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.
SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM The Sacrament of Holy Baptism is celebrated at the 10:30 am service today on behalf of Easton Harold Maas. His parents are Josh and Tori Maas and his sponsors are Rob Stover and Maggie Colliander. May God bless Easton as he continues to grow in the Christian faith.
THANK YOU To everyone who helped with the "Together Service". We appreciate everyone who helped place calls and send cards. Thank you to everyone who brought the delicious food to share. Also a thank you to everyone who helped with the cleanup after the meal. You all helped us come "Together".
WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS! Barb and I were in a horrendous car accident on April 10, 2015. We are both home now after a very long recovery, 120 days for Barb and 156 days for Phil. We experienced a tremendous showing of God’s power and love. It was shown in the many get well cards received over the 5 months of our recovery, the meals provided to family members as they based themselves from our Sycamore home, the members that helped maintain our home, the pastoral staff that ministered to our spiritual needs, the members that made the long journey to our various recouping facilities, the members that gave freely of their talent in lifting our spirit and all the prayers raised on our behalf. Barb and I do not have the words to express the over whelming feeling of gratitude we have for our church family. Praise God and Thank You! Phil and Barb Johnson
STAIN GLASS UPDATE St. John's has signed a contract with Conrad Schmitt Studios from New Berlin, WI to make the stained glass window above the main entrance. The cost of this window is $56,000. We now have $50,000 in the stain glass fund. There is an excellent chance this window could be installed by Christmas.
FROM THE BELIZE MISSION TEAM Thank you to all who supported us, the Belize Mission team, through prayer and other means while we prepared and travelled together. Many lives were deeply touched during this journey. We look forward to God’s plan to reveal to us the purpose of the trip for the entire St. John congregation as He clearly has intentions that go beyond the week in Belize. Stop any of us and ask us about the trip! We will be sharing more during an upcoming Adult Bible Study hour.
Christian Senior Ministry served 342 people at 16 venues in 6 communities for week ending Sept 26th. The 13th Annual Rev Harold W Schmidt Walk for Seniors at Walcamp was successful with about 50 folks walking, in fellowship, playing bingo, and enjoying cake, water, and iced tea. Treasurer Alan Cook reports the event will surpass the $10,000 mark this year. Many people to thank, especially those who sponsored the walkers with generous donations. Frank brought the tea and water well chilled in coolers, Laura brought the HyVee made cake which was very good, Rhonda provided the bingo game with cards and soy beans to track numbers called, Sycamore VFW donated new bingo cards, Deacon Charles, Pastor Ray, Pastor Tim, and others made the day enjoyable with perfect late September weather. Pastor Chris was on a weekend bike ride where he was raising funds for CSM too.
CSM cannot grow and continue consistent services without all the volunteers prayers, time, and talents so we express our thanks to God and all who make CSM a strong, necessary, and growing ministry. Please convey our thanks to your congregations.
CAN YOU HELP A LITTLE The local food bank is in need of items for their shelves, which are pretty bare. Look at your pantry and see if you have extra things to give. If you have any non perishable item to share, bring them and put them in the box in the narthex. Thank you
"Sing to the Lord a new song;..." Ps.96:1a Everyone is welcome to join St. John's Choir sing God's praises. The choir has begun their weekly rehearsals on Thursdays 7p.m. -8p.m. in the Choir Room.
NEW – SUNDAY MORNING CHILD CARE Suellen Byrd is our new Sunday morning child care director. Childcare has begun. If you are interested, a packet of information has been prepared and is available in the Information Center. Please contact Suellen at 815-899-0550 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Cardiac Rehabbers Bake Sale The Cardiac Rehabbers annual bake sale will be held at the Kishwaukee Hospital Auxiliary Artisan Market on October 9 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. We currently are financing rehab sessions for 10 patients. Since 2006 we have awarded $20,294.50 in scholarships for cardiac or pulmonary rehab sessions for 48 patients. Thank you for your generous support in the past. We gratefully will accept your donations of baked goods for this year's sale. If you have any questions, please contact Alberta Dequin at 815-758-7265