To the Members and Friends of St. John’s, Irmo: It seems like I keep repeating this, but what a wonderful Vacation Bible School we had this year! Members from our neighbor, Bethlehem Lutheran Church joined again this year. The children certainly enjoyed the theme “Who Is My Neighbor?” and I think the adults enjoyed the discussions about our Lutheran heritage and how we differ from our neighbors of other denominations. I, again, want to thank everyone who participated in any way. But now is the time we start thinking about our children and grandchildren returning to school. There is less than three weeks before Richland/Lexington 5 and Lexington 1 open their doors for students. Over the past few weeks you have very generously given both money and supplies for our drive to provide school supplies for the less fortunate. We are doing this through “Sharing God’s Love”. Should you want to contribute, please (money), please put it in the collection plate and designate it as such. Should you desire to donate material, please place them in the narthex. Continuing with that theme, we will bless the backpacks of our students, no matter what grade or where they are in their educational process. In addition, we will distribute Bibles to our first graders. This is in response to the promise in the Service of Holy Baptism to place in the hands of the children the Holy Scriptures. So, make sure your first grader is here on August 18. Faith formation, (Sunday School) for our children will begin anew the first Sunday of September. We welcome all children to participate in learning about our savior, Jesus Christ during this time at 9:00 on each Sunday. I look forward to seeing you each and every Sunday as we worship our Lord and Savior! As always, I thank you for being the church! See all of you in church Sunday! In His Service, John Derrick, Pastor