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.
Are You Ready, Willing and Able? The Nominating Committee is searching for people who are willing to volunteer to serve the Lord by being on the church board. Positions available are Chairman, Secretary, Financial Secretary, Elders, Outreach, Christian Education for Youth, Christian Education for Adults, Youth, Stewardship, Fellowship, Church Properties, and Public Relations. Talk to Bob Gehrke, Paul Warren, Rick Hoffman, Noel Smith, or John. Holtz about the positions that are open and need to be filled by someone willing to give a little time.
Due to long standing policy of the Stewardship Committee, all contributions made in the Thanksgiving envelope are designated to go to LCMS World Relief.
High School Youth WalCamp Winter Getaway: Also, High School youth, you need to have the forms to Pastor Metzger by Sunday, Nov. 23rd if you wish to go to this event January 16-18th. We stay at Clock Tower, have a concert by "Psalm 150", Ski at Alpine Valley, hearing speaker Dr. Jeff Leininger from Concordia, Chicago. Cost is $200, with a $50 deposit and the rest from your youth funds. ( Also know that next year we sign up for New Orleans 2016 National Youth Gathering)
All Youth: We will put up Christmas decorations on Saturday, December 6th, at 9am. and be in the Live Nativity Dec.20th.
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.
Toys for Tots A program of the U.S. Marine Corps and the Salvation Army has approached us to place a box in our narthex in order to collect donations of toys to be distributed in DeKalb County. If you wish to contribute bring toys that are not wrapped and place them in the box by December 8. Please no military or gun related gifts. Toys should be appropriate for any child between the ages of 3 and 15. Over 7,000 children received toys in DeKalb County last year through this program.
Anniversary & Birthday Lists If your anniversary or birthday is not acknowledged in the weekly bulletin. Please call or email the church office to update the information. Our email is ofUice@stjohnsycamore.org Thank you.
Garage Sale for Missions We will be having a garage sale at St. John on December 5 and 6. All proceeds from items donated will be split between our mission of the month – “Food For the Poor in Guatemala” and our “Belize Mission Trips.” Please bring your items and place in the back of the storage room in the multipurpose room. If you have any questions please contact Noel Smith at 815-895-7074. Thank you.
As we enter the season of Advent in preparation for Christmas I cannot help but think of the joy which is ours in Christ Jesus. From St. Luke we hear, “The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord”. I bring you good news of great joy! But, you know what? As you look around the world today and at your own life, you may wonder if there is any cause for joy. And, perhaps it may seem that there is not. For, the world’s idea of joy is radically different from the true joy which you and I already possess by faith in Christ. Yes, the joy that the Bible speaks about, which is ours in Jesus goes beyond our wildest imagination. You see, the world’s idea of joy is to be amused, to be made happy and merry whatever it takes. As long as people get their way, as long as things are rosy, then the world thinks there is cause for joy. But, the fact is that from the opening chapters of the Bible to the very end of Scripture we find that the exact opposite is true. For, when man gets his way, when our sinful self is doing the directing of our lives and actions in pursuit of joy and self-satisfaction, misery and sorrow often follow. You see; sin and living in a sinful world interferes and hinders the joy which God gives us to experience in our lives. Yes, sin, whether it be our own or another’s, brings misery, suffering, sorrow, and death into all of our lives without exception.
But, there is joy for us as Christians. God promised to send a Savior, one who would deliver His people from the misery and captivity of their sin, one who would bind up their wounds and give to them, and to us, gladness in the place of sadness. In the promised Savior true joy is found and given because he is the one who takes away our grief, our misery, our sadness and replaces it with rest, joy, and gladness.
You and I can rejoice and be glad in our lives, however, it is not always easy. Yet, it is precisely during the difficulties and the circumstances of this life that we are urged to rejoice and to be joyful, for we know that the Lord is with us, that he sympathizes with us and reaches out to us with love. Joy for us as Christians is grounded in the Lord, and joy for you and for me is realized in this Lord who gives us rest from our burdens as He lifts us up as on wings of an eagle. Joy for us is assured because our Savior has promised to keep us by his power through faith unto salvation.
The woes of this life; the sorrows or the afflictions cannot take away the joy that we have in Christ nor prevent us from inheriting the joy that awaits us in his eternal kingdom. And, this is indeed cause for rejoicing. The promised Savior born long ago assures us of salvation and delivers us from evil. This is the news of comfort and joy that the angels announced on that first Christmas. This is the news of comfort and joy that we need to hear and to be reminded of in this life so that we do not become discouraged. These are the glad tidings of comfort and joy that remain ours even today, giving us rest and making us merry during the storms which will surely come while we await the everlasting rest and joys of heaven. Deacon Ridulph