Fall Worship Schedule
Morning Service - 8:00 am
Sunday School - 9:15 am (Starting Sept. 13th)
Adult Bible Study - 9:15 am
Late Service - 10:30 am
Saturday Service - 6:00 pm
Please see bulletin for latest updates.
ASH WEDNESDAY AND ALL LENTEN ENVELOPES: have been designated to Northern Illinois District (NID) mission. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday envelopes have been designated for current expenses along with Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday envelopes. Stewardship Board
FROM THE BOARD OF STEWARDSHIP We are pleased to announce the introduction of an electronic giving option for making regular offerings. Contributions can now be debited automatically from your checking or savings account. Our new electronic giving program offers convenience for you and much-needed consistency and time savings for our congregation. If you are currently giving on a weekly basis, you will no longer need to write out 52 checks per year or prepare 52 envelopes. And when travel, illness or other circumstances prevent you from attending services, this program will allow your weekly offerings to continue on an uninterrupted basis. An authorization form and a “Frequently Asked Question” Flyer are available in the narthex.
LWML MITES Thank you for your generous giving in January. There was a total of $72.65 raised for Mites.
ASH WEDNESDAY AND LENTEN SERVICES We will have a 12 pm Ash Wednesday, February 10th, service followed by a luncheon served by the Ladies Aid and a 6 pm dinner served by Ladies Aid followed by a 7 pm Ash Wednesday service. During the Lenten season, we will have dinner at 6 pm with services held at 7 pm.
NIU STEEL DRUM BAND CONCERT On Sunday, April 3, 2016, St. John's will host the NIU Steel Band benefit concert at 3:00 pm. Following the concert, there will be a social hour. The 25 piece band under the direction of Liam Teague and Cliff Alexis will present this spring concert. The NIU Steel Band was the first active steel band formed at an American university and has performed throughout the United States and around the world. The Steel Band placed second in the World Steel band Festival in Trinidad and has received many awards and acclimations. Transportation costs for the band members & instruments was provided by a grant from the Mary E Stevens concert/Lecture fund. Proceeds from this concert will pay for cardiac and pulmonary rehab sessions for those who need financial assistance. This will be Thrivent matching funds project.
STAINED GLASS WINDOW REPORT 2015 has been a very good year for the stained glass window committee. We started in June negotiating with the Conrad Schmidt Studios from New Berlin, WI. to get a cost of the window above the main entrance. On September 27, 2015 we signed a contract with Conrad Schmidt Studios for a cost of $56,000.00 installed.
The contract called for 50% (28,000) paid in 2015 and the remaining to be paid at $4,000 per month for 7 months. The stained glass fund shows a total of $49,308 on December 31, 2015 with a remaining pledge of $1,400 for 2016. The next step in the stained glass project is to get the cost for the lower 3 windows on the right side of the Sanctuary. This will take about 3 months. Stained Glass Committee
REVELATION BIBLE STUDY The Sunday morning Bible Class has begun focusing on the Revelation at 9:20 in the Adult meeting room. This important book prepares us to understand the grace of God in our Lord Jesus Christ as we prepares us for the end of the world. All adults are welcome. Please join us!
TUESDAY NIGHT BASKETBALL is still being played at 7 pm. Any questions, please call Josh Helgeson at 815-991-0670
LIFE LINE SCREENING Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saint John is pleased to offer a preventive health event on March 1st. Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings on 3/1/2016. Please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community- partners.
FROM THE NURSERY During Ash Wednesday, and the midweek Lenten services, please consider whether or not your family is wishing to attend the 7 pm midweek services and in need of nursery services. Please speak with Suellen Byrd in the nursery if you are planning on attending and needing childcare during service.