Pr. Ryman and Dianne Winnemuller, the publisher of the Courier-Tribune, are both members of the Randolph Rotary Club. In fact, Dianne is the president of the service club this year. So, last week at Rotary, she announced a “stuff-the-truck” event for the upcoming Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. The monthly event would be held at the Courier Tribune and the food brought to stuff their truck would go to Christians United Outreach Center.

Saint John’s secretary, Susan Ryman, sent an email to the membership asking them to bring non-perishable to church Sunday so it could be delivered to the Courier-Tribune. They responded with enough food that the pickup truck above pulled into the newspaper parking lot with a load of food.

Photo: Paul Church, Courier-Tribune

More than 150 people attended Business After Hours held Thursday evening at The Courier-Tribune. Each month, the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce sponsors the networking events at local businesses. Guests were treated to food from a variety of restaurants. Publisher Diane Winnemuller greeted guests and introduced them to the newspaper’s staff and its products. Those include the monthly magazine Thrive: Life in Our Town and Beyond, and the newly revamped entertainment magazine Get this! which now will contain a full TV channel guide.

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Young Adult Class


One person is missing. Oh! Their teacher, Mike Harrelson, is taking the photo.

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Boxed Pasta and Sparse Shelves


We just delivered a good deal of macaroni and cheese to Christians United Outreach Center (CUOC). They were very grateful to receive it since their shelves are somewhat bare at this time of year. Folks tend to remember food pantries at Thanksgiving and Christmas but this is the time of year when our help is really needed.

CUOC is asking Saint John’s to bring boxed pasta during September. It would be terrific if we could fill up the van with twice what is pictured above. They also need plastic grocery bags and something else very valuable. CUOC needs volunteers. When we delivered our mac and cheese last week, only one person was working receiving. Alice Pope informs that volunteers are desperately needed everywhere at the center. If you can help, call Alice and ask how. Or call CUOC directly at 625-1500.

It would be great to see you working there when we deliver a van-load of pasta at the end of the month.

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September 2014 Bell Tower

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The September Bell Tower is online. Just click the page above this copy.

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A Note from Naomi’s Heart Mission


Salamat (thank you)! Be very blessed in knowing you sponsor our feeding here for the children five days a week. 300 children each feeding x 5 feedings = 1,500 children that Saint John’s is feeding every week. How can we begin to say thank you? You all are so generous and one of the biggest supporters we have. God will bless you more.

Love to you,
Kristie Ward

Note: These feedings are being paid for by the simple act of our children at Saint John’s collecting spare change from worshipers each Sunday as they go forward for their children’s sermon. A little goes a long way!

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Summer VBS 2014


Another VBS has come and gone. Thanks to all of our volunteers for teaching the kids how to pray—and have a great time.

More photos are here.

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Holy Baptism


We rejoice with the Needham family at the baptism of Luke John on July 20, 2014.

There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Eph 4:4-6)

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2014 Summer Youth Retreat

Ryan, Meghan, Amy, Joanna, Christian

Ryan, Meghan, Amy, Joanna, Christian

Some of our youth just got back from Union Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC, where they enjoyed three days of fun, worship, and Christian education. More photos are available here.

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Pentecost Sunday

We celebrated Pentecost yesterday by hearing the second reading (Acts 2:1-21) in a variety of languages simultaneously. Left to Right are Doug Schultz in English, Pr. Ryman in Latin, Frank Sefcik in Czech, Welta Harrelson in German, Ermalyn Jaeck in Tagalog, and Susan Ryman in French.

Thank God that he has given us ears to hear, each in our own language.

The anthem, “How Great Thou Art,” was performed by a trio of Jana, Meghan, and Amy.

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Increased Lugaw Feedings at NHM

Give us this day our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11)


Saint John’s sponsors four lugaw feedings of 300 children each, every week of the year at Naomi’s Heart Mission in General Santos City, the Philippines. This is the result of our own children collecting spare change from our adults each Sunday morning as they go forward for their children’s time during worship. All that change translates into meals at the mission. It also means those children are learning about the love of Christ.


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