Summer Worship Schedule
Morning Service - 8:00 am
Sunday School - 9:15 am
Adult Bible Study - 9:15 am
Late Service - 10:30 am
Saturday Service - 6:00 pm
Please see bulletin for latest updates.
Debt Reduction Update
9/1/2013 LOAN BALANCE $799,943 and as of 10/8/2014 LOAN BALANCE $559,160 6/1/2022 BALLOON PAYMENT OF $500,000; MONTHLY PAYMENT $5404
Results of Campaign Today
As of October 8, 2014 WE HAVE MADE PRINCIPAL PAYMENTS OF $209,167. THIS SAVES US $12,300 PER YEAR IN INTEREST $61,000 OF ADDITIONAL DEBT REDUCTION REDUCES OUR BALLOON PAYMENT IN 2022 TO -$0- . WHEN WE REACH OUR GOAL OF $400,000 WE WILL BE ABLE TO ELIMINATE OUR DEBT IN APRIL 2020; NEARLY TWO YEARS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.
Thrivent Annual Election Meeting Sunday, November 2, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church on 7th Street in DeKalb, IL 6015
5:00 pm 5:30 pm 6:30 pm 7:00 pm
Registration Dinner Annual Meeting
Entertainment: John Chase, Thrivent member, performing a one-man religious drama "The Rock"
The cost of the meal is a refundable charge of $10 per adult benefit members only which is required with your reservation to insure your attendance. When you register on the evening of November ins, your money will be refunded to you. This fee is necessary as our Chapter is required to pay for all meals based on the number of reservations. Also, we will be collecting monetary donations for Bethesda Homes in Cortland and Sycamore.
Please RSVP and send checks payable to: DeKalb County Chapter of Thrivent by 10/27/14 to: Liz Ezell, 182 Brian St., Sycamore, IL 60178 Any questions, 815-991-5915 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ladies Aid Sit Down Roast Sirloin Beef Dinner November 6th from 4 pm - 7 pm The tickets are $10 each and will include: Roast Sirloin Beef, mashed potatoes & gravy, buttered corn, baked apple, and drink. Tickets available after services, from Ladies aid members and the church office. A bake sale will be held during the dinner. Stop by and check out the wonderful array of desserts for sale.
Sunday Morning Child Care Supervisor The Board of Elders have approved the establishment of a new paid position at St. John to provide child care during Sunday morning worship and Sunday School. We are looking for an adult who can provide quality childcare on a weekly basis at our congregation. An hourly wage would be paid based upon qualifications. If you, or someone you know is interested, please talk with Pastor Weinhold or Phil Johnson as soon as possible. A job description is available.
The Ladies Aid of St. Peters in North Plato will be hosting their Annual Fall Bazaar and Turkey Casserole Dinner on Saturday, November 8th. Dinner will be served 11:00 am - 1:30 pm. Cost for the meal is $9 for Adults and $3 for children ages 3-10 yrs old.
In Thankfulness Praise God for the healing for Janice Olsen.
Discussion of Membership Deinition Changes On Sunday morning November 16 from 9:30 – 10:15 in the Adult Meeting Room, the Elders with Pastor Weinhold will lead a discussion of proposed changes to our Policy Manual with regard to active and inactive members. Copies of the proposal is on the table in the narthex. Please join us for this discussion in preparation for our Voter’s Meeting in January.
Possible Two Tiered Membership
Active Membership – An active member has full rights of membership. Active members are involved in worship, Bible study, fellowship, stewardship and servant activities as well as the organizational structure of the church as God gifts and blesses each member. Active membership is the joyful gift to God of the Christian who wishes to celebrate their new life won for them through the suffering death and resurrection of Christ our Lord.
Inactive – An inactive member is one who no longer is actively engaged in the life of the congregation as evidenced by their lack of attendance at Holy Communion. An inactive member is one who has not attended Holy Communion during the previous calendar year more than 4 times at St. John. As the Board of Elders reviews membership attendance at the Lord’s Supper they will communicate with active members when their attendance at the Lord’s Table falls below an active level. This communication will desire to encourage and welcome them back to active and full participation in the life of the church. If there is no desire to return to active involvement, a certified letter sent to them will confirm their change in membership status. If they have associated with another congregation they will be notified of their release or transfer as appropriate. As long as they are listed as an inactive member they will not be able to have a funeral or wedding at St. John, vote at a voter’s meeting or rent the church facility. At any time they wish to return to active membership they first need to speak to one of the pastors of St. John. They will always be welcome to participate in the ministry of Christ at St. John as well as to receive the Lord’s Supper.
Inactive (Out – of – area) – Are members who are no longer able to be active because they live outside the ministry area of St. John. They will be strongly encouraged to associate with an LC-MS congregation in their immediate area. If they desire to come back to St. John they will be welcomed with their commitment to active membership. If at anytime after they have been transferred to another LC-MS congregation outside of the area and wish to have a funeral or wedding at St. John they will be welcome to do so as long as they have maintained active membership in an LC-MS congregation.
“Luther Movie” The “Luther” Movie (2003) will be shown in its entirety on Sunday afternoon, November 2nd at 3:00pm. The Board of Education for Adults is sponsoring the movie. Refreshments will be served. The movie lasts about 2 hours and there will be a discussion following. The movie is rated PG-13 for “Disturbing images of violence” and may not be suitable for children under the age of 13.
"Luther Movie" Discussion Beginning next Sunday October 26, Pastor Weinhold will lead a discussion of the movie “Luther” during Adult Bible Class time. The movie focuses on the life of Martin Luther and will help us understand more clearly a life that “dared to be different.” Clips of the movie will be shown and discussed for the weeks of October 26, November 2 and 9th. Everyone is welcome.
Thank You for Belize Mission Support Thank you to all who supported with financial gifts our first trip to Belize to be trained in leading mission trips. Over $3200 has been received to cover our airplane tickets to Belize City. We will be leaving Monday morning October 27 and returning Saturday afternoon, November 1. We look forward to sharing with you our witness of God at work in Belize. Your Belize Mission Team leaders: Beth Gehrke, Larry Wood, Craig Peterson and Pastor Weinhold
Belize Mission Trips If you are at all interested in considering going to Belize to assist in the mission and ministry of the Lutheran Church there, please talk with Pastor Weinhold as soon as possible. We now have individuals who have stepped forward as leaders and we are looking for people who are interested in going as participants in either 2015 or 2016.