John is privileged to host Pastor Carlos Hernandez from the Synodical office of the Planting Gospel Seeds to Meet Human Needs program on June 28-July 1, 2017.

Click here to read more about the Planting Gospel Seeds to Meet Human Needs program.

YOU are an important part of his visit and the Outreach ministry we will be doing!

Here’s what the week looks like:

  • Wednesday, June 28 - Pastor Hernandez arrives
  • Thursday, June 29 – Pastor Hernandez and team from St John conduct 4-5 community agency interviews (schools, community organizations, social programs) in the Wheatfield area
  • Thursday, June 29 – 6:30 PM – Open Congregational Forum about Planting Gospel Seeds with Ice Cream Bar, hosted at St John
  • Friday, June 30 – Pastor Hernandez and team from St John conduct 4-5 more community agency interviews
  • Friday, June 30 – 6:00 PM Leadership Dinner with Pastor Hernandez with Council, Elders, and all Boards and their families at the Borgstede’s house, 121 William St in Tonawanda. (Casual.) Pastor Mike and Sara will provide main dish and drinks. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.
  • Saturday, July 1 – 9:00 – 4:00 PM, Community Resident Interviews. Meet at St. John for training, neighborhood canvas (not scary – we promise!), and lunch.
  • Sunday, July 2 – Pastor Hernandez preaches

The Outreach Task Force has been hard at work on the many details required to make this program a success.

Please mark your calendar now and plan to be part of this exciting ministry as we get out into the community to discover the needs of families who surround our church and how we can best meet those needs.