St. John Lutheran Church - Center Point

St. John Lutheran Church is a Confessional congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod observing the Historic Liturgy of the Western Church in the heart of Eastern Iowa.

Service times are as follows:

Sunday
9:00 a.m. Divine Service

Monday-Thursday
8:30 a.m. Matins

Wednesday (Advent & Lent)
7:00 p.m. Vespers

Thursday (Memorial Day through Labor Day)
7:00 p.m. Feast and Festival Days (Epiphany, Ascension Day, etc.)
7:00 p.m.

Operating as usual

03/28/2022

Our brother in Christ, Dale Buelow, was taken from us late last week.

He has come unto Mount Zion,
and unto the city of the living God,
the heavenly Jerusalem,
and to an innumerable company of angels,
to the general assembly and church of the firstborn,
which are written in heaven,
and to the Judge of all,
and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
and to Jesus,
the mediator of the new covenant,
and to the blood of sprinkling,
that speaks better things than that of Abel.

He will be laid to rest from the Church on Friday morning, April 1st at 11:00 a.m. with visitation at 10:00 a.m., also at the Church. All are welcome. A luncheon will immediately follow the funeral service in the church basement. The committal service will take place at Cedar Memorial following the luncheon.

May he rest in peace.

03/01/2022

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the penitential season of Lent. Divine Service with the Imposition of Ashes will be celebrated tomorrow at 12:00 (noon) and 7:00 p.m. We will also have a soup dinner in the church basement at 6:00 p.m.

The schedule for our Lenten services and Holy Week Services is as follows:

-Ash Wednesday, Divine Service with the Imposition of Ashes, 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

-Sunday, March 6th (Invocabit), Divine Service, 9:00 a.m.
-Wednesday, March 9th, midweek service, 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

-Sunday, March 13th (Reminiscere), Divine Service, 9:00 a.m.
-Wednesday, March 16th, midweek service, 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

-Sunday, March 20th (Oculi), Divine Service, 9:00 a.m.
-Wednesday, March 23rd, midweek service, 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

-Sunday, March 27th (Laetare), Divine Service, 9:00 a.m.
-Wednesday, March 30th, midweek service, 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

-Sunday, April 3rd (Judica), Divine Service, 9:00 a.m.
-Wednesday, April 6th, midweek service, 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

-Holy Week:
-April 10th (Palmarum), Divine Service, 9:00 a.m.
-April 11th, Holy Monday Divine Service, 7:00 p.m.
-April 12th, Holy Tuesday Divine Service, 7:00 p.m.
-April 13th, Holy Wednesday Divine Service, 7:00 p.m.
-April 14th, Holy (Maundy) Thursday Divine Service, 7:00 p.m.
-April 15th, Good Friday, 7:00 p.m.
-April 16th, Holy Saturday Matins, 9:00 a.m.
-April 16th, The Great Vigil of Easter, 7:30 p.m.

-Easter Sunday Divine Service, 9:00 a.m.

02/28/2022

Congregational Announcements for March, 2022 — St. John Lutheran, Center Point, IA

St. John Lutheran Church Congregational Announcements for March, 2022.

https://www.stjohnlutherancp.org/announcements/congregational-announcements-for-march-2022

Congregational Announcements for March, 2022 — St. John Lutheran, Center Point, IA Ash Wednesday Divine Service with the Imposition of Ashes, will be held March 2nd at 12:00 (noon) and 7:00 p.m. A soup supper is planned for 6:00 p.m. All are encouraged to attend! Midweek Lenten Services will be held at 12:00 (noon) and 7:00 p.m. Supper will be held at 6:00 p.m. before the even

Photos from St. John Lutheran Church - Center Point's post 02/14/2022

Yesterday the congregation hosted a baby shower for Pastor and Elizabeth as they prepare for the birth of their baby girl in March. It was a fun time! Thank you to everyone who was involved with all the planning and making such a wonderful event possible!

02/02/2022

Posted below is Pastor Van Hemert's article for the St. John Lutheran Church February Newsletter:

Entertainment and Church

I have often heard people say throughout my time as a pastor, “Church is boring,” or “Church isn’t entertaining,” or “I tend to fall asleep or space out during sermons,” or “I get bored at Church.” I feel sorry for these people. I really do. We unfortunately see this most obviously in our confirmands. How many young men and women have made their confirmation vows: Do you intend to hear the Word of God and receive the Lord’s Supper Faithfully and Do you intend to continue to remain steadfast in this confession and Church and to suffer all, even death, rather than fall away from it? The answer then being, “I do, by the grace of God,” on Confirmation Sunday only to have that day be the last day they attend a church service? Just walk down into the basement, look at the wall of all the pictures, and you’ll see for yourself. Most of them don’t attend Divine Service regularly anymore. How many of these former confirmands now only come on Christmas Eve and Easter to fulfill some false sense of duty? Perhaps, that has been a failure on my part as the pastor to instill a love of Jesus Christ and His gifts of salvation offered to us every Divine Service. Maybe, maybe not. Maybe we as Christians are all to blame for our confirmands so readily and easily forsaking their confirmation vows. But what these statements really reveal, “Church is boring; church isn’t entertaining; I tend to fall asleep or space out during sermons; I get bored at church,” is a sickness of the heart.

Church, more specifically, the Divine Service was not instituted by Jesus Christ on the night when He was betrayed for your entertainment. Jesus didn’t attend a Grateful Dead concert in Jerusalem once with His buddies during His earthly ministry and hope that churches would incorporate those same ideals into their worship. What Jesus institutes, He institutes for our benefit, not our entertainment.

We have a need, a desperate need, to separate ourselves from the fallenness and sinfulness of this world. That happens within the Divine Service. One of the very first parts of the Divine Service is the Service of Confession and Absolution. We confess, “O almighty God, merciful Father, I a poor, miserable sinner confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment.” We are guilty of transgressing God’s Law. Without the love the Father has for us in His Son, there would be no hope. For all of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

My hope is that we begin more and more to realize this. For St. John writes, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). When we attempt to make Church into a novelty instead of a necessity, in a sense, we are denying our own sinfulness. At the very least, we are making light of the fact that we desperately need what is given in the Divine Service in Word and Sacrament. We simply want Church to entertain us and not bore us for an hour and ten minutes because what we have going on (work, sleep, sports, etc.) is more important than Church.

You think Church is boring? I feel sorry for you. The condition of your heart has been exposed to the world and to your church family and it is in a sad condition. Repent. How can you not love that fact that you get to come into God’s house every week and partake in Holy things? Do you not realize that you are a sinner in dire need of forgiveness? Most people who aren’t Christians would say they’re fine on their own. Don’t let yourself fall into that snare of the devil. The sound of traditionally Lutheran and doctrinally sound hymns being sung, the pronouncement of Holy Absolution, hearing sermons, and the very words, “Take, eat; take, drink” should cause each and every one of us, deep down in our souls, immense joy. For we are being set apart by God, separated from the fallenness and sinfulness of this world.

Church doesn’t entertain you? I’m sorry. You have been lied to. You have been lied to by people who love rock bands from the 1960s and 1970s more than the traditional order of the Divine Service. You have been lied to by people who have long desired to incorporate rock band tactics in a feeble attempt to make church “more entertaining.” The reality is that the Divine Service is not intended to entertain you. And yet in the end, even though the Divine Service was not instituted for your entertainment, I would hope that you find great joy in attending Divine Service because Jesus says the word and your soul and your sinful heart are healed. You can’t get that anywhere else on the planet. You can’t find such assurance and perfect love anywhere else. What Church is, what the Divine Service is, is not entertainment, but it is absolutely necessary. In this, we ought to find great joy.

01/28/2022

Our sister in Christ, Sandy Wendel, was taken from us on Wednesday.

She has come unto Mount Zion,
and unto the city of the living God,
the heavenly Jerusalem,
and to an innumerable company of angels,
to the general assembly and church of the firstborn,
which are written in heaven,
and to the Judge of all,
and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
and to Jesus,
the mediator of the new covenant,
and to the blood of sprinkling,
that speaks better things than that of Abel.

Visitation will be held at Phillips Funeral Home in Vinton, Iowa on Sunday, January 30th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
She will be laid to rest from the Church on Monday morning, January 31st at 10:30 a.m. with visitation at 9:30 a.m. The committal will take place following the service at Urbana Memorial Cemetery. A luncheon will immediately follow the committal service in the church basement. All are welcome.

May she rest in peace.

01/03/2022

Join us for Divine Service this Thursday at 6:00pm as we celebrate the Epiphany of our Lord!

Photos from St. John Lutheran Church - Center Point's post 12/18/2021

Just over a month ago, Hadley and Jenna Heitshusen were joined together in Holy Marriage. Congratulations and God's blessings! We pray that God would grant them His grace that they may live together according to God's Word, and rejoice in His strong love and enduring blessing!

12/15/2021

As much as we hate cancelling services, Pastor Van Hemert and the Board of Elders have decided to cancel everything at the church tonight (12/15) due to impending severe weather. No dinner, Vespers, or confirmation class. Everyone please stay home and stay safe tonight. We'll see you for Divine Service on Sunday!

11/30/2021

Our sister in Christ, Carol Johnson, was taken from us early Monday morning.
She has come unto Mount Zion,
and unto the city of the living God,
the heavenly Jerusalem,
and to an innumerable company of angels,
to the general assembly and church of the firstborn,
which are written in heaven,
and to the Judge of all,
and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
and to Jesus,
the mediator of the new covenant,
and to the blood of sprinkling,
that speaks better things than that of Abel.

Visitation will be held at St. John Lutheran Church, Center Point, Iowa on Thursday, December 2nd from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

She will be laid to rest from the Church on Friday morning, December 3rd at 11:00 a.m. with visitation at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome. A luncheon will immediately follow the funeral service in the church basement. The committal service will take place at a later date.

May she rest in peace.

11/23/2021

Advent and Christmas at St. John Lutheran Church — St. John Lutheran, Center Point, IA

Attached is the Advent and Christmas Schedule of services at St. John Lutheran Church. Everyone is encouraged to make use of these Advent customs which will aid you and your family's devotion as the Church prepares to commemorate our Lord's coming during this holy and penitential season of Advent.

https://www.stjohnlutherancp.org/announcements/advent-and-christmas-at-st-john-lutheran-church

Advent and Christmas at St. John Lutheran Church — St. John Lutheran, Center Point, IA Advent and Christmas at St. John Lutheran Church The church year begins with Advent, the preparatory season before Christmas. It starts with the Sunday nearest St. Andrew’s Day, November 30, or the fourth Sunday before Christmas. This year the first Sunday in Advent is November 28th. The propers o

Photos from Vinton Lutheran Home Communities's post 11/23/2021

Edward Nielsen, a member of St. John Lutheran Church and a military veteran who served in World War II was recently presented with a quilt of valor for his sacrifice and service. We thank our gracious God for men like him who have put their lives in harm’s way so that we might live in peace here in the United States of America. Thank you, Ed!

Photos from St. John Lutheran Church - Center Point's post 11/07/2021

We love coffee, snacks, and fellowship after Divine Service at St. John!

11/07/2021

Remember to set your clocks back an hour tonight! See you tomorrow for the Feast of All Saints!

11/03/2021

Congratulations to our member Mr. Paul Nielsen on his re-election to the Walker City Council!

11/01/2021

Congregational Announcements for November, 2021 — St. John Lutheran, Center Point, IA

Congregational Announcements for November, 2021

https://www.stjohnlutherancp.org/announcements/congregational-announcements-for-november-2021

Congregational Announcements for November, 2021 — St. John Lutheran, Center Point, IA Poinsettia Sign-up: A sign-up sheet is on the resource table for anyone who would like to donate a red poinsettia for the Christmas Season. They will be purchased from “Flowers by Shayna” in Walker, Iowa. They are 6 1/2 inch red poinsettias that cost $13.91, per plant, tax included. Payment is t...

Photos from St. John Lutheran Church - Center Point's post 10/07/2021

The St. John Lutheran Church quilting group displayed their quilts today. A lot of work was put into this project over this last year. This year they sewed 79 quilts! Each quilt measures 60x80 and will be sent to Lutheran World Relief later this month. Thank you ladies!

For more info about our congregation’s “Quilting for Christ” group, visit our website! https://www.stjohnlutherancp.org/quilting-for-christ

09/07/2021

Congregational Announcements for September 2021 — St. John Lutheran, Center Point, IA

Congregational Announcements for September 2021

https://www.stjohnlutherancp.org/announcements/congregational-announcements-for-september-2021

Congregational Announcements for September 2021 — St. John Lutheran, Center Point, IA Wednesday Morning Bible Class will begin September 15 at 9:00am with the LifeLight study of Ephesians/1 & 2 Thessalonians. Study guides are available on the resource table in the narthex. Matins will be prayed at 8:30am. Everyone is encouraged to attend! Confirmation Class will begin S

Photos from St. John Lutheran Church - Center Point's post 08/10/2021

The last two weeks were very busy for us here at the church! RAGBRAI (The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) came through Center Point for the lunch stop on Thursday, July 29th. We sold 125 pies as well as bananas, water, and Gatorade.

Last week was Vacation Bible School. The children learned all about the wondrous works of God and how Jesus does the impossible!

Thank you to everyone who helped out to make these fun events possible!

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316 Vine St.
Center Point, IA
52213

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 3pm
Tuesday 8am - 3pm
Wednesday 8am - 3pm
Thursday 8am - 3pm

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