“Words from the Cross” Lenten Series

This year, we are going to be going “Back to the Basics” with our Midweek Lenten series, and will be spending our Wednesday evenings exploring what are often referred to as the “Seven Last Words of Jesus” from the cross. Beginning the week after Ash Wednesday, we will gather for worship at 7 p.m., and listen to the moments that Jesus speaks to us from His cross. Ash Wednesday, March 6, will be focusing on the message of the ashes of the day. We will have ashes imposed on our foreheads as a sign of our outward repentance of our sins, and the hope that we have in the death and resurrection of Jesus, and learn about the disciplines of Lent. We will also celebrate Holy Communion that evening. We will listen to the first five of Jesus’ Words from the Cross on March 13, 20, 27, April 3, and 10. On Maundy Thursday, April 18, we will remember Jesus’ institution of the sacrament of Holy Communion. On Good Friday, April 19, we will hear Jesus’ last two words from the cross. Finally on Easter, April 21, we will hear the final word, Christ is Risen! We encourage you to join us for these special services this year!


Vilmar Card Party

Vilmar will hold a 500 card party on Friday evening, April 12. The party will be held at Monica Edeker's home (23141 180th St., Allison) at 7 p.m. If you don't play 500, we can also play other card/board games. All members and guests are welcome. Feel free to bring a snack to share.


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Good Friday Day Camp:

Vilmar will hold a Good Friday Day Camp on Friday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for kids ages 3-years-old (must be potty trained) through sixth grade. Volunteers are needed to help throughout the day (full day OR shorter shifts are available). There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex. There is also a sign up sheet if anyone would be willing to help purchase groceries. If you would prefer to give a monetary donation to help offset the costs of the camp, that would also be appreciated. There are registration sheets in the narthex to sign up the kids as well. For more information or questions, please contact Monica Edeker at 319-939-7348 or monica.edeker@gmail.com.


Women’s Prayer Hour

A women’s prayer hour will be held every Monday evening at 7 p.m., in the church fellowship hall with Lindsay Martin. All women are welcomed to attend. If you would like more information, please contact Lindsay at 507-402-9923.


Youth Mission Trip

The Iowa Mission District of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) is putting together a Youth Mission Trip for the week of July 21-29. The team will spend the week working in hurricane-affected areas in North Carolina. The trip is open to youth from seventh to 12th grade. A group from St. John’s–Vilmar, NALC will be participating in the trip, and will be going with youth from other NALC congregations in the Iowa Mission District. If you are interested in attending, or in going as a chaperone for the group, please let Pastor Martin know as soon as possible. Deadline to register is May 1.


Haiti Presentation

Jason Edeker’s presentation on his mission trip to Haiti will be held on Sunday, April 28 during the 10 a.m. worship service at Vilmar.


Lenten Suppers & Services

Join us Wednesday during Lent for a light supper and worship service. Supper will be served from 5:30-6:45 p.m.; Confirmation Class and Little Lutherans will also be held from 5:30-6:50 p.m.; and the Worship Service will begin at 7 p.m.

This year, we are going to be going “Back to the Basics” with our Midweek Lenten series, and will be spending our Wednesday evenings exploring what are often referred to as the “Seven Last Words of Jesus” from the cross. Each week we will listen to the moments that Jesus speaks to us from His cross. Everyone is welcome to join us.

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:6-7


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